Updated: Markarth DLC, Greymoor Chapter
Type: Dungeon, Trial, Arena & Overland
Buildname: Azure

Table of Contents


Introduction

Welcome to the Magicka Nightblade Build PvE “Azure” for Elder Scrolls Online. Make sure to bookmark the link as I will keep updating the build for each new Update of ESO. This Magicka Nightblade Build is made for Trials, Dungeons and Maelstrom. You can also find other Magicka Nightblade content on the website such as:

Magicka Nightblades have a really amazing damage output, good healing and are fun to play, they require a bit of skill to be played effectively. Nightblades have a very low cost Ultimate that boost all their damage by 20% and their execute damage is second to none. Like always you can find three different gear setups, one with the best gear, one with advanced gear and a beginner setup.

  • High single target (ST) damage
  • Good ranged & melee damage
  • Crazy area of effect (AoE) damage
  • Crazy ultimate generation
  • Good sustain
  • Easy survivability due to magicka shield
  • Trials, Dungeons and Maelstrom!

Trials & Dungeons Setup

5x Perfect False God, 5x Mother’s Sorrow, 2x Maw of the Infernal on a High Elf with Artaeum Pickled Fish Bowl food.

  • Unbuffed: Out of Combat, Buff-food active.
  • Buffed: In combat, Raid target dummy buffs, Buff-food, Weapon Damage Enchantment, Spell Power Potions are active.

Gear

You will find 3 different setups here. Setup 1 is the preferred setup. For people that do not have all the gear yet can use the Setup 2 which is easier to obtain and beginners can use Setup 3.

  • Setup 1 is with Trial Gear
  • Setup 2 is without Trial Gear
  • Setup 3 is for Beginners

There are plenty of good Magicka DPS sets in the game, you can check out the “Endgame Magicka DPS Sets Article” with an explanation for each set.

Gear Setup 1

GearSetWeightTraitEnchantment
ChestPerfected False God’s DevotionLightDivineMagicka
BeltMother’s SorrowLightDivineMagicka
ShoesMother’s SorrowLightDivineMagicka
PantsPerfected False God’s DevotionLightDivineMagicka
HandsMother’s SorrowLightDivineMagicka
HeadZaanHeavyDivineMagicka
ShoulderZaanMediumDivineMagicka
NecklacePerfected False God’s DevotionJewelryBloodthirstySpell Damage
RingPerfected False God’s DevotionJewelryBloodthirstySpell Damage
RingPerfected False God’s DevotionJewelryBloodthirstySpell Damage
Weapon 1Mother’s SorrowFirePreciseFire Enchant
Weapon 2Perfected Crushing WallFireInfusedWeapon Damage Enchant

Gear Setup 2

GearSetWeightTraitEnchantment
ChestLaw of JulianosHeavyDivineMagicka
BeltLaw of JulianosLightDivineMagicka
ShoesLaw of JulianosLightDivineMagicka
PantsMother’s SorrowLightDivineMagicka
HandsMother’s SorrowLightDivineMagicka
HeadValkyn SkoriaMediumDivineMagicka
ShoulderValkyn SkoriaLightDivineMagicka
NecklaceMother’s SorrowJewelryBloodthirstySpell Damage
RingMother’s SorrowJewelryBloodthirstySpell Damage
RingMother’s SorrowJewelryBloodthirstySpell Damage
Weapon 1Law of JulianosFirePreciseFire Enchant
Weapon 2Crushing WallFireInfusedWeapon Damage Enchant

Gear Setup 3 Beginner

GearSetWeightTraitEnchantment
ChestLaw of JulianosHeavyDivineMagicka
BeltLaw of JulianosLightDivineMagicka
ShoesLaw of JulianosLightDivineMagicka
PantsMagnus’ GiftLightDivineMagicka
HandsMagnus’ GiftLightDivineMagicka
HeadMagnus’ GiftMediumDivineMagicka
ShoulderMagnus’ GiftLightDivineMagicka
NecklaceWillpowerJewelryArcaneSpell Damage
RingWillpowerJewelryArcaneSpell Damage
RingWillpowerJewelryArcaneSpell Damage
Weapon 1Law of JulianosFirePreciseFire Enchant
Weapon 2Law of JulianosFireInfusedAbsorb Magic Enchant

Where can I get the gear?

Perfected False God’s Devotion: vSunspire
False God’s Devotion: Sunspire
Mother’s Sorrow: Deshaan, Guildstores
Valkyn Skoria: vCity of Ash 2
Zaan: vScalecaller Peak
Perfected Crushing Wall (Maelstrom Staff): vMaelstrom Arena
Crushing Wall (Maelstrom Staff): Maelstrom Arena
Slimecraw: vWayrest Sewers I, Maj Undaunted Chest
Iceheart: vDirefrost Keep
Law of Julianos: Craftable
Willpower: Guildstore
Magnus’ Gift: Craftable
Mechanical Acuity: Craftable

Skills

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Fire Staff MainbarFire Staff Bar
Slot 1: Siphoning AttacksSlot 1: Unstable Wall of Elements
Slot 2: Merciless ResolveSlot 2: Twisting Path
Slot 3: Elemental Weapon/ Swallow SoulSlot 3: Harness Magicka
Slot 4: ImpaleSlot 4: Mystic Orb
Slot 5: Inner LightSlot 5: Channeled Acceleration
Ultimate: Incapacitating StrikeUltimate: Shooting Star

 

Champion Points

If you need optimized defensive Champion Points for a specific trial I recommend checking out my Maximize Damage Mitigation in Trials Article.

Champion Points [810]

The Ritual
44 Thaumaturge
The Atronach
72 Master-at-Arms, 23 Staff Expert
The Apprentice
64 Elemental Expert, 66 Elfborn, 1 Spell Erosion
The Shadow
61 Tumbling, 61 Shadow Ward
The Lover
100 Arcanist
The Tower
37 Warlord, 11 Sprinter
The Lord
The Lady
49 Hardy, 49 Elemental Defender, 48 Thick Skinned
The Steed
81 Ironclad, 43 Spell Shield

Champion Points [600]

The Ritual
34 Thaumaturge
The Atronach
42 Master at Arms, 23 Staff Expert
The Apprentice
64 Elemental Expert, 37 Elfborn
The Shadow
29 Tumbling, 29 Shadow Ward
The Lover
100 Arcanist
The Tower
31 Warlord, 11 Sprinter
The Lord
The Lady
49 Hardy, 49 Elemental Defender, 37 Thick Skinned
The Steed
37 Ironclad, 28 Spell Shield

Champion Points [300]

The Ritual
18 Thaumaturge
The Atronach
23 Master at Arms, 11 Staff Expert
The Apprentice
32 Elemental Expert, 16 Elfborn
The Shadow
17 Tumbling, 17 Shadow Ward
The Lover
37 Arcanist
The Tower
18 Warlord, 11 Sprinter
The Lord
The Lady
27 Hardy, 27 Elemental Defender, 18 Thick Skinned
The Steed
16 Ironclad, 12 Spell Shield

Champion Points 2.0 Setup

Below you can find the Champion Points setup for this build. Work your way from top to bottom of the list depending on how many Champion Points you already have. For more information on Champion Points, please visit the Champion Points Overview Page on ESO-Hub.com.

Preset used for this allocation: https://eso-hub.com/en/champion-points/calculator?preset=99b95181-0aab-4aff-93c9-b6193a31230d

Table Explanation:

  • Points Needed: Implies how many Champion Points you will need to make it to that perk.
  • Perk: Hoover over it to see what the perk does. For more information click on it to get redirected to ESO-Hub.com
  • Points Invested: Amount of points that you have to place in the perk at that time.

Warfare Tree Points Allocation

The Warfare Champion Point tree is by far the most important to increase your damage and damage mitigation.

Points NeededPerkPoints Used
0-120Precision40
120-270Fighting Finesse (Slottable)50
270-390Piercing40
390-540Deadly Aim (Slottable)50
540-690Thaumaturge (Slottable)50
690-840Biting Aura (Slottable)50
840-960Eldritch Insight40
960-1020Flawless Ritual20
1020-1110War Mage30
1110-1170Flawless Ritual20
1170-1200Quick Recovery10
1200-1320Preparation40
1320-1440Elemental Aegis40
1440-1560Hardy40
1560-1650Quick Recovery30
1650-1770Blessed40
1770-1890Tireless Discipline40
1890-2010Battle Mastery (Only if you have physical dmg like Barbed Trap)40
2010-2100Mighty (Only if you have physical dmg like Barbed Trap)30

 

Fitness Tree Points Allocation

The Fitness Champion Points tree has useful health and recovery perks.

Points NeededPerkPoints Used
0-150Boundless Vitality (Slottable)50
150-300Rejuvenation (Slottable)50
300-345Tumbling15
345-375Mystic Tenacity10
375-495Hero’s Vigor40
495-645Siphoning Spells (Slottable)50
645-795Ironclad (Slottable)50
795-885Tumbling30
885-1005Defiance40
1005-1029Hasty8
1029-1149Tireless Guardian40
1149-1284Fortification45
1284-1356Hasty24
1356-1476Sprinter40
1476-1521Nimble Protector15
1521-1656Savage Defense45
1656-1776Bashing Brutality40
1776-1806Survival Instincts10
1806-2181Tempered Soul125

Craft Tree Points Allocation

The Craft Champion Point tree is almost entirely optional, there is not really anything useful for combat itself. Follow the list or spend points however you want.

Points neededPerkPoints used
0-150Steed’s Blessing (Slottable)50
150-180Breakfall10
180-225Wanderer15
225-255Steadfast Enchantment10
255-345Rationer (Slottable)30
345-570Liquid Efficiency (Slottable)75
570-690Breakfall40
690-870Wanderer60
870-990Steadfast Enchantment40
990-1140Fortune’s Favor50
1140-1290Gilded Fingers50
1290-1380Out of Sight30
1380-1500Fleet Phantom40
1500-1599Soul Reservoir33
1599-1749Treasure Hunter (Slottable)50
1749-1884Inspiration Boost45

Important Info for Magicka Nightblade Build PvE

Here you can find information about what race, buff-food, potions & poisons you want to use. I also do list all the passives that you need for this setup.

Buff-food

Artaeum Pickled Fish Bowl
(Max Health, Max Magicka)
(Fish, Rice, Clam Gall, Honey)

Artaeum Pickeled Fish Bowl food

In case you still have sustain issues or you don’t have access to False God’s Devotion or you are not a Breton, I recommend using the Witchmother’s Potent Brew Drink (or Clockwork Citrus Filet)

Food buff

Mundus Stone

Shadow Mundus (Increased Spell Critical Damage)

Race

The best race for a Magicka Nightblade Build is the High Elf or Breton race. The High Elf has the highest overall damage and Bretons have the best sustain. However, all magicka based races work. You can find out more about all the racial passives in the Racial Overview page.

Potions

Spell-Power Potions
(Spell-crit, Spell Damage, Magicka)
(Cornflower, Ladys Smock, Water Hyacinth)

Essence of Spell Power Potion ESO new

Passives


Resource Management

Siphoning Attacks has to be always kept active to benefit from the extra resources and it also increases your healing done by a bit.

Incapacitating Strike might seem an odd choice for a Magicka build, but the reason we use this is to increase our sustain via the Reave buff, that increases our Magicka sustain.

Energy Orb will always be present in a good group. When you get close to the Orb you can activate its synergy to regain resources.

Potions should always be used on cooldown to gain the maximum benefit from them.

Heavy Attacks help you restore Magicka, if you drop low on resources do a few Heavy Attacks between skills to refill your Magicka.

  • Siphoning Attacks
  • Orb Synergy
  • Potions
  • Heavy Attacks

Rotation

Always weave Light Attacks between abilities, learn more in this guide here: “Weaving Beginner Guide”.

Like always, start with pre-buffing Siphoning Attacks, Merciless Resolve and Channeled Acceleration.

Unstable Wall of Elements > LA > Twisting Path > LA > Mystic Orb > Weapon Swap

LA > Siphoning Attacks (every 2nd rotation) > LA > 6x Elemental Weapon > Weapon Swap

Restart


Area of Effect Setup

Here you can find an optimized AoE setup for your build. This will help increase your damage on trash packs during dungeons & trials. You can choose any magicka based Monster Set, I prefer Iceheart because it provides so much damage mitigation.

GearSetWeightTraitEnchantment
ChestPerfected False God’s DevotionLightDivineMagicka
BeltMechanical AcuityLightDivineMagicka
ShoesMechanical AcuityLightDivineMagicka
PantsPerfected False God’s DevotionLightDivineMagicka
HandsMechanical AcuityLightDivineMagicka
HeadIceheartHeavyDivineMagicka
ShoulderIceheartMediumDivineMagicka
NecklacePerfected False God’s DevotionJewelryArcaneSpell Damage
RingPerfected False God’s DevotionJewelryArcaneSpell Damage
RingPerfected False God’s DevotionJewelryArcaneSpell Damage
Weapon 1Mechanical AcuityShockNirnhonedFire Enchant
Weapon 2Perfected Crushing WallFireInfusedWeapon Damage Enchant

 

Skills

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Maelstrom Arena

You can find a full guide that will help you get through the Maelstrom Arena in the “Maelstrom Arena Guide”.

Gear

GearSetWeightTraitEnchantment
ChestPerfected False God’s DevotionLightDivineMagicka
BeltPerfected False God’s DevotionLightDivineMagicka
ShoesPerfected False God’s DevotionLightDivineMagicka
PantsPerfected False God’s DevotionLightDivineMagicka
HandsPerfected False God’s DevotionLightDivineMagicka
HeadSlimecrawMediumDivineMagicka
ShoulderSlimecrawHeavyDivineMagicka
NecklaceMother’s SorrowJewelryArcaneSpell Dmg
RingMother’s SorrowJewelryArcaneSpell Dmg
RingMother’s SorrowJewelryArcaneSpell Dmg
Weapon 1Mother’s SorrowFirePreciseShock Enchantment
Weapon 2Mother’s SorrowFireInfusedWeapon Damage Enchantment

Skills

Impale Elemental Drain Swallow Soul Merciless Resolve Degeneration Soul Harvest
Elemental Blockade Harness Magicka Siphoning Attacks Twisting Path Consuming Trap Elemental Rage

Soul Harvest will also generate a lot of Ultimate if you slot it on the frontbar.


Gameplay for Magicka Nightblade Build PvE

Videos from recent and previous patches.

Castle Thorn Veteran Hardmode Full Run - Elder Scrolls Online ESO

Stone Garden Veteran Hardmode Full Run - Elder Scrolls Online ESO

Scalecaller Peak - Hardmode No Death Speedrun "Mountain God" - Dragon Bones DLC

Daedric Deflector Scalecaller Peak Achievement - Dragon Bones DLC ESO

Minimal Animosity Fang Lair Achievement - Dragon Bones DLC ESO

Cold Pursuit Achievement Fang Lair - Dragon Bones DLC

Update Log

11.08.2019 Updated the Build for the SCALEBREAKER DLC,  Elsweyr Chapter, Magicka Nightblade Build PvE.
20.10.2019 Updated the Build for the DRAGONHOLD DLC.
20.02.2020 Updated the Build for the HARROWSTORM DLC.
24.05.2020 Updated the Build for the GREYMOOR CHAPTER.
22.08.2020 Updated the Build for the STONETHORN DLC, Greymoor Chapter.
30.10.2020 Updated the Build for the MARKARTH DLC, Greymoor Chapter.

Changes to the previous Version

U28 Markarth DLC: Updated Champion Points & Character Screenshot.

Champion System

  • Reduced the Weapon and Spell Critical Chance granted from Perfect Strike and Spell Precision to 3% each, down from 9%.

Major/Minor System

  • Major Savagery and Prophecy: Increased to 12%, up from 10%.
  • Minor Berserk: Decreased to 5%, down from 8%.
  • Minor Vulnerability: Decreased to 5%, down from 8%.
  • Minor Magickasteal: Decreased to 168 per hit, down from 300.

Tags: Magicka Nightblade Build, Magicka NB Build PvE, Magblade PvE Build.