• Magicka Nightblade Build PvE

Magicka Nightblade Build PvE for Elder Scrolls Online


Wolfhunter DLC, Summerset Chapter

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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.

Magicka Nightblades have one of the best sustained setups due to their cheap spammable skill Funnel Health/Swallow Soul. Nightblades also have great ultimate generation due to Soul Harvest and the Catalyst passive, which is especially great in trashfights as they can dish out Ultimates twice as fast as other classes. With sets like Master Architect they also shine, activating Soul Harvest and Architect results in a 35% damage boost.

  • 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!

Magicka Nightblade Build PvE "Azure" -Summerset Chapter ESO

The Video is from the Summerset Chapter, so there might be small changes in this version of the build, remember that.

Changes from the previous version

Reminder: The Build video is from the Summerset Chapter patch. Small changes have been made in the Wolfhunter DLC update, as you can see here in the written guide.

  • Updated Champion Points and improved the passive section.
  • Changed Enchantments, ZOS changed how they proc, so we run a fire enchant now on the backbar.
  • Optimized Gear Setups, it now follows the rule of 1,2,3
    • Setup 1 is with Trial Gear
    • Setup 2 is without Trial Gear
    • Setup 3 is for Beginners
  • Optimized Maelstrom Setup

Resource Management

Resource Management is a huge part of this patch. Magicka Nightblades kind of have good sustain, you only need to use a few tweaks to get sustain. Here I want to explain to you what you can do to improve your sustain, so in the end you kind of can find your own “sweetspot” for sustain and adjust it if needed. Siphoning Attacks is a must have for every Magicka Nightblade build and it should be reapplied once it runs out. You can also run a Magicka Drain Enchantment on one of your weapons if you want. Now the last big thing that you can choose on your own to tweak your sustain, Magicka Recovery Glyphs. I felt I reached good sustain when i used one Magicka Recovery Glyph. However, if you think your sustain is still not where you would like it to be, then use a second Magicka Recovery Glyph and then you should difinitely be good to go. Heavy Attacks are also a great tool to restore resources, while we not really need them for this build, if you really get into a situation where you dry out, use one or two heavy attacks!

  • Siphoning Attacks
  • Magicka Drain Enchantment
  • Magicka Recovery Glyphs
  • Heavy Attacks
  • Witchmothers Brew

Trials & Dungeons Setup


There are several good Sets that Nightblades can use, I will list some here:

Gear Setup 1

ChestMother's SorrowLightDivineMagicka
BeltMother's SorrowLightDivineMagicka
ShoesMother's SorrowLightDivineMagicka
PantsPerfect Mantle of SiroriaLightDivineMagicka
HandsPerfect Mantle of SiroriaLightDivineMagicka
HeadValkyn SkoriaHeavyDivineMagicka
ShoulderValkyn SkoriaMediumDivineMagicka
NecklacePerfect Mantle of SiroriaJewelryArcaneSpell Dmg
RingPerfect Mantle of SiroriaJewelryBloodthirstySpell Dmg
RingPerfect Mantle of SiroriaJewelryBloodthirstySpell Dmg
Weapon 1Mother's SorrowFireInfusedWeapon Damage Enchant
Weapon 2The Maelstrom's Inferno StaffFireInfusedFire Enchantment

Gear Setup 2

Master Architect also pairs well with Nightblades, you can also use Master Architect and combine it with sets like Mother’s Sorrow.

ChestBurning SpellweaveLightDivineMagicka
BeltBurning SpellweaveLightDivineMagicka
ShoesBurning SpellweaveLightDivineMagicka
PantsMother's SorrowLightDivineMagicka
HandsMother's SorrowLightDivineMagicka
HeadValkyn SkoriaMediumDivineMagicka
ShoulderValkyn SkoriaHeavyDivineMagicka
NecklaceMother's SorrowJewelryArcaneSpell Dmg
RingMother's SorrowJewelryBloodthirstySpell Dmg
RingMother's SorrowJewelryBloodthirstySpell Dmg
Weapon 1Burning SpellweaveFireInfusedWeapon Damage Enchant
Weapon 2The Maelstrom's Inferno StaffFireInfusedFire Enchantment

Beginner Setup

ChestLaw of JulianosHeavyDivineMagicka
BeltLaw of JulianosLightDivineMagicka
ShoesSpinner's GarmentsLightDivineMagicka
PantsLaw of JulianosLightDivineMagicka
HandsSpinner's GarmentsLightDivineMagicka
HeadMonster SetMediumDivineMagicka
ShoulderMonster SetLightDivineMagicka
NecklaceSpinner's GarmentsJewelryArcaneSpell Dmg
RingSpinner's GarmentsJewelryArcaneSpell Dmg
RingSpinner's GarmentsJewelryArcaneSpell Dmg
Weapon 1Law of JulianosFireInfusedAbsorb Magic Enchant
Weapon 2Law of JulianosFireInfusedFire Enchantment

Where can I get the gear?

Perfect Mantle of Siroria: Cloudrest
Mother's Sorrow: Deshaan
Burning Spellweave: City of Ash 1 & 2
Valkyn Skoria: City of Ash 2
Zaan: Scalecaller Peak
Master Architect: Halls of Fabrication
Maelstrom Inferno Staff: Maelstrom Arena
Pefected Asylum Inferno Staff Asylum Sanctorium
Grothdarr: Vault of Madness
Law of Julianos Craftable
Molag Kena: White Gold Tower, Undaunted Chest
Moondancer: Maw of Lorkhaj
Willpower: Guildstore
Spinner's Garments: Malabal Tor


  • Soul Harvest: We have this on the backbar because it will give us a lot of extra Ultimate Points when we kill Trashmobs on our AoE bar. Also we need a Destro Staff ability on the frontbar, which is the Destro Ultimate.
  • Elemental Weapon? (Psijic) You could use this ability instead of Swallow Soul/ Funnel Health. But you will loose most self healing then.
  • Channeled Acceleration (Psijic): You could use this skill on the backbar instead of Inner Light.
Fire Staff MainbarFire Staff Bar
Slot 1: Twisting PathSlot 1: Blockade of Fire
Slot 2: Merciless ResolveSlot 2: Crippling Grasp
Slot 3: Funnel HealthSlot 3: Harness Magicka
Slot 4: ImpaleSlot 4: Siphoning Attacks
Slot 5: Inner LightSlot 5: Inner Light
Ultimate: Destro UltimateUltimate: Soul Harvest

Psijic Order Skill Setup

  • Keep in mind, you will get slightly more damage with this setup but you will loose the healing from Funnel Health!
  • We also swapped Siphoning Attacks to frontbar with this setup to not loose the extra Max Magicka that we get from the Siphoning passive.


Championpoints [780 CP]

The Ritual
40 Thaumaturge
The Attronarch
66 Master-at-Arms, 16 Staff Expert
The Apprentice
56 Elemental Expert, 61 Elfborn, 21 Spell Erosion
The Shadow
58 Tumbling, 50 Shadow Ward
The Lover
100 Arcanist
The Tower
52 Warlord
The Lord
The Lady
49 Hardy, 49 Elemental Defender, 48 Thick Skinned
The Steed
66 Ironclad, 48 Spell Shield

Championpoints [600 CP]

The Ritual
44 Thaumaturge
The Attronarch
40 Master at Arms, 11 Staff Expert
The Apprentice
49 Elemental Expert, 37 Elfborn, 19 Spell Erosion
The Shadow
20 Tumbling, 20 Shadow Ward
The Lover
75 Arcanist, 49 Tenacity
The Tower
36 Warlord
The Lord
The Lady
42 Hardy, 42 Elemental Defender, 40 Thick Skinned
The Steed
52 Ironclad, 24 Spell Shield

Championpoints [300 CP]

The Ritual
31 Thaumaturge
The Attronarch
20 Master at Arms, 2 Staff Expert
The Apprentice
27 Elemental Expert, 20 Elfborn
The Shadow
The Lover
49 Arcanist, 49 Tenacity
The Tower
2 Warlord
The Lord
The Lady
23 Hardy, 23 Elemental Defender, 23 Thick Skinned
The Steed
31 Ironclad

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.


Witchmothers Brew (Max Health, Max Magicka, Magicka Recovery)
Clockwork Citrus Filet

Mundus Stone

Thief Mundus (Increased Spell Critical)


Darkelf (Recommended)


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

In case you are still unsure on how to mix the ingredients together, you can check out a alchemy simulator here: Alchemy Simulator 


I highly recommend being a Vampire for the extra 10% Magicka and Stamina recovery!

Rotation & Skeleton Parse

Keep in mind, if you want to get maximum dps you need a dynamic rotation. Like always, start with pre-buffing Siphoning Attacks and Merciless Resolve.

Elemental Blockade > Light Attack > Crippling Grasp > Light Attack > Weapon Swap (reapply Siphoning Attacks if needed before you swap)

Keep up Twisting Path and use Spectral Bow from Merciless Resolve whenever it is ready. otherwise keep using Light Attack > Swallow Soul.

From 25% and less you want to make sure to keep up all the DoTs but use Impale instead of Swallow Soul.

Static easier Rotation

This here is the basic static rotation. What you want to change on your skill bar is that you place Twisting Path on the backbar and place Siphoning Attacks on the front bar. This way we can simply reapply our DoTs (Blockade of Fire, Twisting Path and Crippling Grasp after each other). Like always, start with pre-buffing Siphoning Attacks and Merciless Resolve.

Blockade of Fire > Light Attack > Twisting Path > Light Attack > Crippling Grasp > Light Attack > Rearming Trap (if you have it) > Weapon Swap
> Light Attack > Funnel Health > Light Attack > Funnel Health > Light Attack > Funnel Health > Weapon Swap

  • Activate Merciless Resolve Bow proc whenever it is ready
  • Rebuff Siphoning Attacks after it ran out

Skeleton Parse

This test has been done on a 6 million Target Dummy. I changed the setup slightly so I used the Lover Mundus Stone instead of Thief. The Lover Mundus is only better for Target Dummies, so make sure to use Thief Mundus once you go into Trials or Dungeons.

Magicka Nightblade 6m Dummy DPS Test & analyze Parse – Dragon Bones

Reminder: Video is from Dragon Bones.

Maelstrom Arena


  • If you do not have a Perfected Asylum Staff you can also use a Non-Perfected Asylum Staff.
ChestBurning SpellweaveLightDivineMagicka
BeltBurning SpellweaveLightDivineMagicka
ShoesBurning SpellweaveLightDivineMagicka
PantsBurning SpellweaveLightDivineMagicka
HandsBurning SpellweaveLightDivineMagicka
NecklaceMoondancerJewelryArcaneSpell Dmg
RingMoondancerJewelryArcaneSpell Dmg
RingMoondancerJewelryArcaneSpell Dmg
Weapon 1The Asylum's Perfected Inferno StaffFireInfusedShock Enchantment
Weapon 2The Maelstrom's Inferno StaffFireInfusedFire Enchantment


If you are new to Maelstrom arena I highly recommend checking out my Beginner Setup for Magicka Nightblade in Maelstrom Arena.

We also swapped out Crippling Grasp for Elemental Drain, most mobs die too fast anyway so the extra DoT is just a waste of time to cast and we need the extra effects from Elemental Drain.

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

Gameplay for Magicka Nightblade Build PvE

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

09.08.2018 Added Build for Wolfhunter DLC, Summerset Chapter, Magicka Nightblade Build PvE
14.08.2018 Added Thief Mundus as an option, Magicka Nightblade Build PvE
21.08.2018 Removed Apprentice Mundus as it performed slightly worse than Thief. Removed Char Screenshot due to inaccuracy.
12.09.2018 Added 600 CP setup to the build