Elsweyr 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.

If you are new to Magicka Nightblade or ESO please make sure to read the New Player Beginners Guide and the Magicka Nightblade Beginners Guide, there are a lot of Beginner Guides that you can check out.

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 also have great ultimate generation due to Soul Harvest and the Catalyst passive, which is especially great in trash fights 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!

Changes from the previous version

Added False God’s Devotion set to the main setup and changed Soul harvest to Incap Strike due to the extra sustain it gives. We lost Minor Berserk on the Merciless Resolve skill, but it is still worth slotting as it keeps doing a lot of damage. Dark Shades got a huge buff and is now worth using. Also keep in mind, the Bloody Mara food is now better then the Blue Food!

Patchnotes text:

Death Stroke:

  • This ability and the Incapacitating Strike morph will no longer apply Major Defile to the target.
  • Incapacitating Strike (morph): This morph now Silences the target for 3 seconds when cast with 120 or more Ultimate. Additionally, while slotted, it now grants Reave, which restores up to 100 Magicka and Stamina when dealing damage with a Light or Heavy Attack on a target with a negative effect active on them.

Grim Focus:

  • Removed the Minor Berserk buff from this ability and its morphs.
  • This ability and its morphs will now reduce your damage taken by 3% for each Light or Heavy Attack you use, up to 5 times. Note that this bonus will persist even if the Grim Focus buff fades from you, as it is tethered to the amount of stacks you had while the buff was active. This effect will be consumed when you use your stacks by firing the spectral bow or when you leave combat.
  • The spectral bow now heals for 33% of the damage dealt if you are within 7 meters of the target when firing it.
  • Fixed an issue where this ability and its morphs would continue to persist after logging off.
    • Merciless Resolve (morph): Now increases healing done to 50%.
    • Relentless Focus: Increased the duration to 30 seconds from 20 seconds. Additionally, this morph no longer grants Minor Endurance.

Summon Shade:

  • This ability now scales with the caster’s Max Magicka and Spell Damage, or Stamina and Weapon Damage.
  • The shades will now attack every 2 seconds, rather than every 1.5 seconds.
  • Renamed the attacks the shades deal with each morph to help improve clarity.
  • Fixed an issue where these abilities did not increase in damage as they ranked up.
    • Dark Shade (morph): This ability now deals 50% more damage as a part of its morph functionality. The AoE attack it casts can happen 5% more frequently than before, and deals 20% more damage than the default attack.

Resource Management

Magicka Nightblades have good sustain, you only need to make a few tweaks to get good sustain. Here I want to explain to you what you can do to improve your sustain, so in the end you 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, this is your bread and butter ability to help with sustain. We also run a Magicka Drain Enchantment on one of your weapons, which also gives a big junk of magicka back. 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
  • Clockwork Citrus Filet (Witchmothers Brew)

Trials & Dungeons Setup

5x False God’s Devotion, 5x Mother’s Sorrow, 2x Zaan with a Breton and Bloody Mara food.

  • Unbuffed: out of combat
  • Buffed: Raid dummy buffs and Weapon Damage Enchantment were active.


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

Single Target vs AoE

  • Single Target Fight: Use the new Spell Strategist set that can be obtained in Rewards of the Worthy or bought via Guildstore.
  • AoE Fight: Keep using Mother's Sorrow. Spell Strategist is purely Single Target so it is not of much use in AoE fights.

Gear Setup 1

  • Spell Strategist: This is a very strong single target set. However, in AoE fights you better run Mother’s Sorrow for more AoE damage. Also, the Spell Strategist extra spell damage does not show on the character screenshot.
  • Master Architect also pairs well with Nightblades, you can also use Master Architect.
  • Siroria: Siroria is also a great set that you can use, but needs a lot of practice to master.
ChestPerfected False God's DevotionLightDivineMagicka
BeltMother's SorrowLightDivineMagicka
ShoesMother's SorrowLightDivineMagicka
PantsPerfected False God's DevotionLightDivineMagicka
HandsMother's SorrowLightDivineMagicka
NecklacePerfected False God's DevotionJewelryBloodthirstySpell Damage
RingPerfected False God's DevotionJewelryBloodthirstySpell Damage
RingPerfected False God's DevotionJewelryBloodthirstySpell Damage
Weapon 1Mother's SorrowFirePreciseFire Enchant
Weapon 2Crushing WallFireInfusedWeapon Damage Enchant

Gear Setup 2

ChestBurning SpellweaveLightDivineMagicka
BeltBurning SpellweaveLightDivineMagicka
ShoesBurning SpellweaveLightDivineMagicka
PantsMother's SorrowLightDivineMagicka
HandsMother's SorrowLightDivineMagicka
HeadValkyn SkoriaMediumDivineMagicka
ShoulderValkyn SkoriaHeavyDivineMagicka
NecklaceMother's SorrowJewelryBloodthirstySpell Dmg
RingMother's SorrowJewelryBloodthirstySpell Dmg
RingMother's SorrowJewelryBloodthirstySpell Dmg
Weapon 1Burning SpellweaveFirePreciseFire Enchant
Weapon 2Crushing WallFireInfusedAbsorb Magic Enchant

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 JulianosFirePreciseFire Enchant
Weapon 2Law of JulianosFireInfusedAbsorb Magic Enchant

Where can I get the gear?

Perfect False God's Devotion: Sunspire Vet
Perfect Mantle of Siroria: Cloudrest
Mother's Sorrow: Deshaan
Spell Strategist: Rewards of the Worthy, Guildstore
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
Willpower: Guildstore
Spinner's Garments: Malabal Tor


  • No Psijic? If you do not have Psijic abilities replace Elemental Weapon with Swallow Soul and Channeled Acceleration with Rearming Trap.
  • AoE Damage: For trash fights you can swap out Crippling Grasp with Sap Essence.
Crippling Grasp Merciless Resolve Elemental Weapon Impale Dark Shade Incapacitating Strike
Elemental Blockade Twisting Path Harness Magicka Siphoning Attacks Channeled Acceleration Shooting Star
Fire Staff MainbarFire Staff Bar
Slot 1: Crippling GraspSlot 1: Blockade of Fire
Slot 2: Merciless ResolveSlot 2: Twisting Path
Slot 3: Elemental Weapon/ Swallow SoulSlot 3: Harness Magicka
Slot 4: ImpaleSlot 4: Siphoning Attacks
Slot 5: Dark ShadesSlot 5: Channeled Acceleration
Ultimate: Incapacitating StrikeUltimate: Shooting Star


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

Championpoints [810]

The Ritual
40 Thaumaturge
The Atronach
66 Master-at-Arms, 13 Staff Expert
The Apprentice
56 Elemental Expert, 66 Elfborn, 29 Spell Erosion
The Shadow
56 Tumbling, 56 Shadow Ward
The Lover
100 Arcanist
The Tower
56 Warlord, 2 Sprinter
The Lord
The Lady
49 Hardy, 49 Elemental Defender, 48 Thick Skinned
The Steed
81 Ironclad, 43 Spell Shield

Championpoints [600]

The Ritual
44 Thaumaturge
The Atronach
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]

The Ritual
31 Thaumaturge
The Atronach
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.


Bloody Mara (Max Health and Max Magicka)
Solitude Salmon Millet Soup (2nd choice)

Food buff

Food buff

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

If you have below 53% crit chance (without thief equipped), then choose the Thief Mundus, if you are above then choose the Shadow Mundus. If you want an exact calculation on what you should use check out the Shadow vs Thief Article.

Shadow Mundus (Increased Spell Critical Damage)
Thief Mundus (Increased Spell Critical Chance)


Breton (Recommended)


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

Spell Power Potions


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.

Crippling Grasp > Weapon Swap >
Elemental Blockade > LA > Twisting Path > 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 LA > Elemental Weapon
  • From 25% and less you want to make sure to keep up Elemental Blockade, Twisting Path and Merciless Resolve and then use Impale instead of Elemental Weapon
  • Reapply Dark Shades every 2nd rotation

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 > LA > Twisting Path > LA > Crippling Grasp > LA > Rearming Trap (if you have it) > Weapon Swap >
LA > Elemental Weapon > LA > Elemental Weapon > LA > Elemental Weapon > LA > Elemental Weapon > Weapon Swap

  • Activate Merciless Resolve Bow proc whenever it is ready
  • Rebuff Siphoning Attacks after it ran out
  • Reapply Dark Shades every 2nd rotation

LA= Light Attack

Target Dummy Video

This video is from LIKO’S Youtube Channel, he does a full 21 million Target Dummy Parse on the Raid Dummy. This video is a fully optimized Target Dummy Setup, so it might slightly differ from the build here!

ESO – Magicka Nightblade (87k+ on Raid Dummy) – See Description – Elsweyr

Blackrose Prison Arena

This section of the build is dedicated to the Blackrose Prison Arena, it is a bit different compared to the usual Trial and Dungeon setup due to how the Arena works and because you fight such a huge amount of enemies each wave.

  • Gear Setup
  • Alternative Gear Setups
  • Skill Setup

Gear Setup

ChestFalse God's DevotionLightDivineMagicka
BeltFalse God's DevotionLightDivineMagicka
ShoesFalse God's DevotionLightDivineMagicka
PantsFalse God's DevotionLightDivineMagicka
HandsFalse God's DevotionLightDivineMagicka
NecklaceMother's SorrowJewelryArcaneSpell Damage
RingMother's SorrowJewelryArcaneSpell Damage
RingMother's SorrowJewelryArcaneSpell Damage
Weapon 1Mother's SorrowFire StaffPreciseFire Damage
Weapon 2Crushing WallFire StaffInfusedAbsorb Magic Enchant

Alternative Gear Setup


Sap Essence Merciless Resolve Elemental Weapon Impale Inner Light Soul Harvest
Elemental Blockade Twisting Path Harness Magicka Siphoning Attacks Channeled Acceleration Elemental Rage

Maelstrom Arena


  • If you do not have a Perfected Asylum Staff you can also use a Non-Perfected Asylum Staff.
ChestFalse God's DevotionLightDivineMagicka
BeltFalse God's DevotionLightDivineMagicka
ShoesFalse God's DevotionLightDivineMagicka
PantsFalse God's DevotionLightDivineMagicka
HandsFalse God's DevotionLightDivineMagicka
NecklaceWillpowerJewelryArcaneSpell Dmg
RingWillpowerJewelryArcaneSpell Dmg
RingWillpowerJewelryArcaneSpell Dmg
Weapon 1Concentrated Force (Perfected)FirePreciseShock Enchantment
Weapon 2Crushing WallFireInfusedFire 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.

Impale Elemental Drain Force Pulse Merciless Resolve Inner Light Soul Harvest
Elemental Blockade Harness Magicka Siphoning Attacks Twisting Path Inner Light Elemental Rage

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

16.05.2019 Updated Build for the Elsweyr Chapter, Magicka Nightblade Build PvE.
14.06.2019 Updated Champion Points and added Target Dummy for the Magicka Nightblade Build PvE.