Magicka Nightblade Build PvE for Summerset, Elder Scrolls Online ESO

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Magicka Nightblade Build PvE “Azure”- Summerset Chapter

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.

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!

Changes from the previous version

Updated Champion Points. We swapped out  Now we can use 5x 5x 2x setup thanks to the change of two handed weapons now counting as two pieces. In most situations Siroria is the new go to set in combination with Mother’s Sorrow. Master Architect is also still a very good option.

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

Spellpower Potion, Spell Damage Enchantment and Siroria were active when I took the screenshot. Gear Setup 1.



Gear

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

Gear Setup 1

Gear Set Weight Trait Enchantment
Chest Mother's Sorrow Light Divine Magicka
Belt Mother's Sorrow Light Divine Magicka
Shoes Mother's Sorrow Light Divine Magicka
Pants Perfect Mantle of Siroria Light Divine Magicka
Hands Perfect Mantle of Siroria Light Divine Magicka
Head Valkyn Skoria Heavy Divine Magicka
Shoulder Valkyn Skoria Medium Divine Magicka
Necklace Perfect Mantle of Siroria Jewelry Arcane Spell Dmg
Ring Perfect Mantle of Siroria Jewelry Arcane Spell Dmg
Ring Perfect Mantle of Siroria Jewelry Arcane Spell Dmg
Weapon 1 Mother's Sorrow Fire Infused Fire Enchant
Weapon 2 The Maelstrom's Inferno Staff Fire Infused Weapon Damage 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.

Gear Set Weight Trait Enchantment
Chest Master Architect Light Divine Magicka
Belt Master Architect Light Divine Magicka
Shoes Mother's Sorrow Light Divine Magicka
Pants Mother's Sorrow Light Divine Magicka
Hands Mother's Sorrow Light Divine Magicka
Head Valkyn Skoria Medium Divine Magicka
Shoulder Valkyn Skoria Heavy Divine Magicka
Necklace Master Architect Jewelry Arcane Spell Dmg
Ring Master Architect Jewelry Arcane Spell Dmg
Ring Master Architect Jewelry Arcane Spell Dmg
Weapon 1 Mother's Sorrow Fire Infused Fire Enchant
Weapon 2 The Maelstrom's Inferno Staff Fire Infused Weapon Damage Enchantment

Beginner Setup

Gear Set Weight Trait Enchantment
Chest Law of Julianos Heavy Divine Magicka
Belt Law of Julianos Light Divine Magicka
Shoes Spinner's Garments Light Divine Magicka
Pants Law of Julianos Light Divine Magicka
Hands Spinner's Garments Light Divine Magicka
Head Monster Set Medium Divine Magicka
Shoulder Monster Set Light Divine Magicka
Necklace Spinner's Garments Jewelry Arcane Spell Dmg
Ring Spinner's Garments Jewelry Arcane Spell Dmg
Ring Spinner's Garments Jewelry Arcane Spell Dmg
Weapon 1 Law of Julianos Fire Infused Magic Dmg Enchant
Weapon 2 Law of Julianos Fire Infused Weapon Damage 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
Master Architect: Halls of Fabrication
Maelstrom Inferno Staff: Maelstrom Arena
Mechanical Acuity: Craftable
Law of Julianos Craftable
Molag Kena: White Gold Tower, Undaunted Chest
Moondancer: Maw of Lorkhaj
Willpower: Guildstore
Spinner's Garments: Malabal Tor

Skills

  • 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.

Nightblade Open in build planner »

Fire Staff Mainbar Fire Staff Bar
Slot 1: Twisting Path Slot 1: Blockade of Fire
Slot 2: Merciless Resolve Slot 2: Crippling Grasp
Slot 3 Swallow Soul Slot 3: Harness Magicka
Slot 4: Impale Slot 4: Siphoning Attacks
Slot 5: Inner Light Slot 5: Inner Light
Ultimate: Destro Ultimate Ultimate: 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

Nightblade Open in build planner »

Championpoints

Championpoints [750 CP]

The Ritual
52 Thaumaturge
The Attronarch
56 Master-at-Arms, 23 Staff Expert
The Apprentice
49 Elemental Expert, 61 Elfborn, 9 Spell Erosion
The Shadow
48 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, 38 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.

Buff-food

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

Mundus Stone

Apprentice Mundus (Increased Spell Damage)

Race

Darkelf (Recommended)
Altmer
Breton

Potions

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 

Passives

  • Assassination: All passives
  • Shadow: All passives
  • Siphoning: All passives
  • Destruction Staff: All passives
  • Light Armor: All
  • Heavy Armor: Juggernaunt Passive
  • Vampire (optional): Supernatural Recovery, Undeath, Dark Stalker
  • Fighters Guild: All
  • Mages Guild: All
  • Undaunted: All
  • Racial: All
  • Alchemy: Medicinal Use
  • Psijic Order: All (Only if you use a Psijic Order ability)

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
Restart

  • 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 Apprentice. The Lover Mundus is only better for Target Dummies, so make sure to use Apprentice once you go into Trials or Dungeons.

Video from Dragon Bones.

Maelstrom Arena

Gear

Gear Set Weight Trait Enchantment
Chest Mother's Sorrow Light Divine Magicka
Belt Mother's Sorrow Light Divine Magicka
Shoes Mother's Sorrow Light Divine Magicka
Pants Perfect Mantle of Siroria Light Divine Magicka
Hands Perfect Mantle of Siroria Light Divine Magicka
Head Valkyn Skoria Heavy Divine Magicka
Shoulder Valkyn Skoria Medium Divine Magicka
Necklace Perfect Mantle of Siroria Jewelry Arcane Spell Dmg
Ring Perfect Mantle of Siroria Jewelry Arcane Spell Dmg
Ring Perfect Mantle of Siroria Jewelry Arcane Spell Dmg
Weapon 1 Mother's Sorrow Fire Infused Fire Enchant
Weapon 2 The Maelstrom's Inferno Staff Fire Infused Weapon Damage Enchantment

Skills

There is not a lot of changes to the skills itself, the only thing I did was move Harness Magicka to the frontbar, as you wan to keep the shield up all the time to not get any damage to your health. 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.

Nightblade Open in build planner »

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

Gameplay for Magicka Nightblade Build PvE

Update Log

16.05.2018 Added Build for Summerset Chapter, Magicka Nightblade Build PvE
18.05.2018 Updated Gear Setup for Magicka Nightblade Build PvE
19.05.2018 Updated Gear Setup, we now use Mother’s Sorrow over Burning Spellweave, as this gave better results for dps, Magicka Nightblade Build PvE
05.06.2018 Added Build Video for Magicka Nightblade Build PvE
13.06.2018 Updated the Maelstrom Skill Setup, Magicka Nightblade Build PvE
15.06.2018 Added Psijic order Skill Setup to the build, Magicka Nightblade Build PvE

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