Magicka Nightblade Build PvE for Dragon Bones, Elder Scrolls Online ESO

Magicka Nightblade PvE Build

Magicka Nightblade Build PvE “Azure”- Dragon Bones DLC

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 new set combos like Master Architect and Mechanical Acuity they also shine, activating Soul Harvest and Architect results in a 35% damage boost and with Acuity being all crits for 5 seconds, this can result in some serious damage increase.

  • 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

New main Gearsetup with Master Architect and Mechanical Acuity. Added and updated CPs. Due to Off Balance changes we are now using 2x Fire Staves, keep in mind on trashfights you still might want to use a Shockstaff for Heavy Attack AoE damage. Updated Skill allocation and passive section. If you choose to run two Fire Staves, Dark Elf might be the better choice in terms of damage output, very small difference tho.

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

Magicka Nightblade PvE Build

Spellpower Potion, Spelldmg Enchantment was active when I took the screenshot. Gearsetup 1.




Gear

  • Trashfights: Keep in mind, for trashfights you still might want to use a Shockstaff on the backbar, for Heavy Attack Shock AoE damage.

Gear Setup 1

  • Burning Spellweave is also a very good options in case your group already has enough Major Slayer sets.
  • Infused on both bars? If you are weapon swapping a lot and have a good rotation it can be worth it to also have an infused trait on the backbar, instead of nirnhoned.
Gear Set Weight Trait Enchantment
Chest Mechanical Acuity Heavy Divine Magicka
Belt Mechanical Acuity Light Divine Magicka
Shoes Mechanical Acuity Light Divine Magicka
Pants Mechanical Acuity Light Divine Magicka
Hands Master Architect Light Divine Magicka
Head Master Architect Light Divine Magicka
Shoulder Molag Kena Medium 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 Mechanical Acuity Fire Infused Fire Enchant
Weapon 2 Maelstrom Fire/ Shock Nirnhoned/ Infused Spell Damage

Gear Setup 2

Gear Set Weight Trait Enchantment
Chest Julianos Light Divine Magicka
Belt Julianos Light Divine Magicka
Shoes Julianos Light Divine Magicka
Pants Julianos Light Divine Magicka
Hands Julianos Light Divine Magicka
Head Valkyn Skoria Medium Divine Magicka
Shoulder Valkyn Skoria Heavy Divine Magicka
Necklace Moondancer Jewelry Arcane Spell Dmg
Ring Moondancer Jewelry Arcane Spell Dmg
Ring Moondancer Jewelry Arcane Spell Dmg
Weapon 1 Moondancer Fire Infused Fire Enchant
Weapon 2 Maelstrom Fire/ Shock Nirnhoned Spell Damage

Beginner Setup

Gear Set Weight Trait Enchantment
Chest Julianos Heavy Divine Health
Belt Julianos Light Divine Magicka
Shoes Julianos Light Divine Magicka
Pants Julianos Light Divine Magicka
Hands Julianos Light Divine Magicka
Head Monster Set Medium Divine Magicka
Shoulder Monster Set Light Divine Magicka
Necklace Willpower Jewelry Arcane Spell Dmg
Ring Willpower Jewelry Arcane Spell Dmg
Ring Willpower Jewelry Arcane Spell Dmg
Weapon 1 Random Fire Infused Magic Dmg Enchant
Weapon 2 Random Shock/ Fire Nirnhoned Spell Damage

Where can I get the gear?

Julianos: Craftable
Mechanical Acuity: Craftable
Master Architect: Halls of Fabrication
Molag Kena: White Gold Tower, Undaunted Chest
Burning Spellweave: City of Ash 1 & 2
Moondancer: Maw of Lorkhaj
Valkyn Skoria: City of Ash 2
Willpower: Guildstore

Skills

  • Why this particular allocation of skills? I found this to be the most practical setup, as we can barswap every 8 seconds to our backbar and reapply both DoTs (Elemental Blockade, Crippling Grasp & Twisting Path) and then immediately barswap again and keep using Swallow Soul.
  • Aoe spammable? We are applying all our AoE DoTs on the enemies and then we use Shock Heavy attacks for AoE Damage, this is the most powerful tool and it also restores magicka!
  • 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.

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

Championpoints

Championpoints [720 CP]

The Ritual
52 Thaumaturge
The Attronarch
48 Master-at-Arms
The Apprentice
49 Elemental Expert, 61 Elfborn, 30 Spell Erosion
The Shadow
37 Tumbling, 37 Shadow Ward
The Lover
75 Arcanist, 49 Tenacity
The Tower
42 Warlord
The Lord
20 Bastion
The Lady
49 Hardy, 49 Elemental Defender, 48 Thick Skinned
The Steed
66 Ironclad, 8 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

Solitude Salmon-Millet Sauce (Max Health+Max Magicka)
or
Witchmothers Brew (Max Health, Max Magicka, Magicka Recovery)

Mundus Stone

Apprentice Mundus (Increased Spell Damage)

Race

Altmer
Darkelf (Recommended)
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

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

Rotation & Skeleton Parse

Keep in mind, this is basic rotation, if you want to get maximum dps you need a dynamic rotation.

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.

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.

Maelstrom Arena

Gear

Gear Set Weight Trait Enchantment
Chest Mechanical Acuity Heavy Divine Magicka
Belt Mechanical Acuity Light Divine Magicka
Shoes Mechanical Acuity Light Divine Magicka
Pants Mechanical Acuity Light Divine Magicka
Hands Master Architect Light Divine Magicka
Head Master Architect Light Divine Magicka
Shoulder Molag Kena Medium 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 Mechanical Acuity Fire Infused Fire Enchant
Weapon 2 Maelstrom Fire Nirnhoned/ Infused Spell Damage

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 »

As you can see, other than that there are not more changes needed, as Nightblades have very good burst damage with a Destro Ultimate, just remember to keep your shield up all the time!

Gameplay for Magicka Nightblade Build PvE

Update Log

02.02.2018 Added Build for Dragon Bones DLC. Magicka Nightblade Build PvE
02.02.2018 Fixed typo on Gear, Had medium Architect instead of medium Kena.
19.02.2018 Fixed typo in CP section, had 76 instead of 75 Arcanist. (Put remaining point in Shadow Ward)
03.03.2018 Removed Gearsetup 3 (And made a comment about BSW on Gearsetup 1) and added Beginner Setup.
04.03.2018 Added Buildvideo for Magicka Nightblade Build PvE
13.03.2018 Added DPS Test Target Skeleton 6 million in the rotation section to Magicka Nightblade Build PvE
13.03.2018 Updated Maelstrom Gear Setup and also wrote a comment about possible double Infused setup in the gear section for Magicka Nightblade Build PvE

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