Wrathstone DLC, 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.

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 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

Added some more race options. Added explanation when to use Shadow or the Thief Mundus Stone. Shadow got a buff:

  • Shadow Mundus: Increased the Critical Hit Damage bonus to 13% from 9%. Note that this still will not affect critical healing.

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


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.
ChestPerfect Mantle of SiroriaLightDivineMagicka
BeltMother's SorrowLightDivineMagicka
ShoesMother's SorrowLightDivineMagicka
PantsPerfect Mantle of SiroriaLightDivineMagicka
HandsMother's SorrowLightDivineMagicka
Head ZaanValkyn SkoriaHeavyDivineMagicka
Shoulder ZaanValkyn SkoriaMediumDivineMagicka
NecklacePerfect Mantle of SiroriaJewelryBloodthirsty/ ArcaneSpell Damage
RingPerfect Mantle of SiroriaJewelryBloodthirstySpell Damage
RingPerfect Mantle of SiroriaJewelryBloodthirstySpell Damage
Weapon 1Mother's SorrowFirePreciseFire Enchant
Weapon 2The Maelstrom's Inferno StaffFireInfusedAbsorb Magic Enchant

Gear Setup 2

ChestBurning SpellweaveLightDivineMagicka
BeltBurning SpellweaveLightDivineMagicka
ShoesBurning SpellweaveLightDivineMagicka
PantsMother's SorrowLightDivineMagicka
HandsMother's SorrowLightDivineMagicka
HeadValkyn SkoriaMediumDivineMagicka
ShoulderValkyn SkoriaHeavyDivineMagicka
NecklaceMother's SorrowJewelryBloodthirsty/ ArcaneSpell Dmg
RingMother's SorrowJewelryBloodthirstySpell Dmg
RingMother's SorrowJewelryBloodthirstySpell Dmg
Weapon 1Burning SpellweaveFirePreciseFire Enchant
Weapon 2The Maelstrom's Inferno StaffFireInfusedAbsorb 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 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
Moondancer: Maw of Lorkhaj
Willpower: Guildstore
Spinner's Garments: Malabal Tor


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: Inner LightSlot 5: Channeled Acceleration
Ultimate: Soul HarvestUltimate: Fiery Rage


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

Championpoints [810 CP]

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
58 Tumbling, 60 Shadow Ward
The Lover
100 Arcanist
The Tower
52 Warlord
The Lord
The Lady
49 Hardy, 49 Elemental Defender, 48 Thick Skinned
The Steed
81 Ironclad, 43 Spell Shield

Championpoints [600 CP]

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 CP]

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.


As a Breton you can use the blue food, for all other races I do recommend using the gold food to increase sustain.

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

Clockwork Citrus Filet

Magicka sorcerer beginner guide

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)




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

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

LA= Light Attack

Skeleton Parse


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

ChestLaw of JulianosHeavyDivineMagicka
BeltLaw of JulianosLightDivineMagicka
ShoesLaw of JulianosLightDivineMagicka
PantsLaw of JulianosLightDivineMagicka
HandsLaw of JulianosLightDivineMagicka
NecklaceMother's SorrowJewelryArcaneSpell Damage
RingMother's SorrowJewelryArcaneSpell Damage
RingMother's SorrowJewelryArcaneSpell Damage
Weapon 1Mother's SorrowFire StaffPreciseFire Damage
Weapon 2The Maelstrom's Inferno StaffFire StaffInfusedAbsorb Magic Enchant

Alternative Gear Setup


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 1Concentrated Force (Perfected)FirePreciseShock 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

24.02.2019 Updated Build for Wrathstone DLC, Elsweyr Chapter. Magicka Nightblade Build PvE
28.02.2019 Added explanation on when to use Shadow or Thief Mundus Stone
03.03.2019 Changed the value from thief vs shadow to 53% from 65%.
03.03.2019 Changed Frontbar Staff from Infused to Precise, as it deals slightly more damage.