Updated: Flames of Ambition DLC, Blackwood Chapter
Type: Dungeon, Trial, Arena & Overland
Buildname: Azure

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Welcome to the Magicka Nightblade Build for ESO. This build is optimized for group content such as dungeons, trials & arenas and has a very glass-cannon approach. The Magicka Nightblade DPS build is optimized for maximum damage. The build works best in a group but with some minor adjustments can also be played as a solo setup if necessary.

The Magicka Nightblade has strong abilities like Swallow Soul, Siphoning Attacks, Dark Shade, Twisting Path, Merciless Resolve, Sap Essence and Death Stroke. Nightblade also have useful passives such as Master Assassin, Hemorrhage, Refreshing Shadows, Catalyst, Magicka Flood and of course plenty more.

The Magicka Nightblade Build has 3 different gear setups. Tier 1 with the best gear, Tier 2 with advanced gear and Tier 3 for beginners. If you are a new player I do recommend reading the Magicka Nightblade Beginners Guide. If you are looking for a solo build then I recommend checking out the Solo Magicka Nightblade Build.

  • Double Destruction Staff Setup
  • Amazing Single Target (ST) Damage
  • Amazing Area of Effect (AoE) Damage
  • Great Sustain
  • Easy Survivability due to Magicka Shield
  • Optimized for Trials, Dungeons & Arenas

More Nightblade Builds can be found in the Nightblade class category.


Magicka Nightblade Build Setup

5x Mother’s Sorrow, 5x Medusa, 2x Zaan on a High Elf with Clockwork Citrus Fillet food.

  • Unbuffed: Out of combat, buff food active
  • Buffed: Raid Target Dummy buffs, buff food, Spell Power Potion, Weapon Damage Enchantment active.

Gear – Magicka Nightblade Build

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 the primary Gear setup
  • Setup 2 is without Trial Gear
  • Setup 3 is for Beginners

There are plenty of good Magicka DPS sets in the game, you can check out the “Endgame Magicka DPS Sets Article” with an explanation for each set.

Gear Setup 1

GearSetWeightTraitEnchantment
ChestMother’s SorrowLightDivineMagicka
BeltMother’s SorrowLightDivineMagicka
ShoesMother’s SorrowLightDivineMagicka
PantsMother’s SorrowLightDivineMagicka
HandsMother’s SorrowLightDivineMagicka
HeadZaanLightDivineMagicka
ShoulderZaanLightDivineMagicka
NecklaceMedusaJewelryBloodthirstySpell Damage
RingMedusaJewelryBloodthirstySpell Damage
RingMedusaJewelryBloodthirstySpell Damage
Weapon 1MedusaFirePreciseFire Enchant
Weapon 2Perfected Crushing WallFireInfusedWeapon Damage Enchant

Gear Setup 2

GearSetWeightTraitEnchantment
ChestLaw of JulianosLightDivineMagicka
BeltLaw of JulianosLightDivineMagicka
ShoesLaw of JulianosLightDivineMagicka
PantsMother’s SorrowLightDivineMagicka
HandsMother’s SorrowLightDivineMagicka
HeadValkyn SkoriaLightDivineMagicka
ShoulderValkyn SkoriaLightDivineMagicka
NecklaceMother’s SorrowJewelryBloodthirstySpell Damage
RingMother’s SorrowJewelryBloodthirstySpell Damage
RingMother’s SorrowJewelryBloodthirstySpell Damage
Weapon 1Law of JulianosFirePreciseFire Enchant
Weapon 2Crushing WallFireInfusedWeapon Damage Enchant

Gear Setup 3 Beginner

GearSetWeightTraitEnchantment
ChestLaw of JulianosLightDivineMagicka
BeltLaw of JulianosLightDivineMagicka
ShoesLaw of JulianosLightDivineMagicka
PantsMagnus’ GiftLightDivineMagicka
HandsMagnus’ GiftLightDivineMagicka
HeadMagnus’ GiftLightDivineMagicka
ShoulderMagnus’ GiftLightDivineMagicka
NecklaceWillpowerJewelryArcaneSpell Damage
RingWillpowerJewelryArcaneSpell Damage
RingWillpowerJewelryArcaneSpell Damage
Weapon 1Law of JulianosFirePreciseFire Enchant
Weapon 2Law of JulianosFireInfusedAbsorb Magic Enchant

Where can I get the gear?

Perfected False God’s Devotion: vSunspire
False God’s Devotion: Sunspire
Mother’s Sorrow: Deshaan, Guildstores
Medusa: Arx Corinium
Valkyn Skoria: vCity of Ash 2
Zaan: vScalecaller Peak
Perfected Crushing Wall (Maelstrom Staff): vMaelstrom Arena
Crushing Wall (Maelstrom Staff): Maelstrom Arena
Slimecraw: vWayrest Sewers I, Maj Undaunted Chest
Iceheart: vDirefrost Keep
Law of Julianos: Craftable
Willpower: Guildstore
Magnus’ Gift: Craftable
Mechanical Acuity: Craftable

Skills

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Fire Staff MainbarFire Staff Bar
Slot 1: Siphoning AttacksSlot 1: Unstable Wall of Elements
Slot 2: Merciless ResolveSlot 2: Twisting Path
Slot 3: Elemental Weapon/ Swallow SoulSlot 3: Harness Magicka
Slot 4: ImpaleSlot 4: Mystic Orb
Slot 5: Inner LightSlot 5: Inner Light
Ultimate: Incapacitating StrikeUltimate: Shooting Star

 

Champion Points – Magicka Nightblade Build

Below you can find the Champion Points setup for this build. Work your way from top to bottom in your allocation. For more information on Champion Points, please visit the Champion Points Overview Page on ESO-Hub.com.

Hovering over each perk will give you insights on what it does. Presets are also provided for each of the allocations below.

Click the tab below to open the allocation.

180 Champion Point Allocation

Preset used for this allocation: https://eso-hub.com/en/champion-points/calculator?preset=7eb5ec0b-233f-4035-8917-c998573efbda

Warfare Tree Points Allocation

Fitness Tree Points Allocation

Craft Tree Points Allocation

300 Champion Point Allocation

Preset used for this allocation: https://eso-hub.com/en/champion-points/calculator?preset=c6b57bc7-2811-417b-8155-1c4d3ac626de

Warfare Tree Points Allocation

Fitness Tree Points Allocation

Craft Tree Points Allocation

600 Champion Point Allocation

Preset used for this allocation: https://eso-hub.com/en/champion-points/calculator?preset=49141c51-da35-4e32-9f8f-05d9ded31bcf

Warfare Tree Points Allocation

Fitness Tree Points Allocation

Craft Tree Points Allocation

900 Champion Point Allocation

Preset used for this allocation: https://eso-hub.com/en/champion-points/calculator?preset=c50c883c-808a-4ed8-91a0-22cbf000f6cb

Warfare Tree Points Allocation

Fitness Tree Points Allocation

Craft Tree Points Allocation

1200 Champion Point Allocation

Preset used for this allocation: https://eso-hub.com/en/champion-points/calculator?preset=23ea2ae4-009b-4f59-b7c2-71338d7b6305

Warfare Tree Points Allocation

Fitness Tree Points Allocation

Craft Tree Points Allocation

2200 Champion Point Allocation

Preset used for this allocation: https://eso-hub.com/en/champion-points/calculator?preset=99b95181-0aab-4aff-93c9-b6193a31230d

Warfare Tree Points Allocation

Fitness Tree Points Allocation

Craft Tree Points Allocation

 

Important Info for Magicka Nightblade Build PvE

In this section of the Magicka Nightblade Build we are going to take a look at buff-food, mundus stone, race, potions, passives and attributes. These things are very important for the Magicka Nightblade Build as they help with damage and sustain.

Buff-food

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

Food buff

If you can’t afford Clockwork Citrus Filet, then I recommend getting the way cheaper Witchmother’s Potent Brew which has similar effects.

Food buff

Mundus Stone

Shadow Mundus (Increased Spell Critical Damage)

Race

Any race with magicka based passives will work with this setup. You can find out more about all the racial passives in the Racial Overview page.

Potions

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

Essence of Spell Power Potion ESO

Passives


Resource Management – Magicka Nightblade Build

Siphoning Attacks has to be always kept active to benefit from the extra resources and it also increases your healing done by a bit.

Incapacitating Strike might seem an odd choice for a Magicka build, but the reason we use this is to increase our sustain via the Reave buff, that increases our Magicka sustain.

Energy Orb will always be present in a good group. When you get close to the Orb you can activate its synergy to regain resources.

Potions should always be used on cooldown to gain the maximum benefit from them.

Heavy Attacks help you restore Magicka, if you drop low on resources do a few Heavy Attacks between skills to refill your Magicka.

  • Siphoning Attacks
  • Orb Synergy
  • Potions
  • Heavy Attacks

Rotation for the Magicka Nightblade Build

Always weave Light Attacks between abilities, learn more in this guide here: “Weaving Beginner Guide”.

Like always, start with pre-buffing Siphoning Attacks, Merciless Resolve and Channeled Acceleration.

Unstable Wall of Elements > LA > Twisting Path > LA > Mystic Orb > Weapon Swap

LA > Siphoning Attacks (every 2nd rotation) > LA > 6x Swallow Soul > Weapon Swap

Restart

  • Activate Merciless Resolve Bow proc whenever it is ready
  • In Execute after 25%, use Impale instead of spammable.
  • LA= Light Attack

Area of Effect Setup

Here you can find an optimized AoE setup for your build. This will help increase your damage on trash packs during dungeons & trials. You can choose any magicka based Monster Set, I prefer Iceheart because it provides so much damage mitigation.

GearSetWeightTraitEnchantment
ChestPerfected False God’s DevotionLightDivineMagicka
BeltMechanical AcuityLightDivineMagicka
ShoesMechanical AcuityLightDivineMagicka
PantsPerfected False God’s DevotionLightDivineMagicka
HandsMechanical AcuityLightDivineMagicka
HeadIceheartLightDivineMagicka
ShoulderIceheartLightDivineMagicka
NecklacePerfected False God’s DevotionJewelryArcaneSpell Damage
RingPerfected False God’s DevotionJewelryArcaneSpell Damage
RingPerfected False God’s DevotionJewelryArcaneSpell Damage
Weapon 1Mechanical AcuityShockNirnhonedFire Enchant
Weapon 2Perfected Crushing WallFireInfusedWeapon Damage Enchant

 

Skills

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Maelstrom Arena & Vateshran Hollows Arena

Please check out the Solo Magicka Nightblade Build for the Maelstrom and Vateshran Setup. The build here focuses on group setups, therefore the Solo Magicka Templar Build is better suited to face the dangers of the Maelstrom and Vateshran Arena. I also highly recommend reading the full in depth Maelstrom Arena GuideVateshran Hollows Arena Guide.


Gameplay for Magicka Nightblade Build PvE

Here you can find Gameplay videos from recent and previous patches.

Castle Thorn Veteran Hardmode Full Run - Elder Scrolls Online ESO

Stone Garden Veteran Hardmode Full Run - Elder Scrolls Online ESO

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

Related Content

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Update Log

11.08.2019 Updated the Build for the SCALEBREAKER DLC,  Elsweyr Chapter, Magicka Nightblade Build PvE.
20.10.2019 Updated the Build for the DRAGONHOLD DLC.
20.02.2020 Updated the Build for the HARROWSTORM DLC.
24.05.2020 Updated the Build for the GREYMOOR CHAPTER.
22.08.2020 Updated the Build for the STONETHORN DLC, Greymoor Chapter.
30.10.2020 Updated the Build for the MARKARTH DLC, Greymoor Chapter.
05.03.2021 Updated the Build for the FLAMES OF AMBITION DLC, Blackwood Chapter.


Tags: Magicka Nightblade Build, Magicka NB Build PvE, Magblade PvE Build.