“Azure”

Updated: Stonethorn DLC, Greymoor Chapter
Type: Dungeon, Trial, Arena & Overland

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. You can also find other Magicka Nightblade content on the website such as:

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 have a very low cost Ultimate that boost all their damage by 20% and their execute damage is second to none. Like always you can find three different gear setups, one with the best gear, one with advanced gear and a beginner setup.

  • 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 to the previous Version

Stonethorn DLC U27, changed the skill setups for both Single Target and AoE. Removed Vampire from the build, as Blood for Blood got nerfed, replaced it with our normal Nightblade/Psijic spammable. There is plenty of gear balance changes that made some sets a bit more viable, Single Target gear setup nothing changed, updated the AoE gear setup.

Notable changes from the patch notes:

Grim Focus (Merciless Resolve):

  • This ability and its morphs now grant 2% Critical Damage and Healing per stack, rather than reducing your damage taken by 2% per stack, in order to help this ability feel more aggressive and assassination oriented.
  • Stacks removed from these abilities after ending combat will now only be removed in PvP zones, rather than all the time, fixing numerous issues where you could lose all stacks generated where you appeared to still be in combat.

Great damage buff for our setup.

Bloodthirsty: This trait now grants up to 350 Weapon and Spell Damage against targets under 90% Health, rather than granting a flat 10% damage increase against targets under 25% Health.

False God’s Devotion Set:

  • Removed the extra 5 piece bonus of Spell Damage on the normal version
  • Removed the extra 5 piece bonus of Magicka on the perfected version

Mantle of Siroria Set:

  • This set and the Perfected version now grant 52 Spell Damage per stack, up from 30.
  • Reduced the maximum stacks to 10, down from 20.

Both False God and Siroria got some adjustments. False God is king if you have sustain issues. If you don’t have sustain issues you want to wear Siroria for the damage, easier to maintain the stacks now!

Mechanical Acuity Set:

  • Removed the proc chance from this set.
  • This set now grants its guaranteed Critical Strike to any ability that can naturally Critically Strike, rather than only attacks.

Medusa Set:

  • This set’s 2-4 piece bonuses are now Spell Critical, rather than Health, Magicka, and Spell Damage.
  • This set now has an additional 5 piece bonus of 900 Spell Critical.
  • This is a heavy armor set.

Both Acuity and the Medusa set are now also very viable. Acuity for burst situations such as trash fights and Medusa can be used if you need 1 extra Skill slot (Because you won’t have to run Trap or Channeled Acceleration for the Minor Force buff.)


Resource Management

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

Trials & Dungeons Setup

5x Perfect False God, 5x Mother’s Sorrow, 2x Zaan on a High Elf with Artaeum Pickled Fish Bowl food.

  • Unbuffed: Out of Combat
  • Buffed: Raid target dummy buffs, Weapon Damage Enchantment, Spell Power Potions are active.

Gear

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

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
ChestPerfected False God's DevotionLightDivineMagicka
BeltMother's SorrowLightDivineMagicka
ShoesMother's SorrowLightDivineMagicka
PantsPerfected False God's DevotionLightDivineMagicka
HandsMother's SorrowLightDivineMagicka
HeadMaw of the InfernalHeavyDivineMagicka
ShoulderMaw of the InfernalMediumDivineMagicka
NecklacePerfected False God's DevotionJewelryBloodthirstySpell Damage
RingPerfected False God's DevotionJewelryBloodthirstySpell Damage
RingPerfected False God's DevotionJewelryBloodthirstySpell Damage
Weapon 1Mother's SorrowFirePreciseFire Enchant
Weapon 2Perfected Crushing WallFireInfusedWeapon Damage Enchant

Gear Setup 2

GearSetWeightTraitEnchantment
ChestLaw of JulianosHeavyDivineMagicka
BeltLaw of JulianosLightDivineMagicka
ShoesLaw of JulianosLightDivineMagicka
PantsMother's SorrowLightDivineMagicka
HandsMother's SorrowLightDivineMagicka
HeadValkyn SkoriaMediumDivineMagicka
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 JulianosHeavyDivineMagicka
BeltLaw of JulianosLightDivineMagicka
ShoesSpinner's GarmentsLightDivineMagicka
PantsLaw of JulianosLightDivineMagicka
HandsSpinner's GarmentsLightDivineMagicka
HeadMonster SetMediumDivineMagicka
ShoulderMonster SetLightDivineMagicka
NecklaceSpinner's GarmentsJewelryArcaneSpell Damage
RingSpinner's GarmentsJewelryArcaneSpell Damage
RingSpinner's GarmentsJewelryArcaneSpell Damage
Weapon 1Law of JulianosFirePreciseFire Enchant
Weapon 2Law of JulianosFireInfusedAbsorb Magic Enchant

Where can I get the gear?

Perfect False God's Devotion: Sunspire Vet
Mother's Sorrow: Deshaan
Valkyn Skoria: vCity of Ash 2
Maw of the Infernal: vBanished Cells II, Maj Undaunted
Zaan: vScalecaller Peak
Maelstrom Inferno Staff: Maelstrom Arena
Perfected Maelstrom Inferno Staff: vMaelstrom Arena
Slimecraw: Wayrest Sewers I, Maj Undaunted Chest
Law of Julianos Craftable
Spinner's Garments: Malabal Tor

Skills

Siphoning Attacks Merciless Resolve Elemental Weapon Impale Inner Light Incapacitating Strike
Unstable Wall of Elements Twisting Path Harness Magicka Mystic Orb Channeled Acceleration Shooting Star
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: Channeled Acceleration
Ultimate: Incapacitating StrikeUltimate: Shooting Star

 

Champion Points

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

Champion Points [810]

The Ritual
34 Thaumaturge
The Atronach
73 Master-at-Arms, 23 Staff Expert
The Apprentice
64 Elemental Expert, 66 Elfborn, 10 Spell Erosion
The Shadow
61 Tumbling, 61 Shadow Ward
The Lover
100 Arcanist
The Tower
37 Warlord, 11 Sprinter
The Lord
The Lady
49 Hardy, 49 Elemental Defender, 48 Thick Skinned
The Steed
81 Ironclad, 43 Spell Shield

Champion Points [600]

The Ritual
34 Thaumaturge
The Atronach
34 Master at Arms, 23 Staff Expert
The Apprentice
64 Elemental Expert, 37 Elfborn, 8 Spell Erosion
The Shadow
29 Tumbling, 29 Shadow Ward
The Lover
100 Arcanist
The Tower
31 Warlord, 11 Sprinter
The Lord
The Lady
49 Hardy, 49 Elemental Defender, 37 Thick Skinned
The Steed
37 Ironclad, 28 Spell Shield

Champion Points [300]

The Ritual
18 Thaumaturge
The Atronach
16 Master at Arms, 11 Staff Expert
The Apprentice
32 Elemental Expert, 16 Elfborn, 7 Spell Erosion
The Shadow
17 Tumbling, 17 Shadow Ward
The Lover
37 Arcanist
The Tower
18 Warlord, 11 Sprinter
The Lord
The Lady
27 Hardy, 27 Elemental Defender, 18 Thick Skinned
The Steed
16 Ironclad, 12 Spell Shield

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

Artaeum Pickled Fish Bowl
(Max Health, Max Magicka)
(Fish, Rice, Clam Gall, Honey)

Artaeum Pickeled Fish Bowl food

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

Shadow Mundus (Increased Spell Critical Damage)

Race

Altmer (Best Damage)
Breton (Best Sustain)
Darkelf
Khajiit

Potions

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

Spell Power Potions

Passives


Rotation

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 Elemental Weapon > Weapon Swap

Restart


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
HeadIceheartHeavyDivineMagicka
ShoulderIceheartMediumDivineMagicka
NecklacePerfected False God's DevotionJewelryArcaneSpell Damage
RingPerfected False God's DevotionJewelryArcaneSpell Damage
RingPerfected False God's DevotionJewelryArcaneSpell Damage
Weapon 1Mechanical AcuityShockNirnhonedFire Enchant
Weapon 2Crushing WallFireInfusedWeapon Damage Enchant

Perfect False God's Devotion: Sunspire
Mechanical Acuity: Craftable
Iceheart: Direfrost Keep, Glirion Chest

Skills

Dark Shade Merciless Resolve Sap Essence Impale Mystic Orb Incapacitating Strike
Unstable Wall of Elements Twisting Path Harness Magicka Siphoning Attacks Channeled Acceleration Shooting Star

Maelstrom Arena

You can find a full guide that will help you get through the Maelstrom Arena in the “Maelstrom Arena Guide”.

Gear

GearSetWeightTraitEnchantment
ChestFalse God's DevotionLightDivineMagicka
BeltFalse God's DevotionLightDivineMagicka
ShoesFalse God's DevotionLightDivineMagicka
PantsFalse God's DevotionLightDivineMagicka
HandsFalse God's DevotionLightDivineMagicka
HeadSlimecrawMediumDivineMagicka
ShoulderSlimecrawHeavyDivineMagicka
NecklaceMother's SorrowJewelryArcaneSpell Dmg
RingMother's SorrowJewelryArcaneSpell Dmg
RingMother's SorrowJewelryArcaneSpell Dmg
Weapon 1Mother's SorrowFirePreciseShock Enchantment
Weapon 2Mother's SorrowFireInfusedWeapon Damage Enchantment

Skills

Impale Elemental Drain Swallow Soul Merciless Resolve Degeneration Soul Harvest
Elemental Blockade Harness Magicka Siphoning Attacks Twisting Path Consuming Trap Elemental Rage

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


Gameplay for Magicka Nightblade Build PvE

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

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.

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