“Azure”

Updated: Markarth 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

U28 Markarth DLC: Updated Champion Points & Character Screenshot.

Champion System

  • Reduced the Weapon and Spell Critical Chance granted from Perfect Strike and Spell Precision to 3% each, down from 9%.

Major/Minor System

  • Major Savagery and Prophecy: Increased to 12%, up from 10%.
  • Minor Berserk: Decreased to 5%, down from 8%.
  • Minor Vulnerability: Decreased to 5%, down from 8%.
  • Minor Magickasteal: Decreased to 168 per hit, down from 300.

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 Maw of the Infernal on a High Elf with Artaeum Pickled Fish Bowl food.

  • Unbuffed: Out of Combat, Buff-food active.
  • Buffed: In combat, Raid target dummy buffs, Buff-food, 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
HeadZaanHeavyDivineMagicka
ShoulderZaanMediumDivineMagicka
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
44 Thaumaturge
The Atronach
72 Master-at-Arms, 23 Staff Expert
The Apprentice
64 Elemental Expert, 66 Elfborn, 1 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
42 Master at Arms, 23 Staff Expert
The Apprentice
64 Elemental Expert, 37 Elfborn
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
23 Master at Arms, 11 Staff Expert
The Apprentice
32 Elemental Expert, 16 Elfborn
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)

Essence of Spell Power Potion ESO new

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.
30.10.2020 Updated the Build for the MARKARTH DLC, Greymoor Chapter.

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