Last updated: Murkmire DLC, Summerset Chapter 
Reason: New and better Magicka Nightblade Build created: Spectral

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Welcome to the Magicka Nightblade Build PvP “Shadow” 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 optimized for Battlegrounds, but also works in Cyrodiil both for the Non Champion Points and Champion Points Campaign.

The Shadow Build uses Shacklebreaker to give all rounded stats for both Max Magicka and Stamina. As a Magicka build it is important to have enough Stamina to be able to dodge roll and block, so the set in combination with Tri Stat food gives us huge stats. Nightblades have really good passives, therefore even with this setup and Tri Stat food we still have a lot of Magicka Recovery which is very much needed to sustain in Battlegrounds. We also use Caluurion's Legacy and Zaan to maximize our damage output. Those two sets will deal so much damage. Now you can choose to use Caluurion on the front or backbar. I like to have it on the backbar so I can control when it goes off, the choice is yours. Zann just in general tears through enemies in Battlegrounds. The Monster Set also gives you room to breath because most people will run away to break the Zaan beam. As a Nightblade you need to make sure to get your Combos down, Combos are everything on a Nightblade. I recommend watching my gameplay video so you can see how you can do it.

  • Crazy Sustain
  • Strong Burst Combos
  • Ranged Setup
  • Light Armor Build
  • High Mobility

Changes from the previous version

  • Updated Champion Points and added 600 CP Setup.
  • Changed Dampen Magic to Harness Magicka.

Resource Management

We have around 2100 to 2300 Magicka Recovery, on top of that we use Siphoning Attacks to help keep resource management active. If you still struggle with sustain I recommend opening your attacks or after cloaking with a Heavy Attack, deals a lot of damage and returns a lot of resources.

  • Siphoning Attacks
  • Heavy Attacks

PvP Setup

Battlegrounds Setup

Magicka Nightblade Build PvP

Spellpower Potion, Weapon Damage Enchantment and Refreshing Path were active when I took the screenshot. Willpower Staff on the frontbar.

Cyrodiil Setup

Magicka Nightblade Build PvP

Spellpower Potion, Weapon Damage Enchantment and Refreshing Path were active when I took the screenshot. Willpower Staff on the frontbar.


  • You could run Shroud of the Lich instead of Caluurion if you would like to, then you can swap some Magicka Recovery Glyph with Spell Damage Glyphs.
  • You can also freely use any other Monster Set.
  • No Master’s Staff? What I did was use a Willpower Staff instead a Master’s Staff for a long time, you get a lot of extra Max Magicka.
ChestShacklebreakerHeavyImpenetrableTri Stat Glyph
BeltShacklebreakerLightImpenetrableTri Stat Glyph
ShoesShacklebreakerLightImpenetrableTri Stat Glyph
PantsShacklebreakerMediumImpenetrableTri Stat Glyph
HandsShacklebreakerLightImpenetrableTri Stat Glyph
HeadZaanLightImpenetrableTri Stat Glyph
ShoulderZaanLightImpenetrableTri Stat Glyph
NecklaceCaluurion's LegacyJewelryArcaneMagicka Recovery
RingCaluurion's LegacyJewelryArcaneMagicka Recovery
RingCaluurion's LegacyJewelryArcaneMagicka Recovery
Weapon 1 Willpower/ Destructive ImpactFireInfusedPrismatic Damage Enchantment
Weapon 2Caluurion's LegacyRestoInfusedWeapon Damage Enchantment

Where can I get the gear?

Caluurion's Legacy: Fang Lair
Shacklebreaker: Craftable
Domihaus: Falkreath Hold, Undaunted Chest
Master's Inferno Staff: Dragonstar Arena
Willpower: Guildstore


  • Why Incapacitating Strike? You need to use this morph as it gives you the ability to stun the enemy and deal insane damage at the same time.
  • Dampen Magic: You can also use Mirage in that slot as the Healing Ward is already pretty strong.


Fire Staff MainbarResto Staff Bar
Slot 1: Siphoning AttacksSlot 1: Shadow Image
Slot 2: Merciless ResolveSlot 2: Crippling Grasp
Slot 3: Swallow SoulSlot 3: Healing Ward
Slot 4:  Flame ReachSlot 4: Refreshing Path
Slot 5: Shadowy DisguiseSlot 5: Harness Magicka
Ultimate: Incapacitating StrikeUltimate: Life Giver


Championpoints [810 CP]

The Ritual
18 Thaumaturge
The Attronarch
56 Master-at-Arms, 20 Shattering Blows, 21 Staff Expert
The Apprentice
27 Elemental Expert, 48 Elfborn, 53 Spell Erosion, 27 Blessed
The Shadow
58 Tumbling, 30 Shadow Ward
The Lover
100 Arcanist, 32 Tenacity
The Tower
38 Warlord, 11 Sprinter, 1 Siphoner
The Lord
37 Quick Recovery, 20 Bastion
The Lady
43 Hardy, 43 Elemental Defender, 28 Thick Skinned
The Steed
44 Ironclad, 55 Resistant

Championpoints [600 CP & 300 CP]

Championpoints [600 CP]

The Ritual
The Attronarch
56 Master at Arms, 1 Staff Expert
The Apprentice
27 Elemental Expert, 48 Elfborn, 41 Spell Erosion, 27 Blessed
The Shadow
32 Tumbling, 30 Shadow Ward
The Lover
100 Arcanist
The Tower
38 Warlord
The Lord
The Lady
43 Hardy, 43 Elemental Defender, 37 Thick Skinned
The Steed
34 Ironclad, 43 Resistant

Championpoints [300 CP]

The Ritual
The Attronarch
18 Master at Arms
The Apprentice
27 Elemental Expert, 20 Elfborn, 16 Spell Erosion, 19 Blessed
The Shadow
The Lover
64 Arcanist, 32 Tenacity
The Tower
4 Warlord
The Lord
The Lady
23 Hardy, 23 Elemental Defender, 23 Resistant
The Steed
31 Ironclad

Important Info for Magicka Nightblade Build PvP

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.


Longfin pasty with Melon Sauce (Max Health+Max Stamina+Max Magicka)

Longfin pasty with melon sauce

Mundus Stone

The Atronach (Increased Magicka Recovery)


Altmer (Recommended)


You can use various Potions, I recommend running the Spell Crit Potions as you get Spellcrit, Spelldamage and Magicka. Especially the extra Crit from Spell Crit Potions makes a huge difference in Battlegrounds!

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

Spell Power Potions



Vampire is optional with this build, I do not recommend being a Vampire due to the extreme increased damage that you take. If you still choose to do so, here are some important infos.

Be aware that you will take increased damage from fire attacks, prismatic weapon enchants and fighters guild abilities.

Dark Stalker

This allows you to ignore the Movement Speed penalty while you are sneaking or invisible, which is huge because we can use Shadowy Disguise a lot and do not get the speed penalty.


Damage Reduction on low health is also very helpful, especially in combination with Healing Ward which makes it really hard to kill us.

Supernatural Recovery

This gives us both 10% Magicka and Stamina Recovery which is a nice addition on top of the other effects.


Build Video

The Build Video is from the Summerset Chapter.

Magicka Nightblade Build PvP "Shadow" – Summerset Chapter ESO


Magicka Nightblade Deathmatch Battlegrounds – Summerset Chapter ESO

Hi, I am a Magblade, can I join the Sorcgrounds?

Update Log

07.11.2018 Updated Build for MURKMIRE DLC, Summerset Chapter Magicka Nightblade Build PvP