“Leech”

Updated: Flames of Ambition DLC, Blackwood Chapter
Type: Solo Cyrodiil & Battlegrounds

Table of Contents


Introduction

Welcome to the Magicka Nightblade Build PvP “Leech” for Elder Scrolls Online. Make sure to bookmark the link as I will keep updating the build for each new Update of ESO. This build is optimized for Cyrodiil and Battlegrounds.

The Magicka Nightblade PvP Build focuses on stealth and high burst damage. Magicka Nightblades have a lot of good combinations that they can use to burst down an enemy. We have two DoTs from Degeneration and Lotus Fan that ticks on the enemy and on top of that Merciless Resolve and Soul Harvest that pretty much can hit the enemy at the same time if you line up your combo properly. This is especially effective if combined with Mass Hysteria fear, like I explain in the combo section of the build.

  • Cyrodiil & Battlegrounds
  • Light Armor Destro/ Resto Build
  • Crazy Burst Combo
  • Good Sustain
  • Good Damage Mitigation
  • Perma-cloaking

Resource Management

We run a Magicka Recovery glyph on two of our jewelry pieces to boost sustain.

Heavy Attacks also restore resources, i recommend doing them on the Restoration Staff bar because you will get a bigger return due to the Cycle of Life passive.

Elemental Drain provides us with a huge damage boost on the enemy and also increase our sustain due to the Minor Magickasteal debuff on the enemy!

Tri-stat potions are the last piece of the puzzle, using them in the right moment will give you plenty of buffs and a big pump in all three resources.

  • Magicka Recovery Glyphs
  • Heavy Attacks
  • Potions
  • Elemental Drain

Cyrodiil Setup

Gear

GearSetWeightTraitEnchantment
ChestShacklebreakerHeavyImpenetrableTri Stat
BeltShacklebreakerLightWell-FittedMagicka
ShoesShacklebreakerLightWell-FittedMagicka
PantsShacklebreakerLightWell-FittedTri Stat
HandsShacklebreakerLightImpenetrableMagicka
HeadSwarm MotherLightImpenetrableTri Stat
ShoulderDomihausLightImpenetrableMagicka
NecklaceCrafty AlfiqJewelryArcaneSpell Damage
RingCrafty AlfiqJewelryArcaneMagicka Recovery
RingCrafty AlfiqJewelryArcaneMagicka Recovery
Weapon 1Crafty AlfiqFireInfusedShock Damage
Weapon 2Crafty AlfiqRestoDefendingWeapon Damage Enchantment

Where can I get the gear?

Crafty Alfiq: Elsweyr Overland, Guildstores
Shacklebreaker: Craftable
Swarm Mother: vSpindleclutch 1, Undaunted Enclave
Domihaus: vFalkreath Hold, Undaunted Enclave

Skills

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Fire Staff MainbarResto Staff Bar
Slot 1: Lotus FanSlot 1: Degeneration
Slot 2: Merciless ResolveSlot 2: Rapid Regeneration
Slot 3: Swallow SoulSlot 3: Harness Magicka
Slot 4: Elemental DrainSlot 4: Shadowy Disguise
Slot 5: Mass HysteriaSlot 5: Phantasmal Escape
Ultimate: Soul HarvestUltimate: Shooting Star/ Life Giver

Skill Explanation:

  • Lotus Fan: Your gap closer, applies a DoT on the enemy and also a debuff which increases damage on the enemy by 5%.
  • Merciless Resolve: Your main burst combo ability that deals a lot of damage and also heals if you are in melee range.
  • Swallow Soul: This is your spammable, weave it together with Light Attacks.
  • Elemental Drain: Apply this on enemies to increase sustain AND damage by a lot, it is free of cost when you cast it.
  • Mass Hysteria: Your main CC tool, fears a lot of targets when you activate it in close range.
  • Soul Harvest: Your burst ultimate, very cheap and effective.
  • Degeneration: Single Target DoT that deals a lot of damage and also gives you Major Sorcery 20% Spell dmg buff. You also regain magicka every time you do a light or heavy attack.
  • Rapid Regeneration: Your main heal, always use this before you enter stealth, that way you can easily recover.
  • Shadowy Disguise: You can spam this to stay in stealth permanently. Just be aware that some abilities can put you out of stealth.
  • Phantasmal Escape: Gives you a huge defensive boost, 20% reduced AoE damage.
  • Shooting Star: Can be used to give huge burst potential on one enemy. Shooting Star activation into a Mass Hysteria, that way the enemy can not block or dodge roll the impact hit. You can also use Life Giver here, if you want more defense.

Champion Points

Below you can find the Champion Points setup for this build. Work your way from top to bottom of the list depending on how many Champion Points you already have. For more information on Champion Points, please visit the Champion Points Overview Page on ESO-Hub.com.

Preset used for this allocation: https://eso-hub.com/en/champion-points/calculator?preset=ef824189-ca1c-4137-be81-c106d7face42

Table Explanation:

  • Points Needed: Implies how many Champion Points you will need to make it to that perk.
  • Perk: Hoover over it to see what the perk does. For more information click on it to get redirected to ESO-Hub.com
  • Points Invested: Amount of points that you have to place in the perk at that time.

Warfare Tree Points Allocation

The Warfare Champion Point tree is by far the most important to increase your damage, damage mitigation and healing.

Points NeededPerkPoints Used
0-120Eldritch Insight40
120-240Piercing40
240-390Deadly Aim (Slottable)50
390-540Arcane Supremacy (Slottable)50
540-570Quick Recovery10
570-690Elemental Aegis40
690-810Hardy40
810-960Duelist’s Rebuff (Slottable)50
960-990Precision10
990-1110Blessed40
1110-1260Untamed Aggression (Slottable)50
1260-1350Precision30
1350-1470Tireless Discipline40
1470-1590Flawless Ritual40
1590-1680War Mage30
1680-1770Quick Recovery30

 

Fitness Tree Point Allocation

The Fitness Champion Points tree has useful health, recovery and more damage mitigation perks.

Points NeededPerkPoints Used
0-150Boundless Vitality (Slottable)50
150-300Rejuvenation (Slottable)50
300-435Tumbling45
435-465Mystic Tenacity10
465-585Hero’s Vigor40
585-705Defiance40
705-855Slippery (Slottable)50
855-951Hasty32
951-1071Tireless Guardian40
1071-1206Savage Defense45
1206-1341Fortification45
1341-1461Sprinter40
1461-1611Expert Evasion (Slottable)50
1611-1656Nimble Protector15
1656-1776Bashing Brutality40
1776-1866Piercing Gaze30
1866-1986Mystic Tenacity40
1986-2361Tempered Soul125

 

Craft Tree Points Allocation

The Craft Champion Point tree is almost entirely optional, there is not really anything useful for combat itself. Follow the list or spend points however you want.

Points neededPerkPoints used
0-150Steed’s Blessing (Slottable)50
150-180Breakfall10
180-225Wanderer15
225-255Steadfast Enchantment10
255-345Rationer (Slottable)30
345-570Liquid Efficiency (Slottable)75
570-690Breakfall40
690-870Wanderer60
870-990Steadfast Enchantment40
990-1140Fortune’s Favor50
1140-1290Gilded Fingers50
1290-1380Out of Sight30
1380-1500Fleet Phantom40
1500-1599Soul Reservoir33
1599-1749Treasure Hunter (Slottable)50
1749-1884Inspiration Boost45

 

Important Info for Magicka Nightblade Build PvP

Buff-food

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

Food buff

Mundus Stone

The Apprentice (Increased Spell Damage)

Race

All magicka based races work for this setup, I usually recommend Breton because it makes sustain a lot easier. If you want to know more about races you can also check out my racial guide for ESO that showcases all the benefits of the different races.

Breton
High Elf
Dark Elf
Khajiit
Argonian
Orc

Potions

Make sure to use Tri-Stat Potions with this setup, it provides you with the resources you need.

Tri-Stat Potion
(Health, Stamina, Magicka)
(Bugloss, Columbine, Dragonthorn)

Essence of Health Potion ESO

Crown Tri-Restoration Potion ESO

Passives


Battlegrounds

In Battlegrounds our sustain will be a bit harder, therefore we are going in on all Magicka Recovery glyphs on the Jewelry.

GearSetWeightTraitEnchantment
ChestShacklebreakerHeavyImpenetrableTri Stat
BeltShacklebreakerLightWell-FittedMagicka
ShoesShacklebreakerLightWell-FittedMagicka
PantsShacklebreakerLightWell-FittedTri Stat
HandsShacklebreakerLightImpenetrableMagicka
HeadSwarm MotherLightImpenetrableTri Stat
ShoulderDomihausLightImpenetrableMagicka
NecklaceCrafty AlfiqJewelryArcaneMagicka Recovery
RingCrafty AlfiqJewelryArcaneMagicka Recovery
RingCrafty AlfiqJewelryArcaneMagicka Recovery
Weapon 1Crafty AlfiqFireInfusedShock Damage
Weapon 2Crafty AlfiqRestoDefendingWeapon Damage Enchantment

Where can I get the gear?

Mundus Stone

If you need further extra sustain you also got the option to change to the Atronach Mundus Stone for extra Magicka Recovery.


Combos & How to Play

Damage & Combo

Magicka Nightblades kill their opponents with combos. That means you want to have your DoTs on the enemy, Lotus Fan and Degeneration. Keep the pressure up with Swallow Soul and wait till your Merciless Resolve is ready. The Merciless Resolve bow proc does a lot of damage and can be combined with Soul Harvest. Before you activate it though, use Mass Hysteria so the enemy gets stunned and can not dodge roll or block the hard hitting ability.  That is your main combo, you can also use your back bar Ultimate Shooting Star and then use Mass Hysteria and then Spectral Bow for a lot of burst damage.

Positioning & Cloak

Movement and stealth are very important to Nightblades, make sure to keep using Shadowy Disguise so the enemy can not hit you and you can recover, move around him while you are in stealth, that way he has to also reposition himself and might miss an attack or two.

Healing

Always keep up your defensive abilities, use Rapid Regeneration before you enter stealth, that way you get a huge burst heal to recover and always make sure to keep Harness Magicka up, so you can face tank some of the enemies damage. Activate potions when you drop low on health, the tri stat potion gives 10k health with one button press!

Weaving

The “Weaving Beginner Guide” explains how to weave light attacks between abilities, aka animation canceling.


Update Log

09.08.2019 ADDED the Build for the Scalebreaker DLC. Magicka Nightblade Build PvP.
19.10.2019 Updated the Build for the Dragonhold DLC.
21.02.2020 Updated the Build for the HARROWSTORM DLC.
11.05.2020 Updated the Build for the GREYMOOR CHAPTER.
18.08.2020 Updated the Build for the STONETHORN DLC, Greymoor Chapter.
26.10.2020 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 PvP Build, Magicka NB PvP, MagNB PvP Build