Here I am going to explain the setup you want to run with when you are going to attempt veteran Maelstrom Arena the first time. I highly do recommend reading the Introduction page for veteran Maelstrom Arena where I rank the difficulty of each class! The Build is adjusted for 300 Championpoints.

Magicka Nightblades are the second easiest setup to complete Maelstrom Arena with. They have good shielding and can kite the enemies very easily as they do not suffer any movement penalty while moving & using skills. On top of that they also have very good heals while doing damage.

Full Run with the Base Gear Setup [300 CP]

This video is from the homestead update, it uses somewhat still the same setup and is ran with 300 CP.

Vet Maelstrom Arena, Magicka Nightblade Beginner Build – ESO

Base Gear Setup

Law of Julianos
Mother's Sorrow
Valkyn Skoria

  • Why Heavy Chest? The Chestpiece gives the most resistances. That is why it is important to use a heavy chest piece.
ChestLaw of JulianosHeavyDivineMagicka
BeltLaw of JulianosLightDivineMagicka
ShoesLaw of JulianosLightDivineMagicka
PantsLaw of JulianosLightDivineMagicka
HandsLaw of JulianosLightDivineMagicka
HeadValkyn SkoriaLightDivineMagicka
ShoulderValkyn SkoriaLightDivineMagicka
NecklaceMother's SorrowJewelryArcaneMagicka Recovery
RingMother's SorrowJewelryArcaneSpell Damage
RingMother's SorrowJewelryArcaneSpell Damage
Weapon 1Mother's SorrowFire StaffInfusedShock Enchant
Weapon 2Mother's SorrowFire StaffInfusedWeapon Damage Enchantment

Where do I get the gear?

Mother's Sorrow: Deshaan Overland
Law of Julianos: Craftable
Valkyn Skoria: City of Ash


  • Why Soul Harvest? Every time you kill an enemy, you get extra Ultimate Points.
  • Why Sap Essence? The runs here are made with normal Magicka Potions, so this is your “only” way to get the Spell Damage buff. If you are using Spellcrit Potions, you can slot Crippling Grasp there to get some more damage.
  • Ancient Knowledge: Make sure to have a Detruction Staff Skill on both bars for the extra 8% damage boost from Ancient Knowledge passive.
Fire Staff MainbarFire Staff Bar
Slot 1: ImpaleSlot 1: Blockade of Fire
Slot 2: Harness MagickaSlot 2: Merciless Resolve
Slot 3: Swallow SoulSlot 3: Siphoning Attacks
Slot 4: Elemental DrainSlot 4: Twisting Path
Slot 5: Inner LightSlot 5: Sap Essence/ Crippling Grasp
Ultimate: Soul HarvestUltimate: Destro Ultimate

Assasins Blade > Impale
Wall of Elements > Elemental Blockade
Strife > Swallow Soul
Annulment > Harness Magicka
Magelight > Inner Light
Death Stroke > Soul Harvest
Siphoning Strikes > Siphoning Attacks
Path of Darkness > Twisting Path
Weakness to Elements > Elemental Drain
Drain Power > Sap Essence
Grin Focus > Merciless Resolve
Elemental Storm > Elemental Rage

Championpoints [300 CP]

The Ritual
31 Thaumaturge
The Attronarch
20 Master at Arms, 2 Staff Expert
The Apprentice
27 Elemental Expert, 20 Elfborn
The Shadow
The Lover
49 Arcanist, 49 Tenacity
The Tower
2 Warlord
The Lord
The Lady
23 Hardy, 23 Elemental Defender, 23 Thick Skinned
The Steed
31 Ironclad

I also do have a full end game setup for Maelstrom Arena on my Trials & Dungeon Magicka Nightblade Build.

Important Info for Magicka Nightblade Maelstrom Build

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.


Witchmothers Brew (Max Health, Max Magicka, Magicka Recovery)

Mundus Stone

The Lover (Increased Spell Penetration)




Normal Magicka Potions
The build is set up, that you can use normal magicka potions which drop from monsters. they are also super cheap in guildstores. Or use the ones listed below if you want to.

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

In case you are still unsure on how to mix the ingredients together, you can check out a alchemy simulator here: Alchemy Simulator 


You will need the following passives:
Assassination, Shadow, Siphoning, Light Armor, Heavy Armor (Juggernaut passive), Destruction Staff, Fighters Guild, Racial, Mages Guild, Undaunted, Alchemy: Medicinal Use

Update Log

14.11.2017 Updated for Clockwork City
04.05.2018 Updated for Dragon Bones
13.06.2018 Updated for Summerset Chapter