Nightblade Tank Build PvE Dragon Bones, Elder Scrolls Online ESO

Nightblade Tank Build PvE

Nightblade Tank Build PvE “Siphoner” Dragon Bones DLC

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Welcome to the Nightblade Tank Build PvE “Siphoner” for Elder Scrolls Online. Make sure to bookmark the link as I will keep updating the build for each new Update of ESO.

The Nightblade Tank Build Siphoner is optimized for Dungeons. Keep in mind there is a huge variety of different tank builds out there that synergize well depending on your group setup. Remember, each Dungeon needs some small adjustments to the build.

We are using a Health build, as you really want to make sure to have enough health to absorb those hard hiting Boss hits. We focus on debuffing the boss as much as possible with Sets like Torugs Pact or Alkosh combined with Crusher and Weakening Enchant. Sustain overall should be fine as we can use Siphoning Strikes to restore Stamina and Spell Symmetry to restore Magicka.

  • Dungeon Build
  • Tank/Support Build
  • Heavy Armor
  • Great sustain
  • Easy survivability

Changes from the previous version

This build was added with the Dragon Bones DLC. Currently this build is tested in Dungeons, thus why its optimized for dungeons. This also works in trials, but has not been tested yet, that is why I did not mention Trials.

Resource Management

Templars can support you with Spears to give you about 4000 Stamina back, or any other healer that can use Orbs that have the same effect. that is also the reason why we have more Stamina than Magicka. The Spear and Orbs restores your higher resource pool. So our Stamina is about 1-2k higher than our Magicka pool, which means we will always get Stamina back from the Spears or the Orbs! Also, you do not always need to permablock, so when you have time, do some heavy attacks to restore some resources! Most bosses do not require to permablock, thus you have enough time to actually recover. Leeching Strikes also helps with Stamina sustain. If you still have troubles with sustain, you could also utilize Sentinel of Rkugamz, you can easily proc this with Swallow Soul.

  • Leeching Strikes
  • Spell Symmetry
  • Heavy Attacks
  • Spears (Templar ability)
  • Orbs (Undaunted skill)
  • Sentinel of Rkugamz
  • Argonian passive

Being an Argonian helps immensly with sustain, because everytime you activate a Potion, you get a ton of extra resources back, basically going from zero to full with one potion.

Dungeon Setup

Nightblade Tank Build PvE
Gear Setup 1, I am using an outfit here, that is why you can not see the Monster Set.


Remember that there is a ton of good Tank sets to choose from. I decided to make the mainsetup a combo from Ebon Armory and Torugs pact, as this setup is optimized for Dungeons and most people might not have access to Alkosh. However, I will also have a Gear Setup 2 where Alkosh and Ebon Armory will be combined.

Here are a few good sets to list them up:

Gear Setup 1

  • Set allocation: It does not matter what gearsets you wear where, as long as you use those two combos, you should be fine.
  • Monster Sets: There are various Monster sets that you can wear along with this combination. I usually use two more seperate health bonus from 1 piece Malubeth & Valkyn. You can also use Mighty Chudan, Pirate Skeleton, Bloodspawn etc.
  • Swarm Mother: This set is very good for Dungeons, it automatically pulls almost all type of enemies to you without any cooldown.
ChestTorug's PactHeavyReinforcedTri Stat Enchantment
BeltEbon ArmoryHeavySturdyHealth Enchantment
ShoesEbon ArmoryHeavySturdyHealth Enchantment
PantsTorug's PactHeavyInfusedTri Stat Enchantment
HandsTorug's PactHeavySturdyHealth Enchantment
HeadSwarm MotherLightInfusedTri Stat Enchantment
ShoulderSwarm MotherMediumSturdyHealth Enchantment
NecklaceEbon ArmoryJewelryHealthyBlock Cost Reduction
RingEbon ArmoryJewelryHealthyBlock Cost Reduction
RingEbon ArmoryJewelryHealthyBlock Cost Reduction
Weapon 1 S&BTorug's Pact1H-WeapInfusedWeakening Enchantment
Weapon 1 S&BTorug's PactShieldInfusedTri-Stat Enchantment
Weapon 2 S&BTorug's Pact1H-WeapInfusedCrusher Enchantment
Weapon 2 S&BTorug's PactShieldInfusedTri-Stat Enchantment

Gear Setup 2

This here would be the most optimal setup, if you get enough Synergies to proc Alkosh. I chose Torugs over Alkosh because I know most People will have a lot easier access to Torugs rather than Alkosh.

ChestEbon ArmoryHeavyInfusedTri Stat Enchantment
BeltEbon ArmoryHeavySturdyHealth Enchantment
ShoesEbon ArmoryHeavySturdyHealth Enchantment
PantsEbon ArmoryHeavyInfusedTri Stat Enchantment
HandsEbon ArmoryHeavySturdyHealth Enchantment
HeadSwarm MotherLightInfusedTri Stat Enchantment
ShoulderSwarm MotherMediumSturdyHealth Enchantment
NecklaceRoar of AlkoshJewelryRobustBlock Cost Reduction
RingRoar of AlkoshJewelryRobustBlock Cost Reduction
RingRoar of AlkoshJewelryRobustBlock Cost Reduction
Weapon 1 S&BRoar of Alkosh1H-WeapInfusedWeakening Enchantment
Weapon 1 S&BRoar of AlkoshShieldInfusedTri-Stat Enchantment
Weapon 2 S&BRoar of Alkosh1H-WeapInfusedCrusher Enchantment
Weapon 2 S&BRoar of AlkoshShieldInfusedTri-Stat Enchantment

Where can I get the gear?

Ebon Armory: Crypts of Hearts
Roar of Alkosh: Maw of Lorkhaj
Bloodspawn: Spindleclutch
Swarm Mother: Spindleclutch 1
Torug's Pact: Craftable
Sentinel of Rkugamz: Darkshade Cavern 1

Crusher and Weakening Enchantment

This is with Torugs Pact and Infused Weapons. the Weakening and Crusher Enchantment have a base cooldown of 10 seconds. With Infused alone, so without Torugs you go down to 5 seconds. With Torugs and Infused you go down to 3.5 seconds. Which is not really needed but you will still get the extra stats for enchantments, which is the mainreason we are using it. Woeler has some cool graphs showing Torugs vs Alkosh, make sure to go check them out for more clarification. Basically Torugs is easier to use, Alkosh will only be worth it if you have a certain uptime of the set.

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Make sure to adjust your skills to your needs, this setup is not maced into stone, make sure to adjust skills depending on the situation of a fight.

  • Refreshing Path: Keep this ability up all the time because we need to proc the Shadow Barrier passive to get Major Ward and Resolve increasing Spell and Physical resistance by 5280.
  • Absorb Magic: If a Boss has hard hitting spell projectiles, this can heal you for a lot if used in the right moment, also reduces block cost.
  • Pierce Armor: Your main taunt, also debuffs the enemy with Major Fracture and Major Breach, reducing Spell and Physical Resistance by 5280.
  • Swallow Soul: This is mostly here so you receive a 8% increased healing from your healer. You could use this skill to heal yourself for a bit, but the heals will be quite small.
  • Spell Symmetry: One of the most important skills for this setup. If you use Spell Symmetry you restore 3000 Magicka and your next magicka ability that you use gets a reduced cost of 25% this lasts 5 seconds. IMPORTANT: Be aware that when you use the skill, that all shields and healing will be cut in half for the next 4 seconds.
  • Soul Harvest: Everytime an enemy dies to your DoT from Refreshing Path, you get extra Ultimate, we do not actually use Soul harvest. Its nice to gain faster Ultimate and get Aggressive Horn ready faster.
  • Heroic Slash: Debuffs the enemy with a 15% damage reduction debuff and also gives you Minor Heroism, increasing your Ultimate generation.
  • Mirage: Keep this up as it provides you with Minor Ward and Resolve, plus 15% dodge chance on enemy hit.
  • Inner Rage: This is your ranged taunt, in case you can not get to a mob fast enough.
  • Energy orb: This is here to support your other group members with better sustain when they activate the Synergy.
  • Aggressive Warhorn: Your main Ultimate, to buff the group with 10% more max resources and crit damage boost.
  • Flex Spot: Absorb Magic could also be swapped out in case you do not have any issues with stamina.
S&B MainbarS&B bar
Slot 1: Refreshing PathSlot 1: Shadow Image
Slot 2: Absorb MagicSlot 2: Heroic Slash
Slot 3: Pierce ArmorSlot 3: Mirage
Slot 4: Swallow SoulSlot 4: Inner Rage
Slot 5: Spell SymmetrySlot 5: Leeching Strikes
Ultimate: Soul Harvest/ Bolstering DarknessUltimate: Aggressive Warhorn


Championpoints [720 CP]

The Ritual
40 Precise Strikes
The Attronarch
47 Physical Weapons Expert, 73 Master-at-Arms
The Apprentice
76 Blessed, 4 Spell Erosion
The Shadow
81 Shadow Ward, 44 Tumbling
The Lover
43 Tenacity, 19 Arcanist
The Tower
11 Warlord, 21 Bashing Focus, 21 Sprinter
The Lord
9 Bastion, 13 Heavy Armor Focus
The Lady
49 Hardy, 49 Elemental Defender, 48 Thick Skinned
The Steed
66 Ironclad, 6 Spellshield

Championpoints [300 CP]

The Ritual
The Attronarch
The Apprentice
76 Blessed, 23 Elfborn, 1 Spell Erosion
The Shadow
75 Shadow Ward, 25 Tumbling
The Lover
The Tower
The Lord
The Lady
23 Hardy, 23 Elemental Defender, 23 Thick Skinned
The Steed
31 Ironclad

Important Info for Nightblade Tank Build PvE


You have to make sure to have a bit more Stamina than Magicka. Because of the Synergies you pick up give you back whatever stat is higher. You can change this to your liking, if you do not need that much health, get more stamina.

18 Magicka, 0 Health, 46 Stamina


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

Mundus Stone

The Lord (Max Health)


Argonian (Recommended)


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

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


  • Assassination: All passives
  • Shadow: All passives
  • Siphoning: All passives
  • One Hand and Shield: All passives
  • Heavy Armor: All passives
  • Medium Armor: Wind Walker
  • Light Armor: Recovery, Evocation, Spell Warding
  • Vampire: Supernatural Recovery, Undeath, Dark Stalker
  • Fighters Guild: All
  • Mages Guild: All
  • Undaunted: All
  • Racial: All
  • Alchemy: Medicinal Use

I highly recommend being a Vampire. Vampire provides you higher Magicka and Stamina recovery and makes you tankier on low health like I explain in the Vampire Mechanics Video.

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Update Log

27.01.2018 Added Build for Dragon Bones DLC Nightblade Tank Build PvE
02.02.2018 Added more Tank set gear options & Added more skill descriptions.
03.02.2018 Fixed a Typo in the Skill description
10.02.2018 Added Buildvideo for Nightblade Tank Build PvE
16.03.2018 Updated Red CP (removed Expert Defender as it is not working anymore in PvE since Dragon Bones Update, put the other in thick skinned and spell shield)
04.05.2018 Updated Gear Description for Nightblade Tank Build PvE

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