“Solo Stamblade”

Updated: Harrowstorm DLC, Greymoor Chapter
Type: Dungeon, Solo Dungeons, Overland and Maelstrom Arena

Table of Contents

Introduction

Welcome to the Solo Stamina Nightblade Build for Elder Scrolls Online. This build is optimized for solo play. Make sure to bookmark the link as I will keep updating the build for each new Update of ESO. If you are new to the game I would also recommend checking out a few other guides:

Other Stamina Nightblade Guides:

The Solo Stam Nightblade build is optimized for solo play. You will find three different gear setups, the first one being best in slot, the second one advanced and the third one a very easily obtainable beginner setup. However, understanding the mechanics of the build is more important than the gear itself. By mechanics I mean the abilities that we use and what functions they have and how to sustain this setup and most importantly, how to stay alive with timed dodge rolls, blocks and heals.

Nightblades have a few very nice abilities that help them tremendously in combat. Dark Shade debuffs all enemies with Minor Maim, reducing their damage done by 15%. At the same time we can use Mirage to increase our AoE damage mitigation by 25%, that is a lot! Sustain is also easier than on other classes due to the Leeching Strikes skill, that constantly returns stamina on top of passives that boost our Stamina Recovery such as Refreshing Shadows.

  • Two Hander & Bow setup
  • Optional Dual Wield & Bow Setup
  • Powerful Damage
  • Good Sustain
  • Powerful Healing
  • Big Shields
  • Solo Dungeons, Overland & Maelstrom

Solo Setup

Gear: 5x Tzogvin, 5x Briarheart, 2x Bloodspawn on an Orc with Lava Foot Soup-and-Saltrice buff food.

  • Unbuffed: Out of combat
  • Buffed: Weapon Power Potion (20% Weap dmg, 10% Weap crit, 20% Stam rec), Weapon Damage Enchantment, Briarheart buff (450 Weap dmg), Tzogvin Buff, Major Resolve

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 – Best Setup
  • Setup 2 – Advanced Gear
  • Setup 3 – Beginner Gear

Monster Sets

There are a few good Monster Sets that you can use with this setup. In general you can use any Monster Set of your choice, but there are clear favorites:

Bloodspawn

Our primary Monster Set is the Bloodspawn. It increases our ultimate regeneration and more importantly gives us higher resistances to absorb more damage.

Selene

If you want to go for a more damage based Monster Set, then I recommend Selene. However, Velidreth, Maarselok, Maw of the Infernal are also nice choices.

Gear Setup 1

  • Which sets you put in which slot is not that important, the only thing that matters is that you get two full five piece sets and a Monster Set.
  • One Piece Heavy Armor gives us some extra resistances and health.
GearSetWeightTraitEnchantment
ChestTzogvin's WarbandMediumDivineHealth
BeltTzogvin's WarbandMediumDivineStamina
ShoesTzogvin's WarbandMediumDivineStamina
PantsTzogvin's WarbandMediumDivineStamina
HandsTzogvin's WarbandMediumDivineStamina
HeadBloodspawnHeavyDivineHealth
ShoulderBloodspawnMediumDivineStamina
NecklaceBriarheartJewelryRobustWeapon Damage
RingBriarheartJewelryRobustWeapon Damage
RingBriarheartJewelryRobustWeapon Damage
Weapon 1Briarheart2H Axe (or Sword)SharpenedDamage Health Poisons IX
Weapon 2The Maelstrom's BowBowInfusedWeapon Damage Enchantment

Gear Setup 2

GearSetWeightTraitEnchantment
ChestHunding's RageHeavyDivineHealth
BeltHunding's RageMediumDivineStamina
ShoesHunding's RageMediumDivineStamina
PantsHunding's RageMediumDivineStamina
HandsHunding's RageMediumDivineStamina
HeadBloodspawnMediumDivineHealth
ShoulderBloodspawnMediumDivineStamina
NecklaceBriarheartJewelryRobustWeapon Damage
RingBriarheartJewelryRobustWeapon Damage
RingBriarheartJewelryRobustWeapon Damage
Weapon 1Briarheart2H Axe (or Sword)SharpenedDamage Health Poisons IX
Weapon 2The Maelstrom's Bow or BriarheartBowInfusedWeapon Damage Enchant

Gear Setup 3 Beginner

GearSetWeightTraitEnchantment
ChestHunding's RageHeavyDivineHealth
BeltHunding's RageMediumDivineStamina
ShoesHunding's RageMediumDivineStamina
PantsHunding's RageMediumDivineStamina
HandsHunding's RageMediumDivineStamina
HeadMonster Set of your choiceMediumDivineHealth
ShoulderMonster Set of your choiceMediumDivineStamina
NecklaceAncient DragonguardJewelryRobustWeapon Damage
RingAncient DragonguardJewelryRobustWeapon Damage
RingAncient DragonguardJewelryRobustWeapon Damage
Weapon 1Ancient Dragonguard2H Axe (or Sword)SharpenedAbsorb Stamina Enchant
Weapon 2Ancient DragonguardBowInfusedWeapon Damage Enchant

Where can I get the gear?

Briarheart: Wrothgar, Guildstores
Tzogvin's Warband: Frostvault
Ancient Dragonguard: Craftable
Bloodspawn: vSpindleclutch II, Maj Undaunted Chest
Hunding's Rage: Craftable
Selene: vSelene’s Web, Glirion Undaunted Chest
Maelstrom Bow: vMaelstrom Arena

Skills

Brawler Relentless Focus Surprise Attack Reverse Slice Echoing Vigor Incapacitating Strike
Endless Hail Dark Shade Razor Caltrops Leeching Strikes Mirage Soul Tether
Two Hander MainbarBow-second bar
Slot 1: BrawlerSlot 1: Endless Hail
Slot 2: Relentless FocusSlot 2: Dark shade
Slot 3: Surprise AttackSlot 3: Razor Caltrops
Slot 4: Reverse SliceSlot 4: Leeching Strikes
Slot 5: Echoing VigorSlot 5: Mirage
Ultimate: Incapacitating StrikeUltimate: Soul Tether

Skills explanation:

  • Brawler: Your most important survival ability. Use this on a single or several enemies to gain a huge shield that will bolster your health on top of the nice damage it does.
  • Relentless Focus: Activate this to gain a Spectral Bow after 5 Light Attacks that deals a lot of damage.
  • Surprise Attack: This is your spammable attack.
  • Reverse Slice: Your execute ability that also deals nice splash damage.
  • Echoing Vigor: Strong heal over time that lasts for 10 seconds. If you drop low on health make sure to activate this and also use Brawler to gain a shield to bolster your health.
  • Incapacitating Strike: This is your Single Target Ultimate, it increases your damage for 5 seconds by 20%.
  • Endless Hail: This is your DoT that you need to constantly keep up on the enemies. Very powerful both in Single Target and AoE.
  • Dark Shade: Deals decent damage and more importantly, applies Minor Maim, reducing all incoming damage by 15%.
  • Razor Caltrops: Razor Caltrops is another Single Target and AoE Dot that you need to keep up all the time because it debuffs the enemies with Major Fracture, reducing their Physical Resistance by 5280, resulting in us dealing way more damage!
  • Leeching Strikes: Your resource management tool. Keep this buff up all the time to regain resources and also get a small heal.
  • Mirage: Another buff that you want to keep up to gain 25% AoE damage mitigation and a bit of extra resistances.
  • Soul Tether: Ultimate that we use when we face several enemies. Stuns them and applies a tether to the enemy for a few seconds that also heals us!

Champion Points

Champion Points [810]

The Ritual
64 Mighty, 40 Thaumaturge, 52 Precise Strikes, 53 Piercing
The Atronach
61 Master-at-Arms
The Apprentice
The Shadow
31 Shadow Ward, 61 Tumbling
The Lover
43 Tenacity, 56 Mooncalf
The Tower
56 Warlord, 23 Bashing Focus
The Lord
32 Quick Recovery
The Lady
49 Hardy, 49 Elemental Defender, 48 Thick Skinned
The Steed
61 Ironclad, 31 Spellshield

Champion Points [600]

The Ritual
56 Mighty, 34 Thaumaturge, 34 Precise Strikes, 42 Piercing
The Atronach
34 Master at Arms
The Apprentice
The Shadow
25 Shadow Ward,  57 Tumbling
The Lover
43 Tenacity, 49 Mooncalf
The Tower
23 Warlord, 3 Bashing Focus
The Lord
The Lady
49 Hardy, 49 Elemental Defender, 37 Thick Skinned
The Steed
37 Ironclad, 28 Spell Shield

Champion Points [300]

The Ritual
16 Thaumaturge, 27 Mighty, 18 Precise Strikes, 23 Piercing
The Atronach
16 Master at Arms
The Apprentice
The Shadow
13 Tumbling, 13 Shadow Ward
The Lover
27 Tenacity, 32 Mooncalf
The Tower
15 Warlord
The Lord
The Lady
27 Hardy, 27 Elemental Defender, 28 Thick Skinned
The Steed
16 Ironclad, 2 Spell Shield


Important Info for Solo Nightblade Build

Buff-food

It is very important that you use the Lava Foot Soup-and-Saltrice Buff-food. This will enhance our Max Stamina and Stamina Recovery by a huge margin. You can buy the food in the guild stores for a very cheap price, or craft it yourself if you have the recipe.

Lava Foot Soup-and-Saltrice
(Max Stamina, Stamina Recovery)

Food buff

Mundus Stone

The Lover Mundus Stone is the best choice for our setup, it will increase our overall damage the most as penetration is the most valuable damage increase stat.

The Lover (Increased Physical Penetration)

Race

Any stamina based race works. If you want to learn more about the different racial passives that each race offers, check out my Race Guide which explains everything in detail.

Orc
Redguard
Wood Elf
Khajiit
Dark Elf
Imperial

Potions

Weapon Crit Potions 
(Weap dmg, Weap Crit, Stamina)
(Blessed Thistle, Dragonthorn, Wormwood)

Weapon Power Potions

Poisons

We are using Poisons to increase our overall damage output. If you don’t have poisons, you can just use another enchantment on your weapon.

Damage Health Poison
(Damage Poison, Damage Poison)
(Fleshfly Larva, Nightshade, Nirnroot)

double health poisons

Passives

Attributes

Your end goal should be to get around 19000 Health on this setup. If you have different gear or lower Champion Points, you might want to adjust the attributes.

30 Health, 34 Stamina


Resource Management

Our setup has a lot of resource management options, some already directly built in via Stamina Recovery and some more options that you can use whenever you need it.

Stamina Recovery

Lava Foot Soup-and-Saltrice buff-food is key to our sustain. The buff-food gives you Max Stamina and Stamina Recovery, a lot of it. You have to make sure to use this specific buff-food. You can buy it in the guild stores for a very cheap price or craft it yourself, if you have the recipe.

The Refreshing Shadows passive increases our sustain by another 15%, that way our overall Stamina Recovery gets boosted quite a bit.

The Battle Rush passive from the Two Hander skill-line gives you another 30% Stamina Recovery for 10 seconds while you have a Two Handed weapon slotted.

Potions are another very important part of resource management. We are preferably using Essence of Weapon Power potions to gain another 20% Stamina Recovery boost, 10% Weapon Critical and a 20% Weapon Damage boost.. This both increases our sustain and also damage, I highly recommend using these potions in tough situations. The ingredients are listed in the potion section of the build.

Skills

Leeching Strikes is our main resource management tool that we can use whenever we need it. Make sure to always activate this before you engage in a fight. I highly recommend keeping the ability always up, it restores resources and also gives you small chunks of heals every time you do a Light Attack.

Incapacitating Strike Ultimate also has a nice effect. “While slotted you gain Reave, which restores 100 Magicka and Stamina when you deal damage with a Light or Heavy Attack on an enemy with a negative effect active on them”. There is always some sort of debuff on the enemy so it is easy to get the extra 100 Magicka and Stamina.

However, as you see both of these abilities require you to always use your Light Attacks. That means, if you fail to constantly do your Light Attacks you will also not benefit from the extra resources.


Rotation

Before we start with the rotation, you always have to make sure to weave Light Attacks between each ability. This is important because the Light Attacks deal very good damage and proc your Weapon Enchantments and Poisons. You can find a guide here on that subject: “Weaving Beginner Guide”.

Your first priority has to always be to stay alive. Therefore healing, shielding and dodging has to be prioritized over damage.

  1. Brawler is your survival skill, every time you hit one or several enemies you will gain a shield. Most of the times that is already enough to stay alive.
  2. Echoing Vigor is your main healing ability that lasts 10 seconds. I would always recommend keeping it up if there is a lot of incoming damage. Ancient Dragonguard is enough in most situations though if you keep up your DoTs.
  3. Shadow Image debuffs the enemy wit Minor Maim, reducing all their damage by 15%.
  4. Keep up all your DoTs on the enemy such as Endless Hail, Shadow Image, Razor Caltrops.
  5. Once that is taken care of, you want to use your spammable on the front bar such as: Surprise Attack, Relentless Focus and Reverse Slice.

Keeping up Mirage will increase your overall damage mitigation by a lot, since many enemy attacks are AoE based.


Bad Habits

  1. Not keeping up your healing abilities such as Echoing Vigor and defense abilities such as Mirage is the main reason why you die on this setup.
  2. Not keeping up your damage over time effects on the backbar will result in a huge loss in overall damage.
  3. Not using Brawler enough to bolster your health with the huge shield that the skill gives. Always before you swap to the backbar you should use Brawler first to gain a shield that will help you while you are on the backbar.
  4. Not using the right buff-food as listed will also result in sustain issues.
  5. Not keeping up Leeching Strikes will result in sustain issues.

Dual Wield Setup

You can also use this as a Dual Wield setup if you want. This will also boost your overall healing because of skills like Bloodthirst and Blood Craze. However, you will loose the very helpful shield from Brawler Two Hander skill.

Whirling Blades Relentless Focus Bloodthirst Blood Craze Echoing Vigor Incapacitating Strike
Endless Hail Dark Shade Razor Caltrops Leeching Strikes Mirage Soul Tether

Video

Video will be released with the Greymoor release.


Update Log

11.03.2020 Added the Solo Stamina Nightblade build for the Harrowstorm DLC, Greymoor Chapter.

Tags: Solo Stamina Nightblade Build, Solo Stam NB Build ESO.