“Silencium”

Updated: Markarth DLC, Greymoor Chapter
Type: Solo Cyrodiil & Battlegrounds

Table of Contents


Introduction

Welcome to the Stamina Nightblade Bow Gank Build PvP “Silencium” for Elder Scrolls Online. Make sure to bookmark the link as I will keep updating the build for each new Update of ESO.

The Silencium build is optimized for Cyrodiil and is focusing on ranged combat combined with high burst damage, perfect for a rogue gank playstyle. To optimize our damage we are stacking as much Weapon Damage as possible. The sets that we are using include New Moon Acolyte, Swamp Raider and two different Monster Set pieces to gain even more Weapon Damage.

The Vampire toggle Simmering Frenzy allows us to apply even more burst damage to our setup, but be careful, it might be tricky to use because it drains health! Vampire also allows us to increase our stealth movement speed by a lot which is even more important thanks to the Dark Stalker skill.

  • Cyrodiil Optimized
  • Champion Points & No Champion Points Campaign
  • High burst damage
  • Ranged playstyle
  • Gank build
  • Good sustain
  • Medium Armor
  • Bow/ Two Hander setup
  • Long range hits up to 45m
  • Easy escape possibilities

Resource Management

You should not have too much sustain issues, we sit at approximately 1000 Stamina Recovery buffed, which is more then enough for our ranged gank playstyle.

Make sure to keep using potions to refill your resources.

In case you feel like you still need more sustain, you can always choose to run the Dubious Camoran Throne Drink.


Cyrodiil Setup

Gear

You will find two setups, one without and one with a Mythic Item. Both are very viable, the Mythic Item will add a lot more movement speed to our build for only a very little amount of weapon damage loss.

Gear Setup 1

You can also run Spriggan’s Thorns set if you don’t have access to Swamp Raider.

GearSetWeightTraitEnchantment
ChestNew Moon AcolyteHeavyDivineStamina
BeltNew Moon AcolyteLightDivineStamina
ShoesSwamp RaiderMediumDivineStamina
PantsSwamp RaiderMediumDivineStamina
HandsSwamp RaiderMediumDivineStamina
HeadMolag KenaMediumDivineStamina
ShoulderVelidrethMediumDivineStamina
NecklaceSwamp RaiderJewelryInfusedWeapon Damage
RingSwamp RaiderJewelryInfusedWeapon Damage
RingNew Moon AcolyteJewelryInfusedWeapon Damage
Weapon 1New Moon AcolyteBowNirnhonedDisease Enchantment
Weapon 2Random or New Moon Acolyte2HDefendingWeapon Damage Enchantment

Gear Setup 2 Mythic Item

Ring of the Wild Hunt is a good way to give you a huge advantage in terms of movement speed, I highly recommend getting this piece to gain a crazy amount of movement speed.

GearSetWeightTraitEnchantment
ChestNew Moon AcolyteHeavyDivineStamina
BeltNew Moon AcolyteLightDivineStamina
ShoesSwamp RaiderMediumDivineStamina
PantsSwamp RaiderMediumDivineStamina
HandsSwamp RaiderMediumDivineStamina
HeadMolag KenaMediumDivineStamina
ShoulderSwamp RaiderMediumDivineStamina
NecklaceSwamp RaiderJewelryInfusedWeapon Damage
RingRing of the Wild HuntJewelryInfusedWeapon Damage
RingNew Moon AcolyteJewelryInfusedWeapon Damage
Weapon 1New Moon AcolyteBowNirnhonedDisease Enchantment
Weapon 2Random or New Moon Acolyte2HDefendingWeapon Damage Enchantment

Where can I get the gear?

New Moon Acolyte: Craftable
Molag Kena: White Gold Tower, Undaunted Chest
Velidreth: Cradle of Shadows, Undaunted Chest
Swamp Raider: Shadowfen Overland
Ring of the Wild Hunt: Antiquities Mythic Item

Skills

Relentless Focus Silver Shards Lethal Arrow Camouflaged Hunter Simmering Frenzy Toxic Barrage
Forward Momentum Resolving Vigor Channeled Acceleration Shadowy Disguise Concealed Weapon Temporal Guard
Bow MainbarTwo Hander bar
Slot 1: Relentless FocusSlot 1: Forward Momentum
Slot 2: Silver ShardsSlot 2: Resolving Vigor
Slot 3: Lethal ArrowSlot 3: Channeled Acceleration
Slot 4: Camouflaged HunterSlot 4: Shadowy Disguise
Slot 5: Simmering FrenzySlot 5: Concealed Weapon
Ultimate: Toxic Barrage/ BallistaUltimate: Temporal Guard

 

Skill explanation:

  • Relentless Focus: This ability is only used during longer fights, you can get a huge damage proc from the Spectral Bow if it hits the enemy.
  • Silver Shards: This is used in combination with Lethal Arrow to burst your enemy.
  • Lethal Arrow: This is your main damage attack and should always be used first when you make your opening.
  • Camouflaged Hunter: Gives us 10% Weapon Crit and 8% overall damage through Minor Berserk.
  • Simmering Frenzy: When you active it, boosts your Weapon Damage and drains health.
  • Toxic Barrage/ Ballista: Only user this if you are certain the enemy is fighting with someone else, this will expose your location and it has to be channeled.
  • Forward Momentum: 20% Weapon Damage buff and snare and root immunity.
  • Resolving Vigor: Your main heal, always heal first before you use Shadowy Disguise cloak.
  • Channeled Acceleration: Applies 30% speed buff for 12 seconds and increases your Critical Damage by 10%.
  • Shadowy Disguise: Your main cloaking tool, always use this after you kill an enemy or when your combo fails to make you invisible.
  • Concealed Weapon: We never use this, it is only slotted to gain 25% speed boost in stealth.
  • Temporal Guard: Use this if you can’t get away from an enemy, it will place you back in the position you were 4s ago, confusing the enemy.

Your Vampire Stage should be either Stage 1 or Stage 2, but not higher!

Champion Points

If you need help distributing your Champion Points, make sure to check out the Champion Points Calculator!

Champion Points [810]

The Ritual
56 Mighty, 61 Precise Strikes, 60 Piercing
The Atronach
23 Shattering Blows, 61 Master-at-Arms, 9 Physical Weapon Expert
The Apprentice
The Shadow
60 Tumbling, 10 Shadow Ward
The Lover
100 Mooncalf
The Tower
40 Warlord, 59 Sprinter, 1 Siphoner
The Lord
23 Quick Recoery
The Lady
49 Hardy, 49 Elemental Defender, 37 Thick Skinned
The Steed
56 Ironclad, 56 Resistant

Champion Points [600]

The Ritual
56 Mighty, 55 Piercing
The Atronach
28 Shattering Blows, 61 Master-at-Arms
The Apprentice
The Shadow
60 Tumbling
The Lover
25 Sprinter, 64 Mooncalf
The Tower
51 Warlord
The Lord
23 Quick Recovery
The Lady
43 Hardy, 43 Elemental Defender, 3 Thick Skinned
The Steed
31 Ironclad, 57 Resistant

Champion Points [300]

The Ritual
43 Mighty, 57 Piercing
The Atronach
The Apprentice
The Shadow
The Lover
49 Mooncalf
The Tower
21 Warlord, 29 Sprinter, 1 Siphoner
The Lord
The Lady
23 Hardy, 23 Elemental Defender
The Steed
31 Ironclad, 23 Resistant

Important Info for Stamina Nightblade Bow Gank Build PvP

Buff-food

We are using a Tri-Stat buff food, that way we will always have enough Magicka to also use support abilities.

You have two options, the slightly more expensive Bewitched Sugar Skulls or the Longfin Pasty with Melon Sauce. Skulls has a bit more stats but is more expensive to buy.

Bewitched Sugar Skulls
(Max Health, Max Stamina, Max Magicka)

bewitched sugar skills food

Longfin Pasty with Melon Sauce
(Max Health, Max Stamina, Max Magicka)

Food buff

Mundus Stone

You have two options for your Mundus Stone, you can either just keep stacking Weapon Damage with The Warrior Mundus Stone. The other option is to boost your Critical Damage with The Shadow Mundus Stone.

The Warrior (Increased Weapon Damage)
or
The Shadow (Increased Critical Damage)

Race

Orc
Khajiit
Woodelf
Redguard
Dark Elf
Imperial

Potions

You can either use the crafted or the crown store potions. I recommend using Tri-Stat potion that way you will always have enough Magicka to use Shadowy Disguise and refill your Health or Stamina if you need it.

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

Tri-Stat Potions new ESO

Tri-Stat Crown Potions ESO

Passives

Attributes

All into Stamina


Killer Combo

In this section of the build I am going to show you how you should approach and kill enemies. You need to understand the burst mechanic behind this build and the tricks Nightblades can pull off to really master the build.

Mobility

Mobility is key to this build, most of the times we are in sneak mode, invisible to our enemy. Usually you get a sneak movement penalty, Not us! Because we are a Vampire Stage 1 or 2 we have the Dark Stalker passive removes the sneak movement penalty, that means we basically run as fast as outside of sneak. Channeled Acceleration additionally applies Major Expedition 30% speed buff to us and gives us 10% more Critical Damage on top of that. The Concealed Weapon skill is never used but we have it on the bar to increase our movement speed in stealth by 25%! Whenever you move around, do it on the backbar to benefit from this speed boost.

In this video example you can see how fast I can move around, attack and still be hidden.

 

Stay far away!

This is a ranged snipe gank build, in no way should you ever try to fight in melee with this setup. It is meant to be played at max range, that will also increase your damage due to the bow Long Shots passive. Staying far away has more benefits, by the time the enemy will actually realize where you are, he will try to find you but then you are long gone or re-positioned yourself already.

Buff Up!

Like with every build, if you can’t keep your buffs up you will loose power and might not get the kill. Forward Momentum has to be active all the time, it provides you with the 20% Weapon Damage buff Major Brutality, it has a long duration and is therefore easy to keep up. Same goes for the Channeled Acceleration skill, always activate it before you attack, that way you will get the 30% speed buff for 12 seconds and can change positions fast if needed.

Keeping up Leeching Strikes is also important because it increases your overall sustain too.

Who are my targets?

Are you going to attack the 40k Health tank enemy or a 20k Health light armor user? The answer should be obvious, always inspect your possible targets first and make a decision whether it is actually possible to kill them or not.

Once you have found your prey, buff up and time to get a kill!

Killer Combo

Your main damage abilities are Lethal Arrow and Silver Shards. Why do we need two direct damage abilities? Lethal Arrow has a long travel time, Silver Shards has a short travel time till it hits the enemy.  Your first hit will stun the enemy if you are in stealth, therefore making it impossible to block or avoid the attacks! You have a few options in terms of attack pattern:

Lethal Arrow > Silver Shards > Silver Shards

Lethal Arrow > Lethal Arrow > Silver Shards

The first combo is faster but deals less damage. The second combo is slower but deals more damage. After the first impact, you want to start using Light Attacks as well to pressure the enemy even more. The reason we don’t do it on our first two abilities is to get the stun from our stealth attack.

What do we need Toxic Barrage and Relentless Focus for? Toxic Barrage should only be used if an enemy is engaged with someone else already, otherwise it might expose you too much and get you killed, it can place a lot of pressure on the enemy because it also applies a poison damage over time effect after you finished the ultimate. Relentless Focus is only really used when you pressure an enemy that is fighting someone else and he keeps ignoring you. Then you can use this skill to get a big damage hit on the enemy, you could replace this with something else if you prefer, kind of like a flex spot.

Here in this video you see, the enemy gets stunned after I hit him while I was in stealth, making it impossible to block my following attacks.

 

After the kill!

Don’t just stand there and keep spamming abilities. If you killed an enemy, or failed to kill him, re-position yourself! Standing too long in one position might expose you, there is ways to detect enemies in close range with potions or certain skills. Though, they only work in close range, therefore it is easy to avoid this if we always stay far away.

Aka situational awareness, you have it you will survive, you don’t you gonna die eventually.

Dodge Roll & Cloak

In case someone is hunting you, there is easy ways to avoid damage and get away.

Dodge rolling will let you avoid damage and also give you the 30% speed buff if you need it due to the bow passive Hasty Retreat. After the dodge roll you want to use Shadowy Disguise to cloak yourself, the enemy can’t see you now!

Because we are using Tri-Stat buff food we have plently of Magicka to use Shadowy Disguise several times and we can also use our Tri-Stat potion to regain a huge amount of Health, Magicka & Stamina instantly! Once you learn to manage your resources and play around your potions, you will see that you are never going to run out of resources on this build. 

Here you can see another clip of how you can fight, after kills you should always try to use Shadowy Disguise to avoid further detection and reposition yourself.


Battlegrounds

If you are going to play Battlegrounds with this build, I recommend changing the buff food to Dubious Camoran Throne or the more expensive version Artaeum Takeaway Broth to gain more Stamina Recovery, because in Battlegrounds Champion Points are deactivated, thus it will be harder to sustain.

Dubious Camoran Throne (Max Health+Max Stamina+Stamina Recovery)

Beginner Guide Dubious Camoran Throne


Update Log

19.05.2019 Updated Build for the Elsweyr Chapter, Stamina Nightblade Bow Gank Build PvP.
19.10.2019 Updated the build for the Dragonhold DLC.
21.02.2020 Updated the Build for the HARROWSTORM DLC.
16.05.2020 Updated the Build for the GREYMOOR CHAPTER.
18.08.2020 Updated the Build for the STONETHORN DLC, Greymoor Chapter.
08.09.2020 Updated the Build, changed out Titanborn Set for Swamp Raider due to a change in the Patch Notes 6.1.6 which makes Titanborn only work in combat, therefore pretty useless for our gank setup. Devs buffed Swamp Raider quite a bit, that way we can utilize Swamp Raider with Lethal Arrow to get massive extra damage.
24.10.2020 Updated the Build for the MARKARTH DLC, Greymoor Chapter.

Tag: Stamina Nightblade Bow Build PvP, Stamina NB Bow Build, Stam NB Bow PvP Build.