• Stamina Nightblade Rampage PvE Build

Stamina Nightblade Build PvE for Elder Scrolls Online

“Rampage”

Murkmire DLC, Summerset Chapter

Introduction

Welcome to the Stamina Nightblade Build PvE “Rampage” for Elder Scrolls Online. Make sure to bookmark the link as I will keep updating the build for each new Update of ESO. The Rampage build is a Stamina focused damage dealer build. It is made for endgame content like Trials, Dungeons, Blackrose Prison Arena and Maelstrom Arena.

Stamina Nightblades have insane Burst and overall really good Single Target Damage. With our combination of Relequen and Berserking Warrior we can reach insane Weapon Critical numbers. Those two sets make Nightblades freaking strong, whether be it in Dungeons, Trials, Blackrose Prison Arena or Maelstrom Arena. Another good set is War Machine, 15% Major Slayer damage boost and the Ultimate applies another 20% damage boost combined with Berserking Yokeda will increase your dps tremendously. We are using a full light attack build in combination with Leeching Strikes.

  • Insane Burst Damage
  • Insane high Single Target damage
  • Group Support
  • Good AoE Damage
  • Good Sustain
  • Dualwield & Bow Setup
  • Trials & Dungeon
  • Blackrose & Maelstrom Arena

Changes from the previous version

  • Updated Champion Points to 810 CP and added 600 CP Setup.
  • Added Blackrose Prison Arena setup section
  • Weapon Enchantments order changed and traits of weapons changed.
  • Optimized Rotation

Resource Management

Nightblades can sustain a rotation with blue food already, just make sure to keep up Leeching Strikes in your rotation. You also want to make sure that Spears or Orbs are used by your healers to activate the synergy for resources. I recommend being a Redguard because you will get the best sustain. You have more options, you can also use Stormfist as a main Monster Set to gain another Stamina Recovery bonus or Vicious Serpent set that gives cost reduction and extra stamina on trash fights.

If you amange to keep up Leeching Strikes in your rotation you will have good sustain. However, most of the times players forget to re-activate Leeching Strikes for a while which means you will loose a lot of sustain over time, so make sure to notice when it finished so you can immediately reapply it. Technically, you could also reapply it before it runs out and you will still get a part of the resources back.

  • Leeching Strikes
  • Orbs or Spears from Healers
  • Heavy Attacks resource return (optional)
  • Vicious Serpent Set (optional)
  • Redguard (if available)

Trials & Dungeons Setup

  • Buffed: Weapon Damage Enchantment, Advancing Yokeda and Weapon Power Potion were active in the screenshot.
  • Unbuffed: Raw stats when not in combat.

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 is with Trial Gear
  • Setup 2 is without Trial Gear
  • Setup 3 is for Beginners

There are a lot of good Stamina Sets available, you can find more viable stamina dps sets in this Stamina DPS Sets Article. I also elaborate on specific sets that are often used in this article to give you a bit more insight as to why they are used.

Gear Setup 1

  • War Machine: War Machine is also always a good option for a Stamina Nightblade.
GearSetWeightTraitEnchantment
ChestPerfect Arms of RelequenMediumDivineStamina
BeltPerfect Arms of RelequenMediumDivineStamina
ShoesPerfect Arms of RelequenMediumDivineStamina
PantsPerfect Arms of RelequenMediumDivineStamina
HandsPerfect Arms of RelequenMediumDivineStamina
HeadVelidrethMediumDivineStamina
ShoulderVelidrethMediumDivineStamina
NecklaceBerserking WarriorJewelryBloodthirsty/ InfusedWeapon Damage
RingBerserking WarriorJewelryBloodthirstyWeapon Damage
RingBerserking WarriorJewelryBloodthirstyWeapon Damage
Weapon 1 DWBerserking WarriorDaggerInfusedPoison Damage Enchant
Weapon 1 DWBerserking WarriorDaggerInfusedAbsorb Stamina Enchant
Weapon 2The Maelstrom's BowBowInfusedWeapon Damage Enchant

Gear Setup 2

This setup is for those that did not have the chances yet to step into a trial.

  • Briarheart Dagger: There is an unique Dagger “Materre’s Bodkin” that you can get fairly easy, instead of buying it expensive in the store.
GearSetWeightTraitEnchantment
ChestHunding's RageHeavyDivineStamina
BeltHunding's RageMediumDivineStamina
ShoesHunding's RageMediumDivineStamina
PantsHunding's RageMediumDivineStamina
HandsHunding's RageMediumDivineStamina
Head VelidrethStormfistMediumDivineStamina
Shoulder VelidrethStormfistMediumDivineStamina
NecklaceBriarheartJewelryBloodthirsty/ InfusedWeapon Damage
RingBriarheartJewelryBloodthirstyWeapon Damage
RingBriarheartJewelryBloodthirstyWeapon Damage
Weapon 1 DWBriarheartDaggerInfusedPoison Damage Enchant
Weapon 1 DWBriarheartDaggerInfusedAbsorb Stamina Enchant
Weapon 2The Maelstrom's BowBowInfusedWeapon Damage Enchant

Gear Setup 3 Beginner

This setup is dedicated to people that have not had the chance to farm the necessary gear for the maximum damage potential. All the gear here is either craftable or cheap to get in a guildstore. Make sure to ask a friend to craft Hunding’s Rage and Night Mother’s Gaze. Agility jewelry can be obtained in the Guildstores. I do recommend having around 18k health (with buff-food). You can buy cheap Agility jewelry with healthy trait to reach this value if you want.

GearSetWeightTraitEnchantment
ChestHunding's RageHeavyDivineHealth
BeltNight Mother's GazeMediumDivineStamina
ShoesNight Mother's GazeMediumDivineStamina
PantsHunding's RageMediumDivineStamina
HandsHunding's RageMediumDivineStamina
HeadNight Mother's GazeMediumDivineStamina
ShoulderNight Mother's GazeMediumDivineStamina
NecklaceAgilityJewelryRobustWeapon Damage
RingAgilityJewelryRobustWeapon Damage
RingAgilityJewelryRobustWeapon Damage
Weapon 1 DWHunding's RageDaggerInfusedPoison Damage Enchant
Weapon 1 DWHunding's RageDaggerInfusedAbsorb Stamina Enchant
Weapon 2Hunding's RageBowInfusedWeapon Damage Enchant


Where can I get the gear?

Berserking Warrior: Hel Ra Citadel
Perfect Arms of Relequen: Cloudrest
Arms of Relequen: Cloudrest
Selene: Selene’s Web
War Machine: Halls of Fabrication
Briarheart: Wrothgar
Vicious Serpent: Hel Ra Citadel, Aetherian Archive, Sanctum Ophidia
Hunding's Rage: Craftable
Night Mother's Gaze: Craftable
Agility: Guildstore
Briarheart: Wrothgar, Guildstore
Velidreth: Cradle of Shadows
Sunderflame: City of Ash 1 & 2
Maelstrom Bow: Maelstrom Arena

Skills

Dualwield MainbarBow-second bar
Slot 1: Killer’s BladeSlot 1: Endless Hail
Slot 2: Rearming TrapSlot 2: Razor Caltrops
Slot 3: Surprise AttackSlot 3: Poison Injection
Slot 4: Rending SlashesSlot 4: Leeching Strikes
Slot 5: Relentless FocusSlot 5: Resolving Vigor
Ultimate: Flawless DawnbreakerUltimate: Incapacitating Strike

Championpoints for Stamina Nightblade Build PvE

If you need optimized defensive Champion Points for a specific trial I recommend checking out my Maximize Damage Mitigation in Trials Article.

Championpoints [810 CP]

The Ritual
64 Mighty, 44 Thaumaturge, 61 Precise Strikes, 26 Piercing
The Attronarch
66 Master-at-Arms, 9 Physical Weapon Expert
The Apprentice
The Shadow
30 Shadow Ward, 67 Tumbling
The Lover
23 Tenacity, 100 Mooncalf
The Tower
50 Warlord
The Lord
The Lady
56 Hardy, 56 Elemental Defender, 48 Thick Skinned
The Steed
73 Ironclad, 37 Spellshield

Championpoints [600 CP]

The Ritual
44 Thaumaturge, 43 Mighty, 40 Precise Strikes, 26 Piercing
The Attronarch
44 Master at Arms, 3 Physical Weapon Expert
The Apprentice
The Shadow
20 Shadow Ward,  31 Tumbling
The Lover
49 Tenacity, 100 Mooncalf
The Tower
The Lord
The Lady
49 Hardy, 49 Elemental Defender, 23 Thick Skinned
The Steed
61 Ironclad, 18 Spell Shield

Championpoints [300 CP]

The Ritual
31 Thaumaturge, 27 Mighty, 28 Precise Strikes
The Attronarch
13 Master at Arms, 1 Physical Weapon Expert
The Apprentice
The Shadow
The Lover
49 Mooncalf, 49 Tenacity
The Tower
2 Warlord
The Lord
The Lady
23 Hardy, 23 Elemental Defender, 23 Thick Skinned
The Steed
31 Ironclad

Important Info for Stamina Nightblade Build PvE

Buff-food

Braised Rabbit with Spring Vegetables (Max Health+Max Stamina)

Mundus Stone

To reach the maximum penetration level in a raid or dungeon, you want to use the Lover Mundus Stone.

The Lover (Increased Physical Penetration)

Race

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.

Redguard (Recommended)
Khajiit
Imperial
Orc

Potions

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

Weapon Power Potions

Passives

Attributes

All points into Stamina


Rotation & Skeleton Parse

The rotation on a Nightblade is a bit more tricky then usual, as you should make sure to use a dynamic rotation. This is mostly the case because you have abilities like Relentless Focus Spectral Bow, Leeching Strikes and Inccapacitating Strike that do not really fit into the rotation.

Make sure to activate Relentless Focus and Leeching Strikes before the fight begins.

> Endless Hail > LA > Razor Caltrops > LA > Poison Injection > Weapon Swap
> LA > Rearming Trap > LA > Rending Slashes > 4x Surprise Attack (with Light Attacks) > Weapon Swap
> Restart

  • Activate the Spectral Bow whenever it is ready, if you do so just do 3x Surpise Attack instead of 4x.
  • Activate Incapacitating Strike when you are about to swap to the front bar, that way you will get increased damage on the Surprise Attack casts.
  • Refresh Leeching Strikes after it ran out.
  • Execute Phase: Do not refresh Rending Slashes anymore and use Killers Blade instead of Surprise Attacks.

LA= Light Attack

Before you weapon swap make sure to do a Light Attack, then weapon swap and go directly into casting Endless Hail, this is done because the animation carries over to your backbar and you will not have any delay casting Endless Hail.

Skeleton Parse

I am going to standardize most of my dps tests and therefore will include, the uptimes can varry a bit:

  • Minor Vulnerability (8% more damage while enemy is concussed) has an average uptime of around 75%
  • Off Balance (10% more damage by Exploiter Perk in CP is active) has a max of 25% uptime
  • Energy Orbs to showcase the sustain of the class in a trial
  • Minor Berserk (8% more overall damage)
Stamina Nightblade [61k DPS] on 6mil Target Dummy

Stamina Nightblade Rampage PvE Build


Blackrose Prison Arena

This section of the build is dedicated to the Blackrose Prison Arena, it is a bit different compared to the usual Trial and Dungeon setup due to how the Arena works and because you fight such a huge amount of enemies each wave.

  • Optimial Gear Setup
  • Alternative Gear Setups
  • Skill Setup

Optimal Gear Setup

  • Vicious Serpent is the perfect set to increase your sustain by a lot and allows us to easily run blue max Health and max Stamina food.
  • Twice-Fanged-Serpent is needed because the tank can not debuff all monsters all the time so the extra penetration from that set really helps to increase the overall damage.
  • Stormfist Monster Set is a very good choice in Blackrose Prison Arena as it increases your sustain and deals really nice AoE and Single Target damage.
  • We run full Robust jewelry to help with the overall sustain in the arena. If you want you can run Infused but it will make sustain tougher.
GearSetWeightTraitEnchantment
ChestTwice-Fanged SerpentMediumDivineStamina
BeltTwice-Fanged SerpentMediumDivineStamina
ShoesTwice-Fanged SerpentMediumDivineStamina
PantsTwice-Fanged SerpentMediumDivineStamina
HandsTwice-Fanged SerpentMediumDivineStamina
HeadStormfistMediumDivineStamina
ShoulderStormfistMediumDivineStamina
NecklaceVicious SerpentJewelryRobustWeapon Damage
RingVicious SerpentJewelryRobustWeapon Damage
RingVicious SerpentJewelryRobustWeapon Damage
Weapon 1 DWVicious SerpentDaggerInfusedPoison Damage Enchant
Weapon 1 DWVicious SerpentDaggerInfusedAbsorb Stamina Enchant
Weapon 2The Maelstrom's BowBowInfusedWeapon Damage Enchant

Alternative Gear Setups

As Bow Backbar Weapon you should optimally choose the The Maelstrom's Bow, if you do not have access to it I can also recommend the The Master's Bow.

A lot of good combos that work elsewhere also work in the Blackrose Prison Arena, most important is that you have enough sustain to kill off all those trash pack waves that get thrown at you.

Skills

Because of the huge amount of trash monsters that gets thrown at you, you need to make sure to have a AoE damage Setup. Therefore Steel Tornado is your best friend. You can also use  Reaper's Mark and apply it to a enemy with low health, upon monster death you will get a 25% damage boost for a short duration.

Like in the rotation before, make sure to keep up your back bar DoTs, especially Endless Hail and Razor Caltrops.


Maelstrom Arena

Gear

We use two robust instead of infused here to boost our overall stamina to make resource management easier. You could use two infused or two bloodthirsty if you want.

GearSetWeightTraitEnchantment
ChestHunding's RageHeavyDivineStamina
BeltHunding's RageMediumDivineStamina
ShoesHunding's RageMediumDivineStamina
PantsHunding's RageMediumDivineStamina
HandsHunding's RageMediumDivineStamina
HeadVelidrethMediumDivineStamina
ShoulderVelidrethMediumDivineStamina
NecklaceVicious SerpentJewelryRobustWeapon Damage
RingVicious SerpentJewelryRobustWeapon Damage
RingVicious SerpentJewelryBloodthirstyWeapon Damage
Weapon 1 DWVicious SerpentDaggerInfusedPoison Damage Enchant
Weapon 1 DWVicious SerpentDaggerInfusedAbsorb Stamina Enchant
Weapon 2The Maelstrom's BowBowInfusedWeapon Damage Enchant

Skills

  • Ballista: This ultimate is very strong on Bosses in Maelstrom Arena, it burns them down in no time.
  • Killers Blade: Try to kill enemies with that ability as it gives you health back!

Update Log

12.10.2018 Updated Rampage Build for MURKMIRE DLC, Summerset Chapter Stamina Nightblade Build PvE
13.11.2018 Maelstrom setup, swapped heavy armor piece to Chest, which results in a bit more overall resistances.