Updated: Markarth DLC, Greymoor Chapter
Type: Dungeon, Trial, Arena & Overland
Buildname: Rampage

Welcome to the Group DPS Stamina Nightblade Build for ESO. Stamina Nightblades in ESO are very powerful and are one of the top tier damage dealers in the game. Stamina Nightblades have very unique and great abilities such as Surprise Attack, Dark Shade, Leeching Strikes, Power Extraction, Relentless Focus, Killer’s Blade and Incapacitating Strike.

All these abilities make the Stamina Nightblade very unique, a more detailed layout can be found below in each of the build sections.

  • Medium Armoar
  • Dual Wield & Bow Setup
  • Insane Burst Damage
  • Insane High Single Target (ST) Damage
  • Great Area of Effect (AoE) Damage
  • Great Sustain
  • Maximum Damage Build [META]
  • Trials, Dungeon & Arena Group Build

Other Stamina Nightblade Guides:


Build Setup – Stamina Nightblade Build

Lets take a look at the Stamina Nightblade Build. Below you will find things like Sets, Skills, Champion Points, Buff-food, Mundus Stone, Potions, Passives and Attributes. These are all important aspects of the Stamina Nightblade Build.

5x Perfected Relequen, 5x Berserking Warrior, 2x Selene on an Orc with Artaeum Takeaway Broth food.

  • Unbuffed: Out of combat, buff-food active.
  • Buffed: In combat, Buff-food, Raid target dummy buffs, Weapon Damage Enchantment, Weapon Damage Potions.

Gear for the Stamina Nightblade Build

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 – Stamina Nightblade Build

This is the tier 1 setup for the Stamina Nightblade Build that you should try to get, this is the most optimal setup to achieve high damage.

GearSetWeightTraitEnchantment
ChestPerfected Arms of RelequenMediumDivineStamina
BeltPerfected Arms of RelequenMediumDivineStamina
ShoesPerfected Arms of RelequenMediumDivineStamina
PantsPerfected Arms of RelequenMediumDivineStamina
HandsPerfected Arms of RelequenMediumDivineStamina
HeadSeleneMediumDivineStamina
ShoulderSeleneMediumDivineStamina
NecklaceBerserking WarriorJewelryBloodthirstyWeapon Damage
RingBerserking WarriorJewelryBloodthirstyWeapon Damage
RingBerserking WarriorJewelryBloodthirstyWeapon Damage
Weapon 1 DWBerserking WarriorAxeNirnhonedDamage Health Poisons IX
Weapon 1 DWBerserking WarriorDaggerPreciseDamage Health Poisons IX
Weapon 2Perfected Thunderous VolleyBowInfusedWeapon Damage Enchant

Gear Setup 2 – Stamina Nightblade Build

This setup is for those that did not have the chances yet to step into a trial. You will deal slightly less damage than with the tier 1 setup, but not by much. Overall, the gear here is easier to get because you aren’t required to enter 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
HeadSeleneMediumDivineStamina
ShoulderSeleneMediumDivineStamina
NecklaceBriarheartJewelryBloodthirstyWeapon Damage
RingBriarheartJewelryBloodthirstyWeapon Damage
RingBriarheartJewelryBloodthirstyWeapon Damage
Weapon 1 DWBriarheartAxeNirnhonedDamage Health Poisons IX
Weapon 1 DWBriarheartDaggerPreciseDamage Health Poisons IX
Weapon 2Thunderous VolleyBowInfusedWeapon Damage Enchant

Gear Setup 3 Beginner – Stamina Nightblade Build

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 RageAxeNirnhonedPoison Damage Enchant
Weapon 1 DWHunding’s RageDaggerPreciseAbsorb Stamina Enchant
Weapon 2Hunding’s RageBowInfusedWeapon Damage Enchant

Where can I get the gear?

Berserking Warrior: Hel Ra Citadel
Perfect Arms of Relequen: vCloudrest
Arms of Relequen: Cloudrest
Perfected Thunderous Volley (Maelstrom Bow): vMaelstrom Arena
Thunderous Volley (Maelstrom Bow): vMaelstrom Arena
Selene: vSelene’s Web
Vicious Serpent: Hel Ra Citadel, Aetherian Archive, Sanctum Ophidia
Hunding’s Rage: Craftable
Night Mother’s Gaze: Craftable
Agility: Guildstore
Briarheart: Wrothgar, Guildstore
New Moon Acolyte: Craftable
Mechanical Acuity: Craftable
Perfect Spectral Cloak: vBlackrose Prison Arena

Skills for the Stamina Nightblade Build

The skill setup for the Stamina Nightblade Build is very focused at maximizing your damage in your group.

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Slot 1: Barbed TrapSlot 1: Endless Hail
Slot 2: Deadly CloakSlot 2: Dark Shades
Slot 3: Surprise AttackSlot 3: Consuming Trap
Slot 4: Killer’s BladeSlot 4: Leeching Strikes
Slot 5: Relentless FocusSlot 5: Resolving Vigor
Ultimate: Incapacitating StrikeUltimate: Flawless Dawnbreaker

 

Skills explanation:

  • Barbed Trap: Deals damage and gives us Minor Force, increasing Critical Damage by 10%.
  • Deadly Cloak: Deals AoE damage and gives us 20% AoE damage mitigation.
  • Surprise Attack: This is your spammable.
  • Killer’s Blade: This is your execute ability that you use after 25% instead of your spammable.
  • Relentless Focus: Very powerful Spectral Bow proc that you want to activate whenever it procs.
  • Incapacitating Strike: Powerful Ultimate that increases damage by 20%. Always use this after you finished your backbar, swap, place DoTs and then use Ultimate right before your spammable. That way you gain the most out of the 20% extra damage while using your spammable.
  • Endless Hail: Powerful Single Target and AoE damage over time ability, has to always be up.
  • Dark Shades: Long uptime and good damage, also applies Minor Maim, reducing enemies damage.
  • Consuming Trap: Deals good damage and increases our sustain because it costs magicka.
  • Leeching Strikes: Only use this if you have sustain issues. So basically after 50% stamina activate it to regain stamina.
  • Resolving Vigor: This is your heal if you need it.
  • Flawless Dawnbreaker: This is your Ultimate for AoE situations.

Champion Points for the Stamina Nightblade Build

In this section you can find a distribution of the Champion Points system for the Stamina Nightblade Build. If you need optimized defensive Champion Points for a specific trial I recommend checking out my Maximize Damage Mitigation in Trials Article.

Champion Points [810]

The Ritual
64 Mighty, 48 Thaumaturge, 66 Precise Strikes, 6 Piercing
The Atronach
72 Master-at-Arms, 14 Physical Weapon Expert
The Apprentice
The Shadow
48 Shadow Ward, 48 Tumbling
The Lover
49 Tenacity, 100 Mooncalf
The Tower
23 Warlord, 2 Sprinter
The Lord
The Lady
49 Hardy, 49 Elemental Defender, 48 Thick Skinned
The Steed
81 Ironclad, 43 Spell Shield

Please note that the Piercing perk in the Champion Points Ritual Tree depends on your group setup. Always ask your raid/group leader how much points you should place in Piercing. This depends on many factors such as debuffs and buffs, some raids may have more and therefore need less points in piercing, or the other way around.

Champion Points [600]

The Ritual
40 Thaumaturge, 64 Mighty, 40 Precise Strikes, 5 Piercing
The Atronach
37 Master at Arms, 13 Physical Weapon Expert
The Apprentice
The Shadow
25 Shadow Ward,  26 Tumbling
The Lover
49 Tenacity, 75 Mooncalf
The Tower
23 Warlord, 2 Sprinter
The Lord
The Lady
49 Hardy, 49 Elemental Defender, 37 Thick Skinned
The Steed
37 Ironclad, 28 Spell Shield

Champion Points [300]

The Ritual
18 Thaumaturge, 32 Mighty, 18 Precise Strikes, 5 Piercing
The Atronach
16 Master at Arms, 11 Physical Weapon Expert
The Apprentice
The Shadow
13 Tumbling, 13 Shadow Ward
The Lover
32 Mooncalf, 27 Tenacity
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 Stamina Nightblade Build PvE

In this section of the ESO Stamina Nightblade Build we are going to take a look at Buff-food, Mundus Stone, Potions, Poisons, Passives and Attributes you should use.

All these things are important, I will give you one example to showcase how fast you can lose power. Often players forget to use/activate the Medicinal Use passive. Therefore the player won’t be able to have a 100% uptime on his potions, which means he will lose a lot of weapon damage, weapon critical and resources.

Buff-food

Depending on what race you have choose one of these two buff foods. If you do not have the money for Artaeum Takeaway Brooth, then you can also use Dubious Camoran Throne Drink.

Braised Rabbit with Spring Vegetables (Max Health+Max Stamina)
or
Artaeum Takeaway Brooth (Max Health+Max Stamina+Stamina Recovery+Health Recovery)

Mundus Stone

The Shadow (Increased Critical Damage)

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.

Orc (with Artaeum Food)
Khajiit (with Artaeum Food)
Dark Elf (with Artaeum Food)
Nord (with Artaeum Food)
Redguard (with Blue Food)
Wood Elf (with Blue Food)
Imperial (with Artaeum Food)

Potions

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

Essence of Weapon Power Potion new ESO

Poisons

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

double health poisons

Passives for the Stamina Nightblade Build

Below you can find a full list of all the recommended passives for the Stamina Nightblade Build.

Attributes

All points into Stamina


Resource Management for the Stamina Nightblade Build

Leeching Strikes has to be activated once its duration is over. That way you will always gain resources when you do Light Attacks and at the end of the duration you will gain an additional huge bump in resources.

Incapacitating Strike now also gives you resources every time you do a light attack. That is why we always want to either run it on the backbar or the frontbar. That way we benefit from the extra sustain.

Energy Orb will always be present in a good group. When you get close to the Orb you can activate its synergy to regain resources.

Potions should always be used on cooldown to gain the maximum benefit from them.

Heavy Attacks help you restore Stamina, if you drop low on resources do a few Heavy Attacks between skills to refill your Stamina.

  • Leeching Strikes
  • Orb Synergy
  • Heavy Attacks
  • Incapacitating Strike
  • Potions

Rotation for the Stamina Nightblade Build

Please check out the “Weaving Beginner Guide” which explains how to weave light attacks between abilities, aka animation canceling. This is important to reach the maximum damage potential.

Nightblade rotations are fairly difficult to master. The basic concept around it is that you keep up your damage over time effects and once that is taken care of you use your spammable and Spectral Bow procs.

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Area of Effect Setup

This setup here is focusing on an AoE setup, this way you can be more effective when fighting trash packs or just a large amount of monsters.

Gear Setup

GearSetWeightTraitEnchantment
ChestNew Moon AcolyteMediumDivineStamina
BeltNew Moon AcolyteMediumDivineStamina
ShoesNew Moon AcolyteMediumDivineStamina
PantsNew Moon AcolyteMediumDivineStamina
HandsNew Moon AcolyteMediumDivineStamina
HeadMechanical AcuityMediumDivineStamina
ShoulderMechanical AcuityMediumDivineStamina
NecklaceMechanical AcuityJewelryInfusedWeapon Damage
RingMechanical AcuityJewelryInfusedWeapon Damage
RingMechanical AcuityJewelryInfusedWeapon Damage
Weapon 1 DWPerfect Spectral CloakDaggerNirnhonedDamage Health Poisons IX
Weapon 1 DWPerfect Spectral CloakDaggerPreciseDamage Health Poisons IX
Weapon 2Perfected Thunderous VolleyBowInfusedWeapon Damage Enchant

Skills

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Maelstrom & Vateshran Arena

Please check out the Solo Stamina Nightblade Build for specific Maelstrom Arena and Vateshran Hollows Arena setups.


Update Log

11.08.2019 Updated the Rampage Build for the SCALEBREAKER DLC, Elsweyr Chapter. Stamina Nightblade Build PvE.
20.10.2019 Updated the Build for the DRAGONHOLD DLC.
20.02.2020 Updated the Build for the HARROWSTORM DLC.
06.03.2020 Added visualized rotation the the Stamblade Build.
23.05.2020 Updated the Build for the GREYMOOR CHAPTER.
20.08.2020 Updated the Build for the STONETHORN DLC, Greymoor Chapter.
03.09.2020 Updated the Champion Points 810, 600, 300.
30.10.2020 Updated the Build for the MARKARTH DLC, Greymoor Chapter.

Changes to the previous Version

U28 Markarth DLC: Updated Gear & Character Screenshot.

Champion System

  • Reduced the Weapon and Spell Critical Chance granted from Perfect Strike and Spell Precision to 3% each, down from 9%.

Major/Minor System

  • Major Savagery and Prophecy: Increased to 12%, up from 10%.
  • Minor Berserk: Decreased to 5%, down from 8%.
  • Minor Vulnerability: Decreased to 5%, down from 8%.
  • Minor Magickasteal: Decreased to 168 per hit, down from 300.

Tags: Stamina Nightblade Build, Stamina NB Build PvE, StamBlade PvE Build, Stamina Nightblade Build PvE.


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