“Assassin”

Updated: Flames of Ambition DLC, Blackwood Chapter
Type: Solo Cyrodiil & Battlegrounds

Table of Contents


Introduction

Welcome to the Stamina Nightblade Build PvP “Assassin” for Elder Scrolls Online. 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 can also highly recommend checking out the Stamina Nightblade Beginner Guide along with a lot of other beginner guides.

This Nightblade Build is designed to be a stealth silent killer. Your main focus is to kill weak targets, always prioritize low health light or medium armor targets over heavy armor targets.

  • Cyrodiil & Battlegrounds Build
  • Medium Armor 2H/Bow
  • High Burst Damage
  • Stealthy
  • Fast paced combat

Resource Management

Leeching Strikes is our main active sustain tool, always keep it up.

Heavy Attacks also restore resources, if you drop low, make sure to weave in some Heavy Attacks.

Potions refill a huge amount of resources, use them whenever the right moment comes, for example when you drop low health you can drink a potion to get out of execute range!

We have built in sustain through the Artaeum Takeaway Broth (or Dubious Camoran Throne) drink in addition with 1 Stamina Recovery glyph. Being a Woodelf also boosts our Stamina Recovery by another 258!

We have 4 pieces Well-Fitted trait on our armor, which helps reduce the dodge roll cost by a lot, that is important because we dodge roll a lot to active our Eternal Hunt set and to avoid damage from the enemy.

  • Leeching Strikes
  • Heavy Attacks
  • Potions
  • Artaeum buff food

if you still lack sustain, you can always add more Stamina Recovery glyphs to your jewelry.


Cyrodiil Setup

Gear

This setup has a very burst heavy focus, therefore we max out damage as much as possible with the below sets.

GearSetWeightTraitEnchantment
ChestHunding’s RageMediumImpenetrableTri-Stat
BeltSpriggan’s ThornsMediumWell FittedStamina
ShoesHunding’s RageMediumWell FittedStamina
PantsHunding’s RageMediumImpenetrableTri-Stat
HandsSpriggan’s ThornsMediumWell FittedStamina
HeadMolag KenaMediumImpenetrableTri-Stat
ShoulderBalorghMediumWell-FittedStamina
NecklaceSpriggan’s ThornsJewelryInfusedWeapon Damage
RingSpriggan’s ThornsJewelryInfusedWeapon Damage
RingSpriggan’s ThornsJewelryRobustStamina Recovery
Weapon 1Hunding’s Rage2H SwordNirnhonedDrain Health Poisons IX
Weapon 2Hunding’s RageBowInfusedWeapon Damage Enchantment

 

Where can I get the gear?

Molag Kena: vWhite-Gold Tower, Undaunted Enclave
Balorgh: vMarch of Sacrifices, Undaunted Enclave
Hunding’s Rage: Craftable
Spriggan’s Thorns: Guildstore, Bangkorai

Skills

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Two Hander MainbarBow bar
Slot 1: RallySlot 1: Leeching Strikes/ PIercing Mark
Slot 2: Relentless FocusSlot 2: Shuffle
Slot 3: Surprise AttackSlot 3: Poison Injection
Slot 4: AmbushSlot 4: Shadowy Disguise
Slot 5: Camouflaged HunterSlot 5: Resolving Vigor
Ultimate: Incapacitating StrikeUltimate: Temporal Guard

 

Champion Points

Below you can find the Champion Points setup for this build. Work your way from top to bottom in your allocation. For more information on Champion Points, please visit the Champion Points Overview Page on ESO-Hub.com.

Important:

  • Warfare Tree: This tree gives you a mix between damage, healing and damage mitigation.
  • Fitness Tree: This tree gives you extra health, sustain and defensive buffs.
  • Craft Tree: This tree is mostly optional, nothing really “impacts” combat, therefore you can pick whatever you prefer, or use the preset below.
  • Perks: Hovering over each perk will give you insights on what it does. Presets are also provided for each of the allocations below.

Click the tab below to open the allocation.

180 Champion Point Allocation

Preset used for this allocation: https://eso-hub.com/en/champion-points/calculator?preset=c2e926fe-3289-4a81-a225-95867c323b9b

Warfare Tree Points Allocation

Fitness Tree Points Allocation

Craft Tree Points Allocation

300 Champion Point Allocation

Preset used for this allocation: https://eso-hub.com/en/champion-points/calculator?preset=d41b7323-58f8-44f7-8ed2-79d8269cf3a6

Warfare Tree Points Allocation

Fitness Tree Points Allocation

Craft Tree Points Allocation

600 Champion Point Allocation

Preset used for this allocation: https://eso-hub.com/en/champion-points/calculator?preset=2262f180-572f-49cd-bf8f-9e4bb54b5b10

Warfare Tree Points Allocation

Fitness Tree Points Allocation

Craft Tree Points Allocation

900 Champion Point Allocation

Preset used for this allocation: https://eso-hub.com/en/champion-points/calculator?preset=1ecfbd11-2a3b-4f51-aed6-644caa234234

Warfare Tree Points Allocation

Fitness Tree Points Allocation

Craft Tree Points Allocation

1200 Champion Point Allocation

Preset used for this allocation: https://eso-hub.com/en/champion-points/calculator?preset=b725a902-abb5-4577-b091-efa753fa0c5d

Warfare Tree Points Allocation

Fitness Tree Points Allocation

Craft Tree Points Allocation

2300 Champion Point Allocation

Preset used for this allocation: https://eso-hub.com/en/champion-points/calculator?preset=73f22d14-fe33-4a88-9703-5c29904d8edb

Warfare Tree Points Allocation

Fitness Tree Points Allocation

Craft Tree Points Allocation

Important Info for Stamina Nightblade Build PvP

Buff-food

Artaeum Takeaway Broth and Dubious Camoran Throne must be used with this setup. Dubious can be bought for a very cheap price in the guildstores, Artaeum does cost a lot more for a tiny bit extra stats increase.

Food buff

Mundus Stone

The Warrior (Increased Weapon Damage)

Race

All stamina based races work with this setup. More about each race can be found on the racial overview page.

Wood Elf
Khajiit
Redguard
Orc
Nord
Imperial
Dark Elf
High Elf

Potions

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

Essence of Health Potion ESO

Crown Tri-Restoration Potion ESO

Poisons

Drain Health Poisons
(Drain Health, Restore Health, Poison Damage)
(Butterfly Wing, Columbine, Scrib Jelly)

Drain Health Poisons ESO

 

Passives


Battleground Setup

The build has to be slightly adjusted for the Battlegrounds because Champion Points are deactivated and therefore sustaining is overall more difficult. Mostly the Monster Set and the buff food that we use changes.

Add one extra Stamina Cost Reduction glyph to the jewelry, to make sustain easier.

GearSetWeightTraitEnchantment
ChestHunding’s RageMediumImpenetrableTri-Stat
BeltSpriggan’s ThornsMediumWell FittedStamina
ShoesHunding’s RageMediumWell FittedStamina
PantsHunding’s RageMediumImpenetrableTri-Stat
HandsSpriggan’s ThornsMediumWell FittedStamina
HeadMolag KenaMediumImpenetrableTri-Stat
ShoulderBalorghMediumWell-FittedStamina
NecklaceSpriggan’s ThornsJewelryInfusedWeapon Damage
RingSpriggan’s ThornsJewelryInfusedStamina Cost Reduction
RingSpriggan’s ThornsJewelryRobustStamina Recovery
Weapon 1Hunding’s Rage2H SwordNirnhonedDrain Health Poisons IX
Weapon 2Hunding’s RageBowInfusedWeapon Damage Enchantment

How to Play

Healing

Rally and Resolving Vigor are your heals. You want to always keep up Rally and whenever you go defense mode you need to keep Vigor up. I recommend using Vigor before you dodge roll. That way you can heal up and the enemy can barely hit you.

The potions that we are using also contain health, when your health drops low you can activate your potion to get a burst heal.

Defense

Your main defense is dodge roll, dodge rolling in the right moment you can avoid basically all incoming damage and it gives you room to breath.

You can use dodge roll in combination with Shadowy Disguise, with a bit of practice it will be impossible for the enemy to follow or kill you. Dodge rolling too much in succession is not recommended, because it applies fatigue to you that increases the cost of dodge roll. Therefore Shadowy Disguise is nice to use while the fatigue wears off.

Relentless Focus, if you have several stacks active you also gain damage mitigation, which is really nice in specific situations.

Shuffle needs to be active all the time, it gives you so much AoE damage mitigation and also prevents you from getting rooted or snared for a short duration, making escape even easier.

Offense

Burst damage on a Nightblade is very effective, the first rule you have to learn is how you should pick your target.

  • Target 1: 30k health, heavy armor
  • Target 2: 22k health, light armor
  • Target 3: 22k health, light armor but constantly shielded

Obviously you pick target 2, but I hope you understood what I tried to teach you here, pick the easy targets. Sure you can kill heavy armor targets, but it will be way more difficult, especially because they usually have more health.

Now there is a few ways you can push out insane burst damage, always approach your enemy in stealth.

  1. Heavy Attack > Incapacitating Strike > Surprise attack
  2. Surprise Attack > Incapacitating Strike > Surprise attack

Both options are viable, if you start your combo with a Surprise attack, the enemy will get stunned because of the Surprise Attack skill. Like you can see here in the example, I am in stealth and then I use Surprise Attack to stun him into a Incapacitating Strike which he can not block due to the stun and it basically finishes him off.

 

Here a Nightblade tried to get away from me but I used Piercing Mark so I still see him even if he is cloaked. Then I used Ambush to get the extra 5% damage to boost my Incapacitating Strike into a Surprise Attack and the enemy is dead.

 

Another example of my Nightblade using Incapacitating Strike > Surprise Attack (7k damage, enemy gets stunned) and I activate my Spectral Bow (Relentless Focus) which crits for 10k and kills the enemy.

 

Now please remember, you NEED TO use Light Attacks between each skill, Light attacks can deal more damage than an actual skill.


Update Log

10.08.2019 Added Stamina Nightblade PvP Build with a complete redesign
21.02.2020 Updated the Build for the HARROWSTORM DLC.
19.05.2020 Updated the Build for the GREYMOOR CHAPTER.
18.08.2020 Updated the Build for the STONETHORN DLC, Greymoor Chapter.
26.10.2020 Updated the Build for the MARKARTH DLC, Greymoor Chapter.
06.03.2021 Updated the Build for the FLAMES OF AMBITION DLC, Blackwood Chapter.

Tags: Stamina Nightblade PvP Build, Stamblade PvP Build, Assassin Nightblade Build, Stealth Nightblade Build PvP