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Magicka Nightblade DPS Build ESO

Spellblade is a Powerful Magicka Nightblade DPS Build for every type of Solo and Group PVE Gameplay in ESO! The Build relies on strong combination of melee and magic attacks to defeat enemies and clear Solo or Group content! A Hybrid basically Magblade DPS Build for PVE gameplay in The Elder Scrolls Online! Spellblade offers various setups that can help you complete almost any type of content with success. A unique Melee focused Hybrid Magicka Nightblade DPS Build for ESO! To learn more about the Nightblade Class, you can take a look at my Nightblade Beginner Guide. For a more traditional Staff based Magicka Nightblade Build you can take a look at Shadowfire. If you wish to challenge yourself in harder Solo Content, then you can take a look at the Magicka Nightblade Solo Build.

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ESO Magicka Nightblade DPS Build Setup

Spellblade is a powerful Magblade DPS Build that is closer to a meta setup but also offers more options. Depending on the content you wish to complete you should change your gear based on the recommendations below! In this Magicka Nightblade Build Guide you can find setups for Trials Group DPS, a No Trial DPS Gear Setup and a Beginner Setup(c160).

Trials Group DPS

This setup is for dedicated group gameplay, is using harder to find Trial gear and aims to help you achieve the best damage possible! If you wish to use the Build in harder group content, you should focus on getting the gear below. You can use this setup with a Mythic Set or a full Monster Set. Good alternative Sets include:

  • Coral Riptide
  • Ansuul’s Torment
  • Whorl of the Depths
  • Pillar of Nirn
  • Tarnished Nightmare
PieceSetTypeTraitEnchantment
HeadSlimecrawLightDivinesMax. Magicka
Shoulders(Perfected)Arms of RelequenMediumDivinesMax. Magicka
Hands(Perfected)Arms of RelequenMediumDivinesMax. Magicka
LegsHarpooner's Wading KiltMediumDivinesMax. Magicka
Chest(Perfected)Arms of RelequenMediumDivinesMax. Magicka
Waist(Perfected)Arms of RelequenMediumDivinesMax. Magicka
Feet(Perfected)Arms of RelequenMediumDivinesMax. Magicka
NecklaceAegis CallerJewelBloodthirstySpell Damage
RingAegis CallerJewelBloodthirstySpell Damage
RingAegis CallerJewelBloodthirstySpell Damage
One Hand WeaponAegis CallerDaggerChargedFire Damage
One Hand WeaponAegis CallerDaggerChargedPoison
Two Handed Weapon(Perfected)Merciless ChargeGreatswordInfusedWeapon Damage

No Trial Gear

The No-Trial Gear setup is meant for easier Solo but also easier Group PVE Gameplay. You can wear this setup if you are planning to play Overland content(Public Dungeons, World Bosses) or clear normal Dungeons. This setup is not strong enough to survive Solo Arenas like the Maelstrom ArenaVateshran Hollows and Infinite Archive. For this purpose you should use a dedicated Solo PVE Nightblade Build.

PieceSetTypeTraitEnchantment
HeadKjalnar's NightmareLight/Medium/HeavyDivinesMax. Magicka
ShouldersKjalnar's NightmareLight/Medium/HeavyDivinesMax. Magicka
HandsOrder's WrathMediumDivinesMax. Magicka
LegsOrder's WrathMediumDivinesMax.Magicka
ChestOrder's WrathMediumDivinesMax. Magicka
WaistOrder's WrathMediumDivinesMax. Magicka
FeetOrder's WrathMediumDivinesMax. Magicka
NecklaceAegis CallerJewelBloodthirstySpell Damage
RingAegis CallerJewelBloodthirstySpell Damage
RingAegis CallerJewelBloodthirstySpell Damage
One Hand WeaponAegis CallerDaggerChargedFire Damage
One Hand WeaponAegis CallerDaggerChargedPoison
Two Handed Weapon(Perfected)Merciless ChargeGreatsword/Battle AxeInfusedWeapon Damage

Armor Sets for Magicka Nightblade DPS Build

These are the Best Armor Sets you can use with the Build for Solo or Group Gameplay and a few good alternative options.

Skills for Magicka Nightblade Build ESO

The Build is using a combination of melee and Magic abilities to deal massive damage and destroy your enemies. A melee range Magicka DPS Build that utilizes short range attacks and weapons! Spellblade offers a more close and personal play style with its skills and effects and is a great DPS option for players that want to try something different! The Nightblade is a strong Class in ESO with a powerful execute phase, that will help you deal with almost every enemy!

  • Concealed Weapon(Veiled Strike): Main skill & spammable.
  • Twisting Path(Path of Darkness): Strong AOE damage skill.
  • Impale(Assassin’s Blade): Execute ability. Start using this skill once the enemy’s health drops below 25%.
  • Merciless Resolve(Grim Focus): Merciless Resolve can turn into a deadly Spectral Arrow after five light/heavy attacks that also heals.
  • Deadly Cloak(Blade Cloak): Strong DPS skill.
  • Flawless Dawnbreaker(Dawnbreaker): Deals damage but also buffs you actively and passively.
  • Stampede(Critical Charge): Powerful AOE damage skill.
  • Carve(Cleave): Great Bleed damage skill that applies a shield.
  • Barbed Trap(Trap Beast): Additional DOT damage that also boosts Critical Damage.
  • Siphoning Attacks(Siphoning Strikes): Powerful Sustain ability.
  • Dark Shade(Summon Shade): Summons a Shade that assists with Damage and debuffs enemies.
  • Soul Harvest(Death Stroke): Primary Ultimate. Increases damage and generates Ultimate faster.

Passive Skills

Passive skills are always important for every character and can help you maximize the potential of your Magicka Nightblade Build. Try to unlock them as fast as possible, so you can become stronger and tackle harder content faster. These are the Passive Skills you should unlock for the Build.

  • All Passive Skills from your Class’ Lines
  • All Passive Skills from Weapon Lines you are using
  • Passive Skills from Armor Lines you are using
  • Passive Abilities from Guild lines(Fighters Guild, Mages Guild, Psijic Order) that affect your skills/Build
  • Fighters Guild Passives: Intimidating Presence, Slayer, Banish the Wicked, Skilled Tracker
  • Mages Guild Passives: Mage Adept, Everlasting Magic, Magicka Controller, Might of the Guild
  • Undaunted Passives
  • Your Racial Passives
  • Medicinal Use Passive from Alchemy to boost the effectiveness of Potions

Champion Points for Magicka Nightblade DPS

Below you will find the best Champion Points setup for the Build. When allocating Champion points to Slottable and Passive Stars your primary goal is to create paths! Allocate the minimum required points to stars along your path in order to reach your desired Slottable Stars faster. Once you have unlocked all Stars, start allocating more Champion Points to them to fill them out. Focus on Slottable Stars first, then Passive Stars. If you would like to learn more about Champion Points and how they work, you can read my ESO Champion Points Guide.

Warfare

  • Slottable Stars: Deadly Aim, Master-at-Arms, Wrathful Strikes, Exploiter
  • Passive: Tireless Discipline, Flawless Ritual, War Mage, Piercing, Battle Mastery, Mighty, Quick Recovery, Hardy, Elemental Aegis, Preparation, Precision, Blessed, Eldritch Insight

Craft

  • Slottable Stars: Rationer, Liquid Efficiency, Master Gatherer, Steed’s Blessing
  • Passive: Gilded Fingers, Fortune’s Favor, Wanderer, Steadfast Enchantment, Treasure Hunter(slottable, required for path)

Fitness

  • Slottable Stars: Boundless Vitality, Rejuvenation, Fortified, Celerity
  • Passive: Sprinter, Hasty, Tireless Guardian, Hero’s Vigor, Mystic Tenacity, Tumbling, Defiance

Food and Potions for Magblade DPS Build

Clockwork Citrus Filet or Orzorga’s Smoked Bear Haunch is the Best Food for the Build while Essence of Spell Power is the best option as Potions.

Info for Magicka Nightblade DPS Build

Several important info for the Build. What Mundus to use, the best race for the build and how to assign your attribute points.

Attribute Points

All points to Magicka.

Mundus Stone

The Thief to boost Critical Chance.

Race

The Best Race for the Magicka Nightblade DPS Build in ESO is High Elf. Dark Elf, Khajiit and Breton are nice alternative Races you can use for a DPS focused Build. Any Race with Magicka bonuses can work well. You can find more about the playable races in my ESO Race Guide!

Vampire or Werewolf

Neither is necessary.

Best Rotation for Magicka Nightblade DPS Build ESO

Summon Dark Shade, drink a potion, set your Barbed Trap and attack with Stampede, Carve x3. Switch bars and continue with Spectral Arrow(if ready), Twisting Path, Deadly Cloak, Concealed Weapon as your spammable. Keep attacking with Concealed Weapon and re cast the other skills when necessary! Once the enemy’s health drops below 25% start using Impale as your spammable instead of Concealed Weapon and execute your target. Use Siphoning Attacks if you need to restore Resources, Soul Harvest when ready and always Light Attack before every skill and action to boost your damage!

magicka nightblade dps
Magicka Nightblade Build

Companion

If you wish to play Solo with the Build, you can bring along a mighty Companion! Companions in ESO are helpful allies that can assist you in combat. Every Companion can fulfill every role in the game and help you enjoy ESO more by clearing content faster or by simply interacting with them and their charming personality! There are various Builds you can use for every available ESO Companion!

As a DPS focused character my recommendation is to bring along a Tank or Healer Companion! To find out which ESO Companion is the Best in every role you can take a look at my ESO Best Companion Guide! To further maximize the potential of your chosen Companion, you can wear the Telvanni Efficiency Set! A Crafted Set that reduces the cooldown of your Companions abilities, improving their damage and overall effects and assisting you further in combat.

ESO Magicka Nightblade DPS Build Summary

Spellblade is a powerful Magicka Nightblade DPS Build for Solo and Group PVE gameplay in ESO! The Build is using a combination of powerful melee and magic attacks to defeat enemies and clear content! The Nightblade is a strong DPS Class in ESO with a powerful execute phase that relies on Light Attack Weaving for the best results. Spellblade offers a close and personal melee focused play style and is a perfect Magblade DPS Build for players that enjoy this unique gameplay!