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Magicka Nightblade DPS PVE Build

Shadowfire is a Magicka Nightblade DPS PVE Build in ESO, with strong single target attacks and different setups. The Nightblade is an assassin-like Class in The Elder Scrolls Online that offers a powerful execute phase and can deal massive damage against single targets. Below you can find different setups depending on the type of content you wish to complete, the difficulty and the gear you wish to wear!

If you are a new player, you can take a look at my Nightblade Beginner Guide. For a Stamina Nightblade PVE Build take a look at Brawler. If you are looking for a Solo PVE Build for Arenas like the Maelstrom Arena and Vateshran Hollows, take a look at my Magicka Nightblade Solo Build. You can find more Builds in the Nightblade Builds page.

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Magicka Nightblade DPS PVE Build Setup

The Build offers different setups, depending on the difficulty of the content you wish to complete but also the gear you wish to wear! Below you can find setups for Trials Group DPS, a No Trial Gear Setup and a Beginner Setup(c160).

Trials Group DPS

This setup is for dedicated group gameplay, is using Trial gear and it aims to achieve the best damage possible. You can also wear (Perfected)Bahsei’s Mania or (Perfected) Mantle of Siroria instead of (Perfected)Whorl of the Depths.

PieceSetTypeTraitEnchantment
HeadSlimecraw/Kjalnar's NightmareLightDivinesMax. Magicka
Shoulders(Perfected)Whorl of the Depths/Kjalnar's NightmareLightDivinesMax. Magicka
Hands(Perfected)Whorl of the DepthsLightDivinesMax. Magicka
LegsHarpooner's Wading Kilt/(Perfected)Whorl of the DepthsMedium/LightDivinesMax.Magicka
Chest(Perfected)Whorl of the DepthsLightDivinesMax. Magicka
Waist(Perfected)Whorl of the DepthsLightDivinesMax. Magicka
Feet(Perfected)Whorl of the DepthsLightDivinesMax. Magicka
NecklacePillar of NirnJewelBloodthirstySpell Damage
RingPillar of NirnJewelBloodthirstySpell Damage
RingPillar of NirnJewelBloodthirstySpell Damage
StaffPillar of NirnInfernoPrecise/ChargedFlame Damage
Staff(Perfected) Crushing WallInfernoInfusedWeapon Damage

No Trial Gear

No-Trial Gear setup for easier solo/group gameplay that can complete almost every PVE content. This setup is perfect if you do not wish to farm Trials for specific Armor Sets.

PieceSetTypeTraitEnchantment
HeadKjalnar's NightmareLightDivinesMax. Magicka
ShouldersKjalnar's NightmareLightDivinesMax. Magicka
HandsOrder's WrathLightDivinesMax. Magicka
LegsOrder's WrathLightDivinesMax. Magicka
ChestOrder's WrathLightDivinesMax. Magicka
WaistOrder's WrathLightDivinesMax. Magicka
FeetOrder's WrathLightDivinesMax. Magicka
NecklaceWar MaidenJewelBloodthirstySpell Damage
RingWar MaidenJewelBloodthirstySpell Damage
RingWar MaidenJewelBloodthirstySpell Damage
StaffWar MaidenFlamePrecise/ChargedFlame Damage
Staff(Perfected) Crushing Wall/War MaidenFlameInfusedWeapon Damage

Beginner Setup

An effective gear setup that will help you play as a Magicka Nightblade early in the game!

PieceSetTypeTraitEnchantment
HeadIlambrisHeavy/Medium/LightDivinesMax. Magicka
ShouldersIlambrisHeavy/Medium/LightDivinesMax. Magicka
HandsLaw of JulianosLightDivinesMax. Magicka
LegsLaw of JulianosLightDivinesMax.Magicka
ChestLaw of JulianosLightDivinesMax. Magicka
WaistLaw of JulianosLightDivinesMax. Magicka
FeetLaw of JulianosLightDivinesMax. Magicka
NecklaceArmor of the SeducerJewelArcaneMag. Recovery/Spell Damage
RingArmor of the SeducerJewelArcaneMag. Recovery/Spell Damage
RingArmor of the SeducerJewelArcaneMag. Recovery/Spell Damage
StaffArmor of the SeducerFlame/LightningPrecise/ChargedFlame/Shock Damage
StaffArmor of the SeducerFlame/LightningInfusedWeapon Damage

Armor Sets for Magicka Nightblade DPS PVE Build

Skills for Magicka Nightblade DPS PVE Build

The following Skills will help you achieve great DPS for Group content. There are also alternative skills for Solo Gameplay.

Elemental Weapon/Swallow SoulTwisting PathImpaleMerciless ResolveCamouflaged Hunter/Elemental DrainFlawless Dawnbreaker
Mystic OrbUnstable Wall of ElementsBarbed TrapSiphoning AttacksDark ShadeSoul Harvest
  • Elemental Weapon(Imbue Weapon): Main skill & spammable. You can use Swallow Soul(Strife) for Solo gameplay.
  • Twisting Path(Path of Darkness): One of our strong AOE-DOT skills.
  • Impale(Assassin’s Blade): Execute ability. You should start using this skill once the enemy’s health drops below 25%.
  • Merciless Resolve(Grim Focus): Merciless Resolve can turn into the deadly Assassin’s Will skill after five light/heavy attacks that also heals.
  • Camouflaged Hunter(Expert Hunter): Slotted for the passives. You can replace it with Elemental Drain(Weakness to Elements) for Solo gameplay.
  • Flawless Dawnbreaker(Dawnbreaker): Deals damage but also buffs you actively and passively.
  • Mystic Orb: Good AOE damage skill.
  • Unstable Wall of Elements(Wall of Elements): Great Fire AOE damage skill.
  • Barbed Trap(Trap Beast): Additional DOT damage but we mainly use it for the boost to 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 for Magicka Nightblade DPS PVE Build

Very important passive skills that can help you maximize the potential of your Magicka Nightblade 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 PVE Build

Below you will find the best Champion Points setup for the Build. 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: Eldritch Insight, Piercing, Flawless Ritual, War Mage, Quick Recovery, Hardy, Elemental Aegis, Preparation, Precision, Blessed, Tireless Discipline

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

Consumables for Magicka Nightblade PVE Build

We are using Clockwork Citrus Filet and Essence of Spell Power as Potions.

Info for Magicka Nightblade DPS PVE Build

Several important info for the Magicka Nightblade DPS PVE 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.

What Race is best for Magicka Nightblade PVE Build

High Elf – Dark Elf – Khajiit – Breton is the best race for a DPS focused Build. Any Race with Magicka bonuses can work well though. You can find more about the playable races in my ESO Race Guide!

Vampire or Werewolf

Neither is necessary.

Rotation for Magicka Nightblade DPS PVE Build

Apply Elemental Drain(when solo), drink a potion, set your Barbed Trap, summon Dark Shade and attack with Mystic Orb, Unstable Wall of Elements. Switch bars and continue with Assassin’s Will(if ready), Twisting Path, Elemental Weapon as your spammable. Keep attacking with Elemental Weapon and re cast the other skills when necessary! Use Siphoning Attacks if you need to restore Resources. Once the enemy’s health drops below 25% start executing with Impale. Use Soul Harvest when ready and always Light Attack before every skill/action.

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