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Magicka Nightblade PVP Build – Lifestealer

Magicka Nightblade PVP

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Lifestealer is a deadly Magicka Nightblade PVP Build that relies on stealth and burst damage to destroy your enemies.

The build puts emphasis on survivability and striking at the right moment. Your goal with Lifestealer is to remain undetected, build up your Ultimate and strike with everything you have to finish your target.

Lifestealer is balanced around Battlegrounds and the no-CP Cyrodiil Campaigns with many tools to kill targets and survive/escape.

The Armor Sets we are using also increase our survivability and help with burst damage.

For a different approach to Magicka Nightblade PVP take a look at Terror.

If you are a new player, you can take a look at my Nightblade Beginner Guide.

You can find more Builds in the Nightblade Builds page.

Armor Sets

Zaan as Monster Set. A strong DPS Monster Set that fits well with our burst damage gameplay.

Caluurion’s Legacy: Powerful proc set that boosts our Burst Damage.

Spinner’s Garments: An excellent Magicka offensive Armor Set that increases our total Magicka and boosts our damage.

Engine Guardian and Shacklebreaker are nice alternatives for a more defensive build.

Sets Location

Zaan: Veteran Scalecaller Peak, Urgarlag Chief-Bane’s chest

Caluurion’s Legacy: Fang Lair Dungeon

Spinner’s Garments: Malabal Tor, Overland

Engine Guardian: Veteran Darkshade Caverns II, Maj Al-Ragath

Shacklebreaker: Vvardenfell, Crafted

HeadZaanHeavyImpenetrableMulti-Effect ( Tri-Stat )
ShouldersZaanMediumImpenetrableMax. Magicka
HandsCaluurion's LegacyLightImpenetrableMax. Magicka
LegsCaluurion's LegacyLightImpenetrableMulti-Effect ( Tri-Stat )
ChestCaluurion's LegacyLightImpenetrableMulti-Effect ( Tri-Stat )
WaistCaluurion's LegacyLightImpenetrableMax. Magicka
FeetCaluurion's LegacyLightImpenetrableMax. Magicka
NecklaceSpinners GarmentsJewelInfusedSpell Damage
RingSpinners GarmentsJewelInfused/BloodthirstySpell Damage
RingSpinners GarmentsJewelBloodthirstySpell Damage
StaffSpinners GarmentsFlameSharpenedEscapist's Poison IX
StaffSpinners GarmentsRestorationDefendingDrain Health Poison IX


 Front BarBack Bar
Skill 1Lotus FanShadowy Disguise
Skill 2Crippling GraspRadiating Regeneration
Skill 3ImpalePhantasmal Escape
Skill 4Merciless ResolveSiphoning Attacks
Skill 5Inner LightShadow Image
Ultimate SkillShooting StarLight's Champion

Lotus Fan: Gap closer that also applies Minor Vulnerability.

Crippling Grasp: Deals good damage, has a strong DOT effect and immobilizes the enemy.

Impale: Our execute ability. Great to finish low health enemies.

Merciless Resolve: Use it to boost Damage but also to hit hard with the Assassin’s Will skill after five light/heavy attacks.

Inner Light: Slotted for the passives.

Shooting Star: Our offensive Ultimate. Use it to finish low health enemies or to apply its flame DOT to a group of enemies.

Shadowy Disguise: Our cloak and very important survival skill.

Radiating Regeneration: Essential for our survival.

Phantasmal Escape: Mainly used to remove snares and gain immunity to these effects.

Siphoning Attacks: Most important skill for our sustain.

Shadow Image: We use this skill for its Minor Main debuff and as an escape method.

Light’s Champion: Our defensive Ultimate. Massive heal and a boost to our Critical Damage.

Passive Skills

  • 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
  • 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


Slottable: Deadly Aim, Master-at-Arms, Wrathful Strikes, Ironclad/Duelist’s Rebuff

Passive: Eldritch Insight, Piercing, Flawless Ritual, War Mage, Quick Recovery, Hardy, Elemental Aegis, Preparation, Precision, Blessed, Tireless Discipline


Slottable: Rationer, Liquid Efficiency, Sustaining Shadows, Steed’s Blessing

Passive: Out of Sight, Fleet Phantom, Gilded Fingers, Fortune’s Favor, Wanderer, Steadfast Enchantment


Slottable: Strategic Reserve, Rejuvenation, Juggernaut, Fortified

Passive: Sprinter, Hasty, Tireless Guardian, Hero’s Vigor, Mystic Tenacity, Tumbling, Defiance, Piercing Gaze


We are using Clockwork Citrus Filet/Witchmother’s Potent Brew as food and Essence of Immovability as Potions.

Escapist’s Poison IX and Drain Health Poison IX as Poisons.


Attribute Points

All points to Magicka.

Mundus Stone

The Apprentice for the best Spell Damage possible.


High Elf – Dark Elf – Breton

Vampire or Werewolf

Vampire Stage 2 or 3 for the Dark Stalker, Strike from the Shadows and Undeath passives.

Build Difficulty Rating – 4

Lifestealer is a deadly Magicka Nightblade PVP Build that shines when used properly but can be hard to master.

The build is relying on stealth to survive and burst damage to destroy enemies fast. Lifestealer is not a brawler.

Your goal should be to build up Ultimate, procc Assassin’s Will and hit with everything you have at the right moment.

Magicka management will be tight most of the time so as soon as you strike, hide in the shadows to get back resources.

The build requires practice but is a lot of fun when you know what you are doing.


Lifestealer’s gameplay is pretty straightforward. Buff yourself with Merciless Resolve, Siphoning Attacks, Phantasmal Escape and wait cloaked for the right moment to strike.

Pick a target, set Shadow Image and start your attack with Heavy Attack+Crippling Grasp, close the distance with Lotus Fan and finish your target with Impale and Assassin’s Will from Merciless Resolve.

Impale is an excellent skill to finish low health enemies.

Use Shadowy Disguise and Shadow Image to escape. Heal yourself and your group with Radiating Regeneration.

Use your Ultimates when ready, appropriately.

Shooting Star to boost your burst damage or Light’s Champion to heal yourself and your team but also to boost your Critical Damage.

Always Light Attack before every skill with Merciless Resolve active to proc Assassin’s Will.

More Nightblade Builds

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Shadowfire – Magicka Nightblade PVE Build

Spellblade – Melee Magicka Nightblade PVE Build

Brawler – Stamina Nightblade PVE Build

Magicka Nightblade Solo PVE Build

Stamina Nightblade Solo PVE Build

Terror – Magblade PVP Build

Elusive Warrior – Stamina Nightblade PVP Build

Shadowstrike – Magicka Nightblade Gank PVP Build

Arbalest – Stamina Nightblade Bow Gank PVP Build

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