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ESO Magicka Nightblade PVP Build – Lifestealer

Magicka Nightblade PVP

Lifestealer is a deadly Magicka Nightblade PVP Build that relies on stealth and burst damage to destroy your enemies. The build puts emphasis on healing, survivability and waiting the right moment to strike! It is basically a group oriented semi-gank DPS/Healer hybrid PVP Build, designed for Battlegrounds and Open World PVP.

Your goal with Lifestealer is to remain undetected, build up your Ultimate and strike with everything you have to finish your target or support your group.

If you are a new player, you can take a look at my Nightblade Beginner Guide. For a different approach to Magicka Nightblade PVP take a look at Terror.

You can find more Builds in the Nightblade Builds page.

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Magicka Nightblade PVP Build Setup

The Build is designed to deal massive Burst damage but also heal yourself and your group! Although not a brawler, Lifestealer can survive against tougher enemies and get the kills with its abilities! You can also use the Gaze of Sithis Mythic Item for extra defense and protection. You can combine it with one piece of Balorgh Monster Set. New Moon Acolyte is a good alternative for Caluurion’s Legacy.

PieceSetTypeTraitEnchantment
HeadZaan/Gaze of SithisHeavyImpenetrableMulti-Effect ( Tri-Stat )
ShouldersZaan/BalorghLightImpenetrableMax. Magicka
HandsCaluurion's LegacyLightImpenetrable/DivinesMax. Magicka
LegsCaluurion's LegacyLightImpenetrableMulti-Effect ( Tri-Stat )
ChestCaluurion's LegacyLightImpenetrableMulti-Effect ( Tri-Stat )
WaistCaluurion's LegacyLightImpenetrable/DivinesMax. Magicka
FeetCaluurion's LegacyLightImpenetrable/DivinesMax. Magicka
NecklaceSpinners GarmentsJewelInfusedSpell Damage
RingSpinners GarmentsJewelInfusedSpell Damage
RingSpinners GarmentsJewelInfusedSpell Damage
StaffSpinners GarmentsFlameSharpenedEscapist's Poison IX
Staff(Perfected)Precise Regeneration/Spinners GarmentsRestorationDefendingDrain Health Poison IX

Armor Sets for Magicka Nightblade PVP Build

Skills for Magicka Nightblade PVP Build

The following skills will help you remain undetected and strike the right moment to get the kill! They will also help you keep your group and yourself alive!

 Front BarBack Bar
Skill 1Lotus FanShadowy Disguise
Skill 2Crippling GraspRadiating Regeneration
Skill 3ImpalePhantasmal Escape
Skill 4Merciless ResolveSiphoning Attacks
Skill 5Inner LightChanneled Acceleration/Shadow Image
Ultimate SkillShooting Star/Ice CometLight's Champion
  • Lotus Fan(Teleport Strike): Gap closer that also applies Minor Vulnerability.
  • Crippling Grasp(Cripple): Deals good damage, has a strong DOT effect and immobilizes the enemy.
  • Impale(Assassin’s Blade): Our execute ability. Great to finish low health enemies.
  • Merciless Resolve(Grim Focus): Use it to boost Damage but also to hit hard with the Assassin’s Will skill after five light/heavy attacks.
  • Inner Light(Magelight): Slotted for the passives.
  • Shooting Star(Meteor): Our offensive Ultimate. Use it to finish low health enemies or to apply its flame DOT to a group of enemies. You can also use the Ice Comet(Meteor) morph.
  • Shadowy Disguise(Shadow Cloak): Our cloak and very important survival skill.
  • Radiating Regeneration(Regeneration): Essential for our survival.
  • Phantasmal Escape(Blur): Mainly used to remove snares and gain immunity to these effects.
  • Siphoning Attacks(Siphoning Strikes): Most important skill for our sustain.
  • Channeled Acceleration(Accelerate): Boosts speed and Critical Damage. Shadow Image(Summon Shade) as an alternative for an escape method.
  • Light’s Champion(Panacea): Our defensive Ultimate. Massive heal and a boost to our Critical Damage.

Passive Skills for Magicka Nightblade PVP Build

Very important passive skills that can help you maximize the potential of your Magicka Nightblade PVP 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
  • Mages Guild Passives: Mage Adept, Everlasting Magic, Magicka Controller, Might of the Guild
  • Undaunted Passives
  • Vampire Passives: Dark Stalker, Strike from the Shadows, Undeath
  • Your Racial Passives
  • Medicinal Use Passive from Alchemy to boost the effectiveness of Potions

Champion Points for Magicka Nightblade PVP 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: Deadly Aim, Master-at-Arms, Wrathful Strikes, Ironclad

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

Craft

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

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

Fitness

Slottable: Strategic Reserve, Rejuvenation, Juggernaut, Fortified

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

Consumables for Magicka Nightblade PVP Build

We are using Clockwork Citrus Filet as food and Essence of Immovability as Potions.

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

Info for Magicka Nightblade PVP Build

Several important info for the Magicka Nightblade PVP 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 your Critical Chance or The Apprentice for better Spell Damage.

What Race is best for Magicka Nightblade PVP Build

High Elf – Dark Elf – Breton is the best race for the 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

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

Rotation for Magicka Nightblade PVP Build

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

Pick a target 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.

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 and boost your damage.

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