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Nightblade Thief Build – Cloak and Dagger

Cloak and Dagger

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Cloak and Dagger is a fun Nightblade Thief Build. Its purpose is to make gold from the activity of stealing without being detected.

The Build is designed in such a way that you will never have to kill anyone unless you want to. We have several skills that will help you escape if you are caught stealing.

Although active skills are important for its gameplay, this Thief Build relies mostly on passive skills from Legerdemain, Thieves Guild and Vampire Skill-lines.

For a Gold Farming – Speed Build, you can take a look at Runner.

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

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.

Armor Sets

The sets we are using, increase our stats and sustain while making it harder for NPC to detect us.

Chokethorn Helmet: We are using a combination of Monster Sets that will increase our Magicka Recovery

Shadowrend Shoulders: We are using a combination of Monster Sets that will increase our Magicka Recovery

Vesture of Darloc Brae: Excellent Thief Set that will help us remain undetected while restoring our resources.

Night Mother’s Embrace: Essential set for our build since it reduces our detection radius when sneaking and the cost of sneak.

Sets Location

Chokethorn Helmet: Veteran Elden Hollow I

Shadowrend Shoulders: Maj Al-Ragath

Vesture of Darloc Brae: Elsweyr, Overland

Night Mother’s Embrace: Deshaan, Overland

HeadChokethornMediumDivinesMax. Stamina
ShouldersShadowrendMediumDivinesMax. Stamina
HandsVesture of Darloc BraeMediumDivinesMax. Stamina
LegsVesture of Darloc BraeMediumDivinesMax. Stamina
ChestVesture of Darloc BraeMediumDivinesMax. Stamina
WaistVesture of Darloc BraeMediumDivinesMax. Stamina
FeetVesture of Darloc BraeMediumDivinesMax. Stamina
NecklaceNight Mother's EmbraceJewelRobustStamina Recovery
RingNight Mother's EmbraceJewelRobustStamina Recovery
RingNight Mother's EmbraceJewelRobustStamina Recovery
Two Handed WeaponNight Mother's EmbraceBowDefendingHardening
One Handed WeaponNight Mother's EmbraceDaggerInfusedAbsorb Stamina
One Handed WeaponNight Mother's EmbraceDaggerDefendingPoison


 Front BarBack Bar
Skill 1Shadowy DisguiseAmbush
Skill 2Refreshing PathBlood Craze
Skill 3Concealed WeaponRelentless Focus
Skill 4MirageLeeching Strikes
Skill 5Mass HysteriaResolving Vigor
Ultimate SkillSoul TetherIncapacitating Strike

Shadowy Disguise: Our cloak and very important survival skill.

Refreshing Path: We use this skill to move faster when escaping. Can also heal us if we are under attack.

Concealed Weapon: Helps us move faster while sneaking

Mirage: Our defensive buff if we are under attack.

Mass Hysteria: Another defensive skill that can help us escape.

Soul Tether: An additional escape method if necessary.

Ambush: Our gap closer. Use it to teleport to a far away enemy and escape or to fight if you wish.

Blood Craze: An offensive skill that can also heal us.

Relentless Focus: Important self-buff, especially if you decide to go on a rampage!

Leeching Strikes: Our second very important self-buff, essential for our sustain.

Resolving Vigor: Our healing ability.

Incapacitating Strike: Our offensive Ultimate. No need to use if you don’t plan to kill NPC.

Important Passive Skills

Legerdemain: Improved Hiding, Light Fingers, Trafficker. Must be at least level 3 to be truly effective as a Thief.

Vampire: Dark Stalker, Undeath.

Thieves Guild: Haggling, Clemency, Veil of Shadows.

Dark Brotherhood: Blade of Woe but only if you pickpocket a lot. Since NPC can only carry 3 items we can pickpocket from them, we use Blade of Woe to “reset” empty NPC.

Champion Points


Slottable Stars: Arcane Supremacy, Endless Endurance, Deadly Aim, Backstabber

Passive: Eldritch Insight, Tireless Discipline, Piercing, Battle Mastery, Mighty, Quick Recovery, Hardy, Elemental Aegis, Preparation, Precision, Blessed,


Slottable Stars: Infamous, Cutpurse’s Art, Sustaining Shadows, Steed’s Blessing

Passive: Gilded Fingers, Fortune’s Favor, Friends in Low Places(slottable, required for path), Out of Sight, Fleet Phantom, Shadowstrike(slottable, required for path), Wanderer, Steadfast Enchantment


Slottable Stars: Strategic Reserve, Rejuvenation, Boundless Vitality, Celerity

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


We are using Jewels of Misrule as Food and simple Essence of Magicka as Potions.


Attribute Points

19 points to Magicka and 45 to Stamina

Mundus Stone

The Atronach for better Magicka Recovery.



Only option for the build because of their stealth and stealing passives.

Vampire or Werewolf

At least Vampire Stage 1 for the Dark Stalker passive. Vampire Stage 3 if you also want the Undeath Passive.

Build Difficulty Rating – 2

A very fun and easy Thief Build to use. Once you get the most important passives high enough you will only have to use your Shadowy Disguise to remain undetected.

Even if you get caught stealing, the build has plenty of skills to help you escape.


Stay in the shadows and steal everything that moves! Very easy gameplay, just be careful of NPC proximity.

If you are caught use one of your many defensive skills to escape.

Mass Hysteria, Soul Tether and Refreshing Path can help you escape without killing anyone!

You will never have to kill anything unless you want to. A fact that is making this build the perfect option for an ESO Pacifist Gameplay.

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