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Magblade PVP Build – Terror


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Terror is a Magblade PVP Build that relies on fear traps to immobilize your enemies, strong burst damage and sturdy defense. The build is using Manifestation of Terror as its core skill to deploy traps and immobilize enemies.

Terror is a stealth PVP Build perfect for Battlegrounds and open world gameplay. Not meant for direct confrontations but sturdy enough to survive and reset fights.

For a different approach to Magicka Nightblade PVP you can take a look at Lifestealer.

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 if you are not using Wrath of Elements. Balorgh as an alternative for better burst damage.

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

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

You can use (Perfected) Wrath of Elements to further boost your damage.

Sets Location

Zaan: Veteran Scalecaller Peak, Urgarlag Chief-Bane

Balorgh: Veteran March of Sacrifices, Urgarlag Chief-Bane

Caluurion’s Legacy: Fang Lair Dungeon

Spinner’s Garments: Malabal Tor, Overland

(Perfected) Wrath of Elements: (Veteran) Vateshran Hollows Arena

HeadSpinner's Garments/ZaanHeavy/LightImpenetrableMulti-Effect ( Tri-Stat )
ShouldersSpinner's Garments/ZaanLightImpenetrableMax. 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
NecklaceSpinner's GarmentsJewelInfusedSpell Damage
RingSpinner's GarmentsJewelInfusedSpell Damage
RingSpinner's GarmentsJewelInfusedSpell Damage
Staff(Perfected) Wrath of Elements/Spinner's GarmentsAny Staff/FlameSharpenedEscapist's Poison IX
1-Hand WeaponAny Set/Spinner's GarmentsSwordDefendingDrain Health Poison IX
Off HandAny Set/Spinner's GarmentsShieldImpenetrableMax. Magicka


 Front BarBack Bar
Skill 1Lotus Fan/Swallow SoulShadowy Disguise
Skill 2Crippling GraspMirage/Twisting Path
Skill 3ImpaleChanneled Acceleration
Skill 4Merciless ResolveSiphoning Attacks
Skill 5Elemental DrainManifestation of Terror
Ultimate SkillShooting StarSpell Wall

Lotus Fan: Gap closer that also applies Minor Vulnerability. Swallow Soul for better self healing.

Crippling Grasp: Deals good direct damage and has a strong DOT effect.

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

Merciless Resolve: Boosts damage but also turns into Assassin’s Will skill after five light/heavy attacks.

Elemental Drain: A very important skill for the build. Debuffs the enemies with Major Breach and returns magicka to us thanks to its minor magickasteal effect.

Shooting Star: Our offensive Ultimate that deals great burst damage. You can replace it with Incapacitating Strike or Soul Harvest for a more close combat approach.

Shadowy Disguise: Our cloak and very important survival skill.

Mirage: Defensive buff that increases resistances. You can replace it with Twisting Path for extra AOE damage and mobility.

Channeled Acceleration: Boosts our mobility and Critical damage.

Siphoning Attacks: Important skill for Magicka sustain.

Manifestation of Terror: Sets two fear traps and is the core skill of the build.

Spell Wall: Our defensive Ultimate. Blocks all damage and reflects projectiles.

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. Essence of Spell Power can be a nice alternative to boost further your Spell Damage.

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

At least Vampire Stage 2 for the Dark Stalker and Strike from the Shadows passives.

Build Difficulty Rating – 4

Terror is a challenging and fun Magblade PVP Build that relies on fear traps to immobilize and destroy your targets. Luring enemies and striking from stealth makes the gameplay tactical and more enjoyable.

Terror can survive sturdier/stronger enemies but shines when you play stealthy. Magicka sustain can become a problem if you are spamming skills too much. The goal is to finish your target fast and hide in the shadows again.

A fun Magblade PVP Build that you will have to practice to get used to its gameplay.


Buff yourself with Merciless Resolve, Siphoning Attacks, Mirage, Channeled Acceleration and set your Manifestation of Terror trap.

You can use Manifestation of Terror directly to an enemy as well. Once the enemy is feared apply Elemental Drain, drop Shooting Star if it is ready, Heavy Attack with your staff and continue with Lotus Fan, Crippling Grasp, Impale until the enemy is dead. Use Assassin’s Will whenever it is ready and Spell Wall to survive if in danger.

Light Attack before every skill to boost your damage.

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