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ESO Hybrid Nightblade DPS PVE Build – Spellblade

Hybrid Nightblade DPS

Spellblade is a Magicka based Hybrid Nightblade DPS PVE Build that relies on strong melee and magic attacks to complete almost every PVE content in ESO! 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! Spellblade is a viable Melee focused Hybrid Nightblade DPS PVE Build and offers a very fun gameplay.

If you are a new player, you can take a look at my Nightblade Beginner Guide. For a more traditional Magicka Nightblade PVE Build you can take a look at my Shadowfire.

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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Hybrid Nightblade DPS 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 use Berserking Warrior, Kinras’s Wrath or (Perfected)Coral Riptide as alternative sets.

PieceSetTypeTraitEnchantment
HeadSlimecrawLightDivinesMax. Magicka
Shoulders(Perfected)Arms of RelequenMediumDivinesMax. Magicka
Hands(Perfected)Arms of RelequenMediumDivinesMax. Magicka
LegsHarpooner's Wading KiltMediumDivinesMax. Magicka
Chest(Perfected)Arms of RelequenMediumDivinesMax. Magicka
Waist(Perfected)Arms of RelequenMediumDivinesMax. Magicka
Feet(Perfected)Arms of RelequenMediumDivinesMax. Magicka
NecklacePillar of NirnJewelBloodthirstySpell Damage
RingPillar of NirnJewelBloodthirstySpell Damage
RingPillar of NirnJewelBloodthirstySpell Damage
One Hand WeaponPillar of NirnDaggerNirnhonedFire Damage
One Hand WeaponPillar of NirnDaggerChargedPoison
Two Handed Weapon(Perfected)Merciless ChargeGreatswordInfusedWeapon 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. Order’s Wrath is another great Set you can use.

PieceSetTypeTraitEnchantment
HeadKjalnar's NightmareLight/Medium/HeavyDivinesMax. Magicka
ShouldersKjalnar's NightmareLight/Medium/HeavyDivinesMax. Magicka
HandsKinras's WrathMediumDivinesMax. Magicka
LegsKinras's WrathMediumDivinesMax.Magicka
ChestKinras's WrathMediumDivinesMax. Magicka
WaistKinras's WrathMediumDivinesMax. Magicka
FeetKinras's WrathMediumDivinesMax. Magicka
NecklacePillar of NirnJewelBloodthirstySpell Damage
RingPillar of NirnJewelBloodthirstySpell Damage
RingPillar of NirnJewelBloodthirstySpell Damage
One Hand WeaponPillar of NirnDaggerNirnhonedFire Damage
One Hand WeaponPillar of NirnDaggerChargedPoison
Two Handed Weapon(Perfected)Merciless Charge/Pillar of NirnGreatsword/Battle AxeInfusedWeapon Damage

Beginner Setup

There are various sets you can use as a beginner. Armor Sets that can help you understand the play-style while boosting your Stamina and Magicka offensive capabilities. Some of these sets are:

Stormfist, Selene, Ilambris as full Monster Sets. A combination of Hunding’s Rage, Law of Julianos, Night mother’s Gaze, Morkuldin or Armor of the Seducer can work well.

PieceSetTypeTraitEnchantment
HeadIlambris/StormfistHeavy/Medium/LightDivinesMax. Magicka
ShouldersIlambris/StormfistHeavy/Medium/LightDivinesMax. Magicka
HandsLaw of JulianosLightDivinesMax. Magicka
LegsLaw of JulianosLightDivinesMax. Magicka
ChestLaw of JulianosLightDivinesMax. Magicka
WaistLaw of JulianosLightDivinesMax. Magicka
FeetLaw of JulianosLightDivinesMax. Magicka
NecklaceHunding's RageJewelArcane/RobustMagicka Recovery/Spell Damage
RingHunding's RageJewelArcane/RobustMagicka Recovery/Spell Damage
RingHunding's RageJewelArcane/RobustMagicka Recovery/Spell Damage
One Hand WeaponHunding's RageDaggerNirnhoned/PreciseFire Damage
One Hand WeaponHunding's RageDaggerInfused/ChargedAbsorb Magicka or Stamina/Poison
Two Handed WeaponHunding's RageGreatsword/Battle AxeInfusedWeapon Damage

Armor Sets for Hybrid Nightblade DPS Build

Skills for Hybrid Nightblade DPS Build

The following Skills will help you achieve great DPS for Group content but will also help you in Solo gameplay!

 Front BarBack Bar
Skill 1Concealed WeaponStampede
Skill 2Twisting PathCarve
Skill 3ImpaleBarbed Trap
Skill 4Merciless ResolveSiphoning Attacks
Skill 5Camouflaged HunterDark Shade
Ultimate SkillSoul HarvestShooting Star/Ice Comet
  • Concealed Weapon(Veiled Strike): Our main skill & spammable.
  • Twisting Path(Path of Darkness): Strong AOE damage skill.
  • Impale(Assassin’s Blade): Our execute ability. You should start using this skill once the enemy’s health drops below 25%.
  • Merciless Resolve(Grim Focus): Strong self-buff. Merciless Resolve can turn into the deadly Assassin’s Will skill after five light/heavy attacks that also heals us.
  • Camouflaged Hunter(Expert Hunter): Slotted for the Passives.
  • Soul Harvest(Death Stroke): Primary Ultimate. Increases our damage to the enemy and generates Ultimate faster.
  • Stampede(Critical Charge): Powerful AOE damage skill.
  • Carve(Cleave): Great Bleed damage skill that applies a shield.
  • Barbed Trap(Trap Beast): Additional DOT damage but we are mainly using it for the boost to our Critical Damage.
  • Siphoning Attacks(Siphoning Strikes): Most important skill for our sustain.
  • Dark Shade(Summon Shade): Summons a Shade that assists with Damage and debuffs enemies.
  • Shooting Star(Meteor): Secondary Ultimate that deals great direct and DOT flame damage.

Passive Skills for Hybrid Nightblade DPS Build

Very important passive skills that can help you maximize the potential of your Hybrid Nightblade PVE 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 Hybrid Nightblade DPS 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: Tireless Discipline, Flawless Ritual, War Mage, Piercing, Battle Mastery, Mighty, Quick Recovery, Hardy, Elemental Aegis, Preparation, Precision, Blessed, Eldritch Insight

Craft

Slottable Stars: Rationer, Liquid Efficiency, Master Gatherer, Plentiful Harvest

Passive: Gilded Fingers, Fortune’s Favor, Wanderer, Steadfast Enchantment, Treasure Hunter(slottable, required for path)

Fitness

Slottable Stars: Siphoning Spells, Rejuvenation, Boundless Vitality, Strategic Reserve

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

Consumables for Hybrid Nightblade DPS Build

We are using Clockwork Citrus Filet or Orzorga’s Smoked Bear Haunch and Essence of Spell Power as Potions.

Info for Hybrid Nightblade DPS Build

Several important info for the Hybrid 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 Hybrid Nightblade DPS 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 Hybrid Nightblade DPS Build

Buff yourself with Merciless Resolve, Siphoning Attacks, Summon Dark Shade, drink a potion, set your Barbed Trap and attack with Stampede, Carve x2. Switch bars and continue with Assassin’s Will(if ready), Twisting Path, Concealed Weapon x3-5, Assassin’s Will, switch bars.

Continue with Stampede, Carve, Barbed Trap, Siphoning Attacks, Dark Shade, switch bars and continue. Once the enemy’s health drops below 25% start using Impale as your spammable/execute. Use Soul Harvest when ready and always Light Attack before every skill/action to boost your damage!

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