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Melee Magicka Nightblade PVE Build – Spellblade

Melee Magicka Nightblade PVE

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Spellblade is an one of a kind Melee Magicka Nightblade PVE Build capable of completing solo and group PVE content. The build is combining melee strikes and Magicka based skills to help you destroy enemies and create a fun gameplay.

Spellblade is a viable Melee Magblade, a Hybrid PVE Build, perfect for solo overworld roaming or group difficulty content. For a more traditional Magicka Nightblade PVE Build you can take a look at my Shadowfire.

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

One piece of Slimecraw for Group content to boost Critical Chance. Kjalnar’s Nightmare if you prefer a full Monster Set.

(Perfected)Bahsei’s Mania: Strong Magicka DPS Set that boosts damage when low on Magicka.

(Perfected)Arms of Relequen: Great Set for Hybrid Builds.

Harpooner’s Wading Kilt: Boosts Critical Chance and Critical Damage when dealing Direct Damage.

(Perfected)Crushing Wall: Powerful Ability Altering Set that boosts overall damage.

Mother’s Sorrow: Boosts Spell Critical and overall damage.

Kinras’s Wrath: Great DPS Set.

Sets Location

Slimecraw: Veteran Wayrest Sewers I, Maj Al-Ragath

(Perfected)Bahsei’s Mania: (Veteran) Rockgrove Trial

(Perfected)Arms of Relequen: (Veteran) Cloudrest Trial, Summerset

Harpooner’s Wading Kilt: Antiquities Reward

(Perfected)Crushing Wall: (Veteran) Maelstrom Arena

Kjalnar’s Nightmare: Vet. Unhallowed Grave, Urgarlag Chief-Bane

Mother’s Sorrow: Deshaan, Overland

Kinras’s Wrath: Black Drake Villa Dungeon

Trial Gear

HeadSlimecraw/Kjalnar's NightmareLightDivinesMax. Magicka
Shoulders(Perfected)Bahsei's Mania/Kjalnar's NightmareLightDivinesMax. Magicka
Hands(Perfected)Bahsei's ManiaLightDivinesMax. Magicka
LegsHarpooner's Wading Kilt/(Perfected)Bahsei's ManiaMedium/LightDivinesMax. Magicka
Chest(Perfected)Bahsei's ManiaLightDivinesMax. Magicka
Waist(Perfected)Bahsei's ManiaLightDivinesMax. Magicka
Feet(Perfected)Bahsei's ManiaLightDivinesMax. Magicka
Necklace(Perfected)Arms of RelequenJewelBloodthirstySpell Damage
Ring(Perfected)Arms of RelequenJewelBloodthirstySpell Damage
Ring(Perfected)Arms of RelequenJewelBloodthirstySpell Damage
One Hand Weapon(Perfected)Arms of RelequenDaggerNirnhonedPoison
One Hand Weapon(Perfected)Arms of RelequenDaggerChargedFlame Damage
Two Handed Weapon(Perfected)Crushing WallFire StaffInfusedWeapon Damage

No Trial Gear

HeadKjalnar's NightmareLightDivinesMax. Magicka
ShouldersKjalnar's NightmareLightDivinesMax. Magicka
HandsMother's SorrowLightDivinesMax. Magicka
LegsMother's SorrowLightDivinesMax. Magicka
ChestMother's SorrowLightDivinesMax. Magicka
WaistMother's SorrowLightDivinesMax. Magicka
FeetMother's SorrowLightDivinesMax. Magicka
NecklaceKinras's WrathJewelBloodthirstySpell Damage
RingKinras's WrathJewelBloodthirstySpell Damage
RingKinras's WrathJewelBloodthirstySpell Damage
One Hand WeaponKinras's WrathDaggerNirnhonedPoison
One Hand WeaponKinras's WrathDaggerChargedFire Damage
Staff(Perfected) Crushing WallFireInfusedWeapon 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.

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/PrecisePoison
One Hand WeaponHunding's RageDaggerChargedFlame Damage
Two Handed WeaponHunding's RageFire/Lightning/Frost StaffInfusedWeapon Damage


 Front BarBack Bar
Skill 1Concealed WeaponTwisting Path
Skill 2Crippling GraspUnstable Wall of Elements
Skill 3ImpaleBarbed Trap
Skill 4Merciless ResolveSiphoning Attacks
Skill 5DegenerationDark Shade
Ultimate SkillSoul HarvestShooting Star/Ice Comet

Concealed Weapon: Our main skill & spammable.

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

Impale: Our execute ability. You should start using this skill once the enemy’s health drops below 25%.

Merciless Resolve: Strong self-buff. Merciless Resolve can turn into the deadly Assassin’s Will skill after five light/heavy attacks that also heals us.

Degeneration: Strong offensive skill.

Soul Harvest: Primary Ultimate. Increases our damage to the enemy and generates Ultimate faster.

Twisting Path: One of our strong AOE-DOT skills.

Unstable Wall of Elements: Great Fire AOE damage skill.

Barbed Trap: Additional DOT damage but we are mainly using it for the boost to our Critical Damage.

Siphoning Attacks: Most important skill for our sustain.

Dark Shade: Summons a Shade that assists with Damage and debuffs enemies. You can replace it with Elemental Drain in Solo gameplay, if you are struggling with Magicka Sustain.

Shooting Star: Secondary Ultimate that deals great direct and DOT flame 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
  • 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


Slottable Stars: Backstabber/Fighting Finesse, Master-at-Arms, Deadly Aim, Thaumaturge

Passive: Eldritch Insight, Piercing, Flawless Ritual, War Mage, Battle Mastery, Mighty, Precision, Quick Recovery, Hardy, Elemental Aegis, Blessed


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

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


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

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


We are using Clockwork Citrus Filet and Essence of Spell Power as Potions.


Attribute Points

All points to Magicka

Mundus Stone

The Thief.


Dark Elf – High Elf – Khajiit

Vampire or Werewolf

Neither is necessary.


Buff yourself with Merciless Resolve, Siphoning Attacks, Summon Dark Shade or apply Elemental Drain(when solo), drink a potion, set your Barbed Trap and attack with Twisting Path, Unstable Wall of Elements.

Switch bars and continue with Assassin’s Will(if ready), Degeneration, Crippling Grasp, Concealed Weapon x3-5, Assassin’s Will, Twisting Path, Unstable Wall of Elements, Barbed Trap, Siphoning Attacks, Dark Shade/Elemental Drain(when solo), switch bars and continue.

Once the enemy’s health drops below 25% start executing with Impale.

Use Soul Harvest when ready and always Light Attack before every skill/action!

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