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Stamina Nightblade Bow Gank PVP Build

Arbalest is a Stamina Nightblade Bow Gank Build in ESO, perfect for open world gameplay in Cyrodiil and the Imperial City. The Build is focusing on striking hard and fast when the enemy least expects it to get the kill. Arbalest is not built for prolonged, “fair” fights. Pick your target, strike and escape.

If you are a new player, you can take a look at my Nightblade Beginner Guide. If you are looking for a Melee Gank Build take a look at Kunoichi. For a strong, brawler type, Stamina Nightblade PVP Build take a look at my Elusive Warrior.

You can find more Builds in the Nightblade Builds page.

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Stamina Nightblade Bow Gank PVP Build Setup

The build is designed to deal massive burst damage and escape fast! A hard hitting Gank PVP Build for open world gameplay!

HeadMarksman's Crest/BalorghMediumImpenetrable/DivinesMax. Stamina/Multi-Effect (Tri-Stat)
ShouldersMarksman's Crest/VelidrethMediumImpenetrable/DivinesMax. Stamina
HandsNew Moon AcolyteMediumImpenetrable/DivinesMax. Stamina
LegsNew Moon AcolyteMediumImpenetrable/DivinesMulti-Effect (Tri-Stat)
ChestNew Moon AcolyteMediumImpenetrable/DivinesMulti-Effect (Tri-Stat)
WaistNew Moon AcolyteMediumImpenetrable/DivinesMax. Stamina
FeetNew Moon AcolyteMediumImpenetrable/DivinesMax. Stamina
NecklaceMarksman's CrestJewelInfusedWeapon Damage
RingMarksman's CrestJewelInfusedWeapon Damage
RingMarksman's CrestJewelInfusedWeapon Damage
Two Handed Weapon(Perfected)Point-Blank Snipe/Marksman's CrestBowNirnhonedEscapist's Poison IX
Two Handed WeaponAny Two Handed WeaponGreatsword/Battle Axe/MaulAny TraitAny Enchant - Poison

Armor Sets for Stamina Nightblade Bow Gank PVP Build

Skills for Stamina Nightblade Bow Gank PVP Build

The following skills will help you kill your target as well as remain hidden!

Front BarBack Bar
Skill 1Focused AimShadowy Disguise
Skill 2Poison InjectionChanneled Acceleration
Skill 3Silver ShardsRally
Skill 4Relentless FocusLeeching Strikes
Skill 5Camouflaged HunterShadow Image
Ultimate SkillDawnbreaker of SmitingDawnbreaker of Smiting
  • Focused Aim(Snipe): Deals massive damage and debuffs enemies.
  • Poison Injection(Poison Arrow): Deals additional poison damage and can work as an execute.
  • Silver Shards(Silver Bolts): Use this after Focused Aim and Poison Injection to finish your targets. Works as spammable.
  • Relentless Focus(Grim Focus): Strong self-buff. Boosts damage and turns into a deadly offensive skill, Assassin’s Scourge after five light/heavy attacks.
  • Camouflaged Hunter(Expert Hunter): Great skill to boost Critical and reveal hidden enemies.
  • Dawnbreaker of Smiting(Dawnbreaker): Powerful Ultimate that deals damage and stuns enemies.
  • Shadowy Disguise(Shadow Cloak): Your cloak and very important survival skill.
  • Channeled Acceleration(Accelerate): Boosts your mobility and Critical damage.
  • Rally(Momentum): Buffs your Weapon Damage and heals you.
  • Leeching Strikes(Siphoning Strikes): Great sustain ability that can offer heals as well.
  • Shadow Image(Summon Shade): Activate before the attack, to use as an escape method.

Passive Skills for Stamina Nightblade Bow Gank PVP Build

Very important passive skills that can help you maximize the potential of your Stamina Nightblade Gank 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
  • Fighters Guild Passives: Intimidating Presence, Slayer, Banish the Wicked, Skilled Tracker
  • Vampire Passives: Dark Stalker, Strike from the Shadows, Undeath
  • Undaunted Passives
  • Your Racial Passives
  • Medicinal Use Passive from Alchemy to boost the effectiveness of Potions

Champion Points for Stamina Nightblade Bow Gank 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.


Slottable: Deadly Aim, Master-at-Arms, Fighting Finesse or Backstabber, Wrathful Strikes

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


Slottable: Fortified, Juggernaut, Rejuvenation, Boundless Vitality

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


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

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

Consumables for Stamina Nightblade Bow Gank PVP Build

Braised Rabbit with Spring Vegetables as Food and Essence of Immovability (Stamina version) as Potions. You can use simple Essence of Stamina when moving around crouched, to restore Stamina or simple Essence of Magicka to restore Magicka and use your cloak for longer.

Escapist’s Poison IX as Poisons.

For Potions and Poisons Recipes you can take a look at my Alchemy Guide!

Info for Stamina Nightblade Bow Gank PVP Build

Several important info for the Stamina Nightblade Gank PVP Build. What Mundus to use, the best race for the build and how to assign your attribute points.

Attribute Points

All points to Stamina

Mundus Stone

The Warrior for the best Weapon Damage possible.

What Race is Best for Stamina Nightblade Bow Gank PVP Build

Dark Elf – Orc – Khajiit is the best Race for a Nightblade Gank PVP Build. Any Race with Stamina bonuses can work well though. You can find more about the playable races in my ESO Race Guide!

Vampire or Werewolf

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

Rotation for Stamina Nightblade Bow Gank PVP Build

Buff yourself with Channeled Acceleration, Rally, Leeching Strikes, Relentless Focus. Summon Shadow Image to use as an escape method if you have to. The main combo of the build is very easy. While in stealth, attack with Focused Aim, Poison Injection and finish your target with one or two Silver Shards. Fire Assassin’s Scourge if it procs.

If your Ultimate is ready, use it to finish the enemy faster. Use Camouflaged Hunter only if you have to deal with enemies in stealth.

FAQ – Stamina Nightblade Bow Gank PVP Build

Is Nightblade good in PVP?

The Nightblade is a Class that relies on stealth for PVP in ESO. It can kill enemies easily when you strike from the shadows but is also very fragile if discovered. For stealth focused Nightblade Builds, you can take a look at these Nightblade PVP Builds!

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