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Best Nightblade Builds (For Stamina & Magicka)
Here’s the brutal truth about finding or creating a high-performing Nightblade character build:
There are WAY too many ESO players posting suboptimal builds on forums that they haven’t extensively tested and optimized.
They think their build is good just because they picked some good stats and items that they hear are good.
If only it were that easy…
If you’re serious about maximizing your characters full potential, you will need to spend hours testing and tweaking your build until you prefect it.
Well today I’m going to give you a few short cuts that will allow you to greatly improve the effectiveness of your builds by showing you the important things we have learned by doing hundreds of hours of testing for our ESO character builds guide. (More info & link at the end of this post)
I. Best Race Choices for a Nightblade
Race Choices For Stamina Builds:
The best choice at the moment is Redguard for PvE DPS. Especially with the change to Siphoning Attacks, the extra Sustain really helps in long encounters.
The Thieves Guild patch finally fixed the Khajiit passive which makes them another top contender for maximum DPS now.
For players who mainly PvP, Bosmer is the best option because of their stealth passive. If you plan to tank occasionally, Imperial is also a solid choice.
Race Choices For Magicka Builds:
The best choice for maximizing your magicka DPS is Dunmer because all your elemental damage is fire damage.
Altmer is a more well-rounded choice that gets more max magicka and regen but you will be losing out on DPS. Breton offers the highest sustain, but is the lowest in overall DPS.
II. Prioritize The Right Stats/Attribute Points
Stats For Stamina DPS Builds: To do end game content you will want around 18k HP so you don’t get one shot. After you make sure you have 18k HP you should dump all your extra stats from attribute points and enchants into stamina. If you are still leveling up just make sure you keep putting some points into health, if you start getting one or two shot that means you are putting to many points into stamina.
You should prioritize your stats in this order for optimal Stamina DPS Builds:
- Armor Penetration
- Weapon Damage
- Weapon Critical
- Max Stamina
- Reduced Stamina Cost
- Stamina Recovery
Stats For Magicka DPS Builds: You will also want about 18k HP for magicka builds if you are planning to do end game content and if you are still leveling just make sure you are putting enough points into health so you don’t get one or two shot by packs of mobs.
You should prioritize your stats in this order for optimal Magicka DPS Builds:
- Spell Damage
- Spell Critical
- Spell Penetration
- Max Magicka
- Reduced Magicka Cost
- Magicka Recovery
Find out how to get the perfect stats for your Nightblade builds in our free downloadable PDF guide: How To Double The Effectiveness of Your Nightblade Build
III. Pick The Right Mundus Stone
Stamina Based Mundus Stones: Most characters should run the Thief mundus stone for maximum DPS but Khajiit nightblades with a high critical strike chance should run Shadow.
Magicka Based Mundus Stones: The Thief is defiantly the way to go for magicka builds.
IV. Optimal Champion Points For Your Build
Your Champion points are going to vary based on your exact build, game content you are doing, whether you are going for single target or AoE damage, and group setup. Below we have put together some basic templates for you to start with and modify based on your needs.
Stamina Based DPS Templates:
Template for 90 Champion Points:
- Green – The Tower: 30 Warlord
- Red – The Lady: 14 Hardy, 14 Elemental Defender, 2 Thick Skinned
- Blue – The Ritual: 20 Mighty, 3 Precise Strikes, 7 Thaumaturge, 0 Piercing
Template for 225 Champion Points:
- Green – The Tower: 45 Warlord // The Lover: 30 Mooncalf
- Red – The Lady: 35 Hardy, 35 Elemental Defender, 5 Thick Skinned
- Blue – The Ritual: 49 Mighty, 8 Precise Strikes, 16 Thaumaturge, 2 Piercing
Template for 315 Champion Points:
- Green – The Tower: 75 Warlord // The Lover: 30 Mooncalf
- Red – The Lady: 50 Hardy, 50 Elemental Defender, 5 Thick Skinned
- Blue – The Ritual: 66 Mighty, 12 Precise Strikes, 21 Thaumaturge, 6 Piercing
Template for 501 Champion Points:
- Green – The Tower: 100 Warlord // The Lover: 53 Mooncalf // The Shadow: 13 Tumbling, 1 Shadow Ward
- Red – Lady: 78 Hardy, 78 Elemental Def, 11 Thick Skinned
- Blue – The Ritual: 100 Mighty, 22 Precise Strikes, 32 Thaumaturge, 13 Piercing
Magicka Based DPS Templates:
- Green – The Tower: 100 Magician // The Lover: 67 Arcanist
- Red – The Lady: 100 Elemental Defender, 67 Hardy
- Blue – The Apprentice: 100 Elemental Expert, 26 Elfborn, 29 Spell Erosion // The Ritual: 12 Thaumaturge
Find out how to modify the above templates to fit your goals and playstyle in our free downloadable PDF guide: How To Double The Effectiveness of Your Nightblade Build
V. Use The Best Combo of Gear Traits, Enchantments, & Item Sets
Your gear traits and enchants are going to change slightly based on what game content you want to do, who’s in your group, and various other factors. If you download our free PDF: “How To Double The Effectiveness of Your Nightblade Build” we will show you what you need to change based on your situation. It covers group content, raids, and solo gameplay.
Basic Stamina Based Template:
|Item Slot||Set Bonus||Item Type||Trait||Enchant|
|Helm||Spawn of Mephala||Medium||Divines||Stamina|
|Shoulders||Spawn of Mephala||Medium||Divines||Stamina|
|Chest||Night Mother’s Gaze||Medium||Divines||Stamina|
|Waist||Night Mother’s Gaze||Medium||Divines||Stamina|
|Feet||Night Mother’s Gaze||Medium||Divines||Stamina|
|Hands||Night Mother’s Gaze||Medium||Divines||Stamina|
|Legs||Night Mother’s Gaze||Medium||Divines||Stamina|
|Ring One||Agility||Jewelry||Robust||Weapon Damage|
|Ring Two||Agility||Jewelry||Robust||Weapon Damage|
|2nd Weapon||Maelstorm||Bow||Sharpened||Thunderous Volley|
Basic Magicka Based Template:
|Item Slot||Set Bonus||Item Type||Trait||Enchant|
|Chest||Twice Born Star / Scathing Mage||Light||Divines||Magicka|
|Waist||Twice Born Star / Scathing Mage||Light||Divines||Magicka|
|Feet||Twice Born Star / Scathing Mage||Light||Divines||Magicka|
|Hands||Twice Born Star / Scathing Mage||Light||Divines||Magicka|
|Legs||Twice Born Star / Scathing Mage||Light||Divines||Magicka|
|Ring One||Willpower||Jewelry||Arcane||Spell Damage|
|Ring Two||Willpower||Jewelry||Arcane||Spell Damage|
|Mainhand||Torug’s Pact||Inferno Staff||Sharpened||Increase Spell Damage|
|Offhand||Torug’s Pact/Maelstorm||Inferno Staff||Sharpened||Fire/Daedric/Maelstorm|
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I hope you can now see the potential of testing and using an optimized build for your Nightblade.
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