Shinobi – Stamina Nightblade PvP Build

Build Written By: Kevin G – PC NA

Role: Damage Dealer

Patch: Dragon Bones

Table of Contents

  1. Introduction
  2. Setup
    1. Gear
    2. Attributes
    3. Skills
    4. Vampire vs. Werewolf
    5. Champion Points
    6. Other Important Info (Food, Mundus, Race, Potions, Passives)
  3. Resource Management & Rotation
  4. Contact Info
  5. Update Log


Welcome to’s Stamina Nightblade PvP build, Shinobi, for the Elder Scrolls Online! This build is intended for No-CP and CP PvP. Shacklebreaker and Bone Pirate together offer us so much sustain. We can cloak more often and Stamina Management is an afterthought. Combine that with the damage buff we get from running a Master bow, the DOT from Poison Injection and potentially the DOT from the Maelstrom Two-Hander and bodies are dropping.

This is my build that I run for Stam Nightblade. It’s an incredible solo build for Cyrodiil. Stam Nightblade is probably the strongest solo class in the game right now. There’s also a high learning curve, you must have great situational awareness if you plan to 1vX. Learning how and when to use cloak to engage and disengage is extremely important. If you see a light armor target, burst them down. A healer, sorc, ambush/crit rush in and crush them or they will make taking out the others much more difficult.

This build has incredible sustain. For the two-hander front bar you may notice I have Asylum and Maelstrom listed. This is very much a playstyle preference. Crit Rush, even after the nerf, is performing well. It’s smoother to use than ambush, in my opinion. However, you lose the empower that ambush grants on your next attack. If you have a Maelstrom 2H I would suggest giving this a chance. It works very well combined with the DOT from Poison Inject. If not, stick with the Asylum 2H, preferably a Battle Axe for the bleed. Both setups work very well, I switch between the two depending on my mood. I use Prismatic Onslaught because of the high amount of players that are Vampires. You can also run a disease enchant here. If you don’t have a Master Bow I would suggest using any crafted Bow, dropping Poison Inject and running shade, especially open world. Currently I drop Relentless Focus open world in favor of Shade, this is a playstyle preference. For Battlegrounds this setup works incredibly well, I would suggest keeping Relentless for BGs though. Resource management is more difficult with no Champion Points so the Minor Endurance from Relentless is very nice. Shade also isn’t extremely useful in BGs, in my opinion.

The mix of impen/well-fitted on the armor is personal preference. I run more well fitted with Eternal Hunt when I run that, with this build I run full Impen. The Max Stamina and Stamina recovery is very good. That being said, you can mix in 3 pieces of well fitted if you find yourself lacking. I also have the optional Heavy Chest/Light Boots if you have the undaunted passives. They are very helpful and should be taken once you unlock them. Also note, you may fit in whichever two pieces of Bone Pirate armor you have. It’s all medium armor and can fit anywhere. My setup is listed like this to allow for the crafting of a heavy chest and light boots for undaunted.



Stamina Nightblade PvP Build
Gear Slot Set Weight Trait Enchant Acquisition
Head Shacklebreaker Medium Impenetrable/Well-Fitted Prismatic Crafted
Shoulders Bone Pirate Medium Impenetrable/Well-Fitted Stamina Blackheart Haven
Gloves Bone Pirate Medium Impenetrable/Well-Fitted Stamina Blackheart Haven
Legs Shacklebreaker Heavy Impenetrable/Well-Fitted Prismatic Crafted
Chest Shacklebreaker Heavy Impenetrable/Well-Fitted Prismatic Crafted
Belt Shacklebreaker Medium Impenetrable/Well-Fitted Stamina Crafted
Boots Shacklebreaker Medium Impenetrable/Well-Fitted Stamina Crafted
Necklace Bone Pirate Jewelry Robust Weapon Damage Blackheart Haven
Ring Bone Pirate Jewelry Robust Weapon Damage Blackheart Haven
Ring Bone Pirate Jewelry Robust Weapon Damage Blackheart Haven
Weapon 1 Asylum/Maelstrom 2h Axe Nirnhoned Prismatic Onslaught Normal Asylum Sanctorium/Vet Maelstrom Arena
Weapon 2 Master Bow Bow Infused Weapon Damage Vet Dragonstar Arena


All points into stamina.



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Main Bar – Maul: Rally, Mass Hysteria, Ambush/Crit Rush, Surprise Attack, Executioner, Incapacitating Strike

Back Bar – Bow: Poison Injection, Resolving Vigor, Shuffle, Relentless Focus, Shadowy Disguise, Dawnbreaker of Smiting

Other Important Info

Buff Food

Dubious Camoran Throne (Max Health, Max Stam, Stam Recovery)
NOTE: Running Dubious is a must for Bone Pirate.


Warrior – Increased Weapon Damage


  1. Wood Elf
  2. Redguard
  3. Argonian (Argonian is in a very good spot for PVP right now for most builds. It’s an all around great race and may help with sustain/healing)

Vampire vs. Werewolf

I am no longer running Vampire with this build. While it is helpful, the extra damage taken from Dawnbreaker and from MagDKs is not worth it to me.

Champion Points



  • Mighty – 43
  • Precise Strikes – 40
  • Piercing – 33
  • Master-at-Arms – 56
  • Physical Weapons Expert – 31
  • Blessed – 37


  • Befoul – 30
  • Tumbling – 66
  • Shadow Ward – 5
  • Mooncalf – 43
  • Arcanist – 37
  • Warlord – 40
  • Sprinter – 19


  • Ironclad –  61
  • Resistant – 45
  • Thick Skinned – 48
  • Hardy – 43
  • Elemental Defender – 43


Potions of Immovability are great to make sure you can get your burst off without disruption. I would suggest crafting potions that grant Major Expedition, Immovability and Stam Recovery. Keep this potion active at all times. With the Medicinal Use passive from Alchemy we can maintain a 100% uptime on this. Make sure to level Alchemy for this. It’s a must. To craft these potions you need Blessed Thistle, Columbine and Namira’s Rot. A great place to have fun and also get Alchemy Materials is Imperial City. Go down there, kill some people/daedra, save Tel-Var and purchase the Alchemy Satchels. They’re only 500 Tel-Var a piece and can help you never have to farm materials the old fashioned way again! You can also purchase Hakaijo, the Tri-Stat Glyphs to use or sell. Imperial City is a very fun area where you can potentially make a lot of gold.


Assassination (all), Shadow (all), Siphoning (all), Two Handed (all), Bow (all), Medium Armor (all), Heavy Armor (Passives that don’t require 5 Piece), Fighters Guild (Slayer), Racial (all)

Resource Management & Rotation

Apply buffs which consist of Rally, Shuffle and Relentless Focus. You want to make sure all these buffs are always activated. Activate your cloak, shoot a poison injection and ambush/crit rush in. Immediately following the ambush hit them with Mass Hysteria. If they’re CC immune just hit them with a Surprise Attack if you’re running ambush so it’s buffed from the empower. If you’re using crit rush, Light attack, Surprise Attack, Bash. After that, Depending on their health by this point you may be ready for an Incapacitating Strike->Executioner for the kill. You may not even need the Executioner at the end with the damage this build puts out. The most important tips are Vigor->Dodge Roll->Cloak->Rally. I cannot stress enough the importance of Vigor->Cloak->Dodge Roll. Vigor will break cloak if you activate it after you cloak. Popping it before you cloak means that your Rally/Heals can critical strike and take you from almost dead to full health.

You may also notice I said Light Attack, Surprise Attack, Bash. This is extremely important and will take your game to the next level. Throwing that bash in there helps you deal a ton more damage. Once you’re proficient with that rotation it should almost look like you’re doing nothing at all due to animation cancelling. Bashing after executioner is also great. Animation Cancelling will help take your game to the next level, it’s extremely important to learn for PVP.

Mass Hysteria is an amazing skill if used correctly. It can save you when you get in over your head. It can be used to disrupt others rotations, you can use it to catch a Sorcerer and make him drop his shields. Make a tank drop block. It can be used to disrupt Magicka Templars and their healing. Basically if you need an opening, Mass Hysteria should be your go to skill.

Stamina Nightblades are difficult to play well. Wearing mostly medium armor means you have very low resistances. You don’t have the shields light armor builds have available. You rely on dodge rolls and shuffle for damage mitigation. As well as crit heals to help you stay alive. This build takes advantage of almost everything Stamina Nightblade has to offer and plays to the classes strengths quite well.


If you have any questions about the build, join our discord server and ask @Kevin G about the build!

Update Log

9/12/2017 – Build created.
11/28/2017 – Build updated for CWC. Skills and gear loadout changed.
1/12/2018 – CP layout added
2/26/2018 – Gear and abilities overhauled