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Architect of Demise – Magicka Nightblade PvE Build

Architect of Demise – Magicka Nightblade PvE Build

Build Written By: NyassaV– PC NA 

Role: Damage Dealer

Patch: Elsweyr

Table of Contents

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

Introduction

Welcome to DottzGaming.com’s Magicka Nightblade DPS PvE Build, Architect of Demise, for the Elder Scrolls Online! This build is intended for trials, veteran dungeons and general PvE, sporting a great uptime on Major Slayer and very good AoE and single target damage! Magicka nightblade’s also have great ultimate generation due to Soul Harvest and the Catalyst passive, which allows you to pop off devastating ultimates very frequently and maintain a great uptime on Major Slayer via one of our sets. With the heals coming in from a variety of our skills and access to Harness Magicka, this build also maintains a good level of survivability!

Setup

Gear

Magicka Nightblade PvE Build – Final
Gear Slot Set Weight Trait Enchant Acquisition
Head Zaan Heavy Divines Magicka Vet Scalecaller Peak
Shoulders Zaan Medium Divines Magicka Undaunted Chest
Gloves Master Architect Light Divines Magicka Halls of Fabrication
Legs Master Architect Light Divines Magicka Halls of Fabrication
Chest Master Architect Light Divines Magicka Halls of Fabrication
Belt Master Architect Light Divines Magicka Halls of Fabrication
Boots Master Architect Light Divines Magicka Halls of Fabrication
Necklace Spell Strategist Jewelry Arcane Spell Damage Rewards of the Worth or Guild Trader
Ring Spell Strategist Jewelry Arcane Spell Damage Rewards of the Worth or Guild Trader
Ring Spell Strategist Jewelry Arcane Spell Damage Rewards of the Worth or Guild Trader
Weapon 1 Spell Strategist Fire Infused Fire Rewards of the Worth or Guild Trader
Weapon 2 Crushing Wall Fire Infused Weapon & Spell Damage Veteran Maelstrom Arena
Magicka Nightblade PvE Build – Beginner
Gear Slot Set Weight Trait Enchant Acquisition
Head Grothdarr or Valkyn Skoria Light Divines Magicka/Health Vet Vaults of Madness or City of Ash 2
Shoulders Grothdarr or Valkyn Skoria Light Divines Magicka Undaunted Chest
Gloves Law of Julianos Light Divines Magicka Crafted
Legs Law of Julianos Medium Divines Magicka Crafted
Chest Law of Julianos Heavy Divines Magicka Crafted
Belt Law of Julianos Light Divines Magicka Crafted
Boots Law of Julianos Light Divines Magicka Crafted
Necklace Mother's Sorrow Jewelry Arcane Magicka Recovery Deshaan or Guild Trader
Ring Mother's Sorrow Jewelry Arcane Spell Damage/Magicka Recovery Deshaan or Guild Trader
Ring Mother's Sorrow Jewelry Arcane Spell Damage Deshaan or Guild Trader
Weapon 1 Mother's Sorrow Fire Infused Fire Deshaan or Guild Trader
Weapon 2 Mother's Sorrow Fire Infused Weapon and Spell Damage Deshaan or Guild Trader

Gear Explanation

Master Architect: This set has become a staple among magicka DPS users for dungeons and trials because of the insane buff it offers you and your team, alongside of having the benefit of Minor Slayer. Using Mantle or Siroria is also a good option however I feel this build is currently enough of a target dummy hero with Spell Strategist equipped. Using Shooting Star in groups of enemies will also allow is to damn there spam our ultimate providing us with a very high uptime!

Spell Strategist: This set is the paramount of single target DPS set choices, and this is a great secondary set to pair with Master Architect. This set gives an insane amount of spell damage on one target and the master architect will help our cleave and our single target damage. We have this set’s 5 piece front bar since that is where our spammable DPS, execute and Assassin’s Will are.

Zaan: Great damage proc that allows us to stay at a slight range. If you feel the need for more range then Valkyn Skoria is also an amazing set which will provide more cleave. I find Zaans pairs very well when you use soul harvest and proc master architect at the same time providing an insane % based damage boost.

Attributes

All points into Magicka.

Skills

Elemental Weapon Crippling Grasp Merciless Resolve Impale Inner Light Shooting Star
Siphoning Attacks Twisting Path Elemental Blockade Harness Magicka Inner Light Soul Harvest

Main Bar – Fire Staff: Elemental Weapon, Crippling Grasp, Merciless Resolve, Impale, Inner Light, Shooting Star

Back Bar – Fire Staff: Siphoning Attacks, Twisting Path, Elemental Blockade, Harness Magicka, Inner Light, Soul Harvest

NOTE: You can use Sap Essence or even Mirage/Double Take for extra survivability in place of the back bar Inner Light if you need it.

Vampire vs. Werewolf vs. Mortal

You are playing a vampire for this build. I feel that when playing a magicka nightblade in PvE, at least from my experiences in veteran dungeons, the benefits from having vampirism outweigh the negatives. However, it isn’t mandatory, and if you plan on doing PvP content with this character too then maybe skip vampire.

Champion Points

CHAMPION POINT 810 SETUP

THE MAGE (BLUE)

  • Elfborn – 56
  • Elemental Expert – 56
  • Spell Erosion – 20
  • Staff Expert – 16
  • Master-at-Arms – 66
  • Thaumaturge – 56

THE THIEF (GREEN)

  • Warlord – 66
  • Arcanist – 75
  • Tenacity – 56
  • Tumbling – 44
  • Shadow Ward – 29

THE WARRIOR (RED)

  • Ironclad –  66
  • Hardy – 43
  • Elemental Defender – 43
  • Thick Skinned – 56
  • Spell Shield – 39
  • Bastion – 23

CHAMPION POINT 300 SETUP

THE MAGE (BLUE)

  • Elfborn – 23
  • Elemental Expert – 27
  • Spell Erosion – 8
  • Thaumaturge – 11
  • Master-at-Arms – 31

THE THIEF (GREEN)

  • Arcanist – 49
  • Tenacity – 49
  • Warlord – 2

THE WARRIOR (RED)

  • Ironclad – 23
  • Hardy – 23
  • Elemental Defender -23
  • Thick Skinned – 23
  • Bastion – 8

Other Important Info

Buff Food

  • Mistral Banana-Bunny Hash – Max Health and Max Magicka
  • Witchmother’s Potent Brew (If not breton) – Max Health, Magicka and Magicka Recovery

Mundus

  • Apprentice – Increased Spell Damage
  • Shadow – Increased Critical Damage

Race

  1. Breton (If you use breton then you can use blue food such as Mistral Banana-Bunny Hash)
  2. High Elf (Use Witchmother’s Potent Brew)
  3. Dark Elf (Use Witchmother’s Potent Brew)

Potions

Spell Power Potions (Spell Crit, Spell Damage, Magicka Restoration)
Cornflower, Ladys Smock, Water Hyacinth

Passives

Assassination (all), Shadow (all), Siphoning (all), Light Armor (all), Heavy Armor (all except the ones that require you to wear 5 pieces), Medium Armor (all except the ones that require you to wear 5 pieces), Destruction Staff (all), Fighters Guild (Banish the Wicked), Mages Guild (all except persuasive passive), Vampire (all except Blood Ritual and Savage Feeding), Undaunted (all), Racial (all), Alchemy (Medicinal Use), Psijic (Spell Orb, Concentrated Barrier, and Clairvoyance)

Resource Management & Rotation

Apply Merciless Resolve and Siphoning Attacks pre-fight. Start on your back bar, and use Siphoning Attacks >Light Attack > Elemental Blockade > Light Attack > Twisting Path > Weapon Swap > Crippling Grasp > Light Attack > (Meteor if Available) > Elemental Weapon > (Assassin’s Will when it procs). Keep using Light Attack > Elemental Weapon and Assassin’s Will procs until it’s time to reapply your AoE and DoTs, so swap back to back bar about a second or two before elemental blockade ends and repeat the rotation. Reapply the Merciless Resolve after you shoot the the Spectral bow twice. Re-apply Siphoning Attacks as soon as the buff runs out – this makes sure you get the burst of magicka – in order to keep yourself sustained. When the boss is at less than 25% HP, replace Elemental Weapon with Impale in the rotation.

Try and line up Zaans, soul harvest (with the master arch proc attacthed it will hit very hard).

Contact

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

Update Log

9/1/2017 – Build created.
10/24/2017 – CP updated to reflect CwC changes and account for jump points.
12/7/2017 – Staves swapped and Imaple/Harness swapped
2/12/2018 – CP Updated
3/14/2018 – Trial gear added to gear chart
5/31/2018 – Build overhauled for summerset isles
6/5/2018 – BSW changed to Mother’s Sorrow
8/13/2018 – CP updated for Wolfhunter
9/4/2018 – Swapped around gear positions on final build and listed Siroria as an alternative option.
10/10/2018 – Swapped out Master Architect for Siroria
10/22/2018 – CP Updated for murkmire
3/14/2019 – Build renamed under a new author and overhauled for Wrathstone
5/30/2019 – Mundus, Buff Food and race changed