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Darkness – Nightblade Tank PvE Build

Darkness – Nightblade Tank PvE Build

Build Written By: Dottz Gaming – PC NA 

Role: Tank

Patch: Scalebreaker

Table of Contents

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

Video

Coming soon!

Introduction

Welcome to DottzGaming.com’s nightblade tank build, Darkness, for the Elder Scrolls Online!

Nightblades make really solid tanks if built and played correctly. While most people like to think that nightblades are incapable of tanking higher level content, they couldn’t be more wrong. If you play on the strengths that the nightblade has, you can create a powerful nightblade tank that can take on not only vet DLC dungeons, but veteran trials as well. The Darkness build has run through multiple Vet DLC dungeon achievement runs, as well as vet trial hard mode runs, so if you choose to run this setup you’ll be building your character up for success!

There are a lot of factors that vary in this build depending on if you are tanking dungeons or trials. Some are different gear choices and some are different skill choices, and all of this will be outlined below!

Setup

Gear

Nightblade Tank PvE Build – Trials Main Tank
Gear Slot Set Weight Trait Enchant Acquisition
Head Lord Warden Heavy Sturdy Prismatic Vet Imperial City Prison
Shoulders Lord Warden Medium Sturdy Health Undaunted Chest
Gloves Perfected Claw of Yolnahkriin Heavy Sturdy Health Sunspire
Legs Perfected Claw of Yolnahkriin Heavy Infused Prismatic Sunspire
Chest Perfected Claw of Yolnahkriin Heavy Infused Prismatic Sunspire
Belt Perfected Claw of Yolnahkriin Heavy Sturdy Health Sunspire
Boots Perfected Claw of Yolnahkriin Heavy Sturdy Health Sunspire
Necklace Roar of Alkosh Jewelry Healthy/Harmony Shield-Play Maw of Lorkhaj
Ring Roar of Alkosh Jewelry Healthy/Harmony Magicka Recovery Maw of Lorkhaj
Ring Roar of Alkosh Jewelry Healthy/Harmony Magicka Recovery Maw of Lorkhaj
Weapon 1 Roar of Alkosh 1h Weapon Infused Restore Stamina Maw of Lorkhaj
Shield 1 Roar of Alkosh Shield Sturdy Prismatic Maw of Lorkhaj
Weapon 2 Roar of Alkosh Ice/Lightning Staff Infused Crusher Maw of Lorkhaj
Nightblade Tank PvE Build  – Trials Off-Tank
Gear Slot Set Weight Trait Enchant Acquisition
Head Bloodspawn Heavy Sturdy Prismatic Vet Spindleclutch 2
Shoulders Bloodspawn Medium Sturdy Health Undaunted Chest
Gloves Ebon Armory Heavy Sturdy Health Crypt of Hearts
Legs Ebon Armory Heavy Infused Prismatic Crypt of Hearts
Chest Ebon Armory Heavy Infused Prismatic Crypt of Hearts
Belt Ebon Armory Heavy Sturdy Health Crypt of Hearts
Boots Ebon Armory Heavy Sturdy Health Crypt of Hearts
Necklace Akaviri Dragonguard Jewelry Healthy/Harmony Shield-Play Eastmarch or Guild Trader
Ring Akaviri Dragonguard Jewelry Healthy/Harmony Magicka Recovery Eastmarch or Guild Trader
Ring Akaviri Dragonguard Jewelry Healthy/Harmony Magicka Recovery Eastmarch or Guild Trader
Weapon 1 Akaviri Dragonguard 1h Weapon Infused Absorb Stamina Eastmarch or Guild Trader
Shield 1 Akaviri Dragonguard Shield Sturdy Prismatic Eastmarch or Guild Trader
Weapon 2 Akaviri Dragonguard Ice Staff Infused Crusher Eastmarch or Guild Trader
Nightblade Tank PvE Build  – Dungeons HP Tank
Gear Slot Set Weight Trait Enchant Acquisition
Head Scourge Harvester Heavy Sturdy Prismatic Vet Wayrest Sewers 2
Shoulders Scourge Harvester Medium Sturdy Health Undaunted Chest
Gloves Plague Doctor Heavy Sturdy Health Deshaan or Guild Trader
Legs Plague Doctor Heavy Infused Prismatic Deshaan or Guild Trader
Chest Plague Doctor Heavy Infused Prismatic Deshaan or Guild Trader
Belt Plague Doctor Heavy Sturdy Health Deshaan or Guild Trader
Boots Plague Doctor Heavy Sturdy Health Deshaan or Guild Trader
Necklace Warrior-Poet Jewelry Healthy Shield-Play Vvardenfell or Guild Trader
Ring Warrior-Poet Jewelry Healthy Magicka Recovery Vvardenfell or Guild Trader
Ring Warrior-Poet Jewelry Healthy Magicka Recovery Vvardenfell or Guild Trader
Weapon 1 Warrior-Poet 1h Weapon Infused Absorb Stamina Vvardenfell or Guild Trader
Shield 1 Warrior-Poet Shield Sturdy Prismatic Vvardenfell or Guild Trader
Weapon 2 Warrior-Poet Ice Staff Infused Crusher Vvardenfell or Guild Trader
Nightblade Tank PvE Build  – Dungeons Sap Tank Style
Gear Slot Set Weight Trait Enchant Acquisition
Head Bloodspawn Heavy Sturdy Prismatic Vet Spindleclutch 2
Shoulders Bloodspawn Heavy Sturdy Prismatic Undaunted Chest
Gloves Bahraha's Curse Medium Sturdy Prismatic Hew’s Bane or Guild Trader
Legs Akaviri Dragonguard Heavy Infused Prismatic Eastmarch or Guild Trader
Chest Akaviri Dragonguard Heavy Infused Prismatic Eastmarch or Guild Trader
Belt Bahraha's Curse Light Sturdy Prismatic Hew’s Bane or Guild Trader
Boots Akaviri Dragonguard Heavy Sturdy Prismatic Eastmarch or Guild Trader
Necklace Bahraha's Curse Jewelry Healthy Shield-Play Hew’s Bane or Guild Trader
Ring Bahraha's Curse Jewelry Healthy Shield-Play Hew’s Bane or Guild Trader
Ring Bahraha's Curse Jewelry Healthy Magicka Recovery Hew’s Bane or Guild Trader
Weapon 1 Akaviri Dragonguard 1h Weapon Infused Absorb Stamina Eastmarch or Guild Trader
Shield 1 Akaviri Dragonguard Shield Infused Prismatic Eastmarch or Guild Trader
Weapon 2 Akaviri Dragonguard Ice Staff Infused Crusher Eastmarch or Guild Trader

Attributes

The attribute breakdown is going to vary based on race, but when I created this setup, I was using an Imperial and tried to create all 4 build setups above around the same attribute spread. You just want to make sure you have at least around 35k+ HP, and that your stamina is higher than your magicka so that when you use Shards/Orbs, your stamina is returned. Do keep in mind this attribute breakdown is for using 3 healthy. If you use Harmony, you’re going to need to move some more points into health to make sure you’re over that 35k threshold. 

Magicka: 18
Health: 16
Stamina: 30

Skills

Pierce Armor Heroic Slash Deep Thoughts Dark Cloak Leeching Strikes Aggressive Horn
Silver Leash Inner Rage Refreshing Path Elemental Blockade Mirage Soul Siphon

Main Bar – Sword and Shield: Pierce Armor, Heroic Slash, FLEX, Dark Cloak, Leeching Strikes, Aggressive Horn

Back Bar – Ice/Lightning Staff: Silver Leash, Inner Rage, Refreshing Path, Elemental Blockade, Mirage, Soul Siphon

Flex Skill Options

The build has 1 primary flex spot on the front bar; you can fill that slot based on what build you’re using and what is needed at the time. In terms of any changes to the back bar, most of the time, Silver Leash is used. But, if I am in a specific fight where Silver Leash is not necessary, I’ll also swap in another flex skill. The options for flex skills are as follows:

  • Absorb Magic
  • Deep Thoughts
  • Sap Essence
  • Sanguine Altar
  • Shielded Assault
  • Bone Surge
  • Mass Hysteria
  • Efficient Purge
  • Relentless Focus

I also recommend getting Shield Discipline, the ultimate from the One-handed and Shield skill line. In certain fights where stamina sustain is going to be a real challenge and dropping block isnt the best option, this can be substituted in for Aggressive Horn to significantly help with stamina sustain.

Vampire vs. Mortal

I absolutely recommend playing as a vampire. The 10% recoveries that you gain, in addition to the undeath passive, greatly outweigh any of the negative side effects.

Champion Points

CHAMPION POINT 810 SETUP

THE MAGE (BLUE)

  • Blessed – 100
  • Elfborn – 100
  • Spell Erosion – 3
  • Elemental Expert – 32
  • Physical Weapons Expert – 35

THE THIEF (GREEN)

  • Warlord – 37
  • Arcanist – 64
  • Tenacity – 56
  • Shadow Ward – 82
  • Tumbling – 31

THE WARRIOR (RED)

  • Ironclad –  72
  • Spell Shield – 32
  • Thick Skinned – 48
  • Hardy – 49
  • Elemental Defender – 49
  • Heavy Armor Focus – 20

For the sap tank style, run the following as your blue CP:

THE MAGE (BLUE)

  • Blessed – 100
  • Elfborn – 81
  • Spell Erosion – 14
  • Elemental Expert – 75

CHAMPION POINT 300 SETUP

THE MAGE (BLUE)

  • Blessed – 49
  • Elfborn – 48
  • Physical Weapons Expert – 3

THE THIEF (GREEN)

  • Arcanist – 23
  • Tenacity – 21
  • Shadow Ward – 56

THE WARRIOR (RED)

  • Ironclad –  37
  • Thick Skinned – 23
  • Hardy – 19
  • Elemental Defender – 19
  • Heavy Armor Focus – 2

Other Important Info

Buff Food

Longfin Pasty w/ Melon Sauce (Max Health, Magicka & Stamina)

Mundus

Atronach – Increased Magicka Recovery

Race

  1. Imperial
  2. Argonian
  3. Nord

Potions

Tri-Stat (Restore HP, Mag and Stam) (Bugloss, Columbine and Mountain Flower)

Passives

Class (all), Light 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), Heavy Armor (all), One-Handed and Shield (all), Destruction Staff (all except tri-focus), Fighters Guild (Banish the Wicked), Undaunted (all), Racial (all), Alchemy (Medicinal Use)

Contact

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

Update Log

2/25/2018 – Build created.
5/31/2018 – Build writer changed and build overhauled for Summerset Isles.
9/5/2018 – CP updated for wolfhunter
10/31/2018 – CP updated for wolfhunter, off tank setup removed
1/31/2019 – New build writer and build completely overhauled
2/28/2019 – Front bar/back bar enchants swapped, CP 300 setup added
5/22/2019 – Attributes changed, Ebon changed the Claw of Yol for trials main tank setup
8/14/2019 – No changes for scalebreaker