Death’s Grasp – Magicka Nightblade PvE Build

Build Written By: Dottz Gaming – PC NA

Role: Damage Dealer

Patch: Summerset Isles

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, Death’s Grasp, 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 Destruction 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 Valkyn Skoria Heavy Divines Magicka Vet City of Ash 2
Shoulders Valkyn Skoria Medium Divines Magicka Undaunted Chest
Gloves Mother's Sorrow Light Divines Magicka Deshaan or Guild Trader
Legs Mother's Sorrow Light Divines Magicka Deshaan or Guild Trader
Chest Mother's Sorrow Light Divines Magicka Deshaan or Guild Trader
Belt Master Architect Light Divines Magicka Halls of Fabrication
Boots Master Architect Light Divines Magicka Halls of Fabrication
Necklace Master Architect Jewelry Arcane Spell Damage Halls of Fabrication
Ring Master Architect Jewelry Arcane Spell Damage Halls of Fabrication
Ring Master Architect Jewelry Arcane Spell Damage/Magicka Recovery Halls of Fabrication
Weapon 1 Mother's Sorrow Fire Infused Fire Deshaan or Guild Trader
Weapon 2 The Maelstrom's Inferno Staff Fire Nirnhoned Spell Damage Veteran Maelstrom Arena
Magicka Nightblade PvE Build – Beginner
Gear Slot Set Weight Trait Enchant Acquisition
Head Armor of the Seducer Light Divines Magicka Crafted
Shoulders Armor of the Seducer Light Divines Magicka Crafted
Gloves Law of Julianos Light Divines Magicka Crafted
Legs Law of Julianos Medium Divines Magicka Crafted
Chest Law of Julianos Heavy Divines Health Crafted
Belt Law of Julianos Light Divines Magicka Crafted
Boots Law of Julianos Light Divines Magicka Crafted
Necklace Willpower Jewelry Arcane Spell Damage Imperial City or Guild Trader
Ring Willpower Jewelry Arcane Spell Damage Imperial City or Guild Trader
Ring Willpower Jewelry Arcane Spell Damage Imperial City or Guild Trader
Weapon 1 Armor of the Seducer Fire Infused Fire Crafted
Weapon 2 Armor of the Seducer Fire Nirnhoned Spell Damage Crafted

Gear Explanation

Master Architect: With how often Magicka Nightblades can use their ultimate, this set is a really strong choice due to the great uptime we can have on the 5 piece, increasing our damage against dungeon monsters by 15%!

Mother’s Sorrow: With the changes to two handed weapons in Summerset and how well Nightblade’s scale with crit, this is the perfect secondary set to pair with Master Architect. This set gives an insane amount of crit and provides us with a ton of damage. We have this set’s 5 piece front bar since that is where our spammable DPS, execute and Assasin’s Will are.

Valkyn Skoria: Great damage proc that allows us to stay at a range. The one piece line of health also allows us to run flat magicka enchants on all of our gear.

Attributes

All points into Magicka.

Skills

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Main Bar – Fire Staff: Swallow Soul, Siphoning Attacks, Merciless Resolve, Impale, Inner Light, Elemental Rage

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

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. It isn’t mandatory, but I use it.

Champion Points

CHAMPION POINT 750 SETUP
THE MAGE (BLUE)

  • Elfborn – 52
  • Elemental Expert – 49
  • Spell Erosion – 37
  • Staff Expert – 16
  • Master-at-Arms – 56
  • Thaumaturge – 40

THE THIEF (GREEN)

  • Warlord – 66
  • Arcanist – 75
  • Tenacity – 56
  • Tumbling – 37
  • Shadow Ward – 16

THE WARRIOR (RED)

  • Ironclad – 66
  • Hardy – 43
  • Elemental Defender – 43
  • Thick Skinned – 49
  • Spell Shield – 38
  • Bastion – 11

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

Witchmother’s Potent Brew – Max Health, Magicka and Magicka Recovery

Mundus

Apprentice – Increased Spell Damage

Race

  1. High Elf
  2. Breton
  3. Dark Elf

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)

Resource Management & Rotation

Apply Merciless Resolve and Siphoning Attacks pre-fight. Start on your back bar, and use Elemental Blockade > Light Attack > Crippling Grasp > Light Attack > Twisting Patch > Weapon Swap > (Elemental Rage if Available) > Light Attack > Swallow Soul > (Assassin’s Will when it procs). Keep using Light Attack > Swallow Soul 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. Reapply 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 Swallow Soul with Impale in the rotation.

Contact

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