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[ARCHIVED] Eternal Night – Stamina Nightblade PvP Build

[ARCHIVED] Eternal Night – Stamina Nightblade PvP Build

[ARCHIVED]: This build has been archived, which means it is no longer being updated. However, this web-page will be left up for those who still would like to refer to it.

Build Written By: Dottz Gaming – PC NA

Role: Damage Dealer

Patch: Dragonhold

Table of Contents

  1. Video
  2. Introduction
  3. 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)
  4. Tips & Misc
  5. Contact Info
  6. Update Log



Welcome to DottzGaming.com’s Stamina Nightblade DPS PvP Build, Eternal Night, for the Elder Scrolls Online! This build is intended for PvP of all kinds: battlegrounds, Cyrodiil, dueling, and Imperial City.  This build can be played in both CP and no-CP pvp.

This build is a medium armor stamina nightblade build, as I believe for open world and battlegrounds medium armor is more beneficial than heavy.  This build is strong in a lot of different ways – it boasts big damage and amazing sustain, but its main drawback is that it’s squishy, so you really need to make sure to utilize your stealth and movement to their fullest potential as your means of mitigation. This build is also incredibly easy to acquire, making it great for newer players!

In Dragonhold, damage has gone down significantly since Scalebreaker, but defense is still high, so that’s why I chose to go for the more squishy high damage setup. This is a really fun setup, just be aware that you’ll be punished a bit more for mistakes; play it right though, and people will drop quickly, especially if you can stay mobile and elusive!

Do keep in mind that if you’re new to stamina nightblade or nightblade in general, nightblades have a higher skill floor than other classes. But, if you practice your character and this build, you will be out there bringing the pain to your enemies!

Keep in mind that PvP builds are very personal.  This is what worked for ME.  If you don’t like something about it, change it to fit your playstyle. 



Stamina Nightblade PvP Build – Version 1 (Stat Based)
Gear Slot Set Weight Trait Enchant Acquisition
Head The Troll King Medium Impenetrable Prismatic Vet Blessed Crucible
Shoulders The Troll King Medium Impenetrable Stamina Undaunted Chest
Gloves Hunding's Rage Medium Impenetrable Stamina Crafted
Legs Hunding's Rage Medium Impenetrable Prismatic Crafted
Chest Hunding's Rage Heavy Impenetrable Prismatic Crafted
Belt Hunding's Rage Medium Well-Fitted Stamina Crafted
Boots Hunding's Rage Medium Well-Fitted Stamina Crafted
Necklace Spriggan's Thorns Jewelry Infused/Swift Stamina Recovery Bangkorai or Guild Trader
Ring Spriggan's Thorns Jewelry Robust Weapon Damage Bangkorai or Guild Trader
Ring Spriggan's Thorns Jewelry Robust Stamina Recovery Bangkorai or Guild Trader
Weapon 1 Spriggan's Thorns 2h Maul Nirnhoned Poisons/Disease Bangkorai or Guild Trader
Weapon 2 Caustic Arrow Bow Infused Weapon Damage Vet Dragonstar Arena
Stamina Nightblade PvP Build – Version 2 (Proc Based)
Gear Slot Set Weight Trait Enchant Acquisition
Head Selene Medium Impenetrable Prismatic Vet Selene’s Web
Shoulders Selene Heavy Impenetrable Stamina Undaunted Chest
Gloves Eternal Hunt Medium Impenetrable Stamina Crafted
Legs Eternal Hunt Medium Impenetrable Prismatic Crafted
Chest Eternal Hunt Heavy Well-Fitted Prismatic Crafted
Belt Eternal Hunt Medium Well-Fitted Stamina Crafted
Boots Eternal Hunt Medium Well-Fitted Stamina Crafted
Necklace Agility Jewelry Infused/Swift Weapon Damage Imperial City or Guild Trader
Ring Agility Jewelry Robust Weapon Damage Imperial City or Guild Trader
Ring Agility Jewelry Robust Stamina Recovery Imperial City or Guild Trader
Weapon 1 Disciplined Slash 2h Maul Nirnhoned Poisons/Disease Asylum Sanctorium
Weapon 2 Caustic Arrow Bow Infused Weapon Damage Vet Dragonstar Arena

NOTE: If you don’t have access to the Asylum 2h or the Master’s Bow, use any set who’s 2 piece gives weapon damage on the front bar (for more damage), and back bar use Potentates (for the 5% damage mitigation) or a set that gives magicka recovery.
Gear Explanation

  • Two-Handed and Bow: This is a staple stamina nightblade weapon combination, and what I am choosing to run on my character.  Optimally you want to run a maul because the penetration that it offers significantly increases your burst; your second best choice would be a greatsword, and I dont recommend an Axe personally.  Running a two-hander gives you access to Rally, which is a very strong heal and grants major brutality, as well as Executioner which acts as the build’s execute.  Executioner synergize’s well with the Asylum 2h, giving us a crazy amount of ultimate return.  We also are using the Master’s Bow to give us extra damage whenever we use poison injection, as well as give us some range capabilities should we need them.
  • Troll King: This set is easily my favorite defensive option on stamblade, more-so than Bloodspawn. Troll King is really nice for some added healing, and the two piece adds an insane amount of survivability to the medium armor stamina nightblade. Since Nightblades bob in and out of combat a lot via cloak and shade, being able to recover our HP quickly after using a HoT is incredibly valuable. Troll King is also my choice monster set for group play due to the team utility it provides.
  • Hunding’s Rage: This set is a really solid damage set, boosting our weapon damage, stamina and penetration. With the crit from this set, we have over 50% crit on the version 2 setup, which combined with our penetration and weapon damage, gives us extremely respectable burst damage. If you don’t like this set and are able to manage your resources really effectively, the new New Moon Acolyte set would be a great option here.
  • Spriggan’s Thorns: One of the best sets in the game for stamina nightblade, this set gives us a ton of damage due to the amount of penetration this set provides the build. This set makes squishy targets melt, and helps us take down even tanky targest in Cyrodiil and Battlegrounds! Also, because this set is front-barrable, it allows us to also run the Master Bow on the back bar of this setup’s.
  • Selene: This set is honestly just a ton of fun for me on stamina nightblade.  The monster set’s animation is a bit slower than it used to be, but the damage is still really strong. If you can line the proc up with your burst, you’re looking at a large amount of extra damage on your opponent.
  • Eternal Hunt: This set is simply awesome.  It gives an amazing amount of sustain, and the 5 piece is an absolute nuisance to people chasing you.  This set is really helpful in getting out of sticky situations.
  • Agility: I needed a three piece jewelry set to round off the build, and Agility is the set to do just that. It gives us more weapon damage and more stamina, helping to up our resource pool and damage output. This set was also buffed in Dragonhold, making it an even better option than it used to be!
  • Asylum 2h: Gives us a ton of ultimate back when we are using our executes, allowing us to pop out Incapacitating Strikes much more frequently.
  • Master’s Bow: A stamina nightblade staple, this bow adds a ton of single target burst damage potential to a target, which is precisely what the class needs!


All points into Stamina.


Camouflaged Hunter Surprise Attack Relentless Focus Killer's Blade Rally Incapacitating Strike
Poison Injection Shadowy Disguise Resolving Vigor Shadow Image Shuffle Temporal Guard

Main Bar – 2h: Camouflaged Hunter, Surprise Attack, Relentless Focus, Executioner/Killer’s Blade, Rally, Incapacitating Strike

Back Bar – Bow: Poison Injection, Shadowy Disguise, Resolving Vigor, Shadow Image, Shuffle, Temporal Guard

NOTE: For group play, substitute Dawnbreaker of Smiting for Incapacitating Strike and Soul Siphon for Temporal Guard. Also, use Executioner on setup 2, and Killer’s Blade on setup 1.

Vampire vs. Werewolf vs. Mortal

For this build I recommend playing as a mortal. Vampirism and Lycanthropy dont offer the build anything that it needs.

Champion Points



  • Blessed – 19
  • Shattering Blows – 11
  • Physical Weapons Expert – 29
  • Master-at-Arms – 81
  • Mighty – 56
  • Piercing – 30
  • Precise Strikes – 44


  • Warlord – 56
  • Sprinter – 25
  • Siphoner – 1
  • Arcanist – 32
  • Mooncalf – 75
  • Tumbling – 81


  • Ironclad – 66
  • Resistant – 50
  • Thick Skinned – 37
  • Hardy – 49
  • Elemental Defender – 49
  • Quick Recovery – 19

Other Important Info

Buff Food

Dubious Camoran Throne: Maximum Health, Stamina and Stamina Recovery


Warrior – Increased Weapon Damage


  1. Imperial
  2. Khajiit
  3. Dark Elf


  • Potions: Tri-Stat (Bugloss, Columbine and Mountain Flower)
  • Poisons: Your choice on poisons, but I personally prefer Double DoT poisons, Hindrance Poisons or Vulnerability Poisons.


Class (all), Medium Armor (all), Heavy Armor (all except the ones that require you to wear 5 pieces), Two-Handed (all), Bow (all), Undaunted (all), Racial (all), Alchemy (Medicinal Use), Psijic Order (Clairvoyance and Concentrated Barrier) Assault (all), Support (all except the first)

Tips & Misc.

  • Maintain your poison injection on your target to make sure that you’re getting the weapon damage boost from the master’s bow.
  • Maintaining Relentless Focus will help make sure you’re always benefiting from the tankiness it offers, while also allowing you to weave Assassin’s Scourge into your rotation.
  • Maintain Rally and Shuffle to maximize your defensive capabilities.  Re-cast rally if you need a heal in a pinch, and casting Vigor will also give you a good heal and heal-over-time to supplement that.
  • Stamina Nightblades mitigate their damage best through being hard to pin down. Use your mobility via dodge rolling and major expedition from your bow passives, as well as your shade, to your advantage.
  • Picking your opponents and learning how to weave yourself in and out of combat via cloak will be instrumental to your success.
  • Don’t over commit to a kill. You’re a medium armor stamina nightblade – you’re squishy.  If you over commit to a kill and your opponent survives, they can easily turn the fight on you.
  • Always be aware of your surroundings. You want to get the jump on your opponents, not the other way around.
  • Use a medium weave before your burst while your target is set off-balance; this, as well as Surprise Attack from stealth, are your primary means of stunning your opponents.


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

Update Log

11/11/2019 – Build created.
11/13/2019 – Skills updated / second gear loadout added