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Stamina Nightblade PvP Build ESO – Phantom

Stamina Nightblade PvP Build ESO – Phantom

Build Written By: Dottz Gaming – PC NA

Role: Damage Dealer

Patch: Ascending Tide

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. Tips & Misc
  4. Contact Info
  5. Update Log


Welcome to DottzGaming.com’s Stamina Nightblade Build PvP, Phantom, 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 that packs a major punch. This build works to beat through tanky opponents and deals a ton of damage coming out of stealth. For this build, I decided that my stamina nightblade would rely primarily on movement and dodge roll for defense, and am favoring a very offensive play-style for maximum damage! This build has amazing sustain, awesome damage tooltips, and enough survivability and movement to kite out opponents so that you can open up your burst window!

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
Gear Slot Set Weight Trait Enchant Acquisition
Head Stygian Medium Impenetrable Prismatic Coldharbour or Guild Trader
Shoulders Lord Warden Heavy Impenetrable Prismatic Undaunted Chest
Gloves Stygian Medium Impenetrable Prismatic Coldharbour or Guild Trader
Legs Stygian Medium Well-Fitted Prismatic Coldharbour or Guild Trader
Chest Stuhn’s Favor Heavy Reinforced Prismatic Crafted
Belt Stygian Medium Well-Fitted Prismatic Coldharbour  or Guild Trader
Boots Stygian Medium Well-Fitted Prismatic Coldharbour  or Guild Trader
Necklace Stuhn’s Favor Jewelry Robust Weapon Damage Crafted
Ring Stuhn’s Favor Jewelry Robust Stamina Recovery Crafted
Ring Markyn Ring of Majesty Jewelry Swift Stamina Recovery Antiquities
Weapon 1 Stuhn’s Favor 2h Sword Nirnhoned Disease or Poisons Crafted
Weapon 2 Perfected Caustic Arrow Bow Defending Weapon Damage Vet Dragonstar Arena

Gear Explanation

  • Lord Warden: Since we have an antiquity on the build, we end up having 1 open slot on our body gear, and Lord Warden fits it well. This gives us a boost to our resistance, giving us a bit more damage reduction to be able to survive longer!
  • Stygian: This set is an absolutely amazing damage boost to stamina nightblade. This set gives us a ton of weapon damage and some extra penetration through the 2-4 lines, but it gives us a massive damage boost coming out of stealth. This combined with Stuhn’s gives us an absolute ton of damage with our Surprise Attack out of stealth, making these two sets a potent combo.
  • Stuhn’s Favor: Penetration is one of the strongest offensive stats for PvP, and this set gives a ton of it. Stuhn’s has less uptime than something like Spriggan’s, but gives more damage, and nightblades who lean heavily into damage can just rip people apart. If you dont like this set or cant craft it, just use Spriggan’s in its place (jewelry should be infused instead of Robust).
  • Caustic Arrow: The Master’s Bow unlocks a ton of damage for any build that can afford to back bar this set. Between this set and the glyph we have on the bow, we add 781 (unbuffed) weapon damage to the target we are attacking, allowing us to burst them down that much quicker.
  • Markyn Ring of Majesty: This set is a new mythic that came with Deadlands and it gives an extremely good spread of offensive and defensive stats, giving us 200 weapon damage and 2314 armor. For just 1 piece of gear, that is a ton of value!


Health: 11
Stamina: 53


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

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

NOTE: If you feel that your magicka sustain is fine, feel free to swap Merciless Resolve in for Relentless Focus for a bit higher damage on your bow! I like to be able to cloak alot, so I still prefer Relentless at the moment.

Vampire vs. Werewolf vs. Mortal

For this build I recommend playing as a stage 3 vampire. Vampirism not only gives us extra damage as we come out of stealth, but it gives us access to undeath, making us significantly tankier!

Champion Points

The list below showcases the order in which champion points should be acquired, the number of points you need to place into that perk and whether or not it needs to be slotted in the CP bar. The Warfare CP perks increase your damage and mitigation and are the most important, the Fitness tree has some miscellaneous sustain and defensive perks and the Craft tree has crafting and non-combat bonuses. The Craft CP points are entirely customizable to however you want, or you can follow the list below.


  • Tireless Discipline – 20
  • Piercing – 20
  • Deadly Aim – 50 (Slotted)
  • Quick Recovery – 20
  • Elemental Aegis – 20
  • Hardy – 20
  • Duelist’s Rebuff – 50 (Slotted) [If you want more damage, swap this to Master-At-Arms]
  • Resilience – 50 (Slotted)
  • Ironclad – 50 (Slotted)
  • Precision – 20
  • Blessed – 20
  • Eldritch Insight – 20
  • Battle Mastery – 40
  • Mighty – 30
  • Preparation – 20


  • Boundless Vitality – 50 (Slotted)
  • Rejuvenation – 50 (Slotted) [you can also run Sustained by Suffering]
  • Tumbling – 30
  • Mystic Tenacity – 10
  • Relentlessness – 50 (Slotted)
  • Hero’s Vigor – 20
  • Defiance – 20
  • Hasty – 16
  • Celerity – 50 (Slotted)
  • Sprinter – 20
  • Tireless Guardian – 20
  • Fortification – 30
  • Nimble Protector – 6
  • Savage Defense – 30
  • Bashing Brutality – 20
  • Piercing Gaze – 30


  • Steed’s Blessing – 50 (Slotted)
  • Breakfall – 50
  • Wanderer – 15
  • Steadfast Enchantment – 50
  • Rationer – 30 (Slotted)
  • Liquid Efficiency – 75 (Slotted)
  • Treasure Hunter – 50 (Slotted)
  • Fortune’s Favor – 50
  • Gilded Fingers – 50
  • Soul Reservoir – 33

Other Important Info

Buff Food

Bewitched Sugar Skulls: Maximum Health, Magicka and Stamina


Serpent – Increased Stamina Recovery


  1. Khajiit
  2. Imperial
  3. Wood Elf


  • Potions: Tri-Stat (Bugloss, Columbine and Mountain Flower)
  • Poisons: Your choice on poisons, but I personally prefer Hindrance Poisons to help me more easily stick to targest.


Class (all), Medium Armor (all), Heavy Armor (all), 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), Fighter’s Guild (all)

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 offensive bonus it offers, while also allowing you to weave Assassin’s Scourge into your rotation.
  • Maintain Rally and Leeching Strikes to maximize your defensive and sustaining 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 not a brawler. 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.
  • Make sure you’re attacking from a flank to get the extra benefits from Surprise attack and Camo Hunter!


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

Update Log

11/20/2019 – Build created
2/24/2020 – No changes for Harrowstorm
5/27/2020 – Monster set, skills, CP and race recommendations changed.
6/2/2020 – changed mSet
6/11/2020 – changed spriggans to stuhns
8/25/2020 – no changes for stonethorn
11/2/2020 – no changes for markarth
3/9/2021 – updated CP for flames of ambition
6/2/2021- changed front bar weapon type and updated CP
8/23/2021 – updated CP
11/1/2021 – gear and mundus updated
11/19/2021 – build updated after testing
1/6/2022 – changed jewelry traits
3/14/2022- changed enchants, skills and monster piece