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Magicka Nightblade PvP Build ESO – Shadow Walker

Magicka Nightblade PvP Build ESO – Shadow Walker

Build Written By: Nyassa – PC NA – YouTube

Role: Damage Dealer

Patch: Stonethorn

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. Resource Management and Rotation
  5. Tips & Misc
  6. Contact Info
  7. Update Log



Welcome to DottzGaming.com’s Magicka Nightblade Build PvP, The Shadow Walker, for the game; Elder Scrolls Online! This build is intended for all CP PvP, though I do recommend altering some aspects of the build if you intend to do a lot of dueling. Before we get into the gear I want to say MAKE SURE YOU HAVE AROUND 4 PIECES AS IMPEN IF NOT MORE, THE REST SHOULD BE WELL FITTED. This build will not be making use of the malacath ring or the new vampire abilities so if you’ve been looking for a build without that then this is your build!



Magicka Nightblade PvP Build – Final
Gear Slot Set Weight Trait Enchant Acquisition
Head Balorgh Heavy Impenetrable Prismatic Vet March of Sacrifices
Shoulders Balorgh Medium Impenetrable Magicka Undaunted Chest
Gloves Bright-Throat's Boast Light Impenetrable Magicka Murkmire or Guild Trader
Legs War Maiden Light Impenetrable Magicka Vvardenfell or Guild Trader
Chest War Maiden Light Impenetrable Prismatic Vvardenfell or Guild Trader
Belt Bright-Throat's Boast Light Impenetrable/Well-Fitted Magicka Murkmire or Guild Trader
Boots War Maiden Light Impenetrable/Well-Fitted Magicka Vvardenfell or Guild Trader
Necklace Bright-Throat's Boast Jewelry Infused Prismatic Recovery Murkmire or Guild Trader
Ring Bright-Throat's Boast Jewelry Arcane Spell Damage Murkmire or Guild Trader
Ring Bright-Throat's Boast Jewelry Arcane Spell Damage Murkmire or Guild Trader
Weapon 1 War Maiden Inferno Sharpened Absorb Magicka Vvardenfell or Guild Trader
Weapon 2 Perfect Mender's Ward Restoration Defending Weapon & Spell Damage Vet Blackrose Prison

Gear Explanations

  • Balorgh: Probably one of the better damage sets this patch. If you end up using one of the Mythic items, use 1 piece of a set that grants 1k max magicka and 1k stamina as the 1 piece set bonus such as Swarm Mother. To retain the 5 light 1 heavy and 1 medium armor set up you will likely need to replace war maiden with another crafted damage set such as Julianos.
  • Bright-Throat’s BoastThis set mixes sustain and damage very well for magicka nightblade.
  • War MaidenThis is the primary damage set of the build. This set only needs to be front barred, which means we can use a 2x arena weapon on our back bar!
  • Blackrose Resto: You basically have to use this if you want to have any meaningful healing.

NOTE: Should you wish to use the malacath ring I suggest making a max magicka build using Necropotence and Bright Throat as your 5 piece sets, and using Dampen Magicka rather than Healing Ward.


Health: 6
Magicka: 58


Merciless Resolve Swallow Soul Shadow Image Elemental Drain Mass Hysteria Soul Harvest
Shadowy Disguise Race Against Time Healing Ward Rapid Regeneration Siphoning Attacks Soul Tether

Main Bar – Fire Staff:  Merciless Resolve, Swallow Soul, Shadow Image, Elemental Drain, Mass Hysteria, Soul Harvest

Back Bar – Restoration Staff:  Shadowy Disguise, Race Against Time, Healing Ward, Rapid Regeneration, Siphoning Attacks, Soul Tether

Vampire vs. Werewolf vs. Mortal

Even after vampires got changed I still recommend not using it simply because the downsides are just a little too much. If you want to try and be a vampire go for it.

Champion Points



  • Elfborn – 66
  • Spell Erosion – 29
  • Elemental Expert – 66
  • Master-at-Arms – 66
  • Thaumaturge – 34
  • Staff Expert – 9


  • Warlord – 53
  • Arcanist – 75
  • Tumbling – 53
  • Mooncalf – 45
  • Sprinter – 9
  • Befoul – 11
  • Shadow Ward – 23
  • Siphoner – 1 (Takes up a purge)


  • Ironclad –  72
  • Resistant – 15
  • Thick Skinned – 72
  • Hardy – 43
  • Elemental Defender – 37
  • Bastion – 31

Other Important Info

Buff Food

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


Apprentice – Increased Spell Damage


  1. Dunmer: Great Damage and max stats. Might still need some source of stam or magicka regen but overall you should be ok if you play your cards right. 
  2. Breton: This is basically the best magicka race to use due to it’s amazing sustain. However I would not use war maiden if you are a breton and would instead use New Moon Acolyte.
  3. High Elf: You get the spell damage buff of Dunmer with more max magicka and stam sustain whenever you use a class ability. You can probably use a normal magicka sustain Glyph rather than the prismatic one I suggested before should you choose to be a high elf.


Essence of Spell Critical (Major Prophecy, Health and Magicka)
Bugloss, Water Hyacinth, Lady’s Smock


Class (all), Light Armor (all), Medium Armor (all except the ones that require you to wear 5 pieces), Heavy Armor (all except the ones that require you to wear 5 pieces), Destruction Staff (all), Restoration Staff (all), Fighters Guild (Banish the Wicked), Psijic Order (Clairvoyance & Concentrated Barrier), Undaunted (all), Racial (all), Alchemy (Medicinal Use), Assault (all), Support (all except the first)

Resource Management & Rotation

The following is basically a checklist of what you want to do when you play this build. It is important to note that in PvP we have no true rotation, that is even more true as a nightblade.

  • Maintain Merciless Resolve on yourself at all times.
  • Re-apply Siphoning Attacks every time the effect ends. We should keep this up even while we are out of combat and just cloaking around
  • Always try and combo stuns with Merciless or Soul Harvest
  • In a fight it is important to keep Swallow Soul up as it heals you passively. It is not affected by the 60% healing reduction applied by battle spirit though the heal on Merciless resolve is.
  • When using Shade keep it active as often as you can. This will help us escape tricky situations over all. You can also cast it more often if you want as it refreshed our resistance buff and porting back to it is a free cost. Shade also applies minor maim to our target which helps us stay alive longer as we will take less damage.
  • Absolutely always Elemental Drain an opponent. The Magicka steal on this ability is what lets me play as a Dunmer or Altmer rather than going to Breton. And unfortunately using Ele Drain is actually more effective than using a DoT such as Debilitate/Cripple. 

The Defile on Soul Harvest will help ensure that even after our enemy has a harder time healing up and fully recovering.

Tips & Misc.

  • We have no “defensive spammable” so it’s very important to use merciless even when we are pressured and at low health. The counter pressure might make your opponent lay off a bit to take care of their own wounds but the healing you get from a close range merciless is also fairly meaningful. It’s good to cast Healing Ward right before using merciless so that the heal is affected by the Major Vitality. Also try to use a healing ward before rapid regen so you can gain the healing benefit from major vitality.
  • In the CP section you will see we have a fair amount of points into tumbling. Typically you want to avoid rolling too much on magic builds but due to the fact we are getting up rather close and person, dodge roll is beneficial to use to escape and even animation cancel skills when you want them to go off, but need to move.
  • In nearly all engagements it helps to stay mobile, even if that means changing where you do LoS.
  • Drink potions on cooldown as it gives you ult via a nightblade passive and damage.
  • With the Merciless heal requiring a 7 meter range and using Mass Hysteria as our stun you’ll find yourself needing to get close. The best way to play this is to bob in and out with Race Against Time and Shade. 
  • You can use Dark Cloak if you want but I find that most of the time after I shade away if I don’t have a cloak to hide, people will just keep chasing me. Should you choose to use Dark Cloak I recommend looking into the Swift set


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

Update Log

10/25/2019 – Build created
2/29/2020 – skills updated
5/29/2020 – skills, CP and gear updated
9/4/2020 – Intro updated, fear morph changed