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Solo Magicka Nightblade PvE Build ESO – Crimson Death

Solo Magicka Nightblade PvE Build ESO – Crimson Death

Build Written By: Dottz Gaming – PC NA

Role: Damage Dealer

Patch: Markarth

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


Welcome to DottzGaming.com’s Solo Magicka Nightblade Build PvE, Crimson Death, for the Elder Scrolls Online! This build is intended for playing solo PvE content, such as questing, public dungeons, Maelstrom Arena, etc.! This build is focused around the brand new vampire skill line that came with Greymoor, utilizing some of the great new skills and passives that were added to the skill line with this chapter! The build is focused around blood bending, using your own life force and the life force of your enemies to deal damage and heal yourself! My goal with this vampire MagBlade build was to create a magicka nightblade build that could play solo effectively, but had strong thematic ties, so you will feel like a true vampire in ESO with this themed solo PvE build!



Magicka Nightblade Solo PvE Build
Gear Slot Set Weight Trait Enchant Acquisition
Head Iceheart Heavy Divines Magicka Vet Direfrost Keep
Shoulders Iceheart 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 Mother's Sorrow Light Divines Magicka Deshaan or Guild Trader
Boots Mother's Sorrow Light Divines Magicka Deshaan or Guild Trader
Necklace Vampire Lord Jewelry Arcane Spell Damage Bangkorai or Guild Trader
Ring Vampire Lord Jewelry Arcane Spell Damage Bangkorai or Guild Trader
Ring Vampire Lord Jewelry Arcane Spell Damage Bangkorai or Guild Trader
Weapon 1 Vampire Lord Inferno Staff Precise Absorb Magicka Bangkorai or Guild Trader
Weapon 2 Vampire Lord Inferno Staff Infused Berserker Bangkorai or Guild Trader

Gear Set Explanation

Iceheart: This set is one of the strongest sets for solo PvE due to offering both offensive and defensive bonuses. We get a strong damage shield every time we deal critical damage (which adds a ton of survivability) and a solid frost damage AoE while that shield holds. Even after some of Iceheart’s nerfs, it still remains one of the best monster sets for solo PvE!

Vampire Lord: Being a Vampire post-greymoor comes with some pretty hefty costs, and using this set helps mitigate those negative effects, allowing us to run our vampire all the way up at stage 4 to take full advantage of all the juicy new passives this skill line now has!

Mother’s Sorrow: This set works perfectly for magicka nightblade, allowing us to to gain a ton of additional damage via critical strikes, allowing us to take full advantage of the Hemorrhage passive. Combined with the Precise trait on our front bar and Major Prophecy from our potion, this allows us to have an insanely high crit rate, allowing us to take full advantage of the Shadow mundus as well!


All points into magicka.


Blood for Blood Impale Merciless Resolve Reaper's Mark Swallow Soul Soul Harvest
Sap Essence Elemental Blockade Dark Shade Siphoning Attacks Blood Mist Swarming Scion

Front Bar – Destruction Staff: Blood for Blood, Impale, Merciless Resolve, Reaper’s Mark, Swallow Soul, Soul Harvest

Back Bar – Destruction Staff: Sap Essence, Elemental Blockade, Dark Shade, Siphoning Attacks, Blood Mist, Swarming Scion

Vampire vs. Werewolf vs. Mortal

For this build we are playing as a Vampire, as the build’s theme is based around it. We are able to play at stage 4 as well due to the use of the Vampire Lord set.

Champion Points


  • Thaumaturge – 37
  • Master-at-Arms – 72
  • Elemental Expert – 64
  • Spell Erosion – 36
  • Elfborn – 61


  • Warlord – 37
  • Sprinter – 21
  • Arcanist – 75
  • Tenacity – 56
  • Tumbling – 37
  • Shadow Ward – 44


  • Quick Recovery – 23
  • Hardy – 49
  • Elemental Defender – 49
  • Thick Skinned – 48
  • Spell Shield – 20
  • Ironclad – 81


  • Elfborn – 23
  • Elemental Expert – 27
  • Spell Erosion – 8
  • Thaumaturge – 11
  • Master-at-Arms – 31


  • Arcanist – 49
  • Tenacity – 49
  • Warlord – 2


  • Ironclad – 23
  • Hardy – 23
  • Elemental Defender -23
  • Thick Skinned – 23
  • Quick Recovery – 8

Other Important Info

Buff Food

Mistral Banana-Bunny Hash – Maximum Health and Magicka


The Shadow – Increased Critical Damage


Breton – Definitely the best race for this build, as it helps mitigate some of the negative effects that vampire brings, offering us a nice amount of tankiness, damage via magicka, bust most importantly, an absolute boatload of sustain.


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

NOTE: If your budget is tight, you can just use regular restore magicka potions!


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), Vampire (All), Undaunted (all), Racial (all), Fighter’s Guild (Banish the Wicked), Alchemy (Medicinal Use)

Resource Management & Rotation

  • Open a fight with Sap Essence, and then maintain Elemental Blockade, Dark Shade, Siphoning Attack & Merciless Resolve at all times. In addition, maintain Reaper’s Mark on your primary target (so that when it dies you get the heal and major berserk). These things will maximize the build’s offensive/defensive potential.
  • When you have all of your buffs up and DoTs on your enemy, you’re going to want to use a light attack and then Swallow Soul to get the skill’s HoT on yourself, and then swap over to light attack weaving with Blood for Blood. When your target is below 25% health, Impale becomes your spammable. In an AoE situation with a lot of enemies, use Sap Essence as your spammable, but be careful as this can be a bit magicka intensive.  When your Merciless Resolve hits 5 stacks and turns into Assassin’s Will, use it as that is your big burst skill and it gives a nice heal!
  • If you take or know you are going to take a big chunk of damage, use Blood Mist to further mitigate any damage you take, and heal yourself up from the AoE damage you’ll be dealing to your enemies!
  • You can use either ultimate that you want on this build! Soul Harvest is going to be good for short bursts of damage combined with Assassin’s Will, while Swarming Scion will turn you into an absolute juggernaut, making you tanky and giving you amazing AoE pressure via Bat Swarm.


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

Update Log

5/22/2020 – Build created.
5/27/2020 – no changes from PTS to live build.
8/24/2020 – no changes for stonethorn
11/2/2020 – no changes for markarth