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Umbra – Magicka Nightblade PvP Build

Umbra – Magicka Nightblade PvP Build

Build Written By: Dottz Gaming – PC NA

Role: Damage Dealer

Patch: Scalebreaker

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 Melee Magicka Nightblade DPS PvP Build, Umbra, 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 glass cannon melee magicka nightblade build with high damage and high movement capabilities. Melee magblade was the first character I ever made when I came to ESO, so I wanted to go back to my roots and make a really fun melee magblade build, and we did just that (shoutout to Nyassa for helping me put this together)! While it isnt as good/easy as it’s traditional destro counterpart, it can still be incredibly potent when played right and is an absolute blast! If you like high damage, high movement, but a steep learning curve, then you’ll love the Umbra build!

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. 



Magicka Nightblade PvP Build
Gear Slot Set Weight Trait Enchant Acquisition
Head Grothdarr Light Impenetrable Magicka Vet Vaults of Madness
Shoulders Grothdarr Light Impenetrable Magicka Undaunted Chest
Gloves Shacklebreaker Light Impenetrable Magicka Crafted
Legs Shacklebreaker Medium Impenetrable Magicka Crafted
Chest Shacklebreaker Heavy Impenetrable Magicka Crafted
Belt Bright-Throat's Boast Light Impenetrable Magicka Murkmire or Guild Trader
Boots Bright-Throat's Boast Light Impenetrable Magicka Murkmire or Guild Trader
Necklace Bright-Throat's Boast Jewelry Arcane Spell Damage/Reduce Spell Cost 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 Shacklebreaker 1h Sword Nirnhoned Flame Crafted
Offhand 1 Shacklebreaker 1h Sword Sharpened Frost Crafted
Weapon 2 Shacklebreaker Restoration Staff Infused Berserker Crafted

Gear Explanation

  • Dual Wield and Restoration Staff: This weapon setup is a really fun one on magicka nightblade, and is a throwback to the old school style! While it isn’t as good as a staff, Dual Wield still does bring a flat damage buff to the build via the Twin Blade and Blunt passive, and brings superior fashion per second. Restoration Staff is our back bar choice to allow us to heal ourselves back up while kiting.
  • Shacklebreaker: A staple set I use in my builds, this gives us access to a great stat pool for our magicka/stamina, magicka recovery and spell damage. Just a great all-around set.
  • Grothdarr: This set gives us a line of magicka to play into our maximum magicka stack, as well as a really strong 2 piece proc that will deal great damage in melee range.
  • Bright-Throat’s Boast: This is magicka Bone Pirate, giving us a TON of additional magicka and magicka sustain while we use a buff drink. This set is incredibly good because not only does it enable a ton of sustain, but the boost to our magicka also gives us a lot more damage, making it very well rounded for a build like this!


All points into Magicka.


Lotus Fan Concealed Weapon Merciless Resolve Shadowy Disguise Mass Hysteria Soul Tether
Debilitate Shadow Image Rapid Regeneration Phantasmal Escape Siphoning Attacks Life Giver

Main Bar – Dual Wield: Lotus Fan, Concealed Weapon, Merciless Resolve, Shadowy Disguise, Mass Hysteria, Soul Tether

Back Bar – Restoration Staff: Debilitate, Shadow Image, Rapid Regeneration, Phantasmal Escape, Siphoning Attacks, Life Giver

NOTE: Life Giver will cast the morphed version of the skills listed in its tooltip, so you’re going to want to also have Combat Prayer and Healing Ward morphed in your Restoration skll line!

Vampire vs. Werewolf vs. Mortal

For this build I recommend playing as a mortal. Werewolf and Vampire dont really offer this build enough to warrant using them in my opinion.

Champion Points



  • Elfborn – 56
  • Spell Erosion – 47
  • Elemental Expert – 64
  • Master-at-Arms – 66
  • Thaumaturge – 37


  • Warlord – 66
  • Tenacity – 43
  • Arcanist – 75
  • Tumbling – 66
  • Shadow Ward – 20


  • Ironclad – 61
  • Resistant – 56
  • Thick Skinned – 56
  • Hardy – 43
  • Elemental Defender – 43
  • Quick Recovery – 11

Other Important Info

Buff Food

Witchmother’s Potent Brew: Maximum Health, Magicka Recovery and Magicka


Apprentice – Increased Spell Damage


Imperial: I used Imperial originally because the guy I created this build on was my tank and I didn’t want to buy a race change, but honestly Imperial is a very good option. The health and stamina are very welcomed on a build like this, and we can forego prismatic glyphs to go for straight magicka.  Plus, the cost reduction applies to all skills, and we get proc’d sustain on our resource pools and health. Overall, a solid choice.

Dark Elf: Probably the best race choice for this build – gives us the much needed stamina this build wants and a ton of additional damage. If you go dark elf, be sure to run prismatic glyphs on your head, chest and legs to give yourself a respectable health pool.


Spell Power Potions (Spell Crit, Spell Damage, Magicka Restoration)
Cornflower, Ladys Smock, Water Hyacinth


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), Restoration Staff (all), Dual Wield (Twin Blade and Blunt, Dual Wield Expert), Undaunted (all), Racial (all), Alchemy (Medicinal Use), Assault (all), Support (all except the first)

Tips & Misc.

  • This build is squishy. Your survivability comes from your movement, so proper shade placement is paramount to success. Also, maintaining your Phantasmal Escape will help you take less damage.
  • Maintain Siphoning Attacks and Debilitate to make sure you have maximum sustain.
  • Use your potion before engaging since it is where we are getting our Major Sorcery.
  • Be sure to gap close with Lotus Fan to get your minor vulnerability up.
  • Once you get to 5 light attacks on your merciless resolve, you want to fear, Soul Tether, into your Assassin’s Will. This combo deals a ton of damage and will be your primary offensive strategy.


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

Update Log

8/14/2019 – Build created.

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