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Magicka Nightblade PvP Build ESO – Umbra

Magicka Nightblade PvP Build ESO – Umbra

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. 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 Magicka Nightblade DPS PvP Build, Umbra, for the Elder Scrolls Online! This build is intended for PvP of all kinds: battlegrounds, Cyrodiil and Imperial City. This build can be played in both CP and no-CP pvp without any changes to the build!

After playing my magicka nightbalde for melee for awhile, I decided to go back to a more “traditional” style, playing at a range and using Swallow Soul. The build that I came up with actually, dare I say, feels very strong and is a ton of fun! The build feels extremely well balanced: great damage, strong defense and fantastic healing!

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 Balorgh Medium Divines Prismatic Vet March of Sacrifices
Shoulders Balorgh Heavy Divines Prismatic Undaunted Chest
Gloves Robes of Transmutation Light Divines Prismatic PvP or Guild Trader
Legs Clever Alchemist Heavy Reinforced Prismatic Crafted
Chest Clever Alchemist Heavy Reinforced Prismatic Crafted
Belt Robes of Transmutation Light Impenetrable Prismatic PvP or Guild Trader
Boots Clever Alchemist Light Impenetrable Prismatic Crafted
Necklace Robes of Transmutation Jewelry Triune Spell Damage PvP or Guild Trader
Ring Robes of Transmutation Jewelry Triune Spell Damage PvP or Guild Trader
Ring Robes of Transmutation Jewelry Arcane Spell Damage PvP or Guild Trader
Weapon 1 Destructive Impact Inferno Sharpened Shock Vet Dragonstar Arena
Weapon 2 Clever Alchemist Restoration Defending Weapon & Spell Damage Crafted

Gear Explanation

  • Balorgh: This monster set adds a nice amount of additional damage to the build by giving us a big boost to our penetration and damage when we use our ultimate!
  • Clever Alchemist: This set is fantastic for offering us a big boost to our damage, on top of giving us extra health which is very valuable in today’s PvP climate!
  • Transmutation: Since we have a ton of HoTs in the build, Transmutation is the perfect defensive set for us, giving us a boatload of extra critical resistance!
  • Destructive Impact: This set makes our main CC cheaper, and cause it to give us a big damage boost when we need it most!


Health: 14
Magicka: 50


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Main Bar – Inferno Staff: Swallow Soul, Reaper’s Mark, Merciless Resolve, Dark Cloak, Destructive Clench, Soul Harvest

Back Bar – Restoration Staff: Elusive Mist, Healthy Offering, Rapid Regeneration, Shadow Image, Siphoning Attacks, Life Giver

Vampire vs. Mortal

For this build I recommend playing a vampire. Vampire gives us the ability to get more weapon/spell damage coming out of mist form, as well as Undeath for extra tankiness! You’ll be in vampire stage 3 for this build.

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.


  • Eldritch Insight – 20
  • Piercing – 20
  • Deadly Aim – 50 (Slotted)
  • Master-at-Arms – 50 (Slotted)
  • Precision – 20
  • Quick Recovery – 20
  • Elemental Aegis – 20
  • Hardy – 20
  • Duelist’s Rebuff – 50 (Slotted)
  • Ironclad – 50 (Slotted)
  • Blessed – 20
  • Tireless Discipline – 20
  • Flawless Ritual – 40
  • War Mage – 30
  • Preparation – 20


  • Boundless Vitality – 50 (Slotted)
  • Tumbling – 30
  • Mystic Tenacity – 10
  • Pain’s Refuge – 50 (Slotted)
  • Sustained by Suffering – 50 (Slotted)
  • Relentlessness- 50 (Slotted)
  • Hero’s Vigor – 20
  • Defiance – 20
  • Hasty – 16
  • Sprinter – 20
  • Tireless Guardian – 20
  • Fortification – 30
  • Nimble Protector – 6
  • Savage Defense – 30
  • Piercing Gaze – 30
  • Bashing Brutality – 20


  • 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

Ghastly Eye Bowl: Increase Magicka and Magicka Recovery


Atronach – Increased Magicka Recovery


  • Khajiit (needs Atronach mundus for sustain)
  • Breton (feel free to run an offensive mundus)
  • Imperial (feel free to run an offensive mundus)


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


Class (all), Light Armor (all), Heavy Armor (all), Medium Armor (all), Restoration (all), Destruction Staff (all), Undaunted (all), Racial (all), Vampire (all except Unnatural Movement), Alchemy (Medicinal Use), Assault (all), Support (all except the first)

Tips & Misc.

  • Maintaining Merciless Resolve, Reaper’s Mark, Shadow Image and Siphoning Attacks is important for the builds offensive and defensive capabilities, as well as sustain!
  • When you’re looking for your burst combo, your goal is to stun them with Clench, land your Soul Harvest, and then follow it up with an Assassin’s Will for big damage!
  • Summon Shade is the most important part of your build for mobility! Always be aware of where it is, and port to it when things start to get sketchy. Heal yourself back up, re-place the shade, and re-enter the fight! If you find yourself out of range of shade, or without it, feel free to lean on mist form!


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.
10/21/2019 – Grothdarr changes to Balorgh, Cost Reduction enchant changed to Spell Damage
10/25/2019 – Build overhauled after initial testing in dragonhold
2/24/2020 – No changes for Harrowstorm
8/26/2021 – build brought out of archives and fully overhauled
11/1/2021 – updated gear, food, mundus and cp
1/6/2022 – build overhauled
3/15/2022 – changed slimecraw to balorgh