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Stamina Nightblade PvE Build ESO – Y’ffre’s Blade

Stamina Nightblade PvE Build ESO – Y’ffre’s Blade

Build Written By: Katara – PC NA

Role: Damage Dealer

Patch: Markarth

Table of Contents

  1. Introduction
  2. Setup
    1. Gear
    2. Attributes
    3. Skills
    4. Champion Points
    5. Other Important Info (Food, Mundus, Race, Potions, Passives)
  3. Resource Management & Rotation
  4. Tips & Misc
  5. Contact Info
  6. Update Log


Welcome to Dottzgaming.com’s Stamina Nightblade Build PvE, Y’ffre’s Blade, for the Elder Scrolls Online! This build is intended for Trials, Dungeons and general PvE content.

Once you have taken a look at the leveling guide on this website and have finally hit CP 160, you should be looking into acquiring gear for an ‘end-game’ setup. Currently the highest parsing stamina class, stamina nightblade is fantastic in single target and AOE damage and has great sustain with the Leeching Strikes skill, capable of pulling off an entirely light attack rotation to keep gameplay fun and active. It can be a bit of a hurdle at first but with practice, personal adjustments, and hard work, stamina nightblade is incredibly powerful and rewarding in PvE once mastered.



Getting Started – Beginner Gear

Stamina Nightblade PvE Build – Beginner
Gear Slot Set Weight Trait Enchant Acquisition
Head Selene Medium Divines Stamina Vet Selene’s Web
Shoulders Selene Medium Divines Stamina Undaunted Chest (Maj Al-Ragath)
Gloves Hunding's Rage Medium Divines Stamina Crafted
Legs Spriggan's Thorns Medium Divines Stamina Bangkorai or Guild Trader
Chest Hunding's Rage Heavy Divines Stamina Crafted
Belt Hunding's Rage Medium Divines Stamina Crafted
Boots Spriggan's Thorns Medium Divines Stamina Bangkorai or Guild Trader
Necklace Spriggan's Thorns Jewelry Robust Weapon Damage Bangkorai or Guild Trader
Ring Spriggan's Thorns Jewelry Robust Weapon Damage Bangkorai or Guild Trader
Ring Spriggan's Thorns Jewelry Robust Weapon Damage Bangkorai or Guild Trader
Weapon 1 Hunding's Rage Axe Nirnhoned Poison Crafted
Off-Hand 1 Hunding's Rage Dagger Sharpened Absorb Stamina Crafted
Weapon 2 Hunding's Rage Bow Infused Weapon & Spell Damage Crafted

NOTE: Do not mistake ‘beginner’ as such however. This is meant to be the initial/easiest to acquire setup that any stamina user can get in order to farm their end game setup. You have just hit Champion Point 160 and need gear to be able to complete Normal and Veteran content to get the better stuff – this configuration is the best way to do so while also not getting sets that are useless in the long run. Spriggan’s is a good set in both PvE and PvP content and Hunding’s Rage is the most outstanding crafted stamina setup that you cannot go wrong with. It does require 6 traits to craft but if you were researching traits while leveling this can be done by yourself OR you can contact a crafter on any platform from our Discord to help you out!

Advanced Setup – Final Gear

Stamina Nightblade PvE Build – Final
Gear Slot Set Weight Trait Enchant Acquisition
Head Maarselok Heavy Divines Stamina Vet Lair of Maarselok
Shoulders Maarselok Medium Divines Stamina Undaunted Chest (Urgarlag Chief-bane)
Gloves Perfect Arms of Relequen Medium Divines Stamina Veteran Cloudrest
Legs Perfect Arms of Relequen Medium Divines Stamina Veteran Cloudrest
Chest Perfect Arms of Relequen Medium Divines Stamina Veteran Cloudrest
Belt Perfect Arms of Relequen Medium Divines Stamina Veteran Cloudrest
Boots Perfect Arms of Relequen Medium Divines Stamina Veteran Cloudrest
Necklace Berserking Warrior Jewelry Bloodthirsty Weapon Damage Hel Ra Citadel
Ring Berserking Warrior Jewelry Bloodthirsty Weapon Damage Hel Ra Citadel
Ring Berserking Warrior Jewelry Infused Weapon Damage Hel Ra Citadel
Weapon 1 Berserking Warrior Axe Nirnhoned Poison Hel Ra Citadel
Off-Hand 1 Berserking Warrior Dagger Sharpened Absorb Stamina Hel Ra Citadel
Weapon 2 Perfected Thunderous Volley Bow Infused Weapon & Spell Damage Vet Maelstrom Arena

Gear Notes

Arms of Relequen has been the strongest stamina set since it came out with Summerset and continues to be the best constant 5 piece for single target application. As a stamina Nightblade, your strong suit is single target thus making this set perfect for those thick trial boss parses. This set drops in non-perfected quality in all levels of Normal Cloudrest. You must do Veteran Cloudrest at +1 and above for body pieces of the Perfected version which adds a line of stamina.

Maarselok is a 2 piece monster set that gives a strong damage proc when you bash weave, as well as a line of stamina. If you want to use a monster set that doesnt require bashweaving, Selene’s would be your best option.

Berserking Warrior is a set from the Hel Ra Citadel trial. Easy to farm on normal, you need to get two weapons and jewelry pieces. This gives us a huge boost to our critical strike, allowing us to take full advantage of our mundus stone and all the crit modifiers we get from a raid group, allowing us to get frequent and hard hitting critical strikes!

The vMA bow is a healthy chunk of stamina dps alongside Relequen so this is quite important.


All in stamina! You should be sitting around 16-17k health without an Ebon buff in the group so if you need to adjust your attributes or add health enchants to gear, you should do so.


Barbed Trap Killer's Blade Relentless Focus Rending Slashes Surprise Attack Incapacitating Strike
Leeching Strikes Resolving Vigor Dark Shade Consuming Trap Endless Hail Flawless Dawnbreaker

Main bar – Dual Wield: Barbed Trap, Killer’s Blade, Relentless Focus, Rending Slashes, Surprise Attack, Incapacitating Strike

Back bar – Bow: Leeching Strikes, Resolving Vigor, Dark Shade, Consuming Trap, Endless Hail, Flawless Dawnbreaker

Notes: If you know you are going to be in a precarious situation in a certain trial or dungeon, replace Vigor on the back bar with Mirage from the Assassination Skill Line for the Major Evasion buff. This has become very useful in place of Deadly Cloak as it can be slotted on the back bar instead so that Trap may remain on the front bar. You can also replace Rending for Steel Tornado for trash fights.

Champion Points



  • Master at Arms: 61
  • Thaumaturge: 37
  • Precise Strikes: 56
  • Piercing: 60
  • Mighty: 56


  • Warlord: 37
  • Bashing Focus: 29
  • Mooncalf: 75
  • Tenacity: 49
  • Tumbling: 40
  • Shadow Ward: 40


  • Ironclad: 61
  • Spell shield: 22
  • Thick Skinned: 56
  • Hardy: 64
  • Elemental Defender: 56
  • Quick Recovery: 11

(Note: Red CP needs to be changed when doing trials, especially in Veteran difficulty! There are charts online that show where to place points so make sure to do so before doing this kind of content.)



  • Thaumaturge – 11
  • Master-at-Arms – 23
  • Precise Strikes – 28
  • Piercing – 11
  • Mighty – 27


  • Mooncalf – 49
  • Tenacity – 49
  • Warlord – 2


  • Thick Skinned – 20
  • Hardy – 26
  • Elemental Defender – 26
  • Ironclad – 28

Other Important Info

Buff Food

  • Artaeum Takeaway Broth (Increase Max Health, Health Recovery, Max Stamina & Stamina Recovery) is the gold food for stamina, added with Summerset. The recipe can only be fished from the waters in Artaeum and is bound. You can buy the food from Guild Traders. This is the recommended food for the build.
  • Dubious Cameron Throne (Increase Max Health, Stamina and Stamina Recovery) is a cheaper alternative of Artaeum Takeaway Broth if you cant afford it.
  • Braised Rabbit with Spring Vegetables (Increase Health and Stamina) is a cheap alternative food if you feel you dont need the sustain from Artaeum Takeaway Broth.


Shadow – Increases Critical Damage


  • Wood Elf (my favourite, performing really well this patch in terms of sustain)
  • Orc (currently the best stamina race for damage but really bad sustain so not recommended if you cannot sustain)
  • Redguard & Khajiit still perform decently


  • Essence of Weapon Power (Weapon Critical, Weapon Damage, and Stamina Restoration)
    • Blessed Thistle, Dragonthorn & Wormwood
  • Random Essence of Stamina pots will also work if you need a cheaper alternative


Racial (all), Assassination (All), Shadow (All), Siphoning (All), Dual Wield (All), Bow (All), Medium Armor (All), Heavy Armor (All that dont require 5 pieces worn), Alchemy – Medicinal Use, Undaunted (All), Fighter’s Guild (All)

Resource Management & Rotation

Our Resource management comes primarily from the skill Leeching Strikes and light attack weaving as well as heavy attacks when necessary. As mentioned already, figure out what sort of recovery and weapon damage glyphs on your jewelry best suits you.

Begin by activating your buffs: Leeching Strikes and Relentless Focus. Leeching Strikes is the main sustain here so be sure to reapply it as soon as you see the 2nd funnel animation overhead and your Stamina has been restored. While Relentless Focus doesn’t need to be reapplied after using the Assassin’s Will proc, the buffs from the skill itself will fall off so remember to refresh regardless.

After your buffs are up, put down a Barbed Trap, Dark Shade, light attack, Endless Hail, light attack, Soul Trap and bar swap to use Rending Slashes, light attack, and start the Surprise Attack spam. Light attack weave in between Surprise Attacks until Endless Hail falls off at which point switch back to your bow bar and reapply everything on that bar (Dark Shade will be reapplied every other rotation). Rinse and repeat.

It’s a fairly easy rotation, you just need to be very mindful of your buffs. Remember to use your pots as well, especially if you’re using the Weapon Power ones as they give you a neat damage boost. Use the Assassin’s Will proc from Relentless Focus whenever it’s up and start counting your light attacks to work towards being able to pop two spectral bows within the time of the skill being active.

The great thing about Incapacitating Strike is it’s very cheap and hits hard. With the Catalyst passive, this Ultimate is up at the very least once per rotation so use it. Flawless Dawnbreaker is slotted on the back bar for more weapon damage from the Fighter’s Guild passive, however, feel free to use it as well!

Tips & Misc.

A thank you to the poor Argonian fellow in the guild house :3


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

Update Log

9/14/2017 – Build created.
11/20/2017 – Build Updated for CWC (CP updated)
12/23/2017 – Build updated with new gear selection and ability choices
2/22/2018 – Build updated with new CP, final gear list changed from Spriggan’s to War Machine
3/2/2018 – 1 piece heavy added to beginner/final gear sets and CP tuned
6/8/2018 – Gear and CP updated for Summerset Isles
8/21/2018 – Mech Acuity changed to Berserking Warrior, and CP updated for Wolfhunter
11/20/2018 – CP and weapon traits updated for Murkmire
3/24/2019 – Weapons changed to 2 daggers, traits changed, skills changed, new races added, gold food added, mundus changed, CP updated
6/4/2019 – AY changed to ToL
8/25/2019 – Endless Hail changed to arrow barrage, caltrops changed to soul trap
11/2/2019 – no changes for dragonhold
3/9/2020 – no changes for harrowstorm
6/10/2020 – 1 dagger changed to an axe, skills and rotation changed, buff food changed
9/4/2020 – lokkestiiz changed to berserking warrior, writeup cleaned up
11/6/2020 – minor skill updates, changed monster sets

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