ESO PVP Builds

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Magicka Nightblade

Updated for Waking Flame

 

Build 1: Ganking

This build works both in Melee and Ranged combat, and with or without its ultimate. Incap will of course give the most damage, but using Arterial Burst or Swallow Soul into Impale from range will take down most targets in Cyrodiil as well.

As for rotation, there are multiple depending on whether you attack from range or not and whether you use Incap. Check out the gameplay video below, and slow it down to 0.25x in case it’s still not clear.

 

Character

  • Race: High Elf, Khajiit
  • Attributes: 64 Magicka, 0 Health, 0 Stamina
 

Buffs

  • Mundus: The Lover
  • Vampire Stage 3
 

Consumables

  • Food: Ghastly Eye Bowl
  • Potions: Spell Power
 
 
Gear Slot Set Type Trait Enchantment
Head
Divines
Magicka
Shoulders
Divines
Magicka
Chest
Divines
Magicka
Hands
Divines
Magicka
Waist
Divines
Magicka
Legs
Divines
Magicka
Feet
Divines
Magicka
Necklace
Infused
Spell Damage
Ring
Infused
Spell Damage
Ring
Infused
Spell Damage
Weapon 1
Restoration Staff
Decisive
Berserker
Weapon 2
Inferno Staff
Sharpened
Shock
 
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The CP stars for this build are listed from most important (1) to least important (2,3,…). This is in case you don’t have enough CP to get all stars yet.

 
Warfare

Active Stars

  1.  Master-at-Arms
  2.  Deadly Aim
  3.  Backstabber
  4.  Fighting Finesse
 

Passive Stars

  1.  Eldritch Insight
  2.  Piercing
  3.  Flawless Ritual
  4.  War Mage
  5.  Hardy
  6.  Precision
  7.  Elemental Aegis
  8.  Tireless Discipline
  9.  Quick Recovery
  10.  Blessed
 
Fitness

Active Stars

  1.  Rejuvenation
  2.  Bastion
  3.  Expert Evasion
  4.  Boundless Vitality

Passive Stars

  1.  Tumbling
  2.  Defiance
  3.  Mystic Tenacity
  4.  Hero’s Vigor
  5.  Hasty
  6.  Sprinter
  7.  Tireless Guardian
  8.  Fortification
  9.  Nimble Protector
  10.  Piercing Gaze
  11.  Tempered Soul
  12.  Savage Defense
  13.  Bashing Brutality
Craft

Active Stars

  1.  Steed’s Blessing
  2.  Gifted Rider
  3.  War Mount
  4.  Rationer

Passive Stars

  1.  Out of Sight
  2.  Fleet Phantom
  3.  Breakfall
  4.  Steadfast Enchantment
  5.  Soul Reservoir
  6.  Gilded Fingers
  7.  Fortune’s Favor
  8.  Inspiration Boost
 

Build 2: Melee (classic) Bombblade

While ranged bombing is now also an option, classic melee bombing remains viable and forms an excellent choice for cleaning up stacks of enemies at keep gates, recource flags & more.

 

Character

  • Race: High Elf
  • Attributes: 64 Magicka, 0 Health, 0 Stamina

Buffs

  • Mundus: The Shadow
  • Vampire Stage 3

Consumables

  • Food: Ghastly Eye Bowl
  • Potions: Health+Magicka+Immovability/Spell Power 
 
Gear Slot Set Type Trait Enchantment
Head
Light
Divines
Magicka
Shoulders
Divines
Magicka
Chest
Divines
Magicka
Hands
Divines
Magicka
Waist
Divines
Magicka
Legs
Divines
Magicka
Feet
Divines
Magicka
Necklace
Infused
Spell Damage
Ring
Infused
Spell Damage
Ring
Infused
Spell Damage
Weapon 1
Dual Weild Maces
Nirnhoned&Sharpened
Berserker
Weapon 2
Bow
Decisive
Magicka Return
 
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Warfare

Active Stars

  1.  Biting Aura
  2.  Master-at-Arms
  3.  Backstabber
  4.  Fighting Finesse
Note: use Thaumaturge instead of the crit dmg cps when using destro ult.

Passive Stars

  1.  Eldritch Insight
  2.  Piercing
  3.  Flawless Ritual
  4.  War Mage
  5.  Hardy
  6.  Precision
  7.  Elemental Aegis
  8.  Tireless Discipline
  9.  Quick Recovery
  10.  Blessed
Fitness

Active Stars

  1.  Rejuvenation
  2.  Bastion
  3.  Expert Evasion
  4.  Boundless Vitality

Passive Stars

  1.  Tumbling
  2.  Defiance
  3.  Mystic Tenacity
  4.  Hero’s Vigor
  5.  Hasty
  6.  Sprinter
  7.  Tireless Guardian
  8.  Fortification
  9.  Nimble Protector
  10.  Piercing Gaze
  11.  Tempered Soul
  12.  Savage Defense
  13.  Bashing Brutality
Craft

Active Stars

  1.  Steed’s Blessing
  2.  Gifted Rider
  3.  War Mount
  4.  Rationer

Passive Stars

  1.  Out of Sight
  2.  Fleet Phantom
  3.  Breakfall
  4.  Steadfast Enchantment
  5.  Soul Reservoir
  6.  Gilded Fingers
  7.  Fortune’s Favor
  8.  Inspiration Boost
 
  • Check out the video’s for explanations on bomb rotations, and some examples of good places to bomb in.
  • I always carry basic health potions to charge ult while riding from keep to keep.
  • Eye of Fire is a good alternative, which will also work better for bombing moving groups and if you’re in a group yourself (though then you better also get some more max health by using a different food and enchants).
  • The bow on backbar is to have the speed buff after bombing, because I often roll out and then try to get away. Running a destro or resto on the backbar also has no real use.
 

Build 3: Ranged Bombblade

As of this patch, bombblade can also be played from range! This build keeps similar efficacy as the previous melee bomb build, but is a lot safer to play as you can find a quiet spot far away from the group you’re attacking.

 

Character

  • Race: High Elf
  • Attributes: 64 Magicka, 0 Health, 0 Stamina

Buffs

  • Mundus: The Shadow
  • Vampire Stage 3

Consumables

  • Food: Ghastly Eye Bowl
  • Potions: Health+Magicka+Immovability/Spell Power 
 
Gear Slot Set Type Trait Enchantment
Head
Light
Divines
Magicka
Shoulders
Divines
Magicka
Chest
Divines
Magicka
Hands
Divines
Magicka
Waist
Divines
Magicka
Legs
Divines
Magicka
Feet
Divines
Magicka
Necklace
Infused
Spell Damage
Ring
Infused
Spell Damage
Ring
Infused
Spell Damage
Weapon 1
Lightning Staff
Sharpened
Anything
Weapon 2
Ice Staff
Infused
Berserker
 
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Warfare

Active Stars

  1.  Biting Aura
  2.  Master-at-Arms
  3.  Backstabber
  4.  Fighting Finesse
Note: use Thaumaturge instead of the crit dmg cps when using destro ult.

Passive Stars

  1.  Eldritch Insight
  2.  Piercing
  3.  Flawless Ritual
  4.  War Mage
  5.  Hardy
  6.  Precision
  7.  Elemental Aegis
  8.  Tireless Discipline
  9.  Quick Recovery
  10.  Blessed
Fitness

Active Stars

  1.  Rejuvenation
  2.  Bastion
  3.  Expert Evasion
  4.  Boundless Vitality

Passive Stars

  1.  Tumbling
  2.  Defiance
  3.  Mystic Tenacity
  4.  Hero’s Vigor
  5.  Hasty
  6.  Sprinter
  7.  Tireless Guardian
  8.  Fortification
  9.  Nimble Protector
  10.  Piercing Gaze
  11.  Tempered Soul
  12.  Savage Defense
  13.  Bashing Brutality
Craft

Active Stars

  1.  Steed’s Blessing
  2.  Gifted Rider
  3.  War Mount
  4.  Rationer

Passive Stars

  1.  Out of Sight
  2.  Fleet Phantom
  3.  Breakfall
  4.  Steadfast Enchantment
  5.  Soul Reservoir
  6.  Gilded Fingers
  7.  Fortune’s Favor
  8.  Inspiration Boost
 
  • Ideally a lightning staff is used, however an inferno will work fine as well. The gameplay video below has clips with both options.
 

Build 4: CP & Battlegrounds (by Heresya)

Character

  • Race: Breton, Khajiit, High Elf
  • Attributes: 64 Magicka, 0 Health, 0 Stamina

Buffs

  • Mundus: The Atronach
  • Vampire Stage 3

Consumables

  • Food: Orzorga’s Smoked Bear Haunch
  • Potions: Tri-stat
  • Poisons: Escapist’s (Wormwood + Columbine + Namira’s Rot)
 
Gear Slot Set Type Trait Enchantment
Head
Heavy
Reinforced
Prismatic
Shoulders
Impenetrable
Prismatic
Chest
Heavy
Reinforced
Prismatic
Hands
Well-Fitted
Prismatic
Waist
Impenetrable
Prismatic
Legs
Heavy
Impenetrable
Prismatic
Feet
Impenetrable
Prismatic
Necklace
Triune
Spell Damage
Ring
Triune
Spell Damage
Ring
Triune
Spell Damage
Weapon 1
Mace & Axe
Nirnhoned & Sharpened
Shock & Flame
Weapon 2
Restoration Staff
Powered
Escapist’s Poison
 
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Warfare

Active Stars

  1.  Master-at-Arms
  2.  Ironclad
  3.  Backstabber
  4.  Focused Mending
 

Passive Stars

  1.  Eldritch Insight
  2.  Piercing
  3.  Flawless Ritual
  4.  War Mage
  5.  Hardy
  6.  Precision
  7.  Elemental Aegis
  8.  Tireless Discipline
  9.  Quick Recovery
  10.  Blessed
Fitness

Active Stars

  1.  Sustained by Suffering
  2.  Pain’s Refuge
  3.  Relentlessness
  4.  Survival Instincts
 

Passive Stars

  1.  Tumbling
  2.  Defiance
  3.  Mystic Tenacity
  4.  Hero’s Vigor
  5.  Hasty
  6.  Sprinter
  7.  Tireless Guardian
  8.  Fortification
  9.  Nimble Protector
  10.  Piercing Gaze
  11.  Tempered Soul
  12.  Savage Defense
  13.  Bashing Brutality
Craft

Active Stars

  1.  Steed’s Blessing
  2.  Gifted Rider
  3.  War Mount
  4.  Rationer

Passive Stars

  1.  Breakfall
  2.  Out of Sight
  3.  Fleet Phantom
  4.  Steadfast Enchantment
  5.  Soul Reservoir
  6.  Gilded Fingers
  7.  Fortune’s Favor
  8.  Inspiration Boost