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Nightblade

Build 1: Classic Rollerblade

Applicable for: CP Cyrodiil, CP Imperial City & Battlegrounds
Updated for Firesong

One of the oldest and most common ways to build a Nightblade is with a stamina-themed mobile build. However, this needs to be updated to a hybrid version in order to make the most effective setup for a rollerblade. Using Concealed Weapon, Healthy Offering and Merciless Resolve offer greater damage and healing.

Character

  • Race: Wood Elf, Khajiit, High Elf, Dark Elf
  • Attributes: 0 Magicka, 30 Health, 34 Stamina

Buffs

  • Mundus: The Shadow
  • Vampire Stage 3

Consumables

  • Food: Orzorga’s Smoked Bear Haunch
  • Potions: Tristat (Health+Magicka+Stamina)

Stats (Buffed)

Note: this gives an estimate of what kind of stats this build ends up with. Small differences can occur due to a different item quality, missing traits etc. 

Gear Slot Set Type Trait Enchantment
Head
Medium
Divines
Prismatic
Shoulders
Medium
Divines
Prismatic
Chest
Heavy
Reinforced
Prismatic
Hands
Medium
Divines
Prismatic
Waist
Light
Divines
Prismatic
Legs
Medium
Divines
Prismatic
Feet
Medium
Divines
Prismatic
Necklace
Infused
Weapon Damage
Ring
Infused
Weapon Damage
Ring
Infused
Weapon Damage
Weapon 1
Bow
Powered
Absorb Stamina
Weapon 2
Battle Axe
Sharpened
Damage Health Poison

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.  Deadly Aim
  2.  Master-at-Arms
  3.  Fighting Finesse
  4.  Focused Mending

Passive Stars

  1.  Tireless Discipline
  2.  Piercing
  3.  Battle Mastery
  4.  Mighty
  5.  Precision
  6.  Quick Recovery
  7.  Elemental Aegis
  8.  Blessed
  9.  Hardy
  10.  Eidritch Insight
Fitness

Active Stars

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

Passive Stars

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

Active Stars

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

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
  • There are no specific notes for this build.

Build 2: Brawler

Applicable for: CP Cyrodiil, CP Imperial City & Battlegrounds
Updated for Firesong

Because of the great amount of survivability nightblade has, it can be played as a brawler. Despite this focus on tankiness, this type of build is able to deal huge burst combos, often oneshotting regular opponents.

Character

  • Race: Khajiit
    • Alternatives: High Elf, Dark Elf, Breton
  • Attributes: 30 Magicka, 34 Health, 0 Stamina

Buffs

  • Mundus: The Shadow
  • Vampire Stage 3

Consumables

  • Food: Orzorga’s Smoked Bear Haunch
  • Potions: Stamina + Magicka + Minor Heroism, or regular tripots (Stamina + Magicka + Health)
  • Poisons: Escapist’s Poison

Stats (Unbuffed)

 
Gear Slot Set Type Trait Enchantment
Head
Medium
Divines
Prismatic
Shoulders
Medium
Divines
Prismatic
Chest
Heavy
Reinforced
Prismatic
Hands
Medium
Divines
Prismatic
Waist
Light
Divines
Prismatic
Legs
Medium
Divines
Prismatic
Feet
Medium
Divines
Prismatic
Necklace
Infused
Spell Damage
Ring
Infused
Spell Damage
Ring
Infused
Spell Damage
Weapon 1
Dual Wield Axes
Nirn & Sharpened
Poison & Absorb Stamina
Weapon 2
Ice Staff
Defending
Escapist’s Poison
 
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Warfare

Active Stars

  1.  Master-at-Arms
  2.  Fighting Finesse
  3.  Deadly Aim
  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
 
  • There are no specific notes for this build.

Build 3: Bowblade

Applicable for: CP Cyrodiil, CP Imperial City & Battlegrounds
Updated for Firesong

Although not the strongest of Nightblade specs, this bowblade build provides a large amount of constant pressure from range. Constant use of these DoTs and the Nightblade’s mobility toolkit allows for a fun to play ranged option.

Character

  • Race: Wood Elf
  • Attributes: 0 Magicka, 40 Health, 24 Stamina

Buffs

  • Mundus: The Serpent
  • Vampire Stage 3

Consumables

  • Food: Orzorga’s Smoked Bear Haunch
  • Potions: Stamina + Weapon Crit + Weapon Damage
  • Poisons: Double DoT Poison

Stats (unbuffed)

Note: this gives an estimate of what kind of stats this build ends up with. Small differences can occur due to a different item quality, missing traits etc.

Gear Slot Set Type Trait Enchantment
Head
Impenetrable
Prismatic
Shoulders
Impenetrable
Prismatic
Chest
Medium
Impenetrable
Prismatic
Hands
Impenetrable
Prismatic
Waist
Medium
Impenetrable
Prismatic
Legs
Impenetrable
Prismatic
Feet
Impenetrable
Prismatic
Necklace
Bloodthirsty
Weapon Damage
Ring
Infused
Weapon Damage
Ring
Infused
Weapon Damage
Weapon 1
Bow
Charged
Fire
Weapon 2
Bow
Sharpened
Double DoT Poison

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.  Deadly Aim
  2.  Master-at-Arms
  3.  Fighting Finesse
  4.  Focused Mending

Passive Stars

  1.  Tireless Discipline
  2.  Piercing
  3.  Battle Mastery
  4.  Mighty
  5.  Precision
  6.  Quick Recovery
  7.  Elemental Aegis
  8.  Blessed
  9.  Hardy
  10.  Eidritch Insight
Fitness

Active Stars

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

Passive Stars

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

Active Stars

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

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
  • Alternatives to Venomous Smite include Gryphon’s Ferocity, Gryphon’s Reprisal, Scavenging Demise and Twice-Fanged Serpent. The latter of these sets is probably the best option, but does require farming the Sanctum Ophidia Trial.
  • This build relies on consistent damage over time to pressure down enemies. These DoTs include Poison Injection, Acid Spray, Sheer Venom, Blackrose, Double DoT Poisons and more. Hence, it is important to also apply all of these DoTs rather than just spamming Poison Injection over and over.
  • Nightblade has an excellent healing toolkit, but keep in mind that mobility is the main defensive strength of this build. Good positioning and use of Shadow Image, Shadowy Disguise and Magnum Shot to keep enemies away from you is paramount. The gameplay down below showcases this further

Build 4: Bombblade

Applicable for: CP Cyrodiil, CP Imperial City

Updated for Firesong

One of the more niche ways to play this class, bombblades are the spec for cleaning up large numbers of enemy players in a moment’s notice.

Character

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

Buffs

  • Mundus: The Thief
  • Vampire Stage 3

Consumables

  • Food: Ghastly Eye Bowl
  • Potions: Immovability 
 
Gear Slot Set Type Trait Enchantment
Head
Medium
Divines
Magicka
Shoulders
Medium
Divines
Magicka
Chest
Light
Divines
Magicka
Hands
Light
Divines
Magicka
Waist
Light
Divines
Magicka
Legs
Light
Divines
Magicka
Feet
Light
Divines
Magicka
Necklace
Infused
Spell Damage
Ring
Infused
Spell Damage
Ring
Infused
Spell Damage
Weapon 1
Dual Wield Axes
Nirnhoned & Precise
Sorcery-Draining Poison
Weapon 2
Bow
Decisive
Absorb Magicka
 
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Warfare

Active Stars

  1.  Biting Aura
  2.  Master-at-Arms
  3.  Fighting Finesse
  4.  Wrathful Strikes

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.  Celerity
  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
 
  • Carry basic health potions to charge ult while riding from keep to keep.
 

Build 5: Ganking

Applicable for: CP Cyrodiil, CP Imperial City, No-CP Cyrodiil & No-CP Imperial City

Updated for Firesong

Nightblades that use Shadowy Disguise always have some capability for ganking, but this build is focused purely on that. Even though some would say ganking specs are weaker now with Oakensoul and Caluurion being nerfed, this build shows that it’s still strong nonetheless. One could argue there’s actually a buff, since Concealed Weapon now gives 10% more damage. The combo and additional gameplay tips are mentioned in Important Notes, and the gameplay montage below shows a good example of how this build is played.

Character

  • Race: High Elf
    • Alternatives: Khajiit, Dark Elf
  • Attributes: 44 Magicka, 20 Health, 0 Stamina

Buffs

  • Mundus: The Shadow
  • Vampire Stage 4
 

Consumables

  • Food: Ghastly Eye Bowl
  • Potions: Spell Power
 

Stats (unbuffed)

 
Gear Slot Set Type Trait Enchantment
Head
Medium
Divines
Magicka
Shoulders
Medium
Divines
Magicka
Chest
Medium
Divines
Magicka
Hands
Medium
Divines
Magicka
Waist
Medium
Divines
Magicka
Legs
Medium
Divines
Magicka
Feet
Medium
Divines
Magicka
Necklace
Infused
Spell Damage
Ring
Infused
Spell Damage
Ring
Infused
Spell Damage
Weapon 1
Dual Wield Axes
Nirnhoned & Sharpened
Shock & Absorb Stamina
Weapon 2
Bow
Decisive
Absorb Magicka
 

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.  Celerity
  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
 
  • The combo is simply Heavy Attack > Incapacitating Strike > Light Attack > Arterial Burst. On squishier targets the Incapacitating Strike can be replaced by a first Arterial Burst.
  • Be sure to keep Channeled Acceleration up. Keep your health beween 45-50%, as this is what the sets rely on and what makes Arterial Burst crit. You can do this by using Vampire Stage 4 (no health regen) and Shimmering Frenzy.
  • Titanborn and True-Sworn Fury function in the No-CP campaigns. Balorgh however, does not, so be sure to replace that by for instance 1pc Valkyn Skoria and 1pc Balorgh. 
  • Going full Magicka attribute points is best for damage, but I like the extra survivability I get from a few points in health at a minor sacrifice in damage. Should I ever get caught by a detection potion for example, this and Healthy Offering helps a lot to survive.