ESO PVP Builds

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Stamina Nightblade

Updated for Firesong

Nightblade is currently one of the strongest classes in the game, providing everything you could need: high burst damage, excellent healing and good mobility. It can be played in both mobile and brawler-type setups. This page features more mobility-focused setups, while the Magicka Nightblade page features a brawler-focused build instead.

The most prominent stamblade setup is with 2H & Bow (see bottom of the page), which offers some of the highest burst damage in the game. However, the class can also perform well at range, for example with the double bow setup below.

Build 1: Double Bow

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 2: “Classic” Melee

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