The Elder Scrolls Online Nightblade Builds Guide – Assassination, Shadow and Siphoning

By   /   May 16, 2014

Nightblade can be considered as Assassins of the Elder Scrolls Online. They are heavily dependent on stealth and can act as DPS. It is always recommended that Nightblade should be used as a Melee Character, but staying at long range can also be considered.

Like I have explained before, Nightblade are best at DPS so it does not matter in which Skill Tree you invest; you will always deal pretty solid amount of damage.

The Elder Scrolls Online Nightblade Builds

You can take out multiple enemies with a Nightblade while remaining out of sight. All three Skill Trees of the Nightblade are provided below:

Assassination

This Skill Tree revolves around dealing massive damage to enemies and buffing up your character to have increased stats.

Death Stroke – Ultimate Skill
It deals damage to the enemies and decreases their healing. The dealt damage can be increased by Ultimate Pool.

  • Cast Time: Instant
  • Target: Enemy
  • Range: 5 meters
  • Cost: 50 Ultimate

Active Skills

Assassin’s Blade
It deals medium damage to large individuals and this damage is multiplied against smaller enemies

  • Cast Time: Instant
  • Target: Enemy
  • Range: 5 meters
  • Cost: 25 Magicka

Teleport Strike
You will teleport directly to enemies and damage and stun them

  • Cast Time: 0.8 seconds
  • Target: Enemy
  • Range: 22 meters
  • Cost: 53 Magicka

Blur
A 20 seconds buff which gives enemies 15% miss chance while attacking you

  • Cast Time: Instant
  • Target: Self
  • Duration: 20 seconds
  • Cost: 49 Magicka

Mark Target
Player marks a high-health target and deals additional damage to that target. Once the target is killed, player receives 37% Health

  • Cast Time: Instant
  • Target: Enemy
  • Range: 50 meters
  • Duration: 60 seconds
  • Cost: 70 Magicka

Haste
Increases the attack speed by 30% for 17 seconds

  • Cast Time: Instant
  • Target: Self
  • Duration: 17 seconds
  • Cost: 49 Magicka

Passive Abilities

Master Assassin
Increased damage and increased chances of stun while hidden

Executioner
Killing an enemy with Assassination Ability restore Magicka

Pressure Points
Increased Critical Hit chances with each Assassination Ability on hotbar

Hemorrhage
Increased Critical Hit damage for every Assassination Ability on hotbar

Shadow

Shadow is another Skill Line for Nightblade which revolves around controlling an area while dealing damage to the enemies.

Consuming Darkness – Ultimate Skill
An AOE Snare which allow players to become invisible for 12 seconds. Allies can also use Slip Away Synergy to become invisible.

Active Skills

Shadow Clock
Invisibility for 2.5 seconds

  • Cast Time: Instant
  • Duration: 2.5 seconds
  • Cost: 56 Magicka

Veiled Strike
Deals 22 damage and stuns enemies for 4 seconds during Stealth

  • Cast Time: Instant
  • Target: Enemy
  • Range: 5 meters
  • Cost: 35 Magicka

Path of Darkness
Enemies in front of player take magic damage and increases player’s movement speed by 50%

  • Cast Time: Instant
  • Target: Area
  • Radius: 4 meters
  • Duration: 10 seconds
  • Cost: 53 Magicka

Aspect of Terror
Nearby enemies are induced with Fear

  • Cast Time: Instant
  • Target: Area
  • Radius: 6 meters
  • Cost: 60 Magicka

Summon Shade
A shade is summoned which damages and de-buff enemies for less damage

  • Cast Time: Instant
  • Target: Enemy
  • Range: 28 meters
  • Duration: 17 seconds
  • Cost: 35 Magicka

Passive Abilities

Refreshing Shadows
Shadow Ability increases the Stamina regeneration

Shadow Barriers
Take less damage after recovering from Stealth or Invisibility

Fortitude
This skill increases max Health for Shadow Ability slotted

Dark Veil
Increases the duration of Shadow Abilities

Siphoning

Siphoning is the last Skill Tree for Nightblade in the Elder Scrolls Online. These skills de-buff the enemies and buff the players to put them on a huge advantage.

Soul Shred – Ultimate Skill
This deals AoE damage to enemies and stuns them for 3 seconds along with activating Leeching Strike synergy.

  • Cast Time: Instant
  • Target: Area
  • Radius: 6 meters
  • Cost: 150 Ultimate

Active Skills

Strife
This marks the enemy with a DoT which heals players during that duration

  • Cast Time: Instant
  • Target: Enemy
  • Range: 28 meters
  • Duration: 10 seconds
  • Cost: 35 Magicka

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