Magicka Nightblade Solo & Group PVE Build

by Hack The Minotaur

The BLOOD MAGE Build is a STRONG Magicka Nightblade set up for both Solo and Group play in The Elder Scrolls Online. Insane Damage potential plus Easy self-healing, sustain and survivability make for a great combination with this build!

Primary Sets

War Maiden is our main damage set on this build and it’s a perfect set for Magicka Nightblade, as most of our main skills do Magic Damage. War Maiden is also fairly easy to obtain or can even be purchased from Guild Traders.

We can combine this with Innate Axiom for even more damage and healing. This set is perfect for Nightblades because most of the damaging and healing skills we use are also class abilities.

Finally, Iceheart is just a nice defensive option for this build if you want to be able to solo world bosses and dungeons. The automatic damage shield and bonus Spell Critical Chance is fantastic!

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War Maiden

Set bonus
(2 items) Adds 657 Critical Chance
(3 items) Adds 1096 Maximum Magicka
(4 items) Adds 129 Weapon and Spell Damage
(5 items) Adds 600 Weapon and Spell Damage to your Magic Damage abilities.

Innate Axiom

Set bonus
(2 items) Adds 129 Weapon and Spell Damage
(3 items) Adds 1096 Maximum Magicka, Adds 1096 Maximum Stamina
(4 items) Adds 657 Critical Chance
(5 items) Adds 400 Weapon and Spell Damage to your Class abilities.


Set bonus
(1 item) Adds 657 Critical Chance
(2 items) When you deal Critical Damage, you have a 20% chance to gain a damage shield that absorbs 5000 damage for 6 seconds. While the damage shield holds, you deal 500 Frost Damage to all enemies within 5 meters of you every 1 second. This effect can occur once every 6 seconds.

Alternate Sets

War Maiden can be substituted for other damage sets such as New Moon Acolyte or Law Of Julianos. You may also consider a more offensive Monster Set such as Zaan if you plan on joining groups as a DPS from time to time.

New Moon Acolyte

Set bonus

(2 items) Adds 657 Critical Chance
(3 items) Adds 129 Weapon and Spell Damage
(4 items) Adds 1487 Offensive Penetration
(5 items) Adds 401 Weapon and Spell Damage. Increases the cost of your active abilities by 5%.

Law Of Julianos

Set bonus

(2 items) Adds 657 Critical Chance
(3 items) Adds 1096 Maximum Magicka
(4 items) Adds 657 Critical Chance
(5 items) Adds 300 Weapon and Spell Damage


Set bonus

(1 item) Adds 657 Critical Chance
(2 items) When you damage a nearby enemy with a Light or Heavy Attack, you have a 33% chance to create a beam of fire that will connect you to your enemy. The beam deals 2010 Flame Damage every 1 second to your enemy for 6 seconds. Every second, this damage increases by 100%. The beam is broken if the enemy moves 8 meters away from you. This effect can occur every 18 seconds.

Gear Set Up

Weapon/Armor Set Trait Weight Glyph
Main Hand Innate Axiom Inferno Staff Precise NA Absorb Magicka
Backup Any Inferno Staff Infused NA Spell Damage
Head Iceheart Divines Heavy Health
Shoulder Iceheart Divines Medium Stamina
Chest War Maiden Divines Light Magicka
Waist War Maiden Divines Light Magicka
Gloves War Maiden Divines Light Magicka
Legs War Maiden Divines Light Magicka
Feet War Maiden Divines Light Magicka
Necklace Innate Axiom Bloodthirsty NA Spell Damage
Ring 1 Innate Axiom Bloodthirsty NA Spell Damage
Ring 2 Innate Axiom Bloodthirsty NA Magicka Recovery

Consumables, Race, Mundus


My favorite Race for this build is Breton, which provides extra cost reduction for all of our magic abilities. High Elf, Dark Elf and Khajiit are also nice options, especially for group DPS. For more details on all ESO Races and passive bonuses be sure to check out our Full ESO Race Guide.


The Shadow

Food/Drink Buff

Mistral Banana-Bunny Hash


Spell Power Potions


Main Weapon: INFERNO STAFF - Click on a Skill Name to learn more

  1. Inner Light

  2. Impale

  3. Sap Essence or Dampen Magic

  4. Swallow Soul

  5. Merciless Resolve

  6. ULT: Soul Harvest or Temporal Guard

Backup Weapon: INFERNO STAFF - Click on a Skill Name to learn more

  1. Elemental Blockade

  2. Twisting Path

  3. Dark Shade

  4. Siphoning Attacks

  5. Elemental Drain

  6. ULT: Soul Tether or Elemental Rage

Skills Discussion & Rotation


Use your potion, then buff with Merciless Resolve and Siphoning Attacks. Apply Elemental Drain to the boss if Solo.


Start on the Backbar with Dark Shade -> Twisting Path -> Elemental Blockade -> Bar Swap

Assassin’s Will (Merciless Proc) -> Swallow Soul x 2


You MUST light attack between each ability, both to charge your Merciless Resolve and gain the healing from Siphoning Attacks.

If Solo, you can replace the last Swallow Soul with Dampen Magic to keep up your shield.

When Soul Harvest is ready use it when swapping to the front bar, before you proc the Assassin’s Will bow from Merciless Resolve.

Passive Skills

Class Passives

Weapon Passives

Armor Passives

Guild Passives




If you like playing Solo, this build can benefit greatly from using Companions! This Solo build will benefit the most from the additional healing and defensive options a tank focused Companion can offer, so if you are going to use a Companion I would suggest a full tank build for them. I recommend Bastian Hallix for Companion on this build with the set up below. More information on Companions Builds and Skills can be found in our detailed Companion Guides section.

Recommended Gear

  • All Heavy Armor - Mixed Vigorous and Quickened Traits

  • One Handed Weapon and Shield

Recommended Skills

1. Provoke

2. Drake’s Blood

3. Kindle

4. On Guard

5. Ritual Of Salvation

6 ULT. Unleashed Rage

Additional Skills

The skills below may also be helpful in other situations such as trash pulls.

Full Companion Build

Champion Points 2.0

Below you will find the recommended Active and Passive Champion Point Stars for this build, broken down into 300, 600, 900, and 1200 CP ranges.

For more information on Champion Points click on a Star name below or browse our detailed Champion Points Guides.

Constellation Descriptions:

  • GREEN: The Green Craft Constellation is focused on crafting and utility-centered upgrades.

  • BLUE: The Blue Warfare Constellation focuses primarily on increasing player damage, healing and defenses.

  • RED: The Red Fitness Constellation is focused on character survival and sustain.

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