EASY Magicka Nightblade Solo PVE One Bar Build

by Hack The Minotaur

The SIPHONER Build is my take on a Solo Magicka Nightblade build that is incredibly EASY to play but also powerful! This build is FAST, with strong AOE damage capabilities and great self-healing - perfect for soloing dungeons, solo Arenas or grinding experience in ESO. Even better, this build can be run as a simple One-Bar set up with an extremely easy rotation and No Bar Swapping Required! Of course you can run the build with two full skill bars for increased damage and utility and I’ll show you how to do that as well. Let’s get started!


Primary Sets


The recommended items sets for the Siphoner Magicka Nightblade focus around amplifying our damage and healing as well as building off our existing Critical Damage passives as a Nightblade. More Crit is good!

First, the Mother’s Sorrow set is an all around great damage set for all Magicka Builds in The Elder Scrolls Online due to it’s amazing Critical Chance amplifiers as well as its increased Max Magicka. This item set can be obtained fairly early on in the game, does not require any DLC content and can be used all the way up until End Game. Get this set!

Next, Bahraha’s Curse, is a great solo set due to the fact that it increases all of our maximum resources. In addition to that, the “Curse” effect deals AOE magic damage AND heals us for 100% of the damage applied! This set fits in well with the overall theme of the Siphoner Magicka Nightblade, looks amazing and of course is extremely effective for Solo play due to the passive healing.

Finally, in terms of our Monster Set on the basic build, Iceheart will be a nice option for increasing our passive defenses due to the automatic damage shield it applies. This shield procs based on doing Critical Strikes, which this build does plenty of!

Click on a Set Name below to learn more.

Mother’s Sorrow

Set bonus
(2 items) Adds 1096 Maximum Magicka
(3 items) Adds 833 Spell Critical
(4 items) Adds 833 Spell Critical
(5 items) Adds 1924 Spell Critical

Bahraha’s Curse

Set bonus
(2 items) Adds 1206 Maximum Health
(3 items) Adds 1096 Maximum Magicka
(4 items) Adds 1096 Maximum Stamina, Reduces your damage taken from environmental traps by 40%.
(5 items) When you deal damage, you have a 25% chance to create desecrated ground for 5 seconds, which reduces the Movement Speed of enemies within by 70%, damages them for 860 Magic Damage every 1 second, and heals you for 100% of the damage done.

Iceheart

Set bonus
(1 item) Adds 833 Spell Critical
(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


Bahraha’s Curse is of course a unique and fun item set to run on this build, but it doesn’t do the most damage. The damage of this build can be further increased by running sets with either more Max Magicka, more Spell Damage or some combination of both. Some of favorite options are Crafty Alfiq or a crafted set such as Law Of Julianos or New Moon Acolyte.

For the Monster Set, if you’d like to push out even more damage on this build and are less concerned about defenses then the Grothdarr set is another great alternative.

Crafty Alfiq

Set bonus
(2 items) Adds 1096 Maximum Magicka
(3 items) Adds 1096 Maximum Magicka
(4 items) Adds 1096 Maximum Magicka
(5 items) Adds 2550 Maximum Magicka

Law Of Julianos

Set bonus
(2 items) Adds 833 Spell Critical
(3 items) Adds 1096 Maximum Magicka
(4 items) Adds 833 Spell Critical
(5 items) Adds 300 Spell Damage

New Moon Acolyte

Set bonus
(2 items) Adds 833 Weapon Critical, Adds 833 Spell Critical
(3 items) Adds 129 Weapon Damage and Spell Damage
(4 items) Adds 1487 Physical Penetration, Adds 1487 Spell Penetration
(5 items) Adds 401 Weapon Damage and Spell Damage. Increases the cost of your active abilities by 5%.


Mythic Items


The best Mythic Item choice for this build is by far the Ring Of The Pale Order as this will increase our passive healing substantially without much overall reduction in damage. The Gear Set Up for incorporating The Ring Of The Pale Order is found below as well,

Ring Of The Pale Order

Set bonus
(1 item) Restore 18% of the damage you deal as Health, up to a maximum of 2750 Health per attack. You cannot be healed by anyone but yourself.


Basic Gear Set Up


Weapon/Armor Set Trait Weight Glyph
Main Hand Mother's Sorrow Lightning Staff Nirnhoned NA Spell Damage / Shock Enchant
Backup Maelstrom Lightning Staff Or Any Other Infused NA Spell Damage
Head Iceheart Divines Heavy Magicka
Shoulder Iceheart Divines Heavy Magicka
Chest Bahraha's Curse Divines Light Magicka
Waist Bahraha's Curse Divines Light Magicka
Gloves Bahraha's Curse Divines Light Magicka
Legs Bahraha's Curse Divines Light Magicka
Feet Bahraha's Curse Divines Light Magicka
Necklace Mother's Sorrow Arcane NA Spell Damage
Ring 1 Mother's Sorrow Arcane NA Spell Damage
Ring 2 Mother's Sorrow Arcane NA Spell Damage

Mythic Gear Set Up


Weapon/Armor Set Trait Weight Glyph
Main Hand Mother's Sorrow Lightning Staff Nirnhoned NA Spell Damage / Shock Enchant
Backup Maelstrom Lightning Staff Or Any Other Infused NA Spell Damage
Head Iceheart Divines Heavy Magicka
Shoulder Iceheart Divines Heavy Magicka
Chest Crafty Alfiq Divines Light Magicka
Waist Mother's Sorrow Divines Light Magicka
Gloves Crafty Alfiq Divines Light Magicka
Legs Crafty Alfiq Divines Light Magicka
Feet Crafty Alfiq Divines Light Magicka
Necklace Mother's Sorrow Arcane NA Spell Damage
Ring 1 Ring Of The Pale Order Bloodthirsty NA Spell Damage
Ring 2 Mother's Sorrow Arcane NA Spell Damage

Consumables, Race, Mundus


Race

Due to increased sustain and recovery sources available in the Markarth DLC (specifically potions with increased magicka recovery) you should now be able to sustain this build as a High Elf for the increased damage. Of course, other Races including Breton, Dark Elf, and Khajiit work perfectly fine as well.

Mundus

The Lover

Food/Drink Buff

Blue Quality Food: Max Health and Max Magicka or Tri Stat Food: Max Health, Magicka and Stamina.

Potions

Spell Power Potions or just Basic Magicka Potions


Skills - One Bar Setup


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

  1. Lotus Fan

  2. Unstable Wall of Elements

  3. Twisting Path

  4. Swallow Soul (Single Target) or Sap Essence (AOE)

  5. Merciless Resolve

  6. ULT: Soul Harvest (Single Target) or Soul Tether (AOE)


Skills - Two Bar Setup


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

  1. Inner Light

  2. Impale

  3. Sap Essence

  4. Swallow Soul

  5. Channeled Acceleration

  6. ULT: Soul Harvest

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

  1. Lotus Fan

  2. Unstable Wall of Elements

  3. Twisting Path

  4. Siphoning Attacks

  5. Merciless Resolve

  6. ULT: Soul Tether


Skills Discussion & Rotation


One Bar Rotation

Buff with Merciless Resolve and your potion. Next, cast Lotus Fan, Unstable Wall and Twisting Path, followed by 2-3 Swallow Souls.

Cast your Ultimate and the Merciless Resolve Bow Proc when ready. You can replace one Swallow Soul with a heavy attack if you begin to run low on Magicka.

Two Bar Rotation

Buff with Channeled Acceleration, then Merciless Resolve and Siphoning Attacks on the back bar. Then cast Lotus Fan, Twisting Path and Unstable Wall -> Bar Swap

On the front bar: Cast Swallow Soul 2-3 times -> Bar swap back.

Cast your Ultimate and the Merciless Resolve Bow Proc when ready. You can replace one Swallow Soul with a heavy attack if you begin to run low on Magicka. You can also replace Swallow Soul with Sap Essence for AOE intensive fights.

Combat Tips

Remember to light attack in between casting each ability as this is what will charge your Merciless Resolve stacks in order to use the Bow Proc - this also helps with sustain and healing on the Two Bar Rotation due to using Siphoning Attacks.

If you have your potion ready, try to use your Ultimate first if you are closing to getting it. This way you will get an immediate 20 Ultimate back due to the Nightblade’s Potion passive.


Champion Points 2.0


- 300 Champion Points -

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- 600 Champion Points -

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- 900 Champion Points -

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- 1200 Champion Points -

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