CATALYST

Solo Nightblade HYBRID PVE Build

by Hack The Minotaur

The CATALYST Nightblade build is a unique hybrid class build for The Elder Scrolls Online that combines the Nightblade’s Shadow and Blood Magic class abilities with powerful Dual Wield and Destruction Staff skills along with Heavy Armor! This build has great offensive and defensive capabilities and is extremely strong in Solo encounters in The Elder Scrolls Online. This guide includes two versions of the build, one with room for a Mythic Item, and one without.


Primary Sets


As a hybrid build for The Elder Scrolls Online we need to invest into both Weapon and Spell damage, as well as other important stats such as Penetration and Critical Chance. Two great options for this are New Moon Acolyte and Clever Alchemist which fully buffed will give us well over 1500 extra Spell and Weapon Damage at the same time! We will also be utilizing Potion Cooldown Reduction glyphs on all Jewelry to get the best uptime possible on Clever Alchemist.

For the Monster Set, Balorgh will be a great option as this, again, buffs both Weapon and Spell damage at the same time, both from the 1 piece bonus as well as the Proc which adds even more stats when we use an Ultimate ability.

Click on a Set Name below to learn more.

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%.

Clever Alchemist

Set bonus
(2 items) Adds 1206 Maximum Health
(3 items) Adds 1206 Maximum Health
(4 items) Adds 129 Weapon Damage, Adds 129 Spell Damage
(5 items) When you drink a potion during combat you feel a rush of energy, increasing your Weapon Damage and Spell Damage by 675 for 20 seconds.

Balorgh

Set bonus
(1 item) Adds 129 Weapon Damage and Spell Damage
(2 items) When you use an Ultimate ability, you gain Weapon Damage and Spell Damage equal to the amount of total Ultimate consumed, and Physical and Spell Penetration equal to 23 times the amount for 12 seconds.


Alternative Sets


For alternatives, sets like Shacklebreaker or Mechanical Aquity will be decent options for getting started with this build. For stronger automated defenses, the Iceheart Set can also be used in place of Balorgh.

Shacklebreaker

(2 items) Adds 129 Stamina Recovery
(3 items) Adds 129 Magicka Recovery
(4 items) Adds 129 Weapon Damage and Spell Damage
(5 items) Adds 2065 Maximum Stamina, Adds 2065 Maximum Magicka


Mechanical Acuity

(2 items) Adds 1096 Maximum Stamina
(3 items) Adds 1096 Maximum Magicka
(4 items) Adds 129 Weapon Damage and Spell Damage
(5 items) When you deal direct damage, you gain unerring mechanical vision for 5 seconds, granting you 100% Critical Strike chance. This effect can occur once every 18 seconds.


Iceheart

(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.


Mythic Items


Finally, this build can be further improved with the use of Mythic Items including Malacath’s Band of Brutality or The Ring Of The Pale Order, though neither Mythic is required.

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.

Malacath’s Band Of Brutality

Set bonus

(1 item) Increases your damage done by 25%. You cannot deal critical damage.


Basic Gear Set Up


Weapon/Armor Set Trait Weight Glyph
Main Hand New Moon Acolyte Swords (2) Nirnhoned/Precise NA Damage Health Poison
Backup Any Inferno Staff Infused NA Weapon/Spell Damage
Head Balorgh Divines Heavy Stamina
Shoulder Balorgh Divines Heavy Stamina
Chest New Moon Acolyte Divines Heavy Stamina
Waist Clever Alchemist Divines Light Magicka
Gloves Clever Alchemist Divines Medium Magicka
Legs New Moon Acolyte Divines Heavy Stamina
Feet New Moon Acolyte Divines Heavy Magicka
Necklace Clever Alchemist Infused NA Potion Reduced Cool Down
Ring 1 Clever Alchemist Infused NA Potion Reduced Cool Down
Ring 2 Clever Alchemist Infused NA Potion Reduced Cool Down

Mythic Gear Set Up


Weapon/Armor Set Trait Weight Glyph
Main Hand New Moon Acolyte Swords (2) Nirnhoned/Precise NA Damage Health Poison
Backup Clever Alchemist Inferno Staff Infused NA Weapon/Spell Damage
Head Balorgh Divines Heavy Stamina
Shoulder Balorgh Divines Heavy Stamina
Chest New Moon Acolyte Divines Heavy Stamina
Waist Clever Alchemist Divines Light Magicka
Gloves Armor Of The Trainee Divines Medium Magicka
Legs New Moon Acolyte Divines Heavy Stamina
Feet New Moon Acolyte Divines Heavy Magicka
Necklace Clever Alchemist Infused NA Potion Reduced Cool Down
Ring 1 Clever Alchemist Infused NA Potion Reduced Cool Down
Ring 2 Ring Of The Pale Order Infused NA Potion Reduced Cool Down

Consumables, Race, Mundus


Race

The best race for any Hybrid build in The Elder Scrolls Online is going to be Dark Elf, due to their passive weapon AND spell damage as well as magicka and stamina bonuses. However, High Elf, Orc, Khajiit and Argonian all have hybrid focused passives as well.

Mundus

The Thief

Food/Drink Buff

Bewitched Sugar Skulls

Potions

Basic Stamina and Magicka Potions or Tri-Stat Potions


Attributes


32 Magicka

0 Health

32 Stamina


Skills


Main Weapon: DUAL WIELD - Click on a Skill Name to learn more

  1. Killer’s Blade

  2. Blood Craze

  3. Sap Essence

  4. Surprise Attack

  5. Deadly Cloak / Lotus Fan

  6. ULT: Temporal Guard / Soul Harvest

Backup Weapon: Inferno Staff - Click on a Skill Name to learn more

  1. Elemental Blockade

  2. Elemental Drain

  3. Dark Shade

  4. Leeching Strikes

  5. Merciless Resolve

  6. ULT: Soul Tether


Skills Discussion & Rotation


Buffs/Debuffs

Keep up Leeching Strikes and Merciless Resolve on yourself, while also keeping up Dark Shade and Elemental Drain on the boss.

Rotation

Start with Backbar DOTs: Endless Hail and Debilitate -> Bar Swap,

Blood Craze, Sap Essence, Deadly Cloak, Surprise Attack x 3 - Bar Swap Back.

Notes

Remember to light attack between every ability. Substitute Killer’s Blade in place of Surprise Attack when an enemy is within execute range.


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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