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! 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. A great options for this is New Moon Acolyte which can be crafted or bought on guild traders! We will also be utilizing the unique Toothrow set to easily boost our Critical Chance for both Spell and Weapon Damage attacks without wasting potions or precious bar space.

For the Monster Set, Domihaus gives us even more magicka and stamina to work with, PLUS extra Weapon and Spell Damage, making it one of the best options in the game currently for Hybrid builds.

Click on a Set Name below to learn more.

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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%.

Toothrow

Set bonus
(2 items) Adds 1096 Maximum Stamina
(3 items) Adds 657 Critical Chance
(4 items) Adds 657 Critical Chance
(5 items) Adds 171 Weapon Damage and Spell Damage, Gain Major Savagery and Prophecy at all times, increasing your Weapon Critical and Spell Critical rating by 2629.

Domihaus

Set bonus
(1 item) Adds 1096 Maximum Stamina, Adds 1096 Maximum Magicka
(2 items) When you deal damage, you create a 10 meter ring of molten earth around you for 10 seconds, which deals 100 Flame Damage and 100 Physical Damage every 1 second. Standing within the ring grants you 300 Weapon Damage and Spell Damage. This effect can occur once every 15 seconds and the damage scales off the higher of your Weapon or Spell Damage.

Alternative Sets

For alternatives, sets like Shacklebreaker or Clever Alchemist will be great options for getting started with this build. For stronger automated defenses, the Iceheart Set can also be used in place of Domihaus.

Shacklebreaker

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

Clever Alchemist

Set bonus
(2 items) Adds 1206 Maximum Health
(3 items) Adds 1206 Maximum Health
(4 items) Adds 129 Weapon Damage and 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.

Iceheart

(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.

Mythic Items

Finally, this build can be further improved with the use of Mythic Items such as The Ring Of The Pale Order, though Mythics are not 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.

Basic Gear Set Up

Weapon/Armor Set Trait Weight Glyph
Main Hand New Moon Acolyte Daggers (2) Nirnhoned/Precise NA Damage Health Poison
Backup Any Inferno Staff Infused NA Weapon/Spell Damage
Head Domihaus Divines Heavy Tri-Stat
Shoulder Domihaus Divines Medium Stamina
Chest Toothrow Divines Medium Tri-Stat
Waist New Moon Acolyte Divines Light Stamina
Gloves New Moon Acolyte Divines Light Stamina
Legs Toothrow Divines Medium Tri-Stat
Feet New Moon Acolyte Divines Light Stamina
Necklace Toothrow Bloodthirsty NA Stamina Reduced Cost
Ring 1 Toothrow Infused NA Weapon Damage
Ring 2 Toothrow Infused NA Spell Damage

Mythic Gear Set Up

Weapon/Armor Set Trait Weight Glyph
Main Hand New Moon Acolyte Daggers (2) Nirnhoned/Precise NA Damage Health Poison
Backup Any Inferno Staff Infused NA Weapon/Spell Damage
Head Domihaus Divines Heavy Tri-Stat
Shoulder Toothrow Divines Medium Stamina
Chest Toothrow Divines Medium Tri-Stat
Waist New Moon Acolyte Divines Light Stamina
Gloves New Moon Acolyte Divines Light Stamina
Legs Toothrow Divines Medium Tri-Stat
Feet New Moon Acolyte Divines Light Stamina
Necklace Toothrow Bloodthirsty NA Stamina Reduced Cost
Ring 1 Toothrow Infused NA Weapon Damage
Ring 2 Ring Of The Pale Order Infused NA Spell Damage

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. For more details on all ESO Races and passive bonuses be sure to check out our Full ESO Race Guide.

Mundus

The Thief

Food/Drink Buff

Bewitched Sugar Skulls

Potions

Basic Stamina and Magicka Potions or Tri-Stat Potions

Attributes

  • 34 Magicka

  • 0 Health

  • 30 Stamina

Skills

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

  1. Sap Essence

  2. Relentless Focus

  3. Debilitate or Steel Tornado

  4. Surprise Attack

  5. Barbed Trap

  6. ULT: Incapacitating Strike




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

  1. Razor Caltrops

  2. Elemental Blockade

  3. Twisting Path

  4. Dark Cloak

  5. Leeching Strikes

  6. ULT: Elemental Rage

Skills Discussion & Rotation

Buffs/Debuffs

Keep up Leeching Strikes and Relentless Focus.

Rotation

Start with Backbar DOTs: Razor Caltrops, Twisting Path, Elemental Blockade -> Bar Swap

Sap Essence, Debilitate, Barbed Trap, then 3x Surprise Attack -> Bar Swap back

Notes

Remember to light attack between every ability & use Relentless Focus bow proc when ready.




Passive Skills

Class Passives




Weapon Passives




Armor Passives




Guild Passives




Racial




Other

Companions

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 buff options a healer focused Companion can offer, so if you are going to use a Companion I would suggest a full healer build for them. I recommend Mirri Elendis 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 Light Armor - Quickened Traits

  • Restoration Staff

Recommended Skills

  1. Blood Transfusion

  2. Crimson Font

  3. Rejuvenation

  4. Mystic Fortress

  5. Reverse Entropy

  6. ULT. Impeccable Shot

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.

- 300 Champion Points -

GREEN

BLUE

RED



- 600 Champion Points -



GREEN

BLUE

RED



- 900 Champion Points -



GREEN

BLUE

RED



- 1200 Champion Points -



GREEN

BLUE

RED

 

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