Hybrid Nightblade Sword And Shield Build

by Hack The Minotaur

The BLOOD KNIGHT is a POWERFUL Solo Build for the Nightblade class that uses the One Hand And Shield skill line in combination with the Nightblade’s Shadow and Blood Magic skills for a truly amazing combo.

Primary Sets

Knight-Errant’s Mail is our main damage set and healing set on this build, providing a powerful buff to our main damage skill, Power Slam, as well as a nice supplemental heal any time we do damage with it.

New Moon Acolyte is another extremely powerful damage set for all builds, adding even more Critical Chance, Offensive Penetration and Weapon Damage. The 5% cost increase is also very sustainable.

The Magma Incarnate Monster Set is an amazing option for all builds in ESO as this provides lots of recovery, Weapon and Spell Damage as well as Armor.

Of course the Thunderous Volley set is another great option to add greater DPS while utilizing the Volley skill on the back up skill bar.

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Knight-Errant’s Mail

Set bonus
(2 items) Adds 1206 Maximum Health
(3 items) Adds 1096 Maximum Stamina
(4 items) Adds 129 Weapon and Spell Damage
(5 items) Adds 450 Weapon and Spell Damage to your One Hand and Shield abilities. When you use a One Hand and Shield ability, you heal for 1537 Health.

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%.

Magma Incarnate

Set bonus
(1 item) Adds 129 Magicka Recovery, Adds 129 Stamina Recovery
(2 items) When you heal yourself or a group member with a single target heal ability, grant the lowest Health group member within 28 meters Minor Courage and Minor Resolve, increasing their Weapon and Spell Damage by 215 and Armor by 2974 for 10 seconds. Daedric Energy will then bounce to a nearby group member within 8 meters, up to 3 times, applying Minor Courage and Minor Resolve for 10 seconds. This effect can occur once every 15 seconds.

Thunderous Volley

Set bonus

(2 items) Increases the damage Volley deals by 430 each tick. This bonus increases by 143 every time Volley ticks, up to a maximum of 8 times.

Alternative Sets

Both of the main 5 piece sets on this build can be replaced with other damage-oriented sets like Briarheart or Rattlecage.

Briarheart

Set bonus
(2 items) Adds 657 Critical Chance
(3 items) Adds 1096 Maximum Stamina
(4 items) Adds 657 Critical Chance
(5 items) When you deal Critical Damage, you increase your Weapon and Spell Damage by 450 for 10 seconds. While this effect is active your Critical Strikes heal you for 100 Health. This effect can occur once every 15 seconds and the heal scales off the higher of your Maximum Magicka or Stamina.

Rattlecage

Set bonus
(2 items) Adds 1206 Maximum Health
(3 items) Adds 129 Weapon Damage and Spell Damage
(4 items) Adds 129 Weapon Damage and Spell Damage
(5 items) Adds 171 Weapon Damage and Spell Damage, Gain Major Brutality and Sorcery at all times, increasing your Weapon Damage and Spell Damage by 20%.

Gear Set Up

Weapon/Armor Set Trait Weight Glyph
Main Hand New Moon Acolyte Sword And Shield Precise / Divines NA Damage Poisons / Stamina
Backup The Maelstrom Bow Infused NA Weapon Damage
Head Magma Incarnate Divines Heavy Health
Shoulder Magma Incarnate Divines Medium Stamina
Chest Knight-Errant's Mail Divines Heavy Stamina
Waist New Moon Acolyte Divines Light Stamina
Gloves New Moon Acolyte Divines Light Stamina
Legs Knight-Errant's Mail Divines Heavy Stamina
Feet New Moon Acolyte Divines Medium Stamina
Necklace Knight-Errant's Mail Bloodthirsty NA Weapon Damage
Ring 1 Knight-Errant's Mail Bloodthirsty NA Weapon Damage
Ring 2 Knight-Errant's Mail Infused NA Weapon Damage

Consumables, Race, Mundus

Race

For the best balance of damage and health I recommend the Orc race for this build. The best defensive option will be Nord and for pure offense Khajiit.

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

Artaeum Takeaway Broth

Potions

Weapon Power Potions

Skills

Main Weapon: ONE HAND AND SHIELD - Click on a Skill Name to learn more

  1. Killer’s Blade

  2. Ambush

  3. Relentless Focus

  4. Power Slam

  5. Swallow Soul

  6. ULT: Incapacitating Strike




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

  1. Piercing Mark or Razor Caltrops

  2. Endless Hail

  3. Refreshing Path

  4. Dark Cloak

  5. Leeching Strikes

  6. ULT: Soul Tether

Skills Discussion & Rotation

Rotation

Buff with Relentless Focus and your potion then Debuff any boss with Piercing Mark and cast Leeching Strikes Then cast:

Endless Hail -> Refreshing Path -> Bar Swap

Ambush -> Swallow Soul -> Power Slam x4 -> Bar Swap




Notes

You MUST light attack between each ability in order to charge up the Bow Proc from Relentless Focus. Make sure to cast Incapacitating Strike first before any offensive abilities on your front bar if it is ready.

When the enemy enters Execute Range (less than 25% Health) switch to spamming Killer’s Blade instead of Power Slam.

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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