ESO Nightblade One Bar PvP Tank Build

This guide gives gear, skills, champion points, and consumables for an ESO Nightblade One Bar PvP Tank Build!

This build has been updated for the Update 40 patch of the Elder Scrolls Online.

Why Should You Play the ESO Nightblade One Bar PvP Tank Build?

The ESO Nightblade One Bar PvP Tank Build is a fast, mobile tank which is hard to pin down on the battle field. Though magicka dependent, this Nightblade tank has great ultimate generation to counterbalance its limited group utility.

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Below is a general PvP Guide that can help anyone understand and developer their PvP knowledge and skill. This video is applicable for every build and should be viewed if you want general ESO PvP knowledge that applies to all aspects, Battlegrounds, Cyrodiil and Imperial City.

Good heals over timeSuper magicka dependent
In class mobilityLimited utility
Great ult generation


Bar: Sword and Shield

Two options in tanking:

  • Sword and Shield Consumes stamina and has a great ultimate
  • Frost Staff, can consume magicka to block, same mitigation or take out tri-focus for stamina blocking.  The benefit of Frost Staff is, you don’t cut your sword and shield trait in half AND you have range.  For these builds, if you don’t run sword and shield ability/ultimate use frost.

Phantasmal Escape (Morph of Blur | Skill Line : Assassination) – A super useful skill that breaks all snares and mmobilizations and also granting you immunity from both for another 4 seconds. Also reduces AoE damange by 20%.

Defensive Stance (Morph of Defensive Posture | Skill Line : One Hand and Shield) – Increases block mitigation and blocking cost. Consider this your flex spot on the bar guard is a good skill when playing in a group.

Revealing Flare (Skill Line : Support) – Slotting this gives you major protection and if you have the passives in Alliance War, increased magicka recovery.

Mass Hysteria (Morph of Aspect of Terror | Skill Line : Shadow) – AoE stun that cannot be blocked.

Healthy Offering (Morph of Malevolent Offering | Skill Line : Siphoning) – Burst heal for survivability.

Swarming Scion (Morph of Blood Scion | Skill Line : Vampire) – Incredible survivability and damage for a brief time. Slot Soul Tether if you don’t want to use Vampire.

Gear 1

Optimal with Mythics

HeadmediumMagma IncarnateSturdyPrismatic
ShoulderslightDesert RoseSturdyHealth
ChestheavyMara’s BalmReinforcedPrismatic
LegsheavyMara’s BalmSturdyPrismatic
GlovesheavyMara’s BalmSturdyHealth
BootsheavyMara’s BalmSturdyHealth
BeltheavyMara’s BalmSturdyHealth
Weapon OneSwordDesert RoseDecisiveAbsorb Health
SecondaryShieldDesert RoseSturdyHealth
NecklaceDesert RoseInfusedReduced Block Cost
Ring 1Oakensoul ringInfusedReduced Block Cost
Ring 2Desert RoseInfusedReduced Block Cost

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Magma Incarnate: helmet obtained in Veteran dungeon The Dread Cellar, Waking Flame DLC, shoulders bought from Urgarlag Chief-bane the Pledge Master

  • Why? 1 piece gives stamina and magical recovery helps with sustain.


Desert Rose: obtained in Cyrodiil Cropsford Elite Gear Vendor.

  • Why? allows near infinite magicka sustain.

Mara’s Balm: obtained through PvP rewards of the Worthy bags or sold on guild traders.

  • Why? provides healing and a cleanse and the best all around defensive set.


Oakensoul: obtained through ESO Mythics/antiquities system. You need 5 objects(leads) to be able to create the Mythic item. Location of the 5 leads (click for details)

  • Why? The best one bar item for a DPS


Best Choice


Best overall magicka resource sustain race.

Secondary Choice


Blend of survival and resource sustain.






Mundus Stone

Atronach – Increases Magicka recovery by 310

Champion Points


Bewitched Sugar Skulls

Type: Foods

OVERALL BEST: Increase Max Health by 4620, Max Stamina and Max Magicka by 4250, and Health Recovery by 462 for 2 hours. Ingredients to make Scrib Jelly (2), Flour (5), Columbine (2), Bervez Juice (2), Honey (5)

Orzorga’s Smoked Bear Haunch

Type: Foods

BEST FOR SUSTAIN: Increase Max Health by 4312, Health Recovery by 406 and Stamina and Magicka Recovery by 369 for 2 hours. Ingredients: Frost Mirriam (1), Perfect Roe (1), Red Meat (1), Tomato (1), White Cap (1)

Jewels of Misrule

Type: Foods

CHEAP SUSTAIN OPTION: Increase Stamina and Magicka Recovery by 357 and Max Health by 3927 for 2 hours. These effects are scaled based on your level. Ingredients: Bervez Juice (1), Lotus (1), Mint (1), Rose (1), Columbine (1)


Type: Potions

Restore 7329 Health, 6618 Magicka, and 6618 Stamina immediately. Grants Major Fortitude, Major Intellect, and Major Endurance which increase your Health Recovery, Magicka Recovery, and Stamina Recovery by 20% for 31.7 seconds. (effects are scaled based on your level) Ingredients: Bugloss, Columbine, Mountain Flower


  • Class Passives
  • Weapon Passives
    • Sword and Shield
  • Armor Passives
    • Light
    • Medium
    • Heavy
  • Guild Passives
    • Fighters Guild
    • Undaunted
    • Mages Guild
    • Psijic Order
  • Alliance Passives
    • Assault
    • Support
  • World Passives
    • Soul Magic

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