ESO One Bar Nightblade Build

This guide explains how to use the best Elder Scrolls Online (ESO) One Bar PvE Magicka Nightblade build, skills, gear, champion points, and more!

ESO One Bar PvE Magicka Nightblade Build

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

Why Should You Play ESO One Bar Nightblade Build?

The ESO One Bar Nightblade Build for PvE is a Heavy Attack build for Nighblade that relies on fully charged heavy attacks with some damage over time and healing mixed in. Even though we are using “magicka” skills, we still use medium armor and sustain via fully charged heavy attacks, and with the hybrid changes, there’s a blending of “stam/magicka” and that’s what you have with this optimal one-bar build.

In ESO, the One Bar Nightblade Build is perfect for everyone, and literally. Great for beginners, veterans, and players of any age and experience. It’s easy to understand and doesn’t require bar swapping – the game element that simplifies the gameplay without hurting the potential damage per second.

ESO One Bar Nightblade Build Playstyle

It requires you to do fully charge heavy attacks in between abilities. You need to cast the wall of elements at the beginning of the fight and then refresh it to apply the off-balance buff on cooldown for the best and highest DPS.  This build must work. However, you’ll get used to the playstyle quickly, and applying the wall of elements will become second nature. You can also use the addon “DebuffMe” on PC to track your off-balance buff status.

One Bar PvE Magicka Nightblade Features and Mechanics

Below are some of the features found using the One Bar PvE Magicka Nightblade in the Elder Scrolls Online:

  • Class – Nightblade
  • Weapon One – Lightning Staff
  • Armor Types: 1 Heavy, 5 Medium, 1 Light
  • Mythic: Oakensoul
  • Race: Dunmer
  • Attributes: 64 Magicka
  • Mundus Stone: Thief

Skill 1: High Survival

One Bar Lightning Staff – Solo | High Survivability Setup

Front Bar Weapon = We’ve tested them all and Lighting Staff does the most damage out of all the weapons REGARDLESS of class/passives.

  • Lightning Staff

This build rewards you for fully charging heavy attacks and building up stacks of Sergeants Mail. At 4 stacks, you’ll do HUGE heavy attack damage.  BUT you need to be constantly casting fully charged heavy attacks rather than many DoT.  Thus the best builds are ones with longer lasting DoTs and simplisit damage over time or pets

Blockade of Storms (Morph of Wall of Elements | Skill Line : Destruction Staff) – Blockade acts as a massive damage ground base AoE and the tool we used to proc off balance. Off-balance is key to high DPS with the build due to Champion Point Exploiter along with huge area damage. You can “spam” or repeatedly cast the skill for an instant explosion doing area damage during “trash” or multiple mob non-boss fights. Consider this an important damage over time to maintain, and remember, an off-balance proc has a 7-second up time and 15-second downtime.

Refreshing Path (Morph of Path of Darkness | Skill Line : Shadow) – Refreshing Path is a great morph choice for solo play due to the massive and constant healing and speed it provides. The other morph, Twisting Path, provides much more damage but doesn’t have the healing component. Typically in solo play, you need a strong heal over time and or a burst heal. If you need more damage, and your survivability is great, swap morphs to Twisting.

Healthy Offering (Morph of Malevolent Offering | Skill Line : Siphoning) – When playing solo, having a burst self-heal or shield is a great idea. Since this build plays with medium armor, a strong shield isn’t possible. Healthy Offering remains the Nightblade’s best and most powerful heal. If you have reaction time, this should be your only healing. If it’s not doing enough or you can’t react quickly when taking pressure, make sure to maintain Refreshing Path healing over time to complement the burst healing of Healthy Offering.

Merciless Resolve (Morph of Grim Focus | Skill Line : Assassination) – The Nightblade class damage kit centres on light/heavy attacks to generate stacks for Merciless Resolve. At five stacks, you can fire off a super hard-hitting Spectral Bow. This, when in melee range, can also heal you for an incredible amount. When using a one-bar heavy attack build, a fully charged heavy attack typically accounts for two stacks on Merciless Resolve. So expect a Spectral Bow proc, after roughly three cycles of fully chagrining heavy attacks. This skill also has some benefits for merely slotting due to the Nightblade’s passives.

Elemental Susceptibility (Morph of Weakness to Elements | Skill Line : Destruction Staff) – In solo PvE content at the Veteran difficulty, enemies have 18,200 resistances. The closer you can get to this total without “spilling” or going over, the best your overall damage will be. Not only does Elemental Susceptibility reduce armor, but it applies three important status effects. An additional reason it remains powerful, it costs zero resources and can be used at very long ranges. Normally this skill isn’t needed in group play because either your tank, healer or another damage dealer will reduce armor. In solo play, it’s all up to you. A flex skill in this location is Concealed Weapon, which by slotting and activating Refreshing or Twisting Path, gives you a unique 10% damage increase. This is better when playing with a group.

Shooting Star (Morph of Meteor | Skill Line : Mages Guild) – The strongest damage ultimate remains Shooting Star from the Mage’s Guide. The downside is, if the fight requires high mobility, or massive AoE, the ability doesn’t shine. Moreover, it’s very annoying to get Mage’s Guild skill line fully unlocked. But if you want the best range damage, this is your skill. An alternative and something I use in solo arena’s is Elemental Rage Destruction Staff skill line ultimate. The advantage here is it provides massive AoE, quick channel time and doesn’t require a target. Thus in solo arenas you can pre-cast the ability right as enemies spawn giving you a damage advantage.

Skill Setup 2: Parse Dummy

Use the below skill setup when trying to optimize DPS with a dedicated healer or a 21 million health Parse Dummy.

One Bar Lightning Staff – Parse | Optimal Damage Setup

Front Bar Weapon = We’ve tested them all and Lighting Staff does the most damage out of all the weapons REGARDLESS of class/passives.

  • Lightning Staff

This build rewards you for fully charging heavy attacks and building up stacks of Sergeants Mail. At 4 stacks, you’ll do HUGE heavy attack damage.  BUT you need to be constantly casting fully charged heavy attacks rather than many DoT.  Thus the best builds are ones with longer lasting DoTs and simplisit damage over time or pets.

Blockade of Storms (Morph of Wall of Elements | Skill Line : Destruction Staff) – Used to proc our off-balance consistently and AoE damage while active.

Twisting Path (Morph of Path of Darkness | Skill Line : Shadow) – The best damage over time skill Nightblade has combined with Concealed Weapon, boosting overall damage by 10%.

Merciless Resolve (Morph of Grim Focus | Skill Line : Assassination) – This skill gives a burst damage ability with five stack proc Spectral Bow via heavy-attacking.

Barbed Trap (Morph of Trap Beast | Skill Line : Fighters Guild) – A super hard-hitting damage ability that procs the hemorrhage status effect. Even though the buff is reduction (minor force), you are using this primarily for hemorrhage status effect which equals insane damage.

Concealed Weapon (Morph of Veiled Strike | Skill Line : Shadow) – By slotting this skill and activating Twisting Path, you will receive a unique 10% damage increase.

Shooting Star (Morph of Meteor | Skill Line : Mages Guild) – The highest burst damage on boss fights.

Passives Skills

Below are passive skills lines that add power without requiring a skill slot while playing the ESO One Bar PvE Magicka Nightblade Build. Consider taking all the skill passives in the skill tree listed below:

  • Assassination (class skill line)
  • Shadow (class skill line)
  • Siphoning (class skill line)
  • Destruction Staff (weapon skill line)
  • Light Armor
  • Medium Armor
  • Heavy Armor
  • Undaunted
  • Mages Guild
  • Racial
  • Alliance War Support
  • Alliance War Assault
  • Crafting, Alchemy Medicinal Use

Gear Setup 1: Mythic Oakensoul

The gear chart below represents the best gear for ESO One Bar PvE Magicka Nightblade Build:

SlotTypeSetTraitGlyph
HeadlightSlimecrawDivineMagicka
ShouldersmediumStorm MasterDivineMagicka
ChestheavySergeant’s MailDivineMagicka
LegsmediumStorm MasterDivineMagicka
GlovesmediumStorm MasterDivineMagicka
BootsmediumStorm MasterDivineMagicka
BeltmediumStorm MasterDivineMagicka
Weapon OneLightning StaffSergeant’s MailPreciseFlame
NecklaceSergeant’s MailBloodthisrtySpell Damage
Ring 1Oakensoul ringBloodthirstySpell Damage
Ring 2Sergeant’s MailBloodthirstySpell Damage
ESO Magicka Nightblade One Bar PvE Gear
Monster Helms and Mythic

Slimecraw: obtained from Wayrest Sewers 1, a base game dungeon

  • Why? the best 1pc critical damage bonus piece in the game.  Pen is also a good option, but this is consider best in slot for a one piece.

FLEX OPTIONS

Oakensoul: obtained through ESO Mythics/antiquities system.  You need 5 items to be able to create the Mythic item. 5 Leads are here:

  • Igneous Inlays Volcanic Vents in the High Isle and Amenos zone (High Isle)
  • Larimar Gems Titanclaw boss at Mudcrab Beach (south-west) (Stormhaven)
  • Petrified Oak Loop Murkmire Strongboxes (Murkmire zone)
  • Sacred Resin Any Mob (Malabal Tor)
  • Stone Shank Frame Blacksmithing nodes in Glenumbra (High Isle) Click for Map

Why? the best one-bar build for DPS because it gives an insane amount of buffs, freeing up bar spots and making us tankier with zero effort.

FLEX OPTIONS

Gear Sets

Storm Master: obtained in the Tempest Island dungeon, Malabar Tor zone (base game dungeon).

  • Why? Overall the best DPS option for heavy attack builds, increases our damage for something we are already doing, heavy attacks.

FLEX OPTIONS

Sergeant’s Mail: obtained in Wayrest Sewers I & II, dungeon, Stormhaven zone (base game).

  • Why? This builds stacks by heavy attacking, at 5x stacks you’ll due huge damage in combination with off balance and exploiter CP.  The downside is, it comes in heavy thus putting on jewelry, weapons and 1x body.

FLEX OPTIONS

Gear Setup 2: Without Mythics

This is going to be decent damage without Oakensoul using the ESO One Bar PvE Magicka Nightblade Build:

SlotTypeSetTraitGlyph
HeadlightMaw of the InfernalDivineMagicka
ShoulderslightMaw of the InfernalDivineMagicka
ChestmediumKinra’s WrathDivineMagicka
LegsmediumKinra’s WrathDivineMagicka
GlovesmediumKinra’s WrathDivineMagicka
BootsmediumKinra’s WrathDivineMagicka
BeltmediumKinra’s WrathDivineMagicka
Weapon OneLightning StaffQueen’s ElegancePreciseShock
NecklaceQueen’s EleganceBloodthirstySpell Damage
Ring 1Queen’s EleganceBloodthirstySpell Damage
Ring 2Queen’s EleganceBloodthirstySpell Damage
Alternative Oakensoul PvE Heavy Attack Gear
Monster Helm

Maw of the Infernal: obtained in Banished Cells II veteran for Monster  Helm (base game).

  • WHY? great damage when using pet loadout.

FLEX OPTIONS

Gear Sets

Kinra’s Wrath = obtained in Veteran Blackdrake Villa dungeon Flames of Ambition DLC.

  • WHY? gives us major berserks which is one of the best damage buffs and keeps us in medium armor for optimal damage.

FLEX OPTIONS

Queen’s Elegance: obtained in overland zone Auridon base game.

  • WHY? give us the most important buff, empower that Oakensoul provides.

FLEX OPTIONS

Race

Best Choice

Dark Elf

Best all around option for high stats and damage.

Secondary Choice

Khajiit

Great option for high critical damage.

Attributes

Health

Stamina

Magicka

0064

Mundus Stone

Thief – Increases the Critical Strike rating by 1212

Champion Points – ESO One Bar PvE Magicka Nightblade

Warfare Constellation Champion Points

ESO Warfare Champion Tree

Below is a step-by-step method for slotting your champion points in the Warfare tree (blue).  We have used the minimum possible to reach 4 slottable selections all maxed out.  If you have more CP, consider taking more in the passives for optimal performance.

Below are recommended Warfare Champion Point selections for the ESO One Bar PvE Magicka Nightblade:

  1. Precision 10
  2. Wrathful Strikes (slottable) 50
  3. Extended Might – sub constellation – piercing 10
  4. Extended Might – sub constellation – Weapons Expert (slottable) 50
  5. Extended Might – sub constellation – Exploiter (slottable) 50
  6. Thaumaturge (slottable) 50

This would be the bare minimum setup, spending 220 CP (660 total required). The next step is to max out passives, that do not require a slottable but increase performance.

  1. Precision 10
  2. Piercing 10
  3. Tireless discipline 20
  4. Eldritch insight 20
  5. Blessed 20
  6. Quick recovery 20
  7. Flawless ritual 40
  8. War mage 30
  9. Battle mastery 40
  10. Mighty 30
  11. Elemental aegis 20
  12. Hardy 20
  13. Preparation 20

This would max out the Warfare tree with all active and passive champion points at 520 spent 1,560 total spent.

Fitness Constellation Champion Points

ESO Fitness Champion Tree

Below are recommended Fitness Champion Point selections for the ESO One Bar PvE Magicka Nightblade:

  1. Fortified (slottable) 50
  2. Boundless vitality (slottable) 50
  3. Rejuvenation (slottable) 50
  4. Sprinter 10
  5. Winder chaser – sub con – hasty 8
  6. Hero’s Vigor 10
  7. Siphoning spells (slottable) 50

This would be the bare minimum setup, spending 228 CP  (684 total required). The next step is to max out passives, that do not require a slottable but increase performance. 

  1. Hero’s Vigor 10
  2. Tumbling 30
  3. Sprinter 10
  4. Defiance 20
  5. Hasty 8
  6. Tireless guardian 20
  7. Fortification 30
  8. Nimble 6
  9. Mystic tenacity 50
  10. Tempered soul 50
  11. Piercing gaze 30
  12. Savage defense  30
  13. Bashing brutality 20

This would max out the fitness tree with all active passive champion points at 542 cp spent and 1,626 total spent.

Craft Constellation Champion Points

ESO Craft Champion Tree

Below are recommended Craft Champion Point selections for the ESO One Bar PvE Magicka Nightblade:

  1. Steed’s blessing (slottable) – 50
  2. Breakfall 10 
  3. Wanderer 15
  4. Steadfast 10
  5. Treasure hunter 50 (slottable)
  6. Master gatherer 15
  7. Gifted rider (slottable) 100
  8. War mount (slottable) 120

This would be the bare minimum setup, spending 370CP (1110 total required). The next step is to max out passives, that do not require a slottable but increase performance.

  1. Steadfast enchantment 40cp
  2. Breakfall 40 cp
  3. Wanderer 60
  4. Fortunes favor 10
  5. Rationer 10
  6. Friends in low places 25
  7. Out of sight 30
  8. Fleet of Phantom 40
  9. Soul’s Reservoir 33
  10. Gilded fingers 50
  11. Fortunes favor 40
  12. Inspiration boost 45
  13. Infamous 30

This would max out the crafting tree with all active passive champion points at 823 cp spent 2,469 total spent.

Consumables

Food

Tomato Garlic Chutney

BEST DAMAGE: This comes with zero health, ideally used on a parse dummy only where HP and resources are not needed. Increase Max Magicka by 6048 for 35 minutes. Ingredients: Garlic (1), Tomato (1)

Bewitched Sugar Skulls

MAX STATS: use this if you don’t struggle with sustain and you want good damage and survivability. Increase Max Health by 4620, Max Stamina and Magicka by 4250, and Health Recovery by 462 for 2 hours. Ingredients: Bervez Juice (2), Flour (5), Honey (5), Scrib Jelly (2), Columbine (2)

Jewels of Misrule

RECOVERY: Cheap recovery food used at any level. Increase Stamina and Magicka Recovery by 357 and Max Health by 3927 for 2 hours. Ingredients: Bervez Juice (1), Lotus (1), Mint (1), Rose (1), Columbine (1)

Potions

Tri-Restoration Potion or Essence of Health (tri-stat)

SURVIAL: Remember oakensoul gives all your major buffs so you’re left with resto potion for survivability and resource sustain. 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.

Build Summary – ESO One Bar PvE Magicka Nightblade

Class: Nightblade

Race: High Elf

Attributes: 64 Magicka

Mundus Stone: Thief

Weapon One: Lightning

Armor Set 1: Storm Master

Armor Set 2: Sergeant’s Mail

Monster Helm: Slimecraw

Mythic: Oakensoul ring

Armor Weight: 1 Heavy, 5 Medium, 1 Light

Skill Bar 1

  • Elemental Blockade
  • Refreshing Path
  • Healthy Offering
  • Merciless Resolve
  • Elemental Susceptibility
  • Shooting Star (Ultimate)

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