Soul Cloak – A Nightblade Tank Build

The ESO Nightblade Tank is built around its impressive HOTS (heal over time) and damage mitigation.

  • Strengths:
    • Strongest HoTs of any tank class in the game when tanking a single enemy (Necro’s scythe is stronger, but only when hitting multiple enemies)
    • Access to huge damage mitigation (Major/Minor Resolve, Major/Minor Protection, and Major Evasion)
    • Good stamina sustain (from Leeching Strikes)
  • Weaknesses:
    • No strong burst heal ability (all self-heals are HoTs)
    • No access to healing buffs (e.g. Major Mending)
  1. Overview
    • Race
    • Mundus
    • Attributes
    • Consumables
  2. Gear
  3. Skills
  4. Rotation
  5. Passives
  6. Champion Points


  • Race: Imperial or Nord
    • For other great alternatives see our race guide here.
  • Mundus: Atronach
  • Attributes:
    • Magicka: 0
    • Health: 64
    • Stamina: 0
  • Consumables


In this section we will go over the beginner and veteran gear setup for this Nightblade Tank Build

HeadEngine GuardianMediumSturdyPrismatic Defence
ShoulderEngine GuardianMediumSturdyPrismatic Defence
ChestYolnahkriinHeavyReinforcedPrismatic Defence
BeltYolnahkriin HeavySturdyPrismatic Defence
ShoesYolnahkriin HeavySturdyPrismatic Defence
HandsYolnahkriin HeavySturdyPrismatic Defence
PantsYolnahkriin Heavy InfusedPrismatic Defence
NecklacePowerful AssaultJewelryInfusedReduce potion cooldown
Ring 1Powerful AssaultJewelry InfusedReduced Block Cost
Ring 2Powerful AssaultJewelry InfusedReduced Block Cost
S+B (Sword + Board)Powerful AssaultSword + ShieldS – Decisive / B – InfusedS – Reduce Target Weapon Damage
B – Multi-Effect
Back BarPowerful AssaultIce StaffInfusedCrusher

  • Engine Guardian drops in Darkshade Caverns II
  • Encratis’ Behemoth drops in Black Drake Villa
  • Yolnahkriin drops in Sunspire (Trial)
  • Powerful Assault can be purchased from Guild Traders (frost staff is EXPENSIVE feel free to use fire or lightning staff until you can afford it)
    • Cast vigor once every 10 seconds to proc PA
  • And of course, once you get to Vet Trials grab the Monster sets requested by your raid lead!


NOTE: Starter does not mean it is bad, it just means that it is obtainable earlier in the game!

HeadEngine GuardianMediumSturdyMaximum Health Enchantment
ShoulderEngine GuardianMediumSturdyMaximum Health Enchantment
ChestCrest of CyrodiilHeavySturdyMaximum Health Enchantment
BeltCrest of CyrodiilHeavySturdyMaximum Health Enchantment
ShoesCrest of CyrodiilHeavySturdyMaximum Health Enchantment
HandsCrest of CyrodiilHeavySturdyMaximum Health Enchantment
PantsCrest of CyrodiilHeavy InfusedMaximum Health Enchantment
NecklaceTorug’sJewelryHealthyMagicka Recovery Enchant
Ring 1Torug’sJewelry HealthyMagicka Recovery Enchant
Ring 2Torug’sJewelry HealthyMagicka Recovery Enchant
S+B (Sword + Board)Torug’sSword + ShieldS – Infused / B – InfusedS – Hardening
B – Multi-Effect
Back BarTorug’sIce StaffInfusedCrusher Enchant

  • Engine Guardian drops in Darkshade Caverns II
  • Crest of Cyrodiil can be purchased from Vlastarus, Elite Gear Vendor in Cyrodiil (or guild traders anywhere)
  • Torug’s is a crafted set


ESO Skills Dark Cloak Dark CloakESO Skills Shadow Cloak Shadow CloakNightblade > Shadow
ESO Skills Heroic Slash Heroic SlashESO Skills Low Slash Low SlashWeapon > One Hand and Shield
ESO Skills Pierce Armor Pierce ArmorESO Skills Puncture PunctureWeapon > One Hand and Shield
ESO SKills Refreshing Path Refreshing Path Path of DarknessNightblade > Shadow
ESO Skills Mass Hysteria Mass Hysteria Aspect of TerrorNightblade > Shadow
ESO Skills Soul Tether Soul TetherESO Skills Soul Shred Soul ShredNightblade > Siphoning
ESO Skills Elemental Blockade Elemental BlockadeESO Skills Wall of Elements Wall of ElementsWeapon > Destruction Staff
ESO Skills Leeching Strikes Leeching Strikes Siphoning StrikesNightblade > Siphoning
ESO Skills Inner Rage Inner RageESO Skills Inner Fire Inner FireGuild > Undaunted
eso skills echoing vigor Echoing Vigoreso skills vigor VigorAlliance > Assault
ESO Skills Silver Leash Silver LeashESO Skills Silver Bolts Silver BoltsGuild > Fighters Guild
ESO Skills Aggressive Horn Aggressive HornESO Skills War Horn War HornAlliance War > Assault


  1. For Trials:
    1. Replace Refreshing Path with Lotus Fan for Minor Vulnerability
      ESO Skills Lotus Fan
    2. Echoing Vigor once every 10 seconds to proc PA
      eso skills echoing vigor
    3. Mirage works great against dragon breath in veteran Sunspire (trial)
      ESO Skills Mirage

  2. Your Bars
    1. Note the passives Dark Vigor (Shadow Line) and Magicka Flood (Siophoning Line) when slotting your bars.

Work in heavy attacks on the front bar any time you are able to in order to regain Stamina. Use Balance (if slotted) or heavy attacks with a staff to restore Magicka.
ESO Skills Balance


    • All passives
    • One Hand + Shield: All Passives
    • Staff: All Passives
    • Light Armor: None
    • Medium Armor: All
    • Heavy Armor: All
    • None
    • Mages Guild: All Passives except Might of the Guild
    • Fighters Guild: Banish the wicked
    • Psijic Order: Concentrated Barrier, Deliberation
    • Undaunted Guild: All Passives
  • Racial: All Passives
  • Alchemy: Medicinal Use


In this section, we will go over the Nightblade Tank champion point setup version 2.0.

Warfare Tree

CP LevelPerkPoints
Eldritch Insight20
Tireless Discipline20
Quick Recovery20
Elemental Aegis20
Duelist’s Rebuff (slot)50
Enduring Resolve (slot)50
Unassailable (slot)50
Bulwark (slot)50
Battle Mastery40
Flawless Ritual20
War Mage30

Fitness Tree

CP LevelPerkPoints
0-150Boundless Vitality (slot)50
150-300Ironclad (slot)50
300-450Rejuvenation (slot)50
Tireless Guardian20
Hero’s Vigor20
Nimble Protector6
Mystic Tenacity10
Expert Evasion (Slot)50
Savage Defense30
Bashing Brutality20
Piercing Gaze30
Tempered Soul50

Craft Tree

CP LevelPerkPoints
0-150Steed’s Blessing (slot)50
345-375Steadfast Enchantment10
375-465Rationer (slot)30
465-690Liquid Efficiency (slot)75
870-990Steadfast Enchantment40
990-1140Fortune’s Favor50
1140-1290Gilded Fingers50
1290-1380Out of Sight30
1380-1500Fleet phantom40
1500-1599Soul Reservoir33
1599-1749Treasure Hunter (slot)50
1749-1884Inspiration Boost45
1884-2034Meticulous Disassembly50
2034-2259Master Gatherer75


Special thanks to Gofure for contributions and insight into putting this build together.