Updated for Stonethorn Chapter Expansion

Soul Cloak- A Nightblade Tank Build

Updated for Stonethorn aka Update 27

The 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

OVERVIEW

  • Race: Nord
    • Alternatives can be found in our race guide here
  • Mundus: The Lord
  • Attributes:
    • Magicka: 7
    • Health: 38
    • Stamina: 19
  • Consumables
    • Food: Bewitched Sugar Skulls
    • Potion: Essence of Health (Tri-Stat)

GEAR

SLOTSETWEIGHTTRAITENCHANTMENT
HeadBloodspawnMediumInfusedMulti- Effect
ShoulderBloodspawnLightSturdyMaximum Health
ChestYolnahkriinHeavyReinforcedMulti-Effect
BeltYolnahkriin HeavySturdyMaximum Health
ShoesYolnahkriin HeavySturdyMaximum Health
HandsYolnahkriin HeavySturdyMaximum Health
PantsYolnahkriin Heavy InfusedMulti-Effect
NecklaceAlkoshJewelryInfusedReduce potion cooldown
Ring 1AlkoshJewelry InfusedReduced Block Cost
Ring 2AlkoshJewelry InfusedReduced Block Cost
S+B (Sword + Board)AlkoshSword + ShieldS – Decisive / B – InfusedS – Reduce Target Weapon Damage
B – Multi-Effect
Back BarAlkoshLightning StaffInfusedCrusher

  • Bloodspawn drops in Spindleclutch II
  • Yolnahkriin drops in Sunspire (Trial)
  • Alkosh Drops in Maw of Lorkhaj (Trial)

STARTER TANK GEAR

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

SLOTSETWEIGHTTRAITENCHANTMENT
HeadBloodspawnMediumSturdyMaximum Health Enchantment
ShoulderBloodspawnLightSturdyMaximum Health Enchantment
ChestEbonHeavyReinforcedMaximum Health Enchantment
BeltEbonHeavySturdyMaximum Health Enchantment
ShoesEbonHeavySturdyMaximum Health Enchantment
HandsEbonHeavySturdyMaximum Health Enchantment
PantsEbonHeavy 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’sLightning StaffInfusedCrusher Enchant

  • Bloodspawn drops in Spindleclutch II
  • Ebon drops in Crypt of Hearts I and II
  • Torug’s is a crafted set


SKILL LINEAGE

SKILL (MORPH)BASE ABILITYSKILL TREE
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 Balance BalanceESO Skills Equilibrium EquilibriumGuild > Mages Guild
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

SITUATION + STRATEGY

  1. For Trials:
    1. Replace Refreshing Path with Lotus Fan for Minor Vulnerability
      ESO Skills Lotus Fan
    2. Replace Silver Leash with Overflowing Altar for additional heals when Silver Leash is not needed for the adds
      ESO Skills Overflowing Altar
    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 to restore Magicka.
ESO Skills Balance


PASSIVES

  • CLASS
    • All passives
  • WEAPON
    • One Hand + Shield: All Passives
    • Staff: All Passives
  • ARMOR
    • Light Armor: Grace, Evocation
    • Medium Armor: Dexterity, Wind Walker, Improved Sneak Athletics
    • Heavy Armor: All Passives
  • WORLD
    • None
  • GUILDS
    • 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

CHAMPION POINTS

  • THE RITUAL
    • Precise Strikes: 20
    • Thaumaturge: 100
  • THE ATRONACH
  • THE APPRENTICE
    • Elfborn: 50
    • Blessed: 100
  • THE TOWER
    • Warlord: 26
  • THE SHADOW
    • Shadow Ward: 72
    • Tumbling: 72
  • THE LOVER
    • Tenacity: 100
  • THE STEED
    • Ironclad: 72
    • Spell Shield: 13
  • THE LADY
    • Elemental Defender: 49
    • Hardy: 49
    • Thick Skinned: 40
  • THE LORD
    • Heavy Armor Focus: 15
    • Quick Recovery: 32

Contributors

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