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Shade Strike – A Stamina Nightblade Build

This ESO Stamina Nightblade build excels in its ability to lay down immense burst damage. In this pve stamblade dps build we will cover the following:

  1. Overview
    • Race
    • Mundus
    • Attributes
    • Consumables
  2. Gear
  3. Skills
  4. Rotation
  5. Passives
  6. Champion Points
  7. Parse Time

OVERVIEW

  • Race: Khajiit, Dark Elf, Orc, Redguard
    • Other acceptable alternatives will perform nearly as well and you can find them on our race guide page here.
  • Mundus: Thief
  • Attributes:
    • Magicka: 0
    • Health: 0
    • Stamina: 64
  • Consumables
    • Food: Lava Foot Soup and Saltrice
      • In some groups (no Ebon, or a no death run, or just at low CP) you may wish you had more HP, in those cases run Orzorga’s Tripe Trifle Pocket!
    • Potion: Essence of weapon power

GEAR

In this section, we will go over the starter gear and end game gear for the Stamina Nightblade DPS build.

SLOTSETWEIGHTTRAITENCHANTMENT
HeadDomihausMediumDivinesStamina
ShoulderDomihausMediumDivinesStamina
ChestRelequenMediumDivinesStamina
BeltRelequenMedium Divines Stamina
ShoesRelequenMedium Divines Stamina
HandsRelequenMedium Divines Stamina
PantsRelequenMedium Divines Stamina
NecklaceKinraJewelryBloodthirstyWeapon Damage
Ring 1KinraJewelry BloodthirstyWeapon Damage
Ring 2KinraJewelry Bloodthirsty Weapon Damage
Weapon 1KinraDagger
Dagger
Nirnhoned
Sharpened
Stamina Absorb / Damage Health Poison IX
Weapon 2MaelstromBowInfusedWeapon Damage Enchantment

  • Domihaus drops in Veteran Falkreath Hold
  • Relequen is a Cloudrest set
  • Kinra drops in Black Drake Villa (dungeon)

STARTER GEAR

SLOTSETWEIGHTTRAITENCHANTMENT
HeadSelene’sMediumDivinesStamina
ShoulderSelene’sMediumDivinesStamina
ChestBriarMediumDivinesStamina
BeltBriarMedium Divines Stamina
ShoesBriarMedium Divines Stamina
HandsBriarMedium Divines Stamina
PantsBriarMedium Divines Stamina
NecklaceHundingsJewelryBloodthirstyWeapon Damage
Ring 1HundingsJewelry BloodthirstyWeapon Damage
Ring 2HundingsJewelry Bloodthirsty Weapon Damage
Weapon 1HundingsDagger
Dagger
Nirhoned
Precise
Stamina Absorb
Weapon 2HundingsBowInfusedWeapon Damage Enchantment

  • Selene’s drops in Veteran Selene’s Web
  • Hunding’s is crafted
  • Briar is an overland set found in Wrothgar (delves, world bosses, public dungeons)

SKILL LINEAGE

SKILL (MORPH)BASE ABILITYSKILL TREE
ESO Skills Barbed Trap Barbed Trap Trap BeastGuild > Fighters Guild
ESO Skills Rapid Strikes Rapid StrikesEso Skills Flurry FlurryWeapon > Dual Wield
ESO Skills Killer's Blade Killers Blade Assassins BladeNightblade > Assassination
ESO Skills Relentless Focus Relentless FocusESO Skills Grim Focus Grim FocusNightblade > Assassination
ESO Skills Camouflaged Hunter Camouflaged Hunter Expert HunterGuild > Fighters Guild
ESO Skills Incapacitating Strikes Incapacitating Strike Death StrokeNightblade > Assassination
ESO Skills endless hail Endless Hail VolleyWeapon > Bow
ESO Skills Dark Shade Dark Shade Summon ShadeNightblade > Shadow
ESO Skills Resolving Vigor Resolving Vigor VigorAlliance War > Assault
ESO Skills Leeching Strikes Leeching Strikes Siphoning StrikesNightblade > Siphoning

ROTATION

  • Relentless Focus > Endless Hail > Dark Shade
    ESO Skills Relentless Focus > ESO Skills endless hail > ESO Skills Dark Shade
    -Barswap-

  • Barbed Trap > Rapid Strikes (until Relentless focus or is ready to proc or dots need reapplying)
    ESO Skills Barbed Trap > ESO Skills Rapid Strikes

  • *Any time all dots are ticking, use spammable
    • Spammable is Rapid Strikes once boss HP is at 25%
      ESO Skills Rapid Strikes
    • Spammable is Killer’s Blade at 25% and below
      ESO Skills Killer's Blade
    • Also during execute, we stop casting Relentless Focus

  • After Every 5th light attack, proc your Relentless Focus
    ESO Skills Relentless Focus

  • Swap out Killer’s Blade for Whirling Blades when you need more AOE damage, such as during trash fights or boss fights with many ads
    ESO Skills Whirling Blades

PASSIVES

  • CLASS
    • All Passives
  • WEAPON
    • Dual Wield: All Passives
    • Bow: All Passives
  • ARMOR
    • Medium Armor: All Passives
  • WORLD
    • None
  • GUILDS
    • Fighters Guild: First Four Passives
    • Undaunted Guild: All Passives
  • Racial: All Passives
  • Alchemy: Medicinal Use

CHAMPION POINTS

In this section, we will go over how to invest your champion points in the new CP 2.0 system for the Stamina Nightblade DPS build.

Warfare Tree

CP LevelPerkPoints
0-120Precision40
120-270Fighting Finesse (slot)50
270-390Piercing40
390-540Deadly Aim (slot)50
540-690Thaumaturge (slot)50
690-840Biting Aura (slot)50
840-960Tireless Disciple40
960-1020Battle Mastery20
1020-1110Mighty30
1110-1170Battle Mastery20
1170-1200Quick Recovery10
1200-1320Preperation40
1320-1440Elemental Aegis40
1440-1560Hardy40
1560-1650Quick Recovery30
1650-1770Blessed40
1770-1890Eldritch Insight40
1890-2010Flawless Ritual40
2010-2100War Mage30

Fitness Tree

CP LevelPerkPoints
0-150Boundless Vitality (slot)50
150-300Rejuvenation (slot)50
300-345Tumbling15
345-375Mystic Tenacity10
375-495Heros Vigor40
495-645Bloody Renewal (slot)50
645-795Ironclad (slot) 50
795-885Tumbling30
885-1005Defiance40
1005-1029Hasty8
1029-1149Tireless Guardian40
1149-1284Fortification45
1284-1356Hasty24
1356-1476Sprinter40
1476-1521Nimble Protector15
1521-1656Savage Defense45
1656-1776Bashing Brutality40
1776-1806Survival Instincts10
1806-2181Tempered Soul125

Craft Tree

CP LevelPerkPoints
0-150Steed’s Blessing (slot)50
150-300Breakfall50
300-345Wanderer15
345-375Steadfast Enchantment10
375-465Rationer (slot)30
465-690Liquid Efficiency (slot)75
690-870Wanderer60
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

PARSE TIME

A couple of minor changes that will maximize your parse:

  1. Use Relequen instead of New Moon Acolyte (same traits/enchants)
  2. If you want to squeeze all damage out, spec all 64 Attribute Points into Stamina for parse
  3. Replace Resolving Vigor with any Fighters Guild ability for the 3% damage passive

Rotation stays the same! Everything stays the same!