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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: Shadow
  • 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
HeadSlimecrawMediumDivinesStamina
ShoulderGrundwolfMediumDivinesStamina
ChestRelequenMediumDivinesStamina
BeltRelequenMedium Divines Stamina
ShoesRelequenMedium Divines Stamina
HandsRelequenMedium Divines Stamina
PantsRelequenMedium Divines Stamina
NecklaceKinrasJewelryBloodthirstyWeapon Damage
Ring 1KinrasJewelry BloodthirstyWeapon Damage
Ring 2KinrasJewelry Bloodthirsty Weapon Damage
Weapon 1KinrasDagger
Dagger
Nirnhoned
Sharpened
Stamina Absorb / Damage Health Poison IX
Weapon 2MaelstromBowInfusedWeapon Damage Enchantment

  • Slimecraw drops in Veteran Wayrest Sewers I
  • Grundwolf can be purchased at a undaunted trader
  • 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
Nirnhoned
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 surprise attack Surprise Attackveiled strike nightblade shadow skill Veiled StrikeNightblade > Shadow
ESO Skills Killer's Blade Killers Blade Assassins BladeNightblade > Assassination
ESO Skills Relentless Focus Relentless FocusESO Skills Grim Focus Grim FocusNightblade > Assassination
ESO Skills Rending Slashes Rending SlashesESO Skills Twin Slashes Twin SlashesWeapon > Dual Wield
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 twiting path Twisting PathESO Skills Path of Darkness Path of DarknessNightblade > Shadow
eso skills consuming trap Consuming Trapeso skills soul trap Soul TrapWorld > Soul Magic

ROTATION

  • Apply Prebuffs
    ESO Skills Relentless Focus > ESO Skills Dark Shade
  • Apply Dots
    Endless Hail > Twisting Path > Consuming Trap > Barbed Trap > Rending Slashes
  • Any time all dots are ticking, use spammable
    • Spammable is Surprise Attack until boss HP is at 25%
      eso skills surprise attack
    • Spammable is Killer’s Blade at 25% and below
      ESO Skills Killer's Blade
  • Until we get to Execute : Every 5th light attack, proc your Relentless Focus . After execute stop procing and instead hold onto the 5 stacks for increased crit damage for your Killer’s Blade’s you’ll be spamming.
    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
0-60Precision20
60-210Fighting Finesse (slot)50
210-270Piercing20
270-420Deadly Aim (slot)50
420-570Master at Arms (slot)50
570-720Thaumaturge (slot)50
720-780Tireless Disciple20
780-810Quick Recovery10
810-870Preparation20
870-930Battle Mastery20
930-1020Mighty30
1020-1080Battle Mastery20
1080-1140Elemental Aegis20
1140-1200Hardy20
1200-1230Quick Recovery10
1230-1290Blessed20
1290-1350Eldritch Insight20
1350-1410Flawless Ritual20
1410-1500War Mage30
1500-1560Flawless Ritual20

Fitness Tree

CP LevelPerkPoints
0-150Boundless Vitality (slot)50
150-300Rejuvenation (slot)50
300-345Tumbling15
345-375Mystic Tenacity10
375-435Heros Vigor20
435-585Bloody Renewal (slot)50
585-735Fortified (slot) 50
735-780Tumbling15
780-840Defiance20
840-864Hasty8
864-924Tireless Guardian20
924-1014Fortification30
1014-1038Hasty8
1038-1098Sprinter20
1098-1188Savage Defense30
1188-1206Nimble Protector6
1206-1266Bashing Brutality20
1266-1386Mystic Tenacity40
1386-1406Piercing Gaze10
1406-1556Tempered Soul50
1556-1616Piercing Gaze20

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!