This is a one bar PvE Magicka Nightblade (MagBlade) for both new and experienced players. There is 1 bar for more single target orientated content (or a small handful of enemies 2-3) and one for aoe. This build works great in entry level basic crafted gear.

Video guide located at the bottom of the page.



  • Race: Breton, High Elf

  • Attributes: 64 Points in Magicka

  • Mundus: Shadow or Thief (if spell critical is below 50%).

  • Food: Witchmother's Potent Brew

  • Potion: Any magicka potion.  Essence of Spell Power for maximum damage.




Law of Julianos

Grace of the Ancients

Magnus' Gift





Nightblade Skill Tree


This summons a shadowy clone of yourself that fights at your side for 18 seconds doing single target damage and occasionally aoe damage.  When the shades attacks it inflicts Minor Main reducing the enemies damage done by 15%.

Guild Ability


Slotted for the passives of: Increased max magicka by 5% and Minor Prophesy which increases spell critical by 2191.  This ability is not actually pressed.

Weapon Skill

Destruction Staff

This is your main spammable in all situations both single target and AOE.

Once activated, this passively causes your light and heavy attacks to both heal you and restore magicka.  You restore additional magicka when it expires, increasing with total time it was active.

Once activated, this reduces your damage taken by 2% per light attack up to a maximum of 10%.  While it is active, after 5 light attacks, this will convert into a new ability, Assassin's Will.  This wil allow you to use the ability again for huge burst damage and healing you for 50% of the damage done if the enemy is nearby.

Nightblade Skill Tree


This ultimate deals disease damage and causes the target to take 20% more damage from your attacks for 6 seconds.  If used while over 120 ultimate, it will also silence the target for 3 seconds.  this ability passively buffs you with Reave, causing you to restore 100 magicka and stamina when you light or heavy attack to an enemy with a negative effect on them.



Use the same bar as the front bar with the following changes:

Weapon Skill

Destruction Staff

Replace Siphoning Strikes with this ability.  This drops  a ground based AOE that matches your staff element type (i.e. Fire for Inferno Staff) and provides secondary effects for each type of element.

Nightblade Skill Tree


Replace Merciless Resolve with this ability. This does AOE damage around you and heals you and your group members, increasing in amount for each enemy hit.  I also buffs you with Major Brutality and Sorcery after hitting an enemy increasing your weapon and spell damage by 20% for 20 seconds.

If you need more healing on either bar, replace Inner Light with this ability. This steals health from an enemy and heals you or 2 nearby allies for 50% of the damage inflicted over 10 seconds.


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