Beginner’s Nightblade Stamina DPS Build for The Elder Scrolls Online

Welcome to the Beginner’s Nightblade Stamina DPS Build/Guide for Elder Scrolls Online (ESO). This guide will teach you the basics of building a Nightblade Stamina DPS and provide you with the necessary tools to start your journey as an effective damage dealer in ESO.

This build is designed for players new to the DPS role and focuses on dealing consistent damage, survivability, and easy gear acquisition.

Race Selection:

While any race can be a Nightblade Stamina DPS, the following races have passives that make them more suitable for the role:

  • Redguard: Max Stamina, Stamina Recovery, and Cost Reduction
  • Khajiit: Max Stamina, Max Health, and Critical Damage
  • Orc: Max Stamina, Max Health, and Weapon Damage
  • Wood Elf: Max Stamina, Stamina Recovery, and Penetration

Attribute Points:

Allocate all 64 points into Stamina to maximize your damage potential. This can be changed later as you adapt and get better gear and stats.

Mundus Stone:

  • The Warrior (Weapon Damage)
  • The Thief (Critical Chance)

Food and Potions:

  • Food: Bi-stat food (Max Health and Max Stamina)
  • Potions: Essence of Weapon Power or basic stamina potions


The skill setup for a beginner Nightblade Stamina DPS is as follows:

Bar 1 – Dual Wield:

  1. Rending Slashes – Morph to Blood Craze or Rending Slashes
  2. Surprise Attack – Morph to Veiled Strike
  3. Killer’s Blade – Morph to Assassin’s Blade
  4. Relentless Focus – Morph to Grim Focus
  5. Deadly Cloak – Morph to Blade Cloak
  6. Ultimate: Flawless Dawnbreaker – Morph to Dawnbreaker

Bar 2 – Bow:

  1. Endless Hail – Morph to Volley
  2. Poison Injection – Morph to Poison Arrow
  3. Razor Caltrops – Morph to Caltrops
  4. Siphoning Attacks – Morph to Siphoning Strikes
  5. Resolving Vigor – Morph to Vigor
  6. Ultimate: Incapacitating Strike – Morph to Death Stroke

Champion Points:

As a beginner, focus on the following CP allocation to improve your DPS abilities. Keep in mind that these allocations may change as you progress and experiment with different playstyles. Note that the CP cap is 3600, but this guide assumes you have 1800 CP available.

Craft (Green):

  1. Slot 1: Steed’s Blessing – 50 points
  2. Slot 2: Breakfall – 50 points
  3. Slot 3: Wanderer – 50 points

Warfare (Red):

  1. Slot 1: Boundless Vitality – 50 points (Slot Unlock at 1200 CP)
  2. Slot 2: Fortified – 50 points
  3. Slot 3: Rejuvenation – 50 points
  4. Slot 4: Tireless Guardian – 50 points (Slot Unlock at 1800 CP)

Spend remaining points in:

  • Preparation (up to 50 points)
  • Ironclad (up to 50 points)
  • Elemental Aegis (up to 50 points)
  • Hardy (up to 50 points)
  • Quick Recovery (up to 50 points)
  • Bastion (up to 50 points, if you use damage shields)

Fitness (Blue):

  1. Slot 1: Tumbling – 50 points
  2. Slot 2: Mystic Tenacity – 50 points
  3. Slot 3: Hero’s Vigor – 50 points
  4. Slot 4: Defiance – 50 points (Unlock at 1200 CP)
  5. Slot 5: Hasty – 50 points (Slot Unlock at 1800 CP)

Spend remaining points in:

  • Sprinter (up to 50 points)
  • Tireless Discipline (up to 50 points)
  • Relentless Focus (up to 50 points)
  • Fortification (up to 50 points)
  • Piercing Gaze (up to 50 points)

Remember that the Champion Points system is flexible, and you can redistribute your points as you gain more experience and adapt to different situations. The allocation provided here is a starting point for a beginner Nightblade Stamina DPS, and you should feel free to experiment with other allocations as you progress through the game.


  • Dual Wield: All passives
  • Bow: All passives
  • Medium Armor: All passives
  • Light Armor: Recovery and Evocation passives
  • Heavy Armor: Juggernaut passive
  • Nightblade: All passives in Assassination, Shadow, and Siphoning
  • Undaunted: Undaunted Command and Undaunted Mettle
  • Racial: All passives for your chosen race


As a beginner, your priority should be to acquire easy-to-obtain gear that provides good bonuses. Here’s a beginner-friendly gear setup:

  • 5x Hunding’s Rage (Crafted)
  • 5x Spriggan’s Thorns (Bangkorai overland or Guild Traders)
  • 2x Monster Set: Selene (Selene’s Web) or Kra’gh (Fungal Grotto I)

Traits and Enchantments:

  • Armor: Divines (big and small pieces) with Stamina enchantments
  • Weapons: Sharpened on both dual-wield weapons with Weapon Damage and Absorb Stamina enchantments; Precise or Infused on the bow with a Damage Health Poison or Weapon Damage enchantment
  • Jewelry: Robust or Infused with Weapon Damage or Stamina Recovery enchantments

This beginner’s Nightblade Stamina DPS build is designed to help you learn the basics of dealing damage in ESO. As you progress, you’ll be able to experiment with different sets, skills, and playstyles to find the perfect DPS build for your playstyle.

Remember to communicate with your group, adapt to different situations, and always strive to improve your gameplay. Dealing damage is a crucial role in ESO, and with practice and patience, you’ll become a reliable and effective Nightblade Stamina DPS.

As you gain experience, explore more advanced builds and strategies to further optimize your damage-dealing capabilities. Happy adventuring!

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