The Elder Scrolls Online Nightblade Builds

Nightblade Tank PVE Build – TankBlade – ESO Elsweyr

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This is a Nightblade tanking build for ESO, intended for most players. The build is updated for Elsweyr. If you have any questions about the Nightblade tanking build, leave a comment below.

Nightblade tanks using Heavy Armor have great survivability along with good group support.

See our ESO Builds section for more builds.

Nightblade Tank Build Index

Nightblade Tank Build Basics

Best Nightblade Tank Race: Nord > Argonian > Imperial > Orc

Nightblade Tank Attributes: 21 Magicka – 10 Health – 33 Stamina

You attribute will vary a lot. Allocate them to get Magicka, Health and Stamina pools to suit your style.

Should I play as a Vampire as a Nightblade Tank: Yes (optional).

Best Mundus Stone for a Nightblade Tank: The Lord (Health)

Best Potion for Nightblade Tanks: Tri-Stat (Bugloss, Columbine and Mountain Flower)

Essence of health tri stat

Best Food for Nightblade Tanks: Longfin Pasty with Melon Sauce

Longfin pasty with melon sauce

Nightblade Tank Build Skills

What are the best weapons to use as a Nightblade Tank? It is recommended that you have one bar for one handed and shield, and one bar for either lightning or frost staves.

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Nightblade Tank Main Bar – One Handed and Shield Skills:

Slot 1: Heroic Slash

Slot 2: Pierce Armor

Slot 3: Dark Cloak

Slot 4: Deep Thoughts

Slot 5: Funnel Health

Ultimate: Bolstering Darkness

Nightblade Tank Alternate Bar – Lightning / Frost Staff:

Slot 1: Silver Leash

Slot 2: Inner Rage

Slot 3: Refreshing Path

Slot 4: Elemental Blockage

Slot 5: Mirage

Ultimate: Soul Siphon

Nightblade Tank Build Passive Skills

Assassination Passives: All

Shadow Passives: All

Siphoning Passives: All

One Hand and Shield Passives: All

Destruction Staff Passives: All

Heavy Armor Passives: All

Medium Armor Passives: Dexterity – Wind Walker – Improved Sneak – Athletics

Light Armor Passives: Recovery – Evocation – Spell Warding – Grace

Vampire Passives: Supernatural Recovery – Undeath – Unnatural Resistance – Dark Stalker

Fighters Guild Passives: Banish the Wicked

Mages Guild Passives: Mage Adept – Everlasting Will – Magicka Controller

Psijic Order Passives: Concentrated Barrier – Deliberation

Undaunted Passives: All

Racial Passives: All

Nightblade Tank Build Champion Points

The first bolded number indicated below is for an 810 champion point build. The second number within the ( ) is for 300 champion point builds.

If you need to gain more champion points fast, see our ESO Leveling Guide.

The Mage Champion Points (Blue)

The Apprentice: 100 (100) Blessed

The Ritual: 40 Precise Strikes – 10 Piercing

The Atronach: 47 Physical Weapons Expert – 73 Master-At-Arms

The Thief Champion Points (Green)

The Shadow: 81 (44) Shadow Ward – 60 Tumbling

The Lover: 43 (43) Tenacity

The Tower: 56 (13) Warlord – 21 Bashing Focus – 9 Sprinter

The Warrior Champion Points (Red)

The Lady: 56 (27) Hardy – 56 (27) Elemental Defender – 56 (2) Thick Skinned

The Steed: 72 (44) Ironclad

The Lord: 18 Bastion – 12 Heavy Armor Focus

Nightblade Tank Build Gear

There is a lot of Nightblade Tank gear to choose from. Below is a selection of viable gear, and below that a suggested end-game setup.

  • Battalion Defender – Rewards of the Worthy / Guildstore
  • Bloodspawn – Spindleclutch
  • Ebon Armory – Crypts of Hearts
  • Fortified Brass – Crafted
  • Lord Warden – Imperial City Prison
  • Night’s Silence – Crafted
  • Plague Doctor – Deshaan / Guildstore
  • Roar of Alkosh – Maw of Lorkhaj
  • Swarm Mother – Spindleclutch 1
  • Torug’s Pact – Crafted

If you need gold to buy gear for your build, check out our ESO Gold Farming Guide, with tips on how to make tons of ESO gold.

Head: Lord Warden – Night’s Silence – Blood Spawn Weight: Heavy Trait: Infused Enchant: Prismatic

Shoulders: Lord Warden – Night’s Silence – Blood Spawn Weight: Heavy Trait: Sturdy Enchantment: Health

Chest: Battalion Defender – Torug’s Pact – Ebon Armory – Fortified Brass Weight: Heavy Trait: Reinforced Enchant: Prismatic

Gloves: Battalion Defender – Torug’s Pact – Ebon Armory – Fortified Brass Weight: Medium Trait: Sturdy Enchant: Health

Legs: Battalion Defender – Torug’s Pact – Ebon Armory – Fortified Brass Weight: Heavy Trait: Infused Enchant: Prismatic

Belt: Battalion Defender – Torug’s Pact – Ebon Armory – Fortified Brass Weight: Light Trait: Sturdy Enchant: Health

Boots: Battalion Defender – Torug’s Pact – Ebon Armory – Fortified Brass Weight: Heavy Trait: Sturdy Enchant: Health

Necklace: Akaviri Dragonguard – Ebon Armory – Torug’s Pact – Warrior-Poet Type: Jewelry Trait: Healthy Enchant: Reduced Block Cost

Rings: Akaviri Dragonguard – Ebon Armory – Torug’s Pact – Warrior-Poet Trait: Healthy Enchant: Magicka Recovery

One Hand Weapon: Battalion Defender – Akaviri Dragonguard – Battalion Defender – Warrior-Poet Trait: Infused Enchant: Absorb Stamina

Shield: Battalion Defender – Akaviri Dragonguard – Battalion Defender – Warrior-Poet Trait: Infused Enchant: Prismatic

Two Hand Weapon: Battalion Defender – Akaviri Dragonguard – Battalion Defender – Warrior-Poet Trait: Crusher Enchant: Prismatic

This Nightblade Tank build is continuously updated, leave a comment if you have any questions or suggestions!

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