ESO Nightblade PvE Tank Build (2024)

This guide focuses on the best explanation of how to play an ESO Nightblade PvE Tank Build, including skills, gear, champion points, and more!

ESO Nightblade PvE Tank Build (1)

This build has been updated for theUpdated 42, the Gold Road Chapter of the Elder Scrolls Online (ESO).

Table of Contents

  • Features and Mechanics
  • Skills
  • Gear 1: Main Tank Trial Gear
  • Gear 2: Off Trials Tank
  • Gear 3: Dungeons and Arenas
  • Gear 4: Beginner
  • Race
  • Attributes
  • Mundus Stone
  • Champion Points
  • Consumables
  • Build Summary

Why Should You Play ESO Nightblade PvE Tank Build?

The Nightblade Tank excels at self and group healing with incredible burst heals and AoE. So, you’ll want to pick this up if you want to do any type of tanking, including beginner or hardcore!

In ESO, the Nightblade Tank is perfect for everyone looking for a unique playstyle with a complete set of tools for PvE gameplay. Using strong heals over time, crowd control, and great self-healing. The most important tank responsibility is to survive while enduring the enemy’s damage. Sometimes independently from a healer.

Second, a significant responsibility is to provide buffs and debuffs to your group. The ESO Nightblade PvE Tank Build has everything that you need to be successful in tanking. We will also give different gear options in case you lack the necessary gear, whether beginner or hardcore tank in the Elder Scrolls Online.

ESO Nightblade PvE Tank Build Features and Mechanics

Below are some of the features found using the ESO Nightblade PvE Tank Build in the Elder Scrolls Online:

  • Class – Nightblade
  • Weapon One – Sword and Shield
  • Weapon Two – Frost Staff
  • Armor Types: 5 Heavy, 1 Medium, 1 Light
  • Race: Nord
  • Attributes: 64 Health
  • Mundus Stone: Atronach

Skills

Bar One: Sword and Shield

Two options in tanking:

  • Sword and Shield (preferred front bar)
  • Frost Staff (preferred back bar)

Silver Leash (Morph of Silver Bolts | Skill Line : Fighters Guild) – Pulls mob in to quickly clear out trash. Downside it cost stamina and can be a burden to cast multiple times. Can be useful to have Void Bash two piece gear set instead.

Pierce Armor (Morph of Puncture | Skill Line : One Hand and Shield) – Single target taunt with massive armor debuff making DPS do more damage. Most mobs have 18,200 resistances, the lower, the more damage your group does. Use this on your priority target like a boss, mini boss or something you want to kill fast. If you’re using Master’s Sword and Shield this will heal you as well.

Revealing Flare (Skill Line : Support) – Slotted primarily for major protection damage reduction and magicka sustain via the skill lines passive.

Healthy Offering (Morph of Malevolent Offering | Skill Line : Siphoning) – Restores Magicka and Health on light attacks, heavy attacks restore twice the value. Restores a chunk of Magicka when effect ends at full duration. If sustain is not needed, swap it out for flex skill.

Mass Hysteria (Morph of Aspect of Terror | Skill Line : Shadow) – AoE stun to crowd control and fear multiple trash mobs. This is your flex spot.

Soul Siphon (Morph of Soul Shred | Skill Line : Siphoning) – Great survival burst utlimate. You can always go with replenishing barrier for a higher cost shield ult.

Bar Two: Destruction staff – Ice staff

The Ice staff passives provide block mitigation and defence. We choose Ice staff as a tank because of its ability to support the group.

ESO Nightblade PvE Tank Build (8)

ESO Nightblade PvE Tank Build (9)

ESO Nightblade PvE Tank Build (10)

ESO Nightblade PvE Tank Build (11)

ESO Nightblade PvE Tank Build (12)

ESO Nightblade PvE Tank Build (13)

Balance (Morph of Equilibrium | Skill Line : Mages Guild) – This skill gives us our armor buff alongside magicka at the cost of health. Spam this with all your heals coming in for huge magicka return.

Frost Clench (Morph of Destructive Touch | Skill Line : Destruction Staff) – Range taunt that debuffs the enemy’s damage. Slot Inner Rage here in very long fights where you can’t reach the target.

Phantasmal Escape (Morph of Blur | Skill Line : Assassination) – This skill provides AoE damage reduction via the major evasion buff which is unique among tanks making a very strong skill. Consider this your flex spot.

Blockade of Frost (Morph of Wall of Elements | Skill Line : Destruction Staff) – Use for AoE shield and immobilize and chance to proc brittle status effect adding damage to your team.

Refreshing Path (Morph of Path of Darkness | Skill Line : Shadow) – Good heal over time also provides the group major expedition.

Aggressive Horn (Morph of War Horn | Skill Line : Assault) – massive stat and damage increase to the group, rotate with other players.

Scribing Skills & Grimoires – ESO PvE Tank Build

Ulfsild’s Contingency, Shield Throw, and Soul Burst are the best Grimoires (skills) for a PvE Tank build in ESO. Contingency grants damage reduction and damage shield, while Shield Throw can act as a pull or ranged taunt with major evasion. Soul burst is helpful for shield and ultimate generation. Below are our suggested Grimoires for Tanks:

  • Ulfsild’s Contingency (Mages Guild): Damage Shield (focus script), Gladiator’s Tenacity (signature script), and Protection (affixed script).
  • Shield Throw (One-Hand and Shield): Pull or Taunt (focus script), Druid’s Resurgence (signature script), Major Evasion (affixed script).
  • Soul Burst (Soul Magic): Damage Shield (focus script), Anchorite’s Potency (signature script, and Resolve (affixed script).

The Scribing System utilizes one of 11 new skills from the Gold Road Chapter called Grimoires. With Grimoires, you can customize spells viaScripts. The scribing feature requires the purchase of theGold Road Chapter(sponsored link). To learn more aboutscribing, check out our full guide here.

Passives Skills

Consider taking all of the passives in the below skill trees to increase your builds performance without slotting any skills:

  • Assassination (class skill line)
  • Shadow (class skill line)
  • Siphoning (class skill line)
  • Sword And Shield (weapon skill line)
  • Destruction Staff (weapon skill line)
  • Light Armor
  • Medium Armor
  • Heavy Armor
  • Undaunted
  • Mage’s Guild
  • Fighter’s Guild
  • Psjiic Order
  • Racial
  • Alliance War Support
  • Alliance War Assault
  • Crafting, Alchemy Medicinal Use

Gear 1: Main Tank Trial Gear

SlotTypeSetTraitGlyph
HeadmediumNazaraySturdyPrismatic
ShoulderslightNazaraySturdyPrismatic
ChestheavyPerfected Pearlescent WardReinforcedPrismatic
LegsheavyPerfected Pearlescent WardSturdyPrismatic
GlovesheavyPerfected Pearlescent WardSturdyPrismatic
BootsheavyPerfected Pearlescent WardSturdyPrismatic
BeltheavyPerfected Pearlescent WardSturdyPrismatic
Weapon OneSwordPerfected Puncturing RemedyDecisiveWeakening
SecondaryShieldPerfected Puncturing RemedySturdyHealth
Weapon TwoIce StaffCrimson Oath’s RiveInfusedCrusher
NecklaceCrimson Oath’s RiveInfusedMagicka Recovery
Ring 1Crimson Oath’s RiveTriuneMagicka Recovery
Ring 2Crimson Oath’s RiveTriuneMagicka Recovery
Monster Helm and Arena Set

Nazaray: obtained in Shipwright’s Regret DLC Ascending Tide. Considered best in slot due to extending all the important debuffs adding huge damage to your group.

FLEX OPTIONS

Perfected Puncturing Remedy:obtained in Veteran Dragonstar Arena in Craglorn though can do normal and get a lesser version. Perfect set to front bar, which adds a ton of resistance and amazing self-healing for something we are doing anyway: taunting!

FLEX OPTIONS

  • Void Bash= great if you want to pull trash in easily
Gear Sets

Crimson Oath’s Rive: obtained in the Veteran Dread Cellar, Waking Flame DLC. Similar to Tremorscale, this set adds massive damage if you’re using heavily focused meta stamina builds.

Perfected Pearlescent Ward: found in Dreadsail Reef trial, High Isle Chapter. A passive buff is useful to all players in the trial.

FLEX OPTIONS BACK BAR

Gear 2: Off Trials Tank

The below gear setup is intended for 12-player trials when you are the secondary tank ESO Nightblade PvE Tank Build:

SlotTypeSetTraitGlyph
HeadmediumTremorscaleSturdyPrismatic
ShoulderslightTremorscaleSturdyPrismatic
ChestheavyPerfected Claw of YolnahkriinReinforcedPrismatic
LegsheavyPerfected Claw of YolnahkriinReinforcedPrismatic
GlovesheavyPerfected Claw of YolnahkriinSturdyPrismatic
BootsheavyPerfected Claw of YolnahkriinSturdyPrismatic
BeltheavyPerfected Claw of YolnahkriinSturdyPrismatic
Weapon OneSwordPerfected Puncturing RemedyDecisiveWeakening
SecondaryShieldPerfected Puncturing RemedySturdyHealth
Weapon TwoIce StaffCrimson Oath’s RiveInfusedCrusher
NecklaceCrimson Oath’s RiveInfusedMagicka Recovery
Ring 1Crimson Oath’s RiveInfusedMagicka Recovery
Ring 2Crimson Oath’s RiveInfusedReduced Block Cost

Gear 3: Dungeons and Arenas

The below gear setup is designed for four-player arenas and dungeons including hard modes:

SlotTypeSetTraitGlyph
HeadmediumMagma IncarnateSturdyPrismatic
ShoulderslightSpaulder of RuinSturdyHealth
ChestheavyDrake’s RushReinforcedPrismatic
LegsheavyDrake’s RushSturdyPrismatic
GlovesheavyDrake’s RushSturdyHealth
BootsheavyDrake’s RushSturdyHealth
BeltheavyDrake’s RushSturdyHealth
Weapon OneSwordPerfected Puncturing RemedyDecisiveWeakening
SecondaryShieldPerfected Puncturing RemedySturdyHealth
Weapon TwoIce StaffPowerful AssaultInfusedCrusher
NecklacePowerful AssaultTriuneMagicka Recovery
Ring 1Powerful AssaultTriuneMagicka Recovery
Ring 2Powerful AssaultTriuneMagicka Recovery
  • Magma Incarnate: Provides resource sustain to you. Obtained in The Dread Cellar Waking Flame DLC.
  • Spaulder of Ruin: Gives group power weapon and spell damage buff. Apart of Mythic system.
  • Drake’s Rush: Used for ultimate generation. Obtained in Black Drake Villa, Flames of Ambition DLC.
  • Perfected Puncturing Remedy: Heals you and grants resistance. Obtained in Dragonstar Arena base game 4-player arena.
  • Powerful Assault: Adds group weapon and spell damage buff. Found in Imperial City Sewers, base game DLC.

Gear 4: Beginner

This setup is designed for someone who just started ESO or is sub 300 champion points and doesn’t have access to monster sets.

SlotTypeSetTraitGlyph
HeadheavyGrace of GloomSturdyHealth
ShouldersheavyGrace of GloomSturdyHealth
ChestheavyEbon ArmoryReinforcedHealth
LegsheavyEbon ArmorySturdyHealth
GlovesheavyEbon ArmorySturdyHealth
BootsheavyEbon ArmorySturdyHealth
BeltheavyEbon ArmorySturdyHealth
Weapon OneSwordEnduranceDecisiveWeakening
SecondaryShieldEnduranceSturdyHealth
Weapon TwoIce StaffEnduranceInfusedCrusher
NecklaceGrace of GloomHealthyReduce Bracing Cost
Ring 1Grace of GloomHealthyMagicka Recovery
Ring 2Grace of GloomHealthyMagicka Recovery
  • Grace of Gloom: Gives user reduce AOE damage and healing. Found in Summerset overland, Summerset DLC.
  • Ebon Armory: Provides max health to you and others. Found in base game dungeon, Crypt of Hearts I, Crypt of Hearts II.
  • Endurance: Simple health buff set. Found in Imperial City Sewers, base game DLC.

Race

The best race choices for the Nightblade PvE Tank:

  1. Nord: Great resistance passives for players who want more defensive gameplay and high stamina resource pool.
  2. Imperial: The best overall stat pool for tanking and skill cost reduction in cost makes it.
  3. Argonian: It’s a powerful defensive tank race all around.

Attributes

The best choice is 64 health, which increases your survivability.

Mundus Stone

The Atronach is the best Mundus Stone for PvE Tank Builds because it increases Magicka recovery.

Champion Points – ESO Nightblade PvE Tank Build

Warfare Constellation Champion Points

ESO Nightblade PvE Tank Build (16)

Below is a step-by-step method for slotting your champion points in the Warfare tree (blue). We have used the minimum possible to reach 4 slottable selections all maxed out. If you have more CP, consider taking more in the passives for optimal performance.

Below are recommended Warfare Champion Point selections for the ESO Nightblade PvE Tank Build:

  1. Tireless discipline 10
  2. Staving death – sub con – Quick recovery 10
  3. Staving death – sub con – ironclad (slottable)– 50
  4. Duelist rebuff (slottable) – 50
  5. Enduring resolve (slottable) – 50
  6. Unassailable (slottable) – 50

This would be the bare minimum setup, spending 220 CP (660 total required). The next step is to max out passives, that do not require a slottable but increase performance.

  1. Precision 20
  2. Piercing 20
  3. Tireless discipline 10
  4. Eldritch insight 20
  5. Blessed 20
  6. Quick recovery 10
  7. Flawless ritual 40
  8. War mage 30
  9. Battle mastery 40
  10. Mighty 30
  11. Elemental aegis 20
  12. Hardy 20
  13. Preparation 20

This would max out the Warfare tree with all active and passive champion points at 520 spent 1,560 total spent.

Fitness Constellation Champion Points

ESO Nightblade PvE Tank Build (17)

Below are recommended Fitness Champion Point selections for the ESO Nightblade PvE Tank Build:

  1. Fortified (slottable) 50
  2. Rejuvenation (slottable) 50
  3. Sprinter 10
  4. Winder chaser – sub con – hasty 8
  5. Tireless guardian 10
  6. Walking Fortress – sub con – Nimble Protectors 3
  7. Walking fortress – sub con – Bracing anchor (slottable) 50
  8. Hero’s Vigor 10
  9. Shield master 10
  10. Bastion (slottable) 50

This would be the bare minimum setup, spending 251 CP (753 total required). The next step is to max out passives, that do not require a slottable but increase performance.

  1. Hero’s Vigor 10
  2. Tumbling 30
  3. Sprinter 10
  4. Defiance 20
  5. Hasty 8
  6. Tireless guardian 10
  7. Fortification 30
  8. Nimble 3
  9. Mystic tenacity 50
  10. Tempered soul 50
  11. Piercing gaze 30
  12. Savage defense 30
  13. Bashing brutality 20

This would max out the fitness tree with all active passive champion points at 552 cp spent and 1,656 total spent.

Craft Constellation Champion Points

ESO Nightblade PvE Tank Build (18)

Below are recommended Craft Champion Point selections for the ESO Nightblade PvE Tank Build:

  1. Steed’s blessing (slottable) – 50
  2. Breakfall 10
  3. Wanderer 15
  4. Steadfast 10
  5. Treasure hunter 50 (slottable)
  6. rationer (slottable) 30
  7. liquid efficiency (slottable) 75

This would be the bare minimum setup, spending 240CP (720 total required). The next step is to max out passives, that do not require a slottable but increase performance.

  1. Steadfast enchantment 40cp
  2. Breakfall 40 cp
  3. Wanderer 60
  4. Fortunes favor 50
  5. Friends in low places 25
  6. Out of sight 30
  7. Fleet of phantom 40
  8. Soul’s Reservoir 33
  9. Gilded fingers 50
  10. Fortunes favor 40
  11. Inspiration boost 45
  12. Infamous 30

This would max out the crafting tree with all active passive champion points at 723 cp spent 2,169 total spent.

Consumables

Bewitched Sugar Skulls food and Essence of Health (tri-stat) potions are the best consumables for a PvE Tank in the Elder Scrolls Online. Bewitched gives you all three useful resources and health recovery tools for a tank. Tri-stat potions give you health and a flood of both magicka and stamina for blocking and casting spells. Longfin Pasty with Melon Sauce is an alternative to Bewitched Sugar Skulls or rewards in the crown store with max stats.

  • Bewitched Sugar Skulls: Increase Max Health by 4620, Max Stamina and Max Magicka by 4250, and Health Recovery by 462 for 2 hours. Ingredients: Scrib Jelly, Flour, Columbine, Bervez Juice, and Honey.
  • Longfin Pasty with Melon Sauch: increase max health, magicka, and stamina. Crafted with provisions, including fish fruit, melon vegetable, greens, and Frost Mirriam.
  • Tri-Pots – grants immediate health, stamina, and magicka, along with tri-recovery. Crafted with alchemy from ingredients such as Bugloss, Columbine, and Mountain Flower,

Build Summary – ESO Nightblade PvE Tank Build

Class: Nightblade

Race: Nord

Attributes: 64 Health

Mundus Stone: Atronach

Weapon One: Sword and Shield

Weapon Two: Frost Staff

Armor Set 1: Perfected Pearlescent Ward

Armor Set 2: Crimson Oath’s Rive

Monster Helm: Nazaray

Armor Weight: 5 Heavy, 1 Medium, 1 Light

Skill Bar 1

  • Silver Leash
  • Pierce Armor
  • Revealing Flare
  • Healthy Offering
  • Mass Hysteria
  • Soul Siphon (Ultimate)

Skill Bar 2

  • Balance
  • Destructive Clench
  • Phantasmal Escape
  • Blockade of Frost
  • Refreshing Path
  • Aggressive Warhorn (Ultimate)

Scribing Grimoires and Scripts

  • Ulfsild’s Contingency
    • (Mages Guild): Damage Shield (focus script)
    • Gladiator’s Tenacity (signature script)
    • Protection (affixed script).
  • Shield Throw (One-Hand and Shield)
    • Pull or Taunt (focus script)
    • Druid’s Resurgence (signature script)
    • Major Evasion (affixed script).
Looking For More ESO Builds?

Thank you for reading the ESO Nightblade PvE Tank Build Guide. We provide the latest news and create guides for ESO. Also, watch me play games onTwitch or visit myYouTubechannel!

ESO Nightblade PvE Tank Build (2024)

References

Top Articles
Latest Posts
Article information

Author: Dr. Pierre Goyette

Last Updated:

Views: 6223

Rating: 5 / 5 (50 voted)

Reviews: 81% of readers found this page helpful

Author information

Name: Dr. Pierre Goyette

Birthday: 1998-01-29

Address: Apt. 611 3357 Yong Plain, West Audra, IL 70053

Phone: +5819954278378

Job: Construction Director

Hobby: Embroidery, Creative writing, Shopping, Driving, Stand-up comedy, Coffee roasting, Scrapbooking

Introduction: My name is Dr. Pierre Goyette, I am a enchanting, powerful, jolly, rich, graceful, colorful, zany person who loves writing and wants to share my knowledge and understanding with you.