Assassination

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Assassination is the first skill line of the Nightblade class in Elder Scrolls Online. The name of the tree tells everything for itself. All abilities have one clear goal - to kill enemy fast. That’s why all enemies are afraid of Nightblade class. The Assassination tree is for melee fighters and will not help ranged assassins.

  • Death Stroke is an ultimate ability that damages the target and reduces efficiency of all incoming healing applied to the target. Very good ability that allows to confuse opponent and make him nervous.
  • Assassin’s Blade is a strike that damages the target. The spell works great against targets with low health dealing them increased damage. Perfect way to kill weak enemy.
  • Teleport Strike allows to decrease distance between you and enemy fast. The ability teleports Nightblade to the enemy, deals damage and stuns the target. It is a great attacking spell that can be used for different purposes.
  • Blur increases Nightblade’s chance to avoid attack. Enemies don’t miss all attacks, but their chances to miss increase.
  • Mark Target allows to chose a single target and deal extra damage when attacking it. When the target is killed you receive Health.
  • Haste makes Nightblade’s weapon attacks faster. It is a great ability for increasing DPS. Haste + Blur is a very good combination for PvP.

The school has 4 passive abilities that restore Magicka energy, increase critical strike damage, critical strike rating and increase damage while invisible. The full description of each passive can be found in the table.

As you can see all abilities of the Assassination line are for melee combat. There are spells that will help you to kill escaping target or perform sudden attack, kill target with low health, increase your attack speed and increase your evasion. A character who specializes in Assassination is a killing machine. Does it mean that all Nightblades with Assassination specialization are gods at the battlefield? No. The general minus of such build is that there is only one protective ability there. Moreover, this ability does not protect character fully; it only increases chances to evade. The build is absolutely playable but the survivability of such specialization is low. Assassination specialization is for those who prefer hardcore melee fights and is not afraid of being killed.

If you don’t like the idea of low survivability nothing stops you from creating your own build. You can mix Assassination spells with other schools to create the combination you like. That’s how class system in ESO works.

Do not forget that all class spells require Magicka energy. Maybe it looks a little bit strange when we speak about Nightblade but that is how it works. If you are going to use Assassination skills make sure you have enough Magicka energy. You should sometimes invest points into increasing the size of your Magicka pool.

Death Stroke

Death Stroke (Ultimate Skill)

Very powerful attack that deals direct damage. Strength of the strike depends on your Ultimate pool. Also applies a debuf that decease efficiency of all healing received by the target. This ability can be upgraded (Morphed) into one of the following abilities:

Assassin's Blade

Assassin's Blade (Active Skill)

- Deals x Magic damage
- Low health targets take 300% additional damgage This ability can be upgraded (Morphed) into one of the following abilities:

Teleport Strike

Teleport Strike (Active Skill)

- Step through the shadows, appearing next your target
- Deal magic damage to enemy and stun him This ability can be upgraded (Morphed) into one of the following abilities:

Blur

Blur (Active Skill)

For 20 seconds:
- Attackers have x% miss chance when attacking you This ability can be upgraded (Morphed) into one of the following abilities:

Mark Target

Mark Target (Active Skill)

- Mark a target for death
- Your attacks ignore 50% of the target's resistances, and their attacks ignore 50% of your resistances
- Killing the marked target heals you This ability can be upgraded (Morphed) into one of the following abilities:

Haste

Haste (Active Skill)

For x seconds:
- Increase attack speed with heavy and light attacks This ability can be upgraded (Morphed) into one of the following abilities:

Master Assassin

Master Assassin (Passive Skill)

Deal increased damage while stealthed or invisible. Successful sneak attacks stun for longer

Executioner

Executioner (Passive Skill)

Killing an enemy with an Assassination ability restores some Magicka.

Pressure Points

Pressure Points (Passive Skill)

Every Assassination ability on your current hotbar increases critical strike chance.

Hemorrhage

Hemorrhage (Passive Skill)

Every Assassination ability on your current hotbar increases critical strike damage.

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