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Nightblade is the assassin class in Elder Scrolls Online. He uses the advantages of shadow and night to perform sudden attacks and deal a lot of damage from stealth. Hidden attacks are always unexpected and each attack from stealth deals extra damage and stuns the target. They are friends of the night and like to use magic to weaken their enemies.
As any other class in Elder Scrolls Online, Nightblade has three lines of class skills. With the Different skill lines achieving different goals. You can focus on one line to receive the maximum effect from a path, or, you can mix different abilities as you like. Thus you can make your own unique class according to your playing style. There are three skill lines that a Nightblade can master:
|Death Stroke||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.|
|Assassin's Blade||- Deals x Magic damage - Low health targets take 300% additional damgage|
|Teleport Strike||- Step through the shadows, appearing next your target - Deal magic damage to enemy and stun him|
|Blur||For 20 seconds: - Attackers have x% miss chance when attacking you|
|Mark Target||- 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|
|Haste||For x seconds: - Increase attack speed with heavy and light attacks|
|Master Assassin||Deal increased damage while stealthed or invisible. Successful sneak attacks stun for longer|
|Executioner||Killing an enemy with an Assassination ability restores some Magicka.|
|Pressure Points||Every Assassination ability on your current hotbar increases critical strike chance.|
|Hemorrhage||Every Assassination ability on your current hotbar increases critical strike damage.|
|Consuming Darkness||Creates an area of darkness that snares enemies and gains you invisibility. Attacking an enemy removes the invisibility for a short time. Allies can also gain invisibility by activating Slip Away synergy.|
|Shadow Cloak||- Gain invisibility for short duration - You don't regenerate magicka while invisible|
|Veiled Strike||- Deals Magic damage and sets the enemy off balance - Stuns enemy for x seconds|
|Summon Shade||- Summons a shade to attack target enemy - Attacked enemies deal less damage for short duration|
|Path of Darkness||Deals damage and creates a dark path in front of your character. You have increased movement speed when you move along this path.|
|Aspect of Terror||Crowd control ability that fears nearby enemies.|
|Refreshing Shadow||Activating Shadow ability gains you bonus stamina regeneration.|
|Shadow Barrier||Your character receives extra protection after invisibility or stealth.|
|Fortitude||Every Shadow ability slotted on your current hotbar increases your health pool.|
|Dark Veil||Permanently increase duration of all Shadow abilities.|
|Soul Shred||Deals AoE damage and stuns all foes in a radius. Allies may activate Leeching Strike synergy – strong attack with life leeching effect.|
|Strife||Medium duration DoT that leaches health from your enemy and gain a portion of it to the Nightblade.|
|Agony||Medium duration spell that stuns the target and deals damage while the target is stunned. The effect disappears if the affected target receives damage from any other source.|
|Cripple||Deals damage and siphons movement speed from your enemy to you|
|Siphoning Strikes||When toggled Nightblade deals less damage with his weapon but regenerates a portion of Magicka and Stamina with every weapon strike.|
|Drain Power||Weakens enemies in a radius, decreasing their Attack Power. Nightblade gains extra AP from every enemy affected by the spell.|
|Catalyst||Permanently increases efficiency of all magical potions|
|Magicka Flood||Increases Magicka pool when you have at least 1 Siphoning ability slotted on your current hotbar.|
|Soul Siphoner||Increases healing effect of Siphoning abilities|
|Transfer||Gains Ultimate Points every time you deal damage with Siphoning ability|
This class is one of the most popular. That’s because you can play in two dimensions simultaneously. You can attack your target as other classes do, and, you can benefit from using stealth and invisibility. Though all classes in the game can sneak, Nightblades are the only ones which have the ability to enter stealth in combat. They also have abilities that make stealth much more beneficial.
Daggers and small swords are the favourite weapons of the class. Light weapons will be a very good choice. If you look closely at the Dual Wield skill line, you will notice that there are some sweet passives for any assassin. For example
The great thing about Elder Scrolls Online is that you can equip any weapon you want. If you think that your playing style requires two-handed weapon, one handed and shield, bow or magical staff you are free to take it. It is completely up to you as the player, and your playing style.
The best armour set for Nightblade is Medium Armour. It gives enough freedom for quick movements and attacks. Medium Armour also makes your movements quiet which will aid a lot when in stealth. Do not forget that full Medium Armour gives several good passives that will help any assassin:
Heavy Armor is not the best choice for those who wish to play as sneaky characters, because it does not give bonuses to stealth movement and stamina. But, heavy set will increase your resistance to damage and your health. The art of being a Nightblade is not easy and you will have to choose your own gaming style. It is your choice how to play. This is the beauty of ESO as it gives you a lot of variants for each class.
One of the main resource pools for Nightblade is Stamina. This resource is necessary to maintain stealth mode so each assassin must have enough stamina. Do not forget that you will require it to interrupt enemies and perform special attacks, as well as for breaking out of stuns. So make sure your stamina pool is deep enough for sneaking and fighting. Medium Armour gives bonuses to stamina regeneration which is one more reason to wear it.
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