Siphoning

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Siphoning is the third skill line of the Nightblade class. All skills of this path are aimed to weaken the target with debuffs. All skills have a mutual effect – Nightblade receives a part of enemies’ health, magicka, stamina, damage and so on depending on the skill. This path is perfect for those who prefer to weaken enemies and receive bonuses for that. Many of the spells have DoT (Damage over Time) effects and affect the target for a period of time.

Let’s look at the spells closely:

  • Soul Shred - an Ultimate Ability that deals damage and stuns nearby foes. Allies may activate Leaching Strike synergy – heavy attack with life leaching effect.
  • Strife – basic DoT spell that heals Nightblade and damages the target.
  • Agony – stunning spell with DoT effect. Can be interrupted by any other incoming damage.
  • Cripple – DoT spell that siphons movement speed. Your enemy becomes slow, you become faster.
  • Siphoning Strikes – decreasing your basic damage but restores Magicka and Stamina with every hit.
  • Drain Power – decrease the attack power of nearby foes. Nightblade receives portion of that power. The more enemies are affected – the better.

As you can see almost all skills affect the target for a period of time and give different bonuses to Nightblade. The school can help you in different situations. For example, you can use Cripple to escape from an enemy or to catch escaping target. Agony can help your group to put one enemy out of action and concentrate damage on the remaining targets.

Some spells of Siphoning skill path are great to use with a ranged weapon because they allow to keep distance and they give additional control. You can create your own build combining Assassination, Shadow and Siphoning skills.

Soul Shred

Soul Shred (Ultimate Skill)

Deals AoE damage and stuns all foes in a radius. Allies may activate Leeching Strike synergy – strong attack with life leeching effect. This ability can be upgraded (Morphed) into one of the following abilities:

Strife

Strife (Active Skill)

Medium duration DoT that leaches health from your enemy and gain a portion of it to the Nightblade. This ability can be upgraded (Morphed) into one of the following abilities:

Agony

Agony (Active Skill)

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. This ability can be upgraded (Morphed) into one of the following abilities:

Cripple

Cripple (Active Skill)

Deals damage and siphons movement speed from your enemy to you This ability can be upgraded (Morphed) into one of the following abilities:

Siphoning Strikes

Siphoning Strikes (Active Skill)

When toggled Nightblade deals less damage with his weapon but regenerates a portion of Magicka and Stamina with every weapon strike. This ability can be upgraded (Morphed) into one of the following abilities:

Drain Power

Drain Power (Active Skill)

Weakens enemies in a radius, decreasing their Attack Power. Nightblade gains extra AP from every enemy affected by the spell. This ability can be upgraded (Morphed) into one of the following abilities:

Catalyst

Catalyst (Passive Skill)

Permanently increases efficiency of all magical potions

Magicka Flood

Magicka Flood (Passive Skill)

Increases Magicka pool when you have at least 1 Siphoning ability slotted on your current hotbar.

Soul Siphoner

Soul Siphoner (Passive Skill)

Increases healing effect of Siphoning abilities

Transfer

Transfer (Passive Skill)

Gains Ultimate Points every time you deal damage with Siphoning ability

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