The Elder Scrolls Online: Nightblade Skills – Assassination

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Nightblade Abilities
Ultimate AbilitiesActive AbilitiesPassive Abilities

Assassination is one of three class skill lines available to Nightblades. Skills in this line focus on melee weapon attacks. Assassination has an associated skill line that is revealed through leveling up your character, whilst using that class. Known abilities are listed below.

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Ultimate Abilities
These abilities must be activated manually, for a cost of Ultimate.

Skill Skill Type Unlock Cost Cast Time
(Duration)
Range/Radius
(Target)
Death Stroke Ultimate Assassination
Rank 12
70 Ultimate Instant
(6s)
5m range
(Enemy)
Death Stroke

  • Ravage an enemy with a spinning attack, dealing 3058 Magic Damage and increasing your damage against them by 20% for 6 seconds. Also afflicts the enemy with Major Defile, reducing the effectiveness of healing done to them by 30%.
Skill Morph Incapacitating Strike (Death Stroke Rank IV) 70 Ultimate Instant
(6s)
5m range
(Enemy)
Incapacitating Strike (Morph)

  • Ravage an enemy with a spinning attack, dealing 3058 Disease Damage, stunning them for 4.5 seconds, and increasing your damage against them by 20% for 6 seconds. Also afflicts the enemy with Major Defile, which reduces the effectiveness of healing done to them by 30%.
  • Deals Disease Damage and stuns the enemy.
Skill Morph Soul Harvest (Death Stroke Rank IV) 70 Ultimate Instant
(6s)
5m range
(Enemy)
Soul Harvest (Morph)

  • Ravage an enemy with a spinning attack, dealing 3058 Magic Damage and increasing your damage against them by 20% for 6 seconds. Also afflicts the enemy with Major Defile, reducing the effectiveness of healing done to them by 30%. While slotted, any time you kill an enemy you gain 10 Ultimate.
  • While slotted, any time you kill an enemy you gain Ultimate.


Active Abilities
These abilities must be activated manually, for a cost.

Skill Skill Type Unlock Cost Cast Time
(Duration)
Range/Radius
(Target)
Assassin's Blade Active Assassination
Rank 1
1890 Magicka Instant 5m range
(Enemy)
Assassin’s Blade

  • Thrust a magic blade with lethal precision to stab an enemy, dealing 972 Magic Damage. Deals 300% more damage to targets at or below 25% Health.
Skill Morph Killer's Blade (Assassin’s Blade Rank IV) 1606 Stamina Instant 5m range
(Enemy)
Killer’s Blade (Morph)

  • Thrust a caustic blade with lethal precision to stab an enemy, dealing 972 Disease Damage. Deals 300% more damage to targets at or below 25% Health. Heals you for 20% of your Maximum Health if the target dies within 2 seconds.
  • Converts into a Stamina ability and deals Disease Damage. Also heals you if the target dies within two seconds of use.
Skill Morph Impale (Assassin’s Blade Rank IV) 1890 Magicka Instant 15m range
(Enemy)
Impale (Morph)

  • Throw a magic blade with lethal precision to strike an enemy, dealing 972 Magic Damage. Deals 300% more damage to targets at or below 25% Health.
  • Allows you to use the ability at range.
Teleport Strike Active Assassination
Rank 4
4050 Magicka Instant 22m range
(Enemy)
Teleport Strike

  • Flash through the shadows and ambush an enemy, dealing 1458 Magic Damage and stunning them for 2 seconds. If the target is a player, they are briefly snared instead of being stunned.
Skill Morph Lotus Fan (Teleport Strike Rank IV) 4050 Magicka Instant 22m range
(Enemy)
Lotus Fan (Morph)

  • Flash through the shadows and ambush an enemy, dealing 1458 Magic Damage and reducing their Movement Speed by 70% for 8 seconds. After teleporting you unleash a fan of knives, dealing an additional 1126 Magic Damage over 8 seconds to the target and nearby enemies.
  • Snares the target for longer instead of stunning them, and deals additional damage over time to the target and nearby enemies.
Skill Morph Ambush (Teleport Strike Rank IV) 3442 Stamina Instant 22m range
(Enemy)
Ambush (Morph)

  • Flash through the shadows and ambush an enemy, dealing 1503 Physical Damage and stunning them for 2 seconds. Also grants you Empower, increasing the damage of your next attack by 20%. If the target is a player, they are briefly snared instead of being stunned.
  • Converts to a Stamina ability, and grants you Major Empower, increasing the damage of your next attack.
Blur Active Assassination
Rank 20
3780 Magicka Instant
(26s)

(Self)
Blur

  • Surround yourself in a phantasmic aura to gain Major Evasion, increasing your Dodge Chance by 15% for 26 seconds.
Skill Morph Mirage (Blur Rank IV) 3780 Magicka Instant
(26s)

(Self)
Mirage (Morph)

  • Surround yourself in a phantasmic aura to gain Major Evasion, Minor Resolve and Minor Ward, increasing your Dodge Chance by 15% and your Physical Resistance and Spell Resistance by 1320 for 26 seconds.
  • Grants Minor Resolve and Minor Ward, increasing your Physical and Spell Resistance.
Skill Morph Double Take (Blur Rank IV) 3780 Magicka Instant
(26s)

(Self)
Double Take (Morph)

  • Surround yourself in a phantasmic aura to gain Major Evasion, increasing your Dodge Chance by 15% for 26 seconds. Grants Major Expedition, increasing your Movement Speed 30% for 4 seconds.
  • Grants Major Expedition for a short period after activation, increasing your Movement Speed.
Mark Target Active Assassination
Rank 30
2700 Magicka Instant
(20s)
50m range
(Enemy)
Mark Target

  • Expose an enemy’s weaknesses to afflict them with Major Fracture and Major Breach, reducing their Physical Resistance and Spell Resistance by 5280 for 20 seconds. When a marked enemy dies, you heal for 40% of your Maximum Health. You can only have one Mark Target active at a time.
Skill Morph Piercing Mark (Mark Target Rank IV) 2700 Magicka Instant
(27s)
50m range
(Enemy)
Piercing Mark (Morph)

  • Expose an enemy’s weaknesses to afflict them with Major Fracture and Major Breach, reducing their Physical Resistance and Spell Resistance by 5280 for 30 seconds. You can detect marked enemies even if they use stealth or invisibility, and when a marked enemy dies, you heal for 40% of your Maximum Health. You can only have one Piercing Mark active at a time.
  • Ability has an increased duration, and you can see the target if they use stealth or invisibility.
Skill Morph Reaping Mark (Mark Target Rank IV) 2700 Magicka Instant
(20s)
50m range
(Enemy)
Reaping Mark (Morph)

  • Expose an enemy’s weaknesses to afflict them with Major Fracture and Major Breach, reducing Physical Resistance and Spell Resistance by 5280 for 20 seconds. When a marked enemy dies, you heal for 60% of your Maximum Health and you gain Major Berserk, increasing your damage done by 25% for 5 seconds. You can only have one Reaper’s Mark active at a time.
  • If the marked enemy dies, you heal for more and gain Major Berserk, increasing your damage done.
Grim Focus Active Assassination
Rank 42
2700 Magicka Instant
(20s)

(Self)
Grim Focus

  • Build up deadly momentum to gain Minor Berserk, increasing your damage done by 8% for 20 seconds. While active, hitting an enemy with 5 Light or Heavy Attacks changes this ability into Assassin's Will Assassin’s Will, allowing you to fire a single shot from a spectral bow at an enemy to deal 3496 Magic Damage.
Skill Morph Relentless Focus (Grim Focus Rank IV) 2295 Stamina Instant
(20s)

(Self)
Relentless Focus (Morph)

  • Build up deadly momentum to gain Minor Berserk and Minor Endurance, increasing your damage done by 8% and Stamina Recovery by 10% for 20 seconds. While active, hitting an enemy with 5 Light or Heavy Attacks changes this ability into Assassin's Scourge Assassin’s Scourge, allowing you to fire a single shot from a Spectral Bow at an enemy to deal 3601 Disease Damage.
  • Converts into a Stamina ability and deals Disease Damage. Grants Minor Endurance, increasing your Stamina Recovery.
Skill Morph Merciless Resolve (Grim Focus Rank IV) 2700 Magicka Instant
(20s)

(Self)
Merciless Resolve (Morph)

  • Build up deadly momentum to gain Minor Berserk, increasing your damage done by 8% for 20 seconds. While active, hitting an enemy with 5 Light or Heavy Attacks changes this ability into Assassin's Will Assassin’s Will, allowing you to fire a single shot from a Spectral Bow at an enemy to deal 3888 Magic Damage and reduce their Movement Speed by 40% for 3 seconds.
  • The Spectral Bow does more damage and snares the enemy.


Passive Abilities
Passive abilities are active all the time.

Name Line Rank Skill Rank Description
Master Assassin
Master Assassin
8 I Increases your Weapon Damage and Spell Damage by 5% while you are Sneaking or invisible. Increases the duration of the stun from Sneak by 100%.
18 II Increases your Weapon Damage and Spell Damage by 10% while you are Sneaking or invisible. Increases the duration of the stun from Sneak by 100%.
Executioner
Executioner
14 I You restore 936 Magicka over 6 seconds when you kill an enemy with an Assassination ability.
27 II You restore 1876 Magicka over 6 seconds when you kill an enemy with an Assassination ability.
Pressure Points
Pressure Points
22 I Increases your Weapon Critical and Spell Critical ratings by 219 for each Assassination ability slotted.
36 II Increases your Weapon Critical and Spell Critical ratings by 438 for each Assassination ability slotted.
Hemorrhage
Hemorrhage
39 I With an Assassination ability slotted:
Increases your Critical Damage done by 5%. Dealing Critical Damage grants you and your group Minor Savagery, increasing your Weapon Critical rating by 657 for 10 seconds.
50 II With an Assassination ability slotted:
Increases your Critical Damage done by 10%. Dealing Critical Damage grants you and your group Minor Savagery, increasing your Weapon Critical rating by 657 for 20 seconds.
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