The Elder Scrolls Online: Nightblade Skills – Shadow

SkillsClassNightbladeAssassinationShadowSiphoning

Nightblade Abilities
Ultimate AbilitiesActive AbilitiesPassive Abilities

Shadow is one of three class skill lines available to Nightblades. Abilities in this line focus on self-preservation through limiting enemies’ attacks and hiding. Shadow has an associated skill line that is revealed through leveling up your character, whilst using that class. Known abilities in this skill 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)
Consuming Darkness Ultimate Assassination
Rank 12
200 Ultimate Instant
(13.5s)
5m range
(Area)
Consuming Darkness

  • Conjure a ring of shadows around you, reducing enemy Movement Speed by 70% and granting you and your allies Major Protection, reducing your damage taken by 30%.
  • Low Health allies in the target area can activate Hidden Refresh, granting invisibility, increasing their Movement Speed by 50% and healing them for [x] over 4 seconds.
Skill Morph Bolstering Darkness (Consuming Darkness Rank IV) 200 Ultimate Instant
(14s)
5m range
(Area)
Bolstering Darkness (Morph)

  • Conjure a ring of shadows around you, reducing enemy Movement Speed by 70% and granting you and your allies Major Protection, reducing your damage taken by 30%. You reduce your own damage taken by an additional 30%.
  • Low Health allies in the target area can activate Hidden Refresh, granting invisibility, increasing their Movement Speed by 50% and healing them for [x] over 4 seconds.
  • You reduce your own damage taken by an additional amount.
Skill Morph Veil of Blades (Consuming Darkness Rank IV) 200 Ultimate Instant
(14s)
5m range
(Area)
Veil of Blades (Morph)

  • Conjure a ring of shadows around you, reducing enemy Movement Speed by 70%, dealing [x] Magic Damage to them every 1 second, and granting you and your allies Major Protection, reducing your damage taken by 30%.
  • Low Health allies in the target area can activate Hidden Refresh, granting invisibility, increasing their Movement Speed by 50% and healing them for [x] over 4 seconds.
  • Enemies in the area also take damage over time.


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

Skill Skill Type Unlock Cost Cast Time
(Duration)
Range/Radius
(Target)
Shadow Cloak Active Shadow
Rank 1
4050 Magicka Instant
(2.5s)

(Self)
Shadow Cloak

  • Cloak yourself in shadow to become invisible for 2.5 seconds.
Skill Morph Shadowy Disguise (Shadow Cloak Rank IV) 4050 Magicka Instant
(2.5s)

(Self)
Shadowy Disguise (Morph)

  • Cloak yourself in shadow to become invisible for 2.5 seconds.
  • Your next attack within 3 seconds will always be a Critical Strike.
  • Guarantees a Critical Strike on your next attack.
Skill Morph Dark Cloak (Shadow Cloak Rank IV) 4050 Magicka Instant
(2.5s)

(Self)
Dark Cloak (Morph)

  • Cloak yourself in shadow to become invisible for 2.5 seconds.
  • After invisibilty ends, you gain Minor Protection, reducing your damage taken by 8% for 2 seconds.
  • Also grants Minor Protection when invisibility ends, reducing your damage taken.
Veiled Strike Active Assassination
Rank 4
2700 Magicka Instant 5m range
(Enemy)
Veiled Strike

  • Slash an enemy, dealing [x] Magic Damage.
  • Attacking with Veiled Strike while stealthed or invisible stuns the enemy and sets them off balance for 4 seconds.
Skill Morph Surprise Attack (Veiled Strike Rank IV) 2160 Stamina Instant 5m range
(Enemy)
Surprise Attack (Morph)

  • Slash an enemy, dealing [x] Physical Damage and afflicting them with Major Fracture, which reduces their Physical Resistanc by 5280 for 12 seconds.
  • Attacking with Surprise Attack while stealthed or invisible stuns the enemy and sets them off balance for 4 seconds.
  • Converts to a Stamina ability, and applies Major Fracture to the enemy, reducing thier Physical Resistance.
Skill Morph Concealed Weapon (Veiled Strike Rank IV) 2700 Magicka Instant 5m range
(Enemy)
Concealed Weapon (Morph)

  • Slash an enemy, dealing [x] Magic Damage.
  • Attacking with Concealed Weapon while stealthed or invisible stuns the enemy and sets them off balance for 4 seconds.
  • While slotted, your Movement Speed while stealthed or invisible is increased by 22%.
  • While slotted, your Movement Speed while stealthed or invisible is increased.
Path of Darkness Active Assassination
Rank 20
3510 Magicka Instant
(10s)
5m range
(Self)
Path of Darkness

  • Create a corridor of shadows, dealing [x] Magic Damage to enemies in the target area every 1 second.
  • While on the path and for up to 2 seconds after leaving it, you gain Major Expedition, increasing your Movement Speed 30%.
Skill Morph Twisting Path (Path of Darkness Rank IV) 3510 Magicka Instant
(10s)
5m range
(Self)
Twisting Path (Morph)

  • Create a corridor of shadows, dealing [x] Magic Damage to enemies in the target area every 1 second.
  • While on the path and for up to 2 seconds after leaving it, you gain Major Expedition, increasing your Movement Speed 30%.
  • Path effects a larget conal area and deals more damage.
Skill Morph Refreshing Path (Path of Darkness Rank IV) 3510 Magicka Instant
(10s)
5m range
(Self)
Refreshing Path (Morph)

  • Create a corridor of shadows, dealing [x] Magic Damage to enemies in the target area every 1 second.
  • While on the path and for up to 2 seconds after leaving it you and your allies are healed for [y] Health every 1 second. You also gain Major Expedition, increasing your Movement Speed 30%.
  • Path also heals you and your allies.
Aspect of Terror Active Assassination
Rank 30
3780 Magicka Instant 6m radius
(Area)
Aspect of Terror

  • Summon a dark spirit to terrify up to 2 enemies, causing them to flee in fear for 4 seconds.
Skill Morph Mass Hysteria (Aspect of Terror Rank IV) 3780 Magicka Instant 6m radius
(Area)
Mass Hysteria (Morph)

  • Summon a dark spirit to terrify up to 3 enemies, causing them to flee in fear for 4 seconds.
  • Even after recovering, enemies have Movement Speed reduced 50% for 4 seconds and are afflicted with Minor Maim, which reduces their damage done by 15%.
  • Also applies Minor Maim to the enemy when the fear ends, reducing their damage done..
Skill Morph Manifestation of Terror (Aspect of Terror Rank IV) 3780 Magicka Instant
(30s)
3m radius
(Area)
Manifestation of Terror (Morph)

  • Conceal two sinister traps, one at the targeted location and another next to you, which arm after 3 seconds. When each trap is triggered, a dark spirit is summoned to terrify 1 enemy, causing them to flee in fear for 4 seconds.
  • Even after recovering, enemies have Movement Speed reduced 50% for 4 seconds.
  • Creates two traps instead, which fear the enemy that trigger them.
Summon Shade Active Assassination
Rank 42
2700 Magicka Instant
(15s)
28m range
(Enemy)
Summon Shade

  • Summon a shade version of yourself to attack an enemy and fight your side for 15 seconds.
  • The shade’s attacks deal [x] Magic Damage and afflict the enemy with Minor Maim, reducing their damage by 15% for 4 seconds.
Skill Morph Dark Shades (Summon Shade Rank IV) 2700 Magicka Instant
(15s)
28m range
(Enemy)
Dark Shades (Morph)

  • Summon two shade versions of yourself to attack an enemy and fight your side for 15 seconds.
  • The shade’s attacks deal [x] Magic Damage and afflict the enemy with Minor Maim, reducing their damage by 15% for 4 seconds.
  • Summon 2 shades instead of one.
Skill Morph Shadow Image (Summon Shade Rank IV) 2700 Magicka Instant
(15s)
28m range
(Enemy)
Shadow Image (Morph)

  • Summon a shade version of yourself to stay in place and attack an enemy from range for 15 seconds.
  • The shade’s attacks deal [x] Magic Damage and afflict the enemy with Minor Maim, reducing their damage by 15% for 4 seconds.
  • While the shade is summoned, you can activate this ability again to teleport to the shade’s location.
  • Summon a ranged shade instead which deals more damage, and you can activate the ability again to teleport to it.


Passive Abilities
Passive abilities are active all the time.

Skill Skill Type Rank Description Unlock
Refreshing Shadows
Refreshing Shadows
Passive Rank
I
While using Shadow abilities:

  • Increases Stamina, Health and Magicka Recovery by 7%.
Assassination
Rank 8
Rank
II
While using Shadow abilities:

  • Increases Stamina, Health and Magicka Recovery by 15%.
Assassination
Rank 18
Shadow Barrier
Shadow Barrier
Passive Rank
I
  • Activating a Shadow ability grants you Major Resolve and Major Ward, increasing Spell Resistance and Physical Resistance by 5280 for 2 seconds. This duration is increased for each piece of Heavy Armor equipped.
Assassination
Rank 14
Rank
II
  • Activating a Shadow ability grants you Major Resolve and Major Ward, increasing Spell Resistance and Physical Resistance by 5280 for 4 seconds. This duration is increased for each piece of Heavy Armor equipped.
Assassination
Rank 27
Dark Vigor
Dark Vigor
Passive Rank
I
With an Shadow ability slotted:

  • Each slotted Shadow ability increases your Max Health by 2%.
Assassination
Rank 22
Rank
II
With an Shadow ability slotted:

  • Each slotted Shadow ability increases your Max Health by 3%.
Assassination
Rank 36
Dark Veil
Dark Veil
Passive Rank
I
While using Shadow abilities:

  • Increases duration of Shadow abilities by 8%.
Assassination
Rank 39
Rank
II
While using Shadow abilities:

  • Increases duration of Shadow abilities by 15%.
Assassination
Rank 50
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