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 Hidden Refresh, granting invisibility, increasing their Movement Speed by 50% and Healing them for 7642 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 Hidden Refresh, granting invisibility, increasing their Movement Speed by 50% and Healing them for 7642 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 850 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 Hidden Refresh, granting invisibility, increasing their Movement Speed by 50%, and Healing them for 7642 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)
Veiled Strike Active Assassination
Rank 1
2700 Magicka Instant 5m range
(Enemy)
Veiled Strike

  • Slash an enemy, dealing 1943 Magic Damage. Attacking with Veiled Strike while sneaking or invisible stuns the enemy and sets them Off Balance for 4 seconds.
Skill Morph Surprise Attack (Veiled Strike Rank IV) 2295 Stamina Instant 5m range
(Enemy)
Surprise Attack (Morph)

  • Slash an enemy, dealing 1943 Physical Damage and afflicting them with Major Fracture, which reduces their Physical Resistance by 5280 for 15 seconds. Attacking with Surprise Attack while sneaking 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 their Physical Resistance.
Skill Morph Concealed Weapon (Veiled Strike Rank IV) 2700 Magicka Instant 5m range
(Enemy)
Concealed Weapon (Morph)

  • Slash an enemy, dealing 1943 Magic Damage. Attacking with Concealed Weapon while sneaking or invisible stuns the enemy and sets them Off Balance for 4 seconds. While slotted, your Movement Speed while sneaking or invisible is increased by 25%.
  • While slotted, your Movement Speed while sneaking or invisible is increased.
Shadow Cloak Active Shadow
Rank 4
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 the invisibility ends you gain Minor Protection, reducing your damage taken by 8% for 5 seconds.
  • Also grants Minor Protection when the invisibility ends, reducing your damage taken.
Path of Darkness Active Assassination
Rank 20
3510 Magicka Instant
(10s)
5m range
(Self)
Path of Darkness

  • Create a corridor of shadows, dealing 340 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 by 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 490 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 by 30%.
  • Path affects a larger 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 349 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 349 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. After the fear ends, their Movement Speed is reduced by 50% 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. After the fear ends, their Movement Speed is reduced by 53% for 4 seconds and they are afflicted with Minor Maim, reducing 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)
22m range
(Ground)
Manifestation of Terror (Morph)

  • Conceal two sinister traps, one at the targeted location and another next to you, which take 3 seconds to arm and last for 60 seconds. When each trap is triggered, a dark spirit is summoned to terrify up to 2 enemies, causing them to flee in fear for 4 seconds. After the fear ends, their Movement Speed is reduced by 50% for 4 seconds.
  • Creates two traps instead, which fear enemies when triggered.
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 at your side for 15 seconds. The shade’s attacks deal 239 Magic Damage and afflict the enemy with Minor Maim, reducing their damage done by 15% for 4 seconds.
Skill Morph Dark Shades (Summon Shade Rank IV) 2700 Magicka Instant
(18s)
28m range
(Enemy)
Dark Shades (Morph)

  • Summon two shade versions of yourself to attack an enemy and fight at your side for 18 seconds. Each shade’s attack deals 239 Magic Damage and afflicts the enemy with Minor Maim, reducing their damage done by 15% for 4 seconds.
  • Summon two shades instead of one.
Skill Morph Shadow Image (Summon Shade Rank IV) 2700 Magicka Instant
(18s)
28m range
(Enemy)
Shadow Image (Morph)

  • Summon a shade version of yourself to stay in place and attack an enemy from range for 18 seconds. The shade’s attacks deal 318 Magic Damage and afflict the enemy with Minor Maim, reducing their damage done 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.

Name Line Rank Skill Rank Description
Refreshing Shadows
Refreshing Shadows
8 I Increases your Health Recovery, Magicka Recovery, and Stamina Recovery by 7%.
18 II Increases your Health Recovery, Magicka Recovery, and Stamina Recovery by 15%.
Shadow Barrier
Shadow Barrier
14 I Casting a Shadow ability grants you Major Resolve and Major Ward for 3 seconds, increasing your Physical Resistance and Spell Resistance by 5280. This duration is increased by 25% for each piece of Heavy Armor equipped.
27 II Casting a Shadow ability grants you Major Resolve and Major Ward for 6 seconds, increasing your Physical Resistance and Spell Resistance by 5280. This duration is increased by 25% for each piece of Heavy Armor equipped.
Dark Vigor
Dark Vigor
22 I Increases your Maximum Health by 2% for each Shadow ability slotted.
36 II Increases your Maximum Health by 3% for each Shadow ability slotted.
Dark Veil
Dark Veil
39 I Increases the duration of your Shadow abilities by 8%.
50 II Increases the duration of your Shadow abilities by 15%.
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