Skyrim : Mage Assassin Build Class : Nightblade

Welcome to the Dream Strider Build Guide, this is a unique build that encouraged a different style of play.

Magika / Health / Stamina investment depend on if you use close combat or spells more. I suggest a ratio of 3:2:1/0.5.

Fast Leveling Guide for all your Skills:

Armor Section

Best Mage Armor in the game:

Morokei’s Mask:

Miraak's Robes: Dragonborn DLC Questline (Loot from Miraak’s corps)

Illusion robes: Brought from a court mage

Vampire Armor: Found in the Dawnguard DLC Found on a shelf next to a coffin in Castle Volkihar Ruins during the quest Chasing Echoes.

Light Armor (Gauntlets etc):

Weapons Section

Daedric Daggers:

Skull of Corruption:

Spell Section: (Note that most spells effect different levels of enemy’s, so check the shops after eatch mile stone (25,50,70,90) for a new more powerful version of said spell (eg Fury – Frenzy)

Fear: Brought from most court mages.
Frenzy: Drevis Neloren in the College of Winterhold (Level 50 Illusion) low level version “Fury” can be brought off most court mages.
Frenzy Rune: Bought from Talvas Fathryon in Tel Mithryn.
Calm: Brought from most court mages.
Detect Life (see enemies around you):

Shout Section

Marked for Death:

Dismay: Shalidor's Maze, Lost Tongue Overlook, Dead Crone Rock

Aura Whisper: Volunruud, Northwind Summit

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  • The Conspiratorist

    Instructions were unclear.Instead of getting a Dream Strider, I got a Dick Rider.

  • Raveena of Punjab

    I think you should put the role playing story at the end of the video instead of the beginning. That way people who are interested can simply keep watching and those who are not dont have to skip around looking for when the actual build information starts.

  • mortusdominus

    This sort of build is always one of the funnest. Until a dragon sits up on a roof breathing fire at you and you have a knife and a bunch of crap that won't affect it. Don't forget ranged damage.

  • ThereMayBeLions

    Dreamstrider? Namira? Don't you mean Vaermina?

  • Xonde

    I made a character quite similar to this, she was high elf, but had different motives.BACKSTORYStarting off as a thalmor, she was trained to be the best among their ranks and eventually live up to the expectations of her father (who was a high elf noble). She failed to live up to the expectations and her sister was now going to be the "flagship" child of her family as she was considered a failure. During a confrontation between her and her sister, she mortally wounds her sister and is forced to flee because of it, but not before over-hearing the insults from her own parents and everyone she ever knew, building up her hate for the thalmor and distrust for everyone else. After she fled, she encounters an orc adventurer who was kicked from his own tribe, being an outsider she understands his pain, when they part ways he offers he an orc war axe and dagger to remember him by and he suggests she heads to skyrim as they have the college of winterhold there and she could further improve her illusion skills there, but unfortunately gets caught in the middle of an imperial ambush, and the rest of the story.CHARACTERISTICS.Trusts no one, therefore tends not to help other out of pure good will.Only seeks her own gain, gold drives her to do missions and not much else.Shady, so will limit interaction with people.No religious drive, will not do things out of respect for a god or divine or daedra..Seeks power over all, she still wants to be the best, not for anyone but for herself, so will do missions that grant her truly powerful and useful gear not matter the stakeholder of the mission (Daedra, Aedra e.t.c). Also causes her to use illusion magic.Though she is shady, she dislikes evil from others but does not mind doing evil for her personal gain..No political interest, will not help imperials or stromcloaks.Will tend to use orcish weapons at first and then move on to better equipement later GROUPS AND GUILDS.Theives guild, love of money.College of wintehold, improve magic skills.Dark brotherhood, they are shady, and filled with different types of misfits from different races (maybe, though she is not a huge fan of sithis or the night mother).Dawngaurd, hate of evil from others (maybe, she is not a huge fan of stendarr either)SKILLSSneakIllusion(a bit of) ArcheryOne handedLight Armour (British guy here)(a bit of) Destruction(a nice bit of) AlterationNOTEShe has a bit of a character arch, starting off as an innocent-ish but shady person, but slowly turning into a power hungry manipulator, this causes to depend heavily on stealth and daggers if she has the option to sneak at first, and will use illusion spells to help her retreat if detected, but she slowly turns into an arrogant illusion master that not so heavily depends on daggers anymore and does not mind being detected, because she can now take her enemies head on, forcing them to kill each other and finishing off the last person standing.

  • King J-rin

    Also once you get Auriel's you can put out the sun, that's pretty nightmarish

  • JagOFate

    I got my one handed up to level 100 today, so happy

  • Steven Acorn

    Dishonored 3 confirmed

  • Devin Ridenour

    For gauntlets and boots, I personally recommend using the shrouded boots and gloves of the dark brotherhood. That gives you muffled movement and double sneak attack damage with one handed weapons. If you level your sneak skill enough and have the shrouded gauntlets on, sneak attacks with daggers do 30 times the normal damage

  • Tom H

    Doing this build now on Skyrim: SE

  • Alex Fanning

    Everytime you do back stories I cringe

  • XQW

    Looks like I could be using this in October

  • Brown Boy

    Will you make more builds, I really liked this build and the archer build

  • Nathan Kingham

    I use this build and it is so OP. I screw around with everyone because I can.

  • Lex Betty

    One thing- A better race for this is High Elf because they start with the spell fury and a higher illusion skill level.

  • Sam Gray

    the nightblade build with sneak,one-handed,archery,light armor mixed with illusion is the most overpowered class ever because you can literally have enemies kill themselves off and then the last one standing you just one tap because most of his health is gone from the fight. its disheartening that Bethesda made the assassin class the most overpowered class

  • Marin Hrabrić

    when i realized u sometimes use guild wars 2 stuff for thumbnails i started to love u even more (no homo). on this thubnail it's grenth and on another one is the norn with their cultural armor. so badass

  • k0l3

    Just a doubt: if you get the silent perk (Walking and running does not affect detection) doesn't it make muffle enchantment useless?

  • NoNickname

    Gamebraking? .. So it's not a game break when you get the Ancient Shrouded Armor without starting DB?

  • SilverWolf 16

    in usually an archer but this looks cool, I think ill start up a save with this

  • Annette McLain

    I love these class builds. Really neat and I can tell you put a lot of thought into them. Keep up the good work.

  • Stephen

    Id use conjuration with this too. MAKE THEM FIGHT EACHOTHER FROM BEYOND THE GRAVE!!

  • Caden Ross

    I was gonna do a sort of this but focused around nightingale what did y put ur attribute points into?

  • Brennan Doehring

    My amazing girlfriend bought me the Elder Scrolls Anthology last year for Christmas, before I had a PC, as an inspiration for me to build one. I built one, and only played Skyrim for like 3 hours, and never really got far. I'm now really in the mood for it, and will be using this very build for my first character back in a year. Loved the lore and the build, fantastic job! Subscribed!

  • Brandin Ricardo

    Use to watch these all the time when I had skyrim can't wait for remastered to start using some of these builds again

  • Fusion

    this is mostly what most of my characters start off trying to be, but I always end up getting impatient and training destruction. Either way, I like the physically weak but intelligent devious role play.

  • Jaloi

    I'm Level 30 into this build and the only thing I wish he would've showed is more outfit choices.

  • Rafael Cardeño Jr.

    How do you fight dragons with this?

  • dorgesh

    This should be quick to do. Illusion is so easy to level up if you spam the spell muffle.

  • Jason Tian

    wouldn't the nightingale armor be better for this build?

  • Elijah Zachary

    ESO I'm a big fan of your builds,I was wondering if you could make a battle mage

  • Potato Glory

    You said 'You trick the mind, and ensnare the senses' Is that not a Harry Poter quote?

  • Renownedhorse 06

    My freind: mage/assassin is uslessMe: uses invisibility and mufflesneaks up behind themslits their throatMe: SAY IT AGAIN

  • Aidan Keogh

    Assassins I can build. Thieves I can definitely build.Mages I can build. I don't really build Warrior classes much...But I ALWAYS... Can't decide whether to invest more in Stamina or Magicka as a Nightblade, and I always ending screwing myself over by putting too much or too little into one thing or being obsessively cautious and equally spreading all attribute bonuses.I just like to role with a Thief/Werewolf hybrid build. It's fun.

  • gxbmb

    made the build with modifications... time stop is the best shout for the build and really makes u feel like a vampire ;) i also trained alot in conjuration after maxing illusion to summon creatures from the shadows and animate dead after u get the fights going with frenzy

  • Akira Ichikawa

    Are you the guy who narrates SexualLobster?

  • Sam Chacra

    Hey thanks for sharing this build its bad ass i'm really having fun using it Only thing I did differently was make my character a Breton who looks like sheogorath lol and use daedric boots and gauntlets but other than that it's fantastic

  • Syntax Error

    This is the best skyrim channel i know

  • Gavin Fowler

    Dear ESO, do you have plans to make an Argonian build in the future? Best Wishes, KuulGaaf (Ghost Son)

  • StrenghOfToxic_ WeWillAllReachOurGoals

    Eso! Bro why you sound so dead inside here?? Lol

  • Anonymous person

    I prefer running into a bandit camp while throwing Frenzy spells all over the place then joining in the chaos with a two handed battle axe

  • Doctor Russia

    When he started mentioning the stones I thought he would say "you find the location of the stone down in the description"

  • Skyrim Fan For Life

    Also you could use the mask Vokun because it makes illusion, conjuration, and alteration spells cost 20% less

  • Luce Laska

    This is always my play style, it just fits me best. It's so nice getting a well-thought through second opinion on it, thank you :3

  • Bob Urbach

    Weird question... Are you married or do you have a girlfriend?

  • Holden Porter

    I just want to start by saying. You have a tremendous imagination. Props & respect for that. I've watched just about 3 of your "build classes" videos. I think I'm going to us this Nightblade one. I followed the Rogue character base in the Skyrim "Bible", as I call it, and enjoy the stealth approach. I never used Illusion except for muffle and invisibility. Never thought of letting my opponents take care of themselves. Definitely got a subscriber out of me. Looking forward for more videos.

  • Tem797

    Haha, exactly my favorite playing style!I played as a cunning master vampire working for the dark brotherhood.I just loved it when I saw the loving brides going rampage and getting killed by their loved ones, hilarious!Another time, I waited until I was a vampire on the last level, so everybody attacked me.In the chaos I killed my target without any bounty at all! (I am a vampire, not an imperial, why charge me if you can get me killed, ha)Another difference is, quiet casting+stealth+ FIREBALLSThen dawnguard came.... Fuck you dawnguard.

  • Donald Chump

    Awesome build! Made a new character for this, got my illusion skill up fast (by spamming muffle), and recently acquired the invisibility spell (against your recommendation). So far I am really enjoying the build. Just one thing, what do you do about dragons? Illusion and daggers won't get you very far when facing a dragon. And if you want to do the main quest line, that might be a bit of an issue ...

  • BaresarkSlayne

    Man, this looks fun. Makes me want to freeze my current build to do this, but I think I'll finish that then try this. This is how you extend a game.

  • CyberWize

    Great build and video... but you need to work on your editing - the single frames (or two) of audio where you cut between different takes (and end up repeating syllables) is very noticeable. This is very easy to fix in a program like Adobe Premiere - just keep shaving off a frame or two at a time until you get a perfect transition.

  • Adam Coelho

    I wish the armour on the thumb nail was in the game

  • Zach Ellis

    Go to Dragonsreach and pick up the Muffle illusion spell. If you spam this spell - wait - rinse - repeat - you will level your illusion up to 100 within 30 minutes

  • Rick James

    Gonna use this build when special edition comes out.

  • Josh

    so how are you supposed to kill dragons?? with you daggers oh god

  • Ali Ezz

    Where do you get varminas robes? 6:18

  • Yelsom Hououin

    My class The Void Walker. One handed archery all bound weapons.. Slow time shout and vampire orc berserker.

  • Toe Nail

    I love the thumbnails.

  • HRDomoljub41

    Why cant you just enjoy the game and not do specific builds

  • KANYEda WESTaro

    this build its like corvo from dishonored

  • crustyballs

    I'm an idiot, therefore I only bought vanilla skyrim for xbox 360 recently but does anyone know if I bought the legendary edition could i load the dlc's onto my save.if that makes sense. My xbox isn't online. Any advice would be greatly appreciated. :)

  • Sotzius

    Can you pls make new Build guides? Love your Guids, the allow me to play Skyrim over and over agian.

  • SnowHunterWing

    Do you think it would be a good idea to join the Dark Brotherhood? Or should I just kill everyone?

  • crith77

    sneak with this build would be awesome as well

  • Panos Provts

    Nice Buildtho this isnt the same nightblade as in oblivion (just saying cause you use the same name)

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  • DROSTAR123

    What you could do is use shrouded gloves and shrouded boots. If you have Assassin's blade you get 15 times more damage in sneak. The shrouded gloves times that by 2 so you get 30 times more damage which is insane. The boots have muffle so it works. Please respond if you think this is better

  • Jason Lee

    I played a build like this, except i never used any other illusion spells besides the calming ones and invisibility. then I would kill one person with the stealth bonus, if some got alerted I would calm them, go stealth and stab them in the back. Sometimes I could just run straight at someone and crouch and get the bonus off with the level 100 stealth perk.

  • robjob34

    Any tips on how to allocate points to the health/magika/stamina? Sorry if you've already answered this question

  • Mike Nie

    I remember my first character was kind of a nightblade, instead I would focus on an assassin capable of conjuring their own weapons. Its actually a quite weak build when compared to the best weapons plus the ability to enchant and upgrade them, but It was a hell lot of fun. Illusion+Sneak+Conjuration+Archery was the focus. I did with a nord because it was my first character but the best would be a Dark Elf I believe.

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