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New player: why many magicka nightblade use staff ?

taupe_agile
Currently, I play for PvE and exploration. Pvp maybe later.

I want to play a vampire nighblade with a sword. One or two handed, I haven't chosen yet. It's an an aesthetic choice.

But all the builds I found are with an inferno staff.

Could you explain why ?
Does it really matter ?
  • taupe_agile
    I saw a few build with two daggers. They speaking about passive but I don't unterstand why it's different than a sword.
  • UntilValhalla13
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    PvE is all about crit damage. Daggers give more chance to crit. Swords just give overall damage. Inferno staves boost single target damage, which makes killing bosses easier. Nightblades are mostly for single target damage.
  • colossalvoids
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    Since couple of patches you'll do fine with daggers honestly, it's marginally different especially when you need to do a heavy attack for resources just use a staff on a back bar for that. If you want daggers to be swords use outfit system for the looks and look at the weapon line passives for a decision on what weapon to run beneath the "skin".
  • Stx
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    If you want to use a sword. You can just equip daggers for the crit chance and then change them to swords cosmetically.

    For magblade inferno staff or dual daggers both work.
  • ixthUA
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    With staff you have range, which is important to avoid a lot of boss-centered AOEs. With melee weapons you have to reduce your DPS while avoiding AOEs.
    PC EU: Senilia Bright - Dunmer Warden, Healer, Tank and DD.
    Professional gamer, my channel is youtube.com/user/ixthUA
  • Vevvev
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    Also scoring skills with the destruction staff abilities with the correct passives returns magicka to you. Something that'll help with overall sustain, and the destruction staff abilities ignore a chunk of a target's spell resistances which helps boost damage.
    PC NA
    Ceyanna Ashton - Breton MagDK
  • El_Borracho
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    To add to what @Ilsabet has aptly explained in detail, with the magblade, most of the skills/attacks you use on your front bar are not staff dependent. Really, the only skill in the magblade PVE rotation that requires a staff in Unstable Wall of Elements on your back bar. In fact, this holds true for nearly all of the magicka builds which is why daggers are an effective substitute for a destro staff on your front bar

    EDIT: You will miss out on the staff passives like Destruction Expert and Ancient Knowledge while on your front bar, and all but Ruffian and Twin Blade and Blunt are pretty useless in the Dual Wield passives
    Edited by El_Borracho on November 30, 2021 11:46PM
  • Larcomar
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    Currently, I play for PvE and exploration. Pvp maybe later.

    I want to play a vampire nighblade with a sword. One or two handed, I haven't chosen yet. It's an an aesthetic choice.

    But all the builds I found are with an inferno staff.

    Could you explain why ?
    Does it really matter ?

    Lots of good answers above. TLDR - its for the magika return on heavy attack and pssives (mainly 10% extra single target damage from inferno staff).

    That said, dual wield and even 2h are perfectly viable. Dual daggers give you extra crit, while dual swords give you 284 extra spell damage.

    I actually run 2h swords on both my magblade and my magdk. Mainly because I just prefer the look (my magblade is dressed up like a little samurai and wields a katana) but I actually find it gives me really good dps. Between the extra base spell damage 2h swords give you and the heavy weapons passive, a two hander can give you 5 or 600 extra spell damage. Plus if gives the magdk access to a gap closer I think he desperately needs.

    And, tbh, if you're playing for pve and exploration, it really doesn't matter. Play how you want :) I have a lot of fun with my magblade, he jumps in with lotus fan, runs concealed weapon as his spammable, uses impale as an execute, and also front bars mass hysteria and shadow to pop in and out of combat, fear enemies and generally cause havoc. The BB is then a maelstrom staff with your usual magika stuff - unstable wall, twisting path, sap essence for major sorcery etc
  • gariondavey
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    Melee weapons are used on mag classes often in pve and tons in pvp. It is very strong
    PC NA @gariondavey, BG + Cyrodiil Focused Since October 2017
    Stamplar (main), Magplar, Magsorc, StamDK, MagDK, Stamblade
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