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Character Build: The Shadowmancer

Tags: #Character Build Necromancer  #Character Build Nightblade  #Character Build Assassin  #Rank:Legendary 
  • Member
    August 14, 2012

    Hello, i'm new to this forum but I wanted to thank the person who wrote this build and everyone else for their inspiration ! (don't know if i made mistakes while writing but english isn't my mother tongue so sorry if ever ! But, who cares ? :D) peace

  • August 14, 2012
    That would be me, and I both thank and welcome you! Be sure to click the little "like" button next to where it says "20 people like this build" too if you're a fan of it (as well as for any other build you enjoy). And I certainly do hope you find others you enjoy too. Thanks again! Oh, and your English seems fine, by the way. :)
  • Member
    September 29, 2012

    Okay I am running 5 builds at the moment and I have to stop looking at these pages. This one sounds like tons of fun and I like that their is NO enchanting, smithing to speak of. Just wear what you find. Awesome. I like the mixture of cloth and light armor that you can wear or you could even wear cloth and heavy. Just so many nice options. I have to give this one a try.

    I also play on console and just can not do more than 2 magic schools at a time. I love alchemy, conjuration and sneak..all my favorite things so I have to try this one out. After this I am banning myself from these pages.

  • Member
    October 2, 2012

    I am looking for all Katana's in game and got the first one called Bolar's Oathblade at level 4 no less. She is wicked fast with the blade and this is really fun so far.

    Plus, it just makes sense she would poison her blade. I have a little healing but haven't really perked restoration so far. Not sure if I will as alchemy is pretty good in itself. Plus, it is fun to go looking for ingredients. I also am not buying materials to raise smithing but am hunting game. The role-play with this character is endless.

    I decided to go cloth on this person and have a necromancers robe. Thought about getting the mourners clothes and do a little enchanting. Might do a mix of armor though and not take mage armor perks. Not sure what I am doing there yet. If you do mix and match light and cloth would it be a good idea to take 5 points in agile defender? Or is that just a waste?

    I wonder if wearing cloth chest piece and the DB hood later would mess up AC down the road. Mixing and matching clothes. If not I might give up the whole enchanting idea. Thoughts? Trying to go for a dark robed look with a Katana with some splash of red maybe? I am sure you get the picture.

    Do you know if taking the Necromancy perks instead of Atromancy effects the strength of the Dremora Lord later? I don't think I am going for the permanent summons ever because I like that they disappear in case I need to be totally quiet.

  • October 12, 2012
    Sorry I haven't gotten back to you sooner! I'd say aesthetics are the most important thing here since you're either getting stealth kills or allowing your raised dead to tank for you; shouldn't get hit TOO much. That being said, it cant hurt to have a little extra padding from Mage Armor perks if you go all cloth or the 5/5 bottom tier armor perks if you mix and match since you aren't playing it quite as safe as say, the Cryptstalker, and do actually have to get in close for your vicious, brutal throat-slit kills (thus risking getting caught and hit). I like the Ebony gauntlets and boots with black/Necromancer robes and hoods. Another great and unique look is to combine the Redguard Hood (if you decide to destroy the DB for whatever reason) with the red Vampire Armor; looks great with kitanas, like some sort of Alik'r Vampire ninja lol. I should also note I do like shrouded gloves/handwraps best on this build to ensure your sneak attacks lead to fresh zombie meat every time. Anyway, hope that helps and isn't coming too late! Also, no clue about the Dremora question, sorry!
  • Member
    October 12, 2012

    Thanks for getting back to me. So far, I have yet to get close enough to slit anyone's throat. I guess my sneak needs to be higher. I am only level 13 with 26 sneak. I haven't perked it yet either. Maybe that would help.

    Is the red Vampire armor a DG thing? I don't have it as I am on PS3

    I probably won't destroy the DBH as I am pretty evil with this character or maybe a misunderstood assassin. LOL...I do like to kill. Yeah I think I might like the shrouded hand wraps and the shrouded hood ..I love Ebony so I will give the gauntlets and Boots a try. I haven't perked any armor stuff yet. I might hold off on that until I see what outfit I am going to go with.

  • October 23, 2012
    Vampire armor (all three types) are on dawnguard
  • Member
    November 3, 2012

    How does this character kill dragons?

  • Member
    November 6, 2012


    I would progress the main quest far enough to get dragon rend or you could use an atronach when that happens. Basically, I just cast flame atronach or whatever and then hide till they land LOL ...or you could pull out a bow I guess.

  • Member
    November 6, 2012

    But the description of the build does not mention Archery or the atronach branch of Conjuration (or whatever).

    My point is that the build makes no mention / provision for ranged attacks of any kind.  A build that includes Blocking, Heavy Armor, and a strong One-Handed weapon might make that work, but I don't see it working with Alteration / Light Armor / robes and daggers.