Azandar Companion Tank Build For ESO
The RUNE KNIGHT build is a fantastic option for Azandar as a Companion Tank in The Elder Scrolls Online. Azandar is one of two Companions available to ESO players who purchase the Necrom Chapter. His skills are similar to that of the Arcanist class, offering plenty of great defensive and support options.
Equipping Your Companion With Gear
Companion Gear pieces are rarely dropped from enemies in ESO, with a greater drop chance from bosses in Overland Zones, Dungeons, and Trials. Keep in mind also that Companion Gear will only drop for you if your Companion is currently summoned – no companion, no drops!
Companion Gear is tradable and can be sold by other players so it is possible to find what you’re looking for from a variety of sources. Finally, some Merchants in major cities do also sell basic Companion Gear, but without any traits.
For more information on the best places to farm Companion Gear, make sure to check out our Companion Gear Guide.
Companion Gear Traits and Quality
Companion Gear is basic equipment that offers a static Armor Bonus or Damage Stat plus Companion specific traits. These 9 unique Companion Gear Traits further customize your Companion’s combat role for tanking, healing or DPS.
The 9 Companion Gear Traits are:
- Aggressive – Increases Companion Damage Done per piece equipped.
- Augmented – Increases duration of all Companion Buffs and Debuffs per piece equipped.
- Bolstered – Reduces Companion Damage Taken per piece equipped.
- Focused – Increases Companion Critical Strike Rating per piece equipped.
- Prolific – Increases Companion Ultimate Generation per piece equipped.
- Quickened – Reduces Companion Ability Cooldowns per piece equipped.
- Shattering – Increases Companion Penetration per piece equipped.
- Soothing – Increases Companion Healing Done per piece equipped.
- Vigorous – Increases Companion Maximum Health per piece equipped.
Recommended Traits For Azandar As A Companion Tank
When building Azandar into a Tank Companion the most important thing you can do is increase his overall Health while also reducing his cooldowns. For this, I recommend a combination of Vigorous and Quickened trait pieces.
Below you will find a sample build template with optimized Companion Armor weights and traits. Keep in mind that this is just a template and you can mix and match pieces however you see fit or depending on which Armor pieces you have available. Each piece makes a small difference in the overall power of a Companion Build, but combined they can be quite powerful!
Azandar Tank Build Equipment
Here are the Companion Gear pieces, weights, and traits I recommend for Azandar as a Tank.
|Any One Handed Weapon||Vigorous||NA|
As you can see, all the recommended armor pieces are Heavy weight as these have the best Companion Passives for damage reduction. The Vigorous Trait is recommended because this will increase the companion’s Maximum Health, though some Quickened Trait pieces are also recommended for the reduced ability cooldown.
Azandar Companion Tank Skill Bar
Companions utilize a “Priority and Cooldown” system for combat. This works by giving every companion ability a cooldown of several seconds. Companions then can cast each ability as it comes off cooldown according to the skill order assigned on the companion skill bar. The Companion will attempt to cast each skill in order from the first ability to the last, then reset once all the cooldowns have expired. For more information on Companion Skills and Cooldowns, check out the Full Companion Guide.
- Scathing Rune
- Abor’s Augmented Ward
- Zone Of Recuperation
- Shields Of Erudition
- Triptych Physic
- ULT: Vigorous Tentacular Eruption
The skills below may also be helpful in other situations where you want more utility
Azandar Companion Tank Passives
Son of Kozanset
Increases Maximum Health by 3% and decreases ability cooldowns by 3%.
Increases healing received by 1% for each piece of Heavy Armor equipped. Current bonus: 7%. Increases the amount of damage blocked by 1% for each piece of Heavy Armor equipped. Current bonus: 7%.
Build Tips For Azandar As A Tank
The RUNE KNIGHT build for Azandar is optimized for absorbing damage through the use of shields. If you find that Azandar is struggling to survive in more difficult content, then try adding in some damage reduction, such as the Companion skill Ritual Of Salvation.
You can see this build and more in action by watching the video below!
More Azandar Companion Builds
Want to see more options for Azandar builds? Check out the guides below!
The RUNE MAGE build is a great option for Azandar as a Companion DPS in The Elder Scrolls Online, offering plenty of damage and support skills.
The FATE KEEPER build is a fantastic option for Azandar as a Companion Healer in The Elder Scrolls Online with many powerful options for healing and support.
The RUNE KNIGHT build is a fantastic option for Azandar as a Companion Tank in The Elder Scrolls Online, utilizing powerful defensive skills and shields.
The BATTLE SCRIBE build is an amazing option for Azandar as a Companion Support in ESO, focused on powerful buffs and debuffs.