The Elder Scrolls Online currently features six Companions. Mirri and Bastian can join players who own the Blackwood Chapter, and Ember and Isobel can join players who own the High Isle Chapter. Finally, two new Companions, Azandar and Sharp-as-Night can join players that own the Necrom Chapter.
In this companion guide, we will review Bastian Hallix, the male Imperial Companion available with the Blackwood Chapter. Bastian has combat abilities similar to the Dragonknight Class.
Bastian Hallix Background Story
Bastian Hallix is a talented battlemage, handy with both staff and sword, and he is nothing if not determined. He is the sort who kicks down or blows up any obstacle you put in his path.
Bastian’s sire was Lord Martel Hallix of Daggerfall. Lord Hallix angered High King Emeric many years ago, and the house was stripped of its lands and titles. Bastian was fostered by the Silvelle family and grew up under their roof. He worked for the family as a roving troubleshooter, looking after their interests wherever they did business.
You will know Bastian when you see him. He is a fit, red-headed mage of thirty years or so, and he appears to exist in a constant state of annoyance. Don’t be misled by his hemming and hawing. He acts like he lacks confidence and fears confrontation, but it turns out he is more about actions than words.
Fortunately, he is also a trusting sort. Feed him a likely story, and you should be able to keep him out of your mud pit. For a time, anyway.
Excerpts taken from elderscrollsonline.com
How To Unlock Bastian In The ESO Blackwood Chapter
You can unlock Bastian by purchasing the Blackwood Chapter for ESO and then completing his Introduction Quest in the Blackwood zone. Bastian is initially found at the Southern edge of Blackwood at Deepscorn Hollow.
Bastian Hallix Rapport Ratings
Companions in The Elder Scrolls Online use a Rapport system which indicates how much a Companion likes or dislikes you. Be careful not to offend your Companion too much or they may no longer join you in your journeys! Increasing your Companion’s Rapport can also unlock more quests and dialog options with them.
Actions that Increase Rapport With Bastian
- (Achievement) Visiting Eyevea
- (Achievement) Reading a book from a bookshelf
- (Achievement) Mage Guild daily quest
- Antiquity Scrying
- Visiting Artaeum (cooldown time unknown)
- Killing all bandits or cultists in random encounters
- Looting treasure chests and boss chests (includes a cooldown)
Actions that Decrease Rapport With Bastian
- Entering combat with a friendly NPC
- Finishing combat or using the Blade of Woe on a friendly NPC
- Looting the friendly NPC you just murdered
- Stealing absolutely anything and Pickpocketing
- Looting Thieves Troves
Bastian Hallix Companion Perks
Bastian Hallix has a special Companion Perk that you can unlock called Bastian’s Insight.
Bastian’s Insight Companion Perk
Potions looted from chests and monsters have a 30% chance to be improved by Bastian’s Insight.
Companion Gear and Equipment
Each Companion is a fully customizable combat NPC. This means that you can build your Companion into a specific Combat Role such as Tank, Healer, DPS, or hybrid. One of the main ways to customize your Companion is through Companion Gear.
Companions in ESO currently cannot use the same sets as Players. Instead, they use Companion Gear. 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.
To learn more about Companion Gear and specifically how to find it FAST check out our Companion Gear guide for ESO.
Bastian Hallix Companion Skills
Bastian starts out with basic skills very similar to that of the Dragonknight Class in ESO. Bastian’s Companion Skills are found below. Click on a Skill Name for Full Details.
Ardent Warrior (Damage)
|Fiery Flail||Bastian lashes an enemy with flame, dealing 8034 Flame Damage and setting them Off Balance for 7 seconds.|
|Scorching Strike||Bastian slashes an enemy with flame, dealing 8034 Flame Damage and an additional 12048 Flame Damage over 8 seconds.|
|Crag Smash||Bastian hurls a chunk of rock at an enemy, dealing 8034 Physical Damage.|
|ULT: Unleashed Rage||Bastian builds up rage, then unleashes it in a devastating explosion around them. The Explosion deals 12051 Flame Damage to enemies and stuns them for 4 seconds, while also releasing four lines of fire in a cross formation that deal an additional 3012 Flame Damage to any enemy hit.|
Draconic Armor (Tank)
|Blazing Grasp||Bastian launches a fiery chain to grasp and pull an enemy to them.|
Used when the enemy can be moved and is further than 10 meters away.
|Drake’s Blood||Bastian draws on their draconic blood, healing for 25% of their Max Health and reducing their damage taken by 20% for 8 seconds.|
Used when Bastian is below 75% Health.
|Crushing Claws||Bastian calls forth talons from the ground, dealing 4017 Flame Damage to enemies nearby and immobilizing them for 4 seconds.|
Radiating Heart (Heal)
|Kindle||Bastian launches a searing fireball at themselves or an ally to cauterize their wounds, healing for 7800 Health.|
|Basalt Barrier||Bastian calls the earth to their defense, granting a damage shield for them and their nearby allies that absorbs 3900 damage.|
While the shield holds, healing received is increased by 20%.
|Searing Weapons||Bastian charges their weapons and their allies’ weapons with volcanic power, increasing their damage done with Light and Heavy Attacks by 20% for 8 seconds.|
|Tough||Increases Max Health by 3% and Damage Done by 3%.|
Weapon, Armor and Guild Skill Lines
Bastian Hallix can also use Companion Skills from the following Skill Lines:
- One Hand And Shield
- Dual Wield
- Destruction Staff
- Restoration Staff
- Fighter’s Guild
- Mage’s Guild
- The Undaunted Guild
- Light Armor
- Medium Armor
- Heavy Armor
Click on a Skill Name below to learn more.
Companion Two-Handed Skills
|Staggering Swing||The Companion slams an enemy with an upward swing and sends them flying, dealing 8034 Physical Damage, stunning them for 2.5 seconds and knocking them back 4 meters.|
|Sunder||The Companion slices all enemies in front of them with a mighty swing, dealing 4017 Physical Damage and an additional 4016 Physical Damage over 8 seconds.|
|Sever||The Companion spins around and strikes an enemy down, dealing 24102 Physical Damage. Used only when the enemy is below 25% Health.|
Companion One Hand And Shield Skills
|Provoke||The Companion thrusts their weapon with discipline precision at an enemy, dealing 4017 Physical Damage and taunting the enemy to attack them for 15 seconds.|
|Bashing Bulwark||The Companion rushes an enemy and rams them, stunning them for 4 seconds.|
|On Guard||The Companion bolsters their defenses, granting a damage shield that absorbs 25% of their Max Health for 6 seconds.|
Companion Dual Wield Skills
|Swift Assault||The Companion floods an enemy with steel, battering them with five consecutive attacks that each deal 1606 Physical Damage.|
|Spinning Steel||The Companion launches themselves in a lethal spin, dealing 4017 Physical Damage to nearby enemies. Deals triple damage to enemies below 25% Health.|
|Razor Cape||The Companion envelops themselves in a ring of floating razors, dealing 1606 Physical Damage to nearby enemies every 2 seconds for 8 seconds. The razors also shield them from attacks, reducing their damage taken by 20%.|
Companion Bow Skills
|Piercing Arrow||The Companion plants a masterfully aimed arrow in an enemy’s vital spot, dealing 8034 Physical Damage.|
|Trick Shot||The Companion fires a burst of arrows in one shot, dealing 4037 Physical Damage to enemies in front of them and immobilizing them for 4 seconds.|
|Viper’s Bite||The Companion shoots an arrow covered in Baandari poison at an enemy, dealing 4017 Poison Damage and an additional 12048 Poison Damage over 8 seconds.|
Companion Destruction Staff Skills
|Destructive Blast||The Companion blasts an enemy with magic dealing 8034 Magic Damage. Flame Blast knocks them back 8 meters and stuns them for 2.5 seconds. Frost Blast taunts them for 15 seconds. Shock Blast deals an additional 774 Shock Damage to all other enemies around them.|
|Elemental Barricade||The Companion slams their staff down to create an elemental wall in front of them, dealing 8010 Magic Damage over 8 seconds.|
|Arcane Nova||The Companion releases a surge of magic to enemies around them, dealing 8034 Magic Damage.|
Companion Restoration Staff Skills
|Rejuvenation||The Companion shares their staff’s life-giving energy, healing themselves and a nearby ally for 11695 Health over 8 seconds.|
|Mending Incantation||The Companion slams their staff down to activate its blessing, healing themselves and allies in front of them for 3900 Health. The blessing also grants 8000 Spell and Physical Resistance for 8 seconds.|
|Mystic Fortress||The Companion calls on their staff’s strength to protect themselves or the lowest health ally around them, granting a damage shield that absorbs 23400 Damage. Used when the Companion or ally is below 25% Health.|
Companion Armor Skills
|Haste (Light)||The Companion focuses their magical energies inward, resetting the cooldown of all their other abilities.|
|Vanish (Medium)||The companion disappears in a puff of smoke, healing to full Health and becoming invisible for 6 seconds. Used when the Companion is below 50% Health.|
|Bulwark (Heavy)||The Companion becomes an unstoppable defender, blocking and reflecting all attacks for 5 seconds. This ability is used when the Companion is below 75% Health and is fighting a difficult monster.|
Companion Fighter’s Guild Skills
|Sniping Silver||The Companion fires a Dawnguard Vampire Hunter’s crossbow bolt at an enemy, dealing 8034 Physical Damage. Deals double damage if the enemy is an Undead, Daedra, or Werewolf.|
|Ritual Of Salvation||The companion brands the earth beneath them with a rune of protection for 8 seconds. Standing within the rune reduces the damage they are their allies take by 20%.|
If the attacker is Undead, Daedra, or Werewolf the rune reduces damage taken by an additional 20%.
|Biting Trap||The Companion sets a sharpened blade trap in front of them, which takes 1.5 seconds to arm and lasts for 8 seconds. When an enemy triggers the trap they are immobilized for 4 seconds. If the enemy is an Undead, Daedra or Werewolf they take 4017 Physical Damage.|
Companion Mage’s Guild Skills
|Starfall||The Companion calls a comet down from the constellations to blast an enemy, dealing Flame Damage.|
|Reverse Entropy||The Companion envelops themselves and an ally with stabilizing magic, healing over time.|
|Parallel||The Companion barters with Oblivion for power, generating 50 Ultimate.|
Companion Undaunted Guild Skills
|Crimson Font||The Companion conjures a fountain of blood to sustain themselves and allies around it, healing every 1 second. Allies near the found can activate the Blood Funnel synergy, healing for 50% of their Max Health.|
|Savage Instinct||The Companion ignites the fires of hate in an enemy’s heart, dealing 4017 Magic Damage and taunting the enemy to attack them for 15 seconds. Used when an enemy is not already taunted. An ally targeting the enemy can activate the Savage Explosion Synergy, causing the enemy to implode after 2 seconds, dealing 4017 Magic Damage to them and nearby enemies. Used when the enemy is not already taunted.|
|Skeletal Aegis||The Companion surrounds themselves with a whirlwind of bones, granting a damage shield for 30% of their Max Health. While the damage shield holds an ally near them can activate the Bone Wall synergy, granting them a damage shield for 50% of their Max Health.|
Bastian Hallix Companion Builds
The AMPLIFIER Build is a fantastic build for Bastian Hallix! This build utilizes multiple buffs in order to amplify your own damage and defense potential. This build has tons of utility and will help you progress through many different forms of content!
The Guardian Drake is a strong option for Bastian Hallix as a Tank focused around Self-Healing and Survival, allowing Bastian to keep himself alive against many tough opponents and even bosses.
The MENDING FLAME Build is an easy Healing Set Up for Bastian Hallix. This build uses multiple Restoration Staff skills in combination with Bastian’s own burst heal to create a powerful Healing Companion.
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