Welcome to the ESO Azandar Al-Cybiades Ranged DPS builds! Azandar Al-Cybiades is an older Redguard Arcanist, who becomes a little of a cross between a father figure and an eccentric professor mentor figure to the player character. Players will quickly discover that he has a hyper-focus on his endless pursuit of knowledge.
Should you use Azandar Al-Cybiades DPS build?
Companions, just like players come with class presets. Azandar Al-Cybiades Arcanist builds work, at some of the hardest content in the game and can work for you!
Companions are non-player characters who can aid you on your adventures throughout Tamriel. Once called to your side, these stalwart allies will assist you in combat. To unlock the Azandar companion you need to own the Necrom Chapters.
How to unlock Azandar and where do I find him? Azandar Al-Cybiades quest, “”.
You can find Azandar…
After you complete the quest you can find Azandar and all unlocked companions in your collections menu. Press the default key “U” on your keyboard or go to the collections tab, pick Allies from the list and then Companions.
Companions are similar to players and here are some areas of focus for you while working through optimizing your companion.
Obtain multiple gear sets: You’ll want flexible options once you hit the end game, even if you plan on leaving him as a DPS. You can find gear by looting defeated enemies or in various chests and boxes, almost everywhere in the game. Or you can go to any town Armor and Fine Garments store and pick up companion gear, light, medium and heavy. I’d also go to woodworker and weapon smith and pick up sword and shield, and various staffs. Swap a gear or weapons and level skill lines, because you never know if you want to switch!
Combat Level: Start levelling up your companion. Companions level up similar to a player, by killing enemies and eventually reaching level 20 (currently max). So you can grind with your companion (grinding video click). The exception are guilds’ skill lines (Mages Guild, Fighters Guild, Undaunted), to level them up you need to complete guilds’ daily quests. You can find them in Grahtwood (map click), Stormhaven (map click), and Deshaan (map click).
Focus on Guild Skill Lines: You’ll want to prioritise completing the guide-specific daily quests in order to unlock the most powerful skills in the game.
Gear: Now start collecting pieces of gear to optimize your DPS. The best trait for companion DPS is Aggressive, increasing damage done. Also, The Shattering (Penetration) and the Focused (Critical Strike Chance) are good choices.
YouTube Guide on Companion Progression
Azandar Al-Cybiades Ranged DPS build
Companion abilities work on a cooldown system unlike players and often have 16 seconds before the skill can be used again. Thus, placing a skill on the first spot, vs the last has a great impact on its frequency.
Mage skills – The Destruction Staff (Inferno Staff)
Sniper skills – the Bow
All medium armor gear pieces give the best possible damage potential. The frugal shopper will look to Shattering or Focused rather than Aggressive, but for raw damage Aggressive performs the best. You can use the mix of the tree and still have great results:
|Increases damage done by 1.2%||Increases Penetration by 900||Increases Critical Strike Rating by 394|
|Increases damage done by 1.5%||Increases Penetration by 1100||Increases Critical Strike Rating by 481.5|
|Increases damage done by 1.7%||Increases Penetration by 1300||Increases Critical Strike Rating by 569|
Companion DPS Traits Priority:
- Aggressive (Increases Damage Done)
- Shattering (Increases Penetration)
- Focused (Increases Critical Strike Chance)
- Prolific (Increases Ultimate Generation)
- Quickened (Reduces Skills Cooldown)
- Augmented (Increases Ability Buff and Debuff Duration)
- Bolstered (Reduces Damage Taken)
- Vigorous (Adds Max Health)
- Soothing (Increases Healing Done)
The Destruction Staff (Inferno Staff) gear setup
|Shoulders||Medium||Companion’s Arm Cops||Aggressive|
|Weapon||Destruction Staff||Companion’s Inferno Staff||Aggressive|
The Bow gear setup
|Shoulders||Medium||Companion’s Arm Cops||Aggressive|
|Weapon||Bow||Companion’s Inferno Staff||Aggressive|
Ranged DPS companion Tips and Tricks
Control: Just like commanding a pet, you’ll need to hit the default key “Y” and the left mouse to attack or the right mouse to return (no PC). Companions don’t know when to move out of bad AoE’s or mechanics. So you as the player must make this a priority.
Combat: You’ll want to start the combat first, while your companion will stay out of enemy range and deal damage to the enemies from the distance. Just like players, companions have multiple buffs and AoE synergies. So stay close enough to your companion to receive those buffs, but don’t too close, so your companion will be safe behind you.
Ranged DPS: Make sure Azandar will always stay at a safe distance. She is less likely to die in combat as a ranged damage dealer.
Provide shield and healing: Every class or combat style has some type of shield or damage reduction. Pick at least one extra shield or protection skill for your companion. This small bit of protection will help your companion survive. That’s why the armor skill line is so vital to prioritise and use. You may slot extra off healing ability to help your companion survive.
Make companion your own! These tips can help you out but the end result is up to you. Experiment, try things outside of the box and meta ideas. You’ll be surprised at just how effective these things can be.
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All information is based on pre-release sources. We’ll update it as soon as the Necrom Chapter launches on January 2023
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