Should you use this build?
Welcome to the ESO Bastian Hallix Healer build 2023! Companions, just like players come with class presets. Bastian is your typical Dragonknight. His Radiating Heart class skill line has decent self-healing but Bastian shines in crowd control, shields and survival. Pair this with outside skill lines from restoration staff and guilds skill trees and she’s absolutely great in healing you, the player. The ESO Bastian Hallix Healer build works, at some of the hardest content in the game and can work for you!
Bastian is a twenty-seven-year-old Imperial with a love for books and potions. He always wanted to learn secrets of magic though as a ward of the Breton House Silvelle never had enough time for a proper education.
Bastian’s unique perk gives a 30% chance for potions, looted from chests and monsters, to be improved by Bastian’s Insight. A very practical ability for your travels!
How to unlock Bastian and where do I find him? Bastian Hallix quest, “Competition and Contracts”.
You can find Bastian’s quest in the Blackwood zone. You’ll find him easily next to the Blueblood Wayshrine. Simply follow the road from the wayshrine to the Deepscorn Hollow cave, he is sitting on the ground and tight up to a pillar.
After you complete the quest you can find Bastian 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 healer. 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 healer. Soothing is increasing companion healing done and Quickened is reducing companion skills’ cooldowns.
YouTube Guide on Companion Progression
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Bastian Hallix Healer 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.
An example: Bastian has a Restoration Staff skill: Rejuvenation, by default, this ability last 8 seconds, with a 16-second cooldown. If you put it in the first spot on his skill bar, the companion will activate it first, and immediately when it comes off cooldown, giving you consistent healing over time. For the best results follow the skills listed here but also be knowledgeable about how it works. Now when you’ll make changes, you get the most out of the performance of the companion’s skills.
1. Rejuvenation (Skill line: Companion Restoration Staff) – Strong Heal over time that heals the companion and you.
2. Searing Weapons (Skill line: Companion Radiating Heart) – very useful buff that increases light and heavy attack damage
3. Kindle (Skill line: Companion Radiating Heart) – Strong burst heal.
4. Mending Incantation (Skill line: Companion Restoration Staff) – Heals and grants an extra physical and spell resistance
5. Crimson Font (Skill line: Companion Undaunted) – Heal over time for your companion and you, you can activate synergy and heal for 50% of your health.
Ultimate: Unleashed Rage (Skill line: Companion Ardent Warrior) – The explosion around Bastian stuns the enemies and deals damage.
All light armor gear pieces give the best possible healing potential. Restoration staff for healing skills and buffs. The best-in-slot trait for a companion healer is Quickened, reducing skills cooldowns. This way your companion will be able to cast heals more often. But we can also use soothing for extra healing or a mix of the two:
|Reduces ability cooldowns by 1.8%||Increases healing done by 1.2%|
|Reduces ability cooldowns by 2.2%||Increases healing done by 1.5%|
|Reduces ability cooldowns by 2.6%||Increases healing done by 1.7%|
|Weapon One||Restoration Staff||Companion’s Restoration Staff||Quickened|
Healer 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: Never command your healer companion to attack. You’ll want to start the combat first, while your companion will stay out of enemy range and heal you from the distance. Just like players, companions have multiple buffs and AoE healing. So stay close enough to your companion to receive those buffs, but don’t too close, so your companion will be safe behind you.
Companions Synergy: Companions can provide synergies but not use them. That’s why the undaunted skill lines are so vital to prioritise and use.
Provide shield and protection: 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.
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. Thanks for reading!