Welcome to the ESO Sharp-As-Night Healer build! Sharp-As-Night is a reserved Argonian Warden who makes his way in the world as something of a mercenary. Originally from the Black Marsh, for mysterious reasons his past is lost to him and he cannot return. He instead faces forward, seeking to discover who he is, though so far he has not come to any satisfactory conclusion.
By Pixel | Updated for Necrom Chapter, U38 on June 3rd, 2023
By Pixel | Updated for Necrom Chapter, U38 on June 3rd, 2023
Should you use Sharp-As-Night Healer build?
Companions, just like players come with class presets. Sharp-As-Night is a Warden and has a good amount of healing skills in his support skill line, which is perfect for healing!
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 Sharp-As-Night companion you need to own the Necrom Chapters.
|Lacks unique damage buff
|Damage reduction skills
|Emphasis on healing and tanking
How to unlock Sharp-As-Night and where do I find him? Sharp-As-Night quest, “The Double Edge”.
You can find Sharp-As-Night in the Telvanni Peninsula zone. Teleport to the main city, and Sharp-As-Night will be waiting for you outside of the city walls, next to the main gate bridge. You’ll need to go right from the main gate and follow the side patch down the hill to meet him. The picture below shows the main gate door and where Sharp Stands.
He will need your help and offer The Double Edge Quest (20-30min). Upon completion, he’ll be added to your collections.
After you complete the quest, you can find Sharp-As-Night 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.
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ESO companions are a great way to have a helper in battle, but they can also be easily killed. This build will increase their survivability and your questing or even dungeon experience.
The secret is a five-piece craftable set from the Necrom Chapter Telvanni Efficiency. This combination reduces the cooldown on companions’ abilities allowing them to heal, evade and defend easier.
Here are examples of how it’ll help your builds:
- Tank companions commonly use the Fighters Guild ability Ritual of Salvation to reduce damage by 20%. With this five-piece active, the duration of the ability along with the cooldown is 8 seconds so hypothetically nearly 100% uptime.
- Damage Dealers use the medium armor skill Vanish for survivability, providing a full healing every 36 seconds. With 50% less time, every 18 seconds, your companion will outlive nearly anything as a DPS.
- Healers rely on the Restoration staff abilities, which can be cast repeatedly along with the Haste skill. This turns your companion into a spam casting machine and huge heals per second.
To further augment this effect, you can combine the armor trait “quicken.” This armor trait at purple quality gives a 2.6% reduction on ability cooldowns per piece with 5.2% on both weapons. So the new cooldown for the Vanish skill becomes only 5.7 seconds! Everything the companion does becomes radically improved.
To further aid in this, Isobel has a buff to light and heavy attacks after using penetrating strikes. Bastion has a buff for light and heavy attacks as well. In fact, each companion has some aid and utility to provide, and the reduction in cooldown means nearly 100% uptime giving them much greater survivability and utility.
How to modify your build?
We suggest a modified heavy attack/oakensoul build. You will have high health, mitigation and damage with the recommended gear sets. You always equip 5 medium Telvanni’s on your body and use Sergent’s Mail for heavy attack damage along with the Empower buff from Oakensoul.
Sharp-As-Night 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.
- Rejuvenation (Skill line: Companion Restoration Staff) – Strong Heal over time that heals the companion and you.
- Sleetmail (Skill line: Companion Winter’s Bite) – area based buff that reduces companions damage and provides armor to the themselves and 5 nearby allies.
- Fungal Forage (Skill line: Companion Verdant Growth) – this is a very powerful burst heal that will do more healing when near companion.
- Mending Incantation (Skill line: Companion Restoration Staff) – Heals and grants an extra physical and spell resistance
- 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: Gore (Skill line: Companion Beasts of the Hunt) – hard hitting physical damage ability that stuns for three seconds and does more damage to enemies below 25% health.
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%
|Companion’s Restoration Staff
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!
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