Welcome to the ESO Sharp-As-Night Tank 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.
Should you use Sharp-As-Night Tank build?
Companions, just like players come with class presets. Sharp-As-Night is a Warden and has a good amount of healing and survivability skills in his support and defence skill lines, which is perfect for tanking!
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.
How to unlock Sharp-As-Night and where do I find him? Sharp-As-Night quest, “”.
You can find Sharp-As-Night…
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 tank. 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 tank. Two of the best traits for your companion are bolstered, reducing damage and Vigorous adding extra health.
YouTube Guide on Companion Progression
Sharp-As-Night Tank 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.
All heavy armor gear pieces give the best possible survivability. The Bolstered, reducing damage is a great trait, But your companions’ primary self burst heal is based on the percentage of max health. Thus, your companion will be able to heal to full with more max health. You can’t go wrong with either trait, but when we cleared Veteran Dragonstar Arena with Sharp-As-Night as the tank, Vigorous was the answer.
|Increases Max Health by 1.8%||Reduces damage taken by 1.2%|
|Increases Max Health by 2.2%||Reduces damage taken by 1.5%|
|Increases Max Health by 2.6%||Reduces damage taken by 1.7%|
|Weapon One||Sword||Companion’s Sword||Vigorous|
|Weapon Two||Shield||Companion’s Shield||Vigorous|
Tank 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 target the priority mob, this could be a boss or a mini-boss or something that can one-shot players that are non-tanks. Remember just like players companions have no AoE or multiple target taunts. If you start off by attacking, Sharp-As-Night will have a hard time gaining aggro, especially if you constantly change targets. Command him to attack first if possible.
Targeting: Remember that if you fully charge an attack, not on Sharp-As-Night target, he will swap. So who you’re attacking is just as important as how you start the fight.
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 Off Healing: Every class or combat style has some type of off healing. Even a small bit of off healing will help Sharp-As-Night survive allowing him not to have 4 slots on his bar loaded with self-healing. Trust me, slotting off healing ability is all you need to allow him to provide more utility.
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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