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ESO Companions System Guide

ESO Companions

The Companions System in ESO allows players to summon companions that can aid them in their adventures. A great feature that can help players to complete harder content alone. Especially new players that have not maxed out their characters, will find the companion’s’ assistance valuable when trying to defeat a harder opponent. To find how you can level up your Companions fast, read my Companion Leveling Guide!

For the Best Companion for every role, you can read my ESO Best Companion Guide!

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How Many Companions there are in ESO

In total there are four Companions available to players.

Bastian has a chivalrous Knight kind of personality and an interesting background you can unlock through his Quest Story. Mirri on the other hand is more of a sneaky, Thief character. Ember is skilled with magic while Isobel is an aspiring Knight.

How to Unlock Companions – ESO Companions

Players can unlock Companions NPC by completing certain Quests in the Blackwood and High Isle zones. Owing the Blackwood DLC and High Isle DLC is required to unlock the available Companions in each zone.

How to Unlock Bastian Companion

You can find Bastian in the Deepscorn Hollow objective along the southwest coast of Blackwood. In order to unlock him as a companion complete his Quest “Competition and Contracts“.

How to Unlock Mirri Companion

Mirri is found in the Doomvault Vulpinaz objective in northern Blackwood. In order to unlock her as a companion complete her Quest “Shattered and Scattered“.

How to Unlock Ember Companion

You can find Ember near the Tor Draioch point of interest, North of Gonfalon Bay, the Capital of the High Isle zone. In order to unlock her as a companion complete her Quest “Tower of Trouble“.

How to Unlock Isobel Companion

You can find Isobel near the Castle Navire point of interest, West of Gonfalon Bay, the Capital of the High Isle zone. In order to unlock her as a companion complete her Quest “Tournament of the Heart“.

How to Summon Companions in ESO

You can summon your companions any time from the Allies tab in the Collection menu. You can also assign them any role you wish in order to complement your play-style, by choosing the right skills and armor.

Companions cannot follow you in Arenas and PVP zones though. When participating in group content, companions will count as players and occupy a player slot. This can be helpful for a group unable to find enough players to complete a Dungeon or a Trial.

Companions however cannot replace players in terms of efficiency and DPS, so it is better to use them for easier PVE content.

Companions Story Quests

You can talk to your Companions, choose among several dialogue options and unlock their personal quest stories. Unlocking their quest stories will help you learn more about them.

Companions have their own unique identities, likes and dislikes. The way you treat them, the options you choose in your dialogues and your actions in-game, will affect your relationship with them, your Rapport. The more quests from their Story you complete, the better you understand your Companions, who they are and where they came from. The system is expected to evolve in the future with a lot more options available to players.

Romance between your characters and a Companion is one of the team’s goals but is also something that will come in future updates and after the system has improved and expanded more.

This new system adds a single player RPG tone to The Elder Scrolls Online and has the capacity to expand into a groundbreaking feature for ESO.

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How to Increase Companion Rapport – ESO Companions

Rapport is the system that measures your relationship with each companion. Increasing Rapport can unlock more options for the specific companion, like new background quests, while decreasing rapport with them can make them dislike you and even unsummon themselves for a while.

Each Companion has different likes and dislikes. Completing specific activities increases or decreases your Rapport with the active companion. For example if you have Ember active and collect Runestones, this will increase your Rapport with her, since it is an activity she likes!

Companions Skills & Customization – ESO Companions

You can level up your Companions, gear them up to fulfill their desired role, unlock skills and set up their gear and combat behavior.

Companions start at level 1 and level up as they adventure and gain experience along with you, up to level 20. Every companion has a unique set of Class skills you can choose from. As they level up they unlock more skills, that can assist you in combat.

There are plenty of other skill lines to choose from as well. Weapon, Armor, Guild and Racial lines will all help you create a unique Companion Build.

  • Class Skill Lines increase with the combat level of the companion
  • Weapon Skill Lines increase through combat based on the weapon equipped
  • Armor Skill Lines increase through combat based on the armor weight equipped
  • Guild Skill Lines increase by completing daily quests associated with the guild
  • Racial Skill Lines are unlocked from the beginning

Companions use a cooldown and priority system when choosing which skill to use. The order in which you place skills on their skill-bar is the order in which they will try to use them.

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How to Find Companion Equipment – ESO Companions

Companions use special equipment that is independent from players’ gear. Armor for Companions drops from enemies but is rarer than player Armor Sets and its maximum quality is Epic(purple). Bosses have a better chance to drop equipment for your companions but you can also buy it from specific merchants.

This special gear is shared for all companions. You cannot craft, research or deconstruct this type of equipment. Equipment above White quality offers unique Companion traits. These Traits are:

  • Quickened,Cooldown Reduction
  • Prolific, Ultimate Generation
  • Focused, Critical Strike Chance
  • Shattering, Penetration
  • Aggressive, Damage Done
  • Soothing, Healing Done
  • Augmented, Ability Buff and Debuff Duration
  • Bolstered, Reduce Damage Taken
  • Vigorous, Max Health

How to Customize Companions – ESO Companions

You can customize your companions, exactly like you customize your characters. From their collectibles menu, you can have them wear a costume you have unlocked and assign them one of your mounts. It is also possible to change their outfit at the appropriate station. You can use the same cosmetics if you wish!

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Companions Additional Info – ESO Companions

Companions in general are account based but in order to use them with a character you will have to complete their introductory quest first. Their overall progress however remains even when you are switching characters.

They can die in combat and be resurrected like other players. Even if you do not resurrect them, they will get up once the combat is over. It is possible to have some form of control over their actions in combat by using the already existing Pet command system.

FAQ – ESO Companions

Where to Unlock Ember Companion in ESO?

You can find Ember near the Tor Draioch point of interest, North of Gonfalon Bay, the Capital of the High Isle zone. In order to unlock her as a companion complete her Quest “Tower of Trouble“. To learn more about ESO Companions you can read this ESO Companions System Guide.

Where to Unlock Isobel Companion in ESO?

You can find Isobel near the Castle Navire point of interest, West of Gonfalon Bay, the Capital of the High Isle zone. In order to unlock her as a companion complete her Quest “Tournament of the Heart“. To learn more about ESO Companions you can read this ESO Companions System Guide.

Where to Unlock Bastian Companion in ESO?

You can find Bastian in the Deepscorn Hollow objective along the southwest coast of Blackwood. In order to unlock him as a companion complete his Quest “Competition and Contracts“. To learn more about ESO Companions you can read this ESO Companions System Guide.

Where to Unlock Mirri Companion in ESO?

Mirri is found in the Doomvault Vulpinaz objective in northern Blackwood. In order to unlock her as a companion complete her Quest “Shattered and Scattered“. To learn more about ESO Companions you can read this ESO Companions System Guide.

How to level up Companions in ESO?

The Best Way to Level Up your Companions in ESO is by grinding XP at specific locations! For the best Grind Locations in ESO you can read this ESO Best XP Grinds Spots Guide!

Where to find Companion Gear in ESO?

Gear for Companions drops from enemies in ESO but is rarer than player Armor Sets and its maximum quality is Epic(purple). Bosses have a better chance to drop equipment for your companions but you can also buy it from specific merchants. To learn more about ESO Companions you can read this ESO Companions System Guide.

Who is the Best Companion in ESO?

The Best Companion in ESO depends on the role you wish to fulfill with them! Overall, Isobel is the strongest Companion at the moment. To learn more about the Best Companion for every role, you can read this ESO Best Companion Guide!

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