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Azandar Al-Cybiades Companion Guide for ESO

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With Update 30, in mid June of 2021, ZOS added a new ESO Companion System. These are NPCs that will travel alongside the player and will be a companion that can tank, dps or heal.

In the Necrom Chapter in June 2023, Zenimax added two new companions to the game for owners of the new chapter. One of these new companions is Azandar Al-Cybiades.

Azandar is an Arcanist, meaning he possesses abilities similar to the new playable Arcanist class also added with Necrom, however the companion versions of abilities tend to differ a bit from the versions that players use. Azandar is a Redguard. 

Azandar can help any player defeat more difficult enemies and especially newer players have an opportunity to pick up bigger challenges, without having to ask others.

Also, if the group is a player short, Azandar can replace a group member. Meaning if they want to go into a 4-player dungeon and they are only 3 people, someone can summon Azandar and the group will be full. Azandar won’t be able to do complex mechanics, though, so he might not always be favored over other players.

It is also not possible to summon Azandar while in combat, however you can unsummon him while in combat. He will not be able to be summoned in PvP instances, in single player arenas or in housing instances. Also, in instances where you can’t navigate to Azandar and talk to him, he will be briefly invisible, such as while swimming.

At this point in time you cannot romance Azandar.

Please note that some sections of this guide are still a Work in Progress, and will be updated closer to the Necrom release date. 



Table of contents

Azandar - Rapport and Disapproval or Approval

The rapport shows your relationship status with Azandar. It can range from extreme contempt to viewing the player as their greatest ally and dearest friend. The player can decrease and increase the rapport via their in-game actions. Different actions have different cooldowns, so that rapport can not be positively or negatively influenced too many times in rapid succession.

Azandar Companion Rapport in ESO
Azandar Companion Rapport in ESO

Disapproval Ember Rapport:

  • going to Artaeum or Eyevea: -10
  • playing a ToT match: -1
  • crafting coffee: -1
  • harvesting mushrooms: -1

Azandar Companion Rapport Approval:

  • completing each part of his companion quest: 500
  • doing the daily enchanting crafting writ: 125
  • master enchanting writ: 5
  • handing in the Necrom delve daily: 125
  • visiting mundus stones: 10
  • destroying end mechanism in Blackwood portals: 10
  • going to Coldharbour / Fargrave / Brass Fortress: 10
  • harvesting psijic portal: 5
  • scrying an antiquity: 5
  • finding a lead: 5
  • activating ayleid wells: 5
  • doing a regular (non-daily) enchanting writ: 5
  • stealing a ritual object / oddity / magical curiosity: 5
  • finding a new lorebook: 5
  • killing mudcrabs/dreughs/chaurus/ogres/trolls/harpies/nix-oxen/dunerippers: 1
  • crafting tea: 1
  • Skills Respec at the respec shrine: Unknown

Azandar - Personal Quests

As your Rapport with Azandar increases, you will unlock additional Personal Quests related to the Companion, where they will come to you and ask for help with something. 

Azandar has the following personal quests for you to unlock and complete:

  • Paths Unwalked
  • Adversarial Adventures
  • Tempting Fates

Completing these quests will allow you to learn more about Azandar's backstory, and eventually obtain a keepsake item, granting you Azandar's passive bonus even when he is not summoned. 

Azandar - Companion Skills

Each companion has a unique non-combat perk which benefits the player while active. For Azandar, you will get the Azandar's Inquisitiveness perk, which gives you a chance to find research portfolios when you search containers. Research portfolios can contain crafting recipes, treasure maps, surveys, and other useful documents. 

Completing all achievements related to Azandar will grant you the Abyssal Tea Set keepsake, which gives you this perk at all times, even if Azandar is not summoned. 

Azandar has the skills of an Arcanist, meaning many of his abilities will be similar to players of that class. He has the following skill lines:

  • Quill Knight - Contains skills that allows Azandar to taunt, tank and CC enemies. 
  • Revitalizing Researcher - Contains skills that heal, protect and support Azandar and his allies. 
  • Scholar of Apocrypha - Contains skills that damage enemies. Also includes the Fate Omen's Inspiration skill, which can give you Minor Berserk

Azandar - How to Get Him

In order to recruit Azandar, you will need to own the Necrom Chapter. 

You then need to complete an introductory quest where you will meet Azandar and help him out, and in return he will offer to join you on your own adventures. 

Azandar - How to Summon Him

Once you have completed Azandar's initial quest and recruited him, he will start following the player and will be available by either choosing him from the Collections menu, or by quickslotting him via the Quickslot inventory.

His collectible can be found in the “Allies” section. It is not possible to have multiple Allies or Assistants active at the same time, such as a banker and a companion.

Where to find Azandar in the Collections menu in ESO
Where to find Azandar in the Collections menu in ESO
Azandar Companion Menu screen in ESO
Azandar Companion Menu screen in ESO

Azandar's Menu can be accessed when talking to him.

The first page is an overview, showing the Combat Level of Azandar, as well as whether he is wearing an outfit and if so, which. The next item is Azandar’s ability bar. He has 5 skill slots plus an Ultimate slot, which will progressively unlock as his Combat Level increases.

The 5 skill slots also act as a priority system - Azandar will prioritize using a skill in slot 1 over a skill in slot 2, and so forth. Each Companion skill has a cooldown, which prevents him from simply spamming the highest priority skill, however.

The next section of the menu is the Rapport. This shows what Azandar thinks about the player and whether he is more likely to engage cordially with the player. When Azandar trusts you enough, he may ask for help with a personal quest which you can complete for an extra rapport boost.

The player can also access his equipment from here, which they have to carry in their inventory in order to have him equip it.

Azandar - Rewards

By unlocking all four achivements associated with Azandar, you can obtain his Abyssal Tea Set Keepsake, which will grant you his passive perk at all times, even if he isn't summoned. This perk gives you a chance at finding valuable documents whenever you search a container - such as Crafting Recipes, Survey Reports and Treasure Maps. 

To unlock this, you'll need to complete the following tasks and Achievements:

  • Azandar's Companion: Complete all four quests related to Azandar. You will need to recruit him and increase his rapport with you to unlock the quests. 
  • Azandar's Favor: Increase your rapport with Azandar by completing specific tasks at their side. 
  • Summon Azandar at Max Level
  • Obtain Max Rapport with Azandar. 

Azandar - Skills

In order to access the skills menu for Azandar, speak to him to bring up the Companion Menu, then select the skills tab - the second icon on the top-right.

All available skill lines are listed here, with the three Class skill lines at first, followed by the Weapon skill lines. The player has to equip a weapon first before it can unlock. The Class Skill lines increase with the combat level of Azandar.

Same goes to the Armor skill line. 3 items of the same weight have to be equipped in order for the skill line to be equipped. Weapon and Armor skill lines all increase through combat experience based on what the player carries.

The Guild skill lines are almost identical to the player Guild skill lines, only that there’s only Fighters Guild, Mages Guild and Undaunted available so far. They increase through completing specific solo daily quests associated with the guild, for the active companion.

There’s also only 1 Racial trait available which will be available from the beginning and won’t need to be unlocked.

To find out how to find and complete the Guild daily quests to level up Azandar's Guild skill lines, check out this guide to Guild Dailies. You can also purchase Fighters and Mages Guild Commendations from the Impresario during in-game in events to immediately level up one of Azandar's guild skill lines. 

Azandar does not have Champion Points.  

Azandar - Equipment

In Azandar's Companion Menu, on the first page on the left side the Equipment menu is available.

A player has to carry the equipment they want Azandar to wear in their inventory.

Azandar has the same equipment slots as the player, except for only being able to slot one weapon set, as he only has one ability bar. The quality of the equipment ranges from normal to legendary, and some equipment has traits that buff the companion a little. Companion gear traits are different to player equipment traits.

A player will not be able to craft Azandar gear, but will have to find the equipment. Azandar's equipment does not include a level, cannot be enchanted, does not require repairs and does not include an inherent style appearance, but instead inherits Azandar's style.

White (basic) quality companion equipment can be purchased from Weaponsmith, Woodworker, Armorer, Leatherworker, and Tailor merchants throughout the world. Higher quality gear needs to be looted, and drops most often from bosses and chests. Companion equipment can also be traded, so it can be found in Guild Stores too.

Azandar Companion Equipment
Azandar Companion Equipment

The available traits for Companion Gear are as follows:

  • Aggressive - Increases Azandar's damage output (per equipped piece).
  • Augmented - Increases the duration of all Azandar's buffs and debuffs (per equipped piece).
  • Bolstered - Reduces the Damage Taken by Azandar (per equipped piece).
  • Focused - Increases the Critical Strike Rating of Azandar (per equipped piece).
  • Prolific- Increases the Ultimate regeneration of Azandar (per equipped piece).
  • Quickened- Reduces the Ability cooldown of Azandar (per equipped piece).
  • Shattering - Increases the Penetration of Azandar (per equipped piece).
  • Soothing - Increases the Healing Done by Azandar (per equipped piece).
  • Vigorous - Increases the Maximum Health of Azandar (per equipped piece).

Azandar - Customization

Speak to Azandar to initiate a conversation and you can select the Companion Menu option. From here you can choose two different customizations. At the very first character sheet on the right side, underneath the Combat Level, is the Outfit.

Here the player can choose between No Outfit and Companion Outfit. If the player decides to go with No Outfit, the current equipment that Azandar is wearing will be displayed.

If a player wants to have a costume that they own worn by Azandar, they have to choose the Collectibles icon on the top right. Here a player can also choose one of their mounts for Azandar to use.

In order to have their own customized Outfit displayed, the player needs to go to an Outfit Station that is not in a player’s house (because Azandar needs to be active at the time of customization). In the Outfit Station menu, the player can choose between themselves and Azandar. From here it works the same as with a player Outfit. You can also choose colors for both the Outfit or a Costume at this station.

The head armor will be hidden at all times and will not be displayed regardless of equipment or cosmetic override settings. Depending on gender, race or other restrictions, some of the player’s cosmetics might also not be usable by companions. Players can’t equip polymorphs, personalities, skins, hats, hair or tattoos on their companions.  

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