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Bastian Hallix Companion Guide for ESO


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.

Bastian 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, Bastian 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 Bastian and the group will be full.Bastian 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 Bastian while in combat, but perfectly able to unsummon him while in combat.

He will also 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 Bastian and talk to him, he will be briefly invisible, such as while swimming.

At this point in time you cannot romance Bastian.

Table of contents

Bastian - Rapport and Disapproval or Approval

The rapport shows the relationship status with Bastian. 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 in rapid succession.


  • Any thievery and killing friendly NPCs -25
  • Using Blade of Woe on any NPCs -25
  • Pickpocketing -25
  • Stealing -5
  • Looting Thieves Troves -5
  • Fleeing from guards -1
  • Crafting Provisions with Cheese -1


  • Completing personal quest +500 (once per character)
  • Completing Mages Guild daily +125 (0)
  • Visiting a Mages Guild hall that could hold a portal to Eyevea +10 (20 hours cooldown)
  • Visiting Eyevea or Artaeum +10 (20 hours, shared cooldown)
  • Helping a random encounter +10
  • Gathering Psijic Portals +5
  • Scrying +5 (5 minutes cooldown)
  • Visiting Crafting Stations +1
  • Reading a random book +1 (15 minutes cooldown)
  • Killing (Worm) Cultists +1 (5-10 minutes cooldown)
  • Killing Bandits +1
  • Killing Night Runners in Summerset +1


  • Visiting Eyevea
  • Reading a book from a bookshelf
  • Mage Guild daily quest

Bastian - Companion Skills

Each companion has a unique associated non-combat perk which benefits the player while active.

Bastian's Insight: Potions looted from chests and monsters have a 30% chance to be improved by Bastian's Insight.

Bastian has the skills of a Dragonknight. His available skills reflect these abilities in their Skill lines. These are as follows:

Ardent Warrior

Draconic Armor

Radiating Heart

Bastian - How to get him

Bastian is found in the Deepscorn Hollow objective along the southwest coast of Blackwood. He is tied up on the ground. Talking to him will begin his quest “Competition and Contracts”.

He is in a very weird situation. He came to find a fellow called Quistley Silvelle that seemed to have gotten into some problems, when he was ambushed by a Dark Elf lady called Tenarei Vels he had met along the road and that seems to be acquainted with the one he is looking for somehow. Upon freeing him you learn about a letter she had dropped. Reading it you find out that there has been an agreement with the syndicate in Leyawiin. She is supposed to bring back Quistley so that he can repay his debts.

Of course, Bastian also has a score to settle with Tenarei, as he trusted her and his trust was betrayed.

Bastian - How to access him

Players wanting to acquire Bastian need the Blackwood Chapter, so that they can unlock him through completing associated quests in the Blackwood zone. After this he will start following the player and will be available by either choosing from the Collections, 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.

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

The first page is an overview, showing the Combat Level of Bastian, as well as whether he is wearing an outfit and if, which. The next item is Bastian’s ability bar. He has 5 skills plus an Ultimate ability, which unlock the higher his Combat Level is. He has a priority of when to use which skill, so from the left to the right the priority becomes less.

Next would be the Rapport. This shows what Bastian thinks about the player and whether he is more likely to engage friendly with the player, or not. The player can also access his equipment from here, which they have to carry in their inventory in order to have him equip it.

Bastian - Rewards

Bastian has two associated personal side quests which will become available to the player once a sufficient rapport has been established. Completing the second companion quest will unlock a houseguest collectible of him, allowing Bastian to be placed and utilized similarly to other houseguest collectibles.

Completing any of Bastian's side quests will result in a large rapport boost.

By completing meta-achievements associated with him, the player can unlock a keepsake collectible for Bastian which provides the benefits of the non-combat perk even while he isn’t active.

This collectible is located under the Upgrades section of the Collections menu.

Bastian - Skills

In order to engage with Bastian, talking to him will initiate a conversation and you can select the Companion Menu option.

This will bring up the Companion interface. It is the second icon from 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 Bastian.

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 Bastian's Guild skill lines, check out this guide to Guild Dailies.

Bastian does not have Champion Points.

Bastian - Equipment

In order to engage with Bastian, talking to him will initiate a conversation and you can select the Companion Menu option.

On the first page on the left side the Equipment is available. A player has to carry the equipment they want him to wear in their inventory, otherwise it will not be possible to equip it. Bastian 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 epic, with being either traitless or having specific traits. A player will not be able to craft Bastian gear, but will have to find the equipment.

Bastian's equipment does not include level, cannot be enchanted, does not require repairs and does not include an inherent style appearance, but instead inherits Bastian's style.

White companion equipment can be purchased from Weaponsmith, Woodworker, Armorer, Leatherworker, and Tailor merchants throughout the world, particularly from bosses. This equipment can be traded so it can be bought and sold on the market.

The traits are as follows:

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

Bastian - Customization

In order to engage with Bastian, talking to him will 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 Bastian is wearing will be displayed. If a player wants to have a costume that they own worn by Bastian, they have to choose the Collectibles icon on the top right. Here a player can also set the mount that Bastian is supposed to ride.

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 Bastian needs to be active at the time of customization.

In the Outfit Station menu, the player can choose between themselves and Bastian. 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 use polymorphs, personalities, skins, hats, hair or tattoos on companions.


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