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Is Isobel a better tank than Bastian ?

hrothbern
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And what settings like player builds & bosses take influence on that comparison ?

For myself, playing solo-duo I experimented a while with both as tank, but ended up with slotting a taunt myself (Inner Beast, also for the 10% damage buff).
Myself as tanky DPs with taunt and Bastian in HA Quickened as support (no DPS abilities slotted: only buffs, heals and protection).

But I see both on internet as here on the forum that Isobel would be the better tank and I don't understand why and for what situations.


Edited by ZOS_Icy on February 12, 2023 5:35PM
"I still do not understand why I followed the advice of Captain Rana to bring the villagers of Bleakrock into safety. We should have fought for our village and not have backed down, with our tail between our legs. Now my home village is in shambles, the houses burning, the invaders feasting.I swear every day to Shor that after Molag Bal has been defeated, I will hunt down the invaders and restore peace in Bleakrock and drink my mead with my friends at the market place".PC-EU
  • phaneub17_ESO
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    Isobel's first bonus is her 3% damage reduction vs Bastian's 3% increased health in which case the damage reduction is vastly superior regardless of whatever she is wearing be it quickened, vigorous, or bolstered making her effective health higher with the same gear.

    Next you have Solar Ward which combines the best of both Drake's Blood and Basalt Barrier, while a shorter duration than Drake's Blood it has no casting requirements and with enough quickened its only downtime is the 1 second cast time. Furthermore Solar Ward scales based on her health so the more vigorous she has equipped the more effective the damage absorption, couple that with a source of minor toughness increases it further to over 5000 damage absorption at its peak. Basalt Barrier's limitation is based on Bastian's attack power, so it is diminished at 3675 with 1h and shield or 4350 with an Ice Staff at the cost of 2900 armor, once Basalt Barrier bubble has popped he also loses out on the bonus healing received at the same time.

    2 out of her 3 healing spells can affect her, both of them have heal over time components. While the initial burst from Blessed Sacrament is lower than Kindle, the heal over time makes up the difference sharply providing a steady form of damage reduction and stabilizing her health. Holy Ground is a wide enough area that it is impossible for her to strafe out of it like they would with Ritual of Salvation. Adding Beam of Reproach makes her a hybrid healer/tank, Beam of Reproach's healing doesn't affect her, but it does heal everyone around her target as does Holy Ground.

    Gallant Blitz is a default charge so whether she is using a 1h and shield or Ice staff, the option for a closer is there. The AOE Off Balance is also a great opener letting you take advantage of knocking down your target or another nearby if you so choose vs Bashing Bulwark that stuns a single target and may not always work. Honestly I would have preferred Blazing Grasp to pull Bastian to his target than having his target come to him as it doesn't work on the harder elite targets and the sudden jerk away from you on targets it does work is far more annoying when its out of your control.
  • AcadianPaladin
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    I've tried all four companions as tanks but generally go with either Mirri or Ember for tank. Both have crowd control skills - Mirri uses fear and Ember uses shards - both work quite well. Because my character is a healer, she prioritizes taunt and crowd control over durability in a tank. That said, I've not noticed a big difference among any of the four regarding durability as long as they are kitted out properly with good skills and heavy armor.

    Mirri is actually my fave and another reason is her ability to vanish and heal for a few seconds if she gets in trouble. The vanish instantly stops the boss from hitting her, she quickly heals, then reappears and applies taunt again about the time the boss is starting to eye my elf as a target. Unlike the Medium armor vanish/heal skill, this one is usable in heavy armor and is short enough that she can generally regain taunt before the boss retargets to someone else.
    PC NA(no Steam), PvE, mostly solo
  • Palumtra
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    Isobel with full damage reduction perk heavy armor can tank most open world bosses on her own, and her passive is that you can get more loot from them(plus you get positive rapport with her), so it's a no brainer pick for that IMO, if she struggles, slot in 1-2 heal skills to aid her but she should pretty much be able to hold her ground, she has decent self heal and sustain with the 2 max hp based shields, she can also make public dungeon boss fights very easy (not that they are hard, but still) and can also do well in norm dungeons.
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  • freespirit
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    Palumtra wrote: »
    Isobel with full damage reduction perk heavy armor can tank most open world bosses on her own, and her passive is that you can get more loot from them(plus you get positive rapport with her), so it's a no brainer pick for that IMO, if she struggles, slot in 1-2 heal skills to aid her but she should pretty much be able to hold her ground, she has decent self heal and sustain with the 2 max hp based shields, she can also make public dungeon boss fights very easy (not that they are hard, but still) and can also do well in norm dungeons.

    I use Bastian for similar fights, he holds his own really well too.

    I used him in vWayrest1 just the other night with another low cp player who wanted the monster helm, we had no issues and Bastian didn't die once, the other player did(there were just the three of us, Bastian is a person too!). :)
    When people say to me........
    "You're going to regret that in the morning"
    I sleep until midday cos I'm a problem solver!
  • phaneub17_ESO
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    All of them can tank well and do it differently imo, they're all great in their own way. Bastian is the best as a standard meat shield tank, Isobel is a healer tank, Mirri works as an avoidance tank, and Ember as an AOE attraction tank.

    Ember is an interesting wild card, the way I would do it is to use Dual Wield, Heavy Quickened or Prolific. Razor Cape, Savage Instincts, Shared Wards, Spinning Steel/Entomb, and Hurricane Visage. Consider Razor Cape and Hurricane Visage as an extension of the same ability, providing a consistent uptime at the start and end of her rotation. Her Ultimate is the fastest cast and most devastating of them all; getting it up faster lets her do serious damage while at the same time drawing attention to multiple mobs. Not something I would use on bosses though doable, but big trash mob pack baiting if you want to get a lot of stuff together to mow down, she's the one to do it.
  • hrothbern
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    Thanks so far for all insights, overview-wise and noteworthy tips :)

    I am still digesting it all and hope for more from so many other players having their experiences.

    So far good info to set up some combat testing
    "I still do not understand why I followed the advice of Captain Rana to bring the villagers of Bleakrock into safety. We should have fought for our village and not have backed down, with our tail between our legs. Now my home village is in shambles, the houses burning, the invaders feasting.I swear every day to Shor that after Molag Bal has been defeated, I will hunt down the invaders and restore peace in Bleakrock and drink my mead with my friends at the market place".PC-EU
  • virtus753
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    Palumtra wrote: »
    Isobel with full damage reduction perk heavy armor can tank most open world bosses on her own, and her passive is that you can get more loot from them(plus you get positive rapport with her), so it's a no brainer pick for that IMO, if she struggles, slot in 1-2 heal skills to aid her but she should pretty much be able to hold her ground, she has decent self heal and sustain with the 2 max hp based shields, she can also make public dungeon boss fights very easy (not that they are hard, but still) and can also do well in norm dungeons.

    Her passive perk for world boss loot works without her present once you’ve done all her achievements, so that won’t always be a factor, but I do like her for the other reasons you’ve mentioned.
  • ZOS_Icy
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    Greetings,

    This thread has been moved to the Players Helping Players section, as it is better suited there.

    Thank you for your understanding.
    Staff Post
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