Originally Posted by Zalid
Not sure how much difference the bonuses make. My companions rarely fail, so maybe the bonuses give you better/more items ?
Since you have no choice in your companions (or do you?), I just ignored the bonuses and chose the skills I wanted.
your companions are fixed to your class and normally tie into your story quests, but there are a few crossovers I believe such as that stupid robot everyone gets when they get a ship.
as for their success rate and what they bring back, it seems to rely much more on their opinion of you than anything else, the only thing the bonuses help with is say you companion has +10 to armourtech when you start out with the skill and use him it basically starts you at 10skill, so as long as you craft with him you have 10 higher skill. same with gathering, those companions can go higher than your base skill based on their bonus, think of it like the race bonuses to crafting in WoW but they are restricted by companion.