SWTOR: Top Tips for new players

In order to jump start your gameplay, we recommend these SWTOR tips to new players because these are the ones which will help you the most when you are just starting out. You can use these SWTOR tips to start leveling up faster, make more credits, and earn more valor.

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Professions? Biochem and Bioanalysis

Biochem and Bioanalysis are the best professions in the game. They are both very easy to make money with and they provide the best self-buffs to players. It is the recommendation of this SWTOR Guide that you pick up both of these crew skills.

Bioanalysis has such a high return on crew missions, it makes slicing look ridiculous. The easiest thing to is to send all of your companions out on to get Rank 5 Biological Compounds and Samples. You can then convert these into Ultimate Medpacs, which are the best single-target heal in-game for non-Biochem players (Prototype Ultimate Medpacs are not worth the extra effort).

bioanalysisSince all tanks need Ultimate Medpacs, typically 1-2 per encounter, you have a large market for these items. Since these items are in such high demand, you can sell them for a lot of credits. I find that you can get enough materials for about 10 Ultimate Medpacs in about 8 crew Missions. Crew Missions run around 1500 credits a piece.

You can then sell the Ultimate Medpacs for 3000-4000 credits (with a very fast turnaround time). This means that once every 2 hours or so worth of crew missions, you can turn 30000 credits worth of missions into 70000 credits worth of items, or about 40k profit. The best part is that not only can you earn an easy 40k a day, you can do it without actually “doing” anything – just sending your companions to do missions and then craft while you PvP or do flashpoints and raids yourself.

For this reason, one of our top SWTOR Tips is to use Biochem and Bioanalysis for easy money.


PvP? Go Out of Your Way for Extra Valor

In SWTOR PvP, what most people do not realize is that Valor is your primary barrier to getting the best gear in the game.

The top-level gear (at least at release) is the Battlemaster set. However, you cannot begin acquiring gear for this set until you reach Valor rank 60. What most people also do not realize is that Valor starts scaling exponentially once you reach Valor rank 50. You need more Valor to go from 50-60 then you do from 1-49.

While on the most populated and active servers Ilum can provide the most valor gain, the vast majority of players will earn most of their valor from Warzones. As a result, you need to make the most out of gaining valor in each Warzone.

It is the recommendation of this SWTOR guide that unless you are rank 60+, you really should not even bother with Ilum. The daily and weekly Ilum quest do not provide Valor (if you are looting chests) and do not provide Battlemaster gear until you reach rank 60 Valor. You are better off just sticking to Warzones until you hit Battlemaster.

When in Warzones, you want to do everything you can to get extra Valor. One way to do this is when you are low on HP, run out of combat and wait until your Trauma buff wears off. Many classes can hit a 5k self heal (for an extra commendation) without the Trauma debuff up. You should also seek out 1v1s to get the Assassin Medal and Adrenal+Trinket attacks to unlock the 2.5k and 5k damage dealt in one critical hit for more medals.

Each extra medal you unlock earns 50 more valor; the difference between earning 4 Medals and 10 Medals is 300 Valor per match, which can be 20-30% more than you would otherwise get! Additionally, being high on the medal count makes you more likely to get MVP votes, which add an additional 50 valor per vote.

To the healing classes which complain about not being able to earn medals, you should be able to get the 2.5k in a single heal, 5k in a single heal, 75k healed, 300k healed, 1 killing blow (use a quick attack on low HP players), 10 kills and 25 kills (just stay alive near DPS players) for 7 medals per Warzone. Healers also have the easiest time getting MVP votes, especially if you throw up 400k healing plus. Most DPS players vote for healers at the end of Warzones, as they want you to keep queuing so they can get heals!

As a bonus SWTOR tip, if you are a hardcore PvP player, you should actually level up by doing nothing but Warzones and skip everything but your class quests. This way, when you hit level 50, you will be at a high valor rank and get geared up very quickly. PvP with no gear at level 50 is not very fun, so it is the recommendation of this SWTOR guide to PvP a lot while you level up to minimize the length of this unpleasant period.


Companion? Max Affection Quickly and Easily

One of the easiest and most efficient investments you can make in SWTOR is maxing out the affection rating of each of your companions. The reason you want to do this is that the higher your companion affection, the faster they are able to complete crew skills.

This can let you earn 10-20% more credits from crafting and crew skills, which is a substantial amount of credits if you use Biochem and Bioanalysis as we recommended earlier in this SWTOR guide. As a bonus, the various quests you get from maxing out your Companion’s affection offer a lot of bonus experience points and credits, which really comes in handy.

Maxing companion affection does not have to be expensive. From 0-2000 with any Companion, drag them over to the Companion Gift vendor on the Imperial or Republic fleet. This person is typically found in the same section as the Global Trade Network (SWTOR’s auction house, often abbreviated as the “GTN”).

You can buy 21 of whatever gift type that particular companion “loves” for 200 credits each, or a total of 4800 credits. This is a small investment to go from 0-2000 affection. From here, you can either look on the GTN for cheap gifts or buy 20 more of whatever gift type your companion loves. You can actually buy 40 rank 1 gifts (8000 credits) or 20 rank 2 gifts (12000 credits) depending on how much time you have to spare to give all the gifts to your companion. Both will push your companion to 4000 affection.

From here, I recommend checking the GTN every so often. You can typically find rank 3-5 “green” quality gifts for 1500 credits or less, blues for 2500 credits or less, and epics for 5000 credits or less.

I prefer to try to find the cheap blues and epics, as these give 2-4x the affection of a green and are typically much cheaper. You will need 5 rank 3, 5 rank 4, and 5 rank 5 epic items (typically adds up to about 50,000 credits if you shop around) to move from 4000/10000 affection to 10000/10000. Be sure to get whatever you can from the quests aboard your ship, as this can add up quickly as well.

All in all, if you follow these SWTOR Tips, you will spend about 250,000 credits to max out all of your companions affection (325,000 if you get nothing from conversation, but the more questing you do, the less you have to spend).

This may seem like a lot, but if you are like me, you make 50,000 credits every day (or more, depending on playtime) with your crew skills. Your companions work about 15% faster, meaning that 50,000 credits could easily be 57,500 credits with maxed out companions. At an extra 15% income each day, it is only about a month before you make your initial investment back.

After a month, you are making more credits every day since your companions get more done. When you look at it with these numbers in mind, it is the view of this SWTOR guide that maxing out your companion’s affection is something you should do as soon as possible. After a year’s time, that 250,000 credit investment up-front could easily be an extra 2-3 million credits in extra work done by your companions.


Character? Builds and Rotations

Whether your goal is to participate in PvP, run operations, or both, there are ideal skill point builds that you need to master to be successful in Star Wars The Old Republic. A good build allows you to do more damage and put out more healing with the same equipment and abilities, making you a much more effective player.

Additionally, you need to know the best ability rotation (that is the order in which you string together your attacks or heals) to provide the most damage output (for DPS), the most damage reduction and threat generation (for tanks) and for the most efficient heals or largest healing output (for healing).

Since describing the best builds and rotations for each advanced class is beyond the scope of this article, one of the best SWTOR tips I can give you is to pick up the Aeon SWTOR Mastery guide, which you can get by clicking here.

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