Hey there TORWarriors! My name is Jacob and welcome to the first submission for my new column focusing on PvP in the world of Star Wars: The Old Republic. Player vs Player is sometimes shunned by a great many MMO gamers, but I think that it can be quite enjoyable if you have the right strategies and the right gear. That’s the focus of this column. It’s here to help you understand the ins and outs of PvP and to make it a fun and entertaining addition to your game play. I do hope you enjoy reading it as much as I like writing it.
So you want to become a PvP’er? While PvP can be one of most enjoyable game-play types in Star Wars: The Old Republic, it does present some challenges. One of those is obtaining gear. Gear doesn’t make a player good, but it does augment ones abilities. This guides purpose is to outline some ways for players to obtain gear prior to hitting max level 50.
Currently, I suggest two paths to preparing for level 50 PvP. The first suggested path would be having a level 50 character already fully geared that can obtain commendations (or comms as I lovingly like to refer to them) and buy gear. Second, would be storing those comms as your first character is approaching 50.
What Are Commendations? How do I use them?
Star Wars: The Old Republic uses a two tier commendations system for obtaining gear: ranked and unranked. Moreover, there are currently three gear sets, Recruit (obtained upon turning 50), War Hero (WH), and Elite War Hero (EWH). One obtains comms by competing in Warzones or SWTOR’s instanced PvP zones. You can earn more comms by winning, earning medals for certain performance criteria, and also Most Valuable Player (MVP) votes from fellow team members. For a complete list of medals, visit this site.
War Hero Prices:
As stated previously, there are two types of comms, unranked and ranked. Warzone comms are awarded playing normal unranked PvP. Ranked can be obtained by playing ranked PvP (full pre-made 8 man groups) or trading in three unranked comms for one ranked comm. These tokens are used to purchase gear listed below. Here’s a look at a commendation price guide provided by our friend Dulfy.
Elite War Hero Prices (trade-ins are aptly named the same):
|Piece||Ranked Comms||WZ Comms||Additional Trade in|
Path One – Legacy
Did you know that you can buy items for another character and mail them those items? While not cheap, the Legacy system allows for instantaneous routing of gear to different characters in your legacy, regardless of faction. This is the easiest method for obtain gear, assuming you already have a level 50 fully geared for PvP. Here’s what you do:
- ● Buy a full set of legacy gear for your home planet (Coruscant for Republic and Dromand Kaas for Empire)
- - Full set should include Head, Chest, Gloves, Boots, and Leggings. You’ll need these specific parts because armoring ripped from other gear is bound to that type of piece. Meaning, if your level 50 Inquisitor buys a chest piece for a Guardian, the armoring (regardless of heavy, medium, or light), must be sent thru a Chest legacy piece.
- ● Plan out your dream gear set using Ask Mr. Robot.
- - This site allows you to put every piece of gear into a wish list and see the exact stats you would have.
- ● Start collecting gear.
- - Assuming you’re a Force user and are using moddable gear (orange belt and bracer), you’ll need nine Mods, seven Enhancements and eight Armorings. (Hilts cannot be sent through your Legacy, but Barrels can if you did the world event previously.)
- - As you are collecting, go ahead and ship these over to your pre-level 50. If you do so, be aware you can’t send them back before turning 50, however, it’s a one way trip. How do you do this? Keep reading but be warned that this will cost a lot of credits, however, hitting level 50 with 19k health is worth it. So, to rip mods from gear, socket them in, send them through the mail, and then remove them. To give you perspective on what I’m talking about – using this system, my first day at level 50 I had 19k health Guardian and hit someone for 7k on a Force Sweep.
- - Once you hit level, make sure you have orange gear (legacy or not) for each piece including belt/bracers and off hand.
Path Two – Storing Comms
You can do this in addition to already having a fully geared level 50, though it takes a lot more time. While leveling your character, try to keep your valor rank equal to your current level. You have a max of 2750 comms you can store, if you are about to hit max, just buy some med packs. Once you get around level 35 or so, start saving comms.
Upon hitting level 40 with a valor ranking of 40, you can turn all you unranked comms into ranked comms (up to 4,500). From this point forward, you should stop leveling thru normal means and just do PvP. Keep obtaining comms and converting them to ranked until you hit 50.
This will net you around 4,500 ranked, and 2750 unranked. I would suggest buying the following items to make the biggets impact:
- ● WH main hand
- ● EWH Ear/Implants
- ● WH Boots
I suggest this set because your main hand will give you a free expertise crystal and impact your game-play significantly. I’d also do the EWH Ear and Implants because it doesn’t require you to turn anything else in to obtain them, it’s an immediate Best in Slot (BiS) pick-up. Finally, I recommended getting the boots because you’ll be well on your way to obtaining your four piece set bonus which will help your overall performance.
PvP is my favorite game-type because there are so many uncontrolled variables. You can’t predict what the team is going to do, it’s the same and it’s always changing. Hopefully this guide will give you some insight on how to make the transition from pre-50 to end-game PvP a easy one. A little time, preparation, and vision goes a long way in order to dominate the PvP landscape.
If you have questions or comments, please let me know in the comments section below or you can look for me on the Prophecy of the Five East Coast PvP server where I will be happily PvPing to my hearts content! Thanks for reading!