Published on December 12th, 2011 | by Gerald Chan


Countdown to Star Wars: The Old Republic #2 – Tips & Tricks

Here are a few tips and tricks that would help with the initial leveling. Good habits to pick up especially if you are new to MMORPGs in general.

  • Log-in and create multiple characters with all the character names that you prefer
  • Start PVP-ing from level 10 onwards. The XP gain is rather impressive for the amount (or lack of) time spent.
  • Vehicle training costs 40 000 credits and a vehicle costs 4 000. Have at least that much by the time you hit 25.
  • Companion weapons are upgradeable with mods, do not vendor them!
  • You can only have one crafting skill but can have 2 gathering (may require confirmation).
  • When in doubt, follow your class quests. More often than not your story quests will have you in a level appropriate hub. Complete all the quests in the area before moving on.
  • You will get heroic quests way before you should be doing them, check the suggested level and set it aside until you’re higher or in the area.
  • Never buy [Random] vendor items, it’s a pointless gamble.
  • Hold off on buying commendation items if you’re finishing up a planet, you can turn in those commendations for the next planet if you haven’t spent them. (2 commendations from your current planet will convert into 1 on the next)
  • Use any downtime to send your companions on missions. Turning in quests? Send them off on a short mission. Doing a flashpoint or heroic quest? Now’s the time to do the longer ones.
  • Don’t forget to gear up your companions! Before vendoring something or putting it on the AH see if one of your companions can make use of it.
  • Save your credits. Don’t go blowing your wad on vendor blues that will be replaced in a few hours, you’ll need that money down the road.
  • As soon as you can, buy some ship upgrades. They go a long way during space combat.
  • Slicing is a fantastic way to make money. You should take it to level with even if you don’t plan on keeping it at end game.
  • Implants are ridiculously uncommon at early levels (think the first quest reward was around level 20), potential money makers if you craft them early on.
  • Fully explore areas, find those datacrons. If you see a junk dealer then buy the key off them. It probably means there’s a datacron nearby that you can unlock. Others are gated with puzzles, for example one on Balmorra required 2 people to access. They each had to push a switch simultaneously. Be on the lookout.
  • World heroic bosses are very doable with numbers. If you see a group forming then get in it, don’t be intimidated thinking it’s a hardcore raid boss.
  • Each class has 5(or 6, if you find the secret one) companions with various buffs to particular crew skills(crafting skills). If you already know what you’re going to play, research on your companions so you may mix and match the crafting skills with utmost efficiency.
  • Read the codex if you’re unsure how to make dialogue choices to please a companion. It will tell you their likes and dislikes.
  • Don’t forget to set your bind point somewhere useful. It can be a real time saver if you set it in the area you’re questing in.

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