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[Guide] Companion Optimization, Gearing and Tips

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[Guide] Companion Optimization, Gearing and Tips

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KevMeup
09.03.2013 , 07:14 PM | #1
Last updated for patch: 4.7

This guide should be a good starting point for people who want to get more out of their companions. If you have any more suggestions or comments let me know.

Updates:
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Influence and Presence:
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Player Buffs, Debuffs and Skills:
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Level Sync and Your Companion:
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Most Effective Companions by Stance:
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Combat Tips:
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Heroics and Star Fortress Tips:
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Solo Flash Point Tips
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Extreme Companion Uses (HM Flashpoints Solo)
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Gearing:
Removed Gear no longer effects companions combat capabilities.

Parsing:
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Known Bugs:
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Final Notes:

I hope you found this guide helpful. Please add any questions or comments. I'll edit and clean up along the way.
Kevgent - <Show Me Your Crits> - The Harbinger
My companion parses over 5k dps in HM Star Fortress, does yours?
Companion Use and Optimization Guide

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EyelessOne
09.07.2013 , 02:08 PM | #2
Stumbled on this by accident through Google. Excellent info - thanks for the nice summary!

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AzlanWhite
09.07.2013 , 03:43 PM | #3
Agreed, this definitely gave me a foothold on how to start gearing up my comps. (Especially for tanks and dps companions)

Very nice work bud.

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EspadaRojo
11.03.2013 , 05:51 PM | #4
Quote: Originally Posted by EyelessOne View Post
Stumbled on this by accident through Google. Excellent info - thanks for the nice summary!
Same. Thanks for putting something together, there's amazingly little info on the subject.

And everyone says, "Check the Codex," when the Codex basically only says "Main stat: Aim. Secondary Stat: Endurance" which is incredibly worthless, given Endurance is kind of a constant on gear.

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Sivn
11.21.2013 , 02:20 PM | #5
I guess this is still the way to go?

Power, Surge, crit, forget alacrity and accuracy unless your companion is in top raid gear?

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Elainya
11.21.2013 , 08:56 PM | #6
Your guide looks great! Good info!
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ellenbec
11.30.2013 , 03:20 PM | #7
The only question I have is HOW is crit bugged?

Oh, and Treek is female also.

Good write up besides those two points.
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KevMeup
12.16.2013 , 08:40 AM | #8
Quote: Originally Posted by Sivn View Post
I guess this is still the way to go?

Power, Surge, crit, forget alacrity and accuracy unless your companion is in top raid gear?
Yup. Power, Surge over 60%, after that I don't think you'll see major changes. I'll post though if I find anything conclusive in future tests.
Kevgent - <Show Me Your Crits> - The Harbinger
My companion parses over 5k dps in HM Star Fortress, does yours?
Companion Use and Optimization Guide

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KevMeup
12.16.2013 , 09:03 AM | #9
Quote: Originally Posted by ellenbec View Post
The only question I have is HOW is crit bugged?

Oh, and Treek is female also.

Good write up besides those two points.
Thank you!

I updated wording for Treek.

I will look into rewording the crit part. The devs are not happy with how crit performs in 2.0. Comps take a further hit to their stats since they don't have skill tree bonuses. I don't think I'd ever prioritize crit over power for a comp. Up to 300 crit isn't bad though, HK's parts give him that, and Cunning/Power/Accuracy on everything else works well.
Kevgent - <Show Me Your Crits> - The Harbinger
My companion parses over 5k dps in HM Star Fortress, does yours?
Companion Use and Optimization Guide

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ellenbec
12.16.2013 , 10:48 PM | #10
I would definitely say that crit isn't broken, but it has a much higher conversion rate from rating to % than surge, accuracy, or alacrity even before you get into any kind of Diminishing Return. The Devs gave it such a big value during Beta because of how good it turned out for every DPS and Healer.
Khuri-PT

Gault: "I'd like to take this moment to remind you that you are not, in fact, a hovertank - no matter how much you dress like one."