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"Companions Do Not Gain Statistical Bonuses"

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"Companions Do Not Gain Statistical Bonuses"

karimthejedi's Avatar

10.17.2020 , 12:25 PM | #1
Wording is a tricky thing. Does that mean they don't gain any "bonuses" from mods, armorings, hilts, etc? Or they don't even gain any key stats whatsoever?

The game's description suggests just no bonuses, so of I equip my companion with an higher rating item (lightsaber with higher damage), then would they gain from those higher key stats?

Or would the same companion do the same exact damage no matter the lightsaber they are equipped with?

JediQuaker's Avatar

10.17.2020 , 12:35 PM | #2
Equipment stats have no affect on companions. It doesn't even matter if they're 'naked', but they usually do need to have a weapon equipped*. The stats of the weapon don't matter either.

* some of their skills may require a weapon and if they don't have one, they tend to run in and fight with their fists - which can be funny, but not very effective. 🙂
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turbomagnus's Avatar

10.17.2020 , 12:49 PM | #3
More elaborative, companions do not have stats of their own. Their effectiveness is determined by the player's Presence and the companion's Influence Level, which gives a bonus to Presence. Higher Presence increases the damage/healing that a companion does, decreases their casting time, and increases their defense and HP.

Basically, it doesn't matter if you've done your best to make your Vette look like the winner of the 'Mission Vao Look-a-like Contest' or if she's going around dressed like she should be in a Hutt's palace; whether she's carrying her starter blasters, a pair of E-5 Blaster Pistols with iR306 mods or a couple of empty shells solely for the look of them, none of it's going to have any actual effect on her combat ability.

Unfortunately, all the Presence in the world doesn't seem to keep Companions from performing Stupid Companion Tricks like standing around doing nothing or attacking instead of healing in the Healer role (or my favorite, standing in an AOE attack and healing instead of moving out of it...)

Tacticool_Iam's Avatar

Yesterday , 03:42 PM | #4
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