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bthresher
10.16.2018 , 11:58 AM | #1
My fellow gamers,



I have just returned to this game I have loved / hated, campaigned for, recruited for and disparaged. (Hold the applause until the end, please) And I looked Iokath, looks interesting, but ran back to warm up in my beloved heroic star fortress fights. I know better than to try alone, no matter how well equipped or go there without a well versed partner. I walked through the mechanics and expected loots. We jumped in. Ö and survived Ö And .. what happened?



Did it get watered down? Did someone take the loots out? Is there a replacement weekly that tough, interesting and pays well? (Donít talk to me of PVP, I suck at it. Or rather, the other players in realm are REALLY good.) It was cool, totally surviving the run on her first time, but what the heck?



Always a pleasure,

Bob

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HaoZhao
10.17.2018 , 10:15 AM | #2
I used to solo them in PVP gear back when they were first released.

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ObsidianBones
10.18.2018 , 10:49 AM | #3
Looking to do the Star Fortresses myself, but I remember on the second run through, I would almost always get my butt handed to me, no matter what my gear or companion influence was. Even teamed up with another player and we still got beat.
Tried to do one recently and the first time through was pretty easy. However, I'm not sure how to go through again in order to destroy the Star Fortress. How do I pick this up as I kind of feel like an idiot now. Trying to do this with my Jedi Sage.

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SteveTheCynic
10.18.2018 , 11:29 AM | #4
Quote: Originally Posted by ObsidianBones View Post
Looking to do the Star Fortresses myself, but I remember on the second run through, I would almost always get my butt handed to me, no matter what my gear or companion influence was. Even teamed up with another player and we still got beat.
Tried to do one recently and the first time through was pretty easy. However, I'm not sure how to go through again in order to destroy the Star Fortress. How do I pick this up as I kind of feel like an idiot now. Trying to do this with my Jedi Sage.
The mission will say to do the [Heroic] version, but you need to talk to the NPC in front of the door on Odessen, and choose *[Veteran]*
http://www.swtor.com/r/Hg3sV2
To go to Belsavis, you must go to Belsavis.
> @"Biff.5312" said:
> Exercise your whimsy.

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ObsidianBones
10.18.2018 , 02:32 PM | #5
Quote: Originally Posted by SteveTheCynic View Post
The mission will say to do the [Heroic] version, but you need to talk to the NPC in front of the door on Odessen, and choose *[Veteran]*
Noted. Thank you, sir. I will give that a try a little later.

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PiiTarr
10.18.2018 , 04:25 PM | #6
Quote: Originally Posted by bthresher View Post
My fellow gamers,



I have just returned to this game I have loved / hated, campaigned for, recruited for and disparaged. (Hold the applause until the end, please) And I looked Iokath, looks interesting, but ran back to warm up in my beloved heroic star fortress fights. I know better than to try alone, no matter how well equipped or go there without a well versed partner. I walked through the mechanics and expected loots. We jumped in. Ö and survived Ö And .. what happened?



Did it get watered down? Did someone take the loots out? Is there a replacement weekly that tough, interesting and pays well? (Donít talk to me of PVP, I suck at it. Or rather, the other players in realm are REALLY good.) It was cool, totally surviving the run on her first time, but what the heck?



Always a pleasure,

Bob
For some time now the loot has been messed up in the veteran mode star fortresses, with the Paladins no longer dropping anything. Additionally, the Exarch's drops have been changed and they no longer drop anything except for the CXP consumable and credits (for level 70s... not sure what they drop for sub-70s).

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ObsidianBones
10.29.2018 , 11:30 AM | #7
Attempted the Veteran Star Fortress over Alderaan again, and once again, got my butt kicked by the Praetorian Droid on the Skytrooper Production Floor.
Jedi Sage; level 70; gear rank: 232; companion: Qyzen Fess at influence level 21; Alliance Specialists influence rank at 10. Can't recall the other specs right now but is there anything else I should be doing in order to complete this solo?

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SteveTheCynic
10.29.2018 , 12:25 PM | #8
Quote: Originally Posted by ObsidianBones View Post
Attempted the Veteran Star Fortress over Alderaan again, and once again, got my butt kicked by the Praetorian Droid on the Skytrooper Production Floor.
Jedi Sage; level 70; gear rank: 232; companion: Qyzen Fess at influence level 21; Alliance Specialists influence rank at 10. Can't recall the other specs right now but is there anything else I should be doing in order to complete this solo?
Assuming you haven't got any pieces of tank gear floating around (Absorb, Defense, Shield stats are tank stats and non-tank characters like any spec of Sage can't benefit from them), you look strong enough. Make sure you click the blue glowy thing near the entrance for some sort of boost. Remember to resummon your companion after riding the lift.

The next advice is for Lightning Sorc == Telekinesis Sage, but expressed in Sorc terms. It's general tough-fight advice that's not particularly tuned for this fight - I've only done Alderaan on a Gunnery Commando, and that was before 5.0 dropped - except for a couple of things. If you can get it to work, the Disciplines Calculator on dulfy.net is a good resource for finding the equivalent abilities for TK Sage because the ability names I give below will be Lightning/Sorc/Inquisitor ability names.

* The first exception: The Praetorian has a big knock-back. Make sure you don't get knocked over an edge into a hole.
* The second exception: He summons adds (Skytroopers, duh). Squish them in priority using your ranged abilities.
* Use your bubbles as needed to protect yourself. Be aware that one of them is also a reserve stunbreaker and can be cast while stunned.
* Affliction is a DoT debuff, but it can be maintained indefinitely through judicious use of Chain Lightning, and it causes Thundering Blast to *always* score a critical hit.
* In the "K" panel Utilities section, I use Sith Defiance to improve damage resistance, Empty Body to improve received healing, Conspiring Force to slow foes that I have put Affliction on, Lightning Barrier to make my bubbles damage foes that damage me, Shapeless Spirit to reduce AoE damage received while stunned, Backlash to make my bubble flash on exit to blind foes for 3 seconds, Force Mobility to enable use of some specific abilities while moving, including Thundering Blast, and Corrupted Barrier to get a small rate of regeneration while my bubbles are up.
* The rotation should include Thundering Blast whenever it is available, Chain Lightning from time to time to reset the timer on Affliction, Lightning Bolt to fill, and other abilities as you see fit.

By a curious coincidence, my Lightning Sorc is also level 70 with 232 gear, so I'll give it a go to see what happens.
http://www.swtor.com/r/Hg3sV2
To go to Belsavis, you must go to Belsavis.
> @"Biff.5312" said:
> Exercise your whimsy.

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SteveTheCynic
10.29.2018 , 01:00 PM | #9
Addendum: Don't forget to resummon your companion after *every* GDMF lift. Every single one.
http://www.swtor.com/r/Hg3sV2
To go to Belsavis, you must go to Belsavis.
> @"Biff.5312" said:
> Exercise your whimsy.

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ceryxp
10.29.2018 , 01:30 PM | #10
Quote: Originally Posted by ObsidianBones View Post
Attempted the Veteran Star Fortress over Alderaan again, and once again, got my butt kicked by the Praetorian Droid on the Skytrooper Production Floor.
Jedi Sage; level 70; gear rank: 232; companion: Qyzen Fess at influence level 21; Alliance Specialists influence rank at 10. Can't recall the other specs right now but is there anything else I should be doing in order to complete this solo?
One way to make this fight easy cheesy is to stand in the corner, to the left of the large cargo crate, which is to the left of the lift that descends to the Skytrooper Production floor, where the adds can't see you. Fight the first group of Skytrooper droids that spawn near the lift so you don't agro the Praetorian droid too soon (you can fight the first wave in the same corner). Once the first wave is down put your comp on passive, move into the corner and use a long range attack to get the Praetorian's attention. If you have found Bey'wan Aygo's turret place it directly in the corner that is blocked from view by the Skytrooper adds. If not stand in that corner yourself. If you have the turret, then the Praetorian will attack it first. Place yourself behind the Praetorian so when it does its knockback (there's a circle on the ground to indicate) you can move behind the cargo container so you don't get hit by it. If no turret then standing in that corner keeps you from getting tossed around. Remember to take your comp off of passive when the Praetorian comes over, otherwise it's likely to be a short fight.
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