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Cheeseblaster
03.13.2012 , 02:20 PM | #21
Quote: Originally Posted by ArtMonster View Post
Dont be afraid to switch companions out for different situations.
This is one of the most underutilized tactics for tanks and in general. Can't tell you how many times I burn through a mission with a DPS companion then switch to Elara for the Champ/Boss at the end.

Sometimes I switch several times in a mission.

It costs nothing, takes a couple seconds, and makes life MUCH easier.

Great advice...
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Monkeypuzzle
03.14.2012 , 09:05 AM | #22
Quote: Originally Posted by va_wanderer View Post
Good news here for you, actually.

Fit up 4X with parts that will take mods (Cybertechs make them, and they're commonly found on vendors from Coruscant onwards if you look). Prepare for double win.

What you do is take the defensive mods OUT of these and use them for your own armor. Replace them with Reflex armoring and mods and offensive enhancements/crystals. You get nice mods that are often tough to get otherwise, 4X becomes your new gun buddy. He actually makes a respectable DPS companion if you enjoy having a walking turret-o-death with you with a nice rate of fire, once you refit him appropriately.
Great advice, as is the others. One issue is the only commando armoring I've found to be able to make is commando armoring 14. Wheres the other 13?

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Monkeypuzzle
03.15.2012 , 09:45 AM | #23
Still puzzled by the lack of commando armoring pre 13.
But alas.

Another advantage of using 4X as a dps is that he can take some decent damage himself. I managed to take on an enemy with 24k health compared to my 4k. When my health got low, about 10%, I use the aggro skill on 4X so he took aggro, this left enough time for my medpack to finish cooldown and then I could take over again. Besides, if in doubt, always sacrifice your companion. If they die, you can still fight on, if you die you are both finished instantly.

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va_wanderer
03.15.2012 , 09:46 AM | #24
Quote: Originally Posted by Monkeypuzzle View Post
Great advice, as is the others. One issue is the only commando armoring I've found to be able to make is commando armoring 14. Wheres the other 13?
Only available on modification commendation vendors or occasional quest rewards. Funky, isn't it?

You have to work-around on endurance-focused mods for Troopers early on. The trick is finding orange droid parts on the market- which will always be balanced towards +Endurance and defense stats along with a lower +Aim modifier than Reflex mods give for the same level. Strip the part for upgrades and stick them in your armor.

It was one of those reasons I picked up early on turning 4X into a gun platform. I figured if I did so well stripping his stuff, what would he do with the stuff I was supposed to use?
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Monkeypuzzle
03.15.2012 , 09:51 AM | #25
If I were to get say, 4/5 commando armoring 10 or below, could I reverse engineer them and learn how to make them?

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va_wanderer
03.15.2012 , 10:20 AM | #26
Quote: Originally Posted by Monkeypuzzle View Post
If I were to get say, 4/5 commando armoring 10 or below, could I reverse engineer them and learn how to make them?
I've tried that myself as a Cybertech. No luck so far.

Annoying.
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Loxion
03.15.2012 , 11:46 AM | #27
The problem at that level is you tend to have more DPS boosting talents available rather than tanking ones, so as a tank you are a little less effective.

At lvl 50 I am using this build and have successfully tanked all HM.

http://www.torhead.com/skill-calc#801G0GrdorogzZMsbZb.1
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Monkeypuzzle
03.18.2012 , 10:08 AM | #28
Quote: Originally Posted by Cheeseblaster View Post
This is one of the most underutilized tactics for tanks and in general. Can't tell you how many times I burn through a mission with a DPS companion then switch to Elara for the Champ/Boss at the end.

Sometimes I switch several times in a mission.

It costs nothing, takes a couple seconds, and makes life MUCH easier.

Great advice...
I have to come back to this. I totally agree. It's easy to forget you have other companions and just try to get to 50 with one main one. You pour all of your credits and items into gearing this one companion up to epic spec but forget about the others.

On Aldaraan today, I switched from Jorgan to Dorne to take on elites and found that although she isn't geared properly, with no implants or earpiece she kept my health up to 75%. With Jorgan I was down to 30%. It's a tactic I really recommend people get used to and I can totally understand people who forget, because I have for the past 10 levels. But Now I will gear her up and have her on standby.

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Loxion
03.18.2012 , 10:51 AM | #29
Once I got Elara I have never needed another companion and subsequently never used any other companion.

As a tank, she is all you need. You have enough DPS in PvE to take anything down and Elara will keep you up and provide a bit of extra DPS aswell. You may not get through content quite as quickly, but you simply won't die. I don't think I was ever at risk from death unless I did a particularly mad pull.
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