Please upgrade your browser for the best possible experience.

Chrome Firefox Internet Explorer
×

Healing For noobs? Guide anywhere?

STAR WARS: The Old Republic > English > Classes > Sage / Sorcerer
Healing For noobs? Guide anywhere?

VeganHipster's Avatar


VeganHipster
12.19.2011 , 09:43 PM | #1
I am new to MMOs, SWTOR is my first. I am a sorcerer right now and I really love the playstyle but I want to get into healing. The thing is, I don't know how to be good at it. I don't want to join flashpoints, try to heal, and end up messing up the whole mission. I did that on hammer station and I got flamed lol. I am just wondering if there is a guide anywhere for healing sorcs for beginners.

I have tried practicing during my questing. I would use static barrier and spam dark infusion. Is that basically what a healer does during flashpoints and such? When I played hammer station there were a ton of guys coming at me and I could not heal others because I was too focused healing my self and trying to get mobs off of me.

What I am mainly wondering is what all these terms mean and when/how to use skills at certain times. I also want to know how to heal during PvP.

When I asked my guild these questions, the usual response i got was 'heal heal heal heal'. Am I making everything too complicated for my self? Is it really that simple?

Dyasis's Avatar


Dyasis
12.19.2011 , 09:52 PM | #2
In an FP or raid, your main goal is to keep the tank alive, then yourself, then others. When im healing (depending on what level you are and if a Sorcerer is needed) I will first dot the main target and then check for heals, and repeat...

Edit: and stay back out of the way, sometimes you can't.
<DECEMBERCREW>
We put the pro in procrastinate

VeganHipster's Avatar


VeganHipster
12.19.2011 , 09:54 PM | #3
Quote: Originally Posted by Dyasis View Post
In an FP or raid, your main goal is to keep the tank alive, then yourself, then others. When im healing (depending on what level you are and if a Sorcerer is needed) I will first dot the main target and then check for heals, and repeat...
What DoTs does the sorc get? I am a level 23 right now to give you an idea to what skills I have access to. Sorry if there is an obvious answer, i just really want to get better at this game because I love the solo aspect of the story, dialogue, and space battles and want to experience everything else too. Thanks so much for the quick reply!

OsirisZoran's Avatar


OsirisZoran
12.19.2011 , 09:59 PM | #4
always keep stasis barried on the main tank and yourself if you're taking damage. always refresh the statis barrier on the tank when it wears off. Also put stassis barrier on the tank a few seconds before they engage so that it wears off earlier in the fight so you can cast again without delay.

always stand about 20-30m away from the tank so that you can give time for them to pick up any lost agro on the targets. use whirlwind to CC any lose adds.

use the quick heal on non tank players unless they've pulled agro and are taking big hits. If your tank falls to 50% hp or is constantly getting hit for 25% of their life bar in one hit then use big heals on MT.

Watch out for any aoes on the ground. dont waste force dpsing if its a hard fight that is healing intensive.

Make sure to make use of your other CCs like electrocute and overload to get adds off you or group members.

use consumption in cases of emergency to get force back & then use a med kit to get the life lost back.

use reckleness for your big heal only for those "oh crap" moments where a boss hits really hard and you're almost out of force but have enough for 2 big heals.
Lord Osilia Zoran
Level 50 Sith Sorcerer
World Terror Federation <FED>
Helm of Graush server

Cheesemachine's Avatar


Cheesemachine
12.19.2011 , 10:12 PM | #5
Quote: Originally Posted by OsirisZoran View Post
always keep stasis barried on the main tank and yourself if you're taking damage. always refresh the statis barrier on the tank when it wears off. Also put stassis barrier on the tank a few seconds before they engage so that it wears off earlier in the fight so you can cast again without delay.

always stand about 20-30m away from the tank so that you can give time for them to pick up any lost agro on the targets. use whirlwind to CC any lose adds.

use the quick heal on non tank players unless they've pulled agro and are taking big hits. If your tank falls to 50% hp or is constantly getting hit for 25% of their life bar in one hit then use big heals on MT.

Watch out for any aoes on the ground. dont waste force dpsing if its a hard fight that is healing intensive.

Make sure to make use of your other CCs like electrocute and overload to get adds off you or group members.

use consumption in cases of emergency to get force back & then use a med kit to get the life lost back.

use reckleness for your big heal only for those "oh crap" moments where a boss hits really hard and you're almost out of force but have enough for 2 big heals.
This.

OsirisZoran's Avatar


OsirisZoran
12.19.2011 , 10:16 PM | #6
Oh yeah. When you eventually get Relics with uses(inc crit/surge/aclarity, power) on them make sure to use them in conjunction with recklessness.
Lord Osilia Zoran
Level 50 Sith Sorcerer
World Terror Federation <FED>
Helm of Graush server

LordDescent's Avatar


LordDescent
12.19.2011 , 10:29 PM | #7
Quote: Originally Posted by VeganHipster View Post
I don't want to join flashpoints, try to heal, and end up messing up the whole mission. I did that on hammer station and I got flamed lol.

If it was DPS that died it normally there fault. Already I have people that go all out on damage and pull aggro from the tank. As it was said in a previous reply, heal the tank and you, DPS can wait. If the tank dies you will most likely die, if you die, the group will wipe. And I would recommend telling the group that you are a new healer and learning the game, most people will slow down and be more accommodating to you if they aren't just leave. Without a tank and healer you really can't do much and most people that flame are the dps because they died.
Daragon Trail
Sith Sorcerer: Descent
It feels good to be bad.

VeganHipster's Avatar


VeganHipster
12.19.2011 , 10:57 PM | #8
Thanks for the encouraging words guys. I will try healing on Black Talon and see how that goes. I have re specced so many times already I hope it does not cost too much again, haha.

VeganHipster's Avatar


VeganHipster
12.19.2011 , 11:01 PM | #9
Since I am on the Fatman, I am thinking of going this build.

http://www.torhead.com/skill-calc#20...rkhzZf00MZ0M.1

Now I am wondering, what should I first put my points into? I am level 23 right now and am respeccing.

Paegus's Avatar


Paegus
12.19.2011 , 11:17 PM | #10
I would take the points out of Dark Resilience and Fadeout and put them into Dark Mending and Force surge. Force surge seems like it should be a better talent than Dark Resilience while Fadeout seems like more of a PVP talent that will not be as useful in Flashpoints. Dark Infusion seems to be the most Force efficient heal ,at least at low levels, so a talent to cut the casting time is nice.

I am lv 21 atm and recently respecced. I decided to go with the Lightning talents you have first and then focus on the Corruption tree. The overall increase in Force efficiency seems like it will be a big boost.