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beefyandbeef
05.09.2013 , 08:34 AM | #1
So basically I just want to race to 50 with a certain class... I have taken my time with healers and tanks before and it can get pretty slow. So for me, I'm here for star wars and not the story, I have listened to the story and all, but only for the MAIN quest and not any of the little boring stuff....

So I am basically wondering what is the BEST class to just race through the trash mobs and side quests?

I would appreciate any comments yet I'm NOT interested to hear, "Just slow down man and enjoy the game!"
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Heezdedjim
05.10.2013 , 09:31 AM | #2
If you just want to blitz through solo PvE, I would go with Commando / Merc. You will have all the AOE you can handle, which will make plowing through the shedloads of trash packs at all levels go as quick as possible. You will especially appreciate the AOE damage when you hit Makeb.

To really make the most of this, go with DPS spec and a DPS companion. Since you are experienced with other classes already, you should be able to make this work very efficiently.

I know that the Sniper / Gunslinger also have AOE specs, but I am not that familiar with them as I have only played their healing ACs and not DPS. However, they do have the upside of having an unquestioned reputation for being at the top of the heap when it comes to sustained PvE DPS at endgame, and you might be very glad for that when it comes time to do the 50-55 gear grind.

On the other hand, Merc / Commando can also heal, and if you at some point decide you just can't stand doing the leveling planets anymore and want to grind flashpoints instead, then you might be glad you have the option to switch to heal spec. But that doesn't make them "better" DPS classes, just DPS classes that have the option to not DPS if you want.

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beefyandbeef
05.11.2013 , 07:39 AM | #3
Quote: Originally Posted by Heezdedjim View Post
If you just want to blitz through solo PvE, I would go with Commando / Merc. You will have all the AOE you can handle, which will make plowing through the shedloads of trash packs at all levels go as quick as possible. You will especially appreciate the AOE damage when you hit Makeb.

To really make the most of this, go with DPS spec and a DPS companion. Since you are experienced with other classes already, you should be able to make this work very efficiently.

I know that the Sniper / Gunslinger also have AOE specs, but I am not that familiar with them as I have only played their healing ACs and not DPS. However, they do have the upside of having an unquestioned reputation for being at the top of the heap when it comes to sustained PvE DPS at endgame, and you might be very glad for that when it comes time to do the 50-55 gear grind.

On the other hand, Merc / Commando can also heal, and if you at some point decide you just can't stand doing the leveling planets anymore and want to grind flashpoints instead, then you might be glad you have the option to switch to heal spec. But that doesn't make them "better" DPS classes, just DPS classes that have the option to not DPS if you want.
Okay, yet I had a level 26 merc before 2.0 and I wasn't really feeling like I was burning through mobs. Did 2.0 make them better?
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Roxas_kun
05.12.2013 , 07:52 AM | #4
Sniper/Gunslinger for ranged DPS.

Sentinel/Marauder for melee DPS.

Most classes start coming into their own at around level 25-30, that's when you will feel a big difference among the classes. Before that, you're just some random guy/girl shooting/smakcing stuff.

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wstussyb
05.12.2013 , 05:28 PM | #5
Sniper is not that fast to level, in the late 30's it slows down a bit.

I think shadow/Assassin and Merc are the fastest, as you can stealth and kill things quick and merc just plows through in the late 20's and once you get your other non mako comp it goes by quicker

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AngelFluttershy
05.12.2013 , 08:42 PM | #6
I enjoyed Gunslinger, the middle tree allows for Thermal Grenade to be tossed every other ability which burns through weaks and normals. However, their great AOE won't come until later on.

Leveling Sentinel in Focus spec was also wonderful as Force Sweep took care of everything really quickly, and the awesome defensive cooldowns allowed me to solo lots of higher level content on each planet.

I found Scoundrel and Commando to be quick just because they're good DPS and can heal, so if I wanted to do a FP for some extra XP I'd just respec heals for faster queues. Scoundrel also allowed the option to stealth by as well, allowing me to breeze through content I over-leveled from running flashpoints.

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ncupton
05.12.2013 , 08:51 PM | #7
Always go with the classes that have all 3 specs as DPS like Sent/Mar Snipe/Gun. One of those 3 should always be iat the top of the DPS leaderboards because that's all they can do. It's a broken game if it isn't since the others get the added bonus of armor or healing.
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grallmate
05.12.2013 , 09:24 PM | #8
My fastest toon to level was an Assault Vanguard but I can see the argument for Commando instead (range and spammable AoE). I found the Assault VG to have excellent single target burst for strongs and elites while also packing a tonne of AoE for mowing down groups and some 30m abilities for the outliers that pain Knight ACs. It doesn't really come into its own until you get Ionic Accelerator at 25 and the rotation can be a little boring for some people. Fair warning though, Commando is the one AC I've never played so I can't provide on a true comparison.
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beefyandbeef
05.13.2013 , 06:48 AM | #9
Quote: Originally Posted by grallmate View Post
My fastest toon to level was an Assault Vanguard but I can see the argument for Commando instead (range and spammable AoE). I found the Assault VG to have excellent single target burst for strongs and elites while also packing a tonne of AoE for mowing down groups and some 30m abilities for the outliers that pain Knight ACs. It doesn't really come into its own until you get Ionic Accelerator at 25 and the rotation can be a little boring for some people. Fair warning though, Commando is the one AC I've never played so I can't provide on a true comparison.
Hmm, I leveled a tank vanguard to level 50 at launch yet I didn't feel like I was moving that fast. I am sure that the DPS is a lot faster yet I am not really interested in doing the same class...
Quote: Originally Posted by Roxas_kun View Post
Sniper/Gunslinger for ranged DPS.

Sentinel/Marauder for melee DPS.

Most classes start coming into their own at around level 25-30, that's when you will feel a big difference among the classes. Before that, you're just some random guy/girl shooting/smakcing stuff.
Quote: Originally Posted by AngelFluttershy View Post
I enjoyed Gunslinger, the middle tree allows for Thermal Grenade to be tossed every other ability which burns through weaks and normals. However, their great AOE won't come until later on.

Leveling Sentinel in Focus spec was also wonderful as Force Sweep took care of everything really quickly, and the awesome defensive cooldowns allowed me to solo lots of higher level content on each planet.
So I've got two here that say sniper and sentinel are the best. I am leaning towards sniper due to its cover system and ranged attacks....
Quote: Originally Posted by wstussyb View Post
Sniper is not that fast to level, in the late 30's it slows down a bit.

I think shadow/Assassin and Merc are the fastest, as you can stealth and kill things quick and merc just plows through in the late 20's and once you get your other non mako comp it goes by quicker
Yet you seam to say sniper is not very good?
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wstussyb
05.13.2013 , 05:45 PM | #10
Sniper is a great class, but for the quick levels it was not there compared to say Merc or a class with stealth.

I used the Middle tree for great AOE skills, i loved them, but how ever there were times I would die too much, like on Taris, even with great AOE sometimes hate would be too much or the adds, as Sniper cannot take any dmg unless you bring your healer and I pretty much used Temple to take things down quicker, but when I was ina pickle, I was in a pickle and died...lol