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SWTOR: A Guide for Beginners

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SWTOR: A Guide for Beginners

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Mirdthestrill
04.06.2014 , 05:34 PM | #1
Welcome!


Hello, and welcome to Star Wars: The Old Republic. We’re glad you decided to join us in the Star Wars Universe. My name is Mirdthestrill, and I’m a long time player of this game. Though I wouldn’t fool myself into thinking I’m an expert, I do know enough to satisfy most questions a new player might have.

There are many guides to the game posted here and other places, as well as an in-game pop-up tutorial system, so you may ask, why this one too? The tutorial is wonderful, but it doesn’t cover everything, and most of the guides are specific to one aspect of the game. The few comprehensive guides often assume a certain familiarity with various aspects of video gaming, or are located off-site, and therefore harder to find, or else simply haven’t been updated to keep up with the changes in the game.

So, I’m writing this guide to help out those who know about as much as I did when I started, in hopes that you can avoid some beginner blunders and start enjoying the game faster. Because I was a newb myself once, and wouldn’t have gotten nearly this far without a couple of more experienced friends and guildmates to help me along.

However, while this is a beginner’s guide, I will start off with a few assumptions. The first is that you own a computer and are basically familiar with its operation (know how to turn it on, install programs, surf the web, download files, make online purchases, etc.). The second is that you have seen all six of the Star Wars movies and are familiar with the basic plotline. While this isn’t necessary to enjoy the game, it’s sort of assumed that you know what a Jedi is, for example. The third is that you have decided to play this game, whether as a free-to-play, preferred, or subscriber. But more on that later (you’ll be hearing this a lot :P). Anyway, welcome and good luck in your journey!

Table of Contents

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Mirdthestrill
04.06.2014 , 05:36 PM | #2
System Requirements

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Background Information

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The Forums

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Down to Business: Downloading and Installing the Game

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Server Selection

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Mirdthestrill
04.06.2014 , 05:43 PM | #3
The Factions

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Classes

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Species: Adding Diversity

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Gender, Character Creation, and Naming the Beast

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Cutscenes and Conversations

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Mirdthestrill
04.06.2014 , 05:43 PM | #4
Movement

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Outpost Speeders
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Quick Travel
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A Mighty Quest!
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The Codex
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Mirdthestrill
04.06.2014 , 05:44 PM | #5
Fighting Is a Serious Matter
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Special Abilities and Ability Types
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Enemy and Damage Types
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Let’s Get Some Loot! (And Put It in Our Inventory)
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Armor 101: What Should I Wear Today?- Armor Values and Primary Stats
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Mirdthestrill
04.06.2014 , 05:44 PM | #6
Leveling Up and Class Trainers
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Armor 102: Planning Your Outfit- Armor Slots, Cosmetic Options and Comparative Tooltips
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Credits, Commendations, Vendors, and Repairs
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Death and Dying
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Alignment Points
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Mirdthestrill
04.06.2014 , 05:45 PM | #7
Chat
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Galactic Star Fighter
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Guilds
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Grouping Up 101: The Heroic Mission and Instanced Areas
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Companions Part 1: The Basics
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Mirdthestrill
04.06.2014 , 05:45 PM | #8
Armor 103: Modifiable Gear
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Finishing Your First Planet
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The Fleet: Your New Hangout
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Companions Part 2: Affection, Gifts, and Conversations
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Advanced Classes
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Mirdthestrill
04.06.2014 , 05:46 PM | #9
Skill Trees and Skill Points
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Companions Part 3: Crew Skills and Crafting
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The Galactic Trade Network
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The Cartel Market
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Roleplaying
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Mirdthestrill
04.06.2014 , 05:47 PM | #10
Player Vs. Player Content: Warzones and Arenas
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Grouping Up 102: Flashpoints and the Group Finder
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Grouping Up 103: Etiquette and Roles
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Legacy: A Whole New World
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Your Ship
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