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Is it viable to level a healer/tank through flashpoints and your class story ONLY

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Is it viable to level a healer/tank through flashpoints and your class story ONLY

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Kentontudor
05.13.2014 , 05:30 PM | #1
Hey guys, it's my first time back since a couple months after launch and I see that there's group-finder now in the game which I think is a great thing. I want to level a healer and was wanting to know if it's possible to level solely through class story and flashpoints... Are flashpoint groups easy to come by? Or am I better off leveling as a dps spec, and respec'ing at cap?
TonyPerkis - 55 Arsenal Mercenary

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MarsherMeow
05.13.2014 , 06:16 PM | #2
You can yes, just run Kuat until your eyes bleed and make sure you have rested exp and a lots of exp boosts.

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Rafaman
05.13.2014 , 06:19 PM | #3
Sure, there are your regular flashpoints which will pop more readily as a tank or healer (especially as a tank) and there is Kuat your tactical flashpoint which is almost and instant pop. A pefect way to level up many, many alts class quests and flashpoints and.. throw in warzones too btw if you are willing.

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SW_display_name
05.13.2014 , 06:24 PM | #4
I have done this on many characters when I was feeling burned-out on the generic planet missions, and it's very fast, and very effective if you plan smartly.

You just have to really like healing/tanking, be willing to see the same FP nine billion times, and have a very high tolerance level for, uh, "interesting" group members, because you'll get a lot of them and spending time arguing or votekicking just slows your XP down.

You must always, always do the Bonus Missions if available, this is crucial in BP / Foundry since you'll be seeing those FPs forever from about 35-45 and the Bonus is a massive chunk of XP that justifies the time investment to go through these huge FPs.

You also get a huge chunk of XP for completing the FP, so don't drop group even if you're annoyed. Also, this is why it can be viable to skip tedious mob groups like the patrol droids in Cademimu the XP you get from killing a few mobs pales compared to the XP you get from finish the Bonus + FP and then queuing again.

Do your Daily and Weekly FP mission without fail, these are also huge chunks of XP.

Buy the Legacy perk for Improved Class Mission and Improved Flashpoint XP every little bit adds up since you're skipping generic filler missions on planets.

Field Respec is a huge help since you'll get a surprising amount of pops as DPS even while queued Tank/Heals, and being in proper DPS spec speeds up the run.

Full DPS gear recommended your Tank spec + Stance is enough defenses for leveling FPs, and the extra DPS stats from "DPS" mods helps speed up runs vs. excessive survival stats, especially when you get tagged for DPS by the queue.

For Tank leveling: +41 Endurance crystal until about Mandalorian Raiders, by that level you're deep enough in your Tank tree and have enough gear to not need the raw Health boost, so switch to +41 Power. But for example in Hammer Station, the +41 End crystal helps a lot since healers tend to be new and some of the pulls are brutal (eg, Hammer 2-droid pull).

Keep your Healer companion geared (if Tanking) or your Melee DPS or a Tank companion (if Healing) so that people dropping group doesn't slow you down even slightly.

Pop Major XP Boosts like butterflies at a rave.

Remember: your mission is to tear the FP apart as fast as possible and get into the next one. Do whatever is necessary. If you're Healing and have a slow tank, just pull more mobs and bring them to the Tank via LOS it makes it easy for Tank to hold aggro and seriously speeds up the run.

If Tanking, establish aggro then go grab more stuff (don't do this in very early levels, but once you get to the point where people's level / gear is outranking mobs significantly, this is very helpful). No need to sit around while DPS kills stuff once aggro is on you, grab more and let DPS finish it off as you establish the next pull.

Chain pull and chug chug chug to blow through FPs. Be sympathetic to people who are new or overwhelmed, try not to ruin anyone's experience, but also try to remember that Speed = Your Friend, because you can think of your XP bar as an "FP Bar" eg, "I need 15 FPs to hit the next level".

Then every 4-5 levels you can chill out and go catch up on 1-2 planets worth of Class Missions (while they're still green/yellow and giving XP) to relax your nerves and enjoy the story.

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Jeweledleah
05.13.2014 , 06:26 PM | #5
absolutely. just make sure to upgrade your and companion gear every 8 levels or so. if you are planning on running a lot of flashpoints, you should be able to store up a decent amount of coms to do that, as well as supplement it with drops from regular flashpoints. just make sure to pick up daily quests on a fleet

alternately, you could just run Kyat until your eyes bleed and you hit max level, and then you don't have to worry about upgrading your gear as much.

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Rafaman
05.13.2014 , 06:27 PM | #6
Quote: Originally Posted by SW_display_name View Post
I have done this on many characters when I was feeling burned-out on the generic planet missions, and it's very fast, and very effective if you plan smartly.

You just have to really like healing/tanking, be willing to see the same FP nine billion times, and have a very high tolerance level for, uh, "interesting" group members, because you'll get a lot of them and spending time arguing or votekicking just slows your XP down.

You must always, always do the Bonus Missions if available, this is crucial in BP / Foundry since you'll be seeing those FPs forever from about 35-45 and the Bonus is a massive chunk of XP that justifies the time investment to go through these huge FPs.

You also get a huge chunk of XP for completing the FP, so don't drop group even if you're annoyed. Also, this is why it can be viable to skip tedious mob groups like the patrol droids in Cademimu the XP you get from killing a few mobs pales compared to the XP you get from finish the Bonus + FP and then queuing again.

Do your Daily and Weekly FP mission without fail, these are also huge chunks of XP.

Buy the Legacy perk for Improved Class Mission and Improved Flashpoint XP every little bit adds up since you're skipping generic filler missions on planets.

Field Respec is a huge help since you'll get a surprising amount of pops as DPS even while queued Tank/Heals, and being in proper DPS spec speeds up the run.

Full DPS gear recommended your Tank spec + Stance is enough defenses for leveling FPs, and the extra DPS stats from "DPS" mods helps speed up runs vs. excessive survival stats, especially when you get tagged for DPS by the queue.

For Tank leveling: +41 Endurance crystal until about Mandalorian Raiders, by that level you're deep enough in your Tank tree and have enough gear to not need the raw Health boost, so switch to +41 Power. But for example in Hammer Station, the +41 End crystal helps a lot since healers tend to be new and some of the pulls are brutal (eg, Hammer 2-droid pull).

Keep your Healer companion geared (if Tanking) or your Melee DPS or a Tank companion (if Healing) so that people dropping group doesn't slow you down even slightly.

Pop Major XP Boosts like butterflies at a rave.

Remember: your mission is to tear the FP apart as fast as possible and get into the next one. Do whatever is necessary. If you're Healing and have a slow tank, just pull more mobs and bring them to the Tank via LOS it makes it easy for Tank to hold aggro and seriously speeds up the run.

If Tanking, establish aggro then go grab more stuff (don't do this in very early levels, but once you get to the point where people's level / gear is outranking mobs significantly, this is very helpful). No need to sit around while DPS kills stuff once aggro is on you, grab more and let DPS finish it off as you establish the next pull.

Chain pull and chug chug chug to blow through FPs. Be sympathetic to people who are new or overwhelmed, try not to ruin anyone's experience, but also try to remember that Speed = Your Friend, because you can think of your XP bar as an "FP Bar" eg, "I need 15 FPs to hit the next level".

Then every 4-5 levels you can chill out and go catch up on 1-2 planets worth of Class Missions (while they're still green/yellow and giving XP) to relax your nerves and enjoy the story.
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Kentontudor
05.13.2014 , 06:37 PM | #7
Quote: Originally Posted by SW_display_name View Post
I have done this on many characters when I was feeling burned-out on the generic planet missions, and it's very fast, and very effective if you plan smartly.

You just have to really like healing/tanking, be willing to see the same FP nine billion times, and have a very high tolerance level for, uh, "interesting" group members, because you'll get a lot of them and spending time arguing or votekicking just slows your XP down.

You must always, always do the Bonus Missions if available, this is crucial in BP / Foundry since you'll be seeing those FPs forever from about 35-45 and the Bonus is a massive chunk of XP that justifies the time investment to go through these huge FPs.

You also get a huge chunk of XP for completing the FP, so don't drop group even if you're annoyed. Also, this is why it can be viable to skip tedious mob groups like the patrol droids in Cademimu the XP you get from killing a few mobs pales compared to the XP you get from finish the Bonus + FP and then queuing again.

Do your Daily and Weekly FP mission without fail, these are also huge chunks of XP.

Buy the Legacy perk for Improved Class Mission and Improved Flashpoint XP every little bit adds up since you're skipping generic filler missions on planets.

Field Respec is a huge help since you'll get a surprising amount of pops as DPS even while queued Tank/Heals, and being in proper DPS spec speeds up the run.

Full DPS gear recommended your Tank spec + Stance is enough defenses for leveling FPs, and the extra DPS stats from "DPS" mods helps speed up runs vs. excessive survival stats, especially when you get tagged for DPS by the queue.

For Tank leveling: +41 Endurance crystal until about Mandalorian Raiders, by that level you're deep enough in your Tank tree and have enough gear to not need the raw Health boost, so switch to +41 Power. But for example in Hammer Station, the +41 End crystal helps a lot since healers tend to be new and some of the pulls are brutal (eg, Hammer 2-droid pull).

Keep your Healer companion geared (if Tanking) or your Melee DPS or a Tank companion (if Healing) so that people dropping group doesn't slow you down even slightly.

Pop Major XP Boosts like butterflies at a rave.

Remember: your mission is to tear the FP apart as fast as possible and get into the next one. Do whatever is necessary. If you're Healing and have a slow tank, just pull more mobs and bring them to the Tank via LOS it makes it easy for Tank to hold aggro and seriously speeds up the run.

If Tanking, establish aggro then go grab more stuff (don't do this in very early levels, but once you get to the point where people's level / gear is outranking mobs significantly, this is very helpful). No need to sit around while DPS kills stuff once aggro is on you, grab more and let DPS finish it off as you establish the next pull.

Chain pull and chug chug chug to blow through FPs. Be sympathetic to people who are new or overwhelmed, try not to ruin anyone's experience, but also try to remember that Speed = Your Friend, because you can think of your XP bar as an "FP Bar" eg, "I need 15 FPs to hit the next level".

Then every 4-5 levels you can chill out and go catch up on 1-2 planets worth of Class Missions (while they're still green/yellow and giving XP) to relax your nerves and enjoy the story.

Thank you for the awesome response, sir.
TonyPerkis - 55 Arsenal Mercenary

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Kentontudor
05.14.2014 , 08:06 AM | #8
Bump for more feedback
TonyPerkis - 55 Arsenal Mercenary

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EranofArcadia
05.14.2014 , 09:44 AM | #9
What I've been doing is Kuating like mad (although on the average day I have time to run 1 or 2 Kuats, no more) and then waiting until my class quests are gray, so I can basically bypass everything but the bare minumum. Riding my speeder past a bunch of mobs and then mopping the floor with the boss who has been built up as this huge threat is kind of fun.

This is after doing every planetary/side quest for each faction once.

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DarthTHC
05.14.2014 , 09:54 AM | #10
Yes, I leveled a couple tanks and at least one healer that way. But DD's are getting dumber and worse at playing the game by the minute, so it's probably a very unpleasant way to do things by this point.
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