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Good Companion for Sentinel

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Good Companion for Sentinel

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Deathstalker_
06.16.2013 , 01:21 PM | #1
I'm aware that each class gets 6 companions (5 uniques and C2-N2). However, I'm not sure which one would be best for a Sentinel. Currently, my options are limited to T7 and Kira (who is only a guest; I haven't gotten her permanently yet on this character); however, I was wondering who would be the best overall companion for a Sentinel in general. I only have experience with T7, Kira, and C2, but I'm willing to take advice on the other three companions. T7 strikes me as more of a Tank, C2 is exclusively healing, and I'm not sure about Kira. She's supposed to be a Consular, but she doesn't stay back and cast; instead, she jumps right into the fray.

Short version: who do you think makes the best companion for the Sentinel? If it makes any difference, I'm speccing Combat.

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Gidrea
06.16.2013 , 01:46 PM | #2
T7, until you get Doc on Balmorra. He's a tank, and you are DPS. It's better than using another DPS like Kira. I leveled up my DPS guardian and used Kira (because I thought two women Jedi traveling around kicking butt would be awesome, but I got tired of her smart mouth... ) and later I leveled a Sentinel with T7 and it was great! Send him in to tank the toughest mob while you take out the lesser ones.

There are two places where this will be a problem:

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Using a healing companion is great for a DPS, too.
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Seireeni
06.16.2013 , 04:33 PM | #3
Pick one that fits your fighting style. Healer companion (Doc, in your case) is probably easiest, at least if you have some idea on how to use your defensive cooldowns. Tank companion, i.e. T7, is the second-easiest choice, since they give you a little more time to kill the enemies (even though they will die eventually, since you can't heal them).

Dps + dps -combination is the hardest one to master, this is mostly "burn them down before they burn you down"-race. However, if you like Kira's character and want to run around with her, here's some tips:

1. Send her first. This way she will get the aggro, and even though you will sooner or later overaggro her and get the aggro, this will share the damage between you and Kira. When you get force camourflage, you can also use that to share the aggro. After that, you should send Kira first, then attack yourself, take some damage (i.e. till you have 50% of your health), use force camourflage (aggro goes to Kira again) and then overaggro her again. Worked pretty fine when I was leveling my sentinel (I was using Kira before I got Doc).
Of course, if the fight is easy (i.e. regular mob), you don't have to use force camo, you'll tear down those things fast enough. Save this for harder mobs or bosses.

2. Keep you both geared. Especially important with dps + dps -combo. You want to have as much hp yourself as you can (since you are taking the damage most of the time) but you also want Kira to be able to hold the aggro for a while here and there.
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JacksonMo
06.16.2013 , 08:06 PM | #4
One option is the ship droid. If you keep his gear current, he makes a decent healer.
Also, my sentinal was biochem. They can make "squad med packs" which heal both you AND your companion, and the purple ones are reusable.
Makes a HUGE difference when not using a healing companion.

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SandsOfArrakis
06.17.2013 , 12:05 AM | #5
On my Sentinel I've started out with T7. Once I've got Kira, I've used her all the way. Sure died a few times but DPS + DPS combination is possible. Once I've gotten Doc on Balmorra. I've never looked back. Doc all the way. And my female Sentinel agrees with that statement on more then one front

Same on my Mara. Once I got my healer companion there. Same story. And the Sith have an advantage. They get their healer companion much earlier.
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SuspectDown
06.17.2013 , 01:18 PM | #6
Speaking from a leveling perspective, Doc is the easiest. While it will take you longer to kill things, downtime is virtually nill. Kira is fun, though. There is some downtime to heal you both, but DPS+DPS makes things pretty darn easy unless it's a real long fight.

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AlixMV
06.19.2013 , 05:14 PM | #7
I'm currently leveling a Sentinel (Level 43) and dinged the 1000 kills Achievement with both Kira (Coruscant) and Doc (Balmorra), and in terms of ease of play, Doc wins hand down. Things may die faster with Kira, but the PC in that situation tends to draw most of the aggro unless you send her in first, and at that point, I don't think it's 'faster'. Running around with Doc for 2+ planets, I never had to worry about dying, could just wade in and whale on things.

I'm currently running with the JKs other tank Companion (not naming for spoilers), and I'm finding that one to be once again a little dicey. He does his job and grabs aggro, but he seems to die a lot, and I don't think it's wholly due to gear. I'd prefer neither my companion nor myself die every third fight, in an ideal world. I'm assuming T7 as a tank would probably play similarly.
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KurganNazzir
06.19.2013 , 09:16 PM | #8
You pick who works for you. I switched between T7 and Kira until I got a certain tank companion later in the story but the reason I use him is because I like the character, not because I need a tank. Every person will have their own opinion and their own favourite companion. Some people swear up and down that certain companions suck while others will only ever use healers but I have found all do their job quite well as long as their gear isn't craptastic. I did struggle a bit when I first got this tank because he didn't seem to be able to take the hits too well but I quickly learned how to play with him and then I upgraded his armour and things were great.
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Deathstalker_
06.20.2013 , 10:01 AM | #9
Well, I've been using T7, since he's a Tank, but I'm starting to realize that he isn't going to work. The main reason for this is the fact that he uses Droid Armor. I'm on Taris, and I've only upgraded three pieces of his armor the entire time. Droid armor seems to be extremely rare, so eventually, he's going to fall behind (unless Droid armor becomes a lot more common on later planets, but I don't see that happening). The same issue apples to C2, so the only companion I can really expect to be able to keep current is Kira.

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psandak
06.20.2013 , 10:09 AM | #10
Quote: Originally Posted by Deathstalker_ View Post
Well, I've been using T7, since he's a Tank, but I'm starting to realize that he isn't going to work. The main reason for this is the fact that he uses Droid Armor. I'm on Taris, and I've only upgraded three pieces of his armor the entire time. Droid armor seems to be extremely rare, so eventually, he's going to fall behind (unless Droid armor becomes a lot more common on later planets, but I don't see that happening). The same issue apples to C2, so the only companion I can really expect to be able to keep current is Kira.
There are a lot of quest rewards that are for companions and each one has a droid part option.

Also:
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