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Smuggler Companion Guide (Info & Tips)

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Smuggler Companion Guide (Info & Tips)

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Barn
01.16.2012 , 08:05 PM | #21
Quote: Originally Posted by Saviorofcamelot View Post

+AIM increases her tech damage and her melee damage but +STR only increases her melee damage.
Where are you getting this from?

Because my character sheet only has ranged listed under aim. Tech is listed under cunning and Strength for melee.
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Saviorofcamelot
01.16.2012 , 08:13 PM | #22
Quote: Originally Posted by Barn View Post
Where are you getting this from?

Because my character sheet only has ranged listed under aim. Tech is listed under cunning and Strength for melee.
I think you are looking at your character sheet. If that is listed on Akaavi's character sheet then it's a problem because her abilities are supposed to be attached to +AIM.

I can't check it right now but I'll take a look tomorrow when I get a chance to play again.

Qyzen Fess is the starting companion for Jedi Consular and he uses +AIM but he is a melee fighter just like Akaavi Spar.
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Barn
01.16.2012 , 09:30 PM | #23
Cheers. /facepalm

I was actually looking at my companions Aim, not my companions.

Its annoying that the stats have different description based on who your looking at :/
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Saviorofcamelot
01.17.2012 , 04:55 AM | #24
Quote: Originally Posted by Barn View Post
Cheers. /facepalm

I was actually looking at my companions Aim, not my companions.

Its annoying that the stats have different description based on who your looking at :/
No biggie. I can't tell you how many times I have opened my character window to view my companions stats before getting some new armor and right as I am about to buy one skill set I suddenly realize... "Ohh wait! those are my stats!"
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Vuelhering
01.18.2012 , 07:01 PM | #25
Quote: Originally Posted by Saviorofcamelot View Post

Simple Breakdown...

Corso = Single Target Tank
Bowdaar = AoE Tank
Risha = Single Target DPS
Akaavi = AoE DPS
GUSS = Healer
I would rephrase that significantly.

Corso = Single-target Ranged Tank
Bowdaar = Melee Tank
Risha = Ranged dps
Akaavi = Melee DPS
Guss = Healer and single-target CC


Risha is very good at sniping, but she's also good at AOEs. I built my dps smuggler as an AOE spec, and combined with Risha against weenies, from the first shot fired the smoke clears very fast. While Akaavi is also good at AOEs, the sheer AOE burnination of Risha and a specced smuggler is crazy. And fun to watch, too.

As far as Guss goes, he has a very strong single-target Crowd Control (or in this case, Creature Control, since it's single-target only). He can hold something for quite some time, but damage will break it. While a capable companion healer, he won't keep you alive under very heavy fire, but as a gunslinger, my survival rate went way up with Guss. He can reduce damage with his CC, and heal you during the cooldowns. Downtime is much lower with Guss out, but overall damage is also lower since your companion isn't doing as much dps, so combat is only faster if you're specced for AOEs yourself.

Akaavi is a weak tank, but can survive severe punishment for short periods by using her defense shield. She will activate it normally at 50% health if it's off cooldown. If you send her into a really nasty pull, you can manually activate it as she leaps in, and she'll last much longer. Because I can't heal, I generally have her damage increase ability toggled off so that it won't consume the shield's cooldown. People are often amazed at Akaavi's effectiveness combined with a scoundrel, because she can really dish out the punishment as long as she's receiving a lot of healing. One issue with Akaavi is that there are no +Aim hilts, thus you must replace and cannot upgrade weapons for her.

Bowdaar's Wookiee Toss is exaggerated. I have never had him toss something into another group. He uses it most often as a finishing blow which has tremendous style points, and the only issue I've seen is when he knocked a monster I wanted to loot off a cliff. Also note that his AOE taunt (wookiee roar?) does damage, so it will break most forms of CC. Don't bother using your Flash Grenade if he's roaring. Bowdaar is EXCELLENT at keeping things grouped up as a tank compared to Corso, making him the best tank choice for AOE specced 'slingers.

You should use the backtick (or whatever you mapped it to) to see the additional companion abilities. You'll need to do this to turn off Corso's harpoon shot, which is one of the most annoying things that turns on whenever you summon him, zone, or take an elevator. Right-click any ability to toggle it on or off. Use this to switch Risha into AOE mode or to turn on/off Bowdaar's wookiee toss.

I also mapped Attack and Follow to useful keys, as those are used often, and it works for all companions. Simply add it to the default of control-1 (attack) and control-2 (follow). The last thing you want is your companion to go off running through several groups of monsters due to a pathing issue... so being able to call him back IMMEDIATELY is important. Remember that Follow is a toggle for being passive, and stays on after resummoning. If you hear your companion say "I'll follow you" or "Right with you, Captain" or something like that when you summon, it's still turned on and they won't participate in battle until toggled off or specifically told to attack.
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SoldierGrrrl
01.19.2012 , 07:31 AM | #26
Quote: Originally Posted by Saviorofcamelot View Post
There is a bug that turns this ability back on frequently but that is supposed to be fixed with patch 1.1 on 1/17/2012.
Oh lordy, I hope they really do fix this. I'm a bit tired of having barrage droids dropped on my head during combat...

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Saviorofcamelot
01.19.2012 , 07:35 AM | #27
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Oh lordy, I hope they really do fix this. I'm a bit tired of having barrage droids dropped on my head during combat...
From what I have seen/heard people are saying the abilities are actually staying off now that 1.1 has been released.

While the abilities seem to be working... We now have random loading screens that keep popping up while we are in the middle of a fight... Not sure which one is more annoying LOL.
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Aleious
01.19.2012 , 06:07 PM | #28
Might just be me but has anyone else ever noticed that not only does Corso Poon people on top of you (mostly because you forgot to turn it back off yet again), but that the people he pooned into you were melee types? I can't tell you now many Sith, and sword swingers that crazy bugger yanked to me but it was the primary reason he got the boot.

Well that and walking around with a 7 foot tall 300+ pound furry death machine is awesome.

Not sure about Risha at the moment. I don't have enough credits to outfit all 3, so the Wookie gets the good stuff, Corso has so so stuff, and Risha is getting my hand me downs. The few times I took her out things do die pretty damm fast. However as soon as I (I'm a Gunslinger) attract the mobs attention I get pounded. Being as I'm not a tank, that pounding does not last all that long either. Would be interesting to see if she had good gear if I could kill an elite mob faster than it could kill me with her blasting away at it.

Personally I like Bodarr at the moment. He runs in, makes everything angry at him, and then I rain down blaster fire and grenades. Simple, brutal, but effective. And Bodarr has yet to harpoon a sith on top of me !

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Saviorofcamelot
01.19.2012 , 06:26 PM | #29
Quote: Originally Posted by Aleious View Post
Simple, brutal, but effective. And Bodarr has yet to harpoon a sith on top of me !
Nicely said! LOL
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Cyphear
01.20.2012 , 11:12 AM | #30
Quote: Originally Posted by Saviorofcamelot View Post
No biggie. I can't tell you how many times I have opened my character window to view my companions stats before getting some new armor and right as I am about to buy one skill set I suddenly realize... "Ohh wait! those are my stats!"
The best way I found to keep from driving my self crazy jumping back and forth between my character view and my companions when trying to figure out if this item is better then what my companion has was to turn on the companion compare option so that when I mouse over an item it shows both myself and my active companion and compares the item.