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Have to max out affection with comps to get their % bonus?

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Have to max out affection with comps to get their % bonus?

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Fidelicatessen
03.26.2014 , 05:27 AM | #11
Quote: Originally Posted by nightsproull View Post
What a massive money sink. And the stupid companion gift vendor doesn't even offer decent gifts for several of the companions to get past 4000 for a reasonable price.
Using nothing but 200 credit companion gifts from the vendor, you can get your companion to 6000 for ~30k credits (less if you get the Companion Gift Legacy Perk).

I'd say that's reasonable.

There is the occasional exception to this, because some companions have no type of gift that they "love," while others don't start loving their gifts until you get them above a certain threshold. These will cost more to get to 6k affection, but 90% of companions are easy mode and can be got there by spending ~30k on tier-1 gifts.

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FabulousDoctor
03.26.2014 , 08:02 AM | #12
Even just the bonus presence adds up a lot if you're going to be making lots of alts. With a Human and five finished classes, my new characters start with 350 bonus Presence. THis gives all my companions +2400 HP, +112 damage, and +84 healing. My companions can basically solo everything through nar shaddaa, when I'm feeling lazy.

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Mirdthestrill
03.26.2014 , 09:41 AM | #13
Also, for your first companion only (Qyzen, Corso, Khem, etc.), you can usually gain large amounts of affection with them by doing Esseles/Black Talon with them. I don't know the numbers for all companions, but it's over 300 for Qyzen Fess (consular). And at 55, you can solo it less than 20 minutes. I'm sure there's guides for each one as to what choices you need to make for that to happen.

It gets a little boring, but it's way cheaper than buying gifts, and actually works out to being faster than running crew skill missions or waiting for the stuff to come up on the GTN. Plus, it works at any affection level, there's no fall off as you get closer to 10k.
I <3 alts!

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Khevar
03.26.2014 , 10:50 AM | #14
Quote: Originally Posted by nightsproull View Post
What a massive money sink. And the stupid companion gift vendor doesn't even offer decent gifts for several of the companions to get past 4000 for a reasonable price.
Belsavis dailies conversations give plenty of companion affection for players on a budget.

Also, many crew skills return companion gifts. You can run those missions, use the ones that give large affection for your companions, sell the ones that dont, and wind up money positive.

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nightsproull
03.27.2014 , 02:11 AM | #15
I got away with only spending about 200k total on the GTN. Not sure how much I spent on the gift vendor, but I got all the companions to 8000 just using those. The rank 2 gifts for 600 each are substantially cheaper than anything people sell on the GTN.

I also learned that you can escape out of a convo if you're comp doesn't like your answer to one of their stupid prompts. Learned that the hard way after Khem Val docked me -480 for helping him.

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Merouk
03.27.2014 , 06:45 PM | #16
Yes you can escape a convo by hitting ESC, at any time except during the final fade to black. I do this all the time to see all the conversation options. Also, it's a pretty smart way for Bioware to implement the ability for your companions to affect YOUR behavior, if you think about it.

The 600's are grade 2 green and typically get used up after you're completely done with the 200's (grade 1 green), and so only give 19 points or whatever. The grade 5 blue gifts give 160-190 points each, and if you can get them for less than 5,000, that's more effective. Yes, things are overpriced on the GTN and you can't always find the gift categories that you need, but if you have the patience to read through to pages 30-50 of the Miscellaneous category, you CAN find cheap grade 4 or grade 5 gifts that will give you a lot more points than the 600's would.

The support tradeskills (treasure hunting, diplomacy, investigation, etc) have missions that will give you companion gifts, all the way from grade 1 green to grade 5 purple, for much cheaper than the GTN (2,500 for 1-2 grade 5 blue). You need some time to build up the skill, and some more time (and hangar space) to accumulate a set of gifts of each kind, but it's not horrible. Diplomacy also gives you light/dark points (your choice); the other skills give you various crafting mats that you can sell.

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MadHobbit
03.28.2014 , 09:21 PM | #17
there are some guides on the net that tell you how to get to 10k by just using lvl 1 or 2 gifts,
first you buy about 100 lv 1 and same lvl 2, do not do any conversations with companion,use the lvl 1 til you get 0 affection,you might have to buy some more or switch to lvl 2, It also helps if you get the legacy conversation/gift bonuses.
after you get tired of the giving, do the conversations, you should be close to 9k or more.

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Fidelicatessen
03.30.2014 , 08:00 PM | #18
Quote: Originally Posted by MadHobbit View Post
there are some guides on the net that tell you how to get to 10k by just using lvl 1 or 2 gifts,
first you buy about 100 lv 1 and same lvl 2, do not do any conversations with companion,use the lvl 1 til you get 0 affection,you might have to buy some more or switch to lvl 2, It also helps if you get the legacy conversation/gift bonuses.
after you get tired of the giving, do the conversations, you should be close to 9k or more.
Grade 1 gifts (200 credits per) will get you up to 6k affection. Grade 2 gifts (600 credits per) will get you up to 8k. Vendors don't sell gifts that will get you any higher than that.

If you have the perk that makes your companions like gifts more (Legacy of Altruism), it will take about 128 Grade 1 gifts to get your companion from 0 affection to 6k. Whether you want to grind to 8k at that point is up to you, but assuming you have Legacy of Altruism maxed out, that final 2k affection (goal of 8k affection) will run you about 50k credits (you'll be getting 25 affection per gift at that point).

If you don't have Legacy of Altruism, then it will take more gifts to reach the same levels, but the limits stand: Grade 1 takes you up to 6k and no farther; grade 2 takes you up to 8k and no farther.

Either way, if you're going to use this method, don't engage in any conversations with your companion until you're done getting them to 6k or 8k with cheap gifts.

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nightsproull
03.31.2014 , 01:57 AM | #19
Yeah, the cheapest and easiest method is definitely to go up to 6k with level 1 gifts, and 8k with rank 2, before you do anything else.

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Eternalnight
03.31.2014 , 09:44 AM | #20
Quote: Originally Posted by nightsproull View Post
before you do anything else.
Before you do anything else is the key here.

Don't talk to your companion at all until after you have given them so many cheap vendor gifts that they are as high as they get with those.

Gifts give less affection the higher you get until in the only choice is to get more expensive gifts.
Conversations keep giving same affection no matter the previous affection levels.

If you do some conversations first and then start giving gifts after that, the cheap gifts will still only get up to 8000 and you will need to go GTN to buy really expensive rank 5 gifts to do the rest.

So start by giving them grade 1 vendor gifts up until 6000 and then grade 2 vendor gifts to get them from 6000 to 8000 and only after that start doing the conversations and they will pretty much get you from 8000 to 10000 for free and you will never even have to go to buy more expensive gifts.