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New Augments | 09.18.2020, 08:27 AM
Hi friends,

With Game Update 6.1.4 we are introducing a new tier of augments to the game, with materials added to our prestige game modes.

For a little background, we try to strike a balance between the right time to introduce new power to chase into the game and respecting your time invested in getting to the current maximum level of gear. We also want to refresh interest in our prestige modes by adding a very clear incentive while we work on the next batch of new content.

We have a few goals here. First, in PvE, it has been several months since Dxun Master Mode released. Top-end guilds have cleared the content and achieved the timed run achievements. Guilds still progressing in Dxun could use a slight boost to help get over the hill of that next boss, and a slight power bump should help. We don’t want progression to stagnate, and we would also like to make it worth people’s time to farm older Master Modes in order to gear up the next batch of recruits for the most current content.

In PvP, we want to continue to foster more high quality matches in Ranked, especially Group Ranked. So far this year we’ve boosted rewards to that end, but haven’t seen as much movement there as we would like. So, in addition to boosting conquest rewards for Ranked (as indicated in David’s post), we are introducing an additional exclusive reward which is required to build the new augments.

To be clear, these augments will require BOTH the PvE material (only available in Master Mode Operations) AND the PvP material (only available in Ranked) to craft. We acknowledge that many players prefer one mode over the other, however we have a robust trading economy that rewards those who make these scarce materials available either via the Galactic Trade Network or simply trade chat.


The new Augments will require materials from Master Mode Operations, Ranked PvP Missions and Boxes, and the Cybertech Crew Skill to assemble the new materials. They will be Item Level 300, and named “Superior _____ Augment 77”, depending on the augment. Crafting is split between Armormech, Synthweaving, and Armstech (like existing augments), and those schematics will be available from the Crew Skill Trainer for 35,000 credits.

  • Master Mode bosses will drop a new material: OEM-37
    • Most bosses drop 1 in 8-person, 2 in 16-person
    • Final bosses drop 3 in 8-person and 6 in 16-person
    • Dxun bosses will drop 2 in 8-person and 4 in 16-person
    • Apex Predator in Dxun will drop 6 in 8-person and 12 in 16-person
  • Ranked PvP Missions and Boxes will drop a new material: RPM -13
    • 50% chance in weekly group ranked box
      • 5 on Weekly Group Ranked Quest
    • 10% chance in daily group ranked box
      • 1 on Daily Group Ranked Quest
    • 25% chance in weekly solo ranked box
      • 0 in Weekly Solo Ranked Quest
    • 5% chance in daily solo ranked box
      • 0 in Daily Solo Ranked Quest
  • Cybertechs will craft a new material: CM-1337
    • This schematic can be purchased from the Crew Skill Trainer for 15,140 credits
  • The 300 Augments ingredients are:
    • 5 Artifact Combo Materials
    • 3 Artifact Secondary Combo Materials
    • 5 Solid Resource Matrix
    • 1 CM-1337
    • 5 Processed Isotope Stabilizer
  • CM-1337 ingredients are:
    • 15 OEM-37
    • 25 RPM-13
    • 5 Legendary Embers

These will be available in the upcoming PTS to try out, so don’t hesitate to pop in and let us know what you think!


Toxicity | 09.18.2020, 08:24 AM
Hi friends,

As I mentioned in my previous post, I want to chat a bit about toxicity and what actions we’re taking to reduce friction points in the game that can lead to toxic behavior.

In general, our philosophy in regards to toxicity and harassment is there is no room for it in our service. But it’s not quite as simple as ‘find the toxic people and remove them’, because there is no one-size-fits-all solution. Often times folks are just having a bad day, and some friction point in the game rules or mechanics can exacerbate this and lead to a negative or harmful social experience.

So we have to take a bit of a holistic approach to toxicity, and remain committed to improving the game and the service over time across several avenues.


As a member of the Fair Play Alliance, EA is committed to providing a safe space to play where all are welcome. As part of this, toxicity and harassment actions that the Customer Service team apply to folks violating the Terms of Service are being escalated to more severe actioning.

Backfill and Decline/Deserter Improvements

We’re always trying to improve our matchmaker, especially the backfill mechanism in Solo Ranked PvP matches. Players have manipulated the system in order to gain an advantage or to try and mis-match teams missing certain roles, typically by declining matches as a particular role.

In Game Update 6.1.4 we’ve improved the backfill system so that if a tank or healer declines a match, it will backfill with the same role if one is available. In addition, we are increasing penalties on players declining multiple matches for Ranked PvP.

Vote Kick

Vote kick was a feature implemented years ago with the best intentions, giving players the power to remove a toxic member of their group. However, we’ve seen behavior change over time towards vote kick being abused not to remove harmful players, but harass or troll legitimate ones.

In Game Update 6.1.4 we are removing vote kick from Ranked PvP, which is where we see the greatest abuse of this feature. If we see continued abuse we will remove it from other game modes. I would like to add that some of the original intent for Vote Kick (AFK players, etc) has been mitigated over the years by increased detection methods and data logging. However, we will continue to closely monitor for the behavior Vote Kick was intended to curb, and continue to invest in more advanced detection methods.

Gear Requirements in Ranked PvP

In an effort to welcome more new players into Ranked PvP, we implemented our Bolster system which would scale player’s power to the equivalent of iLevel 306. As a barrier to entry we also require a Valor Rank 25 in order to queue for Ranked PvP. We would like to find a balance between keeping the queues populated with players and giving a high quality game experience in that game mode. We believe this barrier to entry has been too low.

In Game Update 6.1.4 we are adding a gear requirement of iLevel 306, in addition to Valor Rank 25, in order to be able to queue for Solo Ranked PvP.

Legacy Ignore

Currently the game supports character-based ignore lists, but not Legacy-wide ignore, meaning harassers could just create another character and persist in ruining the experience for another player.

In Game Update 6.1.4 we are updating the Ignore list to ignore an entire Legacy. If you add a player to this list, it will apply to every character they create in their Legacy. It will behave very similarly to the current Ignore list, with the addition of not allowing an Ignored Legacy into your Personal Stronghold.


As we look forward, we have lots more opportunities we’re pursuing, including improving our in-game reporting tools and automated detection methods. We’ll share more about what additional changes are coming as we get closer to these showing up in-game.

All of the game-side improvements coming in 6.1.4 will be available to check out in the upcoming PTS. We’re eager to hear your feedback and look forward to you all trying them out!


DPS Guard Changes | 09.16.2020, 10:12 AM
Hi all,

I wanted to communicate some changes we are making to guard for 6.1.4 that are going to be live on PTS soon. We’ve heard your feedback about Guarding in PVP and we are hoping to address some of those concerns with this change.

We’ve added a 50% damage penalty to DPS disciplines while they are guarding allies. The full text of the new DPS guard is:

All this means is that while you guard allies as a DPS discipline, you do less damage while you are guarding that ally. It’s worth noting that this only applies to the DPS disciplines, Tank disciplines do not suffer this penalty and can freely guard as usual with no penalty.

The purpose of this change is to discourage the use of guard in every situation in PVP. While we feel like guarding is a useful skill and important to the advanced classes that have access to it, it has become clear that it is being abused in PVP by guarding and guard switching with no penalty. This makes PVP unbalanced towards the disciplines that have access to guard.

With this change, we are hoping that guard is used more thoughtfully in PVP while still retaining its usefulness in certain situations. We’d love to hear your feedback on this change, specifically if you think it helps the PVP experience overall, if the penalty feels fair, and after you get your hands on it if there’s any noticeable difference to guarding and team composition in PVP.


6.1.4 Conquest Updates | 09.16.2020, 08:45 AM
Hi all!

I wanted to take a moment and give some insight into the upcoming Conquest system updates you can expect to see with 6.1.4. As always, the following information is subject to change. Let’s dive in!

Point Rebalance
One of the biggest changes coming with 6.1.4 and Conquests is an across the board point rebalance. We are taking a deeper look at Objective time and effort, ensuring that those objectives which might take a longer time to complete or have a higher complexity in order to complete will feel as equally rewarding as some of the less time intensive objectives.

We took a thorough look at every Conquest objective and balanced their final points through emphasizing objective time to complete, complexity, and repeatability. The result is an abundance of Conquest points for some of the most complex and/or time intensive objectives, lesser points for marginal time and effort objectives, and an even scale for those objectives in the middle.

Below is just a small example of some of the point changes this has resulted in.

All values displayed are base values without any additional bonuses or multipliers and subject to change.
Changes will be listed as <Conquest Objective> new 6.1.4 value (relative to previous value), similar to patch notes.
  • Items: Credits for Junk is now worth 550 points (down from 1,750).
  • Advancement: Hail a Taxi is now worth 550 points (down from 1,750).
  • Starfighter: <Ship> Eternal is now worth 2,200 points (up from 600).
  • Chapters: Any are now worth 4,850 points (up from 3,000).
  • Operation: Master is now worth 13,100 points (up from 7,500).
  • Iokath: Weekly Mission is now worth 22,250 points (up from 4,000).
  • Team Ranked: Total Domination is now worth 100,000 points (up from 13,500).

Objective Level Bracket Updates
We continue to review the Objectives available for each bracket to ensure players of all levels have a meaningful and enjoyable Conquest experience, while also challenging players in the appropriate manner.

With that, we have made additional adjustments to some Conquest Objectives and the Level Bracket they appear in. This includes the following:

Subject to change.
Changes will be listed as <Conquest Objective> new 6.1.4 bracket (relative to previous brackets), similar to patch notes.
  • Advancement: Legacy is now in the 10-49 bracket (in addition to 50-70 and 71+).
  • World Boss (Coruscant/Dromund Kaas - Corellia) is now in the 10-49 bracket (in addition to 50-70 and 71+).
  • Items: Credits for Junk is now only in the 10-49 bracket (it is no longer in the 50-70 and 71+ brackets)

New Conquest Objectives
We want to continue offering additional avenues for players to participate in Conquests without feeling like they have to choose Conquests over an activity that they want to participate in. For instance, a player who spends their time playing through Knights of the Fallen Empire or Knights of the Eternal Throne may be sacrificing a decent chunk of Conquest participation in order to enjoy their epic stories.

Our goal continues to be allowing you to play how you want while feeling like you are able to meaningfully contribute to your Conquest goals. As such, we have added new Conquest Objectives you can expect to see on a regular cadence, ranging from Defeating Skytroopers and completing Heroic Planetary Missions, to Uprisings and conquering Star Fortresses!

Events and Conquest
Events are a good break from the day to day of saving (or taking over!) the Galaxy, and we want to continue supporting that notion through Conquests. We are further expanding on the relationship between Conquest and events through the addition of new Conquest Objectives, tweaking the repeatability of others, and making point adjustments to others still.

Using the Relics of the Gree event as an example, the following changes are coming to further support the Event.:

Subject to change.
Changes will be listed as <Conquest Objective> new 6.1.4 value (relative to previous value), similar to patch notes.
  • Relics of the Gree: Critical Missions is now Infinitely repeatable and worth 1,650 points (previously was Daily only worth 4,000)
  • Relics of the Gree: Defeat Surgok'k is now worth 5,800 points (up from 4,000).
  • Relics of the Gree: Defeat Gravak'k is now worth 5,800 points (up from 4,000).
  • Relics of the Gree: The Gray Secant is now worth 10,700 points (up from 9,750).
  • Relics of the Gree: The Gray Secant Pinnacle is now worth 2,700 points (up from 1,100).
  • NEW Relics of the Gree: Defeat Droids is a Weekly Conquest Objective worth 10,700.
  • NEW Relics of the Gree: Defeat Droids 2 is an Infinitely repeatable Objective worth 2,750.

These new additions are not only exclusive to our rotational events, however! In addition, we are branching out and adding Conquest Objectives for our Seasonal events as well! Be on the lookout for new and exciting ways to participate in both Seasonal and rotational Events through Conquest as they come around!

Introduction To Conquest
There is little doubt that over the years Conquests have changed substantially from what they were originally. As we continue to iterate, we find it important to give players context as to what this system has become and what it can offer you! With that in mind, we have made some tweaks to the Introduction To Conquest Mission, including revisiting the rewards, the Mission text, and auto-granting the Mission to players as soon as they reach Level 10 and are eligible to participate in the Conquest System!

For those who are already past Level 10 and have not already completed the Mission, this can still be obtained from the Mission Terminal on the Republic and Imperial Fleets respectively.

Shorter UI Popup Notification
Finally, we have made an adjustment and lowered the duration of the UI Popup for Conquest Objectives!

We will be putting these changes onto the Public Test Server soon, so be on the lookout! We are excited about these updates to Conquest, and can’t wait to get them out to you all with PTS and finally 6.1.4. We look forward to your feedback!

Purchase of the The Predacious Weapon Lockbox (season 6) temporarily disabled. | 09.10.2020, 01:20 PM
Hi folks,

We have received a number of reports that there are two weapons missing from the Predacious Weapon Lockbox (Season 6). To make sure this bug doesn't impact more players, we are disabling the purchase of this box until it can be fixed in a future update.

Players who try to purchase this box will encounter the following error message: "You do not meet the requirements to purchase this item."

Thank you for your patience.

Character rename bug | 09.10.2020, 03:15 AM
Hi sleepingwell,

Thank you for your report concerning the character rename bug.

Our team is currently investigating this bug. I'll update you when I have more information.

7 Mek-Sha holo sign decorations bugged after 6.1.3 patch | 09.09.2020, 02:15 PM
Hi sugarnails,

Thanks for the report concerning the Mek-Sha holo sign bug.

Our team is currently investigating this bug. I'll update you when I have more information.

Rakghoul Relic Change | 09.09.2020, 01:59 PM
Hey folks,

It is intended that if you are not wearing a relic that you lose it's on-use effect as noted, which includes the Antiviral Kit. However, we definitely understand this has gearing implications and so we are looking at ways to make the experience of the Antiviral Kit be less detrimental to your character's power where possible. We will share any updates as we have them and thank you for the feedback.


Cartel Market Additions: Game Update 6.1.3 | 09.09.2020, 01:15 PM
Hey everyone!

The Winter Outlaw Armor Set, Fork-lift Walker Mount, and more have been added to the Cartel Market! To see everything added with this update, you can check out this article.

Game Update 6.1.3 is live! | 09.09.2020, 10:49 AM
Hey everyone!

Game Update 6.1.3 is now live. Highlights of this update include additional Ranked Replica rewards, the return of Double XP, and more! A full breakdown of what this update consists of can be found here.

Maintenance: September 9, 2020 | 09.09.2020, 08:30 AM

All SWTOR servers are once again available!

Thank you for your patience.

Maintenance: September 9, 2020 | 09.08.2020, 11:36 AM
Hi folks,

Patch notes for Game Update 6.1.3 are now available:

Odessen Banners STILL too bright! | 09.08.2020, 10:09 AM
Hi all,

As mentioned in this thread, I'm updating you concerning the bug on the Odessen War room.

Our team is aiming to fix it with tomorrow's patch, 6.1.3. I'll let you know if there is any change.

Obsidian Squad Recon Walker | 09.08.2020, 09:58 AM
Hi AceMasterSoul,

Thanks for the report concerning the bug on the Obsidian Squad Recon Walker decoration.

Our team is currently investigating this bug. We'll update you when we know more.

Maintenance: September 9, 2020 | 09.07.2020, 08:43 AM
Hey everyone,

We will be taking the servers offline on September 9, 2020 to deploy Game Update 6.1.3.

DATE: September 9, 2020
TIME: 6:00AM - 9:00AM PDT (1300 - 1600 UTC)
VERSION: 6.1.3

Patch notes will be available on Tuesday, here:

Thank you for your patience as we maintain Star Wars™: The Old Republic™!

Battlefield command STILL not fixed almost a year later | 09.07.2020, 07:43 AM
Hi _backcab_,

Thank you for reporting this bug on the Jedi Guardian's "Battlefield Command" ability.

As mentioned in the following thread: Jedi Guardian Battlefield Command utility bug, our team is aware of this bug.

Good news, our team is aiming to fix it in our next patch 6.1.3. I'll let you know if there is any change.

Crafting | 09.03.2020, 06:11 AM
Hi NeoBlakkrstal,

Thanks for the report concerning the Crew Skills Window. Our team is aware of those bugs and currently working on it.

For now, there is no additional information to provide you. We will provide all the information we have in the following thread where other players talk about the same issues: Crew Skill Missions.

Objective Meridian Cutscene Not Showing | 09.02.2020, 06:12 AM
Hi all,

Our team is still working on the bug with the cutscene of the "Objective Meridian" Flashpoint.

For now, there is no additional information. We'll post here when we know more.

Season 13 and the Future of PvP | 09.01.2020, 04:53 PM

I just wanted to update some of the timing around Replica rewards, as promised in my previous post.

As a reminder, we talked about rolling out the remaining replica rewards throughout the course of Season 13 (the current season) and Season 14, with the longer term goal being returning to exclusive, new rewards after Season 14.

Since then, we've identified some additional Replica rewards we would like to add to the vendors. See below for the updated and expanded reward plan:
  1. Available starting in Game Update 6.1.3 (Targeting Wednesday, September 9):
    • Predacious Weapon Set (Season 6) - 50,000 pvp tokens
    • Commanding Weapon Set (Season 8) - 50,000 pvp tokens
    • Baron Deathmark's Predacious Wrangler mount (Season 6) - 200,000 pvp tokens
  2. Available starting in Game Update 6.2 (Targeting early December):
    • Gladiator Weapon Set (Season 5) - 50,000 pvp tokens
    • Giradda's Acklay mount (Season 7) - 200,000 pvp tokens
    • Baron Deathmark's Swashbuckling Cutter mount (Season 4) - 200,000 pvp tokens
    • Gladitorial Nexu mount (Season 5) - 200,000 pvp tokens
  3. Available in a future Game Update (but well before the end of Season 14):
    • Furious Armor Sets (Season 3 - there are four sets) - 100,000 pvp tokens each
    • Furious Weapon Set (Season 3) - 50,000 pvp tokens
    • Baron Deathmark's Furious Walker mount (Season 3) - 200,000 pvp tokens
    • Ember Makrin mount (Season 8) - 200,000 pvp tokens

In addition, we've heard your feedback around bringing back Replica Color Crystals, and we're working on a plan for those. Both pricing and timing TBD, but we will likely make some available beginning in Game Update 6.2.

We've heard lots of your feedback around pricing as well. We have no plans to adjust pricing, however we will certainly evaluate boosting the end of season token payouts for all rating tiers (Bronze, Silver, Gold and Platinum).

I also mentioned in the last post that we would be converting non-seasonal Ranked PvP Reward Tokens to a Legacy currency in a future update. That future update is here! The conversion will take place with the 6.1.3 Update.

Finally, we've seen and heard lots of reports about harassment and general toxicity in the game, in particular in PvP. I'm looking forward to sharing more about the things we've been working on to address toxicity in particular and the state of PvP in general in a future post.

As always, we appreciate any feedback you have!


September In-game Events | 09.01.2020, 03:05 PM
Hey everyone!

The team is aware of the Conquest Window displaying the Pirate Incursion event for next week, which is not the correct event. The correct schedule for September can be found here - which consists on Rakghoul Resurgence, Double XP, and Swoop Rally. With Game Update 6.1.3 coming out next week, the team will address the issue surrounding the Conquest Window.

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