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[Guide] Companion Optimization, Gearing and Tips

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[Guide] Companion Optimization, Gearing and Tips

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KevMeup
08.24.2016 , 04:29 PM | #71
Quote: Originally Posted by LadyDarkkitten View Post
Wow I can't believe this isn't stickied! thank alot for the work you put into this!
For sure, my guildies are sooo sick of hearing me say something about companions It's a fun hobby though.

I just added a section on Level Syncing. I don't think people will actually change gear much, but it might bring back the command stim
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KevMeup
09.04.2016 , 02:56 PM | #72
Added some tips on Eternal Championship.
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Andyhipkiss
09.05.2016 , 03:35 PM | #73
Great thread and information, thanks for your hard work. You'ed be surprised how many people don't believe you when you tell them that a weapon barrel/hilt on a companion affects their DPS.

One tip for the eternal championship. The breaktown brawler fight has a mechanic where ranged attacks are reflected, worth switching to a melee version of whatever you prefer (DPS or heals) for this fight, if you normally run a ranged companion.

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SteveTheCynic
09.07.2016 , 04:21 AM | #74
You should stick a note in there somewhere about the "guest companion" issue.

Apparently "guest" companions (i.e. haven't formally joined your crew) work correctly up to Influence rank 49, but if you push them all the way to rank 50(1), they suddenly start performing as if they are rank 1 again.

The solution, obviously, is to finish the class missions for the planet where you acquire them and do the post-planet holocommunicator / intercom conversation, at which point they cease to be guest companions. Once they are promoted to full companions, rank 50 works normally. Or, indeed, to realise that rank 3 or so more than suffices for all class and planetary arc content.

(1) Yes, apparently there are people who take the time and expense needed to get a companion all the way to rank 50 during the planet-of-acquisition. They come on the forums to complain about their companions being suddenly enfeebled.
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Tsetso
09.07.2016 , 05:39 AM | #75
I'd like to mention that for healing the new CM droid(Iso - XR or something like that, he looks quite like golden fury) has a kolto cloud ability which would probably get his hps quite high. I'll try to parse him later that week when i have enough time and will post his hps here.

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KevMeup
09.07.2016 , 10:56 AM | #76
Quote: Originally Posted by Tsetso View Post
I'd like to mention that for healing the new CM droid(Iso - XR or something like that, he looks quite like golden fury) has a kolto cloud ability which would probably get his hps quite high. I'll try to parse him later that week when i have enough time and will post his hps here.
I just got one on my new character. I was really surprised to see the new heal setup. Companions seem to be a little slow on their heal responses, so I'm concerned that the merc like shot heal may not compare against the channeled heal that other companions have. If you find a reliable way of parsing heals at max level, let me know. I used to just do it on a sorc and consume, but thats no longer an option. It seems that now I'd need to get a fair number of ads beating on me in star fortress or zakul swamps..
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KevMeup
09.07.2016 , 11:03 AM | #77
Quote: Originally Posted by SteveTheCynic View Post
You should stick a note in there somewhere about the "guest companion" issue.

Apparently "guest" companions (i.e. haven't formally joined your crew) work correctly up to Influence rank 49, but if you push them all the way to rank 50(1), they suddenly start performing as if they are rank 1 again.

The solution, obviously, is to finish the class missions for the planet where you acquire them and do the post-planet holocommunicator / intercom conversation, at which point they cease to be guest companions. Once they are promoted to full companions, rank 50 works normally. Or, indeed, to realise that rank 3 or so more than suffices for all class and planetary arc content.

(1) Yes, apparently there are people who take the time and expense needed to get a companion all the way to rank 50 during the planet-of-acquisition. They come on the forums to complain about their companions being suddenly enfeebled.
Thats funny. Well, I can imagine just wanting a companion bad and quitting the story after. Like if I wanted Ashara for leveling. I've heard of people leveling up Darth Marr to 50 as well. I'll add a note to the bugs section.
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Tsetso
09.07.2016 , 12:15 PM | #78
Quote: Originally Posted by KevMeup View Post
I just got one on my new character. I was really surprised to see the new heal setup. Companions seem to be a little slow on their heal responses, so I'm concerned that the merc like shot heal may not compare against the channeled heal that other companions have. If you find a reliable way of parsing heals at max level, let me know. I used to just do it on a sorc and consume, but thats no longer an option. It seems that now I'd need to get a fair number of ads beating on me in star fortress or zakul swamps..
I intend to do it on the Balmora quest area where you need to collect some junk from a toxic swamp.

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Tsetso
09.07.2016 , 12:42 PM | #79
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I intend to do it on the Balmora quest area where you need to collect some junk from a toxic swamp.
Just tried it. Its single target heal is not that good:
Time till death Iso-5r Lana Ginx ( all 50 influence)
56s 1:54 1:55

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Methylium
09.07.2016 , 12:56 PM | #80
Quote: Originally Posted by Andyhipkiss View Post
Great thread and information, thanks for your hard work. You'ed be surprised how many people don't believe you when you tell them that a weapon barrel/hilt on a companion affects their DPS. [...].
Wasn't that one fixed? I can't see any difference now.