Here is a basic guide to one of Star Wars The Old Republic’s newest Warzones, ‘The Skyshredder’ set on the planet Vandin!
It is SWTOR’s third Huttball Warzone Map. The layout is loosely based on the original Huttball Map. But, it has a few little extras.
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Last UPDATED: 3rd October 2018 with some additions not included on PTS including the grapple platforms in pits.
I will keep this guide updated as best I can. Hopefully, it will help you understand this map a little better.
The Skyshredder is based on the original Huttball Map. It has the same basic layout but larger and there are more complicated paths and traps to navigate to get to the enemy line.
Match Length is 10 minutes (this was introduced in Game Update 5.9.2).
Navigating your way around this map is a little different to the original Huttball. It has some of the same features including walkways and pits near each end zone. but it also has an assortment of traps familiar and unfamiliar.
Here is a map showing everything of relevance (thank you very much to Theho for letting me use this map he made!)
- Green Skull – Poison
- Flame – Fire Trap
- Lightning – Electric Traps
- Green Rectangles – Acid Traps/Pools
The Fire and Acid Traps work the same here as they do in the original Huttball. More information on Traps can be found below.
- Electric Traps – stuns you in place and does a small tick of damage.
- Poison Traps – apply a dot to you that does major damage. It is healable (if you’re quick!)
There are two primary walkways. The one marked in maroon on the map and the one marked in light blue. The light blue walkway is above the maroon walkway.
Jump Pads/Air Vents
- Spawn Air Vents – take you to a specific spot as indicated on the map.
- Side Air Vents – take you to a specific spot as indicated on the map.
- Central Air Vents – these work differently to the others. There are four different locations these vents will place you (at random) defensively depending on which team you’re on as indicated on the map. Keep in mind that using the Central Air Vent could place you in a position which makes it easier for the enemy team to leap to you and in turn skip some traps. So be careful!
Note: using the Spawn Air Vents is the fastest way to get to mid!
The scoreboard is the same as any other Huttball Map.
It is basically a one-man Capture the Flag except it’s a ball and not a flag. In other words, it is like in Football (US & Rugby) where the aim is to take the ball to the enemies line to score. However not only are there walkways to navigate to get to the line, but there are also traps to slow you down and even kill you if you’re not too careful.
If you do not pass the ball within 45 seconds the ball explodes and you die resetting the ball in mid (this was introduced in Game Update 5.9.2).
The first Team to score 10 points wins but if one team scores 6 points higher than the other team, the match ends. For example in a 6-0 scenario, the match will end. (Increasing the max score to 10 was introduced in Game Update 5.9.2).
Traps and Hazards
There are a number of traps and hazards to look out for.
- Fire Traps – does major damage that will kill you in seconds if you stay in too long (same as ones in original Huttball).
- Acid Traps – does gradual damage but is only lethal if you stay in the pool too long (same as ones in original Huttball). There are four small pools of acid surrounding the Huttball Stand.
- NEW! Electric Traps – stuns you in place for a short duration and does an initial small tick in damage.
- NEW! Poison Traps – puts a dot on you that does 3-4 massive ticks in damage. It will likely kill you. Healers (who aren’t lagging) can heal through the damage it does. Some Cooldowns (healing centric) can also help you heal through it.
It also possible to get completely knocked off some sections of the Map. To combat this, you are given a Grapple Hook. It shows up on your temporary ability bar. If you also have the Huttball, it will show up to the right of the “Throw the Huttball’ Ability. You should be able to use the grapple hook even if you are ‘incapacitated’ from a knockback or push.
You can also use the Grapple Hook to get out of the pits. All you have to do is stand on one of the platforms and use the grapple ability. Once you use it, it goes on a 45-second cooldown. There are for platforms two in each pit below the scoreline.
Here are a few screenshots of the map from the final weekend of PTS testing.