Game Update 5.10 252-258 Gearing Guide

There is a new Tier of Gear being introduced to The Old Republic in Game Update 5.10. It consists of two gear ratings, 252 and 258. Here is my Guide to how you can get the gear. 


  • Basics
    • Crafting
    • Masterwork Data Crystals
      • Ossus Reputation
    • Command Crates
  • 252 Gear
    • 252 Gear Vendor – Ossus
    • Weekly Lockbox 
    • Command Crate Drops
  • 258 Gear
    • 258 Gear Vendor – Ossus
    • Crafting
    • HM Queen – 258 Weapons


There are four key ways to get the new gear.

  • Crafting (258 only)
    • NIM GOTM (258 Schematics and new Mats)
    • Ranked PvP (new Mats + Ossus Reputation Tokens)
  • Masterwork Data Crystals (252 & 258 Gear)
  • Tier 3+ Command Crates (very rare chance of 252 Gear and some new Mats)
  • HM Queen (258 Mainhands and Offhand Weapons)

Crafting is the least accessible way to get 258 gear. This method of gearing is only really viable for NIM Raiders and those with tens of millions of credits to spare.

You can only get the schematics to craft 258 Gear from defeating bosses in NIM GOTM.

Most of the mats required to craft 258 Gear can only be found in NIM GOTM. However, some of the mats required are only earned through other content

You can read more about crafting 258 Gear in my Game Update 5.10 258 Crafted Gear Guide.

Masterwork Data Crystals

You use Masterwork Data Crystals earned from completing various content to buy 252 and 258 gear on Ossus. However, this gear is Reputation (Ossus) locked. Buying 258 Gear also requires the 252 Gear Piece Shell.

Masterwork Data Crystals are character bound and the cap is 100 per character.

Here is how you can earn Masterwork Data Crystals.

Source Description Reward
[Weekly] Masterwork Data Crystal Defeat both world bosses on Ossus OR Gain 50 Group Ranked Points 1 MDC
Weekly Event SM Ops, MM FPS, GSF & PvP (Ranked & Unranked) 1 MDC
Command Crates A very rare chance to drop from Tier 3 + Command Crates 1 MDC
Unassembled Components 1st time – 500 Unassembled Components 1 MDC
  2nd time – 1000 Unassembled Components 1 MDC

Unassembled Components can be traded by the Mysterious Smuggler for Master Work Data Crystals. Note you can only do it twice per character, per week. 

The Weekly Event Mission can be picked up from the Courier Droid in your factions base Ossus. Note you do not need to have completed the story to be able to pick up the mission.

Ossus Reputation

You can earn Ossus Reputation not just from doing the Ossus Dailies and Weekly, but also from Ranked PvP.

Here is how you can earn Ossus Reputation.

Ossus Daily Area

Missions Description Reputation Reward
Ossus Daily Area Weekly Complete 10 Dailies. 1 Encrypted Data Disks (Purple)
Heroic Weekly Complete 3 Heroics. 2 Encrypted Data Disks (Purple)
[Heroic] There are three Heroics in total. 1 Geonosian Power Cell (Blue)
[Daily] Patrol: Ossus Complete 5 dailies.

 1 Geonosian Power Cell (Blue)


There are 12 Dailies in total.

1 Recollection of a Jedi Knight (Green)

Most of the Dailies can be picked up in your respective faction’s base. However, some are found out on Ossus at your various factions outposts/taxi points.

Ranked PvP

Mission Description Reputation Reward
Solo Ranked PvP Daily My Kind of Scum 1 Geonosian Power Cell (Blue)
Solo Ranked PvP Weekly Time for Pain! 2 Encrypted Data Disks (Purple)
Group Ranked PvP Daily Arena of Death! 2 Geonosian Power Cell (Blue)
Group Ranked PvP Weekly Go Berserk! 4 Encrypted Data Disks (Purple)
Command Crates

There is a very rare chance to earn 252 Rated Gear and some Mats needed to Craft 258 Rated Gear from Tier 3+ Command Crates.

252 Gear

252 Gear Vendor – Ossus

252 Rated Gear requires Ossus Reputation Rank between Outsider and Hero, depending on the gear piece.

  • Imperial 252 Gear Vendor – Lord Fural
  • Republic 252 Gear Vendor – Major Pucenisco
Item – Rating Masterwork Data Crystals Reputation
Ear – 252 2 MDC Outsider
Implants – 252 2 MDC Newcomer
Relics – 252 2 MDC Hero
Bracer – 252 2 MDC Outsider
Head – 252 2 MDC Friend
Chest – 252 2 MDC Friend
Gloves – 252 2 MDC Newcomer
Belt – 252 2 MDC Outsider
Pants – 252 2 MDC Friend
Boots – 252 2 MDC Newcomer
Main Hand – 252 2 MDC Hero
Offhand – 252 2 MDC Hero

Weekly Lockbox

The Ossus Daily Area Weekly Mission (complete 10 Dailies) will allow you to pick from one of three lockboxes which contain a piece of 252 Rated Gear.

  • Artifact Lockbox (Lower Body) – Waist, Legs, Feet, or Relic
  • Artifact Lockbox (Tech) – Main Hand, Offhand, Head, or Ear
  • Artifact Lockbox (Upper Body) – Chest, Wrists, Hands, or Implant

Command Crate Drops

252 Rated Gear has a very rare chance to drop from Tier 3 + Command Crates.

258 Gear

258 Gear Vendor – Ossus

258 Rated Gear requires Ossus Reputation Rank of Champion or Legend, depending on the gear piece. Each piece costs 3-4 Masterwork Data Crystals and the matching piece of 252 gear (just the shell).

  • Imperial 258 Gear Vendor – Lord Bay’lor
  • Republic 258 Gear Vendor – Captain Anfel
Item Rating Cost Reputation
Ear – 258 3 MDC + 252 Ear Champion
Implants – 258 3 MDC + 252 Implant Champion
Relics – 258 3 MDC + 252 Relic Legend
Bracer – 258 3 MDC + 252 Bracer Champion
Head – 258 4 MDC + 252 Head Legend
Chest – 258 4 MDC + 252 Chest Legend
Gloves – 258 3 MDC + 252 Gloves Champion
Belt – 258 3 MDC + 252 Belt Champion
Pants – 258 4 MDC + 252 Pants Legend
Boots – 258 3 MDC + 252 Boots Champion

Reminder 258 Mainhands and Offhands are not available in Game Update 5.10.


You can only craft 258 Rated Gear from schematics earned from NIM GOTM. Most of the mats required to craft 258 Gear also come from NIM GOTM. However, some mats require doing other content or already exist in the game.

Here’s a list of mats:

Mats How to get them
Ancient Tome 100,000 Credits & 65 Relics of Ossus
Superior Resource Matrix Conquest
Charged Matter Transubstantiator Ranked PvP or Command Crates
Ossan Assembly Component  Crafting Schematic, 8,235 Credits from any Crafting Trainer
Forgotten Curio NIM GOTM
Forgotten Transformer NIM GOTM
Forgotten Memento NIM GOTM
Forgotten Bindings NIM GOTM
Forgotten Strand NIM GOTM
Relics of Ossus Ossus Daily Currency

Note all the new mats can be sold on the GTN.

For full details on how to craft 258 Gear, check out my 258 Crafted Gear Guide.

HM Queen – 258 Mainhands and Offhands

Defeating the Mutated Geonosian Queen Instanced Boss on Ossus drops the mat required to craft the 258 Weapons. you can buy the schematics to craft the weapons on Ossus.

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