Level 80 Item Modifications Vendors
Game Update 7.1,  Star Wars The Old Republic

Game Update 7.1 Level 80 Item Modifications Guide

With every new expansion in Star Wars The Old Republic comes changes to the gearing system. One of the major letdowns with Game Update 7.0 was the lack of Item Modifications. With Game Update 7.1, Bioware has added Level 80 Item Modifications for select Item Rating Tiers. Here is a guide on how to get access to them.

To be added soon – specific info about stats for all classes/roles.


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Important Information about Level 80 Item Modifications

There are a couple of things to note before you get started.

  • There are certain requirements that must be met to gain access to the Item Modification Missions.
  • It is likely intentional that only enhancements are artifact (purple) quality and every other modification type is only prototype (blue) quality (you can also get prototype quality enhancements).

How to get Item Modifications at Level 80 in Game Update 7.1

Item Modifications are now available at Item Rating 328 and 330 and can be purchased from a vendor with Credits. However, to gain access to the Item Modification Vendor, you have to complete Missions. Speak to Hyde who can be found in the supplies section of your factions Fleet to get started.

SWTOR Level 80 Item Modification Vendor Location Map Imperial Fleet
SWTOR Level 80 Item Modification Vendor Location Imperial Fleet
SWTOR Level 80 Item Modification Vendor Location Map Republic Fleet
SWTOR Level 80 Item Modification Vendor Location Republic Fleet

Level 80 Item Modifications Mission Access Requirements

To be able to pick up the Missions from Hyde, you must meet the following requirements.

  • Must have gear equipped above Item Rating 324.

How to Complete the Item Modifications Missions

When you speak to Hyde, you will eventually get to choose from four different missions.

  • 328 Prototype Modifications
  • 328 Artifact Modifications
  • 330 Prototype Modifications
  • 330 Artifact Modifications
SWTOR Game Update 7.1 Level 80 Item Modifications Missions
Item Modification Missions

You need to pick a mission that matches the gear you have ready to deconstruct. For example, if you have a 328 Thyrsian PvP Gear piece, you can pick the 328 Prototype or 328 Artifact Mission.

Deconstructing Gear

Once you pick your mission, deconstruct any piece of gear that matches or is higher than the required item quality and item rating. The mission description will give you more details. It does not have to be an armour piece. Deconstructing gear pieces such as an Earpiece will progress the missions as well.

The Table below shows the gearing paths that have the item rating and quality of gear needed to access modifications.

SWTOR Game Update 7.1 Level 80 Item Modifications Gear Path Deconstruction Table

Note: You cannot deconstruct Legendary Implants.

SWTOR Game Update 7.1 Prototype 328 Item Modifications Mission
SWTOR Game Update 7.1 Artifact 328 Item Modifications Mission

Once you deconstruct the piece of gear that meets the requirements, return to Hyde and talk to them. Once you finish the conversation you will have access to the Item Modification Vendor, Zeek.

You will need to complete both missions at each Item Rating to get full access to the Modifications at that Item Rating Tier.

  • Prototype Mission (328 & 330): this gives you access to all prototype (blue) item quality Mods, Armourings, Enhancements, Barrells and Hilts at both 328 and 330 Item Rating.
  • Artifact Mission (328 & 330): gives you access to artifact (purple) item quality enhancements only (this is likely intentional) at both 328 and 330 Item Rating.

Level 80 Item Modifications Costs

Modifications cost Credits. You may need to select ‘All’ using the dropdown menu to see all the available Item Modifications.

SWTOR Level 80 Item Modification Vendor Role Selection

The costs are as follows.

  • Prototype Modifications – 100,000 Credits each
  • Artifact Enhancements – 200,000 Credits each

Here is the full inventory of modifications available at 328 and 330 once all missions are completed.

SWTOR Game Update 7.1 Level 80 Item Modifications Vendor Items
SWTOR Game Update 7.1 Level 80 Item Modifications Vendor Items
SWTOR Game Update 7.1 Level 80 Item Modifications Vendor Items
SWTOR Game Update 7.1 Level 80 Item Modifications Vendor Items

Total Cost

Here is a breakdown of how many credits it will cost to fully equip one character with Item Modifications at both Item Rating 328 and 330.

  • Armourings – 100,000 x 9 – 900,000 Credits
  • Mods – 100,000 x 9 = 900,000 Credits
  • Enhancements – 200,000 x 9 – 1,800,000 Credits

Total Cost = 3,600,000 Credits


Level 80 Item Modifications Stats (328 and 330)

Here is a look at the stats of the various Item Modifications.

Item Rating 328

SWTOR Level 80 Item Rating 328 Versatile Armouring
SWTOR Level 80 Item Rating 328 Resistive Armouring
SWTOR Level 80 Item Rating 328 Lethal Mod
SWTOR Level 80 Item Rating 328 Warding Mod
SWTOR Level 80 Item Rating 328 Adept Enhancement
SWTOR Level 80 Item Rating 328 Vigilant Enhancement

Item Rating 330

SWTOR Level 80 Item Rating 330 Versatile Armouring
SWTOR Level 80 Item Rating 330 Resistive Armouring
SWTOR Level 80 Item Rating 330 Lethal Mod
SWTOR Level 80 Item Rating 330 Warding Mod
SWTOR Level 80 Item Rating 330 Adept Enhancement
SWTOR Level 80 Item Rating 330 Vigilant Enhancement

Prototype versus Artifact Enhancements

Here is a comparison of Prototype (Blue) and Artifact (Purple) quality Enhancement stats.

Item Rating 328 Alacrity Enhancements

SWTOR Level 80 Item Rating 328 Nimble Enhancement
SWTOR Level 80 Item Rating 328 Savant Enhancement

Item Rating 330 Alacrity Enhancements

SWTOR Level 80 Item Rating 330 Nimble Enhancement
SWTOR Level 80 Item Rating 330 Savant Enhancement

As you can see from the above images, the artifact (purple) quality enhancements have more power and less endurance while the prototype (blue) enhancements have more endurance and less power. However the Tertiary tat (Alacrity) remain the same.

For DPS and Healers Artifact Enhancements are best in slot (BiS).


How does the Level 80 Item Modifications Stat Budget compare to Unmoddable Gear?

When you add up the Item Modifications stat budget versus static/unmoddable gear stat budget, the amount of stats you get from item modifications are identical to the BiS unmoddable gear of each tier.

328 Versatile Armouring (Blue)

  • 592 Mastery
  • 517 Endurance

328 Lethal Mod (Blue)

  • 489 Mastery
  • 398 Endurance
  • 430 Power

328 Adept Enhancement (Purple)

  • 363 Endurance
  • 398 Power
  • 543 Alacrity

Thyrsian 328 Med-Tech Chest

  • 1081 Mastery
  • 1278 Endurance
  • 828 Power
  • 543 Alacrity

Total Modification Stat Budget Combined

  • 1081 Mastery
  • 1278 Endurance
  • 828 Power
  • 543 Alacrity

At item rating 328, Thyrsian (PvP) and Rakata (NIM PvE) gear is the best static gear you can get. Rakata (NIM PvE) gear is the best static gear you can get at 330 Item Rating.


Are Item Modifications Worth it in Game Update 7.1?

Ultimately the modification system should be treated like a catch-up system for newer or returning players (assuming you have the credits). It also provides a way to get gear for content you don’t do much. For example, if you mainly PvP, you can get gear for PvE much faster than doing Nefra farms. All you need are two 330 Rakata pieces (one for each 330 Mission) then you get full access to all 330 Item Rating Level Modifications.

Two PvP Player Examples

A PvPer who saved their weekly crates in the lead-up to Game Update 7.1 should be able to get full 328 gear spending very little currency (on offhand and relics). This type of player needn’t rush to replace their gear with modifications. Especially since there is no difference between modded and unmodded gear.

A PvPer who has not played the game much over the past couple of months or more would gear faster by purchasing modifications. This player is less likely to have Weekly Crates saved and/or very little currency.


What Level 80 Item Modifications Should I Get?

What Item Modifications you should aim to get depends on the content you do and your role.

If you are a PvPer, you can only go up to 328 Item Rating Modifications. This is because level-sync/bolster in instanced PvP is capped at 328 Item Rating. If your overall Item Rating goes above 328, the bolster will reduce your stats.

If you do PvE content, you should aim to get 330 Item Modifications. You will need at least one Rakata Gear Piece at 330 Item Rating to deconstruct to access Artifact Enhancements.


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