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SWTOR News – December 2020 In-Game Events and Conquest Time Change

Here’s a look at all the in-game Events coming to Star Wars The Old Republic coming in December 2020 including the seasonal Life Day Event! Includes links to my existing Event Guides.

Event Schedule

  • Pirate Incursion – December 1 – 8
  • Rakghoul Resurgence on Tatooine – December 15 – 22
  • Life Day – December 15 – January 5, 2021
  • Nine Year Anniversary Vendor – December 15 – January 5, 2021
  • All Worlds Swoop Rally – December 22 – 29
  • Pirate Incursion – December 29 – January 5, 2021

Pirate Incursion

Date: December 1 – December 8, 2020 (BEGINS AND ENDS AT 10:00 AM PST/6:00 PM GMT
Requirement: Level 20+

The remote planet Dantooine has been thrust into the center of escalating hostilities between the Galactic Republic and the Sith Empire. Spurred on in secret by covert Imperial forces, the Nova Blade pirates have staged an all-out attack on the pastoral Republic world. As the Republic scrambles to defend this key territory at the edge of Imperial space, the Empire plans to capitalize on the chaos and deal a major blow to the longtime Republic bastion.


  • Nova Blade and Dantooine Homesteader Armor Sets
  • Ugnaught Companion
  • Walker Mount
  • Kath Hound Mount
  • Kath Hound Mini-pet
  • Dantooine-inspired Stronghold Decorations
  • …and more!

Check out my Dantooine Event Guide for details -> Dantooine Pirate Incursion Event Guide

Plus check out this page for all my Dantooine related Guides ->

Rakghoul Resurgence on Tatooine

Date: December 15 – December 22, 2020 (BEGINS AND ENDS AT 4:00 AM PST/12:00 PM GMT)
Requirement: Levels 25+

The Hyland Organization for Rakghoul Neutralization (T.H.O.R.N.) has issued an official level-2 emergency alert concerning an outbreak of the Rakghoul plague on Tatooine. Quarantines have been put in place to restrict traffic of the plague off-world, but exceptions will be made for individuals with priority clearance.

T.H.O.R.N. is recruiting qualified volunteer emergency responders to travel to affected areas to combat the spread of the Rakghoul plague. More information about the outbreak can be found by checking the News Terminals on the Republic or Imperial Fleet!

T.H.O.R.N. wishes to remind you that plague symptoms can be treated if they are identified in the early stages of infection. Whether or not you have travel plans, please consult your nearest trusted medical supply droid and get vaccinated!


  • Reputation with THORN
  • Merciless Seeker’s Armor Set
  • THORN Epicenter and Dark Vector Armor Sets
  • Outbreak Response Weapons
  • Alliance Contact – Doctor Lokin
  • Infected Varactyl and Infected Dewback Mounts
  • Ferocious Rakghoul Mini-pets
  • …and more!

New Life Day Items

Life Day

Date: December 15, 2020 – January 5, 2021 (BEGINS AND ENDS AT 4:00 AM PST/12:00 PM GMT)
Requirement: Levels 10+

It is that time of the year again – denizens across the galaxy get ready to celebrate Life Day! Special Missions like “A Special Snowflake”, “Parcel Droid”, and “Could Use a Good Hug” are available during this limited time. Throwing snowballs and participating in these Missions will earn players Snow-Covered Parcels, redeemable for unique rewards. Get out there, throw some snowballs, hug some Wookiees, and most importantly, have fun!


  • Sleigh I and J0-1Y Mounts
  • Wampa Rug, Snow Blower, and Freezer Unit Stronghold Decorations
  • Red, Blue, Pink, Green-Gold and more Holo-Trees
  • Several Character titles
  • … and more!

New Rewards on Anniversary Vendor

Nine Year Anniversary

Date: December 15, 2020 – January 5, 2021 (BEGINS AND ENDS AT 4:00 AM PST/12:00 PM GMT)
Requirement: Levels 10+

We are happy to celebrate out 9th anniversary on December 20th! To mark this milestone, a special “Anniversary Personnel” vendor can be found on the fleet with new Class Ship Stronghold Decorations. All previous anniversary rewards will also be available during this limited time as well. Alongside this, both the Coruscant and Dromund Kaas Strongholds will be available for only nine credits each!


  • Faction-based fireworks
  • Commemorative Statues of HK-51, Valkorian, and Malgus
  • Senya Holo-statue
  • Fireworks Celebratory Backpack
  • Several Stronghold Decoration posters
  • Class Ship Stronghold Decorations
  • … and more!

The All Worlds Swoop Rally Event

Date: December 22 – December 29, 2020 (BEGINS AND ENDS AT 4:00 AM PST/12:00 PM GMT)
Requirement: Levels 20+

In the growing shadow of war, swoop fans across the galaxy descend on Dantooine, Tatooine, and even Onderon for the sport’s biggest spectacle—The All Worlds Ultimate Swoop Rally! They’re packing the stands, eager to take their minds off their troubles and cheer their favorite swoop gangs. The bikers are here to take on dangerous challenge courses, show off their piloting skills, and flaunt their souped-up swoop bikes. The thunder of the engines, the deafening applause from the fans, the wind battering their helmets… there’s no bigger rush for these thrill seekers.

Despite their reputation as wild rebels whose makeshift courses disregard local districting restrictions, swoop gangs aren’t a serious threat to anyone–something all true swoop fans know! They just love adrenaline-pounding speed, sweet jumps, and big explosions, and the All Worlds Ultimate Swoop Rally combines all three in one crowd-pleasing package. The biggest gangs on the circuit — Horizon’s Razor, the Pit Screamers, and the Blatant Beks — are ready to show their fans a great time.


  • Swoop Rally Mounts (regular and gold versions)
  • Swoop Gang Outfits
  • Promotion Droid Mini-pets
  • Various Stronghold Decorations
  • …and more!

You can check my in-depth Guide here -> SWTOR All Worlds Ultimate Swoop Rally Event Guide

Pirate Incursion

Date: December 29, 2020 – January 5, 2021 (BEGINS AND ENDS AT 4:00AM PST/12:00PM GMT)
Requirement: Level 20+

The remote planet Dantooine has been thrust into the center of escalating hostilities between the Galactic Republic and the Sith Empire. Spurred on in secret by covert Imperial forces, the Nova Blade pirates have staged an all-out attack on the pastoral Republic world. As the Republic scrambles to defend this key territory at the edge of Imperial space, the Empire plans to capitalize on the chaos and deal a major blow to the longtime Republic bastion.


  • Nova Blade and Dantooine Homesteader Armor Sets
  • Ugnaught Companion
  • Walker Mount
  • Kath Hound Mount
  • Kath Hound Mini-pet
  • Dantooine-inspired Stronghold Decorations
  • …and more!

Check out my Dantooine Event Guide for details -> Dantooine Pirate Incursion Event Guide

Plus check out this page for all my Dantooine related Guides ->

Conquest Reset Time Change

The time Conquest commences is also changing. It will now be at the same time as the daily reset time.

Conquests will begin at 12:00 pm GMT, so the previous Conquest week will end at 11:00 am GMT to allow for the hour cooldown period between events.

This change was done to align all reset events (Operations, dailies etc.) so now everything including Conquest and Events will all have the same reset time. This will help prevent development issues that could arise and be more convenient for the players.

Read here for additional details ->


Dantooine Reputation Vendor Items

The Reputation Vendors for each respective faction can be found at each factions base. Rewards are identical on both.

The vast majority of items are bought with a Pirate Incursion exclusive event currency, “Dantooine Surveyors Notes” (DSNs). Unfortunately, this currency is bound to character.

See my Dantooine Pirate Incursion Event Guide for details on how to get Dantooine Surveyors Notes.

Item Lists

Lists of all the items on each factions Reputation Vendor.

Empire – Private Vausam
Republic – Alyava Thomcro


  • Dantooine Crop Harvester
  • Dantooine Stone Wall
  • Dantooine Stone Wall (Damaged)
  • Dantooine Stone Wall (Rubble)
  • Dantooine Tree (Large)
  • Dantooine Tree (Small)
  • Farm Fence
  • Farmer’s Cargo Transport
  • Freshly Plowed Soil
  • Homestead Rug
  • Melon Crops
  • Storage Silo
  • Tall Fruit Crops

Other Rewards

  • Ugnaught Companion Quik Vrik – “Fastest Hydrospanner in the Western Reaches” Contract
  • Dantooine Homesteader Armour Set
  • Nova Blade Gunner Armour Set
  • Nova Blade Walker
  • Steadfast Kath Hound (Mount)
  • Guard Hound (Kath Hound Pet)
  • Yarvok’s Gratitude

All the items listed with Cost and Reputation required to purchase.

DSN – Dantooine Surveyor’s Note.

Ugnaught CompanionLegend50 DSN
Dantooine Crop HarvesterChampion12 DSN
Dantooine Homesteader BandanaHero8 DSN
Dantooine Homesteader BeltNewcomer4 DSN
Dantooine Homesteader BootsHero8 DSN
Dantooine Homesteader BracersNewcomer4 DSN
Dantooine Homesteader GlovesFriend8 DSN
Dantooine Homesteader Pants Friend8 DSN
Dantooine Homesteader VestHero12 DSN
Dantooine Stone WallNewcomer 4 DSN
Dantooine Stone Wall (Damaged)Newcomer 4 DSN
Dantooine Stone Wall (Rubble)Newcomer 4 DSN
Dantooine Tree (Large)Friend8 DSN
Dantooine Tree (Small)Newcomer6 DSN
Farm FenceNewcomer4 DSN
Farmer’s Cargo TransportNewcomer6 DSN
Freshly Plowed SoilNewcomer6 DSN
Guard HoundHero25 DSN
Homestead RugNewcomer4 DSN
Melon CropsFriend8 DSN
Melon PlantFriend8 DSN
Nova Blade Gunner BeltNewcomer6 DSN
Nova Blade Gunner BootsHero12 DSN
Nova Blade Gunner BracersNewcomer6 DSN
Nova Blade Gunner GlovesFriend12 DSN
Nova Blade Gunner JacketHero18 DSN
Nova Blade Gunner MaskHero12 DSN
Nova Blade Gunner PantsFriend12 DSN
Nova Blade WalkerChampion50 DSN
Steadfast Kath HoundChampion50 DSN
Storage SiloNewcomer6 DSN
Tall Fruit CropsFriend8 DSN
Weak Dantooine Stone WallChampion 12 DSN
Yarvok’s GratitudeAchievement1 Credit

Item Previews

Armour Sets

Left – Nova Blade Gunner Armour Set, Right – Dantooine Homesteader Armour Set


Left – Kath Hound, Right – Nova Blade Walker


Quick Vrik


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Dantooine Pirate Incursion Event Guide

Here is my Pirate Incursion Event Guide. This a reoccurring event, located on Dantooine consists of doing dailies and weeklies to earn Reputation and Rewards.

Addionally here are some links to some other Dantooine related Guides, if you’re interested.

How to Participate in the Dantooine Event

All characters level 20+ can participate in this Event!

To participate in the Event, just travel straight to Dantooine and pick up the Dailies in your respective factions base or interact with the Terminal on the Fleet. Interacting with the Terminal on Fleet grants you a one-off Mission with some minor story to it (but only if you’ve completed the Ossus Story!).

Missions and Rewards

There are 6 Dailies for each faction and 3 Heroics shared by both factions all repeatable per day.


Daily Opening the Skies 14,220 Credits  1 Green 
Daily Marauder Manoeuvres 14,220 Credits 1 Green 
Daily Operation Starvation 14,220 Credits 1 Green 
Daily Dantooine Destabilisation 14,220 Credits 1 Green 
Daily Beneath Suspicion 14,220 Credits 1 Green 
Daily Explosive Assurances 14,220 Credits 1 Green 


Daily Broadside Barrage 14,220 Credits 1 Green 
Daily Dantooinian Restabilisation 14,220 Credits 1 Green 
Daily Spy Game 14,220 Credits 1 Green 
Daily Pirates. Again. 14,220 Credits 1 Green 
Daily Wreckage Inspection 14,220 Credits 1 Green 
Daily An Enemy Among Friends 14,220 Credits 1 Green 


Heroic 2 Shiny New Toy 29,862 Credits + 1 DSN* 1 Blue
Heroic 4 Beware of Hugo 29,862 Credits + 2 DSN* 1 Blue
Heroic 4 Reactor Ransom 29,862 Credits + 2 DSN* 1 Blue
[Daily]  Patrol: Dantooine 22,182 Credits + 1 DSN* 1 Blue
[Weekly] Event: Pirate Incursion 29,862 Credits + 2 DSN* 4 Purple

*Dantooine Surveyor’s Note – unique Event Currency

Bonuses reward 14,220 Credits and XP/Command XP.

Imperial Dailies

Beneath Suspicion

(Bonus) Mouse Droid Chaos

  • Use the Honk ability to distract Technicians for the ‘Distract Technicians’ bonus.
  • Blow up the carelessly stored Munitions
  • Rupture Water Main

When you are in close proximity to Republic technicians, use the Honk ability to count towards bonus completion.

Use Droid Control Terminal

The Droid Control Terminal is located in a small building indicated on the map below.

Droid Control Terminal Location
Mouse Droid Control Terminal

Once you activate the Droid Control Terminal, you control a Mouse Droid.

You get 3 abilities:

Honk – Proudly announce yourself to the world! (Cooldown 5s)
Scurry – A short burst of rodential speed. (Cooldown 5s)
Disconnect – Disconnect the Mouse Droid remote control.

Slice the Security Terminal

Click on the Security Terminal to slice it.

Find a way to the control room

There are hazards you have to navigate past to get to the Control Room. Going through water will fry your circuits and reset your droid. See images below on how to avoid the hazards.

North East Hazard
South Hazard

Inject Mainframe Virus

Click on the Republic Mainframe to inject it with the Virus.

Dantooine Destabilisation

(Bonus) Thin the Ranks – Defeat Republic Forces (15)

Scan Wind Turbines

Sabotage Wind Turbines

You can find Panels to click on to sabotage the Wind Turbines on the base of the Wind Turbines themselves.

Scan Republic Comm Center

Destroy Comm Receiver

You have to move fairly close to the Comm Receiver to be able to destroy it. When you are close enough, it will let you click it.

Find a Vantage Point

Once you get to this spot, the mission will progress to the next step.

Damage the Transport Rail

Click on the highlighted beam (pictured above) to damage the Transport Rail.

Scan Dam for Weakness

Analyse Structural Integrity

Stand in close proximity to the Structural Scan Points indicated on the map. Then, click on the Resonance Analyser in your Mission Tracker at each location.

Dam Map

Explosive Assurances

(Bonus) Kill Pirates – Defeat Nova Blades (10)

Deploy Mine Droids

Objective Location

Find the green clickable circles on the ground and click on them to deploy mine droids. There are also green arrows in the air indicating their locations.

There is a chance for Nova Blade NPC’s to spawn after deploying a Mine Droid.

Marauder Manoeuvres
  • Plant Tracker on Nova Blade Speeder
  • Plant Tracker on Nova Blade Speeder Bike
  • Plant Tracker on Nova Blade Ship
  • Loot Communicators from Nova Blades
Objective Locations

There are two locations on the map for each objective (though you only need to do each one once). Just click on each type of vehicle to plant the trackers.

Killing any Nova Blade NPC has a chance to drop the communicators.

Opening the Skies

Loot Officer Access Card and Slice AA Turrets

AA Turret Locations

By each turret is a Republic Commander NPC to kill. When you loot them, you’ll get an Access Card that will allow you to slice the AA Turret (click the highlighted blue terminal). You have to repeat this process for each AA Turret. Clicking on the blue terminal without the access card will do nothing.

Loot the Access Card from the Commander. Then you can click on the highlighted blue terminal to slice it.

Operation Starvation
  • Destroy Food Stockpiles
  • Defeat Republic Militia
  • Defeat Jedi

Killing both silver and gold Jedi NPC’s will count towards completion of this mission.

Killing the Dantooine Militia will count towards mission completion.

Food Stockpiles and Republic Militia NPC’s

If you’re on the one time Story Mission, there are additional steps to complete this Mission.

Republic Dailies

An Enemy Among Friends

Defeat Quartermaster Konnari

Kill the Boss in the instance. Then click on the datapad.

Travel to the Meeting Spot

Defeat the Traitor

Enter the building and kill the Traitor.

Broadside Barrage
  • Call Artillery on Pirate Ships (2)
  • Call Artillery on Pirate Camp (4)
  • Defeat Nova Blades (10)

Click on the ‘Artillery Beacon’ Temporary Ability in your Mission Tracker and place it on a Nova Blade Camp or Ship.

Defeating any Nova Blade NPC’s will count for Mission completion.

Dantooinian Restabilisation
  • Disarm Explosives (at the Dam)
  • Defeat Imperials near Comm Centre
  • Repair Turbine Regulator Units
West – Dam Explosives, Middle – Comm Centre, East – Turbine Units

Disarm Explosives at the Dam

Explosives can be found in multiple locations along the dam walkway. Click on them to disarm them.

Defeat Imperials near Comm Centre

Killing any Imperial within the vicinity to the Comm Centre should count towards mission completion.

Repair Turbine Regulator Units

Click on a Turbine Regulator Unit, found next to Wind Turbines, to repair it.

Pirates. Again.

Use the Turret Control Terminal inside the Republic Garrison

Defeat Nova Blade Attackers (40)

Kill 40 Nova Blade NPC’s using the Turret.

You get four different abilities to use.

Rapid Bolts – Fires a series of high powered shots (single target).
Missile Blast – Fires a pair of highly explosive missiles at a target location (placeable AOE).
Defence Boost – Creates a temporary barrier that protects against incoming damage (Defensive).
Relinquish Control – Relinquish control of the turret (removes you from Turret).

Once you have defeated 40 Nova Blades, you get teleported back outside the instance and the Mission is completed.

Spy Game

Scan Mine Locations

You do not need to be at the exact locations to scan the mines.

Stand roughly near the designated scan areas and scan the Imperial Droids

Use the Decloaking Device temporary ability in your mission tracker on the mine locations. You have to stand right near the centre of the green circle for it to work.

Wreckage Inspection

Locate the crashed transport

There are three different crashed transports you can go to (but you only need to go to one).

Inspect the Wreckage

Once you get close to a Crashed Transport, you’ll be able to click on the debris.

Recover Supplies from Imperial Pillagers

Defeat Imperial Pillagers and loot the supplies.


[Heroic 2] Shiny New Toy
  • Soloable – Yes, 2-manned with heal and DPS or two DPS plus companions.
  • Requirements – When soloing, mob management (CC’s, stuns, killing low health mobs first), minor companion micro-managing.
  • Comments – Mobs are harder to kill then the initial bosses (mini-bosses). The final boss can hit hard if you’re not careful.
  • Key Boss Mechanics – Use EMP Missiles to take down the Walker’s shield and stay out of the ‘shock and awe’ red circle (you can kite it) or interrupt it. You can also interrupt the shield cast for more DPS uptime on the Walker.
Pick up EMP Missiles from highlighted box.
[Heroic 4] Beware of Hugo
  • Soloable – Yes, easily 2-manned with healer and DPS or two DPS with companions.
  • Requirements – When soloing, mob management (CC’s, stuns, killing low health mobs first), major companion micro-managing on the Boss.
  • Comments – Mobs are pretty straight forward to deal with solo. Final two mobs can get ugly if you aggro both (which is easy to do, wait for the walking one to walk back to the mob group closest to gate before attacking second last mob). Alternatively, you can skip the final 2 mobs and just click straight on the gate and teleport all group members to the boss. Hugo is tedious and painful but soloable.
  • Key Boss Mechanics – Bleeding Effect at 5 stacks really hurts. Taking your Companion in and out of combat can help reduce the stacks they get. The boss seems to switch aggro a fair bit though. Don’t stand in his cleave ability if you have 5 stacks.
Watch out for the Bleeding Effect.
[Heroic 4] Reactor Ransom

There are two different ways to complete this Heroic. Pay the ransom to Yavok or kill Yavok.

To pay the Ransom, all you have to do is click on the Droid in the entryway of the Heroic, buy the ransom item for 15 million Credits then use it.

To proceed with the Heroic and kill Yavok, click on the Locking Mechanism terminal, kill the mobs and then Yavok.

  • Soloable – Possibly, but can be 2-manned with a DPS and Healer plus companions or 2 DPS with healing companions
  • Requirements – When soloing, mob management (CC’s, stuns, killing low health mobs first) t, minor companion micro-management
  • Comments – The mobs are straight forward to manage, the boss can be tanked and spanked pretty easily with good heals.
  • Key Boss Mechanics – The circle Yavok puts on the aggroed player does a fair bit of damage. Everything else was ignorable when 2-manning. Make sure the beam ability doesn’t hit the conduit pillar thing in the centre of the room!

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5 Things to do on Dantooine

Dantooine is finally coming to Star Wars The Old Republic on May 28th as part of Game Update 5.10.3. The main highlight of 5.10.3 is the new Pirate Incursion Event (on Dantooine). But there is more to this backwater world then meets the eye.

Here are some of the things you can do while dodging blaster fire from pirates and raining debris from space battles.

Go on a Treasure Hunt

Arrrrrrr maties! If ye find all the clues, some treasurrrrrre therrrrrrrre may be! But be wary, you may need a spyglass (or both your eyes intact, natural or cybernetic) to spot the first one.

Sample the Local Cuisine

Sure there may be battles raging around you and in the sky above, but why not take the time to sample some local delicacies? I’m sure the pirates won’t mind (though you may have to kill a few first). Try some tasty Kath Hound Shanks or sample some Bloatgourd fruit among other things.

Local Mystery – The Well

To jump or not to jump, that is the question. Although if you’re Republic scum being chased by some Pirates or Imperials, it may offer you a quick escape (death). Cowards.

See the Sights

Gaze upon the ruins of the long-neglected Jedi Enclave. Though it said that salvaging efforts have turned a tidy profit. But alas, it is quite a dangerous place. So it’s best viewed from a distance.

Visit Polly’s Island

If you dare. There may be more to this island then meets the eye. So tread carefully lest you end up like one of these crispy souls.

There is more to do on Dantooine, of course. All that’s needed is a keen eye and a sense of adventure!

Now that you’ve seen a tease of what’s to come, what are you most looking forward to about Dantooine?

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The Golden Dupe – How to lose 150 Million Credits in The Old Republic

Now here’s a story about how my character got a ‘golden glow’ in Star Wars The Old Republic.

Shiny, right?

It all started when I went to check out the Reputation Vendor on Dantooine after the 5.10.3 PTS was patched. Among an assortment of new additions to the vendor, I found this curious item, ‘Yarvok’s Gratitude’, which gave little away as to its purpose (or so I thought).

Not being able to find the achievement, to get the item, listed among the other Dantooine Achievements (it’s hardly the only hidden achievement on Dantooine), I proceeded to test the dailies…Again…

Then I decided to finally take a crack at the final Heroic 4 I hadn’t tried yet ‘Reactor Ransom’. But, instead of doing the hard yards, I thought I’d see what would happen if I just paid the ransom.

So I clicked on the droid inside the Heroic, saw the 15 million credit price tag and thought, ‘It’s just going to be a one-time thing for ‘The Easy Way’ achievement–why not?’

Narrator: It was not to be a one -time thing.

I got the achievement I wanted. But there was a catch. It unlocked another achievement, the achievement I couldn’t find earlier, ‘The Golden Dream’, to get the item on the vendor.

And what did I have to do to get the mystery item?

Pay the ransom 10 times.

10 times.

150 Million Credits.

So for curiosities sake, I made the sacrifice. I did the Heroic (paid the ransom) nine more times on various alts and bam! I completed the achievement and got the mystery item, ‘Yarvok’s Gratitude’, in the mail (if you want it on your alts, just buy it from the Dantooine Reputation Vendor for 1 measly Credit).

‘They said it was ridiculous. That it couldn’t be done. That Yarvok’s dreams could only ever be dreams. Well, as the new co-owner of Star Cluster, Yarvok says to those who doubted him what he has always said: Hand over the money or I’ll shoot!’ – Brought to you by the Yarvok Corporation.

So what does it do? It literally makes you glow gold. Hence ‘The Golden Dream’. The golden glow lasts for 30 seconds and does a little animation when you activate it. You can click on ‘Yarvok’s Gratitude’ (and even put it on your skill bar) whenever you want to activate it. But, if it is already active, it won’t do the animation again, you have to click it off your buff bar to see the animation again.

Here’s another image for good measure.

For a mere 150 Million Credits (or 37.5 Million if you split it with three other people), you too can give your character a golden glow when the Dantooine Pirate Incursion Event launches with Game Update 5.10.3 on June 4th!