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Limited Time SWTOR and Star Wars Squadrons Cross-Promotion

With the recent release of Star Wars Squadrons comes, limited time, cross-promotion opportunities with Star Wars The Old Republic. Players who play both games now have the chance to gain some additional rewards.

In The Old Republic, simply redeem the code SQUADRONS on your account at www.swtor.com/redeem-code and receive a mount that’s inspired by Vanguard Squadron straight in the mail. You only have until January 28th, 2021 (9 am PST) to redeem this code.

You can earn Old Republic era inspired rewards in Squadrons too. Simply go to your hangar and you can use your Glory points to unlock cosmetics in the Hanging Flair section when customising your starfighters. There’s one for the New Republic and one for the Empire.


Remember you only have a limited amount of time to redeem the SWTOR reward so get on it ASAP!

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‘Star Wars The Old Republic’ featured in Lucasfilm Gaming Sizzle Reel

Star Wars recently announced Lucasfilm Gaming as the reformed central entity for all Star Wars Video Games titles.

StarWars.com is thrilled to reveal that Lucasfilm Games is now the official identity for all gaming titles from Lucasfilm, a name that encompasses the company’s rich catalogue of video games and its eye toward the future. 

To accompany the announcement was a sizzle reel (video) celebrating various past and present Star Wars video games. Among the footage of various Star Wars Games and game collaborations were clips from the one and only Star Wars MMORPG, Star War The Old Republic.

All the footage was from content already released. Most of it was from the Knights of the Eternal Throne ‘Betrayed’ Trailer but there was one brief in-game clip from Onslaught as well.

Here are screengrabs of all The Old Republic footage shown in the Sizzle Reel with timestamps.

KOTET Logo (0:26)
KOTET – Senya on Nathema (0:27)
KOTET – Senya facing off against the zealots (0:28)
KOTET – Senya facing off against the zealots (0:29)
KOTET – Senya fighting the zealots (1:31)
Onslaught – Darth Malgus encounter in the Objective Meridian Flashpoint (Republic) (1:34)

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SWTOR Beginner Tips and Advice – Which Class Should you Play?

Are you a new or returning player to Star Wars The Old Republic? Having trouble deciding which class to play? Well, I’m here to help!

There are multiple questions to consider when choosing which class to play in The Old Republic. These can be boiled down into three broad categories.

Do you want to choose your class based on combat ability or proficiency? Or do you want to choose a class based on Star Wars story and/or lore? Or do you want to choose a class based on aesthetics? Or even a mix of all three?

Before we delve into the various questions, lets quickly breakdown how classes work in The Old Republic.


What is a Class?

There are a total of 8 base classes in The Old Republic. Four per faction with two force-user classes and 2 non-force user classes. Unlike most MMO’s, class names and abilities look different based on the faction you choose.

The base classes per faction.

Imperial

  • Sith Warrior
  • Sith Inquisitor
  • Bounty Hunter
  • Imperial Agent

Republic

  • Jedi Knight
  • Jedi Consular
  • Trooper
  • Smuggler

Each base class has two advanced classes to choose from. Note you must now choose your advanced class during character creation (in earlier updates, you chose your advanced class at level 10).

Imperial

  • Sith Warrior
    • Sith Marauder
    • Sith Juggernaut
  • Sith Inquisitor
    • Sith Sorcerer
    • Sith Assassin
  • Bounty Hunter
    • Powertech
    • Mercenary
  • Imperial Agent
    • Operative
    • Sniper

Republic

  • Jedi Knight
    • Jedi Guardian
    • Jedi Sentinel
  • Jedi Consular
    • Jedi Sage
    • Jedi Shadow
  • Trooper
    • Commando
    • Vanguard
  • Smuggler
    • Gunslinger
    • Scoundrel

Each advanced class then has three Disciplines to choose from. These disciplines are either a Tank, Heal or Damage based.

  • Sith Marauder (DPS)
    • Annihilation
    • Carnage
    • Fury
  • Sith Juggernaut
    • Immortal (Tank)
    • Vengeance (DPS)
    • Rage (DPS)
  • Sith Sorcerer
    • Corruption (Heal)
    • Lightning (DPS)
    • Madness (DPS)
  • Sith Assassin
    • Darkness (Tank)
    • Deception (DPS)
    • Hatred (DPS)
  • Powertech
    • Shield Tech (Tank)
    • Pyrotech (DPS)
    • Advanced Prototype (DPS)
  • Mercenary
    • Bodyguard (Heals)
    • Arsenal (DPS)
    • Innovative Ordinance (DPS)
  • Operative
    • Medicine (Heals)
    • Concealment (DPS)
    • Lethality (DPS)
  • Sniper (DPS)
    • Engineering
    • Marksmanship
    • Virulence
  • Jedi Sentinel (DPS)
    • Watchman
    • Combat
    • Concentration
  • Jedi Guardian
    • Defence (Tank)
    • Vigilance (DPS)
    • Focus (DPS)
  • Jedi Sage
    • Seer (Heal)
    • Telekinetics (DPS)
    • Balance (DPS)
  • Jedi Shadow
    • Kinetic Combat (Tank)
    • Infiltration (DPS)
    • Serenity (DPS)
  • Vanguard
    • Shield Specialist (Tank)
    • Plasmatech (DPS)
    • Tactics (DPS)
  • Commando
    • Combat Medic (Heals)
    • Gunnery (DPS)
    • Assault Specialist (DPS)
  • Scoundrel
    • Sawbones (Heals)
    • Scrapper (DPS)
    • Ruffian (DPS)
  • Gunslinger (DPS)
    • Saboteur
    • Sharpshooter
    • Dirty Fighting

Now that you have a breakdown of Class structure in SWTOR, you’re probably wondering, how on earth am I supposed to pick a class? Well, I’m here to help you make that choice! Alternatively, you can skip to the end to see my recommendations, if you prefer.


Choosing a Class Based on Combat Ability

This section is for experienced gamers. If you’re not all that familiar with or experienced with gaming or are more interested in lore and aesthetics, you can skip down to those sections.

There are plenty of combat-related questions to draw on when considering which class to play based on your previous gaming experience.

  • Do you prefer melee or ranged classes?
  • Do you prefer to play as a Tank, Healer or DPS (Damage)?
  • Do you want your abilities to be Force (magic) based or weapon-based abilities?
  • Do you prefer to deal DOT (damage over time) damage or direct damage?
  • What end-game content do you want to do?
  • Would you rather play an underdog class or an OP class?
  • Would you prefer to start out with an easy class to play and learn or a harder class?

Tables

Melee and Ranged Classes

Here are lists of all classes/advanced classes based on if they are melee or ranged. For melee classes, you generally have to be within 4-10 metres of the target to affect it. For ranged classes, you generally have to be within 30-35 metres of the target to affect it. There is some overlap, of course, but broadly speaking here is how the classes are categorised.

Imperial Melee

  • Sith Warrior – all advanced classes and disciplines
  • Sith Assassin – all disciplines
  • Powertech – all disciplines
  • Operative – all disciplines

Imperial Ranged

  • Sith Sorcerer – all disciplines
  • Mercenary – all disciplines
  • Sniper – all disciplines

Republic Melee

  • Jedi Knight – all advanced classes and disciplines
  • Jedi Shadow – all disciplines
  • Vanguard – all disciplines
  • Smuggler – all disciplines

Republic Ranged

  • Jedi Sage – all disciplines
  • Commando – all disciplines
  • Gunslinger – all disciplines

Tank, Heal or DPS?

Here is a list of all advanced classes and disciplines based on if they are a Tank, Heal or DPS role.

IMPERIAL

  • Tank
    • Juggernaut – Immortal
    • Assassin – Darkness
    • Powertech – Shield Tech
  • Heal
    • Sorcerer- Corruption
    • Mercenary – Bodyguard
    • Operative – Medicine
  • DPS
    • Marauder – All Disciplines
    • Juggernaut
      • Vengeance
      • Rage
    • Sorcerer
      • Lightning
      • Madness
    • Assassin
      • Deception
      • Hatred
    • Mercenary
      • Arsenal
      • Innovative Ordinance
    • Powertech
      • Pyrotech
      • Advanced Prototype
    • Operative
      • Concealment
      • Lethality
    • Sniper – All Disciplines

REPUBLIC

  • Tank
    • Guardian – Defence
    • Shadow – Kinetic Combat
    • Vanguard – Shield Specialist
  • Heal
    • Sage – Seer
    • Commando – Combat Medic
    • Scoundrel – Sawbones
  • DPS
    • Sentinel – All Disciplines
    • Guardian
      • Vigilance
      • Focus
    • Sage
      • Telekinetics
      • Balance
    • Shadow
      • Infiltration
      • Serenity
    • Commando
      • Gunnery
      • Assault Specialist
    • Vanguard
      • Plasmatech
      • Tactics
    • Scoundrel
      • Scrapper
      • Ruffian
    • Gunslinger – All Disciplines

Force or non-force user?

Here is a list of all force and non-force user base classes. Each base class has its own type of resource to manage based on whether they are force or non-force users.

Force Users

  • Sith Warrior/Jedi Knight
  • Sith Inquisitor/Jedi Sage

Non-Force Users

  • Bounty Hunter/Trooper
  • Imperial Agent/Smuggler

DOT or Direct Damage

Here is a list of all Disciplines based on whether they primarily have DOT or direct damage abilities. There is, of course, some overlap with some of these classes abilities’.

DOT DAMAGE IMPERIAL

  • Marauder – Annihilation
  • Juggernaut – Vengeance
  • Sorcerer – Madness
  • Assassin – Hatred
  • Powertech – Pyrotech
  • Mercenary – Innovative Ordinance
  • Operative – Lethality
  • Sniper – Virulence

DIRECT DAMAGE IMPERIAL

  • Marauder – Carnage
  • Marauder – Fury
  • Juggernaut – Rage
  • Sorcerer – Lightning
  • Assassin – Deception
  • Powertech – Advanced Prototype
  • Mercenary – Arsenal
  • Operatie – Concealment
  • Sniper – Marksmanship
  • Sniper – Engineering

DOT DAMAGE REPUBLIC

  • Sentinel – Watchman
  • Guardian – Focus
  • Sage – Balance
  • Shadow – Serenity
  • Vanguard – Plasmatech
  • Commando – Assault Specialist
  • Smuggler – Ruffian
  • Gunslinger – Dirty Fighting

DIRECT DAMAGE IMPERIAL

  • Sentinel – Combat
  • Sentinel – Concentration
  • Guardian – Vigilance
  • Sage – Telekinetics
  • Shadow – Infiltration
  • Vanguard – Tactics
  • Commando – Gunnery
  • Smuggler – Scrapper
  • Gunslinger – Sharpshooting
  • Gunslinger – Saboteur

What Endgame Content do you want to do?

Depending on what endgame content you wish to do, you may have better luck or an easier time getting into that content depending on the role or class you choose.

If you want to get into endgame raiding, obviously Tank and Healer classes are going to be in more demand than DPS. Tanks and healers indeed becoming increasingly more scarce and harder to fill for raid groups. When it comes to DPS it comes down to knowing your class in pulling high numbers and currently you can’t away with

In PvP, however, things are a little different. DPS and Healers are obviously useful but tanks, not so much. Instead, skank tanks are favoured as they can taunt and guard while being able to deal a good amount of damage.

In the game in its current state, you can get into endgame content with pretty much any class. If you take the time to know and understand your class, you will do well.


Underdog and OP Classes

Now, this is a bit more subjective than all the other queries so far. But this should give you an idea of what classes are desirable or not so desirable in certain types of content. Just because a class is considered to be an underdog class doesn’t mean it can’t perform well in the right hands.

When it comes to PvP it’s a bit more of a mixed bag. For unranked PvP, any Discipline can do really well. In Ranked PvP however, where DPS and utility are extremely important, it is very punishing for certain Disciplines to participate in Ranked. But ultimately to be successful in PvP you need to know your class inside and out and that takes practice.

PvE OP Classes

  • DPS
    • Powertech/Vanguard – Both DPS Disciplines
    • Sorcerer – Lightning/Sage – Telekinetics
  • Tank
    • Assassin – Darkness/Shadow -Kinetic Combat
  • Heals
    • Mercenary – Bodyguard/Commando – Combat Medic
    • Operative – Medicine/Scoundrel -Sawbones

PvP OP Classes

  • DPS
    • Sniper – Marksman or Engineering/Gunslinger –
    • Powertech – Advanced Prototype/Vanguard – Tactics

PvE Underdog Classes

  • DPS
    • Marauder – Carnage/Sentinel – Combat
    • Sniper – Marksman/Gunslinger – Sharpshooter
  • Heals
    • Sorcerer – Corruption/Sage – Seer

PvP Underdog Classes

  • DPS
    • Juggernaut – Vengeance/Guadian- Vigilance
    • Sniper – Virulence/Gunslinger – Dirty Fighting
    • Operative – Lethality/Scoundrel – Ruffian

Easiest and Hardest Classes to Learn and Play

Some classes are easier to pick up and learn than others. If you’re looking for an easier time, combat wise, while exploring the game, these are the best choices

Easiest Classes

  • Mercenary – Arsenal / Commando – Gunnery
  • Sorcerer – Lightning / Sage – Telekinetics
  • Powertech – Advanced Prototype / Vanguard – Tactics

Hardest Class

Some classes, however, are a bit more complicated, complex or take a longer than other classes to learn and master. Here is the hardest class to learn and play.

  • Mercenary – Innovative Ordinance / Commando – Assault Specialist

Why Innovative Ordnance/Assault Specialist? This discipline, in particular, has the most complex optimal rotation in the game and most difficult resource management of any class in the game.


Choosing a Class Based on Star Wars or Old Republic Era Story and Lore

Here are a bunch of lore questions to consider when picking a class to play.

  • Do you want to play a character that fulfils an iconic role from the Star Wars Movies or TV Shows?
  • Do you want to mimic a particular Star Wars character?
  • Do you want to play a Republic or Imperial character?
  • Sith or Jedi?
  • What are the best class stories in SWTOR?
  • Which is the best class story to play if you’ve played KOTOR 1 and 2?

Iconic Star Wars Roles and Star War Characters

Most of these are pretty straight forward and there’s some subjectivity, seeing as some of these characters can fit into more than one class role. But it should give you some ideas at least. This isn’t an exhaustive list but I attempted to select a variety of characters from the movies and TV shows that fairly easily fit into various SWTOR class roles.

Force Users

  • Obi-Wan – Jedi Guardian
  • Anakin Skywalker – Jedi Guardian
  • Ahsoka Tano – Jedi Sentinel
  • Yoda – Jedi Sage
  • Luke Skywalker – Jedi Guardian
  • Kanaan Jarus – Jedi Guardian
  • Darth Maul – Sith Assassin
  • Asajj Ventress – Sith Assassin
  • Count Dooku – Sith Juggernaut
  • Kylo Ren – Sith Juggernaut

Non-Force Users

  • Han Solo – Smuggler
  • Lando Calrissian – Smuggler
  • Sabine Wren – Mercenary
  • Hera Syndulla – Smuggler
  • Agent Callus – Operative
  • Commander Cody – Vanguard
  • Din Djarin (The Mandalorian) – Powertech
  • Cara Dune – Commando

Republic or Imperial? Sith or Jedi?

Both factions stories mimic tropes and ideals portrayed in the more well known Star Wars mediums. However, the main difference between the Old Republic era and the Skywalker era is, you get to experience the Star Wars galaxy with the Sith and Jedi in somewhat equal numbers fighting each other. This forms the core conflict of the overall story, broadly speaking, in the game.

The Sith Empire mimics a lot of the ideals/traits you see in the Galactic Empire in the original trilogy. However, the difference is, in the Old Republic, you get to experience the Empire more or less at its peak in a time where the Sith were plentiful. You get to see a side of Star Wars that isn’t always portrayed in the main Star Wars media and indeed more fully experience certain background/minor character roles.

Likewise, the Republic mimics a lot of the ‘stereotypes’ and tropes of the Republic seen the prequels with elements of the Rebellion in the original trilogy as well. You get to experience the idealism and the corruption, the hope and the desperation. You also get to experience the Jedi as well who, in some ways, aren’t that much different to their counterparts in the Prequels and the Clone Wars.

So to sum up, if you want to experience Republic politics and the Jedi play a republic character. If you would like to see the galaxy from the Empire’s perspective, instead of always seeing the story from the ‘good guys’ perspective, play the Imperial side.


What are the best Class Stories in SWTOR?

This is, of course, subjective but there are some stories that are consistently placed at the top or the bottom of class story rankings by players. Here is a general ranking of all the Class Stories in SWTOR.

  • Imperial Agent
  • Sith Warrior/Jedi Knight
  • Sith Sorcerer
  • Bounty Hunter/Trooper/Smuggler
  • Jedi Consular

In terms of the overall lore and story of the game, some Class Stories have more of an impact and make more sense than the others especially once you start getting into various expansion storylines. If you want to get the full lore experience, I would highly recommend the following two class stories.

  • Sith Warrior
  • Jedi Knight

Playing both of these stories is crucial to the overall lore of the game. Both classes have characters and moments in their class stories that have a significant impact on the game. Both of these classes also fit better than the other classes in expansion storylines.


Which Class Story to play if you played Knights of the Old Republic 1 and 2?

The Jedi Knight storyline is widely regarded as the KOTOR 3 story. It follows in the footsteps of Revan (after Chapter 1 anyway) so fits perfectly with KOTOR 1 and 2.


Choosing a Class Based on Aesthetics

  • What weapons would you like to use?
  • What are ability animations like between the factions?
  • What species can I play as?

Weapons

Depending on your class, you are restricted on the weapons that you CAN use and it does not always mirror for the opposite faction, especially for non-force users.

Force Users

  • Sith Marauder/JediSentinel – two lightsabers or two Vibroswords
  • Sith Juggernaut/Jedi Guardian – one Lightsaber or one Vibrosword
  • Sith Sorcerer/Jedi Sage – one Lightsaber or one Vibrosword
  • Sith Assassin/Jedi Shadow – one Double-bladed lightsaber or one Electrostaff

Non-force users

  • Imperial
    • Powertech – Blaster Pistol
    • Mercenary – Two Blaster Pistols
    • Operative – Blaster Rifle
    • Sniper – Sniper Rifle
  • Republic
    • Vanguard – Assault Rifle
    • Commando – Assault Canon
    • Smuggler – Blaster Pistol
    • Gunslinger – Two Blaster Pistols

Ability Animations

The vast majority of abilities in The Old Republic look completely different depending on what faction you’re playing. It would be quite impossible for me to fit in every single ability animation in the game in this guide. Instead, I’ve selected 8 (4) abilities to demonstrate shown side by side with the opposite factions mirror ability.

Force Choke – Sith Warrior
Force Lightning – Sorcerer
Flame Sweep – Powertech
Debilitate – Operative
Force Stasis – Jedi Knight
Telekinetic Throw – Sage
Explosive Surge – Vanguard
Dirty Kick – Smuggler

Species

To start out with, you are limited on the Species you can play as per Class. Once you level a character of a particular species to level 50 eg. a Jedi Knight Twi’lek, you will then automatically unlock the species for all other Classes.

Here is a list of base classes and what species you can play as. A couple of things to note

  • Access to Species varies between Free to Play and Preferred accounts. Species that are accessible to preferred and subscribed players will be indicated as (Pref).
  • Zabrak species appearance varies depending on faction. This means, for example, you have level a ‘dark side’ Zabrak to be able to play a dark-side Zabrak on a Republic Class.
  • Sith Warrior
    • Human
    • Cyborg
    • Zabrak
    • Sith Pureblood (Pref)
  • Sith Inquisitor
    • Human
    • Cyborg
    • Zabrak
    • Rattataki (Pref)
    • Sith Pureblood (Pref)
    • Twi’lek (Pref)
  • Bounty Hunter
    • Human
    • Cyborg
    • Zabrak
    • Chiss (Pref)
    • Rattataki (Pref)
  • Imperial Agent
    • Human
    • Cyborg
    • Zabrak
    • Chiss (Pref)
    • Rattataki (Pref)
  • Jedi Knight
    • Human
    • Cyborg
    • Zabrak
    • Miraluka (Pref)
    • Mirialan (Pref)
    • Twi’lek (Pref)
  • Jedi Consular
    • Human
    • Cyborg
    • Zabrak
    • Miraluka (Pref)
    • Mirialan (Pref)
    • Twi’lek (Pref)
  • Trooper
    • Human
    • Cyborg
    • Zabrak
    • Mirialan (Pref)
  • Smuggler
    • Human
    • Cyborg
    • Zabrak
    • Mirialan (Pref)
    • Twi’lek (Pref)

Three additional species have been released since launch but they are only available via the Cartel Market.

  • Cathar
  • Togruta
  • Nautolan*

*Was free for subscribers for a limited time prior to Onslaught’s launch in October 2019.

Some species that are available to other classes will have character customisation options only available to certain classes. For example, a Human Trooper has different Tattoos to a Human Sith Warrior.


My Class Recommendations

Now that I’ve gone over some questions to consider when deciding which class to pick, here are some of my Class recommendations!

In terms of DPS, the first class I ever played was a Jedi Sentinel, Combat discipline. It is still one of my favoured DPS classes (along with Carnage Marauder too) even though it is underperforming these days. Other DPS classes I enjoy include.

  • Powertech – Pyrotech
  • Sorcerer – Lightning/Sage – Telekinetics
  • Sniper – Engineering

Lightning/Telekinetics is currently my favourite DPS class in PvP.

What I am more well known for, however, is being a Mercenary/Commando Healer. It has been my favourite class since 1.0 and is still my go-to for all content, especially PvP. I have played the other healing classes as well but I always come back to my Mercenary.

In terms of the class stories, I find almost all of them to be decently enjoyable for various reasons. There are good and bad elements to all these stories but the Sith Warrior makes the top of my list. The only class story I don’t find that enjoyable is the Jedi Consular. Here is how I rank the class stories.

  • Sith Warrior
  • Imperial Agent
  • Jedi Knight
  • Bounty Hunter
  • Smuggler
  • Trooper
  • Jedi Consular

So what do I personally recommend?

For healing go with Mercenary/Commando.

For DPS I recommend Lightning/Telekinetics, Pyrotech, Engineering and Carnage/Combat. All of these classes cover various playstyles and most have good class stories as well.

Final Tip – if you don’t like the ability animations of the class you’re playing, check out the mirror class on the other faction to see if you like their ability animations better.


In the end, the choice of what class to play is ultimately yours and it can be for any reason you like! My first character was a Jedi Sentinel purely because I wanted to have two lightsabers.

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Dantooine

Dantooine Codex Entries

Here are all the Codex Entries on Dantooine in Game Update 5.10.3.

See my Dantooine Achievements Guide for the locations of all these Codex Entries!


Achievement Codex Entries


Banir Regional Energy Complex

Locations

The Republic’s renewed interest in Dantooine led to heavy investment in the planet’s ageing infrastructure. The dam near Tokare Garrison, which was near crumbling, was transformed by Republic engineers into a high-tech energy complex. This combination wind and hydroelectric facility is capable of producing enormous amounts of power needed by the Republic’s industrialised farming initiative.

Despite the benefits of the Republic’s attention to the planet-improved defences and infrastructure, and a revitalised economy-some of Dantooine’s more traditional inhabitants decry the rapid development and caution their fellow citizens against relying too heavily on the Republic’s support.


Blba Tree

Locations

The sturdy blba tree flourishes throughout Dantooine’s fertile grasslands. They can grow to be hundreds of years old, and particularly venerable trees serve as wedding sites for generation after generation of family lineages. Dantooinians regard them as apt symbols for the planet’s inhabitants: they’re sturdy, require little to thrive, and are incredibly difficult to move once their roots take.


Dantooine

Planets

An agrarian world of rolling hills, vast fields, and hardy blba trees, Dantooine is a remote, sparsely inhabited planet. The resilient folk who tend its fields have never minded that most of the galaxy considers their home a backwater-in fact, many prefer it that way. Unfortunately for those citizens, when war erupted anew following the defeat of the Eternal Empire, both sides of the conflict became keenly aware of the sudden strategic importance of this once-ignored world poised on the edge of Imperial territory.


Dantooine Agriculture

Locations

Dantooine is a pastoral planet inhabited by resilient farmers. For much of their history, they focused primarily on sustenance, carting what little excess they produced to planet’s few mercantile centres on the rare occasion off-world travellers arrived.

Staple crops include kibla greens and yot beans, though the Republic has been pushing for cultivation of faster-cycle non-native species to support increasing supply needs. The planet, once deemed beneath notice by both sides of the conflict, now serves as an integral link in the Republic’s supply chain.


Imperial Outpost DNT-X004

Locations

The bare-bones Imperial Base on Dantooine embodies their mission on the planet: accomplish as much as possible with practically no resources. Sneaking in under the cover of the Nova Blades’ attack, a small strike force hurried to establish a recon base in a strategic location near the Banir Regional Energy Complex. This location proved a perfect launchpad for strikes on the Republic’s infrastructure. Despite operating with the bare minimum of staff and material, the effort has been deemed successful thus far.


Infinite Empire: Dantooine

Lore

At its height, the Rakatan Infinite Empire spanned hundreds of worlds, and Dantooine was among those hundreds. Through advanced technologies powered by the dark side of the Force, the Rakata subjugated the planet and constructed monuments to their greatness across it. Many thousands of years after the fall of the Infinite Empire, traces of this brutal occupation can still be uncovered.


Jedi Enclave Ruins

Lore

Some of history’s most powerful force users trained in the long-ruined hall sod the Jedi Enclave on Dantooine. Only students of great potential were admitted, and while the rigorous training produced exceptional Jedi, the fall of several notable students to the Dark Side cast a pall on the institution’s legacy. Exar Kun, Darth Revan, and Darth Malak all trained at the enclave on Dantooine.

The enclave was established by Master Vodo-Siosk Baas. Dantooine’s isolation and relative obscurity, along with naturally-occurring crystal caverns that dotted the planet, made it an excellent site. Years later, during the Jedi Civil War, the enclave was razed in an attack orchestrated by its former student, Darth Malak.

For many years and despite early efforts at rebuilding, the enclave has been abandoned by the Jedi and ransacked by sanctioned salvaging initiatives operated by Dantooine’s governing body. With the Order re-forming and Dantooine becoming a strategically important planet in the war, perhaps one day the enclave will be restored to its former glory.


Legacy of Darth Traya

Lore

Darth Traya rejected traditional views on the Force, both Jedi and Sith. After being stripped of her connection to the force by her Sith apprentices, she assumed the name Kreia and set into motion a grand scheme for revenge–and perhaps much more, based on the remnants of her history that can be found.

Part of Kreia’s plan involved decimating the Jedi Order. On Dantooine, Kreia severed Masters Vrook Lmar, Kavar, and Zez-Kai Ell from the Force, killing them within the Jedi Enclave.


Nova Blade Assault: Dantooine

Events

The Nova Blades, still recovering from the defeat of their leader Ralen Margok on Rishi, began efforts to re-organise in the Raioballo sector near the planet Dantooine. Spurred on by intelligence received from covert Imperial agents, the Nova Blades launched an assault on the planet in an attempt to plunder the Republic’s vast stores of food and munitions on the surface.

Under cover of the chaos caused by the pirates, a small Imperial strike force moved to destabilise the planet and destroy key infrastructure. The Republic, caught off-guard, was forced to divert already-strained military resources to fend off the pirates and thwart the Empire’s machinations.


Tokare Garrison

Locations

The garrison is a recent construction and part of Republic efforts to reinforce its hold on Dantooine. The planet now serves as a resupply station for Republic ships, and its position at the edge of Imperial space makes it a prime location to stage assault forces. The military presence on Dantooine has therefore grown rapidly, to the consternation of some of the planet’s farmers.

This large base of Republic operations was named in honour of Master Vandar Tokare, a member of the Jedi Council who assisted in the oversight of the enclave on Dantooine. Tokare perished during Darth Nihilus’ devastation of the planet Katarr, but he remains an inspiration to many.


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Dantooine Star Wars The Old Republic

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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Star Wars The Old Republic

Where to find SWTOR at Star Wars Celebration

Star Wars Celebration will soon be upon us and Star Wars The Old Republic will be there both inside and outside Celebration! Whether you’ll be attending Celebration, the Cantina or just want to be able to keep up with the latest SWTOR happenings from home, here’s everything you need to know about SWTOR at SWCC!

Star Wars Celebration Chicago

  • Location – Chicago, Mccormick Place
  • Date – Thursday, April 11th – Monday, April 15th

More information about Star Wars Celebration can be found on the official Website.

SWTOR at Celebration

  • SWTOR Fan Community Booth
  • SWTOR Community Cantina (outside Celebration)

SWTOR Fan Community Booth

Swtorista ( SWTOR YouTuber and SWTOR Subreddit Moderator) has put together a SWTOR Fan Community Booth for Star Wars Celebration!

Prominent members of the SWTOR Community and passionate fans have come together to help Swtorista organise and put together this Booth. Some will be assisting her as Volunteers throughout Celebration.

If you’re going to Celebration, you’ll be able to find the SWTOR Fan Community in the Exhibit Hall at Booth #1344!

(Click on image to enlarge). Full Map of the Exhibit Hall can be found here.

To keep up with the latest happenings at the B throughout Celebration, be sure to follow the Official SWTOR Fan Community on Twitter at @swtor_community!

What is the SWTOR Fan Community?

The SWTOR Fan Community consists of many players, community leaders and content creators who are passionate about SWTOR.

Who is a part of the SWTOR Fan Community?

  • #SWTORfamily on twitter
  • The SWTOR subreddit
  • The large SWTOR Discord Chat
  • The largest SWTOR Facebook group, the SWTOR Players Club
  • The Cosplayers of the Old Republic, a cosplay Facebook group
  • Podcasters, Video makers, Streamers, and Bloggers listed here

What will the SWTOR Fan Community be doing at Celebration?

  • Giving out Swag – The volunteers will be giving away 1,000 buttons and 2,000 art postcards to visitors that show iconic characters from the game.
  • Giveaways – There will be over 1 billion credits and 200,000 cartel coins worth of prizes! You’ll be able to enter online or in person at the booth!
  • Datacron – Swtorista has made in incredible life-size replica on an in-game Datacron. Attendees to the booth will be able to get photos with it if they wish!
  • Cosplayers of the Old Republic – the booth will be right beside the Cosplayers of the Old Republic and we will be sharing space with them. You can learn more about their group here and view photos of their cosplayers who are attending: https://swtorfancommunity.com/cosplay/
  • Computer – A player has generously donated a Computer so visitors can try out the game! Visitors will get to play on a special account pre-set-up that has all 8 classes ready to try out.
Buttons!

Booth Volunteers

The booth will be staffed by volunteers from the community. Some of the notable community members include Dekion, Fyonha from Ootinicast, Streamers Kogass and Lady Rann, Wil the D&D enthusiast, Six the SWTOR Discord Moderator, Mox & Jessie from Passionately Casual podcast, Alise & Majikace from The Council podcast, and will be supported by other players attending like Max from the Escape Podcast, Ted from the SOTOR podcast, and many, many other SWTOR fans.

Volunteers manning the booth will be easy to identify by these custom made name tags.

What will the SWTOR Fan Community be doing Online?

In the lead up to and during Celebration, there will be a number of things happening online so all of the SWTOR Community around the world can get to experience Star Wars Celebration!

  • Streaming – A number of attendees will be attempting to stream from the booth and will be pairing up with streamers and podcasters to do so! A schedule will be published
  • Photos – photos taken at the booth will be automatically uploaded to the @swtor_community twitter!
  • Guild Directory – Swtorista created an online Guild finder (https://swtorfancommunity.com/guilds/). There are over 100 active Guilds already published in the directory! If you are an officer or GM of a Guild and want it added to the directory, contact Swtorista at @swtorista on twitter, /u/swtorista on Reddit, swtorista@gmail.com by email or Swtorista#0153 on Discord.
  • Giveaways – Keep an eye out for giveaways on Twitter, Reddit, Discord, Facebook and from content creators in the week leading up to Celebration.

Streaming Live

A number of streamers will be attempting to Stream live from Celebration (no guarantee’s though).

A full schedule of Streams will likely be up a few days before Celebration.

Some of the things they hope to be covering at Celebration:

  • Cosplayers of the Old Republic Interview Booth #1244
  • SWTOR / KOTOR Cosplayers in Costume
  • Photoshoot: Friday, April 12, 2019, 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM CDT the Cosplayers of the Old Republic photo shoot
  • SWTOR Devs
  • SWTOR Fans on the floor
  • Galaxyprops exhibitor will be selling lots of SWTOR / old republic props!
  • Pride Squadron LGTBTQ in SWTOR/KOTOR Booth #1346
  • Cantina: Before the event (April 13 in line at 6 PM CDT)
  • Cantina: During the event (April 13 starts at 7 PM CDT to about 8 PM)
  • (Maybe) Panel: The Art and Craft of Video Game Writing Mon, Apr 15 – 11:45 AM – 12:45 PM CDT – Charles Boyd and author from Alphabet Squadron; Twilight Company panel.

The Official SWTOR Community Cantina

SWTOR’s official presence at Star Wars Celebration will be at the SWTOR Community Cantina. It isn’t taking place in Celebration itself (so you don’t need a Celebration Ticket to get in) but it is happening close by.

Registration will be required for admittance into the Cantina. You can do this in advance online here (recommended) or do it onsite before the Event.

Here are the details.

  • Venue – Marriot Marquis Chicago in the Grand Ballroom
  • Address – 2121 S Prairie Ave, Chicago IL 60616
  • Date – Saturday, April 13th 2019
  • Time – 7:00 PM – 11:00 PM CDT (Sunday Midnight UTC, 2:00 AM CEST, 10:00 AM AEST)
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There will be exclusive swag for all attendees as well as a Q&A with the Developers. There may even be an announcement about upcoming future content (hinted in a recent interview by Peter the Selkath with Eric and Charles and on the Developer Tracker). If you’re going to be in the Chicago area around Celebration, I’d highly recommend attending! Events like these are not to be missed!

I reached out to Bioware Austin for further comments on what we can expect at the Cantina. They remained very tight-lipped about their plans but did say that around 12 Developers will be in attendance! So that should mean plenty of opportunities to have any questions you may have directly answered by a Dev!

For those of us who won’t be there, there are a number of attendees who will be attempting to stream the Cantina or cover it via some other means (the Q&A and Announcements at least). A full list of individuals covering the Cantina will be published a couple of days prior to the Cantina.


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