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Monday, December 05, 2011

SWTOR Hints and Tips

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With the Early Access launch of the game getting close I thought it might be nice to post a list of hints and tips I gathered whilst playing the beta. I presume that most of these will still apply when the game launches.

The following hints and tips are the kind of thing that you won't pick up from reading the manual or the in-game tutorials, and hopefully some of you will find them useful when you finally step off your starship and begin your adventures.

So, in no particular order, here they are.

  • You can reset the UI if it bugs out or you make a mistake by holding down the CTRL key and pressing U twice.
  • To change your character's title open the character sheet (C) and click the character's name.
  • Press CTRL-SHIFT-F to bring up a framerate counter in the bottom left corner of the screen. This shows your current framerate as well as the average framerate for the session.
  • If you are halfway through a conversation and want to start it over again press ESC.
  • To skip dialogue lines in conversations press SPACE.
  • Right-clicking your companion's portrait will bring up the options to dismiss them or to send them off to sell your trash loot.
  • Companions skills are set to be used by the AI by default. You can turn them off by unchecking the green checkbox on the skill icon, and they will then only use them if you specifically click that skill.
  • Equipment becomes damaged during normal use, not just on death, so don't forget to repair occasionally.
  • You can zoom out much further than normal by holding down CTRL as you scroll the mousewheel. Keep holding CTRL as you look around (using the left mouse button) to raise and lower the camera. Alternatively there is an option to increase the maximum zoom distance in the game preferences.
  • Make sure you bind at all bindpoints. When you use your Call Shuttle ability you will get a choice of all places you have bound to return to, not just the most recent one.
  • If you get stuck on some scenery typing /stuck will free you.
  • To add new chat tabs, change chat colours, chat font size, and so on right-click the general chat tab.
  • You can view comparative tips for Companion equipment as well as your own by checking the option in the game's options menu.
  • You can get a more streamlined and easier-to-read grouping UI by activating Operations frames. You can also then unlock and move the frame around, and even change the size of your party members' health bars. To do so go to Options > User Interface > Operations Frames > Use Operations Frames as Party Frames
  • You can actually have two targets at once in SWTOR! You do this by assigning a Focus Target. To do this go to Options > Controls > Enable Focus Target. Your default key to Focus Target is ALT-F, though you can reassign this. With a normal target selected press ALT-F and it becomes your Focus Target, and opens up a special target frame in the UI. From then on at any point you can quickly activate a power on that Focus Target by holding down your Focus Target Modifier key (default END, but again can be reassigned) as you activate the ability. So, for example, you can be targeting an enemy and shooting them, then press END and the next ability will automatically land on your focus target (say a group member you are healing), even though you don't have to switch target from the enemy to them. It takes a bit to get used to but is a very useful UI feature.
  • When crafting ensure you reverse engineer items that you make but don't need. This will give you some of the raw materials back and gives you a chance to uncover some rare crafting blueprints (it is the only way to discover some of the most unique blueprints in the game). Reverse engineering normal items has a chance to reward blue blueprints, and reverse engineering blue items has a chance to reward purple blueprints.
  • There is a self-casting key in the keybinding options. Press this key as you activate an ability and it will cast the ability on yourself rather than your target.
  • You can reset any quest from wherever you are without dropping it and running back to the NPC (useful if a quest bugs or you accidentally destroy a quest item). To do so open the quest in your quest journal and hit the Reset button. If you are inside the quest instance, leave first, then hit Reset. Note that doing this can sometimes reset several quests on the same chain.
  • You can queue up to 5 items to craft per companion. Crafting still takes place whilst you are offline, so it is worth setting up all of your companions with a full crafting queue before logging off. Note that crafting costs credits however, so only do this if you can afford it!
  • Always log out in a cantina or on your starship. This will grant you a rested xp bonus next time you log in.
  • The mini-map contains a handy lag meter that details your ping and dropped packages. It is the little bar graph in the lower left corner. If it turns red be prepared for a disconnect.
  • If you are short on cash head into the Warzones for a while. The credit rewards are normally very good.
  • If you are a little short on experience the Warzones again offer a good way to earn xp, and at the same time increase your Valour.
  • Note that once you have chosen your Advanced Class you class trainer has both a Class tab and an Advanced Class tab. Make sure you check both whenever you go to train new skills, as the Advanced Class tab is easily overlooked (I speak from experience!).
  • Read the codex entries for your companions. They give hints on the type of gifts they like (to raise their affection levels), the types of crafting they get bonuses for, and the types of armour and weapons they prefer to use.
  • You can extract modifications you have installed into weapons and armour for a small charge. If you don't extract them before fitting new mods the old ones will be overwritten and destroyed.

4 comments:

  1. Hi there,

    This is a very useful list of tips & tricks. Do you mind if I translate it for a french blog wiith proper credentials ?
    http://www.swtor-guide.fr

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  2. Thanks and be my guest, feel free to translate it on your blog :)
    Your blog looks really great by the way!

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  3. Dude, awesome stuff. May I please post on our guild site? I'll definetely give proper credit and link your blog.

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