Tuesday, January 10, 2017

SWTOR Buying Companion Gifts

In SWTOR (Star Wars The Old Republic), at Companion Influence level 1-39, the most cost efficient gifts are Rank 1 Green (sold by vendors for 200 credits). At Influence level 40+ the effect from gifts is lowest, and most cost-efficient when you use Rank 5 Blue gifts.
Here are charts showing the relative values of gifts, and therefore how much you should pay if you are looking to buy. Despite Rank 5 Pink gifts being slightly overpriced you should still consider them simply because of the time savings involved.

Influence Gain at Influence 40+ (without Legacy Perks)
We based our numbers on the excellent Dulfy article on version 5.0 Companion Influence in SWTOR.
Legacy Perks, which can increase Influence Gains by up to 30%, will influence these numbers somewhat but not by much.

Rank Green Blue Pink Yellow
1 0 0 0 0
2 13 26 51 128
3 26 51 102 256
4 51 102 205 512
5 77 154 307 768
6 102 205 410 1024

Influence Gain Relative to Rank 5 Blue Gifts

Rank Green Blue Pink Yellow
1 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
2 0.08 0.17 0.33 0.83
3 0.17 0.33 0.66 1.66
4 0.33 0.66 1.33 3.32
5 0.50 1.00 1.99 4.99
6 0.66 1.33 2.66 6.65

Relative Value of Gifts

Rank Green Blue Pink Yellow
1 0 0 0 0
2 422 844 1,656 4,156
3 844 1,656 3,312 8,312
4 1,656 3,312 6,656 16,623
5 2,500 5,000 9,968 24,935
6 3,312 6,656 13,312 33,247

Vendors exist for the following:
  • Rank 1 Green - 200 credits
  • Rank 2 Green - 600 credits
  • Rank 5 Blue - 5,000 credits
  • Rank 5 Pink - 10,000 credits
  • Rank 6 Yellow - 250,000 credits
Other Influence Ranks
At different Influence Ranks, different Gifts are more cost-efficient (though definitely not time-efficient in terms of actually giving the gifts):
Short of someone dumping gifts cheaply on the Galactic Trade Network, the cheapest way to get gifts is generally Crew Skill Missions which can get you a Rank 5 Blue gift for under 2000 credits, and a Rank 5 Pink gift if the follower has a critical success.


Saturday, January 7, 2017

SWTOR Flashpoint Influence Farming

As of the 5.0 update, SWTOR (Star Wars: The Old Republic) still allows massive Influence farming with the first companion for all eight classes. Making things easier is the DOWNshift in level-syncing for Veteran Mode (formerly Tactical). Instead of level-syncing up to maximum game level, it down syncs down to level 10, the same as Story Mode.

This means in addition to getting literally thousands of Influence points with your first companion, you can zoom through to get 2 units of Refined Istotope [sic] Stabilizer, the new Tier 2 Exotic Crafting Material for purple crafted gear; as well as Command XP packs.
Influence gains are the same on Story Mode but there are no Refined [Isotope] drops and weaker CXP Pack drops.

Companion Approval nets Influence of course, but Disapproval also nets some small amount of Influence (probably an oversight when they changed the system from Affection to positive-only Influence).

In the charts below (based off the useful early article by Psynister)
  • 1, 2, 3 = The conversation number for Approval or no Influence. If there is more than one number, choose any of them.
  • -1, -2, -3 = The conversation number for Disapproval IF there are no choices that result in Approval (and therefore give more Influence).
  • (..) = Choose any of the conversation options in the brackets.
  • 0 = Choose any conversation option because none of them affect Influence.
The Black Talon

Conversation Vette Khem Val Mako Kaliyo
Sylas 3,3,0 3,3,0 2,0 3,0
NR-02 3,3,0,-1 3,-(13),0,1 1,1,0,1 (13),3,0,-1
Lieutenant 2,3 -2,1 2,3 -2,1
NR-02 3,2,2,2,3,1 2,3,1,2,3,3, 3,2,2,2,3,1 2,3,1,2,(23),(23)
NR-02 / Satele 2,3,2,2,3,2,1 3,0,1,3,1,2,3 2,0,1,2,1,2,1 (23),0,1,3,1,2,3
Holo 3,3 3,1 3,1 (13),(13)
Yadira (12),2 -(12),13 2,2 1,(13)
General -3,-2,-2,1 3,2,2,2 -3,2,-2,1 3,3,2,2
Holo -3 0 -3 0
NR-02 / Moff 0,2,(23),2 3,-3,0,2,2 0,2,3,2 3,-3,0,2,2
Influence 7345 7280 7215 7215

The Esseles
The bonus robot boss requires slicing two terminals at approximately the same time and cannot be done solo except on Story Mode. However, when Grouped, you do not get Influence with your companions even if they are summonned.

Conversation T7-01 Qyzen Corso Jorgan
Passenger 1,1,0,1,1 3,1,3,-3,1 -3,2,(23),1,1 1,1,1,2,1
Haken 0,0,0,0,0,0,0 0,1,3,0,0,1,0 0,0,0,0,0,0,0 0,0,0,0,0,0,0
Narlock 1 13 3 1
Narlock -3,1,1,1,-3,1 1,1,1,-1,2,1 -3,-3,1,-3,1,1 2,2,3,1,1,1
Console -(23),1,1,1,1,1 3,2,-2,1,1,2 -2,1,1,1,1,2 1,2,1,1,1,3
Asara 2,-3,1,1 1,2,2,3 2,-3,-3,0 3,1,1,1
Bridge Control 1 23 3 1
Haken 0,0 0,0 0,0 0,0
Elevator 2,-3,1 2,0,2 3,-3,1 2,1,2
Power Station 1,1 (13),1 2,2 3,1
Hangar Door 1,1,1 2,3 3,(12),3 1,(12),1
Asara 1 1 1 1
Haken 0,0,0,0 0,0,0,0 0,0,0,0 0,0,0,0
Influence 7085 7215 6240 8060

Monday, December 26, 2016

SWTOR Gathering Node Decorations

If you are a Premium Player / Subscriber to Star Wars: The Old Republic, and you complete a Planetary Conquest Personal Objective (20000 points) during the weekly Conquest period, you can receive a Bound package of 3 random decorations that let you gather materials or lockboxes. (If you are Preferred or Free-to-Play you cannot get this reward).
Crew Skill is apparently irrelevant and you can also gather from these decoration nodes if you do not have the relevant Crew Skill.

This is a partial list of decorations and the associated materials gathered. If you have other decorations of this type and know the materials dropped, please post a comment and I will add it to the list.

Archaeology - Colored Crystal Formations
These provide Artifact Fragments, Power Crystals, and Color Crystals.
DecorationGrade
Amorphous (colour) Crystal Formation1
(colour) Diaphanous Crystal Formation7
Damind Crystal Formation6
Igneous (colour) Crystal Formation2
Lucent (colour) Crystal Formation5
Opaque (colour) Crystal Formation3
Polychromatic (colour) Crystal Formation6
Solid (colour) Crystal Formation4

Archaeology - Archaeological Finds and Other Crystal Formations
These provide Artifact Fragments and Power Crystals only.
DecorationGrade
Alien Archaeological Find6
Ancient Archaeological Find1
Bondar Crystal Formation2
Carbonic Crystal Formation7
Damind Crystal Formation6
Eralam Crystal Formation2
Firkrann Crystal Formation4
Galactic Archaeological Find4
Hypertech Archaeological Find5
Lost Archaeological Find1
Nextor Crystal Formation2
Opila Crystal Formation3
Perfect Upari Crystal Formation8
Phond Crystal Formation5
Prehistoric Archaeological Find2
Primeval Archaeological Find6
Primordial Device7
Rubat Crystal Formation1
Sacred Archaeological Find2
Upari Crystal Formation6

Bioanalysis
DecorationGradeNotes
Alien Contagion Fiber4
Bacterial Colony1
Biennial Bud?
Bio Energy Fiber?
Bioengineered Fungus7
Blue Nutrient Bud3
Cytocidal Seeds6tooltip reads "Immunity Seeds"
Dielectric Tendril1
Fossilized Tendril?
Genetic Symbiotic Growth?
Green Deciduous Stem1
Inert Growth4
Medicinal Fungus3
Mutagenic Growth6
Mutagenic Seeds2tooltip reads "Microscopic Symbiote Colony"
Nerve Damaging Fungus4
Noxious Fern7
Nutrient Fiber5
Parasitic Stem?
Photophilic Seeds2tooltip reads "Hallucinogenic Seeds"
Psychoactive Fungus5
Quick Growth Colony5
Red Vascular Tendril6
Toxic Phosporescent Stem?
Unknown Microorganism Colony?

Scavenging
DecorationGrade
Aluminium Salvaged Heap1
Bondite Jetsam2
Bronzium Wreckage2
Chanlon Vehicle Debris2
Desh Junk Pile1
Diatium Cargo4
Durasteel Shipwreck?
Electrum Cache5
Enriched Durasteel Cache8
Multi-Alloy Debris?
Phobium Barrel3

Slicing
These provide variously named Lockboxes with an Item Roll rating. The higher the Item Roll rating, the more credits received on average. Lockboxes are Bound to the character that obtained them, unlike normal Slicing nodes.
DecorationItem Roll
Biometric Footlocker30
Biometric Safe Box?
Coded Safe Box16
Computer Terminal24
Cybernetic Supercomputer?
Data Station14
Durasteel Footlocker48
Electronic Brain?
Electronic Safe10
Encrypted Terminal?
Holographic Microcomputer?
Security Footlocker?
Security Mainframe28