Monday, January 23, 2017

SWTOR Free Travel to Odessan with Shae Vizla

If you got Shae Vizla as a free companion during the Star Wars The Old Republic Knights of the Eternal Throne pre-order bonus, every character (including new ones) will have a token in the in-game mail allowing you to immediately recruit Shae Vizla.

What you may not know is that she can get you to Odessan for free, even if you don't have your personal starship through the class storyline, or if you haven't started the Eternal Throne storylines.
You will not be able to enter story-related areas on Odessan, but you can still access the common areas, including mission terminals all in one handy place and a more straightforward route to them than Fleet.

Here's how:

  • Recruit Shae Vizla with your token.
  • Open the Companions roster and click on her.
  • Notice the option to "Travel to Contact". Click that.
2017-Jan-23 Shae Vizla free travel to Odessan

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