SWTOR Beginners Guides by FJ

SWTOR Beginners Guides by Fibro Jedi

If you’re a new SWTOR player, or returning to the game after a long break, then I have posts to help you. Although my health forced me to have a break for a good chunk of lock-down, I am now planning ahead once again. Here you can find a list of my SWTOR Beginners Guides. From understanding combat stats, gearing yourself or simply creating a great outfit, I hope you’ll find something to make your travels more enjoyable. Enjoy playing Star Wars: the Old Republic and stay tuned for more posts for new players. May the Force Be With You.


Securing your data is top of many people’s agendas recently. Thankfully, SWTOR offers 2-Factor Authentication. This can be done via the app. But if you don’t want yet-another app on your phone, or don’t own one, then you can achieve this via Authy on your computer.

Set Up SWTOR Security Key with Authy
SWTOR Security Key Set Up with Authy (No Mobile App)

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SWTOR User Interface

There is much more to come on the interface posts. However, I have prioritised the Character Panel in my SWTOR beginners guides, as you can spend a lot of time there. Here’s my overview post, a detailed look at combat statistics and your character’s Force Alignment.

Character Panel
SWTOR Character Panel Guide for Beginners
Combat Stats
SWTOR Character Combat Stats Guide for Beginners
Your Force Alignment
SWTOR Force Alignment: Are you Dark, Light or Neutral? And why do Non-Force Users have an alignment?

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SWTOR Gearing and Outfits

As you travel the galaxy far, far away (which I always hear in Shrek’s voice), there are two things of utmost importance: how you perform in combat and how you look while you’re saving people. Heros must look the part, after all. Here are my guides on gearing up for combat and how to use the outfits tabs to create that perfect look.

Gearing For Combat
A Beginners Guide to Gearing Yourself in SWTOR
How to Make an Outfit
Beginners guide to making cosmetic outfits in SWTOR
Gear Preview Window
SWTOR New Gear Preview Window - Making the most of it for your outfits

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Companion Influence

From the first planet you start on, companions begin to join your story. How they react to you affects what is called companion influence. But why should you try to improve that, and how do you go about making them like you more? Well, here you go:

How to Improve Companion Influence
How Do I Increase SWTOR Companion Influence? Here is my Guide!

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Crafting and Gathering

I will expand the tutorial guides here over the coming months. A huge thank you to CelynTheRaven for this awesome guide to gathering crafting materials in SWTOR.

Gathering Crew Skills
SWTOR Gathering Crew Skills Guide - by CelynTheRaven

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Fleet Maps

Both Republic and Empire Fleets are full of features, vendors and missions. So here’s my guide on what you can find there and where they are. If you get lost, just enjoy the detour!

Republic/Imperial Fleet Maps
SWTOR Beginners Guide to Imperial and Republic Fleet, Services and Vendors. Includes Maps!

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A quick web search will show an abundance of “how to make credits” posts. Well, sometimes the key to having more credits is being wiser on where you spend them. So here’s my savings guide!

Saving Credits in SWTOR
How to save credits (spend less credits) in SWTOR

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SWTOR holds many different types of things which you could call “events”. Conquest happens weekly, some happen once every couple of months and Life Day happens once a year. Come join in the community side of SWTOR as well as enjoying the story and action! Events I have yet to write about (but hope to):

  • Relics of the Gree
  • Swoop Gang Racing Event
  • Nar Shaddaa Nightlife
  • Pirate Incursion (Dantooine)
Personal Conquest
SWTOR Personal Conquests - What are they and how do I complete one?
Rakghoul Resurgence
SWTOR Rakghoul Resurgence Event Guide, Missions and Rewards
Bounty Contract Week
SWTOR Bounty Contract Week 2020 - How to Get Started, and the BBA Rewards Available
Life Day Event
SWTOR Life Day Event Guide. What is Life Day and How Do I Get the Rewards?

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Galactic Solutions Industries (GSI)

GSI Missions unlock from Level 50, starting from a quest-giver on fleet. Once you have your Macrobinoculars and Seeker Droid, GSI missions take you to various planets to research and explore. Combat may be required. Scrub that, exploration is dangerous, take weapons. And back up.

SWTOR Alderaan GSI Missions Guide / Walkthrough
SWTOR - Hoth GSI Missions Guide - includes videos
SWTOR Makeb GSI Missions - Guide and Map
Tatooine GSI Missions - SWTOR Guide

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Taking Screenshots

Your characters have their own stories, choices, connections and journeys. Taking screenshots is a fab way to save your favourite memories, while also providing fodder for sharing on your favourite Social Media platforms. Here are a couple of guides on making the most of your SWTOR screenshots.

Aerial Screenshots
How to take stunning Aerial Screenshots in SWTOR
Screenshot Editing
How to make better Screenshots in SWTOR

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Thinking About Trying SWTOR?

Then stop thinking and just go sign up! You can play a LOT for free. If it helps, check out my SWTOR Free-to-Play Review, then get started!
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TL;DR More SWTOR Beginners Guides Coming Soon

This is just the start and even more are planned. If there’s something you, as a new player, would like to know about SWTOR, please do reach out to me on Twitter or Facebook.

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Fibro Jedi

A 30-something Shadow Jedi, married and have a small daughter. By that I mean "young", not just "short". I have a chronic pain condition called Fibromyalgia andI play LOTRO, SWTOR and FFXIV and blog about two of them. Social Media has connected me with so many people and some of those have become amazing friends too! As a hobby I am relearning drawing, which you can see on my DeviantArt profile.