- Quick Bounty Contract Week Questions
- [Mission] The Bounty Brokers Association
- Reputation and Alignment
- How to Complete a Henchman Bounty Contracts
- SWTOR Bounty Contract Week Rewards
Jedi, Sith, Trooper, Agent -- oh and Bounty Hunters -- all races with all career choices can take on Bounty Contracts for glory. And more importantly, credits.
Here’s Part 1 of my Guide to Bounty Contract Week, which should be enough for you to dive in! I will work on Part 2 as soon as I am able, but I hope this is enough to whet the appetite!
Quick Bounty Contract Week Questions
When is it?
The April 2020 event takes place from the 7th to the 14th April. It begins and ends at 10am PDT, 6pm GMT, 7pm BST on those dates.
Once the next dates are published, I’ll update this.
Who Can Join In?
The only requirement to take part is to be at least Level 15 and have reached Imperial or Republic Fleet on the characters you want to join in. This event is open to all classes, in case you were wondering.
How Do I Get Started?
If you’ve never done the introductory mission for Bounty Contract Week, then head to fleet. From there, run towards the Cartel Bazaar and click the carbonite-frozen target. That will give you an intro cutscene opening up a mini questline welcoming you as a temporary member of the Bounty Brokers Association (BBA).
[Mission] The Bounty Brokers Association
I’ve given this a separate entry because it provides rewards that will help you in your Hunt. Here are the intro scenes:
- 1 × Interrogation Probe
- 1 × Friendly Drink
- Credits: Scaled to your level
- XP and maybe Renown XP if your Level 75 character has never done Bounty Contract Week before.
- Alignment: adjustment based on your DvL Switch.
Reputation and Alignment
Taking part in Bounty Contract Week is not just about amassing Completed Contracts and bartering for new armour and mounts. Though clearly that’s the focus! You will also affect reputation and Force Alignment.
Taking part in missions during this SWTOR event will gain you reputation with the Bounty Brokers Association.
Increasing your reputation will gain you Legacy Titles, and unlock access to different barter rewards.
This event gives you an opportunity to increase your Dark or Light alignment. Aside from each kill counting towards your selected alignment, when you question an informant, you will find Dark/Light/Neutral Alignment conversation options. Then there’s your interrogation “methods” to consider. More on this shortly.
How to Complete a Henchman Bounty Contracts
While the storylines behind each main target mention certain names, you will start your illustrious bounty hunting career by taking down Henchmen. Some Henchmen are female, for the avoidance of doubt. You can complete one Henchman contract per day. I’ll come onto “Kingpin” bounties in Part 2.
1. Bounty Contract Terminal
The terminal to pick up contracts and the dropbox to file your successes can be found in the Cartel Bazaar.
Pick an available planet from the list. Depending on your level, you can find targets on quite a few base-game planets.
2. Get Supplies
To find an informant, you’ll have to question people first. How hard will you lean on potential leads? To that end you may want to pick up any combination of these two items (depending on your targeted Alignment):
- Interrogation Probe (800 credits each) or
- Friendly Drink (800 credits)
Note the Text: Yields useful information more often than an Investigation Probe
Both these increase the chance of an informant blabbing. However the Interrogation Probe has a dark-side “nudge” and the free drink has a light side “nudge”. I say “nudge” because the effect on your alignment can’t be quantified, as far as I know. You can question people without using these but you’ll likely have to talk to more people than with them.
But I’m Neutral or Grey!
Then you can likely use “Situational Ethics” where some can be justifiably tortured, while others can be bribed with alcohol. Using a rough 50/50 split of the two seems to work fine for my Neutrally Aligned characters.
3. Talk to the Client
Head to the Planet
Head to the planet where your target is. You can do this with your ship (if you have one), the shuttle (for Capital worlds and starter planets) or the planetary map UI.
Find the Client
You’ll then meet the client, the one who offered the Bounty Contract. Use your planetary map to locate them. If this is your first Bounty Contract Week, then listen to their stories as each is different.
Find Shady Characters
Use your planetary map to see which area of the world you can find informants. These are called Shady Characters.
4. Question Shady Characters
There are a few different NPC appearances for Shady Characters. But once you’ve seen them a few times you’ll know them by sight! Your aim is to extract information from 4 Shady Characters. Although possible, it’s unlikely your first four will all be willing!
How to Question
To question them, first target them. Then, you have up to 3 options, depending what supplies you picked up before:
- Light Side: offer them a Friendly Drink
- Neutral: just “question” them, using the clickable icon in your on-screen mission tracker
- Dark Side: torture them with the Interrogation Probe.
What Happens Next
You’ll then get one of these outcomes.
- Success: they give you information.
- Failure: they simply refuse.
- Failure: they refuse and then they, and a few other NPCs, attack you.
If you are attacked, you should loot and ‘use’ the Underworld Information item to progress the mission
Note: not everyone can be bribed with a drink and not everyone breaks under torture. Once you have 4 Successes, you can carry on your hunt.
5. Find the Snitch
Force Alignment Choice
Here you can choose how you want to get the truth:
- Light Side: Positive pursuasion (could be blackmail though, ha)
- Neutral: Some sort of reasoned, rational argument.
- Dark Side: Threaten them.
Choose what’s right for your character, as all options lead to you getting the coordinates. There’s no companion reaction to these dialogues either, so run with whatever.
Investigation Mission Rewards
Your investigation complete, you get your first round of rewards, hurrah.
- BBA Reputation: BBA Official Mark of Service (Small increase)
- Credits: Scaled to your level, plus a Bounty Payment Lockbox (random credits)
- XP or Renown XP
- Force Alignment: I’m guessing a bit here, because it’s complicated. It’ll be a balance of your DvL switch setting, plus how you used Friendly Drinks and Torture Probes. Then there will be the impact of your conversation choice.
6. Take Down the Target!
When the Henchman appears, they are synced with your level so be prepared for a fight. As it should be.
To Kill or to Freeze?
On this point, @ShintarCommando has advice:
On the subject of freezing vs. killing your targets, you can always set your companion to passive near the end to make sure they don’t kill it if you want to go the freezing route.
7. Report Back to the Client [Important!]
Only once you’ve spoken to the Client can you head back to the Bounty Brokers Association for the final reward.
I’ve given you here the full interaction with the Client for the Coruscant Bounty.
Tam Daral: The Coruscant Client
8. Hand in the Proof and Claim the Bounty
Dropbox in the Cartel Bazaar.
For a completed Henchman target, you’ll receive:
- Completed Bounty Contract × 1
- BBA Reputation: BBA Official Certificate of Accomplishment (Medium gain)
- Credits: Scaled to your level
- Force Alignment: More guesswork: Balance of: DvL Switch setting and whether you chose to freeze or kill your target. That said, I’ve had no alignment gain for “Light Side plus Freezing”, so who knows?
SWTOR Bounty Contract Week Rewards
Part 2 of this guide will be coming soon and will cover the rewards available. For now, all you need to know is where you can go to claim them!
How Many Bounty Contracts Do I Have?
Completed Bounty Contracts used to be an item in your inventory. However, sometime during recent updates it has been moved to the Currency tab.
Where Can I Spend my Completed Bounty Contracts?
In the Cartel Bazaar on Imperial or Republic Fleet. Simply head to the platform sort-of straight ahead after you exit the lift and there they are. Incidentally, these vendors are always on fleet so if you forget to spend your contracts during the event, you can do so afterwards.
What Event Rewards Are There?
I will go into detail on this in Part 2. But, depending on your Reputation with the Bounty Brokers Association, here are some of the rewards you can acquire:
- Armour Sets
- Cosmetic Pets
- Stronghold Decorations
- Dye Schematics (for Artifice crafters)
- Companion Customizations
TL;DR The SWTOR Bounty Contract Week in Summary
Bounty Contract Week is an event everyone can jump into. As it occurs regularly through the year along with other events (such as the SWTOR Rakghoul Event), you don’t have to try to get all the rewards in one week! You can do as much or as little as you want. Mix it in with normal missions, or get all your characters hunting. And there are no shortage of rewards either. So get out there and hunt, for your own glory for once!
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