How to Use This GuideYou can open a menu below to skip to sections that most interest you – and most screenshots can be viewed full-screen by tapping them. At the end of each section is a handy ↑ Menu link to bring you back here.
- F2P Limits & Restrictions
- Get Started Today
Republic Zabraks are different from Sith Empire Zabraks, who have the “Darth Maul” look about them.Character creation is highly detailed – from how tall or strong they appear, to facial features, make-up and hair style. Zabrak will stand out as different due to their unique horns and tattoos. Their hairstyles differ to humans and cyborgs too. My very first character was a male Zabrak!
Other species may unlock as you progress, or can be unlocked with Cartel Coins via the Cartel Market (SWTOR’s Money Market).↑ Menu
character slots per server, you can enjoy eight different class stories. All you have to do is set up characters on different servers, if you do not want to delete characters. You can choose your character to be:
- Bounty Hunter
- Imperial Agent
- Jedi Consular
- Jedi Knight
- Republic Trooper
- Sith Inquisitor
- Sith Warrior
The class stories are mission-driven and told through choices and cutscenes. As you develop your character through choices they make, there can be consequences on that story. Your character will also have their Force alignment (for non-Force users this could be considered ‘morality’) adjusted towards the light, dark or neutral-alignment.
Jedi Consular Story on TythonTo give you a feel for how cutscenes and questing works, here’s the Jedi Consular story on the planet Tython. This was on my Free-to-Play account so I have tried to well-represent your experience should you begin playing SWTOR.↑ Menu
Should you choose to craft, or simply gather crafting materials (say to sell to other players), companions can go off to perform Crew Skills Missions for you.How well they perform in such fights and in crafting or gathering missions, depends on the level of companion influence you have over them.↑ Menu
Each class has at least one, and sometimes two, companions you can choose to pursue a romance with. In the base SWTOR Free-to-Play game these are only cross-gender (“Male” characters can only romance “Female” characters and vice-versa. Same-gender relationships were only introduced in later content). Likely for programming and database reasons, genders are binary. Though once you reach Knights of the Fallen Empire (and maybe Shadow of Revan) I believe you can flirt with NPCs of either binary gender.As an aside, you may encounter NPCs in the galaxy you can flirt with. In the interests of keeping my blog family-friendly, I’ll leave it up to you to investigate that aspect yourself!↑ Menu
eight classes (this is true for Subscribers too, by the way), each one has two sub-classes. And each of those has three trait trees you can follow. That means there are 48 different ways you can engage in combat in SWTOR! Thus a Jedi Consular can be a ranged damage-dealer, a healer or a double-bladed Lightsaber wielder. An Imperial agent can be a ranged sniper, a close-range healer or a knife-wielding damage-over-time damage-dealer. Some specialisations allow for Tanking (e.g. Sith Juggernaut, Jedi Shadow) or healing. As far as I can remember all classes have a DPS specialisation, but not all offer Tank or Healing.↑ Menu
8 core class stories, but you can quest on 17 different, immersive planets too. These planets usually have their own storyline – and in some cases “Bonus Series”, which are also story-driven. The planet Voss is not officially Star Wars but was invented by SWTOR, but it is beautiful nonetheless!
- Hutta: A swampy world ruled by greedy Hutt clans. Agents and Bounty Hunters start here.
- Tython: The lush, green planet where the Jedi retreat after the Sacking of Coruscant. All Jedi start here.
- Korriban: The dusty, harsh home of the Sith Academy. All Sith begin their story here.
- Ord Mantell: the starter planet for Smugglers and Republic Troopers, a war is in progress between Republic Forces and the Separatists who seek to leave the Republic.
- Dromund Kaas: The capital of the Sith Empire.
- Coruscant: this city-world is the heart of the Republic.
- Taris: Formerly a city world, devasted by an ancient Sith and now plagued by the Rakghouls.
- Balmorra: home to some of the best weapon engineers in the galaxy. Expect war here as both Empire and Republic want these resources.
- Nar Shaddaa: Another city-world, ruled by Hutts and holding secrets of Revan.
- Alderaan: Yes, the same planet destroyed during A New Hope. A bloody civil war between the ruling families is ongoing here.
- Tatooine: The iconic desert planet of Tatooine, which features centrally in Star Wars movies.
- Hoth: The icy, unrelenting world of Hoth won’t give you a warm welcome!
- Quesh: A toxic rock, where the Empire is trying to force the Republic to break the Treaty of Coruscant.
- Voss: A beautiful, autumnal planet, home to Force-using “Mystics” who are wary of outsiders but appear to be able to resist any forced attempt at invasion.
- Belsavis: A previously-secret prison-planet, home to some of the worst criminals in the galaxy.
- Corellia: A key Republic Core World. It is here that your class story, and the planetary questlines reach a peak as the Empire tries to steal Corellia from the Republic.
- Ilum: A night-time Icy world, in which Darth Malgus plays a huge part. You will also play a pivotal role in the Battle of Ilum!
Show Planets!↑ Menu
Here are the thumbnails. Simply tap on a thumnail to open the gallery. You can then browse the whole gallery full-screen.
- Nar Shaddaa
- The Black Hole: based on, but separate to, Corellia.
- CZ-198: the now defunct Czerka Corporation Headquarters, but still holds valuable information. If you can fight through the droids and a toxic spill. I double-checked with swtorista, and although you can come here at Level 50, this area has Level 55 enemies. So maybe take a friend with you on this one.
more can be unlocked with credits.See my guide to making outfits more more details and tips!↑ Menu
- Rakghoul Resurgence: Alderaan, Corellia or Tatooine see an underground Rakghoul infestation. This event has a clever mechanic of spawning enemies that are your character’s level.
- Bounty Contract Week: The Bounty Brokers Association have openings for non-Professional hunters to earn credits. You are ultimately tracking Most-Wanted criminals but you begin by eliminating their Lieutenants. You can exchange “Completed Contracts” in the Cartel Bazaar (on your faction’s fleet) for rewards. Incidentally the vendors are available even when the event is not on, in case you forget to spend them during it!
- Relics of the Gree: A higher-level requirement is set for this, but if you wait until Level 50 you can play this event on Ilum. You may need a small group, or at least one other player with you, to make the most of this event.
- Life Day: the Winter/Christmas festival in SWTOR. It mostly involves throwing snowballs at players and NPCs to earn “Snow-Covered Parcels” which can be exchanged for cosmetic outfits, mounts, stronghold decorations and pets.
Security Key. This gives two-factor authentication, via a mobile app, when logging into both the SWTOR game and website.
Having this set-up grants you access to the in-game Security Key Vendor and grants your account 100 Free Cartel Coins per Month. You may want these to earn some of the unlocks mentioned in this post!↑ Menu
July 2019, Free-to-Play Accounts have a credit cap of 1 Million Credits. This may restrict your ability to purchase mounts or gear from Galactic Trade Network (GTN), the player-to-player market. However, as the limit used to be 200,000 – you’ll find you have more options open to you now!Any credits earned over this will be put into an ESCROW which you can only access either by purchasing unlocks from the Cartel Market or by subscribing.↑ Menu
When you first start playing, your character walks very slowly. The “Sprint” ability unlocks for a character when they reach Level 10.↑ Menu
SWTOR Free-to-Play players can only list 2 items, or 2 stacks of items on GTN at any one time. While this limits your ability to earn credits, with the credit cap that does not really matter. And as games like FFXIV stop you using the player-to-player market while F2P, any access at all is more than others offer.You can buy as many things from GTN as you like, up to your credit cap.↑ Menu
Since the July 2019 Changes to F2P, Free-to-Play accounts can use 3 Quickbars – a total of 36 slots. This means you may have to use the Abilities panel to access items such as mounts or Quick Travel. Depending on your class you may need to use a slot or two for medpacs!↑ Menu
You can unlock this in two ways:
- Cartel Coins: buy some Cartel Coins (CC) and pay 80CC
- Play to Unlock: by completing the portion of your class story on your first planet, you can earn 20 Cartel Coins. Doing this for 4 different classes (once per server) will earn you 80 Cartel Coins. Then you can purchase the unlock from the Cartel Market.
FFXIV, this inability to craft is very restrictive to be honest.↑ Menu
You cannot learn the skill allowing you to use mounts until you are Level 20. Admittedly this gives you time to earn the credits to buy a mount. But it means you should expect to be on foot for a good portion of a new character’s life. And the first ten levels, you cannot sprint!↑ Menu
making outfits in SWTOR, there are two appearance options locked to Free-to-Play accounts:
- Hide Head Slot: if your helmet or hood is ugly and makes you look unfashionable, you cannot hide it!
- Unify Colours: without this option, you may end up with clashing colours from one armour or outfit piece to another. You could dye these pieces, but unless you can craft dyes, you will have to buy them from other players. This is rarely cost-effective.
- Limited Emotes: unlike other MMOs, SWTOR has a very restrictive set of emotes for Free-to-Play players. Some can be obtained from players via GTN or from the Cartel Market, but many are subscriber only.
- Legacy Titles: Legacy titles cannot be shown above your character. (Next point has been corrected)
- Character-Specific Titles: You cannot show any character-specific titles you earn without a Cartel Market unlock. You can still see earned titles in the Character Panel, just not display them for you and others to see.
- Legacy Name: even if you have the most awesome name for your legacy, this cannot be shown to other players without you unlocking it.
- Legendary Locked Out: if you complete all 8 Class Stories on one server you can unlock the Legendary Character Flair. This is like a frame or portrait around your character’s avatar, visible to you and other players. Free-to-Play accounts cannot earn this unless you unlock a further four character slots. And there are more cost-effective ways to go about that!
swtorista has an excellent guide to help you do just that. So why not jump into a Galaxy Far, Far Away and make your first characters as an SWTOR Free-to-Play account? Tap here to learn more! May the Force be with You!