Merlyn's SWTOR Guides
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7.0 Guide Updates
All Combat Style guides added (see links below)
Working on Sorcerer preliminary discipline guides
Please note all 7.0 guides will initially be high level guides and mostly focus on changes, skill tree recommendation, gearing and preliminary advice on the changes to make to rotations as compared to 6.x. Fully detailed guides will be added over time once preliminary guides are done for each discipline.
Welcome!!! This website's purpose is to provide a comprehensive resource to players learning more about endgame PVE (player versus environment) content in Star Wars the Old Republic ("SWTOR" hereafter). Over the years playing SWTOR, I accumulated pretty comprehensive notes about class guides and operations for myself and my guild mates and eventually decided to put this content on a website for all players to use.
Let me tell you a little about me. I have been playing since the release of the Rise of the Hutt Cartel expansion (game update 2.0). My playtime has largely been focused on Player v. Environment ("PVE") content and in particular end game content like operations. I play some Player v. Player ("PVP") content but am not super serious about it and only rarely play ranked PVP. I have cleared all Hard / Veteran Mode operations and most Nightmare / Master Mode operation bosses.
The purpose of this website is to provide class guides and operation guides in SWTOR. I hope that you will find useful tips and tricks regarding your utilities, ability rotation/priority, and other tips. Likewise, I also hope the operations guide help you feel more comfortable with mechanics and better prepared to clear difficult bosses. I may also slip in a few random other documents from time to time that might be helpful.
Lastly, let me provide a few quick caveats to everything on this website. I do not know everything about anything, including gear theorycrafting, class rotations or operations. English is my primary language though that may or may not always be obvious. So, this site may contain typos, mistakes, sub-optimal recommendations, etc. I welcome feedback and comments and will do my best to keep this info as accurate and up to date as possible. You can reach me at firstname.lastname@example.org .
In 7.0 Origin Stories are the story experience for your character. These are the same as pre-expansion but now are separated from Combat Styles to give you more flexibility in your combat playstyle and matching those up with your story experience.
In 7.0 Combat Styles are separate from story experience. All Force user combat styles can be selected for any Force user origin story, including having a Jedi story with a Sith combat style and vice versa! Some opposite faction options require story progression and unlocking the applicable Light/Dark side achievements. Also new in 7.0, players will be able to add a SECOND Combat Style per character if they are subscribed and have completed the initial Chapter 1 through 3 story on at least one character!
In 7.0 Combat Styles are separate from story experience. All Tech user combat styles are available for every Origin Story. Also new in 7.0, players will be able to add a SECOND Combat Style per character if they are subscribed and have completed the initial Chapter 1 through 3 story on at least one character!
I did a lot of testing of Alacrity in 6.0 to update my gearing recommendations, find all the details here!
I started a series of videos explaining various topics in SWTOR, starting with parsing and now working on UI tips/tricks. More to come!
Here is a FAQ that may be helpful to explain my approach to guides on this website.
Preliminary 7.0 Gearing Guide.
I posted some links to various other documents I use as resources for this website, my YouTube channel and some other great content creators.
This page documents the timeline of substantive updates to the website. If you need to look back to see when something was edited, posted, updated or revised, this is where to look!