Star Wars The Old Republic is now nearly 6 years old, but new players keep coming and trying the game for the very first time each day. This article is aimed at beginners and will help you learn the basics about each available Advanced Class in the game as well as guide you through your choice of a Discipline that will best fit your preferred playstyle. I offer you an extensive, yet simple and easy to understand way to prepare for your long journey ahead.To shorten the amount of scrolling you would have to do, I have split the guide into 4 pages:
- Page 1: GAME SETTING will give you an idea of what SWTOR actually is and how it fits in the timeline.
- Page 2: DISCIPLINES provides a short overview of what the Disciplines are and how they function.
- Page 3: REPUBLIC CLASSES will introduce before you all 8 advanced classes, available to the Republic supporters.
- Page 3: EMPIRE CLASSES will introduce before you all 8 advanced classes, available to the Empire fans.
Let’s begin with a few introductory words about the game. If you prefer yo get to the technical part, check out Page 2 for an Introduction to Disciplines and Pages 3 and 4 for Republic and Empire Classes Overview.
The Old Republic is the only massively-multiplayer online game with a Free-to-Play option that puts you at the center of your own story-driven Star War saga. Play as a Jedi, a Sith, a Bounty Hunter or as one of many other Star Wars iconic roles and explore an age over three-thousand years before the classic films. Become the hero of your own Star Wars adventure as you choose your path down the Light or Dark side of the Force.
Game’s History Background
Protected by the legendary Jedi Order, the Galactic Republic stood as a bastion of peace in the galaxy for a thousand generations. Several centuries ago, the greatest threat the galaxy has ever known emerged in the form of the dark Sith Empire. After a volatile war, the Republic emerged victorious and the Sith were assumed to be extinct. Nonetheless, the Jedi have maintained a constant vigil over the ancient Sith homeworld, Korriban, to protect the galaxy from the darkness that still resides in the planet’s tombs.
Though a small group of survivors escaped to warn of the Imperial invasion, it was only a minor reprieve for the Republic. Korriban was one of several worlds to fall in the initial onslaught, and in the years that followed, the Republic suffered many more painful defeats. Emboldened by their numerous victories, the Empire soon moved to conquer the Core Worlds, luring the Republic fleet out of position and launching a surprise attack against the noble world of Alderaan.
The courageous stand on Alderaan rallied the spirits of Republic defenders across the galaxy, but the balance of the power remained in the Empire’s favor. This only fueled the surprise felt when the Imperial Dark Council extended the offer to the Republic to engage in peace negotiations. Suspecting possible treachery, Republic officials agreed to meet on Alderaan, but insisted that the Jedi Order marshal all its resources to provide comprehensive security. The Jedi complied, sending most senior members of the Order to Alderaan, and leaving only a token force in the Temple on Coruscant.
After destroying the Jedi Temple and overwhelming the Republic’s defenses, Imperial forces occupied Coruscant, holding the planet hostage while negotiations restarted on Alderaan. With their capital at stake, Republic officials had little choice but to agree to the Empire’s terms.
The Treaty of Coruscant was signed, forcing the Republic to cede control of several star systems and to acknowledge new boundaries of Imperial dominion. Though the treaty brought about an official end to the war, tensions between the two sides have remained high over the last several years, and now, a return to open war seems all but inevitable.
The Class Stories
Choose from one of eight iconic roles and become the hero of your personal Star Wars saga—an interactive storyline with cinematic dialogue and full voiceover for all in-game characters. All 8 origin stories are very different from one another, but are all happening more or less at the same time. Regardless of which side you choose, you will always have an opportunity to show your Light or Dark alignment to the Force. Your choices will matter and whether you save or doom someone at one point, this may play a role later on in your story.
SWTOR will allow you to play all 8 original class stories for free up to level 50. If you want to continue past that point, you will have to consider a Subscription. Check out these links to learn more:
- Is SWTOR Subscription worth it and who is it for
- SWTOR F2P vs Preferred vs Subscriber Mode Overview | SWTOR Basics Series
For the launch of Game Update 5.0, all of the original class opening intro cinematics have been updated and improved significantly. You can watch them all here: New and Improved SWTOR Opening Cinematics for all 8 Class Stories.
The game also allows you to have several companions, but only one active at any given time. They will join you during your main story missions and will interact with both you and the characters you converse with or fight against. The companions can perform any role you need and this is an option you can change on the move (outside of combat).
Each Base Class gets to recruit up to 5 unique companions. All of them are different for each story and each class. They will fight alongside you, but if you don’t treat them well, they may begin to resent you.
Here is a list of all available companions for recruitment as of today. Some of the classic companions are still missing after the events from Knights of the Fallen Empire.
| ► THE DISCIPLINES
Note: For this guide I have used text and graphics from the official website swtor.com as well as my personal knowledge and experience about all the classes, their respective disciplines and mechanics. If you have any questions or still aren’t sure which class is best for you, leave a comment and we’ll discuss your options :)
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Additional SWTOR Beginners resources:
- SWTOR Step-by-Step Guide to Leveling and Gearing Up for EndGame
- SWTOR Basics: Guides and Tutorials for Beginners
- SWTOR Basics: The DOs and DONTs for beginners (leveling tips)
- Everything about SWTOR Patch 5.0 Knights of the Eternal Throne
- SWTOR Datacrons Guide Lore Collection (Sorted by Planets)