Since many of you are looking for a good leveling guide for Star Wars: The Old Republic, and the release date is getting closer and closer it’s time for this site to fulfill it’s promise. I’ve bought every single SWTOR leveling guide I could find and decided to finally compare and review them all in one post, giving you a much-needed breakdown of their contents and usefulness.

Note that this post will get continuously updated as these guides are frequently updated, and new guides get released!


Killerguides SWTOR Leveling Guide1. Killerguides SWTOR Leveling Guide

  • Factions: Both
  • Levels Covered: 1-50
  • Price: $29,99
  • Bonus Guides: datacrons guide, crew skills guide, companions guide, skill tree builds, factions guide, classes guide, flashpoint walkthroughs, equipment & itemization guides, credit making guide, grouping guide.
  • Overall Impressions: extremely well written guide from an author who clearly spent months analyzing SWTOR in great detail. Includes a guide on everything you can think of.
  • Leveling Guide Rating:  ★★★★★★★★★★ 
  • Bonus Guides Rating:  ★★★★★★★★★★ 
  • Overall Rating:  ★★★★★★★★★★ 

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Strife SWTOR Leveling Guide2. Strife SWTOR Leveling Guide

  • Factions: Both
  • Levels Covered: 1-50
  • Price: $27
  • Bonus Guides: PvE guide, Flashpoints guide, PvP guides for all classes, skill tree builds, great and detailed class guides, huge number of high-quality videos, excellent crew skills guide, credits guide, detailed class guides, helpful community.
  • Overall Impressions: another very good and detailed leveling guide, with tons of additional useful bonuses. Lacks a bit in the leveling department.
  • Leveling Guide Rating:  ★★★★★★★☆☆☆ 
  • Bonus Guides Rating:  ★★★★★★★★★☆ 
  • Overall Rating:  ★★★★★★★★☆☆ 

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Aeon SWTOR Leveling Guide3. Aeon SWTOR Leveling Guide

  • Factions: Both
  • Levels Covered: 1-50
  • Price: $47 (currently 50% off!)
  • Bonus Guides: PvE and PvP skill tree builds, itemization guide, abilities & skills guide, healing and tanking guides, video guides.
  • Overall Impressions: another very detailed and comprehensive leveling and strategy guide. Only thing missing is a crew skills guide.
  • Leveling Guide Rating:  ★★★★★★★☆☆☆ 
  • Bonus Guides Rating:  ★★★★★★☆☆☆☆ 
  • Overall Rating:  ★★★★★★½☆☆☆ 

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SWTOR Savior Leveling Guide4. SWTOR Savior Leveling Guide

  • Factions: Both
  • Levels Covered: 1-50
  • Price: $24,99
  • Bonus Guides: PvP guide, galactic trade network guide, companions, crew skills, classes, equipment.
  • Overall Impressions: could use more useful information and bonuses, hopefully it’ll get updated soon.
  • Leveling Guide Rating:  ★★★★★★★½☆☆ 
  • Bonus Guides Rating:  ★★★★★½☆☆☆☆ 
  • Overall Rating:  ★★★★★★☆☆☆☆ 

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SWTOR Secrets Leveling Guide5. SWTOR Secrets Leveling Guide

  • Factions: Both
  • Levels Covered: 1-50
  • Price: $27
  • Bonus Guides: credits guide, equipment guide, galactic missions guide, PvP guide, classes guide, crew skills, companions, abilities, skill tree builds.
  • Overall Impressions: lacks a bit in quality and details; no one-in-all guide.
  • Leveling Guide Rating:  ★★★★★★★☆☆☆ 
  • Bonus Guides Rating:  ★★★★★☆☆☆☆☆ 
  • Overall Rating:  ★★★★★★☆☆☆☆ 

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SWTOR Use The Force Guide6. Use the Force Leveling Guide

  • Factions: Both
  • Levels Covered: 1-50
  • Price: $47
  • Bonus Guides: skill tree builds, healing and tanking guides.
  • Overall Impressions: definitely needs more content.
  • Leveling Guide Rating:  ★★★★★★☆☆☆☆ 
  • Bonus Guides Rating:  ★★★★☆☆☆☆☆☆ 
  • Overall Rating:  ★★★★★☆☆☆☆☆ 

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Ultimate ToR Guide7. Ultimate TOR Guides Leveling Guide

  • Factions: Both
  • Levels Covered: 1-50
  • Price: $27
  • Bonus Guides: skill tree builds, class guides, beginners guide, datacrons guide
  • Overall Impressions: not enough useful content to compete with other guides.
  • Leveling Guide Rating:  ★★★★★☆☆☆☆☆ 
  • Bonus Guides Rating:  ★★★★★☆☆☆☆☆ 
  • Overall Rating:  ★★★★★☆☆☆☆☆ 

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My Recommendation:

Killerguides Leveling Guide is currently the best one and my highest recommendation, closely followed by Strife SWTOR Leveling Guide. I definitely recommend Killer guide (it’s even the cheapest one!), but if you’re looking for an alternative and mind the difference in price, you won’t notice much of a difference in quality and you might as well get Strife. In their current state other guides aren’t worth getting in my opinion.

Some of these guides are supposed to be updated often with free new content, so I’ll be keeping this post updated accordingly! If you’re a guide author and want your guide reviewed here you’re welcome to contact me!

SWTOR Legacy Unlocks

In the upcoming patch 1.2 for Star Wars: The Old Republic the Legacy system will be further expanded, as you undoubtedly know already. There’s many new emotes, species, character stat boosts, and some amazing new abilities. The following screenshots will show you just some of the available legacy unlocks.

SWTOR Legacy Unlocks

Don’t forget to click the image for a better view. Also, if you want to find out how to quickly unlock these legacy bonuses, don’t forget to check out some of these leveling guides.

If you’re wondering which flashpoints and operations award certain items and which levels are they suited for, the following infographic will certainly help. It’s a handy resource for all The Old Republic players, so be sure to bookmark it somewhere safe!

SWTOR Flashpoint & Operation: Locations, Levels and Items

For more handy information, check out our crew skills and planet infographics as well.

SWTOR Companions List

I’ve noticed recently that a lot of you seem to end up on this site looking for a full list of companions, yet there isn’t one. That’s why from now on you’ll hopefully end up on this very useful post, giving you a complete overview of all available companions.

In case you didn’t know, each class in Star Wars: The Old Republic has five different companions, each with their own set of skills, weapons and crew skill bonuses. The list below will tell you what they are.

Use the following links to quickly jump to the companions your favorite class:

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SWTOR Beta Testers Guide

In case you haven’t checked your email inbox in the past few days, you better do it now. Anyone who signed up for beta testing of Star Wars: The Old Republic prior to November 11 and from the official release countries should be able to participate in this beta weekend, so make sure you take advantage of that.

For those who are already in beta and those who will be soon, we’ve gathered some basic tips you should know, courtesy of Reddit. Hopefully you’ll find some of this information useful!

Professions | Ships & Vehicles | Companions | Leveling | Items | Interface | Random Tips

Professions

  • Pick 2 gathering skills and 1 crafting skills
  • Treasure Hunting is pretty useless
  • Slicing is best if you want a lot of credits
  • Remember, you can only have 1 crafting skill
  • It’s a good idea when returning from questing to send your Companion out for gathering while you turn in quests, train, and buy/sell.

I recommend you take a look at this crew skills infographic if you want to figure out which crew skills to pick for your class.

Ships & Vehicles

  • You get your ship at around level 15. It’s part of your class story, so you have no chance of missing it. But it’s at the end of the 2nd planet and you likely won’t get that far in one weekend.
  • As soon as you can, buy some ship upgrades. They go a long way during space combat.
  • Speeders are purchased in Tattooine.
  • You probably won’t have enough credits for a vehicle before level 25: training costs 40,000 credits and the vehicle itself 4,000

Companions

  • You’ll get companions if you follow your class story
  • Companion weapons are upgradeable with mods, do not vendor them!
  • Use any downtime to send your companions on missions. Turning in quests? Send them off on a short mission. Doing a flashpoint or heroic quest? Now’s the time to do the longer ones.
  • Don’t forget to gear up your companions! Before vendoring something or putting it on the AH see if one of your companions can make use of it.
  • Be sure to rebuff your companion every time you get off your speeder, they will always lose the buff once you start riding.
  • You can have your companions loot items from slain creatures by pressing Shift+Right Click
  • You are able to expand the Companion Bar (through a button on his condensed bar) to a full bar. In the Interface section of Preferences, you are able to select which extra Quickslot Bar you wish to expand your Companion’s Bar to.
  • You can send your companion out for 60 seconds to vendor all of your grey items. This option can be found by Right-Clicking your companion’s portrait, or under the “tiny head” icon in the Crew Window. During this 60 seconds, your companion will be unavailable to assist you in any way, be it tradeskill, combat, or chat.

Leveling

  • Get level 10 before leaving your origin world, then pick your AC and do the flashpoint. Picking your AC first will make the flash point much, much easier, especally if your a healer.
  • The best way to get 10 before leaving your origin planet is to do every quest and kill every enemy on the way. You can solo every group quest on the planet once you get your companion, so even if your adverse to grouping, just hold off on the quests until you get your companion, then do them.
  • If you don’t know where to go next, just follow your class quests: they’ll take you to an appropriate level area
  • You will get heroic quests way before you should be doing them, check the suggested level and set it aside until you’re higher or in the area.
  • You get social points for taking part in conversations in a group. Social points unlock various rewards, so you may want to accept and turn in quests in a group to increase your chances of getting them.
  • Take the time to do the flashpoints as you’re leveling. They are amazing, offer a nice change of pace and offer good XP.
  • Finish bonus quests before you move on to the quest it is associated with, sometimes when you complete the main quest the bonus one is lost. That’s free quest experience just gone.

Items

  • If you find an orange item that you or a companion can use, keep it, assuming it has a full compliment of modification slots. Under the current mod system, orange items are the only things (outside of crit crafted items) that can be modified. What this means is that, as long as you keep up with the modifications, you can continue to use the item. This is subject to change, and frankly I hope it does, but you should use the system to your advantage.
  • Lightsaber colours are determined by what colour crystal you put in, you’ll probably see many on the AH (Galactic Trade Network).
  •  Hold off on buying commendation items if you’re finishing up a planet, you can turn in those commendations for the next planet if you haven’t spent them. (2 commendations from your current planet will convert into 1 on the next)
  • Never buy [Random] vendor items, it’s a pointless gamble.

Interface

  • Go to Preferences -> Controls -> General -> Enable Area Loot. Always pick up all creature drops to maximize your credit income.
  • You can increase or decrease your field of view by pressing CTRL and using your mousewheel. Also, you can change the height of the camera with Shift+Mousewheel Up/Down. Zoom can be changed with ALT key and mousewheel up/down.
  • Shift+C opens your chat window
  • Through the Interface section in Preferences, the second section allows you to show up to 4 additional Quickslot Bars. One below the Default Bar. (This will push the Default Bar up.) One on the Right Side of the screen, and one on the Left Side of the screen. You can set the keybindings of additional quickslot bars with the Keybindings Tap in the Preferences Window. This can allow easier access to more of your abilities on those bars.
  • If you accidentally skip through a dialogue scene or miss out on what is said, pressing escape will totally withdraw you from the conversation and you can start over. You can “reset” the dialogue by pressing the “ESC” key; once the conversation is concluded however you can not repeat the dialogue. Unless the dialogue is part of a quest and you can reset the quest to repeat that section.
  • If you have interface glitches, try pressing CTRL+U twice: it’ll hide and then show it, forcing a reload.
  • You can use /stuck command if you get stuck

Random Tips

  • You get sprint at level 15.
  • Vendors will appear on your map as a credit symbol (a 7 with lines through it) and if you mouse over the symbol, you can tell exactly what that vendor sells most of the time.
  • In the current beta build you may not be able to “respec” your advanced class
  • Currently you can’t link items in chat
  • The auction house is called “Galactic Trade Network”
  • If you knock an enemy off a ledge, they take fall damage. If you kill them from fall damage you can still obtain the loot.
  • To cut down on overcrowding, SWTOR uses an Instanced system to separate the same location into multiple copies. When you join a party for a Heroic, you are not always in the same instance. To change, open your map. In the bottom right corner, there is a “World Map” with a title bar labeled “AREA” click the drop down menu and select the instance with your party leader/party in it. This will use your fast travel hearth and you will not be able to switch instances again for 30 minutes.

If you have any additional tips and tricks please post them below. Thanks!

For traveling from planet to planet you’re obviously going to be using starships, but while on a planet there are several ways to go around: quick travel, taxi service and personal vehicles. Below we’ll take a look at of these travel systems, because I know many of you are interested in any information about The Old Republic you can get.

Quick Travel

Quick traveling is similar to a Hearthstone in World of Warcraft. You can bind a certain location to it and when the spell is cast you’ll appear there. It has a 30 minute cooldown and a 10 second cast time, and you will be using it a lot while leveling up.

Taxi System

While I hate to make another WoW reference here, it’s by far the easiest to simply make a comparison with its Gryphons/Wyverns. Once you discover a location you can travel to it with the use of landspeeder taxis. It’ll cost you a few credits to do so, but it will save you a lot of time. Much like the quick traveling, you’ll be using this a lot, especially before you get your own speeder bike.

Personal Vehicles

STAP Vehicle

There are two types of personal vehicles: the STAP can currently only be obtained by pre-ordering the game, while the Speeder Bikes can be bought in-game for credits.

Name Required Level Speed Price (Credits)
42-Y Civillian Speeder Bike 25 60% 4,000
72-X Military Speeder Bike 40 85% 21,000
JR-3 Galactic Speeder Bike 50 100% 33,000

42-Y Civillian Speeder Bike

72-X Military Speeder Bike

JR-3 Galactic Speeder Bike

As you can see different speeders have their benefits, most notably the speed increase. Higher level speeders can also be upgraded with armor, reducing the chance you’ll get knocked off one when being attacked. Other than that, there are no other ways to customize the bikes.

There was also some talk about having animal mounts but Bioware gave up on it for now: they did mention we might see some after the game’s release though.


 I hope you learned something new from this article. If you’d like to see more info and guides posted on any other SWTOR systems, let me know in the comments below.

SWTOR Release Date

Several million players have been wondering when SWTOR will be released and finally we have our answer. Bioware’s co-founders revealed the official release date at Eurogamer Expo:

  • December 20, 2011 (US)
  • December 22, 2011 (EU)

Along with this highly anticipated info we also have the monthly subscription prices listed:

  • 1 Month Subscription: $14.99 (£8.99/€12.99)
  • 3 Month Subscription: $13.99 per month (one-time charge of $41.97/£25.17/€35.97)
  • 6 Month Subscription: $12.99 per month (one-time charge of $77.94/£46.14/€65.94)

Remember that buying a retail copy of SWTOR also entitles you to thirty days of free play. It’s surprising to me that they didn’t just calculate $1 = €1, since that’s fairly common these days, but I certainly won’t complain.

The release date for Australia and New Zealand hasn’t been revealed just yet, and neither was the starting date for early game access which will be available to anyone who preorders the game. However we probably will get more details on that very soon so stay tuned.

If you’ve been looking for information on crew skills in Star Wars: The Old Republic, look no further. This useful crafting chart will give you a basic rundown of all gathering, crafting and mission skills, tell you which ones go well with one another and which classes should pick them.

I certainly hope you find it useful! Don’t forget to click the image for a larger view :)


If you’d like something added or changed on this infographic let me know.

SWTOR Planets Infographic

This infographic will show you a list of planets you can visit in The Old Republic, and their approximate levels. Hope you find it useful!


You’re free to re-publish this image anywhere as long as you link back to www.swtorlevelingguide.com. Thanks!