EpicF2P Game Guide
Guide by Jae Onasi
The Force Is Your Greatest Ally
You checked out the guide on choosing a class and decided you’d love to try out a Force-using class in Star Wars: The Old Republic. You’ve chosen an illustrious class for your new character—the Jedi Consular. Consulars are perfect for people who love using a lot of Force powers. As you start out your adventure as a Padawan, you’ll have the opportunity to try out a variety of different skills. Feel free to experiment and have fun!
Progression video shows the advanced class options for the Jedi Consular
Enjoy customizing your character. Species and gender has no effect on your stats, so pick what you like most. Choose your name and enjoy the opening crawl of your very own Star Wars saga.
We’re going to give you some great information here on how to set up your Jedi Consular for maximum effectiveness as you quest on Tython. We’ll look at everything from User Interface adjustments to skills to gear to quest choices.
Getting Set Up - User Interface Customizations
The chatbox can be undocked from the default top of the screen. The box itself can be resized, too. If the font is too small, or you prefer different text colors, you can change that by right-clicking on a chat tab. The menu pop-up will give you the choice of font sizes and chat preferences. If you want to add a timestamp, filter profanity, or turn general chat off, that menu is found by clicking Options (the little gears on the bar on the top of the screen), then Preferences, then Chat.
Your User Interface, or UI, can be accessed by clicking Options>User Interface. You can move, resize and change display styles of every item on your screen. If you want a step-by-step guide to changing anything in your UI, check out our UI guide! There are a couple of additional settings in Options>Preferences>User Interface, so take a look at those, too.
Subscribers receive six quickbars, Preferred players have four, and Free-to-play gamers have two. Two bars are more than enough for your journey as a Padawan.
If you’re a gamer who uses hotkeys instead of clicking the mouse to activate skills, make sure to check out the keybind listing. That’s found by clicking Options>Preferences>Key Bindings. The Key Bindings tab is at the bottom.
For a Jedi Consular, movement is important. Bind the forwards, backwards, and the strafing keys. Strafing is more useful than turning in SWTOR.
You won’t receive a lot of attack or defense skills before level 10. Put your fighting skills on the main quickbar and the skills you use only out of combat on the second bar.
Mouse over the options on your mini-map. You won’t be able to use the group finder or enter the PvP (player-vs-player) queue until level 10, but take note that they’re there. Click the filters and turn them all on. It’ll be easier to find vendors, crafting nodes, and taxi stops that way. Open the world map by clicking on the upper left button. You can also use the Map hotkey (default is ‘M’). If you join a group, your party members will show up on the map as little purple people. Scroll in or out on the mini-map using the ‘+’ or ‘-‘ buttons to see them more easily if you get lost.
Light and Dark Side Story Choices
Should you choose the Light side? Have you strayed to the Dark side? It’s your choice! A few of your decisions can affect other quests down the line, so choose carefully. Light and Dark side points can be gained and lost in a variety of situations. You’ll get your first taste of those alignment choices on Tython. Having a high alignment in either the Dark or Light side allows you to equip gear and relics that are specific to that alignment. If there is a special piece of armor or a particular weapon you love, and it has an alignment requirement, make dialogue choices that will move you in that direction. You can see your alignment at any time by opening your character sheet using the default hotkey ‘C’.
When Qyzen Fess joins you as a companion, you’ll discover that he gives you affection for certain dialogue choices. Those choices don’t always coincide with your Light or Dark side choices, which adds some interesting dynamics to your quests. Affection and alignment are fairly easy to increase, however.
While Jedi Consulars are the diplomats of the Star Wars universe, many enemies just don’t want to talk. Be prepared for battle! The Consular has some fantastic ranged attack skills to go with the lightsaber skills. Visit the skill trainer in the Jedi Temple or at the Gnarls at every new level. You’ll need those new skills before heading into the next mission area!
Consulars only wear light armor, so they’re a little more ‘squishy’ than their fellow Jedi Knights who can wear medium or heavy armor. The ranged skills like Project do more damage, too. When grouping with others on Tython, let the Knights or Qyzen take the melee beating while you attack from a distance. If you can position yourself behind the enemy, do it. Enemies take more damage when flanked or attacked from behind. Stun the enemy with Force Stun first. That gives you four seconds to run behind him to attack.
If your health bar drops, don’t worry. Use a Medpac to raise your health. As soon as you’re done with the fight, use your Meditation skill to get back to full health and resolve, which is your energy bar.
Consulars benefit most from the Resolve stims, which last for 60 minutes. While Fortitude stims do increase your health, raising your Willpower will increase the damage your skills do. You can only use one or the other. It’s a tradeoff, but if the enemies die more quickly, you won’t take as much damage. Skip anything that raises Strength, Aim, or Cunning, since those aren’t your primary stats.
If you die in battle, three things can happen.
- A party member can revive you
- You can revive yourself in that spot
- You can revive at a safe spot by a Medical Droid
If you revive in that spot, you’ll be in stealth mode for eight seconds. This gives you a chance to move to a safer area. Stop, use Meditation to heal, and rebuff with Force Valor and your stim. If the enemy is just too difficult to tackle, zone back to the Medical droid. If the entire party dies, or ‘wipes’, you’ll have to zone back to the Medical droid. If Qyzen dies in battle and you don’t, simply right-click on him to revive him. Using your Meditation skill will heal both you and him.
The Jedi Consular can use both melee and ranged skills, and you’ll receive both kinds on Tython. The default key for your abilities is ‘P’. Passive skills do not have to be equipped on your quickbars. If you’re a subscriber, toggle on the Sprint skill. Why run slowly when you can run more quickly?
Make sure to try out both ranged and melee skills to see what you prefer. This will help you make a good decision on your advanced class. In general, since Consulars can only use light armor, it’s better to lead off with a ranged skill, like Project or Telekinetic Throw, and then use Saber Strike and Double Strike when enemies get in melee range.
Saber Strike is the major skill you’ll use when can’t use other skills. Put it on your top bar until you earn better skills. Put Project, Telekinetic Throw, Double Strike, Force Stun, and a Medpac on your top bar for easy access. Skills that can’t be used in combat or have long cool downs can go on the second bar. Force Valor (your hour-long buff), Meditation (your out of combat healing skill), Quick Travel, and Force Lift can all go there. You’ll receive combination moves after choosing your advanced class, so don’t worry about those. Use Project and Telekinetic Throw as often as the cooldowns allow. They do higher damage.
The primary stats for Consulars are Willpower and Endurance. Don’t equip items with Strength, Aim, or Cunning. Willpower affects all your Force skills and melee damage. You can see your primary and secondary stats on your character sheet (default hotkey ‘C’). The secondary stats are power, critical, alacrity, accuracy, and surge. These are in the drop down lists below your primary stats. Expertise is used only in PvP. Since there aren’t any weapons or gear on Tython that affect secondary stats, and players can’t PvP until level 10, skip those for now. Check out the guide on primary and secondary stats for a detailed description on these.
Qyzen’s primary stats are Aim and Endurance. Look for those when you upgrade his equipment.
You can buy gear and weapons on Tython, but it’s better (and definitely cheaper!) to equip the items that drop as loot from monsters. When you get a new drop, mouse over it to see the popup window that compares it to what you have equipped. If the armor rating and stats are better than what you have, right-click to equip the new item. The old one will automatically move to your inventory. Keep an eye out for bracers and belts with Willpower.
Even though Qyzen uses heavy armor, you can use some of the medium armor loot drops for him until you can get to Coruscant and buy heavy armor and items using the Aim stat. Some armor is better than no armor. Sell everything you don’t need to a vendor since you don’t have a lot of inventory space early on.
Once you earn 10 Tython commendations, see the specialty vendor inside the Jedi Temple Cantina and exchange them for a very nice robe. Commendations, especially the ones from the higher level planets, are a good way to pick up new armor, weapons, and modifications for upgrading some gear.
Relics, headgear, implants, offhand items, and earpieces aren’t available until after you leave Tython, so don’t worry about finding those now.
At the end of your journey on Tython, you’ll receive your first orange-quality item, a lightsaber. Orange items have modifications, like enhancements or crystals, which can be changed. If you’d like to modify a weapon, you can do that at a modification station or simply Control-right click on the item.
If you have a choice on quest rewards, choose the ones that improve Willpower for yourself. Sometimes, you’ll receive a reward that upgrades an item for your companion. Equip it if it’s an upgrade, or sell it for more credits.
Tython is designed as a tutorial planet for new players rather than a money making spot. The best way to make serious money is to buy and sell on the Global Trade Network or sell drops from higher-level planets. The beginning drops are low value. If you want to make some quick cash, kill mobs of monsters in the Forge area for their loot. Another good place is in the Heroic area for the Chamber of Speech quest. Focus on learning your fighting techniques and abilities here instead of farming credits.
Qyzen Fess is the first Consular companion. He joins you around level eight. His main weapon is a Techblade, and he wears heavy armor. His main stats are Aim and Endurance. While Aim is not normally associated with a melee weapon, it’s the way Qyzen was developed. You won’t find techblades or heavy armor with an Aim stat until you arrive on Coruscant or the Fleet station, so hang on to the items he already has equipped.
Once Qyzen joins you, your conversation choices will affect not only your alignment, but your affection with Qyzen. If you accidentally hit a wrong key in conversation and it hasn’t ended, you can hit the ‘Escape’ key and restart the conversation. Qyzen’s affection also will increase if you give him certain companion gifts. Who says money can’t buy love?
The great thing about SWTOR is that you don’t have to grind repeatedly through the same enemies to gain levels. Simply do the missions along with the side and bonus quests, and you’ll gain more than enough experience to get to level 10.
Exploration, datacrons, and lore objects also contribute to experience points. Take the time to look around and enjoy some of the gorgeous scenery that BioWare has created. Read the Codex entries in your Log to find some interesting tidbits of history and information. If you haven’t reached level 10 by the time you finish your tasks on Tython, group up to do the Heroic quest, “Chamber of Speech”.
Datacrons, Shards, and Lore Objects
Lore objects are little items or placards that provide interesting bits of history or useful information. You’ll find a number of lore objects scattered around the planet. The easiest one to find is right outside the Jedi Council doors. Just right-click on the placard and you’ll get experience.
Datacrons are incredibly helpful for boosting your primary stats or gaining shards needed for your matrix cube relic. Tython has three datacrons. One of them gives you a +2 to your Endurance, and another one provides +2 Willpower, which is great for Consulars. The third datacron gives you a blue matrix shard. Matrix cubes and datacrons are handled in another guide. There are a lot of terrific videos on how to reach the datacrons, so check those out if you need help finding them.
Tython Datacron locations
SWTOR accommodates both the social player and those who prefer to game alone. If you group with others, you’ll complete quests and missions more quickly. You will also earn social points. The higher your social rank, the more fun social items you can buy. If you’re in a party, and you choose a Light side conversation option and someone else chooses the Dark side option, you don’t have to worry who wins the conversation roll. Your Light side points will be credited to you even if the Dark side response is what plays in the cinematic response. You’ll also be able to tackle the Heroic missions much more easily in a full party. Some Heroics are nearly impossible to do without a full party.
The advantage of playing solo is that you can explore at your own pace, and you’ll see all your individual conversations played out in the cinematic responses. You don’t have to rush through responses or an area to complete objectives. You can come and go as you like.
Most people do some combination of solo and group play. They will play their own class missions solo to see the full story but group up for Heroics and Flashpoints.
If you want to form a group for the Tython Heroic quest, just type “LFG Chamber of Speech” in general chat. ‘LFG’ is short for ‘looking for group’. Add people to your party by clicking on them, then right-clicking on their portrait on your screen. Right-click on your own portrait if you want to change leaders or leave a group. Once you reach level 10, you’ll be able to use the Group Finder button on your mini-map to gather a party more quickly.
Feel free to ask questions in general chat. Sometimes, you’ll get ridiculous answers. A lot of people will offer helpful answers. Give people time to answer. They might not be able to respond immediately because they’re in the middle of battle. Free-to-play gamers are limited in the number of chats they can send per minute, too. Avoid swearing and name-calling (trolling) in chat. It’s not fun to read, and it might just get you kicked out of the game. Grandma’s old adage, ‘If you don’t have something nice to say, don’t say it’, applies to any chat. Use the trade channel if you want to sell something.
Check out the swtor.com Server Forums for more information on guilds if you want to game with the same group of people. Pick several guilds that mesh well with your play style and interests. Look at their websites and talk to some of the members before deciding to join. You can always type /gquit to leave a guild if it doesn’t work out, but it’s more fun to find a good group of people to game the first time. Guilds also allow groups of people to pool resources and share items by using a guild bank. Guildmates can also coordinate crafting skills so people aren’t all making the same things.
Once you finish on Tython, you’ll be a full-fledged Jedi! You’ll also have the basics you need to build on your success. There are some terrific guides on the Fleet Station, Coruscant, and picking your advanced class. Check them out, and enjoy your journey through the Star Wars galaxy!