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Jedi Knight Beginner’s Guide - Star Wars The Old Republic

Learn everything you need to know about the Jedi Knight including primary stats, gear choices, abilities, and more.

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Guide by Jae Onasi

Jedi Knight - Hero of the Republic

Do you love leading the charge into battle? Do you want to play a Jedi, ensuring Republic victory over the evil forces of the Empire? If you’ve longed to play a Jedi Knight in Star Wars: The Old Republic, or you decided from the guide to choosing a class that playing a tank character was your style, you’ll have a great time with this class.

When creating your character, take your time with customizations. Species and gender have no effect on your stats, so pick what you like. Choose a name, then sit back to watch the opening crawl to your personal Star Wars saga!

We’re going to give you some terrific tips on how to set up your Jedi Knight for easy gaming. We’ll touch on options like skills, gear, your companion, and controls.

User Interface Customizations

Take a few moments right after your first conversation to adjust your User Interface (UI) and chat settings. The UI is in the Options menu (the gears icon located on the bar at the top of the screen). Simply click Options>User Interface. Any item in the UI can be re-sized, moved around, and even flipped. Toggle on all your quickbars (also called action or hot bars).

Subscribers receive six quickbars, Preferred players get four, and Free-to-play gamers get two. For your Padawan training on Tython, two quickbars are plenty. You won’t get that many skills before leaving the planet. Put your main fighting skills like Strike and Slash on your main quickbar. Skills that you’ll use out of combat, like Quick Travel, Introspection or Force Might can go on the second bar.

Walkthrough of how to change your user interface

If you like to use the keyboard instead of your mouse to activate skills, you’ll find the keybind defaults under Options>Preferences>Key Bindings. The tab for Key Bindings is at the bottom of that window.

A helpful guide on how to change your key bindings

If you don’t like your chatbox being in the upper left corner, you can undock it and move it elsewhere. To re-size it, click the lower right corner and drag to make the chatbox bigger or smaller. To change the font size or color, right click on one of the chat tabs. A window will pop up with that menu. Some of the chat options are located in the Options menu. It’s at Options>Preferences>Chat. You’ll find the options for filtering profanity, adding a time-stamp, and turning general chat on and off in this window.

Mini-map Overview

The mini-map is located in the lower right of the screen by default. When mousing over the mini-map buttons, you’ll see popups for the PvP (player-vs.-player) queue and group finder. You can’t activate these until level 10, but it’s good to know they’re there. The upper left button opens the world map, or you can use the default key ‘M’. Click all the filters to turn them on. It’ll make finding vendors, taxi stops, and crafting nodes (called ‘resources’) much easier. When you’re in a group, your party members show up on the mini-map as small purple people. If you get lost, just click the ‘+’ or ‘-‘ buttons to scroll in or out on the map to find landmarks more easily.

Light and Dark Side Story Choices

From the very start, you’ll be given dialogue and quest options that contribute to your Dark side or Light side alignment. Most gamers tend to choose the Light side options for Knights, but you certainly can role-play a fallen Jedi, too. There are some really nice items available for players who’ve earned a high Light or Dark side rank, so you may want to make dialogue or quest choices with that in mind. If you want to see your alignment rank, simply open your character sheet. The default key is ‘C’. The Light/Dark bar is right next to your character portrait.

Your first companion, the droid T7-01, will join you on Tython. You’ll then have choices that affect not only alignment but also companion affection. What T7 likes and what you like might be different, which adds a new dimension to dialogue selection. Affection and alignment are both pretty easy to raise, so don’t worry too much if you occasionally lose some points.

Mission Choices

All the class missions are required for you to leave Tython. However, the stories in SWTOR are so well done that you’ll want to do them all! If you open your quest log (default key ‘L’), you’ll see each quest and the recommended level for each one.

Don’t take on the Heroic area without a party. You should be around level seven or so to complete it successfully.

Fighting

Jedi Knights use their Force powers to help their powerful fighting skills. Make sure to visit the skill trainers whenever you level up. You’ll need your new skills when you enter the next mission areas. There are trainers in the Gnarls and the upper level of the Jedi Temple.

All Knights can wear medium armor. Those Knights who choose the Jedi Guardian advanced class will be able to add the heavy armor proficiency. A well-armored Jedi Knight can take a lot more damage than their Consular counterparts. Don’t be afraid to take the lead in battle—you’re the melee expert in any group. Use Blade Storm to stun an enemy and then position yourself to strike from behind. You’ll do extra flanking damage that way.

Keep a few Medpacs in your inventory, and add them to your quickbar for easy use if your health drops. When you finish a fight, use the Introspection skill. It heals both you and any companion with you.

Jedi Knights can use both Fortitude and Might stims. These stims last 60 minutes. Fortitude stims boost your Endurance (and thus your health), while Might raises your Strength. Increasing Strength increases all of your Force and attack skills. Those who are pure tanks may want to go for Fortitude over Strength buffs. Knights who prefer DPS (damage-per-second) should choose Might Stims to increase their damage. A dead enemy can’t hurt you, after all. Don’t use the stims that raise Willpower, Cunning, or Aim. None of these improve your primary stats of Strength and Endurance.

Sometimes, you’ll die in battle. If that happens, you can do one of three things. If you’re in a party, one of the group members can revive you. If you’re questing alone, you can either zone back to safety at one of the Republic Medical Droids, or you can revive at that spot.

If you revive in the area, you’ll be in stealth mode for about eight seconds. This gives you time to move to a safe spot to use Introspection to heal up. Use another Might or Fortitude Stim, and activate your Force Might buff again. If everyone in the party ‘wipes’, or dies, you’ll all have to revive at a Republic Droid. If T7 dies in battle, simply revive him by right-clicking on him after battle.

Abilities

You can see all of your abilities by clicking the default key ‘P’. Most of your skills are melee-based, or are Force skills that improve your lightsaber fighting skills. Activate the Sprint skill if you’re a Subscriber. After all, who likes to run slowly?

Strike and Slash are your main lightsaber skills, so put those on your top quickbar. Shii-Cho Form can go on the second bar. Keep that activated until you receive better ones at level 10. Use Force Leap to jump into battle. This not only puts you immediately into melee range, it also helps build your focus, which is your energy pool. Use Saber Ward as often as you can to reduce the damage you take. It’ll make it easier on healers and your medpacs costs. Master Strike is a fantastic skill to use in a pack of monsters, since it does massive damage and incapacitates some of the weaker enemies for three seconds.

You’ll learn combinations skills after level 10, so you don’t need to worry about those right now. Keep Force Might, Quick Travel, and Introspection on your second bar. You can’t use those during combat. Always have Force Might active. This buff improves damage and incoming healing by 5%. Any help is welcome when battling an enemy.

Stats

Strength and Endurance are the Jedi Knight’s primary stats. Don’t use items with Willpower, Aim, or Cunning, since those don’t help your primary skills. Primary and secondary stats are located on your character sheet. The secondary stats are accuracy, alacrity, power, critical, and surge. Those are found on the drop down lists below your primary stats. Expertise is only used in PvP, so you don’t need to worry about that now.

There are no loot drops that affect your secondary stats on Tython, so don't be concerned if you don't see any loot for those.

T7-01’s primary stats are Aim and Endurance. If you upgrade his weapons, choose the ones that increase those stats.

Gear

You can buy gear and weapons on Tython. However, it’s much cheaper just to equip the items you receive as quest rewards or drops from monsters. When you receive new items, mouse over them, and a popup window comparing the items will appear. If the stats, damage, or armor rating are better than what you have equipped, right-click the new item to equip it. The old item moves automatically to your inventory. Watch especially for bracers and belts with Strength since those are harder to find. T7 wears droid armor, and you’ll be able to buy better items for him once you reach the Fleet station or Coruscant. You’ll see equipment slots for implants, earpieces, relics, headgear, and offhand items, but those aren’t available until after you finish on Tython.

As you near the end of your Padawan training, you’ll earn your first orange-quality weapon, a lightsaber. Orange items can be upgraded with modifications like crystals, hilts, and armoring. You can change these modifications by Control-right clicking on the item or using a modification station.

Whenever your earn quest rewards, choose the ones that improve Strength. If you receive a companion reward, equip it if it’s better, or sell it for credits if it’s not.

Earning Money

Tython is mainly a tutorial planet, and the low level drops don’t sell for a lot of credits. If you need some more credits, the best places to go for loot drops are the Forge area or the cave for the Heroic quest “Chamber of Speech”. You’ll be able to make more money from drops on higher level planets or trading on the Global Trade Network. On Tython, simply focus on learning the game play and skills.

Companions

Your droid, T7-01, joins you around level eight or so. He uses a blaster pistol or blaster rifle. He wears droid armor. Hang on to his equipment until you arrive on the Fleet station or Coruscant. You won’t bind anything better on Tython.

Make sure to read T7’s codex entry. Companion codex entries will tell you what they like or dislike, and that makes it easier for you to select dialogue choices that make them happy. If you make a mistake and the conversation hasn’t ended, press the ‘Escape’ key. You’ll be able to restart the conversation. On the Fleet station and Coruscant, there are vendors who sell companion gifts. You can give a companion their favorite type of gift as a token of your appreciation. You'll earn affection from them in return.

Leveling

No one has to grind through enemies or areas in SWTOR to level up! If you do the missions, and side and bonus quests, you’ll earn plenty of experience to reach level 10. If you haven’t reached level 10 by the time you complete your last Tython mission, try grouping up for the “Chamber of Speech” Heroic quest.

Other items give experience points, too. Look around the beautiful Tython scenery to find lore objects, datacrons, and new regions. All of this will contribute to level ups.

Datacrons, Shards, and Lore Objects

Datacrons are information cubes that give you stat boosts or matrix shards for your matrix cube relic. Three datacrons are scattered around Tython. One on them raises Endurance, which is very useful for Knights. These are pretty easy to reach, so make sure to gather all of them for the stat boosts and experience points.

Lore objects are items or descriptive placards that give useful information and tidbits of history. One of them is found right outside the Jedi Council doors on the upper level of the Jedi Temple. You’ll gain experience points by right-clicking on it.

Social Elements

You can play SWTOR easily solo or in a group. It’s faster to tackle quests and missions in a party, and you’ll gain social points if you group up. The higher your social rank, the better the social items you can buy. Don’t be concerned about Light and Dark side choices. Even if someone else’s dialogue choice plays in the cinematic response of a quest, you’ll still receive credit for the choice you made yourself. Some of the Heroic quests are just about impossible to complete solo, so group up for those.

You’ll quest with a companion if you play solo. If you enjoy seeing your personal cinematic dialogue choices, or want to take your time exploring an area, then solo play is for you. Take your time and enjoy the stories and art.

Most gamers tackle quests with a combination of solo and group play. They’ll complete class missions on their own but group up for Heroics, Flashpoints, and Operations.

If you’d like to form a party to do the Heroic quest “Chamber of Speech”, just type “LFG Chamber of Speech” in general chat. ‘LFG’ is short for ‘looking for group’. When people want to join, click on them, and their portrait will appear on your screen. Right-click on their portraits for the popup window to add them to your party. When you reach level 10, you’ll be able to use the Group Finder tool, too.

Feel free to ask questions in general chat. Most people are friendly and will offer good advice. Occasionally, you’ll receive a smart alack answer, too. Ignore it or laugh. Give other players time to answer. They might be in the middle of battle and can’t respond immediately. Free-to-play gamers are limited in the number of messages they can send per minute, too. They might have to wait for the chat cooldown to answer.

If you want to sell or trade something, use the trade chat. Don’t swear or use name-calling (trolling) in chat. That could get you kicked out of the game. Follow the old rule of thumb: “If you don’t have anything nice to say, don’t say it.”

If you’d like to find a guild, take a look at the swtor.com Server Forums. You’ll be able to search through guild threads to find one that suits your play style and interests. Check out their websites and contact their members to learn more about them before joining one. You can always type /gquit to leave if you don’t like the guild, but it’s better to find one that works well. Guilds can pool resources to share gear and crafting materials to help each other out.

When you’ve completed all your missions on Tython, you’ll no longer be a Padawan, you’ll be a full-fledged Jedi! You’ll have learned a lot about gameplay that will help you on future missions. If you want to learn more about the Fleet station, Coruscant, or the Jedi Knight advanced classes, make sure to check out the fantastic guides. Enjoy your adventures saving the Republic!


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