Star Wars: The Old Republic introduced players to the Legacy System when the Patch 1.2 went live. The Legacy system opened up a variety of upgrades on a global scale that you can unlock simply by playing more. For example, you can unlock a character’s race when you reach level 50 and it affects all characters on that particular account and server. This helped to make the game even more interesting.
To unlock the Legacy System you need to complete Act one of your first characters storyline. This usually happens somewhere around levels 32 to 34. Once you accomplish this, you’ll be prompted to create a legacy or Star Wars Surname. You’ll also gain access to the Legacy UI, which is found on the top toolbar. This gives you access to your family tree and it will show you which class, race, and purchasable unlocks are available to you.
The fascinating thing about this is that you get to create a family tree with the characters that you use on that particular server. This means that you can choose how your characters are related. You can choose a spouse, siblings, brothers, sisters and even an adopted child. You can also choose to have an ally or nemesis. To get started, simply drag your characters from the pool on the left side, drop them in the center and place the relationship you want them to have with your other characters over them.
When Patch 1.3 went live, it added to the legacy patch by upgrading each character on an individual basis. This makes it possible for players to level their Legacy alts much faster and more efficiently by allowing you to follow a more specific path when leveling your new alts. While the Legacy Perks above are Global and can be used on all the characters you have on one particular server, the following are character perks only.
Advancement Legacy Perks
The Legacy Advancement Perks are made up of 5 different categories with 5 tiers designed to help players level faster, while concentrating on one aspect of the game. You will have to unlock the bottom tier first before you can move on to the next one and each tier will stack with the one before it. You’ll receive a 2 percent increase in experience with the initial unlock. Here is a list of the 5 tiers and what you will receive from each:
- Improved Warzone Experience- increases XP gain from PvP
- Improved Flashpoint Experience- increases your XP gain when you defeat your enemies in flashpoints
- Improved Space Mission Experience- increases your XP gain when you complete space missions
- Improved Class Mission Experience –increases your XP gain when you complete class missions
- Improved Exploration Experience – increases your XP gain simply by discovering locations on maps
The legacy level requirement is 5, 10, 15, 20 and 25 per tier and you’ll need to pay 20,000, 30,000, 50,000, 75,000 and 100,000 credits respectively per tier.
Pick up your Advancement Perks as early in the game as you can. They’ll have a major effect on your character while you are leveling up by helping you reach endgame much faster. However, they’re useless once you reach level cap.
Companion Legacy Perks
Legacy Perks affect the flow of your companion’s affection gain through both conversations and gift giving. They will also increase their crafting effectiveness. These perks will affect all the companions associated with the character that buys it but not any of the other characters on the legacy. As you already know, companions can be difficult sometimes, so maxing out their affection early in the game can be very beneficial.
- Legacy of Altruism- for 90,000 credits, you can increase affection gain 30 percent by Tier 3 simply by giving gifts.
- Legacy of Persuasion- also for 90,000 credits you can increase affection gain 30 percent by Tier 3 through conversations.
- Legacy of Leadership- once you reach Legacy Level 10, the time it takes your companion to sell junk items reduces to 30 seconds for tier 1 and 5 seconds for Tier 2 and this one will cost you 60,000 credits.
- Legacy of Crafting- you can increases the chances of receiving an augment slot in a crafted item by 1 percent per tier but this one will cost you 350,000 credits and a Legacy Level of 20 is required.
Now that players have access to augment kits, the Legacy of Crafting may not be worth the cost for many players.
Convenience Legacy Perks
Convenience Legacy Perks are expensive but their main purpose is to make the game more enjoyable and to make it easier for you to get around. You can purchase multiple ranks from 1-3 tiers for each of the following:
- Legacy Fleet Pass- reduces the cool down on your emergency fleet pass by 1, 2, or 3 hours. The length of time will depend on which rank pass you buy. They are cumulative so if you buy both a rank 1 and rank 2, you would have 3 hours of cool down reduction.
- Legacy Travel- You unlock these just like the fleet pass reductions and they cost the same and have the same ranks, which are as follows: Rank 1 requires Level 5 and 100,000 credits, rank 2 requires level 10 and 200,000 credits and rank 3 requires level 15 and 300,000 credits.
- Rocket Boost- gives all of your legacy characters rocket boost ability, which means they can sprint extremely fast for a short period and your cost is 2 million credits.
You can buy additional unlocks to reduce the Rocket Boost ability cool down time for 1 million and 1.5 million credits.
The Travel Perks (also consider a Convenience Legacy Perk) are similar to the Fleet Pass and they contain single destination quick travel skills. It also contains a tiered chain that allows you to buy the Speeder Piloting skills early in the game. Normally, you would purchase them at 25, 40 and 50 but with this perk, you can buy them at 10, 30 and 40.
The cost for training the skill is included in the price for the perk and it’s not much more than regular skill price. For example, it would cost you 35,000 credits for the regular 25 level skill and the Speeder Piloting 1 will cost 40,000 credits at level 10. Here are the other travel perks you can acquire:
- Priority Transport- allows you to travel to your capital planet quickly. These are similar to the Emergency Fleet Pass. However, they share separate cool down from your regular quick travel methods but they do share the cool down with each other. It requires character level 10, Legacy Level 10 and cost 20,000 credits.
- The Outlaw’s Den- requires a character level of 25 or Legacy Level 10 and 50,000 credits.
- Fleet Vanguard Vessel- requires character level of 40, Legacy Level 10 and 50,000 credits.
- The Black Hole- requires character level of 50 and 150,000 credits.
Many players consider the Travel Perks to be the most useful in the game, which is why they are the most expensive.
Additional Legacy Perks
The following are also considered Convenience Legacy Perks but they are more like upgrades that help to improve your character’s quality of life. They continue to be beneficial even after you reach level cap and after your companion’s affections reach maximum level.
- Field Repair Droid- at Legacy Level 25 and with 350,000 credits, you can summons a vendor droid to fix any gear that breaks. Once you get into the higher tiers, this vendor can buy, sell and you can summons him more often.
- Field Mail Droid- at Legacy Level 12 and with 100,000 credits, you can summons a droid letter carrier. Once you reach the higher tiers, you can also summons him more often.
- Field Respecialization- at Legacy Level 10 and with 200,000 credits you can buy this perk. It can save you a lot of time by allowing you to “respecialize” the skills of your character when out in the field. However, you still have to pay the same price for this service.
The great thing about the Legacy Perks System in SWTOR is that all players, regardless of your play style can benefit. Therefore, it doesn’t matter if you run in groups or play solo you can take advantage of them.