Swtorista: SWTOR Guides & Videos

Ready to learn about Star Wars: The Old Republic? Get up to speed with tips, tricks, videos and written guides about SWTOR for beginners and level 70 players! We've covered everything from pvp to levelling.

The Academy was created originally as an audio segment for Ootinicast, a Star Wars: The Old Republic podcast, after listeners requested more content dedicated to newer players. The video, audio and script are created by Swtorista, a long-time gamer with a large variety of interests in the game, from running operations to collecting.

  • SWTOR Dark vs Light Guide - Dark vs Light is a way of competing with your server in Star Wars the Old Republic to push your  side to victory and gain some unique rewards on a level 70 character.Read Guide
  • SWTOR Solo Story Order - If you are just beginning your adventure in Star Wars: The Old Republic, you may realize that there is an incredible amount of quests available in the game, and a vast range of story and lore for you to explore. The story quests in the game are meant to be played in a specific order,...Read Guide
  • How to Get Cool Armor in SWTOR - The outfit designer is a way of adding a costume on top of your armor – your armor is the pieces of gear that make sure you don’t die in battle – but the costume is just the way your character looks, and you can change your armor in and out without having your costume...Read Guide
  • How to Earn Credits in SWTOR 5.0 - There’s quite a few ways to earn credits in Star Wars: The Old Republic, and lots of wonderful things to spend them on. In this video, I’ll be going over ways to earn credits for players who have reached max level and are subscribed – as credits come slow at lower levels, and free to...Read Guide
  • How to Find a Great Guild in SWTOR - A great deal of SWTOR’s content can be played alone, but there are is a lot of content that is just more fun to do with groups of people you are familiar with and can trust – Hardmode Flashpoints, Operations, Dailies, PvP, and just being able to talk in a chat that is full of...Read Guide
  • SWTOR Free-to-Play Tips (F2P) - One of the nice things about Star Wars: The Old Republic is that you can try out the game as a free-to-play player without investing any money in to the game, and play all 8 class stories from levels 1- 50. Unfortunately, in return for the ability to play for free, F2P players are penalized...Read Guide
  • How to use a SWTOR Security Key & Get 100 free Cartel Coins per month! - In Star Wars: The Old Republic, your account’s password is what keeps your account safe from other people. But did you know there’s an extra layer of security you can add to protect your account? A security key is a way of guaranteeing your account will never be compromised by someone who doesn’t also have...Read Guide
  • What’s the best way to subscribe to SWTOR? - If you are a new or returning player, you may be asking, “What’s the best way to subscribe to SWTOR?” There are many different packages and ways to subscribe, and which one is best depends on how you want to play. This article will also go over ways to save money on a SWTOR subscription...Read Guide
  • SWTOR KOTOR Armors & Outfits - Love them or hate them, lore references from the extremely popular Knights of the Old Republic I and II have made their way into Star Wars: The Old Republic, set 300 years after the original games. These lore outfits can be worn by characters of all types – they are not limited to any class...Read Guide
  • SWTOR Subscriber Tips - One of the great things about Star Wars: The Old Republic is that players can unlock all the current and past expansions simply by subscribing for one month, even if they unsubscribe the month afterwards. Here are some tips of what you should do while you are subscribed and how to take advantage of your...Read Guide
  • Which crafting skill should I choose in SWTOR? - One of the most common questions I see asked by new Star Wars: The Old Republic players is “which crafting skill or crew skill should I choose?” Much like the age-old question of “which class should I choose?” this is a question that doesn’t have a solid answer – it really depends on what you...Read Guide
  • SWTOR Bounty Contract Week Guide - The Bounty Contract week event is a special event that happens roughly once a month in star wars the old republic. During the event, you can help your faction by taking down key targets in crime syndicates and violent gangs and bring them to justice. The best part of this event is that you can...Read Guide
  • SWTOR Bounty Contract Week Rewards - The Bounty Contract week is a limited-time event that comes to Star Wars: The Old Republic approximately once every month. During the event, you can track down bounties and in return receive reputation with the Bounty Broker’s Association as well as Completed Bounty Contracts. As you gain reputation with the Bounty Broker’s Association, you’ll unlock more...Read Guide

SWTOR News

  • What to Expect in the 5.10 Jedi Under Siege Update! - Ossus - devastated by the Sith hundreds of years ago, it has become an inhospitable, radioactive wasteland. Enshrouded by the Cron Drift, a nebula of detritus and barren rock left over from the explosion of the Cron supernova. Returning companions, new storyline, new planet! Read Guide
  • What to Expect in the Player vs Player Update! - We’ve finally received the roadmap for what what’s coming up in early July and continuing through September 2019 in Star Wars: The Old Republic, as well as some updates about what might be coming in the later half of the year leading up to the next expansion. This update, which presumably will be update 5.10,...Read Guide
  • Early 2018 SWTOR Roadmap - This roadmap was released on February 15, 2018 and covers what will be coming in March and April of 2018. March 13 – Game Update 5.8 – Command Authority Operations: Release of Izax, The Destroyer – The 5th and final boss from the Gods from the Machine Operation, in story mode an veteran mode. Although...Read Guide
  • SWTOR Server Merges November 2017 - SWTOR’s update 5.5 in November 8, 2017 will finally be merging the SWTOR servers! This video goes over everything you should know about before the “United Forces” update, and what you can expect after the servers merge. This video also lightly covers the new content coming in 5.6 including a new flashpoint, pvp map, gsf...Read Guide
  • What to Expect in the Umbara Update - SWTOR’s Update 5.4 is just around the corner, and will be released on August 22nd, 2017. This video goes over everything we know about the update include the new Umbara flashpoint, Umbara stronghold, companion updates, pvp changes, and quality of life changes.Read Guide

Cool Craftable Armors

  • 10 Awesome Craftable Trooper Armors - All of these armors are craftable by Armomechs. Most change appearance if passed to the Imperial side, unfortunately. Armormech Trooper Armor These armors are adaptive and can easily be worn by Troopers, Jedi and Smugglers via the outfit designer. Terenthium Asylum Body Armor –  lvl 10 Mullinine Asylum Body Armor –  lvl 16 Xonolite Asylum...Read Guide
  • 15 Craftable Jedi Robes - All of these Jedi Robes are craftable by Synthweavers. They can be worn by any type of Jedi, Trooper, or Smuggler. Keep in mind if you send these armors over to the Imperial side, they will change appearance to match the Sith style. Some of these armors have two names – this is because they...Read Guide
  • Craftable Sith Armors - All of these Sith Armors and robess are craftable by Synthweavers. They can be worn by any type of Sith, Agent or Bounty Hunter. Keep in mind if you send these armors over to the Republic side, they will change appearance to match the Jedi style. Some of these armors have two names – this...Read Guide
  • Craftable Agent Armors - All of these agent armors and outfits are craftable by Armormechs. They can be worn by any type of Agent, Bounty Hunter or Sith. Keep in mind if you send these armors over to the Republic side, they will change appearance to look like smuggler outfits. Terenthium Onslaught Set – lvl 10 Mullinine Onslaught Set...Read Guide
  • 10 Craftable Bounty Hunter Armors - All of these armors are craftable by Armomechs. They can be worn by Bounty Hunters, Sith and Agents, but they change appearance if passed over to the Republic side (they will look like trooper armor.) If you are interested in crafting these bounty hunter armors, head to the crafting and crew skills section of the...Read Guide
  • 10 Street-Smart Craftable Smuggler Armors - All of these armors are craftable by Armomechs. They can easily be worn by Smugglers, Troopers or Jedi by using the outfit designer, but unfortunately they will change appearance if you pass them over to the Imperial side. In terms of stats, the smuggler gear is more for DPS characters, where the trooper gear is...Read Guide

Cool Craftable Weapons

  • SWTOR Craftable Lightsaber Color Crystals - All of these lightsaber crystals are craftable by Artificers and the schematics come straight from the trainer as you level up. They can be placed into a lightsaber to change the color of the blade, or into a gun to change the color of the blaster fire. They can be crafted in three varieties, one...Read Guide
  • Craftable Lightsabers - All of these lightsabers are craftable by Artifice with schematics that come directly from the trainer as you level up – no special types of schematics are needed. They can be worn by any type of Sith or Jedi that has the correct weapon proficiency (can wield a single saber) that is the correct level or...Read Guide
  • Craftable Double-Bladed Lightsabers - All of these double-bladed lightsabers (saberstaffs) are craftable by Artifice with schematics that come directly from the trainer as you level up – no special types of schematics are needed. They can be worn by any type of Sith or Jedi that has the correct weapon proficiency (can wield a dualsaber) that is the correct level or...Read Guide
  • SWTOR Craftable Sniper Rifles - All of these sniper rifles are craftable by Armstech with schematics that come directly from the trainer as you level up – no special types of schematics are needed. They can be worn by Imperial Agent Snipers or any companion that has the correct weapon proficiency (can wield a sniper rifle) that is the correct level...Read Guide
  • SWTOR Craftable Blaster Pistols - All of these blaster pistols are craftable by Armstech with schematics that come directly from the trainer as you level up – no special types of schematics are needed. They can be worn by Bounty Hunters or Smugglers, or any companion that has the correct weapon proficiency (can wield a blaster pistol) that is the...Read Guide
  • SWTOR Craftable Blaster Rifles - All of these blaster rifles are craftable by Armstech with schematics that come directly from the trainer as you level up – no special types of schematics are needed. They can be worn by Trooper Vanguardss, Imperial Agent Operatives or any companion that has the correct weapon proficiency (can wield a blaster rifle) that is the...Read Guide
  • SWTOR Craftable Blaster Cannons - All of these blaster cannons are craftable by Armstech with schematics that come directly from the trainer as you level up – no special types of schematics are needed. They can be worn by Trooper Commandos or any companion that has the correct weapon proficiency (can wield a sniper rifle) that is the correct level or higher....Read Guide
  • SWTOR Craftable Speeders with Cybertech Crafting Skill - Cybertechs in Star Wars: The Old Republic focus on crafting various upgrades and grenades… but did you know Cybertechs in SWTOR can also craft speeders? The schematics for these speeders are NOT learned from the Cybertech crew skills trainer, instead they must be found by luck or bought on the Galactic Trade Network (GTN) from other...Read Guide