7.0 Itemization and System Changes FAQ

Big post from Bioware is up!

Hi everyone,

This is a follow up post to the OP to answer some of the questions that we’ve based off of the initial information that was shared. Please see below:

Clarification on gear ratings
What is the max gear level?

  • In the 7.0 release, players can upgrade up to level 330 via Legacy Master Mode Operations. The max obtainable gear level for all modes will rise over time throughout the expansion.

Max new gear ratings (7.0 gear upgrade caps):

  • 326: This can be obtained by doing anything in game (Conquests).
  • 322: Story Mode Legacy Operations
  • 326: Veteran Mode Legacy Operations
  • 330: Master Mode Legacy Operations

In the 7.0 release, it is only possible to upgrade to level 330 via Master Mode Operations. Over time, all other game modes will be able to upgrade to level 330 as the ceiling is raised, so essentially, gear progression is built into all modes.

What is the PvP experience like with these changes?

  • PvP will have a stat floor and ceiling, so players with higher levels of gear will have their gear reduced to the stat ceiling (326). GSF will be awarded akin to the PvP upgrade loop.
  • GSF will be awarded akin to the PvP upgrade loop.
  • There are no current plans for Social Achievements for PvP.

PvP Gear and Accuracy clarification.

  • Thyrsian armor, acquired by participating in PvP, will not contain any accuracy
  • Thyrsian offhands will come in two stat distributions, one with accuracy and one without. Players will be able to choose which version of offhand they desire, or collect both.

Can I acquire mats to max gear and mods without having to do grouped content?

  • Over time, as more patches are released in the expansion, you will be able to upgrade your gear more and more, including unlocking the moddable gear vendor.

What is happening with Tech Fragments?

  • Tech Fragments will remain, and will still be able to be spent on Tacticals, Cosmetics, Augment Components, and Kai Zykken’s offerings.

Will the achievements currently categorized under “Spoils of War”, the Equipment Sets and Tactical Items also be moved to the Feats of Strength category or will they still be achievable in 7.0?

  • The Spoils of War equipment sets will no longer drop from content nor be able to be directly purchased from a vendor. As a result, the achievements will be moved to the Feats of Strength category. The sets will still be obtainable via Kai Zykken’s Random Unique Items box.

What will happen to all the armor sets being sold by vendors in the supplies section of the fleet in exchange for tech fragments and credits?

  • They will not be available for direct purchase, but will be available in Kai Zykken’s Random Unique Items Box

Will the DvL items be available for credits instead of tokens?

  • No – DvL items will remain available for tokens. We will add back in the ability to acquire tokens in a future update via the DvL bosses.

Is the only way we can get moddable gear is if we can clear VM 80 OP? Is there no more min/maxing for players who can’t clear the hardest content in game?

  • No. Over time, as upgrade ceilings raise with new game updates, moddable gear will be accessible to all players. At 7.0’s launch there will be no moddable gear awarded above level 306

Are Renown Caches going away?

  • Yes as the Renown system is being removed.

Are individual characters that already have a social level keeping their social level and access to the associated items in 7.0?

  • Yes, you will keep your current social level and access to all unlocked rewards.

How do these changes affect story players in terms of getting rewards toward gearing?

  • Story players will still earn materials and gear via Conquests and Story mode missions, Dailies, and Heroics.

How does this affect crafting?

  • Augments and Augmentation Kits are still craftable, and able to be used on all 7.0 gear. We are not raising Crew Skills, Gathering or Crafting levels upon the 7.0 release, but they are a part of our 10-year celebration plans.

Where is the vendor for command crate shells?

  • These will be available for purchase on a vendor with 7.0’s launch for 3,500 Tech Fragments and 500,000 Credits.

For additional clarification on how gearing works in 7.0, to advance your character’s gear, you’ll want to do the following:

  1. Play Conquests/Daily Missions regularly – currency from this is used for gear upgrades across all other content, and the gear pool from this alone will upgrade you beyond what’s needed for any solo activity. Max gear from this source is 326 at launch, and will increase in future patches – see #4 below.
    • All other solo (and most multiplayer) activities for 7.0 and beyond are balanced for 318 gear.
    • For comparison, completing the 7.0 storyline rewards gear up to level 320.
  2. Play Flashpoints, Warzones, and/or Ops as you like – gear drops from those activities will upgrade you regardless of where your currently-equipped gear came from.
  3. For Players with a favorite activity type, currencies and sidegrades from that activity will allow you to upgrade to the max needed for that activity, simply by playing that activity (plus Conquests/Daily missions).
  4. We will introduce higher tiers of gear in future 7.x updates. Even as the max gear rewards go up, the balance target for all solo and most multiplayer activities will remain at 318 for all 7.x content.
    • The balance target for new Operations/Lair Bosses/etc (8-player) will increase as new tiers of gear become available in later patches, starting with the R-4 Operation in 7.1. Legacy Operations will remain balanced for 318.
    • The item rating floor and ceiling for Warzones will also raise over time.

I hope this has been helpful!

There was also this:

Gear Sets available in this PTS:
Gear Vendors are found in the Supplies section of the Fleet, near the Spoils of War vendors.
Decurion Gear

  • Obtained from 318 Gear Vendor
  • Cannot be upgraded

Noble Decurion Gear

  • Purchased from L0-T2CG with Medals of Commendation
  • Upgraded by L0-T2CU with
  • Medals of Commendation
  • Aquatic Resource Matrix

Elite Decurion Gear

  • Obtained from bosses in Veteran Flashpoints and Elite Decurion Requisition Cache from Weekly Missions
    • Upgraded by L0-T2FU with
  • Medals of Commendation
  • Decurion Isotope Stabilizer
  • Aquatic Resource Matrix

Supreme Decurion Gear

  • Obtained from bosses in Master Flashpoints and Supreme Decurion Requisition Cache from Weekly Missions
    • Supreme Decurion Implants, Relics, and Earpieces also drop in Veteran Flashpoints
  • Upgraded by L0-T2FU with
    • Medals of Commendation
    • Decurion Isotope Stabilizer
    • Aquatic Resource Matrix

Tionese Gear

  • Obtained from bosses in Story Operations and Tionese Requisition Cache from Weekly Missions
  • Upgraded by L0-T2OU with
    • Medals of Commendation
    • Hazardous Matter Catalyst
    • Aquatic Resource Matrix

Columi Gear

  • Obtained from bosses in Veteran Operations and Columi Requisition Cache from Weekly Missions
  • Upgraded by L0-T2OU with
    • Medals of Commendation
    • Hazardous Matter Catalyst
    • Aquatic Resource Matrix

Rakata Gear

  • Obtained from bosses in Master Operations and Rakata Requisition Cache from Weekly Missions
    • Rakata Implants, Relics, and Earpieces also drop in Veteran Operations
  • Upgraded by L0-T2OU with
    • Medals of Commendation
    • Hazardous Matter Catalyst
    • Aquatic Resource Matrix

Thyrsian Gear

  • Purchased from L0-T2PG with Thyrsian Production Accelerants
  • Upgraded by L0-T2PU with
    • Medals of Commendation
    • Thyrsian Production Accelerant
    • Aquatic Resource Matrix

Obtaining Gear
For PTS, players should start by purchasing gear from the Item Rating 318 vendor in the Supplies section of the Fleet. This will prepare you for any content you choose to face.

Upgrading Gear
Each Set of Gear is upgraded independently, so once you determine the type of content you prefer to focus on look for what materials will be required for your upgrades. All sets use Medals of Commendation and Aquatic Resource Matrix so ensure these activities are part of your gameplay!

NEW: Repeatable Weekly Missions
Players will notice Weekly Missions such as “[WEEKLY] Galactic Conflicts” and “[WEEKLY] Veteran Flashpoints” can be completed 3 times per week. This is to allow players more flexibility in when they play.

This style of Mission will be applied to Daily Area Weeklies, new Heroic Weeklies, Operations, and PvP Weeklies.

As part of these Weekly Missions being repeatable we will be lowering many of their requirements to be easier to complete.

Guaranteed Upgrades: Requisition Caches
The repeatable weekly missions will reward players Requisition Caches, which guarantee upgrades to players. These caches will check all of your equipped items, find the item with the lowest slot, and reward an upgrade to that slot. For example if you open the Elite Decurion Requisition Cache while wearing Boots at Item Rating 322 as your lowest slot, you will be reward Elite Decurion Boots at Item Rating 324.

Gearing up Alts
We think gearing up alts is important and should be easy. For this, all gear sets are bound to your Legacy. Pass them between alts as you wish!
Alongside gear being bound to your Legacy, when defeating bosses in Flashpoints and Operations, gear that drops will be equal to the equipped item rating of the chosen slot. If you wear Item Rating 324 Decurion gear from Conquests and defeat a boss in a Master Flashpoint, you can receive Item Rating 324 Supreme Decurion gear. This allows players who participate in multiple content types to smoothly transition between the various gear sets.

Important Materials and where they come from
All listed materials are Legacy currencies
Medals of Commendation

  • Rewarded primarily from reaching Conquest Personal Goal
  • Rewarded for participating in Group Finder
  • Rewarded for completing Uprisings
  • Obtained from Deconstructing Decurion gear

Aquatic Resource Matrix

  • Rewarded from Heroic Mission and their Weekly Missions
  • Rewarded from Daily Area Mission and their Weekly Missions
  • Rewarded from World Bosses
  • Rewarded from Uprisings

Decurion Isotope Stabilizer

  • Rewarded from bosses in Flashpoints at all difficulties
  • Obtained from Deconstructing the following gear sets
    • Noble Decurion
    • Elite Decurion
    • Supreme Decurion

Hazardous Matter Catalyst

  • Rewarded from bosses in Operations at all difficulties
  • Obtained from Deconstructing the following gear sets
    • Tionese
    • Columi
    • Rakata

Thyrsian Production Accelerant

  • Rewarded for participating in PvP matches
  • Obtained from Deconstructing the following gear sets
    • Thyrsian

Tech Fragments
Tech Fragments will be used to purchase Spoils of War Cosmetic Items, Tacticals, Augment Components, Kai Zykken, and Legendary Implants. Tech Fragments will continue to flow for players Level 75 and higher from various content.

Another little one

Hi everyone,

Wanted to clarify a few things the team has seen pop up in this thread:

  • Converting the turn-in steps to Autocomplete on Daily and Weekly missions is only being done when the turn-in step is a ‘Return to Dropbox’ type of step. It will not be done to any turn-ins with a cinematic or otherwise.
  • In some cases it makes more sense to keep tagging rules to the old system where only a group shares credit and looting. Encounters such as Dreadtooth and Ancient Threat will continue to use group tagging rules.
  • The auto-sorting of the inventory on PTS is a known bug, and not the desired behavior. You should expect inventory to work as it does in the Live game today upon 7.0’s release. We will update the Known Issues thread in the PTS forum to reflect this

Jackie