Choosing a Species in SWTOR!

The vastness of the galaxy is matched only by the sheer number of species inhabiting it. In Star Wars: The Old Republic, you get to choose the Species for your character – your Species determines the way your character looks, and occasionally how other characters in the story interact with you.

Your species gives you no tactical advantage or penalty, and there are no stats or boosts tied to your species, so choose one that interests you or that you like the look of.

Species Options

If you are a brand new free-to-play player, you will notice you can only choose to play a Human, Cyborg, or Zabrak by default.

If you are subscribed player, you get a few more options unlocked depending on what Origin Story you have chosen, for example, the blue Chiss species becomes automatically available to subscribed players who are making an Imperial Agent.

There are various ways to unlock all the species for all classes available, so if playing a specific species is important to you, you can make it happen. With some work, all species can be playable with any Origin Story or faction.

Lastly, there are three premium species that can only be played if they are purchased from another player in-game or with Cartel Coins from the Cartel Market.

Species Chart

Some species, like humans, are available to all player for free. Other species, like Twi’leks, are available to certain classes for free if you are a subscriber.

Most species can be unlocked through the legacy system for your entire server. And a few, including Togruta, Cathar and Nautolans must be purchased.

All species can play all classes – you just have to figure out how to unlock them first.

 SpeciesKnightConsularTrooperSmugglerWarriorInquisitorHunterAgent
Humanfreefreefreefreefreefreefreefree
Cyborgfreefreefreefreefreefreefreefree
Zabrakfreefreefreefreelegacylegacylegacylegacy
Zabrak (Red)legacylegacylegacylegacyfreefreefreefree
Miralukasubsublegacylegacylegacylegacylegacylegacy
Twi'leksubsublegacysublegacysublegacylegacy
Mirialansubsubsubsublegacylegacylegacylegacy
Rattatakilegacylegacylegacylegacylegacysubsubsub
Chisslegacylegacylegacylegacylegacylegacysubsub
Sith Purebloodlegacylegacylegacylegacysubsublegacylegacy
Catharcartelcartelcartelcartelcartelcartelcartelcartel
Nautolancartelcartelcartelcartelcartelcartelcartelcartel
Togrutacartelcartelcartelcartelcartelcartelcartelcartel

See the in-depth list below for information about how to unlock each species!

Human

Humans are considered the default species in Star Wars: The Old Republic and are the most common species you will encounter in-game. If you are not sure what type of species to choose, human is an easy first step into the greater galaxy of unique aliens that only exist in the Star Wars universe, each with their own cultural and physical differences.

Who can play this class?

  • Free-to-play:  Yes
  • Subscribers:  Yes

Humans are available to all players right away. You don’t need to unlock them in any way.

All Origin Stories can play Humans by default – you don’t need any unlocks.

ClassFreeSubscribers
Jedi Knight Yes Yes
Jedi Consular Yes Yes
Trooper Yes Yes
Smuggler Yes Yes
Sith Warrior Yes Yes
Sith Inquisitor Yes Yes
Bounty Hunter Yes Yes
Imperial Agent Yes Yes

Even in a galaxy of countless stars and planets containing potentially millions of species, one can find humans just about everywhere.

Human

View the Humans page for an in-depth look into their lore and cosmetic options!

Cyborg

In the decades since the Great War, humans in both the Republic and Empire have begun using cybernetics to heal wounds or enhance performance. Cyborgs are now a common sight, as life-sustaining implants, vision-augment eyes, cybernetic exo-skeletons, and countless other technological upgrades allow humans to survive near-fatal injuries and prepare their bodies for the next galactic war.

Who can play this class?

  • Free-to-play:  Yes
  • Subscribers:  Yes

Humans are available to all players right away. You don’t need to unlock them in any way.

All Origin Stories can play Cyborgs by default – you don’t need any unlocks.

 ClassFreeSubscribers
Jedi Knight Yes Yes
Jedi Consular Yes Yes
Trooper Yes Yes
Smuggler Yes Yes
Sith Warrior Yes Yes
Sith Inquisitor Yes Yes
Bounty Hunter Yes Yes
Imperial Agent Yes Yes

See the Unlock Options tab to learn how to unlock the other Cybernetic options for other Origin Stories as some are locked per-class!

By default, not all cybernetic options are available for every class or origin story. Each class a different set that they can choose from – for example, the Agent gets the sleek black and red implants, while the Smuggler gets the rusted brown and aqua implants. You can cause all options to become available for all classes by unlocking the Cyborg species.

Unlock Option #1: All players can unlock all the cybernetic options for all classes by purchasing the item Legacy Species Unlock: Cyborg from the Cartel Market with Cartel Coins or from the GTN with credits. The Cartel Market sells this unlock for 600 Cartel Coins, the price and availability on the GTN will change day to day and per server, but it is likely very expensive. This unlock is per-server, not account-wide, and requires that you have an existing character of any type on that server who has reached level 10 and created a Legacy.

Unlock Option #2: All players can play a  Cyborg of any type and then level them to level 50, which will automatically unlock all the Cyborg options for all future characters. This unlock is per-server, not account-wide.

Unlock Option #3: Subscribers can also unlock Cyborgs for all Origin Stories by spending 1.5 million credits as part of the Legacy system, after they have reached level 10 (Free-to-play and Preferred can technically too, but they have their credits capped at 1 million credits). This unlock is per-server, not account-wide.

Unlike most species, Cyborgs do not have a lot of lore related to them, as they are technically just humans with some electronic bits slapped on. However there are a few interesting tidbits and quests related to cybernetics owners and creators.

Cyborg

View the Cyborgs page for an in-depth look into their lore and cosmetic options!

(See youtube!)

Zabrak

Zabrak are near-human sentients from the planet Iridonia renowned for their independence and wandering spirit. They have distinctive facial horns, whose number and pattern denote which subspecies an individual Zabrak belongs to. Most Zabrak wear ritual facial tattoos, which vary from simple lines to more elaborate patterns. The designs can mark significant events in their lives, or merely be a matter of personal preference.

Who can play this class?

  • Free-to-play:  Yes
  • Subscribers:  Yes
  • Unlock Options:  Can be unlocked

See the other tabs for more information about playing and unlocking Zabraks especially when it comes to the different colors of Zabraks!

These are the Origin Stories that can play Zabraks by default if you are subscribed.

 ClassNeutral (Iridonian)Red (Dathomirian)
Jedi Knight Yes No, but can be unlocked
Jedi Consular Yes No, but can be unlocked
Trooper Yes No, but can be unlocked
Smuggler Yes No, but can be unlocked
Sith Warrior No, but can be unlocked Yes
Sith Inquisitor No, but can be unlocked Yes
Bounty Hunter No, but can be unlocked Yes
Imperial Agent No, but can be unlocked Yes

See the Unlock Options tab to learn how to unlock all colors of Zabraks!

Zabraks are automatically available to all players. However, there are two kinds of Zabraks – the neutral-colored Iridonian Zabraks, and the red-colored Dathomirian Zabraks, and which ones are available by default changes based on what type of character you are creating.

Unlock Option #1: All players can unlock all colors of Zabraks for all classes by purchasing the item Legacy Species Unlock: Zabrak from the Cartel Market with Cartel Coins or from the GTN with credits. The Cartel Market sells this unlock for 600 Cartel Coins, the price and availability on the GTN will change day to day and per server, but it is likely very expensive. This unlock is per-server, not account-wide, and requires that you have an existing character of any type on that server who has reached level 10 and created a Legacy. The icon looks like a half-and-half Zabrak to make it clearer its for both types of Zabraks.

Unlock Option #2: All players can play any type of Zabrak and then level them to level 50, which will automatically unlock all the Zabrak options for all future characters including the red Zabraks for Jedi and the neutral-colored Zabraks for Sith. This unlock is per-server, not account-wide.

Unlock Option #3: Subscribers can also unlock all Zabrak colors for all Origin Stories by spending 1.5 million credits as part of the Legacy system, after they have reached level 10 (Free-to-play and Preferred can technically too, but they have their credits capped at 1 million credits). This unlock is per-server, not account-wide.

While it’s easy to recognize the Zabrak people as “the aliens with horns”, they also have a rich culture and background in Star Wars lore.

Zabraks

View the Zabrak page for an in-depth look into their lore and cosmetic options!

(See youtube for video!)

Twi’lek

Millennia of dispersion into the wider galaxy, however, means that many Twi’leks have little or no sense of connection with their beleaguered homeworld; Twi’leks may be second only to humans in their ubiquity throughout known space. Nonetheless, many Twi’leks can’t escape the shadows of slavery and the underworld–often, they find work with the same pirates, slavers and spice dealers who have traditionally oppressed their species.

Who can play this class?

  • Free-to-play:  No
  • Subscribers:  Yes, for the Jedi Knight, Jedi Consular, Smuggler, and Sith Inquisitor
  • Unlock Options:  Can be unlocked

See the other tabs for more information about playing and unlocking Twi’leks!

These are the Origin Stories that can play Twi’leks by default if you are subscribed.

 ClassFreeSubscribers
Jedi Knight No, but can be unlocked Yes
Jedi Consular No, but can be unlocked Yes
Smuggler No, but can be unlocked Yes
Trooper No, but can be unlocked No, but can be unlocked
Sith Inquisitor No, but can be unlocked Yes
Sith Warrior No, but can be unlocked No, but can be unlocked
Bounty Hunter No, but can be unlocked No, but can be unlocked
Imperial Agent No, but can be unlocked No, but can be unlocked

See the Unlock Options tab to learn how to unlock Twi’leks for other Origin Stories!

Free-to-play players will need to unlock Twi’leks before they create a Twi’lek character.

Subscribers can automatically create a Jedi Knight, Jedi Consular, Smuggler, or Sith Inquisitor as a Twi’lek while they are subscribed. Once the character is created, they do not need to remain subscribed to continue playing the created character.

Unlock Option #1: All players can unlock Twi’lek for all classes by purchasing the item Legacy Species Unlock: Twi’lek from the Cartel Market with Cartel Coins or from the GTN with credits. The Cartel Market sells this unlock for 600 Cartel Coins, the price and availability on the GTN will change day to day and per server, but it is likely very expensive. This unlock is per-server, not account-wide, and requires that you have an existing character of any type on that server who has reached level 10 and created a Legacy.

Unlock Option #2: Subscribers and preferred players who already have a Twi’lek character can play a Twi’lek on a Jedi Knight, Jedi Consular, Smuggler, or Sith Inquisitor and then level them to level 50, which will automatically unlock the Twi’lek option for all future characters including the Sith Warrior, Bounty Hunter, Imperial Agent and Trooper. This unlock is per-server, not account-wide.

Unlock Option #3: Subscribers can also unlock Twi’lek for all Origin Stories by spending 1.5 million credits as part of the Legacy system, after they have reached level 10 (Free-to-play and Preferred can technically too, but they have their credits capped at 1 million credits). This unlock is per-server, not account-wide.

While Twi’leks are easily recognizable as the “species with the two tentacle things on their head”, Twi’leks make up the second-most common species in the galaxy and they have the lore, background and history that goes with that.

Twi’lek

View the Twi’lek page for an in-depth look into their lore and cosmetic options!

(See YouTube!)

Mirialan

Deeply held spiritual beliefs are the cornerstone of Mirialan culture. Their understanding of the Force is based on the idea that the actions of each individual affect not only their own fate, but also the destiny of the Mirialan as a whole. Personal achievements are recorded on each individual’s body with geometric tattoos. The shapes and locations of the tattoos denote different actions in the life of the Mirialan, and upon death the markings are used to determine the cultural worth of the individual and their contributions to furthering the Mirialan as a whole.

Who can play this class?

  • Free-to-play:  No
  • Subscribers:  Yes, for the Jedi Knight, Jedi Consular, Smuggler, and Trooper
  • Unlock Options:  Can be unlocked

See the other tabs for more information about playing and unlocking Mirialans!

These are the Origin Stories that can play Mirialans by default if you are subscribed.

 ClassFreeSubscribers
Jedi Knight No, but can be unlocked Yes
Jedi Consular No, but can be unlocked Yes
Trooper No, but can be unlocked Yes
Smuggler No, but can be unlocked Yes
Sith Warrior No, but can be unlocked No, but can be unlocked
Sith Inquisitor No, but can be unlocked No, but can be unlocked
Bounty Hunter No, but can be unlocked No, but can be unlocked
Imperial Agent No, but can be unlocked No, but can be unlocked

See the Unlock Options tab to learn how to unlock Mirialans for other Origin Stories!

Free-to-play players will need to unlock Mirialans before they create a Mirialan character.

Subscribers can automatically create a Jedi Knight, Jedi Consular, Smuggler, or Trooper (any Republic Origin Story) as a Mirialan while they are subscribed. Once the character is created, they do not need to remain subscribed to continue playing the created character.

Unlock Option #1: All players can unlock Mirialans for all classes by purchasing the item Legacy Species Unlock: Mirialan from the Cartel Market with Cartel Coins or from the GTN with credits. The Cartel Market sells this unlock for 600 Cartel Coins, the price and availability on the GTN will change day to day and per server, but it is likely very expensive. This unlock is per-server, not account-wide, and requires that you have an existing character of any type on that server who has reached level 10 and created a Legacy.

Unlock Option #2: Subscribers and preferred players who have a Mirialan character can play a Mirialan on a Jedi Knight, Jedi Consular, Smuggler, or Trooper and then level them to level 50, which will automatically unlock the Mirialan option for all future characters including the Sith Warrior, Bounty Hunter, Imperial Agent and Sith Inquisitor. This unlock is per-server, not account-wide.

Unlock Option #3: Subscribers can also unlock Mirialans for all Origin Stories by spending 1.5 million credits as part of the Legacy system, after they have reached level 10 (Free-to-play and Preferred can technically too, but they have their credits capped at 1 million credits). This unlock is per-server, not account-wide.

While they are easily recognizable as the “green” species, Mirialan lore and culture is rich with meaning and history, especially when it comes to their tattoos.

Mirialan

View the Mirialan page for an in-depth look into their lore and cosmetic options!

Chiss

The Chiss are a proud and highly intelligent species, valuing a knack for strategy and subterfuge over brute force. Although isolated in the Unknown Regions of the galaxy within their so-called “Chiss Ascendency,” the Chiss were singled out by the Empire as potential servants and allies because of their outsider status and their relative lack of moral qualms.

Who can play this class?

  • Free-to-play:  No
  • Subscribers:  Yes, for the Bounty Hunters and Imperial Agents
  • Unlock Options:  Can be unlocked

See the other tabs for more information about playing and unlocking Chiss!

These are the Origin Stories that can play Chiss by default if you are subscribed.

 ClassFreeSubscribers
Imperial Agent No, but can be unlocked Yes
Bounty Hunter No, but can be unlocked Yes
Jedi Knight No, but can be unlocked No, but can be unlocked
Jedi Consular No, but can be unlocked No, but can be unlocked
Trooper No, but can be unlocked No, but can be unlocked
Smuggler No, but can be unlocked No, but can be unlocked
Sith Warrior No, but can be unlocked No, but can be unlocked
Sith Inquisitor No, but can be unlocked No, but can be unlocked

See the Unlock Options tab to learn how to unlock Chiss for other Origin Stories!

Free-to-play players will need to unlock Chiss before they create a Chiss character.

Subscribers can automatically create a Bounty Hunter or Imperial Agent as a Chiss while they are subscribed. Once the character is created, they do not need to remain subscribed to continue playing the created character.

Unlock Option #1: All players can unlock Chisss for all classes by purchasing the item Legacy Species Unlock: Chiss from the Cartel Market with Cartel Coins or from the GTN with credits. The Cartel Market sells this unlock for 600 Cartel Coins, the price and availability on the GTN will change day to day and per server, but it is likely very expensive. This unlock is per-server, not account-wide, and requires that you have an existing character of any type on that server who has reached level 10 and created a Legacy.

Unlock Option #2: Subscribers and preferred players who have a Chiss character can play a Chiss on a Bounty Huner or Imperial Agent and then level them to level 50, which will automatically unlock the Chiss option for all future characters including the Sith Warrior, Bounty Hunter, Imperial Agent and Sith Inquisitor. This unlock is per-server, not account-wide.

Unlock Option #3: Subscribers can also unlock Chisss for all Origin Stories by spending 1.5 million credits as part of the Legacy system, after they have reached level 10 (Free-to-play and Preferred can technically too, but they have their credits capped at 1 million credits). This unlock is per-server, not account-wide.

While they are easily recognizable as the “blue with red eyes” species, Chiss lore and culture is rich with history due to their main depiction being in novels written by Timothy Zahn, who has essentially created the species and the heavy lore and story around their mysterious species. Players wishing to write or roleplay about their Chiss will want to first learn more about the Chiss Ascendancy and the Chiss’s relationship with the Empire.

Chiss

View the Chiss page for an in-depth look into their lore and cosmetic options!

(See Youtube for video!)

Sith Pureblood

Although the name “Sith” is now used by the order of Force users who call upon the dark side, the term originally referred to a Force-sensitive species of red-skinned humanoids. The term “Sith pureblood” is now used to distinguish between those descended from the species and the order itself. Genetically speaking, true “pureblood” Sith are virtually extinct, but red skin is still the mark of an Imperial–almost always a Force user–who can trace his or her ancestry into antiquity.

Who can play this class?

  • Free-to-play:  No
  • Subscribers:  Yes, for the Sith Warriors and Inquisitors
  • Unlock Options:  Can be unlocked

See the other tabs for more information about playing and unlocking Sith Purebloods!

These are the Origin Stories that can play Sith Purebloods by default if you are subscribed.

 ClassFreeSubscribers
Sith Warrior No, but can be unlocked Yes
Sith Inquisitor No, but can be unlocked Yes
Jedi Knight No, but can be unlocked No, but can be unlocked
Jedi Consular No, but can be unlocked No, but can be unlocked
Trooper No, but can be unlocked No, but can be unlocked
Smuggler No, but can be unlocked No, but can be unlocked
Bounty Hunter No, but can be unlocked No, but can be unlocked
Imperial Agent No, but can be unlocked No, but can be unlocked

See the Unlock Options tab to learn how to unlock Sith Purebloods for other Origin Stories!

Free-to-play players will need to unlock Sith Purebloods before they create a Sith Pureblood character.

Subscribers can automatically create a Sith Warrior or Sith Inquisitor as a Sith Pureblood while they are subscribed. Once the character is created, they do not need to remain subscribed to continue playing the created character.

Unlock Option #1: All players can unlock Sith Purebloods for all classes by purchasing the item Legacy Species Unlock: Sith Pureblood from the Cartel Market with Cartel Coins or from the GTN with credits. The Cartel Market sells this unlock for 600 Cartel Coins, the price and availability on the GTN will change day to day and per server, but it is likely very expensive. This unlock is per-server, not account-wide, and requires that you have an existing character of any type on that server who has reached level 10 and created a Legacy.

Unlock Option #2: Subscribers and preferred players who have a Sith Pureblood character can play a Sith Pureblood on a Sith Warrior or Sith Inquisitor and then level them to level 50, which will automatically unlock the Sith Pureblood option for all future characters including the Bounty Hunter, Imperial Agent, Trooper, Smuggler, Jedi Knight and Jedi Consular. This unlock is per-server, not account-wide.

Unlock Option #3: Subscribers can also unlock Sith Purebloods for all Origin Stories by spending 1.5 million credits as part of the Legacy system, after they have reached level 10 (Free-to-play and Preferred can technically too, but they have their credits capped at 1 million credits). This unlock is per-server, not account-wide.

More than 98% of Lord Vitiate’s Sith Empire was of Pureblood Sith descent – but only those with the purest blood line and visual markers were considered part of the species.

Sith Pureblood

View the Sith Pureblood page for an in-depth look into their lore and cosmetic options!

Miraluka

Though sharing common genetic history with humans, Miraluka have evolved into a significantly different species because they are born without eyes. On their home world of Alpheridies, the only source of light is a red dwarf star which emits light only in the infrared spectrum. Over the centuries, the Miraluka adapted and developed the ability to see their surroundings through the Force. Though they retain vestigial eye sockets, Miraluka wear decorative veils and generally have little trouble assimilating into human society.

Who can play this class?

  • Free-to-play:  No
  • Subscribers:  Yes, for the Jedi Knights and Jedi Consulars
  • Unlock Options:  Can be unlocked

See the other tabs for more information about playing and unlocking Miraluka!

These are the Origin Stories that can play Miraluka by default if you are subscribed.

 ClassFreeSubscribers
Jedi Knight No, but can be unlocked Yes
Jedi Consular No, but can be unlocked Yes
Trooper No, but can be unlocked No, but can be unlocked
Smuggler No, but can be unlocked No, but can be unlocked
Sith Warrior No, but can be unlocked No, but can be unlocked
Sith Inquisitor No, but can be unlocked No, but can be unlocked
Bounty Hunter No, but can be unlocked No, but can be unlocked
Imperial Agent No, but can be unlocked No, but can be unlocked

See the Unlock Options tab to learn how to unlock Miraluka for other Origin Stories!

Free-to-play players will need to unlock Miralukas before they create a Miraluka character.

Subscribers can automatically create a Jedi Knight or Jedi Consular as a Miraluka while they are subscribed. Once the character is created, they do not need to remain subscribed to continue playing the created character.

Unlock Option #1: All players can unlock Miralukas for all classes by purchasing the item Legacy Species Unlock: Miraluka from the Cartel Market with Cartel Coins or from the GTN with credits. The Cartel Market sells this unlock for 600 Cartel Coins, the price and availability on the GTN will change day to day and per server, but it is likely very expensive. This unlock is per-server, not account-wide, and requires that you have an existing character of any type on that server who has reached level 10 and created a Legacy.

Unlock Option #2: Subscribers and preferred players who have a Miraluka character can play a Miraluka on a Jedi Knight or Jedi Consular and then level them to level 50, which will automatically unlock the Miraluka option for all future characters including the Sith Warrior, Sith Inquisitor, Bounty Hunter, Imperial Agent, Smuggler and Trooper. This unlock is per-server, not account-wide.

Unlock Option #3:Subscribers can also unlock Miralukas for all Origin Stories by spending 1.5 million credits as part of the Legacy system, after they have reached level 10 (Free-to-play and Preferred can technically too, but they have their credits capped at 1 million credits).This unlock is per-server, not account-wide.

While they are easily recognizable as the “species without eyes”, Miraluka history is painted by loss and culture.

Miraluka

View the Miraluka page for an in-depth look into their lore and cosmetic options!

Rattataki

The pale-skinned Rattataki are made for battle. Centuries of constant warfare have weeded out the weak, shaping the remainder into proud, passionate, and deadly combatants. Even entertainment for this violent species is combat; the gladiator pits of their home planet, Rattatak, are the planet’s most popular amusement, well-known for being the most brutal in the galaxy. Exposed to their species’ competitive culture from birth, Rattataki develop into fearsome warriors.

Who can play this class?

  • Free-to-play:  No
  • Subscribers:  Yes, for the Bounty Hunters, Imperial Agents, and Sith Inquisitors
  • Unlock Options:  Can be unlocked

See the other tabs for more information about playing and unlocking Rattataki!

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These are the Origin Stories that can play Rattataki by default if you are subscribed.

 ClassFreeSubscribers
Sith Inquisitor No, but can be unlocked Yes
Bounty Hunter No, but can be unlocked Yes
Imperial Agent No, but can be unlocked Yes
Sith Warrior No, but can be unlocked No, but can be unlocked
Jedi Knight No, but can be unlocked No, but can be unlocked
Jedi Consular No, but can be unlocked No, but can be unlocked
Trooper No, but can be unlocked No, but can be unlocked
Smuggler No, but can be unlocked No, but can be unlocked

See the Unlock Options tab to learn how to unlock Rattataki for other Origin Stories!

Free-to-play players will need to unlock Rattataki before they create a Rattataki character.

Subscribers can automatically create a Sith Inquisitor, Bounty Hunter or Imperial Agent as a Rattataki while they are subscribed. Once the character is created, they do not need to remain subscribed to continue playing the created character.

Unlock Option #1: All players can unlock Rattataki for all classes by purchasing the item Legacy Species Unlock: Rattataki from the Cartel Market with Cartel Coins or from the GTN with credits. The Cartel Market sells this unlock for 600 Cartel Coins, the price and availability on the GTN will change day to day and per server, but it is likely very expensive. This unlock is per-server, not account-wide, and requires that you have an existing character of any type on that server who has reached level 10 and created a Legacy.

Unlock Option #2: Subscribers and preferred players who have a Rattataki character can play a Rattataki on a Sith Inquisitor, Bounty Hunter or Imperial Agent and then level them to level 50, which will automatically unlock the Rattataki option for all future characters including the Sith Warrior, Trooper, Smuggler, Jedi Consular and Jedi Knight. This unlock is per-server, not account-wide.

Unlock Option #3: Subscribers can also unlock Rattataki for all Origin Stories by spending 1.5 million credits as part of the Legacy system, after they have reached level 10 (Free-to-play and Preferred can technically too, but they have their credits capped at 1 million credits). This unlock is per-server, not account-wide.

While they are easily recognizable as the “pale species with nose rings”, there’s a bit more to Rattataki lore.

Rattataki

View the Rattataki page for an in-depth look into their lore and cosmetic options!

Nautolan

Amphibious humanoids from the planet Glee Anselm, Nautolans are distinguished by their tentacle-like head-tresses. Because of its primarily aquatic surface and its location off the major hyperlanes, only a handful of outsiders have ever visited Glee Anselm; as a result, little is known about Nautolan culture on their homeworld, though extrapolations can be made from those individuals who venture out into the greater galaxy.

Who can play this class?

  • Free-to-play:  No
  • Subscribers:  No
  • Unlock Options: Must be unlocked

See the other tabs for more information about playing and unlocking Nautolans!

These are the Origin Stories that can play Nautolans by default if you are subscribed.

 ClassFreeSubscribers
Jedi Knight No, but can be unlocked No, but can be unlocked
Jedi Consular No, but can be unlocked No, but can be unlocked
Trooper No, but can be unlocked No, but can be unlocked
Smuggler No, but can be unlocked No, but can be unlocked
Sith Warrior No, but can be unlocked No, but can be unlocked
Sith Inquisitor No, but can be unlocked No, but can be unlocked
Bounty Hunter No, but can be unlocked No, but can be unlocked
Imperial Agent No, but can be unlocked No, but can be unlocked

See the Unlock Options tab to learn how to unlock Nautolans for all Origin Stories!

All players will need to unlock the Nautolan before they create a Nautolan character. All players can unlock the Nautolan for all classes by purchasing the item Legacy Species Unlock: Nautolan from the Cartel Market with Cartel Coins or from the GTN with credits. The Cartel Market sells this unlock for 600 Cartel Coins, the price and availability on the GTN will change day to day and per server, but it is likely very expensive. There is no other way to unlock this species, it is considered a “Cartel Market” species because of this and was added after the game’s launch.

While they are easily recognizable as the “green” species, Nautolans lore and culture is rich with meaning and history, especially when it comes to their tattoos.

View the Nautolans page for an in-depth look into their lore and cosmetic options!

(See YouTube!)

Togruta

Togrutas are distinguished by multicolored skin pigmentation and large, hollow horns (similar in appearance to Twi’lek head-tails) that permit a Togruta to sense ultrasonic waves. These physical adaptations were required for Togrutas to endure and to hunt on their homeworld of Shili, which is dominated by large and deadly beasts. Togruta culture is tightly knit out of necessity, as individual survival there often depended on tribal unity.

Who can play this class?

  • Free-to-play:  No
  • Subscribers:  No
  • Unlock Options: Must be unlocked

See the other tabs for more information about playing and unlocking Togrutas!

You can play any type of character as a Togruta, as species are not restricted to certain Origin Stories or Combat Styles in Star Wars: The Old Republic.

However, you must unlock the Togruta species before you can play it.

 ClassFreeSubscribers
Jedi Knight No, but can be unlocked No, but can be unlocked
Jedi Consular No, but can be unlocked No, but can be unlocked
Trooper No, but can be unlocked No, but can be unlocked
Smuggler No, but can be unlocked No, but can be unlocked
Sith Warrior No, but can be unlocked No, but can be unlocked
Sith Inquisitor No, but can be unlocked No, but can be unlocked
Bounty Hunter No, but can be unlocked No, but can be unlocked
Imperial Agent No, but can be unlocked No, but can be unlocked

See the Unlock Options tab to learn how to unlock Togrutas for other Origin Stories!

All players will need to unlock the Togruta before they create a Togruta character. All players can unlock the Togruta for all classes by purchasing the item Legacy Species Unlock: Togruta from the Cartel Market with Cartel Coins or from the GTN with credits. The Cartel Market sells this unlock for 600 Cartel Coins, the price and availability on the GTN will change day to day and per server, but it is likely very expensive. There is no other way to unlock this species, it is considered a “Cartel Market” species because of this and was added after the game’s launch.

While Togruta are easily recognizable as the species with tentacles and horns, they also have an independent set of culture and lore.

View the Togrutas page for an in-depth look into their lore and cosmetic options!

(See Youtube!)

Cathar

Cathar are a feline humanoid species native to the planet of the same name. They are normally covered in fur, although variations in the genetic baseline have expressed themselves as at least two distinct subspecies. Cathar are noteworthy hand-to-hand combatants, possessing retractable claws, strong physiques and natural agility.

Who can play this class?

  • Free-to-play:  No
  • Subscribers:  No
  • Unlock Options: All players can unlock Cathars for all classes by purchasing the item Legacy Species Unlock: Cathar from the Cartel Market with Cartel Coins or from the GTN with credits. The Cartel Market sells this unlock for 600 Cartel Coins. There is no other way to unlock the Cathar species.

See the other tabs for more information about playing and unlocking Cathar!

These are the Origin Stories that can play Cathar by default if you are subscribed.

 ClassFreeSubscribers
Jedi Knight No, but can be unlocked No, but can be unlocked
Jedi Consular No, but can be unlocked No, but can be unlocked
Trooper No, but can be unlocked No, but can be unlocked
Smuggler No, but can be unlocked No, but can be unlocked
Sith Warrior No, but can be unlocked No, but can be unlocked
Sith Inquisitor No, but can be unlocked No, but can be unlocked
Bounty Hunter No, but can be unlocked No, but can be unlocked
Imperial Agent No, but can be unlocked No, but can be unlocked

See the Unlock Options tab to learn how to unlock Cathar for other Origin Stories!

All players will need to unlock the Cathar before they create a Cathar character. All players can unlock the Cathar for all classes by purchasing the item Legacy Species Unlock: Cathar from the Cartel Market with Cartel Coins or from the GTN with credits. The Cartel Market sells this unlock for 600 Cartel Coins, the price and availability on the GTN will change day to day and per server, but it is likely very expensive. There is no other way to unlock this species, it is considered a “Cartel Market” species because of this and was added after the game’s launch.

While they are easily recognizable as the “cat people”, Cathar history is firmly established in the genocide of its people.

Cathar

View the Cathar page for an in-depth look into their lore and cosmetic options!

(See Youtube for video!)

Unlocking Species

To unlock species that are unavailable to you, you can buy them on the Cartel Market with Cartel Coins, or on the GTN for credits from other players. All species unlocks cost 600 Cartel Coins and are in the unlocks section of the Cartel Market.

If you are subscribed, you get 500 free Cartel Coins every month, and all players can get 100 free Cartel Coins per month by attaching a Security Key to their account. Otherwise you will have to buy Cartel Coins from swtor.com/buy with real money.

If you already have a character with lots of credits, you can check the GTN by searching for the words “legacy unlock” – but there’s usually none available or they’re extremely expensive. You’ll need at least a level 10 character to use this unlock item, so unfortunately you won’t be able to start playing that Sith pureblood trooper right away… but leveling is pretty easy, so you can level up a random character quickly, buy the unlock, then start your preferred character. This unlock allows you to make a new character of that species with any class at level 1.

Classes that are Cartel-Market-only like Togruta, Cathar and Nautolan can only be unlocked with the Cartel Market unlock, there’s no other way.

The other way to unlock a species is through the legacy system. There’s two different ways of doing that.

The first is to level up a character of that species to level 50. You could find a class that allows that species as a default, level them to 50, and you’d then be able to create a new character of your preferred class with your newly unlocked species. For example, if you wanted to make a blindfolded Miraluka Sith Agent and are subscribed, you could first make a Miraluka on the Republic side as a Jedi consular, and level them to 50. Then that species will be unlocked for all new characters you make, regardless of their class. This only works for subscribers and preferred players that already have a species of that type made.

The other way is to level any character up to level 50, then in the legacy panel you can spend 1. 5 million credits to unlock any species you choose.

All species unlocks are legacy-wide, which means they’ll only work for any new character you make on the server you originally unlocked them – except for Togruta, Cathar and Nautolan.

What’s extra cool about unlocking a species is that it sometimes gives you more appearance options. For example, you can normally only make a red Zabrak on the imperial side… but if you unlock the species, you can make a red Zabrak on the republic side when you could normally only make one with normal skintones. There’s also over 50 different cyborg cybernetics which are normally bound to the different classes – for example the trooper cyborg gets an eyepatch – but once you unlock the species all the cybernetic options become available across the board.

Human

Cyborg

Zabrak (Iridonian)

Miraluka

Mirialan

Twi’lek

Chiss

Rattataki

Sith Pureblood

Cathar

Nautolan

Togruta

SpeciesNameFreeSubscribersUnlockable
Human Yes Yes Automatically unlocked
Cyborg Yes Yes Automatically unlocked
Zabrak (Neutral) Yes* Yes* Can be unlocked
Zabrak (Red) Yes* Yes* Can be unlocked
Twi'lek No Yes, for the Jedi Knight, Jedi Consular, Smuggler, and Sith Inquisitor Can be unlocked
Mirialan No Yes, for the Jedi Knight, Jedi Consular, Smuggler, and Trooper Can be unlocked
Chiss No Yes, for the Bounty Hunters and Imperial Agents Can be unlocked
Sith Pureblood No Yes, for the Sith Warriors and Inquisitors Can be unlocked
Miraluka No Yes, for the Jedi Knights and Jedi Consulars Can be unlocked
Rattataki No Yes, for the Bounty Hunters, Imperial Agents, and Sith Inquisitors Can be unlocked
Nautolan No No Must be unlocked
Togruta No No Must be unlocked
Cathar No No Must be unlocked