The Collections system is a way of unlocking Cartel Market items across your entire account, for all your characters on every server. Any Cartel Market armor set, mount, emote, color crystal, weapon, pet, toy, title, cartel companion or flair can be unlocked through collections. Items from the Cartel Market are easy to identify by the small Cartel Coin symbol on the bottom left of their item icon. The only items that can not be unlocked through collections that have this symbol on them are dyes – the only way to get multiple copies of a dye is by buying them individually.
How to Add an Item to Collections
To add an item to your collection, all you have to do is use it on any of your characters. If you would like to unlock an armor set, be aware that you need to equip the entire set – equipping just one or two pieces will not add it to your collection. To get these types of items, you can buy them with credits from the Galactic Trade Network on the fleet from other players, or they can sometimes be found on the Cartel Market and be bought with Cartel Coins.
Infinite Free Copies for One Character
The nice part about collections is that once you have used an item, like a color crystal, armor set, or toy, you can then get infinite copies of that item for free on the character you used it on.
To open your collections window and get free copies, you can open it form a small button in your inventory or from the main menu under the Cartel Coin symbol. You can easily find your item in collections by typing its name into the search bar. You can also browse through your collection with the filters on the left. To get the free copy, press the small symbol of “arrows pointing to a box” on the bottom left corner of your item in collections.
So for example, if I unlocked my Tactical Infantry armor set by buying the entire set and equipping it, I can then make free copies for all my companions. Players who fight with two lightsabers or two blaster pistols can also use this trick to get a free second color crystal for their second weapon from collections. You can also use this trick so you don’t need to store items you have unlocked in your bank or inventory – once I have unlocked a set, you can delete the items from your inventory and retrieve a new set any time you want. This trick is especially nice for novelty items like toys – for example, if I want to be silly with friends I can retrieve a copy of my Celebration Mishap toy, play the emote, and then delete it out of my inventory a few seconds later – I don’t have to carry around a copy of every toy I own anymore.
Heads up, you can’t get free character copies for things like mounts, titles, emotes, etc that are added to your abilities or menus, because you only really need one copy per character since it is already unlocked for you.
Unlock Copies for Your Entire Account and All Characters
You can also use collections to unlock Cartel Market items for your entire account and all your characters by paying the unlock cost with Cartel Coins. You’ll first need to add the item you want to your collection by using the item on one of your characters. Once you’ve used your armor set, mount, emote, color crystal, weapon, pet, toy, title, cartel companion or flair on one character, you will need to open the item in collections and press the symbol of a “cartel coin with an arrow pointing up” on the bottom left of the item. This will show a pop up that will show you the unlock cost to unlock it across your entire account. Once you’ve purchased the unlock, you can now log in to your other characters and retrieve free copies of your item!
One thing most players suggest doing is to unlock at least one color crystal for your entire account, that way every time you get a new weapon on any of your characters you’ll have a crystal you can easily put inside it.
Many players use collections to unlock mounts or armor sets that they love and would like to use across multiple characters, as it can often be a good deal to pay the Cartel Coin unlock cost compared to buying the item multiple times on the GTN and it is always cheaper to pay the unlock cost in Collections compared to buying a second or third copy from the Cartel Market with Cartel Coins. The unlock cost is different for each item, but the general rule of thumb is that unlocks cost 60 Cartel Coins for bronze rarity items, 240 Cartel coins for silver rarity items, 400 cartel coins for platinum rarity items, and tunings cost 600 cartel coins to unlock.
Cartel coins can come from a couple different sources. The main source to get them is by paying real money to buy them, and they start at $5 for 250 coins. The second way is that all subscribers get 500 cartel coins for free each month they are subscribed, so if you are subscribed you should be able to unlock almost any item in collections with one month’s worth of coins. The third way is available even to free to play players – you can earn Cartel Coins by completing achievements, and many of the achievements rewards 20 cartel coins so you’ll only need to complete a few of them to afford some of the cheaper unlocks. Check the description of this video for more info about cartel coin achievements!