Kinetic Combat Shadow Jedi Consular Guide (6.0)

Kinetic Combat Shadow Guide

The Shadow’s dual-bladed Lightsaber flashes with deadly precision to provide a relentless offense and when necessary, a formidable defense.

In this guide we’ll be going over how to play a Jedi Consular Shadow Tank including when and how each ability should be used, tips and tricks, and some basics about gearing up. The shadow tank is the most involved of the three republic tanks, and requires a constant upkeep of a ward fueled by the Shadow’s connection to the force, and a creative use of telekinetic abilities channeled to reduce the damage you take as a tank.

This guide has not been translated from Imperial to Republic yet! There are many terms that still refer to the Imperial Darkness Assassin Tank.

Your master Shadow tank for this guide is Jaydenz, who has been playing SWTOR since the second expansion, and has cleared every Master Mode boss as a tank as well as some world firsts. Click here to view Jaydenz’s in-depth Darkness Shadow guide once you feel comfortable with the basics of Inquisitor tanking!
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Abilities

The Kinetic Combat Shadow uses a combination of useful mechanic abilities, defensive abilities, and damage abilities to keep themselves and their team alive.

Mechanical Abilities

The Shadow tank’s job in a fight is to stay alive through dark sith sorcery, and to keep their teammates alive long enough to for them to take down their enemies. Apart from their defensive force abilities, they have some clever tricks to help keep themselves and their group alive.

Let’s start by going over the Shadow tank’s mechanical abilities.

IconAbility NameLevelTypeDescription
Force of Valor1Class BuffForce of Valor is your class buff – its gives an hour long boost to damage to your group or to any other character you cast it on.
Meditation1RegenIf you're low on health between fights, you can use Meditation to regenerate health - but it only works outside of combat.
Force Wave3PushForce Wave is your push. A knockback can be useful when you’re playing solo as it can keep melee enemies away from you if you’re taking too much damage, or you can use it to push enemies off of cliffs. As fun as it is, don’t use it in group fights – this often frustrates other players who are trying to group enemies up to take them down faster.
Force Stun5Hard StunForce Stun is your short 4-second hard stun – you can use it on weaker enemies to stop them from running around, from casting abilities, or just to keep them out of the fight in general.
Stealth6StealthStealth turns your character invisible to everyone not in your group, and can allow you to sneak past weaker enemies or perform stealth sneak attacks. As soon as you enter combat, you'll be pushed out of stealth.
Force Lift7Crowd Control / Soft StunForce Lift is your crowd control soft stun - you can use it to stun weaker enemies for 8 seconds, but it breaks on damage, so only use it on enemies you’re not going to hit soon.
Force of Will9Stun BreakerForce of Will is your stun breaker. If you are stunned and can’t move, you can use this ability to unstun yourself.
Mind Control14TauntMind Control is your taunt. A taunt forces most enemies to attack you, and only you, for six seconds, and also increases the chance they'll continue attacking you afterwards. As a tank, in a group fight it's your job to keep the enemy's attention, because unlike your other team members, you have stats and the abilities that will help keep you alive and allow your team members to focus on defeating the enemy. Apart from taunts, you can keep the enemy focused on you with what's known as threat or aggro, which means using your abilities in a way that aggravates your enemy to continue attacking you. The higher your threat, the less likely a team member is going to catch the enemy's attention.
Force Speed16Speed BoostForce Speed is your speed boost. It helps you move faster. You can use it for fun while running around, to get to a strategic location in battle faster, or most importantly to run out of stuff that’s hurting you.
Guard16GuardGuarding another player reduces the chances of the enemy attacking them as long as you are within 15 meters of each other. The guarded player also takes 5% less damage, but players mainly use guard on a team mate who is often attracting the attention of the boss enemy - either a strong healer or DPS character - not the weakest player who needs "help".
Mind Snap18InterruptMind Snap is your interrupt. Every class has an interrupt ability that allows them to interrupt an enemy while they are casting. This can be useful when fighting low-level enemies as many abilities can be interrupted, and in some max-level fights interrupts are a mandatory part of combat. Castbars that fill up from left right are called channels and can be interrupted and the ability will be stopped, but castbars that go from right to left deal damage the entire time they are casting.
Mass Mind Control20Group TauntMass Mind Control is your group taunt, commonly know as an AOE taunt. It will force all enemies within 15 metered of you to attack only you for six seconds, similar to your single-target mind control ability.
Mind Maze20Crowd Control / Soft StunMind Maze is your soft stun, sometimes called your cc, your crowd control or your mez. While in stealth, you can stun an enemy, and they will stay stunned for one minute as long as no one attacks them. Players use this to either take one enemy out of the equation for a short time in a fight, or to sneak past enemies without attracting their attention. You can only use Mind Trap while not in combat.
Force Slow22SlowForce Slow is your slow, and slows your enemy’s movement speed by 50% for 6 seconds. This can be used to keep Melee enemies away from you as you move farther away, or to slow down enemies who are running away.
Force Cloak22Combat StealthForce Cloak allows you to enter stealth while in combat. As a tank, you usually will not want to use this ability while tanking an enemy for your team, as you will lose all the threat you've built up over time. Force Cloak is useful if you enter a fight but want to exit it quickly, or can be used to revive a fallen team member since you will no longer be in combat once you stealth out. Force Cloak can also be used by skilled player to avoid channeled damage abilities or knockbacks which are canceled when you stealth out - just make sure to taunt back immediately afterwards, as you'll have lost all your threat.
Resilience36CleanseResilience, which make you almost invincible by increasing your chance to resist Force and tech attacks by 200% for a few seconds and will also cleanse any cleanseable debuffs you have. It’s one of the strongest defensive abilities in the entire game and allows you to negate a lot of Force or Tech attacks, and even ignore some mechanics by using it at the right time.
Spinning Kick42Short Hard StunSpinning Kick is a second short stun you can use that lasts 2 seconds, and also knocks down weaker enemies. As a Shadow Consular you can use it out of stealth. If you collect the [[Efficient Termination]] 6-piece set bonus, Spike turns in to a defensive ability that increases your damage reduction by 10% for 6 seconds.
Shadow Stride51LeapShadow Stride is your leap - it allows you to instantly teleport forward to an enemy within range.
Force Pull58PullForce Pull allows you to pull an enemy to you, and also generates a lot of threat. Although this does not work against most boss enemies, you can still use it to gain threat.
Cleaving Cut72Short Slow
Cleaving Cut is a second slow. It does slightly more damage than Force Slow but lasts for half the time.

Defensive Abilities

The Shadow tank has a variety of abilities that helps keep them alive.

IconAbility NameLevelTypeDescription
Kinetic Ward26Perpetual ShieldKinetic Ward is your most important ability as an assassin tank. This ability surrounds you with a shield that starts with 15 charges that increases your shield chance by 15% for 20 seconds. Each time you successfully shield an attack, you'll lose one of the charges. As a Shadow Consular, every time you shield an attack with Kinetic Ward, you'll also get a stack of [[Dark Bulwark]], an additional defensive buff that increases your absorption by 1% per stack, and it can stack up to 10 times. If you cast Kinetic Ward again, it will reset your [[Dark Bulwark]] shields back to zero. A big part of Shadow tanking is balancing these two defensive buffs - you want to try and always keep Kinetic Ward up, but anytime you re-use Kinetic Ward, it will reset your [[Dark Bulwark]] stacks back to zero. This means you'll want to wait until your Kinetic Ward is about to run out of time before you refresh it, allowing [[Dark Bulwark]] to build up as long as it can before resetting it.
Deflection24ShieldDeflection is your shield - it increases your ranged and melee defenses by 50% for 12 seconds. As a Darknes Assasin, it also causes all enemies within 8 meters to deal 15% less Force and tech damage.
Resilience36Invincibility ShieldResilience is your invincibility shield which increases your chance to resist Force and tech attacks by 200% for 3 seconds. Resilience is an extremely powerful defensive ability when used pre-emptively against powerful attacks. If you choose the Mind Over Matter utility, Resilience will last 5 seconds instead.
Force Cloak 22Stealth OutCloak is not a defensive move, but it can be used as one. First, you can stealth out and use an extra medpac if you've already used one in your fight. Second, you can use it in all kinds of creative ways including resetting certain stacking debuffs, cancelling casted abilities to avoid knockbacks or damage, or even using it as an extra tank swap if your co-tank has the second highest threat. Just make sure to taunt back and start building threat immediately after exiting stealth.
Spinning Kick42 (75)Small Defensive from Set Bonus If you collect the [[Efficient Termination]] 6-piece set bonus, Spike turns in to a defensive ability that increases your damage reduction by 10% for 6 seconds.
Force Potency8Absorb Shield, mainly use for damageForce Potency increases the Force critical chance of your direct attacks, but as a Shadow tank, activating Force Potency also grants 30% shield absorption for 20 seconds. Force Potency is usually not used defensively, instead it's used to cause more damage.
Battle Readiness50Shield and HealBattle Readiness immediately restores 15% of your max health, and as a Shadow Consular, your damage reduction is increased by 25% for 15 seconds. This is a very useful defensive ability to use when you are expecting a large wave of damage over time.
Damage Abilities10RotationAs a Shadow Tank, your damage abilities, when used correctly, will also reduce the amount of damage enemies do to you. Your key damage abilities for defense are Cascading Debris, Project and Slow Time.
Advanced Kyrprax Shield Adrenal75AdrenalAbsorbs 30% of damage for a short time. Keep a pile of these on hand!
Relic of the Shrouded Crusader75RelicIncreases Shield Rating and Absorption Rating for a short time

Damage Abilities

Although the Shadow tank should be focusing on tanking rather than doing damage, using certain abilities efficiently can actually raise the Shadow tank’s survivability, and help keep threat with enemies.

IconAbilityLevelDescription
Cascading Debris10Cascading Debris is your key damage ability as an Assassin tank, but it's most powerful when you also have 3 stacks of Harnessed Shadows, a special buff you get from using either Project or Slow Time as a Shadow Consular. If you get three stacks of Harnessed Shadows, then each tick of Cascading Debris will increase your damage reduction by 1% for 12 seconds. This makes Cascading Debris when you have 3 stacks of Harnessed Shadows both a powerful damage attack as well as a strong defensive boost which you can keep up during most of the fight.
Project1Project is one of your two abilities that builds up those special stacks of Harnessed Shadows. You can use it once every six seconds, so Project is one of your abilities you will use the most.
Slow Time42Slow Time is your other ability that builds stacks of Harnessed Shadows. It's a great multi-enemy damage ability, and it generates a high amount of threat to help you tank, and it also weakens enemies so they deal 5% less melee and ranged damage. You can use it roughly once every ten seconds, so use it whenever you see it available.
Force Breach2Force Breach is another multi-enemy attack you'll be using often to blast your enemy with raw lightning and do damage over time. As a Darkness Assassin, Force Breach also causes its targets to become unsteady, which means they have their melee and ranged accuracy reduced by 5%. While targets are unsteady, your Lacerate ability also does more damage to them.
Double Strike1Thrash is your basic Aassassin lightsaber attack. Although it's not very interesting on its own, as a Darkness Assassin, damage dealt by Thrash, Maul, Lacerate, and Assassinate have a 30% chance to finish the cooldown on your Shock ability and make your next Shock an Energized critical hit. Energized Shocks that consume a charge of Recklessness also deal an additional 50% critical damage, so you'll want to combine your Recklessness Ability with a Shock that is Energized from Thrash.
Force Potency8Force Potency is not an ability you use against an enemy, instead you use it to give your attacks a boost. Using Force Potency grants you 2 charges of Force Potency, which increases the Force critical chance of your direct attacks by 60%. Each time a direct Force ability critically hits or each time you activate a channeled ability, you use one charge of Force Potency. These Force Potencystacks wear off after 20 seconds, so make sure to use them before they disappear. You'll be combining this with an [[energized shock]] or Cascading Debris to do a lot of extra damage when possible, otherwise it's useful with a normal Project as well. Additionally as a Shadow Consular, Force Potency grants 30% shield absorption for 20 seconds.
Whirling Blow4Whirling Blow is similar to your Cleaving Cut attack, but it can hit up to 8 targets around you. It can also cause [[Energized Shock]] just like Cleaving Cut can.
Shadow Strike28Shadow Strike is your backup single-target basic attack, and it does more damage if you are behind your target. As a Shadow Consular, your Cleaving Cut, Whirling Blow, Spinning Strike, and Shadow Stride abilities all grant a Conspirator's Cloak buff, which makes your next Maul consume 50% less Force and damage your enemy as if you're behind them. This makes Maul most worth using when you have Conspirator's Cloak available. Maul also has the ability to Energize your Shock ability.
Spinning Strike32Spinning Strike is a special ability you can only use when your enemy is below 30% health which does a lot of damage.
Saber Strike1Only use Saber Strike if you ran out of Force and can't do anything else. Even if you're doing your rotation perfectly you'll still need to use Saber Strike sometimes. Saber Strike does damage and restores your Force.

Rotation / Priority System

Using your abilities efficiently can help you survive longer, do more damage and gain more threat. This efficiency is gained by using abilities in an order that causes them to amplify each other. This order is sometimes called a rotation or a priority system – what abilities take priority over others.

Opener

Your opener is the ideal set of abilities you will use in order as a Shadow tank during the beginning of a fight to gain the most threat with an enemy, and to set up your success for the rest of the fight.

#IconAbilityDescription
1StealthStarting in Stealth gives you a free defensive boost
2Force PullGenerates threat
3Shadow StrideLeap to enemy, careful, in some fights this bugs and sends you off a cliff. Or use Force Speed to get to the target quicker.
4ProjectDamage creating one stack of Harnessed Shadows
5Slow TimeDamage creating second stack of Harnessed Shadows
6 Mind ControlTaunt
7Force BreachDamage which reduces accuracy of enemy
8Shadow StrikeFree damage from using Shadow Stride earlier (if it is not sparkling, use Double Strike instead)
9Force PotencyDamage boost
10ProjectDamage creating third and final stack of Harnessed Shadows
11Cascading DebrisDamage which uses the three stacks of Harnessed Shadows to reduce damage taken
12Mass Mind ControlGroup taunt
13Double Strike30% chance to finish the cooldown on your Project ability and make your next Project an Accelerated critical hit
14Force SlowStart the next round of Harnessed Shadows stacks
15ProjectHopefully you also go a Particle Acceleration from Double Strike earlier!

Single Target

Your single-target rotation / priority system is a list of abilities you should use after your opener, and for the rest of the fight. These abilities shouldn’t be used one after another – instead, abilities higher up the list take priority over those at the bottom.

#IconAbilityDescription
1Spinning StrikeSpinning Strike is one of your strongest-hitting abilities. Normally, it only becomes available when your enemy is under 30%. If you choose the utility Stalker's Swiftness, it becomes available all the time.
2Cascading DebrisUse when it's glowing, which means you have 3 stacks of Harnessed Shadows.
3ProjectUse whenever it's available, unless you have 3 stacks of Harnessed Shadows.
4Slow TimeUse whenever it's available.
5Shadow StrikeUse only when you have Shadow Wrap up.
6Double StrikeUse when everything above is not available.
7Force BreachOnly use once every 45 seconds to apply Unsteady, if it's glowing
8Saber StrikeOnly use if you ran out of Force to do anything else. Even if you're doing your rotation perfectly you'll still need to use Saber Strike sometimes.

Multi Target / AOE

Your multi-target / AOE rotation / priority system is a list of abilities you should use after your opener, and for the rest of the fight. These abilities shouldn’t be used one after another – instead, abilities higher up the list take priority over those at the bottom.

Wither is your hardest hitting AoE ability and builds stacks of Harnessed Darkness. Discharge is your second hardest hitting AoE and applies Unsteady debuff and makes your Lacerate deals 15% more damage to affected targets. Severing Slash does more damage than Lacerate but it’s a conal, while Lacerate is a 360 cleave, so if you aren’t going to hit all your targets, don’t use Severing Slash.

#IconAbilityDescription
1Slow TimeUse whenever it's available.
2Force BreachUse whenever it's available.
3Cleaving CutUse when you'll hit all enemies in a conal shape in front of you.
4Whirling BlowUse as a filler move to hit all enemies in a circle around you.

Utilities

Utilities are a special type of ability that you can choose. As you level up, you’ll be able to use additional utilities slots.

Recommended Utilities

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IconUtilityTooltip
CelerityReduces the cooldown of Mind Snap by 2 seconds, Force of Will by 30 seconds, and Force Speed by 5 seconds.
Intangible SpiritAs Kinetic Combat reduces all damage taken while stunned by 30%. As Infiltration and Serenity, reduces the damage taken from area attacks by 30%
LambasteIncreases the damage done by Whirling Blow by 25%.
Fadehttps://swtorfiles.jedipedia.net/icons/56/bladedance.png
MisdirectionIncreases your movement speed by 15% and your effect stealth level by 10.
Force HarmonicsReduces the cooldown of Force Wave by 2.5 seconds and Force Potency grants 1 additional charge when activated.
Cloak of ResilienceActivating Force Cload grants 2 seconds of Resilience.
Mind Over MatterIncreases the durations of Resilence by 2 seconds and Force Speed by 0.5 seconds. Additionally, Force Speed slows all enemies within 5 meters by 75% for 2.5 seconds when activated.
Stalker's SwiftnessShadow Stride grants Stalker's Swiftness, allowing your next Spinning Strike to be used on any target, regardless of remaining health. Stalker's Swiftness lasts for 10 seconds. Additionally, if the target of your Shadow Stride is killed within 10 seconds of using Shadow Stride, Shadow Stride's cooldown is reset.

All Utility Options

Utilities are a series of abilities that you can choose from for your Advanced Class. On the list below, these utilities have been rated for their use in difficult boss fights in Operations, the most difficult group content in the game. However, if you are playing solo, playing less difficult content, or PvPing, you’ll want to read the descriptions of the utilities carefully and instead either choose ones that sound fun, or choose ones that seem useful for the type of content you like to play. For example, if you enjoy using Whirlwind while leveling or running Heroics, there are a ton of  Whirlwind-focused utilities available to you that are all useless in Operations.

  • Tier 1 Skillfull – You must choose 3 Skillful utilities before the next tier is unlocked
  • Tier 2 Masterful – You must choose a total of 6 Skillful or Masterful abilities before the next tier is unlocked
  • Tier 3 Heroic – You can choose a max of 3 utilities in the Heroic category
IconUtilityTierTierRatingTooltipDescription
Celerity1SkillfulAwesomeReduces the cooldown of Mind Snap by 2 seconds, Force of Will by 30 seconds, and Force Speed by 5 seconds.This ability is very useful in fights where you will need to often interupt, or use a stunbreaker, or use Force Speed to get out of the way.
Pinning Resolve1SkillfulNot Worth TakingReduces the cooldown of Force Stun by 15 seconds and increases the duration of Force Slow and reduces its cooldown by 6 seconds. In addition, your Force Lift affects up to 2 additional standard or weak enemies within 8 meters of the target.Mind Snap and Force Lift (your stun and crowd control) are not useful in most boss fights.
Intangible Spirit1SkillfulAwesomeAs Kinetic Combat reduces all damage taken while stunned by 30%. As Infiltration and Serenity, reduces the damage taken from area attacks by 30%During boss fights, you are often stunned, so a 30% reduction in damage is very good.
Lambaste1SkillfulAwesomeIncreases the damage done by Whirling Blow by 25%.Good for clearing non-boss enemies, flashpoints, or any encounters with multi-targets.
Force Wake1SkillfulNot Worth Taking for most situationnsForce Wave unbalances its targets, immobilizing them for 5 seconds. Direct damage dealt after 2 seconds ends the effect prematurely.Force Wake (your push) is not useful in most boss fights - but whenever you need it, it’s great (will be more used on Veteran Mode and Master Mode)
Snaring Slashes1SkillfulNot Worth TakingDouble Strike, Clairvoyant Strike, and Whirling Blow reduce the movement speed of the targets they damage by 30% for 6 seconds.Reducing movement speed is not useful in most boss fights.
Nerve Wracking1SkillfulNot Worth TakingTargets controlled by your Spinning Kick or Force Stun take 5% more damage from all sources.Spinning Kick and Force Stun (your stuns) are not useful in most boss fights.
Shadow's Shelter1SkillfulSmall Group Damage ReductionMass Mind Control provides Shadow's Shelter to all allies within range, excluding yourself, reducing the damage they take by 5% for the next 6 seconds and healing them for 44 health over the duration.Sounds awesome, but the damage reduction and healing is very low. It's a good option if you're not already choosing 3 in this tier.
Fade2MasterfulAwesome for stealthing outReduces the cooldown of Force Cloak by 30 seconds and extends its duration by 5 seconds.30 seconds of cooldown reduction for stealthing out is really significant since Force Cloak is really useful (stealth rezzes, reset medpac, if you have Cloak of Resilience it can be a defensive cooldown).
Misdirection2MasterfulUseful for fights where you need to move fastIncreases your movement speed by 15% and your effect stealth level by 10.Useful if you want to go 15% faster. Extra movement speed is always good if you can afford taking it.
Force Harmonics2MasterfulAwesome, for Force PotencyReduces the cooldown of Force Wave by 2.5 seconds and Force Potency grants 1 additional charge when activated.Although Force Wave (your push) is not useful in most boss fights, Force Potency directly helps you do more damage with attacks and with this you go from 2 to 3 charges.
Kinetic Acceleration2MasterfulNot Worth TakingActivating Project, Psychokinetic Blast, or Squelch increases your
movement speed by 50% for 9 seconds. This effect cannot occur more than
once every 18 seconds.
Moving faster is nice, but it can only happen once every 18 seconds which makes it not very useful.
Motion Control2MasterfulNot Worth TakingWhen a target recovers from being stunned by your Spinning Kick or Force Stun, its movement speed is slowed by 90% for the following 3 seconds. Additionally, Force Cload increases your movement speed by 50% while it is active, and Force Slow reduces the movement speed of it's target by an additional 20%.Reducing movement speed is not useful in most boss fights.
Sturdiness2MasterfulUseful for fights where you get stunnedActivating Deflection grants 6 seconds of immunity to stun, sleep, lift, and incapacitating effects.You rarely need immunity to stun, sleep, lift or incapacitating effects, but can be very useful in some boss fights.
Egress2MasterfulUseful for fights with movement-impairing effectsForce Speed grants Egress, removing all movement-impairing effects and granting immunity to them for the duration.Very useful for any boss fights where you need to move around a lot an the boss roots you or slows you.
Containment2MasterfulUsually Not Worth TakingIf your Force Lift breaks early from damage, the target is stunned for 2 seconds. In addition, Force Lift activates instantly.Force Lift (your crowd control) is not useful in most boss fights.
Cloak of Resilience3HeroicAwesomeActivating Force Cload grants 2 seconds of Resilience.Very useful in any fights you stealth out during to avoid damage.
Shadowy Veil3HeroicNot Worth TakingWhen damage breaks your Mind Maze prematurely, the target will suffer from Sapped Mind, reducing the damage they deal by 25% for 10 seconds. Additionally, you gain another benefit depending on your active discipline. Kinetic Combat: Cascading Debris increases movement speed by 35% for 6 seconds. Infiltration, Serenity: Increases your armor rating by 30%.Mind Maze (your stealth crowd control) is not useful at all on Operation bosses (you can use on some trash mobs but that’s about it).
Mind Over Matter3HeroicAwesomeIncreases the durations of Resilence by 2 seconds and Force Speed by 0.5 seconds. Additionally, Force Speed slows all enemies within 5 meters by 75% for 2.5 seconds when activated.Make Resilience, your 200% damage reduction shield last longer, definitely take this one as a tank! One of the best utilities on last tier.
Stalker's Swiftness3HeroicGives spinning strike earlyShadow Stride grants Stalker's Swiftness, allowing your next Spinning Strike to be used on any target, regardless of remaining health. Stalker's Swiftness lasts for 10 seconds. Additionally, if the target of your Shadow Stride is killed within 10 seconds of using Shadow Stride, Shadow Stride's cooldown is reset.This is pretty nice since you can use your powerful-damage Spinning Strike ability early on which will help you keep threat better at the beginning of the fight.
Martial Prowess3HeroicNot Worth TakingForce Pull immobilizes its target for 3 seconds. Serenity Strike immobilizes its target for 2 seconds, and Low Slash immobilizes its target for 1 second after the incapacitating effect wears off. In addition, successful use of Mind Maze grants Martial Prowess, increasing the critical chance of your next direct attack by 100%. This effect lasts for 20 seconds.Immobilization does not work on most boss fights.
Restorative Shade3HeroicNot Worth TakingWhen entering stealth with Force Cload you generate a stack of Restorative Shade and heal 4% of your maximum health every 2 seconds for 10 seconds. Stacks last for 6 seconds. When stealth is broken, each stack of Restorative Shade heals you for 4% of your health.Alhough you may stealth out in some boss fights to cancel a boss's ability, you should never stay stealthed for a long period of time.
One with the Shadows3HeroicUseful for fights where you need to move fastShadow Stride can be used while immobilized and purges movement-impairing effects when used. Additionally, activating Force Speed grants Once with the Shadows, which bestows a different benefit depending on your active discipline. Kinetic Combat: Increases your Force regeneration rate by 10 for the duration of Force Speed. Infiltration, Serenity: Reduces all damage taken by 25% for the duration of Force Speed.Pretty useful, you can use Shadow Stride if you are slowed or rooted, and you also regenerate Force faster from Force Speed.
Avenging Grip3HeroicGoodDeflection grants Avenging Grip, reflecting 50% (or 100% for the Kinetic Combat discipline) of all direct single target tech and Force damage back at t he attacker. Avenging Grip lasts for 12 seconds and does not absorb incoming damage.Reflects 100% of all direct single target tech and Force damage back at the attacker for 12 seconds.

Gear

When gearing up your Shadow Tank, you’ll want to focus on the Endurance, Shield and Absorb stats which will help keep you alive. Endurance gives you more health, and Shield and Absorption helps you take less damage. In some fights it is better to have more endurance, in others it is better to have more mitigation of damage with Shield and Absorption. Tank-focused gear always has defense in it, and tanks will always have more defense than they need due to the stats that are built in to all tanking modifications. It is better to get more Shield, Endurance or Absorption than to get more defense – it’s even recommend that if you are playing unsynced content to choose power over defense, even though power is meant for DPS characters. You can work towards getting your optimal tank stats by switching around your modifications, enhancements, and augments to get the right amount of Shield, Absorb and Endurance.

Stats in modification items have primary, secondary and tertiary stats. As a general rule, you will only have to make a serious choice about what tertiary stat you want to have. (An enhancement will have you choose between Shield and Absorb, but Power and Defense won’t be part of that pool as they aren’t tertiary).

  • Primary (Mastery and Endurance) – Tanks choose Endurance
  • Secondary (Defense and Power) – Tanks are meant to choose Defense – but Power is often more useful
  • Tertiary (Alacrity, Crit, Accuracy, Shield, Absorb) – Tanks choose Shield or Absorb depending on what stats they need to adjust
How to Get Gear at Level 75

“I recommend above 50% shield without Dark Ward up and 40%-45% absorb” – Jaydenz

Apart from getting the best gear you can with tanking stats, you’ll also want to pick a tactical item and a set bonus to work on earning.

Set Bonus

A set bonus is a special type of gear bonus that gives your Kinetic Combat Shadow a boost in battle, like making some of your abilities stronger or making them usable more often. The more pieces of set bonus gear you collect, the more bonuses you will get. Set bonuses only exist on the pieces of armor that you can “wear” – Head, Chest, Hands, Legs, Boots, Belt and Bracers.

Set Bonus Recommendations

ImageSet Bonus NameSourceSet Bonus EffectsReason
Efficient TerminationConquest or Tech Fragment Vendor2 - 2% Endurance
4 - Spinning Kick’s stun and slow effects last for an additional second.
6 - Using Spinning Kick grants you 10% damage reduction for 6 seconds.
Favorite This 6-piece set bonus turns your Spinning Kick ability in to a small Defensive ability.
Saber MasterConquest or Tech Fragment Vendor2 - 2% Mastery
4 - Reduces the cooldown of Battle Readiness by 20 seconds.
6 - Killing an enemy during Battle Readiness refreshes the duration of Battle Readiness. Can occur up to 5 times during one Battle Readiness.
Worth it for the reduced cooldown on Battle Readiness, one of your defensive abilities.

Set Bonus Options

ImageSet Bonus Name(2) Piece Set Bonus(4) Piece Set Bonus(6) Piece Set BonusVendorSource
Revitalized Mystic2% Alacrity Ratiing(Sage) Reduces cooldown of Healing Trance by 1.5 seconds.Healing a target with another ability while Rejuvenate is active on them has a chance to cause an extra Rejuvenate tick for half. Refreshing Rejuvenate on a target refunds some force.3,000 Tech Fragments + 1 million creditsConquest
Empowered Restorer2% Alacrity(Sage) Benevolence’s critical chance is increased by 10%.Benevolence heals for 20% more if you have a Vindicate or Amnesty stack and consumes 1 stack upon use.3,000 Tech Fragments + 1 million creditsConquest
Endless Offensive+2% Mastery(Sage) Telekinetic Blitz deals 10% more damageEnergize now stack up to 3 times. Force Speed immediately recharges one Telekinetic Blitz ability charge.Not Available From VendorDxun Operation
Gathering Storm2% Mastery(Sage) Force Speed makes your next Force attack deal 20% more damage and Force attacks deal 20% more damage while Mental Alacrity  is active.Activating Force Speed reduces the cooldown of Mental Alacrity by 10 seconds. Using Mental Alacrity immediately after adds 10 seconds to its duration.3,000 Tech Fragments + 1 million creditsOperations
Death Knell2% Mastery(Shadow) The cooldown of Force Potency is reduced by 15 seconds. Whenever you consume a charge of Force Potency you gain a stack of Potent Critical, making your next Spinning Strike or Shadow Strike critically hit. Stacks up to 3 times.Whenever you consume a charge of Force Potency you gain a stack of Audacious Potency, increasing your melee damage done by 10% for 30 seconds. Stack up to 3 times.3,000 Tech Fragments + 1 million creditsConquest
Efficient Termination2% Endurance(Shadow) Spinning Kick’s stun and slow effects last for an additional second.Using Spinning Kick grants you 10% damage reduction for 6 seconds.3,000 Tech Fragments + 1 million creditsConquest
Murderous Revelation2% Mastery(Shadow) Battle Readiness and Force Cloak reset the cooldown of Phantom Stride.Using Teleport from stealth grants Shadowcraft, increasing your critical hit chance by 100% for 6 sesconds.Not Available From VendorCrafted
Rebuking Assault+2% Endurance(Shadow) Each target hit by Cleaving Cut reduces the cooldown of Mind Control and Mass Mind Control by 1 second.Each target hit by Cleaving Cut extends Deflection’s duration by 1 second.Not Available From VendorDxun Operation
Saber Master2% Mastery(Shadow) Reduces the cooldown of Battle Readiness by 20 seconds.Killing an enemy during Battle Readiness refreshes the duration of Battle Readiness. Can occur up to 5 times during one Battle Readiness.3,000 Tech Fragments + 1 million creditsConquest
Shadow Purger2% Endurance(Shadow) Cleaving Cut immobilizes the target for 2 seconds.Using Cleaving Cut while under Resilience lowers the targets accuracy and extends the duration of  Resilience by 2 seconds.3,000 Tech Fragments + 1 million creditsOperations
Controller2% Endurance(Jedi Consular) Killing the enemy affected by Force Lift before it’s cooldown ends resets the cooldown of Force Lift.Not Available From VendorCrafted
Decelerator2% Mastery(Jedi Consular) Force Slow now has 2 charges. Using Force Slow on an enemy already under the effect of Force Slow slows them by an additional 20% and extends the duration.3,000 Tech Fragments + 1 million creditsPvP
Dire Retaliation2% Endurance(Jedi Consular) Force Wave increases your damage reduction by 10% for 10 seconds. Getting attacked during this time causes your next Force attack to critically hit. This effect can only occur once every 10 seconds.3,000 Tech Fragments + 1 million creditsConquest
Soulbenders2% Mastery(Jedi Consular) Force Stun’s stun lasts an additional 2 seconds.3,000 Tech Fragments + 1 million creditsDaily / Weekly Missions
Amplified ChampionThe Amplified Champion’s set has same amplifiers pool as an armoring, hilt or barrel, so you can boost your combat stats even more than normal, though the highest boosts are not available. The trade-off is that this set has no actual set bonus ability like normal set bonus pieces. Vew Amplifier Info & Chart3,000 Tech Fragments + 1 million creditsConquest
Avenger2% Endurance(Generic) Increases your damage dealt by 3% while you Guard an ally.3,000 Tech Fragments + 1 million creditsPvP
Berserker2% Critical Rating(Generic) Increases all damage dealt by 3% and all damage taken by 6%.3,000 Tech Fragments + 1 million creditsOperations
Dying PrecisionIncreases critical rating by 3% while health is below 50%(Generic) Increases critical rating by 5% while health is below 50%Increases critical rating by 10% while health is below 50%Not Available From VendorOnderon Reputation Vendor
Preserver+2% Shield Rating(Generic) Passively regenerate 1% of maximum health every 10 seconds.Not Available From VendorCorellia Flashpoint
Rapid ResponseIncreases alacrity rating by 3% while health is below 50%.(Generic) Increases alacrity rating by 5% while health is below 50%.Increases alacrity rating by 10% while health is below 50%.3,000 Tech Fragments + 1 million creditsOperations
Stationary Grit2% Alacrity Rating(Generic) Increases damage dealt by 3% while not moving or increasing armor rating by 10% while moving.3,000 Tech Fragments + 1 million creditsDaily / Weekly Missions
Stimulated2% Alacrity Rating(Generic) Increases Mastery by 5% while under the effects of a stimpack.3,000 Tech Fragments + 1 million creditsFlashpoints
Taskmaster2% Alacrity Rating(Generic) Significantly increases the attack and activation speed of your companion.3,000 Tech Fragments + 1 million creditsDaily / Weekly Missions
The Entertainer2% Endurance(Generic) Entering combat improves nearby allies, increasing their mastery, endurance, and rate of experience point gain. This effect is removed when combat ends.3,000 Tech Fragments + 1 million creditsDaily / Weekly Missions
The Final BreathReduces damage taken by 2% while health is below 50%.(Generic) Reduces damage taken by 3% while health is below 50%.Increases defense rating by 10% while health is below 50%.3,000 Tech Fragments + 1 million creditsDaily / Weekly Missions
The Victor2% Mastery(Generic) Defeating an enemy increases your movement speed by 75% for 8 seconds. This effect cannot occur more than once every 8 seconds.Defeating an enemy heals you for 20% of your maximum health. This effect cannot occur more than once every 8 seconds.3,000 Tech Fragments + 1 million creditsConquest
Trishins Retort2% Endurance(Generic) Shielding an attack causes your shield to overload, dealing 1002 – 1502 damage to up to 8 enemies within 5 meters. Your shield can only overload in this manner once every 3 seconds.3,000 Tech Fragments + 1 million creditsDaily / Weekly Missions

Tacticals

Tactical items are a special type of gear that can drastically change one of your existing abilities, or give you a boost in combat. You can only equip one tactical item at a time, but you can switch them out between fights.

Tactical Recommendations

Tactical Options

IconTactical NameClassAdvanced ClassCombat ProficiencyTactical AbilityVendorSource
A Healing HandJedi ConsularSageAllRescue now heals you and the target and makes your next Rejuvenate free.3,000 Tech Fragments + 1 million creditsDaily / Weekly Missions
An Explosive ReturnJedi ConsularSageAllReturning to your Phase Walk marker causes a force explosion around you, dealing damage to any enemies around.3,000 Tech Fragments + 1 million creditsConquest
Cleanse the AgonyJedi ConsularSageAllVindicate lowers the cooldown of Restoration by 3 seconds.Not Available From VendorCrafted
Endless BarrierJedi ConsularSageAllActivating Force Mend removes Force Armor’s Force-imbalanced effect from you.3,000 Tech Fragments + 1 million creditsPvP
All for OneJedi ConsularSageSeerSalvation heals more the less allies it heals.3,000 Tech Fragments + 1 million creditsOperations
One for AllJedi ConsularSageSeerSalvation heals more for each ally it affects.3,000 Tech Fragments + 1 million creditsFlashpoints
Storm’s SuccorJedi ConsularSageSeerDamaging an enemy with Telekinetic Blitz causes your ally closest to the enemy to be healed, scaling with how many Energized charges you have.3,000 Tech Fragments + 1 million creditsDaily / Weekly Missions
Elemental ConvectionJedi ConsularSageTelekineticsTelekinetic Blitz triggers Tidal Force when activated. Telekinetic Wave gives you Telekinetic Flux, causing your next Telekinetic Blitz to arc to multiple targets for the next 10 seconds.3,000 Tech Fragments + 1 million creditsFlashpoints
Eyrin’s HasteJedi ConsularSageTelekineticsForce Speed grants an additional Clamoring Force stack. 3 Clamoring Force stacks allow Turbulence to be activated instantly, consuming all stacks. Telekinetic Burst deals 10% more damage and Turbulence deals 20% more damage while Clamoring Force is active.3,000 Tech Fragments + 1 million creditsOperations
StormwatchJedi ConsularSageTelekineticsTelekinetic Gust applies Stormwatch to its targets. For the next 10 seconds, whenever the target takes damage to Weaken Mind, Mind Crush, or Turbulence a force gust is called down upon the target, dealing energy damage.3,000 Tech Fragments + 1 million creditsFlashpoints
Ticking Force-BombJedi ConsularSageTelekineticsMental Momentum now has a greater chance to activate on Mind Crush and Mind Crush deals more damage each time it ticks.3,000 Tech Fragments + 1 million creditsDaily / Weekly Missions
Mystic’s Ruthless BladeJedi ConsularSageBalanceVanquish deals 20% more damage on initial hit. Additionally, under Mental Alacrity, Vanquish resets the cooldown of Force Serenity and causes the next Force Serenity to activate instantly.3,000 Tech Fragments + 1 million creditsOperations
Slow MercyJedi ConsularSageBalanceForce In Balance spreads Force Slow’s effect. Vanquish hits all nearby targets affected by your Force Suppression and Forcequake does 15% more damage to targets affected by your Force Suppression.3,000 Tech Fragments + 1 million creditsDaily / Weekly Missions
Tempest of RhoJedi ConsularSageBalanceDisturbance has a 100% chance and Telekinetic Throw has 50% chance to cause Sever Force to tick an additional time whenever they deal damage.3,000 Tech Fragments + 1 million creditsFlashpoints
The RushdownJedi ConsularSageBalanceWhen Telekinetic Throw generates 4 stacks of Presence of Mind you gain Presence Blitz, allowing your next 3 Telekinetic Blitz to deal 25% more damage and cost 50% less Force. Telekinetic Blitz consumes all stacks of Presence of Mind.3,000 Tech Fragments + 1 million creditsFlashpoints
Chant of RegenerationJedi ConsularShadowAllForce Potency increases your Force regeneration greatly for a short time.3,000 Tech Fragments + 1 million creditsConquest
Friend of the ForceJedi ConsularShadowAllResilience also applies to any ally you are guarding.3,000 Tech Fragments + 1 million creditsDaily / Weekly Missions
Jerra’s PersistenceJedi ConsularShadowAllShadow Stride gains 2 charges.Not Available From VendorCrafted
TraumatizerJedi ConsularShadowAllShadow Strike and Low Slash inflict trauma for 15 seconds, reducing all healing the target receives by 20%.3,000 Tech Fragments + 1 million creditsPvP
Two CloaksJedi ConsularShadowAllForce Cloak has 2 charges.3,000 Tech Fragments + 1 million creditsPvP
Ancient Tome of WrathJedi ConsularShadowKineticSlow Time generates Redirected Retribution stacks for every enemy it hits, increasing your Shield Absorption by 2% per stack for 5 seconds.3,000 Tech Fragments + 1 million creditsFlashpoints
Shroud of a ShadowJedi ConsularShadowKineticUsing Resilience while Kinetic Ward is active consumes Kinetic Ward and extends the duration of Resilience by .25 seconds for each Kinetic Ward stack consumed.3,000 Tech Fragments + 1 million creditsOperations
Ward of the ContinuumJedi ConsularShadowKineticKinetic Ward gains 5 additional stacks and Shadow Stride resets its cooldown.3,000 Tech Fragments + 1 million creditsFlashpoints
Blade of the ElementsJedi ConsularShadowInfiltrationThe critical hit chance of Vaulting Slash is increased by 50% per Clairvoyance stack. Critically hitting with Clairvoyant Strike reduces the cooldown of Vaulting Slash by 1.5 seconds.3,000 Tech Fragments + 1 million creditsFlashpoints
May Cause InjuryJedi ConsularShadowInfiltrationActivating Cleaving Cut causes your next Force Breach to arc to multiple targets.3,000 Tech Fragments + 1 million creditsFlashpoints
The Awakened FlameJedi ConsularShadowInfiltrationWhen Psychokinetic Blast deals damage, it causes its target to take elemental damage over 6 seconds.3,000 Tech Fragments + 1 million creditsOperations
Quick EscalationJedi ConsularShadowSerenityThe critical chance of Serenity Strike is increased by 10%. Critically hitting with Serenity Strike resets its cooldown and grants Hungering Blade, increasing the critical chance and Force cost of your next Serenity Strike. Stacks up to 3 times.3,000 Tech Fragments + 1 million creditsOperations
Severance PayJedi ConsularShadowSerenityForce In Balance does more damage to slowed targets and finishes the cooldown of Cleaving Cut.3,000 Tech Fragments + 1 million creditsFlashpoints
Two Time TroubleJedi ConsularShadowSerenitySever Force has a 100% chance to tick an additional time when you deal damage with Spinning Strike and a 50% chance to tick an additional time when you deal damage with a melee attack.3,000 Tech Fragments + 1 million creditsFlashpoints
A Breath of Fresh AirAllAllAllEvery third activation of your basic attack restores 10% of your Class Resource.Not Available From VendorOnderon Reputation
BiorhythmAllAllAllDealing Damage increases all healing done. Healing increases all damage done. Stacks up to 5 times, only one effect can be active at a time.Not Available From VendorOnderon Reputation.
Durasteel WallAllAllAllSuccessfully parrying, deflecting, or dodging an attack while under 80% health increases your damage reduction by 1% for 5 seconds. Stacks up to 3 times.3,000 Tech Fragments + 1 million creditsDaily / Weekly Missions
Krall’s AccordAllAllAllCycles between buffing Mastery, Accuracy, Power, Defense, Critical, Absorb, Alacrity, and Shield. In that order.Not Available From VendorOnslaught Storyline
Luck Always ChangesAllAllAllYour critical chance with Melee, Ranged, Tech, and Force attacks is increased by 1% each second. This effect resets on a successful critical hit.Not Available From VendorCorellia Flashpoint
Overwhelming OffenseAllAllAllDealing damage increases all damage done for 2 seconds. Stacks up to 5 times.3,000 Tech Fragments + 1 million creditsDaily / Weekly Missions
Reliquary of TimeAllAllAllReduces the cooldown of on use Relics by 5%.3,000 Tech Fragments + 1 million creditsDaily / Weekly Missions
Rolling BoilAllAllAllIncreases Mastery by 5% for 5 seconds when a Relic triggers.3,000 Tech Fragments + 1 million creditsDaily / Weekly Missions
The Life WardenAllAllAllTaking damage below 20% health will rapidly heal you for a large amount. 10-minute cooldown.3,000 Tech Fragments + 1 million creditsConquest