Level 80 Solo Gearing in SWTOR 7.1

Star Wars: The Old Republic’s 7.1 update has brought a great new way for solo players to get some of the best gear in the game, as long as they know how take advantage of the various level 80 systems in place! In this guide I’m going to teach you the fastest and easiest way to get to the best gear solo players can get in the game.

Goal

Our general goal is to try an obtain these two things:

  • 1) An over-all item rating of 324 or higher
  • 2) A single item that is item-rating 330 with a blue border

Getting these two things will allow you to get an almost full set of 330 blue gear for all your characters on your server.

All of the steps we’re going to take are the fastest and most efficient way to get to that point while playing as a brand new level 80 player who only wants to play solo.

You can use this same method to gear up with friends or in a group, it’ll just be faster if you aren’t playing alone!

1. Legendary Implants Quest

As soon as you hit level 80, the very first thing you should do is head to the Supplies section of the Fleet and speak to the big Blue Twi’lek questgiver twice, which will give you the Technological Advancements quest. This will eventually allow you to buy some of the best Implants for your character in the game. Right now though, we’re just picking up the quest. Legendary Implants Guide

2. Conquest

Your next step is to complete a Conquest while at Level 80. Conquest is a weekly set of rotating objectives, and your goal is to earn 100,000 points within the week. You can see the Conquest panel by opening your Missions windows and pressing the Conquest tab. Completing a Conquest at level 80 will give you enough endgame currency to buy your first basic level 80 gear set.  Conquest Guide

3. Purchase Basic Gear Set

Go to the Supplies section of the Fleet and find the Conquest Gear Vendor.

 

Buy one of each armor piece, a main hand, and an offhand, two yellow implants, a yellow earpiece, and two different red relics.

4. Get a Low-Level Earpiece

Once you have a full set of level 80 gear on, find and equip a low-level earpiece. We’ll be using this to “trick” a Flashpoint into giving us slightly better gear than it would normally.

The easiest place to get a low-level earpiece is on the planet of Ossus from the gear vendor, then equip it. Whatever earpiece you get, it must not be for level 80 characters.

Why are we wearing a low-level earpiece? Veteran Flashpoints, which are a type of group content designed for 4 players but are something we are going to be solo’ing, will normally drop a piece of randomly-chosen green gear for your character each time you defeat a boss. However, if the randomly chosen piece of gear happens to be an “accessory” piece, in a Veteran Flashpoint, instead of being green it will blue. In addition, if the Flashpoint detects that you happen to have a really low-level piece equipped, it will try and drop you that specific piece. We can combine these two facts together to force the Flashpoint to drop a blue earpiece when it would normally drop a random green item! This is why we are equipping this low-level earpiece.

5. Fight the First Boss of a Veteran Flashpoint

Veteran Flashpoints are meant to be fought in a group, but many of them can be done solo with a companion with a bit of practice.

For this guide, we will be running Red Reaper Veteran Mode, solo. Ideally, you will be doing this on a character who has the ability to Stealth, which will allow you to skip many of the smaller enemies between the bosses. It’s pretty easy with a little practice, even though it’s designed for four people.

How to Solo Veteran Mode Red Reaper in Stealth in SWTOR

As long as you have your low-level earpiece equipped, the boss will guarantee a drop of a blue earpiece!

KEEP THIS BLUE EARPIECE SAFE! You are going to upgrade it all the way up from 320 to 330. Do not delete it, destroy it, sell it, or disintegrate it. I recommend putting it near the bottom of your inventory so it stays separate from anything else that drops.

6. Run About 20 More Veteran Flashpoints

I hope you enjoyed running Red Reaper, because you’ll be running it about 20 more times! You’ll keep that low-level earpiece equipped, and any time you defeat a boss you’ll get a type of currency called FP-1 Stabilizers.

In addition, you’ll be getting blue earpiece every time you fight a boss.

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For all these extra earpieces you’ll be getting, you’ll be deconstructing them – which will give you about 10 FP-1 Stabilizers per piece. You can deconstruct the leftover item by clicking the “broken lightsaber” icon in your inventory then selecting the leftover items.

7. Upgrade Your Blue Piece

You will bring your blue earpiece to the Flashpoint Gear Upgrades vendor in the Supplies section of the Fleet. You will need a large pile of Fp-1 Stabilizers, a small pile of Daily Resource Matrix, and some credits to upgrade that blue earpiece.

The FP-1 Stabilizers will come from the  Flashpoint bosses and deconstructing extra blue gear.

The Daily Resource Matrix will come from running either Daily Planets or Heroics from the Solo panel, which is the icon of “three little people” near your minimap.

The exact costs varies a bit by piece, but here’s roughly what you’ll need if you do an earpiece:

  • 320 to 322: 15 Conquest Commendations + 140 Fp-1 Stabilizers, 25 Daily Resource Matrix + 42,400 Credits
  • 322 to 324: 20 Conquest Commendations + 155 FP-1 Stabilizers + 30 Daily Resource Matrix + 46,200 Credits
  • 324 to 326: 25 Conquest Commendations + 170 FP-1 Stabilizers + 35 Daily Resource Matrix + 50,100 Credits
  • 326 to 328: 35 Conquest Commendations + 170 FP-1 Stabilizers + 40 Daily Resource Matrix + 53,900 Credits
  • 328 to 330: 40 Conquest Commendations + 170 FP-1 Stabilizers + 40 Daily Resource Matrix + 57,800 Credits

Overall, it will cost you around 800 FP-1 Stabilizers which is about 20 rounds of Red Reaper total, and 170 Daily Resource Matrix, which is about 6 planets worth of dailies.

8. Overall Item-Rating of 324

In addition to getting that one single earpiece up to blue 330, you also need to get your overall item-rating up to 324. How you do this is up to you, but you need to reach a total of 324, which can include that blue earpiece while it’s equipped.

  • The smartest thing to work on upgrading would be your implants and Relics, as you will have to eventually do these anyway. Ideally you’ll want to upgrade two correctly-chosen Legendary Implants and two carefully-chosen Blue Relics if you are trying to get the absolute best gear in the game for solo players. You will be completely replacing all your armor pieces, your weapon, and your offhand at the end of this guide.
  • You can upgrade your gear using the Solo green route with Conquest commendations and running dailies and heroics, or upgrade blue gear using Flashpoint currency like you were before, or your Legendary Implants with Tech Fragments. You’ll likely do a little of all three as you play. You just eventually need to get item-rating 324 overall. I ended up getting my two Legendary Implants, two relics up to 330 and of course my blue blue earpiece to 330, with the rest being basic 320 green that I got at the very beginning to add up to an average of 324.
  • Learn more about Gearing at Level 80 and all your options.

9. Unlock Hyde & Zeek

Once you have an overall item-rating of 324, and you have your blue 330 earpiece, you can unlock Hyde & Zeek and complete their quest!

Speak to Hyde & Zeek, pick up the blue 330 Prototype quest, then deconstruct your precious blue 330 earpiece once you’ve confirmed you are on the right quest. After you speak to Hyde & Zeek again, you’ll be able to turn in the quest and a vendor will become available.

10. Create Your Armor Set

  1. Start by getting and equipping a full set of empty moddable gear, weapon and offhand equipped. you can easily get a set in the Supplies section from the Adaptive vendor.
  2. Equip what have available or can get for your Relics, Earpiece, and most important, Legendary Implants.
  3. Next, look at your Accuracy stat in your Character Sheet (Details). You want to reach as close to 2694 accuracy as possible, aka 110% accuracy, for non-PvP content. So start buying and equipping the yellow accuracy enhancements “[Advanced Initiative Enhancement 96]” until you reach 110% accuracy on the Details sheet (scroll down in the sheet), so you never miss an enemy. Note your bracers and Belt can’t have enhancements. I needed about five accuracy enhancements.
  4. Your next step is your Alacrity, which controls how often you can use your abilities (and how fast casted abilities go). For most classes, you will be shooting for roughly just over 2,000 Alacrity, but it varies by class and by preference. With my Legendary Implants, this meant I only needed to buy two Alacrity enhancements.
  5. The rest of your stats you can put into crit. The may mean an enhancement, or augments.
  6. The next part is easy – buy 7 of the red armorings “[Versatile Armoring 100]” one for each of your armor pieces, then the hilts/barrels/armorings you need for your weapon and offhand
  7. And then buy 9 of the red mods “[Lethal Mod 100]”, one for each of your moddable pieces
  8. Last optional step would be to augment your gear.

Adaptive Vendor Map

Summary

While the whole explanation is a bit long, each individual step is pretty easy, and it’s a lot faster and efficient than the previous ways of gearing up in the expansion for solo players!

Here’s how to get the best solo gear in SWTOR as of 7.1:

  • Step 1 – Reach Level 80 and pick up the Legendary Implants quest
  • Step 2 – Complete a Conquest at Level 80 to earn the Conquest Commendations currency
  • Step 3 – Purchase a basic set of green 320 Conquest Gear with your Conquest Commendations
  • Step 4 – Acquire a below-level-80 Earpiece and equip it (GTN is an easy place to get it)
  • Step 5 – Run a Veteran Mode Red Reaper Flashpoint Solo in Stealth, while wearing your low-level earpiece, forcing a blue earpiece to drop
  • Step 6 – Run Veteran Mode Red Reaper Flashpoint Solo in Stealth about 20 more times with your low-level earpiece, deconstructing all gear you get from it except that initial blue earpiece
  • Step 7 – Upgrade that initial blue earpiece from 320 -> 322 -> 324 -> 326 -> 328 -> 330 using the currency you get from deconstructing the pieces you get from the Flashpoint bosses
  • Step 8 – Work on getting your overall item-rating up to 324 through any route you choose, including that blue earpiece you are upgrading
  • Step 9 – Once you have a blue 330 piece, and an over-all item-rating of 324, speak to Hyde and Zeek and pick the 330 Prototype mission.
  • Step 10 – Once you have the mission, deconstruct your 330 blue piece, completing the quest.
  • Step 11 – You will now have access to a vendor that will sell you infinite item-rating 330 blue armorings, mods and enhancements, and you can now buy and equip an almost complete set of some of the best gear in the game, and the best gear a true solo player can get!

Faster With Group Content

If you are not actually a solo player, this whole process can go a lot faster.

  • You can get guaranteed gear item-rating upgrades from the Groupfinder boxes, which can help get your item-rating up to 324 overall faster. Just make sure to equip your awesome blue earpiece before opening up the boxes from the groupfinder quests as it will automatically upgrade your lowest piece.
  • If you are already well-geared for item-rating from running any content, you can run a Master Flashpoint and if you get lucky it will drop a piece over a higher-item rating that matches one of your other pieces, so you don’t have to start directly at 320.
  • If you are a very high-end player, if you run two R-4 Anomaly Story boss successfully, they will give you a token you can turn in for 328 blue gear. Use the second token to upgrade it to 330, and you can turn that in without the Flashpoint grind.
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Thank you Zahk for helping with the research and brainstorming! Thanks Grumeua and shlebylee for tracking the exact costs of upgrading an earpiece!


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