The Nar Shaddaa Nightlife event is a limited time event in star wars : the old republic where you can head to Nar Shaddaa and gamble your credits away for a chance to win some unique prizes. Unlike the other events in SWTOR, this event is not on a set schedule, and we don’t know when it will return.
The event itself is very simple, and involves spending credits on slot machine tokens, just like at a real casino. The difference is that most players spend credits hoping to win prizes, rather than to win credits. Some of the really cool prizes include a rancor mount, a gamorrean companion, and some interactive Nightlife decorations for your stronghold.
Some of the nightlife prizes are on display around the cantina, including the interactable decorations, the gamorrean and the rancor in the back, and the vectron mounts on a rotating display in the center. To preview all the prizes and their costs, head to the back of the casino. Some prizes can only be won by luck on the machines, while others can be bought with Golden Certificates which are also won from the machines. All the prizes including the Golden Certificates can not be bought or sold to other players – they can only be won in the casino. Some of the prizes are bound to your character, and others are legacy-bound and can be transferred between your characters. The chance of winning a prize is very low, and many players sink millions of credits into the machines hoping to win. Some people get lucky and win on the first try, and other may never win anything even after spending 50 million credits. Winning is truly up to chance.
If you want an introduction to the event, you can interact with the floating terminal in the center ring of the republic or imperial fleet which will give you some free gambling chips and send you towards the event on Nar Shaddaa. The casino where the event takes place is located roughly in the middle of Nar Shaddaa’s map, in the Star Cluster Casino on the republic side and the Club Vertical club imperial side. Any character that has earned their ship and can travel to Nar Shaddaa can participate in this event.
Once you get there you’ll see a bunch of players playing with the slot machines. There are two types of slot machines – Smuggler’s luck and Kingpin’s bounty. Chips to play these slots can be bought from the droid in a tuxedo named Casino Cashier, and a decent amount are also dropped from bosses in operations and flashpoints. If you are buying tokens from the vendor, you can easily buy them in bulk by holding SHIFT, right clicking the tokens and dragging them into your inventory. You’ll then be able to use the slider to specify exactly how many chips you want to buy.
Along the wall of the casino, you can also pick up a one-time quest called “House Money” that rewards you free chips if you play ten slot machines. There’s two different types of slot machines, and you’ll want to try the inexpensive green ones out first.
The first type of slot machine is the Smuggler’s luck, it’s the more common green one in the casino. It has a much lower chance of winning anything, but the tokens to play it cost a lot less, and it can be a way to win prizes on the cheap. To play it, buy a Smuggler’s casino chip and right click a the machine. Playing the slot machines doesn’t require an skill – whether you win or not is simply up to luck.
When you put a token into the smuggler luck machine, you have a chance of having one of these outcomes :
– losing and getting nothing
– a high chance of winning Smuggler’s tokens back
– a low chance of winning Kingpin chips
– the machine explodes and grants you an achievement called Quality Assurance
– or a very low chance of winning a golden certificate, which is the best outcome and can be turned in for prizes.
The Smuggler’s luck slot machines also have a chance of giving you a special buff called ‘feeling lucky’ which lasts for two minutes and increases your chance of winning while playing the expensive slot machines.
If you want to speed up the process, you can play multiple machines at once!
The Kingpin’s bounty slot machines are a lot more expensive to play, but have a much higher chance of winning and are the only way to win the rarest prizes.
When you play the Kingpin machine, you have a similar chance to the cheaper machines of simply losing or winning your tokens back. However, you also have a slightly higher chance of winning golden certificates, and an incredibly low chance of winning a very rare exclusive prize that can’t be bought from the vendor or won from the normal Smuggler’s machines.
The cheapest way to play is to only buy Smuggler’s casino tokens, play mainly the Smuggler’s luck machine, and only play the Kingpin machine when you have both the buff and free Kingpin tokens you’ve won from the Smuggler’s machine. The fastest route to prizes is by playing only the Kingpin machine – but this is very expensive. If you plan on playing this way you can save some money by getting the ‘feeling lucky’ buff first before dumping expensive Kingpin tokens into the Kingpin machines.
If the main slot machines become crowded and you’re having trouble getting a few slot machines to yourself, there’s also a secondary area outside the lower promenade that has both types of slot machines.
The event also comes with achievements for those interested, including a hidden achievement for having the machine ‘explode’ while you are playing it.
On top of the gambling, there’s is also a quick quest called ‘Enforcing fair play’ where you can use macrobinoculars to scan the sabacc tables. It can be picked up in the back of the casino from an NPC, and rewards you a free Kingpin token! While you’re doing the quest make sure to use the binoculars provided to you in the quest tracker, not your own macrobinoculars if you have them unlocked.
While playing, keep in mind that gambling can be very addictive. This event is meant to be a fun way to spend some credits and pretend you are part of the Nar Shaddaa nightlife scene – but it has a lot of the same attributes as a real-life casino. Make sure to set goals about how many credits you want to spend, and don’t go beyond that. Same thing goes for time – if you find yourself in the casino for more than a couple hours, you might need a break! If you have to dip into your real-life money to buy cartel coins to sell to buy more gambling tokens, it also might be time for you to take a break. Although a lot of the prizes you can win from the slot machines are very cool, a majority of them can be found as different versions in other parts of the game, and will likely return the next time the event rolls by, so don’t stress too much about getting them. Unlike winning big in real life, winning big in the Nar Shadda casino’s won’t be a life-changing event.
You also have to remember that although math can give us an idea about the odds and potential credits you could spend to win a certain prize, it can’t guarantee us actually beating the odds. In my case, I spent about 30 million credits and 2 hours while making this video and I won some great prizes… but I didn’t win the rarest prize possible, and I might not win it even if I decide to sink in another 30 million!
I hope you enjoy your stay on Nar Shaddaa during the Nightlife Event is enjoyable and prosperous, but remember, the house always wins!
Dulfy Nar Shaddaa Nightlife Event Guide: http://dulfy.net/2014/06/09/swtor-festival-of-splendor-event-guide/
Dulfy 2017 Updated Rewards: http://dulfy.net/2017/06/13/swtor-new-nightlife-event-items-and-updates/
SWTOR Central’s video about the nightlife event: