In Game Update 5.10.4 in July 2019, both Free-to-play players and Preffered players (basically, any players who are not currently subscribing) will have their credit cap raised from 200,000/350,000 credits to one million credits. This will allow F2P and Preferred players access to to buy more items than they could in the past due to their credit cap. In addition to any player-sold items on the GTN under a million credits, there are many unlocks and vendor-sold items credit-capped players can now buy.
Keep in mind that with the legacy bank, players can amass millions of credits now easily in to their legacy bank. For example, a free-to-play player could earn a million credits, deposit it in to their legacy bank, earn another million, and deposit it again. They are only limited to holding on-hand one million at a time.
- The Nar Shaddaa stronghold is now available to F2P!
- The Coruscant / Dromund Kaas strongholds can now be fully unlocked by F2P/Preferred!
- Legacy Bay Tabs 2 & 3 are now available to F2P/Preferred!
- Operation training dummies are now available for F2P/Preferred to practice on!
- Treek is now available for F2P/Preferred!
- All outfit slots are now unlockable by F2P/Preferred!
How to make credits as F2P/Preferred
The easiest way to earn credits for preferred/free-to-play players is probably Heroics and Conquest. How to earn credits in 5.0 guide
- VIP Wristband – NOT Available: 1,000,000 Credits for subscribers, but costs 1.25 million for free-to-play. Allows access to the VIP section of the fleet which has a “private” area with a GTN and mailbox, as well as access to the VIP Vendor – though the vendor sells a mount that costs 2.5 million credits, outside the reach o the new credit cap.No requirementCharacter Unlock
|Legacy Bay Second Tab||350,000 Credits||Allows more storage space for legacy-bound and unbound items.||No requirement||Character Unlock|
|Legacy Bay Third Tab||750,000 Credits||Allows more storage space for legacy-bound and unbound items.||No requirement||Character Unlock|
|Treek Mercenary Contract||1,000,000 Credits||F2P/Preferred players will now have access to Treek, a unique companion with actual companion cutscenes. She is a Cartel Market companion, but can be bought in the Cartel Bazaar section of the fleet as well. She costs 1 mill for both F2P and subscribed players!||Legacy Level 40||Character Companion Unlock|
|Treek Other-Character Unlock||300,000 Credits||Purchase Treek cheaply on a different character once you have already gotten her once before||Legacy Level 40 + Treek||Character Unlock|
|Field Personal Cargo Hold||1,000,000 Credits||Allows you to access your green cargo hold bank while you are out and about. The higher tiers are still unavailable for F2P/Preferred but just reduce time. F2P don’t have access to their green bank without an unlock so this is probably useless to them.||Requires Legacy Level 10||Character Unlock|
|Improved Speeder Piloting III||250,000 Credits||Previously unavailable to free-to-play||Requires Legacy Level 5||Character Unlock|
|Improved Speeder Piloting IV||600,000 Credits||Makes you go faster. Improved Speeder Piloting V is out of reach.||Requires Legacy Level 10||Character Unlock|
|Purchase HK-51 legacy-wide after unlocking once||1 million Credits per faction||So you don’t have to “find” him each time||Requires HK-51||Character Unlock|
|Legacy of Promptness II||400,000 Credits||Reduces gift-giving time by an additional 20%, stacks||Requires Legacy Level 5||Character Unlock|
|Legacy of Promptness II||600,000 Credits||Reduces gift-giving time by an additional 20%, stacks||Requires Legacy Level 8||Character Unlock|
|Legacy of Sacrifice||250,000 Credits||Previously unavailable to F2P, this can now be bought, but it could always be earned at Level 50 with Dark V or above||Requires Legacy Level 10||Character Unlock|
|Legacy of Unity||250,000 Credits||Previously unavailable to F2P, this can now be bought, but it could always be earned at Level 50 with Light V or above. Unifies you and your companion through the Force, reducing the damage you both take by 50% for a limited time.||Requires Legacy Level 10||Character Unlock|
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|Allows additional outfit slots. * Note, we will be unable to check the price for the 1 mill outfit slots until after the update.||No requirement||Character Unlock|
|Ship Repair Droid||1,000,000 Credits||Allows you to sell stuff to a vendor on your ship. Also sells special items that will add armor reduction and health modifiers to your ship dummy.||Requires Legacy Level 7||Legacy Unlock|
|Ship Mail Droid||500,000 Credits||Allows you to access your mail on your ship. Not very useful as you can now see your mail in your stronghold.||Requires Legacy Level 10||Legacy Unlock|
|Operation Training Dummy on ship||500,000 Credits||Allows you to practice your damage against a fake enemy on your ship who is as strong as an Operation boss. There are dummies available in the open world, but you must share them with other players.||Requires Legacy Level 10||Legacy Unlock|
|Warzone Training Dummy on ship||500,000 Credits||Allows you to practice your damage against a fake enemy on your ship who simulates the stats of another player in a a warzone.||Requires Legacy Level 10||Legacy Unlock|
|Item Modification Station on your ship||250,000 Credits||Allows you to add augments to your gear on your ship, previously out of reach for F2P characters. There are free modification stations on the fleet.||Requires Legacy Level 25||Legacy Unlock|
|Ship Guild Bank on your ship||500,000 Credits||Allows you to access a guild bank on your ship. Awkward, because F2P/Preferred needs to unlock access in addition to buying it for their ship, but still couldn’t deposit or withdraw Credits. There’s also guild banks on the fleet.||Requires Legacy Level 35||Legacy Unlock|
|Legacy Fleet Pass II||500,000 Credits||Reduces the cooldown of the Emergency Fleet Pass by 30 minutes, essentially making it have a zero-second cooldown.||Requires Legacy Level 15||Legacy Unlock|
|Legacy Travel III||300,000 Credits||Reduces the cooldown of Quick Travel by 2 minutes, essentially making it have a zero-second cooldown. Previously out of reach for F2P players. The developers did say this about the update, “Quick Travel allows characters to immediately travel to a discovered point on their current planet. Both of these features have been primarily available to Subscribers, while Preferred and Free-to-Play players could only obtain consumable versions via the Cartel Market. Both of these features are being removed from the Cartel Market and every player will be able to revive or Quick Travel where applicable”||Requires Legacy Level 15||Legacy Unlock|
|Tactical Markers||375,000 Credits||Previously just out of reach for both F2P/Preferred, these handy markers can be used in both Operations and Flashpoints, although F2P/Preferred are locked out of ops, these can be handy in Flashpoints to mark Tank, DPS and Healer locations. Plus they’re fun to use.||Requires Legacy Level 20||Legacy Unlock|
|Dromund Kaas: Garage||250,000 Credits||Large room on main floor|
|Dromund Kaas: Balcony||1,000,000 Credits||Balcony that overlooks Dromund Kaas * Note, we will be unable to check the price for the 1 mill room until after the update.|
|Coruscant: Garage||250,000 Credits||Large room on main floor|
|Coruscant: Balcony||1,000,000 Credits||Balcony that overlooks Coruscant * Note, we will be unable to check the price for the 1 mill room until after the update.|
|Nar Shaddaa Stronghold||250,000 Credits||The Nar Shaddaa Stronghold will now be available to F2P players!|
|Nar Shaddaa: Northeast Room, Upper Floor||450,000 Credits||Little room|
|Nar Shaddaa: Northwest Room, Upper Floor||450,000 Credits||Little room|
|Nar Shaddaa: East Stairway||250,000 Credits||Staircase|
|Nar Shaddaa: West Stairway||250,000 Credits||Staircase|
|Umbara Mobile Base: Center Cart||1,000,000 Credits||I’m not sure if F2P can get the Alliance Recon Data items from Crisis on Umbara by running Veteran mode through the group finder, but if they can they can now buy the second unlock for the train stronghold.* Note, we will be unable to check the price for the 1 mill room until after the update.|
|Praxon Trackmaster Speeder||250,000 Credits||Voss Reputation speeder previously out of reach for F2P players.||Requires Legend standing with the Voss||Character Speeder|
|Tirsa Champion Speeder||500,000 Credits||Reputation speeder previously out of reach for F2P players.||Requires Legend standing with the Fleet (solo space battles)||Character Speeder|
|Meirm Gray Fox Speeder||500,000 Credits||Speeder available from the Security Key vendor if you have a security key attached.||Requires Security Key||Character Speeder|
|Aratech Scythe Speeder||281,250 Credits||Speeder available from the speeder vendor on the fleet, previously out of reach for free-to-play characters.||Requires Security Key||Character Speeder|
|Aratech Lancer Speeder||218,750 Credits||Speeder available from the speeder vendor on Voss, previous out of reach for free-to-play characters.||Requires Security Key||Character Speeder|
|Praxon Strato Speeder||375,000 Credits||Speeder available from the speeder vendor on Voss, previously out of reach for free-to-play characters.||Requires Security Key||Character Speeder|
|Praxon Xeno Speeder||375,000 Credits||Speeder available from the dark side vendor.||Requires Dark V or above||Character Speeder|
|Praxon Aero Speeder||375,000 Credits||Speeder available from the light side vendor.||Requires Light V or above||Character Speeder|
|Czerka Executive Cruiser Speeder||1,000,000 Credits||Reputation speeder from CZ-198, technically I think you can get the quests at level 50, but the enemies are level 55, at level 48 I could not even touch them. Maybe could do these with a preferred/subbed friend in your party. * Still costs 1 mill on a F2P account||Requires Legend standing with Czerka||Character Speeder|
|Legendary Gifts Companion Gifts: “Miniature Black Hole” Gravity Grenade / Arena Champion’s Prized Blaster / Carved Relief of Zildrog’s Fall / Collected History of the True Sith / Experimental Tactical Stealth Field Generator / Haven’s Blade Couple’s Lounge VIP Passes / Intact Tarisian Automated Tourguide Droid / Legendary Scoundrel’s Stacked Deck / Self-Learning Fabricator Matrix / Zeltronian “Week of Escape” Voucher||250,000 Credits||The highest tier of companion gifts available, now even F2P can fly to Odessan and buy these expensive gifts to raise companion influence.||No requirements||Companion Gifts|
|Title: Unassailable||250,000 Credits||Title available from the Security Key vendor if you have a security key attached, previously unavailable to free-to-play players.||Requires Security Key||Character Title|
|Ancient Rakata Transporter Decoration||400,000 Credits||Decoration available from the decorations credits vendor in the Strongholds & Crew skills section of the fleet.||No requirements||Legacy-bound Decoration|
|Ancient Rakata Terminal Decoration||300,000 Credits||Decoration available from the decorations credits vendor in the Strongholds & Crew skills section of the fleet.||No requirements||Legacy-bound Decoration|
|Voidstar Bomb Decoration||250,000 Credits||Decoration available from the PvP decorations vendor in the Strongholds & Crew skills section of the fleet.||No requirements||Legacy-bound Decoration|
|Deep Space Starfighter Helmet||250,000 Credits||Reputation helmet previously out of reach for F2P players.||Requires Champion standing with the Fleet (solo space battles)||Legacy-bound Helmet|
|Sword of the Vigilant Vibrosword||500,000 Credits||Reputation speeder from CZ-198, technically I think you can get the quests at level 50, but the enemies are level 55, at level 48 I could not even touch them. Maybe could do these with a preferred/subbed friend in your party.||Requires Champion standing with Czerka||Legacy-bound Weapon|
|Umbaran Guardian’s Armor Pieces||up to 500,000 Credits||I’m not sure if F2P can get the Alliance Recon Data items from Crisis on Umbara by running Veteran mode through the group finder, but if they can they can now buy the full armor set from the vendor on Odessan.||Alliance Recon Data items||Legacy Armor Set|
Still out-of bounds
- Species Unlocks, at 1,500,000 Credits via the Legacy panel, though players maybe have a chance at finding them for under 1 million credits on the GTN from the Cartel Market. This one would be nice if it was reduced to 1 million credits to put it in range of F2P.
- Field Legacy Cargo Hold, at 2,000,000 Credits via the Legacy panel, though F2P/Preferred can still use the legacy cargo hold via Strongholds
- GTN on your ship, at 5,000,000 Credits
- Legacy Bank on your ship, at 5,000,000 Credits
- Rocket Boost, at 2,000,000 credits, the most beloved unlock, is still out of reach
- Improved mounting, at 2,000,000 credits, f2p/preferred still will not be able to “mount while running”
There’s also some items that might be available now to Preferred players that are between 350,000 credits 1 million credits, but require some of the expansions unlocked, I did not really explore these as much.