Sentinel Watchman Basics Guide

Watchman

Some try to take down their opponent with a single blow, but the Watchman Sentinel chooses to utilize calculated strikes that continue to dismantle their foe over time. An aggressive stance and merciless offense help to keep the Watchman’s foe from comprehending the toll they’ve taken until it’s too late.

  • Role: Damage
  • Type: Damage Over Time
  • Weapon: Double Lightsabers
  • Distance: Melee Range
  • Mirror: Marauder- Annihilation

Watchman for New Players

  •  Sentinels start without any Focus, which is their energy pool for attacks. This might make them harder to learn compared to other classes that start with a full bar of energy, as you need to learn how to build your Focus up before you can use some of your other abilities. It’s easy to build Focus, but you can’t button mash.
  • Watchman is melee range. That means you must be very close to your enemy to attack, which can be harder for new players to get used to. You get a jump ability to help you get into combat quicker and can throw your double lightsabers if you get too far away.
  • This style is very mobile and you can easily run and jump around while fighting without any issues!
  • Of the three Sentinel disciplines, I found Watchman to be the easiest to learn.
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How to play a Watchman Sentinel

You can start playing Watchman at level 1. To start playing Watchman, you will need to first create a Sentinel character, which can be played by Jedi Knights and Jedi Consulars (or even the Sith Warrior and Sith Inquisitor if you unlock the dark-side Combat Styles.)

Once you are ingame, press K on your keyboard to open the Combat Style tab, and choose Watchman from the three options. This choice is not permanent, you will be able to switch between all three options by finding a rest location like a cantina.

Below Level 80

Below Level 80

If you are below level 80, there are no true guides available to tell you what specific abilities you should be using, because the ideal rotation would change every level.

Instead, you can use this guide to figure out which of your abilities are attacks, which are defensive, and which are just useful.

Level 80

5 Ability Basic Rotation

Not quite ready to learn all your abilities yet? Use this quick 5-ability rotation for Watchman until you’re ready to read and learn from a true level 80 guide.

Starting the fight:

  • If you can, use your Introspection regeneration ability before the fight starts, allowing you to use Zen right away.
  • If you don’t have time to use Introspection, use Valorous Call instead.
  • Always jump into the fight with Force Leap, as it will also help you build Focus, which is your energy, so you can use your other abilities.

In the fight: 

  • Cauterize + Force Melt are your important Damage over Time (DoT) abilities. Use Force Melt as often as it becomes available to re-apply your DoT.
  •  Merciless Slash is your strongest ability you have, and once your DoTs are up should be used as often as it’s available!
  •  Zealous Strike is the biggest Focus generator you have. Make sure to use it at times where your Focus is very low so that you don’t waste any by hitting the cap.
  •  Slash is a strong filler ability that gets some buffs from your Merciless Slash. When you have nothing else to do or need to drop some Focus before using Zealous Strike, use some Slashes. If you’re finding you’re still running out of abilities to use, use your basic Strike attack.

More than 3 Enemies

  •  Force Sweep is very important to Watchman Area Damage, because it will spread the DoTs you put on your first target to all others ALSO caught in the blast.
  •  Twin Saber Throw is an attack that will damage all targets in a line 30m long, with the angle depending on your main target you start the throw at. Line it up to catch all targets!
  •  If you still need more area damage, Cyclone Slash can replace a few of your regular Slashes.

Extra Tips

  • Feeling Spicy? Overload Saber will apply a big boost to your DoT damage, use Saber on cooldown for a big boost. Add this in as soon as you feel comfortable as it will do a bunch of damage!
  • Zen is a very important cooldown to seeing Watchman Sentinel shine, as it will cause all of your burns to critically hit and heals your whole group! Use this when it glows.
  •  Twin Saber Throw is a great free filler. It does double damage when it’s glowing, so only use it then.
  •  Dispatch is also a great attack to use, but is only available when the target is under 30% HP. You’ll definitely see your DPS increase using this regularly at the end of fights.
Level 80

Before you start…

If you have 3,000 Tech Fragments, go and buy the Spiteful Saber tactical item.

With this tactical item, you no longer need to keep track of your Cauterize DoT – apply it once, and any time you use Slash, Dispatch or Twin Saber Throw it will be automatically refreshed. Getting Spiteful Saber will make your entire rotation flow smoother.

Level 80 Gear Recommendations
More Information:
Level 80 In-Depth Community Guides

Ready to learn more about your class, and how to play at a higher skill level? These guides by other players break down your class's abilities and your full rotation!

Guides

Attacks

  • Strike - Basic AttackLevel 1
  • Slash - AttackLevel 1
  • Force Sweep - Area AttackLevel 4
  • Blade Storm - AttackLevel 7
  • Zealous Strike - AttackLevel 7
  • Blade Barrage - AttackLevel 10
  • Cyclone Slash - Area AttackLevel 10
  • Force Melt - AttackLevel 15
  • Cauterize - AttackLevel 35
  • Force Fracture - Optional Attack Level 39 Option 1/3Level 39 REPLACES Cauterize at Level 39+
  • Dispatch - AttackLevel 47
  • Merciless Slash - AttackLevel 47
  • Twin Saber Throw - Area AttackLevel 56

Multiple Enemy Attack Abilities

These Watchman attacks are useful for attacking groups of enemies.

  • Force Sweep - Area AttackLevel 4
  • Cyclone Slash - Area AttackLevel 10
  • Twin Saber Throw - Area AttackLevel 56

Buffs

You can combine your Watchman buffs with your attacks to create powerful combinations.

  • Force Might - Passive Class BuffLevel 1
  • Zen - BuffLevel 15
  • Transcendence - Optional Operation Buff Level 27 Option 3/3Level 27
  • Valorous Call - BuffLevel 43
  • Force Clarity - Optional Buff Level 43 Option 1/3Level 43
  • Inspiration - Operation BuffLevel 51
  • Overload Saber - BuffLevel 60

Defensive & Healing Abilities

Use these abilities to help yourself stay alive. The Sentinel has these defensive and healing abilities and you'll want to know where they are in a difficult fight.

  • Rebuke - DefensiveLevel 4
  • Saber Ward - DefensiveLevel 15
  • Guarded by the Force - Optional Defensive Level 68 Option 1/3Level 68

Useful Abilities

These abilities may not be directly for attacking, but they are used heavily by skilled Sentinels in combat to turn the tide of a fight.

  • Force Leap - Leap - Jump to a faraway enemy.Level 1
  • Introspection - Regeneration - Regain health out of battle.Level 1
  • Resolute - Stun Break - If you are stunned and can’t move, you can use this ability to unstun yourself.Level 10
  • Force Kick - Interrupt - Every class has an interrupt ability that allows them to interrupt an enemy while they are casting. Enemy castbars that fill up from left to right are called casts 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 channeling. Using your interrupt in combat is very useful as it can prevent the enemy from damaging you, or sometimes even prevent them from stunning you or knocking you back!Level 19
  • Force Camouflage - Stealth - Enter Stealth to sneak around or sneak up to enemies. Stronger enemies can see you coming, but you can sneak past weaker ones. You can only enter Stealth when you are outside of combat unless you use your Combat Stealth ability.Level 31
  • Force Stasis - Optional Stun Level 68 Option 2/3 - You can use your short stun on weaker enemies to stop them from running around, from casting abilities, to stop them from damaging you, or just to keep them out of the fight in general.Level 68
  • Blade Blitz - Optional Movement Level 68 Option 3/3 - Quickly rush forward 20 meters, dealing weapon damage to enemies in your path and increasing your defense chance by 100% while blitzing. Can be used while immobilized and purges movement-impairing effects when activated.Level 68

Tree Choices

As you level up, you will be able to make choices about how you play your Watchman Sentinel with the Ability Tree, which can be opened with the K key on your keyboard. If you do not choose one, a default option will be chosen for you.

You will have eight choices to make as you level up, at levels 23, 27, 39, 43, 51, 64, 68 and 73. All of these Ability Tree choices are not permanent choices and can be changed later. If you are following a Level 80 guide on how to play your Watchman Sentinel, you will need to make sure to choose the same options as they have. You may not have the same choices chosen as a friend who is also playing a Watchman Sentinel.

Solo Suggestions
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Flashpoint Suggestions
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Operation Suggestions
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Level 23 Choice: Force Melt Change

Choose from one of three ways that you want Force Melt to change at level 23. Your options are Critical Melt, Juyo Melt, and Melting Center.

Force Melt

Calls on the power of the Force to build 4 focus and melt the target, causing it to burn for elemental damage over 9 seconds.

Critical Melt

While Force Melt is on a target, the critical hit chance of all your burn attacks on that target are increased by 10%.

While Force Melt is on a target, the critical hit chance of all your burn attacks on that target are increased by 10%.

Juyo Melt

Force Melt immediately maxes out your Juyo stacks and deals 3% more damage for each stack you have.

Force Melt immediately maxes out your Juyo stacks and deals 3% more damage for each stack you have.

Melting Center

Activating Force Melt immediately builds 10 Centering and Force Melt deals four times its initial damage whenever it consumes a stack of Zen.

Activating Force Melt immediately builds 10 Centering and Force Melt deals four times its initial damage whenever it consumes a stack of Zen.

General Suggestion: Melting Center - This choice not only buffs Force Melt but also enables you to activate Zen more often, which is always a great thing to do on a Sentinel. Take by default.

Level 27 Choice

Choose from one of three Sentinel abilities at Level 27, you can only have one of these options at any given time. Your options as a Watchman Sentinel for the Level 27 choice are Snaring Slash, Debilitating Slashes, and Transcendence.

Snaring Slash

Slash, Blade Rush and Blade Barrage slow targets they hit by 50% for 10 seconds.

Slash, Blade Rush and Blade Barrage slow targets they hit by 50% for 10 seconds.

Debilitating Slashes

Blade Barrage immobilizes the target for 3 seconds and generates 1 focus.

Blade Barrage immobilizes the target for 3 seconds and generates 1 focus.

Transcendence

Applies Transcendence to you and your group members within 40 meters, increasing movement speed by 80%, melee and ranged defense by 10%, and purges movement-impairing effects. Lasts 10 seconds.

Applies Transcendence to you and your group members within 40 meters, increasing movement speed by 80%, melee and ranged defense by 10%, and purges movement-impairing effects. Lasts 10 seconds.

Solo Suggestion: Transcendence - Transcendence is an extremely useful speed boost and slight defensive ability, and since nobody can take it for you when playing solo, you must take it yourself!

Flashpoint Suggestion: Transcendence - Transcendence is an extremely useful speed boost and slight defensive ability, This is a great buff to share with your group members during movement-heavy fights or just for going from point A to point B faster. Only consider a different choice if someone else is already using Transcendence/Predation.

Operation Suggestion: Transcendence - Transcendence is an extremely useful speed boost and slight defensive ability, This is a great buff to share with your group members during movement-heavy fights or just for going from point A to point B faster. Only consider a different choice if someone else is already using Transcendence/Predation.

Level 39 Choice: Cauterize Change

Choose from one of three ways that you want Cauterize to change at level 39. Your options are Force Fracture, Flaming Wave, and Cauterizing Focus.

Cauterize

Strikes the target for weapon damage and causes it to burn for elemental damage over 9 seconds. Requires two lightsabers.

Force Fracture

Lashes out a target with the power of the force, dealing energy damage and an additional elemental damage for each of your periodic burn effects on the target. Replaces Cauterize.

Lashes out a target with the power of the force, dealing energy damage and an additional elemental damage for each of your periodic burn effects on the target. Replaces Cauterize.

Flaming Wave

Dealing damage with Cauterize sends a wave out from your primary target, causing any of your burns on nearby targets to deal damage.

Dealing damage with Cauterize sends a wave out from your primary target, causing any of your burns on nearby targets to deal damage.

Cauterizing Focus

Cauterize applies trauma and refunds its focus when used while Zen is active. Trauma reduces the healing received by 20% for 10 seconds.

Cauterize applies trauma and refunds its focus when used while Zen is active. Trauma reduces the healing received by 20% for 10 seconds.

General Suggestion: Cauterizing Focus - Watchman can be very focus-hungry when played properly. This choice's refund keeps the rotation going smoothly.

Level 43 Choice

Choose from one of three Sentinel abilities at Level 43, you can only have one of these options at any given time. Your options as a Watchman Sentinel for the Level 43 choice are Force Clarity, Burning Center, and Burning Zen.

Force Clarity

Consumes all ability charges of Force Clarity and applies that many Force Clarity stacks to you for 15 seconds. Each stack increases your next direct single target melee attack by 25% and is consumed whenever you deal damage with these attacks. Recharges 1 ability charge every 15 seconds to a maximum of 4 charges.

Consumes all ability charges of Force Clarity and applies that many Force Clarity stacks to you for 15 seconds. Each stack increases your next direct single target melee attack by 25% and is consumed whenever you deal damage with these attacks. Recharges 1 ability charge every 15 seconds to a maximum of 4 charges.

Burning Center

Critically hitting with periodic burn damage builds 2 Centering, even during Zen. This effect cannot occur more than once every 2 seconds.

Critically hitting with periodic burn damage builds 2 Centering, even during Zen. This effect cannot occur more than once every 2 seconds.

Burning Zen

All melee damage attacks deal additional burn damage while Zen is active. The damage does not consume a charge of Zen and cannot occur more than once per second.

All melee damage attacks deal additional burn damage while Zen is active. The damage does not consume a charge of Zen and cannot occur more than once per second.

General Suggestion: Burning Center - Works in the background to increase Zen uptime dramatically for free. Best choice by far.

Level 51 Choice

Choose from one of three Sentinel abilities at Level 51, you can only have one of these options at any given time. Your options as a Watchman Sentinel for the Level 51 choice are Adamant, Steel Self, and Intercessor.

Adamant

You generate 4 focus when stunned, immobilized, put to sleep, or knocked around. Additionally, the cooldown of Resolute is reduced by 30 seconds.

You generate 4 focus when stunned, immobilized, put to sleep, or knocked around. Additionally, the cooldown of Resolute is reduced by 30 seconds.

Steel Self

Increases internal and elemental damage reduction by 3%. In addition, Activating Inspiration, Rebuke, or Transcendence reduces the damage you take from area effects by 30% for 10 seconds.

Increases internal and elemental damage reduction by 3%. In addition, Activating Inspiration, Rebuke, or Transcendence reduces the damage you take from area effects by 30% for 10 seconds.

Intercessor

Force Leap gets an additional charge and builds 2 Centering when activated.

Force Leap gets an additional charge and builds 2 Centering when activated.

General Suggestion: Steel Self - Flat area reduction on DPS disciplines is by far the easiest way to keep them alive. Can't afford to miss this choice!

Level 64 Choice

Choose from one of three Sentinel abilities at Level 64, you can only have one of these options at any given time. Your options as a Watchman Sentinel for the Level 64 choice are Adjudicator, Trailblazer, and Zealous Ward.

Adjudicator

Each use of Strike and Zealous Strike reduces the active cooldown of Rebuke by 3 seconds. While Rebuke is active, it generates 1 focus whenever you are attacked. This effect cannot occur more than once every 2 seconds.

Each use of Strike and Zealous Strike reduces the active cooldown of Rebuke by 3 seconds. While Rebuke is active, it generates 1 focus whenever you are attacked. This effect cannot occur more than once every 2 seconds.

Trailblazer

Cyclone Slash deals 15% more damage.

Cyclone Slash deals 15% more damage.

Zealous Ward

Activating Saber Ward grants immunity to stun, sleep, lift, and incapacitating effects for 6 seconds, and getting attacked while Saber Ward is active heals you for 3% of your maxiumum health. This healing effect cannot occur more than once every second.

Activating Saber Ward grants immunity to stun, sleep, lift, and incapacitating effects for 6 seconds, and getting attacked while Saber Ward is active heals you for 3% of your maxiumum health. This healing effect cannot occur more than once every second.

General Suggestion: Zealous Ward - Zealous Ward is a great defensive as it kind of turns Saber Ward into a mini-Focused Defense with the heal per attack component!

Level 68 Choice

Choose from one of three Sentinel abilities at Level 68, you can only have one of these options at any given time. Your options as a Watchman Sentinel for the Level 68 choice are Guarded by the Force, Force Stasis, and Blade Blitz.

Guarded by the Force

Reduces the damage you take by 99% for 6 seconds.

Reduces the damage you take by 99% for 6 seconds.

Force Stasis

Subdues the target, stunning it for 4 seconds. Deals kinetic damage and builds 3 focus over the duration. This ability can be channeled while moving.

You can use your short stun on weaker enemies to stop them from running around, from casting abilities, to stop them from damaging you, or just to keep them out of the fight in general.

Blade Blitz

Quickly rush forward 20 meters, dealing weapon damage to enemies in your path and increasing your defense chance by 100% while blitzing. Can be used while immobilized and purges movement-impairing effects when activated.

Quickly rush forward 20 meters, dealing weapon damage to enemies in your path and increasing your defense chance by 100% while blitzing. Can be used while immobilized and purges movement-impairing effects when activated.

General Suggestion: Guarded by the Force - 6 seconds may not sound like a lot of time but taking virtually no damage for that long can be the difference between clearing a hard piece of content in the game and dying. Make a habit of using it quickly if you see you suddenly get aggro. For content where the target is susceptible to stuns, Force Stasis can serve as an extra interrupt and Blade Blitz is a great additional movement ability, but if those aren't needed definitely keep Guarded By the Force as your default skill.

Level 73 Choice

Choose from one of three Sentinel abilities at Level 73, you can only have one of these options at any given time. Your options as a Watchman Sentinel for the Level 73 choice are Inspired Focus, Incisor, and Stoic.

Inspired Focus

Inspiration generates 12 focus when activated, and you heal for 1% of your maximum health whenever you activate an ability that consumes focus.

Inspiration generates 12 focus when activated, and you heal for 1% of your maximum health whenever you activate an ability that consumes focus.

Incisor

Force Leap, Force Melt, Clashing Blast, and Zealous Leap snare the target, reducing its movement speed by 50% for 6 seconds.

Force Leap, Force Melt, Clashing Blast, and Zealous Leap snare the target, reducing its movement speed by 50% for 6 seconds.

Stoic

Increases your damage reduction by 2%, and you build 2 Centering when attacked. This Centering building effect cannot occur more than once every 1.5 seconds.

Increases your damage reduction by 2%, and you build 2 Centering when attacked. This Centering building effect cannot occur more than once every 1.5 seconds.

General Suggestion: Inspired Focus - Even if you're forgetting to use Inspiration in most content, the passive 1% heal every time you use a focus spender alone makes this choice the best in the tier. Default to this for sure.

All Abilities

All your abilities for the Watchman Sentinel.

LvlIconAbility
LvL1
Force LeapLeap 10-30m

Jumps to a distant target, dealing damage with the main-hand weapon, immobilizing the target for 2 seconds and interrupting the target's current action. Builds 3 focus. Cannot be used against targets in cover.

Jump to a faraway enemy.

LvL1
IntrospectionRegeneration

Allows you to pause and reflect to restore your health. Cannot be used during combat.

Regain health out of battle.

LvL1
StrikeBasic Attack 4m (melee range)

Inflicts weapon damage with a series of quick melee attacks. Generates 2 focus. Strikes with both weapons if dual wielding.

Inflicts weapon damage with a series of quick melee attacks. Generates 2 focus. Strikes with both weapons if dual wielding.

LvL1
SlashAttack 4m (melee range)

Slashes the target for weapon damage. Attacks with both weapons if dual wielding.

Slashes the target for weapon damage. Attacks with both weapons if dual wielding.

LvL1
Force MightPassive Class Buff

Increases melee, ranged, Force and tech bonus damage and healing by 5%.

Increases melee, ranged, Force and tech bonus damage and healing by 5%.

LvL1
Shii-Cho FormPassive

Utilize a balanced lightsaber form, increasing all damage dealt and reducing all damage received by 3%.

Utilize a balanced lightsaber form, increasing all damage dealt and reducing all damage received by 3%.

LvL1
HastePassive

Increases your movement speed by 15%.

Increases your movement speed by 15%.

LvL1
FervorPassive

Increases the critical strike damage of all attacks by 10% and the critical strike chance of Slash, Cyclone Slash, Dispatch, and Concentrated Slice by 5%.

Increases the critical strike damage of all attacks by 10% and the critical strike chance of Slash, Cyclone Slash, Dispatch, and Concentrated Slice by 5%.

LvL1
Focused MeltHidden Passive

Force Melt builds 1 additional focus.

Force Melt builds 1 additional focus.

LvL1
Hastened MeltHidden Passive

Reduces the cooldown of Force Melt by 3 seconds.

Reduces the cooldown of Force Melt by 3 seconds.

LvL1
Repelling BlowsHidden Passive

Increases the direct damage dealt by Cauterize by 5%.

Increases the direct damage dealt by Cauterize by 5%.

LvL1
Searing SaberPassive

Increases the critical strike damage of your burn effects by 5%.

Increases the critical strike damage of your burn effects by 5%.

LvL4
Force SweepArea Attack

Strikes the target and up to 8 enemies within 5 meters with the Force, dealing kinetic damage. Also stuns weak and standard enemies for 2 seconds.

Strikes the target and up to 8 enemies within 5 meters with the Force, dealing kinetic damage. Also stuns weak and standard enemies for 2 seconds.

LvL4
RebukeDefensive

Reduces all damage taken by 20% and deals energy damage to attackers. This effect cannot occur more than once every second. Lasts 10 seconds. Rebuke refreshes to its full duration when attacked, but this effect cannot last more than 30 seconds in total.

Reduces all damage taken by 20% and deals energy damage to attackers. This effect cannot occur more than once every second. Lasts 10 seconds. Rebuke refreshes to its full duration when attacked, but this effect cannot last more than 30 seconds in total.

LvL7
Blade StormAttack 10m (short range)

Uses the Force to project a wave of energy toward the target, dealing kinetic damage. In addition, standard and weak enemies are knocked senseless, stunned for 4 seconds.

Uses the Force to project a wave of energy toward the target, dealing kinetic damage. In addition, standard and weak enemies are knocked senseless, stunned for 4 seconds.

LvL7
Zealous StrikeAttack 4m (melee range)

Strikes the target multiple times with both lightsabers, dealing weapon damage and building 6 focus. Requires 2 lightsabers.

Strikes the target multiple times with both lightsabers, dealing weapon damage and building 6 focus. Requires 2 lightsabers.

LvL10
Blade BarrageAttack 4m (melee range)

Performs a series of lightsaber attacks that deal weapon damage. Strikes with both weapons if dual wielding.

Performs a series of lightsaber attacks that deal weapon damage. Strikes with both weapons if dual wielding.

LvL10
ResoluteStun Break

Purges all incapacitating and movement-impairing effects.

If you are stunned and can’t move, you can use this ability to unstun yourself.

LvL10
Cyclone SlashArea Attack

Slashes up to 8 enemies within 5 meters in front of you for weapon damage. Attacks with both weapons if dual wielding.

Slashes up to 8 enemies within 5 meters in front of you for weapon damage. Attacks with both weapons if dual wielding.

LvL15
ZenBuff

Requires and converts 30 stacks of Centering to enter a Zen state, increasing the critical chance of your burn attacks by 100% and causing the burn damage you deal to heal your group for 1% of max health. Lasts for 6 charges.

Requires and converts 30 stacks of Centering to enter a Zen state, increasing the critical chance of your burn attacks by 100% and causing the burn damage you deal to heal your group for 1% of max health. Lasts for 6 charges.

LvL15
Saber WardDefensive

Raises a lightsaber ward, increasing melee and ranged defenses by 50% and absorbing 25% of the damage taken from Force and tech attacks. Lasts 12 seconds.

Raises a lightsaber ward, increasing melee and ranged defenses by 50% and absorbing 25% of the damage taken from Force and tech attacks. Lasts 12 seconds.

LvL15
Focused SlashPassive

Slash, Cyclone Slash, Dispatch, Blade Rush, Merciless Slash, and Concentrated Slice refund 1 focus when used. In addition, Zealous Strike beats down its target for 45 seconds. Beat down targets take 5% more damage from melee attacks.

Slash, Cyclone Slash, Dispatch, Blade Rush, Merciless Slash, and Concentrated Slice refund 1 focus when used. In addition, Zealous Strike beats down its target for 45 seconds. Beat down targets take 5% more damage from melee attacks.

LvL15
ContemplationPassive

You build up to 30 Centering over the course of using Introspection. This effect cannot occur more than once every 30 seconds.

You build up to 30 Centering over the course of using Introspection. This effect cannot occur more than once every 30 seconds.

LvL15
CenteringPassive

Activating an attack that spends focus and defeating opponents builds Centering. When 30 stacks of Centering are built, you become Centered, enabling the use of Zen, Transcendence and Inspiration.

Activating an attack that spends focus and defeating opponents builds Centering. When 30 stacks of Centering are built, you become Centered, enabling the use of Zen, Transcendence and Inspiration.

LvL15
Force MeltAttack 4m (melee range)

Calls on the power of the Force to build 4 focus and melt the target, causing it to burn for elemental damage over 9 seconds.

Calls on the power of the Force to build 4 focus and melt the target, causing it to burn for elemental damage over 9 seconds.

LvL15
Juyo FormPassive

Utilize an offensive lightsaber form, causing your melee attacks to increase all damage dealt by 1% for 30 seconds. Stacks up to 5 times. This effect cannot occur more than once every second. Replaces Shii-Cho Form.

Utilize an offensive lightsaber form, causing your melee attacks to increase all damage dealt by 1% for 30 seconds. Stacks up to 5 times. This effect cannot occur more than once every second. Replaces Shii-Cho Form.

LvL19
Force KickInterrupt 4m (melee range)

Kicks the target and interrupts its current action, preventing that ability from being used for the next 4 seconds.

Every class has an interrupt ability that allows them to interrupt an enemy while they are casting. Enemy castbars that fill up from left to right are called casts 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 channeling. Using your interrupt in combat is very useful as it can prevent the enemy from damaging you, or sometimes even prevent them from stunning you or knocking you back!

LvL23
Burning SweepPassive

Reduces the cooldown of Force Sweep by 9 seconds and the focus it consumes by 1. In addition, Force Sweep deals 30% more damage and spreads your Cauterize and Force Melt burns to the targets it hits, if it hits a target already affected by those burns.

Reduces the cooldown of Force Sweep by 9 seconds and the focus it consumes by 1. In addition, Force Sweep deals 30% more damage and spreads your Cauterize and Force Melt burns to the targets it hits, if it hits a target already affected by those burns.

LvL23
Critical MeltOptional Passive Level 23 Option 1/3

While Force Melt is on a target, the critical hit chance of all your burn attacks on that target are increased by 10%.

While Force Melt is on a target, the critical hit chance of all your burn attacks on that target are increased by 10%.

LvL23
Juyo MeltOptional Passive Level 23 Option 2/3

Force Melt immediately maxes out your Juyo stacks and deals 3% more damage for each stack you have.

Force Melt immediately maxes out your Juyo stacks and deals 3% more damage for each stack you have.

LvL23
Melting CenterOptional Passive Level 23 Option 3/3

Activating Force Melt immediately builds 10 Centering and Force Melt deals four times its initial damage whenever it consumes a stack of Zen.

Activating Force Melt immediately builds 10 Centering and Force Melt deals four times its initial damage whenever it consumes a stack of Zen.

General Suggestion: This choice not only buffs Force Melt but also enables you to activate Zen more often, which is always a great thing to do on a Sentinel. Take by default.

LvL27
Snaring SlashOptional Passive Level 27 Option 1/3

Slash, Blade Rush and Blade Barrage slow targets they hit by 50% for 10 seconds.

Slash, Blade Rush and Blade Barrage slow targets they hit by 50% for 10 seconds.

LvL27
Debilitating SlashesOptional Passive Level 27 Option 2/3

Blade Barrage immobilizes the target for 3 seconds and generates 1 focus.

Blade Barrage immobilizes the target for 3 seconds and generates 1 focus.

LvL27
TranscendenceOptional Operation Buff Level 27 Option 3/3

Applies Transcendence to you and your group members within 40 meters, increasing movement speed by 80%, melee and ranged defense by 10%, and purges movement-impairing effects. Lasts 10 seconds.

Applies Transcendence to you and your group members within 40 meters, increasing movement speed by 80%, melee and ranged defense by 10%, and purges movement-impairing effects. Lasts 10 seconds.

Solo Suggestion: Transcendence is an extremely useful speed boost and slight defensive ability, and since nobody can take it for you when playing solo, you must take it yourself!

Flashpoint Suggestion: Transcendence is an extremely useful speed boost and slight defensive ability, This is a great buff to share with your group members during movement-heavy fights or just for going from point A to point B faster. Only consider a different choice if someone else is already using Transcendence/Predation.

Operation Suggestion: Transcendence is an extremely useful speed boost and slight defensive ability, This is a great buff to share with your group members during movement-heavy fights or just for going from point A to point B faster. Only consider a different choice if someone else is already using Transcendence/Predation.

LvL31
Force CamouflageStealth

Obscures yourself with the Force, removing all cleansable effects and becoming difficult to detect. Reduces your threat towards all enemies and all damage taken by 50%, grants immunity to controlling effects and increases movement speed by 50%. Lasts 6 seconds. Dealing direct damage ends the effect prematurely.

Enter Stealth to sneak around or sneak up to enemies. Stronger enemies can see you coming, but you can sneak past weaker ones. You can only enter Stealth when you are outside of combat unless you use your Combat Stealth ability.

LvL35
CauterizeAttack 4m (melee range)

Strikes the target for weapon damage and causes it to burn for elemental damage over 9 seconds. Requires two lightsabers.

Strikes the target for weapon damage and causes it to burn for elemental damage over 9 seconds. Requires two lightsabers.

LvL35
Merciless ZealHidden Passive

Your Cauterize, Overload Saber, and Force Melt burns heal you for 15% of the damage they deal.

Your Cauterize, Overload Saber, and Force Melt burns heal you for 15% of the damage they deal.

LvL35
Plasma BladesPassive

Your burn effects have a 20% chance to build 1 focus when dealing damage. This effect cannot occur more than once every second. Your Cauterize, Overload Saber, and Force Melt burns heal you for 15% of the damage they deal.

Your burn effects have a 20% chance to build 1 focus when dealing damage. This effect cannot occur more than once every second. Your Cauterize, Overload Saber, and Force Melt burns heal you for 15% of the damage they deal.

LvL39
Force FractureOptional Attack 10m (short range) Level 39 Option 1/3

Lashes out a target with the power of the force, dealing energy damage and an additional elemental damage for each of your periodic burn effects on the target. Replaces Cauterize.

Lashes out a target with the power of the force, dealing energy damage and an additional elemental damage for each of your periodic burn effects on the target. Replaces Cauterize.

LvL39
Flaming WaveOptional Passive Level 39 Option 2/3

Dealing damage with Cauterize sends a wave out from your primary target, causing any of your burns on nearby targets to deal damage.

Dealing damage with Cauterize sends a wave out from your primary target, causing any of your burns on nearby targets to deal damage.

LvL39
Cauterizing FocusOptional Passive Level 39 Option 3/3

Cauterize applies trauma and refunds its focus when used while Zen is active. Trauma reduces the healing received by 20% for 10 seconds.

Cauterize applies trauma and refunds its focus when used while Zen is active. Trauma reduces the healing received by 20% for 10 seconds.

General Suggestion: Watchman can be very focus-hungry when played properly. This choice's refund keeps the rotation going smoothly.

LvL43
Valorous CallBuff

Let loose a valorous call, immediately building 30 stacks of Centering.

Let loose a valorous call, immediately building 30 stacks of Centering.

LvL43
Juyo MasteryPassive

Your burn effects are 1% more likely to critically hit per stack of Juyo Form.

Your burn effects are 1% more likely to critically hit per stack of Juyo Form.

LvL43
Force ClarityOptional Buff Level 43 Option 1/3

Consumes all ability charges of Force Clarity and applies that many Force Clarity stacks to you for 15 seconds. Each stack increases your next direct single target melee attack by 25% and is consumed whenever you deal damage with these attacks. Recharges 1 ability charge every 15 seconds to a maximum of 4 charges.

Consumes all ability charges of Force Clarity and applies that many Force Clarity stacks to you for 15 seconds. Each stack increases your next direct single target melee attack by 25% and is consumed whenever you deal damage with these attacks. Recharges 1 ability charge every 15 seconds to a maximum of 4 charges.

LvL43
Burning CenterOptional Passive Level 43 Option 2/3

Critically hitting with periodic burn damage builds 2 Centering, even during Zen. This effect cannot occur more than once every 2 seconds.

Critically hitting with periodic burn damage builds 2 Centering, even during Zen. This effect cannot occur more than once every 2 seconds.

General Suggestion: Works in the background to increase Zen uptime dramatically for free. Best choice by far.

LvL43
Burning ZenOptional Passive Level 43 Option 3/3

All melee damage attacks deal additional burn damage while Zen is active. The damage does not consume a charge of Zen and cannot occur more than once per second.

All melee damage attacks deal additional burn damage while Zen is active. The damage does not consume a charge of Zen and cannot occur more than once per second.

LvL47
DispatchAttack 10m (short range)

Throws the main-hand lightsaber at a target, dealing energy damage. Only usable on targets at or below 30% max health.

Throws the main-hand lightsaber at a target, dealing energy damage. Only usable on targets at or below 30% max health.

LvL47
Merciless SlashAttack 30m (long range)

Strikes the target with both lightsabers for weapon damage. Each use of this ability grants Merciless for 30 seconds, lowering the cooldown of your next Merciless Slash by 1.5 seconds. Stacks up to 3 times. Requires two lightsabers.

Strikes the target with both lightsabers for weapon damage. Each use of this ability grants Merciless for 30 seconds, lowering the cooldown of your next Merciless Slash by 1.5 seconds. Stacks up to 3 times. Requires two lightsabers.

LvL51
AdamantOptional Passive Level 51 Option 1/3

You generate 4 focus when stunned, immobilized, put to sleep, or knocked around. Additionally, the cooldown of Resolute is reduced by 30 seconds.

You generate 4 focus when stunned, immobilized, put to sleep, or knocked around. Additionally, the cooldown of Resolute is reduced by 30 seconds.

LvL51
Steel SelfOptional Passive Level 51 Option 2/3

Increases internal and elemental damage reduction by 3%. In addition, Activating Inspiration, Rebuke, or Transcendence reduces the damage you take from area effects by 30% for 10 seconds.

Increases internal and elemental damage reduction by 3%. In addition, Activating Inspiration, Rebuke, or Transcendence reduces the damage you take from area effects by 30% for 10 seconds.

General Suggestion: Flat area reduction on DPS disciplines is by far the easiest way to keep them alive. Can't afford to miss this choice!

LvL51
IntercessorOptional Passive Level 51 Option 3/3

Force Leap gets an additional charge and builds 2 Centering when activated.

Force Leap gets an additional charge and builds 2 Centering when activated.

LvL51
Burning FocusPassive

Your direct damage attacks that critically hit a burning target build 1 focus. This effect cannot occur more than once every 3 seconds. In addition, Merciless Slash makes its target assailable for 45 seconds. Assailable targets take 7% more elemental and internal damage.

Your direct damage attacks that critically hit a burning target build 1 focus. This effect cannot occur more than once every 3 seconds. In addition, Merciless Slash makes its target assailable for 45 seconds. Assailable targets take 7% more elemental and internal damage.

LvL51
InspirationOperation Buff

Requires and converts 30 stacks of Centering to inspire you and your Operation group members within 40 meters, increasing all damage and healing done by 10%. Lasts 10 seconds. Those affected by Inspiration become Depressed and cannot regain Inspiration for 5 minutes.

Requires and converts 30 stacks of Centering to inspire you and your Operation group members within 40 meters, increasing all damage and healing done by 10%. Lasts 10 seconds. Those affected by Inspiration become Depressed and cannot regain Inspiration for 5 minutes.

LvL56
Twin Saber ThrowArea Attack 30m (long range)

Throws both lightsabers in a straight line towards the target, dealing weapon damage to up to 8 enemies directly in front of you up to 30 meters away. Affected enemies are slowed by 50% for 6 seconds. Requires two lightsabers.

Throws both lightsabers in a straight line towards the target, dealing weapon damage to up to 8 enemies directly in front of you up to 30 meters away. Affected enemies are slowed by 50% for 6 seconds. Requires two lightsabers.

LvL60
ValorPassive

Increases the amount of Centering built by 2 when activating abilities that consume focus, and reduces the cooldown of Valorous Call by 30 seconds.

Increases the amount of Centering built by 2 when activating abilities that consume focus, and reduces the cooldown of Valorous Call by 30 seconds.

LvL60
Overload SaberBuff

Charges your lightsabers with deadly energy for 15 seconds, causing your next 3 successful melee attacks to make the target burn for elemental damage over 6 seconds. This effect cannot be applied more than once per second and stacks up to 3 times.

Charges your lightsabers with deadly energy for 15 seconds, causing your next 3 successful melee attacks to make the target burn for elemental damage over 6 seconds. This effect cannot be applied more than once per second and stacks up to 3 times.

LvL60
Mind SearPassive

Your burning effects have a 20% chance to grant Mind Sear which increases the damage of your next Twin Saber Throw by 100%. This effect can only occur once every 18 seconds.

Your burning effects have a 20% chance to grant Mind Sear which increases the damage of your next Twin Saber Throw by 100%. This effect can only occur once every 18 seconds.

LvL64
AdjudicatorOptional Passive Level 64 Option 1/3

Each use of Strike and Zealous Strike reduces the active cooldown of Rebuke by 3 seconds. While Rebuke is active, it generates 1 focus whenever you are attacked. This effect cannot occur more than once every 2 seconds.

Each use of Strike and Zealous Strike reduces the active cooldown of Rebuke by 3 seconds. While Rebuke is active, it generates 1 focus whenever you are attacked. This effect cannot occur more than once every 2 seconds.

LvL64
TrailblazerOptional Passive Level 64 Option 2/3

Cyclone Slash deals 15% more damage.

Cyclone Slash deals 15% more damage.

LvL64
Zealous WardOptional Passive Level 64 Option 3/3

Activating Saber Ward grants immunity to stun, sleep, lift, and incapacitating effects for 6 seconds, and getting attacked while Saber Ward is active heals you for 3% of your maxiumum health. This healing effect cannot occur more than once every second.

Activating Saber Ward grants immunity to stun, sleep, lift, and incapacitating effects for 6 seconds, and getting attacked while Saber Ward is active heals you for 3% of your maxiumum health. This healing effect cannot occur more than once every second.

General Suggestion: Zealous Ward is a great defensive as it kind of turns Saber Ward into a mini-Focused Defense with the heal per attack component!

LvL68
Guarded by the ForceOptional Defensive Level 68 Option 1/3

Reduces the damage you take by 99% for 6 seconds.

Reduces the damage you take by 99% for 6 seconds.

General Suggestion: 6 seconds may not sound like a lot of time but taking virtually no damage for that long can be the difference between clearing a hard piece of content in the game and dying. Make a habit of using it quickly if you see you suddenly get aggro. For content where the target is susceptible to stuns, Force Stasis can serve as an extra interrupt and Blade Blitz is a great additional movement ability, but if those aren't needed definitely keep Guarded By the Force as your default skill.

LvL68
Force StasisOptional Stun 10m (short range) Level 68 Option 2/3

Subdues the target, stunning it for 4 seconds. Deals kinetic damage and builds 3 focus over the duration. This ability can be channeled while moving.

You can use your short stun on weaker enemies to stop them from running around, from casting abilities, to stop them from damaging you, or just to keep them out of the fight in general.

LvL68
Blade BlitzOptional Movement Level 68 Option 3/3

Quickly rush forward 20 meters, dealing weapon damage to enemies in your path and increasing your defense chance by 100% while blitzing. Can be used while immobilized and purges movement-impairing effects when activated.

Quickly rush forward 20 meters, dealing weapon damage to enemies in your path and increasing your defense chance by 100% while blitzing. Can be used while immobilized and purges movement-impairing effects when activated.

LvL68
Blazing WardPassive

Dealing Burn damage to a target increases your damage reduction by 5% for 3 seconds.

Dealing Burn damage to a target increases your damage reduction by 5% for 3 seconds.

LvL73
Inspired FocusOptional Passive Level 73 Option 1/3

Inspiration generates 12 focus when activated, and you heal for 1% of your maximum health whenever you activate an ability that consumes focus.

Inspiration generates 12 focus when activated, and you heal for 1% of your maximum health whenever you activate an ability that consumes focus.

General Suggestion: Even if you're forgetting to use Inspiration in most content, the passive 1% heal every time you use a focus spender alone makes this choice the best in the tier. Default to this for sure.

LvL73
IncisorOptional Passive Level 73 Option 2/3

Force Leap, Force Melt, Clashing Blast, and Zealous Leap snare the target, reducing its movement speed by 50% for 6 seconds.

Force Leap, Force Melt, Clashing Blast, and Zealous Leap snare the target, reducing its movement speed by 50% for 6 seconds.

LvL73
StoicOptional Passive Level 73 Option 3/3

Increases your damage reduction by 2%, and you build 2 Centering when attacked. This Centering building effect cannot occur more than once every 1.5 seconds.

Increases your damage reduction by 2%, and you build 2 Centering when attacked. This Centering building effect cannot occur more than once every 1.5 seconds.

LvL73
Accelerating VictoryPassive

Juyo Form now stacks up to 6 times and Merciless Slash now stacks up to 4 times and builds two stacks at a time. In addition, Merciless Slash has a 50% chance to build Accelerating Victory when activated, increasing the damage your next Slash or Dispatch deals by 5% per stack. Stacks up to 2 times.

Juyo Form now stacks up to 6 times and Merciless Slash now stacks up to 4 times and builds two stacks at a time. In addition, Merciless Slash has a 50% chance to build Accelerating Victory when activated, increasing the damage your next Slash or Dispatch deals by 5% per stack. Stacks up to 2 times.

LvL73
Inexhaustible ZealHidden Passive

Juyo Form now stacks up to 6 times and Merciless Slash now stacks up to 4 times in total.

Juyo Form now stacks up to 6 times and Merciless Slash now stacks up to 4 times in total.

LvL78
Smoldering BurnsPassive

Merciless Slash increases the burn damage you deal by 3% for 4.5 seconds after use.

Merciless Slash increases the burn damage you deal by 3% for 4.5 seconds after use.

Milestones

  • At Level 15 you will get your first exclusive ability only the Watchman Sentinel has, it will be called Force Melt.
  • At Level 23 you will get to choose a way to change how Force Melt works from three different options. This is your first Ability Tree choice, and you can make it by pressing K on your keyboard and selecting an option from the Watchman Ability Tree on the right.
  • At Level 27 you will get your second choice between three options in your Ability Tree. These options may be useable abilities you can click, or they can be passive abilities which give you a boost to your existing abilities.
  • At Level 47 you will get your second exclusive ability only the Watchman Sentinel gets, it will be called Cauterize.
  • At Level 39 you will get to choose a way to change how Cauterize works from three different options in your Ability Tree.
  • At Level 47 and 60 you will get your last two exclusive abilities only the Watchman Sentinel has, Merciless Slash and Overload Saber.
  • At Level 73, you will get to make an important choice between three major abilities. This is a big choice all players need to make for their character.
  • At Level 43, 51, 64, 68 you will get to make additional choices for your Sentinel.
  • All of these Ability Tree choices are not permanent. You can change them any time you are not in combat and are not in a queue for Flashpoints, Operations or PvP.
Learn Your Class
Combat StyleDisciplineRoleDisciplineCombat Style
SentinelWatchman DOT DamageAnnihilationMarauder
Combat Burst DamageCarnage
Concentration Burst DamageFury
GuardianDefenseTankImmortalJuggernaut
Vigilance DOT (AOE) DamageVengeance
Focus Burst DamageRage
ShadowKinetic CombatTankDarkness
Assassin
Infiltration Burst DamageDeception
Serenity DOT DamageHatred
SageSeer HealerCorruptionSorcerer
Telekinetics Burst DamageLightning
Balance DOT DamageMadness
VanguardShield SpecialistTankShield
Tech
Powertech
Plasmatech DOT DamagePyrotech
Tactics
Burst DamageAdvanced Prototype
CommandoCombat Medic HealerBodyguardMercenary
Gunnery Burst DamageArsenal
Assault Specialist DOT DamageInnovative Ordnance
ScoundrelSawbones HealerMedicineOperative
Scrapper Burst DamageConcealment
Ruffian DOT DamageLethality
GunslingerSharpshooter Burst DamageMarksmanshipSniper
Saboteur DOT DamageEngineering
Dirty Fighting DOT DamageVirulence
Learn Your Mirror
Combat StyleDisciplineRoleDisciplineCombat Style
VanguardShield SpecialistTankShield
Tech
Powertech
Plasmatech DamagePyrotech
Tactics
DamageAdvanced Prototype
CommandoCombat Medic HealerBodyguardMercenary
Gunnery DamageArsenal
Assault Specialist DamageInnovative Ordnance
ScoundrelSawbones HealerMedicineOperative
Scrapper DamageConcealment
Ruffian DamageLethality
GunslingerSharpshooter DamageMarksmanshipSniper
Saboteur DamageEngineering
Dirty Fighting DamageVirulence
SentinelWatchman DamageAnnihilationMarauder
Combat DamageCarnage
Concentration DamageFury
GuardianDefenseTankImmortalJuggernaut
Vigilance DamageVengeance
Focus DamageRage
ShadowKinetic CombatTankDarkness
Assassin
Infiltration DamageDeception
Serenity DamageHatred
SageSeer HealerCorruptionSorcerer
Telekinetics DamageLightning
Balance DamageMadness

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