SWTOR's newest expansion, Knights of the Eternal Throne, is almost there! I'll be joining the early access mass tomorrow; those that are not eligible will Friday. Along with KOTET a lot of changes will be implemented. Here are the things I'm doing to prepare. Let's exchange tips! If I missed anything, let me know in the comments.
CommendationsThe most noteworthy change is that all commendations will be changed into credits. If you missed this, here's the official conversion info:
"1 Warzone Commendation = 50 Credits
1 Common Crystal = 500 credits
1 Glowing Crystal = 1,000 credits
1 Radiant Crystal = 1,500 credits
Upon logging in on 11/29 each of these currencies will be completely removed from the game and the appropriate credits will have been granted to each character on your account. Note that there is a 2 million credit per character limit on this conversion."
You probably won't hit the 2 million credit cap on most of your toons, unless you have a ton of both data crystals and warzone/fleet commendations. However, most people are spending their commendations anyway, because they don't feel like spending credits in the future. What can you spend them on?
Silas Fleetfire on Odessen exchanges basic commendations for companion gifts
A lot of people, me among them, are exchanging all their basic commendations for companion gifts. This is because high tier companion gifts will be expensive in KOTET. The devs have confirmed you are still able to buy them for credits instead of commendations, but they will be costly. This is because the main source of companion gifts is intended to be random drops from galactic command crates. If you want to increase your influence with a specific companion, the time is now.
Basic commendations can be exchanged for companion gifts at Silas Fleetfire on Odessen (in the corner near C2-N2) by any character of level 55 or higher. If you haven't reached Odessen in the Knights of the Fallen Empire, or haven't started the KOTFE story alltogether, you can travel there in the ship of a friend who has or buy the skill to travel there in the legacy system for 200,000 credits or 125 cartel coins.
Estah Kloy on the Fleet exchanges basic commendations for decorations
If you have characters below level 55 that you want to spend basic commendations on, gear or stronghold decorations are a good alternative. A vendor in the Strongholds & Crew Skills section of the fleet sells Rakata themed decorations.
The warzone commendation to credit ratio is quite low, so I would recommend spending these as well. You can get some cool decorations at the Starfighter & PvP Decorations vendor in the Strongholds & Crew Skills section of the fleet. Note that some are dependent on your faction. For instance, on a Republic character you can buy a Republic Guardsman; on an Imperial one a Imperial Guardsman.
Another thing to consider is that warzone stims and medpacs will cost credits in the future as well. Saving up on those certainly doesn't hurt.
Captain Nitch on the Fleet exchanges warzone commendations for decorations
Buying expertise crystals
This one is totally optional, but it's something to consider. Expertise crystals are usually very cheap on the GTN, often half the price of their eviscerating, hawkeye or versatile versions. In KOTET, expertise crystals will be transformed into mastery crystals. So buying a crystal to your liking now is basically getting it for half the price. I would also recommend unlocking it in your collections while you're at it, as that's currently 50% off.
Voss Star Fortress
This is something a lot of people may have missed if they haven't been carefully following SWTOR's livestreams. In one, a dev gave the tip of doing Voss' star fortress before starting Knights of the Eternal Throne. Why? (This is a mild spoiler, so if you want to remain completely spoiler free, skip the rest of this paragraph.) He mentioned Voss is one of the first places you visit in KOTET, and implied that whether you've taken out its star fortress or not will affect the story in some way or another. I will be completing it on the KOTFE characters I care about, and will intentionally skip it on at least one to see what happens.
I think that's everything that needed explaining; however, there are some other things to quicky check. I recommend logging each of your characters to check the following:
Checklist per character
- Check if you're going over the 2 million credit cap (per character) with commendations.
- Get all the companion gifts, decorations and gear you want with commendations. Once KOTET is live, they will cost credits instead.
- Exchange any unclaimed armour or jewellery tokens (the ones that you win in operations). They will be sold for credits if you don't.
- Sell obsolete items. Every expansion comes with a ton of new stuff, so it's nice to clean up your inventory and vaults in advance. PvP armour shells can be vendored (expertise armour will be removed in KOTET); try to sell raid drop crafting items (exotic isotope stabilizer & dark matter catalyst) on the GTN if you still can.
- Optional: buy good looking expertise crystals on the GTN and unlock them in your collection. They will be changed to mastery crystals in KOTET.
- Finish the Voss star fortress on KOTFE characters that you care about.
- Turn in any uncompleted missions. They will reset if you don't.
See you in Knights of the Eternal Throne!