What are Combat Styles?
Combat Styles are basically the new words for Advanced Class that we used before 7.0. Your Combat Style will determine what abilities and weapons you have access to. You are no longer tied to just the Combat Styles that go with the Class, or Origin Story, you choose.
But there are some limitations, and that is where we will start.
First, Choose Your Origin Story
When you first create a character, you will choose the Origin Story. For this guide, we will focus on the Jedi Consular and Jedi Knight Origin Stories and available Combat Styles.
Combat Style Availability
Ok, now that you have chosen either Jedi Consular or Jedi Knight you will have options based on quite a few factors as to which Combat Styles will be open to you. Let’s break those down for you.
New Subscribers & Free Players
As new subscribers and free players, you will be given access to only the basic four Imperial Force user Combat Styles. These are:
Opening More Combat Styles
For existing Characters, the Combat Styles available will depend on your Alignment with the Force. Dark Side Combat styles are available to your Light Side characters only if you have unlocked the Dark V achievement in your Legacy.
If you have not unlocked the Dark V achievement in your Legacy, your Alignment with the Force at the end of Act 3 of your Origin Story determines the Combat Styles available to you.
Example: If you play to the end of your Origin Story as a Jedi Consular and your Force Alignment is Dark Side, you will be able to choose to switch to the mirror of your Combat Style, Shadow to Assassin and Sage to Sorcerer.
So what determines your Light Side or Dark Side alignment?
With Legacy of the Sith, they decided to tie your Combat Styles to your Alignment to make your choices more meaningful, giving you something to work towards if you decide you would like to change your Alignment.
You can earn Dark and Light Side points through:
- Conversation Choices
- Diplomacy Crew Skills missions
Secondary Combat Styles
|If you have completed your Origin Story, and are a subscriber, you will be able to choose your second Combat Style. For Jedi Consulars and Jedi Knights, the mission will be called “Training and Skills”. Side note: Once you have finished all the Origin Stories, this second Combat Style mission will be available upon first creating and loading into all new and existing characters in your Legacy.|
Some things to remember:
- Your Secondary Combat Style is PERMANENT, so choose wisely.
- Secondary Combat Styles feature is Subscriber only.
- If you are a subscriber and your subscription ends, you will keep the Combat Style that was last active on your character while you were subscribed and you will only have access to Loadouts for that Combat Style.
- Combat Styles weapons vary, so make sure you have both weapons and accessories for your Primary and Secondary Combat Style to be able to switch between them.
- At level 60, you can choose a Loot Discipline for your Character that will allow you to choose which type of loot drops based on the Disciplines you have for your Combat Styles.
- To choose your Loot Discipline, right-click on your Character portrait.
- Click on Loot Discipline.
- Choose which Discipline you want loot to drop for.
- Take the time to set up Loadouts for each Combat Style and Discipline. Your hotbar settings are included in the Loadouts, so making a Loadout will help make switching between them much easier.