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SWTOR 5.x Gearing Guide

In Game Update 5.x, Bioware has introduced several new currencies into the game: Command Tokens, Unassembled Components, and Unassembled Gear Pieces. With these currencies, you will be able to obtain the gear originally introduced in Game Update 5.0 via Command Crates.

Here is an overview of how these currencies work:

5.1 Gearing Overview

Unassembled Components

Unassembled Components are a way for PvP and GSF players to work towards a specific piece of gear. The table below shows how many Unassembled Components you will receive based on the content you play:

Unassembled Component Sources

Content Components Received
(Win)
Components Received
(Loss)
Warzone 8 3
Arena 4 2
Solo Ranked Warzone 8 3
Group Ranked Warzone 10 4
Galactic Starfighter 8 3

Repeatable Mission Components Received
Warzone Daily 12
Warzone Weekly 40
Solo Ranked Warzone Daily 16
Solo Ranked Warzone Weekly 30
Group Ranked Warzone Daily 20
Group Ranked Warzone Weekly 60

Tier 1 is the only tier that you can directly purchase for Unassembled Components. In order to get a Tier 2 or 3 Unassembled Gear Piece, you will need to turn in the previous tier armor piece along with X amount of Unassembled Components (listed below).

Example: If you wanted to get the Tier 2 Unassembled Chest Piece, you would need to go to the vendor with a Tier 1 chest piece and 150 Unassembled Components. This will then give you a Tier 2 Unassembled Chest Piece which you can turn in at the Unassembled Gear Piece Vendor along with Command Tokens for your wearable gear piece. All of the Unassembled Component Costs are listed below:

Unassembled Component Vendor Gear Piece Costs

Gear Piece Component Cost
Tier 1
230 Rating
Component Cost
Tier 2
236 Rating
Component Cost
Tier 3
242 Rating
Chest 100 150 + Tier 1 Piece 225 + Tier 2 Piece
Legs 100 150 + Tier 1 Piece 225 + Tier 2 Piece
Head 100 150 + Tier 1 Piece 225 + Tier 2 Piece
Hands 100 150 + Tier 1 Piece 225 + Tier 2 Piece
Feet 100 150 + Tier 1 Piece 225 + Tier 2 Piece
Waist 75 115 + Tier 1 Piece 175 + Tier 2 Piece
Wrist 75 115 + Tier 1 Piece 175 + Tier 2 Piece
Implant 80 120 + Tier 1 Piece 180 + Tier 2 Piece
Earpiece 80 120 + Tier 1 Piece 180 + Tier 2 Piece
Relic 80 120 + Tier 1 Piece 180 + Tier 2 Piece
Mainhand 120 180 + Tier 1 Piece 270 + Tier 2 Piece
Offhand 120 180 + Tier 1 Piece 270 + Tier 2 Piece
TOTALS 1,130 1,700 + 12x Tier 1 Pieces 2,555 + 12x Tier 2 Pieces

If you wanted to obtain your gear through Unassembled Components alone, you would need 1,130 Unassembled Components for a set of Tier 1 gear (230 rating), 2,830 Unassembled Components + 12x Tier 1 Pieces for a set of Tier 2 gear (236 rating), and 5,385 Unassembled Components + 12x Tier 1 Pieces + 12x Tier 2 Pieces for a set of Tier 3 gear (242 rating).

Because this way is very slow to obtain full gear sets, it is recommended to use this method primarily for filling missing set bonuses, and to instead use Operations as a primary method for obtaining gear (see below).

Unassembled Gear Pieces

While you can trade in Unassembled Components using the method mentioned above, the best way to obtain Unassembled Gear Pieces is through Operations. In the new system, all Operations Bosses have a chance to drop a random gear piece, and the final boss of each Operation will always be a guaranteed drop. Below are tables that list the gear pieces available from each Operations Boss.

Operations Loot


Each boss will drop 1 Unassembled Gear Piece in an 8-person Operation and 2 Unassembled Gear Pieces in a 16-person Operation.
Final bosses will drop 2 Unassembled Gear Pieces in an 8-person Operation and 4 Unassembled Gear Pieces in a 16-person Operation.

For older Operations:

  • Tier 2 (236 Rating) Legendary Gear – Story Mode
  • Tier 3 (242 Rating) Legendary Gear – Veteran Mode
  • Tier 4 (244 & 246 Rating) Prototype and Artifact Gear – Master Mode (Non-Final Bosses)
  • Tier 4 (248 Rating) Legendary Gear – Master Mode (Final Bosses)

For the "Gods from the Machine" Operation:

  • Tier 3 Gear – Story Mode
  • Tier 4 Gear – Veteran Mode

Command Tokens

Command Tokens are a new currency that comes from Command Crates. Each Command Crate will drop Command Tokens based on the tier of the crate:

  • Tier 1 (Command Rank 1-89): 5 Tokens
  • Tier 2 (Command Rank 90-179): 8 Tokens
  • Tier 3 (Command Rank 180-299): 12 Tokens
  • Tier 4 (Command Rank 300): 12 Tokens

These tokens are a legacy-wide currency and will be retroactively granted (based on your Command Rank) when 5.1 launches. If you are level 300 Command Rank at the launch of 5.1, for example, you will receive 2,585 Command Tokens (445 + 712 + 1,428).

Once you have both Command Tokens AND Unassembled Gear Pieces (see previous tables), you can trade them in at the Unassembled Gear Piece Vendor for your final, wearable tier gear pieces:

Unassembled Gear Piece Vendor Tier Gear Costs

Gear Piece Command Token Cost
Tier 1
230 Rating
Command Token Cost
Tier 2
236 Rating
Command Token Cost
Tier 3
242 Rating
Command Token Cost
Tier 4
248 Rating
Chest 10 15 24 29
Legs 10 15 24 29
Head 10 15 24 29
Hands 10 15 24 29
Feet 10 15 24 29
Waist 7 10 15 18
Wrist 7 10 15 18
Implant 8 12 18 22
Earpiece 8 12 18 22
Relic 8 12 18 22
Mainhand 12 18 28 34
Offhand 12 18 28 34
TOTALS 112 167 260 315

Note: All pieces above require a corresponding Unassembled Gear Piece in addition to the Command Token cost.

Command tokens can also be used to purchase 15% Command XP Boosts for each tier. These do NOT stack with the Cartel Market Command Boost, but they WILL stack with the 10% Legacy Perks. Their costs are listed below:

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