5.6 PvP Gearing Guide

LAST UPDATED – 29th November 2017. Updated for Game Update 5.6.

Here’s my guide on how to gear through PvP in Star Wars The Old Republic! You don’t have to be fully reliant on gear drops from Galactic Command Crates, you can gear through completing Warzones too! But honestly, you should supplement this with doing Operations so you can gear even faster.


Under 70 PvP (10-69)

You do not have to worry about PvP gear or stats in the low-level PvP (10-69) bracket. There is a bolster system to boost your stats to max level. But if you feel inclined, you can do some Heroics to get some quick and easy gear in between PvP pops if you so wish.

Level 70 PvP

There is now only one type of gear for both PvPer’s and PvEer’s making gearing a little easier. The new gearing system introduced in 5.0 is called Galactic Command. Basically, you can do any type of content you want earn Command levels and hopefully get good gear from crates that drop as you level.

But it is not the only means to get gear. You can also get gear through PvP and earn Unassembled Components which go towards buying gear. You can also buy Tier 1 (230) Gear directly from a Vendor with Command Tokens (in the same area as the other Vendors see image below). You can also still earn set bonus gear from all tiers of Operations.

The Basics

There are currently four tiers of gear.

  • Tier 1-  230
  • Tier 2 – 236
  • Tier 3 – 242
  • Tier 4 – 248

For PvP, there are two steps for getting gear.  First, you need to earn Unassembled Components which are used to buy the Unassembled Gear Piece of your choice. Then, you turn in the Unassembled Gear Piece with Command Tokens to buy the corresponding gear for whichever class you choose. You get Unassembled Components from completing PvP matches of all types as well as the Weekly and one of the dailies. You get Command Tokens every time you rank up in Galactic Command. You also now get Unassembled components from disintegrating Gear from Command Crates with

Command Tokens show up in your Inventory in the Currency Tab. Unassembled Components are now BoL and will show up in your Inventory.

Note: You have to log into all of your characters that have Galactic Command Ranks to get all the Command Tokens added to your Currency tab on all characters. The amount of Command Tokens you have is shared on all of your characters and shows up in each character’s inventory in the currency tab. Currently, Unassembled Components showing up in the Currency Tab is a bug and they will be removed in the future.

To see your Command Rank go to Content in the Menu Bar and click Activities. You will also be able to see your Command Stash. You earn Command XP (CXP) from doing pretty much anything in the game. The amount of CXP you earn PvPing is based on how many Medals you earn in a match.

Your Command Rank is shown on the bottom left and your Command Stash is shown on the bottom right.

You can earn Unassembled Components from multiple sources:

  • Disintegrating Gear with stats in it in
  • Completing Warzones.
  • NIM Operations (they drop from all NIM Bosses).
  • Daily Rewards for Flashpoints, Uprisings and Operations.
  • PvP Dailies and Weeklies.
  • Completing Ranked Arenas.
  • Ranked PvP Dailies and Weeklies.

Disintegrating Command Crate Gear for Components

Introduced in Game Update 5.6, you can now disintegrate any gear with stats in it and get Unassembled Components. Everything else that’s disintegrated still gives Command XP. Note that Mods, Enhancements and Armourings disintegrate into Command XP.

Here’s how many Unassembled Components you get for disintegrating Gear in each Tier:

 Tier 1 Tier 2Tier 3Tier 4
Premium (Green)246N/A
Prototype (Blue)3578
Artifact (Purple)4689
Legendary (Gold)N/A7910

In the next section, I detail how many components you can earn through PvP.

Unassembled Components

Here are how many Unassembled Components you get for winning and losing for all types of PvP:

Regular Warzone Win20 Unassembled Components
Regular Warzone Loss8 Unassembled Components
Regular Arena Win20 Unassembled Components
Regular Arena Loss5 Unassembled Components
Solo Ranked Win20 Unassembled Components
Solo Ranked Loss10 Unassembled Components
Group Ranked Win25 Unassembled Components
Group Ranked Loss10 Unassembled Components

Here’s how many components you get from completing Dailies and Weeklies. Note the [Zero Tolerance] and [United we Stand] Dailies do not reward any Components:

Warzone Daily25
Warzone Weekly135
Solo Ranked DailyRewards Bugged?
Solo Ranked WeeklyRewards bugged?
Group Ranked Daily300
Group Ranked Weekly500

Here are the Unassembled Component Costs for all Tiers. (Note: while Tier 1 is a direct purchase, for Tiers 2, 3 & 4 you will need to turn in the previous Tier Armour Piece Shell along with Unassembled Components):

 Tier 2 (236)Tier 3 (242)Tier 4 (248)
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You can find the vendors for spending Unassembled Components in the Supplies section of both factions Fleets.

Unassembled Pieces

And finally, to buy the Unassembled Piece, you will need to turn in the Unassembled Piece you bought with Unassembled Components as well as Command Tokens.

For reference here are how many Command Tokens you get per Command Rank (they drop in Command Crates):

Tier 15 Command Tokens
Tier 28 Command Tokens
Tier 312 Command Tokens
Tier 414 Command Tokens

You can find the vendors for turning in Unassembled Pieces in the Supplies section of both factions Fleets.

Here is the Command Token Cost for each piece of gear:

 Tier 2 (236)Tier 3 (242)Tier 4 (248)
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Command Token Gear

As I mentioned above, you can buy Tier 1 (230) Gear directly for Command Tokens. However, in order to have enough Command Tokens to buy a full set a gear, you would have to have at least one character with a decent amount of Command Ranks. This is a good way to gear alts though. You can find the Tier 1 Vendors with the Unassembled Piece turn in Vendors.

Here is the Command Token Cost of Tier 1 Gear:

Tier 1 Gear SlotCommand Token Cost

Colour Crystals

One important thing to note is that the weapons you buy from the vendors do not have Crystals in them. The Crystal slot is empty. You can get Colour Crystals from a variety of places in the game including:

  • PvP Items Vendor – Jensen (Imp), Corr (Rep) located in the PvP Section of each Fleet sell War Hero (Mastery Stat) Colour Crystals for Credits (Valor 10 Requirement).
  • Cartel Packs (or search GTN). Cartel Market Crystals will have a CM Symbol on them in the bottom left corner of their icon image.
  • Events – Rakghoul Event Vendor Jeelvic located in Cartel Bazaar on Fleet sells Black/Green Colour Crystals (all Stats) for Rakghoul DNA Canisters.
  • Eternal Championship Vendor Piij located near the Eternal Championship entrance on Zakuul sells Purple & Cyan Colour Crystals (all Stats) for Eternal Championship Trophies.
  • Crafting – Artifice can craft some Colour Crystals (all Stats).


The advantage of getting Cartel Market Colour Crystals (whether you buy them off the GTN or get them through Packs) is that you can unlock them in Collections which is account wide. So once you unlock a Crystal in Collections, it will be available to claim for all the characters on your account across all servers.

Gearing Tips

Do some Operations to gear faster: Honestly, the quickest and easiest way to get gear especially if you have no set bonus gear at all is to do Story Mode Operations (to get 236 Gear) and/or HM (Veteran Mode) Eternity Vault and Karagga’s Palace (for 242 Gear). Make sure you keep the Gear Shells so you can upgrade them to higher tiered gear with Unassembled Components!

Use Legacy Gear: Put all your mods, armourings and enhancements into Legacy Gear. This will make gearing mirror class or same class alts a lot easier, cheaper and less time-consuming.

Alt Gearing: Get one Character to Rank 300 ASAP! Having at least one main character who you focus on gearing means that as you upgrade your main character’s gear, you can rip out their old mods and send them to an alt using Legacy Gear or just put the mods directly into your alts Legacy Gear. Any extra gear you get from Command Crates you don’t need can also be sent to your alts.


All Warzones, regardless of level have a bolster system to boost your stats to a certain level.

It is a system that automatically changes your stats to a predetermined level in a Warzone. In the lower brackets, your stats and level are bolstered to level 70. In level 70 PvP depending on the level of gear you’re wearing, your stats are bolstered accordingly. The current bolster is set at gear level 242 (as of Game Update 5.5).

The advantage of this system is that you can still do fairly well in PvP with lesser gear. It makes the gear grind more bearable and you don’t feel as rushed to get to max tier.

Hope this guide helped you! If you have any questions or suggestions let me know!


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  • Neg Sani

    The Tier 1 class vendor gives you MK-3 pieces, while the Tier 2 class vendor gives AND *requires* MK-15 pieces. So how are you supposed to upgrade from Tier 1 to Tier 2 using these vendors?? Just wait until you get really lucky and get an MK-15 Legendary piece from a Command Crate? Doesn’t make any sense.

    • Well you can upgrade with the vendors or hope you get lucky from Command Crates. Ultimately, they’re just giving us another way to get gear..