5.5 PvP Gearing Guide

LAST UPDATED – 2nd November 2017. More gear changes are incoming so I will keep this Guide updated!

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.

Both Unassembled Tokens and Command Tokens show up in your Inventory in the Currency Tab.

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.

To see your Command Rank go to Content in the Menu Bar and click Galactic Command. 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.

You can only earn Unassembled Components from PvP and from NIM (Master Mode) Operations. 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 Win8 Unassembled Components
Regular Warzone Loss3 Unassembled Components
Regular Arena Win4 Unassembled Components
Regular Arena Loss2 Unassembled Components
Solo Ranked Win8 Unassembled Components
Solo Ranked Loss3 Unassembled Components
Group Ranked Win10 Unassembled Components
Group Ranked Loss4 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 Daily10
Warzone Weekly54
Solo Ranked Daily15
Solo Ranked Weekly100
Group Ranked Daily30
Group Ranked Weekly200

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)

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 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 for Rakghoul DNA Canisters.
  • Eternal Championship Vendor Piij located near the Eternal Championship entrance on Zakuul sells Purple & Cyan Colour Crystals for Eternal Championship Trophies.
  • Crafting – Artifice can craft some Colour Crystals.

Below is pictured all the Colour Crystals you can buy from the PvP Items Vendor – Jensen (Imp), Corr (Rep) and their cost. Note you need to be at least Valor 10 to be able to purchase these crystals.

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 unlock 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 into Legacy Gear so you can play mirror class alts. (Keep in mind that currently, you can not move Legacy Weapons between alts if you’re using Cartel Crystals in your weapons. So use alternate sourced Crystals in your weapons).

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..