Darth Vader

Darth Vader

Dark Side

Classes: Human, Empire, Attacker, Sith

Description: Attacker with damage over time ability and ability to earn extra turns.

Synergies: , , , , , , , , , , ,

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Character Abilities

Basic Ability
Special Abilities
Leader Ability
Unique Ability
Level 7
Terrifying Swing – Deal Physical damage to target enemy with 65% chance to inflict Ability Block for 1 Turn. Jedi targets cannot Evade or Resist the effects of this attack.
Level 7
Force Crush – Deal Physical damage to all enemies and inflict 3 Damage Over Time effects for 2 rounds.

Level 7
Culling Blade – Deal Physical damage to target enemy and dispels all negative status effects on them. This attack deals 40% more damage for each effect dispelled and grants 100% Turn Meter on a finishing blow.


Level 6
Inspiring Through Fear – Empire allies gain 27.5% Offense and have a 25% chance to remove 10% Turn Meter on hit.
Ability Upgrades:
LvL 2: +5% Damage
LvL 3: +10% Ability Block Chance
LvL 4: +5% Damage
LvL 5: +10% Ability Block Chance
LvL 6: +5% Damage
LvL 7: +5% Damage
LvL 8: +15% Ability Block Chance
Cooldown: 5
Ability Upgrades:
LvL 2: +15% Damage
LvL 3: +5% Damage
LvL 4: +5% Damage
LvL 5: Inflicts and additional Damage over Time effect
LvL 6: +5% Damage
LvL 7: +5% Damage
LvL 8: Add 50% chance to inflict Speed Down for 2 Turns

Cooldown: 5
Ability Upgrades:
LvL 2: +15% Damage
LvL 3: +5% Damage
LvL 4: +10% Bonus Damage
LvL 5: +5% Damage
LvL 6: Cooldown -1
LvL 7: +5% Damage
LvL 8: +10% Bonus Damage
Ability Upgrades:
LvL 2: +2.5% Offense
LvL 3: +5% Offense
LvL 4: +2.5% Offense
LvL 5: Add 25% chance to remove 10% Turn Meter on Hit
LvL 6: +2.5% Offense
LvL 7: +2.5% Offense
LvL 8: +10% Turn Meter Reduction

Darth Vader Stat Increase per Level

The Stars increase the STR, AGI, and INT gains per Level of Training which effects many stats of a character. Please Submit info to help us determine this for Darth Vader.

Stars 1* 2* 3* 4* 5* 6* 7*
Strength  NA NA NA  5.2 6.2 7.2 8.3
Agility  NA NA NA  3.4 4.1 4.8 5.5
Intelligence  NA NA NA  2.8 3.4 4 4.6

Darth Vader 7* Cap Stats & Gear

The balancing efforts are always evolving and so may these stats as patches are issued. Compare Cap stats with other heroes.

STR
AGI
INT
Health
Speed
108757956822686121

B-Dam
S-Dam
S-Dam2
A-Dam
Phy CR
Spec CR
29004623209238145

Crit Dam
Armor
Armor Pen
Dodge
Resist
150%258100144

Resist Pen
Deflect Rat
Potency
Tenacity
HP Steal
00%90%57%15%

Darth Vader 7* Max Stats & Gear

These are the predicted Max Stats of the Level 90 End Game for long term planning. Very much subject to change. Compare Max stats with other heroes.

STR
AGI
INT
Health
Speed
140669667829428121

B-Dam
S-Dam
S-Dam2
A-Dam
Phy CR
Spec CR
44296222282443445

Crit Dam
Armor
Armor Pen
Dodge
Resist
150%31225176

Resist Pen
Deflect Rat
Potency
Tenacity
HP Steal
00%120%62%15%

Darth Vader Base Stats

These are the base holo stats this character starts with once unlocked. Compare base stats with other heroes.

STR
AGI
INT
Health
Speed
271718656100

Phy Dam
Phy CR
Armor
Armor Pen
55640

Dodge
Spec Dam
Spec CR
Resist
04301

Resist Pen
Deflect Rat
Crit Dam
Potency
Tenacity
00150%015%

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Darth Vader Reviews & Ranking

This ranking is an opinionated assessment of a character’s performance and availability as compared to other heroes.

Overall
PvP
GW
Avail
6370802

Feel free to discuss and give your own opinion on Star Wars Galaxy of Heroes Darth Vader in the comments below. If anything is incorrect and is different from the ingame character, please do us a favor and submit a character info update.

Average Hero Rating

78 Comments

  1. Pretty good character. His HP and protection is insanely high, so he can’t be defeated unless the opposing team is strong or exclusively targets him. His special attacks are nothing short of awesome (especially Culling Blade, which is a death sentence for any debuffed enemy). His basic attack doesn’t deal much damage, but it does inflict Ability Block often and is useful against Jedi opponents. Not a bad addition to a squad.

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  2. I want to like him because he’s the most iconic character in all of Star Wars but they didn’t really do him justice.

    I just unlocked him and trained/geared him up and I haven’t been impressed.

    Many people here complain about his basic attack and they’re right – except it’s far worse than I could have ever imagined… My 2* RG several levels lower hits harder than he does. It’s seriously AWFUL.

    His DoT is pretty powerful but the cooldown on makes it pretty irrelevant.

    Culling blade hits very hard like many others suggest, but again the cooldown on it means you’ll use it once MAYBE twice a fight. Plus it’s only useful if there’s negative status effects on the opposing team.

    Don’t get me wrong, there’s definitely a place for a DoT type character in the game, but I don’t see why they made it Darth. To me, he should’ve been a high basic, high health type. He’s okay in an empire squad, but doesn’t live up to his legend.

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    • You just gained him so you’re not there yet. I have an entire empire sith team and vader is a bad dude. He has life like a tank. By the time I’m using culling blade I can almost one shot just about anyone on their team. Trust me. He is bad to the bone at 5 stars. At 7 my team will be insane.

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  3. I’ve used and enjoyed using Vader since the start of this game. Now with palpatine he can really shine, especially with another sith who adds DOTs, add some potency mods and this toon lays down the DOT like crazy. Strong toons die shortly on the opposing team. Yeah his basic hit isn’t strong. But it adds ability block, gimping who ever he hits. Culling blade if used right does insane damage. Currently folks have 5* Vaders and palpatines in the top 50 of arena. What other toons can you say that about?
    One of the best toons in the game!
    As he should be

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    • I wholeheartedly agree, Dyvim. My original 1st squad was Phasma lead, Lumi, Rey, Sidious, either QGJ or Old Daka….all 7star lvl75+. With the addition of Palpatine, i completely changed my first squad to Palp lead 5star, Vader 5star, Royal Guard 6star, 7 star Daka and 7star Rey. Its a stun fest.

      I used to striggle to get below 100 in arena with my first squad, Today I finished in the 45th spot, my highest ranking ever. Additionally, Galactic War was not always a guaranteed completion with my last squad. Now i complete it 98% of the time.

      Vader is a big part of this but Palpatine is the catalyst. Royal Guard also has a lot to do with it but Vader (along with Rey) is the offensive powerhouse.

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  4. Darth Vader is my favorite Star Wars Character and by far the best character in this game . I’m very happy to now own him .

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  5. My team would be Vader, kylo, savage Darth maul, and Darth sidius.

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  6. With Vader has Leader all empire characters gain extra offensive damage which gives my grand master Tarkin a nice hit on the opposition.

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  7. I feel like the meta is changing and Vader is getting more and more useful everyday. Good potency and an ability-block basic is a great combo, plus he’s got tons of armor and health. Not to mention the area effects (speed reduction and damage over time), in a great combo with culling blade. Game’s going to introduce mods in a week or so. I feel like it will be a new meta and Vader could somehow shine.. He’s not 100% ready for sure, still miss a couple of stars more (even though I’m in top tier arena and there’s already plenty of 6 stars Vader), but he’s coming, he’s almost here and I’m SURE he’ll be the biggest meta breaker in the SWGOH story

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  8. I have Darth Vader at 4* and Gear Lvl 7. Basic and both special attacks at Lvl 6. Vader is an absolute monster. His basic attack, Terrifying Strike, is said to be weak, and sure it isn’t the most devastating attack but it isn’t garbage at all. Can smack anyone and give a 65% chance of applying an ability block as well. Gives a good lick. Force Crush and Culling Blade work in unison as Peanut Butter and Jelly. Vader is worth the work and my #1 character and I wouldn’t trade him for anyone else. Geonosian Soldier is said to be so amazing, but I take him out so easy. I would say make a team you feel great about rather than just research and hunt the players that are said to be the best.

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  9. Don’t be fooled by the negative comments about Vader.
    Basic attack is weak.
    However….the DOT punishes!
    Have a pesky Rey, Dooku or RG problem? No worries….culling blade will one shot them!
    Absorbs hits like a freight train!
    Excellent in raids! A team for sure!!!

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    • Definitely has a tremendous amount of health and armor.

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    • Totally agree – the double whammy of force crush followed by culling blade can do staggering damage (I’ve often seen 34K hits from culling blade). And now mods buff his defense he’s even more of a monster. Just wish it was easier to get shards to upgrade him.

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  10. Ok all these girlies complaining must be rey-fan-faggots. What’s wrong with vader? 5* aren’t enough for ya crybabies? Well i got him to 5*, gear 9 (ready for 10, just need to lvl up) and i will spend every fucking omega material i get on him because his abilities are really damn strong. The base attacks doesn’t hit like a truck? Who cares! Culling blade is about 30k damage in arena, is that still too low for you? Oh no it’s so slow to refresh! The fuck are you saying? With a final blow it’s about 3 moves and with my ben leader it’s not that long to use again. Do not underestimate this dude, he might not he easy to farm but damn if it’s worth it. Vader makes the counter an optional, he simply one-shots the enemy (and even in a fucking stylish way!). I won’t waste my time by describing every ability of this character because there are the stats just above, just remember his base attack can’t be dodged by jedis so even yoda is just junk when facing this legend. My review isn’t so usefull after all. The best review of vader was given by himself. It is pointless to resist.

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  11. He is now available in the shard shop, not just achievments.

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  12. I just got Vader to 5 stars by beating yoda level 7 training. Now I have yoda at 7 stars and Vader 5. I noticed there are only 21 shards remaining to earn through achievements. Where are the rest coming? 2 a month from shard shop won’t cut it.

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  13. Vader makes a perfect tank in a sith team, has great synergy with maul, savage, Sid and doku. Maul lead helps the enemy miss often. Just hard to star maul and Vader , will as I can. Beast for sure when well played.

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  14. I’ve loved seeing him in the Shard Shop lately
    Even at only 4* and equip lvl 8 he’s been pretty awesome. Great 3x DoT, ability block vs Jedi, huge damage Culling Blade w/ bonus turn on kill. I’m very glad he’s not farmable/purcha$able so you have to work for him

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  15. MORE DAMMAAGGGEE!!!!

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  16. tbh darth vader is a good character in the game i got him a few days ago and his amazing but the only problem i have with him is the fact the his slow if i saw slow he would be a better character

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  17. Ugh so much crying over Vader. The reason everyone is complaining about him is because you don’t have him at 7*, which you aren’t supposed to have yet because he’s supposed to only be unlocked through achievements, or apparently also now the Shard shop sometimes too.

    At 7* this guy is a total bad-ass. The fact that you can even play with him when he’s at 4* says a lot about him. Lots of health, powerful AoE, excellent Empire synergy, and an absolutely devastating special (though I admit its cooldown is a bit infrequent).

    If you want to complain about Vader, do the work or pay the money to get him up to 6-7* and then complain. Which pretty much no one has done up to this point since the game has only been out for less than 6 months.

    Also, an all-Empire build would be totally OP with everyone at 7*. Vader/Snowtrooper/Magmatrooper/Royal Guard/Tarkin (or replace one of these with a healer) would be totally bad-ass.

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    • Go fuck yourself. Of course everyone should pay thousands of dollars to get darth Vader working. How about you do it first you dumb shit?

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      • he already said he did get vader to high stars so why say do it first n call him dumb… especially when hes right, n at 4 stars he can be a problem if geared up high & attacks leveled up high, attacks/abilities level 5, & geared up wit all the same sets maxed

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    • I have an imperial squad of Tarkin (L), Vader (4*), magmatrooper, and RG. The last character is usually Luminara. The squad dominates even though it isn’t starred too high.

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  18. He’s all bark and no bite. Looks ferocious, but is one of the weakest hitters. The only thing you have to worry about is his two specials with very low refresh. One does multiple damage over time effects, and the other is an attack that removes all negative effects and adds 40% extra damage for each removed. This last attack, culling blade, can be devastating, but the refresh on it is so low you basically have a lame duck attacker the rest of the match.

    Vader’s basic attack does inflict an ability block though, but his speed is also so putrid you can’t effectively use it to control enemies.

    For as powerful as he is in canon, and how hard he is to unlock, he should be much more powerful. Instead, he’s outshined by many other characters that are much easier to acquire.

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  19. Why is it that Vader does not lead in any of statistical categories and he is the hardest character to get?… things that make you go hmmm

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  20. I have him at 5* and gear 8, he is still so far from getting any time in my regular lineup. He is sooooo slow, besides CB he hits like a kitten. Oh and everyone is talking about his culling blade. Pssh, it’s available every 5-6 turns. Fotp with advantage can and will do more dmg with his regular attack. Imo, they need to fix him. Vader should be totally OP. He is really hard to obtain and star up so make him OP. Besides, he is the ultimate badasss in the series.

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    • Yeah considering his effect on the star wars franchise. And long term obtainability in game hes ass. He should be CLASSIFIED AS A TANK. Because of his hp.

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    • Look man, not to be an idiot but yes he is hard to obtain & I have him unlocked with armor unlocked at lvl 9 & 3 other character’s as well in their lvl 9 armor state in the lvl 70 area with Vader as my main strongest attacker with all his abilities at lvl 7 & his certain attacks can do at LEAST around 18-20,000 or more on his Culling Blade with normal attack doing around close to a 5-7,000 hit damage, I’m not saying I’m better than anyone else but I did bust my balls off just trying to obtain him & get him leveled up abilities that high with that much damage & still having fun with this game, not saying that I don’t wanna hack & cheat on opening the character’s there in an instant, I like to work for their shards on the hard way like other people do unlike other people wanna cheat

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  21. Vader is awesome with curling blade especially. Too bad the only way to get his shards is by achievements and occasional shard shop offers :/

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    • Well, now you can get 2 vader shards in shard shop almost every or every second day, which is kinda expensive, but still better than achievements only.

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      • Shard shop is the biggest waste of time on this game. Also, he’s not available every or even every other day. It’s completely random what characters you get, except General Grievous.

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      • I’ve seen each daily offer, and have only seen (and bought) Vader shards twice. It will take forever to 6-star him (forget about 7, though I’ll keep at it I suppose), assuming his rarity is maybe 1/10 days (it seems even rarer for me, but that might just be my individual RNG which is fine), and I’ll need another 40-50 shards after I finish up achievements, I’m looking at 200-ish days to 6-star, and another 1-2 years for 7-star. At least I don’t have to worry about getting the shards, with 5k banked, and another 10k avail by starring up some toons with lots of extra shards.

        He better be the best toon in game by then, but hey, plenty of time for that.

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  22. If you had the money, I bet a team of

    Vader lead
    Tarkin
    Veers
    Snowtrooper
    Royal guard

    Will be awesome! Lots of aoe and debuff and Royal guard with his taunt to protect everyone. Drool!!

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    • Id go with a different lineup.

      Vader (3 aoe effects!?)
      Fett (aoe status effect 80% even)
      Sidious (aoe dmg over time)
      Phasma (aoe spd down)
      Ben Kenobi (aoe 2 effects I think)

      4 to 6 status effects. Didn’t break it all down, but this is all off the top of my head.

      Get some base attacks with status effects and you’ll look at 40% x7 bonus dmg to culling blade. Assuming everything sticks, and I’m right on everything,you could look at +280% extra dmg.

      Phasma with assist, Dooku with counter/extra swings, or even Ventris for base swing stuns, first order storm for counter and spd down…

      Guess what I’m saying is snowtrooper is pretty “meh” imo. Dunno tarkin or veers tho.

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      • I roll with Barriss lead, then Phasma, Old Ben, Dooku, and Vader. I can apply 6-7 debuffs in one round and use Phasma for advantage. You can do crazy damage in one turn. My only slight gripe is his main attack damage is a bit low and his cooldowns are a bit slow.

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  23. Vader 4* gear7 is awesome! Synergies with ig88 who does 15% more damage to those suffering negative effects is great.
    I run him with daka, ig86, luminara and ig88
    Currently up to 103 in squad arena
    Not great in gw

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  24. I have him almost unlocked and apparently even at 4*, if level and gear maxed he still had decent HP and good synergies if used well. With all the Jedi teams coming up due to the yoda event I’m waiting to try an anti-Jedi team with phasma (l) sid, dooku, kylo and Vader. Even at low stars he could still work very well with those

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    • Just unlocked him and for now I’m using him with my lumi (l) 7* , jc 7*, Sid 7*, qgj 5* and it’s working pretty well so far. I think long term when lvl 80 cap becomes available and qgj speed buff effects all allies, (and Vader gets another debuff to add at 80 cap) then Vader could be extremely powerful with qgj (l), Poe, Rey & Sid (Poe will became all powerful again when qgj buff effects him). This is my long term plan. Hopefully by then Vader becomes a bit more available through adding extra achievements or something.

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  25. Very nice playing Vader with Sid and Ventress along Daka and Phasma, all synergetic to Massive Vader’s Curling Throw (level 4). He is a 4* but his performance easyly as 6*. Unfarmable, infortunantly.

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  26. Potentially the strongest 7* character in game, but he is a long-runner, as u could upgrade only through achievements (like 2500 wins in arena gives u 3 shards). I have him maxed out at 4 stars and getting enough shards for him to be 5 star shortly. All 3 attacks are very good even at 4 stars, how it would feel with 5-7 stars u could only imagine. His leadership is useless unfortunately, as Sid and Douku must be also on Empire side at least, all other empire allies are mediocre.

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  27. I think Vader is one of the most overrated characters in the game.

    He is very difficult to get and it is nearly impossible to increase his stars above 4.

    I have him at 4* Lvl 60 VI(5/6). At the current meta with many characters having around 6* he is just to weak. I only use him as a backup at GW together with Sidious.

    At PVP there are just so many better options than using Vader, especially with the current meta at high levels.

    By the way he seemed to be bugged. Terrifying Swing says that Jedis can not resist its effects but many time they do :)

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    • Upgrade force crush to 3 additional damage over time and get to level 7/8 gear , combined w Sid’s 2 damage over time , finished with a culling blade and Vader becomes an absolute beast. He can do upwards of 5k damage easy on dispel. Shame his leadership ability only really affects him (dooku should be Empire class), as nobody uses Veers or Moff Tarkin.

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      • Dooku shouldn’t be empire. Why the fuck would Dooku be empire?? Sidius is arguable but Dooku died before the empire was a thing.

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        • Sidious is arguable? He is the EMPEROR of the EMPIRE!

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          • He was emperor in the v-vii movies. The palpatine version currently in game is very very very VERY obviously from the clone wars tv series that predates the formation of the empire. YOU GOT LEARNT SON

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    • What star does he come as?

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    • Yep, just unlocked him. It’s gonna take forever for him to catch up to the rest of my main squad :/

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    • He does look pretty unfocused, pretty potent aoe with Culling blade in mind, but a disappointing ldr ability. Not enough decent Empire dudes, doesn’t fit in any teams I can build (except Fett, Phasma, and Sidious). Would work decent in G… war thing. Guild? Galaxy? Whatever.

      Still want him tho :-$

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  28. Getting him is an absolute pain. 80 tokens, all from Achievements.

    That being said, his max stat power is around 3500, so he can compete with many a 5* and 6* characters. His culling blade works splendidly immediately after Force Crush. Hit the guy with the most debuffs on him with culling blade and you’ll be able to get 6,000-10,000k damage depending on how many debuffs are active. His HP is over 10,000 as well, making him able to take a punishment as well. He’d be one of the best players in the game… if he wasn’t so damn hard to farm.

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    • Hopefully with the new update coming out later this month we’ll get an oppurtunity to at least farm him in dark/light side battles!

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    • Yeah, you are definitely right. He is a beast. I just did culling blade to the tune of 6300 damage! He is lvl 50, gear lvl 5( 1 spot empty), lvl 2 basic attack, lvl 2 force crush, lvl 1culling blade, and his power is at 2609. I had Sid, Kylo, and Vader for negatives (Sid was ally, I have been having trouble deciding if I should get him or keep staring stormtrooper Han(4* now with 3/4 shards for 5th star already), your opinions are welcome if you have one on this choice). It was brutal. I really hope they make him at least somewhat farmable because it will take forever to get just 5 stars and since the achievements get more difficult to get after every one you complete I think trying to get to 7* Vader is a hopeless task. Not to much farming for him though because then he would be op. It’s his rarity and difficulty to get that justifies his power. But no farming makes him nothing more than a novelty character in end game.

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  29. Dark_Side_Squady

    Man Vader is also great for Tag in. Do a Trooper-based squad with Empire synergies and watch the Offensive boost grow. Only thing I’d wish is they’d give Darth Sidious “Order 66” unique clone-Empire buff. Imagine the Gatling guns of horror as Seargeant and Snow trooper do rain of plasma on enemy!

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    • I’m sure they will add more Phase 1 clones to make people like Clone Sergeant better. But I bet they will release playable Palpatine and Phase 2 troopers around the same time and have synergies between them.

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  30. I sometimes see 3* Vaders show up as Ally options. How do people get 3* Vaders?

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    • guess thats what they called AI generated vader. So not real player, its an AI, well thats atleast what I read. Hope can be of help

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  31. Can u get Vader shards anywhere but achievements? Should I wait on lvl him or not even bother and go ahead?

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    • I got one in the final chest of GW today, got a Maul and a Bane share there too since I started playing New Years.

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    • the only way you can get vader shards except from the achievements is from the last box at galactic war, but that chance is that low to get even 1 shard that you can almost forget about that.

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  32. Are you saying there is someone who actually 7stared him?! because that’s insane haha

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  33. I’m currently playing a 4* vader VII, 11/65 to 5* (will be long…)
    He does well against many 5* or 6*
    His combo is strong enough to be usefull even if you use it only once per battle.
    But I agree, in the long run, we need a way to aquire shards for him. That is actually true for many character. At this rate we’re going to face teams only composed of Characters which can be farmed in Galactic War and PvP

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    • So true, because it is so much easier to get shards for GW and arena characters that’s like 80-90% of the characters I see in all modes except for cantina and light/dark side battles. It takes away from the variety of the game. I’m not saying you should just make shards very easy to get because that is equally bad. Maybe something like this would work: AFTER you have UNLOCKED/AQUIRED a character a few more places to farm them from could also be unlocked. Or something like that :-)

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  34. Level 5 force crush “Inflicts an additional damage over time effect”

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  35. Vader would be great, if there was a way to 7 Star him…Definitely needs to be a way to acquire Vader shards, then he can be part of my team. I like that you made it difficult to get him, but once you do finally get him…he should be a useful addition to your team, not low stat place holder.

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