Outdated Guide Pending Update. Looking at the sheer amount of characters available, a new player may be overwhelmed and have no idea what to pursue first. Some may want to focus on characters they enjoy or even build a niche Squads consisting of all Jedi or maybe even Nightsisters. You can use the Search feature of our Abilities Database or the Squad Synergy Tool to help you design a powerful Party. How you want to play the game and which Heroes you wish to battle with will ultimately drive your early game efforts. However, in this article we will focus on maximizing returns on investment for character building in Star Wars Galaxy of Heroes without purchasing Chromium Data Cards.
If you haven’t already, start by reading our SWGoH Beginners Guide to get a better understanding on current features and how progression works. Your starting efforts should include building up your 5 man Light Side Squad followed by your 5 man Dark Side Squad and focusing on gearing, training, promoting, and increasing ability levels for those 10 characters so they are capable enough to unlocked other areas of the game that will enable you to expand your collection.
Light Side Campaign Squad
The first section that is available to you is the Light Side Campaign maps. Play though the tutorials and early levels using the starter characters and strive to build the following party while unlocking the freely available shard farming activities.
|Clone Wars Chewbacca – This is one of the freely available characters you start out with and has some useful utility to draw fire from your more fragile squadmates, has strong stats, and a self heal. His shards are found in early Dark Side Hard Mode 2-C and at the third holotable battle.|
|Jedi Consular – This free Hero remains viable all the way to the current endgame. He’s equipped with a powerful heal, a nice Single target damaging ability, and a basic attack that can reduce your cooldowns. Consular’s shards can be found early in two stage 1 hard mode battles.|
|Luminara Unduli – Lumi is farmable in the Galactic War Shipments and in early Dark Side Hard Mode 2-E. She’s packing a strong heal with an ability blocking force blast and a chance to gain evasion up, which is nice for a healer you want to remain right side up.|
|Jawa – “Judge me by my size do you?” This little guy packs a punch and is freely given to you early in the game. He’s your early Light Side Area of Effect (AoE) hitter to clear out the trash, and can be farmed in the tier 2 holotable battles.|
|Fives – The light side Dooku, with a high counter chance but instead of multiattacks, has an assist ability to focus down targets fast. He’s easily obtainable in Cantina Shipments and in early Dark Side Hard Mode 2-D.|
Dark Side Campaign Squad
The Dark Side has some very strong characters that are fairly easy to obtain and these 5 should bring you all the way through the Campaign.
|Darth Sidious – Sid is a fast attacker with a pivotal basic ability to inflict healing immunity on opponents. He also gains health every time you defeat an enemy making him ideal for the Galactic Wars feature. He also has a great leader ability to boost critical damage to knock down those pesky healing heavy squads. You should spend all your Arena tokens to acquire this hero’s shards in the Arena Shipments.|
|Count Dooku – The late Christopher Lee’s character was given some recognition with unnatural speed, counters, stuns, and multiattacks. This top tier character is worth every penny in the $4.99 offering from EA. He is also farmable in both stage 1 Light and Dark side campaigns.|
|Talia – Although not super powerful, she is free and provides the Dark Side healing necessity to progress. Talia is farmable in two tier 2 Light Side campaigns and in the first tier of the holotable.|
|Old Daka – This nightsister leader fills the role of the 2nd dark side healer, but also has great capability in PvP with her multi stun and revive abilities. Unfortunately, she’s not farmable til Dark Side 4-A Hard Mode and you’ll need to prioritize between her and Fives in the Cantina Shipments.|
|Royal Guard – This guy in red will allow you to progress through the dark side campaign by buffing and removing turn meters, but should be replaced quickly with someone like Boba before too much investment.|
PvP Squad Arena
There are many Squad options to be competitive in PvP utilizing strictly these 10 characters, I suggest the following.
|Darth Sidious – Sid will be your leader to take advantage of his critical chance and damage buff. With one of the few characters having a healing immunity ability, he’ll be a necessity in focus targeting the enemies down.|
|Count Dooku – Darth Tyranus’ counters, multi-attacks, and his innate abilities to stun Jedi (healers) make him second to maybe only Barriss in his PvP usefulness.|
|Luminara Unduli – Lumi’s ability block is ok, but we’re really only using her for the heals. The current meta game requires at least 2 or three healers to have a chance at timing out an opponent on defense which is how you lose ranks.|
|Jedi Consular – Like I alluded to already, the Jedi Consular is the most valuable free character in the game. His special attack is fairly strong, his heals perform a necessary function and he’s easily farmable in the beginning.|
|Old Daka – This hero is seen in Top PvP forms that have decided to risk running a low health healer by relying on her Stuns, revive, and supplemental healing to drain the clock on an opponent.|
If I had to do it over again, I would definitely start with the characters listed above which also utilize all the existing farming resources effectively. The meta game could change with one patch, but at the time this article is written, this guide will give you the best results with what’s available early in the game. Obviously, as you progress and unlock elite characters like Barriss Offee or experiment with other synergies…you will find better combos to counter your foes. Other articles will cover more advanced gameplay and party dynamics.
Please feel free to discuss this guide in the comments below…counter arguments welcome.