HK-51 Companion Information

Here is a list of information related to HK-51 Companion Droid for those curious about his stats, weapons, combat animations, etc.

Navigation

  1. Base Stats
  2. Weapons
  3. Abilities
  4. Combat Animations
  5. Crafting Bonuses
  6. Companion Gift Preferences
  7. Gear Slots
  8. Companion Conversation Unlocks
  9. Legacy Unlock

1.1 Base Stats

HK-51 comes with higher base Cunning compared to other stats and can use both Aim and Cunning. The default gear that comes with HK-51 is Aim based.

hk51stats

However, here is a datamined codex entry for HK-51. It lists the following for primary stat

  • Primary Stat: Aim or Cunning

The datamined HK-51 gear

http://www.torhead.com/search/hk-51#items

1.2 Weapons

HK-51 uses Knife for his offhand and either Sniper or Blaster Rifle for his mainhand.

hk-51weapons

1.3 Abilities

HK-51 have a couple of very cool abilities. Assassinate, especially, can basically one shot a strong mob (or below).

Name Cooldown Description
Vanish Strike 20s Charge to a distance target, immobilizing it for 2 seconds
Rail Blast 6s Blasts a target for moderate damage
Evasion Protocols 20s Activate HK-51’s Evasion Protocols, which drops a diversionary grenade and cause him to leap towards you. The primary target is stunned for 2 seconds. Target around HK-51 have 10% reduced accuracy for 4 seconds
Terminate 15s HK-51 launches a series of micro-missions at his target, dealing high damage over the duration
Assassinate 10s HK-51 takes careful aim at a target strong, standard, or weak enemy. Deals mortal damage. Requires and consumes 5 stacks of Target Eliminated. Only useable out of combat. Target Eliminated stacks are gained when HK-51 assists in defeating an enemy.
Hunter Killer 20s Deals very high damage to a target below 30% health
Calibrated Shot 8s Shoots a target for moderate damage
Blindside 15s HK-51 takes advantage of a distracted target, firing a well placed decisive shot for extreme damage. Can only be used on targets impaired by Evasion Protocols
Emergency Protocols   Restores 1% of maximum health every second for 15 seconds. Only useable when HK-51 is in combat and at or below 35% health. Only useable once per combat.
Stealth Suit 30s Activates HK-51’s stealth generator, dramatically reducing his threat to all targets. Only useable after HK-51 is attacked 3 times. Only useable once per combat.

1.4 Combat Animations

Rail Blast

railshot

Calibrated Shot

calibratedshot

Terminate

terminate

Blindside

blindside

1.5 Crafting Bonus

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1.6 Companion Gift Preferences

Love None
Favorite Weapon
Like Trophy, Military Gear, Technology
Indifferent Courting. Luxury, Imp/Republic Memorabilia, Cultural Artifact, Underworld Good

1.7 Gear slots

Like other droid companions, Hk-51 has the following slots for armor

  • 1 Sensor Unit
  • 2 Core
  • 2 Motor
  • 2 Parts
  • 2 Implant
  • 1 Ear

1.8 Companion Conversation Unlocks

You will get an initial conversion with HK-51 right after you have acquired him. Rest of the conversation are unlocked at the following affection numbers

  • 1428
  • 2856
  • 4284
  • 5712
  • 7140
  • 8568

1.9 Legacy Unlocks

Once obtained for one of your characters, HK-51 can be unlocked for other characters on your legacy for 1 million credits or 350 Cartel Coins per character and will scale to that character’s level. You still  need a L50 to acquire HK-51 first.

hk-51unlock

  • Ray Carpenter

    But can you have him at level 1?

    • http://dulfy.net/ Dulfy

      Not at the moment, seems to be a L50 character companion only. Might be a legacy/cartel coins unlock in the future.

    • Sam

      The mission starts on Belsavis, so I would assume that would be a “no”.

    • Dr’daniel

      You can’t have ANY companion at level 1… get your first maybe around 9 at the earliest.

      • Angus Batkin

        bounty hunter gets their 1st companion nearer lvl 5, maybe even lower

        • Zephrum

          Yep, once you unlock him, you can pay to get him at level one on any other character. And yes, it is AWESOME to do so. Not that the first ten levels take much time anyway, but you really blow through them with him helping, plus you can solo pretty much all the heroic 2′s and 2+’s in the game with him as long as you gear him decently, especially if you’re playing a class that can heal. Oh, and with the presence buffs from maxing affection for various other companions and getting a human character to level 50, he is straight up godly.

          Add to that the bonus of always having an extra companion for crew skills, which allows you to level them MUCH more quickly, and while out questing to boot, and you have a no-brainer – he is definitely worth getting. The whole quest took me maybe five hours (goes faster if you have others helping), and that’s including running the two instances. The time he will save you leveling a toon from 1-55 is probably a lot more than that, but even if it’s not, he’s fun to have around.

          The only down side is that he gets no affection gains from conversations (only from gifts), and he doesn’t ever say anything during conversations. You don’t really get any bonuses from maxing his affection anyway, but the conversations where you have him out are conversations where you’re not gaining affection for other companions, so if you have him out for these, be prepared to spend more moolah raising the affection of your other companions than you otherwise would. It would be nice if the devs integrated him into the game a little more, giving him things to say in conversations, affection gains from conversations, and a bonus for maxing his affection.

          Oh, by the way, regarding the aim/cunning thing. From what I understand, you want to stack both pretty much equally. The reason for this is that each stat affects him the same way, but the diminishing returns you get for crit from stacking one stat does not affect the diminishing returns from stacking the other stat. What that means is that you will get more crit from adding 50 aim and 50 cunning than you would from stacking 100 of either individually, assuming you are starting from equal values of aim and cunning.

      • Corection

        Not true I bought him with coins at lvl 3 and he ran around with me owning everything ;)

    • http://www.facebook.com/clifford.clark.31 Clifford Clark

      Once obtained for one of your characters, HK-51 can be unlocked for
      other characters on your legacy for 1 million credits or 350 Cartel
      Coins per character and will scale to that character’s level. You still need a L50 to acquire HK-51 first.

      • Angus Batkin

        he does come with a set of gear containing blue lvl 51 mods, but they wont be any use until u reach lvl 50. until then you would need to equip him the same as you would any other droid companion.
        and ive not tried it yet as i have run out of coins, but would like to know if any can test buying him on a lvl 1.
        HK-51 also comes with his full set of abilities no matter what level the character is. although its possible this is a bug.

        • Deadzeppelin

          I was able to use unlock my HK companion droid with my lvl 25 scoundrel, however all his 51 parts are greyed out. I pulled them out and replaced them with droid parts my cybertech alt made for him (all with customizable parts that I will replace as I level up). This worked great. I have saved his lvl 51 parts in my cargo hold for when he gets to that level.

          • DatacronHunter

            Can confirm this. Got him at level 24 for 350 CC. Took him into Black Talon. Still kicked butt, but listed as having no armor rating at all with the 50 gear. If you check his portrait circle, you’ll see a red “chest” armor icon. Mousing over details the effectiveness of his gear. Level 50 gear for a toon below level 50 has 0 effectiveness. On the other hand, the level-appropriate gear he had equipped was at 100% effectiveness. Took him back into Black Talon and he started clearing it rather quickly … seems more effective than a similarly equipped companion to me.

    • fobic

      Yes I unlocked him at level 1, and oh how easy it made levelling not to mention crew skills later on having the extra companion

      • fobic

        I did however have it unlocked on a 50 then paid the 1 mil creds
        but worth it

  • Yul

    Does HK accept Ship Droid Sensors?

    • http://dulfy.net/ Dulfy

      yes they use the exact same stuff except for weapons

      • Angus Batkin

        but do they affect his crafting or is it equipable only?

    • Deadzeppelin

      I attempted to equip my HK with Ship Droid Sensors for the additional crafting bonuses and received the message that “you do not have the appropriate class required to use that item.” It appears this is an item that you can only equip on your ship droid.

  • DaGhostDS

    Missing his gear? He should be using those :
    http://db.darthhater.com/items/?filters=8012=51;8013=51;8019=270

    Note that the offhand and sniper are cunning so im not too sure about those.

  • Andilus

    Is the max for the number of deployable companions still 5 after acquiring HK-51? It’d be pretty fantastic if it’s bumped to 6.

    • yvette

      i want to know that too. those who have hk51 on pts can you please answer this question ? ;)

      • yvette

        i still want to know

        • cookster

          the max is still 5

  • Ekimmak

    So… no idea whether it’s cunning or aim he needs?
    I guess at level 50 it’s very easy to get moddable stuff, so you simply plug in the cunning mods into his armour, or the aim mods into his sniper rifle, when it becomes clear which he needs.
    Or maybe he gets equal benefits from both stats, so you just put in whatever you have? It’ll be interesting to find out.

  • Sibb’Makua

    Thanks so much for this Dulfy! just a question, 1.8 Companion Conversion Unlocks. Is Conversion supposed to be Conversation?

    • http://dulfy.net/ Dulfy

      indeed, thanks for catching the typo :D

      • Telanis

        Dulfy, why do you never actually correct the posts? :(

        • http://dulfy.net/ Dulfy

          I did but when I edited the post it was done online so when I went to updated the post on my desktop editor the edit didn’t carry over and overwrite the change. Thanks for the reminder though

  • Erik

    He was obtained in less then 24 hours?!? This is not an epic quest like it was stated. In a week, HK will be everywhere, nothing unique about that. Still looking forward to getting him, but. I hope we can customize his look.

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  • Vintego

    Hi Dulfy,

    silly question, but does having HK-51 give the owner the ability to send out an extra companion for crafting/gathering?

    Thanks for doing this as always.

    Vintego

    • Vintego

      Sorry just realized this is a repeat question.

  • Mathew Chilton

    HK-51 has cooler animations than BH, sniper, operative, gunslinger….. :( I want them.

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  • tsu

    still 5

  • 09

    I had one of my alts at 37, i bought HK-51 for him, and I received him.. in his 50′ gear that says it’s unusable with little ghostly red icon above portrait – and he’s nothing great, i think unusable gear bonus is not used :/

    • Angus Batkin

      i was using him on one of my lvl 50s and hes actually a very strong dps and can one-hit anything up to strong if he has a certain (relatively easily obtained) buff…

  • Slugfest

    Maxing his affection and completing all his dialogue tree does NOT give an increase to your presence bonus. :(

  • Concerned

    How can Hk-51 have a base accuracy of 0%? I thought every toon starts with a base accuracy of 90% which can be increased using accuracy based armor enhancements.

    • Calixen

      with no weapon equipped.. lets see your accuracy with no weapon. yea 0%

  • Rick Opland

    Please put a ** disclaimer ** on there about HK-51′s level scales to the character level, HOWEVER, not only does he gear remain at 50 (and unusable by non-50s), but you cannot even replace the mods in his orange gear as it remains at level 50 even without mods or with new lower level mods.

  • Focused

    HK is awesome! I unlocked him for my level 35 GS and stored all his gear and crafted gear he could actually wear. I send him into battle now first and he does better “tanking” than Corso or Bowdarr who was my favorite tank to use. As soon as I can unlock all the DPS gear for him I’m gonna relegate him to a DPS role in my party.

  • Tsais

    Like all Droids in SWTOR, HK-51 has an annoying voice and stupid personality.
    He also gives despicably low affection gains for his “favorite” gift type, weapons.
    At 6200 affection, upon giving him a purple rank 5 weapon, he gave +106 affection.

    That is ridiculous! All other companions give well over 400 affection for the purple version of their favorite gifts.

    And I find it bad game design that they made him hands down a higher dps companion than any of your other, more pleasant dps companions, like Jaesa Wilsaam etc.

    • Ravenn Weber

      then maybe invest in legacy perk of companions getting more affection from gifts? I mean no matter what the developers add or do to the game no one is ever happy I am thinking that is all humans can do is complain and whine.. that alone is ridiculous.. I think if all people can do is bitch about everything go develop your own game that everyone can play that is also high graphic.. perhaps then you might find it’s not easy or cheap to do.. if you do not provide challenge enough people would get bored if you make it too hard people get bored ..So Hk and treek’s effection gain is too slow for you Big deal who cares it does other things like combat that is great and probably better than the given companians..

      • Hiroshi Perez

        And that my friend, is what I call a true statement coming out from a pro who knows very well the game and not “the guy”.

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