SWTOR Galactic Strongholds Information Compendium

A compendium of all the released information related to the SWTOR Galactic Strongholds expansion.

Last updated: April 24, 2014.

Dates

May 4, Sunday – Subscribers get 1000 Cartel Coins if they subscribe as of May 4, 2014, at 11:59PM PDT / May 5, 2014, at 6:59AM GMT. These cartel coins will arrive to your account by May 5, 2014, at 11:59PM PDT / May 6, 2014, at 6:59AM GMT.

May 11, Sunday – Subscribers receive the following

  • Exclusive Subteroth minipet (Update 2.7.2 – May 20, 2014, at 11:59PM PDT / May 21, 2014, at 6:59AM GMT)
  • The Intrepid title (Update 2.7.2 – May 20, 2014, at 11:59PM PDT / May 21, 2014, at 6:59AM GMT)
  • The Illustrious title (Update 2.9 – August 19, 2014)
  • Nar Shadda Sky Palace with 5 additional rooms unlocked (Update 2.9 – August 19, 2014) – Valued at 4 million credits
  • Stronghold Name “Galactic Stronghold” (Update 2.9 – August 19, 2014)

June 10, Tuesday – Patch 2.8

  • This has nothing to do with Galactic Strongholds but it was the original release date for patch 2.8, which is now separate from patch 2.9 (Galactic Strongholds early access)

July 15, Sunday – Deadline for Subscriber rewards for Stronghold Early Access

  • The Illustrious title (Update 2.9 – August 19, 2014)
  • Nar Shadda Sky Palace with only 3 additional rooms unlocked (Update 2.9 – August 19, 2014) – Valued at 1.5 million credits
  • Stronghold Name “Galactic Stronghold” (Update 2.9 – August 19, 2014)

August 19, Tuesday – Galactic Strongholds Early Access for Subscribers

  • Nar Shadda Sky Palace with no additional rooms unlocked – Valued at only 250k credits
  • The Illustrious title
  • Stronghold Name “Galactic Stronghold”

September 16, Tuesday – Galactic Strongholds Early Access for preferred players (former subscribers or F2P players who brought things from the Cartel Market with Cartel coins)

  • The Illustrious title
  • Stronghold Name “Galactic Stronghold”

October 14, Tuesday – Galactic Strongholds official launch, F2P players get access.

  • The Illustrious title

Subscriber Rewards & When to Subscribe

When to Subscribe

Subscriber Reward
1000 Cartel Coins May 4
Subteroth Pet May 11
The Intrepid Title May 11
Nar Shadda Sky Palace (5 additional rooms unlocked) May 11
Nar Shadda Sky Palace (3 additional rooms unlocked) July 15
Nar Shadda Sky Palace (0 additional rooms unlocked) August 19

Nar Shadda Sky Palace Additional Rooms

If you subscribe by May 11, you will receive the most number (5) of additional rooms unlocked valued at 4 million. If you subscribe by July 15, you will receive only 3 additional rooms unlocked valued at 1.5 million. If you subscribe by Aug 19, you will receive no additional rooms unlocked that is only valued at 250k credits. Basically, the earlier you subscribe, the more additional rooms will be unlocked. It does not mean that if you a subscriber by May 11, you will gain 5+3 additional rooms. July promotion is simply a smaller version of the May promotion.

  • Nar Shadda Sky Palaces with 5 additional rooms – Valued at 4 million credits
  • Nar Shadda Sky Palaces with 3 additional rooms – Valued at 1.5 million credits
  • Nar Shadda Sky Palaces with 0 additional rooms – Valued at 250 k credits

Once Galactic Strongholds early access begin, you will likely be able to unlock these additional rooms by spending credits or cartel coins

Features

Free to Play

  • Subscribers get early access with some exclusive travel options from the Stronghold. Those who subscribe early also get the Nar Shadda Sky Palace for free with 0-5 additional rooms unlocked.

Legacy Wide Strongholds

  • Four Strongholds have confirmed so far to be located in Dromund Kaas, Coruscant, Tatooine, and Nar Shaddaa
  • Strongholds are legacy wide and not character specific
  • You can own more than one stronghold in your legacy
  • Strongholds can be purchased with credits or cartel coins.
  • Can use Quick Travel to travel to your strongholds and subscribers have addition options on where you can travel to from your stronghold, including your previous location.
  • You can invite friends to visit your stronghold.
  • Strongholds might have their own chat channel but it is not confirmed.
  • There could be additional strongholds on other planets but nothing confirmed beyond these four (source)
  • Nar Shadda Sky Palace is the most expensive housing in the game and there will be less expensive housing in the game on other planets (source)
    • Nar Shadda Sky Palaces with 5 additional rooms – Valued at 4 million credits
    • Nar Shadda Sky Palaces with 3 additional rooms – Valued at 1.5 million credits
    • Nar Shadda Sky Palaces with 0 additional rooms – Valued at 250 k credits
    • Bioware is aware that credit limits for F2P players is currently maxed out at 200k credits and getting the Nar Shadda one would involve the Escrow system (source)
  • Large houses like Estates from Dromund Kaas are not planned currently. (source)
  • Player ships cannot use the decorations (source)

Decorations

  • Hundreds of Decorations/Furniture available. You gain a starter set when you own your first Stronghold.
  • Rest can be obtained from Reputations, PvP, Crew Skills, Cartel Market, and Loot drops from Flashpoints/Operations
  • Some operation/flashpoint decorations will be based on your achievements and will be retroactive (source)
  • Some non-cartel market decorations can be purchased with credits, others needs components crafted by crafters.
  • Cartel Market decorations are unique to the Cartel Market.
  • Vehicles, Mounts, Pets, and Companion characters can be placed as decorations
  • Decoration placement will work a bit differently than what you might expect. No details given but will be shown on a later date.

Prestige

  • Prestige is a new score that increase with each decoration you add to your Stronghold. There will be a public Stronghold Directory with rankings by prestige.

Legacy Storage

  • Not a lot of details on this currently. It is unknown if bound to character items (i.e. BoP) can be placed there to share across multiple characters.
  • No confirmation on if players can craft from it or if there are tab expansions to purchase like personal banks (source)

Guild Flagships

  • 2 faction-specific Guild Flagships (Valor-class Cruiser for the Republic and Harrower-class Dreadnaught for the Empire)
  • Can be docked to a specific planet to provide buffs to guild members in the planet below (Orbital Flagship Support)
  • Can transport entire groups to your personal coordinate instantaneously (Guild Transport)
  • No solid confirmation on the price of these Guild ships, just “something that Guilds strive to acquire”
  • No PvP with Guild Flagships at this point.

Conquest Events/Guild Leaderboards

  • Complete weekly Conquest events to earn points to place at top of the Guild Leaderboards
  • Conquering a planet to earn Guild special perks and rewards. Planets are conquered by completing Conquest events which are PvE missions

Coruscant Stronghold

Coruscant Stronghold was revealed as part of the announcement trailer

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  • Golden Hutt Statue
  • Pylon decorations from Soa fight in Eternity Vault
  • Stone statue from Eternity Vault
  • Kell Dragon type of skull on the very left
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  • Barbershop
  • A bank storage of some sort
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  • Personal Bank
  • Travel terminal or holoterminal
  • Droid NPCs
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  • Galactic Starfighter Terminal
  • NPCs/Players sitting on chairs
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  • Mailbox
  • GSI Terminal
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  • That window view
  • That reflection

Nar Shadda Sky Palace

After Coruscant, Nar Shadda was the second most revealed Stronghold and currently the most expensive Stronghold

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  • Personal Bank
  • Guild Bank
  • Some kind of colored terminal (also exists in Cartel Bazaar section of fleet but it is non-functional
  • NPC Guards
  • M1-4X companion for Republic trooper
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  • More of this mysterious terminal
  • Speeder parking outside on the balcony
  • TJWoo

    Prestige score? We have enough scores already. Let’s recap. We’ve got level, legacy, social, valor, achievement points, reputation, light/dark alignment, companion affection, solo rank, team rank.

    How about instead of adding “prestige” we use the existing ranking systems that have been stagnant for months/years like the legacy system stuck at 50 and do something useful with achievement points. I have 13,470 achievement points. Woo-hoo. What does that do for me? Does anyone else care that I have 13,470 achievement points? No? :(

    • Hache-Moncour

      Ah, but now you can use those achievements to buy fancy stuff for your house, thus converting the achievement points noone cares about into prestige points noone cares about…
      Still, they’ll probably link to some titles or swanky outfits to prestige levels, might make it sorta interesting.

      • Robert Hindy

        They are talking about specific achievements giving specific decorations. I don’t think we will be able to use our achievement points to purchase decorations.

        Now, there will be 3 ways to see if you cleared certain content: Codex, Achievements, and decorations in Stronghold. The latter 2 have a “score” attached to them.

  • igdo

    think you use that terminal to change the appearance of the stronghold

  • Ben

    The terminal could possibly be a way to “fast travel” from Fleet to your Stronghold and vise-versa. Just a thought.

    • Konoha the Wiper

      it wouldnt work coz u can have more than 1 stronghold and i doubt they gonna add each because the terminal list would be too long then

  • Robert Hindy

    The “mysterious terminal” is also on Nar Shaddaa on the Promenade and in the casinos. They look like slot machines.

    I believe it is just decoration to make it feel like Nar Shaddaa with having a few slot machines. We may or may not be able to rearrange them as decorations.

  • Steve Barnsley

    Does anyone know when we are actually going to receive the Sky Palace and 5 rooms unlocked if we are subscribed on the 11th of May?
    Does it mean we can use the Nar Shaddaa Sky Palace right away on the 11th of May or do we merely just unlock it and the additional five rooms for when the subscriber early access begins on the 19th of August?

    • taylor

      you unlock it, it is not coming before august

  • ucftimm

    If you are subscribed by May 11 then on August 19 you get the Nar Shaddaa Sky Palace with the 5 rooms unlocked.

  • Bruncla

    what happens when i am sub at May 11 but not on August 19? Do i still get the palace?

    • Disgruntled

      I was gonna ask that.
      I, after all, only am a sub beause of a gift. You don’t expect me to go to my boss and say , “Remember that time card you gave me, well I want another 2 of those!”

    • Syncopatix

      I’d like to know this too.. Can i subscribe for 1 month on may 10th (for
      example) to unlock the Palace and then go back to Preferred?

    • Jessica

      Don’t take my word for it (it is a theory and this is the internet, take everything said in comments with a grain of salt) but I would imagine if you’re sub May 11 you still get the Sky Palace, but if your sub is lapsed and you are preferred on August 19 you would still have it – but you’d have to wait until Preferred Early Access.

      Just my 2 credits.

  • Jodil

    Prestige? So, whoever has the most stuffed into their stronghold wins. I do hope to be able to buy plastic flamingos and garden gnomes for my “front sand” on Tatooine.
    Perhaps you could craft them … but would a plastic animal be armormech or biotech?

    • Trogdor

      Artifice, surely. Biotech will handle the fish tank.

      • BatteryH

        And here I thought Artifice would handle my reflection ball in the back yard. I just hope the tank is big enough … there’s always a bigger fish.

  • Z

    Conquest missions are PvE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! This makes me happy :)

  • Darth Stewie

    My obsession with the game is quickly returning. Love all the Stronghold stuff, I just hope the CM isn’t too heavily embedded to get the most out of them. One can hope right?

    • Robert Martin

      as my daddy used to say, “you can wish in one hand and shit in the other, wonder which will be filled first”

      • royal doulton

        Sounds like ur daddy was too cheap to buy a toilet.

        • Robert Martin

          yeah, that he was, he could make the worlds biggest cheapskate look like a big spender.

    • Nomar

      If its like what they did with GSF then the cartel market will play very little role in it. They also already stated that everything in Strongholds will be purchaseable with credits or can be made by crafters. Yes the cartel market can play a role but it’s probably going to be similar to how it works in GSF which is you can pay for a premium ship which does the same thing a tier 2 ship can do.

      They said most of the stuff you get for Strongholds will be either through rewards from Achievements, Operations and Ranked PvP or buy with credits/made by crafters.

  • Robert Martin

    I dont see the legacy bank being something you can put bound items in. After all, that would defeat the purpose of legacy gear wouldn’t it?

    • Trogdor

      But otherwise…what’s the point? If all you can do is share things you can already share via mail, it seems a rather underwhelming feature.

      • Wiskers

        Do you realise how annoying it is for crafters like me to have to constantly send mats all over the place through the mail? Half the time I have no idea where my stuff is. Not to mention the convenience of placing any BoE loot and cartel items in there for other alts to peruse. It will just make the whole system easier, especially for crafters.

        • dodgerfn

          I second this. It has been a royal pain in the arse always mailing matts, and trying to remember who has what for crafting. This is the best bone Bioware has thrown crafters in a long time.

      • Anon

        By that logic, what’s the point in letting you put bound items in there? You can already transfer any mods through legacy gear through the mail. Why have a GTN when you can trade person to person?

        Just because you ‘can’ do something one way doesn’t mean players won’t appreciate having a more convenient method.

        • Trogdor

          “You can already transfer any mods through legacy gear through the mail.” Yeah, if you don’t mind paying 30k credits per modification, since you likely will be paying to extract each mod twice. Plus, sometimes you want to give your alt a bound hull. I have a set of tionese gear from my guardian that I’d really like to give to my juggernaut, since that set isn’t available anymore.

          • iceberg265

            30k credits is like two missions or 5 mins on the GTN.

            • Trogdor

              Yeah, and with 3 mods each, that’s 90k per piece of gear. That’s a whole run through a daily theme park just to transfer the mods of 1 piece of gear.
              And I’m sure you’re just wallowing in your Scrooge McDuck vault of credits from playing the auction house all day…. right.

              • darkfather

                I can gear a new 55 in full 72 with some 78′s DAY ONE using legacy gear. It’s not THAT expensive dude, and I am not rich in the game by any means. 500k tops for gearing out a new toon with full purple augments. Do some dailies and get the 500k. Heck do TFB 16m SM and get over 200k just from that.

              • Trogdor

                I’m not saying it can’t be done, only that extracting the mod a second time is an expensive and unnecessary step when you could just extract it once and throw it in the legacy bank.
                Let’s look at this another way, and ask why BW wouldn’t want to let us throw bound items in the legacy bank. The obvious reason is because they don’t want to effectively remove the fee associated with unlocking cartel market items account-wide. Okay, fair enough, don’t let the player put bound cartel market items in the legacy bank. Any other issues?

              • Chakra Kusanagi

                How about because it would remove one of the major credit drains of the game?
                Or does inflation not bother you?

      • http://mycrazymessedupbrain.tumblr.com/ Rex

        Maybe you don’t mind logging back and forth between a bunch of character trying to find who you sent the shared crafting mats to last, but I find it to be a royal pain. If we could put credits in it as well, that would be awesome, and if we could craft directly form it that would be the best. Moving bound items would be of about zero use to me, so not having it would hardly make the feature underwhelming. If you don’t find it useful you don’t have to use it.

  • y2z

    Maybe somebody who searches the forums can answer this for me: If I re-sub right now (April 27th), do I still get early access because I have unlocked the Sky Palace, or do I need to be an active sub when early access launches in order to use it?

    • http://dulfy.net/ Dulfy

      I believe you need to have an active sub when early access launches to use it

      • y2z

        Thank you for the reply.

  • TheSithOfTor

    Well, does this mean that if i lose my subscription before Subscriber early access, but i unlocked the benefits of May 11th, i lose my Stronghold benefits? Or do i gain those benefits i clearly paid for, but with Preffered access status? So on September 16th

    • http://dulfy.net/ Dulfy

      I think you gain the benefits but you would have preferred access.

      • TheSithOfTor

        Oh ok, that sounds fine. Guess i’ll maybe renew my sub then. I love it so far :)

  • Green Mann

    I just want to know the cost of the Guild Ships, my guild is small and
    mostly not 55′s or ppl with many alts and there is simply no way we
    could afford a huge cost….mostly I just want to know so we can either
    try to start saving for it now, or decide that it’s an un-reachable goal
    and to not bother :/ I guess I should probably just assume it’s not gonna happen, maybe they will put out smaller ships or something….pipe dream I know, it’s just that a Flagship, is literally the coolest thing ever to me.

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