SWTOR Galactic Strongholds Hooks and Decorations Breakdown
A breakdown of the Galactic Stronghold hooks and decorations system with information and image provided by the recent Galactic Living livestream.
Accessing your stronghold
Click the new icon at the top to access your stronghold menu. While Bioware has not released the number of players that can be inside a stronghold at once, it looks like the Nar Shaddaa stronghold can hold 70 players at once with 9 rooms.
You can use this menu to travel to your stronghold from anywhere.
How Hook system work
When you are inside your stronghold, you will be presented with a panel that list a bunch of things. There is a button called Edit mode that will show all the hooks available in your house. There is a finite amount of hooks so there is a finite number of decoration you can place but the number is fairly large especially on large strongholds such as Tatooine or Nar Shaddaa.
Clicking on a hook will show two tabs: Decorations and Layouts.
Hooks are color coded and varies in the size of decorations that can be placed on them. Hooks have a variety of layout as well to fit different decoration placements. Here are some of the examples shown for the floor hook.
On the left is the Large Standard Arrangement layout and on the right is the Medium & Narrow Columns layout.
Clicking on a hook will show you a menu with a list of items that can fit into that specific hook sorted by category and by subcategory
Hovering over a decoration will also tell you what type of hooks it will fit.
Once you selected an item, you can click the place button to place the item on that specific hook. Once placed, a decoration can be adjust in three different ways.
- X Offset
- Y Offset
Rug hooks is the only type of hook that exist under another hook and fit only rugs. They are indicated by a glowing column.
Walls have hooks too with some different layouts.
You can place a group of different decorations on the walls. The difference here is that some wall decorations cannot be rotated.
Hooks exist on the ceiling as well and allow you to change the lighting.
Just an example of the hooks you can see for a staircase. They are a good place to put your companions.
Balcony and Centerpiece Hooks
The Nar Shadda Balcony is huge and can accommodate Centerpiece hooks which can hold some very large and impressive decorations.The centerpiece hooks can of course be broken down into smaller hooks by using the layout menu.
Centerpiece decorations are Reconstructed Hypergates like the one shown below.
These are extra large hooks designed to fit player ships. You cannot use these ships, they are for decorations only. GSF ships cannot fit into this slot currently.
In the preview window you will see a source slot which tell you which the decoration comes from. This helps for those who visit other player’s strongholds and wonder what came from where.
Multiple Identical Decorations
If you want to place multiple identical decorations, you must own multiple copies of that decoration. The max number of copies seems to be 50.
Some decors are interactable and you can use commands such as /sit on them.
If you collect datacrons, you can get Master Exhibit for Light and Dark Datacrons. Other items are Holocrons of Dread, Holocron of Fear, Seed of Rage, Cannister of Isotope –9
Arrangements are subgroup of furnitures that are already pre-arranged. They will be a bit more difficult to get and highly sought after as well since they only take 1 hook.
Pets and Mounts
Pets and Mounts are unlocked as decorations as soon as you own them. They do not become “inactive” when you place them as decorations and can be used outside the stronghold.
You can place NPCs as decorations. Here are some Twi’lek dancers and bartenders for example. Jawa Scrap Peddlers are also placeable. You can also place guard NPCs.
Companions from your other characters will be displayed as holograms. Only your character’s companions will be displayed as a whole. Companions can be used to model your armor and weapons.
You can place GTN terminals. There is also a smaller version that fit onto walls.
Lights can change the lighting and mood of the stronghold even though you cannot change the color of the walls.
There are jukeboxes that are decorations you can place to play different kind of music.
Here are some random decorations that are fairly interesting or not.