You’re plugging along, enjoying some rail shooting worthy of the Rogue Squadron series when all of a sudden you hit a brick wall. For the Republic it’s a mission called Drexel Sweep, a horrendous barrage of TIE Interceptors and asteroids; a neverending blitzkrieg of searing green doom. You look away from the screen for a mere moment only to get shredded by more ships than you thought your system could even render. For the first time, depressing the left mouse button and flying in lazy circles simply won’t cut it. It’s time to learn how to make the most of SWTOR’s space combat.
We’re going to start by exposing two important facts that the game never really tells you:
1) Your shields only regenerate when you’re not firing your blasters. This means that unless you’re actively killing something, you shouldn’t be firing at all. Missiles do not count against this, so if you’re desperate for shields but still need to kill a mission critical target, missiles will get the job done.
2) Targets that emit blue circles when hit by blasters are vulnerable only to missiles or torpedoes. Often these are bonus objective targets, such as shield generators or communication towers. Blowing up these exceptionally well guarded targets will sometimes even complete a bonus mission that you didn’t know existed, so take them all out!
These two basic reminders can drag you through almost all of the space missions, earning you a hefty stack of Fleet Commendations. What do you spend them on…well that’s what I’ll be addressing in my next pro-tip.