Sides of the Force
In Star Wars: The Old Republic, players can make choices that influence their alignment to the Force, either dark or light. Conversations are the usual method of influencing alignment, but Crew Skill missions can also award dark or light side points. In conversations, players are shown what options will give light or dark side points. The conversation alignment gain information can be toggled in Preferences under the User Interface section. A character's alignment and point totals can be seen on the Character window. Hover over the Alignment bar to see the light and dark side levels as well as the total alignment value. Dark and light side points earned do not go away and alignment is determined by which side has the majority of points.
Light side alignment has no visible affect on a character, however, dark sign alignment displays a visual corruption. This can be toggled on the Character panel, under Customize Appearance. The more dark side alignment a character has, the more their appearance will change to reflect this. Their armor will have a darker look, facial features such as glowing eyes and purple veins start to appear, and NPCs will react in a different way.
Each tier of points unlocks a title.
|Tier I||3000||Dark: Vicious|
|Tier II||20000||Dark: Sinister|
|Tier III||40000||Dark: Destructive|
|Tier IV||67500||Dark: Loathsome|
|Tier V||100000||Dark: Malevolent|
Some items have alignment level requirements, such as Dark II or Light IV, that players must meet before they can be used. There are special vendors that offer these items. They can be found in the Supplies section of both fleets.
- Lord Davorak - Dark Side Vendor
- Lord Majzon - Galactic Command Dark Side Vendor
- Lord Vassanar - Light Side Vendor
- Lord Aayu - Galactic Command Light Side Vendor
- Vindir - Dark Side Vendor
- Master Miduis - Galactic Command Dark Side Vendor
- Mira - Light Side Vendor
- Master Gerata - Galactic Command Light Side Vendor
Dark vs. Light
Star Wars: The Old Republic - Knights of the Eternal Throne introduced a new system whereby players can choose whether they are fighting for the dark or light side of the Force. Upon doing so, all actions, including killing elite enemies, completing missions, and making story choices will contribute to the ongoing dark vs. light side war on each server.
These dark and light side choices will influence the balance of the two sides of the Force on each server, reflected on the Dark vs. Light side meter shown at the bottom of the Galactic Command interface. As one side begins to dominate, players will begin to see the impact all around them, including new world bosses that will require a concentrated effort from a large group of players to defeat.
To be declared the winner of the Dark vs. Light side war, one side must reach "Dark 5" or "Light 5". Upon winning, a few things will happen on the server based on a character's alignment. If a character is aligned with the winning side (e.g., a character is Dark side, and the Dark side won the war on a specific server), players will reap the following benefits:
- Bonus Command Experience points earned
- Access to a special cosmetic item vendor
If a character's alignment matches the losing side (e.g., a character is Light side, and the Light side lost the war), they will receive the following benefits:
- A bonus to all light side points earned
A player's galaxy will remain in a "victory state" for a period of time before the war resets. However, this time, the losing side will have an advantage to try to swing the balance back in their favor.
During the "Victory State", that side's influence can be seen and felt throughout the galaxy. Powerful bosses loyal the victor's side will appear on Tatooine, Alderaan, Hoth, and Dromund Kaas or Coruscant. On each of those worlds, there are 8-10 possible places the bosses may appear, and a 25% chance in each spawn area that the boss will stay and face battle. If the losing side can defeat these bosses they will earn bonus Command Experience as well as a chance to earn Dark or Light Tokens. For example, if the light side wins, light side bosses will randomly appear on some worlds. If dark-aligned players defeat these enemies, they have a chance to earn Dark Tokens. These tokens can be used at the special cosmetic item vendor mentioned above. During this period, the winning side earns bonus Command Experience Points, as well as their Light or Dark Tokens when they earn Command Crates.