SWTOR Game Update 6.3 “The Dark Descent” releases on April 27 2021. It brings new PvE storyline in the form of a Flashpoint called “Secrets of the Enclave” featuring Darth Malgus, new Galactic Seasons game system, new Ranked Season 14, new Double XP event and the usual tweaks, bug fixes and quality of life improvements

Note: There are no story spoilers in this article, beyond the tiny hint that Malgus will be involved, which BioWare already shared during their March Live Stream.

The SWTOR story continues with a new Flashpoint on Dantooine

BioWare is finally ready with the next story chapter (not literally a chapter, don’t worry) of SWTOR’s narrative. The Dark Descent update features a brand new Flashpoint called “Secrets of the Enclave”.

You will follow Darth Malgus’ steps leading you to Dantooine’s ancient Jedi Enclave ruins. These ruins are majorly popular location for any Knights of the Old Republic fans.

“In this new Flashpoint, players will visit the ruins of the Jedi Enclave on Dantooine in pursuit of Darth Malgus. Experience a unique story and fight different enemies based on your alliance to the Empire or the Republic. The Flashpoint’s Story-Solo Mode will not be available on PTS to avoid story spoilers. Only the Veteran Mode can be tested straight away, and the Master mode will be available at a later date.” – the official announcement states.

BioWare staff admitted that they have been looking for an opportunity to take the player to the Dantooine Enclave. It has been barely visible in the distance as you explore the Daily Area on Dantooine. Now you will be able to jump down and explore its secrets. All this while unraveling the biggest secret – why is Darth Malgus there and what is he searching for.

The Flashpoint will bring both new and old faces alongside Malgus. You can learn more about the new companions and other characters you will meet during your adventures in the Enclave in my SWTOR 6.3 live stream recap. BioWare hosted this event on March 18th 2021.

A new Galactic system will reward you for playing the game regularly

The Galactic Seasons is a brand new legacy-wide game system coming to SWTOR with the release of patch 6.3. It is a natural extension to the Daily Login Rewards system. It offers you great rare and unique rewards for completing various daily and weekly tasks marked as “Priority Objectives” in your Conquest objectives list.

The Galactic Levels system is available to all players, regardless of their current subscription status. Subscribers will level up through this new system quicker and easier and will also earn more and better rewards compared to F2P and Preferred statuses.

You can learn everything about the Galactic Seasons system in SWTOR from the in-depth guide I have prepared. It contains basic overview and explanation of how everything works, how to participate, how to earn levels and, of course, what rewards await you for leveling up and what can you get from the new Galactic Seasons vendors.

The first seasons is designed to last about 150 days or five months. It starts with the release of SWTOR Game Update 6.3. During the first season you will be able to get a brand new companion and level it up quickly to Influence Rank 50, get new outfits and cosmetic items and a lot more!

Two new Fleet Strongholds and new Stronghold cap

The Galactic Seasons system brings two new vendors on the Republic and Empire Fleets. One of them offers deeds to the brand new Fleet Penthouse Strongholds.

To get these strongholds you will need to earn special new currency called Galactic Seasons Tokens. These tokens are awarded to you in limited quantity as you go through the Galactic Season’s Leveling system.

During the course of the first Galactic Season you will be able to earn a maximum of fifteen Tokens. Each of the Republic and Empire Fleet Strongholds cost 8 tokens. This means that you will have to be careful which one you choose to unlock and decorate first, because you will be able to get the second one as early as the second Galactic Season starts.

Luckily I have a very detailed overview of the Fleet Penthouse Strongholds in SWTOR. The linked guide will help you find out everything you need to know about them, including tours in images and with video walkthroughs, so you can choose which one to get for yourself first.

Ranked Season 14 Begins with Update 6.3

As soon as SWTOR Game update 6.3 launches Ranked PvP Season 14 will begin as well. Shortly after launch all players that qualified for the top tiers rewards, will get what they have earned.

Players who participated and earned Bronze, Silver, and Gold rewards during season 13 will find their rewards waiting in their mailboxes. Top 96 players will receive their rewards in the coming days. Season 13 Ranked PvP Rewards are now available on the PvP Vendor, Giradda the Hutt, who is located on the Fleet.

Below is the full list of rewards per tier for the Ranked Season 14 competition. BioWare changed the way they announce these and instead near the end of a current season, they now reveal the rewards at the start of the new season.

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Bronze Tier

  • Bronze Season 14 Flair
  • Bronze Season 14 Battle Flag
  • Bronze Season 14 Decoration
  • Bronze Season 14 Title – [PlayerName] the Resourceful
  • 37,500 Ranked Tokens

Silver Tier

  • Silver Season 14 Flair
  • Silver Season 14 Battle Flag
  • Silver Season 14 Decoration
  • Silver Season 14 Title – [PlayerName] the Determined
  • Bronze Season 14 Title – [PlayerName] the Resourceful
  • 75,000 Ranked Tokens

Gold Tier

  • Gold Season 14 Flair
  • Gold Season 14 Battle Flag
  • Gold Season 14 Decoration
  • Gold Season 14 Title – [PlayerName] the Resolute
  • Silver Season 14 Title – [PlayerName] the Determined
  • Bronze Season 14 Title – [PlayerName] the Resourceful
  • 150,000 Ranked Tokens

Platinum Tier  – Top 96 (Top 3 of each Advanced Class on the leaderboard)

  • Platinum Season 14 Flair
  • Platinum Season 14 Title – [PlayerName] the Tenacious [AdvancedClass]
  • Ex: [PlayerName] the Tenacious Marauder
  • 225,000 Ranked Tokens
  • All previous tier rewards (not including token grants)

The list was first published on swtor.com on Monday April 26th.

SWTOR Refer a Friend program has ended

It has been so many years since BioWare introduced the Refer a Friend program to SWTOR players. You’d think this thing will never change or go away. Well, it just did.

Starting on that day, you will no longer be able to refer new players into the program via your RAF link–however any current referrals will remain in place.” – Keith Kanneg, SWTOR game director, explained.

This program allowed players to share a unique URL with their friends inviting them to try out SWTOR with a “Subscriber level” experience for a full week.

This mount was one of the rewards BioWare gave to people for inviting their friends to play the game

Unfortunately, EA was not happy with the results this program brought in and lately there have been massive exploits like rich in-game players offering Credits to other players for clicking their Referral links.

This program did not meet its goals. It was originally designed to bring fresh new blood into the game, but for one reason or another, it did not succeed. Or not as well as the company hoped it would.

Why are we closing the program down? Those who have been playing our game for years and have used the program understand that right now, RAF is not quite meeting that goal.” – Keith confirmed.

To the many people, who have used my own Referral link over the years, I hope you have enjoyed your week of Subscription-like gameplay time and I thank you for honoring me of being your Referral.

Double XP event starts on May 4th

Every year the Double XP event returns in SWTOR for May the Fourth. This day is known as the “Star Wars Day” among us fans. BioWare honors this with a few days of double experience earned event in SWTOR.

This year the event will start on May 4th and will last until May 18th. That’s two full weeks of double experience. Time to level up some new alts and experience new stories or relive good old memories!

More important changes you should know about

Below I have the full patch notes for SWTOR 6.3, but here I want to emphasize on a few notable changes that don’t fit the major categories you have been reading about so far. Still, the following are interesting and important to know about!

The Legacy Stronghold limit of fifteen will rise up to twenty with the release of SWTOR 6.3. This is most likely done due to the addition of the two new Fleet Apartments, part of the Galactic Seasons system.

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The Rishi Stronghold is one of the largest in the game!

Any new player is probably all to familiar with the struggle to unlock more cool Legacy features. BioWare is lowering the level requirements for a number of key Legacy-wide unlocks such as Legacy Fleet Pass, Legacy Travel, Rocket Boost (not Rocket Boots!) and Improved Priority Transport to your Starship. All of these will be available at much earlier Legacy level now. For any veterans like myself, this isn’t of any importance, but it doesn’t man I will skip over it.

Because of the canceled Refer a Friend program, BioWare is starting to look for ways to add to the core game the bonuses and perks it used to offer. With 6.3 all players will get for free the ability to Display Titles and Unify Colors. Yes, even Free-to-play!

A few Cartel Market armor pieces have had their appearances fixed, so they no longer clip through other items or display bugged. The list includes Cybernetic Pauldron’s set, The Patient Defender’s set, The Force Pilgrim’s set.

The refund timer of a number of eligible items will continue to run down even if your character is offline. BioWare’s Chris Schmidt gave more details on this in a forum post:

Previously, the refund timer for items purchased off of a vendor only counted down while that character was in-game. As of the 6.3 update, this will change to real time. What this means is if you purchase an item off of a vendor, and that item has a refund timer on it, the timer will count down whether that character is logged in or not.

This is in-line with how the current timer for Cartel Market items works. The ability to exchange items looted between party members in Flashpoints and Operations, which also uses a timer, will not change and count down via in-game time only.

The reason behind this change is we observed some unintended behavior where the mechanics of the refund timer were being used to store more resources than intended by limits intentionally set in order to balance the game economy’s inflows and outflows.

Preferred players can now equip their characters with items over iLevel 270 (Spoils of War Premium and Prototypes items) as intended. While Item Level 270 is just the beginning of the EndGame Vertical Progression in SWTOR, it’s nice to know that this issue has been fixed now.

One of the Tactical items used by the Dirty Fighting Gunslingers and Virulence Snipers – Ultraviolet Blast – has been redesigned. Its new bonus is now the following:

Hemorrhaging Blast / Weakening Blast finishes off all your directly applied bleed / poison effects on the target at once, dealing all their remaining damage. While the target is affected by Hemorrhaging Blast / Weakening Blast, Wounding Shots / Cull converts your lingering poison effects on the target into the original poison effects. Hemorrhaging Blast / Weakening Blast’s cooldown is increased by 6 seconds.

The start of Ranked PvP Season 14 is not the only good news for the PvP community! Not long ago BioWare took off a few of the Warzone maps from the rotation, because of performance and lag issues caused while playing on them, which affected players very badly. Thanks to a number of fixes the Huttball, Quesh Huttball and Vnadin Huttball maps are back in the map rotation.

In addition to that the PvP brackets have been merged. Instead of three, there will only be two. Players from level 1 all the way to level 74 will be matched against each other. The second bracket is the EndGame players at level 75. Horrible decision in terms of balancing, but the low level brackets are struggling a lot on several servers constantly.

On the Conquest front… yeah, we almost went a patch without a change to the Conquest system – the Guild Commendations will be rewarded for completed Planetary Invasions during the next conquest event. BioWare has also updated the way indefinitely repeatable objectives are displayed in the Achievements tracker.

SWTOR Game Update 6.3 Full Patch Notes

And if after all of this you are curious to read the full list of changes, below I have the official Patch Notes for SWTOR Game Update 6.3, as posted on swtor.com on Monday April 26 2021.

Highlights

  • New Flashpoint – Secrets of the Enclave – Experience a new story and unearth secrets that brought Darth Malgus to the Jedi Enclave ruins on Dantooine!
  • Galactic Seasons – Welcome to the first Galactic Season: “The Stranger from Kubindi.” Complete Daily and Weekly Priority Objectives to earn new rewards. More information here: Welcome to Galactic Seasons
  • Double XP for May 4th! – Running May the 4th and lasting until May 18th, enjoy two weeks full of Double XP, Valor, and Renown.
  • Ranked PvP Season 14 – Today marks the beginning of Ranked PvP Season 14. Players who participated and earned Bronze, Silver, and Gold rewards during season 13 will find their rewards waiting in their mailboxes. Top 96 players will receive their rewards in the coming days. Season 13 Ranked PvP Rewards are now available on our PvP Vendor, Giradda the Hutt, on the Fleet.

General

  • The Onderon Explorer Achievement is now working properly.
  • The Legacy Stronghold Limit has been increased to 20 (up from 15).
  • Updated the chat filter to help combat spam messages.
  • Reduced the Legacy Level Requirements of the following Convenience Unlocks:
    • Legacy Fleet Pass I, II, and III now require Legacy Level 1/5/10 (down from 5/10/15).
    • Legacy Travel I, II, and III now require Legacy Level 1/5/10 (down from 5/10/15).
    • Rocket Boost now requires Legacy Level 1 (down from 8).
    • Improved Priority Transport: Personal Starship I now requires Legacy Level 15 (down from 30).
  • All players now have access to Displaying Titles and Unifying Colors.
  • The Day 7 Login Reward crate now correctly displays an icon.
  • The chat command /sneeze now uses the Sneeze Emote as intended.
  • The chat command /bound now correctly plays the Bound Emote.
  • Corrected the following issues with the Emote window:
    • Jumping after using an emote from the window no longer repeats the emote.
    • The Cartel Market window no longer pops back after the character jumps if the player previously selected a Locked Emote.
  • The Customize Appearance tab no longer overlaps with the Character sheet.
  • Updated copy for the Customize Appearance options panel in German to avoid text-overflow.
  • Offhands are now correctly displayed when inspecting a character.
  • There is no longer an invisible Amplifier List Window preventing players from interacting with the game world while an Outfit Designer tab is active.
  • Double-clicking on Nautolan to select the species when creating a Sith Marauder now works correctly.
  • The Alignment indicator no longer goes beyond the limit at certain values.
  • The Companions & Contacts window’s hitbox has been adjusted to fit the window edges.
  • The Legacy shortcut in the top menu is now always available even if a Legacy is not unlocked yet.
  • Free-to-play and Preferred Status players no longer have higher credit costs at some vendors.
  • Free-to-play restrictions are now correctly displayed when Free-to-play players try to use the Who window.
  • Corrected environment issues in the following areas:
    • The southern part of the Jedi Library Ruins on Ossus.
    • Near the elevator to Oasis City in the Scum and Villainy Operation.
    • In the central part of the Star Chamber.
    • In the north side of “The Works” area in Divided We Fall Uprising.
    • Above the Ancient Sith Crypt on Onderon.
  • There is no longer a hole in the ground on the central side of the Axial Park, next to “Coronet Zoo” on Corellia.
  • Added a force field in The Tenebrous Hangar Deck to prevent players from falling under the map.
  • Fixed graphics issues on the sign at the entrance to Okara Droid Factory on Balmorra.

Cartel Market

  • The MTX Pack Explorer’s tabs now display correctly in German.
  • Fixed the following visual issues on the Cybernetic Pauldron’s Chestguard:
    • The shoulder pads no longer stretch when the character’s head on all body types turns to the side.
    • The skirt on the back of the chestguard now lies more smoothly on female characters.
  • To alleviate clipping issues, facial hair is now hidden on all male body types on every race that has a beard feature when wearing the following helmets:
    • The Cybernetic Pauldron’s Headgear.
    • The Force Pilgrim’s Mask (excluding mustaches).
  • The tooltip of the Patient Defender’s Armor Set in the Collections and Storefront now correctly mentions that it has two types of chest pieces.
  • Corrected the following issues on the Patient Defender’s Armor Set:
    • The Patient Defender’s Helmet is no longer clipping with the ears of Cathar species on body types 1, 2, and 3.
    • The Patient Defender’s Helmet is no longer clipping with Rattataki’s piercings on all body types.
    • The cape from the Patient Defender’s Chest piece is no longer clipping with the rest of the armor on all body types.
  • Corrected several issues on the Force Pilgrim’s Armor Set:
    • To alleviate clipping issues, the Miraluka’s masks are now hidden when wearing the Force Pilgrim’s Mask on all body types.
    • The Force Pilgrim’s Hood no longer clips with the character’s skin on all body types.

Items + Economy

  • The refund timer of eligible items no longer pauses while the player is offline.
  • Removed the incorrect decoration listing of “Datacron: Dark Vs Light” under Furniture/Arrangements.
  • Changed the “Infamous Mercenary Armor Set” to “Infamous Bounty Hunter Armor Set” in Collections and on the Storefront in order to match the item name.
  • Preferred players can now equip their characters with items over iLevel 270 (Spoils of War Premium and Prototypes items) as intended.
  • The Character Rename item now correctly allows names with special characters or diacritics.

Classes +Combat

Jedi Knight

Sentinel

Sentinel Tacticals

Combat

  • The Fanged God Form Tactical no longer mentions rage instead of focus in the tooltip.

Jedi Consular

Sage

  • The Inner Strength passive Ability now has an icon.

Smuggler

Gunslinger

Gunslinger Tacticals

Dirty Fighting

Dirty Fighting Tacticals

  • The Ultraviolet Blast Tactical has been redesigned and its effect has changed to:
    • Hemorrhaging Blast finishes off all your directly applied bleed effects on the target at once, dealing all their remaining damage. While the target is affected by Hemorrhaging Blast, Wounding Shots converts your lingering bleed effects on the target into the original bleed effects. Hemorrhaging Blast’s cooldown is increased by 6 seconds.

Imperial Agent

Sniper

Sniper Tacticals

Virulence

Virulence Tacticals

  • The Ultraviolet Blast Tactical has been redesigned and its effect has changed to:
    • Weakening Blast finishes off all your directly applied poison effects on the target at once, dealing all their remaining damage. While the target is affected by Weakening Blast, Cull converts your lingering poison effects on the target into the original poison effects. Weakening Blast’s cooldown is increased by 6 seconds.

Trooper

Commando

Commando Tacticals

  • The extra damage from the Energized Charges Tactical is now correctly applied to Commandos.

Flashpoints, Uprisings and Operations

General

  • The following Flashpoint missions can now be shared in Story Mode:
    • Assault on Tython
    • Battle of Ilum
    • Battle of Rishi
    • Blood Hunt
    • Boarding Party
    • The Esseles
    • The Foundry
    • The False Emperor
    • Korriban Incursion
    • Maelstrom Prison
    • Taral V
  • Activity Finder no longer matches players below level 75 with Flashpoints they can’t access, including:
    • Objective Meridian
    • The Spirit of Vengeance
  • Lost Island and Kaon Under Siege have returned to the Activity Finder in Veteran Mode starting at level 50.

Flashpoints

Kaon Under Siege

  • Melarra is no longer below the platform preventing players from interacting with her in the Kaon Under Siege Flashpoint.

Star Fortress

  • The Star Fortress bosses in Veteran Mode are now correctly dropping loot.
  • Fixed an issue that could cause the EPHEMERIS encounter to break if reinforcement waves from the elevators are killed too quickly.
  • Star Fortress Heroic Mode is now rewarding credits in addition to Experience and Renown Points.

The Spirit of Vengeance

  • Players defeated by the Ash’ad Sharpshooter trap no longer respawn at the beginning of the Spirit of Vengeance Flashpoint, preventing them from progressing in the Flashpoint.
  • Players are no longer stuck in combat with the Ash’ad Sharpshooters after falling through the trap door in the Spirit of Vengeance Flashpoint.
  • Bask Sunn is no longer using the Skytrooper death explosion animation in the Spirit of Vengeance Flashpoint.
  • Corrected Gorga Brak’s behavior in the Spirit of Vengeance Flashpoint – Master Mode:
    • Gorga Brak is now immune to interrupts.
    • Gorga Brak now only gains a stack of Stand and Fight if the player escapes his Immobilize effect while using Full Auto.
  • Heta Kol is now properly spawning a loot chest after being defeated.
  • Troya Ajak is no longer missing the visual effects of the Songbird Volley and Songbird Salvo projectiles in the Spirit of Vengeance Flashpoint.
  • Made the following balance adjustments to the Spirit of Vengeance Flashpoint Solo-Story and Solo mode:
    • Reduced damage of Gorga Brak and Bask Sunn.
    • Reduced health of strong and elite enemies.
    • Reduced health of strong and elite enemies.

Operations

The Nature of Progress

  • Fixed an issue where a Lit Neutralizer Flare would stop functioning if the player who threw it moved more than 70m away from the initial position in The Nature of Progress Operation.
  • Players can no longer stand on the center platform of the Apex Vanguard room without suffering damage after the first battery is removed in The Nature of Progress Operation, as intended.
  • The Apex Vanguard now becomes angry if players attempt to run from it while ignoring Darkness Overdrive in The Nature of Progress Operation.
  • Corrected the following issues on the Ventilation Station in the Nature of Progress Operation:
    • Early activation of the Ventilation Station within a very specific timing window no longer breaks the Red Venom Cloud mechanic for the remainder of the encounter.
    • Reduced the active duration of the Ventilation Station to 10s to align with the visual duration of the spinning fans.

Uprisings

  • The Healing terminals in Uprisings now have names.

Galactic Starfighter

General

  • Remote Slicing now requires line of sight and the amount of Engine Drain suffered is reduced by half.

Missions + NPCs

  • World Bosses now reward 25 Tech Fragments and 1 World Boss Equipment Crate to each player at level 75, instead of being shared amongst all players.
  • The mission indicator for the step “Rendezvous with Zenith” of the Jedi Consular’s Mission “Passing the Torch” now points correctly to the next step.
  • Added an indicator to the usable datapad to increase its visibility at the step “Return to Lana Beniko on Vaiken Spacedock” in “Forged Alliances: Part III” Mission.
  • The ship blaster fire is now correctly displayed in the space battle during Echoes of Oblivion.
  • A duplicate Kira Carsen no longer appears at the “Speak with Kira Carsen” step of Echoes of Oblivion.
  • The NPC “Sandor” is no longer flying above the ground on Dromund Kaas.
  • Players without a current target no longer continually auto-target nearby friendly NPCs who are engaged in combat in Chapter VIII of Knights of the Eternal Throne.
  • The text of Space Combat Mission rewards now correctly mentions Renown Points instead of Command Points.

Warzones

General

  • PvP brackets have been merged into two brackets instead of three: 1-74 and 75.
  • After several performance adjustments bringing them more on-par with the classic Huttball map, Queshball and Vandin Huttball are now back in the PvP Map Rotation.
  • It is no longer possible to get stuck on the terminals in the Tatooine Canyon Arena Map.
  • Fixed a typo in the description of the Season 3 Mount Achiever Achievement.
  • PvP target dummies from the following locations no longer incorrectly have Expertise applied:
    • Starter planets
    • Capital worlds
    • Fleets
    • Personal ships
  • Characters with lower than iRating 306 gear no longer have higher stats than characters in 306 iRating gear in PvP Modes.
  • Mandalorian Battle Ring Arena has been temporarily removed from the PvP Arena rotation while we investigate reports of players randomly dying throughout the area.

Events

All Worlds Ultimate Swoop Rally

  • There is now an animation in the daily cinematics for Pit Screamers for the following planets:
    • Onderon
    • Dantooine
    • Tatooine
  • The last yellow gate for the gangs’ Bonus Timer Achievements on the following planets has been moved behind the finish line:
    • Tatooine
    • Onderon
    • Dantooine (moved in a previous update, 6.2.1)

Nar Shaddaa Nightlife

  • The Nightlife Event decoration “Floor Trap – Fire” is now correctly lined-up with the Stronghold hooks.

Conquests

  • Guild Commendations are now rewarded for completed Planetary Invasions during the next conquest event.
  • Infinitely repeatable Conquest objectives in the personal conquest window are now correctly updated to match the Achievements tracker.

SWTOR 6.3 The Dark Descent Story Teaser

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