This guide will show and explain how the Galactic Season’s Credit Catch-Up system will function in SWTOR and what you can do with it!
The First Galactic Season in SWTOR is underway at the time of this publication, What you will read below may not apply to future seasons.
BioWare launched the Galactic Seasons system with SWTOR Game Update 6.3. This system is designed to inspire players to play and replay content in the game on regular basis and earn complimentary rewards for their activities.
From the moment the system launched, you have been allowed to purchase Galactic Season levels with Cartel Coins. If you had the money/coins, you could unlock the entire season’s worth of rewards right away. I calculated how much you would need in my Galactic Seasons Guide.
What is the Credit Catch-Up system?
The Credit Catch-Up System for SWTOR’s first Galactic Season starts on May 27th. From this day on in the next ninety-five (95) days one additional Galactic Season Level will become available for unlocking with the in-game currency – Credits. Starting May 27th, BioWare begins unlocking one Galactic Level per day.
This system is meant to help those of you, who do not participate in the Galactic Season’s activities regularly. If you have not been doing your Daily and Weekly Priority Objectives, you may need this alternative method of gaining levels to guarantee yourself full success when the season ends.
If you are a Subscriber, you earn Galactic Season XP much quicker than Preferred and Free-to-play. Still, the margin for inactivity during the season is not big.
If you are just joining the farm and if you are not a Subscriber on top of that, you will most likely desperately need some form of a catch-up system.
And let’s not forget – one of the main goals of the Credit Catch-Up system is to serve as a Credit Sink. BioWare designs systems like that from time to time in an attempt to balance out the economy in the game and to extract at least a portion of the crazy amounts of Credits generated by the players.
How Credit Catch-Up works?
After May 27th 2021 and in the next ninety-five consecutive days there will be one additional level available for you to catch up to with Credits.
On Thursday, May 27th at 12:00 pm GMT Level 1 of the Galactic Season becomes available. On May 28th at noon GMT Level 2 becomes available.
This means that if you have not been playing SWTOR and have not earned any Galactic Season XP. you will be eligible to unlock Level 1 with Credits starting May 27th.
Here is a quick break-down of the first few levels per day to give you a better idea:
- May 27th, 12:00 pm – Level 1 becomes unlockable with Credits
- May 28th, 12:00 pm – Level 2 becomes unlockable with Credits
- May 29th, 12:00 pm – Level 3 becomes unlockable with Credits
- May 30th, 12:00 pm – Level 4 becomes unlockable with Credits
- May 31th, 12:00 pm – Level 5 becomes unlockable with Credits
- This continues until Level 95 becomes unlockable.
The rest of the Levels up to 100 you will have to earn on your own if you want the rewards.
How to tell when which Galactic System level becomes unlockable?
When you can unlock a Level via the Credit Catch-Up system, it will show the Credit icon on the Level(s) with the phrase “Catch-Up”. When you click on that you will be asked if you want to spend Credits or Cartel Coins.
Who can use this System?
If you are above Reward Level 1 when Catch-Up launches (May 27th), you will not see any change in the Galactic Seasons UI for your characters. If you are new to Galactic Seasons starting on the 27th, you will see Reward Level 1 as an eligible Catch-Up.
Every day a new level unlocks. If at any point during the season you fall behind the current unlockable level, you will be able to catch-up using Credits.
Example: If you have unlocked the Rewards up to Level 12 in the Galactic Season on May 27th, you will not be able to pay with credits to catch up to a higher level on that day. If you remain Level 12 for, say, two weeks, you will then be able to pay with Credits to unlock a couple of new levels that are unlockable with Credits.
If you have been playing the game regularly, chances are you have also unlocked a number of Galactic Season Levels and claimed the rewards. This system will do nothing for you if you do your Priority Objectives and play the game regularly.
This system is intended as a means for players who find themselves coming in late to the Season or falling behind in the progression a chance to catch back up. If you never encounter it, you can rest assured that you are making ample progress in the Season!
How much does Credit Catch-Up cost?
The cost of each Galactic Level works in a similar way as with the Cartel Coins. The amount stacks and multiplies against a base cost. The base Credit cost is 175,000 Credits. Unlike the Jump Ahead cost, however, the cost of each additional Credit Catch-Up grows at an exponential rate.
Below is a list of the first ten Galactic System Levels you can unlock:
Catch-Up #1 = 175,000
Catch-Up #2 = 494,974
Catch-Up #3 = 909,326
Catch-Up #4 = 1,400,000
Catch-Up #5 = 1,956,559
Catch-Up #6 = 2,571,964
Catch-Up #7 = 3,241,045
Catch-Up #8 = 3,959,798
Catch-Up #9 = 4,725,000
Catch-Up #10 = 5,533,986
Note that these are not Galactic System Levels from 1 to 10. These are any first ten levels you use credits to catch-up to during the course of the season.
This guide is based on SWTOR’s David Staats’ forum post announcing the arrival of the Credit Catch-Up System and giving basic understanding of how it works.
For an in-depth course of what is the SWTOR Galactic Season system, check out the dedicated guide for it.