SWTOR Smuggler Companion Info and Tips Guide



SWTOR Smuggler Companion Info and Tips Guide by Saviorofcamelot

I wrote this guide rather quickly and intentionally tried to leave out anything that might come off as a spoiler. It’s kinda hard to give character info/descriptions when you’re trying to keep some things a secret so I still have to work on fixing a few things but the mods were nice enough to toss a “sticky” on it and I hope it helps some of you when using your Smuggler companions.

Each class gets different types of companions and those companions can deal damage, tank (hold agro) or heal. There has been a lot of debate as to what Smuggler companion can do what so I am going to go through and break down what they do and what type of gear works best for them.

Please be AWARE that all companions have good uses and bad uses. None of the companions are truly bad but there may be times that you will want to swap companions based on the type of fight you are about to engage in.

Simple Breakdown…

Corso = Single Target Tank
Bowdaar = AoE Tank
Risha = Single Target DPS
Akaavi = AoE DPS
GUSS = Healer

CORSO RIGGS

Corso is the first companion you get. Corso is a ranged tank that does decent damage, has a few AoE attacks and can pull enemies away from other enemies.

Role: Ranged Tank
Armor: All (Heavy is best)
Weapons: Blaster Rifle, Blaster Pistol
Primary Stat: AIM
Most Helpful Bonus Stats: +Defense, +Shield, +Accuracy

Combat Tactics

If you are planning on spamming grenades you will want to turn off Corso’s Harpoon Shot because this attack reduces AoE damage. If you are planning on playing a Scoundrel that likes to shoot people in the back I would recommend leaving this shot on because it normally leaves you in a perfect position to start unloading shots into the backside of whatever he is fighting.

Aside from how you utilize his Harpoon Shot he is a straight forward tank that holds agro while you heal or attack.

Gear & Stats

IMPORTANT! Corso DOES NOT come with a weapon that you can modify. You’ll probably want to consider buying him a new one once you earn some commendations and maybe consider buying him a new green one once you arrive at your second planet.

Corso wears Heavy Armor and uses AIM as a primary stat. As you gain levels you will eventually give Corso gear that has +Defense and +Shield if you want him to tank or you will give him +Accuracy and +Defense if you want him to be a DPS’ing style tank.

PLEASE NOTE: Corso is losing his “Harpoon Shot” in patch 1.2. Instead of PULLING enemies to him he will now rocket boost (jump) to them. This obviously changes his functionality a little bit but until 1.2 goes LIVE I can’t really offer comments about it.

BOWDAAR – The unbeatable WOOKIE!

Bowdaar is a Wookie melee tank that you get around level 24 but a lot of people seem to think he is a worthless tank. While a lot of people think Bowdaar is worthless I have used Bowdaar to tank entire flashpoints when we couldn’t find a tank and he did it successfully (without dying at all and without any of us dying).

Role: Melee Tank
Armor: All (Heavy works best)
Weapons: Vibrosword
Primary Stat: Strength (STR)
Most Useful Bonus Stats: + Defense, +Shield, +Accuracy

Combat Tactics

Bowdaar has an ability called “wookie toss” that makes him throw enemies around. The ability looks really funny when he uses it but he throws people around randomly and this can sometimes cause him to throw enemies into other enemies and that normally leads to instant death. You’ll want to turn this ability off and use it manually when you aren’t in confined spaces.

Bowdaar is a tank but he does have a DPS stance and putting him in +Defense and +Critical gear makes him tank/kill entire groups of enemies pretty easily. This option only works well for healers though as Gunslingers will find that Bowdaar dies way too quickly since they can’t heal him during fights like a Scoundrel can.

Gear & Stats

Bowdaar wears heavy armor and focuses on STR as his primary stat. At later levels you will add +Defense and +Accuracy for general tanking or you will add +Defense and +Shield if you want him to become a truly awesome AoE tank (I use +Defense and +Crit since I am a healer but I would use +Defense and +Shield if I was a DPS Gunslinger).

IMPORTANT! Bowdaar comes with really crappy gear that favors +END. Most tanking gear favors +END and +STR (maybe +AIM for ranged tanks) but Bowdaars starting gear favors the +END way too much. You’ll want to replace the absurdly high +END with some mods that balance +END and +STR.

IMPORTANT! Bowdaar often has multiple enemies attacking him and this results in him losing health very quickly. You may think he is a weaker tank but once you stop and see how many people he it tanking at once he suddenly seems a lot tougher (if Corso had 10 people attacking him he would die pretty quickly too).

RISHA

Risha is the first DPS character you get around level 32. Risha uses a sniper rifle and does very high single target ranged damage while also having a few ranged AoE abilities.

Role: Ranged DPS
Armor: Light & Medium (Medium works best)
Weapons: Sniper Rifle
Primary Stat: Cunning
Most Useful Bonus Stats: +Critical, +Surge, +Accuracy

Combat Tactics

Risha works best in Sniper Mode because it increases her single target DPS. Since Risha is single-target DPS you will TEAM attack and kill mobs very quickly. If you’re a healer you often end up tanking while Risha attacks stuff because you draw agro the moment you start healing her. She can’t taunt enemies off you like Corso and Bowdaar can so you’ll have to wait till she kills her current target before she pulls agro off you or you can manually change her target so she starts attacking whatever enemy it is that is attacking you.

Risha has an ability that can buff her critical chance and an ability that can buff her defense chance. These abilities share a cooldown and I normally leave them on PASSIVE and then trigger them manually.

When fighting a boss I normally wait a few seconds to see what level of damage it is that she is taking. If she isn’t taking much damage I will trigger her critical increase and if she is getting slaughtered I usually trigger her defense increase.

Gear & Stats

Risha focuses on Cunning just like we do and that makes her a little easier to gear. At later levels you will want to focus on increasing her DPS so you will give her gear with +Critical and +Surge. If you have enough at the end you may also consider increasing her Accuracy too.

AKAAVI SPAR

Akaavi Spar is a melee DPS that we get around level 35. Akaavi is DPS just like Risha but Akaavi leaps into groups of enemies and uses AoE explosions and fire attacks to combat multiple enemies at once.

Role: Melee DPS
Armor: All (Heavy works best)
Weapons: Techstaff, Techblade
Primary Stat: AIM
Most Helpful Bonus Stats: +Critical, +Surge, +Accuracy

Combat Tactics

Akaavi has a stance to increase armor penetration and a stance that causes her attacks to cause a Damage Over Time (DoT) bleeding effect.

Akaavi is my personal favorite and I leave her in her DoT stance. I throw her into groups of enemies with all of her abilities active and watch her quickly murder group after group after group. She is capable of fighting multiple mobs at once and she can even take down multiple Elites or Strongs at the same time (you need to heal her constantly in those fights).

Gear & Stats

Akaavi wears heavy armor and focuses on the AIM stat. Akaavi uses a Techstaff or a Techblade and those weapons are sometimes very hard to get. Akaavi is a very effective companion for both tanking and DPS but the fact her weapons are so rare sometimes makes her frustrating to use.

As far as gear sets go… I always carry two sets of gear for Akaavi.

I have one set of gear that focuses on +Critical and +Surge and I have another set of gear that has +Defense and +Accuracy. It took awhile to get two armor sets but I swap them out for different fights… If I am fighting trash I use the DPS set and if I am fighting multiple strongs I put her in the tanking gear.

EDIT: Risha starts with a 5% base defense chance but Akaavi actually starts with a 0%. I don’t know if this is just a typo or if she actually has 0% defense… As it stands right now I leave her defensive ability on so she can boost her defensive abilities to 50% every 2 minutes.

Final Note:

Corso and Risha are great at fighting 1v1 but Bowdaar and Akaavi are great at fighting multiple mobs at the same time. If you want a single target tank you should consider using Corso. If you want a single target DPS queen you should consider using Risha. If you want an AoE tank you should consider using Bowdaar and if you want an AoE DPS you should consider using Akaavi.

I will point out that I didn’t discuss GUSS but that is because GUSS is a healer and I don’t ever use him because I play as a healer. I’m sure there are plenty of other people that can offer some info about GUSS but anything I might say is pointless since I don’t use him.

If anyone else has some insights about Guss or info they wish to add about the companions I mentioned I hope you’ll add your thoughts below.

Debate: Companions seem to use “auto attack” abilities more frequently because their abilities have such long cooldown times and +Accuracy is useful for increasing the effectiveness of auto attacks. While our characters may not need much +Accuracy it is certainly useful to give +Accuracy to companions.

Frequently Asked “Companion” Questions…

Can I change the way my companion looks? Yes you can! If memory serves me correctly you can buy some Companion Customization’s on Corellia that will change the way Corso, Bowdaar and Risha look. Someone has also informed me that there should be a vendor on Belsavis that sells additional customization’s. They start at 12,500 credits…

Why does my new companion keep dying? Most companions have really bad starter gear and you’ll want to stop and buy them new armor as soon as you get them. You’ll also want to remember to get them some implants and an earpiece while getting them some new armor (people frequently forget to equip implants and the earpiece). If you can’t find earpieces or implants that are perfect for them it doesn’t matter because the +Endurance is really all that matters in the early stages. As you level up you will eventually get specialty items and then you can replace the trash ones you initially purchased.

Should I waste time upgrading armor? It is very important to upgrade the armor/weapons that your companions carry.

I have noticed that it costs around the same to buy new modifications as it does to buy all new armor pieces so you may find it easier to buy NEW armor whenever you can instead of worrying about individual item modifications. I normally just buy ALL NEW stuff until I find a suit if armor or a weapon that I really like and then I start buying upgrades instead of buying new armor.

Should I keep the best upgrades for myself? There is no easy answer to this question…

As a healer that does a lot of solo’ing I have found it better to give my companions the best gear instead of keeping it for myself. My companions do 99.9% of the killing so I need to keep them geared VERY well or it takes them forever to kill stuff.

If you are DPS or plan on doing a lot of grouping you’ll likely want to keep the best stuff for yourself and if you’re healing you will probably want to give your companions the best stuff. Distributing gear/mods equally is likely best but you’ll have to toy around with it and see what works best for YOU.

How do I keep all my companions geared? You’ll likely have trouble gearing all of your companions at once so it is best to focus on only gearing 1 or 2. When you get to higher levels you will find yourself earning more money and then you can start toying around with gearing up all your companions…

TIP: At level 40 you can buy customizable armor and weapons from PVP vendors. I spent a lot of time doing PvP at 38-40 and then used the PvP Commendations I got to buy my companions a completely new set of level 40 armor. Before that I only had 1 or 2 fully geared but once I got above 40 I had all of them geared equally thanks to the PvP Armor and that really helped when I started doing quests again.

Other Star Wars: The Old Republic (SWTOR) Articles
PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds Useful Tips
Stellaris Beating The Contingency Guide
Overwatch D.Va Micro Missiles Guide
Destiny Legendary Guns Comprehensive Guide
Destiny Savathun’s Song Nightfall Guide
Destiny Ghost Shell List By Type and Location
Starting To Dress Well In-Depth Guide
How To Grow Any Instagram Account Guide
Mobile Legends Split Pushing Guide
Mobile Legends Outplaying Your Opponent Guide
Mobile Legends Using Skeleton King Effectively Guide
Mobile Legends Advanced and Hidden Mechanics
Mobile Legends Items And Stats List
Mobile Legends Zhao Yun Guide
Mobile Legends Yi Sun-Shin AP/ADC Hybrid Guide
Mobile Legends Tigreal Guide
Mobile Legends Tigreal Tips and Builds
Mobile Legends Saber Tips
Mobile Legends Saber Guide
Mobile Legends Ruby Glorious Legends Guide
Mobile Legends Ruby Tank Build Guide
Mobile Legends Ruby Guide
Mobile Legends Ruby Tips
Mobile Legends Roger Guide
Mobile Legends Rafaela Basics and Fun Builds Guide
Mobile Legends Rafaela Tips
Mobile Legends Rafaela Ice Build Guide
Mobile Legends Natalia Solo Queue Guide
Mobile Legends Nana AD Carry Build
Mobile Legends Nana Support Build
Mobile Legends Moskov GL Guide
Mobile Legends Moskov Guide
Mobile Legends Miya Solo Q Carry Guide
Mobile Legends Minotaur Guide
Mobile Legends Lolita Guide
Mobile Legends Layla GL Guide
Mobile Legends Karina Guide
Mobile Legends Kagura Guide
Mobile Legends Johnson Guide
Mobile Legends Harley Quick Guide
Mobile Legends Gord Build
Mobile Legends Franco Guide
Mobile Legends Fanny Tips
Mobile Legends Fanny Hybrid Guide
Mobile Legends Eudora Epic Guide
Mobile Legends Eudora Guide
Mobile Legends Estes Guide
Mobile Legends Jungle Cyclops Fast Guide
Mobile Legends Cyclops Legend Guide
Mobile Legends Clint Guide
Mobile Legends Chou Legend In-depth Guide
Mobile Legends Chou Legend Guide
Mobile Legends Bruno Build Guide
Mobile Legends Bane Guide
Mobile Legends Alucard Rank Burst Build Guide
Mobile Legends Alucard Guide
Mobile Legends Alice Guide
Mobile Legends Alpha Guide
Mobile Legends Solo Q Guide
Mobile Legends How to Climb the Ladder Guide
Mobile Legends Solo Ranked to GL Guide
Mobile Legends Marksmen Tips
Mobile Legends Useful Tips
Mobile Legends New Player Mistakes to Avoid
Mobile Legends Tips for Ranked Games
Mobile Legends Basic Tips and Guide to Playing Better
Mobile Legends Lane Management Guide
Mobile Legends Picking Your Main Role Guide
Mobile Legends Team Composition and Set Up Guide
Clash Royale Ladder Climbing Psychology Guide
Clash Royale Sparkynado Guide
Fortnite Character Tier List
Vainglory Reaching Bronze Guide
Clash Royale Spell Bait Deck Guide
Clash Royale Princess Ultimate Guide
PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds Hidden Mechanics and Tips
Clash Royale Cannon Cart Guide
Overwatch Soldier 76 Training Complete Resources List
PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds Solo Guide from Rank 500 Player
CS:GO Max FPS Nvidia 3D Settings
Overwatch D.va Self Destruct Detailed Guide
Overwatch Finding the Correct Sensitivity Guide
Overwatch Aiming Better Complete Guide
Overwatch Choosing Crosshairs Guide
Albion Online PvP Combat and Weapons T4 Transition Guide
Albion Online Mage Weapons Guide
Albion Online Warrior Weapons Guide
Albion Online Hunter Weapons Guide
Rocket League Skills Needed To Rank Up To Gold
Albion Online Gathering Complete Guide
Albion Online Gathering Beginner to Expert Tips
PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds Solo Player’s In-Depth Guide
Overwatch Playing With Sombra On Your Team Guide
League of Legends Riven Kit and Combos Complete Guide
Clash Royale Terminology and Dictionary
Overwatch Grandmaster Roadhog Guide
Overwatch Sombra Tips and Guide
Vainglory Heroes and Roles Guide
Brawl Stars Bo Guide
Mobile Legends Lapu-Lapu Best Build Guide
World of Warships Yorck Guide
Brawl Stars Beginner’s Guide
Clash Royale How to Datamine Guide
Clash Royale The Log In-depth Guide
Clash Royale Trophy Pushing and Tilt Avoiding Guide
Clash Royale Snowballing Strategy Guide
Overwatch D.Va Advanced Guide
World of Warships Operations 5 Stars Guide
Overwatch Beating Legendary Uprising Full Guide
Overwatch Headshot Hitbox Guide
CS:GO Being An In Game Leader (IGL) Guide
CS:GO Improving For All Players In Depth Guide
Overwatch Pharah Rocket Aiming and Predictions Guide
Overwatch Pharah Target Priorities Guide
Clash Royale Knight In Depth Guide
How To Pay Less For Clothes Guide
Light Jackets Comprehensive Men’s Fashion Guide
World of Warships Torpedo Reaction Time List
Clash Royale Using Off Meta Decks Guide
Clash Royale Freeze Spell Ultimate Guide
Clash Royale EsoPa Miner Poison Deck Guide
Clash Royale Macro Play and Decision Making Guide
Clash Royale Why Are Low Elixir Cost Cards ‘Better’?
Clash Royale Lane Sealing Guide
Clash Royale Card Synergies Ultimate Guide
Clash Royale Building A Draft Challenge Deck for 12 Wins
Overwatch Winston Complete Guide
Steam How to Download Older Versions Of Games
Yu-Gi-Oh! Flower Cardians Guide
World of Warships New Captain Skills Guide
Overwatch Zenyatta In-Depth Guide
Heroes of the Storm Alarak Guide
Heroes of the Storm Nazeebo Guide
Heroes of the Storm Lucio Beginner’s Guide
Pokemon Go Defeating Blissey Guide
FIFA 17 Getting One Million Coins Guide
FIFA 17 Bronze Pack Method Guide
Overwatch Pharah Tips Versus Hit Scans
Clash Royale Graveyard Basic Guide
Overwatch Sombra Map Viability Guide
Overwatch Using Whole Hog Guide
Battlefield 1 Tanker Tips and Tricks
FIFA 17 Useful Tips for All Players
Pokemon Sun and Moon Breeding Shiny Pokemon Guide
Overwatch Why You Are Not Getting Healed
Clash Royale Lane Pressure Comprehensive Guide
Clash Royale Countering Graveyard Freeze Combo Guide
Clash Royale Pekka Guide
Overwatch Advanced Tips from a Master Player
Clash Royale Bomber Guide
Clash Royale Goblin Barrel Guide
Overwatch Working With Your Healers Guide
Battlefield 1 Medic Guns Guide
FFXIV Savage Raiding Tips
Puzzle & Dragons Radar Dragons Guide
RuneScape Merching Guide
Pokemon Sun and Moon Post Game Activities List
Pokemon Sun and Moon Competitive Breeding Guide
Overwatch 3v3 Mode Comprehensive Guide
MapleStory V Matrix Optimization Guide for All Classes
LoL AD Carry Laning Tips
Clash Royale Deck Building Tips from Pros
Heroes of the Storm Tips for Ranked Play
Pokemon Go Tips for Playing More Efficiently
Overwatch Roadhog In-Depth Guide
Heroes of the Storm Abathur Advanced Tips
Heroes of the Storm Common Hero Mistakes
Overwatch Roadhog Tips and Tricks
Paragon Jungling Tips
Paragon Countess Build and Guide
LoL Leaguecraft 101 Summaries
Pokemon Sun and Moon Poke Pelago Comprehensive Guide
LoL How To Un-tilt Yourself Guide
Clash Royale Inferno Dragon Strategy Guide
Clash Royale Counter Elite Barbarians Guide
Battlefield 1 Destroying Heavy Tanks Guide
Clash Royale Electro Wizard Challenge Tips
Paragon Carry Role Murdock Guide
Paragon Countess Ability Penetration Guide
Paragon Bronze To Top 100 Advice
Paragon Complete Cards List
Paragon Ward Placement Guide
Pokemon Sun and Moon Making Most of Festival Plaza
Heroes of the Storm Rexxar Guide
Heroes of the Storm Climbing Out of Low Ranks Guide
Heroes of the Storm Zarya Comprehensive Guide
Pokemon Sun and Moon Island Scan Guide
Pokemon Sun and Moon Festival Plaza Guide
Pokemon Sun and Moon Bottle Cap Farming Guide
Pokemon Sun and Moon Get a Salamence In The Beginning Guide
Pokemon Sun and Moon Getting Perfect Chaining Smeargle Guide
Pokemon Sun and Moon Level to 100 in 2 Hours Guide
Pokemon Sun and Moon High Levels Experience Guide
Guild Wars 2 Ascended Gearing Guide
Dota 2 Playing A Good Support Early Game Guide
Dota 2 Support’s Items Complete Guide
Clash Royale Furnace Complete Guide
Clash Royale Graveyard Comprehensive Guide
CS:GO Becoming A Smarter Player Guide
Heroes of the Storm Map Strategies
Clash Royale Miner Complete Guide
Heroes of the Storm How To Lane Guide
Heroes of the Storm Beginner’s Complete Guide
Overwatch Junkrat Team Oriented Play Guide
Clash Royale Lava Hound Basic Guide
Overwatch Carrying As Support Guide
Battlefield 1 Important Tips
Overwatch Hero Meta Tier List
Rocket League Offensive Positioning and Rotation Guide
Repairing Your Credit Score Guide
Pokemon Sun and Moon Demo All Obtainable Items Guide
Destiny Skeleton Key Chest Loot Chart
Destiny PvP Guide to Getting Good
Destiny Heroic Wrath of the Machine Easy Guide
Overwatch Mercy In-Depth Guide
Dragon Nest What To Do After Level 93
Dragon Nest Leveling 1 to 93 Guide
Dragon Nest What Class to Play Guide
Elite Dangerous Weapon Damage Stats List
Elite Dangerous Fixed Weapons Guide
Elite Dangerous Circle Strafing Guide
Heroes of the Storm Low Tier Ranked Climbing Guide
Destiny Light Level Boosting Caps List
WoW Legion Mythic Dungeons Tips and Guide
WoW Legion Classes Overview Which to Pick Guide
Path of Exile Identifying Valuable Items Guide
LoL Vi Advanced Tips and Tricks
Yu-Gi-Oh! Ojamas Guide
War Thunder Best Tier 4 Grinders Guide
Duelyst Swarm Abyssian Guide
Duelyst Solo Challenge Solutions Guide
Duelyst Budget Lilithe Decklist and Guide
Duelyst Backstabhai S-Rank Deck Guide
Clash Royale Musketeer and Ice Spirit Techniques and Combos
Clash Royale Ice Golem Advanced Techniques and Combos
Overwatch Peripherals, Settings and Posture Guide
Overwatch Streamers To Watch for Each Hero
Destiny Power Level Past 365 Light Guide
Osu! Improving Yourself Guide
Destiny 365 Light Without Fireteam Guide
Evolve Competitive Perks Setup For All Roles
Evolve Hunter Tips and Advice
Evolve Assault Competitive Perks Guide
Pokemon Go Getting Maximum Coins From Gyms Guide
Clash Royale Giant Bowler Decks and Counters Guide
Clash Royale Lava Hound Ultimate Guide
Clash Royale How to Use Every Legendary Guide
Clash Royale Mega Minion Guide
Clash Royale Inferno Dragon Guide
Rocket League Ground Dribbling and Flicks Guide
Hearthstone How to Practice Effectively Guide
Destiny Wrath of the Machine Loot and Locations Guide
Destiny Wrath of the Machine Comprehensive Guide
Overwatch Lucio Healing Guide
SWTOR Warzone Mechanics Guide
Black Desert Online Grind Spots Etiquette Guide
MH Generations Monster Drops Getting What You Want Guide
Overwatch Playing Against Mei Guide
Overwatch Zarya Energy Guide
Pokemon Go Important Tips Guide
Overwatch Ana Healing Guide
Pokemon Go Countering Less Common Gym Defenders
Pokemon Go Countering Dragonite and Snorlax
Pokemon Go Base Catch and Flee Rates
Destiny Reputation Guide for Leveling
Summoners War Trial of Ascension Full Guide
SMITE Xing Tian’s Mountain Guide
War Thunder Flight Energy Guide
Clash Royale Sparky Elixir Management Guide
Overwatch Getting Good with Reinhardt Guide
Clash Royale Ice Spirit Strategy Guide
Overwatch Achievement Guide
Overwatch Healing Guide
Pokemon Go Weave DPS Best Movesets Guide
Pokemon Go Countering Grass Type Gym Defenders
Clash Royale All Tank Units Guide
Pokemon Go Holding Gyms For 5 Days Guide
Overwatch Lucio Speed Buff Guide
Overwatch Bastion Tips
Clash Royale Log Spell Guide
Pokemon Go Countering Water Type Gym Defenders
Pokemon Go Countering Fire Type Gym Defenders
Pokemon Go Buddy System Distance Per Candy List
Clash Royale Using Each Card on Defense Guide
Overwatch Genji Dragonblade Guide
Overwatch Reinhardt Guide
Overwatch Being Nano-Boosted by Ana Guide
Overwatch Mercy Detailed Guide
Evolve Renegade Abe Guide
Monster Hunter X Switch Axe Combo DPS Guide
Monster Hunter X Switch Axe Infinite Burst Combo Guide
Evolve Assault Unlock Priorities Guide
Evolve Support Unlock Priorities Guide
Evolve Medic Unlock Priorities Guide
Evolve Jack Guide
Black Desert Online Kunoichi PvP Guide
Brave Frontier Endless FG Guide
Overwatch Competitive Play Guide
Overwatch Pharah Beginner’s Guide
Clash Royale Sparky Troop Countering Strategies Guide


Leave a Reply