SWTOR Custom Gear (Orange) Guide

SWTOR Custom Gear (Orange) Guide by Zoroth

Whenever you find a “custom” gear piece (orange item), always remember that it levels with you and your mods. If it’s getting outdated, DO NOT throw it away if you like the piece. Just update it with better mods.

Essentially, ALL customs seem to be of the same level, except for some that only has a level requirement.
It’s when you mod it that it gets better values (including Armor value and more, even though the mods themselves don’t provide it).

Removing mods from an item will bind the item to you! (Thanks Borea for reminding.)


– All orange items (customs) are equally powerful when unmodded.
– When a custom gets outdated, leave it in your storage until you can improve the mods.

E.g. I’m level 21 and I still got the Black Talon BH chestplate, it currently has 250 armor or so, give or take.

Edit: Right now, I got a SW armor robe that I’m using with success as a BH. It’s kinda awesome running around with a “trenchcoat” and two pistols xD

Some reminders from replies:

Originally Posted by Dasffion
you should note that Armoring and Hilt/Barrel are the most important mods as those are the ones that will increase the armor and damage stats.
Originally Posted by Zalidane
I believe orange items are classified as Custom not artifact.

Thanks to both.

(Just throwing it out here, because a lot of people have been wondering about this in-game.)

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4 Responses

  1. Anonymous says:

    Certain items are equally as good as a level 50 counterpart when both are without any mods, and if they have the same empty slots. What is different however, is purple items acquired through commendations and PvE. For example I turned in 24 Tatooine Commendations to recieve a purple heavy armor chest-piece, even after removing all the mods in the piece the armor still provided a +16aim buff on the armor. This seems to be very uncommon but can be very useful when looking for ways to get better stats from one item to another.

  2. Anonymous says:

    this is cool as it means your jedi can look like a gunslinger just re-mod the orange equipment to suit your class

  3. Anonymous says:

    Xelent guide dude :) Ive mmoed now for a few years and this guide was very good for info.

    keep up tha good work :)

    XoX Sweden

  4. Anonymous says:

    What an awesome place to learn from scratch – never played an MMO and just about to start SWTOR – best I have seen on the WEB – thanks heaps – Aaron, Christchurch, NZ

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