Star Wars Galaxy of Heroes (SWGoH) is a mobile game that focuses on strategic party battles. It’s not a Card game in the same vein as Blizzard’s Hearthstone or Star Wars Force Collection and it’s not truly an RPG either. The game has elements of many popular mobile games but probably shares the most similarities with Heroes of Dragon Age and Summoners War.
As far as mobile apps go, this game looks amazing. The environments, animations, and characters are all rendered in great detail which provides a great sense of immersion. The intent of this post is not to provide a review, but outline the basics of the features and mechanics of the game.
This guide will be updated as SWGoH evolves and matures, but you’ll want to read our Early Game Character Progression Guide once the following has been absorbed.
Star Wars Galaxy of Heroes Tutorial
The premise is that you are a patron of a Cantina and playing a series of Hologames using popular Characters of the Star Wars Universe. You’ll begin the game by going through a short Tutorial and be locked out of many game features (Dark Side Campaign, Allies, PvP, Events, etc…) until you’ve reached a certain player level. Just keep progressing and the full game will be available to you soon enough.
Everyone starts off with a few basic Heroes, but then you’ll need to progress through the game, pull data cards, and farm to collect more powerful characters. The easiest way to collect Star Wars Characters is from Data Cards (Packs). If you are going to spend any money on this game, buy the Chromium Data Pack bundles for your best chances to unlock characters. This will give you an edge in the early stages of the game and allow you to spend time upgrading stronger Heroes immediately.
Each Character can also be unlocked by farming Shards. Go to your character screen, and on the holo image of a hero, you will see a Find button. This will show you what battles have the option of looting a Shard for that Character or you can just check the character pages in our database. Shards are also obtainable by completing achievements or purchasing a variety of shipments.
Once you’ve acquired the requisite number of Shards, you can activate the character. The relative power of your Heroes is effected by Promotions, Training, Gear, and Ability Levels. If you are clueless on which characters to go after during the early stages, you can view our recommendations or use the Abilities Database, Squad Synergy tool, or Rankings List to design your own powerful group.
Training and Promoting Characters
Characters unlock at a specific Star level regardless of the pack you pull it from. The more powerful Heroes require 80 Shards to unlock as a 4*, 50 as a 3*, 25 as a 2* and 10 as a 1*. Promotion is one of the best ways to increase a hero’s strength and one of three ways to increase a character’s stats. The Star Promotion level effects the primary stat gains of Strength, Agility, and Intelligence per Number level.
The 2nd way to increase a Hero’s power is to train them by using remotes. This increases the character’s level to a Max equal to your Player Level. Be sure to not overtrain. Start with the highest star training remote and drop it by one, then rinse and repeat until you get to the 1-star training remote to cap off the level. This way you are not wasting the experience received from higher tier remotes when hitting the level cap.
More details on the correct way to train. Feel free to read more about how Levels and Stars affect a character’s stats in our articles section.
In the beginning, you will find credits in abundance, but around the mid 40’s credits become a premium resource. Take steps early to conserve credits and only focus on training, promoting, and gearing your 10 best Heroes (5 Light Side & 5 Dark Side). Prioritize the 5 Characters of your PvP Arena Squad and then the other 5. As leveling slows down, you can then start focusing on other characters you intend to build up for various playstyles, Events, and Challenges.
Cost of Promoting a Hero
When promoting characters, plan on saving credits a bit beforehand.
|Promotion||Credit Cost||Shards Cost|
|1* to 2*||10K||15|
|2* to 3*||20K||25|
|3* to 4*||100K||30|
|4* to 5*||250K||65|
|5* to 6*||500K||85|
|6* to 7*||1 Million||100|
Some of you may want a different view of this. You may be farming a character and using the shard location guide because the in-game “Find” button disappears when a hero is eligible for a promotion. You could continue to farm shards until a character is worth promoting or you have the credits to 7 Star, or simply just want to get enough shards for when the time comes. To prevent you from overfarming, here’s what you’ll need.
|Promotion||Credit Cost||Shards Cost|
|1* to 7*||1.88 Million||320|
|2* to 7*||1.87 Million||305|
|3* to 7*||1.85 Million||280|
|4* to 7*||1.75 Million||250|
|5* to 7*||1.5 Million||185|
|6* to 7*||1 Million||100|
Gearing Your Heroes
Gearing Your Heroes
The 3rd way to increase a character’s performance is by gearing them up. Gear is very linear and does not allow for customization. You click on an empty gear spot and find which battle potentially drops the item as loot. Complete the missions, equip all six slots of gear, and promote the gear level which will consume all the equipment into the Hero’s stats and open up all six slots again.
This will change the portrait in your character list from white to green, blue, and finally purple. Each tier of gear gets progressively more difficult to acquire and eventually you’ll need to craft various subcomponents before creating the piece of gear that actually equips. Characters require a certain gear level before some abilities will unlock.
There are 4 types of abilities. The Basic ability is your standard attack that has no cooldown. Special Abilities do something distinct for that character and you’ll need to wait for a few turns before you can use it again. Leader Abilities provide a set bonus to your Squad if that character is the first one in your party. Unique Abilities are passive benefits provided by that character. Understanding abilities and synergies between Characters will have a great impact on your group’s battle performance. You can review the entire list of Character Abilities in our database. Characters can also have their Abilities upgraded, by acquiring Ability Material. Keep an eye on your character sheets to see if you can improve a Hero’s skill.
Battle Screen & Status Effects
Many characters in SWGoH have abilities that either provide a positive effect on a Squad member or a negative effect on the opponents. These are represented in-game by small icons hovering over the character’s heads.
Green is positive effects and red are detrimental or negative effects. You can view the full descriptions of each effect in our article covering Positive and Negative Status Effects.
There are many forms of Currencies in Star Wars Galaxy of Heroes: Crystals, Credits, Cantina Credits, Energy, Cantina Energy, Crystals, Arena Tokens, War Tokens, Sim Tickets & Social Points.
- Crystals are the premium currency used to buy Data Cards, Shipment Crates, and recharge various Energies.
- Credits are used to train & promote characters, buy shipments, and craft gear.
- Cantina Credits are earned by winning Cantina Battles and used to buy items in Cantina Shipment Crates.
- Energy is replenished over time and needed to complete Dark & Light Side Battles. Bonuses of 45 Energy can be claimed daily during 3 two hour periods of the day (12:00-14:00, 18:00-20:00, and 21:00-23:00, all in your local time).
- Cantina Energy is replenished over time and needed to complete Cantina Battles.
- Arena Tokens are awarded by completing Squad Arena Battles and are used to purchase Arena Shipment Crates.
- War Tokens are awarded by defeating enemies and opening chests in the Galactic War map and are used to purchase Galactic War Shipment Crates.
- Sim Tickets are given in various battles victories and when recharging energy. They are spent to automatically resolve or Simulate a battle as a win for those missions that a player has already achieved a 3 star in Victory.
- Ally Points are granted by using allies and someone using your Leader as their 6th party member and are used to purchase Bronzium Data Cards.
- Shard Currency is accumulated by extra shards of your 7* characters and may be used to purchase other shards.
Light & Dark Side Campaign Battles
You’ll begin the single-player campaign with the Light Side and unlock the Dark Side battles as you level up and acquire Dark Side characters. The Dark Side is the more difficult of the two campaigns and will require some strategic decisions to progress. There are normal and hard mode battles. The hard mode battles cost twice the energy of normal to play and you are limited to 3 attempts per mission per day. The normal battles are ideal for outfitting your Heroes with gear while hard mode battles reward you with twice the XP and are one of the locations to farm character shards.
Cantina Battles are much like the Campaign versions, but reward you with Shards for other characters, Cantina Credits and Ability Material for upgrades.
These battles differ in that there is no hard mode, you pull from the Cantina Energy resource to battle, you’re not restricted to Light Side or Dark Side Characters, and the energy recharges a bit slower.
Every day there are various Challenge battles that test your ability to build a Squad that can defeat the enemy under certain conditions. You’ll need to take with you Characters that can mitigate the boss’ strengths. You’ll need to carefully review Hero Abilities before going into battle and adjust based on what you will be facing.
You can acquire training remotes, STR gear, AGI gear, INT gear, Ability Upgrades, and Credits up to 3-5 times per day. It is recommended that you complete each Challenge every day.
PvP Squad Arena
In its current state, the PvP Squad Arena allows for 5 battles per day and rewards you with Arena Tokens that can be spent to acquire shipments of Shards for powerful Characters like Darth Sidious. You’ll receive tokens for completing the daily activity and granted a substantial reward based on your Rank in the leaderboard at your designated payout time.
You’ll want to refresh your list of opponents and try to find a competitor with less Power and a higher Rank than you. Leaderboards consist of roughly 10,000 players and your assigned server is based on the date you joined the game. The Power value represents the strength of an opponent formation taking into account level, Stars and gear. Once you’ve acquired enough Arena Tokens, you can then purchase a shipment of 5 Shards for the Character of your choice.
This is a marathon type PvP experience that requires a lot of thought and foresight to go the distance. Unlike the Squad Arena where you put your best 5 characters against others, the Galactic War is more a game of attrition. Likely winners will be those that have advanced a significant amount of Characters and utilize them at opportune moments. You’ll battle through a map unlocking chests with rewards for each victory until reaching the end of the board. Each day you begin with every character at full health.
When a character is defeated or damaged, that progress carries over into the next battle if chosen. Those that have died cannot be used and damaged heroes begin the next battle with remaining health. Special ability cooldowns also carry over. You’ll need to think long and hard when viewing your next opponent and available characters… who in your collection would most benefit to participate? For example, bringing a healer out to top off the health of your more powerful characters during an easier match is a viable strategy.
The Daily quests are the bread and butter of progressing your Player Level. These should be completed daily to keep forward momentum. Think tactically. If you are farming Count Dooku Shards, complete Dark Side 1-C and Light Side 1-C Hard Modes three times each.
You’ll receive Dooku Shards and finish a few dailies; Complete 3 LS Battles, Complete 3 DS Battles, Complete 5 Hard Mode Battles. Dailies are also great for obtaining Crystals for Premium Data Cards, purchasing shipments, or recharging energy. Here’s a quick Daily checklist:
- Complete all your Daily Quests
- Finish all Challenges
- Pull free Data Cards whenever the timer is up
- Complete all Squad Arena Battles
- Purchase wanted items from Shipment Crates every 6 Hours
- Go the Distance in Galactic War
- Complete all Events
- Farm Shards and Gear
- Progress the LS & DS Campaigns
- Progress Cantina Battles
Learn to love the Autoplay and SIM tickets for farming activities that your Party can easily defeat without the optimal strategy. This is a lifesaver and allows for multitasking. Also, energy regenerates slowly so it should be fairly easy to keep it from capping out without consuming your existence (unlike in many other games). Make sure Energy in all game features is depleted before closing your eyes for the night.
Events are specifically designed content that can be completed daily (Profit Mining, Training Droids Hunt) or available for a designated period to unlock characters or receive some other reward.
The shard shop will convert any extra character shards of 7 Starred Heroes into 15 Shard Currency. You can then choose to purchased shards for other characters, including exclusive ones.
We will expand this guide as the game matures.
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