EA isn’t the most popular gaming company out there, often known for being cash-grabby as opposed to designing games according to gamers best interest. Despite their attempts to squeeze every dollar they can, EA does produce a variety of really good games. One which often flies under the radar is actually a mobile game partnered with Lucasfilm. Star Wars: Galaxy of Heroes was released back in the fall of 2015, and the game is stronger now than it has ever been before.
The appeal around SWGoH has to do with the details. This isn’t a quick level up, shoot em’ up kind of game. Star Wars: Galaxy of Heroes is a turn-based battle game which requires a massive amount of patience and attention to detail, whether you’re FTP or PTP. Because it’s run by EA, gamers have been searching for cheats and ways to beat the system since its release. The cold hard truth, however, is that there are no real cheats in SWGoH. Don’t buy into the hype online, and please don’t download anything offering false promises. The only you’ll end up with is a giant headache.
There are ways, though, in which a player can advance rapidly and move quicker than the common casual mobile gamer. These secrets are range from common sense to deep dives, helping Star Wars: Galaxy of Heroes players to advance at a bit faster pace and accomplish more daily. SWGoH is great to play in short bursts throughout the day, while giving every Star Wars fan a taste of magic and nostalgia. Be warned, however, once you get hooked, there is no turning back.
30 Use A Dummy Team To Throw Off Turn Meter
Another trick for Galactic Heroes is to use a dummy team first, as the AI will automatically use their abilities without a strategy. Then put in your best team and go to town without the fear of having buffs and abilities thrown at you right away.
For the longest time, players could shut down the game and come back in with a fresh start if things weren’t going your way. Using a dummy team is much faster and more efficient. After all, you should always have a handful of weak characters you’re working on leveling up.
29 Don’t Waste Crystals On Mega-Pack If FTP
PTP players will want to use the Mega-Packs to unlock certain characters they are itching to have. FTP players may have to wait 3 to 6 months, but eventually, 95 percent of those toons shards will become available somewhere in the game.
PTP players can also spend money to automatically level up a character. If you have the money to do this, go for it. FTP players can gain the same level for a toon, it just takes much longer and requires determination and patience.
28 Use Weaker Squads Early In Galactic War
There’s been a ton of contention regarding what the devs were thinking when designing Galactic War in SWGoH. Many new players find this area difficult to complete because they’re most likely using their strongest team right off the bat. The secret to completing Galactic War lies in using a variety of teams, saving your most powerful for the final battles.
This gives you an advantage in turn meter and special abilities, allowing you to defeat those harder squads with fresh toons. Having a couple of strong teams put together will increase your chances of completing the Galactic War daily.
27 Farm With Sim Tickets Two At A Time
The strategy of farming with only two Sims at a time is all about manipulating existing algorithms. It won’t work every time, but over the long run, using this technique will reap more rewards. Most players will use 10 Sims all at once, simply to save time. In doing this, however, you’re decreasing your odds.
The more times you spin a wheel, the better your chances are for getting more of the item you want.
Don’t believe me? Try it over the course of daily play and find out for yourself.
26 Discover Depths Of The Game Early
Most games now and days are all about the action. Star Wars: Galaxy of Heroes offers plenty of battles, but they are only a portion of the full experience available. Learning what toons sync with others to make the most powerful team, along with equipping mods, unlocking ships, and building specialized teams is what the game is all about.
If all you play is battles, while aimlessly unlocking and buying shards, you’re missing the bigger picture. It’s not in how fast you level, but what you build while leveling up.
25 Use The Auto-Battle Feature
A large part of Star Wars: Galaxy of Heroes is daily grinding. Even if you’re spending money, the grind will always remain. For some, this can become too tedious and boring. Using the Auto-Battle feature will not only speed up the daily grind, it also allows you to see how your team syncs together when using AI algorithms.
Using buffs, de-buffs, and other special abilities in sync with other toons on your team will separate out the good teams from the great ones. Using the Auto-Battle feature can help guide you through styles of play you might not have considered before.
24 Use Weaker Teams In Beginning Of Galactic War Mode
The Galactic War mode is considered by most to be one of the more difficult daily stages to complete in SWGoH. The trick to completing the mode lies in not using your strongest toons during the beginning battles but utilizing the weaker characters you’ve collected.
In adding your strongest team for the final battles you’ll have full health and turn meter, along with all their special abilities at your disposal. Each stage in Galactic Mode presents a new and fresh AI team while your team carries over from the last battle. Swapping characters and teams can help you overcome this disadvantage.
23 Complete All The Daily Activities
Free to play players must capitalize on this if they want to create strong teams and level up. Each task completed gives certain awards which are imperative towards strengthening your toons and teams. The game even awards you for completing all the tasks.
Consider the daily activities as a built-in grinding checklist. If you want to compete on grander scales, completing the daily activities is a must. The best way to accomplish completing the list daily is to schedule your time wisely while taking advantage of daily battles and energy drops.
22 Unlock Characters According To Class
If you’ve ever played World of Warcraft, you’d know there is a set class structure when entering a dungeon. Star Wars: Galaxy of Heroes is set up much in the same way. For a team to be successful, the golden rule of thumb is to have a tank, attacker, healer, and supporter.
Whether you're building a Clone team or Rebel team, the toons you choose should be comprised of these classes.
The neat part about SWGoH is that you can mashup rebels with the dark side, allowing you to unlock your favorite characters and use them in a variety of different team structures.
21 Use Sim Tickets Wisely
It’s easy to simply use Sim Tickets when farming for gear, but if the level is a basic one, then using the auto-battle feature instead can have its advantages. This is especially true for newer players who have at least one strong team. Save the Sim Tickets for gear and shards located in hard modes.
Using the technique will allow you to farm what you need without having to wait for additional Sim Tickets once they are gone. Not only does this speed up the leveling process, but it allows you to strategize your farming.
20 Gear Is Just As Important As Leveling
The biggest misconception beginner SWGoH players make is focusing only on leveling characters, believing it’s the fastest way to get them powerful. In truth, however, the gear and mods attached to a character can improve their strength faster than leveling.
A balance between the two is essential to get the most out of your toon. However, I believe a focus on gear before leveling will produce the desired results most beginning Star Wars: Galaxy of Heroes players are looking for. Farm those mods and level up the gear, along with collecting shards to level the character.
19 Get Friendly With Guild Members
Star Wars: Galaxy of Heroes is not SAO. Guilds are there to help players level up faster while also being able to access gear and mods easier than a solo player. You can join and leave as many guilds as you like, allowing you to find the right one.
The biggest benefit behind a guild is communing with other SWGoH players.
You can request donations of gear from others, while also donating yourself. If the guild is evenly distributed between beginners and seasonal players, there should always be an abundance of gear being donated daily.
18 Use Light And Dark Battles To Farm Ships
You’d think ship blueprints wouldn’t be mixed in with land battles, but they are. While farming Arena teams, players can take out two birds with one stone if they want to farm ships at the same time.
The Cantina battle store will also have ship blueprints but be careful not to pick ships over toons if you’re new to Star Wars: Galaxy of Heroes. Be sure to complete as many light and dark battles (easy and hard) as possible. It is in these spots where a massive amount of gear, shards, and ship blueprints can be found.
17 Time Those Special Abilities
It’s a natural instinct to use special abilities per how it affects that one character. Learning how those abilities can work with the other toons on your team is essential if you want to get the most out of them. While the ability for one toon might give it more damage power, it could also provide protection for all the other toons on the team.
In this scenario, using the ability at the beginning of the match won’t provide an elimination shot but will protect the team against buffs, giving you a long-term advantage in the fight.
16 Read Forums To Stay Up-to-Date
There are always new characters being added to Star Wars: Galaxy of Heroes, along with spec changes to previous toons. To build the best team possible for arena battles, it is best to read recent forums about how the new characters sync with the old.
Using forums will also increase your knowledge regarding abilities, gear, and mods. The game itself does a poor job explaining these items in detail, but the forum sites provided by SWGoH fixes this issue. Following die-hard YouTubers is also another way to discover who to farm first, and what teams are the strongest currently. I’ve personally always followed Warrior Presents.
15 Pay Attention To Blue Meter
Most casual SWGoH players only focus on the green health meter when making decisions as to who to attack next. This is a grave mistake. The blue meter shows toons turn meter. For characters who have buffs, debuffs, and combo abilities — ignoring the blue bar could cost you a match.
For example, Darth Vader has some sick buffs. If you see his blue meter is almost full and your toons have special attack abilities available, now would be the time to target Vader before he puts your team at a disadvantage.
14 Don’t Ignore Healers
Healers aren’t as popular as they were a year ago, but I stand by my healers when it comes to creating a well-balanced Arena team. My personal favorite is Luminara Unduli for beginner and semi-casual players.
Not only does she do a great job of healing the team, her attacks also pack quite the punch. She’s versatile, easy to farm, and can be leveled in gear and stats quickly. She might not be listed as a viable player anymore, but she’s a toon who can work and improve just about any team.
13 Work To Unlock Darth Vader
Luminara may be easy to farm but Vader takes patience and lots of grinding. Despite it being such a pain to unlock him, it's so worth it. This is especially true when building a Sith team or combining characters like Maul, Sidious, Nihulus, and Dooku.
Darth Vader isn’t the most powerful Sith toon, it’s his abilities which make him a must-have. He can cripple a team almost immediately, allowing your other toons an easy job of eliminating those opponents one by one.
12 Use Crystals To Purchase Energy Refreshes
Once you start to move up in the Arena ranks, you’ll have more crystals at your disposal. The first instinct most players follow is to use those crystals in purchasing packs to acquire more toons.
While there’s nothing wrong with this, it's still a gamble.
The most efficient means behind using crystals (especially for free-to-play players) is in refreshing energy. This allows you to Sim or battle for gear and shards, always helping towards achieving the goals you have for your toons and teams.
11 Focused Farming
With so many new toons being added, along with favorites each player would like to have, it’s easy to lose focus when farming. When I first began playing about two years ago, I was farming almost 30 characters at one time. Huge mistake.
To this day, over half those toons are worthless. Pick two teams you’d like to build and go from there. Focused farming will help FTP players level their toons faster, creating more opportunities for future farming and grinding.
10 New Players Should Focus On Toons Before Ships
When Star Wars: Galaxy of Heroes added ships to the mix, many fans were eager to start farming teams. The excitement is real, and if you enjoy ships as much as I do, it’ll be the first thing you’ll want to build up.
Unfortunately, this is a wrong move for the game.
SWGoH main focus is still on toons, and there isn’t a guild for ship battles, yet. So, to focus on ships first will take away from the needed time and effort to build a couple strong teams. The devs know this, which is why most popular team characters also have ships attached to their toon. You can still farm ships, just be careful not to waste crystals and time doing it.
9 Always Be Looking For Coming Events
Events are a huge way for FTP players to unlock new characters while also earning gear and mods towards existing toons. Each event will always have some sort of bonus, and if you can’t use the gear, donate to other members of your guild.
New players will have a difficult time ranking up in events, but the experience one can gain from playing them is worth the time. Events also teach players how to use new characters as well as how to build specialized teams like a rebel squad or a Clone team.
8 Use The Find Button
Veteran players know this, but most newbies overlook this very helpful feature. When pulling up a character’s details, directly under shards is the button “find.” In hitting this button, players can search for gear and shards across every mode in SWGoH.
This will help a player to determine where their focus should be when farming. For example, if most of your toons need gear from light battles, then that is where you should be focusing energy first. This same tip applies to ships too.
7 Cantina Battles Are Great For Shard Farming
New players will most likely want to focus on completing battles in the Cantina Mode first, along with light and dark side battles. Cantina mode not only has many of the key characters shards hidden throughout it, but it also contains a wide variety of gear to strengthen those toons too.
Most of my top toons were farmed through Cantina battles. Once unlocking a character, find battles which offer their shards as a reward and focus on playing those to level the toon up quickly.
6 Leader Abilities Play A Key Role
Certain toons have stronger leader abilities over others, and some don’t even have any. For new SWGoH players, the leadership ability can be confusing. But in learning how they work with other toons will put you on the path towards building a team which syncs well together.
Syncing abilities is what makes for a powerful team, allowing players to rank higher in Arena battles and earn the currency and crystals they need to farm properly. Knowing the leadership strengths of your characters will allow a player to swap toons in and out and create a variety of strong teams.
5 Rank Those Capital Ships
Capital ships may not seem as fancy as the toon ships, but their importance plays a much bigger role than most realize. They function as the foundation for your ship team, much like a leader does in land battles.
Before spending hours farming up the best ship team, focus on a capital ship and then on the rest of the team. Capital ships provide AOE, healing, and turn meter advantage. Underestimating the value of a capital ship will only make farming a proper ship team more difficult.
4 Power Of The Tank
Back when Star Wars: Galaxy of Heroes first began, Chewbacca was the ultimate tank to have on your prime Arena team. While his statistics aren’t as powerful as say, Baze, who is essentially the new Chewie, he’s still a good toon to farm.
Tanks can sway the momentum of a battle like no other character. Having a strong tank who is geared and leveled to the hilt will give your team the advantage it needs. Other popular and proven tanks include Sun Fac, General Kenobi, and Shoretrooper. Fives isn’t bad but be careful because he doesn’t have a taunt ability.
3 Avoid Binge Playing
To most gamers, this statement likely seems absurd, but there is a method to the madness of Star Wars: Galaxy of Heroes. Most of the daily requirements have time limits placed on them, making a player wait a specified amount of time before doing the activity again.
To farm efficiently, the best method is to play in short bursts as opposed to binge playing. This way, you’ll be able to use the energy from drops without wasting crystals on refreshes while also maintaining a structure towards farming key toons.
2 Understand Buffs And De-buffs
Star Wars: Galaxy of Heroes is a strategic game, much like playing chess. The best players are always thinking seven moves ahead, putting together strategies in how to use their toons buffs and debuffs.
These abilities have the power to change any matchup.
Read through the forums and find the best toons who sync with other characters regarding their buffs and debuffs. There are also plenty of sites which list all the buff and debuff abilities, breaking down how they work for a specific toon and with team characters.
1 Be Patient
If you’re looking to excel quickly and easily then Star Wars: Galaxy of Heroes might not be the mobile game you’re looking for. I’ve been playing the game for about two years as an FTP player and only have about four very strong teams.
There are no quick cheats towards being the best in SWGoH. The pros of the gameplay multiple times every day, mashing a combination of PTP and FTP. Find what works best for you and create an action plan towards building on a strong team. Above all else, enjoy yourself and try not to get caught up in what others have.