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How to be a Jedi Consular in Knights of the Old Republic

Updated on February 11, 2013
Two sabers are not an option to Consulars... sorry.
Two sabers are not an option to Consulars... sorry.

Jedi Consular, Jedi Sage and Jedi Shadow - The Ultimate Guide

The Jedi have a lot of different "functions" within their order, but they are mainly divided into two large groups:

  • The Jedi Knights: Skilled in the ways of the Lightsaber forms and skills, the ultimate warrior sent to do the field work and one of the most feared subjects a trouble-maker can find. They are a force to be reckoned with.Typically, they would use Blue and Yellow Lightsabers.
  • The Jedi Consulars: Skilled in the ways of the Force and disciplined minds, they are the leaders and ambassadors of the Order and do the backstage work. They meditate intenselly and unlock some of the most powerful force skills available - in this quest for power, they have to resist falling to the Dark Side. Typically, they would use Green Lightsabers.

This article is going to take you by the hand as we explore the severall options you have within the Jedi Consular class in the popular MMORPG Game: "SWTOR - Star Wars The Old Republic".

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The Jedi Consular: Healer or DPS?

So, one of the first questions one has in mind when considering the creation of a Jedi Consular is - am I going to be a Healer or a DPS (Damage per second) oriented character?

Of course you have the option of becoming a tank too, but people who consider tanking usually choose the Jedi Knight and go to the Guardian Sub-class.

Well, they have their pros and cons, and I will list them now:

  • Jedi Consular Healer: The Jedi Consular Healer is one of the most needed classes in game - mostly because nobody wants to be a healer, people prefer the DPS class because it requires less skill and it's easier to play. As a healer you'll never wait for Flashpoints and Group Quests because everyone needs healers. On the other hand, if you are doing your solo missions, you are going to die without your companion to help you.
  • Jedi Consular DPS: The Jedi Consular DPS is quite fun to play. You ditch massive damage and you still have one or two defensive skills that will help you. Most of the people choosing the consular go down this flexible path rather than going for the healer. It's easier to play too. On the other hand, you'll not be as resilient as a Jedi Knight.

I think you should always play the class and role you like, regardless of what other people think and regardless of what the server needs - mainly because if you don't like it you'll never become a great player and you'll never reach your full potential.

Jedi Consulars also perform very well in PVP, earning a lot of medals healing, doing DPS or on Huttball due to their jumps, pulls and sprint techniques.

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Jedi Shadow: DPS and Tank

At level 10 on your Jedi Consular career, you can pick your path. You can either turn yourself into a Jedi Sage or a Jedi Shadow.

I'll now go on about the Jedi Shadow, if you are looking to become a Sage, scroll down.

The Jedi Shadow is a class that can play two roles:

  • The Jedi Shadow DPS: The Jedi Shadow DPS usually uses a double-bladed and two-handed lightsaber to spread havoc. He has some very destructive skills and makes good use of the Crit attribute. His skills allow him to attack using stealth causing even more damage. You aren't very resilient here, but you can sure pack a punch. A fun role to play with, and it doesn't require a lot of skill - but requires more skill than what is needed to play the Jedi Sentinel DPS (Jedi Knight Path)
  • The Jedi Shadow Tank: The Jedi Shadow Tank is a role that is discussed a lot - mainly because this tank is an "avoidance" tank, and in many MMORPGs this type of tank does poorly. However, I don't think the Jedi Shadow Tank is that bad, and it has some abilities that can help, like weak heals. I won't lie to you, you'll get picked on in this class. The tanks suffer a lot, because when your team dies, they will always be blaming you. Believe me, I'm a Jedi Guardian Tank - I know.

So, if you want a no-brainer role, choose the DPS. If you consider yourself an Hardcore gamer, pick the tank - but you'll get blamed for wipes sometimes, even if you perform, so be ready to ignore players a lot :D

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Jedi Sage: DPS and Healer

Again, when you reach level 10 with your Jedi Consular, you can specialize yourself in two different classes, the Jedi Shadow discussed earlier in this article and the Jedi Sage.

Jedi Sages are the ultimate Force Users - The "wise men" of the Jedi Order.

They have a vast array of abilities that makes their lightsaber almost useless - they don't use it, they lay back and cast their Force Skills to wreak havoc as a Jedi Sage DPS or to mend their comrades' wounds as a Jedi Sage Healer.

Here's a bit about these two roles:

  • The Jedi Sage DPS: The Jedi Sage DPS has a very high "Willpower" Attribute that he uses to power up his Force Skills. He does massive damage and can be compared to the other MMORPG's mages. Another important attribute for you is the Alacrity Rating - that allows you to cast faster and thus make an added DPS. This role requires almost no skill - it's a bit just "spamming" abilities.
  • The Jedi Sage Healer: There's almost no healers compared to the other classes, and all servers are in High Demand of Jedi Sage Healers. Gaming skill is required to play a healer properly, and your role is to keep your party alive, specially the tank. You have to be alert and manage cooldowns all the time, but you will be a priceless addition to any party.

So again, there's a role for the hardcore gamer and the casual gamer alike. Choose the one that you think you'll enjoy more.

The Jedi Consular and the SWTOR Community

The SWTOR community is formed by 70% DPS, while the rest is distributed by Tanks and Healers.

So, as a Jedi Consular you have the ability to, through the different classes, play any of these roles. But your experience will vary with the roles.

  • The Tank and the Community: As a Tank, one of the hardest roles of the game and the one that holds by far the highest responsibility, you are going to feel guilty and get flamed a lot. Even if you do everything you are supposed to, end game operations are extremely hard and their mobs hit like crazy - if you die, the other 7 people in your group will die as well, and they are never happy about it.
  • The Healer and the Community: Healers have a lot of responsibility too, so prepare to get flamed too. I don't want to sound harsh, but the end-game is very tough on these classes. The "normal" game doesn't represent a problem though, so if you are a casual gamer it is probably alright.
  • The DPS and the Community: DPS just have to have a nice Primary Stat level and good interrupting skills, other than that they have virtually no responsibility, that's why there are so many of them. DPS guys usually spend their time Flaming the tanks and healers.

That's that!

Hope you enjoyed the article.

Have a nice gaming experience.


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    • Rui Carreira profile image

      Rui Carreira 2 years ago from Torres Novas

      And you are very right! Perfectionist :D

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      ertem 2 years ago

      the title is wrong!

      you write about the old republic

      but the title is Knights of the Old Republic