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Free-to-Play, or F2P, is a play option that was introduced with Patch 1.5.0. Players who choose this option do not have to pay a monthly subscription fee. Characters can be played up to level 60, but there are gameplay and grouping restrictions. Any combination of these restrictions can be lifted through purchases from the in-game Cartel Market, which would automatically upgrade the account to Preferred status.

Free-to-play includes:

Unlocking expansions and level 61-75[edit | edit source]

For new players, access to levels 61-75 is obtained by subscribing for one month. All expansions and levels 61-75 will be unlocked for all characters and all new characters for the life of the account. This includes access to the three flashpoints that are a part of the expansions.

Players only need to subscribe for one month to unlock the current expansions forever. If players unsubscribe after one month, they will lose their subscriber perks and status, but will keep their expansions and ability to reach level 70. Once unsubscribed, players will become a "preferred" player and will have access to more perks than a free-to-play player, but less than a subscriber.

Expansions[edit | edit source]

Previous players may find that they already have access to some or all of levels 61-75:

Knights of the Fallen Empire: Access to levels 61-65 can only be obtained by subscribing for at least one month after October 2015. Players will receive all chapters for Knights of the Fallen Empire released until they unsubscribe; these chapters will be unlocked for the duration of the account. (Example: A player unsubscribes after chapter 10 is released. They will keep access to chapter 10 and levels 61-65 for the life of the account, but will not have access to chapter 11 onwards.) This expansion includes the Star Fortress flashpoint.

Knights of the Eternal Throne: Access to levels 66-70 can only be obtained by subscribing for at least one month after December 2016. Players will receive all chapters for Knights of the Eternal Throne. Note that the Galactic Command system, Dark vs. Light Rewards, and Uprisings are only available to subscribers.

Onslaught: Access to levels 71-75 can only be obtained by subscribing for at least one month after October 2019.

Free-to-play, preferred and subscriber differences[edit | edit source]

Each of the limited options below can be opened up through the Cartel Market.

Item Free-to-Play Preferred Premium/Subscription
Artifact Gear (Certain items are unrestricted for all.) Conflicting Reports4 Conflicting Reports4 Unrestricted
Augment Slots Cost - Improving endgame gear Higher Higher Lower
Bank (Cargo Hold) Access must be unlocked (See "Legacy Bank") Access granted, must use Unlocks to unlock Access granted, can use Unlocks to unlock or purchase directly from Cargo Hold
Cartel Coin Grant None None 500 or more / Month
Cartel Coin Grant - Security Key 100 / Month 100 / Month 100 / Month
Character Slots (Unlocks available) 4 12 (13-146 for some previous subs) 24-266
Chat Restricted tells and General Chat on a 1 minute timer after level 25 for some characters; No access for others5 Full General Chat and /who, but on a few seconds timer after level 25; Unlimited other chat Unrestricted
Credit Cap (Without Escrow Transfers) 1 Million 1 MIllion Unlimited
Credit Gain Normal Normal 20% Faster after level 20
Crew Skills (Unlocks available) 1 2 3
Dark vs. Light: Participation Unrestricted Unrestricted Unrestricted
Dark vs. Light: Rewards No No Unrestricted
Digital Expansion: Galactic Starfighter Free Free Free
Digital Expansion: Galactic Strongholds Free Free Free
Digital Expansion: Knights of the Eternal Throne: Other features None None Free
Digital Expansion: Knights of the Eternal Throne: Solo chapters and level increase Must Subscribe for 1 Month Must Subscribe for 1 Month Free
Digital Expansion: Knights of the Fallen Empire Must Subscribe for 1 Month Must Subscribe for 1 Month Free
Digital Expansion: Rise of the Hutt Cartel Free Free Free
Digital Expansion: Shadow of Revan Free Free Free
Endgame Gear Cannot acquire Cannot acquire Unrestricted
Flashpoints below maximum level (If done with a group) 10 of certain rewards1 from the last boss per week 10 of certain rewards1 from the last boss per week Unlimited
Fleet Quick Travel Normal 3 hours 1.5 hour reduction 1.5 hour reduction
Galactic Command No No Unrestricted
GTN Slots 2 5 50
Guild Bank (Unlocks available) Access must be unlocked, no ability with withdraw or deposit credits Access must be unlocked, no ability with withdraw or deposit credits Unrestricted depending on guild's settings
Guilds Join Any, Lead F2P Guilds only Join Any, Lead F2P Guilds only Unrestricted
Inventory Unlock with Unlocks only Unlock with Unlocks only Unlock with Unlocks or directly from Inventory
Legacy Bank (Legacy Stronghold Storage) Yes, 1 bay only without Unlocks or Credit Escrow Yes, 2 bays only without Unlocks or Credit Escrow Yes, up to 5 bays
Mail Receive Only Can Send with 1 attachment but cannot send credits Unrestricted
Mod Removal Cost Higher Higher Lower
Mounts (free without low cost Unlock) Normal Normal 5-10 levels earlier
Operations No access No access Unlimited
Quick Travel Normal 26 minutes 20 min reduction 20 min reduction
Quickbars (Unlocks available and only really need 2-3 to play) 3 5 6
Respecialization Very Low Cost Very Low Cost No Cost
Rested XP No No Yes
Revive Unlimited Unlimited Unlimited
Security Key Setup - Mobile or Physical Available Available Available
Space Missions 10 per week 10 per week Unlimited
Species for Character Creation3 (Unlocks available) Human, Cyborg or Zabrak unless already unlocked Human, Cyborg or Zabrak unless already unlocked All species that are available for a class besides Cathar and Togruta unless already unlocked
Sprint Level 10 Level 1 Level 1
Story Content Full Class Story Levels 1-50; 51-60 with Expansions Full Class Story Levels 1-50; 51-60 with Expansions Full Class Story Levels 1-55; 56-60 with Expansion
Support Email, Phone, and Forum only Email, Phone, and Forum only Email, Phone, Forum, and In-game Ticket
Trade No After Level 10 Unrestricted
Uprisings No No Unlimited
Valor Rate Normal Normal Faster after level 20
Vendors Regular price Regular price Discounted price
Warzones - Ranked None None Unlimited
Warzones - Regular, Group Unlimited2 Unlimited2 Unlimited
Warzones - Regular, Solo 10 per week 10 per week Unlimited
XP Rate Normal Normal 20% faster after level 20

1 "Rewards" does not include credits, some reputation tokens, and XP gained from defeating the last boss. All players, even F2P, have unlimited access to these. "Rewards" only include gear, decorations, mounts, pets, some reputation tokens, non-reputation tokens, and crafting materials. Note that players only get these rewards if they win the loot roll against other players. They can also get an unlimited number of these if they do it solo.

2 Unlimited when grouped with, and queued by a subscriber. Otherwise subject to Solo Warzone limits.

3 If a player already has a character with that species, they can still play with them as a Preferred player. Players can unlock any species for any class with Cartel Coins, credits, or getting a character of that species to level 50. Some customization options are locked for certain classes until unlocked using the previous methods. Subscribers can only make the following species for the following classes unless unlocked:

  • Humans and Cyborgs: Any class
  • Zabrak: Any Republic class can be a brown Zabrak; Any Empire class can be a red Zabrak.
  • Chiss: Bounty Hunters and Imperial Agents
  • Miraluka: Jedi Knights and Consulars
  • Mirialan: All Republic classes
  • Rattataki: Bounty Hunters, Imperial Agents, and Sith Inquisitors
  • Sith Pureblood: Sith Warriors and Inquisitors
  • Twi'lek: Jedi Knight, Jedi Consular, Smuggler, and Sith Inquisitor
  • Cathar: Must be unlocked
  • Togruta: Must be unlocked

4 There have been conflicting reports about Artifact Authorization after 4.0: some F2P players mentioned that are able to use them, others mentioned they could not.

5 The 5.1.2 Patch Notes mention "Free-to-Play chat restrictions have been adjusted in order to help address third-party service advertisement spam." We currently do not know that that means yet: we've seen multiple players around level 20 mention that they cannot access chat still.

6 Those that subscribed between November 2015 and December 2016 get 1 extra character slot. Those that subscribed between December 2016 and now get another character slot. Those that were subscribed at anytime during both time periods get 2 extra character slots: 1 for each time period. Note that many promotions give out free character slots too.

Free-to-Play[edit | edit source]

  • 200,000 Credit Cap (anything above this amount is saved in an Escrow account)
    • Escrow Account Credits can now be transferred out with a Cartel Market Consumable
    • These only transfer credits from the Escrow Account to existing credit balance.
    • Escrow Transfer items ignore the credit cap when used, but do not make permanent changes to the credit cap.
      • Small Package - 50k - 40 Cartel Coins
      • Medium Package - 150k - 80 Cartel Coins
      • Large Package - 600k - 240 Cartel Coins
  • Access to 1 Crew Skill
  • Access to 2 Character Slots
  • Access to 2 Galactic Trade Network slots
  • Access to 2 Quickbars
  • Access to 3 Species for Character Creation
  • Access to 5 Medical Probes (In Field Revive) per Character
  • Bank (Cargo Hold) Access must be unlocked (However, Legacy Bank is available to all that have 1 character at level 15+.)
  • Can only receive Mail
  • Cannot Trade items
  • No Access to Priority In-Game Support - Only has access to email, phone, and forum support
  • No Access to Rest XP
  • No Login Priority - Only an issue right after a patch
  • Restricted Chat functions
  • Below maximum level: restricted to 10 Flashpoints Rewards from the final boss per week
  • Restricted to 10 Space Missions per week
  • Restricted to 10 Warzones per week
  • Unlock must be purchased to use most Artifact (Purple) gear. Some Artifact gear may be used without an unlock.
  • No access to any Operations
  • No access to the Galactic Command system, thus no access to endgame gear.
  • No access to Dark vs. Light rewards

Preferred[edit | edit source]

Preferred accounts offer a bit less restrictions than a free-to-play account. To qualify for a preferred account, the account has to have met any of the following conditions:

  • Previously subscribed to SWTOR using any method, including subscribing once or re-occuring on swtor.com, buying a subscription package from swtor.com that includes bonus items, 60 day time cards and subscription time codes from buying the physical copy of the game, purchasing the origins pack, or purchasing game time from Amazon.
  • Purchased anything through the the SWTOR Official Store.
    • WARNING: For some reason the 250 Cartel Coin pack ($2.99 USD) may not qualify users for preferred status. If this issue crops up, it is recommended that support is contacted.
    • This method includes buying a Cartel Coin Card from a different website or store and applying it to your account.
    • This mainly includes buying Cartel Coins, Subscription Time, or Subscription Time Packs with bonus items - anything you buy with real money, not in-game
  • Have purchased the Shadow of Revan expansion (there is no longer a need to purchase it - simply subscribe to unlock all expansions)
  • Purchased the Rise of the Hutt Cartel expansion (there is no longer a need to purchase it - simply subscribe to unlock all expansions)

Preferred accounts have more benefits over a F2P account:

  • 350,000 Credit cap total (anything above this amount is saved in an Escrow account)
    • Escrow Account Credits can now be transferred out with a Cartel Market Consumable
    • These only transfer credits from the Escrow Account to existing credit balance.
    • Escrow Transfer items ignore the credit cap when used, but do not make permanent changes to the credit cap.
    • *Small Package - 50k - 40 Cartel Coins
      • Medium Package - 150k - 80 Cartel Coins
      • Large Package - 600k - 240 Cartel Coins
  • Access to 1 additional Crew Skill
  • Access to 2 additional Quickbars
  • Access to 8 additional Character Slots
  • Access to Bank (Cargo Hold)
  • Access to Sprint at Level 1
  • Access to Trading Items after Level 10
  • Mail Restricted (only 1 attachment & cannot send credits)
  • Medium Login Priority - Only an issue right after a patch
  • Still no Access to Priority In-Game Support - Only has access to email, phone, and forum support
  • Almost unrestricted Chat: Only restriction is a timer between General Chat uses
  • Reduced cooldown on quick travel options

Note that some previous subscribers that are now Preferred get the following benefits:

  • Access to all Artifact Quality Gear you have worn
  • Access to Rise of the Hutt Cartel expansion content if you subscribed after September 2013.
  • Access to Shadow of Revan and Knights of the Fallen Empire expansion content (Free for Subscribers) if you subscribed after October 2015.
  • Access to Knights of the Eternal Throne chapters if you subscribed after December 2016.
  • Characters that exceed the Preferred number of characters cap will remain "Inactive" until Character Slots are bought or the player resubscribes. The player chooses which ones are "Inactive."

Subscriber/premium[edit | edit source]

A subscriber or premium member pays a monthly fee of around $15 to access and play the game. Subscribers/premium members have none of the restrictions that the other account types have.

Here is a short list of the Subscriber and Premium benefits over pure F2P players:

  • Access to 12 additional Character Slots + 1 - 2 additional Character Slots for the life of the account (depending on when you were a subscriber)
  • Access to 48 additional Galactic Trade Network Slots
  • Access to 4 additional Quickbars
  • Access to all Artifact Quality Gear
  • Access to Priority In-Game Support
  • Access to Rest XP
  • Access to Two additional Crew Skills
  • Access to Rise of the Hutt Cartel expansion content (Free for Subscribers)
  • Starting October 27, 2015: Access to Shadow of Revan and Knights of the Fallen Empire expansion content (Free for Subscribers)
  • Free Unlimited Re-specializations
  • Higher Experience Point Rate over Level 20
  • Higher Login Priority
  • Monthly Cartel Coin grant
    • 500 base subscriber grant (or more based on number of months bought)
    • 100 for any account with an authenticator
  • No Chat Restrictions
  • No Credit Cap
  • Reduced cooldown on quick travel options
  • Unlimited Flashpoints End Boss Rewards
  • Unlimited Medical Probes
  • Unlimited Mail
  • Unlimited Operations
  • Unlimited Space Missions
  • Unlimited Warzones
  • Unlimited Uprisings
  • Access to the Galactic Command system (at max level)
  • Access to Dark vs. Light rewards

How to upgrade an account?[edit | edit source]

Preferred[edit | edit source]

An account can be upgraded to preferred status by making any purchase from the SWTOR Official Store.

Subscription/premium[edit | edit source]

An account can be upgraded to a subscriber or premium status by purchasing a subscription from the SWTOR Official Store.

Subscriptions are currently available in the following plans:

  • Game CD key for 30 days - various - one time purchase (Note: players now do not get anything else for using a game CD key.)
  • 60 Days - $29.99 USD - one time purchase
  • 30 Days - $14.99 USD (Billed Every 30 Days) - recurring purchase
  • 90 Days - $13.99 USD per month (Billed $41.97 USD Every 90 Days) - recurring purchase
  • 180 Days - $12.99 USD per month (Billed $77.94 USD Every 180 Days)- recurring purchase

After a subscription has ended, the account becomes a preferred account.

Patches[edit | edit source]

  • {{Patch 6.0.0|note=Free to play players now have access to Rise of the Hutt Cartel and Shadow of Revan. This means the new F2P level cap is 60 (up from 50).
Free to play players can now play 10 Warzones per week (up from 5).
Free to play players can now receive rewards from 10 Flashpoints per week (up from 3).
Free to play players can now play 10 space PvE Missions per week (up from 5).
Preferred players will have a default of 12 characters per server(up from 6)
Subscribers will have a default of 24 characters per server (up from 12)
Added Uprisings as subscriber-only content
Removed loot drops at maximum level for all players. All loot at max level now comes from the Galactic Command system, which is subscriber only.
Added Dark vs. Light "hourly" event. Rewards for this event are restricted to subscribers.
Additional 2 character slots if you subscribe after Nov 30, 2016 (Cumulative 4 extra slots with the 2 extra slots from 4.0.)
The levels in which you can gain Speeder Piloting 1/2/3 have been adjusted:
For Non-subscribers:
Rank 1: Level 20
Rank 2: Level 35
Rank 3: Level 45
  • October 2015: SWTOR support forum moved to EA Answers forum and is now available to all users. Email and phone support will still be available to all users; in-game priority ticket support will still be subscriber only.
  • June 2015: Security Key app is now available for all users to setup.
  • Patch 3.2.0 - Rise of the Emperor (28 Apr 2015): The cooldown on the Quick Travel ability has been reduced. For Subscribers and Preferred players the cooldown is now 6 minutes, and for Free-To-Play players the cooldown is now 26 minutes.
The cooldown on the Emergency Fleet Pass ability has been reduced. For Subscribers and Preferred players the cooldown is now 90 minutes, and for Free-To-Play players the cooldown is now 180 minutes.
  • Patch 3.0.0 (2 Dec 2014): Reduced costs for respecialization for F2P and Preferred (Not mentioned in Patch Notes.)
  • Patch 2.3.2 (4 Sep 2013): Experience and Valor penalties for Free to Play players now apply beginning at level 20 instead of level 10.
  • Patch 2.3.1 (21 Aug 2013): Free-To-Play players can now train Sprint at level 10.
Free-To-Play players are now granted the Emergency Fleet Pass ability at level 10.
All players now have access to Event equipment.
  • Patch 2.1.0 - Customization (14 May 2013): Escrow Credit Transfers are now available for Free–to–Play and Preferred Status Players. Package denominations are available for 50K, 150K, and 600K . Each Package is a consumable that will immediately transfer the Package's set amount of credits from the existing Escrow Balance as listed in the Currency tab of the Inventory Window to the Inventory credit balance. This transfer does not affect Inventory Credit Caps. Therefore, newly acquired credits will go into the Escrow Balance as normal. For example, if the player has a Credit Cap is 250,000 / The player has 100,000 in their Inventory. The player purchases a 600K escrow package bringing their Inventory credit total to 700,000. Until the credits in the player's Inventory drop below 250,000 (the Credit Cap), the newly acquired credits will be funneled into Escrow. Cost:
    • Small Package – 40 Cartel Coins
    • Medium Package – 80 Cartel Coins
    • Large Package – 240 Cartel Coins
  • Patch 1.5.0 - HK-51 Activated (15 Nov 2012): Added.

External links[edit | edit source]