Has this ever happened to you?

Dailies Buddy: Oh hey, I have my healer out, why don’t you bring a DPS.

Me: Um, hrm. I’ve been running with Doc for 15 levels now, my DPS are in like lvl 30 gear.  Both of them.

Dailies Buddy: Oh… yeah… same.  My only geared companion is my healer.

So yeah, all the time.  Usually, you find the companion your toon needs, and then you stick with that companion forever and ever… unless you’re in a mini group.

No longer will I be embarrassed by Rusk’s pathetic starter Hoth gear!  This weekend, I went on a massive companion-gearup, and it was pretty damn cheap.

Your Resources

  • Things You Greed (remember what your companions wear so you can snap up any unwanted gear in raids/instances)
  • Your Trade Skills
  • Your Leftover Commendations (Voss & Corellia, mostly, if you’ve already outgeared that stuff)
  • The GTN (sometimes you get lucky)

All this you can do without pestering any of your guildmates.  I’d recommend figuring out the easiest path and prioritizing.  For example, don’t actually GRIND commendations.  If you don’t have em, then you don’t use em.  If you are rolling in mats, great, craft some things.  If you have to send out the idiots and wait for them to come back every time, never mind.

You don’t need anything spectacular.  Greens and blues of the appropriate level should do the trick for daily quest purposes.

Also, you don’t have to gear ALL the companions!

  • Do you really need a geared melee dps and a geared ranged dps?  Probably not.  You can safely pick one – and pick the one that is easier to gear!
  • If you’re a tank, don’t gear either of your tanks (duh) unless you routinely run around in a DPS offspec.
  • Finally, consider which idiots have a great crafting or gathering bonus.  An idiot with a fantastic bonus should probably not be geared because that idiot should ALWAYS be busy with crafting or gathering.  Pick the other idiot of the same role to gear, if possible (except you only get 1 healer, doh).

I was feeling ambitious, so I geared all the idiots.  They still all look mismatched and ridiculous.  I contemplated giving Doc the Belsavis Prisoner shock collar to zap him when he looks at other women, but I decided that was a little too kinky for a straight-laced jedi knight…


Gear Auditing the Minions — 10 Comments

  1. I was actually thinking about this only yesterday when I realised that my Sage had been 50 for ages and I’d done nothing to gear up her companions. I found that Tionese gear was a great and easy solution! It’s dirt cheap these days and you’ll quickly end up with lots of commendations and crystals to spare if you even run only a handful of hardmode flashpoints. And as an added bonus your minions will be nicely matched afterwards.

  2. And don’t forget that you can get lvl 50 weapons for your companions from one of the Belsavis Heroic Dailies.

    Also, lvl 50 blue gear can be purchased on the GTN at sometimes extremely cheap prices.

    • Since I can’t craft a single weapon, I’m glad the belsavis heroics took care of THAT for me.

  3. As a trooper this is Insanely easy for me – Everyone is Heavy armor and Aim/End based. Get one set geared up good and just switch it out when I pull out said companion. Now granted they could be better – with specific mods for their specific rolls but that can come as we go along.

    Thanks to Njessi’s help this weekend all my crew is now running around in matching Armor! Now I’m spending time (and monies) filling them with appropriate mods.

    • if M14X doesn’t quite match your crew’s theme, there are companion customization kits for him from the security key vendor on the ilum orbital station. Trufax.

      • I didn’t think there were any in the game for him!! Wow thanks good news!! Honestly I partially went with what I did because it matched his default look. I do seriously like the Lacq Mesh and think it’s one of the best sets in game. The only deterrent to it is the silly helmet.

        • What? You don’t like the Chips look?

          Eep it’s your crew!

          (And Here are screenies of the M1 customizations. Last entry on the page.)

  4. When both my toons hit 50 their primary companion changed. Romily (scoundrel) had mostly run with Corso to tank for her, but since she’s practically useless as a solo toon she never ever does dailies alone. For that reason I geared out Risha (easy to gear because she can wear my handmedowns) to be my DPS bot. Josselin (dps sage) leveled up with Tharan Cedrax, but she doesn’t really NEED a healer anymore, so she’s also gearing out Nadia – for the same reason I chose Risha… whoo! Handmedowns!

    So I wound up with two not-so-horridly geared companions per character. For Romily it’s a tank and a ranged dps, for Joss it’s a healer and a melee dps. It’s a good mix. 🙂