Ideally, you will finish your story quest and all your intro planet quests (minus maybe the heroics) and get to the fleet at level 10, pick an advanced class, and go on your merry way.
Now, say you create an alt. And, well, now you’re a little more efficient. You know where everything is and you don’t end up killing extraneous mobs. Your class quest ends, and you’re level 9.5 and you have nothing left to do but group quests. And if you’re like me, you hate other people and don’t want to group with random people from general chat.1
So what do you do? Do you kill boars? Hell no. Get your butt to the fleet!
1. Do the crafting quest. You will be able to get the “learn a crew skill then talk to your trainer” quest. Do that. But also talk to ALL the trainers. You get a codex entry and xp for each.
Still at 9?
2. Exploit your companion. I’m assuming here that this is an alt and you have some cash to burn. Right? Ok good, get yourself to the GTN or the companion gift vendor and start buying up the stuff your companion likes. Start giving the gifts. It’s a 30 second cooldown.
Eventually, the companion will want to chat with you!
Important note about companion chats: Sometimes you will get the “companion wants to chat with you” icon but the companion doesn’t actually want to chat. The way you know for sure is to click on your companion and he or she will say that they want to talk. It’s a different phrase for each of them…
Get to the fleet cantina and have a nice heart-to-heart. At the end, you will get xp. Maybe enough to get off the fleet. No? Rinse, repeat.
As a side note, early gifting of companions behooves you and is cheaper in the long run. If you have the cash, it’s not like you’re wasting it getting your companion affection up early.
- True story: grouped with a random dude for one of those instance-cave thingys… he drops and because he was the first in the cave and it was technically “his” story area, I got booted out and had to re-enter as my story area and re-kill all the crap I had just killed. Not cool. ↩