SWTOR Tips: Understanding Reverse Engineering

In SWTOR, there are actually several ways to get higher quality schematics but one of the easiest and most common is reverse engineering (RE). Basically how it works is you dismantle an item that you have so you can learn how to make an improved version of it. The process also gives you some materials back. It’s fairly simple but players still benefit from taking time to learn what RE can give them and how to benefit from it.

For example, if you RE a green item, it can give you a chance at one of three types of schematics. These types are known by the prefix given to them and they determine what stat will be given to the item. These are:

  • Critical – increases the Critical Rating
  • Overkill – increases the Power
  • Redoubt- increases the Defense Rating

How much the increase is depends on the overall level of the item. A level 50 item will have more bonus stats than a lower level item and it scales accordingly.

A blue recipe can give you a purple version of the same recipe and again, a stat will be added. There are give new stats that can be added to a purple schematic as follows:

  • Accuracy
  • Alacrity
  • Presence
  • Surge
  • Shield Rating

Level 50 players have a total of 180 items to potentially craft and sell. Reverse Engineering allows you the opportunity to get all of the available schematics so you can craft as much as possible. An upgraded recipe is not guaranteed through RE.

Sometimes it will take several tries to get it. The higher quality the recipe, the more difficult it is to learn through reverse engineering. It is worth the effort to continue trying.

Lisa Clark

Lisa has been an avid gamer since she was old enough to hold her first controller and a game writer for more than a decade. A child of the Nintendo generation, she believes they just don’t make games like they used to but sometimes, they make them even better! While consoles will always be her first love, Lisa spends most of her gaming time on the PC these days- on MMOs and first-person shooters in particular.