SWTOR PvP Guide – Valor Titles, Ranks, and Medals Explained

SWTOR Sith Inquisitor Force StormOutside of the fantastic story you get while leveling up in Star Wars: The Old Republic, the most interesting part of the game for me is PvP. Unfortunately, it’s hard to jump right in because the system can be a little overwhelming.

Even so, it’s awfully hard to find a comprehensive guide to SWTOR PvP. So I thought I’d do my best to put one together. This entry is going to cover Valor Titles, Valor Ranks, and Medals earned while in Warzones.


Valor Ranks and Titles

First of all, you have to know what Valor is. Valor can be considered “PvP XP” because you gain it by completing Warzones (you can queue up for Warzones by clicking the faction icon on the lower-right of your minimap—but only after you reach level 10.)

As you gain Valor, you gain ranks, up to Rank 100. However, you cannot have a higher Valor Rank than your character level, so Ranks 50-100 can only be gained at max level.

SWTOR PvP TitlesFor every 10 levels of Valor you gain, you get a new, special title for your character.

The titles—up to Rank 100—are as follows:

  • Valor Rank 10 – Skirmisher
  • Valor Rank 20 – Duelist
  • Valor Rank 30 – Gladiator
  • Valor Rank 40 – Centurion
  • Valor Rank 50 – Champion
  • Valor Rank 60 – Battlemaster
  • Valor Rank 70 – War Hero
  • Valor Rank 80 – Conqueror
  • Valor Rank 90 – Warlord
  • Valor Rank 100 – Elite Warlord


Warzone Medals

SWTOR PvP Warzone MedalsAs you compete in PvP Warzones, you may notice that you gain medals. These medals increase your rewards for participating in the Warzone, but only up to a certain point. You can gain as many medals as possible, but you will only gain rewards for the first 8. These medals appear as a buff near your character’s lifebar.

For each medal, you gain the 250 Valor and 5 Warzone Commendations (used as currency to purchase PvP weapons, armor, and consumables).

While 8 medals may sound daunting, it’s really not. There are some 34 medals you can be rewarded.

  • Offense Basic – 1k Attacker Points
  • Offense Bronze – 3k Attacker Points
  • Offense Silver – 5k Attacker Points
  • Offense Gold – 7.5k Attacker Points
  • Offense Platinum – 10k Attacker Points
  • Offense Diamond – 15k Attacker Points
  • Defense Basic – 1k Defender Points
  • Defense Bronze – 3k Defender Points
  • Defense Silver – 5k Defender Points
  • Defense Gold – 7.5k Defender Points
  • Defense Platinum – 10k Defender Points
  • Defense Diamond – 15k Defender Points
  • Dauntless I – 10 Minute Victory
  • Dauntless II – 9 Minute Victory
  • Dauntless III – 8 Minute Victory
  • Dauntless IV – 7 Minute Victory
  • Dauntless V – 6 Minute Victory
  • Dauntless VI – 5 Minute Victory
  • Demolisher – 2.5k Damage Single hit
  • Annihilator – 5k damage from a single attack
  • Combatant – 75k Damage Dealt
  • Destroyer – 300k Damage Dealt
  • Commando – 10 Kills
  • Soldier – 25 Kills
  • Quick Draw – 1 Killing Blow
  • Assassin – 1 Solo Kill
  • Shield – 5k Defense
  • Protector – 50k Defense
  • Guardian – 2k Defense in 1 Life
  • Paladin – 10k Defense in 1 Life
  • Healer – 75k Healed
  • Savior – 300k Healed
  • Medic – 2.5k Single Heal
  • Trauma Surgeon – 5k Single Heal

In order to facilitate participation—i.e. no one AFKing their way through the Warzone—you must earn at least 3 medals in a Warzone to gain any reward at all.

I think that about covers it, but if I’ve missed anything or you have any questions, be sure to leave a comment, hit me up on Twitter, or shoot me an email.

Picture of the Day – “May the Fourth Be With You!” Edition

When I was a teenager, Star Wars – Jedi Knight II: Jedi Outcast was new and awesome. It, however, lacked one crucial feature: the ability to choose your character’s species. So I fixed that by modding my game files, and Kyle Katarn the human became Kyle Katarn the Chiss.

So when Star Wars: The Old Republic announced Chiss as a playable species, my hopes were high that I would be able to finally have my Chiss with a lightsabers. No such luck. Chiss were limited to non-Force-sensitive classes.

However, with the advent of Patch 1.2, the Legacy system allowed universal species unlocks, and my nerdy teenage dream became a reality. I now have a Chiss with not one, but two lightsabers. Awesome.

SWTOR Chiss Jedi Sentinel

May the Fourth be with you. Always.


Newbie Blogger Initiative! Woo!

Three years ago, I had no idea what I was doing when it came to blogging (though it might be argued that I still don’t). I muddled my way around, read some posts here and there, left a few comments, but generally, learned the ropes by putting myself out there and writing my heart out.

Thankfully, those days are long past for me, but thousands of new blogs spring up every day–and with them, new bloggers.

That’s where the Newbie Blogger Initiative comes in. It’s a collaborative effort between some of the internet’s best, most interesting, intelligent, pretty, veteran bloggers who just want to help newbies learn the ropes and hopefully avoid some of the pitfalls each one of us might have stumbled through.

MMO blogging, which is the NBI’s focus, can be a hard game. Online communities are notoriously negative, infamously critical, and potentially seen by outsiders as more trouble than they’re worth. However, that’s not always the case.

If it weren’t for the community of bloggers I found three years ago, there’s a very good chance I would have wiped my hands clean of the whole mess and left not only blogging, but the MMO-sphere, too. People like Syp, TeshSpinks, Pete, Stillwater, and Ferrel make the whole deal worth it. There are loads of connections to be made and fun to be had.

Don’t let the fear of flames or of writing or of anything else stop you. I tell my students every year that I’ve become a better writer because of blogging more than anything else, and it’s the truth. Read some of my early blogs, then read some of my newer ones–tenfold improvement. I’ve made connections and friends, even found ways to advance professionally. All because I wanted to write about WoW and other such geekery.

So check out the Newbie Blogger Initiative, and if you need anything at all, give me a yell, either here, email, or on Twitter. I’ll do anything I can to help you. It’s what I do.

SWTOR Exit Survey

My SWTOR account is on the way out. I decided not to resubscribe, but I have no doubt that I may eventually go back. Give the game a year or so, maybe less, and it may be worth the price of the subscription.

Since BioWare didn’t have a very robust comment system upon cancellation, I thought I’d fill out my own, brief exit survey.

What Did You Like Best About Star Wars: The Old Republic?

The story.

One thing BioWare does without parallel is tell a story. The narrative pulls you in and really doesn’t let go. Despite glaring technical issues that prevented me from finishing my class quests, the class quests are by far the best part of the game. Between the high-quality voice acting and writing, you almost forget the gameplay is standard themepark MMO fare.

Every planet has its own story, which isn’t that different from most MMOs–each zone usually has its own self-contained narrative. However, in SWTOR, the player is compelled the care. Some planets are fantastic (Vossvossvossvossvoss!), while others are simply mudholes you want to leave ASAP (Balmorra, that would be you).

Give the game a few years and a couple of expansions, and the storylines alone will be worth the price of a month or two here and there. As it stands, there just isn’t enough variety to warrant an extended stay. Like Keen and Graev said, this is a 3-monther.

What Feature Did You Like Least About Star Wars: The Old Republic?

Honestly? You want my honest opinion here? Really? Well, you asked for it, remember.

The worst feature of SWTOR is its online component. As a single-player game, Star Wars: The Old Republic is great. There is a ton of content with lots of extras and secrets. I mean, two separate factions with 4 distinct storylines each? That’s a lot of stuff to do!

But what if you want to play with a friend? Well, too bad! You can’t! Or, well, you can…but it’s not nearly as cool as if you had done it alone. Despite the inclusion of the tacked-on social points system, the game is about you. Not you and a buddy. The vast majority of the game can be enjoyed alone, and that’s great…because you will most of the time. You’ll find a person here and there while questing, but even on a PvP server, I wish you luck interacting with them. They’re off doing their own thing while you’re doing yours. Talking or fighting together (or each other!) would just slow you both down.

If You Could Improve One Aspect of Star Wars: The Old Republic, What Would It Be?

I would make gear mean less. As soon as players hit level 50 (the current level cap in SWTOR), the gear grind begins and the game moves from being a pretty cool single-player RPG into a fairly mediocre MMORPG. The playerbase begins fighting amongst itself, nitpicking about DPS numbers or mitigation percentages, or just measuring their epeens and proving–beyond a shadow of a doubt–that your purpz are indeed greater-than-sign mine.

If I had it my way, gear would mean less. It would mean something, but the people with the best gear wouldn’t be tiers above people with the worst. They’d be maybe–maybe!–15% more powerful. Just powerful enough to give them an advantage in any given situation PvE or PvP, but not enough that player skill wouldn’t be able to make up for it.

Without a focus on gear, players could then focus on more important aspects of online gaming, such as building a community. Ultima Online proved this kind of gameplay was possible. Sure, people with magic armor and weapons were tough (who didn’t hate fighting a Lumberjack with a Vanquishing axe or a Fencer with a tribal spear?), but if you had a better combination of skill, keybinds, and luck, anyone could beat anyone or anything else.

Final Thoughts?

One: Chiss with lightsabers. Please. Please.

Two: SWTOR stands distinctly as two separate games–one that demands a monthly fee for a story that would be better told offline and one that spent too much time in development limbo to incorporate advances in the genre.

Misc MMO Thoughts

Lately, my thoughts on gaming (and MMOs in general) have been numerous and scattered.  So here they are in a bulleted list!

  • It took BioWare until this week to fix my bugged class quest. After grinding the last 10 levels out sans the Inquisitor story, I don’t feel compelled to go back. Thanks for fixing it, but it’s too little and too late. BioWare customer service = terribad.
  • SWTOR is a fantastic game. Unfortunately, the fantastic game is marred by so many small–yet egregious–problems that I don’t know if I’ll ever resub.
  • Which sucks because I got suckered into buying the $150 collector’s edition. WTS Level 50 Sith Inquisitor and shiny box. PST.
  • EQ2 looks neat now that it’s free.  I would like to start playing because I hear so many wonderful things about the game, but I don’t think I’d have any friends there. Anyone play and need a healy-type?
  • Same goes for LOTRO. It looks fantastic, but it appears to be such a timesink for everything that you can do in there. I bet it’d be fun, but I’m not sure I have the stamina for it.
  • And now Star Trek Online is free, too. Honestly, why are so many cool games free now? And why do I have so little time to play them? I want to play them all, and I’m too competitive to be casual! Argh!
  • WoW is looking awesome again. Le sigh.
  • The reason WoW is looking awesome again is because of accessible raiding and content, which all the other options I have are not.
  • DDO is awesome. I need to play more. If I had a solid group to play with, I would be sorely addicted. Even playing solo, my Artificer is a beast.
  • Skyrim is forever awesome. So much to do. So many stories still to see.
  • I really need a good wireless PC gamepad, and not the Xbox 360 controller. Any suggestions?
  • I really love watching my wife play DCUO. What sucks is that the PC and PS3 versions aren’t compatible because I’d love to be able to play with her.
  • Uncharted and Arkham City are calling my name. They’re both awesome and don’t get nearly enough of my attention. I think they’re going to cheat on me soon.
  • Playing tabletop D&D with my buddies is some of the most fun I’ve had in years. Why can’t MMO raiding be as cool as D&D encounters?
  • Have you guys played Limbo? It’s awesome. It’s on Steam and the Playstation Network. Not sure about Xbox Live, but if you’ve not played it, go try the demo. It’s so much fun.
  • Who would have thought the online game that took the most of my time in the past few weeks was on the iPhone? Hero Academy is simply fantastic. A turn-based strategy game that you can play over the course of a day/week? Yes, please. My username is “professorbeej” if you want to play. I’m always up for a game! I just hope that they release an Android version of it eventually because I have so many friends I want to play with and can’t.