Which SWTOR class should I play?

⚡️ Which class should I choose?

These are the factors you want to keep in mind when choosing a class…

  • What type of story are you looking for?

  • Are you looking for far range combat, or close range combat?

  • In combat, are you hoping to be a damage-based player, healer, or tank?

  • What type of weapon do you want to wield?

You can then use those answers to look at the classes and their advanced classes to see which one you want to play.

? Official Most Played SWTOR Classes

Source:SWTOR.com of 87 million created characters from 2016, more recent official data not available

  1. Jedi Knight

  2. Sith Warrior

  3. Sith Inquisitor

  4. Jedi Consular

  5. Bounty Hunter

  6. Republic Trooper

  7. Imperial Agent

  8. Smuggler

Source:SWTOR.com of 57 million created characters from 2014, more recent official data not available

  1. Jedi Knight

  2. Sith Warrior

  3. Jedi Consular

  4. Sith Inquisitor

  5. Bounty Hunter

  6. Republic Trooper

  7. Imperial Agent

  8. Smuggler

? Reddit’s 2018 Favorite Class Stories

740 players voted and ranked the classes they played from best to worst – here are the results!

  • Of those 740 players, only 19 had only ever played one class, and 58% had played all eight classes.

  • The most played class was the Sith Warrior! Only 13% of players who voted had not played this class.

  • The least played class was the Trooper. Almost 30% of players who voted had not played the class.

  • The highest rated class was the Imperial Agent. Of all players who voted, 36% of them voted the Imperial Agent as their #1 favorite class in the game. It was followed by the Sith Warrior.

  • The least-favorite class was the Trooper – not only was it the least played class, of all players that voted, only 13 people voted it as their favorite class story. Of those that actually played the trooper story, on a scale of 1 to 8 with 1 being the best class, the average for the trooper was around 6th place.

? Reddit’s Opinions on Class Stories

Want to hear what other redditors have to say about the classes? Redditors have given reviews of their classes in the comments below.

☄️ Republic Classes

Jedi Knight

Valiant, Determined, Guardian of Peace: A symbol of hope in dark times, the Jedi Knight stands for the legacy of the Jedi Order—more than twenty-thousand years of protecting the Republic and keeping the peace across the galaxy. Jedi Knights have served as generals, guerilla fighters, and warriors for generations, with few able to challenge their legendary combat prowess.

Jedi Consular

Visionary, Ambassador, Seeker of Jedi Wisdom: For more than 20,000 years, the Jedi Order has worked to promote peace and balance in the Galactic Republic, but each new day brings with it a new threat, promising to rip the Jedi and the entire galaxy apart. If the Republic is to survive, it needs leaders and visionaries; it needs the Jedi Consular.


Honor, Duty, Defense of the Republic: For decades, the armed forces of the Galactic Republic defended their civilization against the seemingly unstoppable Sith Empire. Despite countless setbacks, the men and women of the Republic military never backed down until the Senate ordered them to do so. These brave souls remain ready and willing to lay their lives on the line today.


Quick, Clever, Answers to No One: Sometimes luck is more important than skill, but it never hurts to have both. Lawlessness has become common in the wake of the devastating war between the Republic and Empire. Shifting political allegiances and marauding pirates have made independent space travel a dangerous enterprise. Cut off from traditional supply routes, entire star systems waver on the verge of collapse. An adventurous spirit who’s not afraid to break a few rules can make a handsome profit hauling cargo to these hotspots, but it requires fast reflexes, fast wits and a fast draw with a blaster. Even then, the life of a Smuggler is always a gamble.

? Imperial Classes

Sith Warrior

Champion of the Dark Side: An unstoppable force of darkness, the Sith Warrior is entrusted with the task of destroying the Empire’s enemies and enforcing Sith domination across the galaxy. The Warrior channels the destructive emotions of fear, anger, and hatred to purge weakness from body and mind and become a being of pure, brutal efficiency.

Sith Inquisitor

Sinister, Deceptive, Prodigy of Force Power: The history of the Sith Empire is fraught with scheming politics and dark secrets—the lifeblood of the Sith Inquisitor. Treachery hides around every corner in the Empire’s dark corridors, and survival depends on an individual’s natural cunning and the will to manipulate and defeat their enemies and allies alike. The Inquisitor experiments with forbidden powers to not only survive in this cutthroat environment, but to excel and seize authority.

Bounty Hunter

Hunter, seeker, killer for hire: Countless enemies stand in the way of the Sith Empire’s drive for domination. The Empire spares no expense eliminating these threats, offering massive bounties to employ the galaxy’s most lethal hunters. Earning a death mark from the Empire means a life spent in fear, constantly looking over one’s shoulder. It’s never a question if a Bounty Hunter will find you… only when.

Imperial Agent

Assassin, Saboteur, the Empire’s Secret Weapon: The Empire dominates scores of star systems across the galaxy, but not through the power of the dark side alone. Behind the scenes, the cunning Agents of Imperial Intelligence track down and eliminate the Empire’s enemies—from intractable Republic senators to traitorous Imperial Moffs to bloodthirsty rebels with Republic ties. Imperial Agents must master the arts of infiltration, seduction, and assassination to advance the Empire’s causes; they face the opposition of a terrified galaxy and the capriciousness of their own Sith overlords.

⚔️ Weapons

Only certain advanced classes can wield certain types of weapons. If you would like to wield a specific weapon, you will need to pick a class with an advanced class that can support that weapon.

Single Lightsaber/Force Double Lightsabers Dual-bladed Lightsaber Single Blaster Pistol Double Blaster Pistols Blaster Rifle Blaster Cannon Sniper Rifle
Jedi Knight Guardian Jedi Knight Sentinel Sith Inquisitor Assassin Smuggler Scoundrel Smuggler Gunslinger Trooper Vanguard Trooper Commando Imperial Agent Sniper
Sith Warrior Juggernaut Sith Warrior Marauder Jedi Consular Shadow Bounty Hunter Power Tech Bounty Hunter Mercenary Imperial Agent Operative
Jedi Consular Sage✝
Sith Inquisitor Sorcerer✝

✝ Jedi Consular Sage and Sith Inquisitor Sorcerer hold lightsabers in their hand, but do not use them primarily in combat. Instead, they rely on Force Powers and hold their lightsaber to the side in combat.

It’s worth mentioning that for weapons you can actually use some different weapons on some classes (e.g. single saber on an assassin) – you just won’t get all your abilities, but with how easy the game is now you can still run through story content without those abilities if you wanted (not recommended for group play or difficult content)

? Combat Roles

Each advanced class is restricted to certain roles in combat. If the advanced class has multiple roles, you can move between them – choose a role, known as a combat proficiency, is not a permanent choice. But if you are looking to play a certain role, for example a healer, you will need to choose an advanced class that has that option available.

Advanced Class DPS Tank Healer
Jedi Knight Guardian ✔️ ✔️
Jedi Knight Sentinel ✔️
Jedi Consular Sage ✔️ ✔️
Jedi Consular Shadow ✔️ ✔️
Trooper Vanguard ✔️ ✔️
Trooper Commando ✔️ ✔️
Smuggler Scoundrel ✔️ ✔️
Smuggler Gunslinger ✔️
Sith Warrior Juggernaut ✔️ ✔️
Sith Warrior Marauder ✔️
Sith Inquisitor Assassin ✔️ ✔️
Sith Inquisitor Sorcerer ✔️ ✔️
Bounty Hunter Power Tech ✔️ ✔️
Bounty Hunter Mercenary ✔️ ✔️
Imperial Agent Operative ✔️ ✔️
Imperial Agent Sniper ✔️

? Class Starter Planets

Tython Korriban Ord Mantell Hutta
Jedi Knight Sith Warrior Trooper Imperial Agent
Jedi Consular Sith Inquisitor Smuggler Bounty Hunter
Lvl 1 Lvl 1 Lvl 1 Lvl 1

Players who want to play together are recommended to choose classes that start on the same starter planet, or they will not be able to meet up until approximately level 10 after completing their first planet. Players on opposite factions are unable to play together.

? Strongest/Best Classes

Players are only recommended to investigate class strength, balance or performance if they are going to be participating in high-end group content (competitive PvE or PvP). Otherwise, choose a class that sounds fun to you. All classes are 100% ok for solo content and the class stories, and skilled players will get by just fine with all classes in group content. There is no official list of strongest/best classes.

Parsely Advanced Class Stats

“Take the above with a grain of salt, as dummy parses rarely represent actual boss and pvp fights.”

5.6 Class Changes List

“For most content in the game, including hard group content, skill is more important than the class, but as you get to true progression content, dummy parse leaderboards and ranked pvp, a combination of class and skill is required. If a new player is wanting to explore these parts of the game getting good to great at a variety of classes, specs and roles is ideal and in my opinion more enjoyable. And even on the content where skill is more important, it may be better for you to play a different class if it makes it easier for your team.”

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