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4 January 2012 8 Comments

Drinking Is Good For You!

Well, in SWTOR it is, anyway.

Many MMO players succumb to a kind of colour-blindness, where one ignores items if they’re not green, blue, orange or purple. This leads one to ignore the standard-quality items sold by vendors as being beneath one’s notice. If you’re a victim of this MMO Colour Blindness, you might have looked past the consumables sold on every planet. The medpacs and stims sold by the ubiquitous medical droids are well-known, but what about the food and drink sold in cantinas?

Next time you’re out doing missions, check in at your local cantina. The cantina vendors & bartender NPCs sell consumable food and drink. The food isn’t terribly useful; it increases your out-of-combat health regeneration, but everyone has an ability that takes care of that just fine anyway.

The drink, on the other hand, is well worth stocking up on. It buffs your Presence stat, which increases your companion’s health, damage done, and healing done. And the buffs are nothing to sneer at; they’ll make your companion significantly tougher and more useful, which makes questing and soloing much smoother.

Look for Comet Ice Water, Spiced Nerf Milk (mm, tasty?), Spacer Juice (freshly squeezed from real spacers!), Holiday Specials, the ominously-named Huttese Hangover, or Chilled Corellian Cocktails. You’ll find them in cantinas in level-appropriate areas, and the bartenders on Carrick Station & Vaiken Spacedock sell the level 40 Corellian Cocktails.

8 Responses to “Drinking Is Good For You!”

  1. Perrin 4 January 2012 at 20:52 #

    These are point for point, req for req the same as the BioChem Command stims.

    • Siha 6 January 2012 at 18:26 #

      And a lot cheaper! Comparing the L40 command stims and L40 drinks: the drinks are 1,000 credits from a cantina vendor. The stims are 2,500 credits from a stims vendor. With a friendly biochemist to hand the stims might be cheaper, but if you’re restricted to vendor purchases the drinks are definitely worth it.

  2. Alostrael 6 January 2012 at 11:54 #

    As someone who suffers from MMO colour blindness… thanks for the tip! Time to buy a drink or two methinks!

  3. Iyeri 11 January 2012 at 01:39 #

    Wow I wish I hadn’t overlooked this post for so long! My commitment to saving for my speeder just outdistanced my willingness to fork it over for stims, so the cheaper option will be much welcomed.

    • Siha 11 January 2012 at 02:43 #

      Glad to help! ;)

  4. Wujon 27 January 2012 at 02:34 #

    Having gone Biochem/Bioanalysis/Diplomacy from Early Access, I’ve never used one of these on my Shadow Tank, preferring to use Endurance or Willpower stims as appropriate — especially once I get the reusable one researched — but I can see that this could be pretty handy on my Alts. Are there any stats around as to how much Presence adds to Companion stats/abilities (or, is it all in the Tooltip, I must admit I haven’t looked)?

    • Siha 27 January 2012 at 07:51 #

      I don’t have exact numbers, but I suspect they’re all on the tooltip.

      Bear in mind that the vendor drinks can be used in addition to stims, too; it’s not an either/or choice.


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