Star Wars Galaxy of Heroes has a survival or endurance mode called Galactic War. The holotable for Galactic War unlocks at level 40. Players will start on the left side of the screen with the first 3 chests shown. The opponent for each match is decided by your power level and the difficulty tier of each battle. The silver chests are the easiest, the purple are the hardest, and after every purple chests the enemy’s overall power level increases. Most of your opponents tend to have chewbacca or Dooku, especially in the early levels. Don’t be surprised to see several 4* characters as you progress through the stages. Take your time and work through each battle carefully and this should be some easy rewards.
Galactic War is a really cool endurance/survival mode that ensures that your extra characters are still pretty useful. While tough, the key to completing Galactic War is using your healers wisely and sparingly. A team of 3 healers can take out most of the map but if their cooldowns aren’t reset for the final 3 battles don’t be surprised to wipe out. There is no guarantee that the enemies will be near your level, only that they will be near your power. This also doesn’t take into account the enemy team’s synergy. It is possible to come across some truly tough foes. If any of your characters die, they will be unusable until the next Galactic War. Any damage suffered or cooldowns used will remain after every fight. However, this also works in your favor. Enemy teams will follow the same rules. Try using a shock team to soften up a tough foe when you need to heal before going in blasters blazing!
Galactic War Shipments
As you battle through the Galactic War levels you will begin to earn War Tokens which can be redeemed for another set of unique shipments. You may be wondering which shipments to purchase from the Galactic War shipments section on the bottom right. Unfortunately, there aren’t too many great characters in here. Luminara would be the best to go for at first as she will be a powerful asset in PvE and possibly PvP depending on your current team composition. Most of the other shipments are fillers for type specific teams and should be taken at your best judgement. Remember that the rewards here also reset every 6 hours which means you can possibly get 15 of whichever shard every day.
The bread and butter of Star Wars Galaxy of Heroes like most other team building/strategy games in this genre is the PvP. You progress up a ladder based ranking system earning different rewards for each tier you finish in. You can either control the battles manually or use auto-battle. The team that you fight with will be the team that defends against other players. The ladder you are in is based on when you started playing and other players in your region. There’s no exact way to figure out your ladder placement yet.
There are a couple gripes I have with the ladder system in Galaxy of Heroes that could easily be fixed. Latecomers are at a pretty bad disadvantage. First you only get 5 attempts at the ladder at a time which wouldn’t be so bad in and of itself, but even if you drop 100$-200$ on the cash shop and have a vastly higher power number than people several hundred ranks above you it will only let you battle so many ranks above you. IE, to go from rank 120 to rank 5 will take more than 5 attempts as you can only battle 15-25 ranks higher even if you are stronger than everyone up to rank 6. This means you’ll have to drop several hundred gems just to find your true ranking quickly. There is no way to issue a challenge to other players either.
Also, instead of dropping a rank when you lose to a challenger you will trade ranks instead. This means that you can go from rank 5 to 50 while players who haven’t played in days just sit at their rank untouched if no one attacks them. With a couple unlucky challenges you can be set rather far back. If you’re nearing the time limit for the day but want to hold your position “lock” yourself in place by battling someone at <10 minutes. When you’re in combat no one else can challenge you. By sitting an opponent at low health you can make sure that any challenges have to come early.
Aim for the squishy attackers first. When you outnumber your opponent it is a lot easier to win. Dooku is always a good target to kill first, especially if you have the burst damage. Usually having the only Dooku will let you gain the edge in combat. Beware of Old Ben and consider using a ability block on him to mess up the first round of shenanigans. That should give an edge over Old Ben teams but make sure you kill him later if you can. When he dies he buffs his entire team and is rather weak otherwise. Barriss’s heal equilibrium will ignore health debuffs. This can either be great or terrible for you depending on which side of the fence you find yourself on. Try to burst opponents out before her turn, and save her for last. She’s really weak and slow otherwise.
Each day you’ll gain rewards from your current ranking on the leaderboards. These can be used to buy shards for exclusive characters. My personal opinion is to aim high as most of the value rests with the 80 shard characters. Sidious is normally the first one purchased and maxed as he has fantastic PvP potential. If you arere in top spots in rankings it will be rather easy to purchase 10 shards a day making it only 8 days to unlock him.
The rewards are rather nice but due to the time/investment it takes to climb the leaderboard I wouldn’t recommend going at it hardcore except for the wisest of Jedi or the most malicious of Sith. It’s a very expensive pay to win process and the resulting 200-300 gems from being in first is piss poor. Spend your money on gems/crystals for XP if you’re looking to rank high the character packs won’t beat a good rerolled higher level account with starters.
Squad Cantina unlocks at level 28 and comes with its very own stamina bar. The Cantina Xp bar is a very nice addition to your leveling efforts. Once players unlock this they will earn a lot of extra xp but the refill rate is 10:1. This is also the best place to farm character shards as you can go at them as long as you have stamina. Talia is a good choice to start with and can be found at 1-G. Most of the levels will drop character shards that you can use to unlock new characters as well as dropping 1K in gold each time. I always make sure to refill my stamina for 100 gems here at least once a day.
In order to complete the missions you will choose from the very best of your Star Wars squadron. Pick leaders that have good synergy with both factions and use support characters to counterattack the enemy team’s composition. These battles are tougher than the normal story missions and can be a bit challenging if you are not prepared. With a little preparation you should have no trouble progressing to a 7* character!
The rewards in this arena are, on the whole, much better than the standard missions. Players will also earn Cantina Credits which are a great way to level up your character’s abilities. Be careful though as players can only buy them once every refresh. Make sure you plan accordingly to maximize your gains. I normally spend my Cantina Credits on the ability materials after maxing out Old Daka as the other character shards aren’t too great here. If you are in need of some new characters Ahsoka and Old Daka are the best here. Old Daka’s stuns can be monstrous in pvp. The rest are filler.
Challenges are daily missions that you can take on a couple times each depending on the mission. Sometimes they’ll have special requirements like the STR gear challenge which only lets you use characters with the attacker trait. These are pretty easy and drop a lot of useful items like training droids and rare equipment. Listed below are what challenges I have seen and when they have occured.
Str Gear Challenge – Attackers Only – Thursday, Saturday, Sunday, Monday
Agi Gear Challenge – Healers/Support Only – Friday, Saturday, Sunday
Bounty Hunter Challenge – Earn Mining Droids (Big Credits!) – Friday, Saturday, Sunday
Ability Mats Challenge – Earn items for special abilities – Saturday, Sunday
Int Gear Challenge – Tanks Only – Saturday, Sunday
Training Droid Challenge – Earn XP Quickly! – Saturday, Sunday, Monday