The new Legacy System is a pretty unique addition to SWTOR that a lot of players have really been looking forward to and with the 1.2 patch live, that means we get to see what all the fuss is about.
The Legacy System allows players to create a family tree of characters. Once your character has completed their Chapter 1 storyline, they will be able to choose a Legacy “Last Name.” This Legacy last name must be unique and is shared across all characters on that server. Once you have unlocked your Legacy, any and all characters on that server will now contribute to that player’s Legacy Experience Points. Much like normal xp, when you reach certain Legacy thresholds, you will increase your Legacy Level. These levels unlock various rewards.
By completing all the Chapter 2 quests you will unlock your classes buff on all other alts. You will also unlock class specific emotes. Completing Chapter 3 with your character will unlock that classes special ability to all classes to be used during Heroic moment. These unlocks have no legacy requirement. Here is a list of class buffs and special abilities you will be able to unlock:
- Imperial agent – Coordination Buff – Legacy Orbital Strike ability
- Bounty Hunter – Hunter Boon Buff- Legacy Flamethrower ability
- Sith Inquisitor – Mark of Power Buff – Legacy Lightning Storm ability
- Sith Warrior – Unnataural Strength Buff – Legacy Force Choke ability
- Jedi Consular – Force Valor Buff – Legacy Project ability
- Jedi Knight – Force Might Buff – Legacy Force Sweep ability
- Smuggler – Lucky Shots Buff – Legacy Dirty Kick ability
- Trooper – Fortification Buff – Legacy Sticky Grenade ability
Some of the bonuses can get insanely expensive: A Ship Mailbox requires Legacy Level 10 and costs 500,000 credits.. Rocket Boost which provides an intense speed burst for a short time requires Legacy Level 8 and 2,000,000 credits! SWTOR needed a good money sink though and I feel like this gives enough incentive to players to invest their time and credits into it. For a fairly good list of Legacy rewards and bonuses check out this post on SWTOR Daily Quests.