SWTOR Jedi Sentinel Build and Spec Guide – PVP/PVE
In this SWTOR guide, I’ll be covering the specializations of the Jedi Sentinel, focusing on the three specializations, the builds, and rotations.
Before we move onto the main guide part, let’s have a look at some of the basic ideas.
A skill tree is a character build tree through which you can make your character stronger by adding points to certain abilities or skills. In SWTOR, the skills trees contain both active and passive attributes that can be enhanced by adding a certain capped number of points to them.
The skill tree is then further distributed into three specializations, or simply trees. The first two are exclusive to the character advanced class type. For example, for the Sith Assassin, the exclusive skill trees are Darkness and Deception.
The third one is shared among the parent class’s specializations – it is not exclusive to the character class type, but is available for one other class as well, which is a sub-class (or advanced class) of the parent class.
Again using the Sith Assassin as an example, the third specialization is Madness, which is also the third specialization for the Sith Sorcerer; both Sith Assassin and Sith Sorcerer advanced classes belong to the parent class ‘Sith Inquisitor’.
The point distribution in this guide is denoted by (XX,XX,XX), where the ‘XX’ is the number of points for a specialization, and the commas separate the three specializations.
Thus for a Darkness oriented Sith Assassin, configurations like (31,0,10) or similar mean 31 points for Darkness, 0 for Deception, and 10 for Madness. In total, there will always be a maximum of 41 points available at level 50 of the game.
Now for the main part of the guide:
The Jedi Sentinel consists of the following specialization trees:
- Focus (shared)
Ah, this specialization reminds me of The Watchmen movie. The Watchman Sentinel is a DPS styled variant, and perhaps the most used specialization of the Sentinel.
- Zealous Strike
Strike (10 or less focus)
Recommended PvE/PvP Builds: (31,7,3), (33,8,0)
Though some may not agree, these are, for now, the only tested builds that work very well for the Watchman variant. In PvP they might not be as effective, since there is no dedicated build, but these are more PvE oriented builds.
Try to experiment around with by adding/subtracting points from certain skills to get a balanced PvP play. Do remember that the Watchman is one of the best PvP DPS offenders in the game.
Remember that Zealous Strike is your highest priority ability at all times, due to the simple fact that it gives 6 Focus on a 16 second cool-down.
Once you have good enough focus, it is time to spend it. This is done with Cauterize, which should be used as often as possible, because not only does it have upfront damage, it has a 6s DoT that has increased chance to crit and do extra crit damage. Also, it has a chance to generate focus on its DoT.
Next is Overload Sabre. This is very similar to Cauterize. The objective is to always keep enough Focus that you can reuse Cauterize, Overload Sabre, ad Merciless Slash when they come off cool-down.
The Combat Sentinel is also a DPS variant, which greatly reduces the cool-down of abilities to allow fast Focus generation and quick damage.
- Force Leap
Recommended PvE/PvP Build: (5,31,5)
Thanks to the brilliant cool-downs from this build, your Focus generating ability, Zealous Strike, has a 12 second cool-down. Once again this is your central Focus pooling ability alongside Force Leap, which is quite handy in catching opponents when knocked back.
The main Focus spending abilities will be Precision Slash, Blade Storm, and Blade Rush. It is important to try to keep Precision Slash on cool-down due to the amazing 100% armor penetration.
The trick to this build is to pool 10 Focus for a Zen burst in which you use Precision Slash, hit Zen, then Blade Rush until you run out stacks. After that, it’s time to repeat your Focus developing methods and redo everything.
The Focus variant is more of a crowd-controlling oriented Sentinel, offering additional slows, stuns, and rooting abilities.
- Force Leap
Recommended PvE/PvP Build: (5,4,32)
The Focus tree seems average at low-to-medium levels, but really starts to show its brilliance from level 45 onwards. Hence it is a slow specialization. As a specialization with tons of crowd control effects, your main buddy will be Force Exhaustion.
Make sure to use it every time it is out of cool-down. Additionally, the Agility Training really helps in improving your speed, hence letting you get close to those ranged healers and DPS that are at times too hard to take out in PvP games.
The rotation will allow you to destroy half the health of most PvP players in the span of 4 global cool-downs, and repeating it is never too difficult.
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