In this part of Game Update 15 Bestine, the de-facto capital city of the planet Tatooine is under threat. Every three hours, starting at 01:00 GMT, invading troops take up their positions and try to usurp the city's current occupiers. See Invasion Times for details of the new start times.
The Planetary Map shows which faction currently presides over the city and how long the current stage of the battle will last for. The three stages in this map are either the countdown to the battle (lasts for a number of hours), the Construction Phase (30 minutes) or the Invasion Phase (30 minutes). The faction that has control of the region at the start of the Construction Phase play the part of the Defenders and the other faction become the Attackers. If there is no faction that is in control of the region (the region is 50% Rebel and 50% Imperial) then "other factors" will determine who attacks and who defends.
Note: Only the factional percentage score for the region determines the attackers/defenders. The previous Invasion does not. It is possible for one faction to be successfully conquered time and time again but still hold control of the region and as such remain as the defenders.
Phase I: Construction
In this Phase the defenders build up the city's defenses whilst the aggressors put together the forces that will join in with the siege. The Defending General can be found in the center of Bestine at /way -1214 -3626. Nearby the Supply Terminal and the Field Officer can be found. The Supply Terminal gives resources to Traders and construction missions whilst the Field Commander gives combat missions.
The Attacking faction have three camps outside of the city
- /way tatooine orange -900 -3782 Camp East;
- /way tatooine orange -1253 -3348 Camp North;
- /way tatooine orange -1184 -3821 Camp South;
Each camp consists of a Captain, a Supply Terminal, a Cloning Facility, a Junk Dealer and a factional recruiter. In the offensive camps it is the Captain that gives the combat missions. The defensive area and the three attacking camps also have Planning Tables that shows a map of the city and the routes that the attacking forces will take on their destruction paths.
All players can then use Tools to add resources to the Pylons that can be found scattered throughout the city or on the invasion route. Traders are the most efficient Pylon crafters, although other professions can take part in this stage if a Trader gives them the Tools. For every Tool that is used in building up a Pylon, a trader accrues one fatigue point whilst other professions suffer five. The number of resources added to the Pylon is the same for all professions but is dependent upon the stats that the Tool have. Pylons take on different levels which are dependent on the amount of resources used in their construction.
The Pylons remain as Pylons throughout the Construction Phase. Each of the following five Pylon types are represented by an icon that can be seen floating above the Pylon. They are converted to the correct item once the next Phase begins.
- Level 0 Pylon - 0 resources used.
- Level 1 Pylon - 1 to 49 resources used.
- Level 2 Pylon - 50 to 99 resources used.
- Level 3 Pylon - 100 resources used.
Each Pylon also comes with a specialization that determines what part it will play in the coming battle. Pylons that remain at level 0 will not transform into a combat resource once the Construction Phase is over.
Constructing these Pylons cause the builder to suffer from fatigue. Fatigue is a stackable debuff that increases the time required to add resources to a Pylon. A second is added to this timer for each ten debuffs that a player receives. The debuff is capped at a difficult to obtain 1000, meaning that a maximum of 100 seconds is added to the timer (bringing it to a total of 1 minute and 50 seconds). Entertainers can remove this fatigue and by doing so speed up the construction rates of their side considerably.
Upon completing Galactic Civil War Construction Quests, the player will be rewarded GCW points and tokens. Combatants receive 250 GCW points and 5 GCW tokens, while Special Forces are given 500 GCW points and 10 GCW tokens. These Quests revolve around using 10 tools in the construction of Patrol, Barricade, Tower, Turret, and Vehicle Points.
Soldier Patrol Pylons
These Pylons become Patrol Spawn Points and spawn NPCs during the next Phase of various quantities and levels.
- Level 1 Spawn Point: Level 60 NPCs
- Level 2 Spawn Point: Level 90 NPCs
- Level 3 Spawn Point: Level 90 elite NPCs
Vehicle Patrol Pylons
These Pylons become Vehicle Spawn Points and spawn Vehicles during the next Phase of various quantities and levels.
- Level 1 Spawn Point: Level 60 elite vehicle
- Level 2 Spawn Point: Level 90 elite vehicle
- Level 3 Spawn Point: Level 90 boss vehicle
These Pylons become Barricades and shield nearby players and NPCs during the next Phase. They do not have levels, but their hit points are increased by 5000 for each resource used.
These Pylons become Turrets that are controlled by an AI and fire on enemy units. The different levels of the Pylon gives the turret increased damage per shot, each resource used also increases the hit points by 5000.
These Pylons become Towers that give a 200% increased damage buff to nearby NPCs and vehicles. Once again they do not have levels, but their hit points are increased by 5000 for each resource used.
At the end of the Construction Phase, players who took part are awarded 100 GCW and 10 Tokens.
Phase II: The Invasion
The invading forces attack along six different paths to make their way into the center of the city. The defending forces stay rooted to their spawn location to fend off any enemies. The map shows the invasion routes:
The objective for Attacking forces is to defeat the entrenched General. The Defending faction have to keep the General alive for the full 30 minutes in order to be named the victors. The General is a CL 110 Boss with 1 million health, he possesses powerful ranged and AOE attacks. The NPCs make their way towards the General in order to make their attacks, but players need to take care: attacking the General flags the player as Special Forces so the defenders can add their power to the defense.
Note: This Special Forces flag does take some time before it comes in to effect. A pop-up window warns players that they will be vulnerable to Special Forces enemies if their attacks continue.
The combat resources that players have constructed in the previous Phase come in to play in the following ways:
Patrol Spawn Points
Both offensive and defensive factions make use of these Patrol Spawn Points. Defensive points spawn a single NPC of varying skill that will remain at that location and attack enemy units until killed. Offensive points spawn NPCs at time intervals that will follow the set paths towards the defensive positions and attack the units that it finds along its path. Spies are given missions to destroy these Patrol points and halt the spawn of NPCs, Entertainers can inspire the patrol points to buff the NPCs and Traders can repair the Patrol points if they are damaged.
Vehicle Spawn Points
These are only available to the invading faction and spawn potentially deadly vehicles at time intervals that make their way into the city, attacking defensive positions as they go.
Only the defending faction can benefit from barricades that provide defensive buffs whilst they remain standing. Any attacking combat profession can be given missions to destroy these for GCW and token gain, whilst defending Traders can repair the barricades if they are damaged.
Again, these are only available to the defending faction. These powerful guns will only target attacking players and vehicles. Any attacking combat profession can be given missions to destroy these for GCW and token gain, whilst defending Traders can repair the turrets if they are damaged.
The defending faction is once again the only faction that can benefit from these towers. Towers provide increased intelligence to the AI of nearby NPCs. There is no specific mission given to destroy these, but enemy vehicles will make it their priority to level these structures.
Profession Specific Missions
Each Profession has missions that provide GCW points and tokens and run alongside the main attack/defense mission. Like with the construction missions, completing these missions gives your faction small advantages in the battle and can be enough to turn the tide of the invasion. To take part in these missions players must be Combatant or Special Forces.
- Entertainer Missions
- Medic Missions
- Trader Missions
- Smuggler Missions
- Spy Missions
- General Combat Missions
Players who have taken part in the winning faction are awarded 1000 GCW and 40 Tokens and players in the losing faction are given 100 GCW and 10 Tokens. The number of tokens and GCW points rewarded for the winning and losing faction are the same for Combatants and Special Forces. A Comm message from an important factional character will let the players know how well they have done. The city's invasion then goes into cooldown for two hours. During this time the Invasion NPCs despawn and normality resumes. Remember that the Defenders for the Invasion are not determined by the outcome of the previous Invasion, rather the GCW score for the region at the start of the Invasion. This means that players can use the two hour window to gain additional GCW points in the region which might change the factional balance in the city by the time the next Invasion rolls around.