Hello Hecklefangs members! Today I am going to teach you about courting companions. Many people wonder what the purpose of affection, or companion missions may be. The answer to these questions is simple, they are all on a path to present you with a companion that has 10000 affection, and is possibly able to be courted. Having a maxed out companion in affection has several benefits, of these are an added stat bonus, the ability to marry your companion, and lastly to be able to receive letters in your mail box from the courted companion.
I am currently playing a Bounty Hunter. Because you can only court a companion of the opposite gender, I went with Mako. Mako is the companion who you get on the starter planet Hutta for Bounty Hunters. Through quests alone I got roughly 4000 affection with her. After that I began purchasing presents that you can give your companion to increase affection. Every so often, while increasing affection, you get a quest from that companion on your class’s designated star ship. This quest is the path that is required for you to take if you are going to court your companion. Obviously, you want to pick every flirt dialogue option. Once begin the companion quests, you’ll notice that they increase in difficulty.
My final quest for Mako was for level 48’s. Once you get around 9000 affection by purchasing gifts that that specific companion likes (Says how much they like it if you hover over it with your mouse), doing class quests, and just plain old questing. Finally, you’ll get the option to “Make it official” in one of the companion quests. Doing these quests is a requirement of courting. Once I reached 10,000 affection with Mako, I unlocked a legacy bonus of +10 power.
Also, your companion will send you letters with gifts that other companions can use. I have received multiple for my other companion, a Jawa named Blizz. For those of you who have a smartphone, a free app by the name of Crew Helper has information on every companion such as what they like, what they are good for, and what planet you find them on. I hope this helped out, I personally really enjoyed the process and I have X’ral to thank for introducing it to me. As far as I can tell, the process is the same for every class so have fun!
Editor’s Note from X’Ral: Below, reposted from Dulfy’s excellent guide to companion gifts, is a table showing which gift types solicit the strongest reaction from each of the Imperial companions.
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This table dates back to patch 1.2, and two companions have been added to the game since then. HK-51’s favorite gifts are Weapons, and he’ll award a decent amount of affection for Trophies, Military Gear, and Technology. Treek loves Technology gifts, and will award a decent amount of affection for Trophies.