***This guide is not meant for the players who spend excessively on Chrono Cards and character packs. God bless you and keep funding the game for the rest of us! Grammar may be wrong and you might not agree with me but this is all opinionated and meant for new low spending players***
While the game looks as if it's the typical pay2win model there is hope for the small or not at all spenders such as myself. Before you can dominate the galaxy with all your favorite heros and villans at level 60 in your 7 star and epic quality gear you have to have a crew that will actually get you to that point. That's what this guide is for. Keep in mind that even if you have a 4 star you luckily got from chrono cards you will spend 100's of dollars trying to advance there stars praying that they drop from more chrono cards. By level 50 a 7 star non chrono pack character that can be grinded in game will out perform
the 4 star almost everytime.
First lets take a look at the starting characters.
CHEWBACCA: You will hear the level 60's pronounce that this character is trash, dies to easily and is a sub par tank compared to it's chrono card peers. And that is true. But he also is a free 3 star who's shards are extremely easy to acquire, has buffs and a self heal and can tank anything in equal level and gear that you need it to. Until you can get Old Ben I advise to invest in grinding his shards and gear all the way to seven star or until you hit the lottery.
JAWA: Not a fan of this character. Has low HP, meh damage and his AOE is Dooku's wet dream...but..his shards can be attained in the game easily and once you get him to 6 stars the little Jawa starts to pack a punch. Worth investing in till around level 40. By that point other DPS characters that can be attained by grinding shards become available that eclipse the jawa's usefulness.
TALIA: This is the only starting character that has ensured there spot in my lvl 60 crew. Invest all the way to seven stars and max gear. Best off healer you can get non chrono card.
CONSULAR: The low end healer of SWGOH. So so heals, low HP, crappy damage and that ugly brown robe. But he is all we have to work with until you can unlock Old Daka through the cantina or Luminara from galactic battle. The positive news is Consulars shards open up in the cantina lvl 3 map so you can easily farm him to 5 or six stars to get you through until you can unlock another main healer.
Now that we have discussed the starting characters lets get down to the meat and potatoes of how to level efficiently. While it might be tempting to spend your last 350 crystals you earned from dailies and arena on that 2% chance you unlock a 4 star always and I mean always use the crystals for more energy to advance level, gear and shards of your current characters. Trust me you will be more powerful with a crew thats level 60, seven starred and fully geared than the guy who has 5 4 star chrono only characters at level 40ish in blue gear because he spent all his earned crystals on the lottery. Once you are geared and high level you can unlock the harder instances and farm better quality characters so its imperative that you race to 60 as quickly as possible with the characters you have. I spend around 500 crystals a day purely on energy. I get those crystals each day because I have ranked number one in arena for a week now. I've spent around 60 USD and spent it all on energy at lower levels to grind levels, shards and gear for for all starting characters. I have no trouble beating the chrono card buyers because I out level, out star and out gear them atm. That may change as people throw hundreds of USD at the game but it goes to show if you're on a budget my way of leveling not only works, it works well. So basically invest in what you have and later in the game you will have the ability to grind the leet squad you really want.
Some tips that might help.....
**Spend crystals on arena reset if you still have powerful enough characters to rank higher. Always rank as high as possible for free crystals and currency to buy shards.
** When unlocking characters through galactic war, cantina and arena concentrate on one character in each at a time. Dont spend 800 vouchers on two different characters. Buy one, wait for the 5 hour reset and buy same character shards.
** First unlocks should be Darth Sidious from Arena, Old Daka from Cantina and whichever you want from Galactic War. I'm going for Luminara in GW just so I can have bith non chrono card healers unlocked.
** Invest some money into the game. While I dont advise to use chrono cards early in the game I do advise to spend money here and there for extra energy to advance your crew. That extra level, gear piece or star may help you advance a little further in the arena and game.
** Keep in mind a store only bought four star will stay at four star for a looooong time without spending 100's of USD where as a character unlocked in-game you can advance to seven star with little to no money. And a seven star will out perform a 4 star almost always.
*** Take your time. Dont be in a rush. In several months everyone will be max level and using the same cookie cutter builds and the ones that spent a ton of money will always dominate. It's the pay2win model. So just enjoy the game!!!!
Hope this helps all the new players:)