So I have done an insane amount of research and read just about every guide on the internet and since none of them are 100% correct on everything I thought I would make a guide for myself. Please feel free to make any suggestions or comments!!
*The majority of this guide follows pretty closely the legendary flowchart, with a few adjustments based on my preference and opinion.
The well-known best start in the game is the Phoenix squad. They have a ton of perks early game but probably the best component is Hera's leader ability, which shares every Phoenix unique with all other Phoenix toons. They can also be used to unlock Palpatine and Thrawn, some of the most powerful toons in the entire game.
Cantina Battles: Hera/Ezra
Cantina Battle Store: Chopper
Hard Nodes: Sabine (5*)
Squad Arena Store: Kanan
Galactic War Store: Zeb
Guild Store: Dengar
Hera and Ezra are both in Cantina Battles so I would suggest unlocking Hera first for her leader ability and then once she is at 3-4 stars switch over to Ezra. At that point, you can just switch over every time you promote one or the other. Ezra also doubles as a Jedi for the Yoda Event. Chopper from Cantina Battle Store to 7*. You only need to take Sabine to 5* because the only reason to farm her is for her ship. Take Kanan to 7* through Squad Arena Store because not only is he Phoenix but he doubles as a Jedi for Yoda. Zeb will be your first toon to 7* because he is incredibly easy to farm through Galactic War. For Guild Store, farm Dengar first because he is a great Bounty Hunter/Scoundrel that you will need for not only Credit Heist, but also unlocking Chewbacca.
At this point, depending on your luck with the timing of the legendary events you should have both Palpatine and Thrawn unlocked. At this point, you can start building an Empire team to eventually unlock R2D2. You should already have TFP (Tie Fighter Pilot) and Tarkin unlocked through ships events and Vader through achievements.
Cantina Battles: TFP/KRU (Kylo Ren Unmasked)
Cantina Battle Store: Boba Fett
Hard Nodes: Bastilla/Jolee/Zaalbar
Squad Arena Store: Tarkin
Galactic War Store: Biggs
Guild Store: Ewoks
It doesn't matter whether you farm TFP or KRU first. KRU has an absolutely amazing ship and they are both farmed on the same node, and TFP is needed for your Empire squad and also has a decent ship. Boba Fett has an incredible ship and is one of the best Bounty Hunters/Scoundrels in the game. He is used for Credit Heist and for unlocking Chewbacca later on. Hard Nodes are gonna be some incredibly long farms, but all three of these characters need to be farmed. All three are needed for the Jedi Knight Revan (JKR) event, and Bastilla and Jolee will be used to unlock Yoda. Tarkin is needed from the Squad Arena Store for your Empire squad and for his Capital ship. Biggs' ship is one of the best in the game so he is a must from the Galactic War Store. Ewoks are next from Guild Store because they are necessary to unlock C3PO.
At this point, you will be getting more independent and the timing of Legendary Events have a lot to do with where you go from here.
Cantina Battles: Old Ben
Cantina Battle Store: First Order Officer
Hard Nodes: Bastilla (Fallen)/Juhani
Squad Arena Store: Stormtrooper Han/Princess Leia
Galactic War: Cad Bane
Guild Store: Rex/Rey (Scavenger)/Jyn
Old Ben next in Cantina Battles because not only do you need him for the Commander Luke Skywalker (CLS) Event, but he also doubles as your last Jedi needed to unlock Yoda. If everything works out you should be done with Old Ben and can move on to KotOR before Bastilla/Jolee/Zaalbar are done in Hard Nodes. The priority is on KotOR and if you realize you need to start farming T3/Mission earlier, Old Ben goes on hold. First Order Officer from Cantina Battle Store because he is an essential part of your future First Order team. Bastilla (Fallen) and Juhani are next in Hard Nodes because they are required to unlock Darth Revan and Bastilla (Fallen) is a huge part of the meta right now. ST Han and Princess Leia from Squad Arena Store because they are both needed to unlock Commander Luke Skywalker. I would suggest farming Han first because he doubles as a scoundrel for your Credit Heist team. Cad Bane is next in the Galactic War Store because he is needed to unlock Chewbacca. At this point in the game, Guild Store is still a pretty slow farm and it is really up to you what you farm out of there from here. Rex is a great leader and clones are on the rise right now. Rey is needed to unlock JTR and is good in raids. Jyn is also good for raids and is the only leader in a Rogue One team.
At this point in the game, it is gradually transitioning to you making most of the choices. Ships should be a strong priority while still focusing on completing and maintaining a dominant Arena team.
Cantina Battles: KotOR (Mission, T3-M4)/Farmboy Luke
Cantina Battle Store: Ships
Hard Nodes: Bossk
Squad Arena Store: HK-47
Galactic War Store: Ships/K2SO
As you might have noticed, Cantina Battles are gonna include so many of the people that you are gonna need throughout the game. The next three toons that you are gonna want to farm are Mission, T3, and Farmboy Luke. It doesn't matter which one first. The KotOR toons finish your team for the JKR Event and Farmboy Luke finishes your team for CLS. These toons are arguably the two best toons in the game, so whenever you get one make sure to grab the other. At this point, the Cantina Battle Store only really has a couple of options left: Cassian's U-Wing (one of the best ships), Qui-Gon (great for raids), Old Daka (Nightsister Team), and Stormtrooper (Empire/Imperial Trooper Team). Your choice. Farm Bossk from Hard Nodes because he is essential for Chewbacca and has arguably the best ship in the game. You should farm HK-47 from Squad Arena Store because he is required to get Darth Revan and is a huge part of the current meta. Galactic War Store is also one that will slow down when it comes to urgent toons. At this point, you wanna grab the good ships that come through and eventually grab K2SO (for ship), Magmatrooper (for Empire/Imperial Trooper Team), and Captain Phasma (First Order/Raids). Order of these characters are not super important, just choose whatever you are currently working towards at the time.
Again it's all about what you are currently working on and what you prefer. This is just what my current plan is for when I get there.
Cantina Battles: First Order (KRU, Kylo Ren, First Order Executioner)
Hard Nodes: Jango/First Order Tie Pilot/Ewoks/Etc
Squad Arena Store: IG-88
First Order toons are next on the list for Cantina Battles because you need them to unlock Jedi Training Rey. KRU because on the off chance you didn't farm him until now, now's the time. Hard Nodes are gonna be for farming a couple of different things. In the end game, there are SO many options for what to farm through Hard Nodes, all of them being a long term commitment. It's all up to you what you choose to farm at this point. Some great options are Jango (also has Bossk's ship on same node), FOTP (need him for ship and for First Order team), Ewok Elder and Wicket (need them both for C3PO event), Mother Talzin and Nightsister Zombie (Nightsister team), and Darth Nihilus and Sion (super dominant in the meta right now). As for Squad Arena, we still got a couple more good toons we need to grab from there before doing whatever. For now, grab IG-88 because he is your last bounty hunter needed to get Chewbacca, he has a ship, and he is gaining popularity in a droid meta right now.
Now you are in the complete end game. Whatever you say goes. These are my current opinions:
You need Canderous for unlocking Darth Revan, so he is an obvious choice. Finn, Veteran Han, and Veteran Chewie are all needed for unlocking Jedi Training Rey, so they are also up there. It's your choice which one you want to grab first. As for Squad Arena Store, Ackbar is needed for his Capital ship, and Asajj is needed to complete your Nightsister team and add a separatist to your collection for unlocking Padme (but you're on your own with that one).
Things to Add:
- Hard Nodes (and Guild Store) are the absolute slowest farms in the game. While this guide is put into phases, by no means will you be unlocking and completing these toons at the same time. Hard Nodes will take SO much longer than anywhere else you might be farming. In the same way, Galactic War currency flows (most of the time). These farms will most likely be your fastest farms.
- As you might have noticed, I did not make a guide for ships. This is because there are not many resources out there for finding info on ships, but also because I do not feel super confident in my knowledge of ships (unlike toons). This doesn't mean that ships are any less important than Squad Arena. The main purpose of ships is to net extra crystals every day and to get Zeta mats. So don't slack off on ships!
Quick Summary and Order of Farming:
Cantina Battles: Hera/Ezra > TFP/KRU > Old Ben > KotOR > Farmboy Luke > KRU/Kylo Ren/FOE > Canderous/Chirpa/Finn/Vets
And that's all there is to it! I hope this is helpful to y'all in need of some help. I am actually currently following this guide, so any advice from players with more experience is more than welcome! Please let me know if there is anything you think I missed or anything that might need to be taken out! Thanks for taking the time to read my guide! Cheers!