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If specific Datacron A is in a GAC lineup, can it be used in a TW as well or is it no longer available to be used?
Much the same as units in your roster, you can use the same Datacron in GAC and TW. The squad locks differ between both modes and can be used in each independently.
During an average set, how many datacrons will I have and be able to apply?
That greatly depends on how many Datacrons you collect, the difficulty of Conquest you choose, the amount of energy you focus into Conquest Bonus Battles, and your Guild bracket in Territory Wars.
Can I use a datacron on a team that has some members at relic 5, some at relic 3 and will only the members at the different relic levels get the corresponding benefits? (I.e. Relic 3 gets the level 1-3 bonuses and Relic 5 gets the level 1-6 bonuses). Or must I have my entire team at the relic level higher in order to receive any form of bonus?
For Stat, Alignment and Factional Bonuses, the entire squad must be at that Relic level (or higher) to activate that Datacron level. For Character-specific Bonuses, that specific Character must meet the Relic requirements in addition to all previous Bonus Mechanics being active. In the above example all members will get the bonuses from levels 1-3 because the entire squad is Relic 3 or higher.
Will rewards scale for TW? Will Guilds be able to bring less people and fight lower level Guilds to earn the same amount of rewards they should be getting at a higher level?
Datacron rewards change based on Guild GP and TW reward bracket, similar to other Relic materials. The higher the guild GP, the better the rewards and emphasis on winning.
How much community feedback will you (CG) take into account during the Exhibition period? What things will you be looking for from us as the users?
In addition to looking at all the metrics for Datacron acquisition, use, and upgrading, we will be looking at the community feedback for what is fun and what pain points are outside what we had intended.
How are the factions and characters determined for each set?
When figuring out which factions to focus on in each set, we want to make sure that the same factions/characters aren’t repeated within either co-existing sets or adjacent sets.
During 6/14 through 7/10 - Can you use datacrons anywhere or are you just assembling them? This indicates you cannot use them in battle until 7/11 - 9/4. Is that correct?
At launch they will be available for use in Territory Wars and Grand Arena allowing them to be used when those modes are active. In the near future you will be able to use them in Squad Arena as well, allowing you to use them immediately.
Will they be randomly generated or will each sector have a specific datacron? If random, will a system be in place to prevent a player from getting the same datacron in every sector?
At launch Datacrons drop completely blank and only roll a bonus for a particular level when that level is unlocked.
Do Datacrons have an inventory limit? If so, how many?
30 per set
Can you clarify the terminology used in Datacrons? What are Stat Levels? What is a Bonus Stat / Bonus Mechanic?
Stat and Mechanic Levels simply refer to the Datacron levels that grant the corresponding type of bonus.
Bonus Stats are stats that apply to all members of the squad when activated. They can have a range (e.g. 10-20% Max Health).
Bonus Mechanics modify existing abilities or grant new abilities to the targeted members of the squad when activated.
Do Mechanics all have the same % chance to get re-rolled in a tier?
At launch, each Bonus Stat shares the same chance of rolling, though this may change for future sets. However, the range for the stat (e.g. 10-20%) will have an equal chance to roll within that range.
At launch, Bonus Mechanics have varied/weighted chances of rolling.
Are the Conquest Bonus Battles guaranteed to drop a Datacron?
With every success of a Bonus Battle you will earn Datacron, Datacron Currency, and/or Datacron Materials.
Are Conquest Bonus Battles repeatable with rewards?
What kind of time investment is expected for datacrons?
We are always concerned with the amount of time required in different game modes for both Players and Guild Leaders. We will be monitoring how this affects Players and will look into ways to alleviate issues.
Why invest in something temporary?
Datacrons were specifically designed to not interfere with your current goals and aspirations, but rather to refresh the meta at the high end of play. We still fully expect you to be chasing that GAS or SLKR uninterrupted by this new dynamic system. In addition to that, Datacrons will allow for Players to flex their strategy and theorycrafting muscles inside of Grand Arena and Territory Wars.
What is Data-cache?
It’s the currency you use to upgrade your Datacrons and will persist from set to set. The current cap for this is 30,000,000.
Is there any concern about certain Datacrons causing infinite loops? Aayla and Finn's (under JTR) Bonus Turns on Stuns and Mara Jade's CD Reduction both seem like they could cause infinite TM or even Bonus Turn loops, with maybe a few others.
In general, we don't want infinite loops and will intervene if necessary. Some Datacron mechanics could lead to a character or squad taking many turns in a row; most have weaknesses, though. In the example of Aayla, sure, she can continue to take bonus turns back to back, but she has to Crit (no Crit Immunity), pass a resist check (base 15% will still apply), and then not face any kind of reactive TM (e.g. Rex). So there are multiple steps at which to defend against the mechanic.
If we re-roll a datacron (i.e. Tier 9 character roll), are we guaranteed a different result than the current character?
Yes, but note that for Bonus Stats, you could roll the same Bonus Stat again with a different magnitude.
However, to get technical, you could have one Mechanic, reroll off of it to something new, and then reroll again and be presented with what was originally on there again.
Also note, that when you reroll, you are presented with 3 options: The original value and 2 new options.
Will datacrons lock like mods when joining GA?
Yes During GA setup phase will we be able to see which datacrons our enemy has available?
Yes If yes to question 1 and 2: will we be seeing the live version or the locked (please, please, please) version of the datacrons?
The locked version
Can you use a datacron on an undersized team and will it activate the bonus ? Ie if I have an R7 wampa will he be able to go solo with a datacron ? Another example is if I have 4 characters at R5 and one at g12 (like my BB) can I just take the 4 and get the datacron bonus?
Yes, Datacron levels can activate when there are fewer than 5 members in the squad.
Thank you again and we look forward to you getting Datacrons in your hands.
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