Gunslinger Builds (updated for patch 1.3)

Smugglers in SWTOR can become one of two advanced classes at level 10, a Scoundrel (Healer / DPS Class) or a Gunslinger (a pure DPS class). The Gunslinger uses 2 blasters for increased ranged dps. Gunslingers have three trees to choose talents from: Sharpshooter (DPS tree), Saboteur (DPS tree) and Dirty Fighting (a shared DPS tree shared with the Scoundrel Class).

Below I will list the best gunslinger builds to use for your smuggler so you do not have to waste valuble play time figuring out what gunslinger builds work :)

If you wish to submit a gunslinger build please email it to When you email in your build please have a link to your build, clearly list what it is for and any other relevant information I should know about this gunslinger build.


Changes made to Gunslingers in patch 1.3:

•Due to changes in the Gunslinger skill trees, Gunslingers have had their skill points refunded.
•The damage absorbed by Defense Screen now scales properly based on character stats.
•Hunker Down's buff tooltip no longer incorrectly mentions damage reduction.
•Illegal Mods now increases Accuracy by 30% and Armor Penetration by 15% instead of increasing Alacrity.
•Charged Burst's visual effects now work correctly with color crystals. It now uses the correct visual effects when dual wielding.
•An issue that prevented Leg Shot from displaying visual effects has been corrected.
•The visual effect of Smuggler's Luck now lasts the full 20 seconds.
•Quickdraw has a new sound and visual appearance.

•Contingency Charges now lasts 20 seconds (up from 10).
Contingency Charges can now be detonated once every second (down from once every 1.5 seconds).
•Insurrection now provides 2 additional Contingency Charges (up from 1).

•Rapid Fire and Burst Volley have swapped positions in the skill tree.
•Rapid Fire is now a 3-point passive skill that reduces the cooldown of Aimed Shot and Speed Shot by 1 second per point.
•Burst Volley now finishes the cooldown of Speed Shot and increases Alacrity by 10% and Energy regeneration by 50% for 10 seconds. It has a 45-second cooldown.
•Trickshot has a new sound and visual appearance, and now changes color based on the equipped color crystal.


Sharpshooter Builds (updated for 1.3)

Gunslinger Builds that focus on the Sharpshooter (DPS tree) will be listed here.

sharpshooter build31/7/3 - Sharpshooter PVE Build - This is a high DPS gunslinger build. You can switch out a point from Lay Low for Black Market Mods if alacrity becomes an issue.



Saboteur Builds (updated for 1.3)

Gunslinger builds that focus on the Saboteur tree(DPS tree).

7/31/3 - Gunslinger PVE Saboteur Build - This is the default PVE operations build for DPS.

Dirty Fighting Builds (updated for 1.3)

Gunslinger builds that focus on the assault tree(DPS tree). This tree is now considered the best tree for DPS.

lethality dps pve build2/8/31 - Gunslinger PVE Dirty Fighting Build - One of the highest DPS builds after 1.3 for OPS for Gunslingers.



Hybrid Builds (updated for 1.3) Several hybrid builds are considered viable for the sniper class.

23/16/2 - Hybrid PVP Gunslinger Build - This is a balance between offensive and defensive talents, good for pvp and pve.

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