SWTOR: Empire Class Stories Ranked Worst to Best

Star Wars: The Old Republic offers players 2 factions to choose from: the Galactic Republic and the Sith Empire. Both factions have 4 unique classes, each with their own unique story. For our readers who have a certain persuasion towards the darker side of the Star Wars galaxy, we’ve took it upon ourselves to identify the best empire questline in SWTOR.

The Best Empire Questlines in SWTOR, Ranked Worst to Best

This was a hard ranking to do, because there simply isn’t a weak class story in SWTOR. Even though we may be starting out with the “worst” that certainly doesn’t mean you can’t have any fun with the class at position number 4.


Sith Inquisitor

Sith Inquisitor art Star Wars the Old Republic
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Sith Inquisitors are the most terrifying, deceptive, and cunning members of the Sith Order. Think of the Sith Inquisitors as Emperor Palpatine, while the Sith Warriors are Darth Vader. Warriors will be concerned with using their lightsabers to cut wide swaths of destruction throughout the galaxy.

Meanwhile, the Inquisitors use far more subtlety in their endeavors. That is to say, Inquisitors are always crafting complex plans, mostly striking from the shadows via insidious plots. The Sith Inquisitor’s questline emphatically reflects these shady aspects.

Relationships change often in this class story. Although you have a loyal troupe of companions following you throughout, many supposed allies met during the Prologue will prove to be the Inquisitor’s greatest enemies further down the quest line.

A Sith Inquisitor in Star Wars the Old Republic
Image: BioWare and EA via HGG

Why is the Sith Inquisitor at the lowest place on this list? The primary reason is that the Inquisitor quest line just can’t compete with the other stories in the Imperial wheelhouse. Inquisitor’s aren’t given a particularly boring class story, but neither are they given a particularly interesting one. The general tone being that the Inquisitor never knows who to trust is exciting, the companions available can be compelling, and each major quest is dripping with intrigue.

Overall, there’s a lot to like in this class’ questline, but at the end of the day it’s a pretty average story with a few interesting twists. All things considered, a story that’s pretty good is being put up against some of the best questlines in SWTOR. Put into context with the classes placed in higher spots on this ranking, the Inquisitor just can’t keep up.


Bounty Hunter

Empire Bounty Hunter art Star Wars the Old Republic
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Following the Sith Inquisitor is the host of one of SWTOR‘s most dynamic storylines: the Bounty Hunter. The Bounty Hunter is tons of fun in gameplay with their utilization of jet packs, missile launchers, and various other exciting gadgets. Their personal quest line is equally fun, with each chapter naturally flowing into each other and shaking things up often to keep it fresh.

Bounty Hunters start their class story as a participant in the Great Hunt, a contest for other Hunters in the form of a race. The Great Hunt sets up a phrenetic pace for the opening chapters, consistently raising the stakes and keeping the player on the edge of their seat. This is a great introduction to this story, and the quest line continues to pick up steam afterwards.

A bounty hunter in Star Wars the Old Republic
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The Hunter doesn’t have any particular overarching goal or arch rival to hunt down throughout the story. Instead, each of the quest line’s 3 chapters is like a season of a TV show (such as The Mandalorian). The events of previous chapters build upon each other and come with their own goals for the player character.

By the end of the quest line, the Bounty Hunter has made countless allies, rivals, and adventures all throughout the galaxy. This keeps the story feeling fresh and exciting throughout. As well, it lets players live out the fantasy of traipsing around the galaxy looking for adventure. It may not be the most narratively deep class story, but it’s fun and engaging enough to make it one of SWTOR‘s best.


Imperial Agent

Imperial Agent art Star Wars the Old Republic
Bioware and EA via HGG

If you’ve ever wanted to see what would happen if James Bond was placed in the Star Wars galaxy, the Imperial Agent is for you. Their quest line is everything the Sith Inquisitor story should have been. The Republic of SWTOR already gave players the chance to play a clone/stormtrooper type, and so BioWare decided to have their alternate be something wholly original.

The Agent gets to engage in some of the most interesting missions the game has to offer. When we said the Imperial Agent is James Bond in Star Wars, we meant it. Players are tasked with uncovering a complex, trope-heavy plot, including a supervillain with a doomsday machine.

Additionally, Agents are routinely given unique opportunities not seen in other class questlines. Assuming fake identities, conducting wet work in the name of the Empire, and utilizing a variety of neat gadgets are the Imperial Agent’s bread and butter.

An imperial agent in Star Wars the Old Republic
BioWare and EA via HGG / Noelle Roberts

In terms of narrative, the Imperial Agent boasts one of SWTOR’s most complex and interesting. The story gives you a genuine sense that you’re uncovering something larger than yourself, a conspiracy that was never meant to be discovered. The Agent’s questline consistently left us wanting more, glued to the screen every step of the way.

Furthermore, the companions who join the Agent’s team are some of the most intriguing in the game. From Doctor Lokin, essentially a Star Wars werewolf, to SCORPIO’s cold calculations, this may be SWOTR‘s best cast. A near-perfect amount of gripping twists, compelling characters, and narrative depth await any player who chooses the Imperial Agent.


Sith Warrior

Sith Warrior art Star Wars the Old Republic

The Sith Warrior is the poster child of the Empire. As said before, they’re SWTOR‘s Darth Vader equivalent. This questline is all about gaining power and moving up through the ranks of the Sith Order.

We won’t spoil anything here, but the Warrior ends up in a very special position within the congregation of Dark Jedi. As the story progresses from the Warrior merely being a fresh acolyte to reaching this high point, they visibly grow not just in power but as a character. During this storyline, the Sith Warrior experiences more development than any other class in SWTOR.

Furthermore, the writing doesn’t pigeonhole the player into a narrow, rail-roading story. Every class questline in SWTOR includes player choices, but the Warrior will make some of the furthest-reaching decisions with the most visible consequences. The player is given far more control here than in any other storyline.

A Sith Warrior in Star Wars the Old Republic
Image: BioWare and EA via HGG / Noelle Roberts

The only major fault with the Sith Warrior questline is that some of the companions, such as Lieutenant Pierce, fall a bit flat. The Warrior’s allies do have some standouts, such as Broonmark, the only Talz companion. However, on the whole, they don’t match the heights of the Imperial Agent’s own motley crew. This in mind, the positives far outweigh the negatives in this class’ story. Combine genuine character development, interesting villains, and a captivating mid-story plot twist, and the Sith Warrior has the recipe for SWTOR‘s best Empire questline.

Join the High Ground

We hope you enjoyed our ranking of the best class questlines for The Old Republic‘s Empire. As a servant of the Dark Side, you should now have a bit more knowledge on how best to carry out your evil bidding and take the high ground!

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Happy gaming, and may the force be with you!


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