SWTOR Jedi Knight Guide - 2.10.1

Rotation & Cooldowns | Patch 2.10.1

A rotation is a system for ordering your abilities in a way that maximizes your damage, threat or healing. Mastering a rotation will help you to quickly prioritize abilities during actual encounters so that you will always have the highest possible output as a Defense spec Guardian (Jedi Knight.)

Single Target

Single target rotations are designed for maximum damage, threat or healing on one target at a time. Single target rotations are more effective the longer you are able to focus on the same target.


Execute the following ability priority for optimal damage, threat, or healing on a single target.

  1. Sundering Strike
  2. Guardian Slash
  3. Riposte
  4. Blade Storm
  5. Force Sweep
  6. Hilt Strike
  7. Dispatch
  8. Master Strike
  9. Slash
  10. Saber Throw or Strike

The key to the Defense spec Guardian priority system is to remember the following:

  1. Use Saber Throw , Sundering Strike , or Strike if below 7 Focus.
  2. Use Sundering Strike to maintain Sunder Armor debuff.
  3. Use Guardian Slash to maintain the damage reduction buff it provides.
  4. Use Blade Storm and Riposte as often as possible for the buffs they provide.
  5. Use Force Sweep to maintain the debuff from Dust Storm .
  6. Follow the priority list and use higher priority abilities as often as possible.

Multiple Target (AoE)

Execute the following ability priority for optimal damage, threat, or healing on multiple targets.


  1. Saber Reflect
  2. Guardian Slash
  3. Force Sweep
  4. Cyclone Slash

Burst Cooldowns

Burst cooldowns are used to increase your damage, threat or healing for a brief period of time.

Survivability Cooldowns

Survivability cooldowns help keep you alive and provide relief to healers.