The alignment in SWTOR is one of the essential systems implemented in the game as it undeniably influences all the players. Based on your decision your alignment can be Dark
. While Dark and Light side alignments are pretty straightforward the Neutral one will require you remain between 0-1000 Light/Dark side points which is a bit more difficult to accomplish.
You can check your alignment in your character window (by default the C key) as well as how many points you need to advance to the next tier.
The most important and easiest way to change your alignment is during conversations (on quests, flashpoints or operations) as sometimes you will have to make certain decisions that provide Light/Dark side points.
If you want to be completely in control of your conversation decisions you can always set up the “Show Conversation Alignment Gain” option available under Preferences - User Interface.
Also, if you change your mind about your decisions while you’re still in a conversation you can press ESC and the conversation will start all over again.
Players that wish to remain Neutral will have to maintain the balance by making both Light/Dark side decisions during conversations.
Another way to modify your alignment is through the Diplomacy mission skill as it provides missions that yield Dark or Light side points and the number of rewarded points increases proportionally with the level of the mission.
For Light side alignment your appearance remains the same but if you choose to go Dark as you advance through tiers your character will displays signs of Sith Corruption.
Even so, if you need Dark side alignment just for material benefits and you don't enjoy the "evil" look you can disable the “Show Sith Corruption” option from Preferences – Social.
Besides altering your appearance, Light/Dark side alignment will grant you titles as follows:
– The Honorable
– The Pure
– The Destructive
– The Loathsome
During quests you may encounter item drops that have alignment restrictions (e.g. Dark side I or above). They can be found on all planets regardless of the faction that controls them. Good quality and moddable alignment restricted gear can also be purchased from vendors present on the Republic and Imperial Fleets (in the Galactic Trade Network section).
From the same vendors you can buy a special pet ( Little Sandcrawler
for Light side and Interrogation Droid
for Dark side).
When you reach the first tier in your alignment you will have restrictions on which color crystals you can slot into weapons:
and above: you cannot use red
and above: you cannot use blue
If you choose to remain Neutral there will be no restrictions and you will be able to use any color crystals. In case your weapon is rendered unusable by your alignment progress you can always craft the proper color crystals or purchase them from the GTN.