Smugglers have a reputation for relying more on finesse than sheer brawn. They use their wits and clever tactics to get the upper hand and usually try to avoid going toe to toe with enemies. In Star Wars: The Old Republic smugglers have the luxury of letting a companion character fill the role of attracting attention and absorbing damage. Corso Riggs is a loyal soldier who meets all challenges head on. Corso knows his job and does it well, allowing the smuggler to stealthily do what they do best.
- Companion for Class: Smuggler
- Role: Ranged Tank
- Race: Human
- Planet: Ord Mantell
- Crew Skills: +5 Critical Armstech, +5 Underworld Trading
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Corso Riggs is a cheerful, disarmingly optimistic mercenary soldier. Raised as a rancher's son on the rough frontier of Ord Mantell, Corso developed a mixture of naive innocence and primitive toughness, wrapped with old-fashioned chivalry. In addition to his gung-ho enjoyment of a good, dirty fight and his encyclopedic knowledge of weapons, Corso remains a ray of sunshine in even the worst circumstances. He has no sense of his own mortality and is absolutely convinced he's going to live forever. Corso also has a soft spot for damsels in distress, even when it's clear they're up to no good.
- Likes: Protecting the weak, being nice to ladies, punishing bad guys
- Dislikes: Hurting for profit, hurting women no matter what they did, working with Sith or Imperials
- Primary Stat: Aim
- Secondary Stat: Endurance
- Primary Weapon: Blaster Rifle or Blaster Pistol
- Secondary Weapon: Shield Generator
Corso fills the role of tank, which complements the smuggler class well. He is equipped with heavy armor to absorb damage and has abilities that cause enemies to focus their attacks on him rather than the smuggler. For players who choose the Scoundrel Advanced Class with a focus on healing, Corso does a very good job of attracting attention, dishing out steady damage and holding aggro while he receives heals. When paired with a Gunslinger Advanced Class, enemies will drop quickly and rarely threaten Corso's health.
Corso Riggs has some basic abilities that allow him to fill his main role as a ranged tank. Guard Stance increases the threat he generates, helping to keep enemies attacking him. Charged Shot and Frag Grenade are among his damage dealing abilities. EMP Blast is an area of effect attack that will generate threat to all targets it hits.
Corso wears heavy armor and uses blaster rifles or pistols. While progressing through the story and completing missions, several items specifically intended for Corso will be given as rewards. Some of these are of the cosmetic variety, such as his Arctic gear set or Hunting Outfit, which provide the same stats but different appearances; others are progression items, giving obvious upgrades along the way as the player levels up. Gear specifically intended for a companion is easily recognizable, as the items' names will contain the companion's name.
Companions are not limited to only wearing gear that is specifically designed for them. Corso can be equipped with any gear he meets the requirements for. As a smuggler limited to wearing medium armor, receiving heavy armor as a reward or random loot drop no longer means it's instantly irrelevant. Players are no longer just worrying about their own gear, but their companion's as well.
The default appearance for Corso Riggs has him with thick dark hair pulled back into a ponytail. An origin planet quests rewards a choice of appearance kits for him. One of these gives Corso a more "clean cut" appearance, with a slightly different complexion and a short conservative haircut. Corso has several customization kits available, though we will have to wait until launch to see the details of each.
As a proud solider, Corso has a strong appreciation for the gear that makes him what he is. When choosing gifts for Corso, consider pieces related to military training, exotic or decorative weapons and armor and items of Republic history. Corso has a strong sense of justice and a law-abiding nature, so illegal substances or items obtained through shady methods are not going to impress him. He also has a strong dislike for anything related to the Imperial enemy.