As you start to get gear from Hard Modes, you will find that there are no available endgame belts that drop. That’s because there are no Tionese belts and the Columi belt can only be received through the token dropping in Karagga’s Palace, an Operation which you probably won’t be geared enough for until you get some Columi set pieces, or from a random set drop against mini-bosses in Hard Mode Flashpoints where you have no control which type of belt will drop. However, there is a quick solution to get a decent and role-appropriate belt early into your PvE adventures. Hit the jump to find out more.
Step One: Buy a Custom Belt
By time you get to level 50, your Legacy level should be at least Rank 10. This means you can buy a customizable belt from your class’s Legacy vendor (Coruscant for Republic players, Dromund Kaas for Imperials). You can buy two different ones: Renowned or Exalted. The former costs 75,000 credits, while the latter is 100,000.
A significantly cheaper alternative is to simply either make or buy a customizable belt (for example - Fortified Electrum Belt) off the Galactic Trade Network.
Step Two: Get Armoring from the Mission Support Vendor
The following few things probably apply to you early into your endgame career.
1. You do not have a million credits to buy high-end armoring off the GTN
2. You do not have the schematic to make that high-end armoring
Therefore, you will have to settle for some mediocre armoring. Remember, endgame drop armoring is specific to the gear slot it originated from (example - armoring from a chestpiece can only be put in another chestpiece).
The easiest option is to acquire eight Daily Commendations, either from doing actual Daily Quests or from mini-boss drops in Hard Mode Flashpoints, and buy the Armoring from the Mission Support Vendor on Belsavis (Wilderness Outpost for Republic, Domination Outpost for Imperials).
Step Three: Get the Mod from a Columi or Exotech piece
Unlike armoring, mods from other drops are not gear slot specific, and are therefore much easier to get.
You can get a decent mod from either a Columi set piece or an Exotech drop. If you happen to get an extra Columi token, spend it on the most appropriate set piece and take the mod out of it. An Exotech piece shares the same stats as a Columi piece minus the set bonus, which would not apply anyways, so you can do the same thing with Exotech drop.
If you are really lucky, you could even take the mod from an extra Rakata chestpiece from Lost Island and put it in the belt.
Step Four: Add an Augment
Augmentation Kits cost barely 40,000 credits on the Galactic Trade Market, so adding an augment slot should be a no brainer. Get an Augmentation Kit MK6 and whichever augment is appropriate for your role.
Right now, prototype augments cost roughly a sixth of what an Artifact augment would cost. So if you do not want to drop 50,000 extra credits for a slight stat boost, do not feel bad about buying the former until you are slightly better off.
With that, you should have a decent belt for PvE.