16 tips and tricks I wish I had known before I started

A large group of Lego Star Wars characters stand together on a small rocky hill.

Screenshot: WB/Disney/Kotaku Games

Lego Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga is here and it’s great! After a long wait made longer by some delays, the last and biggest entry of the Lego Star Wars The series is finally available on all major platforms. And while these games were never known for their difficulty, I have some helpful tips to share on how to skip combat, earn studs faster, unlock characters for free, and what upgrades you should invest in. first.

Play all three trilogies first

skywalker saga lets you start playing each trilogy from the start. And while you can jump in or have fun in free play mode at any time, I suggest you first complete all the trilogies in whatever order you prefer. (I began by phantom menace and ended with The Rise of Skywalker.) This will unlock a lot of characters, ships and planets for later, which will come in handy. In addition, the game is fun and it is a pleasure to play all the episodes.

But don’t try to get it all on the first try

When playing Trilogies for the first time, don’t feel like you have to collect everything in a given level or find all the secrets in the open world sections between missions. If you try to get it all, you’ll spend days finishing a single episode and find that just like in the past Lego games, you can’t get it all until you return to free play mode with more characters. So have fun knowing you can come back later to explore it all. Nevertheless…

Grab Kyber Bricks when you see them

Whenever you see an easy to grab Kyber Brick, don’t avoid it! Most levels also include easy puzzles that can be completed with any character, which most often reward Kyber Bricks or other collectibles. You are going to want Kyber Bricks because they allow you to upgrade your characters.

Once you have the resources, buy upgrades

Once you have obtained Kyber Bricks and amassed a significant amount of studs, you can start upgrading your characters. In skywalker saga there are skill trees for each character type, such as Sith, astromech droids, and smugglers. However, the general skill tree is where you should first focus your attention. This buffs all of your characters, allowing them to run faster and do more damage.

A screenshot of the general skill tree in The Skywalker Saga.

Screenshot: WB/Disney/Kotaku Games

Grab These Helpful Upgrades First

While all upgrades in the game are good to have, some are way better and should be unlocked sooner rather than later. Here are some of the best soft skills to unlock first:

  • Attract Studs: Fully upgraded, this will cause the studs to fly towards you from far away.
  • Additional Health: You can take more damage. Useful in some larger combat encounters.
  • Quick build: This might not seem like the most useful upgrade, but it’s useful for getting the “True Jedi” rank on levels that feature breakable cover. (I’ll explain in a moment.)

Focus on breaking to get more studs

If you’ve never played a Lego game before or it’s been a while, a reminder: smash everything! It’s a simple and effective way to get studs. And during missions, it’s the best way to fill your stallion meters to reach the True Jedi ranking. Anything made of Lego bricks can often be broken and will reward you with nails. So start smashing.

Use Butt Stomp to effectively and quickly destroy

You can run around smashing everything with your fists or blaster, but a better strategy is often to use each character’s stomp ability. Simply jump in the air, then hold B/circle to come slamming, doing damage in a fairly wide radius. Do this two or three times in most Lego-filled rooms and you’ll be swimming in studs.

What’s great about this strategy is that every character, from a droid to a Sith to a random smuggler, can succeed, making it useful throughout the game.

Break and rebuild cover for extra studs

If, like me, you’re obsessed with earning the True Jedi rank long before a mission is complete, you need to start breaking cover props every time you encounter them. These props have stripes and are handy to hide behind during a fight. Breaking them will net you studs, but rebuilding them will also net you studs. It only works once, but using this method with faster building upgrades allowed me to quickly reach True Jedi rank in many levels before I even reached halfway .

Improvements that will help you get more studs

While we’re here and talking about getting studs, here are some upgrades to grab if you’re trying to farm studs to buy characters or other upgrades:

  • Hidden bounties – This upgrade can be found in the Bounty Hunter skill tree. While active, you get 250 studs from each kill when playing as a bounty hunter. Very useful in free play.
  • Hero Terminal Expert / Villain Terminal Expert / Astromech Socket Expert / Paid Translator – As in the previous Lego Star Wars games, certain types of characters are able to unlock or perform specific and exclusive actions in many levels. And all these upgrades reward you in bonuses up to 7500, each time you complete one of these tasks. There are plenty of these specific actions to do in the game, so it’s worth grabbing them.
  • Data Card Additional Upgrades Bonus Studs – You will need to find data cards first before you can activate these bonuses, but these are the best in the game. You can activate upgrades that make each stud you get x2, x4, x6, x8 and even x10 more valuable. Best of all, as the game explains, these effects stack!

Turn around at the start!

A simple but useful tip: when you start a level, turn around before running forward. I found all sorts of things hidden behind me at the start of the missions. On Endor, for example, I found an entire shooter gallery minigame just hidden behind the player from the start of the mission.

A Lego comet traveling through space as seen in the game.

Screenshot: WB/Disney/Kotaku Games

In space, look for comets

Compared to the planets and space stations of Lego Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga, space isn’t as fun to explore. However, up there, keep an eye out for comets, which appear all the time. These can be easily destroyed using your ship’s blasters and reward you with Studs and Kyber Bricks.

You can skip terminal puzzles

If you’re trying to get through a level for a challenge or just don’t have time to solve all the puzzles you come across, many can be skipped by holding down the X or square button. You won’t get any studs, but you can move on and not waste time solving puzzles you’ve already solved.

There are a bunch of free and secret characters you can get NOW

Once you’ve beaten all the trilogies, you might be surprised to see that there are still hundreds of characters and ships to discover and unlock. And while I can’t help you unlock them all for free, I can help you get over a dozen using handy cheat codes. Go see our list to see them all. (And come back later as we keep updating it as people find new codes.)

Be a droid or use a disguise to avoid combat (or unlock new areas)

If you play as a droid, like R2-D2 for example, many enemies will ignore you until you attack. This can be useful for younger players who may not be able to handle combat yet, or for older players who are looking for secrets in levels and don’t want to be attacked by stormtroopers.

Some enemies also drop pieces of their costume when you kill them. Assemble a full suit and you can reap the benefits. Put on a full suit of stormtrooper armor, for example, and enemies will ignore you until you shoot or cause trouble. Additionally, while dressed as a villain, you have access to locked areas behind the Imperial/First Order terminals, and you can use grenades, allowing you to detonate props and doors constructed of chrome-covered bricks.

Use free play to go back and collect it all

As mentioned before, once you complete an episode, you unlock the galactic free play mode. In this mode, you can freely explore the entire galaxy in the game, or at least the planets you’ve unlocked so far. You can also, at any time, change your characters for other characters, allowing you to solve puzzles that were previously impossible.

Beating the kids shit to speedrun…?

I don’t condone violence against young people, but if you want to skip parts of the game or reach areas without using certain characters, you can still beat the kids to fly around the game. Really.

If you have any additional tips or strategies to offer, feel free to leave a comment below.