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Choices made by main player characters throughout the game can affect their alignment to the light or dark side of the Force.

Points[edit]

Alignment has a hidden point value between 0 and 100, representing the extremes of dark side mastery and light side mastery respectively. Main player characters begin the game at 50, with dark side actions subtracting from that value and light side actions adding to it. All dark side and light side actions have a point value assigned to them:

Action High dark Mid dark Low dark Low light Mid light High light
Points -6 -4 -2 +2 +4 +6

However, these point values are adjusted based on the current alignment of the main player character:

Action Current alignment
Very dark (0-14) Dark (15-39) Neutral (40-60) Light (61-84) Very light (85-100)
High light +10 +8 +6 +4 +2
Mid light +8 +6 +4 +2 +1
Low light +6 +4 +2 +1 +1
Low dark -1 -1 -2 -4 -6
Mid dark -1 -2 -4 -6 -8
High dark -2 -4 -6 -8 -10

Feedback only gives a vague indication of how many points have been added or subtracted after an alignment shift:

Points Feedback
+10 You have moved a great deal closer to the light side of the Force.
+(6-8) You have moved much closer to the light side of the Force.
+(1-4) You have moved closer to the light side of the Force.
-(1-4) You have moved closer to the dark side of the Force.
-(6-8) You have moved much closer to the dark side of the Force.
-10 You have moved a great deal closer to the dark side of the Force.

Appearance[edit]

When viewing character models on the character screen an arrow indicates their position on the meter to their left, while an icon will appear on the status bar to their right when light side or dark side mastery is achieved. The background and their facial expressions and stances also indicate where they are on the spectrum of good and evil:

Character models displayed on the character screen for dark side mastery, neutral and light side mastery.

Main player character portraits also change as alignment shifts towards the dark side of the Force: from top to bottom, appearance corresponds to alignment 41-100, 31-40, 21-30, 11-20 and 0-10.

All 15 male portraits, including later changes in appearance as alignment shifts toward the dark side of the Force.
All 15 female portraits, including later changes in appearance as alignment shifts toward the dark side of the Force.

Equipment[edit]

Some items cannot be equipped unless a character has progressed beyond a certain threshold to either side: items restricted to the dark side cannot be equipped unless a character’s alignment is 0-40, while those restricted to the light side cannot be equipped unless it's 60-100:

Item Restricted to: Light Side KotOR Icon Light side mastery.png Restricted to: Dark Side KotOR Icon Dark side mastery.png
Head Circlet of Saresh Tulak Hord's Mask
Hands Marka Ragnos' Gauntlets
Robes Qel-Droma Robes Darth Revan's Robes
Star Forge Robes
Power crystal Crystal, Solari

Force powers[edit]

Some Force powers are inherently light or dark in nature, and cost more Force points to use if a character is of opposing alignment:

Power Alignment
0-9 10-19 20-29 30-39 40-49 50-59 60-69 70-79 80-89 90-99 100
Light side +75% +50% +50% +25% +25% 100% -10% -15% -20% -30% -50%
Dark side -50% -30% -20% -15% -10% 100% +25% +25% +50% +50% +75%

The alignment value thresholds in the manual are not entirely accurate (those above are derived from the game itself). Light side power costs increase the further to the dark side a character is (and vice versa):

Force powers Alignment
0-9 10-19 20-29 30-39 40-49 50-59 60-69 70-79 80-89 90-99 100
Cure Heal 44 38 38 31 31 25 22 21 20 17 13
Force Aura Force Shield Force Armor 26 23 23 19 19 15 13 13 12 10 8
Force Valor Knight Valor Master Valor 35 30 30 25 25 20 18 17 16 14 10
Stun Stasis Stasis Field 35 30 30 25 25 20 18 17 16 14 10
Stun Droid Disable Droid Destroy Droid 18 15 15 13 13 10 9 9 8 7 5
Wound Choke Kill 8 10 12 13 13 15 19 19 23 23 26
Slow Affliction Plague 8 10 12 13 13 15 19 19 23 23 26
Fear Horror Insanity 5 7 8 9 9 10 13 13 15 15 18
Shock Force Lightning Force Storm 10 14 16 17 18 20 25 25 30 30 35
Drain Life Death Field 10 14 16 17 18 20 25 25 30 30 35

Use of Force powers of opposing alignment doesn't normally affect a character's alignment.

Mastery[edit]

Mastery bonuses vary according to Jedi class and alignment:

Mastery Jedi class
Jedi Guardian Jedi Sentinel Jedi Consular
Light side KotOR Icon Light side mastery.png Strength: +3 Constitution: +3 Charisma: +3
Dark side KotOR Icon Dark side mastery.png Damage: Physical, 1-8 Immunity: Poison +50 Force points

These bonuses are only granted to the main player character unless on Xbox. They're not permanent, but only granted when alignment is at either extreme of 0 (dark side) or 100 (light side): a dark side action results in a light side mastery bonus being lost (and vice versa), although it can be regained with appropriate action.

The dark side mastery bonus for a Jedi Guardian doesn't apply when unarmed, but it does apply when equipping any kind of weapon (whether ranged, melee or lightsaber).

Party[edit]

Alignment of party members doesn't change as a result of their own actions or those of the main player character.

KotOR Model Trask.png KotOR Model Carth.png KotOR Model Mission.png KotOR Model Zaalbar.png KotOR Model Bastila.png KotOR Model T3-M4.png KotOR Model Canderous.png KotOR Model Juhani.png KotOR Model Jolee.png KotOR Model HK-47.png
Trask Carth Mission Zaalbar Bastila T3-M4 Canderous Juhani Jolee HK-47
50 75 75 60 70 50 30 70 55 20

However, comments on the choices of the main player character differ depending on the alignment of the party member, and some light side party members may actually intervene to prevent some dark side actions.