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Your first swoop race on Taris.

You're first introduced to swoop racing on Taris, where you must win the annual swoop gang race between the Hidden Beks and the Black Vulkars to complete the search for Bastila. Since competing and winning is mandatory it isn't difficult, but it serves as a tutorial before you can choose to take on the greater challenges (and rewards) of the swoop racing circuits of Tatooine and Manaan.

The Mechanic at the Swoop Platform runs over the basics of handling a swoop bike for the first time.

KotOR Icon Dialog.png Mechanic: It's pretty simple, really. First, try not to crash into anything. There's debris and obstacles scattered all over the course, so watch out. All swoops are equipped with dynamic deflector systems, so hitting an obstacle won't cause you to crash. But it will shake you up a bit and slow you down. The track also has accelerator panels built into its surface. If you fly over one it'll give your swoop a boost of speed, so try to hit 'em when you see 'em. When the engine starts running hot you'll get a warning and you'll have to switch gears. Other than that just try to hang on. You'll be fine.
KotOR Icon Dialog.png 1. Okay, let's start the race! KotOR Icon Dialog.png 2. Forget it. Let's just get to the racing!
KotOR Icon Dialog.png Mechanic: Hold on... I better explain the rules to you. Each rider goes out on the track alone. At the end of the day, whoever posted the fastest time is the winner.
Left-click the mouse to accelerate and shift gears. Use the Movement keys (D and A) to avoid obstacles and hit the accelerator pads.

Tatooine Swoop Racing[edit]

Swoop Registration on Tatooine is in south central Anchorhead. Once you've signed up with Motta the Hutt after dealing with the track maintenance fee, you can speak to the Rodian track coordinator behind the counter by the west wall to hear what the track records are:

You can also pay for a recreational run, at a fraction of the cost of an officially timed race:

KotOR Icon Credits.png Credits Lost: 20

For an officially timed race, you must return to speak to Motta by the south wall. He can talk about the rewards (what the tiers are, what each tier pays, racing bonds and if there are any pro racers here) and give you the basics on how to race (including any hazards on the track):

The rewards for winning each tier are as follows:

Tier Racer Time XP Racing Bonds Value
Yavin Other
One Garm Totryl 0:23:90 75 10 1560 600
Two Yuka Rill 0:23:29 150 30 4680 1800
Three Zoriis Bafka 0:22:51 525 80 12480 4800
Total 750 120 18720 7200

Once you're ready to race, there's the small matter of the racing fee:

For your first race he can be persuaded to extend a discount to you, and he'll let you race for free if you use the Force:

Medium 1. [Persuade] I'll put on a good show. You'll make your money back. Low (Affect Mind) 2. [Force Persuade] You want to let me race for free.
KotOR Icon Dialog.png Motta the Hutt: [Success] Eh, fine, I will extend this discount to you, if only to close your mouth. I'll have your bike moved into position. KotOR Icon Dialog.png Motta the Hutt: [Success] Maybe I will let you race once for free. Yes, I think I will. I'll have your swoop moved into position on the track.
KotOR Icon Dialog.png Motta the Hutt: But I warn you, I have people to make sure I don't give too many favors. You won't get this discount again.
KotOR Icon Credits.png Credits Lost: 50 KotOR Icon Credits.png Credits Lost: 0

Otherwise, you must pay 100 credits for your first, and every subsequent, race:

KotOR Icon Dialog.png 1. I will pay the 100 credits.
KotOR Icon Dialog.png Motta the Hutt: I admire that you are so eager to get back out there after your loss. Let's hope you do better. I'll have your bike placed in position. KotOR Icon Dialog.png Motta the Hutt: Fine, fine. We'll have your bike brought to the starting position. Let's see what level of race we should give you.
KotOR Icon Credits.png Credits Lost: 100

Each tier is a separate race, so even if you beat the third tier time in the first, you'll still need to race the next two tiers, costing minimum 200 credits. It takes money to make money...

If you fail to win the tier:

KotOR Icon Dialog.png Motta the Hutt: And what do you call that, then? Winners draw the crowd, not lazy times like that. Are you sure you are up to the competition?

However, with practice it's possible to beat even the 0:22:51 third tier time, or even record sub-0:22:00:

Tier One[edit]

KotOR Icon Dialog.png Motta the Hutt: You'll go against Garm Totryl's time in the first tier. He's a local boy new to the sport. The time to beat is 0:23:90. Swoop racing fans, we have an official race about to commence! Make some noise for this new contender!
KotOR Icon Dialog.png Motta the Hutt: You've passed the first tier and have earned 10 racing bonds. Not a bad showing for a beginner. You beat Garm's time easily. Take this, with my thanks. We'll see if you can do any better in tier two.
KotOR Icon Journal.png Journal Entry Added: Tatooine Swoop Racing
You have won the first tier of races on Tatooine.
KotOR Icon XP.png Experience Points (XP) Received:
  • 75 Won first tier of races
KotOR Icon Item(s) Received.png Item(s) Received: Motta the Hutt
  • Racing Bond (10)

Tier Two[edit]

KotOR Icon Dialog.png Motta the Hutt: Well, you made it past the first tier, so let's try the second. Yuka Rill is the current leader. The time to beat is 0:23:29. Attention! A second tier race is about to begin! Show your support for this up and comer!
KotOR Icon Dialog.png Motta the Hutt: You passed the second tier and have earned 30 racing bonds. I'm beginning to think it was a mistake to sign you up. I suppose you'll be up against my local pro attractions in tier three next. You've already ruined Yuka Rill.
KotOR Icon Journal.png Journal Entry Added: Tatooine Swoop Racing
You have won the second tier of races on Tatooine.
KotOR Icon XP.png Experience Points (XP) Received:
  • 150 Won second tier of races
KotOR Icon Item(s) Received.png Item(s) Received: Motta the Hutt
  • Racing Bond (30)

Tier Three[edit]

KotOR Icon Dialog.png Motta the Hutt: Hmm... it's time to put you up against tier three. Let's see how you do against Zoriis Bafka, a pro. The time to beat is 0:22:51. Attention! Motta the Hutt presents the cream of swoop racing, a tier three match! Let this almost-champion know what you expect!
KotOR Icon Dialog.png Motta the Hutt: It's a big payout for you. You shattered my track record and took tier three. 80 racing bonds was the deal. That's the last I'll be giving you, I hope. You're too fast for most of my racers.
KotOR Icon Journal.png Journal Entry Added: Tatooine Swoop Racing
You are now champion of the swoop track on Tatooine, having won all three official time tiers.
KotOR Icon XP.png Experience Points (XP) Received:
  • 525 Won all three official time tiers
KotOR Icon Item(s) Received.png Item(s) Received: Motta the Hutt
  • Racing Bond (80)

If you talk about swoop racing after becoming champion and ask him to set you up with another race:

KotOR Icon Dialog.png Motta the Hutt: Sorry now, I can't do that. You've won all three tiers and I'm not putting you in any more officially timed runs. I don't want my racers getting discouraged... and I don't have much interest in signing you. I think you'd be... difficult. Anyway, if you want to do any recreational races just for practice, talk to the track coordinator. He'll set you up.

Upon exiting swoop registration, a Twi'lek swoop fan outside has to get your autoprint:

Manaan Swoop Races[edit]

Swoop registration on Manaan can be found at the west end of Ahto East. The Maintenance Officer, the Selkath T'sslth, stands behind the north end of the registration desk in its east wall, where you can speak to him to book practice runs for a small fee.

KotOR Icon Dialog.png 2. I'll pay for a practice run.
KotOR Icon Dialog.png T'sslth: Certainly. Your swoop will be towed into position immediately. It shouldn't take long to begin the run.
KotOR Icon Credits.png Credits Lost: 20
KotOR Icon Dialog.png T'sslth: That was a good run. You would do well in a tournament. Would you like another unofficial run? It would require another 20 credit positioning fee. KotOR Icon Dialog.png T'sslth: Very good, though I should expect no less from the Sector Champion. Would you like to race again? It would require another 20 credit positioning fee.

Before doing so, it's best to go down the short ramp to the door in the north wall labeled Swoop Racers Only to enter the Racers' Lounge and use the swoop records panel in the northeast corner, to be shown the times you need to beat:

The Course Regulator, the Selkath Sslamoth, stands behind the south end of the registration desk. He can talk about the rewards (what the rounds are, what each round pays and the current crop of racers) and give you the basics on how to race (including any hazards on the course):

While the rewards for beating each round are always the same, the difficulty of doing so increases if you help Queedle upgrade his swoop bike:

Round Racer Time Racer Time XP Credits
One Queedle 0:23:82 Casandra Mateil 0:23:25 100 500
Two Casandra Mateil 0:23:25 Hukta Dax 0:22:50 200 2000
Three Hukta Dax 0:22:50 Queedle 0:22:48 400 5000
Total 700 7500

Once you're ready to race, you must pay the 100 credits racing fee. For your first race, it's always possible to use the Force to persuade him you don't need to pay, although you move closer to the dark side of the Force:

Low (Affect Mind) 4. [Force Persuade] I don't need to pay the fee.
KotOR Icon Dark.png Dark Side Points Gained: -2
Sslamoth: [Success] Perhaps you don't need to pay the fee for this race. Yes, I think that is an exception we can make this one time. I'll warn you, though, I will not be able to offer this option again. My accounts are very closely monitored. Now, let's look at who you will be timed against.

Otherwise, it's easy to persuade him to reduce the first fee to 50 credits:

Easy 3. [Persuade] Lowering the fee would encourage new racers.
KotOR Icon Credits.png Credits Lost: 50 KotOR Icon Credits.png Credits Lost: 100

However, 100 credits need to be paid before each subsequent race. Each round is a separate race, so even if you beat the time for round three in the first, you'll still need to race the next two rounds, costing minimum 200 credits. It takes money to make money...

If you fail to beat the round:

KotOR Icon Dialog.png Sslamoth: That was... unfortunate. Your performance just now was not of very high quality. You will need to improve.

However, with practice it's possible to beat even the 0:22:48 final round time, or even record sub-0:22:00:

Round One[edit]

KotOR Icon Dialog.png Sslamoth: Queedle is a local favorite, but this won't be much of a race. His swoop simply isn't professional quality. Time to beat, 0:23:82. Manaan swoop racing fans, we have a race about to commence! Show your respect as the newcomer challenges Queedle for Round One placing! KotOR Icon Dialog.png Sslamoth: Casandra Mateil is your opponent for this round. Her time of 0:23:25 remains the respectable mark to beat. Racing fans, your attention! A new challenger will now attempt to unseat Casandra Mateil! Let them hear you!
KotOR Icon Dialog.png Sslamoth: Winners of the first round are paid 500 credits. It's enough to cover your expenses, but you'll have to keep racing to really make it pay. We'll record this for future reference, and wish you well on your attempt to reach Sector Champion.
KotOR Icon Journal.png Journal Entry Added: Manaan Swoop Races
You have beaten the first round of races on Manaan.
KotOR Icon XP.png Experience Points (XP) Received:
  • 100 Beaten first round of races
KotOR Icon Credits.png Credits Received: 500

If you speak to Queedle after beating him:

KotOR Icon Journal.png Journal Entry Added: Manaan Swoop Races
You beat his first round time, so Queedle has decided to quit racing. Whether it was time or money, he thinks he just doesn’t have what it takes to compete with the professionals.
KotOR Icon Dialog.png Queedle: I had fun for a while, but I just can't compete without upgrades. I'll leave it to you professionals. Goodbye.

Round Two[edit]

KotOR Icon Dialog.png Sslamoth: Casandra Mateil is your opponent for this round. Her time of 0:23:25 remains the respectable mark to beat. Racing fans, your attention! A new challenger will now attempt to unseat Casandra Mateil! Let them hear you! KotOR Icon Dialog.png Sslamoth: Hukta Jax is your opponent now. His time of 0:22:50 is your mark. I trust you are ready? Manaan race fans! A new contender now addresses the time of Hukta Jax! A race to end all races! Beginning now!
KotOR Icon Dialog.png Sslamoth: A second round win is worth 2000 credits to you. Many racers bow out when they reach this level, but I have a feeling you won't. The next round of races will determine Sector Champion. You'll have to be flawless to achieve that.
KotOR Icon Journal.png Journal Entry Added: Manaan Swoop Races
You have beaten the second round of races on Manaan.
KotOR Icon XP.png Experience Points (XP) Received:
  • 200 Beaten second round of races
KotOR Icon Credits.png Credits Received: 2000

Round Three[edit]

If Queedle has not upgraded his swoop bike:

KotOR Icon Journal.png Journal Entry Added: Manaan Swoop Races
The race organizer on Manaan says that the current Sector Champion Hukta Jax wants to speak with you before you do another official race.

Go down the short ramp to the door in the north wall labeled Swoop Racers Only to enter the Racers' Lounge and speak to the Gamorrean:

Ignore the warning about winning:

KotOR Icon Dialog.png Sslamoth: Hukta Jax is your opponent now. His time of 0:22:50 is your mark. I trust you are ready? Manaan race fans! A new contender now addresses the time of Hukta Jax! A race to end all races! Beginning now! KotOR Icon Dialog.png Sslamoth: This will be an exciting race, I think. You are going against Queedle's new time of 0:22:48. He's the solid crowd favorite now. Attention fans! A new contender will now face the time set by your resident champion Queedle! Excitement is guaranteed!
KotOR Icon Dialog.png Sslamoth: Greetings, Sector Champion. You have proven a spectacular racer, despite the near-lawless taunting of Hukta Jax. KotOR Icon Dialog.png Sslamoth: Greetings, Sector Champion. You have proven to be a spectacular racer, even defeating Queedle's improved time.
KotOR Icon Dialog.png Sslamoth: You have won a great deal of money. The payment for becoming Sector Champion is 5000 credits! That will be the last amount offered for now. When we begin a new round of races we will make certain you are notified.
KotOR Icon Journal.png Journal Entry Added: Manaan Swoop Races
You have beaten the third round of races on Manaan, and become Sector Champion.
KotOR Icon XP.png Experience Points (XP) Received:
  • 400 Become Sector Champion
KotOR Icon Credits.png Credits Received: 5000
KotOR Icon Dialog.png Sslamoth: Welcome back, Sector Champion. I'm sorry, but no new races have been scheduled yet. You will be notified when they are.
KotOR Icon Dialog.png 1. I'm ready to race.
KotOR Icon Dialog.png Sslamoth: I'm afraid there are no rounds currently in need of completion. As Sector Champion, you will be notified if further races are to take place. You can feel free to speak with the track Maintenance Officer to book a practice run, but it won't be officially timed. There is a small fee for practice runs, but it is significantly less than for official races.

If Hukta Jax was still Sector Champion and you speak to him again:

KotOR Icon Dialog.png Hukta Jax: Hukta says you earned a big enemy. You should have lost when you was told to lose! Now something's gotta be done! Not here, because Selkath cameras are watching. I's too smart for that. I get you when you least expect. You just wait.