There's a Good Reason to Go To Dathomir First in Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order

There's a Good Reason to Go To Dathomir First in Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order

The trial by fire pays off, for once.

Some of you are probably playing through the newest Star Wars journey for the first time, or maybe you beat it over the weekend and are gearing up for a harder run. And while the game signposts you to go to Zeffo right away, sometimes it's the road less traveled that can be all the more rewarding.

After getting through the opening areas of Fallen Order that set the stage for Cal Kestis' journey, you're given two branching choices for progression. You can head to Zeffo, to try and suss out what your mysterious benefactor from the past was looking for, or to Dathomir, a side obsession of his due to the Nightsisters who train there.

Dathomir is the harder choice, straight up. Upon landing you're immediately greeted by a hulking monster, and even worse fiends are lurking around each corner. There's poisonous enemies, a Souls-like hallmark to frustrating areas to beat, and a number of new enemies who will attack you en masse. I stubbornly wanted to proceed through Dathomir, and surprisingly, the game rewarded me for doing so with an early upgrade to my lightsaber.

You might have seen it in recent promo images and trailers, but on Dathomir, Cal finds a workbench that lets him turn his normally single-bladed lightsaber into a Darth Maul-style dual-bladed lightsaber. It emphatically rules, and even fits as a nod to Dathomir's own Sith badass.

Having two lightsaber blades isn't just useful because it looks rad (it does), but it makes dealing with crowds a breeze compared to the single blade. Also, you can do a sick spinning propeller move to block all those laser-miniguns on Zeffo later on. In fact, once I got to Zeffo, I felt it was much easier just because I had survived the crucible on Dathomir.

Now, you can't complete all of Dathomir in one go, as you need some additional abilities to forge ahead at key points. But, if you're up for a challenge that will pay off in dividends later, it's worth it to fight as far through its red tunnels and ruins as you can to find the dual-bladed lightsaber. Plus, all the shortcuts you open will make it easier when you come back.

If you're still on the fence about playing Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order but still read all of this post, that's probably a good sign it's worth playing. Also, Kat says it's good, though you should probably wait for some patches if you're playing on a base Xbox One. Be sure to check out our guides section once you do get started, to keep up with all the collectibles and secrets in the game.

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Eric Van Allen

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Eric is a writer and Texan. He's a former contributor to sites including Compete, Polygon, Waypoint, and the Washington Post. He loves competitive games, live music, and travel.

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