Welcome to the Old Ben mods article, the latest article in our series about the popular game Star Wars Galaxy of Heroes where we take a look at the best mods for each SWGoH character. While I do not claim to have all of the answers in this game, I do my research and have used every toon I write about extensively. These are mod recommendations and they are certainly not the only option. However we look to help players maximize their characters in SWGoH and we are always open to feedback if you have a mod setup that works well of your gameplay.
Today’s character to review mods for is Obi-Wan Kenobi, aka Old Ben. One of the authors of the former “dodge Meta in SWGoH,” Old Ben was a tricky farm in the early days, but a nice character to have. For the Legendary event to unlock Commander Luke Skywalker, Old Ben is one of 5 characters, along with R2-D2, Princess Leia, Stormtrooper Han and Farmboy Luke, needed at 7-stars. Add in an August 2017 rework and Old Ben was like New Ben at that time and he has remained relevant in the game since then. Until the introduction of Galactic Legend Leia Organa, I used Old Ben on my Palpatine/Starkiller team to counter Rey and others in the GAC, but I am now using Old Ben as one of my definite four on the new Leia team. Let’s take a look at what mods you want to use to maximize Old Ben’s effectiveness in SWGoH.
Main Focus: Survivability – health, protection and defense – should be the main focus to make Old Ben the most annoying character possible. Old Ben did not originally taunt, but after an August 2017 rework, survivability became the key element. His Taunt and then Taunt again can be a pain, especially since “he also comes with some of the best defensive stats in the game” (I wrote that in 2021 and it still holds true in late 2023), so I recommend boosting these stats. Note that with Galactic Legend Leia, Old Ben gains 40 Speed, 25% Mastery, and 50% Max Health and Max Protection plus 100% Defense and he gains Protection Up (based off of Max Health) when he taunts. As a result I would go all-in on Health and Defense mods if you are using Old Ben with Leia Organa.
Additional Areas to Focus: Potency, Speed, Tenacity and more survivability. Old Ben’s kit focuses on his ability to use his “mind Tricks” special to inflict the Ability Block and Offense Down debuffs on enemies while avoiding hits frequently. Since the Mind Tricks special can land both debuffs on enemies, you will need high Potency to ensure this is more likely to happen. Speed is important because without Speed to get to the opportunity to use the Mind Tricks and Devoted Protector specials, Old Ben is not going to be effective enough. Tenacity could also be included in your decision on Mods since you want Obi-Wan landing the Mind Tricks debuffs, and if he is Stunned or Ability Blocked that cannot happen.
Speed Priority: 5/10 – Unless you are using Old Ben in a specific counter needed in Territory Wars or the GAC, he is average on the Speed Priority list. However, many of the top guilds in SWGoH have very creative counters and very, very specific stat goals to make those counters work, so very fast Health, Defense or Potency mods could be a perfect fit with Old Ben.
In-game Mod Recommendations: Defense & Potency. Yes, Defense & Potency are important stats to Old Ben if you want to enhance his kit, but given his primary role is to absorb attacks and protect his Rebel or Jedi allies, going with just survivability mods (Health & Defense) may be best for your gameplay. Note that with Galactic Legend Leia in-game this has not been updated, but if you are using Old Ben with her throw the Potency set out for a Health set instead.
Ideal Mod Setup for SWGoH Old Ben Kenobi:
I recommend the use of Defense and/or Health mods on Obi-Wan Kenobi with solid Speed and Potency. Thus, here is my recommended approach for mods on Old Ben:
- Transmitter (Square) – Health mod with a primary focus on offense and a secondary focus on defense, speed, health and potency
- Receiver (Arrow) – Health mod with a primary focus on speed and a secondary focus on defense, speed, health and potency, protection or tenacity
- Processor (Diamond) – Potency/Health/Defense mod with a primary focus on defense and a secondary focus on speed, health, potency and tenacity
- Holo-Array (Triangle) – Potency/Health/Defense mod with primary focus on health or defense and a secondary focus on speed, health, tenacity and potency
- Data-Bus (Circle) – Defense mod with primary focus on health and a secondary focus on speed, health, potency and defense
- Multiplexer (Plus) – Defense mod with a primary focus on potency or health and a secondary focus on speed, health, protection and defense or tenacity
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Updated: February 2021 & September 2023 by LJ