How to enter SWTOR's Flashpoint "The Esseles" in Veteran mode?

by Jeroen   Last Updated October 19, 2019 16:14 PM - source

My friend and I are starting a playthrough of SWTOR. We've done the Flashpoint "The Esseles" on Story Mode a few times now, and wanted to try it on Veteran Mode. However, whatever we try, we always end up in a Story Mode version.

The steps we take:

  1. Group up freshly
  2. Start conversation to pick up the quest
  3. Both choose "Veteran Mode" when the options in the chat wheel pop up
  4. Both make sure the "Mission Difficulty Preference" is set to "Veteran"
  5. Make sure the instance phase has been reset, to prevent old instances from troubling us
  6. Run into the instance


  • The result: we get thrown into a Story Mode flashpoint, and a related Story Mode quest pops up
  • Expected: starting the Veteran Mode flashpoint

Here's a screenshot of most of the above points visible:

quest log overview

Is there some trick or setting we need to use to enter "The Esseles" on Veteran Mode?

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