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Archived Post 07-07-2011 04:00 AM

Escort ship - captain type and traits
Hey all.

I played STO back in beta and for a month or so afterwards, but couldn't quite stick with it. I'm back after getting tired of other games I've been playing and because of seeing all the new stuff they are putting out for STO.

My existing characters aren't high level enough to really factor into this question.

I'm wondering what people have found to be the best captain type for flying an escort ship. I know a lot of it is simply player preference, but I'm curious what people have found works best for them and why. I've played a tactical escort captain through Lt. 6, so have a (small) taste of what that will be like. But I'd like to hear about Engineering and Science as well.

Also, what player/race traits work best with the escort?

Thanks in advance!

Archived Post 07-07-2011 11:07 AM

In all honesty, any captain can make an escort work, but will put their own sort of "bias" onto it.

Tactical captains can fire off their powers more often with tactical initiative, and have attack pattern Alpha for extra damage, and also Go down fighting and fire on my mark help a lot.

Engineers can make escorts suprisingly resilliant, my Fleet Escort can tank rather well. Miracle Worker will bring a massive chunk of an escorts health back, and you can harden the shields right up with emergency power to shields and rotate shield frequency.

Science captains in escorts can be very effective too since sensor scan and subnuclionic beam will both help debuff a target, and unlike a science ship, a sci captain in an escort has the firepower to capitalize on this debuff.

It's really down to personal preference, escorts are probably the most versatile as to who you can effectively captain them with. Brute firepower, survivability, or debuffing the enemy prior to doing your damage.

Archived Post 07-07-2011 04:43 PM

I personally would put Engineering Captains in the "bigger" Escorts, the Heavy Escort, the Fleet Escort, and take advantage of the greater resiliance overall to bring their own skills to bear.

On the other hand, I never took my own advice. My Engineering Captain actually preferred the Saber. (And used the Defiant, although I don't like it for cosmetic reasons)

I think Science Captains can work fine in Escorts. Sensor Scan is a good way to raise your damage and get the quick(er) kill.

Archived Post 07-07-2011 05:48 PM

Thanks for the input, all!

Archived Post 07-07-2011 05:58 PM

One thread of this type is enough. :) Please continue in your other thread. Thank you!

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