Duty Officers: A Recruitment Guide
The purpose of this guide is to outline all the ways to obtain duty officers, especially high-quality and unique duty officers. This is not a general guide to the DOff system, but is intended to augment already existing general guides. This guide also is not a comprehensive list of every DOff in existence, though I encourage (but not envy) those who are attempting to compile such a list. This guide assumes the reader already has a basic understanding of the DOff system. If you're looking for a general guide, I highly recommend the links below.
Heretic's Duty Officers 101
Hevach's Doffs for Doofuses
STOWiki's Duty officer page
The wide variety of ways to obtain duty officers can be broken down into these categories.
At level 8 as a Federation captain or level 23 as a KDF captain, a pack of 20 low quality duty officers is awarded. These officers are identical for everyone and they are all bound. Booster packs of 3 random, unbound duty officers are also awarded at certain milestones. These milestones for Federation captains are levels 12, 22, 32, and 42; for KDF captains the milestones are levels 24, 27, 32, and 42.
The whole purpose of the recruitment category is recruiting crew, both DOffs and BOffs. The vast majority of DOffs in the game originate from these assignments.
Recruitment assignments come in three types. First is the basic recruitment assignment, which always results in a success and awards a Junior Officer Cadre inventory item that contains 5 DOffs. These are usually white quality, but have a small chance for higher quality. These packs have a very small chance to contain ultra-rare DOffs. This assignment can be found in and around the home planet of each faction, does not require any inputs of DOffs or supplies, and has a duration of 20 hours.
The second type of assignments is department- and race-specific assignments. Department-specific assignments appear in and around the home sectors and major starbases of each faction, while race-specific assignments only appear in the sector block that contains that species's homeworld, or additionally on that homeworld itself. These do not require any DOffs to be assigned to them, award one or two DOffs of the specified department or race, and always result in a success or critical success, usually with a 9% or 10% chance to crit, which gives one or two extra DOffs, but does not guarantee higher quality DOffs. Most DOffs obtained by these assignments are white quality, with very small chances for higher qualities. The color of the assignment listed is the rarity of the assignment itself, not the DOffs it awards. The duration of these assignments is 2 days.
The third type of assignments is asylum assignments. These appear in the same sectors as the Cultural Exchange assignments and can award one DOff of a specific race of green quality or higher. They have a 20 hour duration and require a single refugee as an input. The quality and traits of that refugee influence the quality of the DOff reward. In this guide, traits that increase the chance of a blue or purple DOff reward are highlighed blue, while traits that increase the chance of a green DOff reward are highlighted green. Some of the KDF Asylum assignments can have a slightly different title, replacing "Asylum on..." with "Sanctuary with..." or "Protective Custody with...", but for the purposes of this guide, they are listed only as "Asylum on...".
Federation Recruitment Assignments
Federation Recruitment Zones
KDF Recruitment Assignments
KDF Recruitment Zones
Assignment formatting key
For the sake of communicating the most information in the least amount of space, and allowing for the low-tech options of a forum post, I am attempting to format assignment descriptions in a compact fashion, using color coding and a specific syntax. Below is a key and an example to this formatting scheme. I am still experimenting with how to best format this information, so feedback and suggestions for improvement are very welcome.
Assignment name: This is the name of the assignment. The color of the name indicates the assignment's rarity. The assignment should appear in game with this exact name and color.
Duration: This is how long it will take to complete this assignment once started. The format is a number followed by a letter, with the letter indicating the unit of time: m for minutes, h for hours, and d for days.
Material components: This is a list of items or currencies that will be consumed by the assignment. It is usually an amount of credits or some sort of commodity.
Personnel requirements: A breakdown of the officers required for the assignment. If the description is capitalized, then a specific specialization is required, otherwise it is one of the seven departments (tactical, security, engineering, operations, science, medical, civilian). If something in parentheses follows this entry, then it indicates that if that officer is a certain specialization, it will increase the success chance of the assignment, but only the previous entry which is not in parentheses is required.
Critical traits: Traits which increase the critical chance are highlighted in green.
Disaster traits: Traits which increase the disaster chance are highlighted in red.
If any of these entries are omitted, then they either are not present (usually material components), are not important enough to be included in this guide (usually traits), or are the same for every assignment in the list, which will be noted in the description preceeding the list (usually duration).
Here's an example:
"Submit Feedback to Guide on Forums" is the assignment name, and the blue color indicates it's a rare assignment.
"30m" is the duration, indicating 30 minutes.
"1 Communication Array" is the material component.
"1 Advisor" indicates that one Advisor is required.
"1 science" is not capitalized, indicating that one officer in the science department is required. It is followed by "(Research Lab Scientist)" in parentheses, indicating that if the officer is that specialization, it will increase the success chance, though any other science specialization can be used without that bonus.
"1 officer (Diplomat/Assault Squad Officer) indicates that 1 additional officer from any department is required, though if it is one of the specializations in parentheses, it will increase success chance.
"Congenial, Tactful, Teamwork" are highlighted green and therefore increase critical chance.
"Aggressive, Unruly" are highlighted red and therefore increase disaster chance.
Note that the above basic Recruitment section does not follow this formatting key, since it is simply a list of the assignment name, what it awards, and where it is found, since Recruitment assignments require no inputs at all. The below sections of this guide all follow this formatting key.
Currently, there's one way to obtain a unique DOff that does not fit in any other category: the "Guinan" assignment. It's very rare and can appear anywhere and can appear for either faction (though usually when it appears, only one faction is eligible at that time). Rulian Mazan, a purple quality El-Aurian bartender, joins your crew regardless of success or failure of the mission. This mission can only be done once, then never appears for that captain again. Oddly, Rulian Mazan is not bound, however she cannot be used by the opposite faction.
Colonial chain assignments
Every exploration zone has a chain of colonial missions. At the end of each chain is an assignment which grants a unique blue quality DOff. Each exploration zone has its own chain and its own unique DOff. Assignments are denoted as part of the chain by yellow text at the end of the description: "Completing this assignment will open up additional possible assignments within this star cluster." Not only does completing the mission open up the next assignment in the chain, but also opens up other repeatable assignments that give minor CXP and other numeric awards.
Failing a chain assignment still unlocks the next step in the chain. The normal and elite versions of B'Tran and Azlesa zones share their respective chains. Though they are separate instances and offer different assignment lists, they share chain progression and only offer one unique DOff between them. Below is a list of the colony chain assignments, in order.
Upon completion of the whole chain, an assignment is unlocked which awards one refugee for the Federation version and one prisoner for the KDF version. On a critical success, it grants a purple quality DOff with the same specialization and traits as the Renown DOff of that zone (with the exception of Arucanis Arm, which has a completely different DOff for Federation, and a difference of only one trait for KDF). The cooldown for this assignment is precisely 24 hours from completion. The Federation and KDF versions of this assignment are very different, and both are listed below.
Certain espionage assignments award DOffs. They all have durations of two days (except the Federation version of Negotiate Prisoner Exchange has a duration of 4 hours), appear infrequently, and have high chances of failure. However, the DOffs they award are usually high quality, and some of them, particularly Instigate Defection, have a chance to award a DOff from the opposing faction. The DOffs from Negotiate Prisoner Exchange and Extricate Intelligence Asset are not bound, while the DOffs from Instigate Defection are bound. Also, the Federation and KDF versions of Instigate Defection are not quite identical.
Reclaim Assimilated Borg Drones
This is a very rare medical assignment that awards a green DOff only on a critical success. It can appear in various places in the galaxy.
Special Deal on Entertainment Provisions
This assignment comes in all four rarities, with the white rarity version becoming available at trade tier 1, the green at trade tier 2, the blue at trade tier 3, and the purple at trade tier 4. A critical success on this assignment awards a holographic entertainer with a quality color to match the rarity color of the assignment.
Commendation tier rewards
Each faction has a vendor that sells unique DOffs: Lieutenant Ferra at Starfleet Academy and Lieutenant S'stas at Klingon Academy. However, these DOffs are locked until certain commendation ranks are achieved. Each tier of each commendation category has a different set of 5 or more DOffs available at this vendor. Reaching a tier awards a token for one free DOff in the set, and unlocks the others for purchase with dilithium. Green DOffs cost 1000 dilithium, blue DOffs cost 6000 dilithium, and purple DOffs cost 12000 dilithium.
Additionally, each tier of the Medical, Military, and Engineering categories unlocks the ability to replicate a photonic DOff. The specializations of these photonic DOffs are Doctor for Medical, Assault Squad Officer for Military, and Damage Control Engineer for Engineering. The photonic DOffs available at each tier increase in quality and cost: white for 1000 EC at tier 1, green for 10000 EC at tier 2, blue for 100000 EC at tier 3, and purple for 1000000 EC at tier 4.
The STF vendors on DS9 sell Borg DOffs in exchange for the STF currency. Every successful STF completion rewards at least one Encrypted Data Chip, and possibly more if optional objectives are completed. There are a total of 8 Borg DOFFs available, 4 for each faction: blue and purple Security Officers, and blue and purple Projectile Weapons Officers. The blues cost 20 EDC each, and the purples cost 40 EDC each.
Unlike the DOFFs from the vendors at SF and KDF academies, these Borg DOFFs are not unique and you can have multiples of each.
Players who tested the Duty Officer system while it was in beta on Tribble before the launch of season 5 may have been granted unique DOffs. These DOffs can be claimed in the C-Store. They include a Romulan explosives expert, an android (not Soong-type) engineer, and an assault officer, which is an Exocomp for Federation and an augmented Nausicaan for KDF.
There's a whole section on the C-Store for Duty Officers. Right now it only contains two Duty Officer Cadre packs, one for each faction, but it seems likely that more items will be added in the future. The Cadres function very similarly to the Cadres received by the basic Recruitment assignments, however they usually contain higher quality DOffs. These DOffs are not bound. It is unknown if these DOffs are the same as DOffs that can be obtained through other means in the game, or if there are some that can only be obtained through these C-Store Cadre packs. There's also a small chance to acquire an ultra-rare unique DOff from these packs. The packs cost 220 points. According to the description in the store, the packs contain 4 white-quality DOffs, 2 green-quality or better DOffs, and 1 blue-quality or better DOff.
Last but certainly not least, DOffs can be bought and sold on The Exchange for energy credits. There's a very high volume of DOffs available on The Exchange and the lack of filtering mechanisms often makes this a frustrating experience. Heretic has stated that he wishes to improve this functionality, but that it would be difficult and time-consuming to do so. Still, The Exchange as it is does work for buying and selling DOffs.
FAQ and hints
Frequently Asked Questions
KDF captains can get contraband from several Marauding assignments as well as the below Trade assignment. Federation captains can only get contraband from the below assignments, making it much more difficult for Federation captains to acquire substantial quantities of contraband. Contraband is an unbound inventory item and can be traded freely.
Unique Duty Officers
This is a list of unique or bind-on-pickup duty officers. There's only one way to acquire them, and with the exception of Rulian Mazan, they are all bound. An asterisk (*) indicates the DOff has a unique active power and not the normal active power of its specialization.
This list is intended to be compact but not comprehensive. A more comprehensive list is available at STOWiki.
Ultra-rare Duty Officers: These are the ultra-rare officers found in cadre packs. The Exocomp and Kazan were also available as the rewards for the December 2011 Junior Officer Appreciation event.
*Exocomp: Exocomp Maintenance Engineer: Efficient, Eidetic Memory, Logical, Stubborn
*Kel the Retributor: Andorian Flight Deck Officer: Aggressive, Emotional, FF, Honorable
*Najiin: Xindi-Reptilian Assault Squad Officer: Aggressive, Cold Blooded, Resilient, Unruly
*Begra: Xindi-Primate Gravimetric Scientist: Congenial, Honorable, Tactful, Teamwork
*T'likchik'zi: Xindi-Insectoid Conn Officer: Efficient, Eidetic Memory, Emotional, Teamwork
*Jalik Surr: Xindi-Arboreal Shield Distribution Officer: Congenial, Logical, Peaceful, Stubborn
*Muaza Amman'sor: Xindi-Aquatic Energy Weapons Officer: Logical, Stubborn, Tactful, Teamwork
*Kazan: Reman Maintenance Engineer: Efficient, Resilient, Telepathic, Unruly
*Gorj the Widowmaker: Orion Flight Deck Officer: Aggressive, Cunning, Unscrupulous
*Silin: Suliban Energy Weapons Officer; Aggressive, Cunning, Efficient, Resilient
*Dahar Master Korloth: Klingon Assault Squad Officer; Aggressive, Honorable, Resilient, Teamwork
Tribble Testing Rewards
Tier 1 Duty Officer Reward for both factions
Varel: Romulan Explosives Expert: Cunning, Emotional, Tactful, Unscrupulous
Tier 2 and 3 duty Officer Rewards for Federation
Tactical Exocomp: Alien Assault Squad Officer: Aggressive, Eidetic Memory, Logical, Resilient
*Automated Personnel Unit: Alien Systems Engineer: Efficient, Eidetic Memory, Logical, Resilient
Tier 2 and 3 duty Officer Rewards for KDF
Goshi the Augmented: Nausicaan Assault Squad Officer: Aggressive, Eidetic Memory, Resilient, Unscrupulous
*Automated Personnel Unit: Alien Systems Engineer: Efficient, Logical, Resilient, Seductive
Other Unique Officers
The "Guinan" DOff for both factions
Rulian Mazan: El-Aurian Bartender: Congenial, Eidetic Memory, Tactful, Telepathic
Federation Colonial Chain Officers
Delta Volanis: Fegidir/Maela: Deferi Doctor; Efficient, Honorable, Teamwork
Arucanis Arm Renown: Helna: Rigelian Astrometrics Scientist; Eidetic Memory, Logical, Spiritual
Arucanis Arm Support: Gaavrin, Tellarite Tractor Beam Officer; Efficient, FF, Stubborn
Hromi Cluster: Hulian Zur/Rekim Fel: El-Aurian Astrometrics Scientist; Efficient, Eidetic Memory, Telepathic
Khazan Cluster: Hunter Tunarj/Hunter Ikrin: Hirogen Projectile Weapons Officer; Aggressive, Efficient
Afehirr Nebula: Kinzon/Orlos: Reman Energy Weapons Officer; Efficient, Telepathic, Unruly
Eridan Belt: Lovok/Demera: Romulan Gravimetric Scientist; Efficient, Emotional, Tactful, Unscrupulous
Rolor Nebula: Gren the Recreant/Vog the Faithless: Breen Shield Distribution Officer; Aggressive, Efficient
Betreka Nebula: Omata'Tar/Ixtana'Adar: Jem'Hadar Assault Squad Officer; Aggressive, Efficient, Honorable, Stubborn
Zenas Expanse: Kilara/Yelgrun: Vorta Warp Theorist; Efficient, Tactful
B'Tran Cluster: One of Four/Ten of Ten: Liberated Borg Caitian Technician; Efficient, Logical
T'Ong Nebula: Th'ket P'Trell/Jhamel Thoris: Andorian Security Officer; Efficient, Emotional, FF, Honorable
D'kel Star Cluster: Thea Ashley/Jeffery Hildebrand: Terran Armory Officer; Aggressive, Efficient, Teamwork, Unscrupulous
Eridon Nebula: Koass/Riassa: Saurian Fabrication Engineer; Cold Blooded, Efficient, Resilient
Azlesa Expanse: T'Menna/Kuvak: Vulcan Deflector Officer; Efficient, FF, Logical, Telepathic
KDF Colonial Chain Officers
Delta Volanis: Lurah/Kaboh: Deferi Doctor; Efficient, Honorable, Teamwork
Arucanis Arm: Lesh-Sar/Malaar: Orion Tractor Beam Officer; Cunning/Seductive, Efficient, Unscrupulous
Hromi Cluster: Argus Suran/Marza Rumur: El-Aurian Astrometrics Scientist; Efficient, Eidetic Memory, Telepathic
Khazan Cluster: Hunter Kinod/Hunter Darr: Hirogen Projectile Weapons Officer; Aggressive, Efficient
Afehirr Nebula: Tirod/Nigulan: Reman Energy Weapons Officer; Efficient, Telepathic, Unruly
Eridan Belt: Varel: Romulan Gravimetric Scientist; Efficient, Emotional, Tactful, Unscrupulous
Rolor Nebula: Naaz the Apostate/Prok the Betrayer: Breen Shield Distribution Officer; Aggressive, Efficient, Honorable, Stubborn
Betreka Nebula: Virax'Irax/Lamat'Clan: Jem'Hadar Assault Squad Officer; Aggressive, Efficient, Honorable, Stubborn
Zenas Expanse: Gelnon/Eilas: Vorta Warp Theorist; Efficient, Tactful
B'Tran Cluster: Eight of Ten/Two of Twelve: Liberated Borg Gorn Technician; Aggressive, Cold Blooded, Efficient, Resilient
T'Ong Nebula: Lorho/K'Punok: Klingon Security Officer; Aggressive, Efficient, Honorable, Resilient
D'kel Star Cluster: Kevan Coyotl/Laura Conneely: Terran Armory Officer; Aggressive, Efficient, Teamwork, Unscrupulous
Eridon Nebula: Groz/Netang: Nausicaan Fabrication Engineer: Aggressive, Efficient, Unruly, Unscrupulous
Azlesa Expanse: Sovar/Aoto: Lethean Deflector Officer; Efficient, Stubborn, Telepathic
DOff Vendor Officers: I haven't added these because there are A LOT of them and you can view them all in one place anyway by going to the vendor.
Defectors: These come from the Instigate Defection assignment. I've tried collecting a comprehensive list of these, but that has proven very difficult. STOWiki is doing a much better job.
Editing notes and possible errata:
Plans for future expansion of this guide:
Also note that the DOFFs from these vendors are unique, so you can only have one of each. No doubling up on the same DOFF.
Unlike the DOFFs from the vendors at SF and KDF academies, these Borg DOFFs are not unique and you can have multiples of each.
I ran into a "investigate temporial distortion" rare assignment in BU but failed it utterly... the reward said "special.unique DOFF" I guess no one else has seen this?
You can get an extra DOFF (Usually Green) from the Federation Junior ******** Officer Cadre if it is a Critical Success. I've been lucky enough to do this twice, with different toons, in the last couple of days ....
Nice guide, :cool:
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