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Archived Post 04-02-2012 04:51 PM

San Paulo at RA?
 
Hey, folks -

After a response on another thread indicating this as a possibility, I thought I'd ask flat-out - how viable is the San Paulo escort while you're an RA? For assorted reasons I am not likely to pick up a T5 RA escort, but I'd like to have a viable escort option, particularly as I get used to escort game play.

Thanks for any thoughts on this.

Archived Post 04-02-2012 05:10 PM

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Originally Posted by Red_1999
Hey, folks -

After a response on another thread indicating this as a possibility, I thought I'd ask flat-out - how viable is the San Paulo escort while you're an RA? For assorted reasons I am not likely to pick up a T5 RA escort, but I'd like to have a viable escort option, particularly as I get used to escort game play.

Thanks for any thoughts on this.

The Sao Paulo probably isn't going to be as good as either the Fleet or Advanced escorts, but unless you're PvPing, I don't think you should have too much trouble with it in PVE. Elite STFs might be a problem because you won't have the consoles/BOFF powers/weapons that a true T5 will have.

Archived Post 04-02-2012 05:15 PM

You lose:
1 Lt. Cmdr Tac slot (CSV II, AP:O I, TS III)
1 Tac console (26% energy damage)
1 Rear weapon (turret)

It's not a small deal. My guess is you'll be doing 10-20% less damage overall. However, everything depends on what you're trying to do:

- Playing solo: It's your time; play however you want. Some people play on Elite difficulty; others play in shuttles.
- Playing with friends: Maybe ask them first, they probably won't mind.
- Playing with strangers: If you are a considerate person, bring your A game and use a T4/T4.5 ship.

Archived Post 04-02-2012 05:55 PM

I've kept an Excelsior (T3) all the way to Vice Admiral in casual PVE story. (Having said that, I wouldn't dream of doing PVP in it...)

It's eminently viable, so long as you fight smart.

...Just make sure you get that Defiant-retro as soon as you can. ;)

Archived Post 04-02-2012 06:42 PM

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Originally Posted by corgatag
- Playing with strangers: If you are a considerate person, bring your A game and use a T4/T4.5 ship.

The Sao Paulo is a T4.5 ship.

Archived Post 04-03-2012 11:44 AM

I got a Sao Paulo for my engineer back at Captain level and decided to test it out with my RA science and tactical officers. It's a tough little ship to be sure, doesn't perform quite as well as my Luna or Sovereign, but for a sci RA in an escort it does really well, and I've actually had some of my best PvP games in it.

Archived Post 04-03-2012 01:38 PM

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Originally Posted by Destinii
The Sao Paulo is a T4.5 ship.

Ah sorry. I thought that T4 = lvl 40, but it looks like stowiki agrees with you. T4 = lvl 30.

In any case, hopefully the spirit of what I'm saying makes sense. Use a lvl 40+ ship (which I guess means T5 or T5.5) if you want to be considerate to your teammates.

Archived Post 04-03-2012 01:56 PM

Using the Sao Paulo at RA is just fine. I was lvling up a new toon, and used the Sao Paulo all the way from captian it VA. I was also using Mk IV purple weapons. I wouldn't recommend the ship for STF's, or PvP, but if you are just doing the regular storyline, then you should be able to use it without any problem.

Archived Post 04-03-2012 08:57 PM

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Originally Posted by HamRadio18
Using the San Paula at RA is just fine. I was lvling up a new toon, and used the Sau Paula all the way from captian it VA.

I disbelieve. There are no ship classes with either of those names in the game.

Archived Post 04-06-2012 11:04 AM

Ive used it at RA PVP and PVE before. It is totally viable however not the best. You could use the superior maneuverabilty to help your defense for lack of hull you could get from the fleet or advanced escorts. If it is your intention to get the retrofit at VA then staying with the Paulo may not be such a bad idea for training purposes as the flight and handling characteristics will be the same. Once you hit VA and get the retrofit you'll find that you will be harder to kill as the increase in hull as well as the extra ltcmdr boff slot.


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