Questions about attack patterns
So I'm a new player, so I apologize if this has been covered. I googled around a bit, and tried to search the forums. I even tried a GM petition while I was still under free to play since I couldn't post in the forum, but the reply was less than helpful.
I began training the attack pattern skill, but I'm unsure of the mechanics involved here.
Are the patterns you have access to ship based?
Are they dependent on my level?
If neither of those, how do I get new or upgraded patterns?
How do I switch patterns since one has appeared in my tray and I don't know where it came from
Things such as this. I'd appreciate anyone who can break it down for me.
Okay then, You're talking about 2 different things here..
Attack Pattern Alpha: which is a Player Character Tactical Lt ability...
Attack Pattern Beta, Delta & Omega, which are Tactical BO Skills
STOWiki is your friend...
Apparently STOWiki is my friend and I didn't know it. Thank you for the info and links.
How much mileage you are going to get out of attack patterns (the skill) ultimately depends on what captain and ship you will primarily be piloting.
If you're going to be in an Escort as a Tactical Captain, you definitely want at least 6 ranks of this skill and it's cheap enough that I put 9 ranks here personally.
If you're going to be a Sci or Eng in an Escort 6 ranks will be sufficient, you will most likely want at least 1 attack pattern (typically Attack Pattern Beta or Omega) and potentially 2 (I run beta 1 and omega 3 on my Sci in Escort).
If you're a Tac in any other ship, it's not going to give as much mileage but you still want a decent bonus on Attack Pattern Alpha (APA) - I'd recommend 6 ranks.
If you are a Sci or Eng in Cruiser or Sci ship, your value with from this skill will be minimal if even there at all.
If you specifically plan to be a Sci/Eng in a Cruiser or Sci ship - take a look at your L50 options and builds in the forums to see if you will really have a slot for an attack pattern BOFF skill, otherwise skip the skill.
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