Space PvP tips and tricks.
So... rather new to the game (played some in the closed beta, then some more in open) and would like some tips on setups, skills for boffs and so on.
Been reading up on these forums but lack a general thread for it so I thought Id start one.
Please post your ideas and tips!
Thank you in advance.
Tip #'s 1-25: Stay in a group.
Tip#26: Contribute to whatever everyone else is focus firing at.
Tip#27: If you're getting hammered, attempt to drag them back towards friendly ships. They will help out.
Tip#28: If someone has laid down a mine field and you're being chased, drag the enemy through it.
Tip#29: If your situation is hopeless, turn and try to place yourself in the path of enemy ships before you explode. It's fun.
Quick high-level tips
1) Understand your BO skills. Choose them carefully. Use them properly in combat.
2) Understand energy allocation. Understand how and why it works as it does. Set it properly.
3) Get the enemy to fight on your terms, not his. Maintain your advantage.
4) Always have situational awareness. You must understand your ship's status and your enemy's status at all times. You must be aware of everything else going on around you.
5) Keep focus on the scenario objectives. Do not get bogged down in dogfighting in open space if you're in a cap&hold map.
6) Learn enemy BO abilities and counters to those abilities. (What does it mean when you get green sparklies on you? How do you escape a tractor? How did he just run 10k away in less than 2 seconds? Hey, why can't I use anything on my ship and what is a virus?)
If you dont use mines you might have a torp launcher to kill people with or a beam to help bring their shields down.
I'm a little frustrated. Can anyone point me to a good source of info on these subjects. Trying to learn purely by getting pwned is slow, at best.
Well, I learned energy allocation via trial and error. During beta I just set aside an hour or so to fiddle with energy settings, console fittings, etc. When I did combat testing, I found a direct and linear relationship between dps and weapon power setting. Generally speaking, consider energy allocation to work on a scale that's based on 50 being average. If you have a setting of 100 you'll get twice the benefit that you have at 50. If you have a setting of 25 you'll have half the benefit that you have at 50. If you're thinking of things like weapons and shields, the general rule of thumb is:
25 = 1x
50 = 2x
75 = 3x
100 = 4x
So your setting of a system at 50 will give you twice the benefit of that energy subsystem at 25. You need to tune your energy allocation based upon what you're trying to do. Are you going max dps and maneuverability in a BoP? Are you going tank? What are you doing?
If you set up a cruiser with all power to shields and engines, and low power to weapons and aux you're going to be flying a fast brick that can't turn, shoot, or do other misc stuff. If you set your escort up with full power to weapons and high aux, you're going to have a hard-hitting and maneuverable craft.
When you set your energy, keep in mind your ship's role and how your energy allocation can best help you do the job you need your ship to do.
Oh, and always stack up your max training in your captain's warp core training. That helps energy allocation across the board.
As far as BO skills go, you just need to read the skills and figure out what sounds best. Use those BO skills. Get another BO with an alternative skill, try that out. Trial and error.
When I first loaded up beta and was flying around and shooting other folks in space PvP, I suddenly was surrounded by some sparkles and I couldn't see the other ship. zomg what was that? I watched players using other skills, learned what they were (ask them!), and then tried those skills out for myself. Since I'm usually at or near the top of the damage charts for any given PvP fight, I frequently get people asking me what my loadout is and I'm more than happy to answer. So if you see a burst of expanding green light in a fight, or a strange purple torpedo or anything...ask about what it is, chances are people will explain.
atchualy power allocation wise you can see 1st hand what it does for weapon dps just rool over a weapon and watch it rise
25> 0 regen
25< normal regen
100 - 3 times regen
(it tells you she shield info on one of the loading tips)
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