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Lt. Commander
Join Date: Dec 2007
Posts: 120
# 20
02-01-2010, 11:04 AM
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Originally Posted by Adeon_Hawkwood
There are some tribbles that provide useful bonuses. So far my fleet have found one that gives an hour long damage buff and one with an hour long resistance buff. Not huge but nice bonuses. It's possible that there are rarer ones with better buffs so we keep breeding them
I can confirm all of the above except mccary, although I tried to describe the colors slightly differently, and have one additional one, jasperson (damage buff):

Known Powers:
Healing:
An out of combat self heal
1.25s activate, 6s recharge
" Petting this sub-species of tribble will have the effect of stimulating the body's natural healing capabilities."
[exact effects unknown]

Resistance Buff:
A long duration out of combat self damage resistance buff
1.25s activate, 6s recharge
"Petting this sub-species of tribble will have the effect of slightly stimulating the body's natural ability to resist all types of damage."
[Adds 1% Resistance to most types of ground damage, with a duration of 1 hour. This does carry over into space combat, although it's not clear if it affects anything useful. Overrides Damage Buff, canceling it.]

Damage Buff:
A long duration out of combat self damage buff
1.25s activate, 6s recharge
"Petting this sub-species of tribble will have the effect of slightly stimulating the body's natural production of adrenoline, improving one's damage capabilities."
[Adds ???, with a duration of 1 hour. This does carry over into space combat, although it's not clear if it affects anything useful. Overrides Resistance Buff, canceling it.]

Healing:
Polygeminus grex susilo "White" (almost radiant white)
Polygeminus grex stahl "Cream" (under magnification, may be a flecked mix of White and Tan)
Polygeminus grex sparkes "Tan" (a light brown, khaki)
Polygeminus grex dotson "Brown" (a medium-dark brown, milk chocolate)
Polygeminus grex thompson "Black" (probably actually a very dark brown, dark chocolate)
Polygeminus grex vitales "Gray" (pale gray)
Polygeminus grex tuffli "Cream with Brown Stripes" (original description, and probably the way most people think of it; under magnification, it may actually be Brown with a broad equatorial Cream stripe and several large Cream spots. One could argue that the pale color is Tan rather than Cream, but in comparison to jasperson and nix under magnification, the pale color is distinctly lighter here.)

Resistance Buff:
Polygeminus grex nix "Brown with large Tan spots" (spots are approximately circular, and arranged in what may be an approximately cubic or dodecahedral pattern)

Damage Buff:
Polygeminus grex jasperson "Tan with single equatorial Brown stripe"
Polygeminus grex mccary "?Tan with Brown spots?" (from Adeon_Hawkwood, not yet photographed)

I'm starting to build some info on rarity and breeding. nix and jasperson are clearly rarer, and vitales and tuffli seem to be less common. In general, the patterned tribbles don't (usually) drop as loot, they have to be bred. It is possible that vitales isn't technically rarer, but requires mixing white and black without any brown shades, which is less likely to happen in most people's inventory.

Tribble breeding can occur in your active power bar, in your inventory, or in your Bank (Fleet Bank testing still pending). You only need a single tribble to start, although some breeds may require multiple tribbles present. They will consume any "food item", replacing it with the new tribble. Items considered "food items" seem to include all of the consumable out-of-combat regeneration items, including beverages in glass bottles and whatever 25th Century Field Rations are packaged in. It does not include "Provisions", the non-consumable trade item (or at least the chance is very low). It is unknown whether the sort of food consumed to produce the tribble has any effect on the breed result.

Trivia: the names of the breeds (officially sub-species) seem to be the last names of Cryptic developers in at least some cases.

If anyone has detailed breeding tests, please post as much info as possible.

After looking at the material that's starting to accumulate, I'm going to try and start a Tribble FAQ over in Starfleet Academy; hopefully it will become stickied and people can add to it with time. Please see the following thread for further detailed discussion: Tribble FAQ - Tribble Breeding for Fun and, well, Loss