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Lt. Commander
Join Date: Dec 2007
Posts: 120
# 29
07-02-2011, 10:13 AM
Originally Posted by Crow_Splat
I know this is an old thread but I have to ask, why is this stickied in the federation shipyards forum? I mean we have the character builds forum and the BOff powers forum, both of which would be more fitting for this. Nothing in this thread is fed specific and I think some of the KDF exclusive players could use this information but will not think to look here.

Anywho I think maybe a move would be appropriate.
It was written for the science ship and in the science ship forums. The science ship is the primary user of the suite of aux-based powers in the game, and anyone else who wants more info on them can always be pointed to this thread. Of course it is useful to anyone but a simple "look here" suffices in my opinion.

Originally Posted by whamhammer View Post
Okay, I'm cornfuzed. I was under the impression auxilliary power on science AND non-science ships increased the chances of spotting a cloaked enemy ship. Is this not true?
No, that is correct. The problem is the magnitude. Science ships (and carriers) have a much higher base detection range than any other ship. So when you get something that multiplies that range like aux power, it naturally has a much better effect on a ship with the higher base value.

A simplified example (these are NOT actual in game numbers):

A science ship has a base detection range of 1000 meters.
A cruiser/escort has a base detection range of 100 meters.

They both then max out their aux setting and lets say that doubles their detection range.

The science ship now has a detection range of 2000 meters.
The cruiser/escort now has a detection range of 200 meters.

So they may both have doubled their detection ranges, but the cruiser/escort is still nearsighted. That is why it isn't actually worth spending time with high aux for cloak detection in a cruiser/escort. The actual numbers aren't important, simply the fact that the detection range for non-science ships is pathetically small to begin with. Aux power multiplies detection range by some factor, it doesn't add an extra XX meters of detection per unit of aux power.