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Lt. Commander
Join Date: Dec 2007
Posts: 120
# 4
01-18-2012, 02:28 AM
They aren't as limited as people think. I've taken shuttles all the way up to VA. It takes about 5 times as long as getting a new ship each rank, but it's totally doable and a lot of fun up to about mid-commander or captain rank. Then it becomes a grind, but it does present a challenge (unlike most of the game).

Speed is key. It really is your only defense. Most shuttles only have 1 or maybe 2 BOff stations, so you'll either want to have shield regeneration or hull repair. I'd recommend hull repair since it takes far longer for your crew to repair your hull when out of combat.
Use regenerative shields. Your turn rate in a shuttle is far greater than any other ship in the game, which means you can easily turn to get your shield facing your enemy. When your shields go down, get out of weapon range and kick your power into shields until they're back to full power, which won't take long if you're using regen shields.

Pick up a shuttle and give it a whirl. They're a lot of fun to play, even if they are limited.