Caitian Carrier - What should my BOFF loadout look like?
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Join Date: Jun 2012
07-06-2012, 04:42 AM
I am having fun with my tactical Atrox, but many people will tell you it is a bad combination.
In my experience, there are several ways to make it work, though. Personally I am fond of torpedos, which, if pointing rear, will be surprisingly easy to bring to bear against even escorts. For such a build, I use Tactical Team1 and Torpedo High Yield2 (and be sure to have porojecile weapons doffs then). Torpedoes have the advantage of allowing you to run the ship on full aux power (buffing your sci boff abilities) without costing you dps.
Obviously, you'll want at least one beam to make use of your ship's innate target subsystems abilities.
If you go for all energy weapons, you need to run high weapons power, so choosing sci powers that are not affected by aux level becomes essential - as well as having aux batteries. For such a weapon loadou, I have had much fun with a DBB fore, a beam aft and BO2 as Lt Tac power.
For Defense, I have made good experiences with Engineering Team1, Reverse Shield Polarity!, and Aux2SIF as Engineer powers, with the burden of shield healing being left to Sci powers like Transfer Shield Strength and Science Team. Many will tell you that you should use two copies of Emergency Power to Shields instead - you'll have to see how that works out for you. For me, too fewhull heals are not good. In any case, you also need at least one copy of Hazard Emitters.
As a tac, at least as the game works now, I'd recommend to add one copy of Feedback Pulse to your arsenal. Your tac buffs will increase that power's damage, which makes for some hilarious encounters with escorts and bops who blow themselves up that way. It requires full aux power or burning an aux battery for maximum effectiveness, though. Using two copies of Transfer Shield Strength and Feedback Pulse will allow you to chain those 4 powers together, so that your are never without one of them.
I personally try to avoid any deflector-based sci powers , because the Atrox is just too slow to use them much. Except for Grav Well, which may be worth it, anyway... depending on what you want to do (it works well the STF Khitomer Accord, for example, to stop the approaching Borg ?probes from reaching the Time Vortex).
As pets, many prefer runabouts for their cc and escort-stopping abilities. Personally I like Stalkers more (because they shield strip better and can disable enemy aux systems), and with season 6, maybe Advanced Delta Flyers with their transphasic torpedoes will be the fighter of choice.
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