New Player Escort Thread
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Join Date: Jul 2012
09-06-2012, 01:42 AM
Fleet Escort (now Patrol Escort) is a great ship for tac and even better for engineer I think. I played it last time I was in the game (few months ago) and it felt better then Advanced Escort. It also looks better
I aim for Patrol Escort for my own new eng toon. It's very maneuverable and it's survivability plus engineer additions in power management.
Now, a thing to consider - part of the guide (and most guides) assume that you WILL be grinding at STF PvE missions to get equipment sets. You can replace all those parts with customized items bought from exchange. Middle level purple Mk XI and good blue Mk XI items are really cheap on exchange.
Another option is to get the Aegis set from exchange. Or craft it if you can and have dilithium for it. It's quite good set and for Patrol Escort piloted by engineer even better - giving it additional passive defense on top of engineer self buff/repair abilities.
You can also get a Paratrinic Shield Array from Past Imperfect mission (last mission of Klingon campaign). It has no bonuses like Aegis, but it has very high capacity allowing to soak immense amounts of damage. It has low regeneration rates so with it you will be dependent on the BO skills to repair it in battle.