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Join Date: Jun 2012
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# 12
09-14-2012, 07:13 AM
Originally Posted by phil3822 View Post
Thanks all, I am level 9 now and about to be promoted. How do I upgrade my weapons? Based on your help I think I will go for the cruiser line. I want to stay on one line rather than swap about different ships. I really an enjoying this game, might even consider going gold. Again, appreciate the advice.
You can swap about without too much hassle until you hit endgame.

Once you hit "Vice Admiral" and start thinking of doing things like Fleet Raids and Borg Special Task Forces, it's time to optimise your build. You'll get respecs as you rank up (which let you change your character's skill choices around) and it's a good idea to save some for endgame.

The "expectation" from most of the established playerbase is that Escorts will run Dual Heavy Cannons and Rear Turrets (using their high turn rate to keep things in their narrow forward weapon arcs), Cruisers run Beam Arrays front and rear (keeping things to the side where their front and rear weapons overlap - "Broadsiding") and Science Ships run 'odd' setups - sometimes broadsiding, sometimes narrow-forward-arc-DPS (using mixtures of Torpedos, Dual Beam Banks and Turrets) and sometimes not bothering much about weapons at all. You'll find both Cruiser and Escort pilots disagree with each other on the optimum weapon setup, but generally you'll see that most ships will run at least one forward Torpedo (usually Quantum).

There're also a few Bridge Officer (BOFF) powers which are seen as "must-haves" on every decent build. These include Emergency Power to Shields, Hazard Emitters, and Tactical Team (usually most will strive for the equivalent of two copies of EPTS and TT, using extra copies of powers or Duty Officer buffs to get there). There are a few other powers like Transfer Shield Strength (TSS) and Auxiliary to Structural Integrity (Aux2SIF) which also enhance survivability a lot... as well as optimum Tactical Power setups... but the exact layouts will differ depending on your ship and the type of gameplay you prefer - PVE or PVP, STFs or general Missions, Tank or Damage Dealer, etc... so feel free to ask on the forums when you decide on a particular role/ship!

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