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Join Date: Jun 2012
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# 2
02-03-2013, 04:14 PM
The Defiant Retrofit is a fine ship, and you can set up your Engineering and Science Boff slots for survivability. Emergency Power to Shields, Rotate Shield Frequency, Hazard Emitters, and Reverse Shield Polarity give you a number of survival tools, plus the bonus defense from moving at full speed in combat.

It's also one of the hardest-hitting ships in the entire game (4 Tactical consoles on the regular ship, 5 on the Fleet ship), and since most of the PVE game requires that you blow stuff up as fast as possible, it'll serve you very well in all dailies and missions.

The only real downside (compared to other escorts) is that, with three Ensign boff abilities, you can't use an all-cannon build without essentially wasting that third Boff ability.

Don't overlook the other escorts, though. If you haven't already, you should check out the list of playable ships on the STO wiki ( http://www.stowiki.org/Playable_starship ) -- people swear by other escorts just as much as I swear by the Defiant, and for good reason. They each bring something different to the table, and you might find having more Science or Engineering abilities is more fun than being loaded with Tactical abilities.

Last edited by thratch1; 02-03-2013 at 04:18 PM.