Lieutenant
Join Date: Jul 2012
Posts: 53
# 1 Ship Upgrades
12-31-2012, 09:39 AM
Do you need to always upgrade to a bigger ship?

If so...would purchasing a Commander rank ship from the Z store be a waste of ZEN?

Since you will need to "discard" it once you get to rank Captain or higher...

...or am I missing something here?
Lieutenant
Join Date: Aug 2012
Posts: 96
# 2
12-31-2012, 09:49 AM
Correct.

The only reasons to buy one is you want an advantage for the short time you'll be in that rank, have a particularly favored ship, or want a discount on the fleet version later on.
Lieutenant
Join Date: Jul 2012
Posts: 53
# 3
12-31-2012, 10:03 AM
Quote:
Originally Posted by trahl View Post
Correct.

The only reasons to buy one is you want an advantage for the short time you'll be in that rank, have a particularly favored ship, or want a discount on the fleet version later on.
That's a shame...there's a nice one for the Commander rank...but I guess I will just wait till I hit level 50 to purchase one.
Lieutenant
Join Date: Jul 2012
Posts: 53
# 4
12-31-2012, 10:10 AM
Would it be "certain death" to use a Commander Rank ship till you hit level 50?
Captain
Join Date: Jun 2012
Posts: 1,598
# 5
12-31-2012, 10:45 AM
Yes, it pretty much would unless you already know the game. You're missing out on a lot of HP and Boff capabilities. The Heavy Cruiser (for example) has less hull than the Reconnaissance Science Vessel (the weakest Rear Admiral ship, hull-wise), and won't allow you to take advantage of your Commander-grade officer powers.

Also, you do NOT get discounts for fleet retrofits if you purchase a lower-tier version (the Commander Thunderchild does not give you a discount on the Fleet Akira, for example).
Captain
Join Date: Jun 2012
Posts: 1,066
# 6
12-31-2012, 11:08 AM
There is a small advantage in grabbing the lower-tier/rank C-Store ships, in that whatever console that comes with it can be taking off and put on the higher rank ships. The Thunderchild's Point Defense console is very handy, particularly when leveling a character, being able to put a lot hurt in several directions. The ship itself can be used for maybe one rank higher if you keep it well geared, but not beyond that.
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