Captain
Join Date: Jul 2012
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Ok, I'm toying with my science character and I have built a ship/character combo that is rather nasty, here is what I have thusfar:

Weapons
Fore: 2x Phased Polaron Beam Array Mk XI, Quantum Torp Mk XI [Acc] [CrtD]
Aft: As Fore

Equipment
Full Aegis (Will get fleet When able)

Consoles
Eng: 3x Neutronium Mk XI (Blue)
Sci: Biofunction monitor Mk XI (Blue), Emitter Array Mk XI (Blue), Particle Generator Mk XI (Blue), Sensor Probes Mk XI (Blue)
Tac: 2x Polaron Phaser Modulator Mk XI (Blue)

Boffs
LTC Tac: TT1, FAW2, AP:B2
Lt Eng: EPtS1&2
CMDR Sci: HE1, TSS2, TR2, GW3
LT Sci: TB1, FBP1 (Clashes with TSS but not sure what to put in its place)
Ens Sci: PH1

Doffs
Energy Weapons officer (White, want a TR doff), Sensors Officer (Blue), Deflector Officer (Blue)x2, Gravimetric scientist (Blue)

Skill Plan

This ship is used for a little of everything and has been known to take attention from Tac cubes away from escorts (Though it doesn't last long afterwards) it does about 1000 damage per hit and does some evil science stuff but I think there is room for improvement in that Lt Sci skill, what do you guys think of the build and recommend for that slot?
Captain
Join Date: Jul 2012
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# 2
02-03-2013, 03:25 PM
Well, a lot of the boff layout looks like the kind of thing I run, so I'm not going to be arguing with it too much. http://sto-forum.perfectworld.com/im...ons/icon12.gif To replace FBP you might think about an Energy Siphon. It doesn't conflict with much (I don't know whether it conflicts with PH or Tractor, but it doesn't with anything else), and provides a decent buff to your own power even if it doesn't do much else.

As far as equipment, I've always thought broadside sci would have limited effectiveness between the high power drain and the need to turn back and forth all the time to use both your weapons and abilities, but the Nova is good at turning, so if it's working for you go with it. The other options are a torp heavy build (2 quantums fore with 3 Projectile Weapons Officer doffs and a torp ability, others a DBB and rear turrets) which can be effective but suffers against shielded targets (especially since the shield drains are all so badly nerfed), a 2xDBB, 1 torp/3 turret build which has probably the best unbuffed DPS, or a 2xSingle Cannon, 1 torp/3 turret build which probably has the best buffed DPS at close range, but misses out on subsystem targeting. Also try running without one of the neutroniums for a bit to see how it goes, those are the slots I'd tend to put Universal consoles in, like the Assimilated Module and Zero Point Energy Conduit, both of which you should get as soon as you can (I always run my sci ships without any armor for PvE since it doesn't do much for me, but your experiences may differ).

For your skills, the first thing I notice is that you've maxed out a number of your power skills. That's almost never worth doing, the benefit is just tiny (see here for details: http://sto-forum.perfectworld.com/sh...d.php?t=155777) and the cost in points is very significant. Also, why all the emphasis on Sensors? Are there that many cloaked enemies in PvP, and does it help that much? For PvE I've always run entirely without it, and never regretted it. If you decide against it, you can save a ton of skill points and a console slot. Things it would be good to have would be Starship Projectile Weapons, 3 points or so in EPS and Efficiency, and probably some Specialization for your main weapons.
Captain
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# 3
02-03-2013, 03:40 PM
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Originally Posted by jadensecura View Post
Also, why all the emphasis on Sensors? Are there that many cloaked enemies in PvP, and does it help that much? For PvE I've always run entirely without it, and never regretted it.
I use high sensors skill as PvE is not the only thing I plan to do with the ship and it helps with my SScan as well, hopefully it will also help with Queeenie when I do HSE, on top of that I think it adds to Sensor analysis but I'm not certain
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# 4
02-03-2013, 04:14 PM
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Originally Posted by adamkafei View Post
I use high sensors skill as PvE is not the only thing I plan to do with the ship and it helps with my SScan as well, hopefully it will also help with Queeenie when I do HSE, on top of that I think it adds to Sensor analysis but I'm not certain
My understanding is that the only parts of Sensor Scan that get buffed by sensors skill are the stealth detection and -stealth, which aren't the good parts of it. Since you already have a console, you can test that yourself in any system space (remove console, check sensor scan tooltip, mount console, check sensor scan tooltip, compare). I'm also pretty sure that nothing buffs sensor analysis, it's not intended to be potent, after all. You're just giving up a lot of potential capability for something I've never observed a use for, that's why I brought it up.
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