Ensign
Join Date: Apr 2013
Posts: 5
# 1 E-STF and ship minimums
04-17-2013, 12:03 PM
Is there a guide or discussion somewhere on what the minimum bar for Elite STF is?
Captain
Join Date: Nov 2012
Posts: 3,465
# 2
04-17-2013, 12:04 PM
VA level ship, knowledge of the mission and half a brain.

The VA level ship is kind of optional with the latter two though.
Ensign
Join Date: Apr 2013
Posts: 5
# 3
04-17-2013, 12:48 PM
Can you make any broad suggestions on setup? Stack for resists, damage, etc.

I fly a Vesta - Multi Mission Surveillance setup for popping Gravity Wells' 'round every 30s
Career Officer
Join Date: Jun 2012
Posts: 6,032
# 4
04-17-2013, 12:53 PM
Well...

The game will prevent you from entering in a shuttle... That's about it.

Don't expect praise for entering in a Miranda though.

In all seriousness, MK XI Rare weapons and consoles is probably the minimum viable setup...

VA Ship? Na... A RA ship will do nicely.
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Join Date: Sep 2012
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# 5
04-17-2013, 12:58 PM
Must strengthen your Search-fu ...

http://sto-forum.perfectworld.com/sh...d.php?t=282071

That's a sticky in "The Academy" forum. It's a start.
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Captain
Join Date: Sep 2012
Posts: 2,007
# 6
04-17-2013, 03:49 PM
Quote:
Originally Posted by anazonda View Post
Well...

The game will prevent you from entering in a shuttle... That's about it.

Don't expect praise for entering in a Miranda though.

In all seriousness, MK XI Rare weapons and consoles is probably the minimum viable setup...

VA Ship? Na... A RA ship will do nicely.
Since when did shuttles get banned from E - STF? Earlier this year when i was doing a shuttle - episode run (doing all episodes in a shuttle) i forgot to switch ships and entered in a Delta Flyer.

With Romulan reputation set i managed to get enough damage output to stop those probes while an escort on the other side failed his guard duty.

I don't recommend flying a shuttle in E-STF, but it is not an auto death sentence.
Captain
Join Date: Jun 2012
Posts: 3,233
# 7
04-17-2013, 11:30 PM
You can do Elite runs in a free 9-console ship loaded with Mk8 gear (though better hardware makes it easier obviously, and Mk11 is cheap so no reason not to). Tactical awareness and a reasonable setup is much more important (doesn't have to be amazing, merely reasonable). Reputation gear and fleet ships are cool toys that make it easier, but aren't a requirement, plus if you're driving a Vesta then you're already at Fleet-level anyways.

Its clich? to say, but your brain really is the best weapon in ESTFs. Once you know the Borg patterns and how to exploit them, they become pretty easy. Really the challenge is not to win (which will be a given), but to do better and better as you win and to figure out the best setups for doing so.
Captain
Join Date: Feb 2013
Posts: 5,394
# 8
04-18-2013, 10:23 PM
Quote:
Originally Posted by anazonda View Post
In all seriousness, MK XI Rare weapons and consoles is probably the minimum viable setup...
Ye old Mk X Very Rares work just fine in Elite STFs.

Heck, once you get used to the encounters your gear really isn't much of a factor.
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Join Date: Jun 2012
Posts: 81
# 9
04-17-2013, 12:59 PM
I've only recently started doing STFs, but here's what I've picked up so far:
1. Anti-protons seem to be the weapons of choice for the crit damage and since the borg appear to shrug off the procs of other weapons.
2. Resists to plasma damage in the shields, like the MACO shield, and perhaps armor. A BO with at least one copy of hazard emitters.
3. STO Academy has some walkthroughs on their site - http://www.stoacademy.com/walkthrough/stf/
Ensign
Join Date: Apr 2013
Posts: 5
# 10
04-17-2013, 01:20 PM
Many thanks for your time and efforts.
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