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Lt. Commander
Join Date: Dec 2007
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Update: 1/21/11 :: Decided against changing this guide for now due to the fact that the developers are looking into changing exploration so that it's less bland and boring (yay!). I Will redo this guide after exploration has been changed, which as I understand it, may be a while.

Space. The final frontier. This is your mission to explore strange new worlds; to seek out new life and new civilizations and of course to boldly go where no man has gone before.

Well, OK, that's not entirely true. Currently exploration doesn't have a lot of variety to it, and although it is entirely possible to level up solely through exploration, it's very grindy. You will be doing the same missions over and over, and it will likely bore most people; though I understand that this will be changing in the future with new mission types such a diplomacy. Currently however, there are so few mission types that you'll find you're either in space all the time, or on the ground all the time. You might even get lucky and have enough variety that you're mostly in space one day, and mostly on the ground the next. It's rare though that you'll be bouncing between the two with any regularity.

On to the content of this guide.

Exploration is done through the star clusters: Delta Volanis, Acronis Arm, Hromi Cluster, Khazan Cluster, Eridan Belt, Rolor Nebula, Betreka Nebula, Zenas Expance and B'tran Cluster; and by doing the exploration quests through various NPC's, you will gain badges of exploration which you will in turn be able to trade in for gear at Earth Spacedock In the Serius Sector. This guide will list for you the NPC's you can get the various Exploration quests from, in what sector and block you can find each exploration cluster, as well as where you can get the various equipment for your badges by vendor name and location.

BADGES OF EXPLORATION:

As mentioned before, these are gained by doing the exploration quests first obtained from a To Boldly Go quest and there after from a specific NPC that only gives out Exploration quests, those NPC's will be listed below as I detail each cluster. Badges of Exploration are a form of Vendor Currency that you will be spending to upgrade your ship's gear and to outfit you and your ground crew.

The gear you can get with these badges isn't all that different from what you can get by doing other content in the game, but exploration can be a very efficient way to outfit your ship, as your choice of gear isn't limited by the NPC you got the quest from. You are only limited by the Number of Badges of Exploration that you have. So if you want to update your ships weapons first, by all means go for it; or if you think your ground crew needs better equipment first, that's cool too, the choice is up to you.

THE QUEST:

The quest it self is quite simple. To complete an exploration quest, simply fly around the cluster looking for anomalies named for the sector you are in, for instance, in the Hromi Sector, these are called Hromi Cluster Anomoly, and in the Delta Volanis Sector, they would be Delta Volanis Anomoly.

There are two types of anomalies, the first is a cache of sorts and will hold crafting supplies for Memory Alpha Content. The second type of anomaly will come up as (Explore Unknown System). These are the ones you want. Enter the instance, and complete the mini mission for a small reward, and you should see that your objectives have advanced by 1, reading 1/3.

Doing this two more times (For a total of three (3) systems explored) will complete the quest. Currently, in Delta Volanis and the Acronis arm, you have to Hail Grall to complete the quest, but once you reach Hromi, the quest will complete automatically without you having to do anything. Khazan will have you once again contacting the NPC to claim your badges.

DELTA VOLANIS CLUSTER:

LOCATION: Sirius Sector Block in the Vulcan Sector, Once there, head WEST.
OBTAINED FROM: Admiral Quinn at Lt. Grade 2 (To Boldly Go); Lt. Grall
BADGE OF EXPLORATION: 1st order. 75 Badges for each quest turn in.
Explore three (3) Unknown Systems.

ACRONIS ARM:

LOCATION: Regulus Sector Block in the Celes Sector. Once there head EAST.
OBTAINED FROM: Admiral Quinn at Lt. Grade 7 (To Boldly Go); Lt. Grall
BADGE OF EXPLORATION: 1st order. 75 Badges for each quest turn in.
Explore three (3) Unknown Systems.

HROMI CLUSTER:

LOCATION: Pi Canas Sector Block, any Sector. Once there head NORTH.
OBTAINED FROM: Admiral Quinn at Lt.C Grade 2 (To Boldly Go); Lt. Grall
BADGE OF EXPLORATION: 2nd Order. 75 Badges for each quest turn in.
Explore Three (3) Unknown Systems.

KHAZAN CLUSTER

LOCATION:Alpha Centari Sector Block; Vendor Sector, once there head EAST
OBTAINED FROM: Lt. Anek at Lt.C Grade 8 (Thx to: Whrlwnd13)
BADGE OF EXPLORATION: 2nd Order. 75 Badges per quest turn in.
Explore Three (3) Unknown Systems.

Info on Afehirr, Eridan, Rolor, Betreka, Zenas clusters all comes thanks to Ruivo

AFEHIRR NEBULA

LOCATION:Psi Velorum Sector Block, Mylasa Sector, Once there, Head EAST.
OBTAINED FROM: Lt. Anek; Com. Grade 3 (Whrlwnd13)
BADGE OF EXPLORATION:3rd Order. 75 Badges per quest turn in.
Explore Three (3) Unknown Systems.

ERIDAN BELT

LOCATION:Iota Pavonis Sector Block, Z-6 and Tarod Sectors, once there, head NORTH.
OBTAINED FROM: Lt. Anek Com. Grade 9
BADGE OF EXPLORATION:3rd Order. 75 Badges per Quest turn in.
Explore Three (3) Unknown Systems

ROLOR NEBULA

LOCATION:Beta Ursa Sector Block, any sector, Once there head NORTH.
OBTAINED FROM: Lt. Crom Hana (@ Cap. Grade 2 (STOJET)
BADGE OF EXPLORATION:4th Order. 75 Badges per Quest turn in.
Explore Three (3) Unknown Systems

BETREKA NEBULA

LOCATION:Alpha Trianguli Sector Block, any sector, once there head SOUTH.
OBTAINED FROM: Lt. Crom Hana (@ Cap. Grade 5 (STOJET)
BADGE OF EXPLORATION:4th Order. 75 Badges per Quest turn in.
Explore Three (3) Unknown Systems

ZENAS EXPANSE

LOCATION:Zeta Andromedae Sector Block, Arawath and Vanden Sector, once there head WEST
OBTAINED FROM: Lt. Crom Hana (@ Cap. Grade 9 (STOJET)
BADGE OF EXPLORATION:5th Order 75 Badges per Quest turn in.
Explore Three (3) Unknown Systems

B'TRAN CLUSTER

LOCATION: Gamma Orionis Sector Block, Mutara and Bellatrix Sectors, once there head SOUTH
OBTAINED FROM: Lt. Karbo (@ RA Grade 5 (STOJET)
BADGE OF EXPLORATION:5th Order
 

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