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Hi, I've done some searching around, and it seems that for an escort, people recommend going with dual heavy cannons. From what I've read on the wiki, the dps is the same, the duals just hit for more damage per volley.

So my question is: Does everyone recommend DHCs because of the alpha strike potential, or higher crits perhaps?

Sorry, I'm new and just trying to optimize what I'm doing.
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# 2
12-31-2011, 12:47 PM
Actually, if you play with the DPS calculator in the Academy section, they're also better for sustained DPS.

My understanding of why: They have higher energy drain, but a shorter firing cycle. All your weapons don't start firing together, but are staggered, so the DHCs will clear their power drain while you have other weapons still firing.
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# 3
12-31-2011, 01:15 PM
Thank you for that, I didn't know there was a dps calculator. The information is appreciated.
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# 4
12-31-2011, 01:26 PM
If you need the link: http://forums.startrekonline.com/sho...d.php?t=236545

It hasn't been updated for season 5, but I'm not aware of any changes to base weapons this season so it should still be accurate.
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# 5
12-31-2011, 02:19 PM
They have an innate CrtD modifier, are better at power management, are better burst DPS, and are better sustained DPS.

As it stands, there is no reason to run Dual Cannons unless you want to be geared towards getting as many procs as you can (which really only benefit Phaser, Polaron, or Tetryon).
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# 6
12-31-2011, 04:32 PM
I've used both with equivalent stats (MK XI very rare) back to back, and the Dual Heavies just do more damage over time, period.
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# 7
12-31-2011, 04:49 PM
DHC > DC because they have a built in Critical Severity Bonus, they get more of a boost from BOFF abilities that boost damage like the Cannon Firing Abilities and Attack Pattern Omega/Alpha, and because they manage your power levels better than DC do.

DC are fairly worthless IMO and many agree.
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# 8
12-31-2011, 09:31 PM
Brilliant, thanks for all the replies everyone!
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# 9
12-31-2011, 09:55 PM
I use only Dual Cannons, they have the same DPS and that 10% crit severity bonus doesn't make them better, because they fire much less frequently than the usual dual cannons. Meaning the dual cannons fire in between and do half the damage per shot, but that second or two in between might decide to survive or not when destroying an enemy or letting it destroy you in that time.
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