Lt. Commander
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# 1 Ship Is Getting Weaker
07-05-2012, 05:00 PM
I have an akira class heavy escort I purchased around level 15.For awhile,it seemed almost unstopable.I have not used it for some time,and now at level 44,it now is getting creamed most of the time.except for a newly aquired Mk X dual cannon[borg],all other weapons/shields are Mk VI.can anyone tell me how to make it a "heavy hitter"again?thanks
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# 2
07-05-2012, 05:16 PM
Ships do not scale with you, but the NPCs you face do. You need to talk to Admiral Quinn and get a ship requisition for a RA (Tier 5) ship(unless you have already gotten one), and then pick up either a Fleet Escort or Advanced Escort to bring you back up to 'heavy hitter'.

If you really want a Akira suitable for high-level play, you'll have to buy, with C-Points/Zen, the Heavy Escort Carrier.

Last edited by tom61sto; 07-05-2012 at 05:21 PM.
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# 3
07-05-2012, 10:26 PM
Congratz on getting your money's worth out of the heavy escort, but I'm afraid you'll need to move on to a new ship if you expect to not clutter space with your frequently exploding ship.
Sometimes I think I play STO just to have stuff to rant about on the forums!

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# 4
07-06-2012, 02:39 AM
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Originally Posted by tom61sto View Post
Ships do not scale with you, but the NPCs you face do. You need to talk to Admiral Quinn and get a ship requisition for a RA (Tier 5) ship(unless you have already gotten one), and then pick up either a Fleet Escort or Advanced Escort to bring you back up to 'heavy hitter'.

If you really want a Akira suitable for high-level play, you'll have to buy, with C-Points/Zen, the Heavy Escort Carrier.
Yeah - and this is where the upcoming T5 versions of lower-tier ships will come into their own.

I stuck with my Rhode Island type Nova class from T2 right up until mid-to-late T4 where, upgraded weapons notwithstanding, the lack of consoles and variety of BOFF's was a real handicap.

Am therefore VERY much looking forward to being able to fly one again in the not too distant future.
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# 5
07-06-2012, 07:14 AM
I do have an advanced escort [phoenix class] which I received for reaching rear admiral [level 40].it's dang powerful.but my question is you are telling me I can't or should not try to upgrade my akira?I recently joined omega force so when I reach level 45 I can access STF's.I was told that I could get my hands on borg tech weapons /shields that are far better than federation gear.but now I'm abit confused.
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# 6
07-06-2012, 07:16 AM
I may buy the armitage class ship too.
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# 7
07-06-2012, 07:25 AM
Thing is, no matter how good the gear you put on it is, it'll still be a tier 3 ship. You'll always have two less weapons, 3 less consoles, no commander bridge station, substantially less hull. You can prop it up with mk XI weapons, but there's still only 5 slots, instead of the 7 on your Phoenix. You can't add slots, increase the base stats, or improve the bridge setup.

When you hit level 30, the Tier 4 Defiant would have been available on your rank token, and it's a better ship. Tier 4 ships can almost match tier 5 - they're missing an ensign power, one console, and an aft weapon which is easier to loose on an escort. But they still have a handicap compared to tier 5 ships that they simply can't overcome. That's where Retrofits come in, but those are C-store ships. The C-store Tier 5 Heavy Escort Carrier is one of the best escorts in the game, but no amount of dedication will make your old Heavy Escort measure up.
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# 8
07-06-2012, 07:25 AM
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Originally Posted by fletch57 View Post
I do have an advanced escort [phoenix class] which I received for reaching rear admiral [level 40].it's dang powerful.but my question is you are telling me I can't or should not try to upgrade my akira?I recently joined omega force so when I reach level 45 I can access STF's.I was told that I could get my hands on borg tech weapons /shields that are far better than federation gear.but now I'm abit confused.
until they come out with the new fleetretrofits for older ships, running an akira class ship is almost impossible to do at endgame unless its the armitage. the lack of good hull/weapos/console slots can be very frustrating in stuff like the STF's.
Lt. Commander
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# 9
07-06-2012, 09:28 AM
thanks everyone for clearing things up for me.I guess i'll have to put my akira and envoy class cruiser out to pasture.
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# 10
07-06-2012, 08:25 PM
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Originally Posted by fletch57 View Post
I have an akira class heavy escort I purchased around level 15.For awhile,it seemed almost unstopable.I have not used it for some time,and now at level 44,it now is getting creamed most of the time.except for a newly aquired Mk X dual cannon[borg],all other weapons/shields are Mk VI.can anyone tell me how to make it a "heavy hitter"again?thanks

hahah holy ****

Kudos for sticking with it, I guess, but did you never even take a gander at the ships and the free tokens you were given as you ranked up?
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