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# 21
10-14-2012, 10:19 AM
My Chimera serves me well. Just make sure you're spec'd to tank to the max and put armor and EPSs consoles as well as a Field Gen and other stuff that you can use to bolster shield/hull strength. Oh and make use you get MK XII [borg] weapons on it too(especially the Photon torps since they do a lot of damage when using TS1, 2, and/or 3).

That's how I do it.
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# 22
10-14-2012, 10:35 AM
I think it's pretty much as average as a ship can be. An unassuming, bog-standard, jack-of-all-trades ship! And I kind of like that. It's good and it has some sweet features but it ain't gonna hand you the world on a platter.

Two-hundred-smackeroos price tag aside, I can see it getting more popular in the near future, depending on how the next few patches (where escorts are likely slated to suffer survivability nerfs) turn out.
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# 23
10-14-2012, 12:02 PM
Given it has the lowest turn rate of all the escorts, has only 9 console slots, one of which is taken up by it's DTS console, it's a bit subpar when compared to lockbox, c-store and fleet ships.

I love the versatility of it's Universal LtC and Ensign Boff slots and would truly benefit from a 3rd Science Console Slot, making the Chimera an all-around multipurpose tactical vessel. It's basically an inferior tactical version of the Ferengi D'Kora.

One could argue the 3rd Device Slot in compenstation for lack of 10 console slots but I would gladly give that up for another Console Slot.

Last edited by doomicile; 10-14-2012 at 12:05 PM.
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# 24
10-14-2012, 01:36 PM
has the potential to be the best escort, but about 90% of builds turn out terrabad, it will get schooled because its turn rate is so low by other escorts, you have to play it like you would a kdf cruiser...
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# 25
10-14-2012, 03:12 PM
I find the Chimera to be quite effective. Most (if not all) who dislike it are trying to compare it to an escort, the use Lt. Commander Universal as a Tac Boff. The beauty of the Chimera is in using the Lt. Commander Boff for Sci o Eng. The KDF version wit Battle Cloak actuallly got me to play as KDF for a day. I would not buy LTS just for this ship, but it does have my favorite Bridge Officer layout of all ships except the BoP. I still fly an Odyssey though for 3 reasons; 1 Survivability 2 Full interior 3 Eight weapons but the Chimera I may like better than the Mobius even as they have the same amount of usable consoles because the Mobius uses 2 for its time ability vs the Chimera's 1 for transformation.
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# 26 reply
10-14-2012, 09:01 PM
yes most people dont understand that the chimera is part of new ship class the destroyer. its got firepower similar to escorts but cruiser staying power.
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# 27
10-15-2012, 04:16 AM
Idk where people are getting this whole "it doesn't turn well" from. Sure it doesn't turn like a Defiant but mine at least turns like my Patrol escort does. More or less anyway. It also helps that I keep APO and Evasive maneuvers running most of the time, so in general it moves as well as it needs to.
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# 28
10-15-2012, 04:22 AM
It's a fun ship, the turn rate is better with an RCS console slotted but if people complain about the ship's tactical abilities and turn rate etc etc, then they should be reminded that the free 600 veteran token lets them claim a Defiant Retrofit.

And to add to other players who already said, the Chimera is not an escort. It annoys me when people say it's an escort to the same extent that some people think a raider is an escort. Don't expect the Chimera to be an escort and say it sucks as an escort when it isn't an escort.
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# 29
10-15-2012, 10:24 AM
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Originally Posted by defalus View Post
It's a fun ship, the turn rate is better with an RCS console slotted but if people complain about the ship's tactical abilities and turn rate etc etc, then they should be reminded that the free 600 veteran token lets them claim a Defiant Retrofit.

And to add to other players who already said, the Chimera is not an escort. It annoys me when people say it's an escort to the same extent that some people think a raider is an escort. Don't expect the Chimera to be an escort and say it sucks as an escort when it isn't an escort.
omg the Chimera is an escort ! cant tell if trolling or serious ?













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# 30
10-16-2012, 01:23 AM
Is the chimera worth $200? Certainly not. Is it an escort? No it isn't. It isn't a science ship and it isn't a cruiser either.

The chimera is a good ship. Worth more then an Oddy in my opinion so I would price it at $30 I think.

So if it is a good ship why are you hearing negative things? Lots of reasons.

1) Many people in STO don't know what the majority of their captain, equipment and ship statistics actually do. Give them a new ship that looks sort of like an escort and rather then consider the new opportunities it offers, they will just transfer their boffs and equipment over too it from which ever escort they currently fly and complain that it doesn't work as well.

2)Many people in STO who do know what the majority of their captain, equipment and ships statistics actually do focus exclusively upon how much damage or how much tank they can squeeze out of a ship. The Chimera is master of neither.

3)Many people are looking for reasons not to like the Chimera. Some resent the ship for being available to people who aren't relay vets. Some simply don't like the way it looks. Some see it as competition for their own favourite ship, and some are jealous.

For me the Chimera does something I covert. It gives me a commander level tactical ability slot without burdening me with three ensign tactical ability slots. Why don't I want these? They force me to waist an ability slot or diversify my weapon types.

Ensign tactile slots on a ship that can fit heavy cannons and turn well are a pain in the ass. The only ensign tactical ability that benefits them is tactical team. Heavy cannons front and turrets aft are all I need but because all my escorts have three ensign level ability slots to fill I end up slotting in a dual beam bank or a torpedo tube as well.

With the Chimera I don't need to do that. From one Commander tactical officer I can stack tactical teams levels one and two, and either two levels of cannon scatter volley or two levels of cannon rapid fire. Now I have all the rest of my officer slots free for science and engineering abilities. After the mandatory Hazard emitters, transfer shield strength, polarize hull and emergency power to shields skills I can actually slot some fun stuff.

Like emergency power to engines. How often does this actually get used in other ship builds? Not often, but now that I'm not sacrificing stuff I need for it I am finding that its a little bit fantastic. Combine this with evasive manoeuvres and you can exceed people at full impulse without any power drop and without the need to leave combat for half a minute to activate.

I am not going to tell you what to use all your ability slots on though. It isnt hard to put a ship together that works, and I am sure any one taking the time to read this already knows what abilities they need. There are certainly some ability set-ups you should avoid. There are also a lot that would be fun. And some that are genuinely fantastic.

Just stop treating it like an escort. Its not an escort. Its a well rounded ship. If you can't tank better in it then you can in your regular escort your a bad player and your doing it wrong. If you can't do more damage in it then you can in your cruiser the same goes. And yes I am an ass for saying that about you... sorry.

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