It's hard to say which ship is best in the vice admiral class. Imho, I think all of them are good for the role they play. It really depends on your play style and the things you want to do in the game. I will suggest you experiment with as many ships as you can and settle down to what you like. If you want a ship to dps everything to smithereens (pure dps), I recommend the Jem'Hadar Attack ship, fleet armitage, fleet defiant or one of the andorian ship (the one with 5 tac consoles). Durable and highly deadly. Armitage, defiant and the andorian ship are definitely easier to obtain.
Rather than giving my opinion on what I think is the best ship, it would be more useful to you to try to help you to determine the best ship for you.
The first question to you should be:
What is your character's profession/career: Science, Tactical or Engineering?
What level are you, the level number specifically?
Are you looking for what the best end-game (Vice Admiral/Level 50) ship? Or one for your current level?
Each career has skills/abilities that go best with certain type of ships. Escorts/Carriers are best with Tactical. Cruisers are best with Engineers and Science ships with Science officers. Not that you can't fly the other types, you can. But these are the best fits.
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The best ship is the one that you love to fly. If you can find that one, it makes life at max level so much easier. It's usually a combination of the ship I like the look of and ship that handles they way I want to.
I would start by answering some of the following questions:
1. What do I like in a ship design?
a. I like classic starfleet designs.
b. I like large modern starfleet ships.
c. I like modern, small, nimble starfleet ships.
d. Agh, I'm sick of Starfleet, give me something different.
2. How would you classify your playstyle?
a. Fly fast and hit hard.
b. Bring it on, I'll take anything you can dish at me.
c. You win by being clever, strike at the enemy's weakness.
d. I'm not interested at being the best at any one thing, but spreading your assets around.
Once you have an idea what you're looking for, you can then focus on the intricacies of your choice. This will hopefully give you your ideal ship. Keep in mind that the "best" ship is only so in the right hands.
Last edited by thegreendragoon1; 03-19-2013 at 12:12 PM.
if lobi ships are on the table, and you want to do high damage while having tough shields, check out the mobius. while not technically an escort (it's a destroyer), it's laid out like one, it's maneuverable like one, and it can equip dhc's like one. oh, and it has (afaik) the highest shield modifier of any in that class (1.05).
Last edited by br3akingforce; 03-19-2013 at 06:37 PM.