Stalkers are already a poor choice for damage output, and they already had masked energy signatures that made them nearly invisible to the enemy and twice as hard to hit - why did they need battlecloaks?
Slightly off-topic... Will Scorpions be the only flyable fighters in the game with a battle cloak?
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For Star Trek sake, "KDF is over", "End of KDF" and such titles of threads are becomming very old very fast. Give it a rest. The KDF survived much harder times, so it's not about to fall apart when it finally is shaping up to become a proper full faction.
I actually enjoy them. I feel it helps contribute to the STO game universe where the Empire is hanging on the ragged edge, trying to survive in a war against a multitude of honorless and strangely impotent foes.
Giving stalkers battle cloak is just barely enough to get an Atrox pilot interested enough to cough up the dil and credits for them. Even then, I only want them for hanging out outside ESD with some cloaked fighters. I'm vain, I'll pay for pretty.
Stalkers aren't like Bird of Prey pets at all. The BoPs have teeth, so the battle cloak is nice for upping damage. Stalkers don't keep up with other pets for damage, the battle cloak isn't likely to bring their damage up to that of a Peregrine, let alone a Scorpion, for the duration of the alpha strike. Forget about its damage over time if you are trying to constantly pull them off to make them burst with their cloak.
Admittedly I do not have them yet and may possibly change my mind after actually getting to use them, but I have the advanced ones. If you can do anything other than giggle over them getting battle cloak rather then a proper torpedo or damage ability you don't understand how laughable Stalkers are in the first place. Just about any other ability would have had more true impact then a cloak.
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