Lt. Commander
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Update: 1/21/11 :: Decided against changing this guide for now due to the fact that the developers are looking into changing exploration so that it's less bland and boring (yay!). I Will redo this guide after exploration has been changed, which as I understand it, may be a while.

Space. The final frontier. This is your mission to explore strange new worlds; to seek out new life and new civilizations and of course to boldly go where no man has gone before.

Well, OK, that's not entirely true. Currently exploration doesn't have a lot of variety to it, and although it is entirely possible to level up solely through exploration, it's very grindy. You will be doing the same missions over and over, and it will likely bore most people; though I understand that this will be changing in the future with new mission types such a diplomacy. Currently however, there are so few mission types that you'll find you're either in space all the time, or on the ground all the time. You might even get lucky and have enough variety that you're mostly in space one day, and mostly on the ground the next. It's rare though that you'll be bouncing between the two with any regularity.

On to the content of this guide.

Exploration is done through the star clusters: Delta Volanis, Acronis Arm, Hromi Cluster, Khazan Cluster, Eridan Belt, Rolor Nebula, Betreka Nebula, Zenas Expance and B'tran Cluster; and by doing the exploration quests through various NPC's, you will gain badges of exploration which you will in turn be able to trade in for gear at Earth Spacedock In the Serius Sector. This guide will list for you the NPC's you can get the various Exploration quests from, in what sector and block you can find each exploration cluster, as well as where you can get the various equipment for your badges by vendor name and location.

BADGES OF EXPLORATION:

As mentioned before, these are gained by doing the exploration quests first obtained from a To Boldly Go quest and there after from a specific NPC that only gives out Exploration quests, those NPC's will be listed below as I detail each cluster. Badges of Exploration are a form of Vendor Currency that you will be spending to upgrade your ship's gear and to outfit you and your ground crew.

The gear you can get with these badges isn't all that different from what you can get by doing other content in the game, but exploration can be a very efficient way to outfit your ship, as your choice of gear isn't limited by the NPC you got the quest from. You are only limited by the Number of Badges of Exploration that you have. So if you want to update your ships weapons first, by all means go for it; or if you think your ground crew needs better equipment first, that's cool too, the choice is up to you.

THE QUEST:

The quest it self is quite simple. To complete an exploration quest, simply fly around the cluster looking for anomalies named for the sector you are in, for instance, in the Hromi Sector, these are called Hromi Cluster Anomoly, and in the Delta Volanis Sector, they would be Delta Volanis Anomoly.

There are two types of anomalies, the first is a cache of sorts and will hold crafting supplies for Memory Alpha Content. The second type of anomaly will come up as (Explore Unknown System). These are the ones you want. Enter the instance, and complete the mini mission for a small reward, and you should see that your objectives have advanced by 1, reading 1/3.

Doing this two more times (For a total of three (3) systems explored) will complete the quest. Currently, in Delta Volanis and the Acronis arm, you have to Hail Grall to complete the quest, but once you reach Hromi, the quest will complete automatically without you having to do anything. Khazan will have you once again contacting the NPC to claim your badges.

DELTA VOLANIS CLUSTER:

LOCATION: Sirius Sector Block in the Vulcan Sector, Once there, head WEST.
OBTAINED FROM: Admiral Quinn at Lt. Grade 2 (To Boldly Go); Lt. Grall
BADGE OF EXPLORATION: 1st order. 75 Badges for each quest turn in.
Explore three (3) Unknown Systems.

ACRONIS ARM:

LOCATION: Regulus Sector Block in the Celes Sector. Once there head EAST.
OBTAINED FROM: Admiral Quinn at Lt. Grade 7 (To Boldly Go); Lt. Grall
BADGE OF EXPLORATION: 1st order. 75 Badges for each quest turn in.
Explore three (3) Unknown Systems.

HROMI CLUSTER:

LOCATION: Pi Canas Sector Block, any Sector. Once there head NORTH.
OBTAINED FROM: Admiral Quinn at Lt.C Grade 2 (To Boldly Go); Lt. Grall
BADGE OF EXPLORATION: 2nd Order. 75 Badges for each quest turn in.
Explore Three (3) Unknown Systems.

KHAZAN CLUSTER

LOCATION:Alpha Centari Sector Block; Vendor Sector, once there head EAST
OBTAINED FROM: Lt. Anek at Lt.C Grade 8 (Thx to: Whrlwnd13)
BADGE OF EXPLORATION: 2nd Order. 75 Badges per quest turn in.
Explore Three (3) Unknown Systems.

Info on Afehirr, Eridan, Rolor, Betreka, Zenas clusters all comes thanks to Ruivo

AFEHIRR NEBULA

LOCATION:Psi Velorum Sector Block, Mylasa Sector, Once there, Head EAST.
OBTAINED FROM: Lt. Anek; Com. Grade 3 (Whrlwnd13)
BADGE OF EXPLORATION:3rd Order. 75 Badges per quest turn in.
Explore Three (3) Unknown Systems.

ERIDAN BELT

LOCATION:Iota Pavonis Sector Block, Z-6 and Tarod Sectors, once there, head NORTH.
OBTAINED FROM: Lt. Anek Com. Grade 9
BADGE OF EXPLORATION:3rd Order. 75 Badges per Quest turn in.
Explore Three (3) Unknown Systems

ROLOR NEBULA

LOCATION:Beta Ursa Sector Block, any sector, Once there head NORTH.
OBTAINED FROM: Lt. Crom Hana (@ Cap. Grade 2 (STOJET)
BADGE OF EXPLORATION:4th Order. 75 Badges per Quest turn in.
Explore Three (3) Unknown Systems

BETREKA NEBULA

LOCATION:Alpha Trianguli Sector Block, any sector, once there head SOUTH.
OBTAINED FROM: Lt. Crom Hana (@ Cap. Grade 5 (STOJET)
BADGE OF EXPLORATION:4th Order. 75 Badges per Quest turn in.
Explore Three (3) Unknown Systems

ZENAS EXPANSE

LOCATION:Zeta Andromedae Sector Block, Arawath and Vanden Sector, once there head WEST
OBTAINED FROM: Lt. Crom Hana (@ Cap. Grade 9 (STOJET)
BADGE OF EXPLORATION:5th Order 75 Badges per Quest turn in.
Explore Three (3) Unknown Systems

B'TRAN CLUSTER

LOCATION: Gamma Orionis Sector Block, Mutara and Bellatrix Sectors, once there head SOUTH
OBTAINED FROM: Lt. Karbo (@ RA Grade 5 (STOJET)
BADGE OF EXPLORATION:5th Order
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02-13-2010, 03:09 PM
MISSIONS

Investigate Base: Ground :
In this mission you approach the asteroid base and beam to the base interior. Your goal is one of two things:
-Access computer terminals
-Kill all mobs on the map

While accessing computers, you may, or may not, be required to fight your way through, but are not required to kill all mobs on the map.

Aid The Planet: Space :
Aid the planet is rather simple, fly up to the planet and find out what they need. You can now purchase supplies for this mission from your replicator, and the reward for doing these quests has been buffed. Since this will now increase your quests completed in your cluster mission by one for almost no effort on your part, I now recommend completing these quests.

Approach Planet: Ground :
Again, one of two things
-Scan Objects
-Kill all mobs

Scanning objects is the more common of the two, and just like in "Investigate Base", you may or may not have to fight to access scan-able objects, but if it's a scan mission, you will not be required to eliminate all mobs to proceed. Keep an eye on your mini map when doing these missions as you can see "Pathways" that connect to each other, patches of dirt that are lighter then the rest around it in the worst cases, and patchs of dirt surrounded by green grass in the best. As a general rule, scan-able objectives are always on those pathways. Keep in mind that if you are having difficulty finding one, you can always press "V" and scan the area for anomalies as this will also guide you to your objectives as well as any Anomalies in the area.

Pathways can be VERY difficult to discern, blending in occasionally to the point that you can't see it very well on the mini map, but they are always there as is apparent when you run across the landscape. Also keep an eye out for structures such as buildings or housing, objectives are often near these as well.

Sometimes this leads into a variation of "Investigate Base" where you are beamed below the surface of the planet into a cave network. Don't get too excited though, as from here it plays out just like "Investigate base", hit consoles, kill mobs or sometimes both.

Investigate Anomalous Readings: Space :

This one is VERY straight forward. Fly through space hitting the "V" button every now and then to scan for anomalies and pick up all 5 in the area. Done, easy as pie and tasty as cake.

Secure the System: Space :
Starts out the same as "Investigate the base", where you fly up to an asteroid base. However, in this variation you remain in space. You must defeat 4 waves of ships, usually starting with a few small ships for the first wave, a medium for the 2nd and 3rd waves and the final wave is usually the "Boss" and will likely be some kind of battleship.

Another variation of this exists where you warp in to the new system and are warned by your tactical officer that an enemy ship has powered up their weapons and raised their shields. You are attacked right after closing this out, after which you must defeat five (5) squadrons of enemy ships in order to complete the mission. Mop 'em up and move on.

(STOJET) Yet another variant exists where you are hailed by a friendly civilization that is having a bit of political or religious trouble. Two factions on the planet have always been at peace but a third is shaking things up by supplying weapons to one of the two factions. You get to eliminate six (6) patrols of enemy ships.

(STOJET)Investigate Ship's Fate : Space :

Another easy quest. You must scan 6 ships for the local government of the system you entered for signs of damage belonging to the weapons of one group or another. Sometimes there are MOB's in the area that you can fight, but if you can scan the ship without fighting them then you are not required to fight. Scan 'em and move on to the next system.

WHERE TO SPEND THOSE EXPLORATION BADGES

Once you have the badges needed for whatever gear you wish to buy, simply fly back to Earth Spacedock. Below I will list NPC Names and locations, what type of gear they have, and up to what MK level that gear is. I will also list the type and amount of badges needed for each gear type. Badges of Exploration will be referred to as BoE.

It should be noted that if you ever need to know how many badges of exploration you have, you can hit "U" and select your character. They are listed as the last item under "Progress" just to the left of your characters paper doll.

NPC's

Ensign Tessmer: MK II-VI : KITS :
MK II 113-BoE 1st Order : MK IV 118-BoE 2nd Order : MK VI 118-BoE 3rd Order
Tessmer is located in the center of Earth Spacedock in a BLUE shirt to LEFT of the hallway that leads to the SHIPYARD and CLUB 47.

Lt. Yaris: MK VIII-X : KITS :
MK VIII 110-BoE 4th Order : MK X 109-BoE 5th Order
Yaris is located at the center of Earth Spacedock in a YELLOW shirt to the RIGHT of the hallway that leads to PERSONNEL and the SHIPYARD.

Ensign Paxad: MK II-VI : Ground Armor/Shields :
MK II 38-BoE 1st Order : MK IV-40 BoE 2nd Order : MK VI 39-BoE 3rd Order
Paxad is located in the center of Earth Spacedock in a YELLOW shirt to the LEFT of the hallway that leads to PERSONNEL and the SHIPYARD.

Lt. Cooquoa: MK VIII-X : Ground Armor/Shields :
MK VIII 33-BoE 4th Order : MK X 30-BoE 5th Order
Cooquoa is located at the center of Earth Spacedock in a RED shirt to the RIGHT of the hallway that leads to the EXCHANGE and the STATEROOM.

Ensign Velde: MK II-VI : Ground Weapons :
MK II 32-BoE 1st Order : MK IV 30-BoE 2nd Order : MK VI 26-BoE 3rd Order :
Velde is located at the center of Earth Spacedock in a RED shirt to the RIGHT of the hallway that leads to REQUISITIONS and EXCHANGE

Lt.C Arut: MK VIII - X : Ground Weapons:
MK VIII 22-BoE 4th Order : MK X 20-BoE 5th Order.
Arut is located at the center of Earth spacedock in a RED shirt to the LEFT of the hallway that leads to REQUISITIONS and EXCHANGE

Ensign Olesre: MK II-VI : Starship Weapons :
MK II 77-BoE 1st Order : MK IV 70-BoE 2nd Order : MK VI 70-BoE 3rd Order
Olesre is at Earth Spacedock. Go to the SHIPYARD and look for a ramp that goes up to a door with the sign SHIP REQUISITIONS above it. Olesre is in a RED shirt and is located straight ahead between the Tier 4 and Tier 3 Starship Database Consoles.

Commander Tafeng: MK VIII-X : Starship Weapons :
MK VIII 62-BoE 4th Order : MK X 63-BoE 5th Order
Tafeng is at Earth Spacedock. Go to the SHIPYARD and look for a ramp that goes up to a door with the sign SHIP REQUISITIONS above it. Tafeng is the first RED shirt on your left as you enter, in between the Tier 5 and Tier 4 starship Database Consoles.

Lt.C Ophlim: MK II-VI : Starship Consoles :
MK I/II-77 BoE 1st Order : MK III/IV-77 BoE 2nd Order : MK VI 70-BoE 3rd Order
Ophlim is at Earth Spacedock. Go to the SHIPYARD and look for a ramp that goes up to a door with the sign SHIP REQUISITIONS above it. As you enter look to your right. See the desk? Ophlim is to the LEFT of it in a BLUE shirt.

Lt. Yeniz: MK VIII-X : Starship Consoles :
MK VIII 53-BoE 4th Order : MK X 43-BoE 5th Order
Yeniz is at Earth Spacedock. Go to the SHIPYARD and look for a ramp that goes up to a door with the sign SHIP REQUISITIONS above it. Yeniz is in a YELLOW shirt off the the right-ish of the entrance, between the Tier 2 and Tier 1 Starship Database Consoles.

Lt. Jotun: MK II-VI : Starship Shields/Deflectors/Engines :
MK II-229 BoE 1st Order: MK IV-236 BoE 2nd Order : MK VI 232-BoE 3rd Order
Lt. Jotun is at Earth Spacedock. Go to the SHIPYARD and look for a ramp that goes up to a door with the sign SHIP REQUISITIONS above it. As you enter look to your right. See the desk? Jotun is in a YELLOW shirt to the RIGHT of the desk.

Lt.C Orjas: MK VIII-X : Starship Shields/Deflectors/Engines :
MK VIII 232-BoE 4th Order : MK X 226-BoE 5th Order
Orjas is at Earth Spacedock. Go to the SHIPYARD and look for a ramp that goes up to a door with the sign SHIP REQUISITIONS above it. As you enter, look DIRECTLY to your RIGHT. Orjas is in the BLUE shirt DIRECTLY to the RIGHT of the DOOR you entered from.
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02-13-2010, 10:11 PM
Klingon Exploration Quests

Klingon Exploration is IN, Finally some PvE content for Klingons. It isn't much, but it IS a start. Klingon Cluster Missions center around conquering various civilizations or preventing the Federation from gaining a foothold too close to Klingon space. More info at a later date.

AZLESO EXPANSE

LOCATION: B'moth Sector, once there head EAST.

ERIDON NEBULA

LOCATION: B'moth Sector, Once there head SOUTH.

D'KEL STARCLUSTER

LOCATION: Qu'Vat Sector, Once there head SOUTH.

T'ONG NEBULA

LOCATION: Qo'Nos Sector, Once there head SOUTH.

Klingon Badges of Exploration.

I'm afraid I don't know much about klingon exploration just yet, but I can clear a few things up in this section anywho. Just below you will find the locations of the Exploration Vendors, all of which are on Qo'nos. Starship Parts can be found in the SHIPYARD and Ground Gear can be found at the STORES.

From the beam down location on Qo'Nos, you can get to the STORES by going SOUTH down the RAMP and through the doorway. Take a left down the HALLWAY and a RIGHT at the next doorway.

Again from the beam down location on Qo'Nos, you can get to the SHIPYARD by going through the DOORWAY to the LEFT of the giant klingon statue. Follow the hallway to the first doorway you see and into an open area. The shipyard is straight ahead, or through the doorway to the WEST if you prefer.

Bekk Kahrist MK II-VI : KITS :
MK II-113 BoE 1st Order: MK IV-118 BoE 2nd Order: MK VI-118 BoE 3rd Order
Mekk Kahrist is located at the STORES on Qo'Nos. On entering take the FIRST RAMP on the LEFT. She is the KLINGON FEMALE just off to your left against the wall.

Lt. Moruth MK VIII-X : KITS :
MK VIII-110 BoE 4th Order : MK X-109 BoE 5th Order
Moruth is located at the STORES on Qo'Nos. On entering take the FIRST RAMP on the LEFT. He is the MALE KLINGON just to the LEFT of Bekk Kahrist, in the corner against the wall.

Bekk Vaxoh MK II-VI : Ground Armor/Shields
MK II-38 BoE 1st Order : MK IV-40 BoE 2nd Order : MK VI-39 BoE 3rd Order
Bekk Vaxoh is located at the STORES on Qo'Nos. On entering take the SECOND RAMP on the LEFT. She is the first FEMALE KLINGON just off to the RIGHT of two talking Nausicaans, in the corner against a wall.

Commander Ba'Ir MK VIII-X : Ground Armor/Shields
MK VIII-33 BoE 4th Order : MK X-30 BoE 5th Order
Com. Ba'ir is located at the STORES on Qo'Nos. On entering take the SECOND RAMP on the LEFT. She is the SECOND FEMALE KLINGON on the FAR RIGHT, just to the right of Bekk Vaxoh.

Mayerteac MK II-VI :Ground Weapons :
MK II-32 BoE 1st Order : MK IV-30 BoE 2nd Order : MK VI-26 BoE 3rd Order
Mayerteac is located at the STORES on Qo'Nos. On entering take the FIRST RAMP on the RIGHT. He is the NAUSICAAN to the LEFT of the female klingon and ORION TAILOR, against the wall.

Dgeihea MK VIII-X : Ground Weapons :
MK VIII-22 BoE 4th Order : MK X-20 BoE 5th Order
Dgeihea is located at the STORES on Qo'Nos. On entering take the FIRST RAMP on the RIGHT. He is the NAUSICAAN to the RIGHT of the female klingon and ORION TAILOR, against the wall and just to the left of some crates.

Ngoahe MK II-VI : Starship Shields/Deflectors/Engines :
M II-229 BoE 1st Order: MK IV-236 BoE 2nd Order :MK VI-232 BoE 3rd Order
Ngoahe is in the SHIPYARD on Qo'Nos. Go down the ramp to the ship databases and take a LEFT. Take a left again before you reach the next ramp, he is the MALE ORION on the RIGHT.

Jeesirou MK VIII - X : Starship Shields/Deflectors/Engines :
MK VIII (Shields)-232 BoE 3rd Order: MK VIII (Deflectors/Engines)-236 BoE 4th Order : MK X-226 BoE 5th Order
Jeesirou is in the SHIPYARD on Qo'Nos. Go down the ramp to the ship databases and take a LEFT. Take a left again before you reach the next ramp, She is the FEMALE ORION on the LEFT (to the left of Ngoahe).

Fowtheaz MK II-VI : Starship Weapons :
MK II-77 BoE 1st Order: MK IVI-77 BoE 2nd Order: MK VI-77 BoE 3rd Order
Fowtheaz is in the SHIPYARD on Qo'Nos. Go down the ramp to the ship databases and take a RIGHT. Take a right again before you reach the next ramp, he is the GORN in the corner.

Toykire MK VIII-X : Starship Weapons :
MK VIII-62 BoE 3rd Order: MK X-63 BoE 3rd Order
Toykire is in the SHIPYARD on Qo'Nos. Go down the ramp to the ship databases and take a RIGHT. He is the MALE NAUSICAAN just off to the right of the ramp going up.

Weachug MK II-VI : Starship Consoles :
MK II-77 BoE 1st Order: MK IV-77 BoE 2nd Order: MK VI-70 BoE 3rd Order
Weachug is in the SHIPYARD on Qo'Nos. Take a right and cross the bridge, Weachug is the GORN to the LEFT of the three conversing ORIONS.

Commander Torun MK VIII-X : Starship Consoles :
MK VIII-53 BoE 4th Order : MK X-43 BoE 5th Order
Com. Torun is in the SHIPYARD on Qo'Nos. Take a right and cross the bridge, Com. Torun is the MALE KLINGON to the RIGHT of the three conversing ORIONS between two sets of crates.

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02-16-2010, 12:42 PM
Very, very, very excellent write-up!

Question on this as I haven't gotten this far yet into the game... do stations K7 and DS9 also have "stores" for equipment that can be purchased using explore badges, or are all those pvp based badges?
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02-16-2010, 12:53 PM
Awesome! thumbs up
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02-16-2010, 03:10 PM
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Originally Posted by missingsc View Post
Very, very, very excellent write-up!

Question on this as I haven't gotten this far yet into the game... do stations K7 and DS9 also have "stores" for equipment that can be purchased using explore badges, or are all those pvp based badges?
Glad you like it. As far as I can tell K-7 has all the PvP stuff but I haven't explored DS-9 extensively enough to tell you what's there. It looks like every thing you need is on Earth Spacedock though.

EDIT:: I remember seeing some advanced provision type items
(used for "Aid the Planet" for sale at DS-9 but those often require a lessor form of provision in "trade" for the more advanced form. Heading over to DS-9 now to find an example for you.

EDIT2:: for 1 self sealing steambolt you would have to trade 4 industrial Energy cells or for 1 seismic stabilizer you would need to trade 4 astrometric probes and 2 weather control systems. It seems that everything else at DS-9 can be purchased with Energy Credits though.

EDIT3:: It seems STOJET has written up a quick price list for the vendors at DS-9, if you want further info on what is there, you can find it Here.
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# 7
02-16-2010, 03:59 PM
Any idea what MPC to get Khazan cluster exploration missions from? i'm getting bored w/ the Hromi Cluster

Ok duh I dbl checked my Starfleet Comms and Lt Anek was able to give me Explore the Khazan Cluster Mission.
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02-16-2010, 04:14 PM
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Originally Posted by Whrlwnd13 View Post
Any idea what MPC to get Khazan cluster exploration missions from? i'm getting bored w/ the Hromi Cluster

Ok duh I dbl checked my Starfleet Comms and Lt Anek was able to give me Explore the Khazan Cluster Mission.
yeah, sorry, almost there, but I'm just shy of that info. I'll be able to add that shortly though.
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# 9
02-16-2010, 04:35 PM
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yeah, sorry, almost there, but I'm just shy of that info. I'll be able to add that shortly though.
You should be able now, just pm'ed you the quest givers for the remaining zones, including B'Tran cluster

Just forgot the badges.. B'Tran Cluster and Zenas Expanse both hand out 5th order, Rolor and Betreka hand out 4th order aand.. i forgot the others...

Sticky, Sticky, Sticky, Sticky!
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# 10
02-16-2010, 04:44 PM
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Originally Posted by Ruivo
You should be able now, just pm'ed you the quest givers for the remaining zones, including B'Tran cluster

Just forgot the badges.. B'Tran Cluster and Zenas Expanse both hand out 5th order, Rolor and Betreka hand out 4th order aand.. i forgot the others...

Sticky, Sticky, Sticky, Sticky!
EXCELLENT! Thank you! I will add those now.
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