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Ensign
Join Date: Aug 2014
Posts: 23
I just came back to the game after a few years away and got to 50 recently. I earned the Odyessy Star Cruiser during my last stint in the game in the 2012 event. What would be the best load out for ship equipment and skills for me to use if I wanted to do higher end PVE and some PVP. Were I would not get me butt handed to me because of an improper build.
Captain
Join Date: Jan 2014
Posts: 1,783
# 2
08-28-2014, 10:54 AM
Here's what happened when I brought up the Mirror Star Cruiser: (note, basically the same as yours beside visuals)

http://sto-forum.perfectworld.com/sh....php?t=1177071


It is worth noting that most of the people who posted in it are actually damn good PvPers, so don't do what I did (but don't do anymore) by being stubborn sticking to bad ideas.
I came for Star Trek. I remain for PvP, especially VPvP.
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Commander
Join Date: Nov 2012
Posts: 301
# 3
08-28-2014, 11:02 AM
I'll say this once.

With very few exceptions...

Tac = Escort
Engineer = Cruiser
Sci = anything

Nothing bothers me more than warping into some PvE event and seeing a Tac in a big ol bulky cruiser sitting beside me.

Tac in a cruiser is wasting all the skill points you (should) have in attack patterns, and it's wasting your Tactical Initiative ability as cruisers don't generally have more than 3 tactical powers available, with one of those being reserved for TT.

If you had the Tactical Odyssey, the Regent Class or the Avenger it would be a different story, but the old Oddy Star Cruiser... just no.

If you need a decent high tier escort and don't have money to spend get yourself a Mirror Universe one from the Exchange, they're cheap and not terrible.
Ensign
Join Date: Aug 2014
Posts: 23
# 4
08-28-2014, 11:04 AM
All I have right now is the cruiser for tier 5 tying to do the best i can with what I have. Didn't even know you could buy a ship on the exchange just the gear for it.

Last edited by dragonogre; 08-28-2014 at 11:07 AM.
Career Officer
Join Date: Feb 2013
Posts: 104
# 5
08-28-2014, 11:06 AM
Hi, tac in an Odyssey tactical cruiser here.

Your best bet is to use your ship's inherent huge tankiness to your advantage by statting into damage, and by that I mean you should look to jack up your critical hit stats. Zero-Point Energy Conduit and Assimilated Module are practically required. If you've got access to a T3 fleet spire, stacking Vulnerability Locators in your tac slots is a great idea. For weapons, you want Mk XII antiproton beams because the more you crit, the more damage you'll get out of these bad boys. Go for three beams fore and three beams aft. For torpedo armament, a quantum torpedo on each end is a good starting choice; you'll use them as an attack of opportunity, since the Odyssey isn't all that much for turning and you'll mostly want to broadside with your beams.

Take a tactical boff in your LTC universal seat. Carry Fire at Will II and Attack Pattern Beta II. Your tac LT can carry Beam Overload II. That'll allow you to easily alternate between strong AOE damage and strong damage against one target at a time. Have your eng boff carry Emergency Power to Weapons II. Use it to keep your weapons power up when you broadside.

Alternately, A2B build.
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Commander
Join Date: Nov 2012
Posts: 301
# 6
08-28-2014, 11:07 AM
Yep... you sure can. Search under Reward Packs, Rare, "Escort" and you'll have a couple of choices. They're generally 100,000ec or so... cheap. Heck, if you ask around in game some nice player might even just give you one.
Commander
Join Date: Nov 2012
Posts: 301
# 7
08-28-2014, 11:08 AM
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Originally Posted by quistra View Post
Hi, tac in an Odyssey tactical cruiser here.

Your best bet is to use your ship's inherent huge tankiness to your advantage by statting into damage, and by that I mean you should look to jack up your critical hit stats. Zero-Point Energy Conduit and Assimilated Module are practically required. If you've got access to a T3 fleet spire, stacking Vulnerability Locators in your tac slots is a great idea. For weapons, you want Mk XII antiproton beams because the more you crit, the more damage you'll get out of these bad boys. Go for three beams fore and three beams aft. For torpedo armament, a quantum torpedo on each end is a good starting choice; you'll use them as an attack of opportunity, since the Odyssey isn't all that much for turning and you'll mostly want to broadside with your beams.

Take a tactical boff in your LTC universal seat. Carry Fire at Will II and Attack Pattern Beta II. Your tac LT can carry Beam Overload II. That'll allow you to easily alternate between strong AOE damage and strong damage against one target at a time. Have your eng boff carry Emergency Power to Weapons II. Use it to keep your weapons power up when you broadside.

Alternately, A2B build.
I'm gonna go out on a limb and say that as a returning player he's broke as a joke... no millions to spend on expensive fancy builds. Also, his free Oddy Star Cruiser doesn't have the same layout as the Z-store Oddys.
Captain
Join Date: Oct 2012
Posts: 1,593
# 8
08-28-2014, 11:12 AM
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Originally Posted by dragonogre View Post
I just came back to the game after a few years away and got to 50 recently. I earned the Odyessy Star Cruiser during my last stint in the game in the 2012 event. What would be the best load out for ship equipment and skills for me to use if I wanted to do higher end PVE and some PVP. Were I would not get me butt handed to me because of an improper build.
Depends how patient you are. October will see the delta rising expansion that will include mark 13+ gear. Right now spending any etc, dip, or zen on currently top end stuff is not the best investment. Unless you have lots and don't like to wait, then it could totally be worth it.

My recommendation is to follow the main guidelines in the linked thread, (that is a great thread) but don't buy anything that costs dip or fleet marks or zen and don't buy anything stronger than mark 11 blues.
Ensign
Join Date: Aug 2014
Posts: 23
# 9
08-28-2014, 11:13 AM
I am not broke I have about 300k energy to spend on things since I have come back. Quistra I have been using the weapons mode for my Odyessy and the odyessy shield frequency ability combo so far it has been working but still a hard fight most of the time.
I have 2 antiproton XI from the episodes can't afford the XII I have seen on the exchange.

Last edited by dragonogre; 08-28-2014 at 11:15 AM.
Captain
Join Date: Oct 2012
Posts: 1,593
# 10
08-28-2014, 11:18 AM
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Originally Posted by dragonogre View Post
I am not broke I have about 300k energy to spend on things since I have come back. Quistra I have been using the weapons mode for my Odyessy and the odyessy shield frequency ability combo so far it has been working but still a hard fight most of the time.
300k is not enough to buy a single purple tactical console. And tats not counting guns. Even disruptor or plasma blues will cost 100k+ each slot.

Consider running the Borg and solonae arcs to get free blue quality antiproton or disruptor or phaser weapons (varies per mission, pick and repeat the one that works for you).
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