I am still fairly new to the game. I was hoping to get some help with a tactical officer. I currently have played a Science officer in a Sci Vessel, and a Engineer with the Kar'fi.
I was looking at the different T5 escorts. I picked the Fleet Escort as my initial one to use. My thoughts on that was it would allow me to make mistakes in PvE, and STF. Also possibly a little PvP. My main goal of course is PvE. I don't have a high desire to PvP with it. Of course I am hoping time I get to VA on the Tact that, the Fleet Escort for me will be a bad choice.
I was thinking of using a Anti-proton build. With a Dual Heavy Cannon, Double Beam Array, and two Dual Cannon, for the front facing with 3 Turrets in the back.
I am not to sure with all the bridge officer skills I should be wanting to use and how many. I was looking at 2 tact team 1, 2 cannon rapid fire 1, 1 beam overload 3, 1 attack pattern beta, 1 attack pattern delta, and a attack pattern omega. Not to sure on the skill ranks for these. Also for science picks. I thought sci team 1, and Hazard Emitters 2. As for the engineer skills. I was thinking 2 emergency power to shields 1, and one aux to dampers 1. I also picked for space traits accurate, and elusive. I am still a little lost in the skill system. If you can suggest skills and the rank I should use, be helpful.
I did find a great write up under the academy forum for skills and how to get the most out of them.
As for the consoles I am not sure what to use. Also what I should be looking for in my shields, deflector, and engine slots. Also any advice on the power level settings I should be use.
I am still learning the game, so if you use acronyms please spell it for me. I am not used to all the terms yet. For me I am having a heck of a time trying to fly a escort, as from my other two characters. I am used to beam boating. I am sticking with the escort, and could not find a lot of help on the matter from searching the forums.
For your weapons... I'd run Three Dual Heavy Cannons and your Dual Beam Bank.
(I personally run Two Dual Heavy, One Dual, and One Quantum Torp, I know a lot of people dont like that build but I do). (I also run Tetryon weapons... again, a personal choice for color and sound)
As for your other equipment, Aegis gear (which I use and can be crafted with a 1,500 crafting skill) or the Borg gear set which can be obtained by completing the STFs. I use the Borg Console in my engineer console slot, and red matter capaciter. I don't run the other Borg gear. Aegis gear makes your ship look Tron like and turn on a dime. Borg gear makes your ship look like a giant cheese grater, but bad ***.
Consoles: I forgot the name, but look for ones that give you +26 to Anti Proton and +26 to cannon weapons. (I think the canon one might be called the pre-fire matrix)
I used to run Hazard Emitters... those are fine in PVE... though some friends suggested I run Science Team instead, and I found I never need the Hazard Emitters because now my sheilds never go down with two Emergency Power To Sheilds and two Science Teams.
I also love Fleet Escort, but am currentlly running the Tactical Refit since I am VA1.
I may drop back to the Fleet Escort again though, because it looks so much cooler, and the VA1 cloak helps with burst damage, but it's such an easy tactic to defend against.
You're probbably going to get a lot of people telling you "don't listen to so and so: MY BUILD IS THE BEST AND ONLY"... ignore them... and take all the other advice you get with a grain of salt. Since you arent worried about PVP, then you can run pretty much anything because PVE is easy, even if you up the difficulty. At the PVE stage it's all about having fun and enjoying the build you made!
Thank you for some constructive feedback. I have not been able to find much help with escort stuff, if you are not strictly doing PvP. When I made my KDF engineer for the Kar'Fi, I was able to find a lot of helpful posts, most was geared for PvE content. I love the ship after fixing it up. I decided I wanted to understand how the escort played better, as I did not enjoy the Bird of Prey very much due to learning. Hopefully others will post and help me with more feedback.