Lt. Commander
Join Date: Dec 2012
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I'm currently a Federation Human Engineer, with a Fabrication Kit and the Jem'Hadar Armor Kit set, with the Jem'Hadar Polaron Full Auto Rifle Mk XI and the Nanopulse Bat'leth.

The Issue I have is that Every few rounds I fire off, the Borg adapt to it, and I have to move back and use the Resequencer. It's got the point where I think it's faster to Build my turrets, shoot them while I'm walking up to them, then attack with the Bat'leth.

Ok, something to note. My store unlocks are:

Omega Lv0: None
Romulan Lv1: Rifles (and Pistols in cue)
Fleet Store Lv3/4: Various weapons

As a F2Per, I don't have access to Veteran items gear.

Any recommendations on what I should get for my self.
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Join Date: Jun 2012
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# 2
01-24-2013, 12:05 PM
Get a sniper rifle and pulsewave, the full auto rifle is bad for borg, and might not be worth it to keep the set bonuses. The reason is that the borg adapt per actual shot not the number of times you hit the fire button. So a sniper rifle, or high density beam rifle, or a pulsewave or any other large damage single shot weapon will usually be better than a full auto rifle or anything else that fire multiple shots per fire button press.

Second, get an Enemy Neutralization MK 10 purple if you can, its the one with mines in it. Borg don't adapt to explosions. If you can learn it, and with the Jem'Hadar ground set this will be easier with the cloak a great way to get rid of borg is to run up to them, plant your mines, and then retreat firing. If you can spec into the Demolitions skill to max, that will give the most bang, and it buffs orbital strike as well.

Third, mines can't be used everywhere, and sometimes you need a turret or three. Pick up Fabrication Specialist and Breach Engineer kits as well and spec into the turrets and drones skills. This also takes some skill, but if you plant your turrents and then distract the enemy from then, they can do some major damage. Unfortunately planting your turrets gives them a lot of argo, so its tricky.

For STFs, on my engineer, I take all three kits and swap while out of combat if I need to. Usually for most of Infected I run Breach Engineer or Fab Specialist, and switch to Enemy Neut for the last room, since Rebeca's chain attach will bounce off of turrets and generators as well as people. Cure and KA, I usually run Enemy Neut all the way, and siwtch to one of the other two at the end since range is more important on the end boses there. Into the Hive, Mines will work for the first room, and the second doesn't really need anyting. The final roon is crazy though and I haven't had a good run with it, but standing wisdom says to have either a med or shield generator and to cover them with your cover shield. You can find a shield generator in the bunker fabrication kit, which should be the forth kit you carry with you. It also has a medical generator, and a force field dome which pushes all enemies back for a bit.

And finally, on melee weapons, the nanopulse weapons give energy damage so the borg adapt to them. Take a standard energy weapon instead for your back up until you get a ground STF set. No remodulation necessary.

I hope that wall of text helps some.
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# 3
01-24-2013, 01:48 PM
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Originally Posted by malkarris View Post
Get a sniper rifle and pulsewave, the full auto rifle is bad for borg, and might not be worth it to keep the set bonuses. The reason is that the borg adapt per actual shot not the number of times you hit the fire button. So a sniper rifle, or high density beam rifle, or a pulsewave or any other large damage single shot weapon will usually be better than a full auto rifle or anything else that fire multiple shots per fire button press.
Ok, So Less "Dakka," I think have a few Lv10/11 spare weapons I'll check the later. From what I can see, I should be able to get a better weapon soonish.

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Second, get an Enemy Neutralization MK 10 purple if you can, its the one with mines in it. Borg don't adapt to explosions. If you can learn it, and with the Jem'Hadar ground set this will be easier with the cloak a great way to get rid of borg is to run up to them, plant your mines, and then retreat firing. If you can spec into the Demolitions skill to max, that will give the most bang, and it buffs orbital strike as well.
I think can craft them in the near future. I've got some points in Demotions, so I play test it out with out a "problem" of lack of Boom.

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Third, mines can't be used everywhere, and sometimes you need a turret or three. Pick up Fabrication Specialist and Breach Engineer kits as well and spec into the turrets and drones skills. This also takes some skill, but if you plant your turrents and then distract the enemy from then, they can do some major damage. Unfortunately planting your turrets gives them a lot of argo, so its tricky.
I think I can also craft the other kits, but not in a hurry..

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For STFs, on my engineer, I take all three kits and swap while out of combat if I need to. Usually for most of Infected I run Breach Engineer or Fab Specialist, and switch to Enemy Neut for the last room, since Rebeca's chain attach will bounce off of turrets and generators as well as people. Cure and KA, I usually run Enemy Neut all the way, and siwtch to one of the other two at the end since range is more important on the end boses there. Into the Hive, Mines will work for the first room, and the second doesn't really need anyting. The final roon is crazy though and I haven't had a good run with it, but standing wisdom says to have either a med or shield generator and to cover them with your cover shield. You can find a shield generator in the bunker fabrication kit, which should be the forth kit you carry with you. It also has a medical generator, and a force field dome which pushes all enemies back for a bit.
Glad to see it wasn't just my 4 man group having Issues my "lack" of firepower.

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And finally, on melee weapons, the nanopulse weapons give energy damage so the borg adapt to them. Take a standard energy weapon instead for your back up until you get a ground STF set. No remodulation necessary.

I hope that wall of text helps some.
So different energy type.

It helps quite a bit, after I broke it down..
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Join Date: Aug 2012
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# 4
01-24-2013, 02:28 PM
Tips from another fed engi:

Tip #1: ALWAYS ALWAYS ALWAYS have a pulsewave on you. My personal preference is phased tetryon, but regular tetryon works fine.

Tip #2: Sniper rifles are your friend. I personally would recommend polaron or phaser for their procs. Just make sure it's a different energy type from your pulsewave.

Tip #3: Have two kits on you. Fab Spec and Enemy Neut are optimal for EGSTs IMO (personal opinion, nothing more). Fab Spec is especially useful in IGE and CGE. KAGE has certain points where it's useful, but for KAGE enemy neut is probably better for the bomb and mines.

Tip #4: Continue to use the Jem Shield and Armor. They are probably among the most useful until you can get STF sets. When you get the STF sets, I would recommend you use the MACO set, since it's tankier and due to it's increased defensive leaning, it's more ideal for engineers. Also the shield capacitor works very well because you can alternate between that and your EPtS (ground version), which will end up with you having your shields up almost constantly. Combine that with a med gen, and you will be able to take quite a bit of punishment before having to find cover.

Tip #5: Keep at least one tetryon weapon on you at all times. The borg in EGSTFs have hardened shields that reduce all incoming damage by at least 50% (sometimes up to 75%), and the shield shred is wonderfully useful. You are an engi, so you are still a support, so it's best to use some kind of good support type (like tetryon). Best part about tetryon is that it's proc still can activate even if they are adapted.

Oh, and copious usage of cover shield and orbital strike are recommended, since the CDs are relatively short on both.
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# 5
01-25-2013, 09:10 AM
As an Engineer I can tell you DPS is not what an Engineer should be worrying about.

1) Use Expose weapons like Pulsewave and Stun pistols. I love my Min-Gun, but you do have to re-modulate a bunch. Expose as many Borg as you can and let the Tacs Exploit them.

2) Use Polaron Weapons for the 2.5% Chance: Weapons Malfunction for 5 sec. Make sure you have a secondary gun that is a diff type. You will need to switch back and forth. You should only re-modulate once when both weapons have been adapted too.

3) I don't like the Jem Set on an Eng. There are other shields and armor you can pick up cheap on the exchange till you get a MACO set.

4) Enemy Neutralization is your friend in Cure Ground. Also works well in KA and Infected. Great DPS and a way to hit a group of Borg real hard.

If you are in a fast moving group use Engineering Kit - Equipment Technician, this will let you debuff the Borg so they can be taken down faster. Great to use on Boss's like Rebecca and other Elite and Heavy's. Weapons Malfunction is one of the single greatest items an Engineer has on the ground. Use it and use it a lot. That is why I like Polaron weapons. An Enemy that doesn't shoot back is a fine enemy to have.


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# 6
01-25-2013, 01:37 PM
For your Fabrication Specialist kit, I'd recommend the Romulan version at the Embassy due to its flamethrower turret (which deals more DPS than the others), which is also extremely powerful against non-Borg (I find it best to minimize the amount of gear you need to swap around for various missions).

I don't like the Breach Engineer kit because Combat Supply is rather weak (you need to root around in your inventory and occasionally your powers tray when you try to use it, for starters). Shield Recharge is better used by the Equipment Tech kit.

The Enemy Neutralization kit is the one you should be using most of the time when fighting Borg: the mines penetrate shields and combine well with Pulsewave weapons, and you get Weapons Malfunction (and the less-powerful Fuse Armor, which is only fairly strong when used by the Borg to annoy the players).
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# 7
01-28-2013, 04:08 PM
I just found out about it, so I've running around Deffera as a "Safe" area to try the gear out. I've got a Pluse wave, and I like it. I've also swapped for a few other other "off hand" weapons. It's quite good fun, planting some Mines, Power shot with the "Plusewave" and then retreat to watch them stand up and walk on to my mines.

I made Omega LV1: I've got one third of the MACO Set, and I'm just missing Omega Marks to get the rest of the hardware.
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# 8
01-28-2013, 05:11 PM
I use fabrication or neutralization kits depending on which STF.

In the open fabrication seems to work best while indoors Neutralization with mines and transphasic bomb works wonders.

Full maco gear is best combined with a Pulseweapon. There are some decent ones in missions if you don't want to spend lots of cash yet.

Another option which works well when starting against the borg is
http://www.stowiki.org/Synchronic_Pr...rototype_Rifle

and

http://www.stowiki.org/CRM_200

Test them at Defera to see if they suit your preferred game style.

The beauty of the first is usage of two different energy types so you don't need to modulate as fast.

The 2nd one can freeze the borg and cold is a damage type which is not resisted by the borg.

These weapons can get you through normal STF until you get the Maco gear.

Edit:
Just browse the special mission reward weapons
http://www.stowiki.org/Special_Groun...ission_Rewards

Only thing to keep in mind is that full auto allows the Borg to adapt faster so you best avoid that.

Never understood why the Omega gear has a full auto weapon. If we ever see STF against something other than Borg perhaps it will be useful, but not against the Borg.

Last edited by questerius; 01-28-2013 at 05:17 PM.
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# 9
01-29-2013, 12:36 PM
Personally, I find the Equipment Diagnostics power buffed by three Diagnostic Engineer doffs to be best for me. It's on the Equipment Technician and Support Technician kits, of which Equipment is probably better as it also has a nice heal and two debuffs.
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# 10
01-29-2013, 01:06 PM
To each his own i guess. I tried it and didn't like it.
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