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# 1 Fastest federation cruiser?
03-24-2013, 12:46 PM
What's the fastest federation cruiser? I'm not looking at manueverability (it's nice but not necessary), just speed.
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# 2
03-24-2013, 12:49 PM
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Originally Posted by jaeph View Post
What's the fastest federation cruiser? I'm not looking at manueverability (it's nice but not necessary), just speed.
The Odyssey can Slipstream for longer time than others. But the Excelsior can transwarp everywhere.
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# 3
03-24-2013, 12:50 PM
All of the standard tier 5 cruisers have an impulse modifier of 0.15, so they'd all be equally fast with the same equipment. Not sure about fleet ships though.

Edit: the Assault Cruiser Refit and the Fleet Assault Cruiser sacrifice 5 engine power for 5 more weapons power, so they would be slightly slower without equipment to counter the loss. Otherwise, all cruisers have the same power bonus to engines and the same impulse modifier, so with equivalent equipment would be exactly the same speed. Cruisers with more engineering consoles could theoretically be marginally faster with +engine power consoles.

Edit edit: if you care about acceleration, then generally the smaller cruisers will be better due to better inertia ratings.

Edit^3: forgot about the Odyssey variants. Only the Operations variant has the engine power bonus, the other 2 variants sacrifice engine power, so they would generally match the Assault Cruiser Refit and Fleet Assault Cruiser for speed, while the Operations variant would match everyone else. Odysseys are the most massive of the cruisers though, and are therefore slower to accelerate.

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# 4
03-24-2013, 01:06 PM
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What's the fastest federation cruiser? I'm not looking at manueverability (it's nice but not necessary), just speed.
None. If you really want to go fast in a cruiser, stick on Emergency Power to Engines 1, Auxiliary to Dampeners, and a Hyper-Impulse.

Fed cruisers aren't built to run. If you want speed, get an escort, sci vessel, or a non-Federation vessel.
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# 5
03-24-2013, 01:38 PM
Thanks all. I've been combing the wiki, and couldn't find anything different (though I hadn't considered the inertia, just the impulse modifier).

So fed side there's nothing like KDF battlecruisers. Makes sense, I guess.
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# 6
03-24-2013, 02:01 PM
You can also pop Impulse Burst or Deuterium Surplus if you want to go fast...
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# 7
03-24-2013, 02:33 PM
I re-scanned the thread, then re-checked some things. If I understand correctly, what I was thinking was "impulse" is actually "inertia" - so my mirror vorcha feels faster than my mirror assault because the inertial rating of the vorcha is 30 vs 15 for the assault. So what I'm really looking for is a small cruiser, I think.

Thanks again all.

-Jeff
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# 8
03-24-2013, 02:44 PM
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Originally Posted by jaeph View Post
I re-scanned the thread, then re-checked some things. If I understand correctly, what I was thinking was "impulse" is actually "inertia" - so my mirror vorcha feels faster than my mirror assault because the inertial rating of the vorcha is 30 vs 15 for the assault. So what I'm really looking for is a small cruiser, I think.

Thanks again all.

-Jeff
Assuming VA...

Support Cruiser Retrofit, Advanced Heavy Cruiser Retrofit, or Fleet Heavy Cruiser are the closest you'll get. As for handling, they all handle somewhat better than the whales. Turn rate will still kind of suck however, as even a "small" Federation cruiser doesn't handle much better than a Negh'Var.
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# 9
03-24-2013, 03:04 PM
Fastest cruiser in system space is the Excelsior. Fastest cruiser in sector space is the Odyssey.
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