I have always been a pet master / mobile nuker, and so I really like the concept of carriers. That being said, I am wondering if I should really shell out 2000 zen for Kar'fi.
Right now, I am a Sci toon flyign a Mirror Vo'quv.
From what i can tell, Kar'fi is more cannon friendly, due to the slightly bigger turn rate, extra tac boff, and an extra fore weapon slot - but it definitely have less eng consoles, less eng capability, and less hull, so definitely is NOT a tank.
Thus I am curious - how will the playstyle different from Vo'quv?
I run it on a science Captain and it's a lot of fun. The frigates can dish out a lot of damage and I can do the Empire defense missions faster than a tactical.
The Kar'Fi as you said isn't as good a tank, it's not designed to be. I got mine with the free veteran token and really enjoy playing it. It's one of the best science orientated ships the KDF have.
The turn rate on her also helps with the science powers like gravity well etc, so that is something to consider as well. So basically you could consider the Kar'fi the escort of carriers, you can't tank as well, but can deal more damage, bring your science powers and fore weapons to bare easier and the frigates are fairly strong in PvE and you'll find you rarely have to re-deploy them.
Is it worth it? All depends on your playstyle, if you're looking for a fair more DPS at the cost of durability then certainly.
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I would say the Kar'fi is a worthy investment if you want a more DPS-oriented carrier.
It may not tank as well as a Vo'Quv, but like any big honkin' ship in this game it can tank at least a little. Once you get the hang of the turnrate, you can use it to really shred the enemy.
I'd say it's a beast in PvE, just park yourself in the right place and let it rip with the cannons and the Fer'jaj frigates. It's also viable in PvP.
If you're a pet master type, you're not gonna see a much better investment on the KDF side in regards to carriers unless they release a new carrier that really kicks ass (maybe an escort carrier or something?). If the 2000 zen isn't too onerous of an expense, it might be worth purchasing just to have it as an option to switch things up.
1) It's important to understand that the Kar'fi is a Sci/Tac hybrid. This is, imho, the best and most fun style of ship. Since so many abilities in sto have shared cooldowns, you don't "waste" as many abilities as the single-focused ships, and you get a nice variety. You get damage from tac boffs and tractor beams from sci boffs, without really sacrificing all that much.
2) While the Kar'fi's hull is weaker than the Vo'quv, it has significantly thicker shields. It is by no means a glass cannon, it can take damage better than escorts.
3) Get Advanced Pets as soon as possible. I recommend either the Advanced Fer'jai Frigates (which are absolute monsters) or if you have the c-points, the Advanced Orion Interceptors. Both have high speed engines, so they spend less time milling about than other pets and spend more time doing damage.
Now I just have to debate whether to do dil-to-zen exchange or putting money into it.
On a sidenote, I always found KDF have to be more helpful - just like in the Romulan Khitomer conference, where the KDF are straightforward with you while the Fed Ambassador just say what he think is proper.
And yes, i know many KDF have a Fed alt, but that's just an observation of my Fed experience.
Last edited by jestersage; 06-01-2013 at 07:01 PM.
I own one too. The Frigates are pure Crap. With Slavers or Orion Interceptors its a realy good pve/pvp ship.
Less tanking then the Va'quv. A little bit faster but with a higher Carrier DPS and less PET Dps. The Va'Quv Bop are awesome in DPS. As result you get the same Damage output with Karfi <-> Va'quv. But with Karfi you can use support Pets.
With pets to'jui do the most damage, energy siphon are OP so much that it is not funny (people will want to throw rocks at you, even if they don't say so), shield repair are the best in PvP, to'jui in PvE, I have tested them all, don't use Fer'Jai they got nerfed and damage you and placate you every 10 seconds, they are the worst choice now (before they were good though), the S'kul are okay but not as good as to'jui, though they look better.
As to wether you should get it, absouluty it is my favorite ship and I never for one second regret getting it.