I am sure a silly questions, but with the current ship sale was eyeballing getting maybe a DPS escort to try on my Engineer. I see the Sao Paulo Refit, but I do not have the "Defiant" ship in my inventory...
Can I buy this pack and get the ship, or do I need to buy the in-game "Captain" level tac ship 1st?
You don't have to buy the Captain level one first, however, I would not advise getting the Sao Paulo refit, as it's still a Captain level (T4) ship, and you'll spend most of your time using the T5 ships.
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The Sao Paulo is a T4/Captain ship itself is not really good for endgame. However, the skin and weapons can be used on the T5 Defiant.
If you have gone LTS recently and gotten the all the vet rewards, your should have gotten the 600-day Vet ship token for a Tier5 Tactical Escort Retrofit (T5 Defiant), Galaxy Retrofit or the Intrepid Retrofit.
With the purchase of the Sao Paulo and the T5 Defiant, you can customize the T5 Defiant look to be the Sao Paulo, add the Sao Paulo weapons (that auto level with your character) and you will have a T5 Sao Paulo with Quad-cannons that will be good for endgame.
How do you know if you have the 600-day token? I believe that if you go to ESD ship dock, go to the person that you purchase ships from, select the T5 defiant and the price should mention that you have 1 vet ship token.