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Join Date: Jun 2012
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Greetings All,

I'm not use to using my Tactical Characters but I decided to try my hand with an A2B build.


Please take a look and let me know how I can improve what I'm using so far.

I'm using 3 Very Rare Techs with 2 Very Rare Cool down reducing Energy Weapons Doffs.

Thanks for your time
Join Date: Jun 2012
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# 2
10-27-2013, 06:43 PM
Uhhhhhh right off the bat, if you're running dual A2B, why the doubled-up FAWs or energy-CD doffs when everything is at global anyways?
Career Officer
Join Date: Jan 2013
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# 3
10-27-2013, 07:29 PM
Slide the LtC A2B down to Lt.

. . . 2 Very Rare Cool down reducing Energy Weapons Doffs -- "Chance to reduce recharge time on Beam Overload and Fire at Will"?!? I believe with A2B you should be at or almost at global cool down on FAW/ BO WITHOUT the Energy doffs. Use those doffs slots for something else.

Last edited by architect13; 10-27-2013 at 07:36 PM.
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# 4
10-27-2013, 09:19 PM
Check it


Why use aux2 bat at all?
Chive on and prosper, eh?

My PvE/PvP hybrid skill tree
Career Officer
Join Date: Jun 2013
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# 5
10-28-2013, 06:13 PM
I'd suggest a purple con doff that improves attack patterns by 10% and 1 marion.

run APB3, APO2, BO2, BFAW1 on cmdr tac.

run DEM2, aux2batt1, EptW1 on lt cmdr eng.
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# 6
10-29-2013, 11:17 AM
I have to admit that I am beginning to see the draw of an A2B build.

The build can be very efficient and being able to reduce the cool down to global on just about any Bridge officer ability is huge.

Too bad A2B cannot do much for Reverse Shield Polarity

I tweaked my Build a bit based on some of the suggestions that I got here and will be updating STOAcademy with it when I get the chance.

I am still at a loss for what doffs I should be trying to slot with the last 2 space spots that I have open.

How many of the System Engineering Duty Officers that reduce Energy Weapon Power drain can we slot and is there another way to get them other than shelling out 36-42 million EC for them on the Exchange?

2 more days till I get my new Carrier
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# 7
10-29-2013, 06:27 PM
There's a DOff that increases the duration of RSP, I forget the type though.

Thus far Marion is the only DOff with the ability to reduce energy weapon drain with DEM, you can equip only one Marion IIRC, but you shouldn't need more reduction anyway. Marion is from crit'ing the Temporal Beacon DOff assignment gotten from the temporal lock box.
Lt. Commander
Join Date: Jun 2012
Posts: 205
# 8
10-29-2013, 06:30 PM
Originally Posted by errab View Post
Too bad A2B cannot do much for Reverse Shield Polarity
You mean a reduction from 2min 45 seconds (265s) down to 1 minute (60s) isn't good?!

So basically, RSP has a shared cooldown of 1 minute. Plenty of time to use A2B at least 2 or 3 times (60-90% reduction to base cooldown). Even if you use only 1 Aux2Bat like me, you'll be able to use it 81s or so.

Last edited by sgtstarfall; 10-29-2013 at 06:36 PM.
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# 9
10-30-2013, 09:05 AM
Thanks again all.

I am having problems with STO Academy from my current location so I thought I would just list out the build I am working with now.

Universal Lt. EPtW, A2B

Comander Tactical TT, FAW2, APO2, APB3

Lt. Tactical FAW, BO2

Lt. Commander Engineering EPtS, A2B, ET3

Ensign Science HE

I am a bit reluctant to want to part with the 40 + million EC for the Very Rare System Engineer that lowers energy weapon power consumption so I slotted a Beam Array Overload Energy Weapon Doff.

I have been trying to find the Very Rare Conn Officer that boosts the damage output of Attack Pattern skills that was mentioned here but I cannot seem to find one.

The one thing that I did notice when I was running the two Energy Weapon Doffs that reduced cool downs on Beam Array Attack skills was that they seem to stack with A2B reduction.

A2B would reduce my cool down on BO to about 15 seconds and then in a blink that 15 seconds would drop to 5.

I have to do some more play testing to try to confirm if the above cool down reduction is accurate.

I think I will add in my Leech console and the trait Inspirational Leader to this build.

At the very least experimenting with A2B has given me a reason to spend some time with my Fed Tactical Captain and made me realize just how good the JHDC can be.

Now if only Cryptic would lift that silly requirement that you must own both the Jem Dread and Jem Bug to be able to use the Hanger Bugs
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# 10
10-30-2013, 10:26 AM
Drop ET3 for DEM2.

Drop BFAW1 for a second TT. FAW2 is on global anyway. This way you are not dependent on Aux2batt for your TT CDs.

Only use BO2 situationally unless you get the Marion Doff and use it with DEM during the 8 seconds on weapon power drain reduction. Your dps will stay higher with FAW.

Plasmonic leech is essential nowadays.

This ship can be a beast if used properly.

3 technician doffs
Warp core engineer to boost power levels when using EPTX
Marion doff for DEM

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