Strong NPCs do not die in one shot when Exposed unless they are below 100% health and have no shields. At least this is true at the Lt Cmdr levels. At lower levels it is possible to one shot SOME strong NPCs but not all of them.
In any case, you cant rely on Expose for Swordmasters etc. Definitely try to get it to happen, but it is not a high percentage chance. It is better to make sure your general combat tactics are sound.
I'm Lt. 6 atm and i dont have any problems at all, even with Swordmaster and several Officers around.
You need to learn to use your BOs, your skills, position, cover etc. efficiently.
Exposed, any NPC dies in one shot, use that ... flanking, DoT skills, AoE, Shields etc etc ... there is tons of stuff
I died only once so far in ground cmbt, due to stupid BO pulling full room of npcis (app 20)
So yes, they are fine. Learn to play
its trolling if you read the rules of trolling its their and been reported also flamming as well.. and flanking and exposes dont work to wel when the enemy automatically faces you when u barely look in their direction main reason I sent in the npcs first can get at least one shot off before they turn,
Never had any problem with ground combat. I give my whole away team expose weapons, and keep the exploit weapons to myself (I always save the cooldown for an expose). They do not really take advantage of the expose (we need better AI). Anyways, the expose quite often so even a sword master will go down pretty quick with a couple of good exploits. Haven't had any issues so far.
I agree w/ Necto. No NPCs need to be nerfed so far but a few could be toughened up some. The officer's and swordmasters coming for you is just smart AI. Take out the officer in charge and send the enemy into disorganized chaos. Smart tactics breed a fun and challenging game experience.
How to deal with tougher enemies:
1 - Give your away team Expose type weapons.
2 - Hold your Exploit attack, don't just toss it around.
3 - Focus your away team's fire.
4 - Don't fire on the Swordmaster yet, shoot some of the Warriors.
5 - As soon as you see the Expose indicator, press "G" to target the exposed victim.
6 - Exploit.
7 - Knock them on the ground with a rifle butt/palm strike.
8 - Don't forget to use your special abilities, especially those that expose or kill resistances.
Incidentally: Make sure you have a science officer with healing capabilities on your away team. While an Engineer can repair shields, certain weapons will cause much greater damage through shields (plasma and melee, primarily).
Take cover if you are under heavy fire. This gives your shields a chance to repair on their own. (Don't get hit for a time, and they recharge.)
/reported for trolling Learn to read the rules thanks
He's right tho - since you know those guys are dangerous why don't you
-expose/exploit them ?
-rifle butt them ?
-advise your team to focus fire?
-move back so they receive flank damage if they follow ?
If you die to any of those guys you seriously need to rethink your tactics,