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# 11
12-09-2013, 01:54 PM
Actually, you gotta be careful when using STOwiki. A fair amount of the detail information is out of date.

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Ohhh okay I saw on he wiki what you're talking about. So if I press the power to all weapons button, all my power will be diverted to my weapons then (obviously) but that means less power goes to my shields. Does that mean they degrade faster when hit? I've never really seen those numbers go down indicating power loss or anything. So how do I know when I've hit that cap? Will I just not be able to put on more weapons if im not full yet? Or does the full power to weapons increase the damage done? Just confused as to what that does I guess. Am I confusing those with the power levels? Do I have this all right lol.
Power levels only drain when there's something active that affects them. That's debuffs and activated powers. Of the latter, firing energy weapons draws power from your weapons reserve, and using certain boff powers (mainly Auxiliary to Battery and some sci powers) draws power from auxiliary.
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# 12
12-09-2013, 03:09 PM
Awesome! Thanks! Back to my original question though. As I'm leveling up should I just take the gear that has the best dps or should I aim to get certain weapon types like DHC or beams or arrays?

And a side note - can weapons have more than one type? Like Plasma-Disruptor? I could have sworn I got a weapon like that. I got a really good DHC but I can't decide if I want to put it on or not yet. I may wait until 30 and I can fit 4 fore weapons. Suggestions? Also, can I do anything at ~30 range to get Dilithium in order to get some better weapons or should I just take quest gear?

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# 13
12-09-2013, 06:39 PM
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Originally Posted by xxmaelstrom11 View Post
Awesome! Thanks! Back to my original question though. As I'm leveling up should I just take the gear that has the best dps or should I aim to get certain weapon types like DHC or beams or arrays?

And a side note - can weapons have more than one type? Like Plasma-Disruptor? I could have sworn I got a weapon like that. I got a really good DHC but I can't decide if I want to put it on or not yet. I may wait until 30 and I can fit 4 fore weapons. Suggestions? Also, can I do anything at ~30 range to get Dilithium in order to get some better weapons or should I just take quest gear?
Yes - some missions offer hybrid weapons for the reward for the level you are at upon completion. Also, if you open reward packs of hybrid weapons (weather from lock boxes or the exchange), you will get that type of hybrid weapon at an appropriate level.

You can have more than one weapon type - it's a free country. However you will find it is an inefficient usage of resources. I would suggest trying to stick to one weapon type (Phasers, Plasma, Disruptor, etc) so you maximize your output with coinciding tac consoles that boost those particular types.

While leveling, its nto a big deal though; some people might raz you for having different weapon types or a 'skittle boat or 'rainbow build", but it's not a biggie while you're leveling. When you get to VA you can then optimize your loadout.
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# 14
12-09-2013, 06:52 PM
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Yes - some missions offer hybrid weapons for the reward for the level you are at upon completion. Also, if you open reward packs of hybrid weapons (weather from lock boxes or the exchange), you will get that type of hybrid weapon at an appropriate level.

You can have more than one weapon type - it's a free country. However you will find it is an inefficient usage of resources. I would suggest trying to stick to one weapon type (Phasers, Plasma, Disruptor, etc) so you maximize your output with coinciding tac consoles that boost those particular types.

While leveling, its nto a big deal though; some people might raz you for having different weapon types or a 'skittle boat or 'rainbow build", but it's not a biggie while you're leveling. When you get to VA you can then optimize your loadout.
Peachy keen. That's awesome. Thanks for the tip. Can you comment on the DHC? I got a good one from a quest and I'm in a Mogai about to hit 30 (not sure what ship comes next).

And let me make sure I got this down. Bigger, slower ships = beams, arrays, turrets, and smaller, faster ships = cannons, and...?
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# 15
12-09-2013, 07:43 PM
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Peachy keen. That's awesome. Thanks for the tip. Can you comment on the DHC? I got a good one from a quest and I'm in a Mogai about to hit 30 (not sure what ship comes next).

And let me make sure I got this down. Bigger, slower ships = beams, arrays, turrets, and smaller, faster ships = cannons, and...?
Haha yeah. Bigger, slower ships tend to use beam arrays A) Because they (with some exceptions) can't mount Dual heavy cannons or dual cannons. However, ALL ships can mount single cannons. In fact, there are some Effective builds that are strictly single cannons and turrets, although there are better builds available.

As for Dual Heavy Cannons :Yes. Strictly yes and always yes! They hit hard and most importantly they come with an additional +10% CritD. Free. Common layouts (for example)

Just say you have, 3 forward weapon slots and 2 rear slots:

front: DHC DHC TORP
rear: Turret Turret

Why? This puts all of your weapons into your forward arc during your passes (assuming you're in an escort). this maximizes your attack runs and since you're likely quite maneuverable in your escort, it shouldn't be too hard to keep your target in your forward firing arc (hence the narrow arcs of Dual Cannons and Dual Heavy Cannons)

Keep in mind this is a common build as it is so effective. Of course, there are other ways to do it. If you're in a Cruiser, beam arrays are preferred only because cruisers tend to turn slower. However, Right now they are very flavor-of-the-month at endgame with the Beam: Fire At Will builds. But that's a different topic.

No matter what, just experiment. Read the forums. Most importantly, have fun!
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# 16
12-09-2013, 08:15 PM
Thanks! Yeah I've been having a lot of fun so far! Can't wait to hit 50 and grind for those weapons and ships!
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# 17
12-09-2013, 09:37 PM
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Or do you sacrifice some DPS for a wider firing arc?
Short answer - depends on how fast you can turn and how fast your enemies move. Also depends on the kind of missions/events you take more part of.
If you can't move in a way to avoid getting surrounded and overwhelmed, means you need a larger arc.

Generally, I found turrets too low DPS to matter, except if you have to shoot at fast moving targets, like fighters (then, they're my main choice). A pretty good turret is the omni-directional antiproton array from the Sphere of Influence episode.

An interesting option I tried recently is to replace the back turret with torpedoes. With a fast turning ship, I can hit with the fore cannons and torpedoes, turn and hit with aft torps, turn again and hit with fore guns, rinse and repeat.

This is mostly against powerful slow moving enemies which drain my shields.

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Can you comment on the DHC?
Good and powerful, but I can't make them work effectively for larger groups (3-5 enemies is my limit).

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Also, can I do anything at ~30 range to get Dilithium in order to get some better weapons or should I just take quest gear?
Sell some of your loot and try buying some high level equipment/consoles. And shields !!! Like somebody said before, try matching damage type between weapons and console.

You can obtain dilithium, especially if you're willing to mine and do dilihium missions for few hours daily.

Personally, I find the dilithium stores very expensive for the effort needed to obtain the dilithium. I am pretty good at trading so I got most stuff for energy credits at exchange.

Do some farming missions and sell the loot on exchange or to NPCs like bartenders.
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# 18
12-09-2013, 10:01 PM
You can use whatever you like. But the Mogai Heavy Warbird is nimble enough to get good use out of dual or dual heavy cannons. Those do the most damage since they have the most restricted firing arcs. Add turrets to the back and you got pew pew goodness when you use Cannon Rapid Fire.
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# 19
12-10-2013, 05:31 AM
I have about 400k EC right now. Is that enough to get anything good off the Exchange you think?

(I'm not at my computer right now and can't check).
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# 20
12-10-2013, 06:53 AM
Stow all that. The gear that you loot and earn from quests will take you to 50, and at 50, you will do missions that give you purple quality gear. Once you have done all the missions, THEN consider buying items to fill in the gaps. You do not need to go buy 5 blue quality weapons off the AH every 3 levels, its a waste of money. You should not have to buy much before 50; if you have a preferred weapon type, maybe buy a set off the vendor if you gained a few levels and have not found 2 dozen of that weapon type yet.

If you want to do something NOW to improve, buy purple bridge officers with good space and ground skills. Then buy 10 duty officers (blue and purple) that you will use in your space and ground support role slots. These will still be just as useful at 50 as they are now!

The fastest way to get dil is to make alt characters and do one foundry on each once a day. At higher levels, the "empire defense" (or explore new worlds fed side) type quests for 1400 dil take just a few (less than 10) min. At lower levels, it can take over 1/2 an hour to beat all those ships, so those may not be optimal for you yet. You can also make dil by keeping your duty officers busy, its not much, but it adds up esp on 3+ characters. Also characters are a better deal than bank space, so its a win-win. You can trade dil between your characters by putting it on the exchange at an unacceptable price, changing characters, and pulling down the offer, if you didnt know that.
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