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     –  Last edited by Scarlett; 1 Week Ago.
    First time posting a build for feedback.

    I know I’ve advised others to use crafted weapons for the [Pen] modifier, yet I personally preferred to “gimp” myself by going with non-crafted. I also wanted to be a little close to cannon (Terran Beam notwithstanding), and the Pulse Phasers have a proc I really want to use. Having two 360 Beams may be further gimping but I think Time-On-Target may compensate for some DPS loss. The Terran Beam is reportedly the single best weapon in the game with the Prolonged suggested to be the second best.

    I went with the Fortified Prevailing Engines as I have A LOT of Engineering slots and have four heals available to help with Engineering CD. With this Engine I was able to swap out my Conductive RCS. Yet, losing the RCS meant I had to go get a Spire Core. Coincidentally, the Trilithium console also gave EPS, so slotting the beam for the 2-pc was a no-brainer. As for the Nukara set, it’s still a strong set. Yet, I’m thinking of using MACO for the global 5% CD and yet more EPS (because EPS is DPS?).

    As for consoles, I’m using the CC-Ordinance set two-fold: the boost to Phaser, Disruptor AND Radiation. The Alliance Weaponry set is does not have the DPRM console, so is the cheap version. I am not able to afford the ship and the set is only for the 33% boost the Phaser/Disruptor damage. Yet, as much as I want to carry my weight in a group, I think I’ll get more traction with the BIC and … something else.

    Ship Information
    Ship Name USS Solaris
    Ship Class Fleet Advanced Heavy Cruiser
    Ship Model Excelsior Refit
    Deflector Visual None
    Engine Visual Omega
    Shield Visual None

    Weapons
    Fore:
    • Terran Task Force Disruptor Beam Array Mk XIV [CrtD]
    • Prolonged Engagement Phaser Beam Array Mk XIV
    • Pulse Phaser Beam Array Mk XIV [CrtD]x3 [Dmg]
    • Pulse Phaser Beam Array Mk XIV [CrtD]x2 [Dmg]x2

    Aft:
    • Pulse Phaser Beam Array Mk XIV [CrtD]x2 [Dmg] [CrtH]
    • Pulse Phaser Beam Array Mk XIV [CrtD]x2 [Dmg]
    • Pulse Phaser Omini-directional Beam Array Mk XIV [Acc] [Arc] [Dmg]x2
    • Trilithium-Enhanced Omni-directional Phaser Beam Array Mk XIV [Acc] [Arc] [Dmg]

    Ship Equipment
    • Nukara Deflector Array Mk XIV [CtrlX]
    • Prevailing Fortified Impulse Engines Mk XIV [Spd]
    • Elite Fleet Plasma-Integrated Warp Core Mk XIV [AMP] [Acap] [A->W] [Eff] [Trans] [W->S]
    • Nukara Crystalline Resiliant Shields Mk XIV

    Devices
    • Battery - Energy Amplifier
    • Battery – Hull Patch
    • Subspace Field Modulator
    • Large Auxiliary/Engine Battery

    Consoles
    Engineering:
    • Reinforced Armaments Mk XIV
    • Plasmonic Leech Mk XIV
    • Disruption Pulse Emitter Mk XIV
    • Secondary Shield Projector Mk XIV
    • Hydrodynamics Compensator Mk XIV

    Science:
    • Bio-Neural Gel Pack Mk XIV
    • Temporal Disentanglement Suite Mk XIV

    Tactical
    • Tactical - Vulnerability Locator Mk XIV [+Beam]
    • Tactical - Vulnerability Locator Mk XIV [+Beam]
    • Tactical - Vulnerability Locator Mk XIV [+Beam]
    • Multi-Conduit Energy Relay Mk XIV

    Bridge Crew
    BOff seating sees typical meta for the Tactical seat. Science seat is typical as well although I’ve seen builds using Science Team for the cleanse. I’m not settled on either and am very used to TSS right now. The meat and potatoes for a Resolute are the Engineering seats. As you can see, it’s a Drake configuration using only two EPtX. There are four Shield or Hull heals for the engine proc to keep me nimble and mobile. For the LtC Eng/Cmd seat, I am trying to fully utilize the Improved Weapon Emitters starship trait so that’s why OE and AB are slotted; OE is copied for almost 100% uptime. Endothermic Inhibitor Beam is another Radiation DoT.

    Lt. Cmdr Tactical - SRO
    - Tactical Team I
    - Attack Pattern: Beta I
    - Beam: Fire At Will III

    Engineering Ensign - Saurian
    - Engineering Team I

    Engineering Lt.C/Command - Krenim
    - Overwhelm Emitters I
    - Overwhelm Emitters II
    - Aceton Beam I

    Engineering Cmdr. - Human
    - Emergency Power to Shields I
    - Endothermic Inhibitor Beam II
    - Emergency Power to Weapons III
    - Auxiliary Power to Structural Integrity Field III

    Science Lt. - Hierarchy
    - Transfer Shield Strength I
    - Hazard Emitters II

    Duty Officers
    Conn Officer
    - TT recharge reduced by 8 seconds, +10 to Weapon Amplification
    Energy Weapons Officer
    - 50% chance to reduce BFAW recharge by 10 seconds
    Energy Weapons Officer
    - 50% chance to reduce BFAW recharge by 10 seconds
    Damage Control Engineer
    - 35% chance to reduce EPtX recharge by 30% when using EPtX
    Maintenance Engineer
    - ET recharge reduced, bonus to buff
    Warp Core Engineer
    - 40% chance to remove all debuff when EptX used

    Captain Information
    Captain Name Kathryn Beringer
    Captain Career Science
    Captain Faction Federation
    Captain Race Human
    Primary Specialization Intelligence
    Secondary Specialization Temporal
    Intended Role Support DPS

    Character, Reputation, and Starship Traits
    Personal Space Traits
    Beam Training - Beam Weapon Damage (Cat2 Bonus) +5%
    Coalition Tactics - Per Engineer Career teammate within 20 km: +165.8 Shield Regen per sec; Per Science Career teammate within 20 km: +3% Hull Healing Received; Per Tactical Career teammate within 20 km: +3% Flight Speed and Defense (applies bonus for own career).
    Fleet Coordinator - 2% All Damage (Cat2 Bonus) per teammate, including self
    Inspirational Leader - 10% chance: Activating any Bridge Officer Ability grants +10 to all Starship Skills for 15 seconds (Max 3 stacks).
    Intense Focus - For every 15 seconds in combat (max 4 stacks): +1.5% Accuracy, +1.5% Shield Penetration.
    Operative - Critical Chance +1%, Critical Severity +2%
    Point Blank Shot – To self: +0-10% Energy Weapon Damage (Cat2 Bonus): maximum bonus when less than 2km from target; no effect beyond 6km.
    Self-Modulating Fire - On outgoing Critical Hits, energy weapons and projectiles gain +50% Shield Penetration for 10 sec (May only trigger once every 45 sec).
    Techie - Starship Hull Regeneration Skill Level +30

    Space Reputation Traits
    Precision - New Romulus
    - Increase CrtH +4%
    Auxiliary Power Configuration - Offense - Nukara
    - Scaling +Acc, +All Dmg bonus based on AUX power setting
    Enhanced Armor Penetration - Delta
    - Hull Penetration +5%
    Advanced Targeting System - Dyson
    - Increase CrtD +16%
    Chrono-Capacity Array - Competitive
    - 7.5% CD Recharge

    Starship Traits are a bugger for me because I don’t buy ships (Resolute and Arbiter notwithstanding). I’ve only got a few extra traits as rewards but my selection is very limited here. For my part, I prefer to keep the Resolute trait no matter what, mostly as a dedication to the ship itself. Having said that, there are a couple of ships I may have to Black Friday as their Traits are interesting to me. I’m also saving up for the fifth slot unlock.

    Starship Traits
    Emergency Weapon Cycle - Arbiter
    Improved Weaponized Emitters - Resolute
    Highly Specialized
    Emergency Response - Samsar
    [Locked]

    Active Reputation Traits
    Refracting Tetryon Cascade (Nukara)
    - ZAP!
    [Ground]
    [Ground]
    [Ground]
    [Locked]

    Set Bonuses
    Weapon Stabilizers - Nukara Strikeforce Technologies 2/3
    - 5% All Weapon Dmg bonus (Cat2)
    Speed Tweaks - Trilithium-Laced Weaponry 2/3
    - Flight Speed +15, +5% Firing Cycle Haste for Energy Weapons
    Alliance Weaponry - Synergistic Retrofitting 2/4
    - 33% Phaser/Disruptor/Plasma Dmg bonus (Cat1)
    Bio-Molecular Instability - Counter-Command Ordinance 2/4
    - 7.5% Phaser/Disruptor Dmg bonus (Cat2)

    Skill Tree
    Lieutenant
    - Improved Hull Restoration Hull Restoration
    - Improved Shield Restoration
    - Advanced Energy Weapon Training
    Lieutenant Commander
    - Improved Electro Plasma Flow
    - Improved Impulse Expertise
    - Improved Drain Expertise
    - Improved Defensive Manuvering
    Commander
    - Hull Plating
    -- Ablative Hull Plating
    - Improved Shield Regeneration
    - Advanced Weapon Amplification
    - Advanced Weapon Specialization
    Captain
    - Exotic Particle Generator
    - Advanced Long-Range Targeting Sensors
    - Advanced Hull Penetration
    - Advanced Shield Penetration
    Admiral
    - Warp Core Efficiency
    - Improved Engineering Readiness
    - Improved Scientific Readiness
    - Coordination protocols
    -- Defensive Coordination
    -- Offensive Coordination
    -- Improved Tactical Readiness

    Ship Stats
    Hull - 81,652
    Shields - 12,638
    Crit Chance - 16.40% (resting)
    Crit Severity - 79.20% (resting)
    Turn Rate - 5.6 deg
    Transfer Power Rate - 326%

    - - - Updated - - -

    Final thoughts ...

    As I got wind the Pulse Phaser proc is currently reversed, I switched them out for my previous weapon loadout: Whithering Disruptors BA with a crafted Omni Phaser. So the Tactical consoles are still [+Beam]. I used to have an all [Dis] loadout and can use it, I suppose. I stubbornly prefer to go with Phaser (and the Terran beam). Frankly, I may go for broke and just go for crafted Phasers ...

    I have also tinkered with the consoles thinking the CC 2-pc was detrimental. Yet, I perceive better performance with it than not.

    My recent runs with the Fleet has not been my best and I'm sure part of that are distractions at the PC. I also know I'm not piloting my best for it. Excuses aside, I hope to build a decent ship to attempt to balance some less-than-optimal-yet-striving-to-improve piloting.
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    #2
    So, I've been stewing on adjustments. After some research and a little soul-searching (not finished there I think), I may be wanting to make a Radboat of sorts. Beam Rad-boat ... Rad beam-boat ... I dunno.

    SO, to do this I would need more EPG and there are some avenues:
    * Swap out the Nukara Deflector/Shield for the MACO Def/Shield.

    This would also give me global CD to all BOff and Cpt abilities, EPG and some EPS. This may allow me to *gulp* ditch the Plasmonic Leach and the MACO 2-pc is basically a 2/3 Leach ...

    * If I get the crafted Particle Exciter with [+Turn], then I could swap out the CC consoles and put in the Quantum Phase Converter. This not only increases the bonus to Phaser damage, the Exciter (besides adding more EPG) would boost Shield capacity and increase the turn I currently get from the Hydrodynamics Compensator.

    I'm not sure, but it makes sense in my head. The MACO pieces would be a significant investment for me in a few ways so I am leery to "go for it".

    I will say that after a few runs in the Mirror Incursion today, Overwhelm Emitters gets some crazy hate fast. So, pushing more EPG may be a recipe for death ... or I need to get more heals from somewhere ... OR I need to let dogs lay with all this.

    I mean, do I have a finished build above?

    Super side note: thinking of the QPC slotted had me further consider moving to crafted phasers ...

    Any feedback would be appreciated Smile
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    #3
    UPDATE

    So, it seems my Pulse Phasers are broken. I decided to go back to my Spiral Waves Disruptors [Acc]x2 [Dmg]x2 [CrtX] Mk XIV in the meantime. The other weapons did not change.

    But I also decided to go for it and make some console changes: removing the Counter-Command Ordinance set with other consoles (as below)

    Consoles
    Engineering:
    • Reinforced Armaments Mk XIV
    • Plasmonic Leech Mk XIV
    • Disruption Pulse Emitter Mk XIV
    • Secondary Shield Projector Mk XIV
    • Bio-Neural Gel Pack Mk XIV

    Science:
    • Exotic Particle Field Exciter Mk XII [+Turn]
    • Temporal Disentanglement Suite Mk XIV

    Tactical
    • Tactical - Vulnerability Locator Mk XIV [+Beam]
    • Tactical - Vulnerability Locator Mk XIV [+Beam]
    • Tactical - Vulnerability Locator Mk XIV [+Beam]
    • Bioneural Infusion Circuits Mk XIV


    So, the idea follows from above: opening a Tactical slot allows the BIC (MOAR CRTD) to fill in. The Bio-neural Gel Pack had to go to Engineering so the Exciter could go into Science. The Exciter's purpose is to boost EPG while also maintaining the turn on the ship when the Engines are not proc'd. With heals, I would get a bonus to Weapon Power and the engines to speed me up.

    After a few sessions in the Mirror Incursion (along with my usual Red Alert line-up), I am perceiving very good performance so far.

    I also made some Trait changes:
    * For Space Rep I am now using Enhanced Shield Penetration.
    * For Active Rep I slotted Quantum Singularity Manipulation.

    I noticed further improvement during a particularly bad PuG run in the Tzenkethi Red Alert. Maybe it was my piloting and/or my paying attention to the rules for that mission though ...

    My Resolute is doing well for me Thumbs up I'm sure there is still room for improvement ... and I gotta be honest that I am leaning more toward getting the MACO Def/Shield now ...
    Today I had a particularly rough run,
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    Scarlett, if you're back to your Spiral Waves, would you consider shoehorning in the Entoiled Technology 3-piece (Beam, Torp, Sci Console)? You get that 3-piece going, it's a party.
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     –  Last edited by Scarlett; 6 Days Ago.
    I've been considering many things and that set is not far from my mind.

    Yet, the Spiral Waves are replacing my Withering Disruptors since I took out the CC-set (as that set was the only source that buffs the Rad proc from WD) and SWD have a Phaser look to them as well (which was the goal to use Pulse Phasers. So. it's really not that I am going back to Disruptors, per se. But the +Beam Tac consoles are really refreshing to use as they are allowing me some flexibility to play with what I own.

    My latest thought is to go all into Phasers by swapping out the Terran BA for the Quantum Phase BA, and pull the BIC for the QP console for the 2-pc set and oomph to Phaser damage. THEN, to go and upgrade my banked crafted [Pen] Phasers from Mk II to at least Mk XII. THEN THEN go get some [Pha] Tac consoles (which I'm saving for, just in case). Although I'd rather wait for another Research weekend for all this.

    Unless they fix Pulse Phasers, then the weapons are moot.

    Admittedly, I'm no longer going for a Torp in my builds. Although I certainly appreciate them, and if I wanted to go 'canon', then they are almost necessary. Yet, I've never been good with them and I may need to get my piloting more in control.

    I'm sure I'm gimping myself with that decision though ...
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    #6
    Fair nuff. I just figured I'd make sure that set was somewhere on your figurative radar. I know fitting a torpedo in would be tricky, but the 3pc bonus from Entoiled is nice (+Disruptor, +Hull Pen).

    Plus, someone once told me to never trust a captain that didn't have a torpedo launcher on their ship. Gosh, I wish I could recall who that was.... Wink

    And in closing, just because I'm a noodge, I'll say again that if "good enough to be good" is good enough for you, then Advanced Fleet [CrtD][Dmg]*3 weapons can deliver almost as much oomph as optimal [Pen]s, at much less cost in time-to-acquire-and-upgrade and PITA.
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    Haha, was that you?! Damn words I said lol My excuse is ... children! Yes, having children changes perspective. Yes, that'll do. Facepalm

    Dude, I totally forgot about Advanced Fleet weapons! I think as a Science Captain I have it in my head that more [Dmg] = SHAME!

    Hmm. I'll need to keep thinking on it. But if I do stick to phasers, considering the build above, should I replace the Terran with QP?
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    #8
    From an optimization standpoint, given that you've got [Beam] Locators, I believe the standard answer would be, "Always use the TTF Disruptor". Its little Hit-Harder-As-The-Enemy's-HP-Drops feature adds a hell of a punch. As for the Quantum Phase set, I'll say that the Torpedo can drain a crapton of shielding, and I'll just once again point out that the 3-piece's Phaser-Murder-Beam is ridiculous fun to use. >Smile

    The Dmg thing is understandable, given that you and I both cut our teeth on this game in an era when [Dmg] was, uh, underwhelming.
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    To get the Phaser-Murder-Beam I would need to ditch the BIC for the console. Although I think optimal DPSers would say to move out the Particle Exciter. Then I would need the torp to go somewhere, presumably in the front. So, the actual canon "Phaser Beam Arrays" would number ... two ... haha!
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    #10
    Small update from above:

    As mentioned above, I'm currently using Spiral Wave Disruptors and have committed one of my precious Ultimate Upgrade tokens for the engines.

    Weapons
    Fore:
    • Terran Task Force Disruptor Beam Array Mk XIV [CrtD]
    • Prolonged Engagement Phaser Beam Array Mk XIV
    • Spiral Wave Disruptor Mk XIV [Acc]x2 [Dmg]x2 [CrtX]
    • Spiral Wave Disruptor Mk XIV [Acc]x2 [Dmg]x2 [CrtX]

    Aft:
    • Spiral Wave Disruptor Mk XIV [Acc]x2 [Dmg]x2 [CrtX]
    • Spiral Wave Disruptor Mk XIV [Acc]x2 [Dmg]x2 [CrtX]
    • Omini-directional Phaser Beam Array Mk XIV [Acc] [Arc] [Dmg] [Pen]
    • Trilithium-Enhanced Omni-directional Phaser Beam Array Mk XIV [Acc] [Arc] [Dmg]

    Ship Equipment
    • Nukara Deflector Array Mk XIV [CtrlX]
    • Prevailing Fortified Impulse Engines Mk XIV [Spd] [SecSpd-2]
    • Elite Fleet Plasma-Integrated Warp Core Mk XIV [AMP] [Acap] [A->W] [Eff] [Trans] [W->S]
    • Nukara Crystalline Resiliant Shields Mk XIV