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    #1
    I've been playing my Federation tactical officer a bit lately, and have discovered that I don't enjoy the playstyle of escort ships. Does anyone have any tips for other good options for a tactical officer? I'm at level 51 right now and flying a battle cruiser.
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    #2
    Really, you need to try on different ships to determine what your style of play is. Personally, I can't play Cruisers or Science vessels. I have to have something darty, flighty, barbaric, almost analog. A two-seat convertible that can shred canyon roads. I can't stick to a highway land yacht or a minivan.

    Try on a few low-level carriers, cruisers, raiders, a little bit of everything. Try beam boats, torpedo boats, gunboats, pet carriers. Then you can check the builds for your eventual T6 purchase and know what you'll need when you do make up your mind.

    Try different energy types, too. Subtypes like the Herald Antiproton weapons (my personal favorite), or the Altamid Plasma weapons, or (various)-Linked Phasers all have different abilities and effects (and visuals -- if you're into Space Barbie).

    So asking, "Which ship should I use?" is not an easy question to answer. We can suggest places to start, but ultimately it's your decision.

    Having said all of that, regardless of toon type, the Miracle Worker Battlecruiser [T6] -- Qugh (KDF) and Gagarin (FED) -- seem to be popular choices.
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    #3
     –  Last edited by dracojan; 3 Weeks Ago.
    I suspected the answer would be something along those lines - questions like this usually don't have a single answer. Thanks for the input!

    So far I've been flying an assault cruiser to see if that sticks, but I'll branch out and see what feels better. I may give escorts another shot as well...I'm probably using them wrong (I'm used to flying carriers on an engineering officer).

    Drat, now I have to find and try a bunch of different ships. Wink

    (the Gagarin Miracle Worker Battlecruiser does look like a fun option)
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    #4
    Kind of thinking out loud here...


    I was browsing ships today, and it seems like some of the warbirds (looking at the fleet varieties) seem to be a middle ground between escorts and cruisers. This appeals to me, and might be a good option. Specifically, these are the ships I'm looking at:

    Fleet Haapax Advanced Warbird (less agile, but a bit tankier and has a hangar slot...plus the spinal plasma lance intrigues me)
    Fleet Deleth Advanced Light Battlecruiser (middle ground, but geared towards engineering)
    Fleet Dhelan Warbird (more agile, cannons, railgun/experimental)
    Fleet Ar'kif Tactical Carrier Warbird (carrier, and base turn rate is decent)

    Plus, I like how warbirds look Smile
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    #5
     –  Last edited by Ricwin; 3 Weeks Ago.
    Plus, I like how warbirds look Smile
    Aye, me too. I'm fond of the Valdore and D'deridex.


    To answer your original question though playing as a Federation tactical captain, I found the Fed destroyer (Chimera/Manticore) with beams was surprisingly fun and struck a nice balance between the slow cruisers and glass-cannon escorts. It was a relatively big and slow escort which didnt lend itself to the usual fast & punchy play style of something like the Defiant, so I played it differently.

    For a long time though my favourite Fed ships were the Avenger/Arbiter/Fleet versions. These are more manoeuvrable than typical Fed cruisers while still being able to hit pretty hard. Cannons, beams, DBB, torps; those fed battlecruisers are quite versatile.



    That being said, don't listen to anything I say if you intend to play meta and score high numbers on the DPS league.


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    #6
    That being said, don't listen to anything I say if you intend to play meta and score high numbers on the DPS league.
    Meh, I've never worried about that...feels too much like work. I just want to have fun and be able to contribute when grouped. Thanks for the recommendation!
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    #7
    If you're EC rich and Zen/DIL poor, consider the Exchange and some of the Mirror ships. They can be had for between 4 and 8 million EC a piece. Plus, you get Admiralty cards out of them. They're typically T4 or T5, and can let you try out ships you might not want to drop DIL or Zen to get.

    For example, a Cheyenne Heavy Cruiser Retrofit is 200,000 Fleet Credits and you can pick up the Mirror version for a low of 3,500,000 EC right now.
    A Hermes Patrol Escort is 80,000 DIL or a Rear Admiral (Level 40) Starship Requisition token, and the Mirror Patrol Escort is going for 3,200,000 EC.

    Just something else to toss around.
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    #8
    I tried looking up the Fleet Manticore Heavy Destroyer, and can't find it in game...I see the Chimera listed at the ship vendor, though. Anyone have any idea if this ship is still available (and where to find it)?
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    I tried looking up the Fleet Manticore Heavy Destroyer, and can't find it in game...I see the Chimera listed at the ship vendor, though. Anyone have any idea if this ship is still available (and where to find it)?
    https://sto.gamepedia.com/Fleet_Mant...eavy_Destroyer ...
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    I tried looking up the Fleet Manticore Heavy Destroyer, and can't find it in game...I see the Chimera listed at the ship vendor, though. Anyone have any idea if this ship is still available (and where to find it)?
    The short answer is, you can't get the Chimera or the Manticore (or its Fleet variant) unless you are a Lifetime Subscriber.
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    If you are looking to avoid escort ships, the Manticore probably isn't a good choice anyway. Destroyers like the Manticore play a lot like escorts. Maybe just a tad slower and tougher than most escorts, but still favoring a similar playstyle.
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    The short answer is, you can't get the Chimera or the Manticore (or its Fleet variant) unless you are a Lifetime Subscriber.
    I barely use that ship. Eh, its alright. I think the ship has more hype because of the LTS exclusivity, nothing more.
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    Ship also is Nog's ship too, so there's that.