Star Trek Online – Guardian Class Cruiser

23 10 2014

Guardian001 Guardian004 Guardian003 Guardian002Starfleet’s Guardian Cruiseris a Tier6 starship that was designed to be a very versatile starship capable of accomplishing nearly any classification of mission. It also features a hybrid Lieutenant Intel/Engineering seat.

The Guardian Cruiser comes equipped with a Particle Conversion Matrix. When activated, your shields will become significantly more dureable, allowing them to absorb more damage for a short time. During this time, any incoming energy weapon fire has a high chance of boosting your own energy weapon damage.

This console can only be equipped on the Guardian Cruiser and the Fleet Guardian Cruiser, but can be put into any of the console slots. You may only equip one of these consoles.

After acheiving level 5 in your Guardian Cruiser, you will unlock the Desperate Repairs starship trait. While this trait is slotted, each time your starship is critically hit you receive a Desperation Counter. Immediately upon receiving a third Desperation Counter you will receive a large hull and shield heal and will be unable to gain Desperation Counters for a while.

  • Required Rank: Vice Admiral
  • Hull Strength: 45712 at 50 and 53000 at 60
  • Shield Modifier: 1
  • Crew: 1100
  • Weapons: 4 Fore, 4 Aft
  • Device Slots: 4
  • Bridge Officer Stations: 1 Lieutenant Commander Tactical, 1 Lieutenant Intel/Engineering, 1 Commander Engineering, 1 Lieutenant Commander Science, 1 Ensign Universal
  • Console Modifications: 3 Tactical, 4 Engineering, 3 Science
  • Base Turn Rate: 6.5 degrees per second
  • Impulse Modifier: 0.15
  • +5 to all power levels
  • Particle Conversion Matrix Universal Console

Starship Ability Package

  • Absorptive Plating
  • Rapid Repairs
  • Enhanced Plating
  • Armored Hull
  • Desperate Repairs (Starship Trait)

Cruiser Command Array

  • Command – Strategic Maneuvering
  • Command – Shield Frequency Modulation
  • Command – Weapon System Efficiency
  • Command – Attract Fire

Star Trek Online – Dauntless Class – Experimental Science Vessel

21 10 2014

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The original Duantless Class science vessel, discovered by the crew of the U.S.S. Voyager, was actually alien in origin. It featured Quantum Slipstream Drive technology, which was groundbreaking at the time, but ultimately this ship was created using particle synthesis to fool and trap the crew of the Voyager. In 2410, the blueprints for the original alien ship were closely examined and Starfleet Engineering Corps were able to recreate this impressive Tier6 science vessel.

The Experimental Science Vessel comes equipped with a Particle Synthesizer Universal Console which allows your starship to project a particle synthesis beam at a distant target that causes your target and nearby enemies to take on  your starship’s appearance, thus causing tremendous confusion amongst your enemies. Additionally, a photonic decoy of your starship is created near your position to draw the attention of your enemies.

This console can only be equipped on the Experimental Science Vessel and the Fleet Experimental Science Vessel, but can be put into any of their console slots. You may only equip one of these consoles.

After advancing to level 5 in your Experimental Science Vessel, you will unlock the Radiant Nanite Cloud starship trait. While this trait is slotted, causes all hull heals to heal for an additional 25% over 4 seconds in  a 3km radius.

The Experimental Science Vessel comes equipped with a Deteriorating Secondary Deflector MkX. This Secondary Deflector can be equipped on any vessel with a secondary deflector slot.

  •  Required Rank: Vice Admiral
  • Hull Strength: 31,050 at 50 and 36,000 at 60
  • Shield Modifier: 1.3
  • Crew: 150
  • Weapons: 3 fore, 3 aft
  • Device Slots: 3
  • Bridge Officer Stations: 1 LieutenantTactical, 1 Lieutenant Commander Tactical, 1 Lieutanant Engineering, 1 Lieutenant/Intel Science, 1 Commander Science
  • Console Modifcations: 3 Tactical, 2 Engineering, 5 Science
  • Base Turn Rate: 14 degrees per second
  • Impulse Modifier: 0.15
  • +10 to Weapon and Auxilliary power
  • Sensor Analysis
  • Subsystem Targeting
  • Photonic Synthesizer Universal Console
  • Hyper Advanced Quantum Slipstream Drive

Starship Ability Package

  • Enhanced Particle Generators
  • Advanced Shield Systems
  • Enhanced Restorative Circuitry
  • Reactive Shield Technology
  • Radiant Nanite Cloud (Starship Trait)

Star Trek Online – Dyson Class Advanced Science Destroyer

21 05 2014




The Dyson Joint Command’s engineering and scientific efforts within the Solanae Dyson Sphere have yielded incredible results. The Starfleet Corps of Engineers has been able to adapt the astonishing discoveries found at this artificial celestial structure to create starships that are inspired by the designs found at the sphere, but do not require the use of Omega particles. The Dyson Science Destroyers are first and foremost science vessels, but each is capable of entering Tactical Mode to significantly alter how the starship performs.

The Starfleet Dyson Science Destroyer variants aren’t as sturdy as the Klingon Defense Force’s models, or stealthy as the Romulan Republic’s, but they have a slightly higher shield modifier to compensate.

Below are the base stats shared by all three variants of the Starfleet Advanced Dyson Science Destroyers:

 Base Stats (for all Starfleet Advanced Dyson Science Destroyers)

Required Rank: Vice Admiral

Availability: C-Store

Hull Strength: 31,350

Shield Modifier: 1.457

Crew: 400

Weapons: 3 Fore (+Solanae Dual Heavy Proton Cannons in Tactical Mode), 3 Aft

Device Slots: 3

Bridge Officer Stations: 1 Ensign Tactical, 1 Lieutenant Commander Tactical, 1 Lieutenant Engineering, 1 Commander Science, 1 Lieutenant Universal

Base Turn Rate: 12 degrees per second

Impulse Modifier: 0.16

Interia: 50

+15 Auxilliary Subsystems

Can Equip Dual Cannons

Subsystem Targeting

Sensor Analysis

Secondary Deflector Slot

Tactical Mode


The Montgomery Class is an upgraded variant of the Dyson Science Destroyer. It features an additional Tactical console mod slot, improved hull and shield rating and comes equipped with the Proton Destabilizer Module Universal Console. This console allows you to draw power from your warp core to emit a devastating proton beam from your deflector focused on a nearby enemy. Periodically arcing waves of proton energy will lash out at foes nearby your targeted enemy dealing damage to all enemies affected.

Specific Class Stats (in addition to the base stats listed above)

Console Modifications: 4 Tactical, 2 Engineering, 4 Science

Console – Universal – Proton Destabilizer Module


The Omega Class is an upgraded variant of the Dyson Science Destroyer. It features an additional Engineering console mod slot, improved hull and shield rating and comes equipped with the Protonic Shielding Matrix Universal Console. This console allows your Dyson class starship to store and then divert tremendous amounts of proton particles to periodically reinforce your shields for a while. This will cause your starship to negate large amounts of damage every few seconds for a short time.


Specific Class Stats (in addition to the base stats listed above)

Console Modifications: 3 Tactical, 3 Engineering, 4 Science

Console – Universal – Protonic Shield Matrix


The Helios Class is an upgraded variant of the Dyson Science Destroyer. It features an additional Science console mod slot, improved hull and shield rating and comes equipped with the Shield Inversion Projector Universal Console. This console allows your Dyson class starship to emit a devastating tachyon beam blast from your deflector, you can cause your foe’s shields to briefly collapse in a wave of energy. The affected enemy will have their shields weakened and suffer heavy shield and hull damage. Allies within the wave will receive a large amount of shield healing.

Specific Class Stats (in addition to the base stats listed above)

Console Modifications: 3 Tactical, 2 Engineering, 5 Science

Console – Universal – Shield Inversion Projector


Tactical Mode

By default the Dyson Science Destroyer is a Science Vessel. However, activating the Tactical Mode ability the starship will transform. Many science systems will be disabled or altered while some tactical systems will become active. When activating Tactical Mode the following occurs:

Enables Dual Heavy Proton Cannon

+15 Weapon Power

+Turn Rate

+Impulse Speed


Lt. Commander Tactical Bridge Officer seat is upgrade to Commander Tactical

Commander Science Bridge Officer seat is downgraded to Lt. Commander Science

Secondary Deflector is disabled

Sensor Analysis is disabled

Subsystem Targeting is disabled

-15 Aux Power

Tactical Mode may be deactivated at any time to return to the default Science Mode, but doing so incurs a 60 second cooldown on the transformation back to Tactical Mode.

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These devastating weapons are only available when the Dyson Science Destroyer is in Tactical Mode and are built into the ship. They cannot be removed. When in tactical mode, the starship effectively has 4 Fore and 3 Aft weapon slots with one of the Fore slots automatically taken by the Solanae Dual Heavy Proton Cannons. These experimental weapons are already balanced to do comparable damage to more conventional energy types, and can be further enhanced by Consoles which enhance Cannons and/or Proton Damage.

Solanae Advanced Technologies Set

The above consoles and the Solanae Secondary Deflector (found on the Anniversary reward Dyson ships) make up the 4 piece Solanae Advanced Technologies Set. Collecting and equipping all four pieces from this set will empower the powers provided by the consoles listed above. Below are the three set bonuses provided by the Solanae Advanced Technologies Set:

Solanae Energy Lattice (2 piece bonus)

Self: +Proton Damage

Self: +Starship Shield System (Shield Max HP)

Proton Energy Matrix (3 piece bonus)

Reduces the cooldown on Dyson Science Destroyer console powers by 1 minute. This affects:

Destabilized Proton Beam

Protonic Shielding

Shield Inversion

Solanae Synergy (4 piece bonus)

Upgrades all three Dyson Science Destroyer console powers:

Destabilized Proton Beam: Will deal its damage over time much more quickly.

Protonic Shielding: Activating this ability also heals shields of allies within 5km

Shield Inversion: Allies affected also receive a shield hardness buff and shield heal over time

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Star Trek Online – Tempest Class Patrol Escort

12 05 2014

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Patrol Escort Refit: Tempest Class

The Patrol Escorts were envisioned as escorts with an engineering bent. The Patrol Escort Refit: Tempest Class improves on those original designs with greatly improved Bridge Officer seating, a 5th Tactical Console slot, and additional aft firepower that will give Tempest captains new options in combat.

The Tempest comes equipped with a Nadion Saturation Bomb console. Firing the Nadion Saturation Bomb lays down a string of explosive fire that strafes between the ship and its target and then continues to detonate past the target. Any enemy ships caught in the explosions will take severe damage. After detonation, an intense Nadion Radiation Field lingers in space, creating a deadly hazard for enemies. The Nadion Saturation Bomb console may be equipped in any console slot of any Patrol Escort.

The Patrol Escort Refit: Tempest Class also comes with the Aft-Firing Tempest Tail Gun. This unique dual cannon is set up to fire on targets in the rear 90 degree arc of the Patrol Escort, and defaults to the Rapid Fire I firing mode. Like other cannons, the Aft-Firing Tempest Tail Gun can be modified by Scatter Volley and higher rank Rapid Fire bridge officer abilities. The Aft-Firing Tempest Tail Gun is fused to its own slot and does not fill one of the ships three aft weapons slots. It cannot be removed.*

The Patrol Escort Refit comes with the new Tempest class costume by default. As a Patrol Escort, it can also use costume parts from the Dervish, Gryphon and Hermes class costumes. If you have already unlocked the Maelstrom costume, it will also be available to you. Purchasing the Patrol Escort Refit: Tempest Class will unlock the Tempest costume for all Patrol Escorts.

Minimum Rank: Vice Admiral
Cost: 2,500 Zen
Hull Strength: 31,500
Shield Modifier: 0.95
Crew: 200
Weapons:  4 Fore, 3 (4*) Aft
Device Slots: 2
Bridge Officer Stations: 1 Commander Tactical, 1 Lieutenant Commander Engineering,  1 Lieutenant Science, 1 Lieutenant Commander Universal
Console Modifications: 5 Tactical, 2 Engineering, 2 Science
Base Turn Rate: 16 degrees per second
Impulse Modifier: 0.2
+15 Power to Weapons
Can Load Cannons
Nadion Saturation Bomb console
Fused Aft Tempest Tail Gun


Star Trek Online – Personal Starship – U.S.S. Heart’s Hope – Borg Adapted Tech

1 06 2013

This is what happens when your Chief Engineer, who happens to be a liberated Borg drone, gets her hands on some salvaged Borg technology.

Actually, what you see here are the appearance changes that take effect when you enable the Assimilated Regenerative Shield Array, Assimilated Deflector Array, Assimilated Subtranswarp Engine systems, and an Assimilated Module.

These items are available through the Borg Reputation System within the Star Trek Online game. An additional item I have acquired through this reputation system is a Reverse-engineered Borg Cutting Beam, but this has no effect on the overall appearance of the ship.

These items, when used in conjunction with each other, enable a Borg tractor beam for use during space combat.

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Star Trek Online – Personal Starship – U.S.S. Heart’s Hope – Chimera Class Heavy Destroyer

28 05 2013

So, here we have yet another long overdue post. Planned as the first in a series of articles that till showcase the many core systems configurations my STO character Adm. John Ableman has acquired through his many assignments in Star Trek Online, here I present to you the Chimera Class Heavy Destroyer: U.S.S. Heart’s Hope, NCC – 93353, in her most basic set-up. This is my primary starship at the moment. I love both the design and the versatility of her capabilities. Her name derives from one of my favorite Orson Scott Card novels, but spelled differently.

The Chimera Heavy Destroyer is similar to an Escort, but has many qualities of Light Cruisers and Science Vessels. While in its innate Regenerative Mode, excess power is transferred to the Auxiliary System and you gain a bonus to Starship Shield Systems. It comes equipped with a prototype Dynamic Tactical System console (or DTS). This console allows you to transform your ship between Regenerative Mode and Tactical Mode. In Regenerative Mode, your Tachyon Inversion Beam is enabled, which can siphon shields from multiple targets. Activating Tactical Mode transfers power to your Weapon Systems, and increases your ships Starship Targeting Systems skill, granting an Accuracy bonus. In Tactical Mode, the DTS console enables a powerful multi-targeting Lotus, which is capable of piercing multiple targets. However, while in Tactical Mode, your Starship Shield Systems bonus, Auxiliary Power bonus and Tachyon Inversion Beam are disabled.

(The Chimera Heavy Destroyer’s design was based off one of the ‘Design the Next Enterprise’ entries, Jason “Vektor” Lee)



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  • Hull Strength: 34,500
  • Shield Modifier: 0.9
  • Crew: 750
  • Weapons: 4 Fore, 3 Aft
  • Device Slots: 3
  • Bridge Officer Stations: 1 Commander Tactical, 1 Lieutenant Engineering, 1 Lieutenant Science, 1 Universal Ensign, 1 Universal Lieutenant Commander
  • Console Modifications: 4 Tactical, 3 Engineering, 2 Science
  • Base Turn Rate: 14 degrees per second
  • Impulse Modifier: 0.22
  • Can equip Cannons
  • Regenerative Mode (Innate): +5 Auxiliary Power, +30 Starship Shield Systems
  • Console – Universal – Dynamic Tactical System: Tactical Mode (Disables Regenerative Mode, +5 Weapon power, +30 Starship Targeting Systems), Tachyon Inversion Beam (Requires Regenerative Mode), Phaser Lotus (Requires Tactical Mode)
  • Advanced Quantum Slipstream Drive

Star Trek Online – Multi-Mission Surveillance Explorer – Vesta Class

7 02 2013

The most technologically advanced line of starships in the fleet, the Multi-Mission Surveillance Explorer: Vesta Class comes with a myriad of new technologies. Originally designed as a testbed ship for the experimental quantum slipstream drive, Vesta type ships have been successful in combats against the Borg.  One of the initial Vesta class ships, the U.S.S. Aventine, is commanded by Captain Ezri Dax.

By definition, this ship is extremely versatile. It features a bonus Science Console slot, a hangar bay, Sensor Analysis, Subsystem Targeting, and is the only Science Vessel that can equip cannons. It also features Universal Lieutenant Commander and Universal Ensign Bridge Officer Stations that can be operated by any Bridge Officer class.

The Vesta Class comes standard with a Mark XII Auxiliary Dual Heavy Phaser Cannon.  This cannon is designed to utilize Auxiliary Power instead of Weapon power.  The Vesta Class also comes equipped with a Sympathetic Fermion Transceiver universal console. The Sympathetic Fermion Transceiver creates a large Fermion Field around your ship. This field will continuously repair you and your allies hull and shields while also providing a buff to Starship Particle Generators.

The Sympathetic Fermion Transceiver may be equipped by any Multi-Mission Science Vessel in any console slot. It is part of the Experimental Systems Set. The other two pieces of this set, the Quantum Field Focus Controller and the Multidimensional Wave-Function Analysis Module, can be found on the other Multi-Mission Explorer starships. The two-piece set bonus grants you Chroniton Integrated Quantum Slip Steam.  The three-piece set bonus grants you a Quantum Focused Shield Bubble.

The Multi-Mission Surveillance Explorer comes with the Vesta Class ship Costume. Acquiring other Multi-Mission Science Vessels will unlock additional costume options for your ship.

Note: Unlocking the Multi-Mission Surveillance Explorer: Vesta Class unlocks this ship for every Federation Vice Admiral character on an account.

Rank Required:  Vice Admiral
Hull Strength:  27,900
Shield Modifier:  1.35
Crew:  750
Weapons:  3 Fore, 3 Aft
Device Slots:  3
Console Upgrades: 3 Tactical; 2 Engineering; 5 Science
Bridge Officer Stations:  1 Lieutenant Tactical, 1 Lieutenant Engineering, 1 Commander Science, 1 Ensign Universal, 1 Lieutenant Commander Universal
Base Turn Rate:  12 degrees per second
Impulse Modifier:  0.16
+15 Power to Auxiliary Systems
Universal Lieutenant Commander and Ensign Bridge Officer Stations
Bonus Science Console Slot
Sensor Analysis
Subsystem Targeting
Can Equip Cannons
Aux Phaser Dual Heavy Cannons Mk XII [Acc]x2 [Dmg]
1 Hangar Bay – with 1 wing of Danube Runabouts
Console – Universal – Sympathetic Fermion Transceiver

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