Playable starship

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For an overview of non-playable starships within Star Trek Online, see the Non-playable starship article

Playable Starships in Star Trek Online are as much a part of your avatar as your Captain. They are highly customizable, both cosmetically and functionally. Visiting shipyards will allow players to change all aspects of their ships. Each ship tier includes multiple classes of ships. Players can choose different parts (saucer, hull, nacelles etc.) of each class making a custom model, or stick with a set design. Along with the model the player can also adjust the color, windows, decals, registry number and prefix, this gives the player a custom feel to his/her ship.

Players are awarded ships by Starfleet, the Klingon Defense Force or the Romulan Republic as they progress in rank. At each new rank between Lieutenant and Rear Admiral, Lower Half (Tiers 2-4), players are given a free starship token for the respective tier. After this (Tiers 5, 5-U, and 6) ships must be purchased using dilithium Refined dilithium icon.png, Lobi Crystals Lobi Crystal icon.png, energy credits Energy credit icon.png, or Zen Zen small icon.png.

Starship Mastery[edit]

The Mastery progress bar for a Science Vessel

Each tier 5-U or tier 6 starship a character is flying has its own "levels", called Mastery. Starship Mastery progresses as a character earns skill points while using a specific ship. Levels 1-4 each unlock an automatically activated passive bonus which is only active while flying that specific ship. The bonuses are specific for each ship type, e.g., Science Vessels, Warbirds, Birds-of-Prey. Upon reaching level five, which only tier 6 ships can, a Starship Trait is unlocked. Different ships unlock different traits. Once a trait is slotted, it is active for the entire character, therefore also while flying any other ship, even a non-tier 6 one.


Many ship designs come in different versions. While their outward appearance might be mostly identical, they may vary substantially in combat strength.


Standard ships (Tiers 1 to 5, including 5-U) are mostly available at shipyards where they can be purchased for Dilithium Refined dilithium icon.png or at no cost with a Rank-Up Ship Token (only up to tier 4). Rank-Up Tokens are given at levels 10, 20, 30 and 40. Some unique (and thus not "refit") tier 1 to 4 ships, e.g., the Oberth Class Light Science Vessel or the NX Class Light Escort, may also be purchased at the C-Store for Zen Zen small icon.png. One unique exception is the Blockade Runner Escort (Steamrunner Class), which cannot be purchased in-game or at the C-Store but only via buying the Steam Starter Pack.


Refit ships (Tiers 1 to 4) are available at shipyards or directly at the C-Store (button below the overview map) where they can be purchased for Zen Zen small icon.png. These ships have superior stats to their standard variants, and typically unlock a special costume option and a special Universal Console or weapon. They are the same tier as their standard variant.


Retrofit ships (Tier 5 and 5-U) are high-end vessels, some of which have to be purchased at the C-Store for up to 2,500 Zen Zen small icon.png and others at a shipyard for 200,000 fleet credits Fleet Credits. The ships available at the C-Store do also come with a special universal console.

Mirror version[edit]

Of some ships, a slightly different tier 5 version of the Mirror Universe can be obtained with a chance of ~2% from Lockboxes (or the Exchange as they are tradeable). These ships offer the same basic values (hull, turn rate, etc.) as their counterparts from the Prime Universe but have different Bridge Officer and console setups and always come with a Mirror Universe-skin costume option. Mirror ships cannot be upgraded to tier 5-U.

Fleet ship[edit]

Fleet ships (Tier 5 and 5-U) are purchased at a shipyard for 20,000 fleet credits Fleet Credits and 4 fleet ship modules Fleet Ship Module icon.png. In contrast to Retrofits, fleet ships do not come with a special console but typically have +10% Hull HP, +10% Shields and a 10th console slot. If a player has already unlocked the C-Store Retrofit version of a ship, then the associated fleet ship version will only cost 20,000 Fleet Credits and 1 (one) Fleet Ship Module icon.png.

If a player has used a Starship Upgrade Requisition to unlock the T5U upgrade on the C-Store Retrofit version of a ship, this will also apply to the matching Fleet ship at no additional cost.


See also: Ship abilities

Each faction has unique types of ships that favor different styles of gameplay. Generally, there is one type of ship for each type of career, but a player character can captain any type of vessel, regardless of their career choice.

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Playable Starships
Faction Federation.png Federation: (Complete & Detailed List)
Small craft
Shuttles Type-8Type-10Class FDeltaTal'Kyr Support CraftAeon Timeship
Corvettes Danube Class RunaboutYellowstone Class RunaboutCaptain's Yacht Valiant icon.png
Fighters Peregrine Attack FighterStalker Stealth Fighter
Early-game ships
Rank Tier 1 Tier 2 Tier 3 Tier 4
Rank Starfleet Lt.png Rank Starfleet LtCom.png Rank Starfleet Com.png Rank Starfleet Cap.png
Cruisers Light Cruiser
TOS Constitution Class Cruiser
  - Refit
Heavy Cruiser
  - Refit
Advanced Heavy Cruiser
Support Cruiser
Exploration Cruiser
  - Refit
Escorts NX Class Light Escort
Blockade Runner Escort
Andorian Light Escort
  - Refit
Heavy Escort
  - Refit
Tactical Escort
  - Refit
Science Vessels Oberth Class Light Science Vessel Science Vessel
  - Refit
Research Science Vessel
Advanced Research Vessel
Long Range Science Vessel
  - Refit
Endgame ships
✓ means this ship can be upgraded to Tier 5U capabilities
Rank Rank Starfleet LAdm.png
Tier 5 - Level 40
Rank Starfleet VAdm.png
Tier 5 - Level 50 Zen small icon.png
Can all be upgraded ✓
Rank Starfleet VAdm.png
Tier 5 - Level 50 Fleet
Rank Starfleet VAdm.png
Tier 6 - Level 50
Cruisers Assault Cruiser
  - Mirror
Star Cruiser
  - Mirror
Advanced Heavy Cruiser Retrofit
Support Cruiser Retrofit
Mirror Heavy Cruiser Retrofit
Exploration Cruiser Retrofit
Assault Cruiser Refit
• Odyssey Star Cruisers:
  - Operations
  - Science
  - Tactical
Heavy Cruiser Retrofit
  - Fleet Heavy Cruiser Retrofit
Fleet Adv. Heavy Cruiser Retrofit
Fleet Support Cruiser Retrofit
Fleet Exploration Cruiser Retrofit
Fleet Assault Cruiser Refit
Fleet Star Cruiser
Odyssey Star Cruiser
Eclipse Intel Cruiser
  - Fleet Eclipse
Guardian Cruiser
  - Fleet Guardian Cruiser
Exploration Cruiser (T6)
  - Fleet Exploration Cruiser (T6)
Battle Cruisers   Avenger Battle Cruiser Fleet Avenger Battle Cruiser • Command Battlecruiser:
  - Engineering
  - Science
  - Tactical
Dreadnoughts   Dreadnought Cruiser Fleet Dreadnought Cruiser  
Escort Carriers
Advanced Escort
  - Mirror
Patrol Escort
  - Mirror
Mirror Escort Retrofit
• Andorian Escorts:
  - Kumari - Charal - Khyzon
Tactical Escort Retrofit
Multi-Vector Advanced Escort
Heavy Escort Carrier
Blockade Runner Escort Retrofit
Patrol Escort Refit
Escort Retrofit
  - Fleet Escort Retrofit
Fleet Heavy Escort Carrier
Fleet Tactical Escort Retrofit
Fleet Advanced Escort
Fleet Patrol Escort Refit
Aquarius Light Escort
  - Fleet Aquarius Light Escort
Phantom Intel Escort
  - Fleet Phantom
Destroyers Mobius Temporal Destroyer
Solanae Dyson Science Destroyer
Chimera Heavy Destroyer Starfleet Veteran icon.png
• Advanced Dyson Science Destroyers:
  - Reconnaissance
  - Strategic
  - Surveillance
Fleet Chimera Heavy DestroyerStarfleet Veteran icon.png  
Science Vessels Deep Space Science Vessel
  - Mirror
Reconnaissance Science Vessel
  - Mirror
Advanced Research Vessel Retrofit
D'Kyr Science Vessel
Wells Temporal Science Vessel
Mirror Science Vessel Retrofit
Long Range Science Vessel Retrofit
• Multi-Mission Explorers:
  - Aventine (Reconnaissance)
  - Rademaker (Strategic)
  - Vesta (Surveillance)
Science Vessel Retrofit
  - Fleet Science Vessel Retrofit
Research Science Vessel Retrofit
  - Fleet Research S.V. Retrofit
Fleet Adv. Research Vessel Retrofit
Fleet Long Range S.V. Retrofit
Fleet Deep Space S.V.
Fleet Reconnaissance S.V.
Scryer Intel Science Vessel
  - Fleet Scryer
Experimental Science Vessel
  - Fleet Experiemental Science Vessel
Pathfinder Long Range Science Vessel
  - Fleet Long Range Science Vessel (T6)
Carriers   Caitian Atrox Carrier Fleet Caitian Atrox Carrier  
Faction Klingon.png Klingon Empire: (Complete & Detailed List)
Kivra ShuttleToron ShuttleDujHod Chariot Valiant icon.pngTo'Duj FighterRozhenko Timeship
Early-game ships
Rank Tier 1 Tier 2 Tier 3 Tier 4
Rank Klingon Lt.png Rank Klingon LtCom.png Rank Klingon Com.png Rank Klingon Cap.png
Raiders B'rel Bird-of-Prey
  - B'Rotlh
QulDun Bird-of-Prey
  - Qaw'Dun
Norgh Bird-of-Prey
  - Ning'tao
Ki'tang Bird-of-Prey
  - Ch'Tang
Raptors   Somraw Raptor Qorgh Raptor
  - SuQob
Pach Raptor
  - Puyjaq
Battle Cruisers   K'Tanco Battle Cruiser K't'inga Battle Cruiser
  - Koro't'inga
Kamarag Battlecruiser
Vor'cha Battle Cruiser
  - Vor'Kang
Destroyers     Vandal Scourge
Support Vessels     Phalanx Science Vessel Draguas Support Vessel
Flight-Deck Cruisers     Dacoit Corsair
Endgame ships
✓ means this ship can be upgraded to Tier 6 capabilities
Rank Rank Klingon Gen1.png
Tier 5 - Level 40
Rank Klingon Gen3.png
Tier 5 - Level 50 Zen small icon.png
Can all be upgraded ✓
Rank Klingon Gen3.png
Tier 5 - Level 50 Fleet
Rank Klingon Gen3.png
Tier 6 - Level 50
Raiders Hegh'ta Heavy Bird-of-Prey
Mirror Ki'tang Retrofit
B'rel Bird-of-Prey Retrofit B'rel Fleet Retrofit
Fleet Norgh
HoH'SuS Bird-of-Prey
  - Fleet HoH'SuS
Raptors Qin Heavy Raptor
  - Mirror Qin
Mirror Somraw Retrofit
  Somraw Raptor Retrofit
  - Fleet Somraw
Fleet Qin Heavy Raptor
Mat'Ha Raptor
  - Fleet Mat'Ha Raptor
Battle Cruisers Negh'Var Heavy Battle Cruiser
  - Mirror Negh'Var
Vor'cha Battle Cruiser Retrofit
  - Mirror Vor'cha
Kamarag Battlecruiser Retrofit
Mogh Battle Cruiser
• Bortasqu' Cruiser:
  - Command
  - Tactical
  - War
K't'inga Retrofit
  - Fleet K't'inga
Fleet Kamarag
Fleet Tor'Kaht (Vor'cha) Retrofit
Fleet Negh'Var
Fleet Mogh
Qib Intel Battlecruiser
  - Fleet Qib
• Command Battlecruiser:
  - Engineering
  - Science
  - Tactical
Negh'Tev Heavy Battlecruiser
  - Fleet Negh'Tev
Destroyers Krenn Temporal Destroyer Guramba Siege Destroyer
Peghqu' Heavy Destroyer Starfleet Veteran icon.png
Scourge Retrofit
  - Fleet Scourge
Fleet Peghqu'Starfleet Veteran icon.png
Support Vessels Varanus Support Vessel
Korath Temporal Science Vessel
Nov Dyson Science Destroyer
• Advanced Dyson Science Destroyers:
  - Chontay (Tactical)
  - MoQ (Battle)
  - Ta’Sub (Command)
Varanus Fleet Support Vessel  
Flight-Deck Cruisers Marauder Flight-Deck Cruiser   Corsair Retrofit
  - Fleet Corsair
Carriers Vo'Quv Carrier
  - Mirror Vo'Quv
Kar'Fi Battle Carrier Fleet Vo'Quv Carrier
Fleet Kar'Fi Battle Carrier
Faction Romulan Republic.png Romulan Republic: (Complete & Detailed List)
Tiercel ShuttleKestrel RunaboutCommander's Gig Valiant icon.pngScorpion Fighter
Early-game ships
Rank Tier 1 Tier 2 Tier 3 Tier 4
Rank Romulan Lt.png Rank Romulan LtCom.png Rank Romulan Com.png Rank Romulan Cap.png
Warbirds T'liss Light Warbird
  - T'varo
Dhelan Warbird
  - Dhael
Mogai Heavy Warbird
  - Valdore
Ar'Kif Tactical Warbird
  - Ar'Kala
Warbird Battle Cruisers       D'deridex Warbird Battle Cruiser
  - D'ridthau
Endgame ships
✓ means this ship can be upgraded to Tier 6 capabilities
Rank Rank Romulan LAdm.png
Tier 5 - Level 40
Rank Romulan VAdm.png
Tier 5 - Level 50 Zen small icon.png
Can all be upgraded ✓
Rank Romulan VAdm.png
Tier 5 - Level 50 Fleet
Can all be upgraded ✓
Rank Romulan VAdm.png
Tier 6 - Level 50
Warbirds Ha'feh Assault Warbird
  - Mirror Ha'feh
Mirror T'varo Retrofit
Mirror Dhelan Retrofit
Mirror Mogai Retrofit
T'varo Retrofit
Dhelan Retrofit
Mogai Retrofit
Ar'Kif Tactical Carrier Retrofit
• Dreadnought Warbird:
  - Scimitar - Falchion - Tulwar
Fleet T'varo
Fleet Dhelan
Fleet Mogai
Fleet Ar'Kif
Fleet Ha'feh
Faeht Intel Warbird
  - Fleet Faeht
Warbird Battle Cruisers Ha'apax Advanced Warbird
  - Mirror Ha'apax
D'deridex Retrofit
Haakona Advanced Warbird
Fleet D'deridex
Fleet Ha'apax
Aelahl Light Warbird Battlecruiser
  - Fleet Aelahl Light Battlecruiser Warbird
• Command Battlecruiser:
  - Engineering
  - Science
  - Tactical
D'Khellra Warbird Battlecruiser
  - Fleet D'Khellra
Science Vessels Ha'nom Guardian Warbird
  - Mirror Ha'nom
R'Mor Temporal Science Vessel
Aves Dyson Science Destroyer
• Advanced Dyson Science Destroyers:
  - Harpia (Recon)
  - Tyton (Strategic)
  - Caprimul (Surveillance)
Fleet Ha'nom  
Destroyers Talvath Temporal Destroyer Daeinos Heavy Destroyer Starfleet Veteran icon.png Fleet Daeinos Starfleet Veteran icon.png  
Faction FedRomKDF.png Cross-Faction Ships
Ferengi Na'FarTholian Widow FighterVoth Heavy FighterVaadwaur Pythus Fighter
Rank Starfleet Lt.png Tuffli Class FreighterSuliban Cell Ship
Rank Starfleet LAdm.png Obelisk CarrierAPU cruiserKazon Heavy RaiderMalon Battlecruiser
The following ships are all freely upgradeable to Tier 5U capabilities
Cruisers Escorts and Destroyers Battle Cruisers
Rank Starfleet LAdm.png Cardassian Galor Class Cruiser
Risian Luxury Cruiser
Undine Dromias Bio-Cruiser
Voth Bastion Flight-Deck Cruiser
Voth Bulwark Dreadnought Cruiser
Breen Chel Grett Warship
Elachi S'golth Escort
Hirogen Hunter Heavy Escort
Jem'Hadar Attack Ship
Jem'Hadar Heavy Escort Carrier
Risian Corvette
Tal Shiar Adapted Destroyer
Undine Nicor Bio-Warship
Xindi-Reptilian Contortrix Escort
Elachi Monbosh Battleship
Ferengi D'Kora Marauder
Hirogen Apex Heavy Battlecruiser
Tal Shiar Adapted Battle Cruiser
Science Vessels Raiders Carriers
Tholian Orb Weaver
Voth Palisade Science Vessel
Breen Plesh Brek Heavy Raider Advanced Obelisk Carrier
Jem'Hadar Dreadnought Carrier
Tholian Recluse Carrier
Xindi-Aquatic Narcine Dreadnought Carrier
Tier 6
Rank Starfleet LAdm.png
Cruisers Escorts and Destroyers
Benthan Assault Cruiser
Kobali Samsar Cruiser
Vaadwaur Astika Heavy Battlecruiser
Hazari Destroyer
Vaadwaur Manasa Assault Escort
Jem'Hadar Strike Ship
Xindi-Insectoid Olaen Heavy Escort Carrier
Dreadnought Cruisers Carriers
Elachi Sheshar Dreadnought Cruiser
Xindi-Primate Ateleth Dreadnought Cruiser
Breen Sarr Theln Carrier


In nearly all MMO games, players are generally seperated into broad categories depending on their type of character or class. These are primarily the tank, healer and damage dealer, and help define the equipment, statistics, and tactics that a player should use. These roles are described below in more detail.


A tank is a player that is set up to be able to take heavy or sustained damage from an enemy. In Star Trek Online, starships that fall into tanking categories would be Cruisers and Carriers due to their increased hull size,overall power, and bias toward engineering capability.


A healer is a player that is capable of repairing damage done to other players. In the game there are no specific healing ships as each player can repair their own hull and shields through numerous abilties. Each ship is also capable of repairing another players shields through abilities such as Transfer Shield Strength or Extend Shields. Due to their relative strengths, Science Vessels are more suited to shield healing and Cruisers to hull healing.

Damage dealer[edit]

The damage dealer is a player who is focused on maximizing damage per second, or DPS. The starships best suited to this role are those that are maneuverable and able to equip Dual Cannons, such as Escorts, Birds-of-Prey, and Raptors. Other vessels like Science Vessels and Cruisers however can still be very formidable opponents in the right hands and their damage dealing capabilities require less adaptation to acquire, however if correctly used science and cruiser ships do not lag far behind in this area.

Other roles[edit]

The Science Captain, teamed with a Science Vessel and possessing a correct build, can be set up for exotic attacks, involving shutting down enemy ship systems, disabling or holding enemy ships, and dealing damage through a different means than the Damage Dealer.


Similar to Bridge Officer stations, different ships have varying room for special modifications that can be added to the ship to increase its effectiveness. Similar to slotted gems in other games, mods provide small passive bonuses that affect game play and can be interchanged at will.

The differentiation isn't just between the Escort/Cruiser/Science categories; each individual configuration offers disparate settings for players to choose between.

  • Fore Weapons - These weapons fire from the front, usually within a certain arc width. For example, 45°-arc fore weapons fire in a 45-degree cone area in front of your ship. All Ship Weapons other than mines can be placed here. Turrets were originally excluded, but are now allowed to be placed in the fore weapons slots.
  • Hangar Bay - Carrier Pets go here.
  • Deflector - Ship Deflector Dishes can be inserted here.
  • Secondary Deflector - Most Science vessels (those that have both Sensor Analysis and Subsystem Targeting) can install a Secondary Deflector; other ship types do not have this slot.
  • Shields - Ship Shields go here.
  • Warp Core - a Warp Core (on Federation or Klingon Ships) or Singularity Core (on Warbirds) goes here.
  • Impulse - Any one of a number of Impulse Engines can go here.
  • Aft Weapons - These weapons fire from the aft, or rear, of your starship. Any weapon other than cannons and dual beam banks can be placed here.
  • Devices - Any Ship Devices can be inserted here. To use them, drag them to your shortcut bar while in space.
  • Engineering Consoles - Engineering Consoles go here.
  • Science Consoles - Science Consoles go here.
  • Tactical Consoles - Tactical Consoles go here.

Power and subsystems[edit]

See main article: Starship (Power and Subsystems)


  • Hull: This is the overall health of your starship, and refers to the actual body of the ship itself. Once the shields have been drained from a certain area, any damage to that area results in damage to the hull. Most shields have a "Bleedthrough" percentage, which is the amount of damage from any enemy's weapons that cause damage to the hull instead of the shields.
  • Fore/Rear/Right/Left Shields: These are the first line of defense for your starship. Shields are energy barriers placed around your ship to repel enemy fire and take the brunt of the damage initially. Once your shields are down around a certain area, any damage there will directly affect the Hull. Shields also have a "Bleedthrough" rating; if the Bleedthrough rate is 10%, then 100 Phaser Damage to your shields will result in 10 Phaser Damage directly to your Hull.
  • Crit Chance: This is the chance that each shot you take has of critically damaging the target. The modifier for Crit Chance is [CrtH].
  • Crit Severity: This is the amount of damage that a Crit shot does. If the Crit Chance is 5% and Crit Severity is 75%, then you have a 5% chance, with each shot, of doing 175% total damage to the enemy vessel. The modifier for Crit Severity is [CrtD].
  • Crew Complement: This is the maximum number of crewmembers (non-Bridge Officers) that can serve aboard your vessel. Your Crew count affects hull and subsystem repair rate, as well as the effectiveness of boarding parties, the engineering team and crew-based skills your captain may have. Certain types of damage will temporarily injure Crew. Your current Crew count is indicated by a row of white figures below your Shields/Hull UI (injured crew are yellow-orange, disabled crew are grey).
  • Crew Recovery Rate: This is the number of Crew that will recover per second.
  • Alive Crew: This is the number of Crew members that are currently alive.
  • Inertia: This is a number that determines how sluggish your ship is to respond, for example, while turning. The lower your Inertia rating, the slower your ship is while turning. Cruisers, for example, have low Inertia ratings, which make for low turn rates, and low maneuverability. Escorts on the other hand, have high Inertia ratings, making for high turn rates and maneuverability. Science Vessels typically fall somewhere in the middle.
  • Resist: Your starship has a number of resistance types, which indicates how resistant it is to certain types of damage (e.g. Physical, Kinetic, Phaser, Tetryon).


Players are able to heavily edit their ships in all areas. Each time a player acquires a new ship they are allowed to edit aspects of the ship once for free. Each subsequent change will cost Energy Credits, depending on the change made.

To make changes to their ship, players must visit a shipyard. There are multiple shipyards in-game and they are found at all the major hubs such as Qo'noS for the Klingon Empire and the Earth Spacedock for the Federation. The items that can be edited on a ship are:

  • Model
    • Saucer
    • Hull
    • Nacelles
    • Pylons
    • Secondary Array (Science Tier 5 only)
    • Mission Pod (Science Tier 5 only)
  • Design
    • Decals
    • Windows
    • Decal color
    • Plating color
  • Naming
    • Ship name
    • Registry number
    • Registry prefix
    • Registry suffix
  • Other
    • Bridge design and layout

Purchasing Starships[edit]

Characters are assigned a tier 1 ship to command shortly after completing the tutorial mission. At each promotion they receive one free ship up to the rank of Rear Admiral. A player can also use Dilithium to purchase additional ships beyond the first free one or Zen to purchase ships with special consoles from the C-Store.

At levels 20,30 and 40 players receive a token for a free ship of that tier that would normally cost dilithium.

At level 50, Vice Admiral/Lieutenant General, players can purchase a special tier 5 ship or a fleet ship with either Zen or Fleet Credits. Active subscribers who have received the 600 day Veteran Reward, including all lifetime subscribers, receive a 'VA Token' that allows them to purchase a single RA/BG or VA/LG ship for free.

Federation starships purchasable with the VA Token

  • Rear Admiral ships
    • Advanced Escort
    • Assault Cruiser
    • Deep Space Science Vessel
    • Patrol Escort
    • Reconnaissance Science Vessel
    • Star Cruiser
  • Vice Admiral ships
    • Exploration Cruiser Retrofit
    • Long Range Science Vessel Retrofit
    • Tactical Escort Retrofit

Klingon Empire starships purchasable with the VA Token

  • Brigadier ships
    • Marauder Flight-Deck Cruiser
    • Varanus Support Vessel
  • Lieutenant General ships
    • B'rel Bird-of-Prey Retrofit
    • Kar'fi Battle Carrier

A single character can have a maximum of 50 ships. Purchasing more requires dismissing a ship to free up a ship slot.


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