Cloak

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A Klingon Bird-of-Prey entering and leaving cloak

Cloaking technology is a form of stealth used most commonly by races such as the Klingons and Romulans for their starships. Similar technology can also be used on individuals, notably the Jem'Hadar.

While cloaking technology is on nearly all Klingon Empire and Romulan Republic ships, the Federation uses it sparingly; only a handful of Starfleet ships are capable of using a cloaking device, and none natively, outside of the Voth Phase Decoy Console.

Other NPC factions which use cloaks include the Romulan Star Empire, Reman Resistance, Voth, Borg Collective (alternate timeline only), and Rebel Klingons.

For more information on Stealth and Stealth Detection mechanics, visit the Starship Stealth and Starship Perception pages.

Types of cloaking device[edit | edit source]

There are several different types of cloak abilities usable on starships to conceal you from the enemy. The standard cloaking device is found on many Klingon starships and serves as the baseline from which all others are compared: disabling weapons and shields, draining shield power, increasing defense, boosting your Stealth rating after a moment based on your Auxiliary Power level, and giving a bonus damage boost after decloaking. These standard cloaks cannot be used when the ship is engaged in combat (Red Alert), but allow you to get the drop on the enemy at will with a damage bonus.

Klingon Battlecruisers and Raptors (see below) feature the standard cloaking device, but they are not the only power to use them. Federation and Cardassian Intelligence vessels use the same cloaking technology--the Cardassian one looking visually different--as well as some other starships of other factions (see below). Some Federation starships may also equip the Cloaking Device universal console to gain the ability to cloak, while Section 31 starships have the ability innately as well (see below).

The Battle Cloak is a variant of the standard cloak that allows you to cloak during battle, and increase your speed and turn rate once cloaked to allow for more potent ambush tactics. However, triggering the cloak in combat means dropping your shields while under fire, which makes your ship vulnerable. An improved variant is the Enhanced Battle Cloak which additionally allows the firing of torpedoes and deployment of mines while under cloak, though your ship becomes temporarily targetable while doing so. When under Enhanced Battle Cloak, the bonus damage applies for the entire duration of the cloak, not just the ambush period after decloaking.

Romulan Republic starships use their own variants of the Cloak, Battle Cloak and Enhanced Battle Cloak, which have their power signature affected by the starship's singularity core charge level (see see below).

Further variations on the various cloaking devices are detailed below:

Innate cloaking abilities[edit | edit source]

  • Cloak icon (Federation).png Cloak - the standard cloaking device described above
    • –5 Current Shield Power per sec
    • +50 Defense Rating
    • After 3 sec, +4,987 Stealth
    • After Decloaking, +15% Bonus Damage for 5 sec
  • Cloak of T'Kuvma icon (Klingon).png Cloak of T'Kuvma - a visual variant of the standard cloaking device, found exclusively on the Sarcophagus-class Dreadnought Carrier
    • –5 Current Shield Power per sec
    • +50 Defense Rating
    • After 3 sec, +__ Stealth
    • After Decloaking, +15% Bonus Damage for a brief duration.
  • Cloak icon (Federation).png Dark Mode - a visual variant of the standard cloaking device, found exclusively on prime-timeline Section 31 starships (see below)
    • After 3 sec, +5,141.3 Stealth
    • -5 Current Shield Power per sec
    • +50 Defense Rating
    • After exiting Dark Mode, +15% Bonus Damage for 5 sec
  • Enhanced Battle Cloak icon (Klingon).png Enhanced Battle Cloak - found on Klingon T5 and T6 B'rel-class Raiders.
    • –15 Current Shield Power per sec
    • +15% All Damage bonus strength
    • +1.9 Flight Speed
    • +25 Defense Rating
    • After Decloaking, +15% Bonus Damage for 5 sec
    • Energy Weapons Offline
    • After 3 sec, +7 Flight Turn Rate
    • After 3 sec, +4,939 Stealth
  • Romulan Cloak icon (Romulan).png Romulan Cloak - found on some Romulan Republic small craft (see below)
    • –5 Current Shield Power per sec
    • +50 Defense Rating
    • After 3 sec, +__ Stealth
    • After Decloaking, +25% Bonus Damage for a brief duration
  • Romulan Battle Cloak icon (Romulan).png Romulan Battle Cloak - found on most Romulan Warbirds (see below)
    • –5 Current Shield Power per sec
    • +50 Defense Rating
    • +3 Flight Speed
    • After 3 sec, +11.8 Flight Turn Rate
    • After 3 sec, +__ Stealth
    • After Decloaking, +25% Bonus Damage for a brief duration
  • Romulan Enhanced Battle Cloak icon (Romulan).png Romulan Enhanced Battle Cloak - found on some specific Romulan Warbirds (see below)
    • –5 Current Shield Power per sec
    • +50 Defense Rating
    • +1.5 Flight Speed
    • +5 Flight Turn Rate
    • +15% Bonus All Damage
    • Energy Weapons Offline
    • After 3 sec, +__ Stealth
    • After Decloaking, +30% Bonus Damage for a brief duration
  • Romulan Battle Cloak icon (Romulan).png Scimitar Battle Cloak - found on the Romulan Dreadnought Warbirds and enhanced by the Advanced Scimitar Systems Set (see below)
    • –5 Current Shield Power per sec (negated w/ Singularity Distributor Unit)
    • +50 Defense Rating
    • +3 Flight Speed
    • +10 Flight Turn Rate
    • After 3 sec, +__ Stealth
    • After Decloaking, +25% Damage Bonus for 15 sec

Equipment cloaking abilities[edit | edit source]

  • Incremental Phase Shift icon (Federation).png Incremental Phase Shift - from [Console - Universal - Incremental Phase Cloaking Device], usable on any Starfleet Assault Cruiser
    • Foes: Taunts up to 5 foes within 5km for 15 sec
    • Self: Immunity to All Energy Damage for 10 seconds
    • Self: -50% All Energy Damage for 10 seconds
    • After 10 seconds:
      • Self: +4,805 Stealth for 5 seconds
      • Self: Cannot be targeted for 5 seconds
      • Self: No collision for 5 seconds
      • Self: Cannot launch hangar ships for 5 seconds
      • Self: Weapons Offline for 5 seconds
      • Self: Immunity to All Damage for 5 seconds
  • Voth Cloak icon (Federation).png Voth Cloak - Voth Cloak Technologies 2-piece set bonus, limited to Voth starships
    • –5 Current Shield Power per second
    • +75 All Damage Resistance Rating
    • +50 Defense Rating
    • After Decloaking, +15% Bonus Damage for a brief duration
    • After 3 sec, +____ Stealth
  • Voth Battle Cloak icon (Federation).png Voth Battle Cloak - Voth Cloak Technologies 3-piece set bonus, limited to Voth starships
    • –5 Current Shield Power per second
    • +75 All Damage Resistance Rating
    • +3 Flight Speed
    • +50 Defense Rating
    • After Decloaking, +15% Bonus Damage for a brief duration
    • After 3 sec, +____ Stealth
  • Voth Phase Decoy icon (Federation).png Voth Phase Decoy - from [Console - Universal - Voth Phase Decoy], which may be used on any starship
    • Stealth, Spawns Decoy
    • Cloaks you for up to 20 sec
    • (May be deactivated at any time after 5 sec)
    • While Cloaked:
      • -+4.975 Stealth
      • -Shields Offline
      • A Voth Phase Duplicate draws aggro
      • When Duplicate dies, to all fores within 10 Km
      • -Disables Engines for 6 sec
      • -1,500 Electrical Damage (Decreases with distance from Duplicate) per sec for 10 sec
      • -2 min recharge

Bridge officer cloak abilities[edit | edit source]

  • Intelligence Team icon (Federation).png Intelligence Team is an Intel bridge officer ability that allows you to cloak yourself and an ally for a short time, cancelling target locks. Intel Team is not considered a "Cloak" for the purposes of traits that trigger on cloaking or decloaking. Starships with Intelligence seating may use this ability.
  • Mask Energy Signature icon (Federation).png Mask Energy Signature is a Science bridge officer ability that allows any starship to apply a cloak-like effect to itself.

Starships with cloaking devices[edit | edit source]

Romulan starships[edit | edit source]

A Romulan Scimitar firing whilst cloaked

The Romulans have been one of the longest continual users of cloaking technology and believe most other powers stole the technology from them. ( “Butterfly”) All Romulan Warbirds are equipped with either a Romulan Cloak or a Romulan Battle Cloak which are more advanced than their standard counterparts. A handful of ships are alternatively equipped with a Romulan Enhanced Battle Cloak.

The Romulan console [Console - Universal - Cloaked Barrage] from the Scimitar Dreadnought Warbird (& usable on any Scimitar) enables the ship to fire all weapons while cloaked for a short period.

The only Romulan faction ships without any sort of cloaking device are the following:


Klingon starships[edit | edit source]

While the Klingon Empire had a type of cloaking device before the Federation discovered the Romulans had developed a device, cloaking devices did not become standard for the Klingon Defense Force until later. The vast majority of Klingon starships are equipped with either a basic Cloak, or a Battle Cloak. Ships such as the Vo'Quv Carrier are a very rare exception for the KDF.

In general, Klingon Battlecruisers, Raptors and Support Vessels have a standard cloak, while Destroyers and Raiders have a Battle cloak, though there are many exceptions. Starships made by other members of the Klingon Empire, such as those of Ferasan, Gorn, Lethean, Nausicaan and Orion design, do not possess cloaking devices.


Federation starships[edit | edit source]

Cloaked Federation Galaxy Dreadnought

The Treaty of Algeron, signed in 2311 by the Romulan Star Empire and the United Federation of Planets, prohibited Federation cloaking devices. This agreement has been a source of controversy in Starfleet, where some officers believed it severely limited tactical options and put the Federation at a disadvantage. Although the Federation initially agreed to follow the treaty after the destruction of the Romulan homeworld, in early 2409 Starfleet was authorized to develop and implement cloaking technology on selected ships.

[Console - Universal - Cloaking Device] is a universal starship console that grants the basic Cloak ability. It is available from the Federation Dreadnought Cruiser and the Tactical Escort Retrofit but can be equipped on the Dreadnought Cruiser and Avenger Battlecruiser (and their variants). Adding the consoles from the two other Tactical Escort ships gives a three set bonus from Stealth Fighter Set which turns it into a Battle Cloak, but this is only possible for a Tier 5 Tactical Escort or higher.

A Battle Cloak is also available from the Starfleet Assault Cruiser Technology Set 3 set bonus, available to the Intel Assault Cruiser. One of the three consoles of that set, [Console - Universal - Incremental Phase Cloaking Device], functions as a primitive cloaking device but with very different functionality to the normal devices mentioned above. Federation captains also have access to some cross-faction starships that have or can use cloaking devices (see comprehensive list below).

While not a traditional cloaking device, the Section 31 Dark Mode provides a stealth bonus and invisibility near-equivalent to a basic cloaking device, and provides a similar damage boost at termination of the mode.


Cross-faction starships[edit | edit source]


Quantum Singularity Manipulation[edit | edit source]

Quantum Singularity Manipulation is a form of cloaking available as an active reputation trait from the Romulan Reputation. It cloaks the player's ship, regardless of the ship or player faction, and allows the ship to continue firing without breaking the cloak.

Penetration of cloaks[edit | edit source]

An Emission-Seeking Torpedo heading towards a cloaked ship

Efficiency of cloak's stealth is linked to auxiliary power level and cloaks can be penetrated through some perception abilities. The value of these abilities are primarily in PvP. In many PvE queues and missions an NPC cloaks for plot reasons and cannot be detected. Of note, abilities include;

Cloaked mines[edit | edit source]

Mines can sometimes be cloaked until activated. Examples of these include the those from the Tractor Beam Mine Launcher and the Subspace Anesthezine Mine.

Personal cloaks[edit | edit source]

Personal cloaking goes under a variety of names but is most frequently seen among NPCs as the Jem'Hadar Shroud. As a player ability is also termed a Stealth Module.

External Links[edit | edit source]

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Science-based starship Sensor AnalysisSubsystem Targeting
Romulan Warbird Singularity Core abilities
Jem'Hadar Vanguard ship Vanguard Wingmen
Intel starship Gather IntelligenceWarp Signature Masking
Command starship Inspiration
Pilot starship Pilot Maneuvers
Temporal starship Molecular Reconstruction
Miracle Worker starship Innovation Effects
Specific starships Cloaking: CloakCloak of T'KuvmaBattle CloakEnhanced Battle CloakDark Mode
Romulan CloakRomulan Battle CloakRomulan Enhanced Battle CloakScimitar Battle Cloak
Phaser Spinal LanceJavelinPlasma Spinal LanceChroniton LanceGravitic LanceJuggernaut Array
Improved Hull RegenerationLong Range Sensor MaskingEnergy DistributorAutomated Defense Screens
Tactical ModeSiege ModeLaunch Support CraftTranswarpDeploy Consumption ArraySwarm Mode

See also: Starship Separation