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A cloaked Klingon Bird-of-Prey

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.

Types of cloaking device[edit | edit source]

There are different types of cloaks in use on starships. Most notably the Cloak and Battle Cloak. Both of these conceal the player which can they lay an ambush and decloak at will with a damage bonus. However unlike the Cloak, the Battle Cloak can be triggered while at Red Alert. However, triggering the cloak in combat means dropping your shields while under fire, which makes your ship vulnerable.

In a further difference, the Enhanced Battle Cloak also allows the firing of torpedoes and deployment of mines while under cloak (however your ship becomes temporarily targetable while doing so). There are further variations on these, detailed below;

Cloak Type Stats Faction Requirements
Cloak –5 Current Shield Power per sec

+25 Defense Rating
After Decloaking, +15% Bonus Damage for 5 sec
After 3 sec, +4,987 Stealth

Klingon Empire
& Certain Cross-faction Starships
& Starfleet Intel Ships
None
Certain Starfleet ships [Console - Universal - Cloaking Device]
–5 Current Shield Power per sec

+50 Defense Rating
After Decloaking, +15% Bonus Damage for 5 sec
After 3 sec, +4,987 Stealth

Cross-faction Intel Cardassian Ships only
Battle Cloak –5 Current Shield Power per sec

+3 Flight Speed
+50 Defense Rating
After Decloaking, +15% Bonus Damage for a brief duration
After 3 sec, +10 Flight Turn Rate
After 3 sec, +4,975 Stealth (at Auxiliary Power 50)

Klingon Empire
& Certain Cross-faction Starships
None
Starfleet Stealth Fighter Set 3 set bonus
Starfleet Assault Cruiser Technology Set 3 set bonus
Enhanced Battle Cloak –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 Republic
Klingon Empire
None
Romulan Cloak –5 Current Shield Power per sec

+50 Defense Rating
After Decloaking, +25% Bonus Damage for a brief duration
After 3 sec, +5,148 Stealth (at Auxiliary Power 50)

Romulan Republic None
Romulan Battle Cloak –5 Current Shield Power per sec

+3 Flight Speed
+50 Defense Rating
After Decloaking, +25% Bonus Damage for a brief duration
After 3 sec, +11.8 Flight Turn Rate
After 3 sec, +5,105 Stealth (at Auxiliary Power 50)

Romulan Republic None
Scimitar Battle Cloak After 3 sec, +__ Stealth

-5 Current Shield Power per sec (negated w/ Singularity Distributor Unit)
+10 Flight Turn Rate
+3 Flight Speed
+50 Defense Rating
After Decloaking, +25% Damage Bonus for 15 sec

Romulan Republic Dreadnought Warbirds only
(Scimitar, Falchion, Tulwar, Flambard, Khopesh, Shamshir)
Cloak of T'Kuvma –5 Current Shield Power per sec

+50 Defense Rating
After Decloaking, +15% Bonus Damage for a brief duration.
After 3 sec, +5,121 Stealth

Klingon Empire
Klingon-allied Romulan Republic
On Sarcophagus Dreadnought Carrier only
Voth Cloak –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

Cross-faction.
Limited to Voth Starships
Voth Cloak Technologies 2 set bonus
Voth Battle Cloak –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

Cross-faction.
Limited to Voth Starships
Voth Cloak Technologies 3 set bonus
Voth Phase Cloak 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

Cross-faction
Any Starship
[Console - Universal - Voth Phase Decoy]
Dark Mode 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

Starfleet Section 31 Intel Science Destroyer only


Romulan cloaking devices[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 an 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.

Romulan cloakable starships[edit | edit source]

This list is not exhaustive

Klingon cloaking devices[edit | edit source]

While the Klingon Empire had a type of cloaking device before the Federation discovered the Romulans had developed a device (Sarcophagus ship is listed under cross-faction below), 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.

Klingon cloakable starships[edit | edit source]

This list is not exhaustive

Federation cloaking technology[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 Intel Science Destroyer's Dark Mode provides a steal bonus and invisibility near-equivalent to a basic cloaking device, and provides a similar damage boost at termination of the mode.

Federation cloakable starships[edit | edit source]

Cross-faction cloakable 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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Carrier and Flight-Deck Starship Carrier commands
Specific Starships Cloaking Types: CloakCloak of T'KuvmaRomulan CloakBattle CloakRomulan Battle CloakScimitar Battle CloakEnhanced Battle Cloak
Phaser Spinal LanceJavelinPlasma Spinal LanceChroniton LanceGravitic Lance
Improved Hull RegenerationLong Range Sensor MaskingEnergy Distributor
Tactical ModeSiege ModeLaunch Support CraftTranswarpDeploy Consumption Array

See also: Starship Separation