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Data sample

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Data samples are inventory items the player collects while scanning anomalous readings either in space or on the ground. Their primary use is to serve as 'ingredients' for crafting, although they can also be used in assignments given by the scientist in the Engineering Lab aboard a player's ship. In addition to basic data samples, rare particle traces can also be obtained from scanning anomalies. They are required for crafting Very Rare items at Memory Alpha or Qo'noS.

Types of Data Sample[edit | edit source]

There are six grades of data samples, each represented by a different color. Each grade has a Physical, Energy and Technological Data Sample. There are also 10 types of particle trace.

Tier 1
Red
Tier 2
Aqua
Tier 3
Green
Tier 4
Blue
Tier 5
Yellow
Tier 6
Violet
Energy Radiation Sample icon.pngCommon icon.png Antimatter Sample icon.pngCommon icon.png Tetryon Particle icon.pngCommon icon.png Methogenic Particle icon.pngCommon icon.png Tachyon Wave Signature icon.pngCommon icon.png Chronometric Wave Signature icon.pngCommon icon.png
Physical Mineral Sample icon.pngCommon icon.png Biological Sample icon.pngCommon icon.png Plasma Sample icon.pngCommon icon.png DNA Sequence icon.pngCommon icon.png Exobiological Data icon.pngCommon icon.png Unidentified Substance icon.pngCommon icon.png
Technological Alien Artifact icon.pngCommon icon.png Unknown Alloy icon.pngCommon icon.png Encoded Data icon.pngCommon icon.png Genetic Sequencer icon.pngCommon icon.png Photonic Technology icon.pngCommon icon.png Technical Schematic icon.pngCommon icon.png

Locations where Data Samples are Found[edit | edit source]

Federation[edit | edit source]

Category Tier 1
Red
Tier 2
Aqua
Tier 3
Green
Tier 4
Blue
Tier 5
Yellow
Tier 6
Violet
Missions at Level:
1-13
6-19
16-29
26-39
36-49
46-55
Delta Volanis Cluster
X
Arucanis Arm
X
X
Hromi Cluster
X
Khazan Cluster
X
X
Afehirr Nebula
X
Eridan Belt
X
X
Rolor Nebula
X
Betreka Nebula
X
Zenas Expanse
X
X
B'Tran Cluster
X
X[1]
B'Tran Cluster (Vice Admiral)
X
  1. These samples are only found in missions inside the nebula, not in the nebula sector space itself.

Klingon Empire[edit | edit source]

Category Tier 1
Red
Tier 2
Aqua
Tier 3
Green
Tier 4
Blue
Tier 5
Yellow
Tier 6
Violet
Missions at Level:
1-13
6-19
16-29
26-39
36-49
46-55
T'Ong Nebula
X
X
D'kel Star Cluster
X
X
Eridon Nebula
X
X
Azlesa Expanse
X
X
Azlesa Expanse (Elite)
X

Notes[edit | edit source]

  • Data samples of the same type can stack up to 250 units.
  • Though data samples have no value in Energy credit icon.png, they can be traded with other players or listed on the Exchange for Energy credit icon.png.
  • Data samples do not need to be carried in player inventory in order for them to be consumed by crafting or assignments. Players can store the samples in their bank.
  • Since Season 2 there is an additional chance to find rare Particle Traces.
  • During Multiphasic Events, bonus data samples can be retrieved from anomalies in Alpha and Beta Quadrants.
  • Disused since the Season 9.5 update patch on 17 July 2014.