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Gear Upgrade System

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The Gear Upgrade window. The top bar indicates the accumulated tech points and the bottom one shows the "Quality Improvement Chance". The latter chance can be increased by using better (or special) Tech Upgrades or by using consumable boosts from the C-Store or from some special mission rewards.

The Gear Upgrade System enables players to improve the quality of their gear items by increasing both their mark and quality, i.e. rarity or "color". It was added to the game shortly before the release of Delta Rising and can be accessed through a button on the bottom-left of the inventory window, or via the right-click menu of upgradable items while they are not equipped.

To be upgraded, an item needs to accumulate Technology Points. Once these reach the required amount, the upgrade process can begin. Accumulating Tech Points requires dilithium Refined dilithium icon.png and Tech Upgrade tokens, which are obtained mainly through the R&D system and/or trade with other players/the exchange, but also as a reward from some missions.

Tech Upgrade Tokens[edit | edit source]

Crafted Tech Upgrade Tokens don’t require dilithium Refined dilithium icon.png to purchase or craft, but applying one does cost dilithium Refined dilithium icon.png. Tech Upgrade Tokens come in different grades, with the better tokens providing more tech points and being more dilithium-efficient:

Tech Upgrade Tokens
Item Sources Production cost Application cost Application result
Basic Tech Upgrade Exchange, R&D level 5,
Earth Spacedock/First City vendors
One of each common components
in the appropriate R&D school
+ 2,500 Energy credit icon.png
700 Refined dilithium icon.png 2,000 Tech Points
(ca. 2.86 points/Refined dilithium icon.png, 0.8 points/Energy credit icon.png)
Improved Tech Upgrade Exchange, R&D level 10 One of each uncommon component
in the appropriate R&D school
+ 7,500 Energy credit icon.png
950 Refined dilithium icon.png 5,000 Tech Points
(ca. 5.26 points/Refined dilithium icon.png, 0.66 points/Energy credit icon.png)
Superior Tech Upgrade Exchange, R&D level 15 One of each rare component
in the appropriate R&D school
+ one very rare material
(depending on the school)
+ 15,000 Energy credit icon.png
1,075 Refined dilithium icon.png 12,800 Tech Points
(ca. 11.9 points/Refined dilithium icon.png, 0.85 points/Energy credit icon.png)
Superior Experimental
Tech Upgrade
Exchange, R&D level 15 One of each rare component
in the appropriate R&D school
+ one very rare material
(depending on the school)
+ Salvaged Technology
+ 15,000 Energy credit icon.png
1,885 Refined dilithium icon.png 12,800 Tech Points
(ca. 6.8 points/Refined dilithium icon.png, 0.85 points/Energy credit icon.png),
2x Quality Improvement Chance
Expert Universal
Research Tech Upgrade
One-time mission reward:
“Reunion”
(Bound to Character)
Cannot be crafted. 950 Refined dilithium icon.png 5,000 Tech Points
Superior Universal
Research Tech Upgrade
One-time mission reward:
“Breaking the Wall”
(Bound to Character)
Cannot be crafted. 1,885 Refined dilithium icon.png 12,800 Tech Points
1.2x Quality Improvement Chance
Enhanced Universal
Tech Upgrade
[Featured Episode Weekly Reward]
during the special event period,
(Bound to Account)
Cannot be crafted. 0 Refined dilithium icon.png 30,000 Tech Points,
No Quality Improvement Chance
Romulan Republic
Universal Tech Upgrade
Admiralty System
title=Romulan only Tour of Duty: 10/10
(Bound to Character)
Cannot be crafted. 0 Refined dilithium icon.png 15,000 Tech Points
Omega Particle
Tech Upgrade
“Omega Molecule Stabilization”
Bound to Account, however the
materials used in creating it
are freely tradable.
81 common omega traces
available during the
Anniversary Event.
0 Refined dilithium icon.png 25,600 Tech Points,
4x Quality Improvement Chance
Delta Vanguard
Tech Upgrade
[Delta Operations Pack]
(Bound to Account)
Cannot be crafted. 0 Refined dilithium icon.png 110,000 Tech Points
No Quality Improvement Chance
Temporal Vanguard
Tech Upgrade
[Temporal Special Agent Pack]
(Bound to Account)
Cannot be crafted. 0 Refined dilithium icon.png 110,000 Tech Points
No Quality Improvement Chance
Temporal Agent
Tech Upgrade
[Temporal Transponder]
(Rank progression to lvl.50)
(Bound to Character)
Cannot be crafted. 0 Refined dilithium icon.png 110,000 Tech Points
No Quality Improvement Chance
Temporal Agent
Universal Tech Upgrade
[Temporal Transponder]
(Specialization system progression)
(Bound to Character)
Cannot be crafted. 0 Refined dilithium icon.png 15,000 Tech Points
No Quality Improvement Chance
Universal Prototype
Tech Upgrade
[Cardassian-Dominion Lock Box]
XBOX One and PlayStation 4 only
(Bound to Account)
Cannot be crafted. 0 Refined dilithium icon.png 12,800 Tech Points
2x Quality Improvement Chance
Ultimate
Tech Upgrade
[Master Key Ring 20-Pack]
Bound to Account
Cannot be crafted. 0 Refined dilithium icon.png Set Tech Points to Maximum
Set Research to Maximum
Phoenix
Universal Tech Upgrade
Phoenix Prize Pack Redemption Store Cannot be crafted. 0 Refined dilithium icon.png 51,200 Tech Points
Event Buyback Tech Upgrade
- Universal (Small)
Risian Lohlunat Pearl Buyback
(Bound to Character)
Cannot be crafted. 0 Refined dilithium icon.png 12,800 Tech Points
Event Buyback Tech Upgrade
- Universal (Large)
Risian Lohlunat Pearl Buyback
(Bound to Character)
Cannot be crafted. 0 Refined dilithium icon.png 25,600 Tech Points

Aside from their grade, there are also different types of Tech Upgrade Tokens. Most tokens, such as those crafted in the R&D System or some handed out during special events, work only on a specific "school", i.e. category, of items. (Enhanced) Universal Tech Upgrades on the other hand, are applicable to any item and are available as one-time mission rewards from “Reunion” and “Breaking the Wall”, as well as from a new story mission during promotion weeks after its initial release.

Accelerators[edit | edit source]

Upgrade Accelerators are consumable items that can be used in conjunction with an upgrade token. Tech point accelerators improve the amount of Tech Points rewarded from a Tech Upgrade, while research point accelerators increase the "Quality Improvement Chance". Both come in three grades, minor, standard, and major, and are mainly obtained as part of crafting packs from the C-Store or as rewards from some special missions.

The resource requirements for upgrading can sometimes be eased during events known as Upgrade Weekends. During these events, the amount of technology points added by a Tech Upgrade is doubled, which means you need less dilithium to achieve the same results.

Upgrade process and results[edit | edit source]

The upgrade process itself can be started once an item received the required amount of Tech Points from upgrade tokens. The process does not take any time and it does not require any additional resources. Additionally, the system provides three slots for upgrading up to three items at a time. Finally, be advised that upgrading parts of a gear set may break its set bonuses due to different marks of the various set pieces, but not due to different qualities. It is however unlikely as this issue has been addressed by the developers.

The gear upgrade process always results in an improved gear mark as long as the mark can be upgraded (i.e., up to Mk XIV). Also note: Common Installed Shipboard Parts Cannot Be Upgraded. Additionally, there is a (typically small) chance that the upgrade process will improve the rarity of the gear (up to Epic). This chance is denoted by the Quality Improvement Chance bar on the upgrade window. It can be increased by using high-quality Tech Upgrades or by using the appropriate Upgrade Accelerators. Rarity improvement has varying effects on your gear. Many items will acquire an additional modifier. Others, like consoles, will instead gain a boost similar to the mark upgrade. The modifiers that can be achieved by rarity upgrades are however limited. Weapons may only gain [Acc], [Dmg], [CrtD] or [CrtH]. Some rarity upgrades will always yield the same modifier. Weapons, for example, will always gain [Ac/Dmg] when upgraded to epic. This is especially true for items belonging to gear sets. The corresponding information is found on the pages for the gear sets.

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