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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 a player's avatar as their Captain.

Players are granted ships by Starfleet, the Klingon Defense Force, or the Romulan Republic as they progress in rank. At each new rank between Level 10 and Level 40, players are given a free starship token for the respective tier. The last token they get, at level 40, is for a Tier 5 ship which cannot be made T5-U.

After this, any new Tier 5 (fleet, T5-U) or Tier 6 (fleet) ships must be bought with dilithium Refined dilithium icon.png, Lobi Crystal Lobi Crystal icon.png, energy credits Energy credit icon.png, Zen Zen small icon.png, or from a fleet, for Fleet Credits Fleet Credits and Fleet Ship Modules Fleet Ship Module icon.png, or lastly, won from a Lock Box Generic Lock Box icon.png or a promotion or event.

The abilities and stats of a starship are determined by the starship's tier, type, the equipment loadout, traits, bridge officers and power system management.

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Operation

Starship control UI on PC

The operation of a starship covers various key mechanics. Notably, the innate stats of your starship, your subsystem power allocation and your loadout.

Stats

The following basic stats outline the inate combat strength of a starship;

  • 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]. It should be noted that this damage bonus applies at the same time as other bonuses, which may lead to you not seeing the full increase noted.
  • 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).

The following stats were removed in 2015;

  • 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.

Slots

An example starship loadout screen

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.
  • 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.
  • Experimental Weapons - Experimental Weapons are available to Tier 5-6 Raiders and those with a Tactical Commander seat, 7 weapons, and 1 or fewer Hangar Bays.
  • 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.
  • Hangar Bay - Carrier Pets go here.

Tier 5, Tier 6 and many C-store Tier 1-4 ships come with a unique Universal Console (which can be put in any console slot). These consoles can sometimes be used on any ship, or often only ships of the same type. Typically, consoles from similar ships have synergies granting bonuses when the player slots them together.

Bridge Officer Stations

Bridge officers assigned to stations
Main article: Bridge officer#Space

All starships have a number of bridge officer stations permitting each officer to use 1 to 4 of their abilities. The higher tier starships offer more seats with higher ranking abilities than lower tier starships. The starship has access to the space traits of any bridge officer who is slotted, regardless of how many slots they have.

Tier 1-5 starships have seats classified as Engineering, Science, Tactical and Universal; the latter being a seat that can sit an officer of any of the main three careers. Tier 6 starships have access to specializations: namely that some seats on each ship will be combined of one of the four main options listed above and a specialization such as Intelligence Officer and Miracle Worker. An Engineer/Intelligence Bridge Officer Seat can seat an Engineer, but if that officer has been trained in the Intelligence specialization then they may use Intelligence powers in place of some or all of their standard Engineering powers.

Subsystems

Main article: Starship (Power and Subsystems)

Subsystems for a starship are split into four sections: Weapons, Engines, Shields and Auxiliary. These subsystems share an overall basic amount of 200 subsystem power that all starships have, and increasing the power level of one subsystem will reduce it in another. Players are able to use presets to quickly reconfigure the ships power levels to focus on specific areas or balance power between more than one subsystem, even whilst in combat.

The highest a player can manually set any of their subsystems is 100. The lowest a player can set these systems is 15. The exception to this rule is running at Full Impulse which will lower all systems except engines to 5.

Starship Mastery

The Mastery progress bar for a Science Vessel
Main article: Starship Mastery

Each Tier 5-U or Tier 6 starship has its own "levels", called Mastery. Starship Mastery progresses as a character earns skill points while using a specific ship in combat (end-of-mission rewards do not apply). Levels 1 through 4 each unlock a 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. Tier 6 non-fleet ships also have a 5th mastery level which unlocks a Starship Trait. Different ships unlock different traits, of which 4 to 5 can be used at any one time by the player, regardless of the ship they are flying.

Types

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. Below is a list of each type of ship, and their (endgame) capabilities, though there are a few ships that don't follow this template exactly. A ship's type also dictates its Starship Mastery package.

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

Ship type Power bonus Weapon slots Device slots Innate abilities
Cruiser +5 All 8 (4 fore, 4 aft) 4 Strategic Maneuvering icon (Federation).pngShield Frequency Modulation icon (Federation).pngWeapon System Efficiency icon (Federation).pngAttract Fire icon (Federation).png
Science Vessel +15 Auxiliary 6 (3 fore, 3 aft) 3 Target Auxiliary Subsystems icon (Federation).pngTarget Engines Subsystems icon (Federation).pngTarget Shields Subsystems icon (Federation).pngTarget Weapons Subsystems icon (Federation).pngSensor Analysis icon (Federation).png
Escort / Raptor +15 Weapons 7 (4 fore, 3 aft)[1] 2 [2]
Battle Cruiser +10 Weapons & Engines 8 (4 fore, 4 aft)[3] 3 Strategic Maneuvering icon (Federation).pngShield Frequency Modulation icon (Federation).pngWeapon System Efficiency icon (Federation).png [2]
Raider +15 Weapons 6 (4 fore, 2 aft)[4] 2 Raider Flanking icon (Federation).png [5]
Destroyer / Warship +10 Weapons, +5 to A/E/S/W 7 (4 fore, 3 aft) 2 or 3 n/a
Dreadnought Cruiser Varies 8 (4 fore, 4 aft) 4 Weapon System Efficiency icon (Federation).pngAttract Fire icon (Federation).pngCarrier Commands icon (Federation).png
Heavy Dreadnought Cruiser +5 All 8 (4 fore, 4 aft) 4 Weapon System Efficiency icon (Federation).pngStrategic Maneuvering icon (Federation).pngCarrier Commands icon (Federation).pngCarrier Commands icon (Federation).png
Flight-Deck Cruiser +5 All 8 (4 fore, 4 aft) 4 Shield Frequency Modulation icon (Federation).pngAttract Fire icon (Federation).pngCarrier Commands icon (Federation).png
Escort Carrier / Flight-Deck Raptor +15 Weapons, +5 Engines[6] 7 (4 fore, 3 aft) 2 Carrier Commands icon (Federation).png
Scout Ship +10 Weapons, +10 Auxiliary 6 (3 fore, 3 aft) 2 Target Auxiliary Subsystems icon (Federation).pngTarget Engines Subsystems icon (Federation).pngTarget Shields Subsystems icon (Federation).pngTarget Weapons Subsystems icon (Federation).pngSensor Analysis icon (Federation).png
Carrier +10 Weapons, +10 Shield 7 (4 fore, 3 aft) 3 Target Auxiliary Subsystems icon (Federation).pngTarget Engines Subsystems icon (Federation).pngTarget Shields Subsystems icon (Federation).pngTarget Weapons Subsystems icon (Federation).pngCarrier Commands icon (Federation).png
Romulan-exclusive
Ship type Power bonus Weapon slots Device slots Innate abilities
Warbird Varies[7] 7 (4 fore, 3 aft)[7] 2 Romulan Battle Cloak icon (Romulan).pngPlasma Shockwave icon (Romulan).pngQuantum Absorption icon (Romulan).pngWarp Shadows icon (Romulan).pngSingularity Jump icon (Romulan).pngSingularity Overcharge icon (Romulan).png
Warbird Battle Cruiser +10 Weapons, +10 Engines 8 (4 fore, 4 aft) 4 Romulan Battle Cloak icon (Romulan).pngPlasma Shockwave icon (Romulan).pngQuantum Absorption icon (Romulan).pngWarp Shadows icon (Romulan).pngSingularity Jump icon (Romulan).pngSingularity Overcharge icon (Romulan).png
Warbird Science Vessel +15 Auxiliary 6 (3 fore, 3 aft) 3 Romulan Battle Cloak icon (Romulan).pngPlasma Shockwave icon (Romulan).pngQuantum Absorption icon (Romulan).pngWarp Shadows icon (Romulan).pngSingularity Jump icon (Romulan).pngSingularity Overcharge icon (Romulan).pngTarget Auxiliary Subsystems icon (Federation).pngTarget Engines Subsystems icon (Federation).pngTarget Shields Subsystems icon (Federation).pngTarget Weapons Subsystems icon (Federation).pngSensor Analysis icon (Federation).png
Tactical Carrier Warbird +10 Weapons, +10 Engines 7 (4 fore, 3 aft) 2 Romulan Battle Cloak icon (Romulan).pngPlasma Shockwave icon (Romulan).pngQuantum Absorption icon (Romulan).pngWarp Shadows icon (Romulan).pngSingularity Jump icon (Romulan).pngSingularity Overcharge icon (Romulan).pngCarrier Commands icon (Federation).png
Dreadnought Warbird Varies 8 (5 fore, 3 aft) 4 Romulan Battle Cloak icon (Romulan).pngPlasma Shockwave icon (Romulan).pngQuantum Absorption icon (Romulan).pngWarp Shadows icon (Romulan).pngSingularity Jump icon (Romulan).pngSingularity Overcharge icon (Romulan).pngCarrier Commands icon (Federation).png
Heavy Dreadnought Warbird +5 All 8 (4 fore, 4 aft) 4 Romulan Battle Cloak icon (Romulan).pngPlasma Shockwave icon (Romulan).pngQuantum Absorption icon (Romulan).pngWarp Shadows icon (Romulan).pngSingularity Jump icon (Romulan).pngSingularity Overcharge icon (Romulan).pngCarrier Commands icon (Federation).pngCarrier Commands icon (Federation).png
Carrier Warbird +10 Shields, +10 Auxiliary 6 (3 fore, 3 aft) 2 Romulan Battle Cloak icon (Romulan).pngPlasma Shockwave icon (Romulan).pngQuantum Absorption icon (Romulan).pngWarp Shadows icon (Romulan).pngSingularity Jump icon (Romulan).pngSingularity Overcharge icon (Romulan).pngCarrier Commands icon (Federation).pngCarrier Commands icon (Federation).png
  1. Some specialty Escorts and Raptors have 5 fore and 2 aft weapons.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Klingon Raptors and Battle Cruisers all have the ability to Cloak icon (Klingon).png Cloak.
  3. Some specialty battle cruisers have 5 fore and 3 aft weapons.
  4. Some specialty Raiders have 5 fore and 1 aft weapons.
  5. Klingon Raiders all have the ability to Battle Cloak icon (Klingon).png Battle Cloak.
  6. Some Escort Carriers instead get +10 Weapons, +5 Shields, +5 Auxiliary, or only +15 Weapons power
  7. 7.0 7.1 Pilot Warbirds and the T’liss Temporal Warbird get +10 Weapons and Engines power, and have 5 fore and 2 aft weapons. For other Warbirds, view their individual pages.

Tier 1-4

A Tier 4 Tactical Escort Refit

A ship's capabilities are largely defined by its tier. While levelling, lower level ships ranging from Tier 1 to Tier 4 are available at the faction's shipyards. One starship is granted each tier as the character levels via a Rank-Up Ship Token given at levels 10, 20, 30 and 40.

Further ships can be purchased for Dilithium Refined dilithium icon.png and some unique ships (including the Oberth Class Light Science Vessel and the NX Class Light Escort) may also be purchased at the C-Store for Zen Zen small icon.png.

Refit

Refit ships are available at shipyards or directly at the C-Store 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.

If purchasing for Zen, it is important to note: these ships do not rank or level up. Once at level 50, tier 1-4 ships are not competitive in PVE or PVP.

Tier 5

Tier 5 (T5) starships are endgame starships available from Rear Admiral onwards.

Tier 5-U

A T5 Fleet Negh'Var Heavy Battle Cruiser, which can be upgraded to T5-U.

Prior to the release of Tier 6 starships, Tier 5 were the sole endgame ships available. To make them compeitive with Tier 6 ships, it is possible upgrade a Tier 5 to a Tier 5-U (T5-U) using an starship upgrade token.

Upgraded ships receive bonus to hull, an extra console seat, access to Starship Mastery passive trait system and a new ship material. The Starship Mastery system for Tier 5 covers 4 levels of passive bonuses

Ships acquired through a Lockbox, lobi, a promotional box or an event are free to upgrade without buying an upgrade token. Frequently, when Tier 5 ships are on sale in the c-store, upgrade tokens are included for free.

Retrofit

Retrofit ships 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. To upgrade the Tier 5 ships purchased at the Zen store, an additional token costing 700 Zen Zen small icon.png must be purchased. The ships available at the C-Store also come with a special Universal Console. A tier 5 ship may seem like a bargain at 2500 zen, but with the upgrade token, 700 zen, they cost more than Tier 6 ships.

Mirror Version

Of some ships, a slightly different 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. There is also a T6 Mirror Universe Guardian Cruiser.

T5 Fleet Variants

Fleet ships are purchased at a shipyard for 20,000 fleet credits Fleet Credits and 4 or 5 fleet ship modules Fleet Ship Module icon.png. (Fleet modules must be purchased with zen in the Cryptic cash shop.) In contrast to their C-Store version, fleet ships do not come with a special console but typically have +10% Hull HP, +10% Shields and a 10th/11th console slot. If a player has already unlocked the C-Store 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 a matching T5U Fleet ship at no additional cost.

Tier 6

Tier 6 starships have similar stats to Tier 5-U ships and are distinguished by the presence of one additional bridge officer power, some bridge officer specialization seating, a unique ship costume, a unique Universal Console, and a Starship Mastery Trait.

These starships are typically found in the C-Store for 3,000 Zen Zen small icon.png. Outside the C-Store, they can be found in lockboxes, events and other promotions.

The advantages of T6, over T5-U are;

  • 1. 5 Mastery slots
  • 2. Access to the new Hybrid Bridge Officers and crew.
  • 3. Access to the new Bridge officer and ship skills from mastery level 5 and Hybrid officers.
  • 4. Additional console slots.
  • 5. Higher baseline stats in all areas.

T6 Fleet Variants

Fleet ships are purchased at a shipyard for 20,000 fleet credits Fleet Credits and 4 or 5 fleet ship modules Fleet Ship Module icon.png. (Fleet modules must be purchased with zen in the Cryptic cash shop.) In contrast to their C-Store version, fleet ships do not come with a special console but typically have +10% Hull HP, +10% Shields and a 10th/11th console slot. If a player has already unlocked the C-Store 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.

Purchasing Starships

You can purchase a starship with a number of different currencies, and several can be got for free. But you must ensure you have enough vacant ship slots slots available. Extra ship slots and Dry Dock can be bought in the C-Store. A single character can have a maximum of 50 ships but many more dry dock slots are obtainable.

Free starships

The Kobali Samsar Cruiser was originally an event giveaway, and is now available via the Phoenix Prize Pack.
See also: Player rank#Ship Requisitions

Characters are assigned a tier 1 ship to command after completing the tutorial mission. At levels 20, 30 and 40 (players gain one rank for every ten character levels) players receive a token for a free ship of successively increasing tier, up to Tier 5.

At Tier 5 and 6, further free ships can still be found during special events, such as the summer Lohlunat Festival and Q's Winter Wonderland. Some may also be part of special giveaways.

Dilithium and Zen

Additional ships cost Dilithium or Zen from the shipyard or C-Store. Tier 5 and 6 ships become available from level 50. Tier 5 ships can sometimes be upgraded to Tier 5U. These special upgradable T5 ships can then be upgraded using an upgrade token purchased with Zen from the C-store.

Fleet Credits

Fleet ships require Fleet Credits and Fleet Ship Modules; these are available for cash from the C-store or for EC on the Exchange. 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.

Lock and Promotional Boxes

Lock Boxes, Promotion! - Research & Development Packs and Phoenix Prize Packs all contain a chance to win a free starship. However it is important to understand the low chances of success when buying these packs and keys with Zen or Dilithium.

Lobi

The NX Escort Refit from the Lobi store

Lobi Crystal, from lock boxes, can be used to buy some starships such as the Kelvin Timeline Intel Dreadnought or the NX Escort Refit. T6 Lobi ships typically cost 900 Lobi Crystal icon.png.

Exchange

Many ships mentioned above which are no bind-on-pickup can be found on the Exchange for varying prices in Energy Credits.

Customization

Ship Customization Screen

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, which gives the player a custom feel to his/her ship.

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. This includes exterior appearance, bridge and corridors.

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

For certain starships, if the character owns a different version of a similar starship then they can use parts of both when customising a ship. For example, if the player owned the Scimitar Dreadnought Warbird (T5) and the Shamshir Operations Dreadnought Warbird (T6), then they could use some or all of the parts from the Scimitar in customising the look of the Shamshir.

Visual Slots

Visuals from the Assimilated Borg Technology set while equipped
Main article: Visual Slots

Certain starship equipment, such as shields or impulse engines, can alter the appearance of a starship. Aside from equipping them in the usual slots, they can also be put into visual slots to override any visuals from the standard equipment. Alternatively, the visuals of slotted equipment can be disabled from the right click menu of that equipment.

See also

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