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Space Skills

Being comparable to talents and talent trees of other MMORPGs, Skills improve existing abilities and/or grant passive bonuses by spending points on them. Skills have a direct influence on the overall strengths of your character and your bridge officers' space abilities, and, along with your traits and Captain Specializations, are a key to adapting your character to your play style. Additionally, purchasing a certain number of skills in a specific career, along with ground skills, will also unlock the option to craft new Training Manuals for your Bridge Officers, granting them higher ranks of abilities.

Skills are separated into space and ground skills. Space skills are divided into "Tactical", "Engineering", and "Science" columns. Additionally, there are five tiers of space skills, from Lieutenant at the top, to Admiral at the bottom. While space points can be immediately spent on skills as they are earned via gameplay, you must hold the required player rank in order to access the next tier of the skill tree. Ground skills consist of only one group and have no rank restriction.


Space[edit | edit source]

There are a total of 90 Space Skills. Players receive a total 46 Space Points, with the first point gained starting at level 5.

Subsection Title Details
Lieutenant
Engineering Skill 1 R1.png Engineering Hull Restoration This skill increases the amount of hull restored by your abilities that heal yourself and you target at allies. At maximum from the skill chain, you gain an additional 50% bonus to your base healing towards your hull.
Engineering Skill 2 R1.png Engineering Hull Capacity This skill increases your ship's maximum hull capacity. Regardless of what ship you use, this skill will always apply the same amount. Small craft will gain a smaller benefit that is based on level. At maximum from the skill chain, you will gain 30% more hull for your starship.
Science Skill 1 R1.png Science Shield Restoration This skill increases the amount of shield restored by your abilities that heal yourself and you target at allies. At maximum from the skill chain, you gain an additional 50% bonus to your base healing towards your shields.
Science Skill 2 R1.png Science Shield Capacity This skill increases your ship's maximum shield capacity. Regardless of what ship & shield you use, this skill will always apply the same amount. Small craft will gain a smaller benefit that is based on level. At maximum from the skill chain, you will gain 30% more shield capacity with your starship.
Tactical Skill 1 R1.png Tactical Energy Weapon Training This skill increases the base damage of most directed energy weapons. At maximum from the skill chain, your base damage will increase by 50%.
Tactical Skill 1 R1.png Tactical Projectile Weapon Training This skill increases the base damage of most mines and torpedoes. At maximum from the skill chain, your base damage will increase by 50%.
Lieutenant Commander
Engineering Skill 3 R1.png Engineering Electro-Plasma System Flow This skill increases the rate at which power is transferred between your subsystems, whether it is from you changing the powers manually or after using full impulse. At maximum from the chain, the transfer rate will be twice what it would normally be.
Engineering Skill 4.png Engineering Full Impulse Energy Shunt This skill provides bonus power to all your subsystems when you enter full impulse, allowing your to keep more power in your subsystems that would otherwise be set to a smaller amount without this skill.
Engineering Skill 4 R1.png Engineering Impulse Expertise This skill increases the base turn rate and speed of your starship. At maximum from the skill chain, you gain 40% more turn rate and speed.
Science Skill 3 R1.png Science Control Expertise This skill increases the effectiveness of Control Effects that you use while increasing the resistance to effects. At maximum from the skill chain, you gain 30% effectiveness toward your control effects and 60% control resistance.
Science Skill 2 R2.png Science Control Amplification This skill will apply an all damage resistance debuff (-35) to an enemy under the effect of control abilities for 10 seconds.
Science Skill 3 R1.png Science Drain Expertise This skill increases the effectiveness of Drain Effects that you use while increasing the resistance to effects. At maximum from the skill chain, you gain 30% effectiveness toward your drain effects and 60% drain resistance.
Science Skill 4.png Science Drain Infection This skill applies a short DoT electrical effect for 10 to your opponent whenever you apply energy or shield drain abilities on them. This effect is applied once per source and is refreshed upon further applications.
Tactical Skill 2 R1.png Tactical Targeting Expertise This skill increases the chances that your attacks will successfully hit your target(s). If the hit chance goes in excess of 100%, you gain small bonuses to your Critical Chance and Severity.
Tactical Skill 3 R1.png Tactical Defensive Maneuvering This skill increases the chances that your enemy's attacks will successfully miss you, based on your defense rating vs. Their accuracy rating.
Commander
Engineering Skill 2 R1.png Engineering Hull Plating This skill grants you a bonus damage resistance rating that allows you to take less damage from energy and kinetic attacks.
Engineering Skill 2 R2.png Engineering Energized Hull Plating This skill grants you further bonus damage resistance rating that allows you to take less damage from energy attacks.
Engineering Skill 2 R2.png Engineering Ablative Hull Plating This skill grants you further bonus damage resistance rating that allows you to take less damage from kinetic attacks.
Engineering Skill 1 R1.png Engineering Damage Control This skill increases the rate at which your hull gets healed passively over time while out of combat. The regen rate is only 20% of its full value while in combat.
Science Skill 1 R1.png Science Shield Regeneration This skill increases the rate at which your shields gets healed passively over time. Having points in the shield subsystem modifies the regen value.
Science Skill 2 R1.png Science Shield Hardness This skill increases the amount of damage that is negated by your shields.
Tactical Skill 1 R1.png Tactical Weapon Amplification This skill increases the amount of bonus damage that all your weapons deal when you land a successful critical hit.
Tactical Skill 1 R1.png Tactical Weapon Specialization This skill increases the chance that you will land a critical hit with any of your weapons.
Captain
Engineering Skill 3 R1.png Engineering Defensive Subsystem Tuning This skill grants a flat bonus of power that is applied to your Shield and Auxiliary Subsystems.
Engineering Skill 3 R1.png Engineering Offensive Subsystem Tuning This skill grants a flat bonus of power that is applied to your Weapon and Engine Subsystems.
Science Skill 4 R1.png Science Exotic Particle Generator This skill increases the amount of damage that you deal with abilities that do exotic damage that do not require weapon activations in order to deal damage.
Science Skill 4 R1.png Science Long-Range Targeting Sensors This skill reduces the damage penalty suffered when you are more than 2 km away from your target. By default, you loose half of the damage you can deal when you're 10 km away from your target.
Tactical Skill 3 R1.png Tactical Hull Penetration This skill increases the damage that you deal with your weapons by penetrating your enemy's Resistances. This allows your weapons to act as though the damage resistance rating is lower than its actual value.
Tactical Skill 4 R1.png Tactical Shield Weakening This skill increases the damage that you deal with your weapons to your enemy's shields. Shields normally soak up 90% of the damage that would otherwise be dealt to the hull.
Admiral
Engineering Skill 3 R1.png Engineering Warp Core Potential This skill grants all of your subsystems a flat bonus of power.
Engineering Skill 3 R2.png Engineering Warp Core Efficiency This skill grants a scaling amount of bonus power to any subsystem that is below 75 power.
Engineering Skill 4 R1.png Engineering Engineering Readiness This skill provides a bonus to your engineering bridge officer ability recharge that is applied to the cooldown timer of the ability. The more points you have, the faster engineering abilities will recharge.
Science Skill 5 R1.png Science Scientific Readiness This skill provides a bonus to your science bridge officer ability recharge that is applied to the cooldown timer of the ability. The more points you have, the faster science abilities will recharge.
Science Skill 6 R1.png Science Shield Mastery This skill allows you to negate 1 critical hit per gain of Shield Mastery. You can gain 1 charge per 20 seconds.
Science Skill 6 R2.png Science Shield Absorption This skill allows you to take 20% of the critical hit damage that was negated by Shield Mastery and apply it as a shield heal to you.
Science Skill 6 R3.png Science Shield Reflection This skill allows you to take 20% of the damage from the negated critical hit and reflect it back at the attacker.
Tactical Skill 2 R1.png Tactical Coordination Protocols This skill increases the survival of hangar pets and other allies. A smaller bonus is applied to teammates and summoned allies.
Tactical Skill 2 R2.png Tactical Defensive Coordination This skill increases the defenses of hangar pets and other allies. A smaller bonus is applied to teammates and summoned allies.
Tactical Skill 2 R2.png Tactical Offensive Coordination This skill increases the offense of hangar pets and other allies. A smaller bonus is applied to teammates and summoned allies.
Tactical Skill 5 R1.png Tactical Tactical Readiness This skill provides a bonus to your tactical bridge officer ability recharge that is applied to the cooldown timer of the ability. The more points you have, the faster tactical abilities will recharge.

Ground[edit | edit source]

There are a total of 20 Ground Skills. Players receive one point every five levels from 5-50, for a total of 10 Ground Points.

Title Details
Weapon Skills
Ground Skill 1 R1.png Weapon Proficiency This skill increases the base damage of your ranged weapons. Each point of Weapon Proficiency Skill provides a 0.5% increase to the base damage of applicable weapons.

The total base damage your energy weapons deal is determined by a combination of the weapon's damage, your level, the mark and quality of your weapons, and many other permanent and temporary damage increasing effects.
Ground Skill 1 R2 icon.png Weapon Expert
Ground Skill 2 R1 icon.png Weapon Criticals This skill increases both your chance of landing a Critical Hit, as well as your Critical Severity, for all weapons. Per point of Weapon Criticals skill, you gain +0.06% Critical Chance and +0.2% Critical Severity.

Players start with a base Critical Chance of 2.5% and a Critical Severity of +50%. When a weapon or ability Critical Hits, it grants Bonus Damage equal to your Critical Severity
Ground Skill 2 R2 icon.png Improved Weapon Criticals
Ground Skill 3 R1 icon.png Weapon Penetration This skill increases the damage dealt by your weapons by penetrating your enemy's Resistances. Each point of this skill grants your weapons +0.1 Armor Penetration.

Armor Penetration causes your weapons to behave as if the target's Damage Resistance Rating is lower than their actual value by the same amount as your total Armor Penetration value.
Ground Skill 3 R2 icon.png Improved Weapon Penetration
Health and Armor Skills
Ground Skill 4 R1 icon.png Endurance Training This skill increases your maximum hitpoints. Each point of Health Capacity skill grants you an additional .2% health.

Your maximum hitpoints scale up as you level, starting at 200 and gaining +6 each time you gain a level. This skill increases the base scaling value by a fixed percentage, rounded to the nearest whole number.
Ground Skill 4 R2 icon.png Improved Endurance Training
Ground Skill 3 R1 icon.png Armor Expert This skill increases the effectiveness of any Combat Armor you currently have equipped. This skill amplifies the Damage Resistance Ratings offered by your armor, as well as many additional scaling effects such as hitpoint bonuses. Each point of Combat Armor skill offers a 0.5% bonus to the base values of these scaling benefits.
Ground Skill 3 R2 icon.png Armor Master
Ground Skill 2 R1 icon.png Regeneration This skill increases the rate at which your hitpoints are passively restored over time. Each point of Health Regeneration skill increases your Regeneration Rate by 0.5% of its base value.

Players begin with a Regeneration Rate of 1, which translates to naturally restoring 10% of maximum hitpoints every 6 seconds. The effects of this Skill are disabled while in Combat on a ground map.
Ground Skill 2 R2 icon.png Improved Regeneration
Personal Shields Skills
Ground Skill 5 R1 icon.png Personal Shields Expert This skill increases the effectiveness of any Personal Shields you currently have equipped. Each point of Personal Shields skill grants a 0.25% increases to the base capacity of your shields.
Ground Skill 5 R2 icon.png Personal Shields Master
Ground Skill 3 R1 icon.png Personal Shield Resilience This skill increases the amount of damage prevented by your Personal Shields.

By default, 90% of incoming damage is applied to your Personal Shields (the remaining 10% bleeds through and applies to your health). For each point of Shield Hardness skill, your shields will negate 0.2% of the damage they block.
Ground Skill 3 R2 icon.png Improved Personal Shield Resilience
Kit Skills
Ground Skill 1 R1.png Kit Performance Expert This skill provides an increase to the effectiveness of Kit Module abilities. The benefit this skill provides will vary on each module, but will always increases at least one aspect of the ability. These increases may include any of the following:

Damage Output • Duration of Control Effects • Duration of Buffs and/or Debuffs • Health and/or Shields of Constructs • Magnitude of Repel/Knock Effects
Ground Skill 1 R2 icon.png Kit Performance Master
Ground Skill 2 R1 icon.png Kit Efficiency This skill provides a bonus to your Ability Recharge for all Kit Module Abilities. For each point of Kit Readiness skill, these abilities will recharge 0.2% faster

100% Ability Recharge bonuses would reduce an ability's recharge time to half of its base value. Most abilities have a minimum recharge time which varies. This skill (and all other Power Recharge bonuses) can never push an ability past their minimum recharge.
Ground Skill 2 R2 icon.png Improved Kit Efficiency

Unlock paths[edit | edit source]

Each Engineering, Science, Tactical, or Ground skill purchased also advances an unlock path for that specific track. Nodes along this unlock path allow players to choose from one of two performance boosts. Unlock paths also unlock the ability to craft specific bridge officer training manuals, or choose from two manual choices in the case of ground skills.

Space[edit | edit source]

Bridge Officer training nodes[edit | edit source]

Space Points 2 7 12 17
Engineering
track
Engineering only Emergency Power to Shields III
Science only Hazard Emitters III
Tactical only Dispersal Pattern Beta III
Engineering only Emergency Power to Engines III
Science only Feedback Pulse III
Tactical only Attack Pattern Omega III
Engineering only Emergency Power to Weapons III
Science only Polarize Hull III
Tactical only Attack Pattern Beta III
Engineering only Emergency Power to Auxiliary III
Science only Transfer Shield Strength III
Tactical only Attack Pattern Delta III
Science
track
Engineering only Engineering Team III
Science only Science Team III
Tactical only Tactical Team III
Engineering only Auxiliary to Battery III
Science only Photonic Shockwave III
Tactical only Dispersal Pattern Alpha III
Engineering only Auxiliary to Structural III
Science only Gravity Well III
Tactical only Beams: Fire at Will III
Engineering only Auxiliary Power to Inertial Dampers III
Science only Tyken's Rift III
Tactical only Beams: Overload III
Tactical
track
Engineering only Directed Energy Modulation III
Science only Tachyon Beam III
Tactical only Cannon: Rapid Fire III
Engineering only Eject Warp Plasma III
Science only Jam Sensors III
Tactical only Torpedo: High Yield III
Engineering only Boarding Party III
Science only Tractor Beam III
Tactical only Cannon: Scatter Volley III
Engineering only Aceton Beam III
Science only Viral Matrix III
Tactical only Torpedo: Spread III

Choice selection nodes[edit | edit source]

Space Points 5 10 15 20
Engineering
track
Hangar Health Maximum Hull Capacity Engine Subsystem Power Weapon Subsystem Power
Battery Expertise Subsystem Repair Shield Subsystem Power Auxiliary Subsystem Power
Science
track
Sector Space Travel Speed Maximum Shield Capacity Starship Perception Subsystem Energy Drain Resistance
Transwarp Cooldown Reductions Starship Stealth Control Resistance Shield Drain Resistance
Tactical
track
Threat Control Projectile Critical Chance Energy Critical Chance Accuracy
Hangar Weaponry Projectile Critical Severity Energy Critical Severity Defense

Ultimate abilities[edit | edit source]

Investing 24 points into a career track in space unlocks an "Ultimate" active ability for that career. Additional points invested can be used to purchase up to three "Enhancers" for this ability.

Engineering[edit | edit source]
EPS Corruption icon.png
Common icon.png
EPS Corruption
- 1 min 30 sec recharge
- Affecting skills: Exotic Particle Generator, Drain Expertise
- 10.2 plasma DoT for 15 sec
- When target fires energy weapons, 3.6 plasma damage to self
Enhancers
- Weakening Corruption: When target fires energy weapons, -2.6 all power for 4 sec
- Ablative Corruption: Sets the target's hull regeneration to 0% and halves their incoming healing
- Explosive Corruption: When target fires energy weapons, 3.6 plasma damage to foes within 3 km
Science[edit | edit source]
Probability Manipulation icon.png
Common icon.png
Probability Manipulation
- 1 min 30 sec recharge
- Affecting skills: ? (if any)
- 50% crit chance for 15 seconds

(Note: only affects Energy and Kinetic Weapon Damage crit chance. Does not stack with Particle Manipulator)

Enhancers
- Probability Shell: +100% Hull and Shield healing for 15 sec
- Probability Penetration: 50% chance on crit to gain a stacking 5 Armor Penetration Buff (max. 5 stacks)
- Probability Collapse: +50 Accuracy rating and 50 Defense rating buff for the duration
Tactical[edit | edit source]
Focused Frenzy icon.png
Common icon.png
Focused Frenzy
- 1 min 30 sec recharge
- Affecting skills: ? (if any)
- +8% firing cycle Haste when damaging marked foe, up to 5 stacks
- Stacks expire after not hitting the target for 2.5 seconds
Enhancers
- Frenzied Reactions: -0.5 sec abilities recharge time per hit
- Frenzied Assault: +4% all damage per Frenzy stack for 15 sec
- Team Frenzy: Allies firing on marked foe also gain Frenzy stacks and enhancers

Ground[edit | edit source]

Ground Points Option A Option B
1 Unlocks the ability to train Bridge Officers in a new Ground ability:
Engineering only Chroniton Mine Barrier III
Science only Hypospray - Dylovene III
Tactical only Photon Grenade III
Unlocks the ability to train Bridge Officers in a new Ground ability:
Engineering only Turret Fabrication III
Science only Medical Tricorder III
Tactical only Smoke Grenade III
2 Willpower
This skill increases your ability to resist incoming Control effects. Control Effects include all of the following:
Disable, Stun, Root, Knock/Repel/Pull, Confuse, Placate, Run Speed Debuffs
By default, players naturally gain up to a maximum of +50 Willpower while leveling up, at a rate of +1 per Level up until reaching Level 50. Each point of Willpower provides +2 Resistance Rating for Incoming Control Effects. Having +100 Resistance will cut the effectiveness of most incoming Control Effects in half.
+50 Willpower
Device Expertise
This skill increases the effectiveness of most consumable devices. Each point of Device Mastery skill grants a 0.5% bonus to the effectiveness of devices when activated.
+100 Device Master
Total Device Effectiveness Bonus = +50%
3 Unlocks the ability to train Bridge Officers in a new Ground ability:
Engineering only Quick Fix III
Science only Electro-Gravitic Field III
Tactical only Lunge III
Unlocks the ability to train Bridge Officers in a new Ground ability:
Engineering only Shield Recharge III
Science only Sonic Pulse III
Tactical only Sweeping Strikes III
4 Improved Aim
Improves the Ranged Damage bonus gained while using the Aim mode.
By default, Aim offers a +30% Damage Bonus with all types of Ranged Weapons, and this unlock increases that by an additional 10% Damage Bonus (+40% Total).
Improved Crouch
Improves the Dodge bonus gained while using the Crouch mode. When an attack is Dodged, the damage is reduced by 50%.
By default, Crouch grants a +50% chance to Dodge incoming Ranged Attacks, and this unlock increases that by an additional 10% Dodge Bonus (+60% Total).
5 Unlocks the ability to train Bridge Officers in a new Ground ability:
Engineering only Shield Generator Fabrication III
Science only Tricorder Scan III
Tactical only Target Optics III
Unlocks the ability to train Bridge Officers in a new Ground ability:
Engineering only Medical Generator Fabrication III
Science only Dampening Field III
Tactical only Suppressing Fire III
6 Furious Footwork
Attacking with Melee grants you +20% Run Speed for 5sec. This effect is refreshed by each subsequent attack, instead of stacking.
Fatal Fists
Attacking with Melee inflicts a debuff of -20 Damage Resistance Rating on any foe hit by your melee attack, which lasts for 5sec. This effect is refreshed by each subsequent attack, instead of stacking.
7 Unlocks the ability to train Bridge Officers in a new Ground ability:
Engineering only Cover Shield III
Science only Neural Neutralizer III
Tactical only Fire on my Mark (Ground) III
Unlocks the ability to train Bridge Officers in a new Ground ability:
Engineering only Equipment Diagnostics III
Science only Hypospray - Melorazine III
Tactical only Stun Grenade III
8 Improved Flank Damage
By default, any damaging attack made from beyond a target's forward 120-degree arc will be considered a Flank, and deal additional damage. This skill allows you to deal additional damage when successfully landing a Flank on any foe.
Improved Flank Resistance
By default, any damaging attack made from beyond a target's forward 120-degree arc will be considered a Flank, and deal additional damage by inflicting a -35 Damage Resistance Rating Penalty. This skill reduces the resistance penalty you suffer when being flanked by 20% (-28 Total).
9 Unlocks the ability to train Bridge Officers in a new Ground ability:
Engineering only Combat Supply II
Science only Nanite Health Monitor II
Tactical only Overwatch III
Unlocks the ability to train Bridge Officers in a new Ground ability:
Engineering only Support Drone Fabrication II
Science only Vascular Regenerator III
Tactical only Stealth Module III
10 Offensive Mastery
This skill increases the base damage of your energy and melee weapons, as well as further improving your Critical Hits with all weapons.
+10 Weapon Proficiency and Weapon Criticals
Defensive Mastery
This grants additional defensive bonuses by increasing your maximum hitpoints and the effectiveness of your personal shields and armor.
+10 Endurance Training, Combat Armor and Personal Shields

See also[edit | edit source]

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