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Various tier pages redirect here. For other usages of the term, please see Tier.

A playable starship's capabilities are largely defined by its tier, which determines the number of bridge officer stations, the rank of those stations, the number of console slots, and other factors.

Lower tiers are intended for a specific rank; for example, Tier 2 starship becomes playable for Lieutenant Commander and while it can be used by Commanders, it ceases to become competitive against enemies encountered at the Commander level and above. Tier 5-U, and to a greater extent, Tier 6 starships level with the player after beyond their initial rank.

Tier 5 and 6 starships have ships that are slightly more powerful than regular starships of that tier. This includes all "Fleet" starships and premium starships obtained from places such as the Lobi Store or a Lock Box.

Summary of Tiers[edit | edit source]

  T1 T1 Refit T2 T2 Refit T3 T3 Refit T4 T4 Refit T5 T5 Fleet T5-U T5-U Fleet T6 T6 Fleet
Bridge Officer Stations 3 3-4 4 4 4 4-5 4 4-5 4-5 4-5 4-5 4-5 4-5 4-6
Bridge Officer Abilities 3 3-4 5 6 8 9 10 11 12 12 12 12 13 13
Console Slots 3 4 4 5 5 6 7 8 9 10 10 11 10 11
Starship Mastery No No No No No No No No No No Yes Yes Yes Yes
Starship Trait No No No No No No No No No No No No Yes No
Bridge Officer Specialization No No No No No No No No No No No No Yes Yes

Note: Raiders with a Commander Universal bridge officer station have one fewer bridge officer ability than other starships of the same tier.

Tiers 1-4[edit | edit source]

A Tier 4 Tactical Escort Refit

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, and 30. Further ships can be purchased for Dilithium Refined dilithium icon.png and one ship can be earned via a mission reward.

Refits[edit | edit source]

Refit ships are available at shipyards where they can be purchased for Dilithium Refined dilithium icon.png. A few others can be bought within Zen Store packs. 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. These ships are character-unlocks and do not levels the player beyond their designated rank.

Some ships available for dilithium do not have "Refit" in the name but have the same enhanced stats. These are the:

These starships were previously available in the Zen Store as account unlocks. Players who obtained them from there before they were removed retain account-wide access to them.

Dilithium cost of refit & premium ships compared to standard ships.
Tier 1 Tier 2 Tier 3 Tier 4
Standard 1,000Refined dilithium icon.png 2,500Refined dilithium icon.png 5,000Refined dilithium icon.png 10,000Refined dilithium icon.png
Refit / Premium 15,000Refined dilithium icon.png 37.500Refined dilithium icon.png 75,000Refined dilithium icon.png 150,000Refined dilithium icon.png

Prototype scaling[edit | edit source]

The Prototype Walker Light Exploration Cruiser is a unique starship which scales through levels 1 to 4 with the player (in a similar manner to the Tier 6 system explained below, but at a lower level.

Small Craft[edit | edit source]

Main article: Small Craft.

Small Craft are Tier 1 ships such as shuttlecraft and fighters. Compared to full-sized starships, they have significantly less hull, shields, weapons, bridge officers, consoles, and crew. However, these craft have very high manoeuvrability and turn rate.

Tier 5[edit | edit source]

Tier 5 (T5) starships are the first endgame-capable starships available from Rear Admiral (or equivalent) rank onwards. The majority of them have 5 Bridge Officer seats, and it is at Tier 5 when far more starship types are first represented. At level 40, the player may choose a free T5 ship, and at level 61 the player can choose an upgradeable T5-U ship using the Vice Admiral Ship Token. Further ships can be purchased for Dilithium Refined dilithium icon.png. There are also several Retrofit versions of lower-tier ships available for 200,000 fleet credits Fleet Credits, provided you are part of a fleet with the appropriate holdings available.

As with tiers 1-4, there are also Refit or Retrofit versions available from the C-Store that cost Zen Zen small icon.png. Some cost 2000 Zen small icon.png, others cost 2500 Zen small icon.png. These are often improved in some way, but do not have the enhanced bridge officer ability or console slots that the tier 1-4 refits do, and thus they are not a separate "Tier 5 Refit" category. The ships available at the C-Store also come with a special Universal Console.

Mirror Universe variants[edit | edit source]

Some ships have a slightly different Mirror Universe version available. These ships have the same hull-related stats as the Prime Universe model (hull strength, shield strength, power levels, flight speed, turn rate, inertia), but a different bridge officer and/or console layout. They also come with a Mirror Universe skin option. They can be obtained with a chance of ~2% from Lockboxes (or the Exchange as they are tradeable). Mirror ships cannot be upgraded to Tier 5-U (see below). There is also a Tier 6 Mirror Universe Guardian Cruiser.

T5 Fleet-grade[edit | edit source]

Fleet-grade starships include those prefixed with "Fleet" and certain premium starships.

"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, which may be purchased for Zen small icon.png or found on the Exchange. In contrast to their C-Store version, fleet ships do not come with a special console but have +10% Hull HP, +10% Shields and a 10th 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. See the Fleet Ship Module page for a list of all ships eligible for the discount.

The fleet versions of a few T5 starships are not a simple direct upgrade of 10% more hull, 10% more shields, and an additional console: another aspect of the ship has changed, such as bridge officer seating. These are also noted on the Fleet Ship Module page. See the individual ship pages to compare.

The following ships are already "fleet-grade" and thus do not have separate fleet versions available to be discounted:

Faction FED-Allies.png Federation Starfleet Faction KDF-Allies.png Klingon Defense Force Faction Khitomer.png Cross-Faction
Odyssey Operations Cruiser Bortasqu' War Cruiser Falchion Dreadnought Warbird
Odyssey Science Cruiser Bortasqu' Command Cruiser Tulwar Dreadnought Warbird
Odyssey Tactical Cruiser Bortasqu' Tactical Cruiser Scimitar Dreadnought Warbird
Dyson Reconnaissance Science Destroyer Dyson Tactical Science Destroyer Dyson Reconnaissance Science Destroyer Warbird
Dyson Strategic Science Destroyer Dyson Battle Science Destroyer Dyson Strategic Science Destroyer Warbird
Dyson Surveillance Science Destroyer Dyson Command Science Destroyer Dyson Surveillance Science Destroyer Warbird
Blockade Runner Escort Retrofit    

All Fleet and Fleet-grade ships may be upgraded to Tier 5-U (see below).

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 5-U[edit | edit source]

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 allow them to remain competitive with the newly released Tier 6 ships, it is possible to upgrade a Tier 5 to a Tier 5-U (T5-U) using an starship upgrade token, which costs 700 Zen small icon.png but can also be found on the Exchange.

Most C-Store Tier 5 ships now have Tier 6 versions available, and so considering the cost of the ship and an upgrade token (either 2700 Zen small icon.png or 3200 Zen small icon.png total), it would be more wise to purchase the Tier 6 ship (3000 Zen small icon.png) instead. T5-U Ships are endgame-capable by all means, but T6 ships simply hold an advantage over them.

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. Compared to a Tier 6 version of the same hull, the Tier 5-U version will have the same hull strength and other hull-related stats, and console slots, but one fewer bridge officer ability, no bridge officer specialization seating, and no Starship Trait, which are exclusive to Tier 6 starships.

Tier 5-U Upgrades are account-wide: once a ship is upgraded to Tier 5-U on any character, all other characters on that account with access that ship may upgrade to Tier 5-U at no cost. This includes ships that are themselves not account-wide, e.g. if a Fleet Negh'Var Heavy Battle Cruiser is upgraded on one character, the other characters with the same ship can get it to Tier 5-U, but they will have to purchase the ship first. Additionally, if there exists both a fleet and non-fleet version of a C-Store ship, a single upgrade requisition will apply to both versions.

Most ships acquired through a Lockbox, Lobi, a promotional box or an event are free to upgrade without buying an upgrade token, specifically those released prior to the ability to upgrade. Frequently, when Tier 5 ships are on sale in the c-store, upgrade tokens are included for free. See the Starship Upgrade Requisition page for a list of all eligible ships, whether the upgrade is free or costs a token, and what console they gain upon being upgraded. As a general rule, T5-U ships can only have 5 of a given type of console if it matches their Commander Bridge Officer seating, though a few exceptions exist.

T5-U Scaling[edit | edit source]

Tier 5-U starships, including their fleet variants, sees an increase in hull from their lowest playable rank - level 40 - through to level 65 as the player increases in rank.

These ships have an unmodified hull value of 30,000 at level 40, which is then multiplied by their hull modifier (also known as hull strength) to get their base hull. For each level past 40, their base hull increases by 1/60 = 1.(6)% per level, so 1.01(6)x at level 41, and so on until level 49, whereupon the multiplier will be 9/60 = 15% higher (34,500 for a ship with a hull modifier of 1.0). This multiplier is unchanged for level 50.

Then, starting from level 51, the ship's base hull will increase by 1.1/60 = 1.8(3)% per level, so 1.168(3)x at level 51, and so on until level 60, whereupon it will have increased by 11/60 = 18.3%; combined with the previous it will now be 20/60 = 1/3 higher than the level 40 value (40,000 for a ship with a hull modifier of 1.0).

Then, starting from level 61, the ship's base hull will increase by 2/60 = 3.(3)% per level. By level 65, it will be 50% higher than the level 40 value.

Note that Tier 5 ships that are not T5-U have this level 40 value for their hull, regardless of your level, even if that ship can only be claimed from level 50. Most C-Store T5-U ships can only be claimed from level 50; for these ships, their hull will simply jump 15% right away upon upgrading to Tier 5-U. For the Fleet variants of any hull-scaling ships, simply increase the final hull strength by 10%, as normal.

Put another way, compared to the level 60 hull, each level below level 60 will have 1.375% lower hull, with level 50 hull being 86.25% of the level 60 value, and then level 40 being 75% the level 60 value. Each level above level 60 will have 2.5% higher hull, with level 65 hull being 112.5% the level 60 value.

Tier 6[edit | edit source]

The current highest tier in the game, Tier 6 ships are a moderate improvement over Tier 5 starships, featuring additional console slots, bridge officer abilities, and scaling hull strength. They also come with a unique ship costume, a unique Universal Console, an unlockable Trait, and can be played following the tutorial all the way to Level 65.

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 Lock Boxes, events and other promotions.

Compared to a Tier 5-U version of the same hull, the Tier 6 version will have the same hull strength and other hull-related stats, and console slots, but one more bridge officer ability, one or more bridge officer specialization seatings, and a Starship Trait as its fifth Starship Mastery level.

T6 Scaling[edit | edit source]

Tier 6 ships can be played from level 1[1] (although some other restrictions on specific ships may apply), with its capabilities scaling with the player. Weapon slots, consoles slots, hull and shield stats increase as the player increases in rank until level 50. Exactly what is unlocked at what level depends on the ship's capabilities at level 50. In addition, all equipment on a Tier 6 ship when it is acquired levels with the player until level 50.

The below tables outline at what level each slot is aquired.

Fore Weapon Slots
1st Slot 2nd Slot 3rd Slot 4th Slot 5th Slot
Final Slots = 5 0 0 0 10 30
Final Slots = 4 0 0 10 30 n/a
Final Slots = 3 0 0 30 n/a n/a
Aft Weapon Slots
1st Slot 2nd Slot 3rd Slot 4th Slot 5th Slot
Final Slots = 5 0 0 0 20 30
Final Slots = 4 0 0 20 30 n/a
Final Slots = 3 0 0 20 n/a n/a
Final Slots = 2 0 20 n/a n/a n/a
Final Slots = 1 0 n/a n/a n/a n/a
Console Slots
1st Slot 2nd Slot 3rd Slot 4th Slot 5th Slot
Final Slots = 5 0 0 0 20 40
Final Slots = 4 0 0 20 40 n/a
Final Slots = 3 0 10 40 n/a n/a
Final Slots = 2 10 40 n/a n/a n/a
Hull capacity
Level Base Hull
1 10,000
10 15,000
20 20,000
30 25,000
40 30,000
50 34,500
60 40,000
65 45,000
Shield capacity

Shield capacity scales, although it can not be reliably projected.

T6 Fleet Grade[edit | edit source]

As with Tier 5, Tier 6 Fleet ships are purchased at a shipyard for 20,000 fleet credits Fleet Credits and 5 Fleet Ship Modules Fleet Ship Module icon.png, which may be purchased for Zen small icon.png or found on the Exchange. In contrast to their C-Store version, fleet ships do not come with a special console but have +10% Hull HP, +10% Shields and a 10th 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. See the Fleet Ship Module page for a list of all ships eligible for the discount.

The following ships are already "fleet-grade" and thus do not have separate fleet versions available to be discounted:

Faction FED-Allies.png Federation Starfleet Faction KDF-Allies.png Klingon Defense Force Faction Khitomer.png Cross-Faction
Concorde Command Battlecruiser An'quat Command Battlecruiser Baratan Command Battlecruiser
Geneva Command Battlecruiser Klinzhai Command Battlecruiser Deihu Command Battlecruiser
Presidio Command Battlecruiser Ty'Gokor Command Battlecruiser Vastam Command Battlecruiser
Ajax Class Pilot Escort Qui'Tu Class Pilot Raptor Khaiell Class Pilot Warbird
Icarus Class Pilot Escort Klavek Class Pilot Raptor Jaeih Class Pilot Warbird
Mercury Class Pilot Escort Kortar Class Pilot Raptor Okhala Class Pilot Warbird
Operations Star Cruiser (T6) Kahless War Battlecruiser (T6) Shamshir Operations Dreadnought Warbird (T6)
Science Star Cruiser (T6) Gorkon Science Battlecruiser (T6) Flambard Science Dreadnought Warbird (T6)
Tactical Star Cruiser (T6) Martok Tactical Battlecruiser (T6) Khopesh Tactical Dreadnought Warbird (T6)
Multi-Mission Strategic Explorer Ihgomas Multi-Mission Strategic Vessel Taenen Strategic Explorer Warbird
Multi-Mission Surveillance Explorer Ahgamas Multi-Mission Surveillance Vessel Galas Surveillance Explorer Warbird
Multi-Mission Reconnaissance Explorer Khaimas Multi-Mission Reconnaissance Vessel Surhuelh Reconnaissance Explorer Warbird
Scott Operations Miracle Worker Cruiser Mur'Eq Operations Miracle Worker Cruiser Nijil Operations Miracle Worker Warbird
Daystrom Science Miracle Worker Cruiser Antaak Science Miracle Worker Cruiser Varel Science Miracle Worker Warbird
Tucker Tactical Miracle Worker Cruiser Klothos Tactical Miracle Worker Cruiser Tebok Tactical Miracle Worker Warbird
Andorian Kuthar Pilot Escort Lethean Oniros Pilot Escort Dewan Dynnasia Pilot Escort
Andorian Chimesh Pilot Escort Lethean Nemosin Pilot Escort Dewan Ikkabar Pilot Escort
Andorian Thozyn Pilot Escort Lethean Xechas Pilot Escort Dewan Vandros Pilot Escort
Faction Dominion.png Dominion Faction Khitomer.png Cross-Faction
Faction Dominion.pngFaction Khitomer.png Jem'Hadar Vanguard Carrier Faction Khitomer.png Cardassian Intel Escort Faction Khitomer.png Chronos Temporal Dreadnought Cruiser
Faction Dominion.pngFaction Khitomer.png Jem'Hadar Vanguard Dreadnought Cruiser Faction Khitomer.png Cardassian Intel Flight-Deck Cruiser Faction Khitomer.png Eternal Temporal Multi-Mission Science Vessel
Faction Dominion.pngFaction Khitomer.png Jem'Hadar Vanguard Heavy Raider Faction Khitomer.png Cardassian Intel Science Dreadnought Faction Khitomer.png Ouroboros Temporal Raider
Faction Dominion.pngFaction Khitomer.png Jem'Hadar Vanguard Warship    

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