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An Intrepid-class Long Range Science Vessel at warp in sector space.

Warp speed is the term for traveling at faster-than-light velocity through a warp drive propulsion system. It is the principal mode of transport in Star Trek, being used by all space-faring factions.

While not the first species to develop the technology, humanity's first use was in 2063 by Zefram Cochrane's Phoenix. This led to their first contact with Vulcans, celebrated by the Federation as First Contact Day.

In Star Trek Online, starships travel at warp speed in sector space and the warp speed scale is linear (i.e. warp 8 is twice as fast as warp 4). You can see your current warp speed while in sector space by moving the cursor over your ship throttle.

Increasing basic speed[edit | edit source]

The maximum warp speed is tied to your Warp Core level and your Sector Space Travel Speed skill. Standard warp cores without any Sector Space Travel Speed skill are limited by Warp 9.97.

To increase your Sector Space Travel Speed skill, you may equip impulse engines with the SecSpd and SecSpd2 modifiers, or have another player use the Grant Diplomatic Immunity ability (Assign Raiding Party for KDF-aligned players) on you to temporarily provide you with a +50 skill boost. Furthermore, a critical success of the duty officer assignment Perform Antimatter Containment Leak Drills will provide you with a +25 skill boost for two hours.

You may also pick a Sector Space Travel Speed boost with the first science track unlock path choice selection node in your Space Skills.

Legacy Engines and current Warp/Singularity Cores that provide high warp speeds include:

NOTE: Transwarp factors from legacy engines and warp/singularity cores do not stack. The engine transwarp factor will overwrite the (possibly higher) transwarp factor of the co-slotted warp/singularity core.

Alternatives[edit | edit source]

  • Quantum Slipstream Drive, which requires a level 50 character, provides a temporary speed boost to warp at least warp 20. The boost lasts between 30 and 90 seconds depending on ship or equipment in use. It has a 2 minute cool down.
  • Transwarp moves a player instantly to any of a set of specific locations around the galaxy, subject to cooldown.

Notes[edit | edit source]

  • While Warp Cores in Star Trek run on dilithium crystals, in Star Trek Online dilithium is used as a currency unrelated to warp speed.

See also[edit | edit source]

External links[edit | edit source]

Ground Risa Floater, Risa Powerboard, Run, Transporter Transwarp icon (Federation).png
Sub-light Full Impulse, Impulse Capacitance Cell, Impulse Engine (Impulse Engines), Impulse Expertise
Warp Quantum Slipstream Drive, Sector Space Travel Speed, Warp Core, Warp speed
Transwarp Borg Transwarp Hub, Transwarp, Transwarp Coil, Transwarp Conduit
Other Bajoran wormhole, Iconian gateway, Spore drive, Teleport, “Tour the Galaxy”