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Thinking about buying me my first T6 starship.

Currently, I'm a lvl 56 tactical starfleet officer and thinking about spending some money on getting me my very first T6 starship, but was wondering if anyone know if they're planning to start a sale anytime soon before I do? Also, what'd be a good ship to buy(nothing over 30usd).
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  • rattler2rattler2 Member Posts: 55,663 Community Moderator
    Single T6 ships never go over $30 anyways. And your timing is pretty good. While there are no known sales coming up, there IS the upcoming Summer Event which will have a free T6 ship by doing a daily for a couple weeks or so. So essentially you'll probably come out of all this with 2 ships.

    Also note that the event ship will be an account unlock so you only have to run the dailies on a single character.

    As to what kind of ship, that mostly depends on your preferences. I can only speak from my own experience but...

    Science Ship: Scryer Intel is pretty decent.
    Escort: Phantom Intel Escort is a solid vessel with a very useful trait. Next might be one of the Pilot Escorts.
    Cruiser: Eclipse Intel Cruiser and Guardian Cruiser can be built pretty close to an Assault Cruiser setup. The Andromeda's not too bad, has a useful trait if you love Reverse Shield Polarity, and can use Galaxy class parts for that canon ship itch.
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  • captainxiephercaptainxiepher Member Posts: 9 Arc User
    I'll wait for that event then, thanks!
  • risian4risian4 Member Posts: 3,711 Arc User
    Don't forget the Presidio. Another very useful ... cruiser... ish ship.

    For a tac, the Arbiter might be a good choice too.

    I assume that the ships from the AoY expansion pack will be put in the C-store too. So you may want to look out for those ships as well. It'll likely be another month before they're added though, so there is that to consider.
  • rllaillieurllaillieu Member Posts: 351 Arc User
    The Jupiter class is what I bought two days ago and I love it. But wait for the expansion, like what's been said above. There's some cross faction ships coming that may help you out in the future.
  • captainwestbrookcaptainwestbrook Member Posts: 224 Arc User
    You should wait for the upcoming expansion. Usually sometime around that a Zen recharge sale or ship sale should also come up!
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  • tyrionjkirktyrionjkirk Member Posts: 95 Arc User
    My personal suggestion is the T6 Arbiter Battle Cruiser. This ship is the best ship to buy as a Federation character if you can only buy one. The weapons layout is 5 forward and 3 aft for maximum damage. This ship can equip dual cannons so if you want to try using it like an escort it has the ability you will just need to buff the turn rate. But for a cruiser it has a starting turn rate of 9. Which is awesome for a cruiser. The boff layout is amazing. Lieu Com Tactical/Intel, Ensign Tactical, Commander Engineering, Lieu Science and a Lieu Commander Universal which can be powerful as a Tactical boff or if you want to run some more science or engineering you have the option. I run it as a tactical so it allows you to have 3 Superior Romulan Operatives which you cannot beat. Also to top it off the Star ship trait "Emergency Weapon Cycle" is a must have trait. When you use Emergency Power to weapons (everyone should always be using this power) -25% Weapon Power Cost for 30 sec & 20% Firing Cycle Haste for Energy Weapons for 30 sec. Combine this with the cruisers Weapon system efficiency and if you use Override Subsystem Safeties III on the Tactical/Intel Boff seat you can just shred through all the content in this game with no effort at all.

    I cannot recommend this ship enough and while some may not like the look of it I love it. I know you only want to spend up to $30 usd but consider as a future upgrade to get a fleet ship module to get the fleet version after you unlock the trait. You get an extra Science console which all you to run 2 Romulan Embassy Plasma Generating Weapon signature nulifiers.

    I hope this helps in your decision making process.
  • rangerryurangerryu Member Posts: 284 Arc User
    You can take a look at the upcoming ships here http://www.arcgames.com/en/games/star-trek-online/game-pack/detail/918-temporal-special-agent-pack The Cross faction ships though are Federation ships from the 31st century so don't know if that bothers you or not.

    As for other ships I quite like the Andromeda and the Science Star Cruiser. Only have one ship for tac and science though so can't really comment on those.
  • officerbatman81officerbatman81 Member Posts: 2,761 Arc User
    Sale in July i bet, historically this is a fact.
  • comrademococomrademoco Member Posts: 1,691 Bug Hunter
    Some of my favorite T6 are the

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  • farmallmfarmallm Member Posts: 4,630 Arc User
    I would wait until the next ship sale. There most of the ships will be at a better deal on buying. That will buy you time to finally decide on your ship purchase.
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  • ultimatenewbieultimatenewbie Member Posts: 269 Arc User
    edited June 2016
    So, @captainxiepher , to add my voice to the others:
    • Wait for the ship sale - makes your $ go further.
    • Between now and the ship sale, keep playing STO and build up your refined dilithium - you can then convert this to Zen using the in-game Dilithium Exchange. It isnt exactly cheap at the moment, but it seems to be getting worse as time goes on so use it to top up your purchased Zen because...
    • Ship bundles represent good value for money - particularly if you have characters in all three factions (Fed/KDF/Rom) or you are trying to get the Tactical/Science/Engineering variants of the same ship. The Mega bundles are cheaper per ship again (see worked examples below) but are generally impractical due to the high face value of the bundle (it isnt common to have 12k Zen just lying around).
    • For Federation players, I think generally the best ships are the Arbiter and the Eclipse Intel Cruiser. Ships worthy of mention include: Phantom Intel Escort, Odyssey Flagships (particularly the Tactical variant, but I've heard people are making strange sci builds with the Sci Flagship Yorktown), and the Scryer Intel Science ship for science builds. The pilot escort ships are very solid (and probably more fun!) but can be a bit hard to fly and equip well.
    • Unfortunately, the two best ships arent exactly elegant to look at - particularly the Arbiter, sigh.
    • Note: As the Agents of Yesterday bundle has been announced but the stats on the (T6) ships havent been specified, they may actually be better/different to the Arbiter and Eclipse so it might be prudent to wait for those details to become known.
    However, notwithstanding the above, all the T6 ships are playable and you'll do fine in them, so it is far from wrong to pick a ship you like the look of and just use that. But you didnt need the Forum's help with that choice... ;)
    Worked Example 1 - 3 Ship Bundle, either cross-faction or single faction
    • One T6 Ship: 3000 Zen
    • 3 Ship Bundle: 6000 Zen
    • Ship Sale: 20 per cent off (therefore 2400 for one or 4800 for three)
    • Bundle: 2000 Zen per ship (33 per cent discount) or 1600 Zen per ship on sale (47 per cent off normal list price)
    Worked Example 2 - 12 Ship Mega Bundle
    • One T6 Ship: 3000 Zen
    • 12 Ship Bundle: 12000 Zen
    • Ship Sale: 20 per cent off (therefore 2400 for one or 9600 for nine)
    • Mega Bundle: 1333 Zen per ship (55 per cent discount) or 1067 Zen per ship on sale (64 per cent off normal list price)
    • Note: requires characters in all three factions (Fed/KDF/Rom) to take advantage of the cross-faction ships.
    • Note: T6 Command Cruiser, T6 Flagship and T6 Pilot Escort Mega Bundles are 12000 Zen. T5(U) Dyson Mega Bundle is 10000 Zen.

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  • markhawkmanmarkhawkman Member Posts: 35,231 Arc User
    Umm... it's a 9-pack, not 12 :p
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  • seaofsorrowsseaofsorrows Member Posts: 10,913 Arc User
    My personal suggestion is the T6 Arbiter Battle Cruiser. This ship is the best ship to buy as a Federation character if you can only buy one. The weapons layout is 5 forward and 3 aft for maximum damage. This ship can equip dual cannons so if you want to try using it like an escort it has the ability you will just need to buff the turn rate. But for a cruiser it has a starting turn rate of 9. Which is awesome for a cruiser. The boff layout is amazing. Lieu Com Tactical/Intel, Ensign Tactical, Commander Engineering, Lieu Science and a Lieu Commander Universal which can be powerful as a Tactical boff or if you want to run some more science or engineering you have the option. I run it as a tactical so it allows you to have 3 Superior Romulan Operatives which you cannot beat. Also to top it off the Star ship trait "Emergency Weapon Cycle" is a must have trait. When you use Emergency Power to weapons (everyone should always be using this power) -25% Weapon Power Cost for 30 sec & 20% Firing Cycle Haste for Energy Weapons for 30 sec. Combine this with the cruisers Weapon system efficiency and if you use Override Subsystem Safeties III on the Tactical/Intel Boff seat you can just shred through all the content in this game with no effort at all.

    I cannot recommend this ship enough and while some may not like the look of it I love it. I know you only want to spend up to $30 usd but consider as a future upgrade to get a fleet ship module to get the fleet version after you unlock the trait. You get an extra Science console which all you to run 2 Romulan Embassy Plasma Generating Weapon signature nulifiers.

    I hope this helps in your decision making process.

    Nailed it.

    I'm with tyrion, Arbiter all the way.

    In fact, the one flaw the Arbiter has? It's too good. Seriously, that's it's flaw. I used to play several different ships on my Fed just for fun and to get a different 'flavor' from time to time. The Arbiter pretty much does everything any other Fed Cruiser does only better. Great offensive layout, great trait, very powerful console, you really can't beat it.

    I use the Arbiter on my Fed and the Morrigu (Romulan version of the Arbiter) on my Romulan. The ship is amazing.
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  • officerbatman81officerbatman81 Member Posts: 2,761 Arc User
    I swear by my T6 Valiant tac escort with 3pc set. But i understand thats not for everybody..... ;)
  • dracounguisdracounguis Member Posts: 5,363 Arc User
    I'll wait for that event then, thanks!

    Yup, we get 3 free ships a year: summer, winter and STO anniversary. So unless you just gotta have that one particular ship, you are good for new ships in STO.
  • postinggumpostinggum Member Posts: 1,117 Arc User
    Ship sale is 20% off, at same time(ish) they often do 15% extra zen for your bucks, so you'll likely get your ship and find you have some spare zen. Buy 2400 zen, receive 2760 and use 2400 for a ship. Ship sales tend to coincide with release of ship packs, which should happen with the TOS expansions.

    The summer event has various mini games in which you collect these favors statue things, like in the ds9 episode, these can be traded on the exchange, fleet ship modules and lockbox ships can also be traded - so its possible to go from favors to ec to fleet ship modules or cheap lockbox ship like APU cruiser or Tholian Meshweaver fighter to build up your ship garage a little. Those ships go for 6-8m, fleet ship modules 14m each.

    Four fleet ship modules buys 1 character 1 fleet ship, if you have are in a fleet AND have permission to get ships etc, this ship will not be unlocked for other toons and does not come with the cstore console or starship trait, its an option, not a great option but it is doable.

    The price of favors starts high on the first Thursday and drops as players get more time to farm.

    When choosing ship look at what style of flying you think you'll like and get something to match.
  • kylethetruekylethetrue Member Posts: 205 Arc User
    rattler2 wrote: »
    Single T6 ships never go over $30 anyways. And your timing is pretty good. While there are no known sales coming up, there IS the upcoming Summer Event which will have a free T6 ship by doing a daily for a couple weeks or so. So essentially you'll probably come out of all this with 2 ships.

    Also note that the event ship will be an account unlock so you only have to run the dailies on a single character.

    As to what kind of ship, that mostly depends on your preferences. I can only speak from my own experience but...

    Science Ship: Scryer Intel is pretty decent.
    Escort: Phantom Intel Escort is a solid vessel with a very useful trait. Next might be one of the Pilot Escorts.
    Cruiser: Eclipse Intel Cruiser and Guardian Cruiser can be built pretty close to an Assault Cruiser setup. The Andromeda's not too bad, has a useful trait if you love Reverse Shield Polarity, and can use Galaxy class parts for that canon ship itch.

    Lol, okay we get it, you like the Intel ships.
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  • ultimatenewbieultimatenewbie Member Posts: 269 Arc User
    edited June 2016
    Umm... it's a 9-pack, not 12 :p

    Ooops!! It is times like these that I just point at my handle and go: "Yep, you were warned about my newbishness!"

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  • snoggymack22snoggymack22 Member Posts: 7,084 Arc User
    For the federation if you like cruisers, the Arbiter and Presidio are good choices. They come with great traits.

    The Guardian is my favorite ship. So I always recommend it. But the new expansion has some new choices coming out and the summer event is about to happen too.
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  • rattler2rattler2 Member Posts: 55,663 Community Moderator
    Lol, okay we get it, you like the Intel ships.

    It's not that I like Intel ships. Its the ships I have experience with. I have the Delta pack so I do have experience with the intel ships. I still preferred my Guardian at the time though.
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  • lordsteve1lordsteve1 Member Posts: 3,492 Arc User
    The Scryer is a beast of a science ship, so I'm recommending that. And I'm a tac captain flying it as well.

    For alternatives I'd say the Phantom, it's what the defiant should have been and I think it'd be easier to handle than the crazy pilot ships. Those take some getting used to.

    Presidio is always a good choice too and if you want full on unadulterated violence I'd recommend the Arbiter or Eclipse, those two are seriously powerful ships.

    But definitely wait for the summer event, in about a weeks time.
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  • markhawkmanmarkhawkman Member Posts: 35,231 Arc User
    Gotta say that the Malem is probably the best torp boat in the game.
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  • hugin1205hugin1205 Member Posts: 489 Arc User
    most ppl have said so anyways but:
    summer ship will be T6 - winter Event one as well.
    Next zen and ship sale at same time will probably be black friday - then maybe Christmas.
    Also, new ships that come out are always on sale for the first Weekend.

    my advise: get zen when it's on sale and wait - summer ship will do for now and then you can decide to either get a new one when they come out or buy one at next sale
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  • xayssxayss Member Posts: 391 Arc User
    wait next month a buy a crossfaction ship then you save money becuase that ships canbe use for any toon kdf,fed,romulan
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  • redeyedravenredeyedraven Member Posts: 1,295 Arc User
    The best ones have already been suggested. Arbiter is definately worth it, so are Presidio and pretty much any Intel-ships. They were the saving grace of Delta Rising IMO, especially Scryer and Faeht. The Pathfinder is a fine science-vessel for feds, too.
  • nateham101#2745 nateham101 Member Posts: 420 Arc User
    rattler2 wrote: »
    Single T6 ships never go over $30 anyways. And your timing is pretty good. While there are no known sales coming up, there IS the upcoming Summer Event which will have a free T6 ship by doing a daily for a couple weeks or so. So essentially you'll probably come out of all this with 2 ships.

    Also note that the event ship will be an account unlock so you only have to run the dailies on a single character.

    As to what kind of ship, that mostly depends on your preferences. I can only speak from my own experience but...

    Science Ship: Scryer Intel is pretty decent.
    Escort: Phantom Intel Escort is a solid vessel with a very useful trait. Next might be one of the Pilot Escorts.
    Cruiser: Eclipse Intel Cruiser and Guardian Cruiser can be built pretty close to an Assault Cruiser setup. The Andromeda's not too bad, has a useful trait if you love Reverse Shield Polarity, and can use Galaxy class parts for that canon ship itch.

    I agree with these ship choices as well. Under cruiser, I would add in the T6 Battlecruiser-Arbiter Class. One of the most tactically oriented cruisers we have, with engineer survival ability and lots of maneuverability Been my fav for along time, and pull some crazy dps numbers with it. Great fit for a tactical captain.
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  • kronin#4685 kronin Member Posts: 325 Arc User
    If I may, I'd like to offer some advice, some of which I don't think anyone's mentioned yet. (Unless I'm just unobservant.) First, think about the bridge officer abilities you like to use. Then use the wiki to check out which ships can slot the most of what bridge officers you like. While you're at it, check out all stats that matter to you. Second, what is your play style? I chose my first (and only) tier six ship because I wanted a science/cruiser hybrid. Third, what are your other captains going to be? If, for example, you are going to use only one Fed and a bunch of Klingons, then you may want to think about a Klingon tier six, instead. Fourth, you said that you are going to get the free ship from the event. Good move. When you get it, focus more on building up that ship to be a beast than getting more ships. A mediocre ship decked out with the right weapons, consoles, crew and all that is better than the latest tier six ship that's not built well. Also, flying that ship for a while will give you a feel for that type of ship. Fifth, as was mentioned, there are a few ships you can get on the exchange for under 20 million that will do just fine. Most of that cost is the starship upgrade token that you will need. The ships are the Malon battle cruiser, APU cruiser, Tholian meshweaver, Nihydron Destroyer, and the Kazon Raider. That's two cruisers, three tac ships, but no science vessel. Hope that helps. Don't forget to tell us what ship you eventually get.
  • officerbatman81officerbatman81 Member Posts: 2,761 Arc User
    edited June 2016
    Now you guys have me wanting an Arbiter.
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