Assigning Bridge Officers

vaylotte
vaylotte Member Posts: 43 Arc User
edited March 7 in The Academy
Hai there !
I hit Lieutenant Commander and got a better ship. I chose a Cruiser. It has four Boff stations - 1 tac, 2 eng & 1 sci.
I have one of each assigned but haven't been able to assign another eng officer. Actually I can't recruit one as it says I don't have enough room. So i've got a station unused which is a pain.
How do I recruit a new Boff ? I got a couple from mission rewards but never had room for them.
The help menu says to hit U and choose the 'assignments' tab but I can't find any assignments tab ... ??
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  • westmetals
    westmetals Member Posts: 8,241 Arc User
    edited October 2021
    As you have discovered, there is a limit to how many BOFFs your captain can have (separately from the ship itself).

    If you look on your status screen, you will see a series of bars in the left-hand column, listing your captain, ship, (possibly) shuttle, and then all your current BOFFs; if you have more slots than you have BOFFs, there will be bars at the bottom of the list that are grey and say "no officer".

    If you do not have bars like that, you can't add any new BOFFs.... so you will need to level up, get rid of an existing BOFF, or purchase additional BOFF slots from the Zen store.... in order to either create new slots or free up existing ones.

    Once you *do* have a grey bar, you can add a BOFF either from your candidate storage (button on bottom of stations screen) or from inventory.

    Once you *have* the BOFFs in your status screen, you can mix-and-match which ones are actively used on your ship (subject to the types of seats the ship has) and also for away team, to your taste.

    I find that in general, you will want to have at least two BOFFs of each type (tac, sci, eng)... there are certain ones that are better than others (for damage production, due to their "traits") but without knowing which faction your captain is, I cannot advise you on that.
  • vaylotte
    vaylotte Member Posts: 43 Arc User
    Thanks for the help West !
    Was it Sci or Eng that can do 'Polarize Hull' ?
  • sthe91
    sthe91 Member Posts: 4,034 Arc User
    Sci can do Polarize Hull.
    Where there is a Will, there is a Way.
  • westmetals
    westmetals Member Posts: 8,241 Arc User
    Correct... Polarize is a science skill. The icon kinda looks like a (medieval) shield.
  • vaylotte
    vaylotte Member Posts: 43 Arc User
    OK thanks for the help ! ^^
  • vaylotte
    vaylotte Member Posts: 43 Arc User
    Hey I bought some refined Dilithium with Zen but it hasn't shown up ? I bought it yesterday ...
    Whats the deal ?
  • vaylotte
    vaylotte Member Posts: 43 Arc User
    On the subject of Boffs ... how do I get my 'polarize hull' ability to show in my Ship gui ? I have two science officers and neither has the ability showing up. It's one of their skills I know because I purchased it. They have 4 slotted skills in the skills window but I can only use 2 ... hmm ...
  • protoneous
    protoneous Member Posts: 2,458 Arc User
    If it's not something simple like using the training manual after purchasing it or promoting bridge officers there's also a glitch that can cause your bridge officer abilities to have blank spots when trying to assign abilities in your ship's stations tab.

    Here's a link to a thread that can help with the issue. Check out the post in the thread by @corinthalas - it's worded in an easy to understand way that worked for me.
  • westmetals
    westmetals Member Posts: 8,241 Arc User
    edited November 2021
    vaylotte wrote: »
    On the subject of Boffs ... how do I get my 'polarize hull' ability to show in my Ship gui ? I have two science officers and neither has the ability showing up. It's one of their skills I know because I purchased it. They have 4 slotted skills in the skills window but I can only use 2 ... hmm ...

    The officers may HAVE 4 skills, but the stations on the ship are limited to 1, 2, 3 or 4 depending on the ship design. There's nothing you can do to change that. This will be shown on the ship's Stations screen (where you slot the officers)... the remaining slots will be grayed out.

    (If you are having the display bug @protoneous mentioned, the affected slots show up as BLACK boxes rather than greyed out, so you can tell one from the other fairly easily.)

    For example, the tactical stations on most Intrepid-type science vessels are Lieutenant rank (meaning they are limited to 2 skills).

    You would have to slot the Polarize Hull in one of the (according to your post, two) eligible slots.
  • vaylotte
    vaylotte Member Posts: 43 Arc User
    Yep thanks guys I got it working by selecting my Boff skills under the 'stations' tab ...
    I'm a Captain now and I really needed to get this sorted so thanks for your help :)
  • protoneous
    protoneous Member Posts: 2,458 Arc User
    I don't know if you've used some of the very good online resources available such as the wiki. This part would pertain to your question above about different bridge officer abilities - https://sto.fandom.com/wiki/Bridge_officer_and_kit_abilities

    Sometimes a quick google search can work wonders.

    Congrats on making Captain! Things are more fun having Commander bridge officer abilities available for your ship and away team :smile:
  • inferiority
    inferiority Member Posts: 2,315 Arc User
    vaylotte wrote: »
    Hey I bought some refined Dilithium with Zen but it hasn't shown up ? I bought it yesterday ...
    Whats the deal ?
    Buying from the Dilithium Exchange requires you to also 'Withdraw' it into your Inventory.
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  • cylus566
    cylus566 Member Posts: 80 Arc User
    Know your Bridge rank lay out.
  • rattler2
    rattler2 Member Posts: 55,529 Community Moderator
    Necromancy detected.
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