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Star Trek Online

Legacy of Romulus Dev Blog #43

By PWE_BranFlakes | Wed 11 Sep 2013 12:00:05 PM PDT

Romulan Tactical Warbirds

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Ar'kala Tactical Warbird

Romulan Captains progressing through the ranks of the Republic have not yet been offered a wide range of choices in the type of ships they fly before reaching Admiral ranks. Although options exist for them to command ships belonging to their chosen ally, most have chosen instead to remain true to the Romulan ideal of operating a Warbird in their journeys.

In order to offer Romulans a wider range of choices, the Republic has seen fit to commission a new breed of high-end Warbird intended to stand beside its larger D’deridex and Ha’apax designs as an equal, but drastically different, choice.

The Tactical Warbird class of vessels takes many of their design cues from the existing Escorts, Raptors and Destroyers of their allies. These ships focus on maneuverability and overwhelming firepower, and they are a great deal smaller than other Republic ships of their tier. And, true to Romulan fashion, these ships offer a good level of versatility and come equipped with Romulan Battle Cloak and Singularity Abilities.

 

Ar'Kif Tactical Warbird

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Although the Romulan Republic's fleet was launched with repurposed ships from the Romulan Star Empire, Republic leaders quickly saw the need to design their own starships. The first ship design to come out of the New Romulus Shipyards is the Ar'Kif Tactical Warbird.

  • Minimum Rank: Commander (30)
  • Faction: Romulan Republic
  • Availability: Free with Rank Up Token, or Purchased with Dilithium
  • Hull Strength: 26,250
  • Shield Modifier: .9
  • Crew: 300
  • Weapons: 4 Fore, 2 Aft
  • Device Slots: 2
  • Base Turn Rate: 16 degrees per second
  • Impulse Modifier: 0.2
  • Bridge Officer Stations: 1 Lieutenant Tactical, 1 Commander Tactical, 1 Lieutenant Engineering, 1 Lieutenant Science
  • Console Modifications: 2 Engineering, 3 Tactical, 2 Science
  • +15 Power to Weapons
  • Can Equip Cannons
  • Singularity Warp Core
  • Romulan Battle Cloaking Device
  • Singularity Abilities:
    • 40 Base Power for All Subsystems
    • Plasma Shockwave
    • Quantum Absorption
    • Warp Shadows
    • Singularity Jump

 

Ar'Kala Tactical Warbird

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A sleek ship designed primarily for combat, the Ar'Kala is a variant of the Ar'Kif Tactical Warbird. It has the look of classic Romulan ship designs, but the punch needed for ship captains battling the Tal Shiar or the mysterious Elachi.

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Quad Plasma Cannons

The Ar'Kala features Quad Plasma Cannons. This fearsome energy weapon draws power from the ship's engines to deal massive damage to an enemy. Quad Plasma Cannons scale in effectiveness with your Rank and Grade, and may be equipped on any vessel capable of equipping dual cannons. However, only one set of Quad Cannons may be equipped per ship, regardless of their energy type.

Unlocking the Ar'Kala Tactical Warbird also unlocks the Ar'Kala Class costume for all Ar'Kif Tactical Warbird variants.

  • Minimum Rank: Commander (30)
  • Faction: Romulan Republic
  • Availability: C-Store
  • Hull Strength: 26,250
  • Shield Modifier: .9
  • Crew: 300
  • Weapons: 4 Fore, 2 Aft
  • Device Slots: 2
  • Base Turn Rate: 16 degrees per second
  • Impulse Modifier: 0.2
  • Bridge Officer Stations: 1 Ensign Tactical, 1 Commander Tactical, 1 Lieutenant Engineering, 1 Lieutenant Science, 1 Lieutenant Universal
  • Console Modifications: 2 Engineering, 4 Tactical, 2 Science
  • +15 Power to Weapons
  • Can Equip Cannons
  • Singularity Warp Core
  • Romulan Battle Cloaking Device
  • Quad Plasma Cannons
  • Singularity Abilities:
    • 40 Base Power for All Subsystems
    • Plasma Shockwave
    • Quantum Absorption
    • Warp Shadows
    • Singularity Jump

 

Ar'Kif Tactical Carrier Warbird Retrofit

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This retrofit version of the Ar'Kif is designed for Vice Admirals looking for a ship with a sleek design and a lot of firepower.

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Annihilation Mode

The Ar'Kif Tactical Carrier Warbird Retrofit features a Focused Singularity Modulator console. This console grants the ship two powers: Annihilation Mode (+10 Weapon Power, +50% Singularity Charge Rate, -10 Shield Power) and a Focused Singularity Beam that deals damage each second it is active, gradually increasing in damage the longer it remains activated. The Focused Singularity Beam may only be activated while in Annihilation Mode. While active, this ability will drain Singularity Power and will also deactivate Annihilation Mode when the beam has completed its firing cycle. The Ar'Kif Tactical Carrier Warbird Retrofit also features a hangar bay, and comes standard with Scorpion Fighter hangar pets.

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Focused Singularity Beam

The Focused Singularity Modulator Console can be equipped in any console slot on any Tactical Warbird.

  • Required Rank: Vice Admiral (50)
  • Faction: Romulan Republic
  • Availability: C-Store
  • Hull Strength: 31,500
  • Shield Modifier: .9
  • Crew: 300
  • Weapons: 4 Fore, 3 Aft
  • Device Slots: 2
  • Base Turn Rate: 16 degrees per second
  • Impulse Modifier: 0.2
  • Bridge Officer Stations: 1 Lieutenant Tactical, 1 Commander Tactical, 1 Ensign Engineering, 1 Lieutenant Science, 1 Lieutenant Commander Universal
  • Console Modifications: 2 Engineering, 4 Tactical, 3 Science
  • +15 Power to Weapons
  • Can Equip Cannons
  • Singularity Warp Core
  • Romulan Battle Cloaking Device
  • Focused Singularity Modulator Console
  • Hangar Bay
  • Scorpion Fighter Hangar Pets
  • Singularity Abilities:
    • 40 Base Power for All Subsystems
    • Plasma Shockwave
    • Quantum Absorption
    • Warp Shadows
    • Singularity Jump
    • Singularity Overcharge

 

Set Bonus: Enhanced Plasma Infusion

Equipping both the Quad Plasma Cannons and the Focused Singularity Modulator console on a single ship will offer your vessel a passive increase to the amount of Plasma Damage it deals with any equipped energy weapons, as well as the Focused Singularity Beam. It also adds to your Starship Energy Weapon Specialization skill, which enhances your critical hits with all energy weapons.

 

NOTE: The above stats for all ships are subject to change.

We hope you enjoy these incredible ships and look forward to seeing you flying one in-game! They’ll be available in-game and in the C-Store starting tomorrow.

Jeremy "BorticusCryptic" Randall
Systems Designer
Star Trek Online

 

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