Season 6 introduced players to the new Fleet System and Starbases. Players can now build Shipyards that grant Fleet members access to new starships. Let us take a closer look at some of these ships, how you earn them, and review all types of ships.
First, we need to define some terms so everyone is on the same page. Many of you may have seen ships with the term “Refit” or “Retrofit”, and Fleet Shipyards introduce more of these. Let’s take a moment to review these and other terms related to ships:
- Standard Ships – Standard ships are available in-game and have base stats. They can be purchased for Dilithium or acquired at no cost with a Rank-Up Ship Token.
- C-Store Ships – Any ship you must purchase directly for ZEN. These ships have very good stats, and typically unlock a special costume option and come with a special ability. The special ability is usually on a console or a weapon that can be removed. Most lower Tier C-Store ship consoles can be moved to any ship. However, most Tier 5 C-Store ship consoles can only be used on the ship it came on OR on its Fleet counterpart. For instance, The Tier 5 Heavy Escort Carrier comes with a Torpedo Point Defense system console and the Armitage class costume. If you then acquire the Fleet Heavy Escort Carrier from the Fleet Shipyard, you can transfer the Torpedo Point Defense system console and the Armitage class costume to the Fleet version.
- Refit Ships – A Refit is a ship that is better in some way than the original, but is in the same Tier as the original. For example, the Tier 2 Federation Science Vessel (Nova Class) has a better Refit variant, the Tier 2 Federation Science Vessel Refit (Rhode Island Class). Refit ships may be available via the C-Store or Fleet Shipyard. Many refit ships come with a new class costume.
- Retrofit Ships – A Retrofit is a ship that is better than original AND is a higher Tier than the original. Retrofit ships are typically Tier 5 and give a player the opportunity to play a favorite older-model ships at endgame. For Example: the Tier 5 Science Vessel Retrofit is simply a Tier 5 version of the Tier 2 Science Vessel. Retrofit ships may be available in the C-Store or Fleet Shipyard. Many new Retrofit ships were recently made available in Fleet Shipyards.
- Fleet Ships – Fleet ships are new and typically have some of the best stats in the game. Currently, all Fleet ships are Tier 5 and typically have +10% Hull HP and +10% Shields; they also typically come with a 10th console slot. Fleet ships do not usually come with any special abilities or items. They also don’t have the special ship class costume if there is a C-Store equivalent, but they all do come with an exclusive Fleet Material. You may have noticed that we used to offer some ship class costumes in the C-Store -- we have pulled them from direct purchase in the C-Store and you can now only obtain them by acquiring the appropriate Fleet Ship. If you already purchased one of these ship class costumes, you can still access it. If a Fleet ship has a C-Store Counterpart, it can use any special item or costume the C-Store version came with. There are also Fleet Retrofit ships. These are what you might expect -- A Tier 5 Version of a lower Tier ship, with the bonus HP, Shields and Console slot.
Fleet Shipyards unlock access to many types of ships, including Refit ships, Fleet Refit ships, Retrofit ships, Fleet Retrofit ships, and all new ships. So just because a ship is unlocked via a Fleet Shipyard, doesn’t necessarily qualify it as a Fleet ship. A ship must say “Fleet” in its title to be a true Fleet ship and qualify for the bonus stat and Fleet Material.
Now let’s review how you can purchase the different type of ships. Most ships can be purchased in-game directly though any ship vendor (including C-Store ships and ships unlocked from your Fleet's Shipyard). We recommend you go to an in-game ship vendor to buy your ships since it contains the most comprehensive data you will need to make an informed decision on your purchase. The Ship Vendor UI will inform you of the cost and requirements. Possible cost for ships include:
- Dilithium – Many ships simply cost Dilithium. These ships are typically the standard ship for a given Rank.
- ZEN – Ships available for ZEN can be purchased at the Ship Vendor or directly from the C-Store.
- Fleet Credit – All ships unlocked by a Fleet Shipyard cost Fleet Credits. Fleet Credits can be earned by contributing to Fleet Projects.
- Fleet Ship Modules – Fleet Ship Modules can be purchased in the C-Store for ZEN and are needed to purchase all Fleet ships. Fleet ships typically cost 4 Fleet Ship Modules. However, if you already own the Tier 5 C-Store Version of a Fleet Ship, you will get a 75% Fleet Ship Module discount to purchase the Fleet version. For instance, the Fleet Heavy Escort Carrier costs Fleet Credits and 4 Fleet Ship Modules, but if you already own the C-Store Heavy Escort Carrier, the Fleet Heavy Escort Carrier will only cost Fleet Credits and ONE (1) Fleet Ship Module.
- Fleet Ship Provisions – When you are in a Fleet and unlock a Shipyard, your Fleet must first fill the Shipyard with Provisions. There are a number of Fleet Projects that generate Provisions. Provisions are simply the limit on how many ships your Fleet Shipyard can provide to your Fleet Members. If a Fleet Project generates 10 ship Provisions, 10 members can each buy one Ship from the shipyard, or one Fleet member can buy 10 ships. Once the number of Provisions your Shipyard has reaches zero, your Fleet will need to complete another Fleet Provisioning assignment to generate more Provisions. Ships that require a Ship Provision always have an additional cost such as Fleet Credits and/or Fleet Ship Modules.
- Rank-Up Ship Token – At ranks Lieutenant Commander, Commander, Captain and Rear Admiral Lower Half/Brigadier General, you earn a ship token redeemable for one free standard ship. If you are a 600 day subscriber veteran, you also earn one at Vice Admiral. Note that only certain ships are redeemable with this token.
- Lock Boxes – Finally, some rare ships can be obtained exclusively from Lock Boxes.
Requirements for a particular ship can include:
- Rank – All ships in STO have a character Rank requirement.
- Fleet Shipyard Tier – A Fleet Shipyard has 5 Tiers. Each Tier unlocks access to new ships to the Fleet Members. Your Fleet can complete Military Projects and Shipyard Construction Projects to increase the Tier of your Fleet's Shipyard. See the tables below.
- Faction (Federation/Klingon) – This one is simple. Access to most ships is restricted by faction.
OK, now that we are all on the same page, take a look at all the new ships available from Fleet Starbase Shipyards. There are more than 35 new ships available exclusively from Fleet Shipyards – 21 for Federation and 16 for Klingons. Note that some ships come with a new ship class costume. Additional class costumes may be unlocked if you own a sister ship.
Full specs and details can be found in-game in the Ship Vendor.
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We hope you are enjoying Season 6: Under Siege and we’ll see you in-game!
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