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Star Trek Online

Tholian Trouble!

By Ambassador Kael | Fri 30 Apr 2021 09:00:00 AM PDT

While major powers struggle for stability in the midst of a Klingon crisis, the Tholian web extends unseen above their prey. They make no distinctions between the Romulan Republic and the Tal Shiar. They are advanced, enigmatic, and patient… and they have chosen this moment of galactic distraction to strike. Beginning on May 4th for PC and soon after for Console, the Tholians imprison a significant portion of the Romulan Flotilla in the Azure Nebula while they attempt to ensnare and abscond with the formidable Vault. How many ships can the Alliance spare to deal with this machination? Will it be enough?

For three weeks, we’ll be running a special event in Star Trek Online called Tholian Trouble. This Event will include multiple TFOs previously featured individually in a combined Featured Event that will allow players to choose their preferred trial each day, while earning Daily Progress toward a new grand prize reward. Play Azure Nebula Rescue to pluck captured Romulan ships out of Tholian webs in a murky nebula, or select Vault: Ensnared to prevent them from stealing away a massive fortress full of priceless research.  We've made several updates to polish these two TFOs, to make your experience even better.

Participating in this Event will give all players the opportunity to win the Universal Console – Tholian Web Array for their entire account! Keep reading for details on this item, how you can participate in the Event, and what additional prizes may be earned.

Azure Nebula Rescue and Vault: Ensnared Updates


Azure Nebula Rescue

As you're rescuing Romulan ships from the Tholian web-bases, you'll now be assisted by the I.R.W. Leahval—the flagship of the Romulan Republic. But be careful, because during the fighting, more Tholian reinforcements will show up to hunt you down!

In addition, we've streamlined the optional objectives so that they should be approachable, and instead of rescuing a small number of ships over two small periods of time, you now gain bonuses for rescuing some ships early through the event, and for reaching a higher total overall during the event.

We've also added map markers so that when you use your overhead map, you can see exactly what Romulan ships are being held and where, along with their values for the TFO.

Plus, our environment team has revisited the Azure Nebula itself to update its beautiful coloration and gaseous shapes!


Vault: Ensnared

When you arrive to assist the Vault, you'll now find that the various Reman ships defending it are ensnared in webs. Fight off the Tholians, destroy the webs, free the Reman ships and you'll earn bonuses. Plus, if you free all of the ships quickly, you'll automatically advance to the next stage of the TFO—no more waiting!

Once the Tholian vault weavers arrive to ensnare the Vault, they'll take a tighter formation, and they travel in groups. This means you'll spend less time flying from one side of the Vault to the other, and more hunting down Tholian ships! You'll need to be quick about it, because if you don't manage to stop the Vault from being ensnared, Obisek will trigger a thalaron cascade that will destroy the webs but will also do serious damage to your ships.

Finally, when you enter the micronebula to fight the Tholian flagship, you'll see UI elements on the map to show you where to go, and your mission tracker will show the name of the additional dreadnought. Defeat the flagship and the additional dreadnought quickly for bonus rewards, or focus on just destroying the flagship and its escorts to finish the mission. You'll have to fight them in the micronebula, though, so remember what you learned from Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan—tactical view will be inoperative, and shields will be useless!

To go along with these changes, we've also increased the number of marks rewarded by both TFOs.

Universal Console – Tholian Web Array

This powerful console improves Tetryon Damage, Physical Damage, Control Expertise, and dramatically improves Critical Strike Chance against Held enemies. It also has a deadly active ability: Hold target ship in a web, dealing Physical Damage Over Time and chaining to up to 4 additional Foes, applying a Hold to them all and dealing sharply increasing Physical Damage Over Time to each new target.

2021 Event Campaign

This Featured Event is the second of a series of upcoming Events that will participate in the second installment of our multi-event system known as an Event Campaign. For the 2021 Event Campaign, a few changes have been made.


  1. More Events!


The 2021 Event Campaign will span a total of FIVE separate Featured Events, spanning the majority of the upcoming year of PC releases. As a result of this increase in length, the requirements for receiving the Campaign Grand Prize have been increased from 2,800 Progress to 3.500 Progress.


  1. More Prizes!


The Grand Prize for the 2021 Event Campaign will offer players a choice as to what they receive, between the three following options:

Option 1:

  • Any Infinity Promo or Infinity Lock Box T6 Ship
    • This ship will be a once per account unlock, for a single ship only.
    • Note: Contents only include premium starships that were released before 12/31/20. Starships released after this date will not be included as options.

Option 2:

  • 1,500 Lobi Crystals
    • Once per account.

Option 3:

  • Two 100% off Coupons for Tier 6 Ships in the Zen Store
    • Once per account.


This choice is only made once per Account, upon claiming the prize.

The core gameplay of this Event Campaign remains the same as the previous one:  Participate in multiple Events scheduled over the next several months, to earn progress towards an extremely valuable prize. All of the following aspects of this system remain unchanged:


  • Players may earn 50 Event Campaign Progress for each day they participate in an eligible event.
  • Buying out an eligible event will include up to 700 Event Campaign Progress.
    • Each event’s buyout only grants as much Event Campaign Progress as is relative to the amount paid, after pro-rated discounts are applied. This means that paying half price, (because you participated in 7 out of 14 of the required days so far) will grant you 350 Event Campaign Progress. Essentially, you get what you pay for.



Earn a total of 14 days’ worth of Daily Progress to become eligible to claim all of these rewards:

  • Universal Console – Tholian Web Array (and Account-Wide Unlock for Reclaim)
  • 25,000 Dilithium Ore (once only)
  • 3x Featured TFO Reward Boxes (once only)
    • Each gives a choice of 1x Specialization Point or an Enhanced Universal Tech Upgrade


Now, upon claiming this Grand Prize (whether earned or purchased), your account will immediately become eligible for Bonus Progress. The first Bonus Progress rewarded will be accompanied by a reward of 8,000 Dilithium Ore. Earning Bonus Progress each day thereafter will increase this reward by an additional 1,000, and we have increased the cap on how high this value may scale to a value that is unreachable during this Event (thus effectively unlimited!). 

The following table shows an example of how Bonus Progress Rewards are now laid out:

# of Bonus Days

Dilithium Ore Rewarded













All Bonus Progress Rewards are rewarded a maximum of once per day, per account, and are immediately and automatically granted to the active character when the requirement is met.

Legacy Progress

This Featured Event will continue to honor Legacy Progress, the same as the last several previous Events.


Unweave the Tholian web on PC from May 4th, 2021 until May 25th, 2021.


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