Priority One Episode 145 | Assemble an Avenger

145Greetings, Captains! Welcome to the 145th episode of the premier Star Trek Online podcast record live on on Thursday October 10th and published for download on Monday, October 14th at!

Elijah and Tony have the conn as this week we we Trek Out one or two questionable marketing tie-ins with our beloved franchise,  in STONews this week we take a look at the new Avenger-class battle cruiser, the latest Season 8 dev blogs – numbers 2 and 3 and Legacy of Romulus dev blogs 46, 47 and 48 as well as a look at the latest patch notes to and details of the Fleet Action AFK fix (finally!). Next, we put thrusters at full for this episode’s Field Notes with a first Look at the new Avenger Class Battle Cruiser — get the basics from our resident experts on how to set up the latest ship of the line. Later in the show, we’ll open hailing frequencies and review your incoming messages!

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Field Notes Transcript

I. What makes this ship attractive? the hull? the ability to cloak or load cannons? the new console?

  • Cloak is possibly useful for PvP (element of surprise)
  • New console is okay, though targetable projectiles on 2m cooldown

II. Variable Auto-Targeting Armament (V.A.T.A.)

  • Creates two targetable projectiles that fire projectiles of their own. 2m cooldown.
  • Projectiles vary based on current cruiser comm array ability
  • If used, possibly worth investing one tactical console on kinetic

III. What separates the C-Store base version from its Fleet Upgrade?

  • Base: Access to V.A.T.A. console
  • Fleet: Second science console, +10% base hull and shields
  • Not a major difference in survivability, cruiser is already surprisingly sturdy
  • Extra cosmetic option: “flat” pylons vs. upswept

IV. Cruiser Communication Array Abilities

a. What is the new mechanic?

  • Area-of-effect buffs (5 km), affects teammates, carrier pets (any allied ships)

b. specific run-down

  • Command – Weapon System Efficiency
    • Reduced energy drain on weapons
  • Command – Shield Frequency Modulation
    • Shield resilience
  • Command – Strategic Maneuvering
    • Increased turn rate and speed, diminishes over distance

V. What does the load-out look like?

  • Ensign Tactical (1)
  • Lt. Comm. Tactical (3)
  • Comm. Engineering (4)
  • Lt. Science (2)
  • Lt. Univ (2)

VI. What is an Aux2Batt build?

  • Two copies of Auxillary to Battery I, three very rare Technicians (or two VR + one Rare)
  • Reduces cooldown of all Bridge officer powers by 30%.
  • Two A2B usages usually brings all powers to global cooldown.

Avenger Builds

The Avenger Class in Action

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