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Tour the Galaxy Guide for Consoles – STO

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Tour of the Galaxy is a cross-faction daily quest (20h Cooldown) that can be started by going into your Mission Journal, choosing incoming hails, and selecting Tour of the Galaxy from the incoming missions. The daily Tour of the Galaxy is one of the best ways to earn Energy Credits in STO, up to 25k EC per planet depending on your level. Immediately after starting the mission you will have 15 minutes to take a Tour of the Galaxy and you can do this on every alt you have past level 9. Every level 50+ alt that you do this on can easily net you 500k+ EC per quest daily. It will also reward Exploration, Recruitment, Development, and Trade XP after the content update hits Ps4 and Xbone on Nov 15th. Check out the tips and tricks below to get rich and make the best route.

Start at either Blue Section and follow the Red Route to easily complete the Beta Quadrant.

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At level 50 you’ll unlock Quantum Slipstream. This is a huge speed boost with a duration of 30s  and a 2 minute cooldown timer. Absolutely necessary for reaching over 500k EC.

Get a running start at your first planet! Stay about half a sector back, go full impulse, then accept the mission. As soon as you’ve accepted it, activate your quantum slipstream. This gives you a fantastic start and every second is important if you want the sector bonuses!

Don’t rely on autopilot. The autopilot function tends to take weird flight paths that can waste precious time and sometimes it will stop just shy of the planet. Use the autopilot to orient yourself in the right direction. When you’re facing the right direction fly your ship manually to ensure you line up properly and can slipstream smoothly to the next planet.

Make sure you have the correct equipment on before you accept the mission. Equip the proper Engine, Core, and Consoles with Flight Speed, Turn Rate, Slipstream CD or anything else that will help you in sector space. Here is some of the best equipment we can get on console(Ps4/Xbone) until the content update. 

  • Polaric Modulator – Reward from the mission “Delta Flight” in the Episode: Iconian War 
  • Obelisk Subspace Riftwarp Core – Reward from the mission “”Sphere of Influence” in the Episode: Solanae Dyson Sphere
  • Any Engine at Epic Quality – Any engine at Epic Quality will receive [SecSpd2] which gives +20 Sector Space Travel Speed. The [SSR] ability is also incredibly useful and will reduce the cooldown on your Slipstream ability by 50%.

Grab the 25% Sector Space Travel Speed bonus – Use your skill points wisely! Grab the 25% bonus from the intelligence tree for an easy speed boost.

Tour of the Galaxy can be very rewarding. If you manage to visit at least 8 Sector blocks in one mission you will unlock the Well Traveled trait. This trait gives you 20% reduced cooldown on your Transwarp ability. This can be pretty useful when you’re going for extra quadrants.

If you drop the mission before completing it the cooldown will still trigger. Careful!

If you’re looking for some fantastic info and a program to help calculate the best route check here. This site was made for PC STO and some items mentioned may not be on console yet.

Wondering what’s the best way to upgrade your engines and cores for modifiers? Go here!

How To Upgrade Your Gear in Star Trek Online (Ps4/Xbone)

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It can be pretty confusing and expensive when you start to upgrade your gear as a new player in Star Trek Online. While equipping any old MK gear equal to your level will suffice for content before LvL 50, eventually you’ll want MK13/14 Ultra Rare and Epic quality gear which can only be obtained through the upgrade system. This higher quality gear will help you complete the Elite ques and earn Salvaged Technology and other goodies throughout the game much much easier.

Upgrading your ground gear or ship equipment will require you to use several Tech Upgrades. Each upgrade will cost a certain amount of Dilithium and fills up a bar underneath the upgrade menu with Technology Points. When the Technology Points reach 100% the item will increase in MK by 1. If you put more Technology Points into an item than is required those points will rollover to the next level or increase the chance (%) of a rarity increase. A rarity increase will add extra Modifiers (CrtD,CrtH,Etc) to your equipment which will greatly increase your DPS. 

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Tips and Tricks

What Items should I upgrade? – The best items to upgrade are ones that are low level (Mk-I/Mk-IV) and of a high quality (Very Rare). As you can see in the picture above Mk-I items are incredibly cheap to upgrade! This can give you several shots at a rarity increase or at rolling the correct modifiers on your weapons. One superior upgrade can easily take a Mk-I item to Mk-7! That’s 6 chances at upgrading a level 1 Very Rare piece of gear from Ker’rat. Upgrading low level items will save yourself a ton of energy credits and dilithium when making your perfect Epic gear set.

Which Tech Upgrades are the best? – If you are going to use the basic tech upgrades only use the Superior Tech upgrades. The Superior Tech upgrades have the best dilithium cost and are the only ones that you should use unless you have some of the special Tech Upgrades. These special Tech Upgrades such as the Universal Prototype Tech Upgrade from the Cardassian Lockbomay have no Dilithium cost at all or can also increase the odds of your item receiving a rarity increase by up to a 2x bonus. The basic upgrades and Superior Experimental Tech Upgrades will be craftable for all players when the update is released on console Nov 15th.

When should I use Accelerators? Research Accelerators increase the chance that the item’s quality will improve. Technology Accelerators increase the amount of technology points from each upgrade but reduce the chance that the item’s quality will improve. When you use an accelerator on a low lvl Mk-I item the bonus will stay through every extra level that is earned. This means that a Mk-I item can get 5+ chances to increase in rarity at a 1.5x-2x bonus when you use a Research Accelerator! Take advantage of this to craft Epic low level gear or use them on reputation gear or other high level gear that is stuck at Mk-13/14.

Always Wait for the Bonus Weekend – Before you upgrade every item in your set, wait! Upgrade weekends (x2) happen every few months and can save you millions of energy credits and tons of keys! 

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Some equipment and sets can not be upgraded yet on console.

You can find a list of all the technology upgrades on the wiki here

If you’re looking for help with a build check out the fantastic community of veterans over at /r/STObuilds

Guide to Farming Ker’rat

Ker’rat is an open PvP zone located in the southwest corner of the Beta Quadrant. This is a great place to farm at any level as it’s accessible right after finishing the tutorial and drops several different pieces of very rare gear with some nice xp and specialization points to back it up. There are different zones depending on your current level, 1-9, 10-19, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, and 60. The enemies may be a little tough so make sure that you have gear at least equal to your level and you’re bridge officer abilities set before entering.

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The first phase of Ker’rat is rather simple fly up to the various nodes clearing or sneaking past the enemies around them and initiate a scan. By using your cloaking abilities wisely it’s rather simple to avoid most of the enemy groups. The quickest route to scan without cloaking would be the encryption nodes in the center of the map. Watch out for the Borg Spheres as they will drain the hell out of your shields. There are groups of 4 encryption nodes at the top and bottom in the center of the map. After the first group of players from either faction on the map finish scanning 8 nodes phase 2 will begin. Make sure you’re near the center of the map when phase 2 starts.

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When phase 2 begins the cubes and the repair hulks located around the map will activate. Be careful as the large cubes pack quite a punch. Avoid or annihilate the cubes where you can to get to the repair hulks. Eliminating 4 of the repair hulks completes the map. The objective will still show as 3/4 completed until the map resets. Watch for the extra gear to drop on the top left or the faction pop up when it  First place is awarded a Very Rare piece of gear and second place receives a rare piece of gear. This is a great map to run at any level on your characters to gear them up. After a couple minutes of free farm the map will reset and you can run it again for extra very rare drops and experience. The lower levels of Ker’rat are even easier to farm and with the way upgrading gear works they can be incredibly profitable as well!

If there are other players in Ker’rat make sure that you defeat the most hulks. Scans don’t matter when it comes to 1st place. If you’re having trouble with the enemies try equipping plasma resists to deal with the Cubes’ and Spheres’ energy attacks and kinetic resists for their torpedoes. Also, grabbing immunities or protections will help with the cube’s tractor beam and the sphere’s shield drain.

There will be another Star Trek Online Faction Pack Giveaway on DogGodFrogLog’s Stream Sunday, Oct 15th 2016. 

The stream will begin at 12 A.M. and run until 12 P.M. or until all prizes have been awarded

The prizes will be handed out randomly over the course of the stream.

I have had a ton of fun streaming with you all and it’s been a blast learning about Star Trek with all of you. Super easy to win. Just come hang out and chat with us. Anyone who’s watching has a chance to win. Must type code word at least 15 Minutes before each giveaway to win. Code Word announced during stream 30 minutes prior to giveaway! 

List of Prizes –

Starfleet Pack (Federation) Content:

  • Delta Flyer and Pet!
  • NX-class Explorer
  • Rhode Island-class Science Vessel
  • Excelsior-class Cruiser
  • Sao Paulo-class Escort
  • Valiant-class Escort
  • Jupiter Uniform
  • 7 of 9 Uniform
  • Liberated Borg Human Bridge Officer
  • Sehlet Cub Pet
  • Unique Character Titles

Legacy Pack (Romulan) Content:

  • Scorpion Fighter and Pet!
  • T’varo-class Light Warbird
  • Dhael-class Warbird
  • Valdore-class Warbird
  • D’ridthau-class Warbird
  • Malem-class Light Warbird
  • TOS Uniforms
  • Nemesis Uniforms
  • Liberated Borg Reman Bridge Officer
  • Sehlet Cub Pet
  • Unique Character Titles

Empire Pack (KDF) Content:

  • To’Duj Fighter and Pet!
  • B’rolth-class Bird of Prey
  • Qaw’Dun-class Bird of Prey
  • Koro’t’inga-class Battlecruiser
  • Puyjaq-class Raptor
  • Negh’Tev-class Battlecruiser
  • Academy Uniforms
  • Mercenary Costumes
  • Liberated Borg Klingon Bridge Officer
  • Sehlet Cub Pet
  • Unique Character Titles

Each of these packs are faction-specific. You must create a Federation character to redeem the Starfleet Pack, Romulan character to redeem the Legacy Pack and KDF character to redeem the Empire Pack.

*Codes expire within the year and are consumed upon redemption.

*Please note that these codes are only available to PS4 players in North America.

Redemption Instructions:

  1. Open a Sony Network Entertainment account on PSN (or use your existing Sony Entertainment Network account).
  2. Select the PlayStation®Store icon on the PS4™ system home screen.
  3. On PlayStation®Store, select ‘Redeem Codes’ at the bottom of the menu.
  4. Enter the code.
  5. Once the code has been entered correctly, select ‘Continue’ on the dialog box.
  6. Select ‘Continue’ to complete code redemption.
  7. Launch Star Trek Online and visit the C-Store in-game.
  8. Rewards can be found on the tabs marked “Promotions.”