PSA: Grab three free Star Trek Online ships right now

    
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Kicking off a week of free giveaways ahead for Star Trek Online, Cryptic’s made a trio of Tier 5 (T5) starships available for free in the game store. But you’re going to need to move quick to grab them, because this promo will end on Monday at 1:00 EST.

There is one ship for each of the game’s three primary factions: the Caitian Atrox Carrier for the Federation, the Kar’Fi Battle Cruiser for Klingons, and the Ar’Kif Tactical Carrier Warbird Retrofit for Romulans.

And if you’re hoping to get a Tier 6 ship without plunking down cash, then you’re in luck there as well. When the anniversary event goes live, players can earn a T6 Vulcan ship by participating in a few easy dailies.

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Aaron Mason

I can confirm console doesn’t get anything. Tried all day no luck.

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Ririrawr

ugh so much blah here

the ships are for level 50 charas and so can only be claimed if you match the level requirement

each ship once claimed is a permanent unlock for your whole account (can be reclaimed by alts)

the ships are rank T5 they can be upgraded to T5U with an upgrade token (might be getting a free one before anniversary starts)

the difference between T5U and T6 (the highest rank of ships) is only that T5Us have
– ONE less console slot, i.e. 10 (not a gamebreaker since some T6 ships have 10 as well)
– NO starship trait unlock (you can only slot like 5 starship traits on your character anyway)

jem’hadar characters start at level 60 and can claim the KDF and FED ships but not the RR ones, and to do that they need to meet that requirements. They DO meet the level requirements but NOT the faction one. they only get to choose a faction after completing the Gamma story arc.

NOTE: might be able to skip the entire arc but MUST finish tutorial and play the last episode of the Gamma arc (Home).

So you will need to roll two Jem’hadar characters, play the tutorial arc and the episode called “Home” where you get to choose to join FED/KDF.

The T6 anniversary ship can be “unlocked” by anyone level 10+ (because completing the event is about unlocking the option to claim it) whereas the T5 ship giveaways need a specific level (again, 50+ to claim it)

lastly, consoles ALWAYS get things later (except some events) and if you follow the link on the twitter post, it leads to the full details and there on that page at the top, it has the relevance highlighted: PC / XBOX / PS

i get that for most here, bashing cryptic endlessly is fun (heck, i yell at them a lot too) but… with STO they are extremely generous and give you all the tools you need to do endgame stuff, for free… so long as you understand the mechanics; understanding which is what takes foreber :P so… less misunderstanding and whining, moar trekking pls

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Ririrawr

(since it will not let me edit the post)

P.S. : all three ships are awesome for endgame stuff (not necessarily the elite difficulty meta whatever) so long as they are upgraded

P.P.S. : KDF rules, FED drools

P.P.P.S. : RR > FED

P.P.P.P.S. : KDF and RR are bros FED are um bozos… yeah >.> going away now

>.>

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Josh Godfrey

Is this just for pc? Will console get it later down the road? I was gonna buy the atrox just because it looks nice.

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NeoWolf

It doesn’t specify a specific platform so I think it is safe to assume so long as the ships are available on your platform then then the promo also likely includes your platform ;)

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NeoWolf

These three ships are T5 Carriers, with this in mind they require a particular style of play and also have a limited shelf life in so much as the jump between T5 and T6 is a small one in terms of experience and the STO levelling but a large one in terms of power scale. You can get some longevity from them via an upgrade token later on, but even then an upgrade T5 and an actual T6 are pretty much worlds apart.

That all said, free is free and once on your account they are available forever more.. so you may as well grab them I mean this is Craptic/PWE they don’t give away stuff often lol

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PanagiotisLial1

A sci carrier, a tactical carrier(1hangar) and sci carrier with tac focus and 4/3 weapons.

That said I use many t5u ships and they arent really worse than most T6s. They are more than competent holding their own. The problem is if not upgraded to T5-U. Not every ship of the 3 has “free upgrade” option. I think only the Kar’fi has but its technically the best among them too

The difference is T6s offer a trait for tier v master and specialised sits that most times arent useful, unfortunately

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NeoWolf

I also use a number of T5U’s, which initially when they first added T6 were the same as back then T6 didn’t have the unique trait that come a little after. Also there is a sizeable difference in ship stats between a T5U and a T6.

Also although it is true the unique ship trait is in most instances specialised situationally, they are also an unlock so once unlocked can be used and switched out on the fly as needed between combats…so it ins’t that bad. There are also some that have fairly universally useful benefits.

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Castagere Shaikura

LOL, those ships are crap. No one fly’s them anymore so sure give those away.

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PanagiotisLial1

Not the “catfish”

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John Mynard

I quite like the U.S.S. Kyle, it’s beefy as all hell and while it’s missing a couple of onboard weapons, 2 wings of fighters more than makes up. The only thing I wish was that it had a passive that made the pets more durable.

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PanagiotisLial1

Scramble Fighters

But its not cheap, it also raises their overall dps
If you have 3 Flight Decks Officers on active duty you can use it as “clicky” often

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Hikari Kenzaki

Fair warning, you must be level 50 to claim these ships.

A trick (from Tanek) to getting the Fed and KDF ships is to make a Jem’Hadar (they start out at level 60), choose a faction and grab those.

The Romulan, you have to earn the old fashioned way as only a Rom can grab it.

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Hikari Kenzaki

You can delete the Jem’Hadar created above after claiming and opening the ship. It will stay bound to your account.

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Armsbend

Wish I had known this first – would have saved me from wasting time downloading the game.

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wratts

Unfortunately it appears you can’t just create the character and immediately purchase. Tried after seeing your post and still don’t meet requirements.

I’m assuming it’s just some set of tutorial missions or something, but still would be nice if a giveaway would be open to true casuals just trying things out

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Armsbend

God help me – this has gotten me to dl the game for a first try.

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McGuffn

Um, excuse me. What does god need with a starship?

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Armsbend

Not much I guess. I started the game, went to the store and it said I didn’t meet the requirements. Being a Living God – I got annoyed and deleted the game and PWE’s dumb installer. I won’t make that mistake twice.