STO Command Ships Officially Revealed – Details still missing

Following last weeks leak of the new Command Ships, Trendy has posted a general overview of the new Command ships.  As predicted the command ships will come individually for 3000 Zen, as a per faction set of three for 6000 Zen, and a mega-set for the low-low price of 12000 Zen.  Without knowing what these ships will have in terms of load-outs, traits and console interoperability, it’s hard to say whether these are worthwhile or not.

Outstanding Questions (likely to be revealed over the next few weeks):

  • Starship master traits? 1 shared, or three unique?
  • Weapons Loadouts
  • BOFF seating variations
  • Console Slots

From the space barbie perspective, there appears to be a variety of hull modifications for all three factions.  This is is especially obvious for the KDF who’s first views looked a little too block-ish for some tastes.

Command ships come with a new game mechanic called Inspiration and a platform console.  Speculation: I’m sensing that there isn’t a set-bonus for the platform consoles, and that likely they perform like the Odyssey set – only one can be used at a time.

Command Battlecruiser Features

This new type of Tier 6 ship has several features that make them stand out, most notably is the presence of their Inspiration mechanic and Commander Engineering/Command hybrid specialist bridge officer seat. Below is a bullet point list of features for these starships:

  • All Factions
    • Inspiration Mechanic
    • Commander Engineering/Command Bridge Officer Seat
    • Can Equip Dual Cannons
    • 1x Hangar Bay
    • All new Starship Traits
    • Special deployable Platform consoles
  • Klingons and Starfleet
    • Cruiser Command Array
      • Command – Attract Fire
      • Command – Shield Frequency Modulation
  • Romulans
    • Singularity Warp Core
      • 40 Base Power for All Sub-Systems
      • Plasma Shockwave
      • Quantum Absorption
      • Warp Shadows
      • Singularity Jump
      • Singularity Overcharge

Inspiration Mechanic

Command ships are impressive vessels designed to inspire those around them. When the Command ship or its team mates activate any Bridge Officer ability, all Command Ships on the team will receive a small amount of the Inspiration resource. Command Bridge Officer abilities generate additional Inspiration. Once a Command ship’s Inspiration meter is full, they can use one of three powerful abilities that can turn the tide of battle

Inspiration

This resource is built when anybody on your team activates a bridge officer ability. Command Bridge Officer abilities generate more Inspiration. To account for fewer players activating bridge officer abilities when on smaller teams or playing solo, you gain a bonus to Inspiration generation in these circumstances. That said, you will generally be able to generate Inspiration more quickly in a full team.

Inspiration Abilities

When your Inspiration meter is full, you will be able to use one of these three powerful abilities:

Against All Odds

Team Damage Buff and Weapon Power Cost Reduction
While active, you and your team mates will gain a substantial bonus to damage as well as a massive reduction in weapon power cost. Activating this ability requires a full bar of Inspiration. Multiple stacks of this ability will extend the duration instead of stacking the potency of the effect.

Battle Preparation

Team Bridge Officer Ability Recharge
When activated, all of your team’s Bridge Officer abilities will receive a massive reduction in remaining recharge time. This will cause most abilities to immediately fully recharge or very nearly fully recharge. Activating this ability requires a full bar of Inspiration, has a longer recharge time than other Inspiration abilities, and once affected by this ability, you can neither use nor be affected by this ability for a period of time.

Turn the Tide

Team Resistance and Hull Regen Buff
While active, you and your team mates will regenerate hull hit points very quickly and have their damage resistances increased substantially. Activating this ability requires a full bar of Inspiration. Multiple stacks of this ability will extend the duration instead of stacking the potency of the effect.

Command Specialist Bridge Officer Seats

All of these ships also include a Commander Engineering/Command hybrid specialist bridge officer seat as well as a second Lieutenant rank Command hybrid specialist bridge officer seat. The primary profession for this seat varies per Command Battlecruiser variant.

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