STO Guest Blog: Epohh Tagging

By Mimey - January 11, 2013


Overview

So, you've just arrived on Mol'Rihan, or “New Romulus in your language,” as D’Tan said when you first arrived, seeking to help out the Romulans with their new colony. As you walk around, beginning to explore, you might see these small, furry creatures of various colors running to and fro. These are indigenous creatures of the planet, which the Romulans call the 'Epohhs', which is their word for 'pet'.

As you continue, you might make your way south, over a large suspension bridge that has been built over the Atlai, where you will come across a large, green pasture called the Epohh Fields. There are several Romulan scientists here who are studying these small, passive creatures and would like your help. If you’ve already visited this section and accessed the transport console, you’ll be able to transport directly there.

From this point onwards, if you are having any trouble getting around the fields or finding Toreth, etc., please feel free to use a zoomed-in map that may be found here.

To begin your Epohh tagging journey towards receiving hundreds of Romulan Marks, find the head scientist, Toreth (she's in front of a tent, dressed in white and is holding a PADD), within the camp. Talk to her because she has a mission for you named, “Isha Forest Epohh Collection.” This little mission is what is going to get you on the road to getting Epohhs, and can be done daily (it has a 20-hour cool-down timer).

Because of that, there's a lot to mention here!

Epohh tagging is much more of a mini-game than a true mission. The game itself is simple: just run around in one of several areas and tag Epohhs. Based on how many you tag, you will gain 'Active Epohh Tags,' and a few Romulan Marks as your reward. The best reward is 4 tags and is earned by tagging at least 30 Epohhs during the mission.

Teaming up with at least one other person can help immensely as each team member’s tags counts towards the group’s total, making it much easier to get the minimum of 30 needed for the maximum reward. A full team of 5 would only need each person to tag 6 Epohhs to earn the maximum reward.

Epohh tagging is a mission of speed. Abilities or items that can speed up your movement will help you move around quickly. For example, if you are a Tactical officer, try using the Motion Accelerator kit ability, or put on your frosted boots from this year’s winter event.

Tips from a Seasoned Tagger


Using your mouse to tag Epohhs may take a couple seconds longer over using your interact key, since you have to move your mouse around to click on the Epohh when you are near it. Using your interact keybind (“F”, or another key if you have changed it) may help you tag faster since you can focus on tagging and moving on, rather than switching between your mouse and keyboard.

Try to avoid running around too much. If you run out of Epohhs in your starting area, look around, but keep yourself focused on the closest Epohh. You only have 90 seconds to tag the Epohhs, so you can't be running around or standing idle for too long.

Epohhs are small and some blend in very well with the ground – your biggest asset will in fact be the interact box that pops up when you are in range of tagging an Epohh. Looking for them can be difficult, especially small ones. It's also worth noting that if you lower your visual setting, much of the grass, shrubs, and so on will disappear off the ground, making it easier to spot Epohhs.                          

Next Steps

Once the timer is up, talk to Toreth and turn in your Epohh tags to finish the mission. Based on how many Epohhs you or your team tagged, she'll reward you with a number of tags you can keep. Once you earn four tags from her, you are ready to move on.

NOTE: If you are having trouble getting a group together for tagging, there's a chat channel to help! Just type in 'channel_join Epohh Tag' (without the quotes) in your chat box and you’ll join it. I'd like to mention that it's not my chat channel, but it could help you find a team if you don't have anyone to team up with. If players in that channel have already finished tagging, try asking in ‘Zone’ chat. Most will respond to “LFT Fed (or KDF) Epohh Tagging” or something similar.

So, now that you have your tags, let's do something with them! Go ahead and talk to Toreth, as she has a Duty Officer (DOFF) assignment for you.

Now, for this DOFF assignment, you will see it that it requires science Duty Officers and lists out specific specializations and traits that will increase the success and critical success (crit) chances of its completion. It has a guaranteed success rate that will reward 1 Epohh research, and a critical success will reward 3 Epohh research. DOFF attributes that can increase your crit chance are include slotting officers of higher rarity (very rare/purple) and officers with the Efficient and Logical traits.

Next, once you start this assignment, all you have to do is wait. I will mention that all DOFF assignments related to Epohhs take exactly 24 hours to complete, but once they are done, you can (if applicable) start them again without waiting on a cooldown.

When the assignment has completed the next day, collect the reward, and don't forget to participate in tagging again. Repeat that process until you have collected 5 Epohh research in total. Once you have, talk to Toreth again and choose to open up her 'Store.'

Your First Epohh

Now, pretty much the bulk of the 'work' is done at this point. In the store, you can choose one of 4 Epohh pups to buy: River, Forest, Mountain, or Ruin. The only difference between them is color, and what they can evolve to. If you're just tagging for the Romulan Marks, choose anything; if you’re looking to raise a pup to become your new non-combat pet, go ahead and pick what you want the most.

It's worth noting that ALL Epohhs, research and tags are bound to you the moment you get them.

Now that you have your new Epohh pup, it’s time to say goodbye to it already and talk to the other Romulans standing around camp. There are five in particular, each specializing in a different type of Epohh: River, Forest, Mountain, Ruin, and Evolved.

Speak to the Romulan who focuses on your Epohh type and choose the Epohh pup DOFF assignment. It will require the Epohh pup and a couple of DOFFs to start. Again, if you don't care about the type of Epohh you will raise in the end, don't worry about what DOFFs you send on the assignment at this point.

Epohh raising goes as such: pup to moppet, moppet to adult, adult to elder. Thus, it takes 3 days to fully raise an Epohh. If you should crit a raising mission, the base breed (such as River) will decide what kind of evolved Epohh it will become.

A River will become a Purple
A Mountain will become a Black
A Forest will become a Yellow
A Ruins will become a White

                     
Collecting Your Reward

At this point, you have a final choice to make: keep the Epohh as a pet or turn it in for Romulan Marks. An elder Epohh (whether it's evolved or not) will reward you with 400 Romulan Marks upon turning it into Toreth. But don’t worry; she will find a great home for it. You can also turn in research, mopets, and adults for a smaller amount of Romulan Marks, but I recommend you fully evolve yours to an elder if you’re going to be turning it in for a reward.  If you decide to keep the Epohh as a pet, you can turn it in at a later time or have it follow you on your journey for years to come.

On a final note, I'd just like to say I really enjoyed making the original guide. I might've written it, but I have to also give proper credit to others who've helped me with things I couldn't have done on my own: Idrona, who provided the map above, Darkstarkirian, who gave the info about the total number of pets you could get from this; Starkaos, who figured out all the exact evolutions of the Epohhs; everyone who helped me figure out the evolution thing, and anybody else I might've forgotten.

Thank you all for reading; I greatly enjoyed making this guest blog and hope to see you tagging in-game sometime!

-Mimey

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