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FleetAdmiral_BamBam

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Report this Mar. 08 2012, 3:57 pm

Quote: Mitchz95 @ Mar. 08 2012, 3:48 pm

Quote: FleetAdmiral_BamBam @ Mar. 08 2012, 3:31 pm

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>Here's another question, how in the world do I get Gold Pressed Latinum and Dilithium?  I see it's necessary to purchase some stuff.

>I'm a Lieutenant (3) and I still haven't figured out what I'm doing... Is there a manual somewhere, or do we just need to figure it out with help from others?

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I don't believe there's a manual anywhere. I guess just figure it out with help from others if necessary.

Gold-Pressed Latinum is aquired through playing Dabo on Deep Space Nine (Beta Ursae Sector Block) and Drozana Station (Eta Eridani Sector Block). It's sort of an optional currency; don't worry about it too much. There are also cases of GPL available for sale on the Exchange, but they cost Energy Credits.

Dilithium is also not necessary, but it does have many uses. It's obtained by playing Daily Missions such as "Explore Strange New Worlds", or Events such as the "Mirror Universe Incursion". You will get Dilithium Ore, which must be refined before it can be used (you can only refine 8,000 per day). Refined Dilithium can be traded for Cryptic Points on the Dilithium Exchange (one of the drop-down options under your mini-map). However, not all Dailies and Events reward Dilithium.

I thought dilithium was necessary to upgrade ships.


I haven't received any dilithium yet... but then again, I'm just getting started and haven't played any of the daily missions.  I'll keep looking for it.


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Report this Mar. 08 2012, 3:59 pm

Quote: FleetAdmiral_BamBam @ Mar. 08 2012, 3:57 pm

>I thought dilithium was necessary to upgrade ships.


Ships do cost Dilithium, but you get one free ship every time you get promoted. Shuttles are an exception; they cost Energy Credits.


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Report this Mar. 08 2012, 3:59 pm

So, how do I get a key to open those lockboxes?  Is it something that I have to purchase?


 


Also, what do I do with the food I keep picking up?  Is it something to use, or do I just sell it?


 


 


I'd ask these questions on the STO forum, but I haven't been able to figure out which area of the forum F2P people can post.


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Report this Mar. 08 2012, 4:01 pm

Quote: Mitchz95 @ Mar. 08 2012, 3:59 pm

Quote: FleetAdmiral_BamBam @ Mar. 08 2012, 3:57 pm

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>I thought dilithium was necessary to upgrade ships.

Ships do cost Dilithium, but you get one free ship every time you get promoted. Shuttles are an exception; they cost Energy Credits.

Hmmmm .... I guess I've been promoted up to an LT(3) and still have the same ship.  I tried getting a new ship, but it said I needed dilithium...


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Report this Mar. 08 2012, 4:13 pm

Quote: FleetAdmiral_BamBam @ Mar. 08 2012, 3:59 pm

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>So, how do I get a key to open those lockboxes?  Is it something that I have to purchase?

>Also, what do I do with the food I keep picking up?  Is it something to use, or do I just sell it?

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Cardassian lockboxes require Master Keys, which can be purchased from the C-store for 100 C-points each (or ten for 900 C-points). They're also available for tons of Energy Credits on the Exchange. However, the lockboxes don't have lot of great stuff to offer, so I wouldn't bother with them. Just discard them.


Food gives a small buff if you eat it, and is best used right before engaging a mob of enemies. It can also be used for breeding tribbles (which give better buffs depending on the type of food and the type of tribble that eats it). Tribbles are pretty cheap on the Exchange, however.


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Report this Mar. 08 2012, 4:13 pm

Quote: FleetAdmiral_BamBam @ Mar. 08 2012, 4:01 pm

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>Hmmmm .... I guess I've been promoted up to an LT(3) and still have the same ship.  I tried getting a new ship, but it said I needed dilithium...

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That's different. You get promoted every ten levels. The ranks are Ensign 0, Lieutenant 1 (this is an exception; no free ship), Lieutenant Commander 10, Commander 20, Captain 30, Rear Admiral (lower half) 40, Rear Admiral (upper half) 45 (another exception), and finally Vice Admiral 50.


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Report this Mar. 08 2012, 4:17 pm

Quote: Mitchz95 @ Mar. 08 2012, 4:13 pm

Quote: FleetAdmiral_BamBam @ Mar. 08 2012, 3:59 pm

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>So, how do I get a key to open those lockboxes?  Is it something that I have to purchase?

>Also, what do I do with the food I keep picking up?  Is it something to use, or do I just sell it?

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Cardassian lockboxes require Master Keys, which can be purchased from the C-store for 100 C-points each (or ten for 900 C-points). They're also available for tons of Energy Credits on the Exchange. However, the lockboxes don't have lot of great stuff to offer, so I wouldn't bother with them. Just discard them.

Food gives a small buff if you eat it, and is best used right before engaging a mob of enemies. It can also be used for breeding tribbles (which give better buffs depending on the type of food and the type of tribble that eats it). Tribbles are pretty cheap on the Exchange, however.

okay.... how do you discard items?


How do I eat items?


 


Speaking of energy credits, I've only earned a few dozen.  I take it that the daily episodes is where I really earn them?


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Report this Mar. 08 2012, 4:18 pm

Quote: Mitchz95 @ Mar. 08 2012, 4:13 pm

Quote: FleetAdmiral_BamBam @ Mar. 08 2012, 4:01 pm

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>Hmmmm .... I guess I've been promoted up to an LT(3) and still have the same ship.  I tried getting a new ship, but it said I needed dilithium...

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That's different. You get promoted every ten levels. The ranks are Ensign 0, Lieutenant 1 (this is an exception; no free ship), Lieutenant Commander 10, Commander 20, Captain 30, Rear Admiral (lower half) 40, Rear Admiral (upper half) 45 (another exception), and finally Vice Admiral 50.

Ahh... so there are levels within each rank....


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Report this Mar. 08 2012, 4:21 pm

Quote: FleetAdmiral_BamBam @ Mar. 08 2012, 4:17 pm

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>okay.... how do you discard items?

>How do I eat items?

>Speaking of energy credits, I've only earned a few dozen.  I take it that the daily episodes is where I really earn them?

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Discarding items: right click on the item in your inventory and click "Discard". You'll get energy credits for it, 40% of its value.


Eating items: equip them into one of your character's four "devices" slots; then you can click them on your toolbar whenever you want to eat them. You can also give them to bridge officers (boffs) but you can't control when they will eat them.


Earning Energy Credits: I made my money selling items I didn't need on the Exchange. You may also want to check how much the same item is selling for on the "Buy" tab.


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Report this Mar. 08 2012, 4:24 pm

Too bad I can't sell those lockboxes to someone that really wants one.

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Report this Mar. 08 2012, 4:30 pm

Quote: FleetAdmiral_BamBam @ Mar. 08 2012, 4:24 pm

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>Too bad I can't sell those lockboxes to someone that really wants one.

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Well, you can sell them on the Exchange. But they're so common in-game that most people sell them for only one Energy Credit. Not much of a profit there.


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Report this Mar. 08 2012, 4:43 pm

I think I need to figure out how to do the Academy.  Is it only during certain times?


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Report this Mar. 08 2012, 4:43 pm

Quote: Mitchz95 @ Mar. 08 2012, 4:30 pm

Quote: FleetAdmiral_BamBam @ Mar. 08 2012, 4:24 pm

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>Too bad I can't sell those lockboxes to someone that really wants one.

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Well, you can sell them on the Exchange. But they're so common in-game that most people sell them for only one Energy Credit. Not much of a profit there.

Maybe I'll hold onto them and see if later on, new players want them and the supply won't be there....


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Report this Mar. 08 2012, 4:56 pm

Quote: FleetAdmiral_BamBam @ Mar. 08 2012, 4:43 pm

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>I think I need to figure out how to do the Academy.  Is it only during certain times?

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Yes, the Academy Events only occur for one hour, roughly twice per day.


Basically, you run around scanning particles. One of three things will happen at each particle:


- the particle will collapse, giving you nothing.


- a holographic Klingon officer will appear. Kill him/her, and you get one particle fragment.


- the particle will be isolated. Begin collection. If the particle starts expanding, use the Multiphasic Scan. If it starts dissipating, use the Positron Imaging Scan. Collect the particles. You will get two particle fragments.


Once you've got lots of particle fragments, meet up with Professor Neal Meyer (he's outside the main building). He'll give you Dilithium Ore: 480 for 15 particle fragments, 1056 for 30 particle fragments, and 2304 for 60 particle fragments.


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Report this Mar. 08 2012, 5:40 pm

^^ At least I'll finally get some ore....

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