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 Starfleet Command III

Starfleet Command III
Unofficial Strategy Guide and FAQ
by Kasey Chang
released September 20, 2003

0  Introduction

1  Game Information: What is SFC3?

2  Power and Maneuvering

3  Ship Systems

4  Weapons

5  Introduction to SFC tactics

6  Combat Checklists and some more tips

7  Some Maneuvers you should know

8  Offense

9  Defense

10 Tactics and Counter-Tactics

11 Ship Designs

12 Introduction to Single-Player Campaign

13 Some Tips for Your Campaign

14 Klingon Campaign Walkthru

15 Romulan Campaign Walkthru

16 Federation Campaign Walkthru

17 Borg Campaign Walkthru

18 SFC3 ships

19 SFC equipment (shields, weapons, etc.)

20 Misc. Information

This section is mainly about the FAQ itself and some legalese.
You can read the most often asked FAQs at the end of this
section, or skip right to [1] for the "stuff".

If you like the FAQ, send me $1.00. :-)  See 0.3


This is a FAQ, NOT a manual. You won't learn how to play the game
with this document, and I'm NOT about to add it to ease the life
of software pirates, no matter how old the game is.

This guide is about SFC3. I also have written guide for SFC and

Some of you may recognize my name as the editor for the XCOM and
XCOM2: TFTD FAQ's, among others.

If you don't care about all these verbiage (it's mainly for
people who want to redistribute the guide) you can jump right to
the end of this section and read some of the FAQs.

If you like the FAQ, send me $1.00. :-)  See 0.3


This document is copyrighted by Kuo-Sheng "Kasey" Chang (c) 2003,
all rights reserved excepted as noted above in the disclaimer

This document is available FREE of charge subjected to the
following conditions:

1) This notice and author's name must accompany all copies of
this document: " Starfleet Command III Unofficial Strategy Guide
and FAQ" is copyrighted (c) 2003 by Kasey K.S. Chang, all rights
reserved except as noted in the disclaimer."

2) This document must NOT be modified in any form or manner
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4) If you used material from this, PLEASE ACKNOWLEDGE the source,
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Sidenote: The above conditions are known as a statutory contract.
If you meet them, then you are entitled to the rights I give you
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you don't follow them, you did not meet the statutory contract
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However, a VOLUNTARY contribution of one (1) US Dollar would be
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If you don't live in the US, please send me some local stamps. I
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This USG should be available at Gamefaqs
( and other major PC game websites (such
as,, etc.). I only release it to
Gamefaqs, so they would always have the latest. If you get it
from anywhere else, beware that it may NOT be the latest and
greatest version.

To webmasters who wish to archive this FAQ on their website,
please read the terms of distribution in section 0.2. It is quite


There is no warranty for this unofficial strategy guide. After
all, it depends on YOU the player.  All I can do is offer some

Some bits of information here are condensed, summarized and
adapted from the SFB Tactics Manual (original edition).

PLEASE let me know if there's a confusing or missing remark... If
you find a question about this game that is not covered in the
USG, e-mail it to me at the address specified later.  I'll try to
answer it and include it in the next update.

The address below is spelled out phonetically so spammers can't
use spambots on it:

Kilo-Sierra-Charlie-Hotel-Alpha-November-Golf-Seven-Seven AT
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To decipher this, simply read the first letter off each word
except for the numbers and the punctuation. This is "military
phonetics" or "aeronautical phonetics" in case you're wondering.

This document was produced on Microsoft Word 97, with some note
taking on a Handspring Visor with the Targus Stowaway foldable
keyboard. Some editing was done with Editpad


I am just a game player who decided to write my own FAQs when the
ones I find don't cover what I want to see.  Lots of people like
what I did, so I kept doing it.

Previously, I've written Unofficial Strategy Guides (USGs) for
XCOM, XCOM2:TFTD, Wing Commander, Wing Commander 2, Wing
Commander 3, Wing Commander 4, Privateer, Spycraft, 688(I)
Hunter/Killer. Mechwarrior 3, MW3 Expansion Pack, Mechwarrior 4,
Mechwarrior 4: Black Knight, Mechwarrior 4: Mercenaries, Need for
Speed: Porsche Unleashed, The Sting!, Terranova, Fallout Tactics,
Battlecruiser Millennium, and a few more.

Most of them should be on, the biggest
FAQ site around.

To contact me, see 0.5 above.


Starfleet Command III is a trademark of Activision. See

Starfleet Command III was created by Taldren. See

Starfleet Command III was inspired by Star Trek, which is a
trademark by Paramount Pictures. See
for all you want to know about Star Trek computer and console

Some of the information here has been published on Taldren's
public forum


15-SEP-2003    Initial Release
20-SEP-2003    Second release, finished Borg campaign, updated
               misc verbiage, charts realigned.


Q: Can you send me SFC3 (or portions thereof)?
A: No.

Q: Can you send me the CD key?
A: No.

Q: Can you send me the manual (or portions thereof)?
A: No. It's on the CD!

Q: Can you tell me how to play the game?
A: Read the manual.

Q: What are the keyboard shortcuts?
A: Read the manual or look in the game options

Q: What's the latest version of SFC3?
A: Beta patch V1.01 Build 500 (about 12 megs or so)

Q: Which race should I start first?
A: As the game suggests, play the Klingons.

Q: How many difficulty levels are there?
A: The AI level can be set to 3 levels, captain, commodore, or

Q: What is the maximum number of ships I can own?
A: One. You may command more during a mission but own only one.

Q: What do the medals screen really mean?
A: They show what special missions you've "won", in addition to
your rank (which depends on your prestige).

Q: What are some of the terms used in SFC/SFB mean?
A: See the "glossary" at 1.9

Q: Where are the cheat codes?
A: There aren't any. This is a STRATEGY and TACTICAL COMBAT game.

Q: How do I get better crew?
A: You "buy" them at the recruiting office. Though in my
experience you can train them up faster than the good ones are

Q: But I don't see any good crews available!
A: So take your "green" crew on a few missions. By the end of
campaign they should be near "legendary".

Q: How do I play online?
A: Sign up for Gamespy, which allows you to join the existing
Dynaverse 3 servers.

Q: What is this "Borg campaign" I heard about?
A: It's only included in the boxes sold by Best Buy.

Q: How about the "Nemesis campaign"?

A: You can download that from most SFC websites.

1    Game Information: What is SFC3?
SFC3, or Starfleet Command III, is a starship combat simulation
set in the Star Trek: The Next Generation / Deep Space Nine /
Voyager universe. It is an officially licensed Star Trek product.
It is the third in the series of Starfleet Command products. Set
after Voyager's return from the Delta Quadrant, it chronicles the
attempt by the Klingons and the Federation to build Unity One,
the most advanced Starbase in Alpha and Beta Quadrants, while the
Romulans are watching warily...

The previous two Starfleet Command were set in the original Star
Trek series universe (or as it's sometimes called, the Movie
Series universe), and was published by Interplay.


Star Fleet Battles was a board game that was inspired by Star
Trek. Amarillo Design Bureau (ADB) based Star Fleet Battles (SFB)
on the Franz Joseph "Star Fleet Technical Manual" (to Trekkers,
the TOS Tech Manual) where ships such as destroyers and
dreadnoughts were proposed as part of Federation Star Fleet. SFB
was VERY careful not to ever mention Star Trek or use ANY of the
Star Trek-only elements in its materials, as Paramount never
licensed SFB.

The original SFB was published in a small "booklet" format sealed
in ziplock bags. It was first published in 1979 though it was
designed as far back as 1975.  It only had the Feds, Klingons,
and Romulans. Some races were added later in expansion packs.

Then came the "Commander's Edition" in 1990. Commander's Edition
had Federation, Klingon, Tholians, Romulans, Orions, Gorns, and
Kzintis (from the animated Star Trek episode, "The Slaver
Weapon", which used the Kzintis from Larry Niven's stories). You
can find more about the Kzintis by reading the "Man-Kzin Wars"
collection in your local library or bookstore.

The final (often called "Doomsday")  "Captain's edition" rules
was in 1994. All the rules are now revised properly and swore
never to be changed except for VERY good reasons. Other races
such as Lyrans and Hydrans were added, and later the ISC. There
are also a lot of minor races like Lyran Democratic Republic
(LDR), the WYN, and so on in later expansion modules.

Other expansion modules added carrier operations, PF operations,
very large ships (like battleships and battlecruisers, as well as
heavy dreadnoughts and light dreadnoughts), new terrain types
(radiation zone, heat zone, etc.), more monsters, more auxiliary
units, more conjectural units, more races, and much more.

In time, the SFB universe diverged significantly from the Star
Trek universe. In SFB, the empires continue to fight minor wars
on and off until the General War, where everybody started
fighting. The Organians are missing, off dealing with some other
threats. The General war lasted 18 years. Organians later came
back with the ISC and tried to let ISC enforce peace on
everybody, and initially the ISC were successful, until a new
invader came, the Andromedans.

To learn more about the General War and the SFB universe in
general, please read the "General War Timeline" on the SFB
website at

(In case you wonder what about the Andromedans, here's a short
explanation, in SFB, the Andromedans launched an all-out invasion
of the galaxy right after the ISC Pacification War. They have an
advantage in that they were able to move VERY quickly from sector
to sector. They almost reduced some of the empires to only a few
systems. The galaxy united and in a series of battles, threw back
the Andromedans after discovering how the Andromedans were able
to fly so fast from sector to sector. The pre-surveyed Andromedan
satellite bases serve as special nav beacons. The galactic powers
hunted down the satellite bases, and eventually, launched an all-
out assault on the Andromedan base in the Lesser-Magellanic
Clouds (nebula), destroying it. The galaxy was forever changed,
as the Romulan Empire became a Republic. )

There was even a company or two that creates "unofficial
expansion" for SFB that adds new races in a different galaxy with
completely different combat rules. ADB themselves also published
several "alternate universe" products, including "Omega Sector"
(space beyond ISC) and "Stellar Shadows". They also published
some "minor races" (Lyran Democratic Republic, the WYN cluster,
the Jindarians, etc.) and the "simulator races" (what each
"empire" use as imaginary enemies in their training academies).
Each have at least one or two unique features, and most have a
full complement of ships, from PF's up to at least dreadnoughts.

SFB also has a strategic component called "Federation and
Empire", which is a board game that simulates the General War
complete with strategic movement, supplies, shipbuilding, fleet
battle, bases, and more. You can even generate battles to be
fought with SFB. It has its own set of expansion modules which
adds rules to deal with marine action, carrier battles, detailed
combat resolution with new special devices, more races, alternate
battles and campaigns, and so on.

SFB inspired a pen-and-paper role-playing game called "Prime
Directive", where you command "prime teams", basically special
agents that can handle ANYTHING for your empire. The game
features a "tiered" resolution system where it is possible to
completely BOTCH an operation. Otherwise it's a pretty standard
RPG in a sci-fi setting.

Later, Paramount granted ADB a conditional license that basically
says, "as long as you continue what you do now you are okay with
us." ADB has NO permission to use ANYTHING beyond what they do
now... To quote from ADB website, "We have Vulcans, but no one
named 'Spock'."

Recently, a new edition of Prime Directive using the popular
GURPS RPG system (from Steve Jackson Games) was released. Also,
ADB split from their original publisher, Task Force Games.


When Interplay obtained the license to make computer games based
on the "original Star Trek" license, one of the ideas thrown
around was to computerize Star Fleet Battles, and make it into an
official Star Trek product. Alan Emrich (noted strategy game
designer, contributor to Sid Meier's Civilization) claim to be
the first to submit the idea to Interplay. Quicksilver Software
then produced the product.

The result is "Starfleet Command" (SFC). It featured a full
"career" mode where the player creates a captain for one of the
major races, get a starship, go on missions, win prestige pts,
then spend the points on better crew, bigger ships, and so on.
You can also join one of several "elite" organizations within
each "empire". As a Fed, you can join "Starfleet Special Task
Force". As a Romulan, you can join the "Tal'Shiar" or the
"Tal'Priex", and so on. Membership in the elite organizations
allows you access to even more lucrative missions.

The Lyrans, Kzinti, and ISC never made it into SFC1 though. The
term 'Kzinti' was copyrighted (by Larry Niven's books) and
Interplay couldn't get a release without paying another license
fee. Tholians didn't make it in due to the complexity of their
"web" rules. Orion ships are in SFC, but you can't command one.
They are only there for you to fight against. They simply ran out
of room for ISC.

Keep in mind that SFC is a real-time game, while SFB is a turn-
based pen-and-paper board game. The differences are significant.
While SFC is based on SFB, it is NOT a direct translation.


Taldren, with quite a bit of help from former Quicksilver
employees, went on to create Starfleet Command Volume II: Empires
at War, with many different improvements.

SFC2 features several new races: Mirak, ISC, and Lyrans. It also
features expanded ship list for all of the races, plus a whole
slew of neutral ships, planets, and so on. Mirak were the SFB

Fighters and Fast Patrol ships (gunboats), and carriers/tenders
that carry them have been added as well. However, the individual
crew for each station (captain, science officer, tactical
officer, etc.) have been eliminated in favor of a vastly expanded
"campaign engine" dubbed "Dynaverse II".

The different races have campaigns set in the SFB "ISC
Pacification" period. Basically, the ISC jumped in near the end
of the General and shot at everybody, and was universally hated
as meddlers. They prompted the end of the General War.
Essentially the galactic powers, through separate efforts, pushed
back the ISC on all fronts, and you will discover the fate of the
Organians, and that threat they were talking about...

You can also play as the ISC and fight against everybody.

If you don't like the scripted campaigns, you can play a "pure
conquest" game by doing some unsupported modifications in your
game install directory. Look for two .BAT files in the game
directory and read the file before running it. It is NOT
supported, so don't blame anyone if that didn't work!

A stand-alone expansion pack: SFC2: Orion Pirates was later
released featuring advanced weapons and X-ships, Orion campaigns,
and final bug fixes. You can now finally play as one of the
pirates by joining one of the cartels. However, the individual
race campaigns have been eliminated. You can still play as one of
the galactic races, but you can only play "conquest". OP does NOT
require SFC2 to play and can be installed side-by-side with SFC2.
It has its own set of patches.

A full online multiplayer has been added. You can setup your own
dynaverse 2 server and let other players login and play for a
particular faction, with the server tracking the ebb and flow of
each empire, or you can just join an existing server and serve an
empire of your own choosing.

Interplay does not have the license to make Star Trek: The Next
Generation games. By this time, Viacom (parent company of
Paramount Pictures, owner of Star Trek franchise) decided to let
a single company handle the game business, and Activision won the
bid. So Activision will publish Starfleet Command III.

1.4   SO WHAT IS SFC3?

SFC3 has two parts: a campaign engine and a starship battle
simulator. In that way, it is similar to XCOM, with the
separation of GeoScape (world view of the globe) and BattleScape
(tactical isometric view) or even Fallout Tactics.

In the starship battle simulator, all of the systems on a
starship are at your command, from the sensors to the engine room
(power distribution), from the weapons to the transporters (to
beam out marines), from tractor beams to shuttles, and more. The
battle is on a 2D plane though the ships and other units are
fully 3D.

The starship combat simulator was significantly streamlined when
compared to SFC2. Energy allocation has been mostly eliminated.
Shields have been reduced from six to four. Weapons can no longer
be overloaded, though more "trick" weapons have been added.
Seeking weapons and fighters have been eliminated, as well as
transporter bombs.

Surrounding the battle simulator is the campaign engine, which
works for single-player campaign or multiplayer online. Some
missions are "special" missions and pre-scripted. Others are
randomly generated.

As you win missions, you earn prestige points. You can then used
those points to buy supplies, repair and refit your ship (with
more powerful equipment and weapons), upgrade to a new ship, hire
better officers, and so on. Depending on how well you perform the
missions, your empire can win or lose control of a particular

You can now REALLY upgrade your ship, by adding or removing
specific components. Want better shields? Add a stronger one (up
to certain limits). Want more firepower? Install a better weapon.
And so on. Each choice you make has an effect on combat. The more
mass you add to your ship, the slow you move and turn. The more
weapons you add to your ship, the less power you have form them
and powering the shields.

Each of the three races (Klingons, Romulans, and Federation) has
its custom campaign with some randomly generated missions and
some pre-scripted missions.

In Multiplayer mode, SFC can be played in skirmish mode (fight a
single battle online) or Dynaverse 3 campaign on supported


SFC3 combat is VERY different from other types of combat, like
land combat and naval combat. Land combat speed is quite slow
with long range weapons. Same with naval combat. In land or naval
combat, weapons are very powerful and protection is nearly nil.
If you're hit, you're toast. It's almost the exact opposite in
starship combat.

A typical weapon in SFC3 has effective range of 30 (300,000
kilometers) though usually they are fired a lot closer, while a
ship can travel 200,000 kms or more during that weapon recharge
period (speed 20). Shields protect all ships. It will take
several salvoes to defeat the shields on a ship and actually
damage the ship (though there are some shield penetrating
weapons). Firing arcs and maneuvers are very important.

Think of starship combat as aerial dogfights between helicopters
and you wouldn't be far off... Except these helicopters have
energy shields...


Taldren created SFC3. Activision published SFC3.

The SFC3 sold in Best Buy has a special Borg campaign.

You can download the Nemesis mini campaign from various SFC3


This guide will organized in roughly THREE parts.

Part 1 is a discussion of the battle simulator in SFC3, and the
various "general" tactics that would applies to several races,
not just a specific race or weapon. Things like fleet tactics,
shuttle tactics and so on would be here, as will maneuvers, HET
usage, and so on.

Part 2 is a discussion of the campaign engine, how to play single-
player and multi-player campaign, and so on.  The specific
mission walkthrus for the campaign missions would be here as

Part 3 is a race specific discussion on the ships, tactics, and
so on, for each race, a list of their ships, which ships are
good, custom configurations, and so on. There will also be a bit
of comparison among the ship classes and so on.


This guide was not designed to be general reference, but it sort
of ended up that way.

You will eventually want to read over EVERY section in this
guide, as we discuss tactics, systems, ships, races, special
equipment, weapons, and so on. This guide covers EVERYTHING. Read
the sections that apply to you first. For example, if you are
playing the Feds, read the Fed tactics, Fed ships, read the
section on photons, then read about the general tactics, the
discussion about your enemies. Eventually you'll read the whole

I don't cover stuff that's already in the manual. If you can't
figure out which buttons are which, you need the manual, not this


Alpha strike -- fire EVERY weapon that is currently in arc at the
designated target. Also see "peak output". Put maximum amount of
firepower on the target. (NOTE: this does NOT always mean put the
enemy directly in front of you. Also see "firing arcs").

Anchor -- a tactic where you use the tractor beam to hold the
enemy still, so you can shoot at the enemy with ZERO angular
velocity, improving chance-to-hit tremendously.

Battle pass -- move past the target off to its side, allowing
your rear/side weapons to shoot at the enemy's rear/side shields.
Also see "overrun". Usually used by Klingons due to their "wing"
phaser arcs, but can be used by any one with more side/rear

Battle run -- approach the target, shoot, then turn away to
expose rear/side weapons. Also see "overrun" and "battle pass".

Crunch Power -- see "peak output" below

Erratic Maneuvers (EM) -- sometimes referred as "evasive
maneuvers", sudden but small random movements, makes your ship
harder to hit but move a bit slower and makes your weapons less
accurate as well.

Firing arcs -- where the weapon can shoot. Most weapons have
limited firing arcs. Thus, it is up to you, the captain, to
position your ship properly so you can shoot the weapons at the
enemy properly (at his weakened or downed shield, preferably).

Hit-and-Run Raid (H&R) -- raid on specific enemy systems
conducted by your marines/boarding parties. If they succeed, the
system they attack is destroyed. You'll need to drop a facing
shield to do it though, and enemy must have a facing shield down
as well...

Internals -- short for "internal damage", amount of damage that
penetrated the shields. Example: "That salvo did 25 internals."

Klingon Saber Dance -- a tactic favored by Klingons. Basically,
it maneuvers staying just out of overload range to "wear down"
the opponent, who lacks the speed to get into overload range.
Statistically the disruptors have a better to-hit percentage than
other weapons at range 12-15. The superior maneuverability of the
Klingon ships and extended firing arcs facilitates that.

Mizia Concept -- introduced by Walter Mizia, it is an SFB concept
that a multiple smaller volleys is preferred to a single large
volley of damage. Statistically in SFB, a single large volley
tends to kill power but leave weapons, while multiple smaller
volleys kill weapons but leave power. SFC has inherited same
damage allocation routine and thus the same analysis applies.
Thus, the "multiple small volleys of attack" is also known as
"Mizia Attack".

Overrun -- pass right OVER the enemy ship, thus giving you the
opportunity to do point-blank shots, rear weapon shots, mines,
H&R raids, and so on. Also see "battle pass" and "battle turn".

Peak output -- better known as "crunch power", the theoretical
maximum damage that can be done in one alpha strike from a ship
in a single salvo. A Federation ship, for example, would have
higher peak output due to Fed photon torpedoes doing more damage
then the Klingon photon torpedoes. Usually used like "a
Federation ship has higher crunch power than a Klingon ship."

Power Curve -- a measure of how much power a ship has vs. how
much power it needs to arm all weapons at regular power levels
AND pay housekeeping costs. This is a lot less important than in
previous SFC games except when the warp engines take damage and
reduces power output.

Shock -- when internal damage is received, one or more systems
may be 'shocked' into being temporarily disabled. A "shocked"
system will come back online after a period of time without being
repaired, but in the meanwhile you have to do without the system.
Those systems show yellow. You can force them back online by
repairing them but that will use up one of your damage control

Tractor beam -- a force beam that can push or pull other objects
as needed. You can use it to 1) keep other objects away from you,
or 2) hold the other object there (so it can't get away).

Underrun -- overrun done by a cloaked unit. Also see "overrun".


Point-blank -- range zero or one, hit probability is 100%... You
can't miss.

Knife-fighting range -- range two or so, very slow maneuvering

Medium range -- range 3 to roughly range 15-20, reduced
probability of hit

Long range -- starts from end of medium to about range 30, or the
maximum range of the weapon(s).

Extreme range -- starts from edge of sensor range to end of long

2    Power and Maneuvering
Before we explain the tactics, weapons, etc., we need to explain
HOW the ships actually produce the energy and move around, and
where all the energy would go.

Then, with the proper amount of maneuver, you can apply all that
weapon to the hostile targets...


In SFC3, there is only one power source: warp engines. To get
more power, you mount a bigger engine (subject to a ship's
internal limit).

Power is used to charge shields, primary weapons, and heavy
weapons. If you don't have enough power, your weapons will charge
slower (or not at all!), your shields may be less than optimal
strength, and so on.

While shields cannot be overcharged, the excess energy can be
used to reinforce specific shields. If you order reinforcing
specific shield with no excess energy allocated, the extra power
will be drawn from the other 3 shields, weakening them.

The weapons CAN be overcharged, and can do up to 50% more damage
depending on how much additional power did you allocate.


In SFC3, there are only 4 shields covering the 4 compass

Shield damage during battle is repaired automatically, but that
takes time.

Shield can be reinforced, but this draws power from the OTHER
shields, depending on how much surplus power you have allocated
to the shields. The more surplus you allocate, the less taken
from the other shields.

Due to the amount of maneuvering in SFC3, reinforcing a specific
shield is generally NOT needed (or a good idea) unless you have
superior turn rate that can keep that specific shield to the
enemy, or plan to use the anchor.

Still, when the shields are low, reinforce the facing shield.
There's a bit of a "lead time", so plan ahead a bit.

A downed shield cannot be reinforced, but usually your engineers
can bring a downed shield back up in a few seconds. It'll be
extremely weak though.


Each race has its own primary weapons. They may look different
and shoot different, but they have the same effect... They take a
little power, do medium amount of damage, and can fire again
after just a little delay. Federation uses phasers, while
Klingons and Romulans use disruptors. Different names, same

There are usually 4 levels of the same weapons. The F version
fires faster, but does less damage. Each higher level has longer
range and do more damage, of course.


Each race has its own set of heavy weapons. They take longer to
charge, but do more damage than primary weapons.

Each also has some "special weapons". For example, Klingon
Polaron torpedoes go through shields to strike at the hull, while
Romulan myotronic beam stuns enemy weapons. Feds have Quantum
torpedoes and pulse phasers...


There are many demands for power, but the source is limited. The
proper management of your available power is the key to success
in SFC3.

Know when to adjust power usage. It is possible to create ships
that needs so much power that you can only arm half of the
weapons at a time. If you manage to charge all the weapons, you
can do a lot of damage if they hit, but it'll take a VERY long
time to them to charge.

You can also alter the ship's power curve by NOT arming all of
its weapons. There's no requirement that you must use all four
disruptors on the cruiser...

Repair power when you can. One way to cripple the enemy is to
strike at the enemy's warp core. While this will not cause a core
breach, it will cripple his ability to put up his shields, much
less to shoot at you.


Without maneuver, you cannot point your weapons at the enemy, or
turn your stronger shield against the enemy. So maneuvering is
quite important.


A ship has mass, and power must be applied to move it. The
"movement cost" is a ratio of how much power does a ship need to
move at a certain speed.

In SFC3, you can choose how big of impulse engine to fit in.
This, divided by the mass of the ship, gives you the impulse


A ship needs thrusters to turn. The bigger the thruster, and the
less mass a ship has, the faster the ship turns. However, a
ship's "engine" size is limited and it must fit warp engines,
impulse engines, and thrusters all together.


A ship can go into tactical warp after a few seconds of
preparation. This basically sends you flying away at high speed,
but with no shields, no weapons, and no sensors until you come
out of warp.

This essentially allows you to disengage at any time by setting a
course for map's edge and warp away.

It can also be used tactically by finely timing your firing and
warp engines going online to avoid enemy fire.


By using the warp field, a ship can make "instant" turns at
impulse speeds, even reverse course 180 degrees. However, this
strains the warp engines, and repeated use can damage the ship.

You can see the percentage of success on the maneuver panel. If
you fail the maneuver, your ship will stop dead in space for a
while, while suffer random damages. This is known as "HET

Best used tactically where you turn around and stay on enemy's
tail, or turn to bring additional weapons to bear, and so on.

3    Ship Systems
These systems are a part of the ship that can be used in various
ways that does not directly affect combat, but are important in
other ways.


Shields protect your ship from being actually hit. There are four
of them, covering the four compass directions around the ship.

You can raise shields in two stages... on, or off. You turn on
shields by going to yellow or red alert. You turn it off by going
to green alert.

You can reinforce one of the shields with any excess energy you
got. Each pt you use in reinforcement on a specific shield will
cancel one pt of damage applied to that shield. (Exception: you
cannot reinforce a down shield) If you reinforce with no excess
energy, some energy (roughly 25%) will be taken from the other 3
shields to reinforce the fourth.

You cannot read the EXACT strength of any particular shield. You
can read the "original" strength from the ship descriptions.

A facing shield will be automatically dropped for special
transporter activity such as Hit-and-Run raids, beam-in/out, and
so on.


Transporters send things out or bring things in. Transporters
have short range (5.99) so you need to be very close.

Transporters can bring up certain items from planets and ships,
or even empty space. It can also send certain items to planets
and ships. In a lot of the special scenarios, this is the only
way you can solve the problem: get to the place, beam up things,
beam down things, and get away.

You can install a larger transporter if you wish. In general,
unless you are in a battlecruiser or higher you don't need those
5 or 6-pad transporters.

Transporters can be used to conduct hit-and-run raids, that
attacks a specific system on the enemy ship.

Transporters can be used to capture enemy ships or bases or

In SFC3 the number of marines is limited (even on a BC or DN).


Short for tractor beams, these are the force beam emitters that
can exert both push and pull forces.

Tractor beam has a very short range, at 2.49.

Tractor beam can be set to either pull or repel.

Tractor beams can be charged to 5 different force levels,
depending on your tractor beam level. If you have Tractor-V, then
you can use all 5 levels. If you have tractor-III, then you can
use up to level 3. And so on.

The higher the level of the tractor set, the longer it takes to
"charge", but the more likely it'll hold an enemy ship for a
longer period (until he charges his own tractor to repel, see

The higher the level of the tractor set, the more energy it draws
from the rest of the ship, including shields and weapons. If you
try to charge a level 3 or level 4 tractor, don't be surprised to
see your shields dim by 1/3 or so.

The higher you set your tractor beam, the more power it consumes.
This may cause your shields to weaken and your weapons take
longer to charge.

Tractors can keep stuff close to you (like enemy ships) in "pull"

Tractors can also keep other ships from tractoring you when set
to "repel" mode. While in repel mode, the tractor will repel all
attempts to tractor up to the force strength it is set to. For
example, if you have your tractor set to repel at strength 3,
enemy tractors set to strength 2 will not be able to tractor you,
but enemy tractors set to strength 4 can. Of course, that means
if you have a wimpy tractor, the enemy will hold you forever.

One of the most satisfying ways to kill another ship is to
tractor it and force it into an asteroid or planet. However, DO
NOT do this to human-commanded ships while online. It is VERY
rude and is considered VERY BAD MANNERS. Same goes for tractoring
the human-commanded ship and pushing him off the map.

You can only tractor ONE object at a time.


Shuttle panel controls the shuttle bay. A ship can have several
shuttles in a shuttle bay, all regular admin shuttles.

You can launch only one shuttle at a time. It takes several
seconds for the shuttle bay to be ready to launch again.

The regular shuttle will shoot its tiny weapon like a fighter
while trying to follow you around.


Sensors have two modes: detailed scan (scan button in upper-left
corner), and anti-cloak scan (under science, if you can do it).

Detailed scan temporarily expands your sensor range. If you have
a target specified, the detailed scan will reveal additional info
when you're within range 20 (or so).

Anti-cloak scan is for detecting cloaked ships. It's almost like
a tachyon "sonar". Just turn it on and see who can you find...
You can only do anti-cloak scan if your computer has that
capability. (Computer-IV and -V only).

4    Weapons
While these are the usual ways you do damage from a starship,
they are NOT the only way.  (Don't forget hit-and-run raid, and
so on.)  There are primary weapons, and heavy weapons. We'll
discuss each in turn.

For weapon stats, see the end of this document.


Fed phaser, the directed energy weapon, is quite popular. There
are four types of phasers, class IX, X, XI, and XII. Each has a
"fast" version (IX-F, X-F, etc.) that recharges faster but does
less damage. The different classes of phasers differ in range and

The fast version recharges in half the time, but does about 30%
less damage per shot.

There is a fifth type of phaser, type XIII, but that's for bases

Phaser beams dissipate over distance. The closer you shoot, the
more damage you do.


Klingon disruptors operate on a similar principle to phasers,
except they shoot green "bolts" instead.

There are four types of disruptors, class I, II, III, and IV.
Each has a "fast" version that recharges faster but does less
damage. The different classes of disruptors differ in range and

There is a fifth type of disruptor, but that's for bases only.

Disruptor bolts dissipate over distance. The closer you shoot,
the more damage you do.


Romulan disruptors are just like Klingon disruptors, except they
shoot green "beams".

There are four types of disruptors, class I, II, III, and IV.
Each has a "fast" version that recharges faster but does less
damage. The different classes of disruptors differ in range and

There is a fifth type of disruptor, but that's for bases only.

Disruptor beams dissipate over distance. The closer you shoot,
the more damage you do.


The Borg uses cutting beam for their combat units. They come in 3
sizes: L, M, and H. In combat, it's a gray/green beam.

Cutting beams dissipate over distance. The closer you shoot, the
more damage you do.


The Feds invented photon torpedoes, and it does some serious
damage... if it hits. On the other hand, your chance to hit is
not bad out to range 8. It takes a long time to arm (2.0 time

Photon torpedoes can be set to proximity mode, which improves
chance-to-hit at long range.

Photon torpedoes do the same damage no matter the range.

Photon torpedo looks like a red "spark" when fired.


The Feds came up with quantum torpedo, which takes a little more
power to arm, same amount of time, but does 50% more damage.

Quantum torpedoes can be set to proximity mode, which improves
chance-to-hit at long range.

Quantum torpedo, like photon torpedo, does the same damage no
matter the range.

When fired, Quantum torpedo look like a white "spark".


Klingon photon torpedoes fire twice as fast as the Federation
version, but is 30% weaker.

Klingon photon torpedoes do the same damage no matter the range,
if it hits.

Photon torpedo looks like a red "spark" when fired.


Gravimetric torpedo is somewhat superior than the Federation
photon torpedo in terms of arming time, power use, and damage
caused. Other than that, it's not that special.

Gravimetric torpedo looks like a green "spark" when fired.


This "light" version of the Romulan heavy weapon does decent
damage, but it dissipates over distance. It also takes a VERY
long time to arm (three times as long as the Klingon photons)

Plasma torpedo looks like a green "blob" with dark green trails.


The medium version of Romulan heavy weapon does decent damage,
almost comparable to quantum torpedoes in terms of damage and
power, but long arming time is a problem.

Plasma torpedo looks like a green "blob" with dark green trails.


The heavy plasma torpedo does nice damage, more than any other
single weapon in SFC3. The problem again, is long arming time. It
can do EXTREME amount of damage at short range, so beware.

Plasma torpedo looks like a green "blob" with dark green trails.


Federation Pulse Phasers, most recognizable weapon of the USS
Defiant, is a short-range high-power weapon that operates best in
range under 6. It also has a 10% chance of piercing the shields
and strike directly at the hull beneath.

All ships can mount pulse phasers, though it's best used on a
manueverable ship.


Klingon Ion Cannon has a long arming time (for a Klingon weapon),
but it does decent damage, almost to quantum torpedo level.


Polaron torpedo pass through shields and strikes directly at the
hull. It should be used under range 12, preferably under range 8.


The Myotronic beam "stuns" the target's weapons, rendering them
unusable for a while. Arming period is okay, and the "damage" it
does is below average. Also, the beam must hit the hull for the
stun to work. So shoot the disruptors first, THEN the myotronic


By emitting a tachyon pulse, one can temporarily paralyze the
target's warp engines. It is a point-blank weapon, with best to-
hit chances below range 8.


Shield inversion beam has constant 90% chance-to-hit at any range
(?) but the damage it cause will vary. It's only used to drain
shields (all four at a time). Definitely use it in conjunction
with your cutting beams.


Mines are stationary explosive weapons you plant via the rear

Most empires can also mount "antimatter mine launcher", but that
takes up a heavy-weapon slot. Still, if you have one that is not
in use, like a rear-facing slot...

After deployment, the mine will activate when you get at least 1
unit distance away.

Mines just "stay" there for 5 minutes after being laid and blow
up near anything that comes by (shuttles or ships...)

The AI uses mines pretty effectively, but you seem to need to
"take the lead". Sometimes they use it, at other times they

Drop mine just before overrun is a good idea.

Use mines to encourage the enemy to turn a certain way that is
more advantageous to you. The enemy's instinct to avoid the T-
bomb may cause them to reveal a down shield to your weapons.


SFC3 has quite a few side and rear firing weapon arcs.

In general, 50-75% of a ship's firing arc points to the front, or
mostly to the front.

On cruisers and larger, you may have a heavy weapon mount and two
primary weapon mounts pointed to the rear.

On BC or larger ships, 2 primary weapon mounts will point toward
the sides (3 and 9 o'clock position).

In general, I prefer to get the enemies either in front or
behind. I don't use the side-arcs because the angular velocity
would be too great to get a decent shot.

5    Introduction to SFC tactics
Every action you do in SFC has a "price". It can be energy,
availability, and so on. The decision you need to make is how to
get the most benefit out of that price you pay.

The old adage "apply your strengths to his weaknesses" is the
heart of SFC tactics. Or as American Civil War General Nathaniel
Bedford Forest was reputed to have said, "Get there fastest with
the mostest." (Which is a misquote, by the way.)

To do that, you need to know energy management, maneuver, and

We will also discuss the difference between passive vs.
aggressive play styles, and how to counter each type in general


Everything you do in SFC3 has a price.

If you fire a weapon, you can't use it until the weapon has been
charged again. If you don't fire, you won't do any damage.

If you use a shuttle, it's taken out of your inventory and thus
is not available any more (though the shuttle may survive). If
you don't use it, you don't get its benefits.

To succeed, you must make the MOST of the price you pay by
knowing what are the prices vs. the benefits, and use proper
timing and circumstances to get maximum effectiveness out of

The new players seem to fall into 2 camps... Either they are TOO
aggressive (they pay the price at the wrong time and thus get
little or no payback), or waited TOO LONG for that "perfect shot"
(waiting for that big payback) and was pecked to death in the

Or to use another metaphor... The "too aggressive" players are
like school kids fighting... they just get as close as they can
and keep flailing, without regards to circumstances. The "one
hit" type thinks like old Japanese samurais, where one sword
stroke determines the victor. They think that if they get off
that "perfect strike" they'll win the game. NOT!

The proper balance lies between those two extremes.

We'll discuss the two types of players later and how to take
advantage of their tendencies.


Proper energy management happens during the ship design stage.

Basically, energy management is having enough energy WHEN you
need it so you don't have to wait to do something else.

Having some reserve power will help as you can overcharge the
weapons and/or be able to reinforce a shield without weakening
the other three shields.

You have to make decisions on these and more during battle in
split seconds. Make the right ones and you'll likely succeed.
Make the wrong ones and you will likely fail.


Two things affect maneuver: your turn rate, and your weapon arcs.

Your ship's size, speed, and design affect your turn rate. The
larger the ship is, the slower it turns, so a frigate would
outturn a dreadnought any day. Finally, the faster you go, the
slower you turn (and bigger your turn radius). Yet when you go
very slow, you also turn very slow. You can also change the turn-
rate by installing a larger thruster unit.

Each ship has a "corner speed", where it turns the fastest. Find
it, and exploit it.

Your weapon arcs are very important when fighting, as you want to
put most of your firepower on the enemy while avoiding his
firepower. Most ships have most of their firepower concentrated
on their forward centerline (i.e. when it is facing you
directly). If you are off to one side (the 3 o'clock or 9 o'clock
positions) of the enemy the firepower facing you is vastly
reduced, as most heavy weapons are front arc only.

Maneuvering in battle basically means you are trying to point
most of your weapons at his weakest shield while keeping YOUR
weakest shield away from most of his weapons. This can get tricky
when there are multiple enemies involved.


(Summarized, adapted, and enhanced from article by Felix Hack,
originally appeared in SFB Tactics Manual)

Maneuver and firing arcs are closely related. Maneuver is used to
get the weapons into range with the enemy in the arc. The arc
then dictates what maneuvers are needed and can be expected.

Most ships can be divided into two categories: forward-centerline
firepower, and FA arc firepower.

The ships with forward-centerline firepower must point the ship
directly at the enemy ship to bring maximum amount of firepower
to bear. I'll abbreviate these as FC ships.

The FA firepower ships can deliver all the firepower roughly
through the entire FA arc. These are FA ships.

The FC ships need to face the enemy to get maximum firepower to
bear, so the best way to fight such ships is to go to the sides
or even to the rear. If you do that you instantly halved their
firepower.  On the other hand, the FC ships can choose to fire
half of their weapons, then turn to fire the other half.

The FA ships can use the "oblique pass" (see 8.1.2), which gives
them more options to maneuver.

If you can choose between FA and FC arcs (some ships have 4
forward arcs, 2 FA and 2 FC), choose FA, as it makes your
maneuvering simpler.

In SFC3, most ships are FC, with a few Romulan ships being FA.

With introduction of more side and rear arcs for SFC3, there is a
bit more to consider.

The side arcs generally can only mount primary weapons, which are
just enough to harass the enemy, not enough of them to do serious
damage. You may want to keep fast-firing short-range weapons
there to get in a few hits when you can.

The rear arcs generally have only one heavy weapon mount and two
primary weapon mounts. Put in short-range fast-firing weapons to
exploit rear/side shields.

Remember that an HET can be used as a surprise to suddenly bypass
any maneuver and firing arc restrictions.

5.5   TIMING

Timing is basically tactical sense on knowing WHEN to do
something, not too early and not too late.

For example, if you make a turn too late, you may not hit the
enemy's downed shield with your phasers, or worse, exposed your
own downed shield to his weapons.

If you shoot too late you did not catch the enemy at his down
shield. If you shoot too early you don't catch the down shield

In general, you want your weapons pointed at the enemy when the
weapon is ready to fire, with no idle moments. Of course, this is
not always possible. You may be waiting for a down shield to come
around so you can do more damage. Just beware of all these

This mainly comes from situation awareness and preparation. It
requires a bit of tactical finesse and experience, so keep
playing and keep learning.


To paint broad strokes, there are two types of play styles:
aggressive, and passive. Aggressive players come after you, while
passive players wait for you to go after them and will try to
keep their distance. A player can be both depending on their

The new players seem to fall into 2 camps... Either they are TOO
aggressive (they pay the price at the wrong time for little or no
payback), or waited TOO LONG for that "perfect shot" (waiting for
that big payback). The proper balance lies between those two

Most players are aggressive when they have their weapons charged
and "passive" when their weapons are charging.

Direct-weapon users tend to be aggressive, esp. those with close-
range weapons. They have to be aggressive as they need to get
close to you.

Those with heavy weapons in FA arc need to be aggressive, as they
need to point the weapons at you to do damage. This is esp. true
for those forward-centerline firepower ships.

Ships with low crunch power tend to be passive, esp. fighting
high crunch power ships.

To fight aggressive style players, you need to take out their
FRONT shields. This will force them to expose their down shields
in order to hit you.

To fight passive style players, you need to take out their REAR
shield. This will force them to turn their shield 3 or 5 (rear
side) shields toward you, thus allowing you to get closer.


In SFB lore, this slogan was on a plague right above the door to
the starship combat simulator in the Federation Starfleet

What it REALLY means is you should use ALL your ship's systems. A
captain who is aware of ALL his ship's capabilities and can use
them at the right time has advantage over the captain who is not.

For example, how many people use the probe at all? Yet using it
can mean the difference between knowing what you are fighting
ahead of time vs. when you get close enough to do H&R raids.
Knowing what the enemy ship carries makes a BIG difference. You
don't want to be surprised when he fires that myotronic beam just
as you're about to deliver your alpha strike.

Tractors can be used to hold the ship AWAY from point-blank
range. Many weapons do the most damage at range 0, and a tractor
will ensure they stay at range 2.5. Turn away and drop the
tractor and you can get away. Tractors are also the foundation of
the "anchor" maneuver.

Transporters can be used to beam up or down items, or transport
marines for raids or captures.

Learn and use ALL of your ship's systems is one facet of a
successful captain.


Situational awareness basically means being aware of everything
around you. Someone with good situational awareness doesn't need
to take attention off the primary task to double-check.

While situational awareness is not as crucial in starship combat
(i.e. SFC) as in more fast-paced games like space fighter combat
or aerial combat, it is still important. For example, it wouldn't
do for you to line up a perfect pass at the enemy's down shield
if your facing weapons haven't recharged yet, or trying to get
away from an enemy ship only to smack right into a planet.

The control panel indicators are there to help you. All the
indicators have a meaning, and it's up to you to learn them all.
The two ship displays have relative facing indicators, but that
only works on the ship being targeted. If you are fighting
multiple ships you may end up dodging one ship and exposing your
down shield to another.  Or worse... fly right into a planet or
asteroid. But that's why there's a tactical map.

Having good situational awareness also helps in the other three
aspects of tactics: timing, maneuver, and energy management. You
would know when to time your burst of speed (based on your ship's
acceleration) to maneuver so your weapons are pointing at the
enemy's down shield with enough power to shoot.


Mizia Concept was very simple: instead of firing a single massive
volley of all weapons, beat down that shield, then fire several
smaller volleys.

Why is this better? Because multiple smaller hits damage more
weapons, whereas single overwhelming volley damages power and

What's better... There really is no "defense" against this attack
other than maneuver to bring another shield into play.

It is a bit difficult to execute, but quite useful.

Trivia: Mizia Concept was named after Walter Mizia, veteran SFB
player, who observed this trend in the damage allocation rules
and came up with a way to exploit them.

6    Combat Checklists and some more tips


Here's a list of items you should immediately perform upon
starting a mission

  *    Red Alert (which arms and selects all weapons)
  *    Check number of friendlies, note classes and numbers
  *    Set tactical zoom level to lowest/widest (so you can see
     more of the space)
Clearly, there are exceptions to every rule. In some missions,
where speed is more critical, you may want to just go yellow

If you don't see enemies, and you are expecting some, consider
doing tactical warp in order to scan the rest of the sector.


Here is a list of items you should immediately perform upon
detecting enemies on sensors

  *    Determine enemy numbers and type (use a probe if necessary)
  *    Determine which enemies your friendlies (if any) appear to
     be engaging
  *    Determine which enemy ship to engage first, or to disengage
  *    Determine whether to capture or destroy the target if
  *    Determine initial tactic: overrun, oblique pass, etc?
  *    Determine shield reinforcement if needed (usually front
     hemisphere shields)
  *    Determine battle speed (slow, fast, etc?)
  *    Determine hit-and-run targets if needed
  *    Charge tractor beam(s) for anchor if needed


Here is a list of items you should check before attempting to
capture an enemy unit

  *    Check all available marines on YOUR ship (AI friendly ships
     very rarely assist in captures. They often RUIN your captures by
     blowing up that ship with your marines onboard)
  *    Count total number of transporters available on YOUR ship
  *    Check enemy marines on target in the "capture" panel.
  *    Calculate approximate marines usage.
Marine usage is dependent on the number of transporters you have
available and how fast can you send over reinforcements.

The rule of thumb is

     Usage = 1.5 * (enemy_marines ) * (enemy_marines /
your_transporters )

For example, if the enemy has 10 marines, you have only 5
transporters available, expect to use about 30 marines to capture
the enemy ship. (1.5 * 10 * 10 / 5) = 30

However, if the enemy has 10 marines, and you have 10
transporters available, then you can expect to use only 15
marines to capture the enemy ship. (1.5 * 10 * 1 = 15)

  *    If you have enough marines to do it, then continue.
     Otherwise, destroy the enemy ship and don't bother.
  *    Confirm all your ships set to "very aggressive" and
  *    Make your pass, use just enough weapons to beat down a
     shield, and beam on your marines. Fire weapons in single shots.
     As the other ships see the down shield they should beam their
     marines also. Then repeat sending in marines if necessary.


You can read enemy ship classes at distance of over 100 kk. You
should be able to figure out  how much are you outmatched, if you
are at all.

Here's a rule of thumb to use

Use 10 for BB, 7 for DN, 5 for BC, 4 for CA, 3 for CL, 2 for DD,
and 1 for FF.

Total up the "force number" for both sides and compare the
number. That should give you a quick idea on how the two forces
match up.

If the ratio is within 10% of 1 to 1, you should be able to win
if you don't make any mistakes, and not lose any ships. However,
it's a very even fight and there wouldn't be much 'profit' in it.

If the ratio favors the enemy a bit, see if you can even up the
odds a little by using tricks like scatter-pack and anchor to
quickly kill one ship. Otherwise, stay back and kill the smaller
ship(s) that gets close first. You can think about disengaging

If the ratio favors the enemy a lot, run away and pick something

If the ratio favors your side, blast them.

If the ratio REALLY favors your side, try going for captures to
enhance your prestige.


Almost EVERY command in SFC3 has a keyboard shortcut. You should
learn them by heart, or at least copy the quick reference card.
They allow you to give orders much faster than going through the
mouse-clicks alone.

If there isn't one, assign one.


If you play alone, you can go as low as game speed 6. However,
such a game would be really slow. Default speed of 9 is actually
quite fast. You may want to consider 6 first, then increase speed
when you understand the battle a bit more, then speed up or slow
down as needed.


There aren't that many terrains in SFC, just empty space,
asteroids, planets, dust field, pulsar, black hole, and nebula
(and some planets).

Asteroids are navigational hazards. If you have a heavy ship and
have plenty of tractor power, consider pushing enemy ships into
asteroids. And don't fly into your yourself. If you are
maneuvering in an asteroid field, set tactical map to closest
zoom and keep the viewpoint foward or overhead.

Dust field forces you to slow down and apply reinforcement to
front shields, reducing available power.

Pulsar and black hole only rarely appear in a scenario, and never
in the regular ones.

Nebula means you can't use tractors, transporters, or shuttles,
but otherwise, no change.

Minefield can be considered "artificial terrain", but that's a
separate topic altogether.


"The only valid test is combat; the only valid result is victory"

          -- Adm. Steven V. Cole, designer of Star Fleet Battles
In other words, no matter how fancy of a tactic we can explain to
you, it is up to you to put it into action. You can dream up
fancy tactics on paper, but until you test them in combat, you
would never know if they work or not.

Trivia: this quote was originally attributed to Ardak Kumerian, a
Klingon Admiral, who's S.V. Cole's alter ego in SFB.

7    Some Maneuvers you should know
You need to know some of the common maneuvers that are


These maneuvers don't require any special devices or any specific
setup, and does not involve HETs.

7.1.1      Overrun
Overrun is simple: point the nose at the enemy, shoot at point-
blank, and fly right over the other ship.

Overrun is best done by ships with maximum point-blank firepower,
esp. those with forward centerline firepower.

To exploit the downed shield, overrun should be followed up by
several attacks, such as hit-and-run raids, drop mine, scatter-
pack, fighters, drones, or better... another ship.

You can combine overrun with anchor (see below) for a really
devastating blow.

The overrun is very simple but it usually results in your front-
shield being blown, and that can be bad.

In a cloak-able ship, you can approach until enemy is range, fire
weapons, then cloak as you fly over him. This is called an "under-

The overrun doesn't work against people who know how to maneuver
and avoid the charge.  Those who use "saber dance" maneuvers can
avoid the charge easily. The "charge" also usually causes severe
damage on the front shield, leaving you vulnerable to later

Higher speed and maneuverability can counter overrun. Then it
turns into a battle pass or pursuit.

7.1.2     Oblique pass
Oblique pass is nearly as simple as overrun. Instead of point
directly at the enemy, you point slightly off to one side. When
you reach weapons range, decide if you want to fire and turn
away, or turn in for overrun.

Ships with FA firepower are best candidates to use oblique pass.
They can deliver the same firepower throughout their FA arc.

This is sometimes called a "battle pass", and it can be quickly
converted to overrun or battle run, or even pursuit.

The oblique pass can quickly turn into an overrun if both sides
turn into each other.

If one side turns in and the other side turns out, it becomes a
tail-chase situation. The chasee can drop T-bombs, etc. to
attack, but can only use rear-mounted weapons. The chaser has
front weapons.

If the Klingon turns in, this maneuver is called "the Klingon
Hook" as the superior maneuverability of Klingon ships makes this

If both sides turn out, it's time to disengage.

Oblique pass may not be good if your ship has firing arcs that
emphasize firepower to the sides. Oblique pass can halve your
firepower, though you can always maneuver after you fire half of
your weapons.

Beware of the HET following a battle pass or battle run.

7.1.3     Battle run
You approach the enemy pointing just off to one side of him.
After you fire at the range of your choice, you turn away to
expose your rear weapons at the same shields you had hit before.

If you have significant number of side or rear firing weapons,
you are a good candidate for battle run.

7.1.4     The Feint
A feint is basically a maneuver to get your opponent out of
balance. In SFC, it's a maneuver of deception to get your enemy
to commit to countering one of your moves when you really intend
something else.

For example, the HET reversal below [8.4.2] is a feint. He
countered your battle run with pursuit, so you suddenly turn it
into an overrun instead.

There are many ways to do "feints". For enemies who seem to have
an answer for everything, a feint can do wonders.

7.1.5     The Saber dance
The Klingons invented the "saber dance" maneuver. Basically, you
duel the enemy from long range. Many Klingon ships have side-
firing weapon arcs, and your superior manueverability can be used
to bring those to bear, wearing down the opponent. Klingon
weapons are fast-firing and can get off several salvoes while
yours are still recharging, giving them an advantage.

Saber dance requires patience and very good weapon arcs. One
mistake and the enemy may get close enough to do you real damage.

7.1.6     The Starcastle
This tactic can be effective against races that have low "peak
output" and prefer to nibble you at medium range, like Klingons.
This is a counter against the "saber dance" maneuver.

Basically, it means go at speed 4, erratic maneuver (EM), max
shield reinforcements on facing shield, and wait for the enemy.
It's doubtful attack at range 15 will do any damage. The enemy
must close in to do any damage. You can then switch to an overrun
or oblique pass. This turns a maneuver battle into a knife-fight.

7.1.7     The Anchor
In SFC3, the anchor took on a whole new meaning.

In SFC3, angular velocity affects accuracy a lot. On the other
hand, if you grab a target with the tractor, it's angular
velocity is ZERO! THEN you shoot with great accuracy.

7.1.8     The retrograde
In SFC3, you can move in reverse, though the speed is limited to
quarter-impulse. Still, every last bit you can use is more time
to pound the enemy in front of you. You can even drop mines in
reverse and hope the enemy runs into it.


High-energy turn gives you a sudden change in direction (payoff)
in exchange for some disadvantages (power expenditure) and risk
(possibility of breakdown).

HET uses a significant amount of power (5 movement pts) so you
have to be sure you don't need it for anything else.

Ships that cannot make an HET safely ever (i.e. breakdown chance
of less than 100%) should probably NOT make one, ever. A
breakdown will almost kill that ship for sure.

There are basically three reasons to use an HET: sudden problem,
defensive turn, surprise attack

7.2.1     Sudden problem
An HET can be used to get away from a sudden problem to buy some
time to deal with it. Turn away and you may get some time to deal
with them.

7.2.2     Defensive HET
A defensive HET is using an HET to bring a fresh shield into
play, so enemy won't be able to pound a weakened or down shield.

HET takes time to charge, so you have to plan this ahead of time.
If you suddenly decide you need one, it would have been too late.

7.2.3     Surprise attack
By using HET, you can bring weapons to bear that the enemy would
not expect. One such example is HET reversal [8.4.2].


EmerDecel is most often used to slow the ship immediately. This
also reinforces the front shields slightly.

EmerDecel does NOT conserve power.

EmerDecel DOES slow you down, which may prevent you from
revealing one of your down shields to sides or rear.

EmerDecel can be used when the enemy is closing faster than

EmerDecel can save you from collisions, planets, asteroids, etc.

The price of EmerDecel is speed 0, which gives the enemy the
initiative. He can take the time to recharge weapons, even
disengage. He can go to your rear shields and pound it. You can't
do anything about it.

Consider how WILL you get back to battle speed BEFORE you use


The advanced maneuvers involve using HETs in combination of
simple maneuvers.

7.4.1     The Flanking Snap Turn
This is a continuation of the oblique pass if both sides simply
keep going. Basically you pass down the side of the enemy so your
3 o'clock is at his 9 o'clock, or vice versa. THEN you use an HET
so you can bring your weapons to bear on his side/rear shields,
which are probably weaker than his front shields.

To counter the flanking snap turn, keep your distance in the
oblique pass. Then you can use an HET reversal after you've
damaged his front shields.

7.4.2     The HET Reversal
At the oblique approach, you turn out, the enemy turns in, and
he's now chasing you, hoping to hit your weaker rear shields. You
then suddenly use an HET to bring your front-weapons to bear and
turn it into an overrun.

To counter this, you just have to be careful.


Special maneuvers use specific devices (such as tractors),
weapons, and so on to exploit a specific characteristic.

7.5.1      Anchor
The "anchor" maneuver is very simple: slap a tractor beam on the
enemy ship, THEN shoot.

Why do it this way? A ship being tractored has zero angular
velocity, tremendously improving your chance-to-hit. At point-
blank range, they can't rotate a new shield into play quickly,
being slowed down from their original speed.

Most of the weapons also do the most damage in point-blank range.

An anchor can be enhanced by NOT firing all your weapons in a
single salvo. Instead, fire in several small salvoes to gain
maximum damage from the Mizia attack [see 6.9].

An anchor combined with HET can be devastating. You shoot, you
score, and you turn away in an instant without giving enemy much
chance to shoot back. This requires very good timing though.

Anchor can be defeated by NEVER coming into tractor range. You
can keep the enemy away by using some mines to "encourage" him to
go somewhere else. You may even want to use an HET to turn away

Another way to defeat the anchor is to pre-charge the tractor
beam to REPEL. Choose the strength you want to repel, up to 6.
You can then repel all tractors charged up to that strength.

7.5.2     Tactical warp
You can engage warp to gain some distance from the enemy ships.
It takes many seconds for your warp engines to charge up, so you
need to be prepared for it.

One possibility is charge warp to time it to go into effect right
after you fire off your alpha strike. This can be VERY tough to
time, but extremely effective.

7.5.3     Jousting
Combine tactical warps with alpha strikes, and you get jousting.
While you can joust at impulse speeds, the lousy turn rate of
most ships means it turns into a circle fight. Instead, fire,
warp off, turn around, then repeat.


There are some tactics that are interesting but relies on
specific exploits instead of general combat. They are listed here
for tactical studies...

7.6.1     Speedboat
A speedboat config has a huge impulse engine and can achieve
speed of 45+. Some "speedboats" can go speed 60+. Do slashing
attacks. Charge through the enemy formation, shoot, and blow
straight through. Slow down and turn around, then repeat. You
primarily need shields in front and back. You can outrun those
you can't outfight, usually.

7.6.2     Chaser
The chaser config relies on a huge thruster, so you can turn on a
dime and stay on the enemy's tail no matter what he dishes out to
the rear. In case of HET, just go faster and overrun him while he
turns. You need maneuver rating of 1.25 or higher.

7.6.3     Phaser boats
It is possible to create ships with only primary weapons and no
heavy weapons. It would be surprisingly useful since the primary
weapons recharge faster and seem to have a better chance of
hitting their target. By not weighing down your ship with the
heavy weapons you can mount more primary weapons.

8    Offense
There are a lot of ways to do damage to the enemy


All ships have a full load of primary weapons, be it phasers,
disruptor bolts, disruptor beams, or cutting beams.

They all do similar amount of damage, come in similar sizes, and
consume similar amount of power.

The trick is mounting them in the weapon mounts that have more
chances of hitting the enemy.


Heavy weapons have a better punch, but takes longer to charge.
Usually, those are various type of torpedoes.

Minelayer also goes here. It may work against AI, but not against
human players.


The special weapons are discussed in each race's section.


Hit-and-run raids can kill specific ship systems on an enemy
ship, subject to transporter and boarding party availability.

8.5   MINES

Mines, when placed properly, can cause significant damage to
enemy ships, shuttles, etc.


One of the most satisfying ways to kill enemy ship is by pushing
the enemy ship into an asteroid or a planet. This can be hard to
arrange though, and is considered "bad manners" if done in a
Dynaverse battle against human opponent.

Terrain such as dust fields can cause damage to shields, and if
shields are down, cause damage to the ship directly. Therefore,
when fighting in a dust field, you may want to target the front-
shield of the enemy ship(s).


Shuttles have a light primary weapon which can be used to defend
you, defend others ships, or to attack other ships (from long
range or close assault).

9    Defense
How to prevent your ship from being damaged while dealing damage
to the enemy ships is very important. After all, this quote said
it best.

"You don't serve your country by dying for your country. You
serve your country by making the OTHER poor bastard die for HIS

                        --- General George S. Patton, US Army


Speed, when your ship is heading in the proper direction, gives
you more time to deal with the incoming threats. You can run to
keep enemy out of optimal weapons range. NONE of this can happen
if you do NOT have speed!

Speed in the wrong direction can be converted to speed in the
right direction by turning (or even HET).


You can use any excess energy for shield reinforcements. This
would prevent "premature" wear on your shields when the enemy is
just firing some long-range shots.

Only shields that are still "up" can be reinforced. So if a
shield has been busted, there's no point in reinforcing it. That
energy goes back into "excess" pool in the energy allocation


If the enemy beats down one of your shields, maneuver and present
a different shield. Use HET if you have to!


If you know the enemy's weapon arcs you know which sides of the
enemy ship to avoid.


That tells you a LOT about weapons under repair, being recharged,
and so on. Best time to attack is when the enemy cannot fire
back! You need to be close, or use a probe.

10     Tactics and Counter-Tactics
Here, we discuss some common questions on how to use and to
counter cloaking device.


10.1.1    Target specific areas
Target a specific area of enemy ship and blast it is more
effective than going for the hull.

If they have cloak, hit the cloak (use H&R raids also on the same

Hit the warp core to reduce their power. Hitting warp core is
easier than killing individual weapons. They can still charge
weapons with reduced power, but they will do a LOT less damage.

Hit the impulse engines to slow them down and restrict their

10.1.2    Use those special weapons!
Each race has some special "trick" weapons, esp. the Romulans.

The Romulan myotronic beam can "stun" enemy weapons for a short
while. This is great for right after an alpha strike so the enemy
cannot fire back. However, if the enemy has already fired, then
there's no point in shooting the beam.


If you have a cloaking device, how would you use it to your
advantage? How will you evade to recharge?

10.2.1    Underrun
One of the simplest way is approach the enemy, shoot when out of
tractor range, and start cloak. Enemy may be able to shoot, but
he'll do so against big penalties. And he'll fly right over you
as you "submerged" into the invisibility of the cloak. He will be
screaming in frustration and terror.

10.2.2    Hit and Fade
Instead of an overrun, use fade-out on battle run or oblique
pass. This way you avoid getting into point-blank range, where
some of the enemy weapons can still do significant damage.

10.2.3    Mine field
Drop mines, and circle around them, keeping it between you and
the enemy. Make an impromptu minefield to discourage the enemy
from coming too close.


There are several ways to defeat the cloak... The idea is to
convince the enemy commander that the cloak's disadvantages
outweighs the advantages it provides, so he won't use it.

10.3.1    Flash bulb
One way to find a cloaked ship is via the "flash bulb" effect.
Basically, you drop a mine near the cloaked ship, right on top of
it if possible. It probably won't go off, but that's all right.
THEN you somehow detonate the mine, using a drone, a shuttle, or
even yourself. That explosion will cause the cloak to temporarily
lose its effects, allow other ships to lock-on. At that moment,
do your alpha strike. Ka-boom!

10.3.2    Visual tracking
Cloaked ships do NOT disappear completely. They are still visible
albeit only when back-lit against a nebula or such. Keep it
within a firing arc and be ready to hit them when it decloaks...
remember, NO SHIELD during decloak!

10.3.3    Launch shuttles
Shuttles can help you hit a cloaked ship decloaking near you even
when your weapons are not in arc.

10.3.4    H&R the Cloak
Hit the cloak when you can to prevent him from cloaking again.


10.4.1    Concentrate fire!
Concentrate your fire on ONE target. This may be obvious, but not
a lot of people seem to follow it. They let their ships run wily-
nily and blame the AI when their ships got whacked.  You also
need to be aware of your other ships' positions so you can hit
the same shield.

10.4.2     Remember capture!
With multiple ships under your command, captures should be
attempted whenever feasible. It yields bonus prestige (esp.
larger ships).

Just make sure you HAVE enough marines, and you don't
accidentally blow up the ship first (or have someone else blow it
up from under you).

Beware that when in "capture" mode, your ships will NOT use any
"heavy weapons". Therefore, it is best to DISABLE ALL enemy ships
first, THEN worry about capturing them. If you try to capture
during the middle of a heavy battle, the other enemy ships will
pound you.

11   Ship Designs


Determine which type of player are you. Are you a speedboater?
Chaser? Or other? Then configure your ship to fit your playing

Put the heaviest/best primary weapons in the best slots. Usually,
that would be the 360 degree slots. Then put the next set of
primary weapons in front, then if there are room left, one set in
the rear.

Heavy weapons don't have 360 slots, so you'll just have to go for
front or rear.

Mount the heaviest weapon possible, downgrade only if you run
into energy or weight problems.

Then decide how much energy you need, and feed in the warp core,
then fit in impulse and thruster to fit your play style.

Add the rest of the stuff for the ship as needed.

In general, beam weapons are preferable over torpedo weapons.

12   Introduction to Single-Player Campaign


When you start a new campaign, you choose a race and enter your
name. Then you are at that race's capital. You get a new frigate
and 200 prestige, enough for the initial outfit.

Some empires are smaller than others. So your "interior" can be
just a few moves away from the frontier.

You will soon get an order to go to a particular hex.


You see your race's menu. Not all races have all choices, so if
you don't see the choice I talked about, just ignore it.

[Medals] is where you can admire your own rank insignias, as well
as any special medals or ribbons you collected.

[Officer] is where you can view the crew of your ships, and
replace any department heads by trading with some prestige

[Supply dock] is where you buy the optional accessories
("Commander's Options" in SFB), for things like shuttles, marine
boarding parties, and mines.

[Shipyard] is where you trade-in your ship. Depending on where
you are, different ships may be come available.

[Refit] is where you can install different/better components for
your ship.

 [Missions] will bring up a list of missions. Choose one to get

[Map] shows status of the galaxy, and allow you to transfer to a
different sector (where you'll find more challenging stuff!)

To move into a new sector, click on the new hex. You'll move into
that sector in a moment.


Click on [Missions] to see your new mission. If there aren't any,
the [Missions] button will not be lighted.

When you have finished the battle, you will exit back to the
"map" screen (if you survived).

If you have a mission in the hex, you can't exit unless you are
willing to forfeit the mission. You will be penalized in either
prestige points or loss of your ship.


When you have saved up enough points, it's time to buy a new
ship. Buy a new ship at the shipyard screen of a type you want.
Your ship's existing trade-in value is also noted, and whether
you need to put additional prestige is also noted. If you can't
afford the ship, it'll be gray-ed out with the "deficit" listed
as well.

You can own only a single ship, so keep that in mind as you pick
and choose. Save some for the refit.


Remember to repair damage (if any) and buy new supplies in
[supply dock] after each mission. You don't need the maximum on
each one, but having them can be useful in certain situations.

Also update the crew if necessary.

If you got additional prestige, it's a good time to fit better
components into your ship.

If you got a good crew, trade them for merely competent crew can
provide additional prestige for your ship.

13   More Tips for Your Campaign


Do NOT overextend. You may be tempted to switch to a bigger ride
ASAP, which would be a DD. Think about it before you go, as large
ship means tougher enemies as well.  See

On the other hand, some of the frigates are deathtraps. They
severely lack weapons and shields. In that case, switching to a
good DD may be good early on.


Stay in the interior of your empire until you have 1-2 decent
large ships. The interior are usually only menaced by light enemy
raiding units or pirates. You shouldn't see heavier enemy units,
and having 2 CL's or CA's should be quite sufficient to defeat
most threats.

Only venture out to the borders when you are ready in big ships.


Stay alive by checking your enemies and determine quickly "do you
have ANY chance of destroying the enemy." If you are a frigate up
against a battlecruiser, it's time to run.

See 7.4 for a quick way to calculate your odds of success.


Positive in terms of prestige pts, that is. You need to always
keep a reserve of 50+ pts around.

If you fail a mission, you may need that reserve just to repair
and buy reloads. Some missions also have a penalty if you do
really badly.


Every ship you capture is worth extra pts. If you have a clear
superiority and a lot of transporters, captures can yield extra

Some scenario have items you can recover for extra pts.

Convoy escort missions yields bonus prestige if you save all the
freighters and esp. if you capture the enemy raiders.

Starbase defense missions yields bonus prestige, esp. if you
capture the enemy ship(s).

14   Klingon Campaign Walkthru
The Klingon campaign consists of 15 missions. You should update
the ship in between. You need a fully-decked-out Negh'Var for the
final mission.


After some heart-to-heart talk with your brother Kureth (who's in
a Negh'Var!), you'll get a distress call from a nearby planet.

Set a course, then go into warp to get there. Let Kureth's larger
ship take the lead. He'll beat down the shields and such. You
just pick on the weakened ships. With that big ship around the
other ships should go down in no time.

You get 2200 prestige for this, plus any captures and so on. .

Soon you'll get a message to go to 2,14. Refit your ship while
you're at it. Use up those prestige points for something. Then go
to 2,14 to get your next mission.


After arriving, a Klingon freighter says he's under attack by a
pirate. Go to red alert and warp there. Attack the pirate, and do
it quickly.

After a while, the freighter says he's actually a pirate too, and
then he fires on you!

Destroy / capture both of them and you win!

You get 2200 prestige for this mission, plus any captures and so

Refit however you like. Soon you get a message to go to 8,14...


You are here to after a pirate base and the freighter.

Go after the freighter first. Charge in there, and beat down one
of his shields, then beam over marines. Should be easy.

Stay back from the base and go after the shuttles.

After all the shuttles are gone, go after the base.

Capture base and freighter, and you win!

You get about 2600 prestige for this mission. I don't *think* you
get extra for the required captures.

Refit (you will need a better ship) then you'll get a message to
go to 10,15.


You are here to find out what happened to the missing ship.

Just follow the arrow and you'll see the BoP, dead in space. When
you get close enough, it wakes up and shoots at you!

As you're in a nebula, you have no tractors, no shuttles, and no
transporters. You have no choice but to destroy the other ship.

You get about 2600 prestige for this mission.

Refit (be prepared) and be ready for next mission.


Escort the freighters through this section of space.

Follow the freighters through the asteroid field, match speed and
heading. A Rakellian attacker (frigate-sized) will appear and
start on the freighters, though with your abilities you should
destroy it easy enough.

As you go through the asteroid belt, a Rakellian light cruiser
and another attacker shows up. Blow them out of space while the
freighters get away.

When freighters arrive and you capture/destroy the other ships,
you win!

You get about 2600 prestige for this mission.

Report to 17,16 (the triangle).


Objective: Deliver the ambassador to the new Unity One base and
follow orders

You'll get to meet Picard and Enterprise-E. He leaves Captain
Sherman in charge as he leaves for another assignment. Get to the
base and beam the ambassador off.

The base requests you to check out a strange contact in the
asteroid field. Activate your anti-cloak scan and head into the
asteroid field slowly. When you get close to the edge, you'll
spot the Romulan ship. Talk to him and he'll leave, or you can
shoot at him to convince him to leave faster.

After the Romulan ships leave, 3 Rakelli ships (one cruiser and
two attackers) will arrive and attack Unity One. Join Captain
Sherman in his Intrepid-class starship and destroy/capture the

A Ferengi Marauder arrives, and wants the wreckage. In exchange,
he'll give you the location of the Rakelli base. Accept the
terms, and you win!

You get 2200 prestige for this relatively easy mission. Refit and
get your next assignment... Go to 9,17.


Locate Rakelli base, then destroy the base

You have two ways to destroy the base, a subtle way and the
direct way.

The subtle way is for those who prefer not to fight as much as
you can. Capture one of the smaller ships, and use it to send a
fake distress call to lure away the defenders. In the meanwhile,
cloak and move to the base... then BLAST IT!

The direct way is capture or destroy every single ship that you
come across, then with the help of any captured ships, destroy
the base.

You get 3050 prestige for this tougher mission. Refit and get
your next assignment...

14.8  FISH

Destroy the Rakellian shipyard

The shipyard has some defending ships (2 cruisers and 2
attackers), as well as 2 defense platforms.

Fight the ships away from the defense platforms. Take them out,
then take out the defense platforms. Then destroy the shipyards,
and you win!

You get 2950 prestige for this straightforward but tough mission.
Refit and get your next assignment.


Objective: chase a Rakellian convoy, capture if possible

When you get there, the place is a nebula, with asteroid field.
Capture is impossible. Indeed, you may have problem even KILLING
the four freighters.

Immediately warp in and get as close to the freighters as you
can. Go after the FIRST freighter, blast it ENOUGH to get it to
slow down. Then blast the next one, and so on until all four are
slowed down. Then work on each in turn. Go after impulse engines,
use H&R raid to do the same. Slow them ALL down so you can blast
them at your leisure.

Ignore threats. The Rakellians have no fleet on the other side of
asteroid field. It's merely a delaying tactic so they can get

When you destroyed 2 freighters, Jureth shows up and order you to
leave. When you ask why, he gets angry. So put your ship on a
parallel course and continue blasting, as you head toward the
map's edge... You're leaving, merely doing a little gunnery
practice...That's why you need to slow down the other freighters.

When you exit the map (doesn't matter how many more freighters
you blasted), you win!

You get 1700 prestige for this assignment (more if you managed to
destroy the rest of the freighters).

14.10      DUTY

Objective: follow whatever Jureth says, if you think it's good
for you...

When you get there, Jureth told you that the Feds are behind the
Rakellian attacks. You question his proof, and he orders you to
capture this Federation freighter and see for yourself. When you
demand more proof, he gets mad.

Set course and follow the arrow. You'll get a message that the
freighter has left the sector. Do NOT panic.

Soon after that you'll get a SOS from another Klingon ship(s)
that is under attack by Romulans. Warp there and help out. Best
way to kill a Rommie is hit him RIGHT AFTER he decloaks, which is
when he has NO shields and no weapons.

After defeating the Romulans, you win! You get about 2100
prestige here.

Head to 12,17 after you get the message. Refit your ship. You
really need a BC or higher from here on. Also, get the largest
computer you can get. You need the anti-cloak scans.


Jureth is mad at you for not following his orders. He'll go do
the stuff while you sit still and guard this quiet sector and
check the outposts.

Head to the outpost, and the team reports strange findings. Get
as much info as possible, then beam the team over.

As soon as you do, two K'Vorts approach... Apparently they want
your head since Kureth told him that you betrayed your family and
the empire! Destroy them, and when prompted for choices, pick the
first one or the third one (it doesn't REALLY matter, I guess).

You get 5000 prestige for this. Refit or trade up to Negh'Var.
You'll need it.

Move to 7,16 for your new orders.

14.12      FATHER'S DAY

You tried to meet your father at 7.16 and tell him about Kureth's

When you get there, 3 ships attack you first. Should be K'vorts
and BoPs. Destroy all of them.

Your father shows up after the ships are gone, and he believes
you. However, he needs more proof.

You get 5950 prestige for this, definitely enough for a Negh'Var
now, and outfit it well. You need to go to 10,15, on the way to
Unity Station.

14.13      FRIEND OR FOE

You are in a nebula, and as you approach, you find another
Klingon ship approaching, weapons hot. Do NOT shoot at it! He's a
friendly (or at least neutral). He had a big fight onboard the
ship and somehow he won and the original captain lost.

Right after the conversation finish, FOUR K'vorts and BoPs
attack. Destroy them. During the fight, this ship should join you
to attack the other ships.

Destroy all enemy ships and you win!

You get 6000 prestige for this mission. Continue to Unity One
station in 17,16.

14.14      RECALL

You are at Unity One station when you noticed one of the
freighters was actually captured by Jureth's forces before... How
did it get here? Get close to it and scan it... No lifeform
onboard! Kill it! It's a bomb!

Immediately warp in and destroy the other 3 suicide freighters
around the base. Use tractor beam to drag the freighter away if
you need to.

Another freighter will fire a special torpedo at the base, which
went right THROUGH the shields, causing massive damage. Destroy
that last freighter, and you win!

You get 3600 prestige for this, enough for final refitting of the
ship if you haven't done so. Then head for 8,8, where Jureth is
making his last stand...

14.15      TO HUNT ONE'S BLOOD

You arrive at 8,8, an old abandoned base. Jureth is probably
hiding there.

Approach the base slowly. You don't want to fight both Jureth's
Negh'Var and the base together. Once Jureth started to head
toward you, back up a bit. Stay away from the base.

Keep hammering Jureth. Once his hull drops below 1/4th, he self-
destructs, and you win! Then your father shows up and laments his
other son... And makes you head of House Mi'Quoh.

You get 7650 prestige, and this is the end of the Klingon

15   Romulan Campaign Walkthru
The Romulan campaign has 17 missions, and some of the are quite


Report to 17,17 for your first assignment.

When you get there, Admiral Arai of the Tal'Shiar asks you to
recon the 3 asteroids in the area, do NOT be detected. She
suspects one of them is a listening post.

Cloak and fly to each one separately, STAY AWAY from the Klingon
ship. Your science officer should scan each one. Fly slowly so
you got just close enough to get your scan.

NOTE: It's NOT necessary to press the SCAN button.

SPOILER: It's the one on the opposite corner of the map.

Once you got each one scanned, make it out and you win!

You get a measly 200 prestige for this job. (You may get more if
you were NOT detected)


You now must destroy the listening post and its defender (from
the previous mission).

In general, the listening post itself is easy... cloak, recharge.
Shoot when ready, cloak again.

It's the competition that is hard. Try to arrange for a good
alpha strike. Decloak, and shoot!

When both are gone, you win!

You get 1750 prestige for this job.


You are to deliver the vaccine to this plague-stricken world by
escorting the freighter.

When you show up at the planet, two Ferengi Marauders are there.
They are in process of negotiating with the planet for the
antidote... Until you showed up. Apparently, they are the ones
who sold tainted grain to the planet in the first place! Such

Engage the Marauders, pound on one at a time. Destroy one, and
the other one should flee. Destroy it or chase it away. The
freighter should reach the planet, and you win!

You get merely 1200 prestige for this mission. Outfit your ship.


You're at this sector escorting this convoy of freighters.
Suddenly the shipyard reports that they're under attack by
pirates! Warp on ahead and help out.

When the convoy asks what should they do, order them to continue
on course.

There's one more Romulan ship (a frigate) at the shipyard, but
he's undergoing repairs, and he won't be able to join you until
several minutes later.

Expect to see one pirate destroyer and one pirate cruiser.

Kill the pirates, and you're done! You get 2200 prestige for


You need to get within range 20 of Unity One station to get a
scan. Cloak all the time and sneak in slowly.

There are eight to nine ships running around. They have patrol
patterns, so you should be able to sneak in there. On the other
hand, 2-4 of them sit still.

There should be 2 Norways, 1 Excelsior and 1 Saber, plus a K'Vort
running around. I found it easiest to get through on the "east"
side of the station (south being where you started). As long as
you stay at least range 15 away, any speed, no one will detect

When Unity One broadcasts that they're testing anti-cloak scan,
do NOT panic. It will fail. Keep going. Avoid the ships, get your
scan, then leave. Stay at least range 20 from ships, and go speed
1 or 2 when they're close, full speed when they're far away.

After you scan, turn around and leave. You get 1500 prestige
after you leave the map.


Admiral Arai has offered you membership in the Tal'Shiar...
accept it. Now here's your first job... retake the ship
commandeered by the rebels in the system.

When you get there, that ship's captain begs you to let him go.
You can't do that, so blast him. Try to go after his cloaking
device or warp engines to finish him off faster.

When that's done, Admiral Arai shows up, and tells you about the
Romulan part in that attack on Unity One...

Refit and try to fit in a level 3 tractor now. You may not get a
chance later.


You think "Tip Toe Among Giants" is tough? This one is WORSE if
you do it wrong. There are TEN ships between you and the planet
on the opposite corner. You need to make it through.

The tough way is have patience. Move at speed 2 or so, come to
full stop if enemy ship come near you. Eventually you'll make it

A much simpler way is get a big impulse upgrade. You need speed
35 or so. Then when you hear the problem, hit cloak, then turn
for the right hand corner, and charge! MAX SPEED along the map's
edge! You need to get to the corner before the Feds got to your
corner. Then just fly to the other planet at whatever speed you
deem prudent.

You get a lousy 500 prestige for this difficult mission.

NOTE: Your ops offer mumbles something about ascertain the
enemy's intentions. If you stayed in the middle of the Fed fleet
you may get a bonus.


This is one of the toughest missions in the game, as there's so
many things to do. You've made your way to Federation world at
19,14, and you need to steal the holo-cloak.

First, plant the explosive on the designated asteroid (the one
arrow is pointing to, shows as "friendly"), then head toward the
base, cloak on, stay near map's edge.

When you're far enough away, your officer will say something
about "charges are degrading"... Answer to detonate the asteroid.
Do so, and the 2 Fed ships will warp out to investigate. Continue
toward the base at half-impulse.

Continue slowly, and you'll get a message about dropping sensor
jammers. Do so. Answer yes to do so. Do NOT approach within range
15 of the base until you do so!

Now approach the base and you'll get the info from the agent
onboard the base. Decloak and beam him onboard, then recloak.

Head for the asteroid field you started in. A shuttle will be
inside. Get in there, decloak, and blast it. And you win!

You get 3750 prestige for this messy mission.

Refit and get at LEAST a level 3 tractor. You WILL need it. On
the other hand, sometimes this can cause a problem. You have a
very tight schedule to get to that next hex for the mission. You
may not make it to the starbase and back in the time alloted.
Sometimes you get "stuck" when a Federation ship choose to
challenge you in a fight. As there's a challenge, you can't get
out of the sector, but the auto-move try to move you any way...
So either the auto-move works and you are able to escape that
challenge, or it doesn't and you can't continue the campaign.


You got a distress call about a Klingon ship getting sucked into
the blackhole.

When mission starts, hit warp and turn toward the ship. You need
to get there ASAP. When you get close, slap a tractor on him and
pull him away. You need try this a couple times to make sure you
drop out of warp far enough so the tractor has a chance to charge
up, yet close enough that you don't waste any time.

The only thing that worked for me is hit the "rotate left"
tractor ASAP. Then just keep flying at full impulse and you
should be safe.

NOTE: If you fail and survive, 2 BoP's decloak and blame you for
destroying that ship that went in. Then you have to fight them.
If you escape, you are blamed for the destruction of that ship
and you fail the campaign.

Two BoP's (K'Vorts?) decloak and demand that you release the BoP.
Doesn't matter what you say, you'll have to fight them. The BoP
you saved will run off to one side and hide. Destroy the two
attackers and you win!

You get 2000 prestige for this mission.

15.10      GRAY AREA

You are ordered to scan the asteroids in a nebula.

Scan each one by moving within range 5 of each. You science
officer will tell you it's done or not. Some of them will
explode. It's supposed to.

When you got most of scanning done (after 3 of them explode), a
Fed freighter will appear. Hail it and talk to it for more

Three pirate ships will enter the nebula. Fight them or leave,
doesn't matter. You get bonus prestige for kills though.

You get about 3500 prestige (with additional bonus for kills).

15.11      HERDING CATS

The Remans are rebelling! You are ordered to round up the
escaping freighters.

A big transporter will help, as you want to blast the impulse
engines down ASAP and using H&R raids will help.

Basically, there are SIX escaping freighters. You need to hunt
down at least FOUR of them. They go out in groups of two.

Target the impulse engines and blast each one until it no longer
moves (or moves so slow you can come back later). Drop off
shuttles and keep them on harassment runs. Use marines for H&R or
capture raids.

When you destroy 4, and the rest warp out, you win!

You get 5000 prestige for this mission.

15.12      THE BARROWS

To finish off the escaping rebels, you need to chase down the
rest of the freighters.

"The Barrows" is an area full of dust clouds and BLACK HOLES.
However, if you don't run into the black holes they don't pose a

Just hit the impulse engines and watch the black holes suck the
freighters in...

Wipe out all the freighters (2?) and you win!

You get 4000 prestige.

15.13      SHINEY NEW TOY

You get to test the new holo-cloak... Activate it, and now you
look like a Fed Akira! Just follow Admiral Arai's instructions.

When ready, destroy the Klingon freighter to conclude the test.

You get 1000 prestige.


You are to destroy the Federation convoy, and make it look as if
the Klingons did it. Oh, and don't let any of them escape.

The 4 freighters are simple enough. However, their escort is CA
or BC (Excelsior or Nebula). Still, those ships are not that hard
to kill as you should be in a Warbird by now.

HINT: Don't fire until you're about to kiss the escort's behind.
THEN blast the escort so it's nearly dead in the water by giving
it a surprise attack on the impulse engines and/or the warp core.
Then keep going until its impulse goes into the red. Add H&R
raids and mines and such.

Blast each freighter in the impulse engine to make sure they
don't get away. Use H&R to help soften up the enemy. Use mines to
do additional damage. THEN it's a matter of mopping up. Kill them
all and you win!

You get 5000 prestige for this. Repair and resupply. You'll need
some help next.


Now it's time to play the Klingons. Disguise as a Nebula-class
ship and destroy the Klingon base.

Get close to the base, then fire EVERYTHING. Another Romulan ship
will join you pretending to be a Saber class frigate. Destroy the

There are 3 other Klingon ships around. Destroy them as well.

You get 6000 prestige.

15.16      TROJAN HORSE

Now you need to blast the Federation Outpost... Same idea.

Get close to the base at full speed, then blast it before its
shields come up. You need to reduce its power as those heavy
phasers dish out a LOT of damage.

Two Fed starships, a Saber and a larger ship (BC or DN class)
will show up. Destroy the ships first, probably the Saber first.
Then the base.

NOTE: If you destroy the base first, Saber will escape, and you
fail the mission.

You get 5500 prestige for this.


Now it's your turn to really be nasty... escort the freighters
with hypermass detonators to destroy Unity One starbase.

Destroy the smaller ships first, and stay near the other Romulan
ships for mutual support. There should be Admiral Arai's Warbird
pretending to be a Galaxy-class vessel, along with some Hawks
pretending to be Norway-class DD's and such.

You should see a couple B'Rels and K'Vorts, with one Negh'Var,
one Norway, a Nebula, and a Galaxy defending the place. Don't
bother warping to them. They will warp to the convoy. Let them
come, try to get ahead a little so you can hit them JUST as they
emerge from warp with no shields on.

You pretty much don't have to do much with the freighters. Just
keep the larger ships busy and at least two of the freighters
should get to the base and drop off their "black holes". Then
just mop up the rest of defending ships without killing yourself.

Fun thing to do: kill the impulse engines and let the black holes
draw the enemy ships in.

Destroy every hostile, and you're done!

You get 7500 prestige, and complete the Romulan campaign.

16   Federation Campaign Walkthru
The Federation campaign features a LOT of different ships, and a
LOT of weapon choices...

You start in a Norway (DD) so at least you get a better ship to
start instead of wimpy frigates the other navies start you with.


You are ordered to identify all ships in the sector.

An Intrepid-class ship shows up, weapons hot. His hull is at
about 60%. He doesn't believe who you are since he was just
attacked by another Federation ship. He then starts shooting you.

You have to whack him a couple times, until his hull is down to
30% or so, before he'll listen to reason.

When you do so, the mission ends, and you get 3500 prestige.
Upgrade, upgrade, upgrade! You should be able to deck out that
Norway now.


You are to investigate with USS Fuller the distress calls from 3
freighters in the area.

You first discover a Klingon BoP. It's adrift in space. Use
"scan" to increase the sensor range if you need to.

Continue forward, and you found the USS Minsk, dead in space.

Then you find USS Fuller, also adrift in space. All three ships
have been ambushed, from both sides, most didn't even have a
chance to launch escape pods.

You got to the planet, and you found the 3 freighters. They claim
that a bunch of Klingon ships swept in and destroyed the other
ships, and they barely escaped. However, something not quite
right... Why aren't THEY destroyed as well?

Then they want to form up on you... Maintain speed and keep them
beyond range 20. Then after a while, they open fire on you, with
green disruptor beams!

Destroy them. It's easiest to tractor one and feed it your full
alpha strike, then drop the tractor and get away, then come back
and try again. Go after warp core to cut their power. Launch
shuttles to surround them (though you need to stay close or
they'll pick off the shuttles one by one).

When you destroy them all, you'll see their mass doesn't equal
their signature. Some sort of holo-cloak?

You get 3850 prestige. You should be able to afford an Intrepid
or Defiant now, even with a few upgrades.


You are to escort the ambassador's freighter to the Klingon base.
There should be two other Federation ships as well, a Saber and
an Intrepid (or similar) escorting the freighter.

While on the way, a Klingon ship (B'Rel?) decloaks and starts
attacking the freighter. Destroy him.

Two other Klingon ships decloak and attack (K'tinga and K'Vort?).
Destroy them as well.

When the last enemy croaks, and the freighter reaches the base,
you win!

NOTE: If you are impatient for the freighter to "plod" along at
speed 10, feel free to push it along with your tractor beam. He
won't repel you.

You get 4950 prestige. The CL you got should be pretty well
decked out, so it may be time to trade it up for a CA like Akira
or Excelsior.


The Feds are aware of Romulan disguises... You will help catch
them in the act.

You start behind the outpost, powered down. Stay still until the
fake Klingon ships decloak and start attacking the convoy. THEN
go to red alert and swoop into attack. There's 1 Excelsior-class
cruiser with the convoy. You should be in a Nebula-class by now.
Keep the fake Klingons busy. Should be 1 fake Vor'cha and 2 or 3
fake Fek'lars.

More Feds will warp in and trap the enemy ships. You'll see
Norway, Defiant, Galaxy, and Saber... Attack the ships still
concentrating on the convoy.

Destroy all fake Klingon ships and get 4500 prestige.


Starfleet has secured a copy of the holo-cloak. You will use it
to locate the Tal'Shiar information needed to prove their guilt.
You must infiltrate Romulan territory.

Basically, stay at green alert and fly past all the outposts,
bases, and defense platforms so you can scan them all as the
mission needs. Get within range 10 then hit SCAN. Turn off scan
when done. Fly to the next one. Then pick a direction with
minimal weapon coverage, get within range 6, and beam down the
infiltration team. Stay within range.

When ready, beam them back up, then get the heck out of there, as
they triggered an alarm! Pick an empty direction and hit warp!

You get 3750 prestige.


Romulans know the gig is up, and they are no longer disguised in
their attacks on Starfleet.

Four Romulan ships are attacking a convoy. The Romulan force is
composed of 2 Warbirds and 2 Hawks. Just survive and get in a
salvo when you can. Use hit and run. Fire, warp away, turn
around, repeat. You'll get more help in a minute or so. At least
two more ships will be warping in. Then with help destroy all

I suggest a Nebula with a LOT of maneuverability, as the Warbirds
can be EXTREMELY dangerous with heavy torpedoes. One good salvo
and you lose the shields and half of your hull, even with level 5
armor. Use maneuverability to stay behind the Warbird, drop mines
periodically to discourage pursuers.

Destroy all Romulan ships and you win!

You get 4125 prestige for this.


We are taking down the Romulan outpost and its defenders.

Get in there and start blasting. Enterprise-E is already on the
scene. Stay near it for protection. You should also have 2
Norways escorting you.

Go after cloak and warp engines on Romulan ships. You should see
only lighter ships at first. Go after those. Tell your ships to
concentrate on a single target. Plenty of other Fed ships will be
around blasting.

Destroy the defenders first, then go after the base (capture it
if you can), and you win!

You get 2000 for this easy mission.


You are responding to a distress call. Apparently more Romulan
disguised ships are attacking a convoy. A Klingon (real) ship, a
Negh'Var, will also assist.

Help the Klingon ship destroy or chase away the Romulan ships and
you win! There should be four to five Romulan ships, disguised as
K'vorts and K'tingas. Two of them will probably escape unless
you've been bashing impulse engines.

You get 2000 prestige for this.


Take out the Tal'Shiar forward command base.

This one is EXTREMELY difficult, as you'll be fighting a base, 4
defense platforms, and 3 Romulan ships at the beginning.
However, you get 2 Norways as wingmen, and a bunch of other ships
like Saber, Defiant, Excelsior, etc. will join the attack.

As you commence your attack, you'll get a message from Picard
ordering you to disengage. It's a Romulan trick. Don't believe
it. Arai will decloak in her Warbird... She was pretending to be
the Enterprise! You'll need to take care of her now or later...
If you damage Arai's Warbird to 50% hull she'll leave. Do it
quickly or there wouldn't be a fleet left for your side.

Capture the defense platforms to help you fight the base. You can
severely damage one platform and beam enough marines to capture
another during one pass. Then make another pass to do the other
two. Once you have the platforms they will help you wipe out the
base and nearby enemies. They wouldn't last long, but they will
be VERY helpful. Those heavy disruptors pack serious punch!

What I did was go after the platforms. Destroy one, capture the
other. Go around the base, destroy one, capture the other. The
platforms will then shoot at the base and/or the ships around.
Then go after the base. While you do the base the platforms and
other ships should damage Arai's Warbird enough to force her to

Once you wipe out all the defenders and the base, you win!

You get about 4000 prestige for this.

NOTE: This is a VERY tough mission. By the end you probably have
only ONE friendly ship left if you can't capture the platforms
fast enough. Expect to retry this 2-6 times.

Even though the post-briefing says you can't resupply, ignore it.
There's a Fed Starbase just 3 hexes northwest of you. Resupply
quickly then wait for the auto-warp.


Infiltrate the shipyard (2 stardocks and the base) so you can
figure out which ships have the holo-cloak, and destroy all

Destroy all the defending ships first.

NOTE: If you go around defending ships and take out the shipyard,
the Romulan ships will self-destruct, and that causes blackholes
to form, which will destroy nearby ships, and that is BAD. With
that many ships to help, destroying the ships should be simple.

When the defending ships are destroyed, the rest of the ships
will wait while you beam the infiltration team into the base.

Get to the "shipyard", blow down a shield on the base, and beam
in the away team, and after a few seconds they report success.
Beam them back.

Once that's done, the other ships will help you destroy the
shipyard. When it goes, you win!

You get 4400 prestige.


You need to destroy the factory that's producing the holo-cloak.
However, bases, defense platforms, and no less than 6 Romulan
ships defend the planet.

You get a choice... Go after the defense platforms, the ships, or
the base? I recommend the defense platforms first. Blast one and
capture the other, so they'll help you defend. Repeat for the
other side of the planet and you got it covered. Those platforms
don't last very long but they'll help you hunt down the other

Lure enemy ships into range of your platforms if they survived.
The 2 Warbirds can be a problem. Shove them into the planet to
kill them quickly. You'll need level 4 tractors. The smaller
ships are easy to kill.

Then take out the base, it's not that hard to kill.

When ready, get in range of the planet, and feel free to blast
the planet while you're at it. When you get close enough, your XO
will beam down and place the demolition charges. Then you win!

You get 4500 prestige.


The big finale and the big enchilada... This mission is huge and
difficult. Fortunately you get a lot of help, about 5 to 6 other
Fed and Klingon ships will be in the area, including Enterprise-E
and a Negh'var, among other ships.

There's about a dozen Romulan ships defending TWO separate bases
and 4 defense platforms around the planet. Most of them are
small, but there are several Warbirds.

Go after the defense platforms first, and use them to help you
defeat the ships if possible. Do NOT beam down the away team
until you've taken out ALL hostiles and have completely restored
shields and made emergency repairs. You will need the repairs for
the second fight.

Capture one or both of the Warbirds during the fight if possible.
You can use their firepower in the upcoming fight.

When you've eliminated ALL opposition, it's time to beam down the
away team to capture Admiral Arai, which also destroys the
Tal'Shiar base on the ground.

Tal'Shiar reinforcements come in... They are comprised of two
(three?) Warbirds and some destroyers. Destroy them with whatever
you have remaining, and you win!

NOTE: You must destroy the reinforcements. Escape is NOT an

You get 7500 prestige, finish the Fed campaign, and watch the end

17   Borg Campaign Walkthru
The Borg campaign is a bit of fun as Borg ships are VERY VERY
different from the other ships.

A Borg ship will regenerate its hull over time. So a Borg ship is
almost impossible to destroy outright, unless completely

To compensate, Borg ship has no shields and awful firing arcs.
They have NO concentration of firepower. Instead, the weapons are
spread all over the ship. At least they get one or two 360
degrees mounts.

You start in a Diamond-class ship (CL).

You should immediately strip the weapons off your ship and start
over. Put 2 CBH-F in the 360 mounts, and put 2 shield inversion
beams 1 fore and 1 aft. Forget all the other weapons. You should
have JUST enough prestige to do the exchange.

17.1  A DAY IN THE LIFE...

Destroy the two shield generators so specie 4521 can be

Start heading toward the first generator. It has 2 defending
ships. Destroy or capture the ships first. Defeat both ships,
then blast the asteroid, and it goes poof.

If this first fight last a while, the 2 ships protecting the
other asteroid may come over and join the fight. Defeat them as
well or capture them.

Destroy the second asteroid.

You get a message about some freighters (2) leaving the planet,
and a few defending ships (2). Blast each freighter until it
can't escape in time or capture each. Destroy all defending
ships, then the freighters, and you're done!

You can now upgrade to a nice ship with plenty of prestige.
Sphere would be good.


You need to assimilate this Federation outpost and destroy all

You'll see 2 Sabers and 1 Norway defend the outpost. Your own
ship should be able to defeat all the ships without help from the
rest of the Borg task force (2 Diamond Primes and 1 Cube). Though
feel free to let them help. Capture the Fed ships if you wish.

Beat down one of the shields on the starbase and beam in enough
drones to take it over, then get out of range and wait.

When the outpost is captured, you win!

NOTE: If you destroy the outpost, you lose.

By this time you should be able to afford a sphere prime or a
cube, and you'll need it. You should have an INSANE amount of
prestige, like 160K+


You need to scan Klingon space for traces of the renegade Borg.

You arrive with a small task force again. As you scan the local
area, Klingon fleet arrives to attack you. You should see
Negh'Var, Vor'cha, K'Vort, and B'Rel. Feel free to capture or
destroy them.

When 3 out of 4 Klingon ships were captured or destroyed, the
Borg leader will say Federation forces approaching, and you must
evacuate the sector. Turn toward the map's edge, fire off your
last few shots, and engage warp. Order all ships you captured to
do the same.

When you all escaped the sector, you win!

By this time you should be able to afford a cube, and you'll need
it. Refit it and have plenty of prestige left.


You end up in sector 215, where you detect more traces of the
renegade Borg...

NOTE: the script for this mission seems to be broken. I'll just
tell you what worked.

As you arrive and scan, the renegade Borg contacts you, and tells
you to surrender! They have jammed your comm, preventing you to
contact the Collective. Your group leader said you must beam
onboard a counter-jammer onto each enemy ship.

You'll fight 2 Diamonds (or Diamond primes?), and one Sphere (or
Sphere Prime?). I suggest you take the Diamonds out of commission
first, and stay on one at all times. You can't switch back and
forth and let them regenerate. You may never get into range to
beam the stuff onboard, so you probably should not bother.

After a while, you get a message that Federation and Klingon
ships have entered the sector and is attacking you. It should be
a couple Sabers and K'Tingas, and maybe an Intrepid. Destroy the
Sabers, then the K'tingas and Intrepid, while taking out the
Diamonds when you can. You have enough weapons on a cube to fire
in ALL directions.

Repair only what you absolutely need (like more impulse speed).
You have a LOT of reserve power so don't worry about warp core

When the Diamonds are gone, and all the ships are gone, the
scenario suddenly flashed "mission complete" even though the
sphere is still there.

You get 4000 prestige. Thus ended the Borg campaign. The renegade
were re-assimilated.

18   SFC3 ships


Klingon ships have plenty of shields but seems to have less
engine power than the Romulans. Mount the maximum shields

18.1.1    B'Rel / FF
B'Rel, i.e. Bird of Prey, is a small Romulan-influenced design.
It has been around for almost 100 years. It is small, but still
works well. It currently serves as a "frigate" in the Klingon
Deep Space Fleet.

S = 6000  PW / HW = 650  Hull / Bridge = 1650     Engines = 1800

18.1.2    K'Vort / DD
K'Vort looks just like a B'Rel, but it's actually 30% larger. It
serves as destroyer in the Klingon fleet.

S = 8500  PW / HW = 1000 Hull / Bridge = 2300     Engines = 2425

18.1.3    K'Tinga / CL
K'Tinga is the venerable D-7 design that has been around for over
100 years. It currently serves as a light cruiser.

S = 13000 PW / HW = 1300 Hull / Bridge = 3100     Engines = 3500

18.1.4    Fek'lhr / CA
Fek'lhr, named after the beast guarding the Klingon heaven known
as Sto'vokor, is the new Klingon cruiser. It shares the same
general shape as K'Tinga, but it's a bit larger, and has a MUCH
larger engine capacity.

S = 19000 PW / HW = 1550 Hull / Bridge = 3550     Engines = 5200

18.1.5    Vor'cha / BC
Vor'cha, the attack cruiser, is a powerful battlecruiser, with
significant more room for armor and shields.

S = 26000 PW / HW = 2100 Hull / Bridge = 6000     Engine = 7550

18.1.6    Negh'Var / DN
Negh'Var, the largest Klingon ship, is considered a dreadnought.
Size-wise it's not that big.

S = 32000 PW / HW = 2900 Hull / Bridge = 6700     Engine = 9000


Romulan weapons are slower charging, esp. torpedoes. In general,
they also have more engine capacity but less shields than Klingon
ships. To exploit this, mount larger thrusters and impulse
engines and exploit your advantages.

18.2.1    Talon / FF
Talon is the Romulan frigate. It has slightly more engine
capacity than the Klingon B'Rel, but otherwise identical.

S = 6000  PW / HW = 650  Hull / Bridge = 1650     Engine = 2000

18.2.2    Falcon / DD
Falcon, the Romulan the destroyer, has slightly more engine
capacity than the Klingon K'Vort, but slightly less shields.
Falcon looks almost exactly like Talon, just like the Klingon
B'Rel's resemblance to the K'Vort.

S = 8000  PW / HW = 1000 Hull / Bridge = 2300     Engine = 2775

18.2.3    Shrike / CL
Romulan Shrike, again, has more engine but less shields than the
Klingon equivalent. It is still a powerful ship.

S = 11000 PW / HW = 1300 Hull / Bridge = 3100     Engine = 3925

18.2.4    Hawk / CA
Hawk follows the normal pattern... More engines, less shields.

S = 15000 PW / HW = 1500 Hull / Bridge = 3550     Engines = 5950

18.2.5    Raptor / BC
Raptor as a BC again follows the pattern... less shields, more
engines. BC is a big jump from CA though.

S = 20500 PW / HW = 2100 Hull / Bridge = 6000     Engines = 8900

18.2.6    Warbird / DN
Warbird, the Romulan archetype, is one of the largest ships in
space. TWICE as long as Federation Galaxy-class, it mounts nearly
the same firepower... Or maybe not. A good hit from a Warbird
with its torpedoes can easily destroy a fully-charged level 10
shield if you let it into point-blank range. Against a damaged
shield... See your hull go down 50% in a single salvo.

S = 26000 PW / HW = 2900 Hull / Bridge = 6700     Engines = 9750

Warbird has decent turn modes but no rear weapons when commanded
by AI. If you can use your maneuverability to stay on its tail,
you should be good except for HETs.


18.3.1    Saber / FF
This "frigate" is quite light... but decent.

S = 6000  PW / HW = 650  Hull / Bridge = 1800     Engines = 1850

Cueball2000uk has a trick loadout... front and left has level 2
shields (the others have NONE!), 3 phaser-9-S, 1 quantum torpedo.
This specialized design only has front and left shields, but much
stronger than anticipated. If you can keep the shields toward the
enemy the quantum torpedo will be quite a surprise.

A phaser boat config would have 2 ph-10-Fs and 1 ph-11-S, with no
heavy weapons. You'll need a level 2 warp core, fit in whatever
else you want. This phaser boat reloads very quickly and is

18.3.2    Norway / DD
Norway is a decent destroyer.

S = 8500  PW / HW = 1000 Hull / Bridge = 2300     Engines = 2550

Norway is not a very expandable ship, but it doesn't need to be.

The normal config would fit in 3 phaser-10-F and 2 photon

Alternate config would be 2 pulse-phasers with a ph-11-S.

18.3.3    Defiant / CLX
Defiant is actually very hard to classify. Size-wise, it's
SMALLER than a destroyer, but it packs a serious punch with its
pulse phasers.

S = 10000 PW / HW = 1150 Hull / Bridge = 3400     Engines = 4750

The limited weapons load is a problem. There's no way to get it
to be exactly like the TV... Since this Defiant has no rear-
facing torpedo tube.

You can fit in 2 pulse phasers and 2 quantum torpedo tubes. You
get LOTS of reserve power if you want to upgrade your warp and
keep thrusters and impulse at level 5 (which makes it fly at
speed of 43+!)

Alternate config is 4 photons and 3 ph-9-F, with level 7
thrusters. You need to downgrade impulse to level 3, but that is
still speed of 32+ and literally turns on a dime.

18.3.4    Intrepid / CL
Intrepid mounts slightly more shields and weapons than Defiant,
but is a much larger package overall.

S = 12000 PW / HW = 1300 Hull / Bridge = 3100     Engines = 4500

Most people add 2 quantum torpedoes then whatever phasers and
such they can fit in. You can go level 5 engines all across. You
can even sacrifice a bit of speed for level 7 thrusters, but that
may be going overboard.

If you prefer a phaser boat, fit in level 4 shields, phaser 10-F
in all phaser mounts, level 8 thrusters and level 5 impulse.

Alternative phaser boat config is 4 pulse phasers (ka-pow!) and
whatever else that'll fit. Try to keep level 8 thrusters and
level 5 impulse if possible.

18.3.5     Akira / CA
Akira is a newer dependable cruiser that gets the job done. Its
larger engines allow it better speed and maneuverability.

S = 20000 PW / HW = 1600 Hull / Bridge = 3700     Engines = 6250

18.3.6    Excelsior / CA
Excelsior is a workhorse vessel that has seen service for many
decades. Upgrades and several ways kept them on the front-lines.
While not as powerful as Akiras, the still mount respectable
weapons and has more interior room for equipment and armor.

S = 18000 PW / HW = 1500 Hull / Bridge = 5000     Engines = 5400

18.3.7    Nebula / BC
Nebula-class BC is basically a slightly scaled-down version of
Galaxy-class starship.

S = 22000 PW / HW = 1800 Hull / Bridge = 5700     Engines = 7800

18.3.8    Galaxy / DN
As a DN, Galaxy is a bit undergunned and underengined, at least
when compared to Klingon and Romulan DNs. One more reason the
Sovereign was created...

S = 28000 PW / HW = 2200 Hull / Bridge = 6500     Engines = 8500

Stick with Nebula-class as it's a better package overall.

18.3.9    Sovereign / DNX
Sovereign, along with Klingon Negh'var, has the most shields of
any ship in SFC3. It also has weird weapons arcs, as it has
potentially EIGHT weapons pointing to the REAR (more than the
front). However, it has horrible turn rate.

S = 32000 PW / HW = 2900 Hull / Bridge = 6700     Engines = 9500

You can pretty much mix just about anything here, though some
suggestions are pulse phasers, ph-11s and 12s, and lots of
quantum torpedoes. If you cram you can fit up to 6 quantum
torpedoes onto this hull, but you don't have THAT much room.

Some suggest you max the impulse engines and create a "speedboat
dreadnought", and get the others to chase you while you exploit
your rear arcs to pound them.

The main problem here is power. Your engines are tight enough
that you can't really fit in a class X warp core and still fit in
decent thrusters and impulse engines. You have to stay with class
IX warp core, and that means you're limited to 113 power. If you
add too many phasers or such you'll be underpowered.

One config I found quite good is ph-12-f in the 360 mount, 2 ph-
11-f in the rear-facing mounts, 2 ph-pulse in the front mounts,
and 3 quantum torpedoes (all forward). Class X shields all
around. This config has enough forward firepower to pound most
ships and bases, while easily discourages rear pursuit with help
of mines and rear phasers. If you need more maneuverability, use
less shields and less armor to save mass.

18.4  BORG

Borg ships in general have horrible turn rates and such and the
default configs have weapons that are all over the place but none
that can deal a killing blow. By the time you destroy one ship
you'd have lost half of your warp power.

Instead, strip the existing weapons and put heaviest beams in the
360 mounts, along with some weapons for front and back. The
resulting config can be quite useful.

18.4.1    Pyramid / FF
S = N/A   PW / HW = 750  Hull / Bridge = 2300     Engines = 2300

18.4.2    Pyramid Prime / DD
S = N/A   PW / HW = 1150 Hull / Bridge = 3100     Engines = 3200

18.4.3    Diamond / CL
S = N/A   PW / HW = 1450 Hull / Bridge = 3700     Engines = 4800

You need only 2 heavy-fast beams in the 360 mounts, and 2 shield
inversion beams, 1 fore and 1 aft. You can get this config
without spending any extra prestige from your initial CL.

18.4.4    Diamond Prime / CA
S = N/A   PW / HW = 1700 Hull / Bridge = 5500     Engines = 6600

18.4.5    Sphere / BC
S = N/A   PW / HW = 2350 Hull / Bridge = 6500     Engines = 8600

18.4.6    Sphere Prime / DN
S = N/A   PW / HW = 3200 Hull / Bridge = 7300     Engines = 10000

18.4.7    Cube / BB
S = N/A   PW / HW = 6500 Hull / Bridge = 7300     Engines = 13000

The Borg gets an extra large engine... the SB class (beyond class
X!) just for the cube, and boy, it's a monster, generating 212
units of power! Your ship can probably only use about 130 or so.

PW/HW means CBH-F all around, and shield inversion beams all
around. You can also replace one of the SIB's with tachyon beam
to prevent ships from leaving. Just maximize everything. This
thing won't maneuver well, so don't bother changing the engines

If you are willing to lose some of the firepower (i.e. strip off
the side weapons), you may be able to get by with class-X warp
core, which means you have a LOT more room for thrusters and
impulse engines and such. Think about it.

19   SFC equipment (shields, weapons, etc.)
The following charts DO linely correctly (albeit not aligned exactly).
To view them, you'll need to use a monospace font like COURIER. 


19.1.1    Klingon Shield Generators
Level     I   II   III  IV    V    VI    VII  VIII  IX   X

Strength  4   7    10   13    16   18    21   23    26   29

Mass    1000 1500 2000  2750 3500  4250 5000  6000 7000  8000

Cost     500 750  1125 1500  2000 2500  3250  4000 5000  6000

19.1.2    Klingon Disruptors
Type       I      IF     II    IIF   III   IIIF  IV    IVF

Damage     4      3      6     5     8     6     10    7

Mass       50     100    150   200   250   300   350   400

Cost       650    825    925   1300  1350  1600  1650  1900

Energy     2      2      4     4     8     8     10    10

19.1.3    Klingon Photon Torpedo
Damage     6      Mass    200    Cost   900     Energy 6

Note: Klingon photons charge in half the time as the Fed photons.

19.1.4    Klingon Polaron Torpedo
Damage     12     Mass    300    Cost   2200    Energy 9

Notes:  The polaron torpedo can punch through the shields and
hit the hull directly.

19.1.5    Tachyon Pulse
Damage     6      Mass    250    Cost   2450    Energy 8

Notes:  This weapon disables its target's ability to go to warp,
both tactical warp and to escape off the map. That it does a bit
of damage is a bonus.

19.1.6    Klingon Ion Cannon
Damage     9      Mass    250    Cost   1350    Energy 8

Notes:  The extremely narrow firing arc makes this weapon a
close-range punch only.

19.1.7    Antimatter Mine Layer
Damage     15     Mass    200    Cost   1500    Energy 1

Notes: This essentially replace the wimpy mines with a more
powerful mine, but requires power to arm.

19.1.8    Klingon Armor
Level      I           II       III       IV        V

Strength   9           18       27        36        45

Mass       800         1200     1600      2000      2400

Cost       500         750      1125      1750      2500

NOTE: Damage must penetrate both shields and armor to damage either 
the hull or the systems.

NOTE: Klingon armor is slightly more efficient tonnage-wise than
Fed armor, but its maximum is less than Fed armor. Just typical
for Klingons.

19.1.9    Klingon Transporter
Level      I           II       III       IV        V

Rating     1           3        4         6         7

Mass       100         325      650       1100      1650

Cost       500         750      1125      1500      2000

NOTE: Klingon transporter has more pads than Feds or Klingons
(matching the Borg). Definite use those marines during battles.
Capturing ships are easier with Klingons!

19.1.10   Klingon Tractor Beam Emitter
Level      I           II       III       IV        V

Health     2           3        5         6         8

Mass       100         300      600       1000      1500

Cost       500         750      1125      1500      2000

19.1.11   Klingon Computer
Level      I           II       III       IV        V

AntiCloak  0%          0%       0%        60%       70%

Mass       100         200      300       500       700

Cost       500         750      1130      2000      3000

NOTE: The higher the level, the longer the sensor range.

19.1.12   Klingon Cloaking Device
Level      I           II       III       IV        V

Efficiency 60%         70%      80%       90%       100%

Mass       125         250      375       550       750

Cost       550         825      1250      1950      2750

NOTE: No shields during cloak!

19.1.13   Klingon Warp Core
Level      I    II   III  IV   V    VI   VII  VIII  IX    X

Power      21   25   29   35   43   51   63   73    90    125

Mass       725  950  1200 1575 2000 2500 3400 4200  4950  6500

Cost       2500 2975 3800 4900 6000 7300 8825 10350 12100 17600

Health     36   44   52   64   80   96   120  140   180   250

NOTE: Klingon Warp Cores are somewhat smaller than others. Power
output above assumes a level 1 engineer. Higher level engineers
can get more power out of the same warp core.

19.1.14   Klingon Impulse Engine
Level      I    II  III  IV    V    VI   VII  VIII IX    X

Power    356 392  464   571  749  849  936  1115  1249  1561

Mass       500  625 750  1000  1250 1500 1750 2200 2500  3250

Cost       665  1000 1500  2200 3300 4700 6000 7500  8750 10500

Health     40   44  52   64    84   95   105  125  140   175

Notes:  Klingon Impulse engines are pretty efficient (power vs.
mass), but not enough "health" to take damages. This assumes
level 1 engineer. Higher level engineers can get more power out
of same engine.

19.1.15   Klingon Thruster
Level  I    II    III   IV   V     VI   VII   VIII IX    X

Power  130  150   170   195  240   265  275   305  335   375

Mass   350  425   550   725  900   1125 1525  1900 2225  2925

Cost   250  350   450   550  650   750  850   950  1050  1150

NOTE: Klingons have some of the best thrusters available. Use
them. This assumes level 1 helmsman. Higher level helmsman can
get more power out of same thruster.


19.2.1     Romulan Shield Generators
Level     I  II    III  IV    V    VI    VII  VIII  IX   X

Strength  4  7     10   13    16   18    21   24    26   29

Mass      1000     1500 2000  2500 3000  3500 4000  4750 5500   6500

Cost      500      750  100   1250 1500  1750 2000  2250 2500   2750

19.2.2    Romulan Disruptors
Romulan disruptors are 20% slower to rearm than phasers or
Klingon disruptors.

Type       I      IF     II    IIF   III   IIIF  IV    IVF

Damage     5      4      8     5     10    6     12    7

Mass       50     100    150   200   250   300   350   400

Cost       700    850    1025  1175  1300  1450  1600  1850

Energy     3      3      6     6     9     9     12    12

NOTE: Romulan Disruptor do more damage than most races primary

19.2.3    Romulan Plasma Torpedo
           Damage        Mass        Cost         Energy

Light      11            200         800          7

Medium     15            300         1200         10

Heavy      20            400         1600         16

19.2.4    Romulan Myotronic Beam
Damage     8      Mass    200    Cost   2150    Energy 8

Notes: This beam weapon disables (stun, not destroy) all enemy
weapons for a short period of time upon hull impact. It only
works when it strikes the hull. Else, it does regular damage to

19.2.5    Tachyon Pulse
Damage     6      Mass    250    Cost   2450    Energy 8

19.2.6    Antimatter Mine Layer
Damage     15     Mass    200    Cost   1500    Energy 1

19.2.7    Romulan Armor
Level      I           II       III       IV        V

Strength   8           16       24        32        40

Mass       900         1350     1800      2250      2700

Cost       500         750      1125      1750      2500

NOTE: Romulans have the weakest armor. Their ships are build for
surprise attacks, and are rather fragile.

19.2.8    Romulan Transporter
Level      I           II       III       IV        V

Rating     1           2        3         4         5

Mass       100         300      600       100       1500

Cost       500         750      1125      1500      2000

19.2.9    Romulan Tractor Beam Emitter
Level      I           II       III       IV        V

Health     2           3        5         6         8

Mass       100         275      550       900       1350

Cost       500         750      1125      1500      2000

NOTE: Romulan Tractor systems are lighter in mass than average.

19.2.10   Romulan Computer
Level      I           II       III       IV        V

AntiCloak  0%          0%       0%        60%       70%

Mass       100         200      300       500       700

Cost       550         830      1250      2500      3750

19.2.11   Romulan Cloaking Device
Level      I           II       III       IV        V

Efficiency 60%         70%      80%       90%       100%

Mass       100         200      350       500       700

Cost       500         750      1130      2000      3000

NOTE: Romulan Cloaking Devices are lighter than their Klingon

19.2.12   Romulan Warp Core
Level      I   II  III   IV    V   VI  VII  VIII   IX      X

Power     26   31   35   41   47   59   75    88  118    145

Mass     900 1150 1450 1925 2400 3000 4100  5000  6000  7900

Cost    3250 3775 4320 4995 5940 7425 9585 11880 14175 19575

Health   46    56  64    76   88  112  144   170  210    290

19.2.13   Romulan Impulse Engine
Level  I    II    III   IV   V     VI   VII   VIII IX    X

Power  305  366   440   529  613   732  835   984  1187  1425

Mass   500  550   625   825  950   1100 1650  2000 2475  3000

Cost   665  1000  1500  2250 3325  4750 6000  7500 8750  10500

Health 45   54    65    78   93    108  123   145  175   210

19.2.14   Romulan Thruster
Level  I    II    III   IV   V     VI   VII   VIII IX    X

Power  115  133   150   170  190   215  240   265  290   310

Mass   350  425   550   725  900   1125 1525  1900 2225  2925

Cost   250  350   450   550  650   750  850   950  1050  1150


19.3.1    Federation Shield Generators
Level     I    II    III   IV    V    VI    VII  VIII  IX    X

Strength  5    8     11    14    17   20    23   26    29    32

Mass      1000 1500  2000  2750 3500  4250 5000  6000 7000  8000

Cost      500  750   1125  1500  2000 2500  3250 4000  5000 6000

NOTE: Federation Shields are better than average.

19.3.2    Federation Phasers
Type       9S     9F     10S   10F   11S   11F   12S   12F

Damage     4      3      6     5     8     6     10    7

Mass       50     100    150   200   250   300   350   400

Cost       550    700    900   1250  1300  1600  1650  1900

Energy     2      2      4     4     8     8     10    10

19.3.3    Federation Pulse Phaser Cannon
Damage     8      Mass    275    Cost   1250    Energy 6

NOTE: Pulse phaser has a secondary effect that there is a chance
a small portion of the damage will pass through shields and
directly damage the hull.

19.3.4    Federation Photon Torpedo
Damage     9      Mass    200    Cost   1000    Energy 8

Fed Photon can be used in proximity mode, which makes it twice as likely to
hit at long range, but does half the damage. 

19.3.5    Federation Quantum Torpedo
Damage     13     Mass    300    Cost   1500    Energy 10

The advanced torpedo system unique to the Federation. It is a
superior version of Photon. It can also be used in Proximity

19.3.6    Tachyon Pulse
Damage     6      Mass    250    Cost   2450    Energy 8

19.3.7    Antimatter Mine Layer
Damage    15   Mass 200  Cost 1500 Energy    1

19.3.8    Federation Armor
Level      I      II         III        IV         V

Strength   10     20         30         40         50

Mass       1000   1500       2000       2500       3000

Cost       500    750        1125       1750       2500

19.3.9     Federation Transporter
Level      I           II       III       IV        V

Rating     1           2        3         4         5

Mass       100         300      600       1000      1500

Cost       500         750      1125      1500      2000

19.3.10   Federation Tractor Beam Emitter
Level      I           II       III       IV        V

Health     2           4        6         8         10

Mass       100         300      600       1000      1500

Cost       500         750      1125      1500      2000

NOTE: Federation Tractor emitters are relatively harder to

19.3.11   Federation Computer
Level      I           II       III       IV        V

AntiCloak  0%          0%       0%        60%       70%

Mass       100         200      300       500       700

Cost       500         750      1130      2000      3000

Level III and Level IV computers can also detect for cloaked

19.3.12   Federation Warp Core
Level  I    II    III   IV   V     VI   VII   VIII IX    X

Power  25   30    35    43   51    63   75    88   103   145

Mass   800  1050  1300  1750 2200  2750 3750  4600 5500  7200

Cost  3000 3650  4325  5400 6500  8100 9725  11500 13500 19600

Health 44   54    64    80   96    120  144   170  200   290

19.3.13   Federation Impulse Engine
Level  I    II    III   IV   V     VI   VII   VIII IX    X

Power Output      283   340  409   491  585   680  774   913
1102   1322

Mass   400  525   650   875  1100  1375 1875  2300 2750  3600

Cost   600  900   1350  2000 3000  4250 5500  6750 8000  9500

Health 45   54    65    78   93    108  123   145  175   210

19.3.14   Federation Thrusters
Level  I    II    III   IV   V     VI   VII   VIII IX    X

Power  110  127   144   165  185   205  230   255  285   310

Mass   375  475   600   800  100   1250 1700  2100 2475  3250

Cost   250  350   450   550  650   750  850   950  1050  1150

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