by: Benjamin Sell
; edited by: Michael Hartman
; updated: 4/17/2012
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We've amassed quite a library of articles on the vessels of Star Trek Online since the game's launch. This guide will be your one stop shop for info on the ships in the game.
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Most people who have played Star Trek Online would agree that the game's major draw is the large selection of ships. From lowly Miranda-class Light Cruisers to the mighty Sovereign-Class Assault Cruiser, you can captain practically any of the most memorable ships in the Star Trek universe.
Our guides cover all aspects of ship selection, with detailed stats and analysis of each tier of ships. We also have comprehensive information on ship weapons and STO's in-depth ship customization system.
Check out our full listing of ship-related guides for Star Trek Online.
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Guide to Ships in Star Trek Online Tier 1-5
In the beginning, most Star Trek Online captains will find themselves in charge of a Light Cruiser. This lightly-armed vessel is a jack of all trades, allowing you to equip all Mark I and II weapons. Players can use the time spent piloting their Miranda, ShiKhar, or Centaur class vessel to get a better handle on what type of ship they are going to want at Tier II.
Upon reaching the rank of Commander, Star Trek Online players gain access to the mighty tier 3 ships, including the Heavy Cruiser, Research Science Vessel, and Heavy Escort. Find details in our complete guide:
The rank of Captain is where the truly recognizable (and desirable) ship designs come into play. Finally, players can boldly go in their own personal version of the Next Generation Enterprise D, The U.S.S Voyager, or the U.S.S. Defiant of Deep Space 9 fame. Find full stats and info on each in our guide.
The pinnacle of any Starfleet officer's career is the rank of Rear Admiral. This prestigious level of achievement gives you access to the most powerful ships in Starfleet. There are six different ships to choose from at level 40+, including the Assault Cruiser, Star Cruiser, Advanced Escort, Fleet Escort, Deep Space Science Vessel, and Reconnaissance Science Vessel.
Nobody wants a ship that looks just like hundreds of others buzzing around the Alpha Quadrant, and Cryptic's ship customization system is in-depth enough that with some skill, you can create a truly unique-looking vessel.
Our guide to customizing the Light Cruiser will get you started.
This basic guide will give you a good grasp of customization in the game. These prinicples can be applied to any ship.
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Star Trek Online Ship Weaponry
Of course, a good-looking ship is pretty worthless if it can't defend itself. Our guide to STO ship weaponry will help you ensure you're packing the right kind of armament when the time comes to take on those pesky Klingons or the Borg.
Hopefully, with a little help from our guide, you won't find yourself overwhelmed while exploring the unknown reaches of deep space.
Our complete guide to Ships in STO is only getting started. These great articles and guides are just the beginning of our coverage of the game. Be sure to check back often for updates, as new guides should be added regularly.
Whether you're looking for information on tier 2, 3, 4, or 5 ships in Star Trek Online, our complete guide has got you covered. Check out full ship stats, and see which ships are available at Lt. Commander, Commander, Captain, and Admiral Ranks.