Star Trek Online Non-Combat Tips and Tricks
Tip 1: Use your Sensors. You know how in the Star Trek TV series and movies they're always using their shipboard sensors or tricorders to locate any nearby objective or anomaly? You can do the same thing in Star Trek Online.
Most people know that your sensors will point you toward any anomalous data in the area, but you can also use them to locate nearby objectives that are out of sight. Whenever you're lost, press the "V" key or open up the menu and initiate a sweep manually. This can save you a lot of time in both ground and space missions. No more wandering around aimlessly.
Tip 2: Use your Bank. Like the sensors, most people know the bank's basic function, saving your extra items. Many people don't realize that it's also capable of storing your crafting items and commodities while still allowing you access to them while on a mission.
So, instead of loading up on commodities and letting them take up much-needed cargo space, just throw a bunch in your bank and you'll be able to use them wherever you are. Same goes for crafting items, they'll automatically come out of your bank when you try to upgrade an item, no need to carry them on your person.
Tip 3: Autorun. Tired of holding down the "W" key while ambling down the halls of your local starbase? Fortunately, STO, like any reputable MMO, has an auto run key. Press "R" to send your character off in the direction you're currently facing. You can steer, thankfully, and you just need to press "R" again (or any other movement key) to stop.
Tip 4: Use the Replicator. Quite a few players make an immediate trip to the nearest starbase to unload when their inventory becomes full of batteries, low-level health packs, and other semi-useless items. Most players don't want to destroy them outright, preferring instead to make at least a few credits off of them, so they make a special trip to sell off the excess. While on ship, however, you can access your replicator and sell items (for less than a starbase) without leaving your mission.
I don't recommend doing it with all your items, but if you need to make a little room it's a great way to pick up a few credits for any extra items. The replicator button is located at the bottom of your inventory window.
Tip 5: Hide your Armor. What's the point of having one of the most in-depth character and uniform creators of all time if your creation is constantly covered by a set of generic-looking armor? Removing it every time you hit up a starbase is impractical, and going without simply isn't an option. Fortunately, there's a way to hide your armor while still retaining its protective benefits. In your equipment paperdoll, just right-click your equipped armor and choose to hide it.
Page two has the rest of our Star Trek Online guide to non-combat tips and tricks, as well as a few maneuvers sure to help you out while you're fighting off a Borg attack.