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Uniform customization is one of the most popular parts of Star Trek Online. So popular, in fact, that many players choose to permanently hide their armor in order to better show off their uniform creations.
While the custom uniforms are awesome, some of the favorite choices in STO are the unlockable uniforms from the Star Trek universe's past. Players who are lucky enough to unlock them are free to equip uniforms that most will recognize from Star Trek: The Original Series, Star Trek: The Next Generation, and the various Star Trek movies.
Many wonder exactly how each choice is unlocked. Let's take a look.
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Star Trek: The Next Generation
The Star Trek Online uniforms from ST: TNG are pretty unique, as only a select group of players have access to them. To unlock these special two-tone duds, players needed to have purchased the Collector's Edition of the game.
These two-tone uniforms are basic, but they have a classic look that many players appreciate. The custom uniforms in the game have a lot going on, and this classic look really stands out.
While they are currently only available to CE players, and CE packages are not easy to find right now, I imagine at some point the TNG uniforms will either show up in the C Store or be offered as veteran's reward. Either way, if you didn't buy the CE, you're going to have to wait a bit.
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Star Trek: Deep Space 9
Like the TNG uniforms, the DS9 outfits were also included in the Star Trek Online Collector's Edition. These uniforms made famous by Benjamin Sisko and Jadzia Dax feature a grey-shouldered tunic over a colored undershirt.
The DS9 uniforms are technically unattainable for those who didn't buy the CE, but skillful manipulation of the in-game uniform editor can yield a reasonable facsimile using the Next Generation film uniforms. Just tweak the coloring a bit and you should be able to come pretty close.
Again, I expect that these uniforms will become available to the general playing population sometime in the future.
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Star Trek: The Original Series
If the retro stylings of the 60's era Star Trek are more to your liking, then you should probably check out the uniforms from The Original Series. Captain Kirk's famous outfit features a single piece uniform shirt sporting rank insignia on the sleeves. While you can color these uniforms any shade you like, purists should stick to red, gold, or blue.
The TOS uniforms were included as an exclusive unlock for those who purchased the Digital Deluxe Edition of the game. While you can't add these unlocks to an existing account, those who have yet to buy the game can pick up the DDE for an additional ten dollars. Considering all the cool extras that come with it, the STO DDE isn't a bad choice.
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Star Trek II: Wrath of Khan
My personal favorite unlockable uniform option is the Starfleet Dress Uniform that first appeared in Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan. These very slick outfits feature a chest flap and black leather belt with a Starfleet insignia.
These uniforms were originally only available to those who purchased Star Trek: The Origial Series on Blu Ray, but the codes included with the discs were universal, meaning they can be used an unlimited number of times. So, anyone who gets a code can unlock the Wrath of Khan uniforms in-game.