Welcome to Victory is Life! With the new expansion, I decided to revisit a little different playstyle with a Exotic Torp set up on my Federation Science Captain. I had toyed with this previously for a short while during Season 12 but found I didn’t enjoy or understand the style at the time and quickly abandoned the project. With new ships, traits and equipment available and a different feel post Season 13 rebalance, I decided now would be a good time to try Exotic Torp again. I wanted to make a build for the Dranuur Scout Ship as the console and boff layout seemed quite interesting to me as well as the fact that the ship also gains a raider flanking bonus that applies to both weapon and some exotic damage. Previously I had run the meta 2 piece Temporal set with either a Colony Deflector or Bajoran Deflector modded to EPG x4. With the advent of the Gamma Synergistic and Morphogenic set, I decided to break away from the mold and build on the foundation which others such as Eli and Forias had shared with the community previously.
My main testing ground for this ship was HSE with a little bit of Korfez thrown in for flavour. The Dranuur Scout Ship performs admirably, playing like a CSV cannon Escort. As a primarily energy DPS’er and cannon user the piloting for this ship came quite easily for me. Avoid staying in place when durability boosts such as DPRM, RSP or Honored Dead are low or on cooldown as the hull is quite thin. Use your mobility to position yourself to take advantage of the flanking bonuses on high HP targets. This build receives a 6% CritH boost via the BO boff power which procs the Morphogenic set and also a 22.5% Cat 1 All damage boost via TS2 which are very nice boosts to an Exotic build. The Gamma Synergistic 2 pieces provides a flight speed and turn rate bonus to the team and the 3 piece bonus boosts kinetic damage by 10% Cat 1 for the team and also provides a +10 accuracy boost as well. The Gamma Synergistic Deflector is quite heavy on DrainX and ControlX and also provides a -15 Kinetic DRR debuff to targets hit by your torpedoes. Recursive Shearing is taken to boost DPS when engaging high HP single targets but its reliant on the rest of the team to provide DPS to take full advantage.
This build is agile and sufficiently durable once some stacks of Honored Dead have been acquired and it also has a high DPS ceiling. My current HSE exotic torp record is 313k, a full 25k higher than my previous record using the Son’a Science Collector Dreadnought. I will continue to test and refine this build and concept, thanks very much for your interest and happy DPS’ing!
Current Record Parses
HSE – 313k
PS All missing equipment is listed in the Notes section as STO-Academy does not currently have all ship gear or weapon/console set available.