With the 5th Anniversary update the team at Cryptic added, among other things, a new specialization skill tree for post level sixty players. This one is called Command Officer. There are 30 additional skill points here bringing the total to 90 among the 4 trees. This means your toon can reach level 60 and then advance 80 more times! Cryptic has truly made the “end game” something to continue playing. Those of you that like to play just one toon should rejoice because you can work that one toon for a VERY long time now watching him grow stronger well past level 60. Big juicy STO kudos for that.
This new tree is a primary tree option and allows you to build both space and ground skills. Like the other trees it has a character ship trait it offers after 15 points are spent and then a boost to that trait when all 30 points are earned. I encourage you all to check out the skill tree on any of your characters at level 60 plus. This tree offer a bonus of 5% ground hit points or 5% hull points in space just for selecting it as the primary plus a small amount extra for each point taken in the tree. This means you have to decide right away if that is preferred over the original primary specialization Intelligence Officer which gives a defense bonus in space or dodge bonus on the ground of 5% plus a little more for each point taken in the tree up to 15%. The Command Officer tree has quite a few expose perks which may be very beneficial to science and engineering captains that don’t have a lot of big damage opportunity on tactical.
Don’t underestimate the power of these trees. Each point gives you a minor perk but collectively it really makes your captain allot stronger. Admiral Sager has only taken two points in the secondary specialization “pilot”. He has a 12% turn rate bonus along with the perks received from the two spent points, “Eat my Dust I and II” These give him a stacking defense bonus when taking damage on my rear flank. On the admiral’s primary tree Intelligence Officer he has a passive defense bonus in space of 9.7% from the 14 points taken plus the 14 individual perks for each of those points. These specialization trees make your toon much stronger.
I like this new Command Officer tree. I may move my level 50 engineering toon, Rodamarak to capitalize on this Command Officer tree! Just as a review. The specialization trees offer a passive bonus that grows as you take additional points in that tree. The passive bonus and the abilities gained by taking points in the tree are only active while that tree is active. There is no respec option for specialization trees as there are for skill points and traits. Choose wisely. As you progress along the skill tree you will unlock some abilities including space traits. These are “unlocks” are available to your captain even when the specialization tree is not active! I recommend completing one primary tree before starting another since only one can be active at a time. The secondary trees at this time are each specific to ground or space so it does not matter if you spread points between as you will just switch between them depending on whether you are in space or on the ground. In other words selecting the secondary tree, “Pilot” does not hurt you in space as the “Commando” tree has no space abilities anyway and vice versa the Pilot tree has no ground abilities. But if you spread points between the Intelligence Officer and Command Officer trees which offer points in both space and ground scenarios, you give up the points in one tree when you select the other. I am working on the Intelligence Officer Tree and Pilot tree for now with Admiral Sager, but I have a few fresh level 50s that I can work the new Command officer tree with.
The glitches I reported last week on the daily omega particle mission were quickly resolved. No excuse to not get your free ship and your free Kobali space set!
See you out there…