I had my tactical Romulan fly the Faeht Intel Warbird extensively over the last few weeks and I am becoming a Faeht fanboy. I first flew it to max mastery with a Romulan engineer and I was not really feeling it. But let’s face it, this is not an engineer’s ship. After deciding it was one of my favorite tactical ships in the game I thought about how it compares to the other two ships that have an enhanced battle cloaking device.
The enhanced battle cloak is similar to the cloaking system used by General Chang in Star Trek VI. This ship could fire torpedoes without breaking cloak. Originally there was one ship in the game that was so equipped. Of course it was the original B’rel Bird of Prey, just like General Chang’s ship except it’s outfitted with a 25th century retrofit. When Legacy of Romulus launched nearly two years ago them T’varo Warbird was also fitted with an enhanced battle cloak. The T’varo had a beefier hull than the B’rel but was not as agile and fast. Now with the launch of T6 ships the Romulans get a second ship with an enhanced battle cloak. Let’s see how the three ships compare in a head to head!
First, to be fair I’ll use the fleet versions of the ships since the cost is about equal. When comparing the Faeht against the fleet version of the B’rel and T’varo, it is a tough decision. Both of these ships are Raiders and offer the raider flanking ability. Without the fleet and T5-U upgrade hull bonus they are pretty fragile. But with those bonuses they are both tougher ships than the T6 Faeht Intel at least on the surface.
The Faeht Intel is NOT a raider. It doesn’t get the awesome Raider flanking bonus but it does get a third weapon bay in the aft and it turns better than the T’varo but of course nowhere near as quick turning as the B’rel. Honestly if you compare the Faeht to either of the other ships in T5-U non-fleet it is a slaughter in favor of the new Intel ship. Once the Fleet perks are added with that fat bonus to hull and shields and the convenient 11th console it gets a little tough to decide. Look at this decision, my God it’s a difficult call. The B’rel gives you only four BOFFs but they are ALL universal stations. You have so many options for this ship and frankly if a torpedo boat is your angle the all universal is the only way to go! The enhanced battle cloak performs best on the B’rel if you actually want to slink around under cloak and use BOFF abilities while your stealthed up.
Surprisingly the T’varo is the beefiest of the bunch. Look at that cruiser-like hull of nearly 40k. And along with the 0.99 shield modifier this a resilient ship. It’s 18 DPS base turn rate is weak sauce for a raider though. I guess it is a Raider-Tank 😉 But it does offer a generous universal slot at the Lt. Commander rank. That adds some desirable versatility.
The Faeht Intel Warbird has the active sensor arrays which are pretty useful. I like to put Intelligence team in twice. The cool off is fast enough that I am essentially stealthed up about half the time. Intelligence team does not offer as much stealth as cloaking but it does allow all weapons and abilities while under its influence. There are also 5 tactical consoles on the Faeht and that allows you to really pack some heat on weapons. The BOFF station setup on the Faeht Intel Warbird is cool in that it has two hybrid intelligence stations. But the only universal chair is set up for a lousy ensign. There are two Lt. Commander seats and that helps with high power Lt. Commander abilities.
I don’t really find myself using the enhanced battle cloak on this ship like I do with the B’rel. I use this ship as an escort and in that capacity this is a great ship. I wish it has 3 engineering consoles and two science because the ship is just not very resilient. That is another reason why I like running two sets of Intelligence team to help keep the heat of the hull in a firefight against multiple enemies.
Picking which is best will depend largely on your play style and whether you want to play a Romulan or a Klingon. Of course you can play a Romulan and align with the KDF and actually find yourself in the dilemma of having to choose between the three 🙂 For players trying to maximize the benefit, the T6 ship offers a captain’s ship trait that can be used anytime regardless of the ship the Captain is flying.
In conclusion if you are willing and able to acquire the fleet versions of either the B’rel or T’varo then this whole exercise just ended up in a tie! If not then the Faeht is the winner hands down. It is a very versatile ship with the Intelligence/hybrid BOFF stations and the active sensor arrays. The enhanced battle cloak is a nice perk. For PVP I would think the B’rel is still best since it has the Raider flanking and the zippy 23 DPS base turn rate. I really do like all three ships. I guess if you are trying to decide what faction your next toon will be and these ships are going to be in the mix later on, do what I said before, Romulan character align with the KDF. Then buy all three ships 😉 I did.