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How to have a good hull (Colin)
First things first, if your a Tac your squishy so unless your a tac in a cruiser an Escort by its very nature is squishy. Your not designed to hang in a firefight like an Engineer in a cruiser. So you have to factor that in when picking your trait. A tac is designed for high DPS. The ideal way to play a tac is hit hard and fast and don’t hang around. If you can partner an Engineer or a sci they can be used to keep you alive while you do the DPS.
That said you can boost your hull with skill points.
1) structural integrity , this is a Tier 2 Engineering skill available to all Starfleet and KDF Lieutenant Commanders. Each increment of this skill costs 1,500 skillpoints.This skill increases the hit points of your vessel’s hull. Each point spent increases how much hull damage your vessel can sustain before it is destroyed
2) Starship Hull Repair is a Tier 1 Engineering skill available to all Starfleet and KDF Lieutenants. Each increment of this skill costs 1,000 skillpoints.
This skill improves the passive hull regeneration rate of all Starships and related hull repair abilities.
Now beyond this you run into problems you see the slots on an Escort are focused on boosting damage so high end engineer skills are not available to you even if you train your officers in them.
Starship Hull Plating is a Tier 4 Engineering skill it costs 2500 skill points per increment. It improves your Starship’s resistance to Energy damage – for instance, the damage from beam, cannon and turret weapons.
Starship Armor Reinforcements, Admiral (Tier 5)
This skill improves your Starship’s Damage Resistance to Kinetic and Physical damage it costs 3000 skill points and reduces- for example the damage from torpedoes, mines, and other large explosions. The higher your Damage Resistance, the less damage you will take from an attack.
That said you can also help yourself with armour. Don’t carry one armour, if your going up against the Romulans have armour on that is resistant to plasma same as the Borg. The mirror universe needs anti phaser armour, Klingons anti disrupter armour and so on. Know your enemy and be prepared.