Tactical Hybrid

Michael Jardinero

Build Overview and Focus

This is my first and main character. I try to keep him a little more thematically-aligned with 2409 Starfleet, so in order to be effective while eschewing some of the more "out-there" kit modules, I needed him to deal effective damage through both his kit and weapon. Thankfully, this is fairly easy to do on a Tactical character. Remember that our ground builds are not ruthlessly optimized nor are we heavily involved in the ground meta. There will be plenty of choices called out as thematic-and-fun over optimal DPS choices. The goal here is "good enough to rock Elite" not "set records" but it's good enough for top 100 on Bug Hunt Elite.

Character Info and Thematic Choices

I would wager a decent plurality of the long-term playerbase has a Human male character with the 2409 start. There are many of them; this one is mine. 

Thematic Choices

Meta Analysis

Budget Analysis

The only tricky and important thing to acquire is the Thomson Submachine Gun if you don't have it already that can be replaced by a TR-116B with some diminishing results. If the cost seems expensive, don't worry. Lower-budget alternatives are provided below

Change History

Build Breakdown

Heavy focus on weapon damage and kit damage as well. This guy is fairly tanky and also has some supportive/theme concepts.


Skill Unlocks


The meta skill layout would be to skip Endurance in favor of Improved Weapon Penetration. I just think ground on higher difficulties requires a bit more survivability than that and haven't felt the need to change it. 


Personal Equipment


The Omega Force set is not meta, but it has three things going for it:

Plus I think the weapon looks and sounds good. If you're looking for ground meta, you're in the wrong place. 

I have no idea what the optimal mods are for ground weapons, so I haven't re-engineered any of it. 

Budget Notes:

Kit Modules


If you want to do that on every character, be my guest. 

Set Bonuses


Personal Traits

Meta-Focused Tweaks:

Budget Tweaks:

Reputation Traits

Active Reputation

Duty Officers

Meta-Focused Tweaks:

You'd probably also want to devote all 6 ground doff slots to ground, but that's not how I roll, and I struggle to see what other doffs would make a significant impact there.

Budget Tweaks:

 If low budget, skip the Assault Squad Officers that boosts CrtH/CrtD for Security Officers. The Biochemist could be replaced with the EMH Nurse.


Ground Stats

Parse Breakdown

Numbers from record Bug Hunt Elite (BHE).