Andorian Chimesh Pilot Escort
Build Overview and Focus
Last Updated March 2023
The goal of this build was to combine an Antiproton Scatter Volley build on Escort with Pilot abilities whereas previously I had been using that weapon set with a Temporal build. I chose Antiproton for the visuals and variety. There's nothing particularly special about Antiproton in terms of cannon builds and arguably something in the Phaser or Disruptor flavors would have been more powerful, but I wanted to build a pure cannon escort with not a lot of other frills.
I chose the Chimesh because it was a relatively accessible C-store platform with 5 fore weapons and Pilot abilities. Is Pilot optimal? No, that'd be Miracle Worker or Intel, but I didn't have a ton of ships with Pilot seating in my roster and wanted to really embrace the flavor of a speedy escort. It's especially potent after the 2023 Pilot Revamp.
Jhamel was a female Aenar who was able to stop a Romulan plot involving drone ships with holoemitters to stir up strife between other Alpha Quadrant races while working in cooperation with Andorian Guard Commander Shran as well as Human Captain Jonathan Archer. Her heroism in persuading her captive brother to sabotage the drone ships telepathically stopped the plot and was one of the instrumental incidents leading to the founding of the Federation. This vessel honors her legacy of heroism and service.
Using the EZRA rubric, this build would cost 536.50 USD to replicate. That is far more than what I spent on STO to make it. If the cost looks daunting, don't worry! Lower-budget alternatives are provided below.
Elite Captain/T6X upgrade, all fleet unlocks
1 Lockbox console, 7 Lobi/lockbox traits, 5 non-standard doffs, 2 lockbox weapons, 3 lockbox powers
0 Lockbox, Legendary, R&D Promotional or Lobi ships
Of course this build is very focused on energy damage and the chart reflects that. That said, with Pilot Maneuvers, Fly Her Apart, and other speed-boosting parts of the build, it's also very nimble.
This ship’s primary role is Energy DPS. Its primary weapon systems are Antiproton Cannons of various flavors. I went for a variety of cannon subtypes purely for visuals. I love seeing the different red-purple cannon splats of various shapes, frequencies, and sizes. That’s why there’s a Ba’ul and a Delphic cannon in there. The build would function just as well if not better with regular Antiproton for all the slots. I avoided Radiant weapons because they are significantly different in color and they don’t benefit from any other haste except their own. Weapon flavor is Antiproton because they look cool. Energy type doesn’t matter (much). Could have just as easily been any other type.
Mods: Recent investigations on this particular ship using the energy weapon calculator showed that taking [CrtD] mods wherever possible was a net win. This is not universally true.
Torpedoes: I wanted a torpedo for immersion purposes. Two, the right torpedo, when used with Super Charged Weapons, is NOT a DPS loss compared to beam arrays. The Dark Matter torpedo provides a fantastic 2-piece bonus in addition to fueling Super Charged Weapons.
This ship is sufficiently nimble that the Prevailing Regalia engines are not worth it. If I felt I needed more defensive tools, the Stamets-Tilly 2-piece is also an option, using it over the fleet core. Instead, we'll go for max offensive stats from deflector, engine, and warp core.
Not many set bonuses are particularly good for antiproton exclusively (aside from the Ba'ul 2-piece Lobi set, which is more for tanks), so instead this build focuses on generically good bonuses and consoles rather than sets. The only set bonus is the near-ubiquitous Lorca's Ambition 2-piece for 25% Critical Severity.
Alternate Energy types:
Obviously all weapons would need to be replaced except the torpedo. Alliance Tactics is the only console to replace. Keep D.O.M.I.N.O. and replace the fleet consoles with the appropriate flavor.
Tactical chain: (Spacebar) Scatter Volley III, Kemocite, Deploy Construction Wing, Emergency Power to Engines, Directed Energy Modulation, Torpedo Spread, Photonic Officer, Attack Pattern Beta, Emergency Power to Weapons, Intelligence Fleet, D.O.M.I.N.O, Energy Amplifiers, Target Lock Batteries, Scattering Field, Science Fleet
There are plenty of Commander Pilot ships with 5 fore weapons, so your options are plentiful. Obviously the cross-faction equivalents of the Chimesh (Nemosin, Ikkabar) would translate seamlessly. Beyond that, the Icarus and its cross-faction equivalents could port this build with a little shuffling of boff seats, downgrading Emergency Power to Weapons by one rank. At higher price tiers, you could also fit this build on a Miradorn Raider or Kelvin D4X, dropping a pair of aft weapons.