U.S.S. Covenance Heart
Fleet Scryer Intel Science Vessel
Released: 2023 - 03
Build Overview and Focus
The Scryer has always been a favorite of mine, in terms of visuals. Its different, and with the Crossfield having similar saucer like proportions (missing ring and long slender form) it feels like the uniqueness of the Scryer has been lost a little.
However, with the temporal rework and the rise of Surgical Strikes and idea formed. Using a science ship with this new founded Surgical Strikes. What better way to use this old outdated ship than to try and teach an old dog new tricks.
Build Purpose and Scope
Looks are subjective here, so what else does the Scryer bring to the table. Well, it can slot dual cannons for one. While I only use the one on this build, its a good one in the form of the Terran Task Force Dual Heavy Cannons. Pairing with the Commander Seat of Surgical Strikes 3, this means that very little tactical powers are actually needed, since Cmdr Rank Specialist Weapon powers act in their own way and affect all energy weapons. Since the lack of Tactical seating isn't going to be a hinderance, and were doing energy weapon things so having a Lt.C Engineering seat isn't a large drawback like it would be on other science ships, the Scryer fills this niche very well. The second Lt.C seat being a science means this becomes a very balanced platform around energy weapons and exotic powers.
While its hardly the best candidate for this role, I've chosen it because I do like how it looks. It's also pretty fast, coming in with a turn rate of 13! This puts it at just behind the S31 Intel Science Destroyers 15 and the Somerville's 16. It also happens to be one of the few intel science ships which has +10 Weapon power innate. This is also the easiest of all the platforms to acquire for this build, being only 5 Fleet Ship modules or 1 if you own the base ship as I do.
Overall I think the Scryer is has often been forgotten because of its forced Lt.C engineering seat. That says more about the game state of engineering interacting with science powers rather than the ship, and with SS being the primary firing mode it means you don't have to focus much on tac making this a relative science heavy ship that also manages to carry around single target damage, which often science ships are ill-equipped to deal with.
SCM - DMG Out: 97,001,955 DPS: 678,335.35 (41.8% of Team)
SCM - DMG Out: 59,808,529 DPS: 668,251.72 (34.7% of Team)
Elite Captain/T6X upgrade, all fleet unlocks
T6 C-store ships
Tactical or Legendary Flagship (Endevour / Martok / Khopesh / Verity / Legendary Scimitar)
Glenn - 10th Anniversary Bundle OR Mirror Crossfield Science Destroyer
Weapons - Discovery Phaser Weapons (Unneeded)
Salvaged Console - Micro Dark Matter Anomaly
8x Lockbox Personal Traits
Event consoles and Traits
Terran Somerville Scout Ship - Console
Imperial Rift Set (now available in Mudd's)
Reputation + Fleet Gear; All Mk XV Epic, All T6 Reputations
Terran Reputation Gear
Discovery Reputation Gear
Gamma reputation Gear
Dyson Reputation Gear
Dranuur Colony Items
Fleet Spire Items
2023 - 03
As mentioned Prior, Teryh has evolved into my main DEW DPS Captain, regularly being able to top 350k in competent teams of HSE.
She gets full points for energy weapons, with picks like the Competitive engines and EPtE + ECH offering a plethora of maneuverability. The addition of Projectile focus is for the include of the Dark Matter Quantum Torp over the DBB Rep equivalent, with a minimal focus on survivability to help shirk the threat this ultimately can draw without a tank.
Teryh's skill tree is similar in many aspects but lacks a few features compared to my engineering captains. Because tactical captains get no inherent power management, I've taken points to buff up weapon power. I've also skipped Drain Expertise, mostly because its of no important, and the other being there isn't any case for me to use Drain Scaling powers on her. There is often a case to use Energy Siphon but it doesn't normally find room in bridge officer layouts to make it worthwhile enough to spec into DrainX when the points could instead be spent on EPG or power.
27 vs 26 Point Tactical ultimate
There is some comments floating around about people moving back to the 27 points in the tactical branch for the cooldown reduction on Focused Frenzy. I maintain that this is a negligible effect and and good build should already have and maintain proper cooldown reduction chaining. Therefore the cooldown reduction from Focused Frenzy should be redundant and therefore ignored. Unless you can maintain Frenzy the entire run (in which case all members have agreed to specifically build conditions and timings before hand) this point is wasted in the sense that the extra unlock will at most times be of unimportance, Therefore 1 point can be moved for utility to Science or Engineering .
Hull Restoration vs Hull Capacity
Once again I took a point in hull restoration. While the same argument as in Jayiie's skill tree doesn't quite hold up, as a tactical captain there is a distinct lack of healing innately available to her. As such taking that last point does help in scaling healing things up.
While Teryhs primary goal isn't to tank, this last point in science does get her to the next unlock for +10% max shield capacity. While not a massively important stat, shield regeneration is statically anomaly and adds a huge amount to shield regen in just the first point (more Information on shields can be found here). As such, I have taken the single point. If you want to take the final point of EPG or something else such as power or hull capacity feel free too do so.
With Everything here aside from the Emitter-linked Omni being reputation access, theres nothing here thats too outside of what people can get. The emitter linked isnt even the best option, any non-set phaser omni will do here.
With the Imerial Rift being locked to mudds, if you don't have it try the temporal set for the hazard damage
Consoles like the Plasma Storm and Genesis seed would work well here. I do have Genesis seed but wanted to try something else on this in the form of the DMA for the +3 max all power bonus.
Theres three difficult consoles here; The DPRM, D.O.M.I.N.O, and the Ionic Deflector. Thankfully neither is too ingrained. Delphic Tear, another salvaged console, is easy to swap in. As well if you do have access to the Glenn / Mirror Crossfield either from the 10th/13th Anniversary pack, then the Weaponized Helical Torsion is great on this build (on par with the D.O.M.I.N.O). Approaching Agony makes its way onto the list, as does the Quantum Phase Console, the Assimilated, the Nominal Scryers Console Sensor Swarm Probes which offer a passive +7.5% Exotic buff as well as a single target debuff.
Nothing really special here. I've taken Tyken's over gravity well to try and squeeze some more damage from it, but really either one works here.
A Good Day to Die is a tactical captain only trait, and therefore needs replacement for other professions. Easiest choice here would be EPS Manifold Efficiency for damage or Grace Under Fire for durability for Engineering Captains. Science captains have no direct path of upgrade innately, therefore I would suggest something like Adaptive Offense, Pseudo-Submission, or anything else of your choice.
For budget players who want to save some EC, there's a few standard traits that could be used:
Bulkhead Technician - Innate trait - this provides +10% Maximum Hull capacity and can be used as a stand in for durability consoles
Living Hull - Episode Reward from "Surface Tension" - +15% hull regen in combat is equivalent to 3 stacks of repair crews
Redacted Armor Plating - Episode Reward from “The Renegade's Regret” - +30 all DRR when hit from behind or sides
Regenerative Control Synergy - Episode Reward from “Of Signs and Portents” - Grants +45% hull regen when using a control power for 10 seconds
If your after more damage instead of durability:
Point Blank Shot - Episode Reward from House Pegh - scaling damage based on distance to target from 2km to 6km.
Operative - Innate Trait - +1% CrtH +2% CrtD, this isn't spectacular but if you lack any offensive traits you can use it.
SS and Exotics are by no means intereconnected. Exotics have more in common with the normal tactical modes than it does SS. This build defies the meta.
Improved Critical Systems - Temporal Agent Recruit Reward, grants CrtX on use of EptX abilities.
Agent Nerul unfortunately has no equivalents. As such and durability driven duty officer would be best to put here, like pairing maintenance engineers up with the aforementioned Engineering Team.
The Energy Weapon officer can be substituted any number of thing such as Warp Core Engineers for power or debuffs, nurses for regen,
As an player who's been doing this for some time, I have very few keybinds as I use most of my powers manually. As such I have only 1 "spam" button, which consists of the offensive rotation.
Emergency Power to Weapons - Initial power buff and triggers Emergency Weapons Cycle
Attack Pattern Beta - prebuff before firing
Kemocite Laced Weapons - prebuff before firing
Mixed Armament Synergy - prebuff for cannons
Narrow Sensor Bands - prebuff for cannons
Cannon Scatter Volley - prebuff for cannons, upgrades cannons
Torpedo Spread - prebuff before firing, upgrades torpedo
Beam Overload - prebuff before firing, upgrades beams
2x Aux2Bat - keeps cooldown rotation
Since this is partially an exotic build it would make sense to also show my tray. Similar approach to the Annorax. Top and Bottom Rows being where exotics and other boff powers go with Console abilities making their way into the second row along with captain powers and other ship inherited powers spread around.
ISE Record Damage Breakdown
There seems to be greater desire to put intel on science ships than that of any other specialization, save for maybe temporal. However in terms of science ships with a command intel seat, there are only a few:
Saturn Intel Science Spearhead - The ship I would like to migrate this build too one day but am in no hurry to do. It combines the benefits of this platform with that of the Equinox. Being 4/3 makes it one of the best for this particular niche build. Pilot here grants access to Cold Hearted pretty easily.
Ba'ul Sentry Vessel - Like the Saturn this is also 4/3 but has a command seat on its engineering instead of access to pilot powers.
Cardassian Damar Intel Science Dreadnought - This ship is incredibly slow, as EPH knows. It would be difficult but doable.
Section 31 Intel Science Destroyer - Probably the Idea platform for this type of build
Legendary Caelian Intel Multi-Mission Explorer - Unlike the others on this list, The Caelian is limited to 4/2. This does put it in line with the Scryer so this would technically be a better platform since it also comes with a hanger. I just don't have one, and probably wont since I own literally all the other Vestas.
Somerville Intel Science Vessel - This would be a super popular choice, however lack of Dual Cannon access would hold this back. Instead of the TTFDHC you just slot the beam array instead.