Building a Tactical DPS Guardian Cruiser – Advice Required
I recently acquired a Mirror Universe Guardian Cruiser for the princely sum of £4, thanks to the recent Pop Culture Hero Coalition charity auction. It would appear that this is a well-regarded vessel within Star Trek Online and worth experimenting with as my primary ship. So I have spent some time (and energy credits) of late, trying to put together an adequate Tactical DPS build. However I am not particularly knowledgeable in this aspect of STO and have so far not exceeded 9K DPS. Although I’m not seeking to join the ranks of the elite, I would at least like to achieve about 10K DPS plus. However researching a suitable loadout is proving somewhat frustrating. Most Reddit threads on the matter are pitched at too high a level for me and often use jargon I’m not familiar with.
So I’ve decided to put this matter into the public domain and solicit ideas for possible builds. I do have some stipulations though with regard to advice and suggestions. I have only been playing STO regularly since April and am therefore not sitting on a stockpile of resources. So I am seeking potential builds that are based upon equipment, weapons and consoles that can be sourced via the exchange, reputation rewards or running specific episodes. If the costs start to exceed 50,000,000 Energy Credits or 500,000 refined Dilithium then I won’t consider it viable. Therefore I’m not seeking to spend precious resources on upgrading gear from Mk XII to Mk XIV or spending Lobi Crystals. Although I play STO fairly regularly I do not want to turn working towards a manageable target, into an arduous chore.
So far I have equipped the Mirror Universe Guardian Cruiser with the following items. Please note that the choice was mainly driven by set bonuses and overall cost. I am happy to replace items if given a cogent reason:
Fore Weapons: 4 x Tetryon Beam Array Mk XIII (varying modifiers).
Aft Weapons: Kinetic Cutting Beam + see below.
Temporal Disentanglement Suite: Antichroniton Infused Tetryon Energy Weapon, Temporal Phase Overcharged Core, Temporal Disentanglement Console.
Sol Defence Set: Deflector, Impulse, Shield.
Universal Consoles: Sustained Radiant Field, Particle Conversion Matrix.
Tactical Console: 2 x Tetryon Pulse Generator Mk XII.
None of the above items have been upgraded and are therefore have base statistics.
At present I have spent my skills point on a fairly generic tactical build I found on a Reddit thread. My choice of Starship traits are also fairly standard. I can publish the specific details if required but I am mainly hoping that someone can simply suggest a “shopping list” of items that I can then acquire and test. As I stated earlier I am not looking for an über build but merely the ability to be able to output 10K DPS or thereabouts. In principle that doesn’t sound like a big ask but you can never really tell when it comes to the esoteric art of Min-maxing.