Son’a Dreadnaught (Ugh, another R&D Exclusive Ship)

Son’a Dreadnought coming to another R&D promotion. Yes, this is the same extra-extra-extra-exclusive deal with the TOS Constitution and the butt-ugly Enterprise-J, both of which cost like a trillion-gajillion EC to buy from the Exchange. If you want this guy here, be prepared to shell out some cold, hard EC.

From August 17th, 2017 at 9am PST until September 7th, 2017 at 10am PST, we’ll be featuring a promotion that will provide an extra bonus when purchasing Research & Development Packs from the C-Store.

During this promotion, all Research & Development Packs purchased from the C-Store and opened will reward the character opening them with either 10 Lobi Crystals, or a brand new Son’a Collector Science Dreadnought [T6], in addition to the standard contents of the Research & Development pack.

As part of our continuing celebration of the 30th Anniversary of Star Trek: The Next Generation, we’ve pulled this massive vessel straight from the silver screen of the TNG-cast’s film, Star Trek: Insurrection. Last seen threatening a Ba’ku colony world with extinction, this devastating vessel can now be obtained by members of the Alliance to help combat the galaxy’s emerging threats.

Son’a Collector Science Dreadnought [T6]

Since the days of the infamous Briar Patch Incident, the Son’a have earned the reputation as being outcasts of the Alpha Quadrant. Despite this reputation, there’s no denying that the Son’a remain at the forefront of medical technology, as well as being in possession of incredibly powerful sensor and energy absorption technology. Using these advancements on their vessels makes them formidable foes, capable of outmaneuvering and debilitating most of their enemies.

The massive Son’a Collector was originally constructed as a stationary, purpose-built technology platform, intended to convert and collect the metaphasic radiation found near the Baku homeworld within the Briar Patch. Since that time, the ship has been refitted with all of the necessary weapons, engines and other subsystems, to allow this formidable piece of technology to function as a dreadnought within the Son’a fleets. It still possesses the energy-absorption technology it was originally built to use, as well as now housing a wing of fighter pets, its own weapons arrays, and much more.

This starship features a Lieutenant Command Universal/Intel Specialist Bridge Officer seat and an Ensign Universal/Temporal Operative Specialist Bridge Officer seat.

Ship Details

  • Tier: 6
  • Faction: All
  • Availability: R&D Promotion
  • Rank Required: Rear Admiral, Brigadier General or Sub Admiral I (Level 40)
  • Hull Strength: 40,500 at level 40, 46,575 at level 50 and 54,000 at level 60
  • Shield Modifier: 1.25
  • Fore Weapons: 4
  • Aft Weapons: 3
  • Device Slots: 3
  • Bridge Officer Stations: 1 Lieutenant Tactical, 1 Lieutenant Commander Engineering, 1 Commander Science, 1 Ensign Universal/Temporal Operative, 1 Lieutenant Commander Universal/Intelligence
  • Console Modifications: 2 Tactical, 4 Engineering, 5 Science
  • Base Turn Rate: 9 degrees/second
  • Impulse Modifier: 0.18
  • Inertia: 35
  • +5 to Weapon Power, +15 to Auxiliary Power
  • Console – Universal – Thermolytic Injector
  • Sensor Analysis
  • Subsystem Targeting
  • Secondary Deflector Slot
  • 1 Hangar Bay – Loaded with Son’a Assault Fighters
  • Starship Mastery Package (Science Vessel)
    • Enhanced Particle Generators (+Exotic Damage)
    • Advanced Shield Systems (+Shield HP)
    • Enhanced Restorative Circuitry (+Healing)
    • Reactive Shield Technology (+Shield Regen/Hardness)
    • Collect and Consume (Starship Trait)

Admiralty Ship Stats

  • Engineering: 32
  • Science: 71
  • Tactical: 23
  • Special: +8 TAC and ENG per TacShip

Deploy Consumption Array (Innate Ability)

Activate to deploy the Collector’s huge absorption sails. While deployed, your starship will gain a passive increase to the Drain Expertise skill, as well as absorbing a portion of all incoming Energy Damage. After absorbing a certain amount of incoming energy, the absorption sails will release a powerful burst of thermolytic energy which will restore a portion of your hull capacity while also causing Radiation Damage to foes in front of the sails.

As a trade-off for these powerful capabilities, the Collector will be significantly slower and less nimble as long as the sails are deployed. You will also be unable to use Full Impulse while in this mode.

Once deployed, the Collector will remain in this mode indefinitely. Deactivating it will put it into a brief recharge period.

Console – Universal – Thermolytic Injector

Adapted from the Collector’s original injection assembly, this powerful explosive device can be launched toward a foe’s current location. Upon reaching its destination, the payload is detonated, releasing a slow-moving horizontal shockwave of exotic particles that cause caustic thermolytic reactions in nearly all matter it encounters. Enemy starships caught in the blast wave will suffer heavy Radiation Damage immediately, then additional Radiation Damage over Time. As their ship’s hull is eaten away, they will also suffer a Damage Resistance Debuff that increases over time.

If used while Consumption Array is deployed, you receive a small amount of hull healing from any foes affected by the Radiation Damage.

This console also provides a passive boost to Power Transfer Rate, Hull Restoration Skill and Maximum Hull Capacity.

This console may be equipped in any console slot, on any Son’a starship. You may only have one of these consoles equipped at a time.

Collect and Consume (Starship Trait)

Activating any Subsystem Drain or Shield Drain Bridge Officer Ability applies an instant Pull to all foes within 5km, dragging them a bit closer to you. After this Pull is done, all Foes within 2.5km will suffer a small amount of Radiation Damage. A portion of the damage dealt by this trait will be returned to you as a Hull Heal.

Son’a Assault Fighters

These extremely nimble small craft are designed for both space and atmospheric assault. Outfitted with Isolytic Plasma weapons, they can also use a limited version of Energy Siphon, and will passively leech Hull from enemy ships within a short distance of themselves, causing a small amount of Radiation Damage and healing themselves.

Son’a Assault Fighters

  • Availability: EC Store
  • Weapons:
    • 1x Isolytic Plasma Beam Array (Fore)
    • 1x Isolytic Plasma Dual Beam Bank (Fore)
    • 1x Isolytic Plasma Turret (Aft)
  • Abilities:
    • Son’a Energy Siphon I
    • Thermolytic Absorption I

Advanced Son’a Assault Fighters

  • Availability: Dilithium Store
  • Weapons:
    • 1x Isolytic Plasma Beam Array (Fore)
    • 1x Isolytic Plasma Dual Beam Bank (Fore)
    • 1x Isolytic Plasma Turret (Aft)
  • Abilities:
    • Son’a Energy Siphon II
    • Thermolytic Absorption II

Elite Son’a Assault Fighters

  • Availability: Fleet Store
  • Weapons:
    • 1x Isolytic Plasma Beam Array (Fore)
    • 1x Isolytic Plasma Dual Beam Bank (Fore)
    • 1x Isolytic Plasma Turret (Aft)
  • Abilities:
    • Son’a Energy Siphon III
    • Thermolytic Absorption III

Console Set Bonus

The existing “Son’a Technology” Console Set, consisting of the Subspace Barrier Agitator and Deep Analytics Sensor Package consoles, has been expanded to also include the Thermolytic Injector console found on this starship. In addition to the existing 2-piece bonus, there is now a 3-piece bonus that can be obtained when all are equipped on the same Son’a vessel.

When all three consoles are equipped, the recharge time of all three special console abilities are each reduced by 1 minute (from 2 minutes apiece).

Jeremy “BorticusCryptic” Randall
Lead Systems Designer
Star Trek Online

So this thing is a Science Dreadnought, like the Annorax. Big hull numbers, slow turn rate, 4/3 weapon layout, and option to go deep in Science skills. The Ensign Universal/Temporal seat is a little bit funky, because the single Boff skill disallows your typical Temporal Entropy builder/consumer combo. The trait is interesting but not WOW-worthy, and the console is, as usual, impossible to gauge based on Cryptic’s typically Cryptic description.

It’s actually the Son’a fighters with Energy Siphon that can potentially be annoying. If this ability can be boosted, a swarm of these guys can really ruin your day.

54e9594e927074fbd7c339e6892228481499988408When I posted about the Son’a ships stats a month ago, I expected the Boomerang ship to be a desired commodity. Turns out – and this is based on anecdotal observation – I couldn’t be more wrong. In the past month I have seen the boomerang ship for a grand total of only three times! The Command-Science ship is even rarer; I’ve only seen it once. It’s a bit mystifying to me; the ship’s design is great, it’s canon in a feature film (although not a good film), the stats are decent, and it’s not even outrageously expensive on the Exchange — yet there doesn’t seem to be a whole lot of interest in them. What gives?

The lack of interest in the earlier Son’a ships makes me wonder how this more exclusive Dreadnought is going to turn out. I mean, the Boomerang ship was more memorable (HA! Did I just use the word memorable to describe Insurrection? Silly me.) to me than the dreadnought sailboat, so I don’t know who would spend 1 billion+ EC to get this if no one is spending 325 million for the Boomerang.

Overall, as with most alien ships I’m kinda “Meh” about this, but I am kinda curious as to why they chose to stick this guy in an R&D box rather than the Son’a lockbox. No wait, I take that back — I do know why, it’s all about making money — I just don’t understand why Cryptic thinks this ship has the same draw as the TOS Connie or the hideous Enterprise-J to sell R&D boxes.



4 thoughts on “Son’a Dreadnaught (Ugh, another R&D Exclusive Ship)

  1. I normally buy the R&D promo boxes to sell on the Exchange, since the Zen to EC ratio tens to be better than keys, but this time around, I’m not sure I’ll be doing that. Maybe I’ll just buy them for the Lobi

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      1. I guess even Cryptic is thinking the Son’a dread isn’t going to sell boxes, they just changed the promo to Infinity R&D boxes at the last minute and stuck it in.

        *Nelson laughs*

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