The Mercury-class Tactical Pilot Escort is a Tier 6 Escort which may be flown by Starfleet characters, including Federation-aligned Romulan Republic and Dominion characters. The faction restrictions of this starship can be removed by having a level 65 KDF character or by purchasing the Cross Faction Flying unlock from the Zen Store. This starship can be used from any level upon completion of the tutorial experience. As you level up, this ship gains additional hull, weapon slots, and console slots.
Players can obtain this starship from the Zen Store for 3,000 under the name Tactical Pilot Escort - Mercury Class. This ship can be purchased individually, or as part of the Starfleet Pilot Escort Bundle [T6] for 6,000 . It is also available as part of the following: Pilot Escort Mega Bundle [T6] for 12,000 .
- 1 Overview
- 2 Class variants
- 3 Starship Mastery
- 4 Abilities
- 5 Standard configuration
- 6 Scaling starship
- 7 Ship comparison
- 8 Admiralty ship
- 9 Notes
- 10 External links
The dramatic flight maneuvers of groups such as Red Squadron have always been a place for pilots at Starfleet Academy to show off their skills, but dramatic maneuvers and quick changes in position aren't always possible at the helm of a massive starship. To find a balance between speed and firepower, a ship design team at Utopia Planitia has created a line of starships for pilot commanders. These small, nimble ships have the power needed to take on even the mighty Heralds, but the speed needed to escape danger in an instant.
The Mercury class features a split hull, with the deflector sandwiched between two forked points in the bow. Its wings are shorter and lack curves, preventing them from being sheared off while executing complex flight patterns.
Like the rest of the Pilot Escort line, the ship's warp nacelles are housed internally, with the requisite Bussard ramscoops located on the upper surface of the ship. Powerful impulse engines are mounted in a ring around the hull, sliding back in combat to expose the vessel's microprojectile launchers. Special "redline" maneuvering thrusters are mounted at strategic points on the hull, allowing this unusual design to perform extreme feats of mobility that would tear apart a more orthodox vessel.
This vessel comes with the Mercury-class costume. It can utilize the Pilot bridge officer powers.
|The Ajax-class features a cropped forward hull, and is thus the shortest of the Pilot Escorts. Four coolant conduits extend out from the bow and loop back into the hull. The ship's wings curve slightly downward.
The Ajax class skin is unlocked with the purchase of the Ajax Class Pilot Escort for 3000 .
|The Icarus-class is the longest of the Pilot Escort variants, thanks to its extended central deflector housing, which protrudes slightly past the leading edge of the main hull to form a "nose". Rounded wings extend from the sides of the hull, giving the Icarus a more aerodynamic appearance.
The Icarus class skin is unlocked with the purchase of the Icarus Class Pilot Escort for 3000 .
|I||Precise Weapon Systems||+5 Accuracy Rating.|
|II||Tactical Maneuevering||+5% Defense.|
|III||Enhanced Weapon Systems||+10% Kinetic Damage.|
+10% All Energy Damage.
|IV||Devastating Weaponry||+2.5% Critical Chance.|
|V||Stay On Target||Keeping your current target in your forward 90 degree arc causes your ship to autofire a microtorpedo every few seconds.|
The Mercury Class Pilot Escort comes equipped with Microprojectile Barrage Launcher universal console.
This console is part of the Piloting Modifications set. Other consoles from this set can be equipped for set bonuses and additional abilities.
The Mercury-class Tactical Pilot Escort comes with an Experimental Weapon slot. This additional slot does not fit standard weapons. Unlike standard starship weapons, Experimental weapons are not affected by weapon firing modes, such as those granted by bridge officer abilities.
Pilot ships can perform a sudden maneuver in each horizontal direction: Forward, Backward, Left or Right. Executing each maneuver will rapidly reposition your starship while granting very brief damage immunity, but costs all available thruster fuel which takes several seconds to recover.
The Mercury-class Tactical Pilot Escort features the following specialist seats:
Starships come with standard equipment and weapons of the lowest mark available at the ship's minimum rank. The items provided are appropriate to the type of vessel and its related playing style.
This starship's equipment slots, base hull capacity and shield capacity scale as your level increases.
Equipment slots and seating
As you rank up every 10 levels, up to level 40, the ship's forward weapon slots, aft weapon slots, tactical console slots, engineering console slots, science console slots and available bridge officer (boff) abilities will slowly increase toward endgame capabilities:
This table shows how the ship's hull strength scales at each level. The base hull of all scaling starships is 10,000, which is then multiplied by the ship's hull modifier (0.97 for the Mercury-class Tactical Pilot Escort), and then multiplied by the scaling multiplier below at each level.
|Level||Multiplier||Hull HP||Level||Multiplier||Hull HP||Level||Multiplier||Hull HP||Level||Multiplier||Hull HP|
By using an [Experimental Ship Upgrade Token], the Mercury-class Tactical Pilot Escort may be upgraded to T6-X, unlocking an extra ship device slot, universal console slot, and the ability to slot an extra starship trait.
- The following table compares Federation t6 Pilot escorts.
|Icarus Science Pilot Escort||1||6||33465||0.97||1.05||5||2||✓||5||2||4||2||✗||20||0.24||75||3,000|
|Ajax Engineering Pilot Escort||1||6||33465||0.97||1.05||5||2||✓||5||4||2||2||✗||20||0.24||75||3,000|
|Mercury Tactical Pilot Escort||1||6||33465||0.97||1.05||5||2||✓||5||3||3||2||✗||20||0.24||75||3,000|
|+35 TAC when Alone|
The Tactical Pilot Escort is well suited for two roles:
- With a full load of Dual Heavy Cannons in the front to batter down enemy shields, and the Microprojectile Barrage Launcher used to deliver a powerful follow-up strike, the Mercury can deliver a punishing assault before dashing off to recharge its shields and cannons.
- With a torpedo-heavy loadout, the Mercury can also fly through the battle and attack targets of opportunity, especially when paired with pilot abilities like Lock Trajectory or Hold Together.
- "Introduction to Pilot ships" – Arcgames.com, May 4, 2015
- "Fed Pilot ship stats" – Arcgames.com, May 6, 2015
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