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In Secret Orders, the player investigates a Klingon research facility in the Briar Patch.

Mission Text[]

<rank>. Commander Burgess, Starfleet Intelligence. There's something I'd like you to look into. It could change the course of the war in our favor.

We have intel suggesting that the Klingons are operating a secret weapons facility in the Hromi Cluster. We also believe the base is under the command of Ambassador B'vat, a controversial figure in Klingon politics. I'd like you to get to the truth of the matter, and soon. To that end, I'm sending one of my top agents to join you on the mission. I think you'll find Lieutenant VanZyl to be a very capable officer. Don't hesitate to seek her counsel in the field.

Proceed to the Briar Patch and find out what the Klingons are up to. If there are any weapons there, you are to deactivate or destroy them. And... should you encounter the Ambassador, do bring him in. I'd like a word.


Go to the Briar Patch of the Beta Quadrant, investigate Klingon activity there and destroy any weapons you find.


  • Entangled in the Briars
    • Go To Briar Patch System
    • Destroy Klingon Turrets (0/2)
    • Defeat Defenses and Beam Onto the Research Station
    • Beam to Station
  • Captive Study
  • Data Download
    • Destroy Experimental Weapons (0/4)
    • Temporal objective.png Investigate Temporal Probe (Temporal Agent)
    • Upload Data from the Computer Core
    • Defeat Ambush
    • Beam Up to Ship
  • Locked on Target
    • Go To Briar Patch System
    • Destroy All Escaping Klingon Ships
    • Remote Detonate Spatial Charges
    • Depart System
  • Hail Burgess to Report


Icon Name Description Notes Points
Razed Research icon.png Razed Research Stop B'vat's Experimental Weapons Research 10
Barricade B'Vat icon.png Barricade B'Vat Stop B'vat from Escaping 10


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Mission Replay[]

This mission is repeatable through Mission Replay, although the Rewards for completing will be reduced. Items scale to a player appropriate level (Scaling Rewards), as followed:

Level Rank SP Exp Mark <>
9 Lieutenant 585 292 II
10–19 Lt. Commander 1158 675 IV
20–29 Commander 1552 1338 VI
30–39 Captain 1743 1878 VIII
40–49 Rear Admiral 1935 1856 X
50–60 Admiral 1935 2148 XI


  • The mission has been slightly reworked as part of the Season 8.5 update patch tied to the 4 Year Anniversary Event on January 30, 2014.
  • Although there is a single mention of the Hromi Cluster as the location of B'vat's secret base in this mission, the Briar Patch is named as the site of that base in all previous and subsequent instances and is also the location traveled to.
  • The mission was reworked as part of the Klingon War episode arc revamp released with the Season 15. It is now given by Ethan Burgess instead of Admiral Quinn, and Lt. Kyla VanZyl was added to assist the player throughout the mission.

Strategy Notes[]

  • Keep your ship 4 km away from the gas clouds because they occasionally explode, inflicting about 25% damage in an Escort class ship at Level 10.
  • To complete the Destroy All Escaping Klingon Ships objective, player needs to destroy the Klingon Battlecruiser and its escort.
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Faction KDF.png Klingon Defense Force-only
Faction Romulan Republic.png Romulan Republic-only
Faction Dominion.png Dominion-only
Faction Khitomer.png Cross-faction
Mission available Side Content: The Galaxy at Large
See also: Featured episodePatrolRemoved MissionsTask Force Operation