A rogue-like adventure game set in space. It features a randomized galaxy in which a heroic crew must travel, fighting and trading along the way, to deliver the crucial data to save their galactic Federation.

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How do systems take damage from Beam weapons?

I've been playing around this for a bit and I can't really quite figure it out nor find the optimal way to aim a beam weapon... Basically, I've noticed that systems are sometimes not damaged by my ...
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How Powerful is Mind Control?

In FTL, Mind Control (MC) level 1 is fine and dandy, and it is what I use almost exclusively. However, Mind Control levels 2 and 3 claim to increase HP and power. Do higher levels of MC last ...
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How do you open doors on FTL for iPad?

On the desktop version you just click the doors to open them, however on my iPad nothing happens when I tap them. Is there another way of opening ship doors on the iPad version of the game?
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Why can't I power up my drone system?

I just started my first game with the Torus and I don't understand why I can't power up my drone system (which seems to be the only way to deal damage). I would expect that I could simply click on ...
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What are all the Beacon Special Effects?

In FTL, some beacons have some of the following "environmental/special effects": Asteroid Field periodically an asteroid "attacks" yours and the enemy ships - causing 1 damage Ion Storm half ...
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How does the Zoltan Explosion work?

In both the Advanced Edition and up-to-date Standard Editions of FTL, the Zoltan race explodes on death, dealing damage to hostile targets in the same room they are in when they die but not hull or ...
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Should I mantain Cloning Bay powered when traveling?

When traveling through space you can encounter some events that kill some crew member, but having the Cloning Bay you can (sometimes) have a special option and "resurrect" them at the end. To have ...
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What are Effective Strategies for Countering Mind Control?

Don't get me wrong, I like the new advanced content, but I am at a loss as to how to counter mind control. When I am boarding, and get mind controlled, it usually is the end for at least one of ...
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What are the easiest ways to deal with AI ships when playing as the Mantis Cruiser?

Perhaps the biggest weakness of the Mantis Cruiser (Type A, anyway) is its inability to deal effectively with AI ships. Before Advanced Edition, the general advice was to either improve your weaponry, ...
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Why are my crew starstruck?

Sometimes my crew stop working, and a star shows next to them. What does that mean?
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Why is my Mantis brown?

One of my Mantis is brown, rather than the usual green. Why?
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How do I exit through the beacon in Faster Than Light mobile?

I recently purchased the Faster Than Light iOS app. I have just made it through my first map with the resistance hot on my heels. I arrived at the beacon and was about to exit through it when I ...
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Can enemy ships have Augments?

When flying the Zoltan ship, if you get an event with boarders it sometimes justifies bypassing your Super Shields by saying "they must have a Zoltan Shield Bypass installed on their ship!" Which ...
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What are all the effects of hacking a system?

I've noticed that the hacking drone sometimes provide additional benefits while hacking a system in addition to removing it from play for a while. For example, hacking an medbay will cause the room ...
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What are the tactics associated with stunning weapons?

In the advanced edition of FTL, a number of "stunning" weapons have been introduced whose primary function seems to be stunning the enemy crew for a certain number of seconds. Additionally, some ...
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Can I unlock the Crystal Cruiser with Type C of the Rock Cruiser?

I have noticed that the Type C Rock Cruiser starts with a Crystal crewmember. Does this mean I can unlock the Crystal Cruiser by simply finding the Rock Homeworld with the Rock Cruiser Type C, and ...
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Is it possible to use weapons worth of 12 energy by filling weapon room with Zoltan crew?

I couldn't get enough Zoltan crew members to test it myself, so I wonder if getting 4 of them in the weapon control room will increase total weapon power capacity from 8 to 12 or if the 4 power bars ...
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When do people explode?

Sometimes, I noticed that when I'm in hand to hand combat, a small explosion happens when they die. When is this scenario triggered? And how much damage does it do?
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Is it possible to obtain more Lanius crew?

The only way I've found to get Lanius crew so far is to start with their ship, but if I'm not using a Lanius ship, is there a way for me to get more crew members?
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Best ship I've built for general combat couldn't push past the Boss's shields? [closed]

So I flew this absolute leviathan into battle with the final boss; all shields up and maxed out hull. I've taken on the boss multiple times before and failed miserably every time; the very first ...
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How much faster do Humans learn skills?

In the advanced edition, humans are given a small benefit. Namely, they are supposed to learn (master) skills faster than the other races. Exactly how much faster do they learn, and, is it equal ...
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Final boss impasse

The Rebel Flagship has his hacking drone locked onto my weapons, and it seems to have re-routed full power to Hacking and Cloak. Between them, I'm just barely able to squeeze off a shot of my Dual ...
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What is the penalty for being cloned?

In FTL: Advanced Edition, when a character on a ship with a cloning bay dies, they are cloned. That character loses some skill points. How many skill points? Is it a percentage or set number? Aside ...
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“Melee” Damage Bonus on Engi Details

In the advanced edition, it makes clear how much benefit your characters gain from levels of skill with hand-to-hand combat. Specifically, green means +10% damage and yellow means +20% damage. ...
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Damaging Piloting on Automated ships

On a piloted ship, damaging (orange color, not red) the piloting section of a ship cancels the ship's ability to dodge without a pilot (or reduces it, if it was level 3 piloting) but makes less of a ...
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How do the new door levels correspond to the old ones?

Where the original FTL: Faster Than Light had three levels of doors, the advanced edition now has four levels: Regular Blast Doors Improved Blast Doors Super Blast Doors How do these compare to ...
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How do I deal with hacking drones?

When a hacking drone has latched on to my ship, is there any way of removing it? What about disabling it?
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Game Over if all crew dead but have cloning bay?

Regarding the advanced edition of FTL: If all of your crew dies but you have a cloning bay on your vessel, is it immediately game over, or does the cloning bay prevent that? Is the game smart enough ...
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What is the behavior of the Artillery Beam targeting?

The Federation Cruiser's Artillery Beam fires automatically without allowing you any targeting preferences. I've had it cut through most rooms of the enemy ship, or just a few. Is there any means or ...
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Can you transfer your saved game from the PC version of FTL to the iPad?

I recently purchased the iPad version of FTL, after having unlocked all the ships on the PC version, and was disappointed that I would need to potentially re-do all my achievements and unlocked ships. ...
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In FTL Advanced Edition, what can be gained from manning sensor or door subsystems? [duplicate]

The Advanced Edition of FTL includes the ability to man your sensors and door subsystems. Why? What does it accomplish?
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Consistent crashing of FTL

Whenever I play the game Faster Than Light (or FTL), my game experiences random crashes. Preceding the crash, the sound of my game will turn into a very pixellated, choppy sound that sounds like a ...
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Hand-to-hand strategy for taking down the mothership [duplicate]

I've been attempting to take ships by killing all their crew hand-to-hand, and was going to attempt the mothership in a similar way but I noticed they had what seemed like, a million doodz. After ...
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When are sector sub-types determined?

The sector map in FTL is a multi-pathed "tree" with each leaf colored to represent its type: Green: Civilian sectors Red: Hostile sectors Purple: Nebula sectors Sector colors appear to be ...
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Is the Crystal Cruiser quest guaranteed?

I'm trying to unlock the Crystal Cruiser, and am on step 2 of the Ancestry quest, heading to step 3. I have already: Happily, the very next sector for me is the Rock home sector, but no quest ...
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What does the Crystal “Lockdown” power do?

I finally managed to obtain my first Crystal crew member (finally!). I note that he has a "Lockdown" power, as shown in the screenshot below: What does this power do? None of the tooltips I've seen ...
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How does a System Repair Drone choose the order of repairs?

When there is only 1 system damaged, it makes its way there (at a leisurely pace) to effect repairs. But when the fertilizer hits the fan, they seem to spend more time running to the opposite end of ...
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What does my ship's distress beacon do?

Occasionally, I will have a play-through of FTL where my fuel supply runs dangerously low, and resupplies are few and far between. In these cases, I'm occasionally forced to "Wait" while exploring a ...
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Can you win ship achievements using the TYPE B layouts?

There are three achievements for each ship; you start with the TYPE A layout, and when you have completed two of the three achievements, you unlock the type TYPE B layout for that ship. If you are ...
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Can random events kill your last remaining crew member?

If you only have one crew member left, can he be killed by events that kill one random crew member? Or does FTL make sure events always leave you with at least one person to play captain (allowing you ...
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Is there any benefit to choosing the “do nothing” options in an encounter?

Aside from things like preventing hull damage in a space battle you might loose, or trying to get the Coming in for my Pacifism run! achievement, is there ever any benefit or "good outcome" from ...
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When is a Store's Inventory Determined?

When is the inventory of a Store set? at the beginning of the sector right before the store is visited some other time Will visiting the same store multiple times offer different buy options or ...
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Crystal Ship in FTL [duplicate]

When trying to get the damaged stasis pod, does the map show a distress signal, or nothing? Also, can I get the stasis pod on the first sector? What type of sector is the first sector even? All of ...
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What other ways are there to obtain sector data?

While playing FTL, I have suddenly gained information on the sector without having Long-Range Scanners or having paid a mercenary for a scouting report. IE, I can see environmental hazards and ...
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Does the distance between nodes effect the advance of the Rebel Fleet? [duplicate]

When jumping between nodes in a sector, does the distance to the destination node effect the advance of the rebel fleet, or is it only the number of jumps? I read this question, but it did not ...
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How to get the Astronomically Low Odds achievement?

This achievement is: "Fail to evade 5 shots in a row with a full powered and upgraded engine." What is the best way to get the achievement? Can I increase the posibilities by not using a manned ...
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Does the flavor text indicate which rewards I got?

After defeating an enemy, the flavor text will say things like "leaving behind a substantial amount of scrap" or "you collect what scrap you can". I know that ships drop different scrap rewards [low, ...
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When you rename your starting characters in FTL, are those names added to the default list for later games?

I manually renamed one of my starting characters Ashley, which is a common name, but in a later game one of the crew members I got was named Ashley. I was just curious if the game adds names you ...
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Am I stuck in an endless battle?

As you can see, I cannot escape because my fuel is empty. The enemy can't penetrate my shield but I can't damage him either. What could I do other than killing my crew by opening my airlocks?
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What are the benefits of upgrading crew in FTL? [duplicate]

There's a little skill meter next to every skill for each crew member. They naturally increase in the skills they use. But what are the benefits of increased skill levels? I'm looking for hard ...