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 I unlock all the other ships in the hangar?

In my FTL career, I've managed to unlock one or two of the other ships in the hangar, but there are still some that are unavailable. One thing that I've found is that there tends to be a relatively ...
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How can I beat the final boss in Faster Than Light?

How can I beat the final boss in faster than light? I can beat the first form, but the second form just obliterates me regardless what I try. I have tried using nothing but missiles, a combination ...
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Does air pressure equalize more quickly if the doors are open?

If a room has no oxygen, does opening the doors help replenish the oxygen more quickly? In other words, does oxygen equalize between adjacent rooms with open doors?
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Can I back up and restore my FTL save file?

FTL shares many similarities with roguelikes, especially in that you can't save and load your game easily. However, you can save and quit. Sometimes I get into a really good position and then die ...
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Does crew headcount or race influence oxygen usage?

My ship has a fixed volume, but my crew count can range from 1 to 8 and include various species. Do either of those two factors influence the rate of oxygen consumption?
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What triggers crew experience increases?

When I've got a station manned, I'm trying to work out what causes my crew to develop in skills. It looks like engines and cockpit crew only upgrade when an attack is dodged, and then get a single ...
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Should I accept a ship surrendering or should I finish it off?

Sometimes after taking heavy damage an enemy will offer to pay you off if you accept their surrender. It's possible to deny this and go for the kill, which will also give you a reward. Which option ...
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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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Does leaving a sector early give the player more time in the next sector?

In FTL the player can generally leave a sector before the rebel fleet makes it absolutely necessary to jump to the next sector. Often it can be a good strategy to spend a few extra jumps in a sector ...
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What happens if your teleporter gets damaged when your entire remaining crew are currently boarding?

What happens if your entire crew is in the enemy ship and your teleporter gets damaged in your ship, with no way to repair it? You immediately lose?
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How do I keep up with the power curve?

I've played through several times on Normal, and after about three sectors I invariably find that I'm utterly outclassed by every enemy ship I encounter - my weapons can't do more than tickle them ...
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Do Engi extinguish fires faster?

Engi are naturally faster at making repairs. Does extinguishing fires count as a repair action?
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What happens if I retreat first?

Often Rebels will try to power up their FTL drives and jump away to report my position. What happens if I manage to stall them long enough to get my own drives online and jump away first. Do they ...
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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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FTL - What happens when your crew is full? will you still be offered new crew? can you elect to swap crew members?

I'm trying to get 6 different crew members on the ship but my crew is full; should I kill a current crew member to ensure space to take on new crew, or will I be given the option to swap if a new ...
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Utility of level 3 sensors?

Among all the discussion surrounding FTL, one thing I have not seen is a verdict on the wisdom/idiocy of upgrading to level 3 sensors. For those of you who never have, doing so allows you to see the ...
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How do I fix this broken stasis pod?

While exploring an asteroid field I stumbled across a Damaged Stasis Pod: In this instance, I found the pod just before leaving sector 7 and ended up finished the game before discovering what it ...
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Is there any benefit to damaging enemy Sensors?

Damaging an enemy ship's systems in a battle reduces their capabilities, the same as them doing damage to your ship's systems does. However, unlike everything else on a ship, the only function ...
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What are some effective strategies for boarding enemy ships?

When boarding an enemy ship, are there any strategies for killing enemy crew members? Whenever my boarding party corners an enemy, the enemy always fights until they're at low health (taking a fair ...
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Do automated reloaders stack?

My current game is going very well and I have a more powerful arsenal of weapons than in any of my previous games (2x burst laser, breach bomb mk II and anti-bio beam). I also have one automated ...
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What factors influence the speed of the rebel fleet?

I'm just playing my first round of FTL and I'm wondering what can affect the speed of the rebel fleet that is pursuing me. Does the time I spend in realtime in each system matter, or is only the ...
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Are there any reasons to go through non-civilian sectors?

In FTL, some sectors are marked "Civilian", some "Hostile", and some "Nebula". Is there any reason why you might choose a Hostile or Nebula sector instead of a Civilian sector? Will you pick up more ...
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How can I identify my enemies' weapons?

How do I know what weapon my enemies have before they attack me with them? I remember what some of the weapons look like, however not most of them. The scanner doesn't seem to provide any ...
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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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How can I repair my O2 Generator in an oxygen deprived ship?

If my ship has 0% oxygen in it, how can I repair my O2 generator if my crew wont live long enough to do so? Note that I've already tried, and because of this I have 2 crew members stuck in my medbay ...
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What happens if I jump with crew members away on another ship?

What happens if I jump with crew members teleported away on another ship? I've never dared try.
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Can I turn specific weapon on auto fire without forcing all of my weapons to do so?

If I have 3 weapons on my ship, lets say an Artemis Missile, an Ion Blast, and a Pike Beam, can I have my Ion Blast on auto-fire at their shields, and then use the beam and missiles without them ...
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If my doors are stuck open, how do I manually close them?

Awww, See... what had happen was... yea.... But now my doors are all stuck open over there with my crew holed up in the engine room. Nothing works but my weapons sort of and my engine and o2.
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Can random events destroy your ship?

According to the wiki, there are no events that can completely destroy your ship (ie, taking it from full health to zero health), however, there are events which can reduce the health of your ship. ...
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When does dodge chance take effect?

Does the game roll for my dodge chance when the enemy weapon is fired, or when it would hit my ship?
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How do I optimally use the Ion weapons (Ion Blast, Ion Blast Mark II, Heavy Ion)?

I would like to know how to optimally use the Ion weapons ((Ion Blast, Ion Blast Mark II, Heavy Ion). With that goal in mind, I have these questions: How long does each Ion weapon disable an ...
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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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Any way to make your crew stop attacking a system?

So I have a game paused right now. Here's the dire situation: Enemy: Auto-scout, all rooms seperated from each other, ONE hull point left. Me: Teleporter on cooldown, two fully leveled rockmen ...
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How much does the Repair Arm augment repair?

The Repair Arm augment has the following description: Repair Arm Repairs your hull every time you collect scrap, but reduces scrap collected by 15 percent. Does anyone know by how much it ...
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Do I get less scrap if I “soften up” an enemy ship before I board and finish off the crew?

Sometimes, to make boarding a ship easier, I'll send off a volley or two of burst lasers to knock out the medical bay or injure the crew before I teleport over to fight them. When I do this, of ...
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Tips for killing enemy crew without use of boarding parties

I'm a fan of capturing enemy ships intact if possible, due to the greater rewards involved. With a teleporter, a couple of Mantis "spare" crewmates and an S. Bomb, this is very effective. However, I ...
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Does it make a difference which sector you visit?

When traveling to the next sector in FTL, does your choice make much of a difference? It seems that you fight slightly different ships, but the difficulty and equipment you find doesn't seem to very. ...
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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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How do I repair my hull

I've sustained quite a bit of damage and my hull needs repairing. The tutorial mentioned that your crew cannot repair the hull of the ship, but only subsystems. How do I repair the hull?
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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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What effective combat strategies exist with the cloaking device?

I recently unlocked the Stealth Cruiser, but my first game with it is going less than stellar. Cloaking alone seems like an ineffective way to survive a battle, as the time between cloaking is so ...
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Is upgrading the piloting subsystem worth it if I always keep it manned?

I always have a crew member at my piloting station. Is it worth it to upgrade the subsystem to increase my evasion?
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Is it possible to suffocate an enemy crew with only Ion Blast II?

Given an enemy ship with 1/1/1 shields/O2/medbay, is it possible to suffocate the crew using only one Ion Blast Mark II? Bonus points for video proof :) I ran out of drones on my Torus and have no ...
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Do enemy ships have limited missiles/drones?

Is it possible to wait for an enemy ship to run out off missiles and/or drones so that I can focus killing their crew with less pressure? If so, are the quantities fixed or random within some range?
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How do beam weapons damage enemy crew?

Do I need to draw the beam directly across the enemy crew member, i.e. exactly over where they are stood, or does just damaging the room they are in also hurt any crew in that room?
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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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Why did my oxygen run out in FTL?

I was attacked in an ion storm (sensor and 50% power) and my O2 was damaged. I repaired it and killed the intruders but my O2 kept running down and everyone died. There were no fires. Why would that ...
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How do I know if someone's crazy?

One of my friends told me that some crew members you pick up randomly on your journey can be a mentally unstable and may go on a murderous rampage and attack other crew members. Is there any way to ...
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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 benefits of manning a subsystem?

In FTL, you can place crew members in various subsystems to gain bonuses. However, I don't know how to actually quantify those bonuses. The two that are least clear to me are: Manning shields ...