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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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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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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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 re-name crew-members in-game?

I know it's possible to re-name your starting crew at the hangar, but I can't seem to find any way to do this once I'm in-game. I prefer to give my crew custom names since it's easier for me to ...
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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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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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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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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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Why is my Mantis brown?

One of my Mantis is brown, rather than the usual green. Why?
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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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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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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 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 crew members start with experience?

I noticed in that shops, potential crew members' experience bars are shown, but I have only seen them empty. Can crew members in shops start with some amount of experience? What about crew you get ...
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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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How close does the final boss have to be to lose?

I have made it to the flag ship 5-6 times and each time I have beaten phase 1. However after phase 1 my hull is less than 50%. Some times I went and attacked phase 2 anyways and other times I ran ...
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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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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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How does sector 8 work?

I finally made it through an FTL game to sector 8 (on easy mode, of course), whereupon I found that everything changed. Now I start at the right side, and there's a flagship on the left, and nodes ...
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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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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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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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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 ...
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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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How much faster does an Anti Ship Drone Mark II fire than a Mark I?

The Anti Ship Drone Mark I fires a small laser. The Anti Ship Drone Mark II fires a small laser faster. How much faster? Is the firing rate of two Mark I drone's greater than the firing rate of a ...
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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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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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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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How to beat Faster Than Light with the Slug Cruiser?

I just unlocked the slug cruiser and it seems extremely weak to me. Having only two crew members and no sensors makes fires and enemy boarders extra deadly. The shielding is only average, and the ...
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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 quickly do crew suffocate without oxygen?

I'm in a situation where I'd like to teleport my men onto a drone, bust up their shields, then teleport back. As you may know, however, drones have no oxygen. I'm worried about how much damage my crew ...
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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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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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Does the stealth cruiser have innate stealth weapons capability?

Does the stealth cruiser have innate stealth weapons capability or must you seek out the augmentation during your voyage?
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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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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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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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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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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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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 long does cloaking take to recharge?

I know that level one cloaking last 5 seconds, level 2 cloaking lasts 10 seconds, level 3 cloaking last 15 seconds. But how long does it take to recharge?
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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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Does jumping to a nebula still slow the rebel fleet if they're not yet visible in the sector?

It's not unusual to find a few nebula beacons in non-nebula sectors. These apparently delay the rebel fleet's advance when you visit them. It seems like they always end up clustered right around where ...