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 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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How to destroy AI ships without weapons?

I'm using the Basilisk, which has a teleporter and boarding drone, but no weapons. How can I manage AI (crew-less) ships? So far I've been teleporting my crew there and back, slowly chipping away ...
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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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How to get the “Loss of Cabin Pressure” achievement?

I have tried this achievement twice now, arriving in sector 8 with 13% net oxygen, however the achievement doesn't trigger: Each time I only have two rooms pressurized, any time my doors are ...
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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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Can other forms of avoiding damage block the “Phase Shift” achievement?

On a recent playthrough on easy using the Stealth Cruiser; Layout 1 The Nesasio, I tried to unlock the "Phase Shift" achievement. This achievement requires that you avoid 9 points of damage in a ...
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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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Will I get the “Manpower” achievement if my reactor gets upgraded in an event?

I'm flying the Zoltan cruiser and I'm trying to unlock the B layout. The problem is that in the first sector my reactor has been upgraded in an event. Will I get the achievement if I reach sector 5?
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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 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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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 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 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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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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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 ...
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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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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 ...