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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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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Is there a way to stop enemies from boarding?

While traveling through space I often find myself batteling enemy ships with teleporters in them. Now right at the start of battle they will usually send a boarding party. Is there a way to stop the ...
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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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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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How do I properly use the Adjudicator?

I'm currently playing with the Adjudicator, trying to get the unlocks. The Adjudicator seems to play very differently to the other ships, and I can't get my head around the "correct" way to play. ...
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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 ...
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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 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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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 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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Modifying Naming Simplifications in FTL: Faster than Light

Does anyone know anything about the simplified names in FTL? This isn't much of an important issue for the most part, but it would be nice to learn how to use the naming methods to my advantage when ...
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How do nebulae beacons in normal sectors work?

It is said that they slow down the rebel fleet, but how does that works exactly? Is the fleet slowed down when they encounter a nebula beacon? Or is it when the player explore a nebula beacon? Or do ...
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Is there any benefit to running two Defense 1 drones simultaneously?

Defense 1 drones shoot down incoming missiles (and boarding drones) and have a moderate cooldown on their shot. If I have two Defense 1 drones active at the same time and a missile is fired at my ...
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When is the Evade chance calculated for enemy ships? [duplicate]

When firing a multi-shot weapon in FTL: Faster than Light, such as the Burst Laser Mk II, Each shot has a separate chance to hit or miss it's target. Say I'm firing at an Engine Bay on an Automated ...
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How can I counter enemy away teams?

I've reached sector 8 a few times, though I have yet to destroy the final boss. Without a doubt the one factor that most affects my success right now is whether I get an enemy with a teleporter. I ...
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Why did my weapon recharge bars get cut in half?

Using the Kestrel, sometimes my weapon recharge bars get cut in half, as if my weapons officer suddenly gained multiple experience levels, even though they didn't. In the latest instance, this ...
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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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Do defense drones shoot down missiles before or after a dodge check?

Defense drones take out incoming missiles (and lasers if you have a defense drone II). Do they shoot down the projectiles before or after the game does a dodge check on your ships evasion?
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What happens if I kill the crew of the first form of the end boss?

Will I still have to face the later forms? If I do have to face the later forms, will I lose my boarding party when it escapes?
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Avoiding missile damage early game

When I play through I seem to have a difficult time avoiding damage in the early sectors from missiles. They ignore shields and generally my evasion is low (<30%). Having extra levels of shields, ...
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Do I have to complete the Clash of the Titans achievement in a single run?

So I finally got lucky and unlocked the crystal cruiser, the Bravais. I'd like to do 2 of the achievements for it so that I can unlock its alternate layout. Getting the No Escape achievement was ...
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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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Which rooms can fit 4 people?

Some ships have rooms size 4, but you are only allowed to place 3 people in. What's going on? Any ideas?
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Does an asteroid missing the ship give XP to the pilot & engineer? [duplicate]

I know that sitting in an asteroid field once you've dealt with the event there can level up the shield skill for a crewmember; they gain XP by restoring shield points, regardless of whether an ...
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Do asteroid hits increase my shield operator's experience [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What triggers crew experience increases? In faster than light I sometimes find myself in a star system filled with asteroids which are hitting and damaging my shields. ...
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Am I playing easy or normal?

During a game, how can I tell if the difficulty is easy or normal? I can't remember my choice.
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How do I cancel a shot?

I order a shot on the enemy weapons, but then their shield goes back up and suddenly I'd rather wait until the rocket can get through to take it out. Or maybe their cloaking device suddenly comes on. ...
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Change/Add to the list of names for crewmembers in FTL?

I've been playing FTL for a while now, and I am seeing the same names crop up again and again in my crew members. Whilst I realise they are used for recording stats, I don't really care about them, ...
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How can I maximise the amount of scrap I collect?

In FTL, the key to reaching and defeating the final boss is to have a well-equipped ship, both in terms of purchased modules and upgrades to your systems. This all depends on having plenty of scrap ...
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Is there a way to know what kind of outcome I will get from a situation?

Say I decide to take a drone part, as an option in an event. The wiki tells me that there are 2 possible outcomes: I will receive a drone part and scrap I will lose a crew member but get some scrap ...
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What is the difference between an Anti-Ship Drone and an Anti-Ship Beam Drone?

They both cost 50, require 2 power. Their flavor text is nigh identical: Powerful Drone that continually attacks the enemy ship. Combat Drone that repeatedly attacks with a small beam weapon. ...
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Copying non-steam FTL save to Steam

I have been playing FTL for a while, and managed to unlock all the ships. Recently, however, I managed to get a copy on steam. I would like to just copy my save from the linux directory (i.e. ...
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Do you need a teleporter to use a Boarding Drone?

I recently found a Boarding Drone, but was wondering; do you need a teleporter to teleport the drone onto the enemy ship, or does it automatically spawn at a room in the enemy ship?
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What does breach chance mean?

On FTL, some weapons have a breach chance. What does breach do? How important is it? Screenshot below:
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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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Does the choice of ship affect difficulty?

I recently completed the game and unlocked the Federation Cruiser. I have previously unlocked the Engi and Zoltan cruisers, playing mostly using the Engi. I have only played on "normal" difficulty ...
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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 ...