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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Is it possible to escape a fight without fuel?

I am stuck in a never-ending fight in FTL. Is it possible to escape the fight? I have no fuel, and no missiles left. My shield and my engine are top notch. The enemy shield has 3 slots. My best beam ...
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Where's the Secret Sector?

One of the rockman ship achievements is "Find the Secret Sector". There doesn't seem to be room on the map for a secret sector. What's the secret sector?
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How Do Doors Keep Fire from Spreading?

In FTL, higher levels of the door subsystem provides three purposes (in addition to interacting with an event or two): Higher levels of the door subsystem give more durability to the subsystem, ...
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What determines what races a slaver can provide?

When encountering a slaver ship, you have a couple of options to acquire a new crew member. You can buy slaves, fight to receive a slave as a bribe, or kill the slaver crew to gain your choice of ...
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Are there any shops in hostile zones?

In FTL: Faster Than Light, each sector is labeled as either Civilian, [Species] Controlled, or Nebula. Each of these sectors has a corresponding color that determines whether or not they are Friendly, ...
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Shooting vs. melee when fighting boarding parties

I noticed that, when two people are fighting against a single intruder in one room, one fighter usually moves closer and fights with the intruder hand-to-hand, while the other stands back and shoots ...
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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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What difference will the more skillful (1 star or 2 star) crew members make compared to a non-skilled one in FTL?

I checked out all tooltips in the game and their official website. Since FTL did not come with a manual I have no clue here. I know that they have something to do with recharge rates and percentages ...
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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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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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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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Do Defense Drones shoot down Flak projectiles?

The new Advanced FTL Edition offers many new things to the game, including Flak Weaponry. Do Defense Drones shoot down flak projectiles?
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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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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 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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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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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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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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At What Sector is it Reasonable to Acquire Scrap Recovery Arm?

The scrap recovery arm costs 50 scrap and Gives you +10% scrap on acquisition other than selling items (rounded down.) Given that you have to spend scrap to earn scrap, at what sector does it make ...
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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 happens to my FTL progress when I quit during combat?

In FTL, the "Save & Quit" options is disabled during combat. If I am in the middle of a battle and have to quit, will I lose all my progress, or can I still continue from some recent point, like ...
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Does including extended material in FTL make it more difficult to complete the game?

I ask because I previously completed it on PC before the new material came out, but I've since been playing it on iPad with the new material (i.e. new races, systems, etc) and I am unable to get past ...
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What strategies are there for upgrading ship systems?

It seems like every time I die I find it could have been avoided had I upgraded a certain system. Are there some systems you should upgrade early in the game? Are there systems you should ignore until ...
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Are spiders always bad?

I've seen people being attacked by spiders a few times, and it seems like every time I go and save them, someone gets left behind. Can there ever be a happy ending when you meddle with spiders?
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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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What's the effect of having more than one scrap recovery arm?

How much scrap do I get with two Scrap Recovery Arm augments installed? 110%, 120%, 121%, or some number that doesn't make any sense?
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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 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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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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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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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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Is there a way to manually open doors if your Doors Subsystem is broken?

If my door subsystem is broken, and in the middle of a large fire, is there any other way to open the doors to flush the fire or am I DOOMED?
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How can I rescue my boarding drone from the final boss?

The image probably speaks for itself. Is there any way I can entice my boarding drone to come back? If I deactivate/reactive it with power allocation it just goes to sleep and wakes up. It can't go ...
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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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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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How do you collect all the crew types?

I'm trying for the achievement that unlocks the Kestrel's second layout. Is there a good way to collect all the unique aliens for the crew? I've gotten close, but it's been entirely random. ...
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How do I properly use the Bulwark?

I'm currently trying to master the Bulwark, and am finding it a lot harder to make progress with than the Kestrel or Engi ships. Specifically, I find I'm running out of missiles a lot easier, and that ...
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Does it matter if I open one or two doors? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Does air pressure equalize more quickly if the doors are open? If two rooms, or a room and space, are connected by two doors, does it make a difference whether I open ...
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Is there a shortcut key for the cloak?

The cloaking system is very useful for avoiding damage, but I can't seem to find a shortcut key to activate it. This makes using the cloak more difficult than it should be. Is there a shortcut key ...
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Shield Upgrade needs a System Upgrade

When I first upgrade my shielding to 3 bars, I tried powering it up. However it says "Requires System Upgrade". What system upgrade do I need to power this up? I have enough reactor energy so I'm not ...
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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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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 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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How can I defend effectively against missile weapons?

Upgrading my shields seems to work pretty well against beam and laser weapons as well as against drones, but it doesn't do anything against enemy missiles. Those missiles can hit a critical system if ...
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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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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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Does Engi Medi-bot dispersal heal the boarding party?

There have been a lot of times where I've thought about buying a Teleporter while using the Engi ship (or obtaining the Engi Medi-bot dispersal augment elsewhere). Will the healing from the augment ...
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How is score calculated?

Okay, so I've managed to beat the game on Normal. It seems like the thing to do now is work on getting a higher score. However, scoring is a complete mystery to me. What sort of things should I do ...
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Piracy is okay: ship or augment?

Playing FTL Captain's Edition, with the Mantis Cruiser, I get involved in a lot of piracy. I noticed that the Mantis Pheromones augment's description has been altered to include text about it being ...
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In what order do weapons fire?

If I have three weapons fully charged, pause the game and set them to target specific systems and then unpause, do the fire in the order I marked my targets? The reason I'm asking is that it can be ...