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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 ship,...
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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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. ~/.local/...
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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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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 hire new crew members?

I know how to buy new equipment in stores, but how do I hire new crew members? http://www.ftlgame.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=7&t=11447 reads like the crew members show up in shops, but the buy ...
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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 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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Do engines require their extra power bars to be powered to influence FTL recharge rate?

When you upgrade your Engine Systems, it increases the rate your FTL drive charges during hostile situations. To reap this benefit, do your upgraded engine's need to be MORE powered than otherwise or ...
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Does waiting change what the event will be at a “Distress” beacon?

If I see that a location has a distress icon, but I visit other places first, does that change what the distress event will be, or will it ever go away? I ask because I know there is an escort quest ...
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Do breach and/or fire chances roll per damage or per hit?

It seems to me that weapons that do more damage in a single hit, tend to proc their breach or fire chance more often. Is this observation false or true? How are Breach or Fire procs calculated?
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How does weapon power work in FTL

I cannot seem to work out how the power works for weapons in FTL. I picked up a Hull Laser II that consumes 3 power. I already had the Burst Laser II (consumes 1 power). I upgraded my power and got ...
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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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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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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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Do anti-ship drones sometimes intercept enemy energy shot weapons?

Sometimes I swear, on all that is holy, I see my anti-ship drone shoot an enemy laser out of the air as it leaves its gun. This is similar to how a Defense Drone Mark 2 will shoot lasers out of the ...
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Can the Stealth Cruiser purchase shields?

Can the Stealth Cruiser ever purchase or otherwise obtain shields?