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 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 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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Tips for killing enemy crew without use of boarding parties

I'm a fan of capturing enemy ships intact if possible, due to the greater rewards involved. With a teleporter, a couple of Mantis "spare" crewmates and an S. Bomb, this is very effective. However, I ...
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Is Engi Med-Bot Dispersal affected by MedBay upgrades?

The title pretty much says it all. Do med-bay upgrades make healing in rooms besides the med-bay faster when you have med-bot dispersal?
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How does the “Double damage in combat” trait work for the Mantis crew in FTL

Its unclear as to whether this trait means that a subsystem manned by a Mantis crew member causes double damage to the subsystem (when damage is received) or to the enemy (when damage is dealt).
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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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What effective combat strategies exist with the cloaking device?

I recently unlocked the Stealth Cruiser, but my first game with it is going less than stellar. Cloaking alone seems like an ineffective way to survive a battle, as the time between cloaking is so ...
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Does difficulty matter for unlocking new ships? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How do I unlock all the other ships in the hangar? Do you have to be on normal mode to unlock ships? If no does normal have any impact on the chance you have of getting ...
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What are some effective strategies for boarding enemy ships?

When boarding an enemy ship, are there any strategies for killing enemy crew members? Whenever my boarding party corners an enemy, the enemy always fights until they're at low health (taking a fair ...
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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 oxygen run out in FTL?

I was attacked in an ion storm (sensor and 50% power) and my O2 was damaged. I repaired it and killed the intruders but my O2 kept running down and everyone died. There were no fires. Why would that ...
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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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Can I back up and restore my FTL save file?

FTL shares many similarities with roguelikes, especially in that you can't save and load your game easily. However, you can save and quit. Sometimes I get into a really good position and then die ...
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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 do I keep up with the power curve?

I've played through several times on Normal, and after about three sectors I invariably find that I'm utterly outclassed by every enemy ship I encounter - my weapons can't do more than tickle them ...
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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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How do I unlock all the other ships in the hangar?

In my FTL career, I've managed to unlock one or two of the other ships in the hangar, but there are still some that are unavailable. One thing that I've found is that there tends to be a relatively ...
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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 ...
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What factors influence the speed of the rebel fleet?

I'm just playing my first round of FTL and I'm wondering what can affect the speed of the rebel fleet that is pursuing me. Does the time I spend in realtime in each system matter, or is only the ...
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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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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 ...