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 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 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 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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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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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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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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When does dodge chance take effect?

Does the game roll for my dodge chance when the enemy weapon is fired, or when it would hit my ship?
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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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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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Is rebel advancement determined by the distance between two beacons? [duplicate]

If two beacons are farther away from each other than others, does this greater travel 'distance' give the rebel fleet more 'advancement' than shorter distances?
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Does air pressure equalize more quickly if the doors are open?

If a room has no oxygen, does opening the doors help replenish the oxygen more quickly? In other words, does oxygen equalize between adjacent rooms with open doors?
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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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Game Over if all crew dead but have cloning bay?

Regarding the advanced edition of FTL: If all of your crew dies but you have a cloning bay on your vessel, is it immediately game over, or does the cloning bay prevent that? Is the game smart enough ...
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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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Should I accept a ship surrendering or should I finish it off?

Sometimes after taking heavy damage an enemy will offer to pay you off if you accept their surrender. It's possible to deny this and go for the kill, which will also give you a reward. Which option ...
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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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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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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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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 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 long does it take for a Lanius to drain a room of oxygen?

In an attempt to answer this question I need to figure whether or oxygen deprivation damage is a factor in a straight up fight. So my question is, in the following scenarios, how long does it take a ...
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Does it make a difference which sector you visit?

When traveling to the next sector in FTL, does your choice make much of a difference? It seems that you fight slightly different ships, but the difficulty and equipment you find doesn't seem to very. ...
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How do beam weapons damage enemy crew?

Do I need to draw the beam directly across the enemy crew member, i.e. exactly over where they are stood, or does just damaging the room they are in also hurt any crew in that room?
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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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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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Who is the best fighter?

Think in a room where we teleport two member enemies between them, at the same time. Which race will win? Mantis has more damage, but Rockmen have more life. Lanius will remove the oxygen of the room ...
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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 much does the Repair Arm augment repair?

The Repair Arm augment has the following description: Repair Arm Repairs your hull every time you collect scrap, but reduces scrap collected by 15 percent. Does anyone know by how much it ...
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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 an advantage for reaching the sector exit fast?

If I have nothing else to do in the sector, and there is a large gap between my ship and the Rebels position, do I get any advantage in the next sector?
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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'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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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 do drones choose their targets?

How do anti-ship and beam-drones choose their targets? Is it always random or is there some pattern or some other method?
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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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Which systems give the most blue options for events?

Sometimes at an event, because of your systems or crew, there'll be an extra blue option. These generally have better outcomes. For example: Giant alien spiders Send the crew to help ...
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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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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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Is there a preferred way to move through the 'Sector Map'?

When selecting Jump->Next Sector, you see the sector map. This map consist of red, green, purple icons (civilian, hostile, nebula) what's the meaning of it all? what does nebula contains? what ...
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How can I see achievements while playing?

Is there a way to see the game achievements after a new game started?