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I have noticed that the Type C Rock Cruiser starts with a Crystal crewmember.

Does this mean I can unlock the Crystal Cruiser by simply finding the Rock Homeworld with the Rock Cruiser Type C, and bypassing the first two steps of the quest chain to unlock the Crystal Cruiser?

I still have not unlocked this ship because the chances of getting all the events for this quest chain is very low. The first two events are only to get a Crystal crew member, so if I can skip those then I would be greatly increasing my chances of finally completing this quest and unlocking my last ship.

  • Holy crap that is an amazing idea! I am 99% sure that would work, but haven't done it myself. All the event looks for is for you to have a crystal crew member (the third event.) This may save a lot of people a lot of time. +1 – BlackVegetable Apr 10 '14 at 18:04
  • Removed the FTL advanced tag which got made as per this meta meta.gaming.stackexchange.com/questions/8564/… – shanodin Apr 10 '14 at 19:58
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I can confirm that the Rock Cruiser Type C can bypass the first two steps of this quest chain, finally having done it in game. You must find the beacon event in the Rock Homeworlds sector without the aid of a quest marker, but the event can still be generated irrelevant of the stasis pod quests, and your beginning crystal crew member will give you the blue choice option once the event is found. Long-ranged scanners help a lot with this, as the event should only be present at a beacon with no ship detected, as well as no store, no distress call, and no hazard. Once you enter the hidden sector, you do get a quest marker for the crystal ship location, which is quite nice.

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I guess I should have read the updated wiki page that I linked in my question before posting.

Alternatively, the Rock Cruiser type C in the Advanced Edition starts with a single Crystal aboard the ship, allowing you to skip the first two events normally required in order to allow access to the blue option when you find the Ancient Device. This method requires completion of the other two achievements (or repeating this achievement) due to needing the Rock Cruiser type B. Although it still requires luck to find the Rock Homeworlds and to unlock both the Type B and Type C ships, it requires arguably much less luck than the previous method.

I'll be testing it out later on to be sure, but I'm guessing that got added to the wiki page because someone already confirmed it :)

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    Though presumably you don't get the quest marker leading to the beacon in the Rock Homeworlds this way? – Studoku Apr 10 '14 at 18:42
  • Sadly, you do not. I made it into the Rock homeworlds with 4 hull, and was hoping to beeline straight to the quest beacon, but it wasn't there. – Kexlox Apr 10 '14 at 20:20
  • So is it even possible? – BlackVegetable Apr 10 '14 at 20:53
  • @BlackVegetable The beacon does exist, it's just hard to find. – Brilliand Apr 17 '14 at 22:23
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Yes you can use the Rock Cruiser Type C's crystal member. And even better, if you name the crystal crewmember "Ruwen" you get a quest marker instead of a normal beacon when you enter the Rock Homeworld so you don't risk missing it.

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