The first thing a lot of people ask other Star Trek: Bridge Crew players when they first talk is how many people they saved from Kobiyashi Maru. True to its name, this test is more about how efficient you can be before that infamous ship is destroyed than whether you were 100% successful on your mission.
Instead of aiming for total success, Ubisoft has a goal of saving 120 people from this ship. It’s not easy to do, but here are a few tips to help ensure success.
Tactical must not work transporter
Whoever is in Tactical’s position usually also handles vehicle and system invasion, but in this fight, it’s important that Tactical is fully focused on weapons, shields, and system invasion.
In real combat, the best advice for surviving the longest is:
- Remember that you can scan one target and shoot another at the same time.
- Disable weapon aiming as often as possible
- If you can fire before the enemy’s shields are fully up, make it a priority for a huge advantage.
- Try not to raise your shields in the early waves if you can
Helmet must remain near Kobiyashi Maru
The longer you can keep the Klingon ships from firing on the Kobiyashi Maru, the longer you will have to transport people from the ship. Park the Aegis as close to the first couple of waves as possible and try to stay as close as possible later on.
It’s probably a good idea for Helm to work with transport, but there are a few other things to keep in mind:
- Full throttle along the Z axis (that’s up and down in his game) can help you dodge enemy torpedoes. You can never dodge everyone, but every dodge helps
- Don’t forget to lean on the reverse to keep the enemy ship in sight if it gets very close.
- Come up with an impulse course ahead of time so you can get away quickly if you really need to
Engineering needs to micromanage everything
The key to a successful run at Kobiyashi is Engineering. A reliable engineer has the ability to make sure your phasers can momentarily strike at longer range, keep your shields under that last torpedo salvo and make sure all systems are up and running. If you’re trying to get to 120 survivors, your engineer must be great.
Here is how to keep this ship running smoothly during the Kobiyashi Maru:
- Do not turn on the power transfer to the phasers until your Tactical Officer is ready to fire. Every second matters!
- Send full power to the shields as soon as they are activated. The first few shield hits happen during this ship’s scan, and you can give your tactical officer a few more seconds to invade the system.
- Keep an eye on the shield marker on your tactical officer’s panel. Remind them to drop their shields as often as possible so they can recharge