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Specialization Points

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Clearly Specializations are supposed to be a grind-fest, which is fine. In some way it keeps the game interesting... sort of... I guess. At least it gives us something to do. Still, I can't help but wonder if there's a better way of earning Specialization Points a little faster and easier.

I'm really curious to hear what everyone else is doing to earn these Specializations points. Personally I've been running Duty Officer assignments as often as possible as well as the Argala System Patrol. Although over the weekend I switched over to running Cold Comfort as often as possible. As far as I can tell, it's the quickest episode to award 2709 Skill Points, which seems to be the maximum Skill Points for episodes at level 60.

The problem is that it takes about 60 episodes to earn a new Spec Point, not including Skill Points earned from Duty Officer assignments or defeating enemies. So in reality it's less than 60, but no matter what that's still a lot. I'm earning one Spec Point every few days.

Maybe this is the best method? Maybe there are other methods? How do you earn your Spec Points? I've posted this in the forum as well to hopefully build up a good discussion on the topic. Feel free to comment here and/or there.

Written by Attilio on May 17, 2015 at 09:00 pm


Bone1970 (Guest) said...
May 18, 2015 at 07:24 am

The problem is if i tell you how i get 3 or 4 spec points a day and Cryptic reads it they will say its a exploit and will nerve/change it.
My delta have 15 in pilot and all space intel spec points (18), also got already 4 intel ground points.

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Attilio (Owner) replied...
May 18, 2015 at 07:31 am

Well you could always contact me privately through the site's contact page! :D lol

Although I agree that they probably would consider it an exploit since they want it to be a grind. I guess it all depends on what "it" really is and the amount of time put into "it".

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anthonyjc2010 (Member) replied...
May 19, 2015 at 10:18 pm

i can get a spec-point in a day, 3-4, now that must involve high dps and lots of battleships/dreadnoughts

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eaglescoutdjb (Member) said...
May 18, 2015 at 09:23 am

I'm usually not a fan of things that require a grind, the rep system really annoys me sometimes. But this hasn't bothered me too much, probably because once I hit 60 and get the last trait I don't worry to much about it. I spend enough time doing Doff missions and farming resources that I get a point or 2 a week and that's good enough for me. I've put most of my points into Intel for the trait and because it seems like it has the best ground and space bonuses. I'll probably focus on Piloting next for Pedal to the Metal.

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Gameverseman (Member) said...
May 18, 2015 at 12:54 pm

This has been a HUGE reason why I hardly play anymore and am putting up with the F2P in SWTOR. I had/have 10 characters (11 since Delta recruit) all of which were 50 and just getting my delta to 58 took a whole week of Borg Red Alerts (when I could find them) and then I was like screw it! There was no incentive, for me, to hit 60 at the pace I was currently going. So, now, I just log in and get on my Fed tac in my Manasa and blow some crap up (Great ship btw) and then I log out. That normally happens once a week at most. I don't mind grinding if the reward and/or incentive is right but this.... this is complete gutter shite.

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Chris (Guest) said...
May 18, 2015 at 02:26 pm

I have plenty of goals that I want to accomplish in game with my Delta Recruit, and getting gear on the replays of the 'Blood of Ancients' this week for my other characters. (My Delta has the full Preserver set, and I think it is pretty good, and I like the graphics for the new torpedoes.)

I do like that as we continue to earn exp, we will get something each time we level past 60.
(In the past any exp earned after we hit the level cap just went to skill points for BOFFs. So that is certainly an improvement...)
However, I'm not chasing Spec points. For me, when I 'ding' and it happens, I am happy it happens. ; )

I ground 3 of my 6 (now 7) level 50 characters to 60, and I'd rather chase after 'unlocking' the level 5 masteries on the last two characters who need them from the tier 6 ships I have access to.

But, they certainly have that 'Spec Point' goal off in the distance. (At least distant from me.... ; )


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tc10b (Guest) said...
May 19, 2015 at 11:50 am

Never fear, you will be able to purchase spec points during the summer event!

This means you will be effectively able to turn cash into spec points!

This is what they wanted all along.

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anthonyjc2010 (Member) said...
May 19, 2015 at 09:05 pm

i do stfs with multiple dreadnoughts with my fleet, you get great xp especially with the group cooperating. also i do know a way to get tons of it very quickly (no hack, it is allowed) but you need a team of 4+ and it has unlimited looting

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anthonyjc2010 (Member) replied...
May 19, 2015 at 09:07 pm

if you wish i will tell you the second thing through the pages support window or whatever the pm thing is

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cmdrscarlet (Member) said...
May 22, 2015 at 04:22 pm

First, I don't play for specialization points. That's like working a job in a game.

Having said that, like you Attilio I DOff looking for the highest SP rewards first until I fill the assignment slots. Any Borg Alerts and I jump on those. After that, just play: STFs, missions, Foundry, Enemy Actions, etc.

Am I getting points fast? No, but I am getting them while not "grinding" for them.

Consider this: you get all the points ... then what?

It's not about the destination - it's about the journey. :)

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DeadMeat (Guest) said...
May 24, 2015 at 11:24 am

This game has become less interesting over the past year, with decreasing episodic content and increasing repetition. It's sad that there are so many OCD players that Cryptic/PWE are able to foist this kind of garbage off on the community and not be taken to task. STO is NOT a challenging game. The only two paths Dev can take, short of a recode, is adding episodic content, or making everything so difficult, or monotonous, to grind that progress is retarded. Unfortunately C/PWE has, once again, chosen the Endless Grind, which nearly caused STO to die a couple of years ago. I suppose that's why they discount the LTS, because once players 'buy in' they are enslaved to that investment and whatever garbage C/PWE want to vomit into the game.

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Gameverseman (Member) replied...
May 24, 2015 at 03:23 pm

I believe that not only LTS are enslaved to their investments but F2P as well. I never wanted to commit to STO so I never bought a LTS but I still have put at least a LTS worth of cash into the game over the course of a year (not recently) and still feel almost as the LTS do.

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