Warp and Singularity Cores are a type of starship equipment which was added to the game with Legacy of Romulus. They determine the maximum warp speed in sector space along with the Driver coil skill and increase the available power for certain.
Starfleet and Klingon Empire starships use Matter-Antimatter warp cores, while Romulan Republic and Imperial vessels use Singularity warp cores. All warp cores fall under one of four categories: Standard, Hyper Injection, Overcharged, and Field Stabilizing.
Types of Cores for STO Credits
Standard warp cores do not have any subsystem affinity, however the remaining three types provide a bonus to a single subsystem power level and add an efficiency bonus if that subsystem is running below 75 power. Matter-Antimatter warp cores boost the maximum power level to 130 as opposed to the normal 125, while Singularity warp cores increase the corresponding subsystem power level as the ship’s singularity charge level builds.
Rare cores create a synergy bonus from one power level to another, for example providing bonus weapon power when focusing on auxiliary systems. Very rare Matter-Antimatter cores go a step further, providing a “capacitor” power – a reusable battery which can be used to either add power to a subsystem or to bring it back online if it has been knocked out.
Matter-Antimatter cores focus on Engineering stats, boosting abilities like electro-plasma system, starship engine performance, or starship batteries while Singularity Cores focus on science-based stats and provide up to five additional Singularity abilities as higher tier Romulan vessels are unlocked. Some singularity cores boost abilities such as particle generators or graviton generators, while others instead affect the rate at which you gain singularity charge or reduce the wait time between using singularity abilities.
Abilities of the Singular Core for STO Credits
Singularity Core abilities are fueled by Singularity Charge. All Romulan ships have a Singularity Charge gauge with five levels. Using any Singularity ability consumes all remaining Singularity Charge to collect STO Credits, and the effectiveness of the ability used scales based on the amount of power that was consumed. After Singularity ability is used, the Singularity Charge gauge will go offline for limited time before the charge begins to build again.