Star Trek Fleet Command: How to get the Botany Bay for free (doing missions)
The Botany Bay is an excellent Survey ship for mid-level players. Its primary ability increases the mining rate of data, but it's also great for other purposes. When upgraded, the Botany Bay is the Survey ship with the biggest Cargo Size and Protected Cargo until the end-20s levels.
What the game doesn't tell you and what many players don't know is that you can unlock the Botany Bay for free doing Augment's Missions.
This guide will cover how to get those missions and get all the blueprints you need to build your first Botany Bay.
What is the Augment Faction and Where to Start
The Augment Faction is an outlaw faction, and you can get a reputation with them by unlocking several officers of the Khan's crew, among other valuable items.
First, you need to do missions with them until you unlock their faction store. You can easily miss this if you don't know where to start.
The first mission you do for them is called Uncaged, and you can accept this assignment in any of the following systems:
There isn't any specific level at which you can pick up the missions, as far as you have a ship that can reach those systems, which requires at least a warp range of 13.
Once you complete this mission, you'll automatically get new missions with the Augment Faction. When you complete these assignments, you'll start getting Botany Bay blueprints for each mission, and after a few missions, you'll have enough blueprints to build it.
List of missions
Here is the list of the first missions and the ones that reward you Botany Bay blueprints for completion.
- One Man's Trash
- Reunions (x6 Botany Bay blueprints)
- Lessons of the Past
- Buyer's Remorse (x12 Botany Bay blueprints)
- Broken Chains (x12 Botany Bay blueprints)
- Equal Share (x12 Botany Bay blueprints)
- Quid Pro Quo (x12 Botany Bay blueprints)
By the time you complete Quid Pro Quo you'll have enough blueprints to make the Botany Bay. You'll need 60 blueprints and you'll have 54 by this point, but you'll get another 6 blueprint for a reasonable price in the Augments Faction Store.
Upgrading your Botany Bay
Once you get your Botany Bay, you'll also access the Augments' systems. You can start mining data in these systems to exchange it for Augments credits.
After you make a good reputation with the Augments, you can get Plutonium in their Faction Store, which you'll need to upgrade your Botany Bay.
There are many benefits of getting a reputation with the Augment Faction. Not only you'll unlock the Botany Bay, but you'll grind your way to unlock Khan's crew officers.
However, the game doesn't explain any of this, and you can easily miss it. Fortunately, we got you covered. If you found this guide useful, check our other guides about Star Trek Fleet Command