Taking missions from contacts is one of the primary ways for a Star Trading Captain to advance their careers. They are especially important in the early game as a captain is building up his or her abilities and growing a network of contacts and faction support. There are many different types of missions and most captains will become specialists in completing and maximizing the profits of a certain set of missions. Missions provide numerous benefits including payment, increased reputation with a contact and faction, experience, and the ability to influence conflicts. All missions require travel to another zone to complete, and many missions will entail some degree of risk above and beyond those involved in regular travel.
When a player starts a new game, for the first 250+ turns they will be given relatively easy delivery missions, which normally do not require a Hyperwarp jump. After this, missions will be given based on the captain's reputation with the contact, the captain's level, and general level of resources in ship and crew. The more capable a captain becomes, the longer and more difficult missions they will be given.
- 1 Finding and Taking Missions
- 2 Completing Missions
- 3 Results of Missions
- 4 Late, Failed or Canceled Missions
- 5 Talents Related to Mission Progress or Completion
- 6 Talents Related to Mission Acceptance
Finding and Taking Missions
All missions are given by a contact, though not all contacts will offer missions. contact services determine which contacts give missions, as well as their mission types. When designing a new captain template, it is very important to ensure that you have at least one contact who offers missions, preferably more. Missions are one of the few contact services that are not limited by a captain's reputation with a contact or faction. However, having a better reputation will cause the contact to offer a captain more and better missions, and allow the captain to accept more missions from that contact. For each reputation level of 20/50/100/250, a contact will offer a Captain one additional mission to choose from. At high reputation a captain can accept up to four missions from a given contact. Additionally, better paying missions will also be offered.
Certain missions will have certain prerequisites. These could be certain upgrades to the ship, such as a passenger cabin or prison cell, or a certain level of edict with the faction. Lacking these prerequisites will not prohibit a contact from offering a certain mission, but the player will not be allowed to accept them, and will be given a message describing what is lacking. However, smuggler missions which can require a captain to purchase certain goods can still be accepted without having a sufficient trade permit with any faction. This is because the goods may still be available at Independent Zones or Black Markets.
The outcome of any mission depends on theme it was selected from. Contacts will offer three themes to choose from which will rotate every so often. These themes are usually based on a current conflicts, the contact's faction the contact's specific traits, or the friendly/hostile relationship the contact has with another contact. This is particularly useful when a player want's to influence the outcome of a current conflict.
All missions will have a deadline they need to be completed within. While most missions can still be completed after a deadline has passed they will offer significantly reduced rewards. When considering which missions to take it is very important to consider the deadline of a mission. Contacts can offer missions that vary from being impossible to complete on time, to ones that give you a huge surplus of time to comfortably complete it in.
Story Missions follow the central story of Star Traders Frontiers and are available to all Captains in all games at their given time. Though part of the core story, they are still an entirely optional part of the game and are not necessary for moving the Eras of the story forward. The missions are limited to certain Eras and can be picked up in each era regardless of earlier decisions. Some story missions follow a more prescribe arc, with each mission being more or less scripted. Others follow a looser system where X number of certain mission types are required. There are also Story Vignettes which are mostly unrelated to the central story and do not automatically appear for all captains.
Story Vignettes are events that will occur when a player lands in certain zones when the right conditions are met (era, faction etc.) Some of them are very short and will be resolved immediately in that zone, while other Vignettes will include multiple missions and could take years to accomplish. They are not related to the central story missions and are entirely optional, however they often provide unique rewards above the level of regular missions.
Because there are many mission types there are many ways in which they may be resolved. Combat, Operation Card Games, Stashes, Skill Tests
Results of Missions
Payment, Conflict Influence, Reputation
Late, Failed or Canceled Missions
Sometimes, not everything goes right with a mission. There are four possible fail scenarios to consider.
Attempting a Mission Step and Failing
If you attempt a mission step but fail it -- by losing a combat, failing a Skill check, or other failure condition -- the mission immediately ends. All future steps are canceled, and you will not be paid the offered amount. Because a single mission step failure ends the entire mission, it is very important to use options that have Saving Talents available. It is possible, but not always the case, that you will lose Reputation with the Contact who gave you the mission and their faction.
If you completing a mission after its due date, you will be paid less than originally offered. Depending on how late you are, you will be paid less and less. The price in the mission display is kept up to date based on your tardiness.
Doubly Late Missions
If you do not complete a mission within twice its original duration, the mission is considered a failure and removed from your mission list. At this time, you lose Reputation with the Contact who gave you the mission and their faction. Notably, this Rep penalty is higher than canceling the mission.
You have the option to manually cancel missions from your mission list. The penalty for cancelling is not as harsh as failing the mission due to it being doubly late. This is a wise way to mitigate Reputation loss if you realize that you have accepted a mission that you will not be able to be successfully completed.
Talents Related to Mission Progress or Completion
|Esteemed Guest||Blade Dancer||5||MISSION||When completing Mission steps that pick up or drop off a new Passenger on an urban zone, gain up to 20% + Negotiate Skill profit||6 weeks Cooldown
|Adept Mediation||Diplomat||5||MISSION||When completing steps in a Mission using Negotiation Skill legally (not bribes), your careful mediation mitigates your Reputation loss by up to Negotiation Skill||18 weeks Cooldown
|Preeminent Security||Bodyguard||8||MISSION||When completing Mission steps that pick up or drop off a new Passenger or Prisoner on an urban zone, gain up to 20% + Tactics Skill profit||9 weeks Cooldown
|Devoted Service||Zealot||1||MISSION||When completing steps in a Mission, increase Faction Reputation bonuses by 10% + Command Skill||9 weeks Cooldown
|Intimidating Fly Over||Wing Bomber||5||MISSION||When completing Mission steps in an urban zone as the pilot of a Bomber craft, increase faction Reputation bonuses by 20% + Pilot Skill with a chance add -1 Rep loss with local faction||9 weeks Cooldown
|Grandiose Arrival||Wing Commando||11||MISSION||When completing Mission steps that pick up or drop off a new Passenger or Prisoner on an urban zone as the pilot of a Shuttle craft, gain up to 20% + Pilot Skill profit||9 weeks Cooldown
|Menacing Demeanor||Pirate||8||MISSION||When completing steps in a Mission using Intimidate Skill, your status as a known scoundrel mitigates your Reputation loss by up to Intimidate Skill||18 weeks Cooldown
|Political Hooks||Diplomat||11||CONFLICT||Increase Conflict Score bonus by 10% + Faction Rank when impacting a Conflict through Missions, Spying, Blockade or Patrol||3 weeks Cooldown
|Power Play||Military Officer||1||MISSION||When completing steps in a Mission, increase Faction Reputation bonuses by Charisma %||9 weeks Cooldown
|Red Badge||Bounty Hunter||5||MISSION||When completing steps in a Mission and bearing an Edict of the sponsoring Faction, your fearsome prestige reduces your Reputation loss by up to Intimidate Skill||18 weeks Cooldown
|Retribution Justice||Zealot||5||CONFLICT||Increase Conflict Score bonus by 10% + Faction Rank when impacting a Conflict through Missions, Spying, Blockade or Patrol||3 weeks Cooldown
|Smile of Guile||Saboteur||8||MISSION||When completing steps in a Mission with Stealth Skill, your carefully established cover mitigates your Reputation loss by up to Stealth Skill||18 weeks Cooldown
|Upstaged Success||Diplomat||5||MISSION||When completing steps in a Mission, increase Contact Reputation and Influence bonuses by Charisma %||9 weeks Cooldown
Talents Related to Mission Acceptance
|Distant Commission||Hyperwarp Navigator||8||MISSION||When accepting a Mission that requires more than 4 Hyperwarp jumps, increase payment by 3% bonus per jump, to a maximum of 30% bonus||3 weeks Cooldown
|Reliable Hand||Quartermaster||5||MISSION||When accepting a Mission, increases payment by 10% + Intimidate Skill||3 weeks Cooldown
|Shrewd Dealings||Commander||8||MISSION||When accepting a Mission, gain a (Charisma + Command %) chance to discover one of your Contact's hidden Traits||18 weeks Cooldown
|Winning Compromise||Diplomat||1||MISSION||When accepting a Mission, increases your payment by 10% + Negotiate Skill||3 weeks Cooldown
|Exalted Hunter||Xeno Hunter||11||MISSION||When accepting a Mission to hunt xeno, increases payment by Charisma + Intimidate Skill % in addition to bonuses from standard Mission Talents||9 weeks Cooldown