Let’s face it – every MMO is a grindfest, and STO is definitely not an exception. Amongst all the in-game currencies, dilithium (aka “dil”) is the most coveted and most difficult to obtain. Or is it? If there is one event that dil farmers were born for it is the Dilithium Bonus weekend. During this event, all dil rewards are increased by 50%, with some increased by 100%.
Setting up mining and contraband dil farm
- as many level-9 toons as you can get (both Fed and KDF).
- minimum of 25 contraband per toon. To obtain contraband, you can:
- purchase in bulk off the exchange by searching for “contraband” and selecting “sort by ascending price per unit (expensive but can be done immediately).
- do select doff missions or marauding missions on KDF toons (time-consuming but inexpensive).
- if available, a minimum of 5 VIP mining vouchers per toon for the Vlugta asteroid mine field located in the Alpha quadrant. Unfortunately, these vouchers can only be obtained by opening lock boxes.
- an environmental suit.
So how does this work? First, you’ll need to move all your farming toons (which shall now be referred to as “farmers”) to Deep Space 9 located next to Bajor in the Alpha quadrant.
Place all your farmers in the vicinity of the Security Officer on Deep Space 9. On the evening before the dil bonus weekend event begins, accept the “turn over confiscated contraband” doff mission. Collect the results the next day once the event starts and accept the same doff mission again.
Reward before event: 2000 dil. Reward during event: 3000 dil.
If you have VIP mining claims, fly your farmers to the dilithium mine on the Vlugta asteroid located in the Bajor sector.
The night before the event begins, talk to Isihl and accept the “rich dilithium claim” mission. However, do not run the mission. Instead, wait until the event begins.
Once the event begins, you can go to the rich dilithium vein by activating your environmental suit. Go talk to the FDMAA agent and accept the mining mission. You will need to score at least 700 points in order to maximize your reward. Once done, leave your farmers there until the next day in order to repeat this process.
Reward before event: 5000 dil. Reward during event: 10000 dil.
[EDIT]: I forgot that you can mine on the Vlugta asteroid as well. I just ran this mission during the dil bonus weekend event, so I’ve got accurate numbers for the result of completing it. Basically, talk to Isihl and take the “asteroid mining” mission. You can use the same trick of picking up the mission the night before the event, just like the VIP mining mission. You’ll have to mine at five locations as indicated on your mini-map. Each mining mini-game will also reward you with a small amount of common and uncommon crafting materials. Once done, go back to the airlock and talk ti Isihl in order to complete the mission.
Reward before event: 1350 dil. Reward duing event: 2025 dil max.
If you do not have VIP mining claims, then you can fly over to the “Dilithium Fleet Mine Holdings” located in the Bajor sector as well.
Once you’ve beamed to the surface of your fleet’s mine holding, talk to the Miner Shift Manager who will offer you three missions: mine impure, rich, and pure dilithium crystals.
Once accepted and you’ve activated your environmental suit, you’ll see their locations on the map. Go to them and perform the mini-game. Again, a minimum score of 700 will maximize your results.
There are four colors of mineable dil crystals: pink, gold, blue, and green. The Miner Shift Manager can provide you with information about the different colored crystals. However, it is irrelevant since they all provide the same reward of 200 dil before the event. You will find a total of ten such mining locations. There is also one bonus dil mining mission located to the northeast of the mining station, which rewards (prior to the event) 480 dil. Be careful with this one because you may fall into an abyss and get stuck.
Make sure to use the navigation points to fly to each.
I can’t give you an exact number for these rewards during the bonus dil weekend since I typically don’t do this mission. Why? It’s time-consuming (about 15 – 20 minutes per toon). So the following bonus reward numbers may be off.
[EDIT]: I just ran these mining missions during the dil bonus weekend event. I’ve updated the rewards numbers below.
Reward before event: 2480 dil. Reward during event: 5010 Wow!!!
Now for the next day, you’ll do the “rich dilithium claim” or the “dilithium fleet mine holding” missions and then fly to Deep Space 9 and accept the “turn over confiscated contraband” doff project with the Security Officer. For each day of the event, you’ll repeat this process in the opposite order. If you move any toons from their end locations, remember to put them back before you log out.
Setting up a doff mission dil farm (courtesy of @Foxman86)
There are many options for setting up a doff dil farm since every doff mission provides a small dil reward. However, some may provide more than others. Undoubtedly, the “turn over confiscated contraband” doff mission provides the largest reward. However the leader of the 101st Fleet, Aaron Lawford@Foxman86, recently informed me of some he does on a regular basis: Daily Research and Development doff missions from the Assignment Officer. The Assignment Officer is located in the development lab on your fleet’s R&D holding.
You’ll have several to select, but you’ll only be able to do one at a time. However, there’s a twenty-hour cooldown, so this would make a good daily mission. Personally, I haven’t done these doff missions during the dil bonus weekend event, so the following numbers are an estimate.
Reward before event: 1200 dil. Reward during event: 1800 dil (est.)
Another good dil doff mission can be found on your very own ship if you go talk to the Science Officer on your engineering deck. You can get there by visiting your bridge and then take the turbolift to the engineering deck.
You will see three doff missions on the menu. On the first window, you’ll see a menu, so select the mission titled “special projects. A second menu will appear. The one you want to do is the first one – “data sample analysis.” You’ll be presented with four doff missions that require data samples – something that you likely have lots of taking up inventory/bank-slot space.
The good thing about these projects is the cooldown: three have a six-hour cooldown and one an eight-hour cooldown. Each project rewards 250 dil.
Reward before event: 1000 dil. Rward during eveng: 1500 dil (est.)
Task Force Operations farm
STO recently re-did the old STF’s into the new Task Force Operations (TFO’s). Granted, we all know the risks of running these with random players, so do so at your own risk. As always, it is best to do these missions with friends, as well as fleet- and armada-mates. Make sure to put a call out for others to join you either in your fleet’s chat channel or the Equator Alliance (EA) chat channel. You could also use the Armada chat channel, but we prefer to use the EA chat channel since it is a cross-faction channel. If you need an invite to this channel, send me an email (@CaptainPetey) and I’ll add you to the channel.
When it comes to rewards, these vary depending on how successful is your team. Hence, I won’t post dil results for TFO’s. However, it is worthy to note that some are much easier and faster to complete. These include Crystalline Catastrophe Advanced (CCA), Infected: the conduit (otherwise known as Infected Space Advanced – ISA), and Federation Fleet Alert (FFA). Each has a 30-minute cooldown, so you can keep running these on your toons as often as you’d like. Your rewards can also vary depending on if you’ve received your daily bonus for CCA or ISA (or any other Borg-related TFO).
Setting up an Admiralty farm (courtesy of @ISS Voyager)
Well, we’ve saved the best for last. Recently, I was chatting with the fleet leader of the Terran Empire 1st. Fleet, Antonio@ISS Voyager. He shared with me information on his Admiralty dil farm. He’s agreed to provide us with details on what sounds like the most profitable dil farm in STO. I will share it with you here as soon as I receive his contribution to this article.