Merits are what a commander receives when they turn in Powerplay (bonds). They are used in the Powerplay system to determine the rating that the player will receive at the end of the week. There are 5 obtainable ratings in the game. Each rating comes with its own associated perks that vary by faction. However each ratings merit point requirements and cash payouts will remain the same no matter the faction the player belongs to.
Obtaining merits Edit
Players have several choices when it comes to obtaining merits. While more may be released in the future the following are the methods to earn merit are known to work.
- Combat with non allied factions players.
- Combat in expansion system.
- Killing Hostile agents
- Transportation of cargo for the fortification and preparation of systems.
- Piracy of cargo from foreign powers
Combat with players Edit
Combat with players who belong to a non allied faction will award 30 merits per kill. Despite the appearance of the Galactic Powers Standing screen there are only three factions as far as the merit points system is concerned when pertaining to player combat. These are the Empire, Federation, and Alliance. Players hoping to earn merit through player vs. player combat should be aware that attacking players who belong to the same faction will result in a net loss in merit. For example if a player belonging to Zachary Hudsons power were to kill a player belonging to Felicia Winters power that player would lose merit because both factions belong to the Federation.
Combat in Expansion Systems Edit
Combat in Expansion systems can only be done when a faction that expands through combat is expanding. The factions that expand through combat are Arissa Lavigny-Duval, Archon Delaine, Denton Patreus, Simguru Pranev Antal, Zachary Hudson and Yuri Grom. In order to utilize this method for earning merit a player must fly to the expansion system and find the expansion related Military Strike Zones. (or Armed uprisings for Yuri Grom.) These Military Strike Zones have different names depending on the expansion faction. Players should watch out for Crime Sweeps, Security Sweeps, Resistance Pockets, and Violent Protests. Players can earn merit in any faction's Military Strike Zones by either helping allied forces or opposing the expansion of enemy factions. It is important to note that players must pick a side under their functions tab in order to earn merit.
It is recommended that players who want to farm merit in combat zones fight in a wing to speed up the rate at which they get kills. This will also have the added benefit of reducing the risk of getting mass targeted and killed. There is safety in numbers.
Killing Hostile agents Edit
Killing foreign diplomats and their cadre is a relatively effective method for earning merits. You will be awarded 30 merits per kill. In order to utilize this method you must go to an enemy faction's control system in the process of being undermined and either sit at the navigational beacon or interdict ships as they fly by you, which is more effective. You will be looking for ships with names along the lines of Utopian overseer, Federal Logistics, Imperial Agent, Federal Agent, Alliance Enforcer, etc. Most likely any ship aligned with one of the powers in its name that is not System Defence Force or allied with your overall faction. As with combat against players you will lose merit if you attack and kill allies.
Fortification and preparation of systems Edit
This is by far the safest and slowest method for obtaining merits. The pilot must go to their faction's capital city and pick up cargo for fortification or preparation from a station. The amount of cargo the player can pick up at any given time is based on that player's current rating with their faction. It ranges from 10 every half hour at rating one up to 50 every half hour at rating five. After the player picks up the cargo they must transport it to a system for fortification or expansion depending on the type of cargo they picked up from the capital. Once they arrive at their destination system they simply dock and turn in the cargo under the contact's tab at the station.
If a player has the credits to spend this can be the fastest way to farm merits. Along with the allotment of Powerplay commodities you receive every half hour, you have the option to buy extra commodities at the price of 10,000 CR each. As each Powerplay commodity is worth 1 merit when turned in a player could spend 100,000,000 CR and effectively buy their rating 5. A circumstance where this may prove useful would be if a player could make 100,000,000 CR in less time than it would take to earn 10,000 merits.
This method may prove particularly appealing to end game players who belong to Arissa Lavigny-Duval's faction. This is due to the fact that Arissa's faction bonuses to bounty effectively make it possible for players to earn 4 times the normal amount of bounty if they are rating five. With this massive bonus players can make between 10,000,000 to 20,000,000 CR per hour at Hazardous Resource Extraction Sites.
Piracy of cargo from foreign powers Edit
Players can choose to walk the path of the pirate in order to gain merit points. This entails finding Logistical ships from any other faction and forcing them to drop their cargo by either shooting out their cargo hatch or through the use of Hatch Breaker Drones. After the ships drop their cargo the player must scoop it up and return it to their factions space for a reward. This type of merit farming can be used on allied factions without incurring penalties so long as you do not kill the ships you are attacking.