So I finally bought FTL a couple weeks ago and it has quickly become one of my favorite games of the last couple years. After quite a few attempts I have beaten the game on easy and am now turning toward normal difficulty.
After much trial and error I figured out my strategy for the beating the final boss on easy, but it seems like that strategy will not exactly work for normal because you do not get enough resources to do what I did.
For my win on easy I used the Torus ship. I fully upgraded my shields. I kept the ion cannon, and added burst lasers and the awesome laser that causes fires. I also had one Mark 1 defense drone and two Mark 1 anti ship drones.
The defense drone took care of enough of the missiles and the shields held up really well. I also used level one cloaking for the second iteration of the ship when the drones swarm you.
I then used a boarding party to beam onto the ship and take out the separate artillery rooms.
All of this ended up working quite well, but on normal difficulty it is already easy for me to see that I will not be able to get enough scrap to do all of this.
So if there is anyone who has beaten the boss on normal, can you give me any ideas on how I may proceed? Perhaps using the unlocked Osprey ship somehow? I got half way through the star system once with it, but then got easily wasted in a random encounter.
Is there any benefit to fully upgrading the engines and relying solely on dodge chance to avoid missiles?