There are six commonly encountered Space-faring Races in the FTL universe, along with a seventh that is unknown to galactic society. Members of each race can be recruited to join your crew, either by hiring them from a Store, buying (and freeing) them from a slaver, rescuing them from enemy ships when the crew is killed, or rescued from a Random Event.
Each ship can carry a maximum of eight crew members. Each ship starts with a small crew already on-board, but the rest must be found by the player.
Crew members gain skill through experience working at various ship tasks: Piloting the ship, Shield recharging, running the Engines, Weapons operation, Repairing damage, and engaging in Combat. All races gain experience at the same rate.
|Human||40||100||1||1||1||No special traits|
|Engi||50||100||2||.5||1||Doubled repair speed|
|Mantis||45||100||.5||1.5||1.2||1.5x damage, 1.2x movement speed|
|Rockmen||65||150||1||1||.5||Immune to fire|
|Zoltan||65||70||1||1||1||Adds 1 power to system room they occupy|
Can see inside adjacent rooms and crew of the enemy ships
Lockdown power, reduced suffocation
- A "ghost" race is hidden within the FTL files. According to the events file, they were to have been encountered by the player's crew during the exploration of a wrecked "ghost ship". It was also suspected to be found in the cancelled "Quarantine" sector. The "ghost" race is available with savegame editors and some mods.