When you use a Pharmakon vessel, the shield bar shows the phase level.
When you use a Spectre vessel, the Prime shift levels are shown on the shield bar.
Was this info explained in the game someplace? Not here on the forum, but in a tutorial or a briefing or something? They don't appear to be there now. Maybe I missed it.
Maybe folks should make some Faction specific Tutorials or Guides.
Also the briefings would be useful to keep up, in the game, for a few days after an event. That way newish players can build an appropriate fleet, for the next event. - and maybe an extra bit of info, what should folks maximize ? - shields/screens/ablation, armor, or damage Should they mix and match things? Should they use fused weapons or would normal weapons work. For example, just achieving a fleet of Omega Mk III's is not enough.
All the players out their do not know about this forum or go search for youtube videos. Or even know these are possibilities.
Some in-game help like this would help alot, or even mentions of other sources.
This game is full of little things and nuisance. A little knowledge turns a 5 minute battle from a short repair time (or a few coins) and hours and hours of repair time.
Anyhow, thanks for reading this.