Executive Officer

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Executive Officer
Access: Full access to all civil and supply departments, Weapon Permit, Morgue, Security Office, Brig, Research Division, Medbay, Engineering, Construction Area, Maintenance, EVA, AI Upload, Bridge, Vault, Gateway, XO locker, Personal Lockers, Full ID console access.
Additional Access: N/A
Difficulty: Medium
Supervisors: Captain
Duties: Altering access on ID cards, manage civil and supply departments, being Ian's bodyguard, running the ship and completing the mission when the captain goes missing
Guides: Chain of Command, Default ID Access List, Guide to Paperwork, Department Standard Operating Procedure
Quote: Change your title from Clown to SUPREME OVERLORD? Sure, why not?

You are the Executive Officer. You are the one on the left. The one on the right is a dog. You are not a dog. Your main responsibility is to sit in your office and listen to people request access to X area or ask for Y job. You are also in charge of making sure the Quartermaster is managing the supply sector well and that each civil department is working. You are also the second in command, meaning you're above all other heads. Should the worst come to pass, as well, you will need to assume command of the ship as acting Captain.


  • Never abandon the ship. You should never intentionally be on a different z-level from the ship without admin permission. This does not apply when docking with a station to retrieve an objective, though that should be delegated.
  • Be active when playing a Head of Staff. If you’re playing a command role and need to go AFK, offline, or otherwise leave then adminhelp to notify admins. WHEN YOU LEAVE, DO NOT SUICIDE OR GO BRAINDEAD. Enter a cryopod to free up the job slot for someone else. Do not join a round as a Head of Staff if you know you cannot stay for the entire round.
  • Do not play the department’s Head of Staff unless you have experience and a basic understanding of performing all of the department’s jobs.
  • Know and follow Ship Law and Standard Operating Procedure.
  • Heads of Staff are, unless otherwise stated, expected to follow the role-specific rules of their underlings in addition to their own.
  • Do not hand out all access like it’s candy on Halloween. Notify a department’s Head of Staff if you give someone access to their department if possible. This does not apply during emergencies, or when giving Engineers and Scientists additional access for the purposes of repairing and improving ship hull or equipment. Just ask yourself “Does this person need access to this location?”
  • People should not be given additional access to do someone else’s job. For example, giving a Shaft Miner access to Science when Scientists are already working on research.
  • You are not a member of security, and should not involve yourself in security matters unless it is an emergency or you are Acting Captain.

Bare minimum requirements: Stay at your desk for the first 10 minutes, and don't wander off far.


Your office. You sit in it.

ID Changes

Your primary purpose is to sit at your desk and process people's requests for access. People often wish to change jobs, or require additional access in order to do their job more effectively (or further their dirty Syndicate goals). It's also your responsibility to wipe access from the IDs of troublemakers at the request of other heads.

People will come to you with requests ranging from outlandish to mundane, so use your brain, ask a Head over the command channel for any objections before assigning someone to their department. Note that you will be held accountable if you give out access to a department without authorization from its head. Use common sense: Maintenance access isn't a big deal, access to Munitions is.

If you repeatedly ignore other heads of staff, adding people to departments randomly or handing out all access like candy, you can and likely will be contacted by an admin. Repeatedly handing out access to others in a way that causes problems for the ship and the mission will result in you losing the ability to play as the Executive Officer, so be mindful of what you do with that access computer.

Your ID

If you plan to make yourself an all-access Hero the ship deserves, bear in mind that access is not equivalent to permission, and security will arrest you and throw you in the Brig or the Captain may demote you if you're seen waltzing into high security areas you're not supposed to be in. Talk to the head of the department you're visiting, and ask before taking anything valuable.

Job Slots

Your ID console has the ability to open and close slots for the majority of jobs. This is useful for opening infinite clown positions oh god situations where no more positions remain available, and helps greatly to stem the sudden influx of 20+ assistants clamoring for access. This is also a good tool to use when somebody who has taken a valuable job is either dead, demoted, traitorous, or an all-around useless butt.

If you're feeling creative, make up your own jobs with custom titles and access levels. There's a world of fun gimmicks you can play around with.

Departmental Management

As Executive Officer, you are second in command, and unlike the HoP, you're above the other heads. The service and supply departments, however, still fall under your jurisdiction. Nobody in these departments is going to listen to whatever stupid orders you give, but feel free to befriend the Quartermaster by opening secure crates for them, smoke weed with the botanists, or listen to the concerns of the miners/salvage team.

Acting Captain

You may want to read this and/or this for quick guidelines if the following falls to you. If the real Captain is KIA, MIA, or simply never arrives, the Chain of Command dictates that it is your job to start a massive civil war against Security with your buddies in Cargo step up and assume the position until they return or are replaced. If this is the case at the start of the round, it is typically wise to make your first order of business the securing of the important items inside the Captain's Quarters: The Captain's Spare ID, the Nuclear Authentication Disk, and the corresponding Pinpointer. Picking up the Hand Teleporter never hurt anybody as well, considering it makes for a powerful escape tool in emergency situations. Do not forget that you will, in fact, need to up your access (Preferably to Captain levels) to do so. The Pinpointer is often best left in the hands of the Head of Security or the Warden, so that they can find your battered corpse or the perpetrator of your murder - Or track you down, if you give them reason.

Don't take too long to secure the Captain's items, or else either the Head of Security or the Clown (he will, believe me) will take the mandate of Acting Captain upon themselves. Either way its a fight you'll have a hard time winning unless you act quick and decisively.

Crew Relations

Due to your low workload compared to other heads, it's a good idea to always pay attention to general radio. People will often try to use this to summon you to your office when they need an ID upgrade. Aside from that it never hurts to have an awareness of what's going on in the ship. Chat with the crew so they know you're not the stereotypical helmeted all-access mute that has come to epitomize the position.


Just so we're clear. Ian is your little buddy. Protect him from the various dangerous criminals, and make sure he escapes on the shuttle alive. This is your most important job of all.

Taking a Stroll as John Doe

When Revolution abounds, you will be one of the more well armed and threatening heads. A tendency for disappearing acts makes the Executive Officer usually the hardest head to kill.

You first move should be to deconstruct your ID console and reassemble it somewhere more secure (probably security). Leave an ID computer ID in it so security officers, heads and the implanted can give themselves all-access.

If shit hits the fan and you need to hide, pick a job where it's natural to be wearing a mask that hides your face. Scientist, engineer, mime and clown are all good examples. Make yourself a Captain ID with that job title and a false name. Travel to where the equipment lockers for that job are kept, and get dressed. Put your old clothes and equipment in your old backpack and put it into the locker, locking it after you're finished. If you leave your XO's jumpsuit lying beside an open Engineer locker, anyone who sees it will figure out what you're disguised as. If you want to be an even more stealthy XO, head to genetics and turn a monkey into a human. Proceed to stab yourself with the UI+UE of said monkey. Then just go and use your ID console to get an all access ID with your new name on it.

If you're the last remaining head, in the interest of fair play, you should try to escape the z-level instead of extending the round for your own benefit at the expense of all the dead people stuck sitting out. This will cause the revolutionaries to win, but you will survive. Self-preservation is a valid reason for ending the round. Going out in the MAC Cannon is always a fun experience.


You have the ability to mass produce all-access IDs, and you do not start the round loyalty implanted. As a result of this, you are a prime target for conversion. As soon as you hear that a gang has been discovered, move your ID console to security and get yourself implanted, assuming security hasn't been made an offer they can't refuse.

It is in your best interest to cooperate with security early on, as Gangs tend to bring out the worst in security, and being on their side early on can spare you a lot of pain later on. Unless of course you've already pledged your allegiance to a gang.


Similarly to Gangs, the Executive Officer has the third ID that can be used to manage access levels for ID cards. Picture the biggest set of crosshairs you can imagine, and then picture them on your back. Get the hell outta dodge as soon as you can.


  • As a fail-safe, you can remove your own ID console access after granting it to a special blank card. This should slow people down who attempt to use your stolen ID to hand out all-access.
  • A good tactic is to have three ID cards on you. One ID is you general ID card (but with ID Console access removed), a second blank card is your hidden all access ID card (with ID Console access removed), and the final card is you actual ID Console access card. Hide or place your two special access cards somewhere (one of your ID Card boxes helps) and shuffle the deck. This will make it extremely hard for anyone who killed you to figure out which card is the all access.
  • You can heal Ian by applying bruise packs to him.

Inhuman Resources

Short of a Chief Engineer tasked with stealing his own blueprints, traitor XO is the easiest traitor job on the ship. Give yourself all-access, use cargo for free guns, try to become acting captain and turn the ship into your personal playground of terror. You can do a few fun things

  • Voice Changer can allow you to fake any kind of crisis if the AI isn't a problem. Come up with 5 names, switch between the IDs, have them yelling about nuclear ops/wizard/blob for a quick shuttle call.
  • If you manage to become a Captain, buy a Emag, swipe it along the communications console and send a message to the Syndicate for special Captain Traitor objectives.
  • If you depose the Captain you can all but put Security under your thumb. But be wary to not get on the nerves of the Head of Security, he's the only person on ship who would dare to confront the Captain and win.
  • Buying a syndicate Encryption Key can be an easy way to cause chaos, as the XO speaking with other syndicates and giving them all access can easily let them take over the ship.
  • Don't be too obvious in giving other traitors/antags all access. The moment security/the Captain finds someone will all access they will instantly figure out who gave it to them, AKA you!
Jobs on FTL13


Command Captain, Executive Officer, Bridge Officer
Security Head of Security, Security Officer, Master-at-Arms, Detective
Engineering Chief Engineer, Ship Engineer, Atmospheric Technician
Supply Quartermaster, Cargo Technician, Shaft Miner, Munitions Officer
Science Research Director, Scientist, Roboticist
Medical Chief Medical Officer, Medical Doctor, Chemist, Geneticist, Virologist
Service Janitor, Bartender, Cook, Botanist, Clown, Mime
Civilian Assistant, Lawyer, Chaplain, Librarian
Non-human AI, Cyborg, Positronic Brain, Drone, Personal AI, Construct, Adamantine Golem, Ghost
Antagonists Traitor, Changeling, Nuclear Operative, Wizard, Shadowling, Abductor, Xenomorph, Revenant, Space Ninja, Holoparasite, Swarmers, Blob, Devil, Clockwork Cult
Special Centcom Official, Death Squad Officer, Emergency Response Officer, Ian
Races Humans, Lizardperson, Flyperson, Plasmaman, Podman, Miscellaneous