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Starfleet's two engagements with Borg cubes were extremely costly. In the first case, at the [[Battle of Wolf 359]], the Borg had assimilated Jean-Luc Picard mere hours before and had gained access to his vast knowledge of Starfleet tactics and operations. As such, the battle saw 39 out of 40 ships destroyed with virtually negligible damage to a Borg vessel. The Borg vessel then continued nearly unimpeded to Earth, and was stopped only by the ingenuity of the ''Enterprise''-D's crew. ({{TNG|The Best of Both Worlds, Part II}})
 
Starfleet's two engagements with Borg cubes were extremely costly. In the first case, at the [[Battle of Wolf 359]], the Borg had assimilated Jean-Luc Picard mere hours before and had gained access to his vast knowledge of Starfleet tactics and operations. As such, the battle saw 39 out of 40 ships destroyed with virtually negligible damage to a Borg vessel. The Borg vessel then continued nearly unimpeded to Earth, and was stopped only by the ingenuity of the ''Enterprise''-D's crew. ({{TNG|The Best of Both Worlds, Part II}})
   
However, [[Battle of Sector 001|a similar engagement]] several years later saw a similarly large Federation fleet perform considerably better against another Borg cube. Though it suffered heavy casualties, the fleet managed to inflict heavy damage to the cube's outer hull and cause the vessel's power grid to begin fluctuating. The vessel was eventually destroyed primarily due the intervention of Captain Picard, whose residual telepathic link to the Collective furbished him with knowledge of a (presumably) battle-induced weak spot on the Borg vessel, which was subsequently targeted by the entire fleet. ({{film|8}})
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However, [[Battle of Sector 001|a similar engagement]] a several years later saw a similarly large Federation fleet perform considerably better against another Borg cube. Though it suffered heavy casualties, the fleet managed to inflict heavy damage to the cube's outer hull and cause the vessel's power grid to begin fluctuating. The vessel was eventually destroyed primarily due the intervention of Captain Picard, whose residual telepathic link to the Collective furbished him with knowledge of a (presumably) battle-induced weak spot on the Borg vessel, which was subsequently targeted by the entire fleet. ({{film|8}})
   
 
Due to the adaptive qualities of the Borg electromagnetic field, the only quasi-reliable way of destroying a Borg cube was to use a weapon so powerful that just one or two shots would destroy it. Such weapons included the modified deflector weapon of a ''Galaxy''-class starship, transphasic torpedoes, and the energy beam weapons of [[Species 8472]]. ({{VOY|Endgame}}) However even weapons such as these could be adapted to. Another tactic that appeared to have at least some measure of success in combatting the Borg was to utilize unfamiliar evasive maneuvering sequences in order to keep the Borg tractor beams in particular from draining a ship's shields. ({{TNG|The Best of Both Worlds, Part II}}; {{film|8}})
 
Due to the adaptive qualities of the Borg electromagnetic field, the only quasi-reliable way of destroying a Borg cube was to use a weapon so powerful that just one or two shots would destroy it. Such weapons included the modified deflector weapon of a ''Galaxy''-class starship, transphasic torpedoes, and the energy beam weapons of [[Species 8472]]. ({{VOY|Endgame}}) However even weapons such as these could be adapted to. Another tactic that appeared to have at least some measure of success in combatting the Borg was to utilize unfamiliar evasive maneuvering sequences in order to keep the Borg tractor beams in particular from draining a ship's shields. ({{TNG|The Best of Both Worlds, Part II}}; {{film|8}})
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