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Small Ships

Gladiator Star Destroyer

The Empire's knife (or axe) -fighter, the Gladiator combines a deadly black dice payload with a nice variety of defense tokens and the upgrade slots to amplify its attack. While it has a few red dice, it lacks the upgrade slots to do anything with them (eg a Turbolaser slot for H-9s), so you're best off not relying on them. Squadron 2 means it can help push TIEs in a pinch, but most of the time you're gonna be taking Demolisher with Ordnance Experts, APTs or ACMs, and possibly an Intel Officer to make up for your lack of Accuracy tech. While it tops out at Speed 3 and has a mediocre nav chart, it's two yaw at Speed 1 make it a great candidate for Engine Techs (especially helpful for lining up double arcs). The safest way to get off its attack is to bid for first, store up a nav token, and move up after the target has already activated.

  • Gladiator I-Class Star Destroyer - The "default" variant, this is the one you should usually be fielding.
  • Gladiator II-Class Star Destroyer - The upgunned version of the Gladiator, changing one die to red in each side and gaining a second blue AA die. The red dice are arguably a downgrade, given the ship's role; but the extra AA die can be very useful - unfortunately, you're paying 6 points for the package.
  • Titles:
    • Insidious - Black dice can be used up to medium range when your ship fires at the rear hull zone of an enemy ship. This is a situational pick, since most cases where you can get into medium range behind your target, you could've also gotten into close and been largely safe from harm.
    • Demolisher - You can perform one of your attacks after you execute your first maneuver (note: nerfed by errata from the original card). It cannot be understated how much of a difference this makes. For ten points, this can massively change the way you plan your tactics and position with this ship. Bear in mind this attack is still subject to the normal rules, so you cannot fire from one arc, move, then fire from that arc again. But either way your threat radius for the vessel expands remarkably - and if you have first player, you can move, fire, activate, and fire twice more; reducing all but the toughest targets to dust. Most of the time that you're fielding Gladiators, one of them should have this title.
    • 7th Fleet Star Destroyer - when you take damage in your front arc you can exhaust a copy of this card on a nearby 7th fleet star destroyer. It can be very useful if you have 3 or 4 star destroyers, but is pretty useless if you only have 1 or 2.

Raider Corvette

FFG's own original contribution to Star Wars canon, the Raider can be built as either a close range brawler, with Ordnance Experts and External Racks; or as an anti-squadron escort, with Ruthless Strategists, Flechette Torpedoes, and Agent Kallus. Similarly priced to the CR90, and sharing its max speed and double evades; but where the CR90 is a long range skirmisher with good maneuverability at high speeds, the Raider has amazing turning at low speeds, but is mediocre when flying fast. With a Brace instead of the CR90's Redirect, the Raider can take a surprising amount of pain, but can't afford to get attacked repeatedly in the same arc. A difficult ship to use.

  • Raider I-Class Corvette - This variant is a bit like a cheaper Gladiator, slightly more fragile and a similar front arc, with weaker sides in exchange for an Offensive Retrofit and better flak.
  • Raider II-Class Corvette - Changing one black from the front and AA for blue, and swapping with an ion cannon upgrade slot. In practice, black dice is what the Raider does best, and this has less of them. If you're going to bring it, have a plan to leverage its Ion slots, and consider using the Offensive Retrofit for Disposable Capacitors.
  • Titles:
    • Impetuous - A free shot at a single squadron in range after you do your normal shots. If you're taking the full Kallus/Ruthless/Flechettes/Ordnance loadout, this doubles your ability to nuke an enemy ace.
    • Instigator - Enemy squadrons at distance are engaged as if there were two squadrons nearby. Keeps enemies from leaving - as it bypasses Intel or Grit - but doesn't prevent bombers from hitting you unless you have squadrons engaged with them as well.

Arquitens-Class Cruiser

The Arquitens is unique among Imperial ships in that it goes against nearly every trait that Imperial ships share. It's a small-base support ship that wouldn't be out of place among the Rebellion with broadside arcs firing 3 red dice, it's rear arc of all things is the widest in the entire game, a defensive token suite that's geared towards long range survivability, and it's the first Imperial ship to come with Defensive Retrofits as a standard option with both variants. The titles that it comes with are geared towards fleet support rather than combat and it is bundled with not only a great Commander (Moff Jerjerrod) but perhaps the most useful and cost-effective Defensive Retrofit in the entire game (Reinforced Blast Doors). While it's not as fast as the CR90 and the movement profile is... odd, it does provide the Empire with a much needed boost in long range harassment at a competitive point cost.

  • Arquitens-Class Light Cruiser - The basic version and the one most often seen, the Light Cruiser's black die in the front and rear should be considered a last resort in nearly every situation.
  • Arquitens-Class Command Cruiser - The black flak and front/rear dice are swapped with more respectable blue dice, but this upgraded variant also gains a Support Team slot and an additional Squadron command point. However, these tend to be a bit redundant with the inclusion of either of these titles.
  • Titles:
    • Hand of Justice - Upon activation but before revealing a command, this card may be exhausted to allow another friendly ship at range 1-5 to ready one defense token. Do note that this means that Hand of Justice may not ready it's own tokens, nor may it bring back a discarded token.
    • Centicore - Essentially, Centicore turns an Arquitens into a Relay 2 ship. This lets a vulnerable Gozanti stay safely away from combat while still providing fighter support with a Squadron dial.

Medium Ships

Victory Star Destroyer

  • Victory I Class Star Destroyer - What you get right out of the core box. Has hull, command, squadron and engineering points out of the wazoo so it makes a good centerpiece for your forces, as well as having 3 Shields on the front and side arcs. The problems with it are obvious though, it steers like a cow and plods along like it just doesn't care, so if it gets out-maneuvered it could be in trouble as it's shielding on the rear is only one point strong. It also suffers from a range imbalance with its weapons, having blacks mixed with reds, meaning it is fantastic at short range, but poorer at medium>long ranges, comparable to the Rebels Nebulon B frigates at those distances. It's also not that fantastic at dealing with enemy squadrons, having only a single blue dice, but that's why you've got TIEs.
  • Victory II Class Star Destroyer - the upgraded version improves the firepower considerably, replacing those black dice with blues, giving the Victory I an impressive presence out to the medium range. Don't expect to use the front arc very often, but six dice at medium range is scary enough you can just swivel it to deny entire regions of the board.
  • Titles:
    • Dominator - You can reduce up to two of your shields from any of your hull zones to add that many blue dice to an attack. This becomes a risky venture, particular if it's early in the game since you have to explicitly order your ship to get those shields back. Though you can find use for it late game if you know you can demolish an enemy ship in a single barrage of firepower, and you won't have to worry about reprisals. Available only in the Core Set.
    • Corrupter - Rebels look at this with envy. When you issue an order to Bombers, they increase their speed by one. If you've got TIE bombers, then you'll want this as it increases your reach and allows you to better exploit openings in your enemy's fighter screens. Combine with Rhymer and your bombers now have an obscene alpha strike radius. Available only in the Victory-class Star Destroyer Expansion Pack.
    • Warlord - Can be helpful, when you attack, you can replace a single "accuracy" result with a "hit" result instead. So if you have a bad roll and end up with more accuracy than you require it allows you to do more damage. This also applies to anti-squadron shooting, where those accuracy results do sweet FA. So in essence the Warlord is more reliable. For those red dice, it CAN turn accuracy into double hit. Consider Sensor Team for reliable two damage on one of your anti-ship shots. Available only in the Victory-class Star Destroyer Expansion Pack.
    • 7th Fleet Star Destroyer - when you take damage in your front arc you can exhaust a copy of this card on a nearby 7th fleet star destroyer. It can be very useful if you have 3 or 4 star destroyers, but is pretty useless if you only have 1 or 2.

Interdictor Cruiser

The second medium sized starship available to the Imperials. We'll get to its Experimental Retrofit later, but on its own it is comparable to the Victory Star Destroyer: It is still slow, but is more maneuverable; it has one more die on its broadsides, but one less shield on its sides; It has one more hull point, Engineering point and it has access to the Contain defense, but has one less Command and Squadron point. It's not really there to act as a centerpiece for your fleet and will generally lose a straight up fire-fight with Rebel ships of similar size. But is a potential game-changer for how it can screw with your opponents due to its ability to take "Expermental Retrofit" upgrades which generally influence the way ships get deployed at the start of the battle, or can decrease enemy speed or force re-rolls on enemy attack dice.

  • Interdictor Suppression Refit - The primary version comes with two Experimental Retrofit slots so you can get maximum use out of your gravity messing abilities.
  • Interdictor Combat Refit: - The more expensive of the ship types swaps a blue dice in the front/side arcs for a red dice. Giving it more bite at longer range, which is good because you don't want this thing attempting to duke it out with capital ships. It also gains an extra black dice for anti-squadron fire. However, it loses one Expermental Retrofit upgrade slot so despite the "improvements" to the design, you might be better suited going for the Suppression refit unless there is only one upgrade card you really want, or you're playing a really small game and this is going to be your flagship.
  • Titles:
    • Interdictor - This cleverly named (presumable it's the name of the lead ship of the class), three point, title allows you to exhaust the title card itself when you activate the ship in order to ready any upgrade card. That means you can generally use your Experimental G-8 Projector or your Targeting Scramblers twice in a given turn, but it also applies to any limited-use upgrades that you may take. You can also use it to ready cards that your opponent has forcibly exhausted through use of things like Ion Cannons, so this is definitely a tricky little number that can get your opponent scratching his head.

Quasar Fire Cruiser-Carrier

The Quasar Fire is a purpose built carrier, incredible at pushing squadrons and not much else. For the price of two floatillas the Quasar Fire can activate up to 6 squadrons at once and allows other Imperial ships like ISDs and VSDs to focus on pure damage dealing. However, this comes at the cost of being a true combat vessel itself for the Quasar Fire has not many attack dice out of awkward firing arcs and just a Brace and a Redirect to defend with. Leveraged properly though, this ship easily makes up for that with swarm after swarm of TIEs nearly every single turn.

  • Quasar Fire I-Class Cruiser-Carrier - Some ships are simply built for certain upgrades, and the Quasar Fire I is built for Flight Controllers and Boosted Comms. This leaves the second Offensive Retrofit free for either Expanded Hangar Bays for that natural 5 squadron push or Disposable Capacitors so it can actually do something with those all blue dice arcs.
  • Quasar Fire II-Class Cruiser-Carrier - The Quasar Fire II is where things get interesting. It has actual red dice so it can throw a few attacks in here and there without being too exposed, but it also upgrades the original blue flak die with the first red flak in the entire game. This paired with Agent Kallus and Ruthless Strategists means that a Quasar II can devastate fighter ace fleets with shocking effectiveness while still boosting its own squadrons with Flight Controllers.
  • Titles:
    • Stronghold - An analogue for Gallant Haven. Stronghold obstructs any friendly Swarm squadrons at close range when they are defending. A good title, but remember that Quasar Fires do not want to be too close to the action most of the time.
    • Squall - A godsend for speed 2 YV-666s, Squall acts like a souped-up Fighter Coordination Teams that activates on ship activation rather than movement. Fighters that are moved using Squall cannot end their movement engaged, but having up to 3 heavy hitting bombers move that much closer to their target before properly activating them can change entire battles around in your favor.
    • Pursuant - Pursuant should be considered a default title. At just two points, the ability to activate 4 (or 5 with Expanded Hangar Bays) squadrons at any time is huge. The text does say "Treat this command as if you spent a Squadron dial" so it cannot be combined with another squadron dial nor can squadron tokens be used. Despite this, Pursuant gives Quasar Fires much needed strategic flexibility and can make the difference if they need that desperate repair or navigate dial.

Large Ships

Imperial Star Destroyer

Imperial Star Destroyer Expansion Pack

The Empire's iconic Star Destroyer. The ISD has it all - speed 3, a devastating and heavily shielded front arc and strong side arcs, strong defenses, a full 11 hull, and the ability to adapt to any role the Empire needs filled - from a long range Turbolaser platform, to a close-range black dice brawler, to a dedicated squadron pusher - while still being able to contribute in every other area when need be. With the release of the Chimaera Expansion, the Empire's namesake vessel will have no fewer than four different variants, offering the most versatility of any ship in the game. But as an expensive ship, be careful not to overspend on upgrades - leaving the rest of your fleet ineffectual or leaving the enemy just a single target to focus down - and take care in setting your commands or supporting the ship with tokens, lest you dial in too many Squadron commands and fly into a poor position, or find yourself Concentrating Fire when you instead needed to be Engineering.

  • Imperial I-Class Star Destroyer - With two Offensive Retrofits and Squadron 4, this is the Empire's alternative super-squadron-pusher to the Quasar. While that ship comes in at a much lower price, the ISD-I brings the stats of an ISD to the table, allowing it to support its squadrons by smashing the enemy's carriers directly (or forcing them to keep their distance from its front arc and play defensively). At just two points apart, whether the I-Class or the Kuat Refit makes the superior black dice brawler will depend on the specific upgrades slots you want to fill.
  • Imperial II-Class Star Destroyer - Half Turbolasers, half Ion Cannons, the II-Class embodies the well-rounded nature of the Imperial Star Destroyer. With Squadron 4, an Offensive Retrofit, and 2 blue flak, it can be a powerful carrier in its own right; with Weapon Team, Ion Cannon, and Turbolaser upgrades, it can rip apart enemy ships at medium range; and with the same Offensive Retrofit/Weapon Team pairing as on every ISD, it can sport a boarding team to cripple vital enemy ships. Depending on your needs and spare points, it can do some degree of all of those things at once.
Chimaera Expansion Pack
  • Imperial Star Destroyer Kuat Refit -Comparable to the ISD-I, but losing two points of Squadron, the Turbolaser upgrade, and one of the Offensive Retrofit, while gaining an Ordnance upgrade and Defensive Retrofit. In addition, the dice composition in the side and rear arcs changes slightly, notably changing one die in the sides to blue, allowing them to leverage Ion Cannon upgrades like Leading Shots.
  • Imperial Star Destroyer Cymoon 1 Refit - Focusing on red dice, the Cymoon Refit loses one total die in the front arc to bring 5 native red dice to bear, as well as sporting dual Turbolaser upgrades to maximize their effectiveness. While it lacks the Ion Cannon upgrade usually used by the similarly-equipped MC80 Liberty for Leading Shots, it gains the Fleet Command previously unique to the Pelta. Speed 3 YV-666s, regenerating Arquitens, or Raiders jumping speeds 2 at a time, all on the Empire's sturdiest platform.
  • Titles:
    • Devastator - For ten points, each defense token you've discarded adds 1 blue die to your front arc. A way to up your raw damage or secure Leading Shots at long range, the hardest part is actually losing your defense tokens in the first place - you can spend them all on every attack, but you have to take those attacks first. Discarding your Contain the first time you take two attacks is an easy way to score the bonus, but take care not to regret giving away your Brace or Redirects if you do so. (Fun fact- this was the Star Destroyer that was pursuing the Tantive IV in A New Hope & Rogue One. It was Vader's command ship until he upgraded)
    • Avenger - When this ship attacks, your target cannot use exhausted defense tokens. This can force your opponent into difficult choices, where they sit on defense tokens they'd rather spend, because there's a deadlier shot coming at them from Avenger later in the turn. There's three ways to activate Avenger: hit the opponent with another threat first (such as Demolisher, or even Avenger's side arc); use an effect that allows another ship or squadron to exhaust the opponents tokens, like a Sloane TIE Fighter or a Raider with Overload Pulse; or equip Avenger with Boarding Troopers and spend them yourself. The latter is the easiest to pull off, as it has the fewest moving parts to coordinate, but as it deprives you of a Gunnery Team and telegraphs your intentions, you need the right fleet to support it.
    • Relentless - Reduces the number of command dials you must assign to your ship by 1. This makes your ship much more responsive, and comes in fairly cheap; giving you the reactivity of a Gladiator or Arquitens while preserving your ability to store 3 command tokens. Paired with the 1 point Skilled First Officer, you can change your plans on a dime - setting a command, discarding the top command and using the dial you just set, and then choosing both new dials next turn.
    • Chimaera - Any frame other than the Cymoon can take on the title of Thrawn's flagship to gain a Fleet Command upgrade slot of its own. But Thrawn's adaptability allows the Chimaera to swap out the chosen upgrade for any other at the start of the Command Phase, allowing you to use Entrapment Formation to speed up to engage, Concentrate Firepower the next turn while engaging, and then swapping again to Shields to Max to repair the return fire. Pair Thrawn's flagship with the Grand Admiral himself, and your whole fleet can double-down on those pivotal turns; or ignore the latter ability and just take the title for a Fleet Command on a Kuat Refit.
    • 7th Fleet Star Destroyer - when you take damage in your front arc you can exhaust a copy of this card on a nearby 7th fleet star destroyer. It can be very useful if you have 3 or 4 star destroyers, but is pretty useless if you only have 1 or 2.
    • Sovereign -

Onager Star Destroyer

A new Star Destroyer able to make attacks from beyond long range.

    • 7th Fleet Star Destroyer - when you take damage in your front arc you can exhaust a copy of this card on a nearby 7th fleet star destroyer. It can be very useful if you have 3 or 4 star destroyers, but is pretty useless if you only have 1 ollr 2.

Huge Ships

Super Star Destroyer

The giant Star Destroyer made famous in its appearance in The Empire Strikes Back, and also the first Huge ship in Armada (and with an astonishing 2 foot long "miniature" it certainly deserves the classification). Even slower than the ISD, but armed to the teeth and extremely durable even before factoring in the extra abilities it gets by being Huge. As an added bonus, every time you resolve the command dial you'll get the corresponding token for whatever you selected on the dial.

  • Star Dreadnought Command Prototype- The cheapest Super Star Destroyer variant at "only" 220 points un-upgraded, but still comes with eight attack dice (four red and four blue) from its forward firing arc, six ship tokens, a hull value of twenty-two, and ten upgrade slots (3 officers, 1 weapons team, 1 offensive, one ion cannon, one turbolaser, and 2 Fleet Command), making it more than enough to be the centerpiece of a fleet with just enough points left over for support elements if you lot it out.
  • Star Dreadnought Assault Prototype- For 30 more points than the Command prototype, you lose the Fleet Command slots for one more slot in offensive, ion cannon and turbolaser. It also swaps one of its anti-squadron dice from blue to red and gains another red die on its front arc as well as an extra blue die on its side and auxiliary side arcs.
  • Executor-I Class Star Dreadnought-
  • Executor-II Class Star Dreadnought- Hoo boy. 411 points gets you 10 dice for the front arc (5 red, 5 blue), 8 dice for each of the side arcs, and 7 dice on the auxiliary side arcs. Like the Executor-I it has 13 upgrade slots and a hull value of 33, but it gives up 3 Fleet Command slots in favor of one extra slot for offensive, ion cannons, and turbolasers. But with the sheer firepower it brings, does it really need a fleet to back it up?
  • Titles:
    • Annihilator: the most expensive of the titles, at 8 pts, it allows you to reroll one die each time the ship attacks a squadron. Not the optimal use of the SSD, but if you're being swarmed by hordes of B-wings and Y-wings, it can help out.
    • Eclipse: deal face up damage when you overlap an enemy ship. Let's not get into that the Eclipse was its own even bigger ship class, not an SSD...
    • Executor: removes the cap on how many command tokens you can have. Have as many as you want, of whatever kind you want. Go nuts! Bear in mind however that it doesn't lift the hard cap allowing you to only resolve a command once per turn (and spending a single token and/or dial to do so).
    • Ravager: gain the ability to use Concentrate Fire tokens to gain an extra attack die rather than a reroll (reroll is still an option if wanted). That extra die must be of a color already in the attack pool. A nice little bump in firepower if you've already got rerolls from somewhere else (like from Leading Shots or the admiral version of Vader).

Flotillas

Flotillas follow all the same rules as other ships of their size class, with three exceptions: they cannot function as your Flagship, when a Flotilla and a non-Flotilla overlap only the Flotilla receives a damage card, and Flotillas do not count towards having remaining ships on the board when determining a winner and ending the game.

Additionally, a fleet can not contain more than two Flotillas.

Gozanti-Class

  • Gozanti Class Cruisers: Your first flotilla of smaller-than-capital-ships. Not quite as manoeuvrable as the rebel GR-75, but you at least get some guns to defend yourself with, with a blue on the front and sides. As a flotilla, you get the 2 Squadron score and the fleet support upgrade, so this is the cheap way to deliver TIEs to "tie up" enemy squadrons trying to Outflank your own ships, but don't think you can pretend to play like Rebels, as a small handful of fighters will not influence the game as much as your capital ships.
  • Gozanti Class Assault Cruisers: swap the front blue for a red, and the anti-squadron black for a blue, giving you more range on your weapons. Only worthy of the upgrade if you have the points to spare as your flotillas are squadron delivery vehicles and not meant to slug it out with enemy capital ships. If your flotilla doesn't have squadrons nearby it will be a dead flotilla, the added range does little to help you when a single attack dice is unlikely to get past any capital defenses tokens.
  • Titles:
    • Vector - When you activate a squadron without the Heavy rule (pretty much anything not a TIE bomber) you add +1 to its speed value(Max 5) . Makes your TIE fighters that much more responsive and increases their threat range. Though many of your special TIEs are already fast enough to gain nothing.
    • Suppressor - Enemy ships that move to distance 3 exhaust a defense token. Slicer Tools and some fancy flying can really screw with your opponent's plans.

Squadrons

Imperial Squadrons 1

Imperial Fighter Squadrons 1 Expansion Pack
  • TIE Fighter Squadron - Speed 4, Swarm, 3 hull, 3 blue dice, 8 points. Unlike the Rebellion's multi-role X-Wing, the TIE Fighter has just one job, and - move in fast, hit hard, and try not to explode. Leverage your speed and price to alpha-strike targets and bring them down before they get to shoot back. TIE Fighter aces gain the valuable Scatter/Brace token combo, dramatically enhancing their survivability.
    • Howlrunner - For the price of two TIE Fighters, Howlrunner grants an extra die to attacks made by other nearby squadrons with Swarm. Pretty straightforward - throw her into a bawl of TIEs, try to keep her in the back, and consider tossing in an Escort, because she will be a prime target. Activate the TIE ball with Flight Controllers, and they're throwing two extra dice. Her ability also affects Counter attacks, meaning Howlrunner plus Dengar boost Interceptors to a ridiculous Counter 4. Available only in the Core Set.
    • "Mauler" Mithel - After Mauler moves, every engaged squadron takes 1 automatic damage. Great against aces relying on tokens to stay alive, combos well with a source of Intel to keep him moving around. You're flying 3 hull TIEs, so you should know first-hand how badly 1 damage against every squadron at range 1 could hurt.
    • Valen Rudor - Upgrading his blue AA to black, Valen turns anyone around into his own personal Escort - he cannot be attacked if the enemy is engaged with another squadron. This affects Counter, too, so shoot those A-Wings with immunity. Available in the Corellian Conflict campaign box.
    • Black Squadron - A unique squadron without defense tokens, for one point more than the regular TIE, Black Squadron loses swarm and picks up Escort and Counter 1. The cheapest Escort squadron currently in the game, upgrading a TIE to Black Squadron can keep Howlrunner or Mauler Mithel alive for that one vital extra attack, at the lowest price other than free. Combine with Dengar and/or Howlrunner, and Black Squadron will also make the enemy hurt on its way down. Available in the Corellian Conflict campaign box.
  • TIE Interceptor Squadron - A TIE Fighter with an extra point of speed, an extra blue die, and Counter 2 - for just 3 points more. Not only more deadly, but also extracts a price from every squadron attack that comes their way. But at the same 3 hull, you're paying a higher price for a squadron that's just as likely to die to a stiff breeze- so to get the value out of those points, use their enhanced speed, and try not to fight within range of enemy flak. Just like the TIE Fighter, Interceptor aces gain the coveted Scatter/Brace defense setup.
    • Soontir Fel - If a squadron he's engaged with makes a non-counter attack targeting any squadron but him, it takes one damage. Surround him with Escorts to have your enemies kill themselves, or use him as an escort to dissuade your opponent from shooting more important squadrons for fear of his effect.
    • Cienna Ree - You are always obstructed while defending. Goes a long way to alleviate Interceptor's low hull - most ships can't attack you, most Counter rolls 1 die against you, and squadrons are that much less likely to roll the accuracy to bypass your scatter. Available in the Corellian Conflict campaign box.
    • Saber Squadron - The Interceptor's tokenless unique gains Snipe 4 for just one extra point. You can sit in the back, safe from harm, and throw dice into the squadron brawl from afar - or take down important targets protected by Escorts (especially if Jendon happens to be floating around). Snipe bypasses Counter, and a double-tapping Saber Squadron can take out that annoying generic Intel squadron as often as not. Available in the Corellian Conflict campaign box.
  • TIE Bomber Squadron - Just as fast as regular TIES, but with the hull strength (and defense tokens) of an X-Wing. Unfortunately the have no other purpose than to be capital ship hunters. They have Heavy much like Y-Wings, so your opponent can just ignore them or trap them in engagement if he was so inclined, and they only roll one dice against squadrons, so they don't have a great damage potential in a dogfight. Keep a source of Intel nearby, and let them shoot at ships like they were built to.
    • Major Rhymer - Rhymer and everyone around him get to shoot ships at close range, rather than range 1. Suddenly a TIE bomber blob looks like a threat similar to a Gladiator Star Destroyer all by themselves. (Note: nerfed by errata from the original card.) The enhanced threat range can keep you safe from enemy squadrons, sitting under your own flak and denying a huge area of the table.
    • Captain Jonus - Grants a source accuracy results to friendly ships attacking enemy ships he's near. Can make it that much easier for your ships to crack the enemy's carriers, while you sit within bombing range of them anyways. Available in the Corellian Conflict campaign box.
    • Gamma Squadron - The tokenless TIE Bomber unique loses Heavy, and gains Grit. Not altogether too useful, since the rest of your bombers need Intel even if Gamma Squadron doesn't, but only costs a point more. Available in the Corellian Conflict campaign box.
  • TIE Advanced Squadron - Combining the speed and firepower of the TIE Fighter, trading Swarm for the hull and Escort of an X-Wing. The black anti-ship die means Advanced are surprisingly decent at hitting ships, even with Bomber, but the reason you brought them was to keep your squishy TIE aces or Intel in one piece.
    • Darth Vader (TIE Advanced) - Vader adds a black die to the Advanced's AA, and his ability causes crits to add a damage to the attack, making him basically as good as a TIE Bomber against ships and making his AA shots much more lethal. Unfortunately, the target this puts on his head combined with his high price tend to give him a short life expectancy.
    • Zertik Strom - Zertik switches all his AA dice to red and gains the ability to re-roll his attacks by causing 1 damage to a nearby friendly squadron (this should be a Bomber or an Advanced, not one your fragile Interceptor aces). A strange squadron, Zertik has the effective firepower of a TIE Fighter using Swarm at the cost of hurting your own squadrons for the re-roll. Fairly cheap, at just 3 points over the base model, Zertik does bring his brace tokens to bear and retains his Escort duties. Available in the Corellian Conflict campaign box.
    • Tempest Squadron - The tokenless Advanced costs an extra point, and gains Bomber. At just one extra point, is justified virtually any time you were bringing an Advanced to protect a Bomber wing. Available in the Corellian Conflict campaign box.

Rogues and Villains

Dual-faction Rogues and Villains Expansion Pack
  • Firespray-31 - The Firespray carries 2 blue Bomber dice, plus the speed 3, 6 hull, and 3 blue AA necessary to fight its own way to the enemy if need be. But the big pickup is Rogue - for the price of 2 TIE Bombers but less average damage, you get a great Bomber and competent fighter that doesn't need squadron commands.
    • Boba Fett - Boba gets a deadlier arsenal, double Brace tokens, and the ability to put 1 damage onto a nearby ship or squadron when he activates. (Note: for ships, this goes onto a hull zone of the target's choice - not directly onto the hull automatically.) At the price of almost 3 TIE Bombers, he's a hard purchase to justify.
  • Jumpmaster 5000 - The Empire's source of Intel, the Jumpmaster keeps your bombers bombing, or your fighters repositioning. Other than that, it's not going to be killing a whole lot, and its hull is low enough to put it at risk of being one-shot without Escorts.
    • Dengar - While he comes in at almost double the cost, Dengar ups the ship's offense to respectable levels, bears the fantastic Scatter/Brace defenses, and grants all your nearby squadrons +1 to their Counter (bringing it to Counter 1 if they lacked Counter previously). And yes, this stacks with Howlrunner, to give all your Escorts Counter 2. Even if you're not going for the Counter stacking, the addition of a Scatter alone to keep your source of Intel alive can be worthwhile.
  • Aggressor Assault Fighter - Almost the same ship as the YT-2400, but trading a point of speed and hull for Counter 1. For the same price you could have the much better TIE Defender instead, but possibly worth bringing if you've got a shortage of squadron commands.
    • IG-88 - Revs his engines all the way up to speed 5, brings his Counter up to 2, gains a Scatter token - the highest hull Scatter in the game, although no second token - and he ignores Escort and Counter when attacking. At 21 points, he's a fast and independant ace-hunter that rolls half the dice two Interceptors would bring instead.
  • YV-666 - A slow, stupidly tough heavy fighter, both in the sense of rolling strong dice and having the keyword Heavy. Has Grit and Rogue, which allow it to at least keep moving with its speed 2. Once again, compares unfavorably to the similarly priced Defender, which has the same damage output (or better, against ships) and moves at a full speed 5 at the loss of Rogue.
    • Bossk - Loses Heavy, gains a point of speed, rolls 4 black dice against squadrons, adds a black die to its anti-ship attack, and gets a single Brace token as if 7 hull wasn't already enough. And in addition to that ridiculous durability, as soon as he takes any damage, he adds a blue accuracy to every attack he rolls - allowing him to guarantee his AA attack bypasses that pesky Scatter.

Imperial Squadrons 2

  • TIE Phantom Squadron - a refugee from the old Rebel Assault games, now found in the Imperial Squadrons II pack. Three points more than an Interceptor; trades one point of speed for one point of hull. Fighter dice remain unchanged; anti-ship is two lolrandom red dice. The special ability here is Cloak, which lets the squadron move 1 even if engaged. It's like a mini-Tycho.
    • Whisper - an even more annoying TIE Phantom. Gains Brace and Scatter tokens; if one of those tokens is used while defending against an attack, Whisper may move up to 1 just like with the Cloak ability. Yes, this stacks with the regular Cloak. Very difficult to kill, but ask yourself if those 20 points would be better spent hitting someone in the face...
  • TIE Defender Squadron - Unf. Found in the Imperial Squadrons II pack and possibly the best all-around squadron the Imperials can field. Sixteen points is not cheap, but look at what you get. Speed 5. Hull 6. 2 Blue/2 Black anti-squadron dice, 1 blue anti-ship die with Bomber. There may be more specialized fighters around, but if a situation arises the Defender can probably handle it.
    • Maarek Stele - hero of the original TIE Fighter PC game from the early '90s. Adds another blue die to anti-ship fire; may change one die to a Crit when attacking. Also gains Grit and two Brace tokens. Find the 21 points to field him.
  • Lambda-class Shuttle - A poor combatant but an excellent support ship. Relay is the big draw here, letting ships activate squadrons from clear across the board. Pairs well with other Lambdas, also with Centicore. Strategic lets a player move objective tokens around the board-- useful in a campaign or tournament.
    • Colonel Jendon - makes good things better. When he activates, instead of making a (poor) attack he may designate another nearby squadron to attack, even if it has already activated. Double-tapping Bossk or Vader? Yes please. Loses out on Strategic to do this, but picks up two brace tokens. Ideal for lurking in the back of a murderball.
  • VT-49 Decimator - less of a squadron and more of a picket ship, the Decimator can threaten flotillas and light warships all by itself. Three blue dice anti-ship add up very quickly, and with eight hull this thing will be in the fight for a while unless you go out of your way to put it down. Three black dice and Counter 1 keep opposing squadrons honest, too. Did I mention this thing also has Rogue? It has Rogue. The only downside is that the VT-49 is very, very expensive.

Chimaera Expansion Pack

In addition to a new paintjob, ship cards, and upgrades, the Chimaera expansion also introduces a new type of squadron.

  • Mandalorian Guantlet -
    • Gar Saxon -
Star Wars Miniature Games Tactical Guides
X-Wing: Rebel Alliance, Galactic Empire, The Resistance, The First Order, Scum & Villainy, The Galactic Republic,Confederacy of Independent Systems
Armada: Rebel Alliance, Galactic Empire, The Galactic Republic, Confederacy of Independent Systems
Legion: Rebel Alliance, Galactic Empire, Grand Army of the Republic, Confederacy of Independent Systems,