The Nebulon-B2 frigate, sometimes referred to as the modified frigate, was a relative of the Nebulon-B escort frigate.


Manus ferre

The distinctive bank of sublight engines on a Nebulon-B2

Though it shared a similar profile with its predecessor, the Nebulon-B2 differed in some key ways. The forward pod split into an inverted-V shape which allowed for greater surface area to mount weaponry; furthermore the connecting spar was heavier, rendering it less vulnerable to being split open by heavy fire, and the ship was about 50 meters shorter overall.

Sublight speed was 17% faster, and shield strength and hull durability were both improved. The Nebulon-B2 was also armed with a concussion missile launcher, which was not normally mounted on its predecessor.


Most of these ships served in the Imperial Navy, although a few ships found their way into the hands of the Rebel Alliance and other groups, probably in the same ways they acquired the original Nebulon-B. At least one of them may have been modified for medical duties.[source?]

Behind the scenesEdit

Like many other craft pioneered by Star Wars: TIE Fighter, the Nebulon-B2 has not appeared in any official material outside of the games.

The Nebulon-B2 may seem somewhat under-gunned for a ship that is supposed to be superior to its predecessor and is described in-game as being "exceptionally well armed for its size." This is presumed to be due to the necessities of game mechanics, since a player in a single starfighter would have little chance of defeating a more realistically armed ship. In Star Wars: X-Wing Alliance, the source of the statistics for this ship, the original Nebulon-B is armed only with four turbolasers.

The Nebulon-B2 has gone through numerous changes between game versions. While its shielding and hull strength was equal to that of a Dreadnaught in Star Wars: X-Wing vs. TIE Fighter: Balance of Power, its statistics were changed by X-wing Alliance, where it had weaker shielding and armor than its predecessor, and was also shorter.

A wrecked Nebulon-B2 frigate can be seen during the Ord Mantell Junkyard mission in the Shadows of the Empire video game.



Notes and referencesEdit

Kuat capital ship classes
Corona-classTon-Falk-classStar Seeder-classStarwind-class
Active-classAuxilia-classArdent-classCorona-classEF76 Nebulon-B
Imperial II-classLancer-classLupus-classMedStar-class
Munifex-classNebulon-B2 · Pelta-classStar Galleon-classSurveyor-class
Acclamator-classAcclamator II-classArquitens-class
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Pellaeon-classSecutor-classStorm FleetTector-class
Venator-classVictory I-classVictory II-class
Praetor-classPraetor II-classProcurator-classAllegiance-class
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Mandator-classMandator II-classMandator III-class
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