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"I am looking through the viewscreen, and I believe I see a Star Destroyer. That cannot be. This mission will be easy, you said. But nothing about a Star Destroyer is easy."
Aleksin, to Lando Calrissian[src]

The Imperial-class Star Destroyer, a symbol of the Empire's power

A Star Destroyer was a dagger-shaped type of capital ship that were used by the Galactic Republic, the Galactic Empire,[1] the First Order[2] and the Sith Eternal[3].

Notable examples of Star Destroyers include the Imperial-class Star Destroyer and its predecessor the Venator-class Star Destroyer.[1]

According to Everi Chalis, Star Destroyers were the most resource-intensive ships the galaxy had ever seen, and only Kuat possessed shipyards that were capable of supporting and maintaining more than a handful at a time.[4]

History[edit | edit source]

"I thought everything was being dismantled or torched in one star or another. What does anyone need with battle droids when the Empire has Star Destroyers?"
Has Obitt, after he heard some Separatist supplies were being kept around[src]

A Republic Venator-class Star Destroyer

During the Clone Wars, the Galactic Republic Navy fielded a fleet of Venator-class Star Destroyers. The Venator-class saw action in numerous battles against the Confederacy navy including the Battle of Coruscant. Following the transformation of the Republic into the Galactic Empire, the Republic's Star Destroyers were incorporated into the new Imperial Navy.[5] Aside from the Venator and Imperial-class Star Destroyers, other known models in Imperial service included the Victory and Secutor-class Star Destroyers.[6]

During the rebellion and the Galactic Civil War, Imperial Star Destroyers took part in numerous engagements against the various rebel forces that eventually coalesced into the Alliance to Restore the Republic.[7][8] Star Destroyers were deployed during the secret mission to Tatooine,[9] Battle of Hoth,[10] and the Battle of Endor.[11]

Imperial-class Star Destroyers were the backbone of the Imperial Navy.

Following the events at Endor, the Rebel Alliance's successor government, the New Republic, captured and destroyed numerous Star Destroyers in several engagements including the Battle of Theed,[12] the Rebellion on Akiva,[13] the Battle for Kuat Drive Yards, and the Liberation of Kashyyyk.[14] By 5 ABY,[15] Grand Admiral Rae Sloane estimated that 75% of the Imperial Star Destroyers before Endor had either been destroyed, captured, or lost in "confirmable if curious ways." While trawling through the archives at the Hall of Imperial Register on Coruscant, Sloane discovered that the remaining 25% had mysteriously disappeared and their purported destruction had been falsified.[14]

Later, Sloane learned that Fleet Admiral Gallius Rax secretly commanded Imperial fleets in the Almagest, the Recluse's Nebula, the Queluhan Nebula, the Ro-Loo Triangle, and the Inamorata. These fleets consisted of hundreds of Star Destroyers and thousands of smaller ships. Following the Attack on Chandrila, Rax ordered the Imperial fleets to assemble above the planet Jakku.[14] Numerous Star Destroyers, including Captain Ciena Ree's starship Inflictor, saw action during the Battle of Jakku, the cataclysmic battle that ended the Galactic Civil War in favor of the New Republic.[16]

The dorsal hull of the Finalizer

Thirty years after the Battle of Endor, the barren surface of Jakku was still littered with the wreckage of countless Star Destroyers. These derelict starships were regularly targeted by scavengers[17] such as Rey. The First Order, a remnant of the Old Empire, was also known to utilize Star Destroyers as part of its fleet,[18] such as the First Order's Resurgent-class Star Destroyers, which were inspired by the dagger-shaped design of the Old Empire's vessels.[19]

Designs[edit | edit source]

Battlecruisers[edit | edit source]

Maelstrom-class battle cruiser[edit | edit source]

The Maelstrom-class battle cruiser was a class of proto-Star Destroyer that served the Galactic Republic, and was one of the largest Republic warships at the start of the Clone Wars.[20]

Resurgent-class Star Destroyer[edit | edit source]

A Resurgent-class Star Destroyer over Jakku

The Resurgent-class Star Destroyer was a model of Star Destroyer used in the First Order Navy, inspired by the Star Destroyers of the Empire.[19]

Secutor-class Star Destroyer[edit | edit source]

The Secutor-class Star Destroyer was a model of Star Destroyer used by the Galactic Empire sometime after the end of the Galactic Republic.[6]

Cruisers[edit | edit source]

Acclamator-class Planetary Assault Ship[edit | edit source]

The Acclamator-class Planetary Assault Ship was a cruiser class used by the Republic Navy, and was considered a proto-Star Destroyer.[20]

Interdictor-class Star Destroyer[edit | edit source]

The Imperial Interdictor—an Interdictor-class Star Destroyer

The Interdictor-class Star Destroyer was an Interdictor vessel that could pull ships out of hyperspace using its gravity well projectors.[21]

Onager-class Star Destroyer[edit | edit source]

An Onager-class Star Destroyer.

The Onager-class Star Destroyer, also known as the "Siege Breaker" was a model of Star Destroyer utilized by the Galactic Empire for large-scale planetary bombardments.[22]

Dreadnoughts[edit | edit source]

Executor-class Star Dreadnought[edit | edit source]

The Executor was an Executor-class Star Dreadnought.

The Executor-class Star Dreadnought,[23] also known as the Super-class Star Destroyer,[24] was the largest model of Star Destroyer ever built by the Galactic Empire.[23]

Mega-class Star Dreadnought[edit | edit source]

The Supremacy was the sole Mega-class Star Destroyer.

The Mega-class Star Destroyer, more commonly known as Mega-class Star Dreadnought,[25] was a massive vessel used by the First Order. There was only one Mega-class Star Destroyer in the entire First Order Navy, the Supremacy, which served as the flagship of Supreme Leader Snoke, and as the mobile capital of the First Order.[26]

Other classification[edit | edit source]

Gladiator-class Star Destroyer[edit | edit source]

The Gladiator-class Star Destroyer was used as a long-range patrol craft. At 600 meters, it was the smallest of Imperial Star Destroyers, but still packed heavy firepower.[22]

Imperial-class Star Destroyer[edit | edit source]

The Executrix, an Imperial I-class Star Destroyer

The Imperial-class Star Destroyer (ISD) was a Star Destroyer line employed by the Galactic Empire after the fall of the Galactic Republic as a replacement to the smaller Venator-class Star Destroyer.[1] The Imperial-class consisted of two variants; Imperial I-class[27] and Imperial II-class.[12]

qaz-class Star Destroyer[edit | edit source]

The qaz-class Star Destroyer was a warship in use after the Clone Wars, equipped with powerful laser batteries.[28]

Tector-class Star Destroyer[edit | edit source]

The Tector-class Star Destroyer was utilized by the Galactic Empire during the Battle of Endor.[29]

Venator-class Star Destroyer[edit | edit source]

The Venator-class Star Destroyer at the beginning of the Empire

The Venator-class Star Destroyer was a capital ship used by the Galactic Republic during the Clone Wars. A hybrid serving as both dedicated capital ship in combat and doubled as a starfighter Carrier. It was eventually phased out by the Galactic Empire, in favor of the larger Imperial-class Star Destroyer.[1]

Victory-class Star Destroyer[edit | edit source]

The Victory-class Star Destroyer was a model of Star Destroyer used by the Galactic Republic and later the Galactic Empire.[6]

Xyston-class Star Destroyer[edit | edit source]

A Xyston-class Star Destroyer utilized by the Final Order.

The Xyston-class Star Destroyer was a model of Star Destroyer used by the Sith Eternal as part of the Final Order. It was equipped with an Axial superlaser which could destroy planets.


Appearances[edit | edit source]

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Non-canon appearances[edit | edit source]

Sources[edit | edit source]

Notes and references[edit | edit source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 StarWars-DatabankII.png Imperial Star Destroyer in the Databank (backup link)
  2. Star Wars: The Force Awakens: Incredible Cross-Sections
  3. Star Wars: Episode IX The Rise of Skywalker
  4. Battlefront: Twilight Company
  5. Star Wars: Episode III Revenge of the Sith
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 Tarkin
  7. Rebels-mini-logo.png Star Wars Rebels – "The Forgotten Droid"
  8. Rogue One: A Star Wars Story
  9. Star Wars: Episode IV A New Hope
  10. Star Wars: Episode V The Empire Strikes Back
  11. Star Wars: Episode VI Return of the Jedi
  12. 12.0 12.1 Shattered Empire 3
  13. Aftermath
  14. 14.0 14.1 14.2 Aftermath: Life Debt
  15. Star Wars: Galactic Atlas dates the Battle of Endor to 4 ABY and the events of Shattered Empire 4, which take place three months after the battle, to 5 ABY. Furthermore, the novel Aftermath states that months have passed since the Battle of Endor, while Aftermath: Life Debt begins two months after the end of Aftermath. Therefore, the events of Aftermath: Life Debt begin at least four months after the Battle of Endor, which corresponds to 5 ABY. Additionally, Galactic Atlas dates the Battle of Jakku, as depicted in Life Debt's sequel, Aftermath: Empire's End, to 5 ABY as well, thereby firmly placing Aftermath: Life Debt in 5 ABY.
  16. Lost Stars
  17. Star Wars: Episode VII The Force Awakens
  18. Before the Awakening
  19. 19.0 19.1 Star Wars: The Force Awakens: The Visual Dictionary
  20. 20.0 20.1 Lead by Example
  21. Star Wars: Absolutely Everything You Need to Know, Updated and Expanded
  22. 22.0 22.1 Starships and Speeders
  23. 23.0 23.1 Ultimate Star Wars
  24. Star Wars: The Visual Encyclopedia
  25. Star Wars: The Last Jedi: Incredible Cross-Sections
  26. Star Wars: The Last Jedi: The Visual Dictionary
  27. Star Wars Rebels: The Visual Guide
  28. Catalyst: A Rogue One Novel
  29. "The Levers of Power"—The Rise of the Empire

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