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The XS stock light freighter, known simply as the XS freighter, was a type of starship manufactured by Corellian Engineering Corporation. Armed with two pairs of laser cannons, XS stock light freighters were used for a variety of purposes, including smuggling and deploying soldiers. Despite becoming outdated, XS freighters saw continued use through the Clone Wars and Imperial Era. One of these ships was used by the Onderon rebels, and another was used by smugglers on the planet Tatooine.


An XS stock light freighter armed with port-side cannons

The XS stock light freighter was a relatively standard sized model of starship. The vessels had a saucer-shaped body, yellow plating, and a blunt cockpit with a narrow viewport that jutted forward from the ship's center. The aft of the freighters featured a heavily armored hull with a pair of sublight engines,[1] and the craft were armed with two dorsal and two port-side laser cannons, although the lateral weapons were not present on some models. XS freighters had a capacity of at least two passengers.[2]


Despite being classified as freighters,[1] XS stock light freighters were versatile, used for both smuggling[3] and deploying soldiers.[2]


An XS stock light freighter parked in Mos Eisley

The XS freighter was designed by Corellian Engineering Corporation (CEC)[1] well over a century before the Galactic Civil War.[5] When CEC designers began working on the YT-1000 freighter, they took inspiration from ancient holograms of an XS freighter. As a slight nod to the XS freighter, the YT-1000 freighter was designed with a centered, albeit more spacious, cockpit.[1]

During the Clone Wars, an XS stock light freighter was used by resistance fighter Lux Bonteri in the campaigns of the Onderon rebels.[2] In the year 0 BBY,[6] during the Imperial Era, the Hutt crime lord Jabba Desilijic Tiure worked with smugglers who operated an XS freighter in Mos Eisley spaceport on the planet Tatooine.[3]

By 18 ABY,[7] the vessels had been around for generations, and were both commonplace and outdated. The Spice Runners of Kijimi owned one, the Ragged Claw. They recruited the young pilot Poe Dameron to fly it, and following the Incident on Quintil, it was damaged while hyperspace skipping. The Spice Runners were soon able to repair it.[4]

Behind the scenes[]

XS stock light freighters first appeared within the new Star Wars canon in Star Wars: Galactic Defense, a tower defense mobile game[2] released in 2014[8] and shut down in 2016.[2] In Star Wars Legends, XS freighters first appeared in the 2011 novel The Old Republic: Deceived, which was written by Paul S. Kemp for the Star Wars: The Old Republic multimedia series.[9]

Although XS freighters were not identified within Galactic Defense,[2] they were later named in the 2018 reference book YT-1300 Millennium Falcon Owners' Workshop Manual.[1] In Galactic Defense, XS freighters appeared during the limited-time event "War of Ideals," which added the characters Kalani and Lux Bonteri as playable Champions. Bonteri's Champion skill was calling in two Onderon rebels, which were deployed by one of the freighters.[2]

The Meson Martinet incorrectly depicted as an XS freighter in Star Wars: Smuggler's Guide

The 2018 reference book Star Wars: Smuggler's Guide erroneously depicts the starship Meson Martinet as being an XS freighter.[10] However, the ship was previously specified as a modified CSS-1 Corellian Star Shuttle in the book Star Wars Encyclopedia of Starfighters and Other Vehicles.[11]


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Notes and references[]

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  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 1.7 1.8 YT-1300 Millennium Falcon Owners' Workshop Manual
  2. 2.00 2.01 2.02 2.03 2.04 2.05 2.06 2.07 2.08 2.09 2.10 2.11 2.12 Star Wars: Galactic Defense (shutdown date)
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 Bounty Hunt
  4. 4.0 4.1 Poe Dameron: Free Fall
  5. Tarkin establishes that YT-1000 freighters were in use over a century prior to 14 BBY, and YT-1300 Millennium Falcon Owners' Workshop Manual establishes that the XS stock light freighter preceded the YT-1000 freighter.
  6. Star Wars: Galactic Atlas dates the events of both Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, which depicts the completion of the Death Star's superlaser, and Star Wars: Episode IV A New Hope, which depicts the Death Star's destruction at the Battle of Yavin, to 0 BBY. Given that the Death Star's superlaser is fully operational in Bounty Hunt, that story can therefore also be dated to 0 BBY.
  7. Poe Dameron: Free Fall states that the incident on Quintil took place several weeks after Poe Dameron joined the Spice Runners of Kijimi. Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker: The Visual Dictionary establishes that Dameron joined the Spice Runners sixteen years before the Starkiller Incident, which Star Wars: Galactic Atlas dates to 34 ABY. Dameron must have therefore joined the Spice Runners in 18 ABY, and the incident on Quintil must have occurred around that year.
  8. StarWars.com Star Wars: Galactic Defense Arrives on Mobile Devices on StarWars.com (backup link)
  9. The Old Republic: Deceived
  10. Star Wars: Smuggler's Guide
  11. Star Wars Encyclopedia of Starfighters and Other Vehicles
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