"The Resistance is dead. The Sith flame will burn. All worlds surrender or die. The Final Order begins."
―Darth Sidious[src]

The Xyston-class Star Destroyer, also known as the Sith Star Destroyer, was a model of Star Destroyer used by the Sith Eternal's fleet, known as the Final Order. The Sith cultists modeled their warships on the design of the older Imperial I-class Star Destroyers. During the First Order/Resistance War, Galactic Emperor Darth Sidious ordered Allegiant General Enric Pryde to deploy the Xyston-class Star Destroyers throughout the galaxy, but their launch was prevented by the Resistance and their allies in the Battle of Exegol.

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General characteristics[edit | edit source]

"They've conjured legions of Star Destroyers. The Sith fleet will increase our resources ten thousand fold."
―Enric Pryde[src]

Cross-sections of a Xyston-class Star Destroyer

The Xyston-class was nearly identical to the older Imperial-class Star Destroyer, with key differences including a larger size (an Imperial-class ship being 1,600 meters long, while the Xyston-class ships were one-and-a-half times larger, at 2,406 meters in length from stem to stern), red accents along the hull of the vessel, greater power and a large axial superlaser capable of destroying planets, which took the place of a standard Imperial-class Star Destroyer's main hangar space. While equipped with deflector shields, the Xyston-class could not activate them while inside Exegol's atmosphere. These Star Destroyers also required a navigational beacon in order to leave Exegol, because ships the size of the Xyston-class could not ascend to hyperspace launch altitude safely through the atmospheric disturbances and magnetic crosswinds of Exegol. A navigation tower existed on the planet for this purpose.[2]

As its standard complement, each Xyston-class Star Destroyer carried a total of 72 TIE/dg starfighters. To facilitate starfighter operations, Xyston-class ships contained two TIE fighter launch bays next to the axial superlaser. Each ship had a crew of 29,585 officers and enlisted crew, far less than the 37,000 of an Imperial-class Star Destroyer. This reduction in crew size was achieved via the use of extremely efficient automation systems.[1]

Axial superlaser[edit | edit source]

"We think hitting the cannons might ignite the main reactors."
Rose Tico[src]

The axial superlaser of the Derriphan

These Star Destroyers were armed with a large axial superlaser and flanked by two smaller starfighter hangars, located at precisely the same place where the larger ventral hangar bay of a conventional Imperial-class Star Destroyer was supposed to be. While it would not destroy a planet instantly like the superlasers of the Death Stars, the cannon would obliterate a planet by firing at the target in a sustained burst. These superlasers were connected directly to the Star Destroyer's solar ionization reactor, and severe damage to them would destroy the ship itself.[2]

Role[edit | edit source]

"The day this fleet launches, freedom dies in the galaxy."
Beaumont Kin[src]

A Xyston-class Star Destroyer was capable of obliterating an entire planet with a single shot of its axial superlaser. Forming the entirety of the Final Order fleet, the Xyston-class Star Destroyers were intended to be shipped out en masse to the known galaxy and force its populace into submission.[2]

History[edit | edit source]

"The might of the Final Order will soon be ready. It will be yours if you do as I ask."
―Darth Sidious, to Kylo Ren[src]

The Sith Star Destroyers emerged from Exegol to deploy across the galaxy, but were stopped by the Resistance.

The Xyston-class Star Destroyers were created by the Sith Eternal cultists sometime before 35 ABY; the technology they were to be equipped with, more specifically their axial superlasers, would be prototyped upon the First Order Mandator IV-class Siege Dreadnought.[1] They comprised the Final Order, a fleet stationed on Exegol. When Supreme Leader Kylo Ren arrived on Exegol and met with Darth Sidious, the Sith Lord raised his entire fleet from the planet surface and offered Ren the chance to rule the galaxy under the perpetual reign of a new Sith Empire.[2]

Following the duel on Kef Bir and Ren's subsequent return to the light side of the Force, Sidious ordered Allegiant General Enric Pryde to dispatch a Star Destroyer to Kijimi to destroy it as a show of the Final Order's might. The Star Destroyer Derriphan was then sent out from Exegol, thus becoming the first, and only Xyston-class ship to ever leave Exegol's atmosphere, and destroyed the planet easily. Eventually, the entire armada of Star Destroyers was destroyed during the pivotal Battle of Exegol, as the Resistance discovered the Star Destroyers' weakness, being the ability to destroy the entire vessel by targeting the axial superlaser.[2]

Without the promised reinforcements of the Final Order's Star Destroyers, the First Order was defeated in the First Order/Resistance War.[3] An uprising against the First Order ensued in the wake of the Resistance's victory on Exegol.[2]

Behind the scenes[edit | edit source]

The Xyston-class first appeared in Star Wars: Episode IX The Rise of Skywalker.

A "xyston" (Greek ξυστόν) was a type of spear used in ancient Greece.

The concept of a modified Imperial-class Star Destroyer equipped with a superlaser exists in the Legends continuity as the Star Destroyer Conqueror.[4]

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Notes and references[edit | edit source]

Star Destroyer classes
Star Dreadnoughts
Executor-class (Executor I-class · Executor II-class) · Mega-class
Carriers
Venator-class
Battlecruisers
Maelstrom-class · Resurgent-class · Secutor-class
Destroyers
Imperial-class (Imperial I-class · Imperial II-class)
Heavy cruisers
Interdictor-class
Cruisers
Acclamator-class (Acclamator I-class · Acclamator II-class) · Onager-class
Unknown designation
Gladiator-class (Gladiator I) · qaz-class · Tector-class · Unidentified Interdictor vessel · Victory-class (Victory II-class) · Xyston-class
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