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The Best Star Citizen Ships, Ranked

Updated January 9, 2020 25.5k votes 3.6k voters 60.2k views

List RulesPlayable ships only, released, WIP or planned OK.

Ranking all playable ships in Chris Roberts (Wing Commander, Freelancer) upcoming space sim "Star Citizen". All these craft are either already playable, available for purchase or scheduled for release via stretch goals. Vote on your favorite, for any reason! ReRank it if you want to list your personal faves.

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"Star Citizen is an upcoming space trading and combat simulator video game for Microsoft Windows and GNU/Linux in development by Chris Roberts and Cloud Imperium Games. Star Citizen will consist of two main components: first person space combat and trading in an MMO-style Persistent Universe and modifiable, optionally cooperative private servers including a branching single player campaign known as Squadron 42."

I'll do my best to keep the list updated with variants and images as and when they come out, but if you find anything missing, please feel free to add it!
  • 1

    Drake Cutlass

    Drake Interplanetary claims that the Cutlass is a low-cost, easy-to-maintain solution for local in-system militia units. The larger-than-average cargo hold, RIO seat and dedicated tractor mount are, the company literature insists, for facilitating search and rescue operations. While it’s true that Cutlasses are used throughout known space for such missions, their prime task and immediate association is with high space piracy.
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    Anvil Carrack

    The Anvil Carrack has been the vanguard of every UEE exploration effort in recent years. Featuring reinforced fuel tanks for long-duration flight, a highly advanced jump drive array and a dedicated computer core room that allows it to put the maximum processing power into jump charting operations.
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    MISC Freelancer MAX

    If you’re making so many runs that your regular Freelancer just isn’t cutting it, you need to upgrade to the ultimate in cargo hauling. MAX. It’s the only way to describe this model. It’s not a name ascribed lightly, the Freelancer MAX offers a wider body, adding fifty percent more cargo capacity than the base model.
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    RSI Polaris

    The Polaris is a nimble corvette-class capital ship that packs a powerful punch with a full armament of turrets and torpedoes. Intended for use as both a naval patrol ship and to serve as the flagship of militia operations, Polaris has the capacity to perform search and rescue operations, light strike missions and general security patrols. The Polaris includes the facilities to repair, rearm and refuel a single fighter, light bomber or support ship.

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    Aegis Sabre

    Part of Aegis Dynamics’ Phase Two of new ship models, the Sabre was designed as a space superiority fighter for those situations where you need to leave a lighter footprint. Designed to be a rapid responder, the Sabre is more than capable of establishing battlefield dominance for any number of combat scenarios.
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    Drake Caterpillar

    Drake maintains that the Caterpillar, a sprawling, modular spacecraft which appears at least somewhat like its namesake, is for legitimate commerce and extended search and rescue missions... but at the end of the day, the Caterpillar is truly the evil twin of the Freelancer
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    Banu Merchantman

    Banu traders are renowned for their merchant prowess, traveling the spacelanes and trading with everyone from humans to the Vanduul! Their sturdy, dedicated trading ships are prized beyond all other transports, sometimes passing from generation to generation of Banu.
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    Aegis Avenger

    Avenger is a police patrol ship which is commonly refurbished for bounty hunter use. Avengers will serve as the initial training ship in Squadron 42’s single player campaign.
  • 9

    Anvil F7C-M Super Hornet

    If there was ever a question of whether it possible to harness power into a physical form, the Super Hornet would be the answer. The closest to the Military load-out as is legally possible for a Civilian model. The F7C-M Super Hornet reattaches the ball turret and offers near milspec parts under the hood. Proving that two heads are better than one, a second seat has been added to split the logistic and combat duty, making the Super Hornet a truly terrifying mark to engage.[
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    Misc Endeavor

    Musashi Industrial & Starflight Concern is proud to present the Endeavor-class research vessel, a fully modular space platform designed to be adapted for a variety of scientific and medical tasks. Initially developed as a floating laboratory, the MISC Endeavor can be outfitted for everything from spatial telescopy to use as mobile hospital.
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    MISC Freelancer

    Freelancers are used as long haul merchant ships by major corporations, but they are just as frequently repurposed as dedicated exploration vessels by independent captains who want to operate on the fringes of the galaxy.
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    Aegis Vanguard Warden

    A hard-charging bulldog of a fighter which features extensive forward-mounted weaponry designed to tear through the shields and armor of other spacecraft. So-named because their multiple-jump range allows them to form the vanguard of any military expedition, Vanguards have seen extensive service against the Vanduul.
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    MISC Freelancer MIS

    The Freelancer MIS is a limited edition militarized variant of the classic mercantile ship developed by the UEE. These were produced in very small quantity due to some early payload incidents. This version sacrifices the majority of the cargo capacity to make way for missiles.
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    Aegis Gladius

    The Aegis Gladius is the UEE’s reigning light short-range patrol fighter. A single-seat ship with no room for expansion, the Gladius is fast, maneuverable and capable of punching far above its weight.
  • 15

    RSI Constellation Andromeda

    This Constellation variant is a replacement for the base Constellation.
  • 16

    Aegis Reclaimer

    The Reclaimer, from noted military contractor Aegis, is an industrial-quality salvage ship. Equipped with a reinforced cargo bay, a long-range jump drive and launch pods for unmanned drones, the Reclaimer is an ideal ship for taking advantage of deep space wrecks.
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    MISC Starfarer

    The MISC Starfarer is the galaxy’s standard fuel transporter. Starfarers are ubiquitous on both sides of the fueling process: their massive tanks allow for both the collection of space borne fuel from gas giants and extrasolar sources as well as the transport of active fuel from refinery stations to the primary market.
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    Anvil Arrow

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    RSI Constellation Aquila

    The Constellation Aquila is a Constellation variant focused on Exploration.
  • 20

    Origin 325a

    The 325a is the combat-oriented model of the 300 series produced by Origin Jumpworks GmbH. It features an advanced weapon payload and a custom WillsOp targeting system. It's equipped by default with a K&W mass driver cannon.
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    MISC Freelancer DUR

    The Freelancer DUR is an exploration-oriented variant of the MISC Freelancer. The DUR variant sacrifices 25% of its default cargo capacity for an improved jump drive, a larger fuel tank, and an upgraded scanner.
  • 22

    RSI Orion

    Roberts Space Industries’ goal has always been to make the stars available to individual Citizens. Now, with the RSI Orion mining platform, RSI is letting individuals take over a process formerly controlled by megacorporations. The Orion’s features include high-grade turret-mounted tractor beam arrays, durable exterior-accessible ‘saddlebags’ for mineral storage and a cabin designed by the team that brought you the Aurora and Constellation!
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    Javelin-class Destroyer


    The Javelin’s heavily armored bridge looks out over the rest of the ship’s superstructure. Centered around a fleet-class command-and-control interface, the bridge allows a dozen crewman to have full run of both the destroyer’s facilities and eye-on awareness of its deep space environs. Bridge positions include captain, executive officer, communications, weapons, radar, helm and science positions.

    The bridge is surrounded by escape pods designed to allow the entire command team to make a quick egress should the worst happen. These escape pods, which can be found throughout the ship, are designed to carry five crew each. These escape pods are military-spec, oriented for easy retrieval by unladen Argo transport ships.

     Ship TypeNumberGladius1Hornet1Avenger1Gladiator1300 Series1M502Aurora2Cutlass1Mustang1Merlin4

    The Javelin’s bottom deck includes six dedicated cargo rooms, two engineering facilities and access to the engine column. From the


    The Javelin’s Top Deck, also known as ‘officer country,’ is home to quarters for the ship’s captain and executive officer, with all the comforts of home. The prime attraction of the Top Deck is six modular rooms and the upper hangar (used for smaller launches or cargo.) Aegis Dynamics produces an array of battle-oriented room modules which can easily be slotted in and out of place while the Javelin is on orbit; a number of other manufacturers are now creating aftermarket modules for civilian roles such like science and cartography. Additional escape pods for officers are present on the top deck.

    Javelin isn’t just a name; the ship’s internal layout philosophy is based around long, straight ‘javelin’ corridors. Right angle turns are used almost exclusively to connect to more long, straight corridors, giving the ship an overall cramped but stretched feel.



    Mid-Deck aboard a Javelin is where the real work happens. It includes access to two torpedo bays and six turret emplacements, giving the ship both offensive and defensive capabilities. The Javelin’s engine column is located here, and the Navy advises that it be staffed at all times for optimal performance. Onboard communications connects the engine column directly to the command stations on the bridge. Two of the modular component rooms can be slotted on to the mid-deck. The ship’s left flank includes access to the hangar, medical bay and brig, while the right flank includes two sets of crew quarters, showers, toilets and the mess hall. Mid-deck also includes escape pods.

    Each deck is given a specific function and in the case of the mid-deck, divided laterally with crew habitation and functions placed on the right and military functions on the left. The sub-decks are reserved for engineering and turret access with their cramped, dimly lit corridors reflecting their utilitarian maintenance purpose.


     engine column, crew can access two STS turrets and four of the modular component rooms. 
    The Javelin’s main hangar is also located in this area. While smaller than a dedicated carrier’s hangar, the Javelin can still accommodate a limited number of individual spacecraft. The Hangar is primarily designed to deploy a single Aegis Redeemer gunship and a crew of marines for boarding operations, but other ship types can also be stored. A chart of existing types is attached.


    Finally, the Javelin has a pair of sub-decks with access to additional functionality. Sub-Deck 1 provides access to two modular component rooms, while Sub-Deck 2 features three Class 6 ATAturret emplacements and a maintenance EVA airlock. The Sub-Decks are the area most exposed to space, and are the best place to assign junior organization members.

    The ship’s six-total swappable ‘customizable rooms’ make the base Javelin a chassis that can be customized for different roles by switching these rooms. Although first and foremost a combat focused ship, this flexibility has allowed the Javelin to serve well beyond the life expectancy of other ships of its age.

    Length345mBeam148mHeight65mNull-Cargo MassTBCCargo Capacity5400 standard cargo units (SCU)Minimum Crew23Max Power Plant2 x Size 8Factory Power PlantTBAMax Engine (Primary Thrust)4 x TR7Factory EngineTBCManeuvering Thrusters12 x TR4Factory Maneuvering ThrustersTBCMax Shield14ShieldTBCWeaponsx13 Size 5 ATA Turrets
    x2 Size 7 STS Turrets
    x2 9m Desolator Class Anti-Capital Ship Torpedo launchersEscape Pods16 × 5-man 3m x 3m x 4m (Total – 80 )Modular Component Baysx12Modular Roomsx6


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    Aegis Retaliator

    The Retaliator is the United Earth Empire’s premiere, if aging, jump-capable heavy bomber. Massive formations of these spacecraft running long-range strike missions is not an uncommon sight around the fringes of the empire. With a distinctive elongated silhouette that is dotted with turrets and carrying a massive bomb load, the Retaliator is an effective symbol of Imperial might.
  • 25

    RSI Bengal Class Carrier

    The Bengal-class is the UEE’s “tip of the spear.” The iconic Bengal is the most powerful warship available to the UEE Navy and its imposing presence has held off raiders and the Vanduul throughout the outer colonies, allowing humanity to spread unchallenged.