1.1 What is StarWars: Rebellion?
2.101 Capital Ships
2.12 Research & Development
5. Alliance-specific strategy gameplay tips
7.1 Attack on the Death
8. Winning the game, submitted
tips & tactics
9. Ships & Character information
Star Wars Rebellion is a grand strategy game of galactic expansion and domination. At the game's start, players choose to take the role of either the Rebel Alliance or the Galactic Empire. Players then battle it out for control of the known Star Wars galaxy (up to 200 systems) through strategic deft and tactical savvy.
Star Wars Rebellion takes the "macro" approach to strategy gaming. All the "action" takes place in space over systems, not on them. There are two major components of the game, Strategic and Tactical, and players must satisfy specific victory conditions in order to win the game. (Taken from the Lucasart Web-site at URL:
1.2 Features of StarWars: Rebellion
take command of either the Rebel Alliance or the Galactic Empire
Strategy portion lets players manage manufacturing, resources,
fleet deployment and mission assignments.
Skywalker, Mon Mothma and Admiral Thrawn. 55 characters in all.
LAN, Internet (www.zone.com) and modem-to-modem for two-player
games. (Taken from the
Lucasart Web-site, URL above)
1.3 What are the system requirements
for StarWars: Rebellion?
Computer: 100% Windows 95 DirectX compatible computer required.
Graphics Card: PCI Graphics card required.
CPU: Pentium 90 or faster required.
Pentium 100 or faster recommended for Multiplayer play. Pentium 133 or faster recommended for Internet play.
Memory: 16MB RAM required. 32MB RAM recommended.
CD-ROM: Quad speed CD-ROM drive required.
Sound Card: 100% Windows 95 compatible 16-bit sound card required.
Input Device: 100% Windows 95 compatible keyboard or mouse required.
DirectX: CD includes necessary Microsoft DirectX 5.0 drivers. You must have DirectX 5.0 installed on your computer to play Star Wars Rebellion.
Installation: Minimum installation requires 53MB free hard disk space; Typical Installation requires 113 MB; Maximum Installation requires 151 MB.
(Taken from the Tsguide.doc
and the StarWars:Rebellion CD)
Thanks to Lucasarts for
making this awesome strategy game, and to The Zone for making
it available for free Internet play!
Thanks to those that I've
played on The Zone, thus making it possible for me to write this
FAQ. I wouldn't have known these things if it weren't for you!
Especially Wyvern and Alltime and MA_Tomrad
for "beta-testing" :-)
Thanks to Kuo-Sheng (Kasey)
Chang, who by writing the XCOM FAQ's showed my how it's done.
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This guide assumes that you are already familiar with the interface (where to click to send your fleet to a planet, etc.). If you are not yet familiar with StarWars: Rebellion, please read the manual first.
The purpose of this guide and FAQ is to help you, the player, to understand the game better and make it easier to win. Most of which is mentioned in this guide are based on multi-player gaming but the strategies and tactics can also be used in single-player mode with even a greater chance for success. You can also contribute to this guide by submitting your own serious tips & tactics (not just 'build loads of ships and attack everything') and you'll get credit for it.
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April 21st, 1998
Added section 9, Ships &
Character information and some minor adjustments.
2. General strategic
Let's just say, without maintenance points you're getting nowhere fast. Things will soon be lost and destroyed if maintenance is at a negative number. This can happen in several ways. The two most common ways are first of all when you have little maintenance points and your opponent blockades one or several of your planets. Then they can't ship their resources to you, therefore less resources and resulting in a negative number of points.
Second, if as said earlier you are low on maintenance points and your opponent attacks and takes over one or more of your planets you will end up on a negative number of points.
A third way that you can
suffer from this is if your opponent bombards all your military
and civilian facilities and troops off the surface of the planet
thus rendering it non-productive until you can re-build what was
2.2 Building facilities,
where to build them and what to build
So over to the next big thing, building. You usually start off with atleast one Construction Yard on one of your planets and if you're lucky you get both a Shipyard and a Troop Training Facility,
but don't count on it. If you don't get any of the three, find the nearest planet that has a Construction Yard and use Diplomacy to gain control of it. There are many ways to successfully building up your planets, here's a good way to do just that.
Build up 2 planets in a system with 2 Construction Yards early in the game and one planet with 3 Construction Yards. This way what you then build will go faster, later on. Then, when this is done you check to see what else you got in that system. There should at least be 2 Shipyards and 2 Troop Training Facilities in each system, if not build it. When these criteria's are met, it is important that each planet gets 2 GenCore shields and 1 LNR Series1 lasers for defense. That way no fleet can bombard you without suffering severe losses, and your planet is safe from attack by opponents ground forces.
Then it's time to have a look at your maintenance points. Running low are they ? If so, you must build mines and/or refineries. Always try to have equal number of both for maximum output. If the Raw Materials Monitor shows a number greater than 0, it usually means that you have more mines than refineries. So then you should build more refineries. If the Raw Materials Monitor's number are constantly on 0 it means you're low on mines. Build more mines. Try to have equal the number of mines as refineries for maximum output which is 50 pr. pair.
Your maintenance points O.K. then ? Good, let's continue. If you have already colonized Rim-system planets then you might consider building there now, but we'll come back to that a little later.
So now you have a system, or maybe most of it and you've done what you can to build it up and defend it for now. So it's time to see what those other structures should do.
For all planets to try to successfully safeguard and defend it self from sabotage, espionage, incite uprising and ground attacks it needs stationed troops. The more troopers stationed the more difficult it is for your opponent to do harm to that planet (unless he's got the Death Star, of course). So start you Troop Training Facilities cranking out the cheapest ones available in the beginning and spread them around as soon as they're finished with one. BUT remember to check the Trooper Requirement in the planetary overview so that the minimum requirement is met or else you will lose support on that planet and it will declare Neutrality and you'll ultimately lose it. Try to station at least 2 trooper regiments on each planet, preferably 3. On your most important planets, try to station a character and promote him/her to General for max. protection.
Are there hostile planets in or near your system ? Then the next task for you Troop Training Facilities is to build spies, infiltrators or commandos, guerrillas and Nogri Death Commandos which how you use we'll talk about later in this FAQ.
Last but not least we got to get those Shipyards working. You should set them to work on a Capital Ship immediately or after they are deployed. Since you probably only have one Shipyard on a planet a good tactic is to build Escort Carriers for fighter squadrons. They're cheap on maintenance and takes about 130 days to build with one Shipyard. If you have 2 Shipyards in a system, set the other to build 6 or more fighter squadrons to be attached to your Escort Carrier when it's manufactured. We'll get more into building a fleet later on.
From now on your building
task in the Core System consists of expanding and improving your
current installations. For each system you have control or major
control of you should eventually try to have a planet with 5 or
more Shipyards/Advanced Shipyards, a planet with 4 or more Troop
Training Facilities/Advanced Troop Training Facilities and 2 planets
with 3 or more Construction Yards/Advanced Construction Yards.
If you can afford it, in terms of maintenance points, have a
second planet with 2-3 Shipyards/Advanced Shipyards for making
fighters while the other's making Capital Ships.
2.3 Diplomacy and the Core
Diplomacy plays a great role in this game, and you will have difficulties winning without doing some. To find out which character can do diplomacy missions right-click on it and choose 'Status'.
The higher the 'Diplomacy rating' the higher the chance of a character successfully completing the mission in a short time.
If playing The Empire, the first thing you should do is take control of your home system Sesswenna. As Rebels, you should probably go for the Farfin, Sluis or Fakir systems. Go for the planets that has facilities already built on them. Construction Yards first, then Shipyards and Training Facilities. First take over as many planets as you can, preferably all if there's no enemy presence there.
Then let one character do 'mop-up' diplomatic missions so the popularity rating is all in your favor. That way it is way much harder for your opponent to do missions and take over your planets.
If you need to attack and take control of an enemy planet in that system and you successfully do so, the popularity rating would probably won't be in your favor on that particular planet when it's done. Then you just let one of your diplomats do a mission to persuade them to see the good in your cause and ultimately achieve full support on that planet.
As you gain control of a
system you send your diplomats (leaving one to do the 'mop-up')
to the next system of your choosing. And repeating the process.
In the end all the core system will be under you and your opponents
control. Then some of those diplomats, who also have good scores
in other skills can be put to use in other areas and later on
new diplomatic missions as you take control of enemy planets.
What's your opponent up to ? Where are his characters ? Want to sabotage that SSD ? Maybe bring that Luke in for interrogation ? Or why not spread viscous rumors about that evil looking old fart Palpatine to start a revolution on a planet ?
Spies can do spy missions (duh!), but they're better at it if you team them up with one or two characters which has a good attribute in this particular skill. And it's even better if you have put one of those characters as a Decoy, preferably the one with the highest espionage rating. Because he's so good at it, he'll lure the troopers away while the other do their thing.
The same goes for sabotage missions. Team your saboteurs up with characters and set one for decoy. The skills that are important in these missions are the average of a character's combat and espionage rating. You can sabotage all facilities, ships and personnel except
Abduction and assassination missions? Same thing. Team up your Infiltrators/Nogri Death Commandos with characters, put one on decoy and off you go. Skills evaluated are combat skill of character attempting mission minus combat of character to be abducted or assassinated.
When it comes to Incite/Subdue Uprising, one character is usually enough. Skills evaluated are:
Incite: Leadership of character minus Loyalty to other side
Subdue: Leadership of character minus loyalty of planet to other side
Of course the grand modifier here is what does your opponent got stationed on the targeted planet or in orbit of it. If he's got a General to lead troops your mission might be foiled at best, or it may fail completely and you personnel and character(s) might die or be imprisoned. If there are no troops what so ever on the planet and no orbiting fleet, your mission should be a piece of cake.
One scenario that many people have difficulty with is what I like to call the 'Coruscant-scenario'. You arrive at a planet and do a blockade only to find out that it has 2 GenCores or more, 1 LNR Laser or more, 9+ troop regiments, a character that's a General and several other character that might be promoted to one if the first one is abducted or dies. On top of this, there might be saboteur-characters and the likes on that planet to worry about too. On thing would surely be to move the fleet to a safe distance to send your personnel on spy/sabotage/abduction missions to that planet. You can be sure of that your opponent will relocate his important personnel ASAP, so you might want to maintain the blockade.
All in all this is a risky scenario, and you'll probably get some of your characters imprisoned or killed. So bring your heavy hitters. For The Empire you might consider Labansat, Darth Vader and Noval Garaint for example. As Reb's you would want Han Solo, Chewie, Mazer Rackus and Luke (if you feel lucky!). Also stack up the enough personnel other than characters (Spies, Infiltrators and the likes).
Then you have two main choices
of sabotage. One, go after the General and try to abduct him
thus making it easier to get to the troops. Or two, go straight
for the troops, thus making it easier to get to the LNR Lasers
and GenCores. Your ultimate goal is to take out the LNR Laser
and GenCore defenses so that you can bombard the enemy ground
troops or do an all out attack on his troopers with your troops.
Why just blockade one planet when you can blockade them all ?
This is not an easy task, but it can pay off very well indeed.
As mentioned earlier, when a planet is under blockade the player that owns that planet can not benefit from its resources and gets his maintenance points lowered. See where this is going ? So all that it takes is one ship to blockade it. Your opponent might have 20-30 or more planets, so this is going to cost you too and you'll probably run into something when you arrive in orbit. Usually this is fighters, but normally there's only 3-6 squadrons you encounter.
The best ship to battle fighters are the Lancer Frigates and the Corellian Gun Ship but Assault Transports and Corellian Corvettes are also good.
So let's say you go for
a blockade of 20 of your opponents planets it will cost the Reb's
about 460 Maint. Points and The Empire about 600 Maint. Points.
This is a lot early in the game, and also later. You never know
when you need those maintenance points to build an ISD or a Mon
Calamari to repel an attack you can see coming your way. And
some of those blockade ships will probably run into other Capital
ships or planets with more than 6 squadrons of fighters and have
to retreat or be destroyed. If you just get 10 of those 20 to
do a successful blockade for some years, your opponent will most
likely lose something due to shortage in maintenance. What he
loses looks like is decided at random. It will also take him
some time to chase away all your ships with his fleet, and by
then you might be ready to blockade him elsewhere in the galaxy.
Though be aware, while you are concentrating on this task, your
opponent might amass a great fleet and lots of troops to invade
your home system.
You arrive with your fleet to a system that your opponent controls some or most of the planets and some are still neutral. You jump from planet to planet to check what defenses they have and finally you find one that has no shield or lasers but has loads of mines, refineries and other cool stuff you can blow to bits with your fleet
and start shouting 'Bombs
away!'. But wait! While you blew that planet and those on it
to kingdom come the whole systems popularity rating turn in your
disfavor and even the neutral planets joined your enemy. Why
? Most likely because you didn't just kill the troopers, but
you killed off all of the civilians. Yeah, that's right. Those
guys working in the mines and refineries and stuff you just blew
away. People won't care much for you after that, oh no. So then
you have to do it the hard way and invading all of them the old
fashion way. So be careful when you bombard, and stop when all
fighting troops are eliminated. This usually won't damage your
reputation that much.
2.7 Attacking planets with
So it's time to send in
the cavalry. A planet ripe for the taking is beneath your mighty
fleet. All those grand Capital Ships with all those slick fighters.
Did you remember to bring enough troops ? Because if a planet
has no liking for you at all and the popularity rating is all
in your opponents favor it won't be enough with one or two troop
regiments but you need 6 preferably 7 of them or else the planet
medieval on you and there will be an instant uprising, and then
you need more than 6-7 regiments too keep the little man down.
Sometimes it take 12 regiments to whip them back to obedience
and that takes a while, so you must use personnel and/or character
to suppress the uprising. And by the time you've done all that
the remaining planets in the system could be heavily fortified
and your crusade to conquer your opponents planets a tedious and
difficult one. A good diplomat is also something you should bring
to such a feast.
2.8 Subdue uprisings
All hell's lose on your
newly acquired planet and you'd better do something about it.
This is not as difficult as it seems, if you got what it takes
in the close vicinity. You should try to have a character with
high leadership abilities to do the mission. It speeds up the
process if you station more troopers on the planet.
2.9 Colonizing the Rim-systems
Now this is the really fun part, the race for the Rim-systems. The one that can colonize fastest and many one the planets and systems in the Rim-system can almost solely rely on them and don't have to worry too much of loosing a planet or two in the Core System.
As soon as you feel you have control of your doings in the Core System send a transport, or if in lack of send any ship to explore the Rim-systems close to where you have a safe guarded Construction Yard. When you find an unsettled planet that has a long Energy Consumption Bar let one of your regiments land there if the ships is a transport, if not take a note of the planet and return there with a transport ASAP.
Make your first priority to find and colonize the three planets with the most Energy Consumption rating so you can build a lot of structures there. Stack the first planet with all but three Adv. Const. Yards (you should have them by now, or else use the ordinary ones) because you need the three last slots for 2 GenCores and a LNR Series laser. This planet usually gets 5-8 Const. Yards. Fill the next one up with all but three of Shipyards (pref. Advanced if available) and 2 GenCores and a LNR Series laser. This planet should have 7-10 Shipyards on it. The third one you fill up with all but three with Troop Training Facilities (pref. Advanced here too) and 2 GenCores and a LNR Series laser.
The rest of that system
you can fill with refineries and mines. Then move to the next
system and do the same there, and now you have a huge Construction
Yard center at your initial Rim-system to help you build the next
system and so on. Then you end up with several fast building
systems that'll give you more ships and troops than you can shake
a stick at. Your opponent is probably doing the same, so hurry
on. And use your fleet to attack him once in a while to keep
him distracted. Send spy ships to the Rim-systems on his side
of the galaxy to find out what he's up to, because he's probably
on his way to find you too. The race of the Rim-systems are on!
2.10 Building fleets
The game dealt you a lousy
fleet did it ? Just a couple of corvettes and a transport ?
There must be more fun ships to play with ? Yes, there are many
of them. All with their pro's and con's, and I'm not going to go into
the specific stats of every ship because that's in the game already.
So what to build then ?
2.101 Capital Ships
As stated earlier, the first you should consider building is a couple of Escort Carriers to add more fighters to your fleet early in the game. After that you'll need some punch to your fleet, but it takes forever to build an ISD with just one shipyard so you should wait until you have at least three preferably four shipyards on a planet until you do that. Until then you set your shipyards to produce fighters because you're going need them on you Cap. Ships later anyway. The rebels got it easier because they get the Nebulon-B Frigate early in the game, and
it takes no longer to build than approx. 130 days or so. So the rebels should build 3-4 of these as early as possible. You can also build a couple of Dreadnaughts as they pack an O.K. amount of punch when your early in the game. Later in the game you can use them to hunt down blockade ships. When you got 4-5 shipyards built you'll probably have researched the Mon Calamari cruiser so you build a couple of those too. As The Empire I'd recommend building VSDs instead of ISDs early on because they'll be built faster and a have a good turbo laser ratio. Though this is a matter of opinion. ISDs are a overall better ship, your call. Team this fleet up with a couple of transports and you have an O.K. attack and defend fleet to start off with. Later on I'll go more in-depth on each sides Capital ships, and what to build later on.
Now many people fail to see the importance of the fighters in this game. For instance 6 squadrons of X-Wings can take out a lone ISD even with full compliment of TIE-Fighters. After equipping your fleet with fighters you should consider stationing 9 squadrons on each of your planets, if you can afford it. If the enemy attacks your planet with a considerable force you can still cripple it a lot
and surely take out most of its fighters if not all of them, and if your lucky you'll hurt some of the Cap. Ships too thus making it vulnerable to attack from your fleet if it's close by. This is a general tip, and as with the Cap. Ships I'll go into
more details about the fighters for each side later on.
At the beginning of the game you start off with a certain number of characters. Some of these show up at the start in every game, and some are randomly put there. For example The Empire always has the Emperor, Darth Vader, Jerjerrod and Piet. The Rebels always start off with Luke, Leia, Han Solo, Chewie, Wedge Antilles, Jan Dodonna and last but not least Mon Mothma. But to get certain things done, you'll need more characters and here's where the recruiting come in.
The Empire should consider
using the Emperor and/or Darth Vader at this. The rebels best
recruiter is clearly Mon Mothma, but even Luke and Leia can be
used successfully. After a while those new-found characters should
come running to your cause. Some of them are excellent spies
and saboteurs, some good diplomats, some are good for command
staff (Admiral/General/Commander) and there are those who can
research and develop new facilities, troops and ships for you.
Which brings us to out next point.
2.12 Research & Development
To research and develop these new facilities, troops and ships you need characters that have skills in just the area you want developed.
These skills are also displayed in the character status screen. For example Wedge Antilles has skills in Ship Design, and so has Thrawn. Lando Calrissian has skills in facility design, and so has Villar.
When you get these characters immediately send them to the nearest planet with the appropriate facilities available. Hence the Ship Designers do their mission on a planet that has a shipyard, facility designers at a planet with a construction yard, troop trainers at a planet with a troop training facility.
You will advance in these
areas even without any characters on a research mission, but very
slowly. So put them to work ASAP. Your success may very well
depend on it.
3. General tactical
3.1 What ship(s) should attack
what target ?
The battle is on, and both fleets are facing each other. Now what
should be your first target and which ships should target it ?
If your enemy's got a lot of fighters you should worry about them first because if you only concentrate your fire on the Cap. Ships the fighters will surely fry your fleet. Have your fighters go after the enemy fighters immediately. Playing the rebels you should use your Corvettes and/or Corellian Gunboats and Escort Carriers to target the fighters too. As the Empire you use your Lancer Frigates, Escort Carriers and Carrack Light Cruiser for this task. Have your main fleet target the fighters for a short time on their way to do battle with the opponents Cap. ships, but as soon as they get close re-configure the targeting setting so you'll attack his Cap. ships. This way you might take out a couple of his fighter squadrons on the way.
Now it's a test of strength and strategy although you are limited in how you can move your fleet around. Both sides will start pounding on the biggest ship the opponent's got and after a while ships on both side usually gets disabled or destroyed. By that time, or even sooner if your lucky, your fighters and small Cap. ships have taken care of the escorting fighters or both sides lost their fighters and are left with just the small Cap. ships from the fighter attack group. Bring all that is left to bear on the rest of your enemy's fleet. If you still got your fighters pretty much intact they will start to launch torpedo runs at the targeted Cap. ship as soon as its shield drop and that will disable it faster than any other ships can and you've probably on the way to winning this battle.
If the remainder of your
enemy's fleet is trying to escape and you don't have any interdictor
ships yet, try to use the 'Tactics'-button to do a 'Anvil' maneuver
if a ship in your fleet has a tractor beam. This will slow down
a retreating ship, maybe long enough for you to disable and destroy
3.2 Attack or wait to be
This method won't work all
the time, but once in a while you'll play someone that only uses
the 'attack it all' strategy and then you've got a good chance
of getting the upper hand early in the battle. By holding back
all of your fleet and waiting for him to come to you his fighters
should be on top of your ships long before his Cap. ships arrive.
Let his fighters have it form all your ships, fighters and Cap.
ships. By the time he figured out what happened his fighters
are long gone and you've got yours pretty much intact. Now target
his Capital ships and watch the fun. Even though it seemed as
you where outnumbered in the beginning your fighters might now
again make the difference, and you might force him to retreat
or destroy his fleet.
3.3 Retreat, wise or cowardly
Sometimes you can see right off that you don't stand a chance. So what then ? Should you take as many of them with you when you die, or should you rather retreat to live and fight another day ?
Well it all depends on where you are, and the popularity rating in that system. If the rating is all in your disfavor it doesn't really matter, your call. There could be an advantage in crippling the enemy fleet so you can hit it with a larger one a short time after.
If the popularity rating
is mixed or mostly in your favor you should consider retreat because
your rating will drop if you lose a battle with Cap. ships.
4.1 Coruscant, the seat of
Your HQ where evil lurks in every shadow and only the strong survives. During a game you can be 100% sure your opponent's going to swing by for a quick fight at this location. He'll probably want to invade it too so you better be ready for him.
You should station storm troopers and/or dark troopers here and plenty of them. Nine or twelve regiments should do the trick. Fighters should be garrisoned here too and which ones is a matter of preference. Something like 12-24 squadrons will usually at least take out most of his fighters when he arrives, if he doesn't come knocking with a super-armada that is. Still, if he does you'll hurt him. That's why you might consider having a fleet nearby too. Not at Coruscant because if you lose the battle your popularity rating will go down due to your loss right there on your home turf, and people might start having second thoughts about your abilities to rule. Have a fleet stationed near by to swiftly go and attack him before he gets a chance to reinforce his fighter squadrons. And now you know what's in orbit of Coruscant but he's got no clue what you'll be bringing to the party until it's too late.
If you like to be there in advance though with a large fleet, you can do frequent spy missions on Coruscant to see what's coming your way or if there's any agents of his doing mischief on your home planet.
When it comes to characters you should at least have a general and a commander there, and 2-3 others that can be promoted to do their job if one of them should get abducted. On top of that you should have some sabotage/abduction personnel stationed there yourself with characters specialized in that particular area. That way you can abduct characters from his fleet, and even take out a few of those Mon Calamari Cruisers before your attack fleet arrives.
It is real important for
you to hold on to Coruscant, especially if playing with HQ victory
conditions (needless to say). If you lose Coruscant your popularity
rating in Sesswenna will plummet. The surrounding planets will
start to think you're a wuzz and will lean towards the rebellion
and if you're really unlucky some will even declare neutrality.
So you'd better 'lock & load', and hold this planet.
4.2 Your characters, how
to use them and where ?
We've talked some about recruiting before, and that you should use the Emperor and/or Lord Vader to this job. This is a matter of preference but it's usually enough to let the Emperor do this on Coruscant and let Vader do diplomatic missions in the beginning.
Jerjerrod and Piet are, and do become good diplomatic characters during the game and should be used as such. Thrawn should be put on ship research detail ASAP when you get him although you'd rather like him as an admiral. But he can do that job later on when that SSD research is finished (how about SSD Thrawn ? :-) ). Veers and Covell should ho straight into troop training research and let Villar do a little facility research. Labansat, Noval Garaint, Garindan, Menndo and the likes are your spy/abduction-assassination/sabotage capable characters. Lord Vader can also train other characters that has force abilities and make them more powerful.
There are many character
besides these that can do R&D missions or the other ones but
that'll take forever to go into, just check the character status
screen to see which ones can to what.
4.3 The Capital ships
The VSD and the ISD are the biggest ones you start off. The VSDs got a slightly bigger turbo-laser punch but no ion's and they have less shields. The Dreadnaughts are O.K. ships early on, but later they're just good for defense and blockade busting. The Carrack Light Cruiser is a real wimp of a ship that you'll probably don't want to build many of if at all. Escort Carriers are an important fighter carrying ship that you'll need early on and maybe later too.
Lancer frigates are important ships and if you put 6-10 of them in a fleet you'll have a pretty good defense against fighters. Star Galleons are slightly better than the crappy Galleons, carrying 3 regiments and has a small defensive capability. Assault Transports are pretty expensive to use as troop transports, but they're the fastest ships you've got therefore excellent to transport command staff around and to initiate blockades of enemy planets. The Interdictor Cruiser makes sure your opponents ships won't leave the battle, other than that they're not particular great in terms of firepower. They are also good as starfighter exterminators. The VSD II ships really gets you somewhere though, but you've lost the old VSD troop carrying capabilities. Strike Cruisers are a good offensive ship and packs good firepower. When you get the ISD IIs you'll probably have a good and large fleet already, but consider building quite a few of these since they're the second best ship you'll get. One tactic is to scrap your VSD and ISDs and replace them with the IIs or, if you can afford it put the old ones in a 'reserve fleet' for some hit and run attacks or for defense.
So there it is, your grand
ship, the Super Star Destroyer. It really kicks the crap out
of your enemy, got great shielding and firepower but costs a hell
of a lot to maintain though any fleet should at least have one
in them if you can afford it. And now you can let Thrawn finally
be the Grand Admiral he's destined to be.
4.4 The Fighters
The TIE-Fighters are your basic fighter but the lack of shielding and hyperspace capabilities makes it obsolete later in the game. The you get the TIE-Bomber which is a slow and sluggish ship, still no shields and hyperdrive though it has both laser and ion cannons, can deliver heavy bombs that can be to your advantage if they survive the enemy fighters. The TIE-Interceptor, now there's a good fighter. You should start to replace your TIE-Fighters as soon as you research the Interceptor. At the end of the line is the excellent TIE-Defender. It has all the things you want, hyperdrive, shielding, torpedoes and probably a expresso machine in there somewhere if you look hard enough. Some people have expressed that they think the Interceptor is a superior fighter to the Defender but I can't see why. But then again, it's your game :)
Make sure you always load
your Death Star with the Defenders though, to make it more difficult
for the Alliance to to make a death star attack run.
4.5 'Alert all commands and
deploy the fleet'
The fleet is ready to attack, now where should it strike ? This all depends on the purpose of your mission. It could be useful to have your spies make sure what's at which planet at what time so you know what's pretty much in store for you when you get there. Early on in the game, send a lone ship on a search mission in the Rim-systems to try to locate the Alliance base. When you locate it, let your ship stay so that you know if the Alliance tries to move the HQ. You might want to send a small fleet to help baby sitting it until you get a larger strike force assembled. When you get there, let a transport drop a regiment on a close by unsettled planet. That way, if your fleet needs to retreat it don't have to go all the way back to the Core. By doing all this, you might distract the Alliance player so that he'll drop everything and try to rescue his HQ. At least that'll buy you some time doing things in peace and relative quiet in the Core system.
Then there's the problem of knowing how big a fleet you need to take out your opponent. Although you might have super shipyards spewing out ships, don't think for a second that he hasn't got any.
If you under estimate your opponent you might very well fail. The longer you wait to build up your fleet, the longer time he's got to do the same. Not to mention dig in his troops, and deploying loads of defenses. So this is the tricky part, but if you put together 4 Escort Carriers, 10 Lancer Frigates, 3 VSDs, 3 ISDs, 1 Interdictor, 3 VSD IIs and load them up with all TIE-Defenders (or 6 squadrons of Bombers and the rest TIE-Interceptors) and troopers. You're ready to do some serious battle in mid-time game play. If you want this fleet to attack planets so that you can assimilate them into the Empire you might want to bring some Star Galleons with troops too so you can swiftly attack several planets in a row.
If, on the other hand you
want to wait and have that big fleet with that grand SSD the recipe
for a fleet is something quite different because by now the Alliance
could have the Bulwark Cruiser and that's a force to be reckoned
with. So dump those old VSDs and ISDs and bring 10-15 Lancers,
4 Escort Carriers, 1 Interdictor, 4 VSD IIs, 6 ISD IIs and the
SSD all packed with Defenders and troops. Make sure you've got
and Admiral and Commander onboard though, the make the fleet and
it's fighters respond quicker in battle. But don't put the command
staff on the biggest ship. Your best bet is to put them on the
Interdictor because it's one of the last ships your enemy will
attack thus reducing the chance for them to get killed. This
fleet pretty much gets you places. Some people like to bring
20 of that and 30 of that and so on. But why wait until you have
it all, when you can finish the game sooner ? Well, that's my
opinion. This game can be won in many different ways.
4.6 Death Star diplomacy
Finally, your death star is ready for deployment. It can carry more than a fair number of troops and fighters too. Bringing a death star in to a system sure strikes fear in those that live there. The day after you've taken out a planet, you only need 2 regiments stationed there to keep it under you control. But if you move the DS to another planet you'll get rioting and uprisings so you might as well station 6 regiments there to begin with, at least until you've turned the popularity in your favor with a diplomatic mission.
I bet you'd like to destroy a planet too with your DS, but that will surely give you more grief that pleasure. Popularity all over the Core systems will go down, people just don't like you anymore and for a good reason. If you really want to destroy planets, you should do so in the Rim-systems. The Core doesn't react to what ever you do out there.
But the DS is fragile too,
if not under protection of a death star shield or accompanied
by TIE-Defenders. X-Wings have a fair chance of making a successful
attack run if not. The DS can also be sabotaged by the Alliance,
so make sure you've got a General there with your troops.
strategy gameplay tips
5.1 Alliance HQ, where is
it safe ?
Your HQ is always located somewhere in the Rim-systems when you start a new game. So should you just leave it where it is, or move it somewhere else ? Well...it depends where it's located in the first place. If it's close to Sesswenna or even worse in the Sumitra sector (where Yavin is), you should consider moving it early in the game. Rim-systems like Orus and Xappyh are prime candidates because of their great distance from Sesswenna, Corellia and Dolomar systems where the Empire tend to base their power. Systems like Jospro, Glythe and even Abrion are good choices. Send a transport right away to the system of your choice and let a regiment land on a unsettled world then send your HQ there on the double. Remember to send some troops too.
Later, when you colonized
many of the Rim-system's you can move your base around once in
a while if you like to keep it safe. At least you should do frequent
espionage missions at the planet the HQ's at to see if there's
any enemy activity there or incoming enemy fleets.
5.2 Your characters, how
to use them and where ?
When you start off you should send Mon Mothma on recruiting missions from day 2 and until all available characters are recruited.
She is by far the best recruiting character you've got. Put Han Solo and Chewie on a corvette and make some spies/infiltrators to team them up with and send them on spy/demolition/abduction missions. Han Solo is great at this sort of work, although he looks scruffy :-)
Wedge Antilles and Ackbar goes straight off to Ship Design, Leia should do diplomatic missions and so should Jan Dodonna and Luke (early on). Send Lando on facility design when you get him.
After Luke returns from
Degobah you should try to let him confront Vader or the Emperor.
Luke's a pretty slippery guy, and usually gets away such an encounter
and when he does his abilities will increase drastically. Do
this over again and he'll be *the* most powerful character in
the galaxy, even more so than Vader ever was and will soon become
a Jedi Master. Even at the rank of Jedi Knight he can train other
characters that has the force ability and make them more powerful
5.3 The Capital Ships
Well, you don't start off with much in this area do you. Dreadnaughts are the best ships you start off with I'm afraid but if you've got a couple of them they can hold off at least a VSD. Bulk Cruisers are not worth building at all, instead you should rather concentrate on building 2-3 Escort Carriers as soon as you can so you can bring more fighters with you on attack missions. The Corellian Corvettes are O.K. for starfighter defense and having 2-3 of them in your early fleet wont do any harm. Don't bother building the Medium Transport when you can get the Bulk Transport that takes 3 times more regiments. By the time you've finished building your Escort Carriers the Nebulon-B Frigate research should be ready. Now here's your first good ship. It's got good firepower, a shield rating of 300 and carries 2 squadrons of fighters. 3 of these can go up against a ISD any time of the week. When you get the Mon Calamari Cruiser you've got you first ship that can stand up to a VSD on its own, and hurt a ISD real bad. A Nebulon-B Frigate and a Mon Calamari can take out a ISD with no great problems. The Corellian Gunboats are the counterparts to the Empires Lancer Frigates though they have a slightly less rating on their laser batteries. Make 10+ of these to swiftly take care of your opponents fighters. The CC-7700 Frigate has the same interdict capabilities as the Interdictor Cruiser, not much firepower though. The Assault Frigate is a heavy hitter, though it can't carry any troops or fighters. Any fleet should at least have 4-5 of these. The Liberator Cruiser is a great Cap. ship that has great shielding, good firepower and can carry 6 squadrons of fighters and 3 regiments of troops. Replace your Escort Carriers with these ASAP. Nothing much to say about the CC-9600 Frigate except it's good and pretty much in the same class as the Assault Frigate so build some for your fleet. The Dauntless Cruiser is a great ship that can take out a ISD II easy if you use flanking tactics to attack with your broad side. Four fighter squadrons and 2 regiments of troopers won't be to your disadvantage either. You should at least have 4-5 of them in a big fleet.
And here it is the Bulwark
Battlecruiser, the counterpart to the Imperial SSD. With these
in your fleet you'll be giving your opponent some gray hairs on
his head before the game is over, that's for sure. Any fleet
should have at least one of these, if not two.
5.4 The Fighters
Now here's your strong side, especially early in the game. The Y-Wing is as sluggish as the TIE-Bomber but it has shields and hyperdrive. It also fires both lasers and ion cannons at each pass on a Capital ship and then delivers its cargo of torpedoes when the shields are down. The Y-Wings are no match for any TIE-Fighter though except for the TIE-Bomber. The X-Wing though, is a formidable fighter and even carries proton torpedoes. The A-Wings are far too much fragile and does not have strong shields but they're fast and agile and in great numbers they can even take on Cap. ships. The B-Wing is your heavy assault fighter/bomber though. They can really punch holes in a Cap. ship, and aren't that bad as a superiority fighter either but they tend to be eaten by the Interceptors and Defenders if you don't team them up with X-Wings or A-Wings to take care of that problem.
There are many ways how to configure your fleet when it comes to fighters but the overall best and most reliable one is the X-Wing.
It's an all-in-one fighter
and if you stack your fleet with it, you can stand up to the TIE-Defenders
with not much of a problem.
5.5 Using your fleet to spread
As with the Empire strategy, going for your opponents HQ is always a sure bet, in your case this is Coruscant. Scout the planet first so you know what's there when you arrive. A good thing is to colonize a planet in the Calaron or Atrivis sector so if you have to retreat it won't be that far. If you spy-report says that you've got a larger fleet than what's at Coruscant than maybe you should just send in whatever it takes to take that one out. When that's done, wait a couple of days so your opponent can get a look at what you got blockading him at Coruscant. When he thinks he knows what's there and are sending all he got to retaliate you send in the rest of your fleet to reinforce. The bet is he won't check again to see what you've got and when he arrives with his fleet yours will be several times bigger that he'd ever expected and that'll give you a huge advantage. And if you've stored up your nearest planet with loads of starfighters you can quickly reinforce your fleet with such. Many games have been won this way because it will take your opponent a long time to rebuild his fleet and by that time you've taken over the Sesswenna sector at least and sabotaged many of his shipyards in the Core system. As to how you should build up your fleet is a matter of preference, but here are some suggestions.
Early in the game you should concentrate on the Escort Carriers as stated before, Nebulon-B Frigates and some Mon Cals. Therefore a fleet might look something like this: 2 Dreadnaughts, 10 Corellian Gunboats (or Corvettes), 4 Escort Carriers, 3-4 Nebulon-B Frigates and 2 Mon Calamari Cruisers. Pack this one up with X-Wings and troops, you should have a pretty good and balanced fleet.
If you want to go for the
huge fleet as with the Empire here's a suggestion: 15-20 Corellian
Gunboats, 3-4 Nebulon-B Frigates, 1 CC-7700 Frigate, 4 Assault
Frigates, 4 Liberator Cruisers, 2 CC-9600 Frigates (or 2 more
Assault Frigates), 3 Dauntless Cruisers and a Bulwark Battlecruiser.
Also remember not to put your command staff on the largest ship
but rather on a smaller one like the CC-7700 so they wont get
killed early on. If you lose, the chance is that your fleet might
have finished off the Imperial Interdictor Cruiser by the time
they start pounding on your CC-7700 so you can make a hasty retreat.
Many players fail to see the importance of the Sullustan regiments and their excellent capabilities to detect enemy agents and characters and foil their missions and maybe even capture them. They're cheap to maintain and quick to build and every planet should have at least 4-6 of them. That way even with no general present, they can foil missions easy. Also when taking over enemy planets all you ever need are Sullustans. Let your characters sabotage the GenCores and the LNRs so your fleet can bombard the troops away. Then your Sullustans can land safely to take over the planet. The Sullustans also have a better chance of capturing enemy characters on that planet and even better if teamed up with a general.
So they're not any good
at defending against ground attack, but if you opponent wants
that planet he'll take it anyway. You just wait a few days and
go back and bombard his troops again and put new Sullustan regiments
there. Either way it's cheaper for you to replace Sullustans
rather than Calamari or Wookie regiments. But as with all other
things it's a matter of preference, you do what you think is best.
tactical gameplay tips
6.1 The Death Star
Bringing a death star to
a battle can be a risky thing because the Alliance might make
a successful attack run on it and destroy it, but if you have
enough TIE-Defenders you should be safe. You have what Quake
II players would call a BFG (big f***ing gun) on your DS and you
should use it. What target then ? Usually the biggest ship you
can find and blow it up, but if it looks like your going to lose
the battle or you are not sure it could be wise to blow up the
CC-7700 Frigate if it is present so that you can make a retreat
if things aren't going your way. The recharge rate is quite slow
on your super laser and you seldom get to use it more than 2 time
during a battle.
strategy gameplay tips
7.1 Attack on the Death Star
Yet another battle, and this time your opponent brought his death star. Well, we can't have that can we ? If he doesn't have any TIE-Defenders your task should be an easy one, just select your biggest group (red, yellow, green or blue) of X-Wings and send it to blast it to pieces. What ever is left of those X-Wings will join the rest of your fleet when they're done blowing up the DS.
If on the other hand your opponent's got Defenders, you must dispose of these first. Order your fighters and Corellian Gunboats to attack the Defenders, and when they're done send the fighters of to finish off the DS. You shouldn't have lost more than one ship anyway which hopefully won't be that bad.
If you take your fleet to
attack a system with a death star that has a death star shield
to protect it then think again. Always sabotage the death star
shield first or your fleet is surely doomed.
8. Winning the game,
submitted tips & tactics
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Strategic tips & tactics
Task Forces: Narrowing the
Field [The Emperor, Salmando@mediaone.net]
Most people will agree that it's best to have your fleets organized with Task Forces. I have also found a way to drastically improve the
efficiency of these task forces
while playing as the Alliance.
Diplomacy Fleets -
After constructing one CC-9600
frigate, place it in a fleet by itself with one Mon Calamari regiment.
Place the diplomatic characters you are currently using into this
fleet. This way, one fleet (a strike force) can conquer
an enemy world, and the diplomacy fleet can move in to "Clean
Up". This allows you to keep your strike force mobile,
and also provides additional protection to the world where the
diplomacy mission is taking place. This protection comes
from the Mon Cal regiment, with a whopping bombardment defense
strength of 8. This fleet, as the CC-9600 is fast and strong,
keeps your diplomatic characters mobile and away from conflict
Espionage Fleet -
Construct amazingly large amounts of Guerrillas, Bothan Spies, and
Infiltrators, placing them in a fleet that consists of one CC-9600
frigate. Add in the espionage characters currently at work. This
blindingly fast ship will
enable speedy transportation and deployment of these characters
for missions, as well as allowing you to keep tabs on them at
Prison Fleet -
After building a fleet consisting of one Bulk Transport, place 3
Sullustan Regiments and 3 Fleet Regiments on board. After this is
completed, commit all of your
prisoners to this ship, under the command of Bren Derlin (Alliance
Character). Make sure that Derlin is set to be the General
on this fleet. This not only decreases their chances of
escaping, but constantly moving the Prison Fleet from world to
world (preferably very secure worlds that are very far from one
another) will prevent them from even having the chance to escape.
Construction/Expansion Fleet -
When conquering a new sector,
Imperial Forces often pop in to disturb construction and diplomacy
operations. Having a dedicated fleet of several Bulk Transports
(fully stocked with Wookiee Regiments and Mon Cal Regiments) and
three to four Escort Carriers (fully stocked with A-Wings) greatly
improves your ability to conquer and conduct operations within
sector with very little chance of Imperial Interdiction.
A tip on sabotage missions
Whether it's early or late
in the game, if you send Luke & Narra with three infiltrators
as decoys, 70% of the time you will succeed. Since they
both have excellent combat and decent espionage skills, even in
the event that the mission foils, Luke & Narra are rarely
captured. It's a great way to build up Luke's force abilities.
Tactical tips & tactics
Moving the ships through NAV points [TFA_Memorial654,
When your in battle mode
always keep your ships moving to the NAV- points. It helps them
keep their shields charged, and they sustain less damage that
way. Even if its a Super Star Destroyer, keep it moving.
it the battle goes on and on, and your ships are just sitting
there, their lasers and turbos will drain down, but if you are
moving around, you will be more charged, while your unsuspecting
opponent will know nothing and wonder why his ships batteries
9. Ships & Character
Capital Ships defensive information:
|Ship type||Detection*||Sublight Speed||Maneuverability||Tractor B. Pow.||Tractor B. Rng.||Damage Control||Weapon Recharg.||Shield Recharg.|
The above information was provided by Overseer, firstname.lastname@example.org
* Detection - This is a
measure of how well the ship can detect the presence of enemy
ships and fleets in neighboring systems etc.
Capital Ships offensive information:
F= Forward, A= Aft, P= Port, S= Starboard
TL= Turbo Laser, IC= Ion Cannon, LC= Laser Cannon
Example: FTL= Forward Turbo
Capital Ships miscellaneous
Fighter craft statistics:
|Fighter type||Material cost||Maintenance||Sublight speed||Maneuver-ability||Hyperdrive||Torpedoes||Torpedo range|
The above information was provided by Overseer, email@example.com
Alliance research and command
|Name||Ship research||Facility research||Troop research||Admiral||General||Commander|
|Gram Bel Iblis|
Empire research and command
|Name||Ship research||Facility research||Troop research||Admiral||General||Commander|
Suggested diplomatic characters:
|Borsk Fey'lya||Bin Essada|
|Mon Mothma||Pter Thanas|
|Luke Skywalker||Emperor Palpatine|