Star Wars: Galaxy of Heroes Ships Guide

What you should be doing daily to build the best fleet

When you first learned that ships had made their way into Star Wars: Galaxy of Heroes, your first reaction was probably some variation on, “It’s about time.” It’s not really Star Wars without X-Wings and TIE Fighters, and ships had been teased since the game’s first main cantina layout.

The second thing you might have experienced is a slight feeling of letdown upon seeing that ship combat really isn’t that different from the gameplay experience you’ve grown to know and love, at least if you’ve played Galaxy of Heroes even semi-regularly. Aside from some excellent new animations and pitch perfect sound effects, there’s not much different about battling on land or among the stars.

It’s time to move past that phase and move on to the third, which is realizing what a great opportunity ships provide to make some hay in Galaxy of Heroes PvP. While it’s an exaggeration to say that ships wipe the slate clean for everyone — because the rewards system is still a “rich get richer” deal and people can still pay to get ahead — it does level things out a bit with most players still figuring out the best way to go about assembling their fleets.

Time’s a-wastin’. Let’s explore what you should be doing every time you log in to give yourself a competitive collection of ships, beginning with the most important thing you need to know.

A Ship Is Nothing Without Its Crew

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Making Galaxy of Heroes characters more powerful is pretty straightforward. You level them up with training droids and advance them to the next tier by finding more of their shards. Gear sets make things a little more complicated, and mode even more so, but they all work together to increase a character’s capabilities.

It’s much the same with ships for the most part except for a few changes in terminology. Instead of training droids, you need enhancement droids, and ship building materials take the place of credits. You’ll also find yourself running out of the latter much more often than the former, which will feel familiar.

The big difference is that a ship is actually a marriage of man and machine, or alien and machine as the case might be. Each ship has a particular character attached to it that is called its crew member. Without the right crew, the ship is useless; in fact the game doesn’t even allow you to activate a ship when you’ve acquired the right number of blueprints without activating its crew member first.

This is actually good since it will help give you focus. A ship combined with a powerful crew member is a force to be reckoned with, so if you want to concentrate on your fleet, you’re also going to bear down and improve the characters who fly your ships.

Your Daily Fleet Checklist

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At least for the time being, ships don’t have their own light and dark side missions. That means you’ll only be taking your fleet into action in PvP play and in special Ship Challenges that rotate daily in the same manner as their land-based counterparts.

That doesn’t mean you’re just going to be popping into the arena to do a few battles, using a sim ticket on a challenge and calling it a day. Certainly, you want to avail yourself of all five Fleet Arena battles and any open challenges at every opportunity, but there are a few other things you should make part of your routine if you want to keep your fleet in tip-top shape:

  • Redeem your Fleet Arena Tokens - The best and most reliable way to grab ship blueprints is to battle in the arena and then make sure you spend the tokens that arrive in your inbox each evening. Don’t forget that each item can only be purchased once a day, though you can spend Gems to refresh the store as well.
  • Buy Fleet Data Cards whenever possible - Just as with character shards, it’s possible to get a bunch of blueprints quickly by buying a Fleet Data Card, which awards 10 to 100 blueprints for one specific ship. The only issue is that the blueprints you receive are random, so you can’t plan for what you get. Also, be sure to check for any special packs or cards that might be in the store for a limited time.
  • Play the right land battles - Certain light and dark side battles in both the normal and hard difficulties have had their rewards modified to provide ship-related rewards. You can earn both blueprints and ship building materials this way.
  • Hit the Galactic War Store and Cantina Battle Store - While less obvious than the ship-specific store, both of these stores have items to help your fleet. The Galactic War Store offers blueprints and shards for crew members, while the Cantina Battle Store has stocks of ship building materials and enhancement droids.
  • Finish all your daily activities - It’s likely you are in the habit of doing this anyway, but it’s even more important now that you’re building a fleet. Once you’ve unlocked ships, the rewards for claiming all of your other daily activity rewards include ship building materials, enhancement droids and Fleet Arena Tokens. You don’t want to miss out on those.

Keep Your Crew Well Fed

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I’m kidding, of course, as you don’t really have to feed your crew members. Unless you want to, of course.

What you do want to do is hone in on the pilots of ships; both the ones you’ve already activated and ones you have your eye on for later. For example, it’s going to take a while to grab the 80 blueprints needed for Darth Vader’s TIE Advanced x1, but if you already have the Dark Lord of the Sith buffed up to seven stars with a nice gear tier, it’ll be that much more powerful as soon as you do.

You can sift out all the characters except for the pilots by going to your inventory screen and selecting ‘Crew Member’ from the first dropdown menu. For the sake of making things easier, here’s the complete list of crew members:

  • Admiral Ackbar
  • Ahsoka Tano
  • Biggs Darklighter
  • Bistan
  • Boba Fett
  • Clone Sergeant - Phase I
  • CT-5555 “Fives”
  • CT-7567 “Rex”
  • Darth Maul
  • Darth Vader
  • Finn
  • First Order TIE Pilot
  • Geonosian Soldier
  • Geonosian Spy
  • Grand Moff Tarkin
  • Jedi Consular
  • Mace Windu
  • Plo Koon
  • Poe Dameron
  • Resistance Pilot
  • Rey
  • Scarif Rebel Pathfinder
  • Sun Fac
  • TIE Fighter Pilot
  • Wedge Antilles

For the sake of your fleet, you’ll want to prioritize your crew members over your other characters. If you have a piece of gear, give it to the crew member first. Play the missions that will get you character shards for your crew as well.

How to Rank Up Your Capital Ships — and Why You Should

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Capital ships have it made. While they can play a big part in your space battles with their abilities, no one can touch them. Guess the Galaxy of Heroes pilots haven’t got the word yet on unshielded exhaust ports.

Just playing through the fleet commander missions that unlock the ships portion of the cantina will give you access to all three of the capital ships currently in the game: Admiral Ackbar’s Home One, Mace Windu’s Endurance and Grand Moff Tarkin’s Executrix. Which one you’ll feature in your fleet is going to largely depend on which one of those three characters you have leveled and ranked up the most.

(If you have to ask why, please go re-read the first section of this article. I’ll wait.)

Leveling up a capital ship is done with enhancement droids and ship building materials just as with your fighters. It also takes blueprints to bump them up to the next tier, but you can only find them in this rotating group of Ship Challenges:

  • Capital Ship Upgrades Admiral Ackbar: Monday, Tuesday, Friday
  • Capital Ship Upgrades Mace Windu: Monday, Wednesday, Saturday
  • Capital Ship Upgrades Grand Moff Tarkin: Monday, Thursday, Sunday

There’s also a catch: You can’t gain access to the higher tiers of these challenges until you have a certain number of ships of that star level. For example, you can’t enter the Tier II Admiral Ackbar challenge until you have six two-star ships, the Tier III challenge until you have seven three-star ships, and so on.

This makes more sense when you consider that every time you rank up a capital ship, you can bring one more ship into battle as a reinforcement for your starting five. That makes the extra effort needed to get your capital ships another star well worth it.

Keep an Eye on Events

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While I can’t read the minds of the Galaxy of Heroes developers to predict what is coming down the road for ships, I can say without hesitation that in-game events are going to incorporate them, even if it’s just in the rewards they give.

In fact, as I type this, the Boarding Action squad tournament is active, pitting squads of characters against each other to battle up the leaderboard for TIE Advanced x1 blueprints. It’s almost a guarantee that other rare ships will be added at some point (that Rogue One movie that all the kids are talking about seems a likely impetus) and that events will be vital if you want a chance at obtaining them.

Galaxy of Heroes does a nice job of keeping you up to speed on which limited time events are going on, but you’ll want to take some extra responsibility and check in on the ‘Events’ area every day just to be on the safe side.

You’re probably going to be seeing Star Wars ships in your sleep. I’d apologize for that, but there are worse things to dream about, and if you can hold your own in the Fleet Arena going forward, I’ve done my job.