"Star Wars: Galaxy of Heroes" Ships Guide

What you should be doing daily to build the best fleet

Yoda and his green lightsaber at the Jedi Temple
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When ships finally made their way into Star Wars: Galaxy of Heroes, the reaction among players can generally be summed up as, "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.

Unfortunately, there was also a slight feeling of letdown when ship combat was not all that different from the gameplay experience in other parts of the game. Aside from some excellent new animations and excellent sound effects, there’s little difference between battling on land and among the stars.

The introduction of ships does open interesting PvP opportunities in Galaxy of Heroes. While it doesn't change some fundamental elements — the rewards system is still a “rich get richer” deal, and players can still pay to get ahead — it does even things out a bit thanks to figuring out the best way to go about assembling fleets.

Here we'll look at what you should be doing every time you log in to give yourself a competitive collection of ships.

Leveling up Ships and the Importance of Crew Members

Star Wars Galaxy of Heroes Ships Guide - 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 complicate things somewhat, and mode even more so, but they all work together to increase a character’s capabilities.

Leveling up ships is the same for the most part, except for a few changes in terminology. Instead of training droids, you need enhancement droids, and shipbuilding materials take the place of credits. You’ll also find yourself running out of those building materials much more often than credits, which will feel familiar.

Each ship has a particular character attached to it that is called its crew member. Without the right crew member, the ship is useless. In fact, the game doesn’t allow you to activate a ship when you’ve acquired the right number of blueprints without activating its crew member first.

This is good as it helps 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 work just as hard to improve the characters who fly your ships.

Your Daily Fleet Checklist

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Ships don’t currently 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 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 ship-related rewards. You can earn both blueprints and shipbuilding 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 shipbuilding 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 shipbuilding materials, enhancement droids, and Fleet Arena Tokens. You don’t want to miss out on those.

Build Your Crew Members

Star Wars Galaxy of Heroes Ships Guide - Characters
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Focus on the pilots of ships, both the ones you’ve already activated and the 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 when you do get the blueprints.

You can filter characters to display only pilots by going to your inventory screen and selecting Crew Member from the first drop-down menu. 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

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.

Rank up Capital Ships

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Capital ships and their abilities play a big part in your space battles, and no one can touch them. 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 up the most and ranked highest.

Leveling up a capital ship is done with enhancement droids and shipbuilding 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; entrance to the Tier III challenge requires that you have seven three-star 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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"Galaxy of Heroes" does a nice job of keeping you updated on limited time events that are going on, but you’ll want to take some extra responsibility and check in on the Events section every day just to be on the safe side.