Whether you’re a fan of the original Star Wars trilogy or the newer Disney movies, it seems like everyone has a favorite vehicle in the Star Wars Universe. At times, they’re as much a part of the lore as the characters themselves, taking us to new heights, maneuvering tight spaces, and avoiding laser blasts at the speed of light. When it’s the good guys piloting them, we clap, cheer, and anxiously sit on the edge of our seats to see if they’ll be able to escape an untimely fate; when it’s the bad guys, we wince and quiver as their gloomy presence takes over the screen.
In terms of the new films, it’s always exciting to see which Star Wars vehicles will be modified, upgraded, or changed in order to become more effective. We look forward to seeing what new ideas have made it onto the screen, and we almost immediately associate them with our favorite scenes. Take Poe Dameron, for example. When he pilots the Black One X-Wing into battle, it’s almost as if we can picture ourselves right there with him. For purists, it’s the image of Han Solo and Chewie sitting in the cockpit of the Millenium Falcon, ready to blast off at light speed into the unknown. With so many vehicle introduced to the Star Wars Universe through decades of movies, books, comic books, TV specials, and offshoots, it’s incredibly hard to pick only 20 vehicles that are the most powerful in Star Wars. Let’s have a look at what we came up with and you decide if the force is with us on this one, or if our list belongs on the Dark Side.
20 NABOO N-1 STARFIGHTER
As a single-seat aircraft used by the Naboo Royal Security Forces, the Naboo N-1 Starfighter kicks off the list with some pretty cool features. Its unique design -- highlighted by a yellow and chromium finish -- makes it easy on the eyes, but it also has power to boot. The craft is powered by two J-type engines, plus another Nubian Monarc C-4 hyper drive engine for when it needs a little extra zip.
The Naboo Starfighter also has a droid mounted from the bottom, two blaster cannons, proton torpedo launchers, and a sleek tail that allows it to collect power to charge later. It’s a lustrous vehicle that perfectly matches form with functionality.
19 TIE ADVANCED X1
Sinar Fleet Systems created the Tied Advanced X1 (aka TIE/ad) as an improved version of the TIE Advanced prototype. The X-1 features a hyperdrive, twin blaster cannons, and a cluster missile launcher. Darth Vader himself tested a TIE X-1 prototype, which featured a modified cockpit in order to accommodate the villain’s suit.
Vader’s version also had greater speed and better munitions, including high-performance solar cells attached to the craft’s wings. Unfortunately, Darth Vader was taken down in the TIE Advanced X-1 during the Battle of Yavin when the Millenium Falcon caught him with a surprise attack. Vader drifted in space until being picked up by Ciena Ree and Berisse Sai.
18 NABOO ROYAL STARSHIP
The Naboo Royal Starship, with its elegant design was created specifically to transport Naboo royalty and is meant to show off Naboo’s magnificence. It was made by Theed Palace Speed Vessel using a single piece for the body. As with the Naboo Starfighter, the frame is covered with chromium, a material that is forbidden in the construction of non-royal Naboo ships.
Since Queen Amidala used the ship extensively, it was furnished to her liking and included a full climate controlled wardrobe carrying clothes for an occasion. The Royal Cruiser did not have any weapons, as it is a peaceful vessel, but does include powerful deflector shield capable of protecting it from even the most destructive blasts.
17 ANAKIN’S PODRACER
In Episode I: The Phantom Menace, we see that a young Anakin Skywalker has built a custom podracer for himself while stuck on Tatooine. Its cockpit is small than a normal racer, and the engines are custom 620c racing engines that were thrown away by Watto at the junk shop.
The engines are attached at the front by an energy binder, and attached to the tiny cockpit using Steelton cables. Anakin’s podracer is capable of reaching speeds over 900 kilometres an hour, making it the fastest pod in the Boonta Eve Classic. Not bad considering it was made in secret by a pint sized hero.
16 JEDI STARFIGHTER
"Jedi Starfighte" is a generic term used to describe any ship piloted by a Jedi, usually the Delta-6 or Delta-7 interceptors. The iconic Jedi Starfighter is the Delta-7 Aethersprtie-class which boasts twin lasers and an advance communication system. You need a lot of cash to get one of these suckers though, as they’re state of the art technology makes them quite expensive.
Near the end of the Clone Wars, Anakin had a different Starfighter, the Eta-2 Actis class interceptor. Its small, sleek design made it easy to maneuver but it’s lack of defense shields made it less functional and practical for intense battles.
15 FIRST ORDER ASSAULT WALKER
The AT-M6, or First Order Assault Walker, is probably the strongest weapon the First Order has in its artillery. It was deployed during the Battle of Crait to fight the Resistance after Snoke’s demise and during Kylo Ren’s rise as the new leader of the First Order.
Obviously, AT-M6 is an evolution of the AT-AT used by the Empire, but this vehicle has way more power. It’s the biggest walker in the First Order’s fleet and it’s loaded with a MegaCaliber Six turbolaser on its back. Plus, The Last Jedi director Rian Johnson noted that it was designed to look like a gorilla, which makes it scary as hell.
14 REY'S LANDSPEEDER
A fairly new addition to the Star Wars Universe, we first saw Rey’s landspeeder in Episode VII: The Force Awakens. Though it looks bulky on the outside, it has definitely has some speed and strength, whipping the young hero around Jakku great distances as she searches for useable debris. In fact, the vehicle is powered by twin engines from an old cargo hauler that Rey found while scavenging.
Similar to Anakin’s pod racer, Rey built the vehicle using scrap parts she found. Rey’s landspeeder is great for hauling junk around, and as an expert pilot, she’s easily able to handle the vehicle’s awkward and uneven weight.
13 FIRST ORDER DREADNAUGHT
Poe Dameron once called the Mandator IV-class Siege Dreadnaught (aka First Order Dreadnaught) a “fleet killer.” The triangular battleship holds more than 200,000 First Order officers, including 22,000 Stormtroopers. With an orbital gun, turret cannons, and six tractor beam projectors, the First Order Dreadnaught is certainly an intimating weapon to the Resistance.
Perhaps the best known Dreadnaught is The Fulminatrix, which was armed with cannons strong enough to penetrate the defense shields of any planet. Piloted by Moden Canaday, it was able to destroy D’Qar’s Resistance base, but Poe led the charge to take it down. After its point-defense cannons were destroyed, The Fulminatrix was subsequently brought down by the Resistance.
12 TIE BOMBER
Designed by Sienar Fleet Systems for the artillery of the Empire, the TIE Bomber is powered by twin particle engines and uses inclined wings for extra agility and maneuverability, even when carrying heavy objects. Unlike the TIE Advanced X1 model, the TIE Bomber has a starboard cockpit for the pilot and a portside ordnance bay for the weapons.
The forward ordnance bay carried either eight concussion missiles or four nucleon torpedoes, while the cockpit featured twin forward mounted lasers as well as an ejection seat should the pilot find themselves in trouble. Underneath the ordnance pod lays the bomb chute, compete with a targeting system connected to the TIE Bomber’s computer. It’s a deadly fighting machine indeed.
11 KYLO REN’S COMMAND SHUTTLE
From the first ominous moments of The Force Awakens, it’s clear that Kylo Ren means business when he arrives in his command shuttle. Armed with heavy laser cannons and an anti-projectile defense system, the shuttle was used to transport Rey to Starkiller base once she was captured by Ren himself.
One of the coolest features of the shuttle is its advanced wingspan, which makes it almost impenetrable. With cutting-edge sensors in the upper wings and powerful shield projectors and sensor scanners in the lower wings, it’s difficult for any heroes to attack Kylo Ren without him knowing well in advance.
10 AT-ST WALKER
It's not as menacing as its big brother AT-AT, but the All-Terrain Scout Transport (aka AT-ST) is still a potent machine. Chin mounted MS-4 lasers blast oncoming threats, while weapon pods are housed on the sides. This Imperial vehicle is controlled by two people, usually to sneak around and catch oncoming surprise attacks to AT-AT that it might be too big to notice.
Defense, however, is an issue with AT-ST, as its armor does not protect its gyros underneath the command module. Even the Ewoks were able to figure out that they could take down an AT-ST with anti-Gorax traps. The First Order attempted to fix the problem, however, with an upgraded version which included better armor and gyroscopic systems.
9 TRADE FEDERATION BATTLESHIP
Don’t mess with the Trade Federation Battleship.This enormous vessel is more than three kilometers in diameter and looks like flattened disk with a central sphere containing the ship's bridge and reactor assemblies. On the front of the craft, the disk is broken and reveals two mammoth docking bays lined with forward docking claws.
The reclusive commanders of Neimoid are typically sealed in the spacious bridge of the ship while their droid legions handle the dirty work. The most important vessel in a separatist fleet of battleships is the Droid Control Ship, which transmits signals to the battle. It’s a prominent ship in both Episode I: The Phantom Menace and Episode II: Attack of the Clones.
8 SLAVE 1
Slave I is Firespray-31 class patrol and attack craft used by bounty hunter Jango Fett -- and later by his cloned son Boba Fett -- during the rule of the Galactic Empire. Jango Fett modified the vehicle with laser cannons, projectile launchers, and seismic charges, making it a deadly weapon. He used it to fight Obi-Wan Kenobi in the battle over Geonosis, but later perished in battle.
Jango’s cloned son Boba Fett continued to use the craft for his own bounty hunting career, using it to track down rebel Jedi fighters. Most Star Wars fans know it as the iconic vessel used to carry Han Solo’s body frozen in carbonite to Jabba the Hut, to which Solo owed a considerable debt.
7 THE GHOST
The Ghost is a VCX-100 light freighter, also made by the Corellian Engineering Corporation. The aircraft has a dedicated gun turret underneath the cockpit with the ability to shoot lasers 360 degrees. However, the pilot could also control the gun if there was no extra gunner onboard.
The Ghost also has an exterior vessel called The Phantom that could act as either a shuttle or a starfighter. With four main cargo holds, The Ghost is a huge ship capable of housing several crew members. Once in flight, the ship’s engines have energy dampeners that made it extra stealthy and difficult for tracking systems to detect.
6 TIE FIGHTER
When used in large numbers, the classic Imperial TIE fighters can be an excellent weapon. They’re fast, agile, and difficult to catch, maneuvering though tight crevasses and ducking from Jedi attacks. Sienar Fleet Systems created these little bad boys, and they’re equipped with dual laser cannons but primitive defense systems.
Twin engines power the TIE fighters, making them speedy but somewhat fragile. Instead of being weighed down with heavy armor, the TIE pilots wear superior flight suits in case of emergency. Unfortunately, since the vessels are easily brought down and cheap to replace, TIE pilots were considered to be the craziest ones in the Empire.
5 IMPERIAL STAR DESTROYER
The Imperial I-class Star Destroyer is absolutely loaded with high-powered weapons, including 60 heavy turbolaser batteries, 60 ion cannons, and 10 tractor beam projectors. With six dual heavy turbolaser turrets, two quad heavy turbolasers, and three triple medium turbolasers, and two medium turbolasers, it’s amazing that this ship has any jump at all.
Miraculously, it does. The Star Destroyer is crazy fast, hitting speeds up to 975 kilometers per hour. Severn engines propel the aircraft, with the ability to hit light speed using its onboard Class 2 hyperdrive. Full power is required to traverse certain atmospheres, but the Imperial Star Destroyer is a fully equipped beast that is anything but sluggish.
4 X-WING FIGHTER
The X-Wing Starfighter is a distinctive Jedi (and later, Resistance) weapon, with four powerful lasers on its S-foils and two proton torpedo launchers in its fuselage. They are predominantly used for longer missions, able to unleash the speed and stamina needed to win extended battles.
Created by the Incom Corporation, the X-Wing has become the iconic aircraft of the Rebel Alliance. Who could forget the image of Luke’s X-Wing, crashed and half buried in a swamp in The Empire Strikes Back? Later, the Resistance used the T-70 X-Wing to engage TIE fighters in dogfights, with Poe Dameron piloting a customized one called "The Black One".
3 AT-AT WALKER
With its lumbering legs and elephant shaped body, the All-Terrain Armored Transport (AT-AT) is not only one of the coolest looking vehicles but also one of the most powerful in the Star Wars Universe. At 20 meters tall, it’s one of the Imperial ground fleet’s most dominant weapons. Heavy armor protects the AT-AT as it advances towards the Rebel army.
Some of the hidden features of the AT-AT Walker include storage for speeder bikes, benches (with backpack chargers) for up to 40 Stromtroopers, and Class-II heavy laser cannons. Two pilots drive the monster from inside the head, with motors driving almost every limb and joint that the AT-AT has.
2 DEATH STAR
If you never want to sleep again, picture what the Death Star would look like in real life. Its design is massive and scary, measuring over 100 kilometers in diameter. It’s a battlestation where the Empire launches its TIE fighters, but it also has thousands of its own turbolasers capable of taking out entire Jedi fleets with one powerful blast.
While its defenses were questionable at times, the Death Star’s power was unreal. It was powered by a number of ion engines that transformed reactor power into energy to keep it mobile. Most of the interior of the Death Star was full of systems needed to keep it running, but it also had living quarters, facilities, and a cantina.
1 MILLENNIUM FALCON
What can you say about the Millennium Falcon that hasn’t already been said? Han Solo’s iconic, classic ship takes the cake on this one by a mile. Designed by the Corellian Engineering Corporation, the Falcon is fast, agile, and able to withstand almost anything that’s thrown at it. Its speed tops over 1,000 kilometers an hour, and its able to do insane 90 degree rolls as we saw in The Force Awakens.
As for weapons, the Millennium Falcon is equipped with 2 AG2G quad-bolt cannons and eight ST2 concussion missile racks. It also has duel defense shields -- one on the stern and one on the bow -- to protect against attacks. There’s simply no vehicle in the canon that screams “Star Wars” like the Falcon.