Whether you have a Galactic Republic to defend or are an Imperial force subjugating thousands of worlds you need superior firepower. You need a Star Destroyer. In this list we will be looking at Star Destroyer types that exist in both the movies and the expanded universe of novels, games and TV series.
So here goes…
5. Venator-class Star Destroyer
The backbone of the Republic Forces during the Clone Wars the Venator-class set the standard for the Star Destroyers that followed in the time of the Empire. The Venators were part capital ship, part carrier and had a large complement of fighters and landing ships. While large numbers of these class were under the overall command of the Jedi their clone soldiers and crews eventually turned on the Jedi and the type helped Palpatine, now Emperor, enforce his control on the galaxy.
4. Pallaeon-class Star Destroyer
A warship of the Fel Empire the Pallaeon-class was probably one of the most powerful warships the galaxy has ever seen (with the notable exception of the two Death Stars). Entering service 100 years after the Battle of Endor these ships fought the very best the New Republic fleets had to offer and hunted down Jedi refugees killing them mercilessly. Often used as command ships they served on both sides during the Second Imperial Civil War.
3. Interdictor-class Star Destroyer
Superior firepower doesn’t have to be in the form of high energy weapons or missiles. The Interdictor-class featured gravity well projectors that simulated the immense gravitational force of a celestial body such as a planet. This rendered starships unable to enter hyperspace to escape making them an extremely useful tool in trapping an enemy force. Unfortunately these generators drained so much power that compared to other Star Destroyers the Interdictors were not as heavily armed or protected and could be disabled by large numbers of X-Wings alone. When used in conjunction with regular Star Destroyers for protection however they proved devastating.
2. Viceroy-class Star Destroyer
Easily one of the most attractive Star Destroyer classes with its smoothed off surfaces the Viceroy-class was one of the most advanced designs of its kind and as such proved incredibly expensive to build. While it introduced a whole host of improvements it didn’t offer the advantages in combat to justify the expense making them prized by Imperial Flag Officers as flagships of small formations. One advantage the class did bring however was the Proton Bomb launcher at the front. This was in-effect a super heavy proton torpedo that was powerful enough to crack open the hull of the strongest protected ship making them lethal capital-ship killers.
1. Imperial II-class Star Destroyer
Of course this was going to be my number one. This was the design that started it off back in 1977. From the moment the movie begins we see this immense vessel and know we are in a universe that is under subjugation and it has become one of the most recognizable symbols of the franchise. Even with the newer types introduced in the expanded universe this class remains one of the most powerful designs and for those reasons it tops my list.
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