Loneshade’s Ship Guide


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Hello fellow Citizens, welcome to my personal ship guide!

Last Update: Oct. 6th, 2017

New players and veterans alike tend to ask me ‘what is the right ship for me, what should I buy’? Its easy to get lost in the wealth of choices RSI provides, especially since based on your skill level, your hardware and gear, your preference in game style, and even your aesthetic preferences, the right ship for two different people may vary greatly.
My guide aims to make your decision easier, providing a quick and easy overview on what choices are available to you and by providing all any links you can possibly need, to find more detailed information and to support your decision!

If you’re looking for a more intrinsic and personal recommendation, find me on Star-Hangar’s discord live chat, where we can gladly discuss details to help you find out what really fits you best, as well as other frequently asked aspects such as whether or not to go for ships with LTI (Life Time Insurance).

As a note to veterans, its a good idea to search this page before buying a ship you’re potentially interested in, as you can quickly find the links to what alternatives are worth investigating, before making your choice. Have fun and see you in the ‘verse! 🙂

 

New Citizens – check this out first!

If you’re new to Star Citizen, remember to check this out first:

1) Refferal Program:
Before you enlist a Star Citizen Account with RSI… Star-Hangar is sponsoring new players with its own referral program. Just check the “Star Citizen Account” in the FAQ or ask their staff in Discord Live Chat about it!

2) Game Package:
If you don’t have a game package yet, remember that you can start with any cheap pack, but you may just want to make sure it also includes the Squadron 42 single player campaign. Buying this from RSI has become expensive, but Star-Hangar has cheaper options available: Starter Packages

 

Your ship overview!

The main purpose of this guide is that if you think “hey, that’s a cool ship” then you can browse the star citizen ship list and see what alternatives we have to choose from that you might want to consider. So here’s your overview:

The Starter Ships

These ships are a good choice to check out the game while keeping cost low. Being budget all-rounders, they can be used for traveling, to move a bit of cargo, and to engage in easy fights.

Core ships of this class are:

  1. Aurora MR
    Related: Search & Buy; Specs Aurora MR;
  2. Mustang Alpha
    Related: Search & Buy; Specs Mustang Alpha;

Mustang is slightly more nimble but also more fragile.
Some variants exist, offering minor improvements:

  1. Aurora CL Increased Capacity
    Related: Search & Buy; Specs Aurora CL;
  2. Aurora ES: Exploration Focus
    Related: Search & Buy; Specs Aurora ES;
  3. Aurora LX: Luxury Variant
    Related: Search & Buy; Specs Aurora LX;

Whichever you choose, you’ll want to upgrade sooner than later.

All-Rounder Ships

All-rounders can transport small quantities of cargo, are suited to take into combat they offer basic exploration capabilities. Versatile, customizable, and fit for a variety of missions.

Core Ships of this class are:

  1. 300-Series 300i
    Related: Search & Buy; Specs 300i; Buyer’s Guide;
  2. Avenger Titan
    Related: Search & Buy; Specs Avenger Titan;
  3. Reliant Tana Skirmisher
    Related: Search & Buy; Specs Reliant Tana;

300i and Avenger are rather similar single-seated ships, whereas the Reliant is made for two. Alternate ships and variants you’ll want to check out:

  1. 300-Series 315p: Exploration Focus
    Related: Search & Buy; Specs 315p;
  2. 300-Series 325a: Combat Focus
    Related: Search & Buy; Specs 325a;
  3. Avenger Renegade: Combat Focus
    Related: Search & Buy; Specs Avenger Renegade;
  4. Reliant Kore Hauler: Cargo Variant
    Related: Search & Buy; Specs Reliant Kore; Buyer’s Guide;
  5. Reliant Sen Researcher: Exploration Focus
    Related: Search & Buy; Specs Reliant Sen;
  6. Hornet F7C: Medium Fighter Variant
    Related: Search & Buy; Specs Hornet F7C; Buyer’s Guide;
  7. Cutlass Black: Fighter/Transport hybrid
    Related: Search & Buy; Specs Cutlass Black; Buyer’s Guide;

All ships listed are versatile, somewhat customizable and useful improvements as compared to starter ships.

‘Small’ Cargo Ships

Ships single-purposed to cargo transportation. Thanks to their small size, they can traverse small jump points, allowing for short cuts when time is money. They are also useful as entry-level ships for traders with a limited budget and small crew.

These models will be of interest to you:

  1. Freelancer: Armored Transport
    Related: Search & Buy; Specs Freelancer; Buyer’s Guide;
  2. Hull A
    Related: Search & Buy; Specs Hull A;
  3. Reliant Kore Hauler
    Related: Search & Buy; Specs Reliant Kore; Buyer’s Guide;
  4. Cutlass Black: Fighter/Transport hybrid
    Related: Search & Buy; Specs Cutlass Black; Buyer’s Guide;

All of these are transportation focused ships, assuming a typical crew of 2. The Cutlass is an exception, as that is built with the capability to hold itself in a fight. Alternate options worth checking out are:

  1. Aurora CL: Increased Capacity
    Related: Search & Buy; Specs Aurora CL;
  2. Argo MPUV Cargo: Tiny Cargo ship for loading/unloading bigger vessels
    Related: Search & Buy; Specs MPUV Cargo; Buyer’s Guide;

These ships are well fit for new and independent traders alike.

 

‘Medium’ Cargo Ships

Versatile Cargo ships with significant capacity, they still retain the capability to act independently. These ships offer a good balance of risk vs. reward for small crews of typically 2-4 people.

These ships will be of interest you:

  1. Constellation Andromeda
    Related: Search & Buy; Specs Constellation Andromeda; Buyer’s Guide;
  2. Constellation Taurus: Increased Capacity
    Related: Search & Buy; Specs Constellation Taurus;
  3. Freelancer Max: Armored Transport
    Related: Search & Buy; Specs Freelancer Max;

The ships above seem a solid choice for anyone who wants to specialize on trading runs.
Alternatively worth checking out:

  1. Retaliator Base (with Forward & Aft Cargo Modules): Retrofit Military Ship
    Related: Search & Buy; Buy Modules; Specs Retaliator Base;

These ships are good to make money off trading. Andromeda and Retaliator may be good choices for more risky trade missions.

 

‘Large’ Cargo Ships

Costly high-capacity ships that are vulnerable on their own. They have increased crew requirements of typically at least 4 crew and operations need to be well planned.
Typical ships of this class are:

  1. Caterpillar
    Related: Search & Buy; Specs Caterpillar;
  2. Caterpillar Pirate Edition
    Related: Search & Buy; Specs Caterpillar Pirate; Buyer’s Guide;
  3. Hull B
    Related: Search & Buy; Specs Hull B;

High Capacity makes your trade runs worthwhile. Alternatively these ships are fit to this role:

  1. Carrack (Cargo Modules foreseen): Armored Explorer
    Related: Carrack; Specs Carrack;
  2. Constellation Taurus: Increased Capacity
    Related: Search & Buy; Specs Constellation Taurus;
  3. Gensis: Passenger Transport
    Related: Search & Buy; Specs Genesis;

It is recommended to never operate any of these ships alone and/or without military escort.

 

‘Huge’ Cargo Ships

Top of the line capacity – but these ships will also require tedious planning on each trip you take. Expect high crew requirements and mandatory escorts if you want to operate these ships.
Typical choices include:

  1. Merchantman: Alien Banu Cargo Ship
    Related: Search & Buy; Specs Merchantman;
  2. Hull C
    Related: Search & Buy; Specs Hull C;

It is recommended to never operate any of these ships alone and/or without military escort.

 

‘Super-Sized’ Cargo Ships

Where capacity is all that matters… these ships go beyond what’s normally thought possible. Loading but one of these ships may drain the funds of a moderately sized guild – you’d better make sure not to lose that cargo!

  1. Hull D: 4 times the capacity of a huge transport!
    Related: Search & Buy; Specs Hull D;
  2. Hull E 10 times the capacity of a huge transport!
    Related: Search & Buy; Specs Hull E;

These ships are typically not for personal use but for large-scale guild operations.

 

‘Huge’ Liquid Transports

These transports are designed to shuttle liquids rather than solid goods.

  1. Starfarer: Refinery Capability, refuels other ships
    Related: Search & Buy; Specs Starfarer; Buyer’s Guide; Spotlight Video;
  2. Starfarer Gemini: Military Variant, refuels other ships
    Related: Search & Buy; Specs Starfarer Gemini; Buyer’s Guide;

Starfarers have the capability to refuel other ships in flight.

 

Racing Ships

Star Citizen is well-known for its tough and highly competitive race tracks. Think you’ve got what it takes to be the fastest? These ships may be of interest to you:

  1. 300 Series 350R
    Related: Search & Buy; Specs 350R;
  2. M50
    Related: Search & Buy; Specs M50; Buyer’s Guide; Spotlight Video;
  3. Mustang Gamma
    Related: Search & Buy; Specs Mutang Gamma;
  4. Mustang Omega
    Related: Search & Buy; Specs Mustang Omega;
  5. P-72 Archimedes
    Related: Search & Buy; Specs P-72 Archimedes;
  6. Razor
    Related: Search & Buy; Specs Razor;

All of the above are ships built for racing. In addition, the ships below are known to be very fast, albeit not really designed for space races:

  1. P-52 Merlin: Snub Fighter
    Related: Search & Buy; Specs Merlin; Buyer’s Guide;
  2. Herald: Info Runner
    Related: Search & Buy; Specs Herald;
  3. 85x; Small Luxury Taxi
    Related: Search & Buy; Specs 85x; Spotlight Video;
  • Nox: Planet based racing bike capable of space travel
    Related: Search & Buy; Specs Nox;
  • Nox Kue: Planet based racing bike capable of space travel
    Related: Search & Buy; Specs Nox Kue;
  • You may find that not every racer is equally suited for each race track.

    Mining Ships

    If you want to extract minerals from asteroids and planets, these ships will be of interest to you:

    1. Prospector: Single Person Mining Ship, may drill on planets
      Related: Search & Buy; Specs Prospector;
    2. Orion: Industrial Scale Asteroid Mining
      Related: Search & Buy; Specs Orion;

    Please note that mining operations can be dangerous and protective escorts are advised.

     

    Repair Ships

    Repair other ships wherever you go, these ships are equipped with drones and repair tools for small to large vessels:

    1. Crucible: Mobile Garage an Repair ship
      Related: Search & Buy; Specs Crucible;

    You’ll probably want to ensure additional escort.

     

    Salvage Ships

    Dismantle and deconstructing relics and destroyed ships on large scale salvage operations.

    1. Reclaimer: Industrial Scale Salvage Ship
      Related: Search & Buy; Specs Reclaimer;

    While you can always use mobile gear for small scale salvage, there’s currently but one choice for industrial dismantling operations.

    Short Range / Personal Explorers

    If you want to get into exploring alone or with a friend, there’s a lot of ships capable to explore new frontiers:

    1. Mustang Beta
      Related: Search & Buy; Specs Mustang Beta; Buyer’s Guide;
    2. 300-Series 315p: Exploration Focus
      Related: Search & Buy; Specs 315p;
    3. Freelancer DUR
      Related: Search & Buy; Specs Freelancer Dur;
    4. Terrapin
      Related: Search & Buy; Specs Terrapin;

    Also you may want to check out these options:

    1. Aurora ES: Starter Ship with Exploration Focus
      Related: Search & Buy; Specs Aurora ES;

    Above explorers are limited to short and moderate Range, however they are also mobile and capable to explore small jump points.

     

    Long Range Expedition Ships

    To go boldly where no man has gone before, these ships are to your liking – travel vast distances and handle any situation you encounter. Be advised though, that you’ll need several crew members to operate them:

    1. Carrack: Armored Explorer
      Related: Carrack; Specs Carrack;
    2. Constellation Aquila
      Related: Search & Buy; Specs Constellation Aquila;
    3. Constellation 600i Explorer
      Related: Search & Buy; Specs 600i Explorer;
    4. Endeavor: Research ship with customize-able modules
      Related: Search & Buy; Specs Endeavor;

    Note that all ships have the possibility to bring at least one of its own snub fighters for defense – but remember, they are built and equipped to overcome natural obstacles, not military engagements.

    Bounty Hunters

    For earning money as a bounty hunter, you need the capability to bring your victims home alive. These ships provide the required holding cells:

    1. Avenger Stalker: Police Variant
      Related: Search & Buy; Specs Avenger Stalker; Buyer’s Guide;
    2. Cutlass Blue: Police Variant Fighter/Transport
      Related: Search & Buy; Specs Cutlass Blue;

    There’s no alternate options here, unless you’re happy to transport your ‘passengers’ without security.

    Space Bikes

    This category includes small, typically open canopy snub fighters, that are also capable of levitation land travel.

    1. Dragonfly Yellowjacket: Planet based bike capable of space travel
      Related: Search & Buy; Specs Dragonfly Yellowjacket;
    2. Dragonfly Black: Planet based bike capable of space travel
      Related: Search & Buy; Specs Dragonfly Black;
    3. Nox: Planet based racing bike capable of space travel
      Related: Search & Buy; Specs Nox;
    4. Nox Kue: Planet based racing bike capable of space travel
      Related: Search & Buy; Specs Nox Kue;
    5. X1 Baseline Edition: Planet based bike capable of space travel
      Related: Search & Buy; Specs X1 Baseline;
    6. X1 Velocity: Planet based racing bike capable of space travel
      Related: Search & Buy; Specs X1 Velocity;
    7. X1 Velocity: Planet based combat bike capable of space travel
      Related: Search & Buy; Specs X1 Force;

    While preferable used as land vehicles and barely fit to space combat, they still find popular use on transport ships for combat duty, since they easily fit into most cargo bays and can be used as both, an additional defense craft and for planet-based operations.

     

    Snub Fighters

    Most of these ships are just racers with guns tagged to them whose purpose is to irritate and distract your enemies. They are typically used in conjunction with larger craft, allowing them to escape if attacked.

    1. 85x
      Related: Search & Buy; Specs 85x; Spotlight Video;
    2. M50
      Related: Search & Buy; Specs M50; Buyer’s Guide; Spotlight Video;
    3. P-52 Merlin
      Related: Search & Buy; Specs P-52 Merlin; Buyer’s Guide;
    4. P-72 Archimedes
      Related: Search & Buy; Specs P-72 Archimedes;

    These ships are meant as interceptors and escort – you’ll rather not want to use them for dogfights on their own. Alternatively also check out these ships:

     

    Light Fighters

    Light fighters are fairly cheap, but built to kill. Utilizing solid firepower, combined with high speed and maneuverability, these ships can be deadly even to larger enemies. However, lacking heavy armor and shields also makes them vulnerable to hostile fire.

    1. Gladius
      Related: Search & Buy; Specs Gladius;
    2. Gladius Valiant: Improved Combat Variant
      Related: Search & Buy; Specs Gladius Valiant;
    3. Scythe: Alien Vanduul Light Fighter
      Related: Search & Buy; Specs Scythe; Buyer’s Guide;
    4. Blade: Alien Vanduul Scout
      Related: Search & Buy; Specs Blade;
    5. Kharthu-Al: Alien Xi’An Scout
      Related: Search & Buy; Specs Kharthu-Al;

    The fighters above were built for their task. Additionally, the hybrid fighters below fill a similar role:

    1. Mustang Delta: Additional Armor but slow
      Related: Search & Buy; Specs Mustang Delta;
    2. Aurora LN: Advanced Starter, Cheap but slow
      Related: Search & Buy; Specs Aurora LN; Buyer’s Guide;
    3. 300-Series 325a: Combat Focus
      Related: Search & Buy; Specs 325a;
    4. 300 Series 350R
      Related: Search & Buy; Specs 350R;
    5. Avenger Renegade: Combat Focus
      Related: Search & Buy; Specs Avenger Titan;

    Light fighters are best used by good pilots. Superior speed and agility allow the pilot to control and dominate the engagement, but these fighters are also unforgiving: lacking heavy shields and armor, even a slight mistake in combat may proof fatal.

     

    Medium Fighters

    High Firepower, decently maneuverable, and extremely deadly – medium fighters are your front line troopers. While fairly expensive, these state-of-the-art fighters are currently dominating the Arena:

    1. Hornet F7C-M Superhornet: Dual-Seated Medium Fighter
      Related: Search & Buy; Specs Super Hornet; Buyer’s Guide;
    2. Hornet F7C Wildfire: Single-Seated Combat Variant
      Related: Search & Buy; Specs Hornet Wildfire;
    3. Sabre: Fast and Stealth Capable Fighter
      Related: Search & Buy; Specs Sabre; Buyer’s Guide; Spotlight Video;
    4. Sabre Comet: Combat Focused Variant
      Related: Search & Buy; Specs Sabre Comet;
    5. Buccaneer
      Related: Search & Buy; Specs Buccaneer; Buyer’s Guide; Spotlight Video;
    6. Glaive: Alien Vanduul Medium Fighter
      Related: Search & Buy; Specs Glaive;

    Also of these class and capable:

    1. Hornet F7C-S Ghost: Stealth Fighter
      Related: Search & Buy; Specs Hornet Ghost;
    2. Hurricane:
      Related: Search & Buy; Specs Hurricane;

    As opposed to Light Fighters, medium fighters are a little more forgiving to mistakes thanks to armor and/or shields provided. While not as nimble, these ships typically make up the main body of a fighting force.

     

    Heavy Fighters

    Heavily armed multi-crew ships, capable of dealing devastating damage against other fighters and medium sized ships alike. Don’t expect them to be superior to other fighter classes – but they can take a beating while they take out attackers with their own guns, turrets and missiles.

    1. Vanguard Warden:
      Related: Search & Buy; Specs Vanguard Warden;
    2. Defender: Alien Banu Heavy Fighter
      Related: Search & Buy; Specs Defender;

    Also check these ships, they can work well in this role too:

    1. Cutlass Black: Fighter/Transport hybrid
      Related: Search & Buy; Specs Cutlass Black; Buyer’s Guide;
    2. Cutlass Blue: Police Variant Fighter/Transport
      Related: Search & Buy; Specs Cutlass Blue;
    3. Vanguard Harbinger: Fighter with Bomber Module
      Related: Search & Buy; Specs Harbinger;

    Heavy fighters are probably less ideal for dogfights as they aren’t very nimble, so you’ll mostly find them where you expect heavy and/or chaotic incoming fire, or against larger craft.

     

    Bombers

    If you need to break targets that heavy fighters can’t, bringing some torpedoes might be a wise choice. Check out these options:

    1. Gladiator: Carrier-based Light Bomber
      Related: Search & Buy; Specs Gladiator; Buyer’s Guide;
    2. Eclipse: Heavy Stealth Bomber
      Related: Search & Buy; Specs Eclipse
    3. Retaliator Bomber: Heavy Long Range Bomber
      Related: Search & Buy; Specs Retaliator; Buyer’s Guide; Spotlight Video;

    Alternatively you may want to take a look at these ships too:

    1. Vanguard Harbinger: Heavy Fighter with Small Torpedoes
      Related: Search & Buy; Specs Vanguard Harbinger;
    2. Freelancer MIS: Missile Boat, loads of missiles but no torpedoes
      Related: Search & Buy; Specs Freelancer Mis;

    Most Bombers can handle themselves well enough in a fight. Since they’re prime targets for fighters though, you probably want to bring an escort.

    Capital Ships

    Capital Warships offer unparalleled firepower, and the mere presence of such ships is a threat to its enemies! However, be prepared that take-off alone is a massive undertaking: Crew requirements are immense, often requiring 30 people or more, and the cost of operations, weapons & ammunition, fuel, maintenance… expect Capital Ships to be operated by successful guilds only.

    1. Polaris Capital Ship Class, Militia Torpedo Corvette
      Related: Search & Buy; Specs Polaris;
    2. Idris-P Capital Ship Class, Militia Torpedo Corvette
      Related: ask support; Specs Idris-P;
    3. Idris-M Capital Ship Class, Military Frigate
      Related: Search & Buy; Specs Idris-M;
    4. Javelin Capital Ship Class, Militia Destroyer
      Related: ask support; ;

    Note that Idris-P and Javelins are not simply transferable like other ships. To acquire one, please contact Star-Hangar Staff in chat.

    Reconnaissance

    You can’t fight opponents that you can’t find to begin with. These ships will change that:

    1. Hornet F7C-R Tracker
      Related: Search & Buy; Specs Hornet Tracker;
    2. Terrapin
      Related: Search & Buy; Specs Terrapin;

    Note that capital ships tend to have advanced sensory capacity as well, but mobile reconnaissance craft will help increase your detection range.

     

    Electronic Warfare

    Looking for alternate methods to disable your enemies? Check out these ships:

    1. Avenger Warlock: EMP Attack
      Related: Search & Buy; Specs Avenger Warlock; Buyer’s Guide;
    2. Vanguard Sentinel: EMP Attack
      Related: Search & Buy; Specs Vanguard Sentinel

    Also check out Communication & Info Runner Ships for options how to protect data.

     

    Troop Transports

    Preparing for a landing or an invasion? Here are the ships that can transport and support your troops:

    1. Redeemer
      Related: Search & Buy; Specs Redeemer
    2. Prowler: Alien Tevarin Troop Transport
      Related: Search & Buy; Specs Prowler

    Additionally, these ships are also available with troop transport modules:

    1. Vanguard Hoplite: Heavy Fighter with Troop Transport Capacity
      Related: Search & Buy; Specs Vanguard Hoplite
    2. Retaliator Base (with front Dropship module): Modular Troop Transport
      Related: Search & Buy; Buy Modules; Specs Retaliator Base;

    All these ships are capable to transport and support soldiers in battle under enemy fire. For non-combat transportation, you may find additional alternatives in the Taxi & Transportation section.

    Taxi & Personnel Transport

    These ships can transport large numbers of people between sites and planets:

    1. Genesis: Passenger Transport
      Related: Search & Buy; Specs Genesis;
    2. Argo MPUV Personnel: Budget Transport for multiple passengers
      Related: Search & Buy; Specs MPUV Personnel; Buyer’s Guide;
    3. 85x; Small Luxury Taxi
      Related: Search & Buy; Specs 85x; Spotlight Video;

    Ready to build your own transportation business? 😉

     

    Medical Ships

    Medical Ships to treat the wounded.

    1. Cutlass Red: First Aid Ship
      Related: Search & Buy; Specs Cutlass Red;
    2. Endeavor (with Hospital and Hangar Module): Re-purposed Exploration Ship
      Related: Search & Buy; Specs Endeavor;

    Whereas the cutlass is limited to stabilizing patients, the Endeavor supports a proper hospital environment.

    Communication & Info Runners

    Data needs to be broadcast between locations. These ships can help ensure data is gathered and transmitted:

    1. Herald: Info Runner
      Related: Search & Buy; Specs Herald;
    2. Reliant Mako : News Van
      Related: Search & Buy; Specs Reliant Mako;

    Make sure you are where the news is happening – there’s money to be earned with that!

    Luxury Yachts

    True Luxury doesn’t need a purpose… just relax and enjoy yourself!

    1. Constellation Phoenix: Mid Size Luxury Yacht
      Related: Search & Buy; Specs Constellation Phoenix;
    2. 600i Touring: Mid Size Luxury Yacht
      Related: Search & Buy; Specs 600i Touring;
    3. 890 Jump: Capital Ship Size Luxury Yacht
      Related: Search & Buy; Specs 890 Jump;

    Also check out these tiny Luxury ships, that may make a nice addition to your Luxury Yacht:

    1. 85x; Small Luxury Taxi
      Related: Search & Buy; Specs 85x; Spotlight Video;
    2. Aurora LX: Luxury Variant
      Related: Search & Buy; Specs Aurora LX;

    There’s no better way to travel in style 😉

     
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