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The Scythe-class served in the Galactic Alliance Defense Fleet.

"This is my personal battle cruiser…and I did not name it the Executor for nothing!"
―Darth Vader, referring to his Super Star Destroyer[src]

Battlecruiser, or battle cruiser, was a formal designation for the class of massive ships that fell between Star Destroyers and Dreadnaughts in size.[1] In informal use, it was used for the largest and strongest warships in a fleet that were not battleships, as well as more generally for various types of warships, along with "cruiser".[2]


Hapes Nova-Class

The Nova-class of the Hapes Consortium.

Most battlecruisers were large and powerful ships that were among the most powerful in their fleets. A prime example was the Tagge battlecruisers used by the Galactic Empire,[3] as well as the Mediator-class battle cruiser first deployed by the New Republic[4]|

Due to different naming customs and design-capabilities, some vessels bore the designation of "battlecruiser" while serving as frigate-analogs on a galactic scale, like the Kaloth-class battlecruiser[5] and the Hapes-built Nova-class battle cruiser.[6] Others were comparable in role to the Star Destroyers of the Galactic Republic and the Galactic Empire, like the Centurion-class[7] and the Scythe-class main battle cruiser employed by the Galactic Alliance Core Fleet.[8]. By the time of the Galactic Empire, however, battlecruisers, although existent among the Imperial Military, had very few constructed, largely due to the battlecruisers neither having the versatility/cost-effectiveness of their standard Star Destroyer line nor did they compensate with a psychological effect comparable to that of their largest Star Dreadnoughts. At the smallest end of the Empire's battlecruisers were the Star Cruiser line.[9]

Known battlecruiser designsEdit

Allegiance-class battlecruiserEdit

Often nicknamed a "Heavy Star Destroyer," it was a 2,200m vessel that saw service throughout the Empire, and was also utilized within the reborn Emperor's empire. It also acted as a good example of the cruiser subclass of battlecruiser.


The Bulwark-class came in different models with increasing sizes.

Bulwark-class battle cruiserEdit

The Bulwark-class was used for a series of battlecruiser designs from TransGalMeg Industries. The 1 kilometer long Bulwark Mark I served the Confederacy of Independent Systems, while a later, larger model was used by the Rebel Alliance as a command ship.

Centurion-class battlecruiserEdit

The 1,200 meter long Centurion-class served as command ships in the Republic Navy and Sith Empire of Darth Revan, taking the role earlier filled by the larger Inexpugnable-class tactical command ships.

Kaloth-class battlecruiserEdit

The 307 meter Kaloth-class was a small warship built by the Kaloth. It was only used by pirates and slavers a few decades after its introduction.


A dilapidated Centurion-class battlecruiser in formation with Interdictor-class cruisers.

Mediator-class battle cruiserEdit

The Mediator-class was a heavy warship that was built and fielded by the Mon Calamari. It was only eclipsed in New Republic service by their Star Defenders and Super Star Destroyers.

Nova-class battle cruiserEdit

The 400 meter Nova-class was a light Hapes warship used to support the Hapan Battle Dragons.

Praetor-class battlecruiserEdit

The Praetor-class was a heavy Imperial warship with reactor equipment that eclipsed that on contemporary Star Destroyer designs.

Praetor Mark II-class battlecruiserEdit

The Praetor Mark II-class was an Imperial battlecruiser designed and unveiled during the early stages of the Galactic Empire's formation. Few were made largely due to the costs, lack of versatility, and lack of a terror-inducing shape of the Star Destroyers and the Star Dreadnoughts, respectively.

Procurator-class Star BattlecruiserEdit

The Procurator-class was a heavy design that protected the Kuat sector alongside their Star Dreadnoughts.

Scythe-class main battle cruiserEdit

The Scythe-class was a heavily armed and armored battlecruiser design, serving in the Galactic Alliance Defense Fleet during the Sith–Imperial War. It was well-armored enough to withstand barrages of turbolaser fire from multiple Star Destroyers and Ardent-class fast frigates.

Shree-class battle cruiserEdit


The Shree-class led the fleets of the Ssi-ruuvi Imperium.

The main warship of the Ssi-ruuvi Imperium, the 900 meter long Shree-class was a rounded warship design that could hold 500 Swarm-class battle droids.

Tagge battlecruiserEdit

This line of battlecruisers, which possessed a similar design to the Star Destroyer-class, belonged to the House of Tagge and was pledged to aid the Imperial warships blockading the Gordian Reach after the Battle of Yavin in 0 ABY. The presence of the Tagge warships and their commander, General Ulric Tagge, allowed family patriarch Orman Tagge to conduct private operations under the Empire's radar.

Behind the scenesEdit

In Naval terms, battlecruisers are a type of naval warship that acted as an intermediary between battleships and cruisers. Namely, possessing a battleships armament while retaining a cruisers thickness of armour. They were prevalent during the first half of the 20th century, although by the end of World War II and the beginning of the Cold War, they fell into disuse.

According to Jason Fry's Endnotes for The Essential Guide to Warfare, the battlecruisers were "neither fish nor fowl", although he had fun going back to Giel's previously unnamed flagship, the Helmsman.


Crimson Jack battlecruiser1

The Star Destroyer-class encompassed a variety of heavy Imperial warships, only surpassed by the likes of the Empire's Star Dreadnoughts.


Notes and referencesEdit

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