Star Wars: 10 best Empire ships ranked from worst to best

The Empire is known for its flashy, self-announcing, and beautifully menacing ships. Let's see how they rank among each other.

A First Order Stormtrooper stands guard in a Star Destroyer hangar bay beneath a docked TIE fighter in Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance, the groundbreaking new attraction opening Dec. 5, 2019, inside Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge at Disney’s Hollywood Studios in Florida and Jan. 17, 2020, at Disneyland Park in California. Guests enter the hangar bay after their ship is caught in the Star Destroyer’s tractor beam. (Matt Stroshane, photographer)
A First Order Stormtrooper stands guard in a Star Destroyer hangar bay beneath a docked TIE fighter in Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance, the groundbreaking new attraction opening Dec. 5, 2019, inside Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge at Disney’s Hollywood Studios in Florida and Jan. 17, 2020, at Disneyland Park in California. Guests enter the hangar bay after their ship is caught in the Star Destroyer’s tractor beam. (Matt Stroshane, photographer) /
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1. Death Star II

Ta-da! Here we have the Death Star II – the Empire's comeback kid in the space superweapon league! Think of it as the original Death Star's younger, buffer sibling, or the Death Star, but on intergalactic steroids. It's like the Empire took the first Death Star, slapped on some space armor, and said, "Let's crank this baby up to eleven!" It's not just big - it's colossal, like a giant, menacing space disco ball of doom. It's got a super laser so mighty it could make a planet start sweating from light-years away. And those improved shield generators? They're like an ultimate cosmic umbrella, keeping the pesky Rebel flies at bay.

Now, why is the Death Star II sitting comfy in first place in this ranking? Simple – it's all about learning from past mistakes. Just like real life.

Remember that pesky little exhaust port that spelled doom for Death Star I? The Empire said, "Not today, Rebels!" and patched up their space fortress tighter than a Hutt's coin purse. The Death Star II is the ultimate symbol of the Empire's "go big or go home" philosophy. As we al know, it's not just a ship - it's a statement.


As we've seen, the Empire's ships in the Star Wars universe are a diverse and formidable array of spacefaring vessels. From the well-known and adored TIE fighters to the heart-attack-inducing Death Stars, each ship has played a pivotal role in the Empire's quest for galactic domination.

While some are more iconic than others, each has left an undeniable mark on the Star Wars universe, and we love them for it.

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