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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9. Raider-class Corvette

Alright, let's zoom in on number 9 - the Raider-class Corvette. It's a sleek, nimble little speedster that zips around the Outer Rim like it owns the place. This ship is the equivalent of a sports car - fast, agile, and just daring enough to make you think, "Hey, maybe I could outrun a star destroyer in this thing." It's got the kind of pep in its step that makes it perfect for a quick patrol or a surprise "Hello, there" to unsuspecting enemies (asthmatic or not). And despite its size - which, let's be honest, isn't going to win any awards in the "Most Intimidating" category - it's packed with a punch. It's got talking ion cannons and turbolasers that could make even a bulky cruiser think twice before picking a fight.

But here's the rub: when it comes to the entirety of the Empire's fleet, the Raider-class Corvette is not the main character. It's got flair, it's got style, but when you're standing next to the big guns like Star Destroyers, it's a bit like bringing a knife to a blaster fight. It shines in the smaller skirmishes - you know, the quick in-and-out battles where agility trumps size. But in the grand scheme of things, where space behemoths throw their weight around, our little Raider-class Corvette gets a bit overshadowed.