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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8. Arquitens-class Light Cruiser

The Arquitens-class Light Cruiser is a true jack-of-all-trades in the Empire's star-studded fleet. Think of it as the dependable, multi-tool Swiss Army knife floating in the sea of stars. This cruiser is like that friend who's good at a bit of everything – not the star player, but definitely someone you want on your team. It's the ship you call when you need a bit of muscle and brains for those space patrols or fleet support missions. The Arquitens doesn't just show up to the party; it brings the party, armed with its versatile weapon systems including those snazzy quad laser turrets. You can almost hear the pew-pew of lasers as it takes on the bad (good?) guys.

But here's the thing – while the Arquitens-class Light Cruiser is no slouch, it's not exactly the ship that'll make your jaw drop and eyes pop. It's like that solid B+ student who's good at pretty much everything but doesn't ace any particular subject. Hi, it's me, I'm said person who's good at pretty much everything but doesn't ace any particular subject. Sure, it's got a decent mix of firepower and mobility, zipping around space battles with a respectable amount of oomph, but in the grand lineup of the Empire's fleet, it's not the one stealing the spotlight - it's the reliable sidekick.