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Munificent-class star frigate
Production information

Munificent-class star frigate[2]


Not available for sale (likely valued at 57 million credits)[2]

Technical specifications

825 meters[3]


426 meters[3]


243 meters[3]

Maximum acceleration

2,300 G[3]

Hyperdrive rating
  • Class 1.0[3]
  • Backup: Class 10[2]
Hyperdrive range

150,000 light year effective range[3]

Power output

Peak: 2,07 × 1023 W[3]

Power plant

Hypermatter annihilation reactors (2)[3]


If configured: Several starfighters[5]




150,000 deactivated battle droids[3]

Cargo capacity

40,000 tons[2]


2 years[2]


Rise of the Empire era[3]


The Munificent-class star frigate,[3] commonly referred to as the Banking Clan frigate,[8] was a warship used by the InterGalactic Banking Clan and by extension the Confederacy of Independent Systems.[3]





Profile view of a Munificent-class frigate

The Munificent-class was 825 meters in length and had a skeletal look, owing to the fact that these ships required a small crew to operate and were not designed to be carriers. Along the longitudinal spines of the ship ran tensor fields and the inertial compensator that helped maintain the structural integrity of the vessel.[3]

They had four extensive sensor and communications arrays affixed to the center of the hull in a cross-pattern. Several docking rings were located underneath these and the vertical arrays also had room for several point-defense cannons.[3]

Offensive and defensive systems

Banking Clan star frigates were light CIS warships armed for heavy combat with oversized guns, a massive twin turbolaser cannon, and two long-range ion cannons for use against capital ships.[3]

A Munificent-class frigate attacks a Consular-class space cruiser.

Complementing the heavy weaponry were 38 point-defense laser cannons for anti-starfighter firepower, and 26 twin turbolaser cannons and 20 light turbolaser turrets for flexible response.[3] Some ships dispensed with the heavy twin turbolaser.[9]

The twin turbolaser cannon was powerful enough to melt an ice moon measuring 1,000 km in diameter or pierce the shields of a 10 km-wide Grade III battle station.[3] Four Munificent-class frigates were enough to outgun one Venator-class or Victory-class Star Destroyer.[10]

The ship had high-performance sensors with a range of several light-days positioned on the dorsal side of the ship. A forward scanner was situated on top of the vessel's command tower.[3]


The ships carried 150,000 battle droids for boarding or ground operations, and were capable of shielding droid starfighters within their hulls. A system of docking rings lined the sides of each ship. In the forward hollow areas, war materials could be stored for transfer, while in times of peace, they were used to transfer valuable financial assets.[3]

In some models, hangar bays were positioned in the middle of the ship, where several starfighters were stored.[5] These ships were also heavily shielded and could withstand significant firepower until destroyed.

Propulsion systems

The class was powered by twin reactors, placed side by side towards the middle of the craft. One reactor was enough to power the ship in an emergency. The two reactors together annihilated up to 2,300 tons of fuel per second. The Munificent's superdense reactant tanks were positioned at the ventral side of the ship, underneath the reactors. A series of power feeds ran from the reactors out to the various antennas and sensor systems, where power cells were stored.[3]

The Munificent-class's bridge.

Bridge tower

The command tower on a Munificent-class ship was located at the bow, rising diagonally from the superstructure. The tower contained a turbolift shaft that connected the various stations. Wide panorama windows were located on each level, providing good view of the surrounding area.[3]

The bridge itself was sparsely equipped with a few terminals on multiple levels, rising up like a pyramid. The ship commander stood at the top, with one operator on each side.[9]


A Munificent destroyed by a SPHA-T's turbolaser from inside the hangar of a Venator-class Star Destroyer.

Manufactured by Hoersch-Kessel Drive and Gwori Revolutionary Industries, the star frigates were used by the Clan to defend their private, secure comm network, harass worlds heavily in debt, transfer key financial assets and guard treasure vaults. The Munificent acted as a key component of the Banking Clan's network by carrying hyperwave transceivers and communications arrays that allowed secure financial transactions to occur across the galaxy.[3]

When the Banking Clan joined the Confederacy, Chairman San Hill devoted a fleet of star frigates to the cause. The class became a staple of the Confederate Navy during the Clone Wars and formed the backbone of the fleet,[11] with tens of thousands produced. Towards the end of the war, thousands of Munificent frigates participated in the Battle of Coruscant.[3]

Cross-section showing one of two reactors powering a Munificent.

Munificent-class star frigates assisted the navigation and coordination of Confederacy fleets deep in enemy space. They also escorted and coordinated Separatist fleet actions such as attacks on the interstellar HoloNet relays to demoralize and isolate Galactic Republic forces. The Confederacy also took advantage of the star frigate's powerful antennae to broadcast anti-Republic propaganda while using its jamming devices to hinder enemy sensors, targeting systems and distress calls.[3]

After the Clone Wars ended, many crews took their Munificents past the reaches of the Galactic Empire, becoming pirates and mercenaries. Some vessels later ended up in the Rebel Alliance, where many ships were extensively modified to the point where they barely resembled their original design.[7]

Behind the scenes

Aft view of a Munificent-class frigate

Munificent comes from the Latin term "munificus", meaning "liberal", in terms of giving or bestowing.[12]

The official Databank entry on the frigate indicates that the organic, rounded appearance [1] for the starship was meant to provide a stark opposite to the clean, triangular designs of Galactic Republic and Imperial starships, instead being more similar to the Mon Calamari cruisers participating in the Battle of Endor.

It should also be noted that the warship's depiction in Star Wars: Battlefront II is fairly different from that seen in the film; specifically, it is much simpler in design and somewhat truncated in appearance. Also, in Battlefront II, the ship is called 'Banking Clan Comms Ship'.


  • Star Wars: The Clone Wars film
  • Star Wars: The Clone Wars: Lightsaber Duels
  • Star Wars The Clone Wars Volume 1: Shipyards of Doom
  • Star Wars The Clone Wars Volume 2: Crash Course (Appears in hologram)
  • Star Wars The Clone Wars Volume 3: The Wind Raiders of Taloraan
  • Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Ambush"
  • Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Rookies"
  • Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Downfall of a Droid"
  • Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Cloak of Darkness"
  • The Clone Wars: Bait
  • Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Dooku Captured"
  • Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Jedi Crash"
  • Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Storm Over Ryloth"
  • Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Innocents of Ryloth" (Appears in flashback(s))
  • Star Wars: The Clone Wars: Republic Heroes
  • The Clone Wars: Hunting the Hunters (Part 1)
  • Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Holocron Heist"
  • The Clone Wars: Act on Instinct
  • Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Cargo of Doom"
  • Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Children of the Force" (Appears in flashback(s))
  • Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Grievous Intrigue"
  • Star Wars The Clone Wars Volume 4: The Colossus of Destiny
  • Star Wars: Battlefront II
  • Star Wars Battlefront: Renegade Squadron
  • Star Wars Battlefront: Elite Squadron
  •  "Heroes on Both Sides" - Clone Wars Adventures: Volume 5
  • Star Wars: Obsession (First appearance)
  • Labyrinth of Evil
  • Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith / comic
  • Star Wars Dark Times: The Path to Nowhere
  • Star Wars Dark Times 6: Parallels, Part 1

Non-canon appearances

  • LEGO Star Wars: The Video Game
  • LEGO Star Wars: The Complete Saga


Notes and references

  1. 1.0 1.1 Star Wars: Complete Cross-Sections
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 2.6 2.7  Starships and Vehicles of Revenge of the Sith on (article)
  3. 3.00 3.01 3.02 3.03 3.04 3.05 3.06 3.07 3.08 3.09 3.10 3.11 3.12 3.13 3.14 3.15 3.16 3.17 3.18 3.19 3.20 3.21 3.22 3.23 3.24 3.25 3.26 3.27 3.28 3.29 3.30 3.31 3.32 3.33 3.34 3.35 Revenge of the Sith: Incredible Cross-Sections
  4. West End Games
  5. 5.0 5.1 Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Downfall of a Droid"
  6. Star Wars: Battlefront II
  7. 7.0 7.1 Starships of the Galaxy (Saga Edition)
  8.  Banking Clan communications frigate in the Databank
  9. 9.0 9.1 Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Ambush"
  10. Star Wars: The Clone Wars film
  11. The Clone Wars: The Visual Guide
  12. Merriam-Webster's Online Dictionary

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