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Venator-class Star Destroyer
Production information

Kuat Drive Yards[1]

Product line

Star Destroyers[1]


Venator-class Star Destroyer[1]


Star Destroyer[1]


Not available for sale (likely valued at 59 million Republic credits)[2]

Technical specifications

1,137 meters[1]


548 meters[1]


268 meters[1]

Maximum acceleration

3,000 G[1]

Maximum speed (atmosphere)

975 km/h[2]

Engine unit(s)
  • Primary drive engines (4 aft-mounted; 2 port, 2 starboard)
  • Secondary drive engines (2 aft-mounted; 1 port, 1 starboard)
  • Tertiary drive engines (2 aft-mounted; 1 port, 1 starboard)
Hyperdrive rating
  • Class 1.0[1]
  • Backup: Class 15[2]
Hyperdrive range

60,000 light-years (effective)[1]

Power output

Peak: 3,6 × 1024 W[1]

Power plant

Hypermatter annihilation reactor[1]


Equipped (roughly equivalent to that of a Victory I-class Star Destroyer)

Navigation system

Navigation computer equipped




2,000 troops[2]

Cargo capacity

20,000 tons[2]


2 years[2]

Year introduced

22 BBY[3]

"How? It looked like they were rolling right over us."
"That's how."
―Dr.Kornell Divini and Admiral Erel Kersos upon seeing the Resolution

The Venator-class Star Destroyer,[4] also known as the Venator-class Destroyer,[5] Republic attack cruiser,[6] and later Imperial attack cruiser,[7] was one of the capital ships used extensively by the Galactic Republic during the later parts of the Clone Wars, as well as by the Galactic Empire. It was designed and constructed by Kuat Drive Yards.[4]





A stock ship was 1,137 meters long, making it one of the largest capital ships capable of atmospheric operations, landing on planets to load and unload troops and vehicles.[4]

The Venator-class was born from the success of the Acclamator-class assault ship and was designed by Lira Blissex for the purpose of serving as a medium-sized, versatile multi-role warship.[4]


Venator cross-section showing (from left to right): Hangar areas, main hypermatter reactor core, hyperdrive and an auxiliary reactor.

While designed primarily for ship-to-ship combat,[6] the Venator had secondary roles ranging from starfighter carrier,[8] to military transport and battleship escort.[4] The expanded carrier role made the Venator-class popular amongst Jedi starfighter aces.[4]

As a popular multi-role warship of the Republic Navy, the Venator was considered heavily armed and armored enough to lead assaults on Rim worlds like Utapau as well as fast enough to chase down blockade runners.[4] Due to being relatively less self-sufficient than other ships in the fleet, the Venator-class often relied upon supply lines to aid long-range campaigns.[9]

These vessels also sported the red color of diplomatic immunity all Republic ships sported; by the beginning of the Galactic Empire, the hulls were deprived of this symbol of the Republic, giving them a dull Imperial-gray appearance.[10]

Offensive and defensive systems

The armament of a single Venator-class Star Destroyer consisted of 8 DBY-827 heavy dual turbolaser turrets, 2 medium dual turbolaser cannons, 52 point-defense dual laser cannons or turbolasers,[10] and 4 heavy proton torpedo tubes.[4]

Three Venator-class Star Destroyers firing all batteries on the Malevolence

The Venator-class's eight heavy dual turbolaser turrets were its main weapons and had two tracking modes. In its precise, long-range tracking mode, the DBY-827 could hit a target vessel at a range of 10 light minutes. During close-range fights, the turrets could rotate in three seconds with their fast-tracking mode.[4] In terms of firepower, these weapons rivaled the main battery on the later Imperial-class Star Destroyers.

The DBY-827 had seven different power settings. This allowed the Venator's pilots and gunners to select a range of destruction, from a small strike to a vaporizing blow. As a true warship, the Venator-class Star Destroyer could divert almost all of its reactor output to its heavy turbolasers when needed. As a result of this, a flotilla of Venators could break through the shields of a Trade Federation battleship with ease.[4]

At the suggestion of Anakin Skywalker, a heavy SPHA turbolaser cannon was installed within the ventral hangar bay of some Venator-class ships of the Open Circle Fleet. These weapons were meant to protect the Star Destroyers while they opened their long ventral doors to the army complement bays.[4] They would be used to considerable effect during the Battle of Coruscant.[10]

Propulsion systems

Venators were equipped with powerful engines, a Class 1 hyperdrive with an effective range of 60,000 light-years. Its main reactor could annihilate up to 40,000 tons of hypermatter fuel per second, producing at maximum 3.6 × 1024 watts of power.[4]

The main engine room had several vertical power cylinders littering the room, with walkways on different levels providing access to onboard personnel.[11]


Despite possessing powerful weaponry and being on par with the Victory-class, the Venator-class was designed with an additional starfighter carrier role in mind. Its hangar bays were far larger than those on other Star Destroyers like the Victory-class and later models like the Imperator/Imperial-class.[4]

The main hangar of a Venator-class vessel.

Prior to the formation of the Galactic Empire, a typical Republic Venator carried a complement of 420 fighters: 192 V-wing or V-19 Torrent starfighters, 192 Eta-2 Actis-class interceptors, and 36 ARC-170 starfighters. The ship also typically maintained a variety of shuttles in its hangars. Since it was capable of entering a planet's atmosphere and landing on its surface, the pre-Imperial Venator-class had a standard complement of 40 LAAT/i gunships and 24 military walkers for planetary operations.[4]

In addition to a standard ventral hangar bay, the bow of a Venator could open up to reveal a half kilometer long dorsal flight deck. This flight deck enabled the Venator-class to rapidly launch hundreds of fighters. However, the slow opening and closing of the armored bow doors could leave the ship extremely vulnerable.The cruiser is also capable of holding one Prefabricated garrison base for long term battles on planets.[4]

Although strong shielding was used to compensate for this weakness, this design aspect would be entirely omitted from later Star Destroyer designs, such as the Imperator/Imperial-class. On ships in the Open Circle Fleet, a SPHA turbolaser cannon was positioned near the ventral hangar opening for the purpose of protecting the ship along the ventral arc. The Venator-class also had hangar-openings on its port and starboard side. These were used to dock with space stations, mooring towers, and larger starships, for the purpose of transferring troops and materials.[4]

Command tower

Because of its carrier role, the Venator-class featured a novel dual bridge tower design. The port tower was the starfighter command bridge, while the starboard tower served as a standard helm and command bridge. On future designs, this dual bridge design was also employed.[4]

The bridge of an Imperial Venator-class Star Destroyer.

The command bridge was designed with dual crew pits where operators would be stationed to control the ship's various functions. Officers would patrol walkways above and have a panoramic view to the outside.[10] This bridge design would become a standard feature on most Imperial warships.[12]

On top of each tower was a hyperwave communications and scanner module. Its function was similar to the scanner globes on the Imperial-class and other KDY vessels, but it had a flat shape.[4] Flagships in Venator flotillas had red-painted conning towers to separate them from others.[13]


Republic origin

A Venator-class Star Destroyer ventral surface

The Venator-class shared some design-characteristics with a warship class that served in the Mandalorian Neo-Crusader Fleet thousands of years before the Clone Wars.[14]

Venator-class Star Destroyers were deployed in many battles during the Clone Wars, most notably during the Battle of Coruscant when upwards of a thousand such ships helped protect the capital,[8] and played pivotal roles in the repulsion of the CIS forces and the rescue of Supreme Chancellor Palpatine.[10] Separatist forces categorized this kind of vessel as Cruiser-class, to contrast the Escort-class designation for smaller vessels, like the Republic light cruisers and frigates.[15]

These warships were fast enough to pursue blockade runners, while also being large enough to lead independent operations, such as the Battle of Kashyyyk and the Battle of Utapau. They could be used to land troops on planetary surfaces, and serve as escorts for the larger battleships, but their primary role was as mainline cruisers and starfighter carriers.[4][16] As ships of the line, they were often grouped in lines of three to four ships.[17]

Imperial period and beyond

By the end of the Clone Wars, it had become the most popular capital ship of the Republic, although shortly after the formation of the New Order, it was eclipsed by designs inspired by the Victory-class.[4] Despite this, Venators were used to great effect in the early years of the Empire.[18] In the Empire, these ships were stripped of the colorful markings of the Republic models.[7]

Venator-class Star Destroyers of the Galactic Empire.

Eventually, more robust vessels such as the Imperator- and Tector-class became favored, and the Venator and its variants were phased out.[4] This was partially due to its over-reliance on starfighters, as it went against the prevailing Tarkin Doctrine and due to its prominent position in the Republic Navy, which the Empire attempted to distance itself from.[19]

After the end of the Clone Wars, many Republic Venators were abandoned and left to drift in space. Several of these vessels fell into the hands of the Mandalorians, the Zann Consortium, and various pirate groups. By this time, the vessel was considered obsolete, but was available to buy from several merchants[20] who gained the ships after the Empire sold many of them as scrap metal. This led to even more fringe groups obtaining Venators, as well as several Imperial Moffs, who used them in their private defense fleets.[19]

At least one Venator served in Admiral Daala's Maw Irregular Fleet in 40 ABY.[21]

Behind the scenes

Venator-class Star Destroyer profile shots.

"Venator" is Latin for "hunter".

The engine room of the Venator-class is modeled after the Gravity Control System of the SDF-1 Macross, from the first Macross anime series.[22]

In RotS:ICS, the Venator-class is described both as serving the part of a destroyer escorting larger Republic battleships, and described as a battleship itself (the latter in the section on the Invisible Hand). This is most likely a reference to different classification systems being in use, one of which has Star Destroyers like the Victory- and Venator-classes being medium-sized destroyers, while another has them as battleships.

In the same book, the Utapauns are said to use "downscaled" warships, such as the Dreadnaught-class heavy cruiser. This explains why the Dreadnaught-class is often referenced as a cruiser rather than a frigate (even when many were rebuilt into assault frigates), despite being smaller than both the Empire's Star Destroyers and their Star Cruisers. A similar system would be described by New Republic scholars as the Imperial Classification System in many of the West End Games sourcebooks.

In the early development of Star Wars: Empire at War, the Venator-class was seen in at least one or two screenshots. It was then featured in the demo, but cut from the final game, though it can be modded back into the game completely. It is now featured in the expansion pack Forces of Corruption and can be built in skirmish mode.


Concept art of a Venator opening its dorsal hangar doors over Cato Neimoidia.
  • The Clone Wars: Shadowed
  • Star Wars: The Clone Wars film / novel
  • Star Wars The Clone Wars 6: Slaves of the Republic - Chapter 6: Escape from Kadavo
  • 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: Lightsaber Duels
  • The Clone Wars: Prelude
  • Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Ambush"
  • The Clone Wars: Shakedown
  • HoloNet News — A Galaxy Divided (Mentioned only)
  • Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Rising Malevolence"
  • The Clone Wars: Procedure
  • Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Shadow of Malevolence"
  • Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Destroy Malevolence"
  • Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Rookies"
  • Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Downfall of a Droid"
  • Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Duel of the Droids" (Mentioned only)
  • The Clone Wars: Wild Space
  • Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Bombad Jedi"
  • The Clone Wars: Transfer (Interface model)
  • Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Cloak of Darkness"
  • Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Dooku Captured"
  • Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Jedi Crash"
  • Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Defenders of Peace"
  • Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Trespass"
  • Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Storm Over Ryloth"
  • Star Wars: The Clone Wars: Republic Heroes
  • The Clone Wars: Hunting the Hunters (Part 3)
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  • Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Holocron Heist"
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  • Republic HoloNet News Core Edition 15:3:29 (Mentioned only)
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  • Jedi Trial
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  •  "The Brink" - Clone Wars Adventures: Volume 4
  •  "To the Vanishing Point" - Clone Wars Adventures: Volume 6
  • Star Wars Republic: The Siege of Saleucami
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  • Star Wars: Clone Wars – "Chapter 22"
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  • Revelation
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Non-canonical appearances

  • Evil Eyes
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Notes and references

  1. 1.00 1.01 1.02 1.03 1.04 1.05 1.06 1.07 1.08 1.09 1.10 1.11 1.12 1.13 1.14 1.15 1.16 1.17 1.18 1.19 1.20 1.21 1.22 1.23 1.24 Star Wars: Complete Cross-Sections
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 2.6  Starships and Vehicles of Revenge of the Sith on (article)
  3. Star Wars: The Clone Wars (film)
  4. 4.00 4.01 4.02 4.03 4.04 4.05 4.06 4.07 4.08 4.09 4.10 4.11 4.12 4.13 4.14 4.15 4.16 4.17 4.18 4.19 4.20 Revenge of the Sith: Incredible Cross-Sections, p. 4-5
  5. TCG: Revenge of the Sith
  6. 6.0 6.1  Republic attack cruiser in the Databank
  7. 7.0 7.1 Hasbro Imperial Venator model
  8. 8.0 8.1 Revenge of the Sith: Incredible Cross-Sections, p. 14 (fold-out)
  9. Starships of the Galaxy (Saga Edition)
  10. 10.0 10.1 10.2 10.3 10.4 Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith
  11. Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Cloak of Darkness"
  12. Starships of the Galaxy (2001)
  13. The Clone Wars Episode Guide: Destroy Malevolence on (backup link on
  14. Star Wars Knights of the Old Republic 17: Nights of Anger, Part 2
  15. Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Grievous Intrigue"
  16. Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Duel of the Droids"
  17. The Clone Wars Campaign Guide
  18. The First to Strike
  19. 19.0 19.1 The Force Unleashed Campaign Guide
  20. Star Wars: Empire at War: Forces of Corruption
  21. Revelation
  22. The Clone Wars Episode Guide: Cloak of Darkness on (backup link on

External links

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  • You must be a member of Star Wars Hyperspace to view this linkJedi Embarkation Platform on Hyperspace
  • Star Wars Technical Commentaries
  • Imperial Venator model from Hasbro
Kuat capital ship classes
Assault ships
Acclamator I-class - Acclamator II-class
Broadside-class cruiser kdb-1
Ardent-class - Class 1000 cruiser - Corona-class
Dragon-class heavy cruiser - EF76 Nebulon-B - Enforcer-class picket cruiser
Lancer-class - MedStar-class - Nebulon-B2
Pelta-class - Star Galleon-class - Zebulon-B
Destroyers/Star Destroyers
Gladiator-class - Imperial I-class - Imperial II-class
Interdictor - Kuat - Multi kilometer-long type
Pellaeon-class - Storm Fleet - Tector-class
Venator-class - Victory I-class - Victory II-class
KDY light - Kuat heavy
Battlecruisers/Star Battlecruisers
Imperial - Procurator-class - Vengeance
Battleships/Star Dreadnoughts
Eclipse-class - Executor-class - Mandator I-class
Mandator II-class - Sovereign-class
Production facilities
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Venator-class Star Destroyer
Production information
  • Kuat Drive Yards (plans and early models)
  • Taris Rae Gray Jedi Order Shipyards (modifyied version for the Gray Jedi Order)

Venator-class Star Destroyer

  • Capital Ship
  • Star Destroyer
Technical specifications

1,137 meters


548 meters


262 meters

Maximum speed (atmosphere)

975 Km/h (atmosphere)

Engine unit(s)

=*Primary drive engines (4 aft-mounted; 2 port, 2 starboard)

  • Secondary drive engines (2 aft-mounted; 1 port, 1 starboard)
  • Tertiary drive engines (2 aft-mounted; 1 port, 1 starboard)
Hyperdrive rating





=*DBY-827 heavy dual turbolaser turrets (8)





Cargo capacity

20000 Metric Tons

  • Star Destroyer
  • Capital Ship

The Venator-class Star Destroyer was a capital ship and a star destroyer under the service of the Galactic Republic and of the Exiled Jedi Order. They were the the capital ships of the Galactic Republic. Some years later, the plans came into the possession of the Exiled Jedi Order, and after some modifications, the Order began to produce them.

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