What is the best ship in Star Citizen?

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Best Ships in Star Citizen By Class

Want to know what the best Star Citizen ships are? Star Citizen is a universe of a game - literally - as such, the intricacies of the different ships are very complex and most of the time there simply is not a best ship - certainly not a meta ship that beats every other ship in every category.

We have analysed the ships that have come out for concept sale based on general categories that we have deemed to be linked to primary professions. Here are our winners and runners up for each category...

List of Best Ships By Category (click to go to section)

Best Snub Ships:

Best Single Seater Ships:

Best 2 Player Multi Crew Ships

Best Multi Crew Ships

Best Capital Class Ships

 

Best Snub Ships in Star Citizen

Snub ships are small and cannot independently travel between systems.

Best Snub Fighter in Star Citizen

Winner: Kruger P-72 Archimedes

Runner up: P-52 Merlin

Reason: The P-72 Archimedes is currently listed as having 4 size 1 weapons which is the most firepower of any snub to date.

Best Snub Fighter in Star Citizen

Best Snub Cargo Ship in Star Citizen

Winner: Argo MPUV Cargo

Runner up: Drake Dragonfly

Reason: The Argo is a dedicated cargo ship. It is also used to transport cargo from planet surface to space. The Dragonfly is currently the next cargo-capable ship able to carry one Standard Cargo Unit (SCU). *Source.

Best Snub Cargo Ship in Star Citizen

Best Snub Exploration Ship in Star Citizen

Winner: Origin 85X

Runner up: Kruger P72-Archimedes

Reason: The 85X is a two seater and also packs a quantum drive. While the Archimedes can also be outfitted with a quantum drive, it is only a single seater, therefore the 85X is better suited for exploration as you can bring a friend.

Best Snub Explorer in Star Citizen

Best Snub Racing Ship in Star Citizen

Winner: Kruger P72 Archimedes

Runner up: Kruger P52-Merlin

Reason: The P-72 Archimedes is currently labelled as having 2 TR3 engines and o mass of just 6,000 kg (13,227 lbs). This makes is currently listed as potentially the fastest snub.

Best Snub Racer in Star Citizen

Best Single Seater Starter Ship in Star Citizen

Winner: Tie Mustang Alpha & Aurora MR

Runners up: None (There are only 2 single seater starter packages)

Reason: The Mustang Alpha is sleeker and faster and gives an additional $5 when you upgrade but the Aurora MR is a tough ship with better all-round capabilities and a fan favourite.. Read our Aurora MR vs Mustang Alpha comparison.

Mustang Alpha Best Starter Ship in Star Citizen
Aurora ES Best Starter Ship in Star Citizen

Best Single Seater Fighter Ship in Star Citizen

Winner: Aegis Sabre & Super Hornet

Runners up: Drake Buccaneer

Reason: The Aegis Sabre and Super Hornet are currently the top dogfighters money can buy as seen in Arena Commander leader boards. The Drake Buccaneer is a new tough addition that is also quickly making it's way up the rankings.

Aegis Sabre
Super Hornet

Best Single Seater Cargo Hauling Ship in Star Citizen

Winner: MISC Hull B

Runner up: Hull A

Reason: Reason: When it comes to shipping cargo around the verse the Hull series packs the best value albeit at the sacrifice of defense capability.

Hull B Best Single Crew Cargo Ship

Best Single Crew Exploration Star Citizen Ship

Winner: Origin 315p

Runner up: Mustang Beta

Reason: The 315p is a luxurious single player beauty. With size 3 powerplant and shield the ship allows for good defensive capabilities. The vast array of additional equipment is also best in class for exploration.

315p Best Single Crew Exploration Ship in Star Citizen

Best Single Crew Mining Ship in Star Citizen

Winner: Misc Prospector

Runner up: None

At the time of writing the Misc Prospector is the only mining single crew ship available. It might be possible to fit some mining equipment on some of the other ships but the exact specifications are unknown (in development).

Misc Prospector Best Single Crew Mining Ship in Star Citizen

Best Single Crew Racing Star Citizen Ship

Winner: 350r

Runner up: Origin M50

The 300r is usually on the top spots of the leaderboards.

350r Best Single Crew Racing Ship in Star Citizen

Best Single Crew Touring Star Citizen Ship

Winner: Origin 300i

Runner up: Mustang Beta

Reason: The 300i is a small yet luxurious ship with some cargo room as well as a decent defensive package for it's class. The Mustang Beta is it's camper-van-like-styled equivalent.

300i Best Single Crew Touring Ship in Star Citizen

Best 2 Crew Starter Ship in Star Citizen

Winner: Cutlass Black

Runner up: Freelancer Dur Game Package

Reason: Available at the time of writing, for 2 player crews, the game package options (that come with Star Citizen) are: Drake Cutlass Black, Anvil Hornet F7C, MISC Freelancer and RSI Constellation Andromeda. Of these the best value 2 player crew ship would be the Cutlass Black due to its low operational costs and great flexibility.

Cutlass Black - Best 2 Crew Starter Ship in Star Citizen

Best 2 Crew Fighter Ship in Star Citizen

Winner: Aegis Dynamics Vanguard Warden

Runner up: Anvil F7C-M Super Hornet

Reason: The Vanguard Warden was voted top ship and as a long range fighter the possibilities are endless. The Super Hornet is a powerful fighting ship and this could have easily been a tie.

Vanguard Warden Best 2 Crew Fighter Ship in Star Citizen

Best 2 Crew Cargo Hauling Ship in Star Citizen

 

Winner: MISC Hull C


Runner up: MISC Freelancer MAX

Reason: The Hull C is a powerful cargo hauler albeit without much defense. The Freelancer max won’t haul as much cargo but you have a better chance of of survival should things get scary.

Hull C - Best 2 Crew Cargo Hauling Ship in Star Citizen

Best 2 Crew Exploration Ship in Star Citizen

Winner: Anvil Terrapin

Runner up: Reliant SEN

Reason: The Terrapin is a tough explorer that goes deep into the universe, or enemy territory if you prefer.

Terrapin - Best 2 Crew Exploration Ship in Star Citizen

Best 2 Crew Mining Ship in Star Citizen

Winner: None

Reason there are currently no dedicated mining ships for an optimally efficient crew of 2.

Best 2 Crew Touring Ship in Star Citizen

Winner: Reliant Kore

Runner up: Origin 85X

The Reliant Kore, while not a dedicated touring ship is currently the best 2 crew ship for touring. It has a beautiful cockpit view for both pilot and copilot and also features some cargo space. The Origin 85X is more luxurious and a true touring ship. However, the lack of cargo space relegates this ship to 2nd in this category. For small area reconnaissance the 85X is probably better.

Misc Reliant - Best 2 Crew Touring Ship in Star Citizen

Best Multi Crew Starter

Winner: Constellation Andromeda

Runner up: Freelancer

Reason: The constellation Andromeda can bring a decent sized crew almost anywhere in the verse and return home safely. A multirole ship that is incredibly versatile and has a decent cargo hold.

Terrapin - Best 2 Crew Exploration Ship in Star Citizen

Best Multi Crew Combat Ship in Star Citizen

Tie: Aegis Redeemer Gunship & Aegis Retaliator

Reason: The redeemer is a tough combat ship capable of doubling as a drop ship while the Retaliator is a powerful bomber.

Redeemer - Best Multi Crew Combat Ship in Star Citizen
Retaliator - Best Multi Crew Combat Ship in Star Citizen

Best Multi Crew Cargo Hauling Ship in Star Citizen

Winner: Misc Hull E

Runner up: Banu Merchantman

Reason: For strictly cargo haulage the Misc Hull E (and D) carry the most but the Banu Merchantman is a sneaky trader that can double as a trading outpost.

Redeemer - Best Multi Crew Combat Ship in Star Citizen

Best Multi Crew Mining Ship in Star Citizen

Winner: RSI Orion

Runner up None

Reason: The RSI Orion currently stands alone as a big mining vessel.

Orion - Best Multi Crew Mining Ship in Star Citizen

Best Multi Crew Exploration Ship in Star Citizen

Winner: Carrack

Runner up: RSI Constellation Aquila

Reason: The Carrack is by design an impressive dedicated exploration ship. The Aquila is also a good explorer albeit not as capable of deep space exploration. The MISC Endeavour could also be considered but it’s more of a research platform than exploration and thus would be classed as the Best Science Ship in Star Citizen deserving its own category.

Carrack - Best Multi Crew Exploration Ship in Star Citizen

Best Multi Crew Repair Ship in Star Citizen

Winner: Anvil Crucible

Runner up: None

Reason: Currently the Crucible is the only dedicated repair multi crew vessel.

Crucible - Best Multi Crew Repair Ship in Star Citizen

Best Multi Crew Salvage Ship in Star Citizen

Winner: Aegis Reclaimer

Runner up: Cutlass Black

Reason: The Reclaimer stands tall as a large massive salvage spaceship. The Cutlass Black if outfitted with a tractor beam could be operated as an efficient small salvage ship.

Reclaimer - Best Multi Crew Salvage Ship in Star Citizen

Best Multi Crew Touring Ship in Star Citizen

Winner: Origin 890 Jump

Runner up: RSI Constellation Phoenix

Reason: The 890 Jump represents the most exclusive and luxurious ship in the galaxy. Boasting an exotic range of defensive capabilities, a luxuriously stylish snub fighter (X85) and all the comforts of a luxury yacht this ship can be considered the superyacht of space.

890 Jump - Best Multi Crew Touring Ship in Star Citizen

Best Capital Class Ship in Star Citizen

Winner: Aegis Javelin - Class Destroyer

Runner up: Aegis Idris (P & M)

Reason: The Javelin is the largest and greatest ship that can be bought by players at this time. Also it is the most expensive digital ship ever sold.

Javelin - Best Ship In Star Citizen?