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:
- Single Crew Starter
- Single Crew Fighter
- Single Crew Bomber
- Single Crew Cargo Hauler
- Single Crew Exploration
- Single Crew Mining
- Single Crew Salvage
- Single Crew Racing
- Single Crew Touring
Best 2 Player Multi Crew Ships
- 2 Crew Starter
- 2 Crew Fighter
- 2 Crew Bomber
- 2 Crew Cargo Hauler
- 2 Crew Exploration
- 2 Crew Mining
- 2 Crew Touring
Best Multi Crew Ships
- Multi Crew Starter
- Multi Crew Fighter
- Multi Crew Bomber
- Multi Crew Cargo Hauler
- Multi Crew Mining
- Multi Crew Exploration
- Multi Crew Salvage
- Multi Crew Repair
- Multi Crew Touring
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 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 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 is also rumored to be capable of outfitting a quantum drive it remains only a single seater, therefore the 85X is better suited for exploration as you can bring a friend.
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 with a mass of just 8,290 kg (18,276 lbs). This makes is currently listed as potentially the fastest snub.
Best Single Seater Starter Ship in Star Citizen
Winner: Tie Mustang Alpha & Aurora MR
Runner up: Origin 100i
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 favorite. Read our Aurora MR vs Mustang Alpha comparison.
The 100i is a new competitor to the starters but appears to offer less in exchange for style.
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.
Best Single Seater Bomber Ship in Star Citizen
Winner: Aegis Eclipse
Runners up: None
Reason: The Eclipse is a powerful single seater dedicated bomber. There is no runner up yet in this category.
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.
Best Single Crew Exploration Star Citizen Ship
Winner: Anvil Terrapin
Runner up: Origin 315p
Reason: Designed to be durable enough to penetrate enemy lines and with the scanners required to bring back essential military intel, the Anvil Terrapin is a single crew dedicated explorer.
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).
Best Single Crew Salvage Ship in Star Citizen
Winner: Drake Vulture
Runner up: None
At the time of writing the Drake Vulture is the only salvage single crew ship available.
Best Single Crew Racing Star Citizen Ship
Reason: There is no clear winning racing ship planned to be in Star Citizen. Each racer will excel at different types of racing therefore there is no clear winner at this time for this role. Recommended ships as top tier racers currently include: Origin 350r, Origin M50, MISC Razor and Mustang Omega.
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 designed to be a single-seater long distance explorer.
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. Read more in our Freelancer vs Cutlass article.
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 however, it is a short range / carrier based ship. The Anvil Hurricane should also be considered.
Best 2 Crew Bombing Ship in Star Citizen
Winner: Aegis Vanguard Harbinger
Runner up: Anvil Gladiator Bomber
Reason: The Vanguard Harbinger is an efficient 2 crew bomber offering slightly more than the Gladiator which takes second.
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.
Best 2 Crew Mining Ship in Star Citizen
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.
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.
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.
Best Multi Crew Bombing Ship in Star Citizen
Winner: Aegis Retaliator Bomber
Runner up: Crusader M2 Hercules
Reason: For the moment, the Retaliator Bomber is the best multi crew bombing ship in the game. The M2 Hercules Starlifter variant offers a bomb bay and, while not an ideal bomber, can provide bombing support.
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.
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.
Best Multi Crew Exploration Ship in Star Citizen
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. While the 600i has also been considered, it seems unlikely that it will offer a competitive advantage for exploration but for those seeking a powerful and comfortable explorer the 600i is worth looking at.
Best Multi Crew Repair Ship in Star Citizen
Winner: Anvil Crucible
Runner up: Aegis Vulcan
Reason: The Crucible is a large multi crew dedicated repair ship. The Aegis Vulcan is smaller yet more versatile and designed to introduce players to the repair, refuel and rearm profession.
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 comes with a tractor beam and can be operated as a rudimentary multi crew salvage ship.
Best Multi Crew Touring Ship in Star Citizen
Winner: Origin 890 Jump
Runner up: Origin 600i
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.
The Runner up has been changed from the RSI Constellation Phoenix to the newly released 600i. The 600i Touring variant offers stunning luxury and capabilities. Read more about the 600i.
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.
Best Capital Class Base Builder
Winner: CNOU Pioneer
Runner up: None
Reason: The Consolidated Outland Pioneer is a dedicated outpost construction and transportation facility. There are no other planned ships for this role at this time.