The backbone of the GAR battle fleet, Venator-class Star Destroyers pulled double duty throughout the war as heavy line cruisers and starfighter carriers carrying dozens of squadrons into battle. A favorite of Jedi ace pilots, the ship carried almost four hundred starfighters at full capacity while remaining a formidable opponent in ship to ship combat and a powerful addition to Jedi-led battle groups. In its role as a cruiser, the Venator proved itself time and time again throughout the war, easily outfighting smaller CIS warships, particularly once its main battery was brought into play. On top of the heavy armor and armament, Venators even carried advanced engines, allowing the ship to pace most smaller craft, and easily outrun anything its deadly turbolasers could not bring down.
Retired in bulk after the end of the Clone Wars, its chiefs disadvantages were its poor maneuverability and its inability to be easily modified and upgraded – flaws that were progressively corrected by its successors, the Victory and Imperial-class Star Destroyers.
One of the toughest ships in Armada, a Venator has nine hull points, plus as many shields, two brace tokens and a redirect. This impressive staying power allows the ship to close with her opponents with her relatively weak front battery, one red and two black, before turning to unveil a broadside of four reds and a blue – enough to shred unwary opponents in a handful of salvos. On top of its impressive ship to ship ability, the Venator comes with a squadron value of 5, making it an unmatched
carrier for fighter swarms. Titled starships like Endurance, which effectively adds an evade token, Tranquility, regaining shields as you maneuver, and Triumphant, whose red die can exhaust enemy tokens, can easily become central parts of a GAR attack fleet. Victory over the Confederacy is all but inevitable.
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