Star Wars Rebellion: Strategy and Tactics

     This FAQ is not to be published in any media other than its free 
distribution on the Internet. It is not to be sold in any manner nor included 
in any product that is sold. No money is to be made in any way by or because of 
this FAQ. Nobody should ever have to pay to view this FAQ. Copyright (c) 2002 
by Rogue (Philip Ryan Ott).

     Please note that anything I have written here that is related to the 
actual mathematics the game uses to compute probabilities of success for 
missions and other things I obtained at the official LucasArts website for 
Rebellion at http://www.lucasarts.com/products/rebellion/. Neither the game nor 
the booklet ever states them, and this is the only place I've found them. 
Everything else I have written here is directly from my own observations, so 
it's not "official information," so don't bitch at them if I screw something 
up. I suggest you give the website a look, as it is very helpful and can 
clarify a few things.

     If you have any comments, questions, or suggestions, you can reach me at 
FAQage@yahoo.com.

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v.1.0     "~FINAL"  10/12/02
First Public Release - What you see is what you get. There may be a few things 
I've forgotten about and may add later or there may be some new strategies I'll 
learn about and decide to add, this being a strategy FAQ and all. However the 
basic and main points of this FAQ are completed, and if I add anything it'll 
just be additional minor tactics. As such I'll give this version a tentative 
"~Final" label because while I don't think I have anything more to add, I may 
discover a few small things to add later.

V. 1.1 "~FINAL" 5/16/03
- I knew that somewhere I had to have made a mistake on something, and thanks to 
J.R. I noticed a mistake in the Jedi Training Mission section. I think I read 
somewhere that you can only perform the mission once per Jedi Candidate but J.R. 
has pointed out that you can perform it as many times as you like. I've also 
done a little editing and rewritten the section "5.Conventional Military 
Strategies - g) Tactical Mode Strategies - i) Utilizing Starfighters" to account 
for the recent ass-kicking I received from the computer. Again, this should be 
the final version unless someone notices yet another of my mistakes. =)

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     My FAQ Philosophy

     Pretty much I don't believe in listing unit stats or rewriting character 
bios because well, they're already in the game manual and in the in-game 
encyclopedia, so rewriting them is not only time consuming, but pointless. I'm 
here to show you some strategies you may have overlooked, some new ideas, and 
some things from my own experience, not to repeat readily available 
information. I will only go into detail about units or characters if the manual 
or encyclopedia are either too vague or don't cover a certain aspect very well. 
This FAQ is already large enough, and I don't want to clutter it up and make it 
even more incomprehensible. Enjoy.

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Table of Contents:

1. Basics
     a) Loyalty
     b) Uprisings
     c) Colonization
     d) Production Complexes

2. Characters, Special Forces, and Jedi
     a) Special Forces and Character Stats
     b) Officers
     c) Prisoners
     d) Traitors
     e) Jedi
          i) Discovering Minor Character With Force Ability
         ii) Stat Growth with Force Growth
     f) Major Characters and Their Events
          i) Luke Skywalker
         ii) Han Solo
        iii) Leia Organa
         iv) Emperor Palpatine
          v) Darth Vader

3. Strategic Covert Missions
     a) Detectors
     b) Decoys
     c) Mission Types
          i) Espionage
         ii) Sabotage
        iii) Diplomacy
         iv) Abduction
          v) Rescue
         vi) Assassination
        vii) Incite Uprising
       viii) Subdue Uprising
         ix) Research
          x) Recruitment
         xi) Recon
        xii) Death Star Sabotage
       xiii) Jedi Training
     d) Practical Applications of Covert Operations
          i) Liberating Planets
         ii) Mobile Agent Platform (MAP)
        iii) Counter-Insurgency

4. Tools of the Trade: Military Units
     a) Starships
          i) Weaponry
         ii) Repairing Ship Systems
        iii) Maneuverability
         iv) Bombardment
          v) Hyperdrive
         vi) Damage Control
        vii) Detection Ratings
       viii) Ship List
     b) Starfighters
          i) Classification
         ii) Proton Torpedoes
        iii) The Squadron Effect
         iv) Bombardment
          v) Maneuverability
         vi) Star Fighter List
     c) Troops
          i) Attack/Defense/Bombardment Defense Ratings
         ii) Detection Rating
        iii) Troop Regiment List

5. Conventional Military Strategies
     a) Raiding
     b) Planetary Bombardments
     c) Planetary Assaults
     d) Blockading
     e) Footholds
     f) Tracking
     g) Tactical Mode Strategies
          i) Utilizing Starfighters
         ii) Formations
        iii) Navigating
         iv) Maneuvers

6. The Big Picture: Overall Strategy
     a) Playing as Rebels
     b) Playing as Empire

7. Special Thanks

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1. Basic Concepts

     The game booklet has some wonderful tutorials laid out that can very 
easily teach you how to play the game. I highly recommend doing those before 
reading on, since a basic grasp of the controls of the game makes it easier to 
understand grander concepts. This section is about basic stuff that doesn't 
directly involve fighting or blowing up things that the booklet or the 
Rebellion website don't address very well.

     a) Loyalty: There is no way you can win the war without first winning over 
the hearts and minds of galaxy. If a planet you own has more loyalty to the 
other side, then it'll take garrison troops to stop the planet from going into 
an uprising or from leaving your cause. It would be far too expensive to have 
to keep garrisons on most of your planets, so it's good to hold their favor. 
The more a planet supports you the better, but it is never necessary to have 
their loyalty bar completely your color; 9/10s or 8/10 your color is perfectly 
fine. Below are events that affect the loyalty of systems. In the parentheses 
next to the event are how many planets the event affects and how it affects 
loyalty for the perpetrator of the event. For example if you conducted a 
successful Diplomacy mission the planet it affects would have more support for 
you, so it would be a "positive" effect. Also some of these events do not work 
all of the time, only usually, so for those events that are guaranteed I'll put 
a "100%" by it.

- Successful Diplomacy missions (single system, positive, 100%)
- Successful Incite Uprising missions (single system, positive, 100%)
- Successful Subdue Uprising missions (single system, positive, 100%)
- Invading a planet (single system, negative)
- Bombarding and destroying non-military structures on a planet (whole sector, 
negative, 100%)
- Destroying enemy ground troops through planetary bombardment without hitting 
non-military structures (whole sector, positive)
- Destroying enemy capital ship (whole sector, positive)
- Death Star destroying a planet (the whole galaxy, negative, 100% [may not 
affect Outer Rim planets])

     And finally, when a system changes sides without being invaded it affects 
the whole sector. If the planet switches from one side to another or from 
neutral to one side the effect is positive for whomever it joined. If the 
planet switches from one side to neutral, the effect is negative for whoever it 
left.

     b) Uprisings: If the loyalty of one of your planets is not strongly in 
your favor you will need a garrison on it to keep it in line.  The garrison 
requirement can range from 1 - 6 depending on how loyal the planet is to you. 
If you let the garrison requirement exceed the number of garrison troops on the 
planet, then the planet will go into an uprising. This is just bad news all 
around for you. First all production on the planet ceases. Secondly any 
personnel or troops you have on the planet are at risk. Personnel can be 
injured by simulated riots on the planet, and even troops on the surface will 
spontaneously be destroyed if you let the uprising fester long enough. This is 
extremely dangerous because the game will NOT inform you that the troop 
regiment was destroyed; they'll just simply disappear. While a planet going 
into an uprising does not affect other planet's loyalties, if you wait long 
enough and let all of your ground troops be destroyed your planet will switch 
alignment, which an be devastating to your sector-wide support.
     The best way to quell an uprising on one of your planets is a swift 
response. Gather as many Special Forces and characters as possible and send a 
single massive Subdue Uprising mission to the planet, and get as many garrison 
troops as you can spare onto the planet. The defenses menu for the planet may 
indicate that the planet has a garrison requirement from somewhere from 7-12, 
or some requirement above the normal high of 6. Even if you meet this, it 
will NOT end the uprising right then and there, but it's a start. Eventually 
with enough garrison troops and a subdue uprising mission the planet will 
change it's tune and come around to your side. But it's important that you 
respond swiftly to an uprising, as a minor annoyance can turn into a sector-
wide crisis.

     c) Colonization: A great way to expand your resource base and create new 
production facilities is to move out into the Outer Rim Territories (the 
sectors on the outside of the galaxy whose planets look initially like stars on 
the galaxy map. You won't find out anything about these planets until you send 
a ship to check them out). Unfortunately this takes an agonizing long time 
before it bears any real fruit, so it's a good idea to start early. The systems 
in the Outer Rim will either be inhabited or uninhabited. Uninhabited systems 
have no loyalty bar, because technically there's no one there to have loyalty 
for either side. To bring an uninhabited planet under your control simply orbit 
a troop carrying ship around it and click and drag the regiment onto the 
planet. You cannot invade the planet, just move the regiment to take it. 
However technically the planet still doesn't have a population. If you remove 
the troop regiment the planet will go back to being uninhabited, and sector 
wide support for you will fall, because technically you "lost" a planet. To 
fully colonize the planet you have to place a building on the system. It 
doesn't matter what building it is, once the planet has at least one it gains a 
population and a loyalty bar. You can now remove all the troop regiments from 
the planet and it will remain under your control. It will start completely 
loyal to you, but remember that it can still be influenced by the enemy so 
don't assume it will remain loyal to you for all time. The inhabited systems on 
the Outer Rim tend to have very fewer energy and mineral resources while the 
uninhabited ones usually have many of each. Thus, it's a lot easier and cheaper 
to colonize an uninhabited planet than to take the time to send a diplomat all 
the way out there or to conquer the planet and keep a garrison there.
     Colonization starts out very slow. What I usually do is take a small troop 
transport at the start, fill it fully with troops, and send it on it's merry 
way to a nearby Outer Rim sector. I scout out the planets and the uninhabited 
ones that look worthwhile I drop a troop regiment on. Once the ship runs out 
of troops, I just send any I can spare out there. Colonization shouldn't have 
the highest priority, so it may take a while before you have a spare regiment. 
Plus is takes a while before the troops can arrive at the ship, and it also 
takes a while for any structures you build to reach out there, which is a big 
reason why it's a very slow process. The very first building you should send 
out there is a construction yard, because that way you can build your own 
buildings without it taking 40 days to arrive. Build more construction on the 
planet so it builds structures even faster, then whatever you think should come 
next. The goal is to make your colonized sectors self-sufficient, so they can 
build whatever they need to start making troops and ships for you.

     d) Production Complexes: The more of a certain production facility 
(construction yards, training facilities, and shipyards) you have on a planet 
the faster they produce. Now if you wanted to, you could have 2 of each type on 
every planet you own, that way you can work on several projects at once. 
However whatever you're building will build very slowly, especially if it's one 
of the more advanced units. This is why I recommend you build very large 
"production complexes". Basically this means that one or two planets in a 
sector are devoted to construction yards, and you build like 4 or 5 on each. 
This way you can quickly build any structure you might need in a very short 
time. Very useful if an enemy fleet is on its way to one of your systems that 
doesn't have enough shield generators. Likewise you devote a planet or two to 
training facilities, so troops and Special Forces are built very fast. Shipyards 
are a different matter. The more advanced ships late in the game tend to get 
very expensive and take a long while to build. A shipyard complex of 5 or 6 
shipyards is very useful, but it would also be smart to have one or two "super-
complexes" that have around 12 shipyards somewhere in the galaxy. These can 
produce Death Stars and Super Star Destroyers in a reasonable amount of time. I 
also recommend that you build construction yard complexes first, because 
logically that way you can build the other complexes much faster.
     The major problem with complexes is that they require many energy 
resources, for the complexes themselves and for defensive structures you'll 
need to defend these valuable producing machines. Most Core planets in the 
galaxy have most of their energy resources taken up by mines and refineries, 
and while you can do without a few of these here or there, the refineries and 
mines on those Core planets are what provide the backbone of your raw materials 
and maintenance. It takes a long, long time to build new ones, and it may be 
a while before you can build many of them in colonized Outer Rim sectors. So be 
careful you don't go overboard, especially with super-complexes, because if you 
don't have the maintenance or resources to build new things, then the complexes 
themselves are pretty useless.

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2) Characters, Special Forces, and Jedi

     Special Forces are those units training facilities can train that conduct 
covert missions, units such as Infiltrators or Espionage Droids. These units 
only do specific missions, and I shall list which unit does which below, so 
that it's easier to refer to when reading this FAQ. Special Forces are very low 
cost, require little maintenance, and train fairly quickly, so it's very 
economical to create lots of them, since even if you don't need them 
immediately you probably will soon because they tend to live very short lives; 
covert ops being as dangerous as it is. The one shortcoming about Special 
Forces is that their stats never improve. Even if a Bothan Spy completes a 
hundred missions successfully, it will never gain extra points in espionage. 
Also Special Forces are never taken prisoner, so if detected they may be 
destroyed and become unrecoverable.
     Characters are just what their name implies, they're characters you'd 
probably recognize from either the Star Wars films or books. They only do two 
things: act as officers or conduct covert missions, but we'll get to officers 
in a bit. All characters can do every mission that a Special Forces can 
(excepting only Recon Missions, those can ONLY be conducted by certain Special 
Forces), plus a few more. However, some characters are better than others in 
certain missions others depending on their stats, but we'll get to that in a 
bit as well. You start with the same group of characters plus two random 
others, and the only way to get more is to send your characters on recruitment 
missions. Look under Recruitment Missions below to see which characters can do 
this.   
     One of the advantages of Characters is that they tend to be doubly as 
effective in certain areas as Special Forces are, for example characters that 
are good in espionage tend to have twice the espionage rating as that of 
espionage Special Forces. Certain characters can also use the Force and become 
jedi, making them even more capable than the average Special Forces or 
character.  Another advantage is that when a mission they're on (and they are 
NOT acting as decoys) is successful, they gain a one point increase in the 
stats that the mission required, such as if a diplomacy mission is successful 
then the character's diplomacy rating is raised. In this way your characters 
become better and better at their jobs, unlike Special Forces. A third 
advantage is that if your characters are detected, there's a chance they will 
be captured instead of killed. This means that there's a chance you can recover 
them at a later date. This brings us to the biggest shortcoming of characters, 
and that is there're few of them. You can always build more Special Forces if 
some of them die, but if a character dies or is taken prisoner you can't build 
a replacement for him. 
     One last note about Special Forces and characters is that they take up no 
room on ships. Troops require space on a ship, but Special Forces and 
characters don't. You literally can have a hundred Special Forces or characters 
on a ship that can't carry any troops. There's no limit.

                         Alliance Special Forces


Bothan Spies                      conduct: Espionage                            

Infiltrators                      conduct: Abduction, Rescue            
                                  Sabotage, Death Star Sabotage

Guerillas                         conduct: Incite Uprising,             
                                  Subdue Uprising

Y-wing Longprobe                  conduct: Recon



                         Imperial Special Forces


Espionage Droids                  conduct: Espionage

Commandos                         conduct: Sabotage, Incite Uprising,  
                                           Subdue Uprising

Noghri Death Commandos            conduct: Abduction, Rescue,        
                                           Assassination

Imperial Probe Droid              conduct: Recon

a) Special Forces and Character Stats: All of your personnel have four types of 
stats that determine what they can do well. They are as follows:

     Diplomacy: The higher this stat is the more successful the person 
will be at Diplomacy Missions. That's it.

     Espionage: The higher this stat is the more likely the person will be 
undetected while on a mission, the person will be a better decoy, and the 
person will be better at missions that are dependent on this stat, such as 
Espionage.

     Combat: The higher this stat is the better the person will be at fighting 
off potential abductors and the better the person is on missions that depend on 
this stat, such as Abduction.

     Leadership: The higher this stat is the more effective an officer the 
person is and the more successful the person is on missions dependent on this 
stat, such as Incite/Subdue Uprising missions.

b) Officers: Certain Characters can be different types of officers. You can 
find out which ones a character can be in their status menu. Basically, 
Officers enhance military units. Admirals enhance fleets, Generals enhance 
troops, and Commanders enhance fighters. Admirals and Commanders make their 
units faster and more responsive in Tactical Mode and Generals make their 
troops much stronger and more effective. Basically, except for Generals, I 
don't notice Officers boosting your units combat effectiveness that much. Their 
main strength lies in their ability to drastically increase the detection 
ratings of their units. This can greatly increase your defenses against enemy 
covert missions. So, it would be a good idea to post an officer on your more 
important planets to protect them. Even when you have an idle character and 
just don't have anything for him/her to do, you can always make them an officer 
for added defense in your territory, that way they're not being wasted. 

c) Prisoners: If a mission is detected by the enemy there is a chance that any 
characters on the mission will be captured. It's also possible that they will 
be killed, but it's far more likely that they will be taken prisoner. This 
basically means that they can't work for their side and can only be moved by 
their captors. You can also capture prisoners with Abduction Missions. 
Prisoners can be left alone on a ship or planet, but if you want to move them 
off of whatever they're on, such as from a ship onto a planet, you must select 
an Special Forces or character along with the prisoner and move them together; 
the Special Forces or character acts as a kind of a jailor, escorting the 
prisoner. Only one jailor is needed to escort any number of prisoners at one 
time. 
     Prisoners will sometimes randomly escape on their own and return to a 
friendly planet, without needing a Rescue Mission. I don't know of any way to 
make this less likely, even the presence of a jailor or two doesn't seem to 
prevent it, so jailors only help you move prisoners, not to guard them. However 
the presence of military units with detection values, such as troops or ships, 
can recapture them before they even get off the planet.  Another way they can 
escape without help of a Rescue mission is if the planet they're on is captured 
by their side or a ship they're on is destroyed in battle. There's also a 
chance they can get killed in either of these events, but I've rarely seen 
that happen. They may also stay captured and be moved to another planet, but 
that too is rare.
     Whenever a prisoner escapes, even if enemy forces immediately recapture 
him, his side learns about the planet or fleet he was imprisoned on, including 
things such as defenses, presence of military units, and who's in the area. 
This means that you should be careful where you hold your prisoners. Keep all 
of your prisoners in one place, then when one escapes the enemy will know where 
all their captured comrades are kept, and will send Rescue Missions. Keep them 
on a fleet moving to invade enemy territory, and the escaped prisoners can 
reveal your location. And especially take care when holding prisoners at your 
headquarters. If they escape, they'd reveal information about its defenses. 
This can be doubly devastating for the Rebels, because this would give away the 
secret location of your HQ.
     To try to prevent random prisoner escapes I used to constantly transfer 
all my prisoners from one planet in the Outer Rim on one side of the galaxy to 
another planet on the other side. The trip usually took over 100 days and my 
idea was that the more time the prisoners are in hyperspace, the less time 
they'll be on a planet and then they won't have any time to escape. 
Unfortunately it didn't work. How long a prisoner stays in one place does not 
at all affect when he or she will escape, nor does the fact that they're in 
hyperspace prevent them from escaping. The game will randomly assign a 
character a certain day when they will escape, and when that time comes they 
will escape, and if they're in hyperspace at that time then they will escape 
the day they arrive at their destination. The only advantage to my little trick 
was that the more time a prisoner spends in hyperspace, the less available they 
are for a Rescue Mission. However should the other player set up a blockade 
around the prisoner's destination they may free them, so be wary of moving them 
too much.
     One final note about capturing prisoners, when your people are on an 
enemy planet on a mission, take care if you are thinking about moving your 
fleet above the target. If there is an enemy fleet above the planet then when 
your fleet arrives a battle will initiate. If on that same day the covert 
mission is completed, almost without fail your team will be intercepted by the 
enemy fleet when they try to leave. Any characters you had on the mission will 
almost certainly be captured by the enemy fleet. This means that you may have 
to risk the character's life by destroying the ship he/she is on, or that the 
enemy fleet may retreat, taking your people away. While an enemy fleet over the 
target always poses a threat to covert teams trying to return home, a space 
battle above the target seems to be an even larger threat. I'm not sure if it's 
a bug and your teams will always be captured, but I've never seen an instance 
where this has not happened.

d) Traitors: If things are going really bad for you and your side, your 
characters may turn traitor. I've rarely seen this happen, in fact even when I 
purposely screw things up for my side and turn over most of the galaxy to the 
enemy, none of my characters turn traitor. The only time I've ever had someone 
betray me was when I was playing around with my friend and I let him destroy 
two of my Death Stars. Only after that did someone actually turn traitor. Once 
a character is a traitor they do not join the other side. The only thing I've 
seen them do is purposely cause a mission they're on to be foiled. The only 
time I've seen this happen was when Bevel Lemelisk turned traitor after my 
second Death Star was destroyed, and he kept reporting that the research 
mission I'd sent him on was being foiled. Now research missions can't be foiled 
unless the enemy captures the planet it's on, and that wasn't happening, and it 
confused the hell outta me until I realized it was him purposely foiling it 
when Vader informed me that he'd discovered that Lemelisk was a traitor. The 
other side does not actively control the traitor; he or she works on their own 
to screw you up. To avoid this I would suggest you simply prevent major 
political catastrophes like losing a Death Star or your HQ. Again, traitors are 
very rare, and simply losing a planet or even an entire sector to the other 
side will not cause your characters to turn on you. I believe only major 
political events trigger it, and even then it's uncommon.

e) Jedi: Any character that can use the Force I characterize here as a Jedi, no 
matter what their training is. Jedi tend to have much better stats in espionage 
and combat than non-jedi, hence they are much better spies and saboteurs, and 
they tend to avoid capture more often. Other than inflated stats jedi also get 
special abilities. They heal faster than non-jedi and when they're strong 
enough they can detect traitors among your personnel. They can also eventually 
detect enemy jedi on missions and can then foil the missions. Remember how 
Vader detected Luke when Luke was going to destroy the Death Star Shield at 
Endor? It's the same idea.
     Whenever you start a new game there are a total of four characters that 
can definitely use the Force. Other characters are randomly given this ability 
in each new game, but you won't know which characters can become jedi at the 
start of the game. It's random each game, so if for example Page can use the 
Force in one game, he won't necessarily be able to in the next. This random 
Force assignment also does not follow the movies or books as to who can and who 
cannot use the Force, and a good example of this is when in one game I played 
Chewie was Force sensitive, which was pretty funny.
     The four people who can definitely use the Force are Luke, Leia, Darth 
Vader, and the Emperor. Vader and the Emperor both start as Jedi Masters, while 
Luke starts as a Novice rank (more on ranks in a bit) and Leia can't even use 
the Force yet. This gives the Empire a huge covert bonus at the beginning of 
the game, but since Vader and the Emperor are needed for diplomacy and 
Recruitment early on, it isn't that big of an advantage. (Note: specific 
numbers and the jedi ranking system I provide were received from the LucasArts 
Official Rebellion Website at http://www.lucasarts.com/products/rebellion/)


                           Jedi Ranking System

     Rank                    Force Points Required
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Novice                                10
Trainee                               20
Jedi Student                          80
Jedi Knight                          100
Jedi Master                          120

     There's no way to check a character's Force points in the game, but these 
are what were given on the Rebellion website to give an idea about how long 
each character has to go between each rank. They gain a point each time a 
mission they're on is successful (if they're not a decoy of course). Whenever a 
jedi gains a new rank, or when you discover they can use the Force, his/her 
stats get a boost and their ability to evade capture increases drastically. For 
example, once Luke becomes a Jedi Master he's almost impossible to catch. I've 
sent him into Coruscant with the whole Imperial Fleet in orbit, and still he 
escapes unscathed. He's been captured when I did this when he was a Jedi 
Student or a Jedi Knight, but much less often than normal non-jedi characters.

     i) Discovering Minor Character With Force Ability: Only two people in the 
game can detect which minor characters have hidden Force abilities, Luke and 
Darth Vader. Vader starts as a Jedi Master and can detect and train jedi 
candidates from the start of the game. Luke however cannot detect jedi 
candidates until he is at least a Jedi Student. Even though Luke cannot conduct 
a Jedi Training mission until he is a Jedi Knight, he can still detect them. 
According to LucasArts Luke and Vader are supposed to do this when they go on a 
mission with someone with latent Force ability, but in my experience this 
hasn't always been so. Sometimes they won't discover it when on a mission with 
the unknown jedi, and sometimes just being in the same system with the 
character can cause them to discover it. It seems kinda random, but it does 
happen.

     ii) Stat Growth with Force Growth: From my observations, it seems that for 
every 2 Force points a jedi gains they gain a one point stat increase in their 
occupational stats. What I mean by that is, whichever stats the jedi excels at, 
those stats will increase. For example, Luke is a fighter, so his espionage and 
his combat ratings will increase along with his force. Leia on the other hand 
is primarily a diplomat, so her diplomacy rating will go up along with her 
combat, but her espionage and leadership will not. Of course, these are just 
based on observations; I can't find any real facts about it, but it should give 
you a general idea on how your jedi get stronger faster than non-jedi do, since 
they get extra stat increases. Also note that the character must know that he 
or she is a jedi, their Force Points do not increase if they don't know they 
can use the Force yet, and thus they don't get the extra stat increases.

f) Major Characters and Their Events: In the game there are six major 
characters: Luke, Leia, Han, Mon Mothma, Vader, and the Emperor. You always 
start every game with them, and none of them can be killed or retired. While 
Leia and Han do not have to be captured by the Empire for them to win the game, 
they are still major players in the game and have special importance and 
events.

     i) Luke Skywalker

     Dagobah: Luke can start growing in the Force from the start of the game, 
but will eventually go off to Dagobah to train with Yoda within days 100-1000, 
where he gets a huge Force boost. Usually with me he'll jump from a Novice rank 
straight to a Jedi Student rank. And even though he can technically go off to 
train within the first 1000 days, I've never seen him leave after day 400. He 
seems to usually go to train roughly around day 300. The training usually takes 
about 100 days. If he is on a mission at the time he's supposed to go train, 
he'll finish the mission first and then go off to see Yoda, so you can't "miss" 
the training by keeping him on long term missions. If Bounty Hunters should 
capture Han while Luke is training, Luke will leave Dagobah prematurely, like 
he does in the movies, and try to rescue Han. This would be horrible because 
then Luke would be way behind in his Force powers and you would be without a 
trained Jedi Knight for a long time, so try to keep Han safe when Luke is 
training.

     Encounter with Darth Vader: Whenever Luke and Darth Vader are in the same 
system, whether one is on a mission or one is on a ship in battle above the 
planet, they will have an encounter. It seems to be pretty random whether or 
not Luke is captured or injured, he tends to escape unhurt more often than not, 
but the higher his Force rating is it seems there's less of a chance he'll be 
caught or injured. Every time they meet and Luke escapes, he gets a whopping 
25% bonus to his Force rating. The first time they meet Luke learns about his 
"heritage." According to the manual he supposed to be injured for a while after 
this to show how upset he is, but he never seems to be injured when I play. 
Note that if the Rebels capture Darth Vader before Luke has an Encounter with 
him then neither Luke nor Leia can discover their heritage unless Vader 
escapes.

     Encounter with Emperor: Again, if Luke goes anywhere near a planet that 
the Emperor is on he'll have an "encounter" with him. There's always a chance 
he'll be caught or injured, but I've only seen that happen when Luke has a 
rating lower than a Jedi Knight. He gets a 20% increase in Force ability every 
time the Emperor does not capture him, so if you find the Emperor on a planet 
that isn't heavily defended, a great way to train Luke very fast is to send him 
on missions on that planet. Make sure he has a decoy or two and maybe some 
other people on the mission with him, because there's still a chance of him 
being captured from military units. The reason I don't suggest this with Vader 
is because in my experience Vader tends to capture Luke much more often than 
the Emperor, and the payoff with escaping the Emperor is still very big.
 
    Final Battle: If Luke ever gets captured there are several outcomes. If his 
Force rating is below 60 then he is treated like any other prisoner. If his 
Force rating is above 60 however, then the stage is set for the Final Battle. 
Once the Emperor is available, meaning that he's not captured, on a mission, or 
in hyperspace, then Vader (once he too is available) will automatically leave 
wherever he is and will travel to Luke. If he is on a mission he will wait 
until the mission is over before going to Luke. Even if you move Luke he'll 
follow. You cannot control Vader during this time. When he gets there he will 
take Luke with him to the Emperor. If during this time the Emperor becomes 
"busy" again, Vader and/or Luke will stop moving on their own and be yours to 
control again. They will repeat it all over again as soon as Palpatine is ready 
again. Once Vader finally gets Luke to the Emperor the Final Battle is 
initiated. If Luke's Force rating is below 100 he will then be captured and 
injured. If it is above 100 however he will capture BOTH Vader and the Emperor 
and bring them back to the Alliance. That's 2/3 of the Alliance's objectives 
right there if you're playing the regular game and not HQ Only. The Final 
Battle only happens once.

     Evasion Bonus: Not really an "event" per se, but whenever Luke avoids 
capture, such as when his mission is foiled but he escapes capture anyway, he 
gets an evasion bonus which increases his Force Rating by one. This does not 
happen to any minor character with the Force however.

     ii) Han Solo

     Bounty Hunter Event: According to LucasArts, every 1-100 days there is a 
30% chance of a Bounty Hunter Encounter with Han. Generally the chances that 
the Bounty Hunters will kidnap him are extremely low. Out of all the games I've 
played I've had dozens of these Events and only once did they capture him. If 
the Bounty Hunters fail in their attempt, then all that happens is that the 
Empire is informed of Han's location. If they are successful then Han is taken 
to Jabba's Palace (you can't ever go there even if you own Tatooine, it's like 
Dagobah; you just can't go there yourself and rescue him). Luke, Leia, and 
Chewie (if not captured) will then finish whatever mission they may be working 
on and then will immediately try to rescue Han. They individually attempt the 
rescue; so if say Leia fails then only Leia will get captured by Jabba, not 
Luke or Chewie. If any one of them is successful, then Han is released, anyone 
else captured by Jabba in the rescue attempt is released, and any other rescue 
attempts will be aborted. If all three fail and are captured they and Han are 
then all sent to Vader (I don't know what happens if Vader is a prisoner of the 
Rebels at the time; I've only seen this Event once and the rescue attempt was 
successful). Keep in mind that the one time I saw this happen, Han was on a 
system completely loyal to the Rebellion, the Rebel HQ was stationed there, and 
there were many ground troops and a large fleet orbiting it, so apparently the 
presence of military units or high Rebel loyalty cannot protect him. The only 
way I can think of where you can actively do something to keep Han safe is to 
keep him on missions. I've never seen an encounter occur when Han was on a 
mission and I don't think it can.
 
    Millennium Falcon Effect: Not really an event but definitely worthy of 
mention is the Millennium Falcon Effect, which means that when Han isn't on a 
starship and is traveling by himself and with characters ONLY, not Special 
Forces, he is presumed to be flying on his ship, the "fastest hunk of junk in 
the galaxy", the Millennium Falcon, which gives him and his companions a +50 
hyperspace modifier. This essentially makes them travel twice as fast as they 
normally would. Thus, not only is Han very good on missions, but he can get the 
team to the target and back twice as fast as normal.

     iii) Leia Organa

     Her Heritage: Once Luke has an encounter with Vader and learns about his 
heritage, he can then tell Leia about their heritage. The way Luke tells her is 
exactly like how he discovers potential jedi candidates. It's supposed to 
happen when they're on a mission together, but just being near each other seems 
to work just as well and just as often. Leia can then immediately use the Force 
and she gets a stats boost.

     Evasion Bonus: Leia is the only other jedi other than Luke who gets a one-
point increase to her Force rating whenever she avoids capture. Of course, this 
only happens once she knows she can use the Force.

     iv) Emperor Palpatine

    Seat of Power: As long as the Emperor is in the Coruscant system, whether 
on a ship or on a mission, he is assumed to be on his throne and as such all 
Imperial characters will get a large boost in their leadership stats.

     v) Darth Vader

     All of Darth Vader's events have been covered in other character's 
sections, since he does not have any just by himself. He gains no stat 
increases from an encounter with Luke nor from the Final Battle.

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3) Strategic Covert Missions
"You call down the Thunder, and I'll reap the Whirlwind" -Ghost, SC

     There are two halves to warfare in Rebellion: The overt and the covert. 
Overt consists of ships, fighters, and troops, and covert consists of the 
secret missions conducted by Special Forces. Now by "halves" I don't mean just 
two different parts of warfare, I mean actual HALVES, meaning if utilized 
correctly covert operations should take up a full HALF of your resources, 
strategy, and attention. Of course, this doesn't mean you can win without using 
conventional overt means, but it does mean that a series of covert missions can 
be just as powerful a tool as several heavy bombardments on half a dozen 
planets.

a) Detectors: There are three possible outcomes for any one mission. The 
mission can be successful and the objectives achieved, or it can be 
unsuccessful. There are two ways a mission can be unsuccessful and the game is 
specific with the words it uses for both types. When a mission has been 
"foiled" it means that enemy detectors discovered the mission's team and 
attacked their hideout, driving them off of the planet. This usually results in 
the death or capture of at least one Special Forces or character. If a mission 
has "failed" it means that the team was never detected, the mission was 
completed, but the team simply failed to achieve their objectives. Notice that 
when the mission has "failed" the game will still say that the mission was 
completed, whether it was a success or a failure, so make sure you read the 
whole message and not just the first five words. 
     Pretty much, a "detector" that can foil a covert mission is any military 
unit with a detection rating, pretty much any ship, starfighter, or troop 
regiment. The higher the rating is, the more the chance of them detecting your 
mission (I don't know the math involved). Pretty much, around 3-6 enemy ground 
units at the target planet will require you to send decoys to cover your real 
mission, while you can usually get away without decoys with 1 or 2 ground 
units.
     An orbiting fleet around a planet provides another line of defense against 
covert missions targeting something on the surface, because the Special Forces 
have to get through the fleet to the surface, avoid the ground people, and then 
go BACK through the fleet, if it hasn't moved. Sometimes the trip back is what 
gets them. An example of this is when I once had three characters as prisoners 
on Coruscant. Two of them on their own escaped, but immediately were caught 
again. Why? Because they escaped from the ground troops, but the fleet around 
Coruscant caught them again.  So I get two messages "so and so escaped at 
Coruscant" and "so and so was captured at Coruscant". Confused me for a while. 
Remember, three or four small ships aren't a major threat, it's the big ships 
loaded with troops and fighters that kill your people. 
     Officers are probably the best defense against covert missions. They 
increase the detection ratings of your units substantially, making it MUCH 
harder for enemy covert missions to remain undetected. 

b) Decoys: Pretty much decoys work like this: the better the decoy's espionage 
rating, the better their chances of preventing enemy detectors from discovering 
the real mission. They're just decoys, they don't help the mission at all; they 
just provide interference against detectors. So instead of the enemy detectors 
discovering your personnel on the real mission, they may detect instead one of 
your decoys. This poses no harm to the decoy, it simply means that the real 
mission wasn't discovered and it still has a chance. Characters as decoys DO 
NOT get better stats if the mission succeeds, only characters on the real 
mission. If there are any military units at the target site, it's always a good 
idea to bring along a couple of decoys, but if there aren't any, or the target 
is a neutral or friendly planet then decoys aren't needed. Usually I myself use 
1-3 decoys, depending on how many detectors there are at the target site. I 
rarely go above 3, except in extreme cases. Each additional decoy makes it more 
likely the mission will remain undetected, but there is a limit to the 
practicality of it. While you technically can have as many as a hundred decoys, 
most often you don't need more than a handful. It is true that there are a few 
targets that would require a vast number of decoys, such as a planet with 10 
ground troops, 12 fighters, an orbiting fleet, and officers. However, this is a 
bit impractical, since it devotes a serious amount of your covert personnel to 
a single mission. With enough decoys you can theoretically pull off any mission 
against any target, no matter how well defended, but sometimes it's just too 
impractical. It may even be possible that the fifty decoys you assigned weren't 
enough, and then the mission gets foiled and a good number of all your 
personnel get captured or killed, which would be devastating to say the least. 
Plus remember that detectors aren't the only way to discover an enemy mission. 
Enemy Espionage conducted on the system you targeted can detect your mission. 
This would allow the enemy to send sabotage or abduction missions against your 
personnel on the real mission, effectively foiling it.
     Eventually you learn to judge how many decoys are need for different 
missions, but just remember that sometimes the target can simply be too well 
protected and your covert missions will just not work against it.

c) Mission Types

     Here I will describe each mission Special Forces Personnel and Characters 
can perform, the possible outcomes and consequences, and any other relevant 
information. I will also list the number of people on the real mission I 
usually use for each mission type. These numbers aren't the only ones that will 
work for a specific mission, nor do I claim them to be the best, they're just 
the ones that seem to work the best for me, and I've tried dozens of 
combinations. Please note that the numbers I present to you represent numbers 
of Special Forces not characters. Since characters tend to have twice the stats 
that Special Forces do, I roughly count them as worth two Special Forces each. 
Also note that the limited knowledge I present in the ways of the math behind 
how likely a mission will succeed I got from the LucasArts official Rebellion 
website, and in case you missed the address above it is 
http://www.lucasarts.com/products/rebellion/. 
     Under each mission type I will also describe the "probability of success" 
for that mission. Barring that the mission is foiled, whether or not the 
mission is successful or fails is determined by your Special Forces' and 
characters' stats, and by luck. I will describe which stats are relevant for 
each mission type. After the simple math of adding up your Special Forces 
relevant stats and subtracting or averaging other factors you should arrive at 
a single number. The higher that end number is the more probable the mission 
will be successful, simple as that. I never really calculate out anything while 
playing the game, it's just important to know which stats are important for 
which missions. Please remember that only the stats of your personnel on the 
real mission, not decoys, contribute to the mission's success.

     i) Espionage: Information is vital to any military operation. Knowing 
where your enemies units are and what their defenses consist of is simply 
invaluable. This will be one of your most used missions. Let's call anyone who 
can conduct an espionage mission a spy, just for simplicity's sake. Probability 
of success is determined by the total espionage rating of personnel.
     Pretty much, one spy can do the job. When it comes to spy missions, if the 
mission is successful, then you get all the info about the target planet, so 
more people on the job doesn't make it more efficient. It's just that the more 
espionage stats your personnel have, the more likely the mission is, however a 
single Bothan Spy or Espionage Droid will be sufficient most of the time. 
However if you desperately need to know now and don't want to risk one spy 
screwing it up, using two or three spies may work better.
     When you successfully spy on an enemy planet you learn everything there is 
to know about the target planet, and another enemy planet. The second planet 
you get information on is randomly determined, but it will never be an enemy 
planet on the Outer Rim. That's how you can sometimes know what's on Coruscant, 
without actually sending a spy mission there. The info you get tells you what 
buildings are on the planet, what personnel are there, what missions are being 
conducted on the planet, if there are any military units on the ground or in 
orbit, and the arrival date of anything en route in hyperspace to the planet 
(including enemy fleets!).
     Spying on your own planet or a neutral planet does two things: 
     1. Tells you if an enemy fleet is incoming and when it arrives (sometimes 
the fleet icon won't tell you when the fleet will arrive, but if you click on 
an individual ship, it'll tell you when that ship will arrive. This usually 
only happens when ships are joining the fleet when they arrive, and won't 
arrive on the same day), and    
     2. Any enemy missions on the planet. Usually detectors are your only means 
of foiling enemy missions, but if you spot an enemy mission on your planet or 
on a neutral one, then if you send your commandos to capture or kill all of the 
people assigned to the real mission, then that mission will fail (killing 
decoys doesn't matter, as long as the people on the real mission are all 
neutralized, then the enemy mission fails and all decoys go back home). 
Generally, you only need to send spy missions to neutral planets if you thing 
the enemy's diplomaticing it, and spy on your own planets if the planet is an 
important one that's reasonably near the enemy and you want to protect it. 
Sending spy missions to ALL of your planets or even to all of your important 
ones is time consuming, too expensive, it's hard to keep up with them all, and 
usually pointless. If a friendly system is sectors away from the enemy, random 
espionage checks aren't necessary since it's very unlikely they will send 
anything that way. You probably have more important things to do.

     ii) Sabotage: This is my most used mission, with spying as a close second, 
because you can spy once on a planet and then send multiple sabotage missions 
to different targets on the planet. You can target anything from a ship, to a 
fighter squad, to a building, to a Special Forces. One thing that took me an 
hour to figure it out when I first got the game is when you're selecting the 
target, click on the specific target. You can't just select a planet when you 
want to sabotage a structure on it, you have to open up either the planet's 
manufacturing window or defenses window and then click on the actual structure 
or troop regiment you want to target. I don't know, maybe that's painfully 
obvious but I didn't see it initially and maybe a few other people didn't 
either. The probability of success is determined by the average of your mission 
team's total combat and total espionage ratings.
     Generally, if you're going after a structure on an undefended world, only 
one Special Forces is needed, no decoys. A single saboteur by himself works 
just fine, because a single Commando or Infiltrator unit is fully capable of 
destroying any facility on his own, and if there's no units at all on the 
planet, then there's no way you're mission can be foiled. The only exception 
being that a jedi on the planet detects a jedi on your sabotage team, but that 
rarely happens. However if you're going after a military unit on the ground, 
like troops or a fighter squad, then two Special Forces on the real mission 
will get the job done more often than one. Three if your missions keep failing 
and it's annoying you. I think buildings are easier to sabotage somehow, so 
almost always only one Special Forces will work, but you should go with more if 
going after a military unit.

     iii) Diplomacy: Diplomacy missions are another mission type most often 
used. This mission is progressive, meaning the character keeps trying and 
trying at this mission until he/she cannot do it anymore or you abort the 
mission. Every time they're successful a system's loyalty will move a small 
amount in your favor. If they fail then they'll simply try again. Probability 
of success is determined by the character's diplomacy rating minus the system's 
loyalty to the enemy (I have no way to know how to figure out a number for the 
system's loyalty, just know that the more of the bar that is the enemy's color, 
the harder it will be for the mission to succeed). 
      Pretty much in my experience anyone with a diplomacy rating of below 60 
isn't much use for this mission. Characters like Han or Chewie with diplomacy 
ratings of 13 each really aren't effective at ALL at diplomacy missions. 
However it's the TOTAL diplomacy rating of the whole mission team that counts, 
so if you send like 6 characters with low diplomacy ratings together to a 
planet, they will be as effective as a single character with a high diplomacy 
rating. I wouldn't recommend this much, since people with low diplomacy ratings 
tend to have high espionage and combat ratings so they're much useful at other 
things, but it is possible when needed. Using more than one professional 
"diplomats" (characters with over a 60 in diplomacy) also increases the chance 
of their success, but remember they will be working on only one planet, and 
since one "diplomat" can convert a system on his own without problem, it's 
generally better to assign one "diplomat" to one planet so you're working on 
several planets at once. Of course if a planet is completely loyal to the 
enemy, having two "diplomats" work together on it may help it along much faster 
at first, since even one will have problems initially because it's so 
resistant. 
     You also may want to wait a bit before taking a diplomat from a planet 
they just won over. Let them raise the loyalty a bit more, so that in case 
another planet in the sector joins the enemy, it won't be so quick to go 
neutral. Diplomaticing until the bar is completely full isn't necessary, unless 
the diplomat has nothing better to do; just about 8/10 of the loyalty bar 
should be sufficient for every planet.
     Also, decoys really aren't necessary for this mission since you can only 
conduct this mission on friendly or neutral planets, so the probability of 
enemy detectors being around is really rather nonexistent.

     iv) Abduction: Any time you see an enemy character that isn't protected by 
too many detectors, it's a good idea to go try to kidnap him. Probability of 
success is determined by your mission team's combat rating minus the combat 
rating of the target. But generally if the combined combat rating of all your 
personnel on the real mission is double the target's combat rating, then you're 
pretty assured of success, at the very least you may injure the target, making 
him much easier to abduct the next time. If you're going after a diplomat with 
a very low combat rating like Jan Dodonna then you probably won't need more 
than one Noghri unit on the real mission. If you go after someone like Han Solo 
with a combat rating of around 100 then you need a lot more people on the real 
mission.
     Now, if you're going after a jedi, you're going to need even more people, 
since they tend to be VERY good at combat, so you might not be able to pull 
this off if there's too many detectors around the target. If you're going after 
Darth Vader however, the Dark Lord of the Sith, the living symbol of the 
Empire, then you need to blockade the planet, eliminate all the ground troops, 
and call in every Special Forces in the tri-sector area. THEN it'll take about 
3-4 tries to get him. What can I say? He's a bitch.

     v) Rescue: Generally, you want to eliminate as many detectors as you can, 
and send like 3-5 Special Forces's on the real mission to rescue a character. 
Combat rating is the only important stat here, and it takes quite a bit it to 
get them out, so just 2 people most likely won't be sufficient. Actually, three 
probably won't be either, but it's possible. The more combat rating you have, 
the better the chances of success, just don't make your team too big.

     vi) Assassination: Combat rating is again the important stat here; the 
more you have the better. Again, the rule of doubling your target's combat 
rating works well for me. You'll most likely kill or at least maim the target. 
If the target's injured already then it's a lot easier to kill him. Also you 
can't assassinate or even kill "main characters" meaning: Luke, Mon Mothma, 
Leia, Han, Darth Vader, or the Emperor.

     vii) Incite Uprising: This is another progressive mission, meaning that 
the team will keep working until the planet leaves the enemy or you abort the 
mission. Probability of success is determined by the total Leadership of your 
team minus the target's loyalty to the enemy.
     It basically works like this: An incite uprising mission, if allowed to 
continue, will gradually turn an enemy system's loyalty away from them and 
toward you. It's basically like a Diplomacy mission on a hostile system. A real 
advantage of this mission is that it's very likely your opponent won't notice a 
single one of his/her planets slowly drifting to your side, and the only sign 
of this would be if the system were to go neutral or to openly revolt. It's 
especially dangerous if there are no ground troops stationed at the target 
planet, because if there are then once the system's loyalty leans toward you 
enough that the garrison requirement for the planet equals the amount of troops 
on the ground, the enemy will get a message telling them that the planet is 
close to revolt. However, if there are no troops on the ground, the planet may 
simply turn neutral without any warning. The moral of the story? The only sure 
way to protect a planet from this mission is to have at least 6 ground troops 
stationed there, because a planet cannot go into an uprising with that many 
troops on the ground, even if it is totally loyal to the other side.
      Generally a team of 5 works well on a lightly defended planet, but if 
there are many detectors I'd recommend using 4 or 3. Having 6-7 Special Forces 
on the real mission gets the job done much quicker, but they're very likely to 
get caught if there are any detectors around. Having 1-2 people on the real 
mission may be somewhat effective on a planet whose loyalty is already divided, 
but if it's very loyal to the enemy, chances are they won't accomplish squat.
     Like in a diplomacy mission, your Incite Uprising team will periodically 
have a chance to shift the system's loyalty to your side. Sometimes they do, 
sometimes they don't. If they don't then they send you a message saying that 
they're not being successful. However, when they do succeed they won't send you 
a message. The best sign that they are being effective is that you don't get a 
message saying that they were unsuccessful for long periods of time. Another 
less reliable sign is that you may get frequent messages about informants 
helping you on the planet when the team is doing well. This seems to happen 
when the system's loyalty moves slightly in your favor. The only time they will 
send you a mission "successful" message is when the planet switches sides or is 
enflamed in an uprising.

     viii) Subdue Uprising: Again the leadership of your team minus the 
target's loyalty to the enemy determines your probability of success. This 
mission also works just like a diplomacy mission, slowly moving the target's 
loyalty over to your side. Uprisings are very serious matters, since all 
production on the planet is stopped and garrison troops are slowly but surely 
destroyed, so send as many characters and Special Forces as possible, all in 
one major subdue mission, to get it over quickly. Decoys here really aren't 
necessary, because you own the planet, so enemy detectors aren't a problem.
     Also, you may want to conduct on espionage mission on your planet in an 
uprising to check for any enemy Incite Uprising missions that may work against 
your Subdue mission.

     ix) Research: There are three types of Research mission: Ship Design, 
Troop Training, and Facility Research, but they're all inherently the same so I 
put them under the same section. If a character can research a certain field 
(it tell you in their status menu) then get them researching ASAP. It speeds up 
R&D real fast, and there are always other characters to do spy work or be 
officers (I always want to make Ackbar or Thrawn my main fleet's admiral, but 
they can research ship design, so it's much better to make them research). 
There seems to be no real difference between sending multiple people on a 
research mission than sending them on individual ones, at least not that I can 
see. I usually send them on individual missions however, because that way I can 
spread them out across the galaxy, so if I lose one planet with a research 
mission on it, I'll still have other missions working, instead of losing ALL my 
research in that field. Ship design missions can only be conducted on planets 
with shipyards, troop training missions on planets with training facilities, 
and facility research missions on a planet with construction yards. 
     If a researcher sends you a message saying "valuable" results have been 
produced, you just researched something in that field. If he says "no new 
progress" just keep him running. It's a progressive mission and he'll make 
progress eventually; just let him research until you've researched everything 
in that field.
     Now, there's only three ways for this type of mission to fail: 1. You're 
an idiot like me and scrapped the relevant facilities on the planet the team is 
researching on (at least once a game I will scrap the sole shipyard on the 
planet that Wedge or Ackbar is researching ship design on because I don't need 
it anymore and I forgot they were researching there. Remember, the relevant 
facility has to be there, or they can't research). 2. One of the people 
assigned to the mission is a traitor (see more about that under the Traitor 
section) and keeps failing the mission on purpose. It's a very good sign that 
someone has turned traitor, because it's impossible to fail the mission other 
than these two ways. 3. The planet is invaded or switches sides. This mission 
can only be conducted on a planet you own, so decoys are not necessary. In 
fact, the only people who can become decoys for a Research mission are those 
who can do research, so it's infinitely dumb to waste their talents as decoys.
     I believe that your research rate in an area is also determined by the 
number of production facilities in that area you have. I'm pretty sure that the 
more you have, the faster you research. At the very least, I do know that if 
you have none of a certain production facility then you will not research in 
its area at all. Each additional facility you have however seems to contributes 
VERY little to your research rate, so it's pointless to have facilities that 
aren't building, just so they can research. Facilities contribute a near 
insignificant amount; it's your research missions that do the bulk of the work.

     x) Recruitment: A very important mission, you should always have at least 
one person recruiting new characters until you can't recruit anymore. The 
probability of success is determined by the leadership of the character minus 
the planet's loyalty to the enemy's side. It doesn't matter what planet you 
recruit on, any planet works fine, in fact you could recruit on the same planet 
to get every character. Plus there are only a handful of people who can recruit 
("main characters only"), so you can't be picky about leadership stats. Just 
recruit on a planet that's mostly loyal to you, and the Recruitment missions 
should work most of the time.

     xi) Recon: Imperial Probe Droids and Y-wing Long Probes are the only 
things that can conduct this mission. The main purpose for this mission is to 
do recon on outer rim territories, searching for hidden rebel bases, and 
otherwise looking for planets to colonize. However, another use for this 
mission is for a quick recon on enemy systems. If there are any enemy detectors 
at the target, chances are almost certain that the mission will be foiled, 
however you will then gain information about enemy ships in orbit around the 
target, or if there are no ships then about enemy ground troops. This can be 
invaluable when either hunting down enemy ships or when quickly checking that 
the target is clear of ships so you can move a fleet in. There are no stats 
relevant to this mission. It's always successful as long as there are no enemy 
units at the target, and if there are it's almost always foiled.

     xii) Death Star Sabotage:  This mission is exactly the same as a regular 
sabotage mission, just the target is a Death Star. The only conceivable 
difference is that Death Stars tend to be (or at least they should be) pretty 
loaded with fighters and troops and escorted by numerous ships. Basically this 
means that any DS Sabotage mission you launch is very likely to be foiled, due 
to the high amount of detectors around. However, if the Empire becomes gets 
careless, then this is a real low-cost high-payoff way to really hurt them.

     xiii) Jedi Training: Quite possibly the longest mission in the game, it 
takes around 90 days to complete. Once Vader or Luke (Luke MUST be a jedi 
knight or a jedi master before he can do this mission) discover a jedi 
candidate, the candidate then can use the Force and gets a huge stat boost. 
However, the candidate must start as a jedi at one of the lowest rankings. The 
value of this mission is that it boosts their Force rating by a good amount. 
Not quite the amount Luke gets when he trains with Yoda, but this mission does 
give them quite a boost nevertheless. I recall dimly that somewhere I heard 
that the loyalty of the planet the training is on makes it that much more 
successful, but the Rebellion official website does not list this, so I'm not 
sure. I have never seen this mission fail randomly, but I have heard from 
other people that it can. However, I have tried this mission dozens of times and 
even when I conduct it on planets I own that are completely loyal to the enemy 
it has never failed for me. My best guess is that an enemy 
abduction/assassination attempt on one of the characters on the mission 
interrupted the mission. While the enemy's attempt failed, it may not have been 
foiled and as such the person would not have been informed of an enemy mission 
being detected. However I could be wrong and this mission could fail randomly, 
however if it does then it is very rare. The only other way for it to fail or be 
foiled is if the enemy should invade the planet or if the planet should 
otherwise leave your side, by going neutral for instance. 
     The only drawback of this mission is that it puts one of your jedi 
knights/masters and a jedi candidate out of commission for a very long time. 
While a trained candidate is better than an untrained one, sometimes using the 
untrained one on missions now is more useful in the long run; after all they 
still are more effective than characters without the Force and will still grow 
as jedi with more successful missions. It's your call. As far as I know you can 
conduct this mission as many times as you want on any candidate.


d) Practical Applications of Covert Operations

     Here are a few techniques of using a number of covert missions to help 
further your war effort.

     i) Liberating Planets: This is an incredibly powerful tool if implemented 
correctly. By using only covert operations without any conventional planetary 
bombardments or invasions you can literally bring an entire sector to your 
control. And I'm not joking or exaggerating, I've seen it, I've done it, and 
it's been done to me. An Incite Uprising mission isn't the only way to cause an 
uprising on an enemy system. Many times you may find an enemy system that 
requires a garrison due to low loyalty (the Empire tends to start with a lot of 
these), yet you lack enough capital ships to bombard away the garrison and free 
the planet (this happens a lot to the Alliance). An alternative way is to send 
sabotage missions to destroy the garrison troops until the planet goes into 
uprising, sending espionage missions frequently to check if the enemy has moved 
any more troops to defend the planet. Keep doing this until there are no troops 
left and the planet is free to choose its own alignment. Whenever a planet 
shifts allegiance without the help of a planetary invasion it affects the 
loyalty of every other planet in the sector. If a planet is allowed to leave 
the Empire on it's own whim, then every other planet in the sector will lose 
loyalty for the Empire. This can create a domino effect. Let's say that one 
planet leaves the Empire, it can cause another system with divided loyalty in 
that sector to also leave the Empire, which can cause a neutral planet to decide 
to join the Alliance, which causes an Imperial planet to require garrison 
troops, and so on. Sometimes even if the planet you liberated doesn't join your 
side and only goes neutral, it's impact on other planets' loyalties may cause 
them to shift allegiances, which impacts the original planet and causes it to 
join you. While this domino effect may not bring half a sector to your side 
after liberating only one planet, it's consequences in the sector are profound. 
If it doesn't bring another planet to your side, it'll at least make it that 
much easier to bring another planet under your banner with a few more Sabotage 
missions. Augmenting your efforts with Incite Uprising missions can help speed 
along the process.

     ii) Mobile Agent Platform (MAP): Is there a sector in which you own no 
planets but the enemy does? Do you lack the ships and troops to bring your 
influence to the sector? Is the sector too far away to practically send precise 
covert missions to? Well worry no more. An incredibly invaluable tool to extend 
your influence to sectors that are mostly enemy or neutral is the Mobile Agent 
Platform, a cute little name I made up. More often that not you won't have 
enough ships to cover every sector in the galaxy at once, and sending covert 
missions to another sector takes a very long time and is usually less than 
fruitful. A MAP is essentially an obsolete or unused capital ship that carries 
a bunch of Special Forces. Special Forces can be based on either a planet or a 
ship, and they will return to whichever they started from after a mission is 
over. So send a single ship loaded with Special Forces to a wayward sector. 
This way the time the team takes to get from the ship to the target will be 
MUCH shorter than if you'd sent the team from another sector. They'll return to 
the ship they started from without having to travel 30 or more days back to one 
of your planets.
     Load your MAP with a lot of Special Forces with a good variety. Bring 
people to spy on planets, people to sabotage targets, and even people to 
diplomatize neutral planets, if you can spare them. Having a lot of saboteurs 
with no spies can be just as good as having no saboteurs at all, since you 
won't have information about the whereabouts of targets. I like to bring every 
type of Special Forces with me on MAPs, as well as any characters I have to 
spare.
     A Neutral planet is a MAP's best friend. By orbiting your MAP around a 
neutral planet the enemy cannot know that you're there without sending an 
espionage mission or having a blockade around the planet, and generally they 
don't want to waste ships or missions on harmless neutral planets. So you're 
practically invisible while you send mission after mission against enemy 
targets.
     Usually I like to send a nearly worthless ship like a Bulk Cruiser or a 
cheap ship like a Carrack Cruiser as my MAP. Generally though a ship with laser 
cannons and thus an edge against enemy fighters is ideal, because those neutral 
planets may not stay neutral for long and you may need to move your MAP to an 
enemy system for a little while. You can always move your MAP away before enemy 
ships arrive to drive you off, but if there are a sufficient amount of fighters 
around the planet when you arrive, you may have to fight them off and a ship 
with laser cannons has a better chance at that.
     There are of course drawbacks to this idea. First and foremost is the fact 
that you are operating in enemy territory without a good amount of conventional 
support. Should the enemy figure out what you're doing, they may start searching 
with heavy cruisers of their own. Should you run into to one of these you will 
probably have to turn and run. And remember, whenever you retreat you will 
retreat back to the nearest friendly system, which in some cases this may be in 
another sector, and it may take you a good long time before your MAP can return; 
a good long time the enemy has to build up without your interference. A good way 
to avoid this is to frequently move your MAP from one neutral planet to another, 
since a moving target gets found less often than a stationary one. However, even 
here you must be careful. A covert team will always return to their starting 
point, unless that starting point happens to be a ship that is in hyperspace 
when the team is ready to return. Be careful by sending off teams and then 
moving your MAP, because if it's not back in real space by the time they're 
ready to come home, they will go to the nearest friendly ship or system, which 
may be in another sector.
     To avoid being found, there are two things you can do other than by moving 
constantly. One is to send espionage missions to the planet you're orbiting. 
This will tell you if there are any enemy ships incoming, which will then be 
your cue to run. Another way to avoid coming face to face with an enemy heavy 
cruiser is to send recon missions to where you're planning to move. Sometimes 
you may have to move to an enemy system for a moment, and to make sure there 
aren't any enemy ships orbiting the planet to chase you away a single recon 
mission is very helpful. Chances are the mission will be foiled by enemy 
forces, but it will still tell you if and what ships are orbiting the planet. 
Like I said, it's good to bring every type of Special Forces you can. While 
espionage missions can be just as effective or more so, they can take a good 
while and a recon mission is much faster for when speed is essential.
     Another major drawback is reinforcements. Operating in a sector dozens of 
days away means that sending replacement Special Forces to your MAP may take a 
long while. There is little you can do about this fact, only frequently send 
more Special Forces to your MAP as soon as they are available. Even if you 
don't need more Special Forces on the MAP, send them anyways because mortality 
rates in the covert world are rather high and chances are you will need 
reinforcements eventually.
     As I mentioned before having a ship with anti-starfighter weaponry is 
better than one without. Sometimes all ten planets in the sector may belong to 
the enemy, so you would have to orbit around enemy planets. It's pretty 
embarrassing to have to end the entire campaign in that sector simply because a 
few squads of fighters drove you off, so being able to fight off fighters can 
be extremely helpful.
     As for defending against MAPs, the best clue to an enemy MAP operating in 
your sector is if you detect numerous enemy missions in a short amount of time 
in a sector you mostly control or especially if the enemy has no planets in the 
sector. If you're sure an enemy MAP is working against you, try searching any 
neutral planets with capital ships. Recon missions to every neutral planet in 
the sector at the same time could be a much faster and cheaper option. If 
necessary you may want to regularly send these recon missions to make sure any 
new enemy MAP's don't arrive, but being obsessive about this can take up a good 
deal of your attention. Having a good number of fighters can help by not only 
preventing an enemy MAP from orbiting one of your planets, but also it can 
provide extra detectors against enemy covert missions.
     This MAP tactic has proven extremely useful to me. By having a MAP conduct 
the tactic of liberating planets mentioned above I have taken entire sectors 
without needing to use a single ground troop in the sector. One of the first 
things I do when starting a game is to prepare a MAP. While the chances of 
losing the MAP or having to send them fleeing home in hyperspace for a good 
forty days are pretty good, you can get much for spending very little in the 
way of resources. The fact that a MAP can't defend itself is simply the 
tradeoff for the stealth and capabilities it offers.

     iii) Counter-Insurgency: Whenever you conquer all or most of a sector, 
especially Outer Rim sectors, it's always a good idea to build several Special 
Forces of every type and station them on one or two well-defended systems. 
Should you move the bulk of your fleets to other sectors then this way you have 
a way to strike back at the enemy should he invade the sector. Since it's 
likely that the sector will be loyal mostly to you then the enemy will require 
garrisons on any planet they capture. In that case your Special Forces can then 
send Sabotage and Incite Uprising missions to those captured planets and 
possibly bring them back to your side, or at least create uprisings on those 
planets. Going along with this it's a good idea to keep training facilities on 
a few planets so that you can train more Special Forces should the need arise. 
It's a hell of a lot faster and cheaper to defend your sectors this way than to 
have large numbers of troops on every planet. While the troops along with 
defensive facilities are the most solid defense, with a counter-insurgency 
force you have at least a modest defense before you can build all that.

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4. Tools of the Trade: Military Units

     This is after all a war game, and thus you're going to have to take at 
least a shot or two sometime in the game. The second half of battle in 
Rebellion consists of the actual ships and troops duking it out on the 
battlefield.

a) Starships

     For clarity purposes in this FAQ, I shall refer to those capital ships 
that are designed to attack mainly other capital ships as "cruisers," and those 
capital ships that are designed to attack primarily starfighters as "anti-
starfighter platforms," or ASP's. Here I'll give a brief rundown over several 
important concepts. Things like Tractor Beams that aren't really important and 
don't have much else to them than is already explained in the game have been 
omitted for brevity.

     i) Weaponry: There are three types of canons in the game (actually four if 
you consider the lasers on the fighters but they're probably just laser canons 
just really weak, the game never specifies, but let's just say there're three). 
Turbolasers, laser canons, and ion canons, and each ship has a different arc of 
range for each weapon that it has: forward, aft, port, starboard. Generally a 
ship that's confronting another ship will turn its strongest arc to the enemy 
ship for maximum damage, but the other arcs are there for when the ship's 
surrounded or to track a moving enemy.

     Turbolasers: The heavy guns of a capital ship. Never really see them in X-
wing games, but they're the weapons in the books and movies that take down 
other starships, destroy fighters in a shingle shot, and turn planets to slag. 
These are the most effective weapon against other starships, yet are pretty 
crappy against fighters. Pretty much, I don't really consider a ship as a 
"cruiser" unless they have primarily these babies. Their main use is against 
other starships, though they can fire at starfighters, but are less effective 
than laser cannons. Ships wielding only turbolasers won't fire at fighters 
automatically; you have to order them to do that.

     Laser canons: As you would've guessed, the anti-fighter guns. The guns on 
a corvette are the best example of these, made for tearing up fighter squads, 
yet really weak versus other starships. Ships with only these can still attack 
other starships, but you have to use several ships to be effective, and only 
minimally at that. They will not attack other starships automatically; you have 
to order them to do that.

     Ion Cannons: No ship has ion canons as powerful as the ground based ones 
in Empire Strikes Back, but they can still be pretty powerful. Any ship system 
can get damaged when lasers hit the hull, but the ion cannon's specific purpose 
is to disable those systems faster than lasers. They won't damage a ship's 
hull, but they will damage shields. They don't disable every system upon 
impact, but eventually will if kept firing. These never fire on fighters.

     ii) Repairing Ship Systems: Every ship has a certain amount of points in 
its systems and some ship types have more in certain systems than others. When 
a ship's shields are down, the hull suffers damage, and so do systems with 
every shot, and here ion canons prove devastating. The system icons of a ship 
in Tactical mode show you how damaged that system is. Sometimes though, this 
can be misleading. Like, on a corvette, the maximum points in the shield 
generators is 12. When the power goes down to 9:12 the system icon in battle 
will show the generators as slightly damaged, but it will not show the 
different icon when the power is at 10:12 or 11:12. This can be very confusing, 
because in the Tactical mode all your systems may seem nominal, but when in 
Strategic mode and you look in the fleet menu, you see little explosions around 
the ship, indicating that the ship is damaged. It's just that the damage is so 
slight that the icon in battle didn't change. 
     The only way for a ship system to be damaged is when the ship is hit with 
shields down, EXCEPT FOR THE SHELD GENERATORS (Actually I've seen the engines 
completely go out once, they didn't even get damaged first, just went dead with 
shields at full, but I'm guessing it was a game defect). If the shields are 
constantly being hit, but the lasers just aren't powerful enough to actually 
bring down the shields before they regenerate, the shields stay up but it's 
taxing on the generators, and slowly but surely they'll get damaged. Let it 
continue for a long time and eventually they'll be disabled. Now, when your 
generators are out, any shields you still have left stay up, they just won't be 
regenerated. Between battles a ship fully charges it's shields so that it 
starts the next battle with full shields, but I'd like to see if that still 
happens when a ships generators are disabled and aren't repaired between 
battles, probably nothing changes though. When a system is damaged but not 
disabled, it's less effective. Your cannons are less powerful, shields don't 
recharge as fast, your ship moves slower, etc., depending on which system is 
damaged.
	Now, to repair ship systems and hull you have to be in orbit around one 
of your planets.. You can't repair around an enemy or neutral planet. It's 
kinda stupid, because in battle your systems repair (I don't think hull does 
though), so they should be able to when in enemy territory and not fighting. Oh 
well. Actually sometimes it seems you repair faster in battle than you do out 
of it. I have once actually gone into battle for the sole purpose of letting a 
ship's shield gen.'s repair. Actually, twice, but it only worked the first time 
because the enemy's Ties kept bringing them back down to the same level as 
before, so be careful when trying this. A damaged ship in orbit of a friendly 
planet with shipyards repairs sooooo much faster than without the shipyards, so 
if possible station those ships near shipyards. I don't know if the more 
shipyards a planet has the faster the ship repairs, but it seems logical.

     iii) Maneuverability: The maneuverability ratings go from 1 to 4 points. 
Actually, the Death Star does have a rating of 0, but it doesn't matter in 
battle mode since it can't move anyway. Most ships have a rating of 1 or 2, 
with notable exceptions of the Lancer Frigate, Assault Transport, and Corvette 
with a rating of 3, and the Corellian Gunship, as far as I know, is the most 
maneuverable ship in the game with a value of 4. Something to note, Alliance 
ships tend to be more maneuverable than Imperial ships. Almost all the Rebel 
ships have at least a rating of 2, with only a few ships with a rating of 1. 
However, about half the Imperial vessels have a rating of 1, including all the 
star destroyer models except the VSDII. It's a small advantage for the rebels, 
considering that Imperial ships tend to have much more firepower. This 
attribute you can mostly ignore, except in a few cases where you may want to 
send ships to attack the rear of the enemy formation and get them back quickly.

     iv) Bombardment: Want to capture a planet but it has too many defending 
troops? Raining down fire from the skies is a pretty good idea, as long as 
there're no planetary guns. Most ships have bombardment modifies, which I 
suspect multiply the weapons ratings of the ship to make them more effective in 
planetary bombardments. Pretty much, as long as a ship has turbolasers it has a 
modifier, with the exceptions of the Interdictor Cruiser and the Corvette. The 
Indictor has turbolasers, but the in-game encyclopedia says it doesn't have a 
modifier, and the turbolaser-less corvette does have a modifier, but these may 
just be typos. Almost every ship has a modifier of 2 or less. No Alliance ship 
has a modifier above 2, except for the Bulwark Battlecruiser, which has a 
rating of 4. The only ships in the Imperial navy above 2 are the SSD, with a 
value of 3, and the VSD classes. A first generation VSD has a rating of 4, 
which is greater than an SSD's, and the VSDII has a rating of 5, which is the 
highest modifier of any conventional ship in the game. This gives the VSD class 
a distinctive use in the imperial navy, for they have very strong turbolasers 
as it is, and their high modifiers make them extremely effective in planetary 
bombardment.

     v) Hyperdrive: I'm pretty sure that the more points a ship has in it's 
sublight engines, the faster it'll enter hyperspace in battle mode. In fact the 
more points in any system a ship has, the more effective that system should be. 
The hyperdrive seems to be the only exception, why I don't know. However, the 
fewer points a ship has in hyperdrive, the faster it'll travel. Most ships have 
a rating of either 60 or 80, and the faster ship I've seen is the Assault 
Transport, with a rating of 50. Most likely hyperdrive ratings won't have any 
impact on your ship selections, however should the need ever arise, a fleet 
composed of only the fastest available ships may be useful for defensive 
purposes in-sector, being quick enough to intercept an enemy fleet. However, 
this ability has limited use, as the only ASP in the game with a hyperdrive 
rating of 60 is the Carrack, and ASP's are very important components of fleets.

     vi) Damage Control: Another aspect of starships worth mentioning that 
isn't covered in the manual, is the damage control rating.  Now it isn't really 
an important factor in much of the game, you want to use those ships with 
greater shields and firepower more than weaker ships, however it does have use 
in certain situations, mainly in small-scale battles. By small-scale battles I 
mean when there's only 1-4 capital ships on either side, and not dozens upon 
dozens of fighters involved. Knowing relative damage control ratings of the 
ships can give you an edge. Example: I once experimented with the computer by 
attacking a lone Mon Calamari Cruiser with a VSD, a VSDII, and an ISD, Now some 
of those ships have stronger shields and even stronger weapons than the Mon 
Cal, however without fail the Mon Cal won the engagement every time. This 
puzzled me until I paid closer attention to the ship systems during the battle. 
Apparently even with stronger shields and/or weapons, the shield generators of 
the Imperial ships I was using started to fail long before the Mon Cal's 
generators. This is because the of the damage control rating. The Mon Cal is 
famous for it's redundant systems, making it hard to cripple, and that 
characteristic has been brought to Rebellion. A quick look over the various 
ratings of ships shows the average to be from 20-30. However the Mon Cal has 
the second highest rating in the game, 50, second only to the Death Star with 
its rating of 60. This meant it had at least 20 points more than the ships I 
was throwing at it, and because of this it's shield generators held the 
longest, and since neither ship, it or one of mine, had a vastly superior 
firepower advantage enabling to bring down the other's shields without needing 
to knock out the generators first, the battle came down to whose generators 
would last the longest and keep the shields up the longest, which was the Mon 
Cal. So, a good familiarity with damage control ratings of ships can help you 
decide whether to push forward in a small battle, or to retreat.

     vii) Detection Ratings: Just a brief note, generally starships have poor 
detection ratings no matter the size, even a Super Star Destroyer has a super-
low one. A ship by itself in orbit can be very vulnerable to sabotage, but a 
sizable fleet and especially ships that carry several fighters and troops can 
provide excellent protection from enemy covert missions not just for the planet 
but also for the individual ships. In other words, if possible don't let a ship 
stay alone no matter the size; instead let it orbit a planet with other ships 
so that together they collectively provide enough of a detection value to 
protect them from enemy missions.

     viii) Ship List

     The game encyclopedia descriptions don't really do the ships in the game 
justice, so I figured I'd just comment on them. They're listed in order of 
which they are researched, starting with the Nebulon-B Frigate for the Rebels 
and the Lancer Frigate for the Imperials, because you start with the ships 
listed earlier and do not have to research them.

                            Alliance Ships

Bulk Cruiser: Hmm, one word to describe this thing...useless? Naw, a good 
tactician finds use for everything, even this thing. Never waste resources 
making more, but if you start out stuck with then there're only two real uses. 
As a Mobile Agent Platform, and when it's real early in the game it still has 
some decent firepower and at the very least can drive off or destroy any anti-
starfighter ship. A few of them can even manhandle an enemy dreadnaught (both 
sides have dreadnaughts). But once the game has progressed, their only use is 
as either a MAP or as scrap metal.

Dreadnaught: It can carry troops, so it's mildly useful later on, but never 
build more of these guys. By the time your halfway done with them, you can 
build better. You'd be better off building bulk transports. These guys are just 
a tad better than bulk cruisers, so like 3 or 4 of them can cause trouble for a 
Victory Star Destroyer, if you're lucky and with fighter coverage, and they are 
good at driving off anti-starfighter ships.

Medium Transport: Carries two troops and has gun turrets weaker than those on 
the Millennium Falcon (if the Falcon could go into Tactical mode that is), but 
then, the Falcon has a few illegal upgrades here and there. Don't build more of 
these, because bulk transports are so much better even though they have no 
guns, since this ship's gun turrets cannot hold off 5 squads of Ties. Pretty 
much, these things are good for exploring and colonizing Outer Rim Territories, 
which takes a long time anyway, so the 2-troop capacity isn't as limiting as it 
may seem.

Bulk Transport: This is the only real advantage the Rebels have over the Imps 
in terms of starships, the ability to carry large amounts of troops, 6 of them, 
without needing many capital ships to do the job. Make quite a few of these, 
especially early on when you can't produce anything with real power.

Corellian Corvette: The best anti-starfighter ship in the game when you start. 
Make a few more of these if you need to, but remember that the more advanced 
Gunship will be researched later. This is a Tie's worst nightmare; it can take 
on 2 whole Tie squads by itself, and lose only a bit of shield generator power, 
if any. I've even taken on even 4 squads with just one Corvette (not Tie 
Defenders of course), but its shield generators really suffered some damage.

Alliance Escort Carrier: Sometimes, you just need some extra fighters. This 
baby's hold for 6 squads can provide just that. I'd make quite a few of these 
guys to bolster the fighter capacity of your fleets. Good for having enough 
fighters to bring down a Death Star.

Nebulon-B Frigate: This is the MOST versatile ship in the game. It can hold 
it's own against Ties and light cruisers. Three of them in conjunction can 
cause serious trouble for a SD, while holding off a few squads of ties. It's 
the only ship that has turbolasers, laser cannons, and ion cannons except for 
the Interdictor, and that ship is way underpowered. An incredibly useful ship 
for the Rebels; make sure you start building several as soon as you can. A lot 
of the time it may be the flagship for your only fleet in a whole sector, for 
operations that don't require taking a heavier cruiser away from the main 
conflicts. It's not exactly a "cruiser" or an ASP; it's more of a hybrid of the 
two. It can't hold a candle to the massive ships you get late in the game, but 
it still has it's uses then and is invaluable to the Alliance early on. It's a 
multi-role vessel.

Mon Calamari Cruiser: The backbone of the Rebel fleet, the awesome Mon Cal. 
These are the babies that took on the Death Star and the imperial fleet at 
point blank range AND lived to tell the tale. Well, most of them did. They are 
the first real heavy cruisers the Alliance gets. More than a match for the 
Victory, its firepower rivals and even exceeds the Imperial Star Destroyer in 
terms of turbolasers. It even matches a VSD II's firepower. Plus they can carry 
3 fighter squads and even 1 troop regiment, and are incredibly durable thanks 
to their high damage control rating. They'll become the most important ships 
you have for a long while. I just love these guys.

Corellian Gunship: Just an upgrade to the corvette, a bit more firepower and 
speed and it's also less expensive. Make sure you have quite a few Corellian 
ships around to protect your heavy cruisers.

CC-7700 Frigate: The Rebel's version of the interdictor cruiser. It too sets up 
a gravity well generator, preventing the enemy from jumping to hyperspace. Its 
shields aren't as strong as the interdictor's, but it has more laser cannons 
and makes an effective anti-starfighter platform. Having two of them in a fleet 
is a very good way to insure that the enemy won't be escaping any time soon. 
It's very useful for holding those annoying stray enemy ships that do hit-and-
run raids on your planets and turn tail from your fleet when you find them.

Assault Frigate: This ship is the second heavy hitter for the Rebels. The only 
real improvement it has on earlier ships is that it has the strongest shields 
thus far, but its weapons aren't any stronger than the Mon Cals. However, its 
shields do let it go to the front and take the bulk of the enemy's shots. It is 
a fine ship, and I'd recommend making several, but don't think it'll replace 
the Mon Cal. It may have stronger shields, but the Mon Cal can still go longer 
without its systems taking damage. It also can't carry troops or fighters, and 
eventually Bulk Transports and Escort Carriers run out of room so I'd suggest 
keeping the Mon Cal as your fleets' mainstay ship for now. This ship is meant 
to augment fleets, not lead them, in my opinion.

Liberator Cruiser: What's the word I'm looking for.sleek?...swift?...ah, sweet. 
This is just a very sweet ship. Holds 6 squads and 3 troops, very handy, and 
can hold its own in a battle. It won't be taking on any Imperial Star 
Destroyers any time soon, but it can deliver a nasty sting to enemy cruisers in 
conjunction with your heavy hitters. It's every admiral's dream, a transport 
ship that can defend itself, and does it quite well in fact.

CC-9600 Frigate: A very good warship by all accounts, just that by the time you 
research it, you already have ships that are equally as good, or better. It's 
just another ship to add variety to your fleet. As a side note, the game says 
it can carry two troop regiments, but it can only carry one. I suppose it is a 
bit cheaper than an Assault Frigate and can carry one troop regiment, but by no 
means should you hold off building the Assault Frigate in anticipation of 
these.

Dauntless Cruiser: This is the Rebel Alliance's Battleship. Massively powerful, 
heavy shielding; this thing can go toe to toe with ISD II's. It really is 
dauntless. It's nearly ungodly. It's the first ship the Rebels get that has 
undeniable power, so by all means make as many as you can. I like naming my 
first one "Dauntless," just for kicks.

Bulwark Battlecruiser: The Rebel's answer to the SSD. It can't carry as much, 
and it's shields and ion cannons are a bit weaker than the SSD's, but it's 
forward turbolaser arc has 100 more points in it, meaning this sucker isn't 
something to be trifled with. Actually, it's something to turn tail from, jump 
to hyperspace and never come out in fear of it. Just think about it, this thing 
is made to COUNTER the SSD. Drool.



                            Imperial Ships

Imperial Dreadnaught: Pretty much exactly the same as the Alliance Dreadnaught. 

Carrack Light Cruiser: Basically it's an imperial Corellian corvette. The only 
difference is that it's laser cannons are weaker and it has some really weak 
turbolasers that really don't do much damage to other ships, they just make it 
a threat to a corvette, but not much of one. Its job is exactly that of a 
corvette's: find and kill starfighters.

Galleon: Your basic unarmed troop transport. Not much to say about it, except 
build many because since the empire doesn't have the bulk transport it's hard 
pressed for troop spaces in fleets.

Imperial Escort Carrier: Almost exactly like the Alliance carrier (the only 
difference is some laser cannons in the rear), it provides more fighter space 
for your fleets. Its laser cannons provide some protection from fighters, and 
it's useful because the imperials always need more starfighters to counter the 
Rebellion's superior fighters, so build quite a few of these. They're also 
helpful for carrying a massive fighter screen to protect a Death Star.

Victory Star Destroyer: The ISD's little brother. It's easily more powerful 
than anything the rebels have at the start, and the Imps start with it. It has 
more powerful turbolasers than an ISD, I guess to compensate for its small 
size, but it lacks ion cannons. Just remember what it says in the Rebellion 
poster: "This vessel was designed with planetary bombardment in mind." It 
carries quite a wallop when it comes to planetary bombardment, with a 
bombardment modifier higher than most of ships in the game. All in all, a 
pretty deadly capital ship.

Imperial Star Destroyer: The absolute best part about being imperial for me is 
to command these suckers and watch them in action. You can almost hear the 
Imperial March. The bad boys of the empire, this is the imperial fleet's 
mainstay ship. It's got heavy turbolasers and ion cannons, and it's meant to 
thrust into enemy formations like its dagger-shape implies. I read somewhere 
that just four of these can turn a planet into slag. Not to mention it carries 
a butt-load of fighters and troops, making it a very well rounded war ship 
indeed.

Lancer Frigate: Because rebel starfighters are so powerful that they can 
destroy death stars, these things were invented solely to combat them. The most 
powerful anti-starfighter platform in the game, they provide great protection 
from fighters. Around four or five of them banded together could also put a 
dent in another capital ship. Always bring a few to escort your heavy cruisers.

Star Galleon: The best the Empire can do is to have cheap ships to carry three 
troops at a time. Nothing smaller than an SSD can carry more than that, and 
these babies do it cheaply. Build lots of them, and by lots I mean LOTS.

Assault Transport: It carries only one troop regiment, so you won't need many 
of these, if any at all, but they do have pretty powerful laser cannons. It's 
actually more powerful against fighters than a carrack cruiser, so you might 
consider making these a viable ASP choice. One of these guys can at least stay 
in the rear can protect the other transports from fighters. The only other 
conceivable purpose for these guys is that when you're scouting the outer rim 
for possible bases and you accidentally run into a rebel planet with a few 
stationed fighter squads, you won't have to retreat all the way back to another 
sector, cause it can fight them off. Even though it has the fastest hyperdrives 
in the game, the fact that it can only carry one regiment makes it a poor 
colonizer since you'll waste more time sending the troops through hyperspace to 
the ship than you would if you'd used a ship with a larger carrying capacity. I 
suppose you could make a small fleet of like 6 of these so that they move fast 
and carry lots of troops, but you are at war here and your shipyards probably 
have something better, and deadlier, to build. They would also be great MAPs, 
due to their speed and ability to fend off planetary fighters.

Interdictor Cruiser: We Star Wars fanatics all know what this baby was meant to 
do. Gravity well projectors prevent the enemy from escaping, making those very 
annoying hit-and-run raiders easy prey. Strong shields and light weaponry make 
it a marvelous starship indeed.

Victory II Star Destroyer: An upgrade to the VSD, with the same turbolaser 
complement, but now ion canons and much better shields. It can't carry troops 
anymore, but it has the highest bombardment rating of any conventional ship, 
making it very useful.

Strike Cruiser: The beauty of this ship was that it can be mass-produced very 
quickly, but I don't see that happening in this game. They build just as slow 
as other ships. They're less expensive than Star Destroyers, but still have a 
good complement of weapons. Pretty much, they're good medium cruisers with very 
powerful shields, so build a few but don't concentrate on them.

Imperial II Star Destroyer: Or Impstar Deuce for short, this thing has twice as 
powerful weaponry as its predecessor and over twice the shields. Add to that the 
fact that it has the same fighter and troop capacity as before and the fact that 
you can't destroy its shield towers in Rebellion, this baby is everything you'd 
want in a heavy warship. Hey, even I'd make it in the form of a phallic symbol. 
Build as many you can, but remember how expensive they are and how long they 
take to build, so if you need ships fast, these may not be the best choice for 
the moment.

Super Star Destroyer: This is it, the ultimate starship in the galaxy. Over a 
thousand laser cannon batteries and missile launchers, and I'm pretty sure this 
baby could carry a whole ISD in its hold. With room for 12 fighters and 9 
troops, this thing is u-n-g-o-d-l-y. They don't call it "super" for nothing. 
Need I say more? Actually, yes, just one more thing: RUN, as fast as you can if 
you're the Rebels.

Death Star: We all know what its main purpose is. Its super laser detonates 
planets. However it has several other uses as well:
- It carries a TON of fighters and troops; it literally can drop 20,000 cargo 
ship loads of whoop-ass on a planet. 
- Its mere presence can bring garrison requirements down and can cause open 
revolts to cease on every imperial planet in the sector. 
- Its super laser can also be directed at enemy ships, and every several minutes 
or so it can instantly turn any rebel ship, including Dauntless and Bulwark 
cruisers, into space dust. 
- It has an incredibly high bombardment modifier. It never attacks any other 
ship in battle mode with its turbolasers or ion cannons but the reason those 
stats are in the status menu for the death star is because of that modifier, 
making it incredibly useful for planetary bombardments without destroying the 
planet. This is not to mean it can bring down three Gencore Level II's by 
itself, but it could with a number of other ships.

How to kill it:
1) The Traditional Way: Send starfighters in the Tactical Mode on a Kill Death 
Star Mission. Any type of starfighter can do it, even A-wings which don't have 
torpedoes can conduct this mission, but be warned that I've NEVER seen A-wings 
succeed, even after over three dozen attempts. The only catch is if the 
Imperials have as many or more squadrons of fighters in the battle as the Rebels 
do (total nuumber of squadrons regardless of type), then the Rebels CANNOT 
conduct a Kill Death Star mission. The only time they can is when they have more 
squadrons of fighters in the battle, so you may have to kill some TIEs before 
conducting this mission. Only one squadron at a time can do it, and the more 
squadrons the Rebels have than the Imperials, the greater the chance of success, 
I think. Personally I've never seen this mission fail with torpedo carrying 
fighters, so it's very important for the Imperials to carry large numbers of 
fighter squadrons with the DS to protect it. NOTE: The DS is impervious to 
fighter attack as long as it's around a planet with Death Star Shields, like it 
was in Return of the Jedi.

2) The Covert Way: Send a Death Star Sabotage mission to destroy it. This can 
be difficult to pull off, because chances are the Imperials will be smart 
enough to have lots of other ships, and fighters, and troops nearby to detect 
covert missions.

3) The Stupid Way: Since the DS can bombard a planet the normal way, it can be 
vulnerable to planetary guns while doing so. Just to screw around, I once 
bombarded a planet with heavy shields and two Level 2 Guns with a sole Death 
Star. The DS couldn't punch through the shields, and took heavy damage each 
time. It took about 5 tries but the DS was eventually destroyed. It's not 
something the Rebels can actively do to destroy the DS, but it's still 
possible, so be careful while conducting bombardments with it (The DS is never 
vulnerable to planetary guns when it destroys the planet, only during normal 
bombardment).

     Whichever way the DS is destroyed it is very traumatic for the Imperials. 
Even if you own over 2/3 of the galaxy and the rebels own only a handful of 
systems, should you lose one or two death stars your characters may still start 
to turn traitor on you. Read more about this in the Characters section under 
Strategic Covert Operations.

   The major problem with the DS, you guessed it, is it's incredibly expensive 
and takes a looooooong time to build. It's also very slow, very vulnerable to 
fighters, and you can only have one around a planet or in a fleet at a time. 
It's hyperdrive is very slow, and it's the only craft I've seen that has a 
sublight engine rating of 1, meaning any fleet with a DS will escape to 
hyperspace extraordinarily slowly. Pretty much, this is not something you'll 
really need to build, unless you and your opponent are on relatively equal 
grounds, you want a large advantage, you have a LOT of resources to spare, and 
you have a very large shipyard complex. Also, another downside is that every 
single planet in the galaxy, even uninhabited planets you colonized, will lose 
support for you every time you destroy a planet (I actually found a bug in the 
game, if you keep destroying planets to the point where the support of every 
system in the game is fully for the rebels, and if you keep destroying planets 
after this point, they will start to slowly gain support for the empire again. 
Might be fun if you wanted to cut down the size of the galaxy to one half it's 
original size and regain your empire the way it was before, but this bug only 
happens sometimes, not every time.). So pretty much, the planet-destroying 
capability should be saved for that rebel HQ that couldn't escape in time but 
is behind 5 Gencore Level 2 shields, 4 Level 2 Guns, and 2 Ion Cannons. If you 
ever find yourself just not wanting to waste the opportunity to have the most 
powerful weapon in the galaxy, just remember this: the first death star in the 
movies incorporated the resources for more than dozens of Star Destroyers and 
hundreds of fighters, ships which could have overwhelmed the rebellion, and in 
the end it accomplished in only making the galaxy just that much madder at the 
Empire for the destruction of Alderaan, and killing only a handful of 
starfighters before being destroyed by an X-wing and a Corellian freighter. The 
second Death Star only destroyed a few Mon Calamari Cruisers before also being 
destroyed by just an X-wing and a Corellian freighter. That's not what I call 
getting my money's worth. Death Stars are not needed to win a war and are only 
useful if used wisely.

b) Starfighters

     "Pretty," Donos said. "What do we blow up first?"
     Wedge, ahead of him in the pilot's chair, turned to glance at him. "Write 
that down," he said. "That ought to be the Wraith Squadron slogan."
     "Good point. Squeaky, record that."
     "If I must."
     -(Star Wars Solo Command, Aaron Allston, 1999)

     Okay, unfortunately you can't send them on deep space raids to attack 
convoys or supply depots, since supplies work automatically and you can't keep 
anything raid-vulnerable anywhere in space except in hyperspace or on or around 
a planet, but fighters can still turn the tide of battle.

     i) Classification: In the X-wing series of flight combat games the 
fighters on both sides were given classifications based on their abilities and 
specific jobs. In Rebellion they've kept those abilities and jobs, so I'll just 
describe the classifications so that you have a better idea what jobs to assign 
to different fighter types. 

     Air-Superiority: This isn't really a classification; it's a job really. As 
the name implies fighters with this job take control of the air, or rather of 
space. Whatever it takes to do just that, these fighters can do it, whether it 
means being a bomber and dropping some torps into a capital ship, or being an 
interceptor and protecting your capital ships from enemy bombers, or if need be 
just blasting other fighters into dust. Their laser power, maneuverability and 
occasional torpedoes allow them to do a range of missions. Fighters under this 
category are X-wings, Tie Fighters, and Tie Defenders.

     Bombers: As has been the trend since WWII, bombers in this game are slow, 
sluggish, and are not maneuverable. However they also have strong shields, if 
they have shields, and they carry the heaviest load of proton torpedoes as well 
as ion cannons. Pretty much, never send them to fight other fighters, unless 
you have like 300 squads worth and the sheer overwhelming numbers will be 
enough, because they'll be chewed apart. They're meant to attack capital ships, 
and once its shields are down they're once of your most powerful tools to 
either disable or destroy it. The bombers in Rebellion are Y-wings, B-wings, 
and Tie Bombers.

     Interceptors: The exact opposite of bombers, interceptors are fast and 
agile and made to fight other fighters. They're not as powerful as fighters 
designed for Air Superiority; their main strength lies in their 
maneuverability. Their main job is to "intercept" enemy fighters attacking 
capital ships and bombers. The interceptors of the game are A-wings and the Tie 
Interceptor.

     ii) Proton Torpedoes:  The real edge against capital ships fighters have 
is their torpedoes. The problem is that they won't fire their torps unless the 
target's shields are down, otherwise fighters would be way more important and 
the rebels far more powerful. Again, YOU FIRST HAVE TO BRING DOWN THEIR SHIELDS 
before the little white lines that represent torpedoes will fire at the ships 
and cause massive destruction. Once they are used, they are incredibly 
devastating against a ship, more so than turbolasers. Only ships that could use 
torpedoes in the original X-wing game are the only ones that can use them here. 
Unlike in X-wing Alliance, you can't just change the launcher tubes and add 
whatever projectile you feel like to a fighter, though it added more variety to 
Alliance. This means that A-wings don't have torps (and there are no concussion 
missiles in the game), but everything else does, except of course for Tie 
Fighters and Interceptors. You can look up the torp power in the status menu 
for each type of fighter, but generally those ships built to be bombers, 
meaning Y-wings, B-wings, and Tie Bombers, have more torp power than other 
fighters. Also, as far as I know, fighters never run out of torps. I figured 
that the number their torpedo rating gave might signify their total number of 
torpedoes, but they will keep firing them more than that number, so I suppose 
the torp rating is simply how powerful each strike is.

     iii) The Squadron Effect: Every single fighter icon flying around in the 
Tactical Mode represents a single squadron, no matter how many fighters it has 
left in it. As long as there's at least one fighter left in a squadron its icon 
will be shown. Every time you see a laser or a torp fire from the icon, it has 
the strength of all the fighters in the squad alive in it combined. Whenever 
you hear a target destroyed message when the target is fighters, that means an 
entire squad is destroyed, not just an individual fighter.    
     Every time something fires on a squad, the second time it fires, it won't 
necessarily hit the same fighter that second time. An example of this and of 
the power of fighters: Once all I had was 5 X-wing and 1 Y-wing squads to 
defend a planet against a single ISD. Now, every time something fires on a 
squad of unshielded fighters, one of those fighters will die, no exception. 
However, when it fires on shielded craft then the shields will protect the 
fighter for like one shot, and until it regenerates the fighter is then 
vulnerable. Now, I didn't lose a single fighter against that ISD because of 
those shields (remember, the ISD has only turbolasers, not effective against 
fighters). See, a ship won't necessarily target the same squad every time it 
fires, and when it does it won't necessarily hit the same fighter it did 
before. When it fired at my Y-wing squad, it took out the shields of one of 
them, but even if it fired at the Y-wings immediately again, it didn't hit the 
same fighter, the one without shields. It simply hit another Y-wing and took 
out its shields. By the time it targeted the Y-wings again, and hit the same 1 
out of 12 fighters it hit first, that fighter's shields had regenerated, and it 
could take another shot. I was amazed. Technically, in "reality" the combined 
torpedoes of the 6 squadrons should've ripped that ISD apart, but in this game, 
they won't fire until the shield are down. Instead, painstakingly slowly, they 
damaged the shield generators bit by bit, until the shield generators got 
weaker and weaker. The computer was smart enough to know it was a losing 
battle, and pulled out, but my fighter screen alone drove off an ISD. Pretty 
cool. 

     iv) Bombardment: Every fighter squad with proton torpedoes has a 
bombardment value of either 1 or 2; depending on how many torps the squad can 
hold. Just something to keep in mind when conducting bombardments, make sure 
you bring a bunch of fighters if you're having trouble getting past some 
Gencores.

     v) Maneuverability: You can check the stats if you want in the status 
menus for the fighters, but generally speaking bombers fly slower than other 
fighters and interceptors are the fastest fighters. The point being, it can 
help if you know the relative speeds of fighters, because if you send your 
fighters all the way across the battlefield in battle mode your interceptors 
will arrive first, and your bombers will lag behind all exposed to enemy 
fighters. Just a warning.

      vi) Star Fighter List

                            Alliance Fighters

X-wing: My personal favorite starfighter of all time, it's pretty much the most 
well rounded fighter in the game in terms of speed, maneuverability, shields, 
and firepower. Don't know what you want a shipyard to build? Just have it build 
a few of these, since you can never have too many.

Y-wing: These guys were made for taking and giving punishment. However, be 
careful because in Rebellion these things get chewed up real fast by enemy 
fighters, so NEVER send them to engage fighters. Their usefulness is in their 
extra torpedo strength and ion cannons, but B-wings make them obsolete, so 
don't make too many of them.

A-wing: Their profession is intercepting fighters quickly. Just too bad they 
don't have torps.

B-wing: Heaviest shields and ion canons of any fighter in the game, plus pretty 
good laser power, but they can't hold their own against enemy interceptors. 
They also carry the most amount torpedoes of any fighter in the game. Just 
protect them so they can destroy the big ships. They replace Y-wings, so don't 
build any more of those if you need bombers, just build these guys.

                          Imperial Fighters

Tie Fighters: The cheapest things ever made, but a lot of them can still do 
plenty of damage to X-wing squads and light capital ships. Just think of the 
Swarm tactic.

Tie Interceptors: Stop making Tie Fighters when you get these. They'll be your 
main attacking fighter until Defenders come along, because they're even better 
at air superiority than Tie Fighters are, even though they're designed to be 
interceptors.

Tie Bombers: According to the X-wing series Tie Bombers shouldn't have ion 
cannons, Defenders should, but I guess for the sake of balance the game 
designers decided to give the Imps a fighter with ion cannons earlier than they 
would if the Defenders had them. The Bomber is the only fighter the Imps have 
with ion cannons, and the first fighter they have with torps.

Tie Defenders: Has The most powerful laser canons of any fighter in the game, 
but is much more expensive and take much longer to build than other Imperial 
fighters, so don't build them when you need a quick fix for fighters. They are 
the only Imperial fighters with shields and they have a pretty good torp power 
as well. They're the best fighter for the air superiority role in your fleets, 
but they aren't maneuverable enough to replace Tie Interceptors as the 
interceptors for your fleets. However, stocking your fleets with only these 
babies can be a good strategy, since they can do just about any fighter job and 
they have shields so they last longer. The only problem is their high 
maintenance cost, so you very well need a mix of these and other unshielded 
fighters in your fleet.

c) Troops

"Now just remember, no poor bastard every served his country by dying for his 
country. He served his country by making some other poor bastard die for his 
country."                  
     -General George S. Patton

     i) Attack/Defense/Bombardment Defense Ratings: Pretty obvious, the higher 
the value a regiment has in either of these categories, the better it is in 
that category.

     ii) Detection Rating: A very easy aspect of troops to overlook is their 
detection rating, especially since it's only mentioned in the Status Menu when 
you right click on a regiment. The higher the value a regiment has the more 
often it'll detect and foil enemy missions, and with more troops with high 
detection ratings you'll foil even more missions. Troops are the first line of 
defense against enemy covert missions and if you have none on the surface the 
planet's facilities are easy pickings for sabotage missions. So I suggest you 
familiarize yourself with the detection ratings of troops to decide which 
regiments are the best to use as either garrison units on an unruly planet or 
as defense against enemy covert missions. The only time I'll list stats is 
here, because I know it's such a pain to look up and remember these ratings 
since you can only view one at a time in the Status Menu, and detection happens 
to be a very important rating, as opposed to ship maneuverability which isn't 
as important.


             Alliance Troops

Troop Type                   Detection Rating
----------                   ----------------
Army Regiment                       10
Fleet Regiment                      15
Sullustan Regiment                  35
Mon Calamari Regiment               20
Wookie Regiment                     20


             Imperial Troops
Troop Type                   Detection Rating
----------                   ----------------
Army Regiment                       15
Fleet Regiment                      20
Stormtrooper Regiment               25
War Droid Regiment                   5
Dark Trooper Regiment               30


     iii) Troop Regiment List

     Here I'll list the different troop regiment types and a brief description 
of them, starting with their stats in a Attack/Defense/Bombardment Defense 
format.

                             Alliance Troops

Alliance Army Regiment: 3/5/5   The basic defensive army unit of the Alliance. 
They have an alright detection value; these things are your best ground defense 
at the beginning of the game. They're balanced in strengths, but stronger in 
the defensive side, yet they're not useless in an invasion force.

Fleet Regiment: 6/3/5   The basic attacking unit of the Alliance. With an 
alright detection rating and balanced strengths they're useful as in any role, 
but before you get wookies try to attack with mostly these as they are the 
strongest attackers the Rebels have at the beginning of the game.

Sullustan Regiment: 1/4/5   They're alright in defense, though not the best in 
bombardment defense, but they're nearly worthless in attacking, so never use 
them to invade. They're main purpose is as garrison units because not only are 
they the cheapest units the whole game, (only one point of maintenance!) but 
they also have the best detection rating in the whole game. It's always good to 
have a few of these on planets with important structures, since they make it 
just that much harder for enemy covert missions to remain undetected.

Mon Calamari Regiment: 2/8/9   The best defensive unit in the game, nobody has 
a better defensive rating and nobody else has a better or equal bombardment 
defense rating. And their detection rating is nothing to sneeze at either. 
They're also relatively inexpensive to maintain compared to other troops.

Wookie Regiment: 8/4/4   They are the heavy hitters of the Alliance; just think 
about it, an entire regiment of wookies attacking. Nothing's gonna stand in 
their way. 8 is the highest attack value in the game, and this regiment is the 
only alliance regiment that has it. Plus they have better defense than imperial 
War Droids, their imperial counterpart, so they have a pretty good chance of 
holding a planet once they take it. The problem is, they're the most expensive 
troop of the Alliance and they take a long time to train, but once you build 
them they're well worth it.

                             Imperial Troops

Imperial Army Regiment: 3/5/5   The only Imperial unit specializing in defense, 
it's exactly the same as the Alliance Army Regiment, just with a better 
detection rating. When Stormtroopers are too expensive or unavailable use these 
for defense.

Fleet Regiment: 5/3/2   Pretty much, just a weaker version of the Alliance's 
Fleet Regiment, with weaker attack and bombardment defense values. When 
Stormtroopers are too expensive or unavailable use these for offense.

Stormtrooper Regiment: 6/6/6   A regiment of insanely fanatical soldiers? Not 
bad. They're actually the best unit at the start of the game, with a hellish 
6/6/6 rating in all categories. Very well rounded, they're good for all 
situations, especially since they have one of the highest detection rating in 
the game. The only problem is, they take longer than other starting regiments 
to build and are more expensive, so you'll still want to build the others as 
well, but these guys are the best you have at the start for either invading, 
defending, or detecting.

War Droids: 8/2/2   For that planet that has too many units on the ground, 
these are the babies to call. They have the attack rating of wookies, the 
second regiment of three in the game with an attack rating of 8. The only 
problem is that's all they're good for. They have the lowest defense, bombard 
defense, and detection ratings of all the troop regiments in the game. I 
suppose having a few of these guys defending a planet is better than having no 
troops to defend it, but you could always build better defensive troops much 
faster than you can these guys. If possible never use these guys for defense.

Dark Troopers: 8/8/6   Hands down the most powerful troop regiment in the game. 
Nobody who's ever beaten Dark Forces on any difficulty can forget the power of 
these guys. The Empire has no Mon Cal regiment, but these guys cover that 
defensive role, AND have the attack power of wookies. They are the third unit 
in the game with an attack rating of 8. The highest attack rating, the highest 
defensive rating, and the second highest bombardment defense, beaten only by 
the Mon Cals in that aspect, all in one unit. Their detection rating is also 
the second highest among troop regiments. Their only downside is that they're 
the most expensive regiment in the game, and they take the longest to build. 
But by far they're worth it. By faaaaar.

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5. Conventional Military Strategies

     Almost no war can be won with covert means alone. No matter what you will 
need conventional muscle behind your war effort. As an example, no sabotage 
mission will ever succeed against a fleet with over two dozen capital ships, 
not to mention with troops and fighters and officers. Covert operations are 
meant to support conventional units, not to do the fighting for them. However, 
an important thing to remember is that conventional warfare isn't just about 
invading systems and destroying large fleets, it's also about little harassments 
and disruptions for the enemy.

a) Raiding: A very effective and VERY annoying tactic is to conduct raids in 
enemy territory, which the computer will do a lot. In the real world raids can 
consist of capturing resources, but since you can't do that in this game 
without a full-scale planetary invasion, raids are simply search and destroy 
missions. Basically you send a small fleet with bombardment and anti-
starfighter capabilities into a sector owned entirely or mostly by the enemy 
and bombard the hell out of their defenses on their planets. This gives the 
enemy something to worry about plus decreases the amount of ground troops they 
have available. Plus if the sector were almost solidly loyal to the enemy, then 
you'd be free to attack civilian structures and seriously slow down their 
production. What's best though is if the enemy has a planet with ground troops 
but no defensive facilities. If you can destroy the ground troops with 
bombardment without hitting any civilian buildings then sector-wide support for 
you will most likely increase. I suppose it's because the residents don't want 
to support a side that can't protect them from bombardment. This can bring 
neutral planets to your side and can even create uprisings and garrison 
requirements for the enemy (however, this does not work one hundred percent of 
the time, why I don't know). And if the enemy should bring a larger force to 
destroy you, you can always retreat into hyperspace, but be wary of 
Interdictors and CC-7700 Frigates because they can trap your ships and let the 
enemy's force devour yours.
     The best way to defend against raids is to take it slow. Conquering too 
much too quickly doesn't give you time to build ground troops and defensive 
structures. Shields are always a good way to go, but sometimes building a 
single planetary gun is faster and just as effective for the moment. While it 
can't cause much trouble for a large fleet it can at least deter smaller fleets 
from raiding. Another thing you can do is to be careful where you hold your 
ground troops. Troops on a planet without any defensive structures just beg the 
enemy to bombard them and decrease support for you, so make sure to build 
shields and guns on systems that require troops.

b) Planetary Bombardments: A catch with bombardments is planetary defenses. If 
the system you're bombarding has strong enough shields then your shots won't 
make it through. There's no real way to determine if you have the firepower to 
bust through the shields, just assemble as much whoop-ass as you can and try 
it. If you don't make it through the first two tries then you probably won't 
make it through the ninth or tenth times. What are even worse than shields is 
planetary guns, because whenever you bombard you're in range of the guns and 
they can tear apart very large ships, no matter how advanced the gun is. 
Sometimes if you just have to bombard a planet with guns, make sure you bring 
LOTS of ships because if you get enough firepower together you may destroy the 
guns while only losing a small ship or two.

c) Planetary Assaults: Before you can invade any system the system must have at 
most one shield generator. Any more and it's impervious to ground troops. Then 
you have to worry about any ground enemy ground troops. If there aren't any 
then just make sure you have enough troops to prevent the planet from going 
into an uprising. Invading with six troops is usually a good idea if you're not 
sure how many you'll need as garrisons, because six is the maximum you'd ever 
need. If there are ground troops then it's a different story. If you don't have 
the firepower to bombard away the troops or you don't want to risk hitting any 
collateral targets then you'll have to use brute force. Naturally you'd want to 
invade with only you troops that are designed to attack, such as Wookies or War 
Droids. However you should be careful when using a large fleet with various 
types of troops. When you make the command to invade the computer will randomly 
choose which troops will be used for the assault, which means that it may throw 
in some of your defensive troops who will get chewed up. To avoid this, take 
your troop transports with the troops you want to attack with and make a new 
fleet. This way you can tell only that fleet to assault the planet, and if it 
has only Wookies then it can't attack with anything other than Wookies. Just 
make sure your new fleet has a few more troops than six, just in case you lose 
any when invading.
     A good idea before attacking is to send your attacking fleet to a friendly 
or neutral near the target. Should the enemy Espionage on his own planet, he 
won't have as much of a chance seeing your fleet coming in if the trip to the 
target is a short 5 days than if were a good 30 days.

d) Blockading: Whenever you park any ship around an enemy planet, no matter the 
size, it effectively cuts off all resources and maintenance the planet give the 
enemy. Thus you can knock off a few hundred points of maintenance by spreading 
out your fleet over hostile systems. It also gives the enemy less places to 
move their ground forces to, and any personnel or troops on the blockaded can 
be stuck there if your fleet is large enough to keep them from sneaking 
through.
     There is of course, a major weakness in this tactic. Holding a single ship 
above a hostile planet leaves it wide open to be sabotaged. Those characters you 
have trapped beneath it are in a perfect spot to try such a thing. Thus, use 
much caution when attempting this. Use Espionage missions to make sure there are 
no saboteurs or training facilities to train saboteurs on the ground and to 
alert you of any sabotage missions. Spreading out your fleet in a massive 
blockade campaign is haphazard, so I don't suggest it. However, a small fleet, 
with an admiral, several ships, and a few troops and fighters along with other 
their relevant officers can remain virtually safe against enemy covert action. 
So instead of letting it just hang around, you could use it to disrupt enemy 
supply lines. Just be cautious against enemy missions, and remember that while 
your ships are around your enemy's planets, it leaves the space above your 
planets unprotected and it tells the enemy exactly where your some of your 
forces are.

e) Footholds: It's important to try to get at least one system under your 
control and heavily defended in every sector. Even if it doesn't have anything 
of use on it, it can serve later as a haven to build up your forces and 
assemble your fleet when you do decide to invade the sector in force. Likewise, 
you'll want to prevent the enemy from obtaining footholds in your strongest 
sectors.

f) Tracking: It's important to keep track of your units at all times. Nothing 
sucks more than when you need a ship, or troop regiment, or an Special Forces 
immediately, and you can't find one because you lost it. It's also important to 
not leave stray units lost on systems you don't pay attention to anymore late 
in the game. If you're winning and are larger than the enemy, extra units 
everywhere that aren't being used tend to suck up your maintenance, rendering 
you unable to produce anything more. Keeping track of them lets you know if you 
have more units than you need, and thus you can scrap them. The best way to do 
this seems to be to keep units repositories in each sector. Like say, extra 
troops and fighters you don't need at the moment you can keep on one or two 
systems, so you know where to get them if you need them. It's always smart to 
keep moving extra troops with your fleets when you're advancing into enemy 
territory, because when the fleets run out, it'll take awhile to build new ones 
or for your spares to travel between sectors, which can halt your progress and 
give the enemy time to regroup. However, it is still a good idea to keep some 
extra units behind, in case of invasion, in case of enemy Incite Uprising 
missions, just in case of anything, and repositories can help you keep track of 
them.

g) Tactical Mode Strategies

     When two fleets engage each other around a planet you enter Tactical Mode. 
The basic and most direct way to win a battle is to have all of your ships 
attack a single ship in the enemy fleet until it's dead or fully disabled, then 
move onto another target. The only thing you need to remember when using this 
is to not overkill your target. If the enemy fleet is mostly corvettes, and 
you're sporting a dozen ISD's you don't need every one of your star destroyers 
to attack a single corvette. A few can take it down very quickly and the others 
can concentrate on other corvettes. However, there are a few other aspects of 
battle besides this direct method that can give you an edge.

     i) Utilizing Starfighters: Keeping your fleets balanced between capital 
ships and fighters is a necessity in Rebellion. A few dozen squadrons can be 
just as powerful as a Super Star Destroyer but swifter in battle. The best piece 
of advice I can offer for fighters is to keep them together and not send them 
after targets piecemeal. There is strength in numbers, and this is especially 
true for fighters. The only exception to this rule is bombers; you'll want to 
keep them separated from enemy fighters as much as possible while your other 
fighters engage them.
     What you do with your fighters at the onset of a battle is solely up to you 
and your situation. You can send them all against a super-strong enemy capital 
ship to cripple it before it can hit your own capital ships, or you can keep 
them back to defend against enemy fighters trying to disable one of your ships. 
Obviously once the battle progresses into chaos you will need your fighters to 
respond to whatever comes up. That's the beauty of fighters, they can deliver 
the force of a cruiser to any point in the battlefield very quickly. When a 
capital ship's shields are down it is doomed to die if several squadrons of 
torpedo carrying fighters are nearby.
     ASP's are one of the two biggest threats to fighters, so you should choose 
the targets farthest from them. However don't be too scared, for an overwhelming 
swarm of fighters can easily disable an ASP with the loss of only a few 
fighters. Enemy fighters are the other largest threat, and if possible you 
should try to engage them nearby your own ASP's. There is a good rule of thumb 
for fighter-on-fighter combat without other ships nearby: Rebel fighters will 
always defeat Imperial fighters of similar or slightly larger number. Rebel 
fighters and their shields are vastly superior to the Empire's finest, and even 
Tie Defenders cannot seem to bridge this gap. As such, the Empire should be very 
careful with their fighters and should always try to battle Rebel fighters with 
the aid of several ASP's, because every time a laser is fired at unshielded Ties 
in the Tactical Mode one of them IS going to die.
     It all depends on the balance of fighters you have, whether they have 
shields or not, and your particular style. Again, you just have to learn to feel 
your way through a battle to use fighter effectively.

     ii) Formations: Let's face it, if you're using an aggressive strategy 
where you rush forward to attack the enemy fleet, then formations are really 
hard to hold, given the variances of maneuverability's between ships and their 
single-mindedness. The only way I can think of to hold a formation is to play 
defensive and stay where you are. By using the navigational points to place 
ships at different points you can create a defensive formation. Only practice 
can teach you how to set up your formation, but a few obvious ideas do hold. 
For instance ships designed solely for troop transport that have weak shields 
and few guns belong at the rear of your formation. Your most advanced ships 
with the best shields and the strongest guns belong near the front, with ASP's 
supporting them. Whether you make your formation dagger shaped, spherical, or 
some geometric monstrosity, is up to you. No battle is the same, and no 
formation can win them all, but knowing how to situate your ships so that you 
take the least damage and deliver the most damage does help. Just remember that 
formations hold only for so long before the battle erupts into chaos, so they 
are only marginally effective.

     iii) Navigating: By navigating I mean when you select a specific point and 
right click it to tell the ship to go there. The key to managing ships is to 
not micromanage. They will fire and move very well on they're own. I myself 
have to fight the temptation to come up with complex battle plans, because it 
takes the ships too long to respond, and they never hold formation. The only 
times you'd really need to navigate would be to move a damaged or overmatched 
ship out of the fray to keep it safe. Whatever you do, don't try to add over 2 
waypoints for a ship to follow (you shouldn't even need that many most of the 
time) because sometimes they don't register, and it rarely does what you want. 
The only other thing is, give them time after sending them an order, it'll take 
a ship a number of seconds before it'll change from one order to the next. By 
all means don't repeat the order if you think the game missed your mouse 
clicking and the ship didn't hear you, as long as you hear an acknowledgement 
the ship knows what it's doing, and repeating the order just makes them take 
even longer. Sometimes they're just thinking like Battlecruisers from StarCraft 
and the commander's saying "Take it slow."

     iv) Maneuvers: Maneuvers aren't really all that useful; you probably won't 
use them that often if ever. Basically you just want your ships to destroy the 
other ships as quickly as possible, and sending them directly at the enemy 
ships works best with that. The only real use I can think of for maneuvers is 
if you want to strike at the defenseless troop transports (bulk transports, 
star galleons, etc.) at the rear of the enemy formation without having to go 
through the middle of the enemy fleet and take a pounding. Depending on how the 
enemy fleet is formed, a right hook or a bottom hook could keep a few ships 
safer from enemy fire while they home in on their prey. You may also want to be 
careful with these because if the target is too close, then when they're 
conducting a maneuver your ships may overshoot their target and pass it, and 
then proceed to move out of range in order to finish the maneuver. If you can't 
think of any reason why you would need to use a maneuver, then don't use one 
just because they're there. Most of the time you can get along just fine 
without any.

     Alas, but given the constraints in game play it's pretty much impossible 
to be a Grand Admiral Thrawn and defeat a seriously overwhelming and more 
powerful fleet by using a certain set of strategies. The best way to win a 
battle is to practice. Know when to pull your damaged ships out and to the rear 
so they can repair, know how many of your ships can handle how many of theirs, 
know when to stop firing on a target which is mostly disabled and poses no 
threat anymore, and above all know when to retreat. 
     Since every battle is different there is no precise step-by-step method to 
winning every one. The best way to get better here is to practice. Once you get 
a feel for the tactical mode, it gets easier and easier.

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6. The Big Picture: Overall Strategy

"Therefore in laying plans compare the following elements, appraising them with 
the utmost care" - Sun Tsu, The Art of War

     There is no real formula to win the game. No magic secret plan that'll 
ensure victory each time. Each game is different, so you pretty much have to 
make it up while you go along. Take each punch as you see fit. However, there 
are some general guidelines for playing as the Rebels and as the Imperials, and 
I'll just list some suggestions for each. Game play in mostly the same for 
both, consolidate your fleets together to protect them from sabotage, 
constantly send covert missions, diplomatize anything as quickly as you can, 
etc., but there are a few vital differences between military units and starting 
positions that are worth mentioning.

     a) Playing as Rebels

     - Immediately when you start, get Han to take all the characters on Yavin 
to wherever they'll be more useful. Get Wedge and anyone else who can research 
doing so ASAP. You might also want to move any units on Yavin to somewhere 
else, because they're pretty useless all the way out on the Outer Rim.
    - Have whomever you want to Recruit, as long as you always have someone 
Recruiting until there are no more characters left to recruit. I usually have 
Mon Mothma recruit at the HQ and then diplomatize nearby systems on the Outer 
Rim, but that way it takes the characters a long time to reach the Core and do 
something useful. You could also have Luke or Han recruits in between sabotage 
or other missions, but I always keep Leia on diplomacy missions because good 
diplomats are rare at the start of the game. Also, I suggest that you keep Mon 
Mothma in the Outer Rim Territories. While she is a capable diplomat, in a 
regular game she is an objective for the Empire, so keeping her hidden and 
diplomaticing small systems with a few mines and refineries not only helps 
prevent the enemy from winning, but also wins some resources for you. Obviously 
Force sensitive Luke Skywalker does not need to be hidden in the Outer 
Territories, since a jedi is much harder to capture than the physically weak 
Mon Mothma.
     -Since you already start with transports and troops on the Outer Rim at 
Yavin and your HQ, you can get a jump-start on colonizing.
     -Early in the game, have your shipyards build either bulk transports or 
fighters. All the other ships you have aren't worth building since better ones 
will be available soon, and you'll want to get working on them ASAP. It's also 
better to get those transports now while you can, because later you might not 
have time to wait to build more because your fleet can't carry enough troops.
     -Your ships are vastly outgunned at the start of the game. They are for 
most of the game in fact. So you may want to group most of your ships into one 
or two main fleets, because that way if you bump into a stray imperial ship, 
you may stand a chance.
     - Resist the urge to frequently change the location of your HQ. Sometimes 
when you move it off a system, the system will lose a bit of loyalty for you, 
and that can cause informants to give information to Empire, which will reveal 
the location of one of your hidden colonies. Besides, as long as the Empire has 
never shown its face in the sector, then moving your HQ isn't necessary.
     -Your starfighters are vastly superior to the Empire's. While they easily 
defeat Ties whose numbers equal theirs, do not be overconfident because swarms 
of Ties will still inflict many casualties upon you, especially your bombers. 
Just know that while unshielded Ties usually cannot drive off cruiser on their 
own, yours can, within reason, because of their shields and torpedoes.
     - The Empire starts with several systems that require garrisons. Try to 
quickly find these and send sabotage missions to incite uprisings or to free 
them before the Empire can send its diplomats in.
     - For most of the game, your ships won't be able to go toe to toe with 
imperial ships in battle, so direct confrontations should be avoided. 
Therefore, you should probably concentrate more on raiding and covert 
operations, including MAP's, to fight the Empire until you can build up enough 
conventional muscle to bring to bear.
     - Be on the lookout for stray imperial ships. While you probably couldn't 
destroy one of their star destroyers with the ships available to you at the 
start, sabotage missions on lonely SD's can help your forces to breathe easier.

     b) Playing as Empire

     - At the start of the game I highly recommend that you keep the Emperor 
Recruiting on Coruscant and send Darth Vader on diplomacy missions. It's a 
tradeoff, since only those two can Recruit for the Empire, however the Empire 
does also have very few diplomats and several planets require garrisons, and 
Vader can help fill this deficiency.
     - Speaking of planets needing garrisons, make sure these are well 
protected from enemy covert missions, with either units to defend with or 
officers. Send diplomacy missions to them quickly, or at least send them to 
other systems in the sector to win over some planets and increase loyalty on 
yours.
     - Try to bring Coruscant's sector (the Sesswenna sector) completely under 
your control. Rebel or neutral planets can act as platforms for covert strikes 
from them, and if you let them entrench themselves in the sector it can pose a 
serious threat once they have a large conventional force.
     - Speaking of Coruscant, while it is not an immediate need, you will want 
to put as many defenses down on it as possible. Think about quintuple shields 
protection and fields of planetary guns, basically as many as you can build 
with the given energy resources. While you do have some time before the Rebels 
have enough ships to start dreaming about taking on the might Imperial Fleet, 
do know that it is possible for the Rebels to take Coruscant early on. If they 
put all of their ships together in one single fleet, and take as many fighters 
and troops as they can with them, it IS possible for them to conquer Coruscant 
within the first 70 days. While it is extremely unlikely that they will be 
strong enough to hold Coruscant against a counter-attack by you, if you're 
playing the game with the HQ Only option, that doesn't matter much because 
they'll have already won. So, it would be a good idea to keep around at least 
two or three star destroyers over Coruscant, since Corvettes and Dreadnaughts 
haven't got a prayer against them.
     -It's hard enough for the Rebels to be outgunned. It'll be even harder for 
them to fight without production facilities. If your covert personnel can knock 
out their shipyards and stray ships and they won't be able to get a fleet up 
and running.
     - As soon as it is convenient I suggest you task a training facility to 
build somewhere around 10-20 Imperial Probe Droids to search for the Rebel HQ. 
They found it in the movies, and they can find it in the game. No matter what 
size you set the galaxy as, there's a lot of space to cover, so be patient. At 
the very least they can tell you where Rebel colonies are or aren't. I would 
also suggest you switch the system that they're based on after awhile. 
Eventually you'll cover the Outer Rim sectors closest to where they are based, 
and it'll take them longer and longer to Recon other sectors. Thus, you should 
move them to sectors closer to unexplored Outer Rim Territories, or even onto a 
MAP without the spies and saboteurs, so that you can explore even quicker.
     -Don't fret if your opponent keeps moving his HQ once you find it. Instead 
of trying to deal a decisive blow by knocking out their HQ early on, which is 
hard to do and ties up your ships, you should concentrate more on destroying 
their support and overall military strength. Once you evict them from most of 
the Core sectors, they will have less and less places to hide on. Going blindly 
after your objectives solely is not the best way to win.
     - Your star destroyer can pick their teeth with the Rebels tiny ships. 
Don't be afraid to get into engagements with their capital ships, but be wary 
of their fighters. Bring your own fighters to escort your ships, because a good 
number of Rebel fighters can repel your star destroyers if you do not have 
adequate fighter coverage.

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Special Thanks

     Special thanks to LucasArts and Coolhand for making such a great game, and 
for posting a helpful website at http://www.lucasarts.com/products/rebellion/ 
that cleared up a few things for me.

     Special thanks to AJ- for helping me (while it may have been a reluctant 
help at times) test hypothesis and ideas in Rebellion for this FAQ and for 
helping in proofreading it.

     Special thanks to CjayC for having such a wonderful idea as Gamefaqs and 
for maintaining it as well as he does.



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