The Super Star Destroyer was one of the most terrifying symbols of the power of the Galactic
Empire. But how many of the massive ships could be seen throughout the galaxy? In this
video we’ll be covering the brief history and fate every single one in both Canon and
Legends. We will specifically be covering those ships classified as Executor-class,
so ships like the Eclipse from Dark Empire will not be included.
Starting with the canon, thanks to Aftermath: Life Debt, we know there were thirteen Super
Star Destroyers in the Imperial Fleet. Interestingly, the first one built was the Annihilator, and
not the Executor. It was the flagship of Grand General Tagge in the months after the Battle
At that point in time, the Executor itself was nearing the end of its construction above
Kuat. It was originally intended to replace the Annihilator as Tagge’s flagship, but
instead became the personal ship of Darth Vader, and the head of his armada, Death Squadron.
It was present at the Battle of Endor, where it was destroyed.
After the Battle of Endor, the Annihilator was overtaken by a group of pirates that used
the ship to begin their own pirate empire.
In the months following, five super star destroyers were destroyed in battle. Another three were
either surrendered or commandeered by the New Republic, and likely deconstructed and
rebuilt into the new Starhawk-class capital ships. Another super star destroyer called
the Arbitrator was destroyed in a poorly plotted retreat into hyperspace.
That left two more. The Eclipse was the personal flagship of Emperor Palpatine himself. Reports
indicated that it was among those that were destroyed, but Rae Sloane uncovered evidence
that those reports may have been altered.
The final known canon Super Star Destroyer was the Ravager. In the months after the Battle
of Endor it was rumored to be the final Super Star Destroyer in the Imperial Fleet. It was
lost in the Battle of Jakku, and it was slowly consumed by the desert for the next thirty
Legends material was more liberal in its use of the Super Star Destroyer with eighteen
known ships throughout the galaxy.
Of course the Executor is on this list as well, and in the Legends timeline was the
The Annihilator was also in Legends, although as a completely different Super Star Destroyer.
It was under the command of Admiral Gaarn, and was destroyed shortly after the Battle
of Endor defending the half-constructed Eclipse above Kuat.
The Aggressor was used to defend Imperial shipyards at Corellia after the Battle of
Endor. One year later it was under the command of Grand Admiral Grunger, who declared himself
an Imperial warlord intent on taking control of the Empire. He met heavy resistance from
Grand Admiral Pitta, and wound up ramming the aggressor into his enemy, destroying the
ship and killing both Grand Admirals.
Little is known about the Enforcer other than it was damaged, chased, and eventually destroyed
by Rebel forces led by Luke Skywalker.
The Guardian was under the command of Admiral Drommel, another self-declared warlord that
arose after the Battle of Endor. It remained in Imperial service for twelve years until
Drommel found himself surrounded by the New Republic. He refused to surrender, so one
of his officers shot him and offered the ship to the New Republic. Command passed to Admiral
Ackbar, and it remained in action through the Yuuzhan Vong War.
The Intimidator was part of the Black Fleet, which was captured by the Yevetha eight months
after the Battle of Endor. Eleven years later the Imperial prisoners were able to retake
the Fleet. Failing to reunite with the remaining Empire, the ships dispersed. The Intimidator
was found abandoned in the Unknown Regions four years later.
The Iron Fist was the command ship of Warlord Zsinj. The former Imperial admiral used it
against the New Republic and his former Imperial allies in the years following the Battle of
Endor until it was destroyed above Dathomir by Han Solo and the Hapan Royal Navy.
Razor’s Kiss was not completed until three years after the Battle of Endor. Warlord Zsinj
attempted to hijack it, but the attempt was sabotaged by Wraith Squadron, and the ship
However the collected debris were reconstructed into the Second Death. Warlord Zsinj ordered
the ship to be painted with the Iron Fist’s markings in order to fake his own death. A
purpose for which it was used shortly after.
The Knight Hammer was used by Admiral Natasi Daala in an attempt to destroy the New Jedi
Order on Yavin IV. It was covered in stealth armor, and had advanced systems that allowed
it to run with a much smaller crew. But the Jedi were able to sabotage the ship and send
it crashing into Yavin Prime, where it was destroyed.
The Lusankya was the sister ship of the Executor. It was built and then buried on Coruscant
to be used as a means of escape in emergency situations. After the Battle of Endor it was
used by Ysanne Isard as a prison until she was forced to launch the ship, an act which
killed millions. The New Republic eventually defeated Isard and captured the Lusankya.
It was finally destroyed in the Yuuzhan Vong War.
The Reaper was originally under the control of Grand Moff Kaine, but command passed to
Admiral Gilad Pellaeon. It served as his flagship until it was destroyed in the Battle of Celanon
nine years after the Battle of Endor.
The Terror was used to protect the development of the TIE Phantom, and was itself outfitted
with cloaking technology. However it was boarded by Rebel saboteurs, who stole a Phantom, and
destroyed both the production facility and the Super Star Destroyer three years after
the Battle of Yavin.
The Vengeance was under the command of Admiral Senn, and was destroyed during the Battle
of Nocto shortly before the Battle of Endor.
The Whelm is another ship with little history, but it was destroyed during the Imperial Civil
War six years after the Battle of Endor.
Shortly after the death of Emperor Palpatine, a Force-sensitive clone called X1 took control
of a Super Star Destroyer for use against the New Republic. It was destroyed in the
Battle of Mustafar.
Finally, two unnamed Super Star Destroyers have appeared in Rogue Squadron III, and the
New Jedi Order book Destiny’s Way. The first was outfitted with cloaking devices, but was
destroyed by Rogue Squadron. The fate of the other is unknown.
And that’s all of them! Twenty total Executor-class Super Star Destroyers in the Imperial Fleet!
I like that the new canon right now has very few. The more that exist, the less impact
they have. I will be interested to see if the Empire had any more lying about. If you
liked this video, you might like the other comprehensive videos I’ve done about TIE
Fighters, Superweapons, or Rebel starfighters. You can find links to those here or in the
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next time, thank you for watching, and may the Force be with you!