Tuesday, 23 October 2012

Star Wars X-Wing - Character and ship guide - X-Wing

The Original (and the best) guide for my X-Wing guide series, the iconic X-Wing.  Of course many of us have played as Luke Skywalker reliving that epic moment of a New Hope where he destroys the Death Star either in our gardens or bedrooms as children, on PC's over the years and now finally we can do it with FFG's amazing miniatures range.

On a personal level this ship is easily my top space fighter of all time, hands down the best looking in any science fiction series, it just oozes greatness.  of course this is my personal opinion :)

Faction: Rebel Alliance
Ship: Incom t-65 X-Wing Starfighter
Statistics ÷
Primary Weapon Value: 3
Agility: 2
Hull: 3
Shields: 2

The X-Wing is the first rebel fighter you will be using in X-Wing and it is one of the most versatile ships in the game.  It has good damage with 3 attack die rolls before modifiers and can take a decent amount of damage when you couple it's shields and hull (for a total of 5) making it a tough fighter to bring down in a one on one fight.

It isn't quite as maneuverable as the TIE Fighter and not as fast in a straight line, so Imperial pilots will likely want to focus on sharp turns to avoid being tailed.  The X-wing can mount 1 astromech droid and take 1 weapon upgrade, although higher cost or more skilled pilots can also take a piloting upgrade card also.  Overall the X-Wing is the workhorse of Rebel forces and no squadron is complete without at least one flying space superiority for the team.

All X-Wing's are capable of using the (Focus) and (Target Lock) abilities.

Expansion content list:

Pilot Cards:

Wedge Antilles
Garven Dreis
Red Squadron Pilot
Rookie Pilot

Equipment Cards:

Proton Torpedoes
R5 Astromech
Expert Handling

Here are a list of pilots listed in order of skill in Ascending order.
(All squad costs are the base cost of the unit before upgrades are applied)

Name: Rookie Pilot
Skill Value ÷ 2
Pilot Ability: N/A
Upgrades: Astromech droid, Weapon Slot
Squad Cost: 21

Name: Tarn Mison
Skill Value ÷ 3
Pilot Ability: When an enemy ship declares you as the target of an attack, you may acquire a target lock on that ship.
Upgrades: Astromech Droid, Weapon Slot
Squad Cost: 23

Name: Red Squadron Pilot
Skill Value ÷ 4
Pilot Ability: N/A
Upgrades: Astromech Droid, Weapon Slot
Squad Cost: 23

Name: "Hobbie" Klivian
Skill Value ÷ 5
Pilot Ability: When you acquire or spend a target lock, you may remove 1 stress token from your ship.
Upgrades: Astromech Droid, Weapon Slot
Squad Cost: 25

Name: Biggs Darklighter
Skill Value ÷ 5
Pilot Ability: Other friendly ships at Range 1 cannot be targeted by attacks if the attacker could target you instead.
Upgrades: Astromech Droid, Weapon Slot
Squad Cost: 25

Name: Garven Dreis
Skill Value ÷ 6
Pilot Ability: After spending a focus token, you may that token on any other friendly ship at Range 1-2 (instead of discarding it).
Upgrades: Astromech Droid, Weapon Slot
Squad Cost: 26

Name: Jek Porkins
Skill Value ÷ 7
Pilot Ability: When you receive a stress token, you may remove it and roll 1 attack die.  On a (hit) result, deal 1 facedown damage card to this ship.
Upgrades: Astromech Droid, Weapon Slot, Pilot Upgrade
Squad Cost: 26

Name: Wes Janson
Skill Value ÷ 8
Pilot Ability: After you perform an attack, you may remove 1 focus, evade or blue target lock from the defender.
Upgrades: Astromech Droid, Weapon Slot, Pilot Upgrade
Squad Cost: 29

Name: Luke Skywalker
Skill Value ÷ 8
Pilot Ability: When defending, you may change 1 of your (focus) results to a (Evade) result.
Upgrades: Astromech Droid, Weapon Slot, Pilot Upgrade
Squad Cost: 28

Name: Wedge Antilles
Skill Value ÷ 9
Pilot Ability: When attacking, reduce defender's agility value by 1 (to a minimum of "0").
Upgrades: Astromech Droid, Weapon Slot, Pilot Upgrade
Squad Cost: 29

Since the base point limit of organised play is 100 points you can see how X-Wings can become expensive even before picking upgrades.  The upside is the bonuses of these skilled pilots.  Wedge is truly a force to reckoned with when he reduces his targets defence die by 1 even before modifiers, while Luke can keep himself going by dodging attacks more often.

Biggs and Garven are great support characters.  Bigg's can basically tank for you so long as he stays close to his allies, while Garven can help lesser skilled pilots by giving his used focus token to friendly pilots as their turn comes up.

What I really like about X-Wing is that the pilot's have no effect on the fighters base stats, instead relying on the abilities of these pilots to alter the outcome.  It also means that a player who wants more rebel fighters on the board need not worry about having weaker ships, since every X-Wing does 3 damage potentially every round.  It is possible to field a rookie squad led by Garven Dreis allowing 4 X-Wings to enter the battle before upgrades, and even then you have 11 points left to pick astromech droids which can make a rookie pilot quite difficult to kill.

Next I will list the Astromech droids, Weapon upgrades and pilot upgrades available to rebel players.

Astromech Droids ÷

Name: R2-D2
Ability: After executing a green maneuver, you may recover 1 shield (up to your shield value).
Cost: 4

Name: R2-F2
Ability: Action - Increase your agility value by 1 until the end of this game round.
Cost: 3

Name: R5-D8
Ability: Action - Roll 1 defence die.  On a (Evade) or (Focus) result, discard 1 of your facedown damage cards.
Cost: 3

Name: R5-P9
Ability: At the end of the combat phase, you may spend 1 of your focus tokens to recover 1 shield (up to your shield value).
Cost: 3

Name: R5-K6
Ability: After spending your target lock, roll 1 defence die.  On a (Evade) result, immediately acquire a target lock on that same ship.  You cannot spend this target during this attack.
Cost: 2

Name: R3-A2
Ability: When you declare the target of your attack, if the defender is inside your firing arc, you may receive 1 stress token to cause the defender to receive 1 stress token.
Cost: 2

Name: R4-D6
Ability: When you are hit by an attack and there at least 3 uncanceled (hit) results, you may choose and cancel those results until there are 2 remaining.  For each result canceled in this way, receive 1 stress token.
Cost: 1

Ability: Your upgrade bar gains the (pilot upgrade) icon.  You cannot equip this upgrade if you already have a (pilot upgrade) icon or if your pilot skill value is "2" or lower.
Cost: 1

Name: R5 Astromech
Ability: During the End phase, you may choose 1 of your faceup damage cards with the ship trait and flip it facedown.
Cost: 1

Name: R2 Astromech
Ability: You may treat all 1- and 2- speed maneuvers as green maneuvers.

It is worth mentioning here that any droid that has a unique name can only be used once, so obviously you cannot have R2-D2 in both Luke's ship and Bigg' for instance.  On the other hand any droid with the name R5/R2 astromech droid can be used as many times as you have cards.  Another important note is that the unique droids can be used in any pilots X-Wing or Y-Wing.  There are no restrictions as to who may have what droid in their fighter.

Weapon Slots ÷

Name: Proton Torpedoes
Damage: 4
Range: 2-3
Ability: Attack (Target Lock): Spend your target lock and discard this card to perform this attack.  You may change 1 of you (Focus) results to a (Critical Hit) result.
Cost: 4

Name: Flechette Torpedoes
Damage: 3
Range: 2-3
Ability: Attack (Target Lock): Discard this card and spend your target lock to perform this attack.  After you perform this attacks, the defender receives 1 stress token if it's hull value is "4" or lower.
Cost: 2

The X-Wing has access to Proton Torpedoes.  Proton Torpedoes are very powerful but are range specific so TIE pilots can nullify them by getting in close.  The other factor to consider is that rebel players need to have target lock before firing them, so in effect they give up a focus token which could be necessary to avoid damage.

With the addition of the GR-75 we also have the flechette torpedoes for the X-Wing and presumably other ships too.  I added them here because they came specifically with the X-Wing.

Pilot Upgrades ÷

Name: Marksmanship
Ability: Action - When attacking this round you may change 1 of (Focus) results to a (Critical hit) result and all of your other (Focus) results to (Hit) results.
Cost: 3

Name: Swarm Tactics
Ability: At the start of the combat phase, choose 1 friendly ship at Range 1.  Until the end of this phase, treat the chosen ship as if it's pilot skill were equal to your pilot skill.
Cost: 2

Name: Expert Handling
Ability: Action - Perform a barrel roll.  If you do not have the barrel rolls action icon, receive 1 stress token.  You may then remove 1 enemy target lock from your ship.
Cost: 2

Name: Squad Leader
Ability: Action - Choose 1 ship at Range 1-2 that has a lower pilot skill than you.  The chosen ship may immediately perform 1 free action.
Cost: 2

Name: Determination
Ability: When you are dealt a faceup damage card with the Pilot trait, discard it immediately without resolving its effect.
Cost: 1

Granted Expert handling at the moment only really works for imperial players who need to get rid of those pesky target locks, but since Slave I may have this ability it could be useful for rebel pilots also.  Determination is great for negating stat reducing pilot damage while swarm tactics can quickly whittle down a tough opponent if used right.  Marksmanship is the real killer here though, being it can cause massive damage on a good roll.  Couple this with Wedge and most TIE fighters are going to be either destroyed or close to it if he gets a good shot off.

Well that's the X-Wing covered, tomorrow I will post the Y-Wing stats, pilots and upgrades along with my views on how best to use them.  I will also be updating these posts as new cards come out along with new pilots and abilities, along with a few more pictures are I get them for certain cards.  So bookmark these pages if you find them useful.


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