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Star Citizen – Best Starter Ships/ Packs Ranked (2021)

While having options is always good, it can make choosing your starter ship in Star Citizen a tricky proposition. Some ships look fancy, some seems to have a lot of weapons, while others seem to offer better value for money. How can one choose! Anyway, here is my ranking based after over 8 years of testing and goofing around with Star Citizen.

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1. Aegis Avenger Titan

The Avenger always has been and still is my top pick. It offers a lit bit of everything. Some cargo space, some combat capability, is decently fast and maneuverable and is not as weak as some of the other starter ships. It’s a jack of all trades type of ship and that is what you need when starting out. With 8 SCU of cargo space, you can make some decent cargo runs or do courier missions. It also comes with a bed which means you can log out without having to land at a space station or planet.

The best part about the avenger is that many of the other starter ships focus on cargo, while Avenger can do both cargo and combat equally well. It also looks very good from the outside although that is a matter of personal preference.

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Role/ Focus Multipurpose
UEC Price 785,600
Pledge Price (Ship + Game package) $ 70
Cargo Capacity 8 SCU
Crew 1

*All stats subject to change

2. RSI Aurora

The RSI Aurora series is the absolute starter starter ship. Its cheap, its fragile, it will get you from A to B but it won’t do much else. If you just want to dip your toes into Star Citizen, it might be a decent option. But you will want to upgrade pretty soon. The biggest asset of the Aurora is obviously its price. A couple of years back, CIG had said that almost a quarter of the ships they have sold are Auroras. I expect that ratio has fallen a bit since because of the launch of so many other starter ships, but if you just want to try out Star Citizen with the minimum possible monetary commitment, this is it.

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Role/ Focus Multipurpose
UEC Price 184K-487K based on variant
Pledge Price (Ship + Game package) $45-$65
Cargo Capacity 3-6 SCU
Crew 1

*All stats subject to change

3. Mustang Alpha

The Mustang Alpha is the competitor to the RSI Aurora in the same price range. It’s very similar to the Aurora with the main difference being in the look and feel of the space craft. The Mustang is slightly better at combat compared to the Aurora so if you need a more aggressive starter ship, then go with the Mustang. The Auroras on the other hand offer slightly more versatility in exchange for slightly inferior combat performance. For example, the Aurora has some extra room in the cabin which means you can put some extra stuff there.

I would say the difference is mostly looks. Most people prefer the look of the Mustang but I am personally biased towards the Aurora. That is mostly because it is one of the oldest ships in the game and I have got attached to it,e ven if only a little bit. But realistically, the Aurora is literally a flying brick. The Mustang Alpha flying experience is clearly superior.

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Role/ Focus Light Freight
UEC Price 251,400
Pledge Price (Ship + Game package) $45
Cargo Capacity 4 SCU
Crew 1

*All stats subject to change

4. Origin 300i

While I still recommend the Avenger to others, I personally like the Origin 300 series ships and it was my first starter package way back when. The 300i is the base variants and should probably be your starter pick. The other 300 series variants include a racer, explorer and a fighter for those who wish to specialize. But I would advise you to keep things simple with your first ship and just go for the base 300i model.

The 300 series of ships is sleek and stylish and that might appeal to some. You don’t really overpay for that style and don’t lose any performance which makes them a decent pick and earns them them a high spot on my list. Think of it as a solid alternative to the Avenger Titan for those who prefer its sleeker looks.

The main issue with the 300i is that it is not always available. You will have to buy a cheaper package (like the Aurora) and then upgrade to the 300i when it becomes available.

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Role/ Focus Multipurpose
UEC Price 767,200
Pledge Price (Ship + Game package) Buy another package and upgrade to it
Cargo Capacity 8 SCU
Crew 1

*All stats subject to change

5. Origin 135C

The Origin 100 series are the smaller cousins of the Origin 300 series. To be honest, I was a bit confused when they were released the 100 series as they have a lot of overlap with the 300 series in terms of both performance and price. Which is why it is better to think of them as just as an extension of the 300 series line-up rather than something else entirely. 100 I or 135c are good variants for generalists while the 125a is for combat focus.

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Role/ Focus Light Freight
UEC Price 839,000
Pledge Price (Ship + Game package) $95 (limited availability)
Cargo Capacity 6 SCU
Crew 1

*All stats subject to change

6. Drake Cutlass Black (Super Starter)

The Cutlass is another excellent choice and the only reason its not #1 is because it is slightly more expensive than the other starters. It offers the same versatility as the Avenger, but everything is just a bit bigger and better. You have decent cargo, decent combat capability, a bed to log out. But perhaps the best feature is that you have some room in the back to carry a ground vehicle! That opens up a lot of new game play possibilities and that is just too good of an incentive to pass up.

That is why I have classified it as a super starter. That means it is not technically a starter ship but rather a step above it which would definitely appeal to those who are willing to spend just a tiny bit extra. Personally, I think it is totally worth it for what you get but you can just earn it in-game as well.

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Role/ Focus Multipurpose
UEC Price 1,385,300
Pledge Price (Ship + Game package) $115
Cargo Capacity 46 SCU
Crew 2

*All stats subject to change

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7. MISC Freelancer (Super Starter)

The quintessential Star Citizen starter ship for traders, haulers and space truckers. If you want to get goods form A to B, make a decent amount of money while doing it and retain  some defensive firepower, then this is the ship for you! There are several variants but I recommend the base one or the MAX for even more cargo space. The MIS is for combat and while it is good, combat is not the reason to get a Freelancer. Same with the DUR.

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Role/ Focus Medium Freight
UEC Price 1,697,600
Pledge Price (Ship + Game package) $125
Cargo Capacity 66 SCU
Crew 1-4

*All stats subject to change

8. MISC Prospector (Super Starter)

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Calling the Prospector a starter ship is a bit of a stretch, but it is a good choice to start off with if you are really into mining. Mining is already in Star Citizen and it is one of the best money makers, so a lot of new players do end up getting a Prospector sooner rather than later. It wont do anything other than mining though, so keep that in my mind.

But if you are into mining, then this is not only a great starting ship, but it will last you for a very very long time and provide you with an excellent source of cash. I expect mining to be one of the main money makers in Star Citizen along with hauling cargo which is why I recommend everyone have at least one mining ship. But the choice to buy it outright as your starter ship or to buy it in-game with in-game currency is totally up to you.

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Role/ Focus Mining
UEC Price 2,061,000
Pledge Price (Ship + Game package) Buy another package and upgrade to it
Cargo Capacity 32 SCU
Crew 1

*All stats subject to change

9. Consolidated Outland Nomad

The Nomad is one of the new starter ships and it falls somewhere between the absolute starters and super starters like the Freelancer in terms of hailing capacity. It is a cargo hauler at its hear, but it does it with a different style. Think of it as a pick up truck. It has an open flat bed at the back where you put the cargo and then just fly around. It felt odd to me at first but it grows on you. It has the feeling of being out there in the great wilderness with a ship that is slightly less utilitarian than the Freelancer and has more soul.

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Role/ Focus Freight
UEC Price 2,061,000
Pledge Price (Ship + Game package) $95
Cargo Capacity 24 SCU
Crew 1

*All stats subject to change

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10. MISC Reliant Kore

MISC is a manufacturer of utilitarian, industrial ships which makes them an ideal choice for those not interested in combat but rather in heavy industry. While they make a LOT of excellent ships, their starter line-up is a bit underwhelming. The main reason, in my opinion, is that they mixed Xian technology with the Reliant series which made these ships vertical instead of having a traditional shape. This makes them much bigger targets in combat and vulnerable.

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Role/ Focus Light Freight
UEC Price 744,700
Pledge Price (Ship + Game package) Buy another package and upgrade to it
Cargo Capacity 6 SCU
Crew 1-2

*All stats subject to change

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Gary (Flanker)

Gary has been "hard landing" into runways and driving his Mitsubishi Evo off of cliffs since the early 2000s. These days, he spends most of his precious hobby time with his favorite flight, racing and space simulations in VR. He also has an Engineering Degree in Computer Science which helps a lot with his obsession with optimizing PC hardware like CPUs, Graphics Cards, VR Headsets, HOTAS, Racing Wheels etc. for high end sims.