How ship customization works in Star Wars: Squadrons

Make your Starfighter stand out from the crowd.

How ship customisation works in Star Wars: Squadrons

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Star Wars: Squadrons is about more than impressive dogfights and intense space battles. Creating your own unique Starfighter, so it stands out on the battlefield, is possible through the game’s customization elements.

With that in mind, you will want to know how ship customization works in Star Wars: Squadrons. We’re here to give you the lowdown on all aspects of kitting out your ship, so let’s dive straight in.

What are ship components in Star Wars: Squadrons?

Components are unlockable items that you can equip your Starfighter with. You get them by earning Requisition points, and you can add them to your ship to change how they function and what abilities are available to you.

There are seven component slots that you can attach, six if you are piloting a TIE Starfighter except the Reaper, and fine-tuning these will create your own loadouts to fit your specific playstyle. The slots are:

  • Primary weapons
  • Auxiliary slots (x 2)
  • Countermeasures
  • Hull
  • Shields (unavailable for TIE Fighters, Bombers, and Interceptors)
  • Engines

What are active and passive components?

Active and passive components are ship customizable that have different effects on the battlefield. Active components are tuned to turning the tide through your actions, while passive components alter your ship’s performance depending on how you’re managing your power levels. The three types of active components relate to:

  • Primary weapons – these are your laser cannons. They can range from rapid-fire, short laser bursts to long-range, more powerful shots.
  • Two auxiliary slots – these relate to your ship’s secondary abilities, such as repair bots, space mines, and tractor beams. You can only select one of each type, so you can’t equip two repair bot components.
  • Countermeasures – these components help you to avoid enemy fire. Seeker warheads, for example, take out missiles heading your way, while sensor jammers can stop enemies locking onto you.

Passive components make up the other three parts of your ship’s customization. Each has a strength and weakness, however, so ensure you’re aware of the trade-offs between each one. These are:

  • Engines – these components can alter how quickly you move around the battlefield. Some provide greater speed, while others can damage your foes if your ship explodes with them nearby.
  • Hull – changing your hull component can provide you with extra protection from enemy fire, or grant you better maneuverability.
  • Shields – shield components can give you better protection from different enemy projectiles. Some may protect you better from torpedoes, but won’t stop laser fire as readily.

Can I customise my Starfighter with cosmetics?

Yes. All eight Starfighters can be customized. You can change your ship’s paint job, decals such as Phoenix Squadron’s Starbird on the side of ships, cockpit holograms, and more. You can even add trinkets to your cockpit, which you will see in-game as you play.

Be aware that your ship cosmetics will only apply to multiplayer matches. The game’s single-player campaign will seat you in traditional cockpits rather than those you have tailored to your own look.