Preview the Naboo Royal N-1 Starfighter Expansion Pack for Star Wars: X-Wing
“I’ll try spinning; that’s a good trick!”
–Anakin Skywalker, Star Wars: The Phantom Menace
Despite being a peaceful planet with no standing army, Naboo is still dedicated to supporting the Republic against the nefarious Separatist Alliance. The planet’s Royal Security Forces are ready to spring into action at a moment’s notice and—when these battles take them to the skies above the planet and beyond—they enter the fight in the Naboo Royal N-1 starfighter.
After proving its worth while helping to break the Trade Federation’s blockade of Naboo, this sleek and agile fighter now sees regular service against the Separatist Alliance in the Clone Wars. Using its incredible speed to get the upper hand on less maneuverable fighters, the N-1 adds some much-needed velocity to Republic squadrons that rely on bulky starfighters and heavy weapons. Soon, you can add even more tricks to your Star Wars™: X-Wing squadrons with the Naboo Royal N-1 Starfighter Expansion Pack.
Within this expansion, you’ll find one finely detailed Naboo Royal N-1 starfighter miniature painted in the iconic yellow and chrome finish, accompanied by all the cards and tokens you need to add it to your Galactic Republic squadrons. Among these are six pilots who each bring their own approach to flying the ship as well as seven upgrades inviting you to outfit your N-1 starfighter however you choose. Finally, two Quick Build cards offer helpful combinations of pilots and upgrades, letting you get your N-1 starfighter into battle as quickly as possible.
Join us today as we take a look at everything included in the Naboo Royal N-1 Starfighter Expansion Pack!
Better Than Podracing
The pilots of the Royal Naboo Security Forces may be volunteers, but that doesn't mean they're any less skilled than the clones or Jedi who regularly fly into battle on behalf of the Republic. These volunteers are dedicated to protecting the people and ideals of their homeworld, and they trust their Queen to send them into battle only when all other options have failed.
When the time comes for them to enter the space battles of the Clone Wars, these pilots have remarkably different approaches to piloting Naboo’s signature starfighter. A veteran flight leader like Ric Olié, for example, takes full advantage of the Royal N-1’s superior speed, rolling an extra die while attacking or defending as long as his revealed maneuver is higher than the enemy ship’s. Olié obviously prefers flying at breakneck speeds, but if he’s also a Daredevil, he gains an unprecedented level of control over his ship, making him even more of a threat to those who fly against him.
Rather than focus on outmaneuvering opponents with superior speed, a blossoming Force user like Anakin Skywalker can use reflexes refined by podracing on Tatooine to put his own spin on the ship. Already an accomplished pilot at a young age, Skywalker can deftly weave in and out of the action by spending a Force point to barrel roll before he reveals his maneuver. Better yet, this does not count as an action, allowing Skywalker to barrel roll twice in the same activation!
But this ability frees Skywalker to do more than just perform two barrel rolls. It also allows him to pair a barrel roll with his regular action and—if he has a set of Passive Sensors equipped on his N-1 Starfighter—he can use them to wait and see how a round develops before acquiring a lock or calculating when it’s time for him to engage.
While Anakin Skywalker’s youth and latent Force abilities let him take a unique approach to piloting the N-1, other members of the Royal Security Force largely follow a similar pattern. Like Ric Olié, Dineé Ellberger also gains a bonus based on the speed of her maneuver. She prefers to take a more measured approach, however, attempting to match speeds with enemy ships to keep them from modifying their dice. Pulling off such a feat isn’t always easy, but with an astromech like R2-A6 helping modify her speed on the fly, Ellberger should have little trouble getting the upper hand on her opponents.
Like Ellberger, most of those who fly the N-1 are everyday members of the Naboo, but the planet’s leaders are not above flying the ship in the name of democracy. Having represented her people as both Queen and Senator, Padmé Amidala brings the aggressive style that serves her well in the political arena to piloting the ship. Enemy ships in her forward arc can only modify a single focus result while attacking or defending, severely limiting their options and making Amidala particularly deadly when carrying a complement of Plasma Torpedoes.
Such a confrontational approach will inevitably make Padmé a high-profile target and—with only two shields and three hull—the N-1 can’t take much fire before succumbing to an all-out assault. With a Naboo Handmaiden or two drawing attention away a valuable ship, however, they can keep flying for much longer. These pilots have little thought for their own safety, instead spending their own evade tokens to ensure the safety of a friendly Decoyed ship.
Although small, Naboo played a pivotal role in the Clone Wars, becoming a beacon for every world that would support the Republic. With just a handful of the planet’s best pilots on your side, you can defend freedom across the galaxy.
The Naboo Royal N-1 Starfighter Expansion Pack (SWZ40) is releasing alongside the rest of Wave IV! Pre-order your copy at your local retailer or through our website today!
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