Chapter 3 of Learning X-Wing
The X-Wing Second Edition Buyers Guide

Learning X-Wing is a series of tutorial videos and blogs that teach the Star Wars: X-Wing Miniatures Game. This guide is updated continuously to provide the most current information.

If you are new to X-Wing, the Core Set is the first step. Each Core Set comes with necessary components to play the game; a damage deck, maneuver templates, tokens, and three ships (two TIE Fighters and an X-Wing). With a single core set, you can also play the game using the escalation format we showcased in the previous chapter!

While you only need one core set to play X-Wing, you will need a core set for every player. This will give each player their own damage deck and template set. It may seem like a bit of a waste to buy more of the same ships, but two core sets is a great way to start building your Rebellion and Galactic Empire factions!

Speaking of factions, it is worth understanding that there are seven factions in X-Wing Second Edition. They include:

  • First Order
  • Galactic Empire
  • Galactic Republic
  • Rebellion
  • Resistance
  • Scum and Villainy
  • Separatist Alliance


When you build a squad (covered in the next chapter), your pilots will all be from the same faction. Most squads include two to four ships. Since the Core Set features ships from the Galactic Empire and Rebellion factions, these are the easiest to expand play after buying a Core Set.

No matter what faction you want to play, the best way to start is by buying a core of ships that will give you plenty of options for building a squad up front and the ability to easily add new ships as they release in the future. Most factions will have new ships released every 3-4 months!

With the Empire and Rebellion, you will only need a few more ships beyond the Core Set to build a full squad. We are going to make specific starting recommendations for each faction below, but you can find the full range of available X-Wing ships sortable by faction on our store.

If you are looking to play Rebels, your first stop is definitely the B-Wing and Y-Wing. If you bought two core sets, adding a single B-Wing and Y-Wing to your lineup will give you a solid core of ships to build from. If you only grabbed one core set, we recommend grabbing another ship of your choice!

For the Empire, we recommend grabbing one each of two or three different ships. Most ships in the Empire, like those above, show up in squads individually. A common exception is the TIE/ln, which you might want a few more copies of (especially if you are starting with a single core set).

Beyond The Core

For the other factions, it is trickier since you have to start from scratch. The most recently added factions, Galactic Republic and Separatist Alliance, were released with a new type of product called a Squadron Pack. These technically include everything you need for an entire squad, making them the easiest factions to get into outside of the Core Set factions!

For the Galactic Republic, we recommend grabbing the Squadron Pack along with one or two other ships. This will give you a fantastic core of ships with a lot of flexibility in squad building.

For the Separatist Alliance, we recommend a similar strategy. Grabbing a Squadron pack with one or two other ships will give you a core to build from with flexibility in squad building.

For Scum, we recommend one Slave-1 and two Fang Fighters. From there, you can grab ships that strike your fancy!

The core of the Resistance is built using the T-70 X-Wing and A-Wing. We recommend grabbing two of each to give yourself a wide range of squad building options from the start.

Finally, for the First Order we recommend three TIE/fo. Whenever they release (not yet available), we recommend adding one TIE/vn Silencer and one TIE/sf. This will give you an incredible base from which to expand, while also giving you plenty of squad options up front.

Keeping Up With New X-Wing Releases

Once you have your starting squadrons together, the next step is keeping up with future releases. Most factions get new ships three or four times a year in what are known as waves. A wave includes ships from multiple factions that all release at the same time. It can be a headache to keep up with new release announcements and pre-order ships to add to your squad, so we created an expansion subscription for every faction to simplify the process!

Our subscriptions are the easiest way to keep up with new releases. You sign up for your favorite factions (for free), we charge you a week or two before ships release for your factions (includes free shipping), and they arrive automatically to your door on or super close to release! Note, if you want to receive multiple of each release, you should add multiple subscriptions to your cart!

In summary, if you are new to X-Wing we recommend following these steps:

  1. Purchase a Core Set for every player
  2. Expand your collection with additional ships
  3. Subscribe to your favorite factions to receive new ships as they release

If you want to build a few squads (digitally at least) before buying ships check out our next chapter, How To Build Your First X-Wing Squad. We cover the basics of building your first squad, which will give you a much better idea of the ships you want to add to your collection!

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