Star Citizen Wiki Merchantman


Large ship manufactured by Banu Souli
Banu Merchant Fleet Concept.jpg
ManufacturerBanu Souli (BANU)
RoleHeavy Freight
Crew4 – 8
Cargo capacity3,584 SCU
Production state
  • In production[1]
Loaner vehicleC2 Hercules Starlifter, Defender
AvailabilityTime-limited sales
Length160 m
Beam160 m
Height65 m
Mass9,635,000 kg
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The Banu Merchantman is a trading ship capable of landing or docking and then inviting locals in to view what it's cargo holds have to offer. The ship design, perfected by generations of Banu development, is intended to offer a combination of high speed and durability. While the Merchantman is less configurable than a Caterpillar or a Starfarer, there's still plenty of room to take the ship in different directions.[2]

Pledge description

Banu traders are renowned for their merchant prowess, traveling the spacelanes and trading with everyone from humans to the Vanduul! Their sturdy, dedicated trading ships are prized beyond all other transports, sometimes passing from generation to generation of Banu.


Component Manufacturer Model Size (Max) # per mount x total
TBD L Radar Large (Large) 1 x 1
TBD M Computer Medium (Medium) 1 x 2
Component Manufacturer Model Size (Max) # per mount x total
Power Plants
TBD L Power Plant Large (Large) 1 x 2
TBD L Cooler Large (Large) 1 x 2
TBD L Shield Generator Large (Large) 1 x 2

Component Manufacturer Model Size (Max) # per mount x Total
Fuel Intakes
TBD L Fuel Intake Large (Large) 1 x 2
Fuel Tanks
TBD L Fuel Tank Large (Large) 1 x 2
Quantum Drives
TBD L Quantum Drive Large (Large) 1 x 1
Jump Modules
TBD L Jump Module Large (Large) 1 x 1
Quantum Fuel Tanks
TBD L Quantum Fuel Tank Large (Large) 1 x 1
Component Manufacturer Model Type # per mount x Total
Main Thrusters
TBD VTOL Thruster VTOL 1 x 2
TBD Retro Thruster Retro 1 x 2
TBD Main Thruster Main 1 x 3
Maneuvering Thrusters
TBD Fixed Maneuvering Thruster Fixed 1 x 12


  • Bazaar: Featuring an on-board enclosed marketplace, traders can display their goods and services to be exchanged or sold.
  • Negotiation Room: This is where the Banu does all the negotiating with clients which looks onto the cargo bay so clients can see the cargo.
  • Craftsmanship: When you walk around a Merchantman, you will quickly notice the exquisite craftsmanship with intricate subtle detailing the Banu are well known for. Ideal if you wish to give a good impression to your clients.
  • Durability: They are reliable, sturdy and durable, which makes them valued by their Human owners. Amongst the Banu, a ship can sometimes be passed on from generation to generation.
  • Defense: If there is one thing that these ships are famous for, it is their defensive capabilities. With a hull & armor that can take a pounding, together with a set of fast engines, the Merchantman can easily escape an attack with minimal damage to the ship and internal cargo.
  • Concealed Weaponry: All the Banu's weapons are concealed because of their need for being low key. But in times of need, the Banu's weaponry can pack a punch, making them ideal in situations like running at pirate blockades.

Pledge price history

Date Pledge cost (USD) Insurance Availability Sale
2013-11-20 250 LTI Time-limited 2013 anniversary sale [3]
2014-11-22 250 2 years Time-limited 2014 anniversary sale [4]
2015-11-21 250 3 years Time-limited 2015 anniversary sale [5]
2016-11-25 250 4 years Time-limited 2016 anniversary sale [6]
2017-04-22 350 (Warbond - 300) 6 months Time-limited 2017 Defender sale [7]
2019-11-28 350 10 years Time-limited 2019 anniversary sale [8]
2020-06-12 350 6 months Time-limited 2020 Alien Week[9]
2020-11-26 450 (Warbond - 425) 10 years Time-limited 2020 anniversary sale[10]
2021-06-11 500 (Warbond - 450) 6 months Time-limited 2021 Alien Week


The Merchantman was part of the 27 million stretch goal in 2013, aiming to expand the game’s alien cultures. As with the Khartu-al, the Merchantman helped introduce and define the Banu race early on before copious amounts of additional lore were developed for the species.

The initial concept artwork for the Merchantman was developed by Emmanuel Shiu (Freelance Conceptist) in 2013.[11] The concept was later reworked to reflect the new design styles from the Defender.[12]

In May 5, 2021 it was revealed that the Merchantman was in production and to be implemented in game with an allocated work schedule of 50 weeks.[1]


Merchantman - Landed on Mya - Close Up.png
Merchantman - Internal Bazaar.jpg
Banu Merchantman Corridor Habitation-2.jpg
Merchantman - forward weapons.jpg
Merchantman - model front and back views.jpg
Merchantman - Cockpit - Close Up.png
Merchantman - With Defenders - Close Up.png
Merchantman - Attacked by Blades - Close Up.png
Merchantman at Mya.jpg
Banu Merchant Fleet Concept.jpg



  1. 1.0 1.1 Roadmap Roundup - May 5th, 2021. Spectrum
  2. Clipper Ship: Banu Merchantman. Transmission - Comm-Link
  3. Star Citizen Anniversary Livestream & Sale!. Transmission - Comm-Link
  4. Star Citizen Anniversary Sale. Transmission - Comm-Link
  5. AnniVERSEary Sale: Kickoff. Transmission - Comm-Link
  6. Banu Merchantman - Anniversary 2016. Archived 2016-11-25.
  7. Banu Defender. Transmission - Comm-Link
  8. Banu Merchantman IAE 2949. Pledge Store
  9. Alien Week 2950. Transmission - Comm-Link
  10. IAE 2950. Retrieved 2020-11-26
  11. Banu Merchantman on ArtStation
  12. Ben Lesnick. "Visual Dictionary: Alien Ships". Jump Point. Vol. 8 no. 11. pp.24–25. Retrieved 2020-11-28.
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