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Great Fox
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Great Fox as it appears in Star Fox 64 3D
Mode(s) Space
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The Great Fox is the Star Fox Team's base of operations as well as a competent battleship. It is capable of holding the team's Arwings, the Landmaster, and the Blue Marine, as well as launching them into apparently any combat situation. Aside from this considerably powerful and versatile arsenal of vehicles, the Great Fox itself carries a twin-linked laser cannon and is supervised by ROB 64, an advanced robot. It is known to be unwieldy, as evidenced by the Ambush of Sector Z in the Lylat Wars.

It was originally built per request by James McCloud who hired Space Dynamics Co. to construct it which he paid for with an 80 year loan. The Star Fox team still use the money they earn from mercenary missions to repay this loan.

The Great Fox was destroyed in Star Fox: Assault, and would be replaced with another ship of the same name in Star Fox Command.


Star Fox series

Star Fox 64 / Lylat Wars

Fox inside the Great Fox.
The original Great Fox from Star Fox 64.

The Great Fox was still relatively new when James' only son Fox McCloud, having re-formed the Star Fox Team following his father's apparent death, took ownership of the ship. The Great Fox was originally used as a carrier & repair facility for the team's Arwings, Landmaster, and Blue Marine, as well as acting in a logistical capacity by transferring supplies to the combat zone when needed. In terms of combat, the Great Fox used its powerful weapon systems (in the form of 2 powerful laser cannons) to aid the squadron's progression during missions, blowing apart asteroids and causing serious damage to massive battleships (such as the Venomian battleships that guard the Area 6 access corridor to Venom). The ship's own defenses allow it to survive in a variety of environments, allowing it to be able to enter a planetary atmosphere, and land on planet-side spaceports, as well as having a limited aquatic capability (e.g. on Aquas, where it half-submerged itself to deploy the Blue Marines). The ship's major assignment was first breaking the invasion of Corneria by the Venomian Army, and then re-capturing the occupied territories of the Lylat System, and ultimately invading Venom itself, where Andross was defeated by Fox.

Star Fox Adventures

In Star Fox Adventures, the Great Fox has a smaller role. The main menu is set from within the Great Fox. During gameplay itself, the Great Fox first appears in a cutscene right after Krystal is imprisoned. The Great Fox is wandering through space, and inside the ship, General Pepper assigns Fox with the new mission of rescuing Dinosaur Planet. As shown from the world map, the Great Fox orbits around Dinosaur Planet during Fox's adventure on it. His teammates, Slippy, Peppy, and ROB 64, remain in the Great Fox, and the former two of whom communicate to Fox and assist him throughout his journey. The Great Fox appears again in the ending, after Fox defeats Andross (with help from Falco). As Andross explodes into a giant blast of energy, Fox and Falco quickly retreat their Arwings back into the Great Fox. Inside it, Fox is congratulated by the Star Fox team and Krystal for saving Dinosaur Planet.

Prior to the game's events, the Great Fox has slightly deteriorated as the Star Fox team had a lack of funds to keep it in prime condition.[1] This is shown from the Great Fox's aging outer shell.

Star Fox: Assault

With the money received by General Pepper for successfully saving Sauria from destruction and the Lylat system from devastation, the team were able to overhaul the Great Fox. It now appeared as a much sleeker and cleaner looking ship, inside and out, and also added new equipment. This included a long-range transfer system that can send Arwings and Landmasters to a planet's surface when needed, though the team's leader Fox McCloud indicated that it had poor targeting systems.

The ship served the team well, allowing Star Fox to appear where needed throughout Lylat during the Aparoid Invasion. Eventually, the Great Fox led a fleet of Cornerian Defense Force warships to the Aparoid Homeworld, where in the conclusion of the battle, a large swarm of aparoids attacked the Great Fox out in space, while the team was trying to gain access to the planet's core. Its systems compromised and, due to the lack of proper weaponry on exposed areas of the ship's hull, it soon fell prey and was infected by the machine-assimilating aliens. Before it could be compromised, Peppy and ROB, despite knowing it would mean their deaths, heroically sacrificed the ship by deliberately ramming it into the Anti-Laser Shield blocking the main entrance to the core. Peppy and ROB escaped at the last moment, escaping in the ship's bridge, which could also serve in an escape pod function. The pod, rejoining the team following the destruction of the planet, flew back to Corneria.

Star Fox 2

The Mothership in Star Fox 2

A ship called the "Mothership" appears in Star Fox 2. It is considered to be the Great Fox's predecessor. The Mothership was only a carrier-ship without weapon-capacity, so it meant it could only be outside the battle, but could hold and repair up to six fighters.

Super Smash Bros. series

In the Super Smash Bros. series, the Great Fox appears in several stages. Super Smash Bros., the Star Fox 64 stage Sector Z is featured as a stage where the Great Fox acts as the platform on which the players fight each other. The players can only traverse the ship length-wise. In Super Smash Bros. Melee, the Great Fox is greatly reduced to a smaller, unrealistic size (however if the game mode is "Tiny Melee", where all characters are smaller the characters are roughly to scale to the ship). It is featured on two stages; in the Corneria level, the Great Fox acts as a platform as in Super Smash Bros. Melee but doubles as a hazard. Occasionally, the cannons on the bottom-side open fire. The blasts from Great Fox can trap and instantly KO any unlucky combatant who flies into its line of fire. The cannons are also platforms of the stage that can be destroyed, afterwards they are no longer platforms. Also if a player is standing on the cannons when they fire the player will take serious damage and most likely die. The Venom level has players traversing the Great Fox width-wise as it skims along the barren plane. It also briefly appears in both places' introductions, in Melee shown along with the Captain Falcon's Blue Falcon and Samus Aran's starship while in Super Smash Bros., it is shown very briefly before the camera zooms into the bridge to show Fox. In Super Smash Bros. Brawl, the trailer revealed at the Nintendo World Tour on November 3rd, 2006 revealed a new Star Fox stage, with the fighting taking place atop an new space craft called the Pleiades which flies through the atmosphere of Corneria, through an asteroid belt and a space battle, along with the original Great Fox flying in the background with Arwings. The Corneria stage (including the Great Fox) from Super Smash Bros. Melee makes a return in Super Smash Bros. Brawl, as part of the returning Melee Stages. The Great Fox also appears in Super Smash Bros. Brawl's The Subspace Emissary mode, where it engages the Halberd, Meta Knight's battleship prior to being hijacked by the Subspace Army, in battle. The Halberd grapples the Great Fox with a chain and rams it into a mountain peak, heavily damaging the ship.


Star Fox 64

North American website
  • LENGTH: 890 SM
  • HEIGHT: 375 SM
  • MAX SPEED: M 1.4 (in atmosphere)
  • ENGINES: NTD-FX9 plasma engine (x3)
  • CREW: 5
  • ARMAMENT: T&B-H9 hyper laser cannons (x2)


Star Fox series

Star Fox 64 website


"Great Fox is the Star Fox Team's mother ship. It is equipped with plasma engines that give it the capability to warp between planets. In addition, the ship is streamlined for atmospheric re-entry, making it capable of landing the Landmaster or Blue-Marine if necessary. Great Fox is stocked with all manner of supplies for the Star Fox Team, including food, clothing and replacement parts. In fact, Great Fox is the mobile home of the Star Fox Team. The late James McCloud contracted Space Dynamics Co., Ltd., to build Great Fox, and took out an 80 year loan to pay for its construction. The Star Fox Team is still using the prize money from their mercenary mission to repay this loan. ROB64, the robotic pilot of Great Fox, is wired directly into the ship's controls. Even though Great Fox rarely participates in the Star Fox Team's missions, it is a very important asset for the team."


"At certain points of each mission, you will receive a transmission from Great Fox. If you acknowledge this transmission (by pressing the Right C Button) ROB64 will send a Supply Container which will contain helpful items like extra Smart Bombs."

Super Smash Bros. series

Super Smash Bros. Melee trophy

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Super Smash Bros. Melee
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The mother ship of the Star Fox team. When in battle, the ship's robot, ROB, can assume control of the bridge, allowing all hands to take to their Arwings or combat positions. The ship runs plasma engines capable of warp speeds, and its front lasers are effective both in battle and in clearing paths through asteroid belts.

Star Fox 09/93
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Super Smash Bros. Brawl trophies

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Super Smash Bros. Brawl
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The mother ship of Team Star Fox. Its oversized plasma engines let it warp during interplanetary voyages. It carries the team's Arwings and Landmaster in its cargo hold, kept unlocked in case of emergency, and is equipped for emergency Arwing landings. Its two laser canons can be used to blast asteroids. It's piloted by the robot ROB 64, who also issues directions to the teams.

N64 Star Fox 64
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Super Smash Bros. Brawl
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The Great Fox as it appears in Star Fox: Assault, looking more streamlined than in previous appearances. It takes a horrible amount of damage at the hands of the parasitic Aparoid army, and in a last, desperate attack. Peppy crashes it into the Aparoid home world. In the nick of time, Peppy and ROB 64 are whisked to safety.

GCN Star Fox Assault
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Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS trophy

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Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS
NTSC-U: The Great Fox falls into several different starship categories, but we'll spare you the complicated jargon and just call it an assault carrier. Using three plasma engines for smooth warp travel, this ship is essential to the resupplying, maintenance, and recuperation of the Star Fox team.

PAL: The Great Fox can be described as an assault carrier, or as any number of other jargon-heavy terms too complicated to list here. Its three plasma engines allow for smooth warp travel between star systems. It's also an essential supply and maintenance dock for the team, giving them a pace to recuperate between fights.
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Super Smash Bros. for Wii U trophy

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Super Smash Bros. for Wii U
NTSC-U: The Great Fox can be described as an assault carrier, or we should use any number of other jargon-heavy terms too complicated to list here (or remember). It's the Star Fox HQ and hold their Arwings, Landmasters, and more. Fox's father, James McCloud was the one who has built, and in Star Fox: Assault, it was fully renovated to give it a slick new look.

PAL: The Great Fox can be described as an assault carrier, or as any number of other jargon-heavy terms too complicated to list here. It's the Star Fox HQ, and holds their Arwings, Landmasters and more. Fox's father, James McCloud, was the one who had it built, and in Star Fox: Assault, it was fully renovated to give it a slick new look.

GCN Star Fox: Assault (2/2005)
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