In the miniseries it is said that there was 12 original Battlestars, one for each of the 12 colonies of man. We know that Galactica of Caprica was one of them. Do we know any of the other twelve and what colony they represented? Was Pegasus considered an "original" Battlestar?

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    I don't think Pegasus would be considered an original because well Galactica was older than Pegasus. – Feb 16 '12 at 22:22
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    Chances are the Battlestar is a class of ship not a model of ship. So both would be Battlestars but would have been commissioned at different times. Chances are the Galactica was a model from earlier in the war than the Pegasus. It is even possible that the Pegasus was commissioned post Cylon war. – Tyson of the Northwest Feb 16 '12 at 23:56
  • Understood, the question was is the Pegasus one of the "12 original", and do we know any of the others? – Ashterothi Feb 16 '12 at 23:58
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The short answer: There is no official list

Perhaps this is a question best left unanswered.

Here is a transcript of a dialog recorded at the Galactica 15 Yahren Reunion, between Glen Larson, and an inquiring fan (actually, Larry Mager dressed in Commander Cain garb):

Fan: What were the names of the twelve battlestars? We've seen different lists.
Larson: They weren't battlestars. They were the names of the planets.
Fan: You have the Galactica, the Pacifica, the Atlantia, the Pegasus... the ship names.
Larson: We never arrived that there were twelve battlestars. We only actually shot the Atlantia, the Pegasus, the Galactica. I can't think of any others.
Fan: During the attack by the Cylons on the fleet, you hear in the background, the Pacifica, the Triton is moving up alongside the Acropolis. You hear these different names coming up. And we are tryng to decipher what they were.
Larson: I appreciate the question and we have reason to want to look into that, and we'll have to research that.


  • Larson may have only shot three, but more are mentioned in dialogue in the series. – aramis Aug 22 '12 at 1:54
  • The author specifically asks about BSG: Reimagined, not BSG: TOS. The "15 Yahren Reunion" took place in 1993. – Django Reinhardt Dec 9 '13 at 14:49
  • @DjangoReinhardt Where do you see the OP specifically asking about the reimaged series? – Beofett Dec 9 '13 at 18:09
  • @Beofett Maybe I'm wrong. I just assumed "miniseries" meant miniseries. – Django Reinhardt Dec 9 '13 at 18:14
  • I find "miniseries" to be somewhat of an ambiguous term. Most likely you're right, but I can see arguments for calling the original series' extended pilot movie a miniseries, or the aborted 10 episodes of Galactica 1980, as "mini-series". It really depends upon how the local TV stations choose to air the show, and given how long the original has been in syndication, its not inconceivable that it was aired as a miniseries. Note also that the OP accepted this answer; it's possible they just didn't realize the source predates the new series, or they may just not care. – Beofett Dec 9 '13 at 18:22


A partial list can be constructed from the dialog in the premier of the original BSG; several more from subsequent episodes.

From the Wikipedia entry on Battlestars:

Galactica, Atlantia, Pacifica, Triton, Acropolis, Pegasus, Columbia, and Rycon are all mentioned on film.

Solaria, and Cerebus are mentioned in the novelizations.

Prometheus was on a list given to the production department.

That makes 11 mentioned in OBSG sources. We don't have a canon affiliation to given colonies, either. Adama heads for Caprica because it's home to him... to try and rescue his wife.


The Galactica is one of the original 12, according to the miniseries.

According to the Battlestar Wiki, 3 are known from the nBSG video: Galactica, Columbia, and Athena. These belong, according to the designer (as quoted in the wiki), to the Jupiter Class, which means we know 4 of the 12.

The Pegasus is not of the Jupiter class, which probably rules it out, as the Mercury class is newer. It might, however, have been a replacement for a Jupiter class Pegasus.

  • In the nBSG episode where the Galactica & Pegasus first realize the other survived, I believe someone mentions that the Pegasus is a "newer & more sophisticated" type of Battlestar. I may be wrong, however - I'd need to go back and watch the episodes again to be sure. – Omegacron Feb 13 '14 at 17:55
  • There was also the Acheron: – Dronz Jun 17 '15 at 22:35
  • The Acheron is a heavy cruiser, not a battlestar - according to the dialogue. I won't add it because the source is non-canonical, while canon dialogue is clear she's a heavy cruiser. – aramis Jun 18 '15 at 1:13

Twelve colonies/tribes are mentioned, and yet, we see only five flying in formation during the opening credits. Five Battlestars and no screening or escort vessels. Also, logically we should discount the PEGASUS as it was thought lost, while under the command of Commander Cain in some battle in the past. It was a surprise to all aboard GALACTICA including Adama, who presumably was old enough to have remembered, or even served with him. Cain did seem to remember Adama as a fellow Colonial warrior. Also, and forgive my 64 year old memory, wasn't the Colonies at war with the Cylons a thousand year's war, which ebbed and flowed over time. In any case the battlestars would have had to be part of different classes. They wouldn't just keep cranking out the same class. As new technology was made available it would have to be integrated, and over time the frames would need to be replaced. So it stands to reason they would have different classes.

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    This is only tangentially relevant to what the 12 ships’ names are. – Bellatrix Jun 10 at 6:34


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    Welcome to the site. Do you have any source you can provide for this information? – phantom42 Feb 15 '13 at 11:55

Galactica, Atlantia, Pacifica, Solaria, Columbia, Triton, Acropolis, Rycon, Cerebus, Athena, Orion & I think that Archeron is one

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    Welcome, please add a source for this. See also tour. – Wikis Sep 7 '13 at 7:56
  • Welcome to Science Fiction and Fantasy! It looks like your answer is quite anecdotal, do you have any more information to add? Here added references to the points you make would help back up your answer :) – AncientSwordRage Sep 7 '13 at 10:50

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