It is often seen in major Star Wars space battles that rebel fleets, containing Mon Calamari star cruisers, fight Imperial star destroyers. However, its appears (from my perception) that both can be (relatively) easily destroyed by other smaller star fighters, such as X-Wings or TIE fighters (or at least depicted in Star Wars Rebels and at the Battle of Endor.)

My question is this: Which would win between a Mon Calamari star cruiser and an Imperial Star Destroyer, taking into account if it was a single ship-on-ship battle? For the sake of adding detail, I am specifying that the Mon Calamari star cruiser would be a MC80 star cruiser and the Imperial Star Destroyer would be a Imperial II-class Star Destroyer.

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    – Odin1806
    Nov 26, 2017 at 19:05
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    I feel like this is bordering on Gorilla vs. Shark, namely that we can do little but speculate.
    – FuzzyBoots
    Nov 26, 2017 at 19:18
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    @FuzzyBoots - It's directly answerable and both ships are seen in the same fictional universe. This is gorilla vs. gorilla (or possibly shark vs. shark)
    – Valorum
    Nov 26, 2017 at 21:34
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    @Valorum: {nods} As long as it's not dependent on where they meet, and we're not basing it off of a small sample size, I suppose there is an answer. Maybe consider it under "Who would win, a European knight or a samurai?" kind of question?
    – FuzzyBoots
    Nov 26, 2017 at 21:43
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    I'm voting for reopening, as we have sources that compare the two (claiming them to be "equal", or "close", as well as tech manuals with an exact number of weapons, fighter capacity, speed, agility and shielding technology.
    – Petersaber
    Nov 26, 2017 at 22:23

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This is addressed in The Official Star Wars Fact File #12. In short, the M80 Mon Calamari Cruiser is considered to be nearly comparable to a Star Destroyer. They'd need luck to win in a straight one-on-one fight.

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"The powerful MC80 considerably evened the odds for the Rebellion, as the Mon Calamari star cruiser was virtually on a par with the Imperial Star Destroyers".

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