Galaxypedia:Formatting Policy/Ships

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This is the format that should be followed when creating or editing pages on any ship. As a reminder, please read the Terms of Service.

Top of The Page (Notices and Information)

When creating/editing a ship page, consider the following:

  1. Do you have full, complete information (including images) on the ship you are creating a page on?
  2. Does the page have outdated or inaccurate information?
  3. Is the ship the page is related to in a special category of ships (e.g. Super Capitals, Prototypes, Advanced ships, etc.)?
  4. Does the page otherwise have any information that would need a notice/disclaimer at the top of the page (missing/low quality images, subjective information, easily confused name [s], etc)?

If yes to #1, and no to the others, then you should not need any notice at the top of the page, and can skip this part. Otherwise, use a template at the top of the page for the respective information available on the page (ex.: If images are missing, add an Outdated (Image) template to the top of the page). An example of templates used for a ship page about a ship that is an advanced, but also lacks up-to-date information and images is shown below:

Example of templates at the top of a ship page.

Brief Description of a Ship

What always comes first after the templates (this includes the Ship Infobox) on a ship-related page is a brief description of the ship, typically describing the class and one or two characteristics of the ship in a short summary.

Example: "The Ridgebreaker is a siege ship with a focus on long-ranged kinetic weaponry and heavy armor."

Note: When mentioning the ship by name on its own page, please highlight the name in bold formatting (example: <nomediawiki><text to bold></nomediawiki>).

Ship Infobox

The Ship Infobox Template is used on every ship page to give a quick run-down on the statistics and appearance of a ship. Before continuing to read this section, please check the template's page and read the documentation there. When changing a parameter, keep in mind that KetchupBot may automatically overwrite your changes later, if you end up changing a statistic type that it already automatically updates. For this reason, try only changing parameters such as the ship's creator, release date, and other forms of miscellaneous information.

You do not need to edit the material cost section in the infobox. You may add a cost estimate as well as a permit cost, but adding exact material costs is generally discouraged, due to the fact that they change very often, oftentimes leaving the exact cost outdated. Material costs are currently not automatically updated by Ketchupbot.

As for inserting multiple images into the template, please see this example:

|image = <gallery>
  Vanguard_Interior.png|Interior Front
  Vanguard_Interior2.png|Interior Back

When you need to use multiple images, use a gallery class, and insert only the file names, with the respective names for the aspect of the image (separated with a "|").

Gallery classes can be used anywhere on a page, not just in templates (see MediaWiki Help:Images for a complete explanation of how to utilize images).

Required images for ships are the following:

  • Overview aspect - A visual overview of the ship without a focus on an particular aspect of it (see ship pages with an icon image for examples).
  • Front aspect - A visual of the ship from the front (or bow) of it.
  • Back aspect - A visual of the ship from the back (or aft) of it.
  • Side (Left and Right preferably) aspect - A visual from the side of the ship. Please note that if the ship has an asymmetrical appearance, both the left and right aspect images are required.
  • Top aspect - A visual of the ship from above it.
  • Bottom aspect - A visual of the ship from below it.
  • Interior Images:
    • Please provide images of all interior rooms on a ship (see MLRS for an example).
    • If a ship has a nonexistent interior, provide an image that shows a visual representation of the appearance around the pilot seat (from near the perspective of the pilot seat itself if possible).
    • If the ship is a carrier, then please also provide images of the ship's hangar bay if applicable.

Note: Please use some form of background filtering on the above image aspects if possible. A recommended option is, a site that allows for (mostly) easy filtering of foreground subjects from backgrounds in images.

  • Optional Images:
    • Trails - Provide an image that shows any trail effects the ship has in their full length.
    • Warp - Provide an image of the appearance of the ship while it is in warp.

Note: Background filtering is not recommended for these image aspects.

To upload a file, go to Special:Upload (it is also on the sidebar) and upload the file of your choosing with an appropriate name there. However, when uploading the overview aspect image (or rather the Icon image to display when on the Ships page), use this format of naming:

<name>-icon.<file extension abbreviation corresponding in the file media type>



For images that are not icons, use this naming format instead:

<name>_<aspect (front, back, top, bottom, interior, etc.)>.<file extension>

Or this format:

<name>-<aspect (front, back, top, bottom, interior, etc.)>.<file extension>

Do not write the file's extension like this:


Note: File names on the Galaxypedia are case-sensitive, that includes their extensions as well. Example: "Thumb.PNG" would not match "Thumb.png".


  • Only use a gallery class in the infobox template if more than one image is being used.
  • Do not insert links to the pages of files themselves and/or other pages within the image parameter of the infobox, please only use the file names as shown in the example from this section.

Ship Description

After you're done with the Infobox, write a detailed description of the ship under the "Description" header; such as any outstanding characteristics of the ship (high/low maneuverability, powerful armament, etc.), if the ship is directly related to another ship (and why), any roles of the ship (tank, distraction, pirating, etc.), and so on.

Example: "The Hevnetier is a Carrier with a unique configuration of fighters, carrying an Elanis which makes up the bow of the ship, and two Nighthawks acting as a patrol fighter squadron for either the ship or the Elanis."

Ship Appearance

This section is where you describe the exterior and interior appearance of the ship, preferably in detail. The reason why detail is preferred is that not all pages on ships may have a complete set of images; a detailed description of the appearance can help the reader visualize what the ship looks like if the page has incomplete images. Some ships may barely have an interior or none at all; if this is the case, simply state as such and give a brief description of what the interior looks like. When describing the exterior of a ship, at least describe the profiling of the ship, as well as its size; and if applicable, note any unique appearance the ship has.

Ship Advantages

This section is somewhat self-explanatory; describe the advantages the ship has for its class, or in comparison to comparable ships. For example, let's say you were making an edit to the Andromeda page, and noticed that you could add an advantage that isn't already on the page, such as "This ship has very high spinal firepower, more than almost every other ship in its class."

Reminder: Do not add your opinions, or otherwise subjective information in your edits.

Ship Disadvantages

Similar to the section beforehand, except you are describing the ship's disadvantages for its class or compared to other ships. Example: "The Sagittarius lacks kinetic weaponry of any kind, making it unable to deal effective damage to the Hull of its targets. Additionally, traits of a ship that may not be statistically related such as turret line-of-sight (or "LoS", for short), size, and profile may be necessary to include as disadvantages or advantages; depending on if it is a benefit or a detriment to the performance of the ship for its class or role.

Ship Strategy/Tactics

This section is where you should describe (in detail) the strategies or tactics that work best with the ship. Since figuring out strategy or tactics for a ship cannot always be done to the best ability with statistics alone, try using the ship yourself first and experiment to see what works best. In the case that you cannot do that, it is acceptable to add strategy or tactics with the information available to you. Example: "The Tempest is best used as support against small or agile ships, which most other capital ships would struggle to fight.

Version History

This section goes for all pages about in-game entities, but this section is for recording any changes that happen (in detail or taken directly from the Galaxy Discord update log channel), and the date (in UTC) as well as the game version they occurred in. If you for some reason are unable to determine exactly in what date or version a change occurred, take your best guess and clearly mark it with a question mark (?). Otherwise, if you have no idea; specify as such when listing the change (examples: "Top speed increased from 50 to 75 in an unknown version.", "Shield health reduced from 11,000 HP to 10,000 HP on 1/12/2022, version .69e (?).").


This section is for trivia related to the ship, somewhat like a "fun fact". For example (on the Lazarus page), "The ship's name holds significance in mythology and religious texts." However, avoid unrelated information that is unnecessary, like "Falcon... punch!", or "Used by U.N.E. judges" (Judgement).


For extra pictures that may not be included in the infobox (such as old models, easter eggs, and anything related to the ship), use a gallery class to insert the image files in an organized form, preferably near the bottom of the page. Please see the MediaWiki Images Help: Rendering a Gallery of Images section of the MediaWiki Image Help page for more information (the rest of the page is also helpful for images in general).

References List & Categories

For any references you use as a source on any page; make sure to cite it, and declare all references at the bottom of the page with a references header. To declare all references used, please use this formatting tag:

<references />

If you need help in using MediaWiki formatting tags, visit the MediaWiki Formatting Help page. To see an example of references and a reference list properly used, see the Osiris Legion page. Also see the MediaWiki Help:Cite page.

If you are confused about citations, they serve to reference an external information source; giving credit to the people that provided the information in the first place. You may be wondering why this is necessary, and this is because plagiarism is not tolerated. Plagiarism is taking someone else's work, and using it in your own without their permission; which is not only greatly frowned upon, but also can cause issues beyond staining your own reputation. This is also mentioned in the Terms of Service: Rules, Policies, Guidelines.


Please ensure you use the "No Table Of Contents" formatting tag (__NOTOC__) at the bottom of every ship page; as well as related categories. An example is shown below for reference:
Example of what the bottom of any ship page should look like.
To see a list of all categories, go to Special:Categories.

Important: Please make sure you put every ship page in the Ships category as Ketchupbot101 (the automatic ship page updater) will not be able to otherwise update the page if it is not in the category.