Fighters generally are small, weak combat ships that are quick and nimble. Fighters are often able to launch from the bays of carriers. In Nova, fighters are often woefully underpowered, even in swarms, but some are quite deadly.

Notable fighters include the Viper and its variants (used by the Federation, Rebels, and Pirates), the Federation Anaconda, the Auroran Firebird and Phoenix, the Vell-os Dart and the Manta (deployed by the Polaris).