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The ability queue is used to resolve the timing of multiple abilities that trigger during the same timing window. Abilities are resolved from the front of the queue to the back of the queue. These abilities are added to the back of the ability queue using the following rules:

  1. If both players have abilities that triggered from the same event, the abilities are added to the ability queue in player order.
  2. If a player has multiple abilities that triggered from the same event, that player chooses the order that those abilities are added to the ability queue.
  3. If resolving an effect from the ability queue triggers additional effects, they are added to the front of the ability queue using the above rules.

Abilities and Game Effects Edit

  • If there are game effects that share the same timing window as a player’s ability, the game effect is resolved first.
    • For example, if a ship performs a red barrel roll and the ship has an ability that triggers after it performs a barrel roll, the ship gains a stress token before the other ability is resolved.

Ability Queue Example #1 Edit

Jake Farrell (A-Wing) has the pilot ability “After you perform a Icon action barrel roll or Icon action boost action, you may choose a friendly ship at range 0–1. That ship may perform a Focus action.” He also has the ship ability “After you perform an action, you may perform a red Icon action boost red action.”

Jake Farrell activates and performs a Barrel Roll action. At this point, both his ship and pilot ability trigger. He chooses the order to add them to the ability queue, in this example adding his pilot ability first, then his ship ability.

Pilot Ability Ship Ability

While resolving his pilot ability, he can choose a friendly ship at range 0–1. He chooses himself, and then performs a Icon action focus action. This triggers his ship ability again. Now he adds the second instance of his ship ability in front of the first instance of his ship ability.

While he resolves his ship ability, he performs a red Icon action boost red action. This triggers his pilot ability and his ship ability again. He chooses to add his pilot ability first, then his ship ability.

Pilot Ability Ship Ability Ship Ability

While resolving his pilot ability again, he chooses a friendly Phoenix Squadron Pilot (A-wing) at range 1. The other A-wing performs a Icon action focus action and its ship ability triggers. This is added to the front of the ability queue.

Phoenix Squadron's Ship Ability Ship Ability Ship Ability

Phoenix Squadron Pilot resolves its ship ability and performs a red Icon action boost red action. The only abilities remaining in the ability queue are two instances of Jake Farrell’s ship ability. Since he is stressed, he cannot perform an action so neither ability has an effect and the ability queue empties.

Ability Queue Example #2 Edit

Rachel, the Rebel player, is flying "Chopper" (VCX-100) and a Kyle Katarn (HWK-290). Sam, the Scum player, is flying Old Teroch (Fang Fighter) equipped with Static Discharge Vanes.

At the start of the Engagement Phase, “Chopper,” Kyle Katarn, and Old Teroch have abilities that trigger. Chopper’s ability is “At the start of the Engagement Phase, each enemy ship at range 0 gains 2 jam tokens.” Since Rachel is the first player, she will resolve Chopper’s ability first.

"Chopper" Kyle Katarn Old Teroch

Rachel uses “Chopper’s” ability, and Old Teroch gains two jam tokens. Static Discharge Vanes’ ability is “If you would gain an ion or jam token, you may choose a ship at range 0–1. If you do, gain 1 stress token and transfer 1 ion or jam token to that ship.” Since this is a replacement effect, it happens immediately. Sam chooses for Old Teroch to gain one stress token and transfers one of the jam tokens to Kyle.

Since Kyle had two focus tokens, the jam token removes one of them. Rachel chooses to use Kyle’s ability to transfer his remaining focus token to “Chopper.”

Old Teroch’s ability is “At the start of the Engagement Phase, you may choose 1 enemy ship at range 1. If you do and you are in its Icon arc standard front, it removes all of its green tokens.” Although Old Teroch is in the Icon arc standard front of both enemy ships, “Chopper” is at range 0 and Kyle does not have any green tokens. His ability has no effect.

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