"We've just detected a Krill destroyer entering orbit." ― Second Officer Bortus[source]
A Krill destroyer, also battle cruiser or simply destroyer, is an interstellar vessel and class in Krill service during the early 25th century. A destroyer is multi-purpose. Militarily, the destroyer is used for bombing and destruction of colony planets from space; yet the destroyer is designed for entire families as well, providing living arrangements, religious sanctuaries, and classrooms for children.

Destroyer is the largest known vessel type of the Krill, equivalent to the Leviathan-class of the Planetary Union.


Krill destroyer and Orville

The Kakov facing off the Orville

Krill destroyers are curved structures with a command bridge at the mid-center front of the ship. Two wings on either side house the quantum drives for interstellar travel. Destroyers are armed with directed-energy weapons that fired green bolts, likely plasma torpedo, as well as bombs. Ships contain a Shuttle Bay for auxiliary craft; living quarters, religious rooms, and classrooms for families; and numerous Engineering decks.

Vessels of the class carry a large crew compliment with civilians living on board as well.

Distinction between Krill ships Edit

Krill destroyer

The second, rarer variant of a Krill destroyer.

Krill destroyers seem to have multiple ship designs. The most common is the wide, rounded-top type of the Kakov and the Yakar. A second type appears in Old Wounds as a thin, open vessel.

However, the book The World of the Orville casts doubt on the classification of Krill ships. The book identifies two ship classes, Destroyer and Fighter, although the picture used for the Fighter class (the Kakov) is firmly established within the show as a destroyer. Further confounding the issue is that Second Officer Bortus identifies the ship of Old Wounds as a Krill destroyer.

It does seem that the show's creators intend multiple Krill vessel classes as designer Brandon Fayette has referred to Krill destroyers "and other ships."[1] A Krill ship attacking the USS Druyan is never identified and may be the elusive Krill fighter.[2]


In 2419, a Krill destroyer attempts to steal a quantum accelerator device from the science station on Epsilon 2. Their efforts are thwarted when the Planetary Union vessel USS Orville triggered the device aboard the destroyer, causing it to break apart and explode.[3]

A Krill ship attacks the colony transport Druyan, forcing the Orville to leave its watch at the Dorahl bioship to intercept them. The enemy vessel is destroyed with only minor casualties inflicted on the Druyan.[2]

Pria Lavesque tells the Orville that outrunning a pursuing battle cruiser drained her ship, the Horizon, of its power. However, her story is likely fabricated.[4]

The Kakov attacks the Union colony planet of Kastra 4 but is defeated by the Orville.[5]

The Yakar destroys the Union planet of Chara 3. Several months later, its Captain, Haros, receives orders to bomb the colony planet of Rana 3. The ship is infiltrated by Union spies, Captain Ed Mercer and Lieutenant Gordon Malloy, who sabotage the ship's lighting system and kill the Krill crew. The two pilot the ship into Union space for capture.[5]

Production Edit

Design of the Krill destroyer was modeled after the Krill shuttle. Digital effects supervisor Brandon Fayette explains: "There was an original design for the Krill ship that wound up being replaced, and I ended up taking the Krill shuttle and turning it into what's now the Krill destroyer and the other ships, and changing the form language."[1]

The production explanation for the destroyer in Old Wounds, which looked vastly different from later destroyers, was that the particular model was favored by its director, Jon Favreau. However, after filming the pilot, production staff preferred the later design.[6]


References Edit

  1. 1.0 1.1 Bond, Jeff. The World of the Orville. Titan Books. 2018. Pg. 101.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Episode 1x04: If the Stars Should Appear
  3. Episode 1x01: Old Wounds
  4. Episode 1x05: Pria
  5. 5.0 5.1 Episode 1x06: Krill
  6. "The Orville Fan Podcast w/ The Visual Effects Team". Planetary Union Network. May 23, 2018.