The Rebel fleet is a giant armada of endless Rebel warships that hunt the player down, advancing with each jump. The fleet on the Beacon Map appears as an area that's been shaded red, which represents the actual fleet, and arrows and the word "warning" contained by a red line, which represents where the fleet will be in one jump. If the player ends up jumping into the Rebel fleet, or the current beacon is "captured" by the fleet, a fight with a Rebel Elite Fighter will ensue.
It is not worthwhile to destroy the Elite Fighter, as the massive armada of other ships prevents the player from stripping the ship for scrap, and the only reward for beating an Elite Fighter is one unit of fuel, and the fighter (and possibily the Anti-Ship Batteries) is likely to deal out a lot of damage. A sound strategy is to destroy their weapons and wait for the FTL to charge.
- The Rebel advance rate can be altered by various actions:
- Allowing a Rebel ship to charge up its FTL and escape will double the fleet pursue rate for a turn.
- Hiring a mercenary can delay the rebel fleet advance for two turns.
- Certain events can result in increasing or delaying the Rebel fleet advance by various amount of turns.
- Travelling to a new beacon while within a nebula in a non-nebula sector halves the Rebel advance rate for that turn.
- Beacons captured by the Rebels will appear as two exclamation marks in a red circle, and mousing over the beacon will reveal the text, "The Rebels have expanded their search here. Very dangerous."
- Whether or not Advanced Edition is enabled, the Anti Ship Battery will target and attempt to damage your vessel for 3 points per hit. The only defense is to evade it (or cloak it), which is unreliable.
- If you are out of fuel and the Rebels capture the beacon you are at, the event text will be different, and destroying the Rebel Elite Fighter will yield 4 fuel as opposed to 1.
- When the Rebel fleet takes a beacon, it overwrites the previous event and any environmental hazard that used to be at that beacon.
- The Rebel fleet causes all nebula beacons it takes over to get an ion storm, except for exit beacons inside a nebula.
- ASBs will never occur in exit beacons on Easy mode.