Bhurak Starkiller was a Kilrathi Ace, one of the finest pilots of the Kilrathi Empire.[2]


He flew his entire career in a Salthi despite the craft's relative inferiority in the face of Confed starfighters. He was an incredibly accurate pilot and was credited with 64 kills during his career, both pilots and capital ships from the Terran Confederation.[3][2]

James Taggart had once fought Bhurak and almost taken him out when his own ship was shot up, and he was forced to eject. Taggart wanted a rematch with him.[1]

During the Vega Campaign in 2654 pilots of the TCS Tiger's Claw encountered him en route to McAuliffe VI but fell for his tactics and lost a Drayman-class, the crew of 24 and vital supplies on board. But Bhurak would return to fight another day at the Gateway where he fought Iceman and Knight who were able to finally defeat him once and for all.[1]

In the game Bhurak appears in McAuliffe[3] and Gateway[4].


He had a reputation as the best pilot among the Kilrathi in Vega Sector, an excellent pilot and shot, he was famous for his optimal reflexes and flawless flying style. His only weakness was addiction to speed, thrill and competition.[2]

He loved dogfighting, especialy with maneuverable foes. He reserved his standard Dumb-Fire missile for stationary targets.[2]

He was less dangerous against more foes at once, or with stationary targets.[2]


The Academy Years gives the following mechanics about Bhurak's AI

Bhurak's AI
No Damage Medium Damage Almost Destroyed
Enemy Near 60% try to tail; 40% strafe attack Run away at full afterburners
Enemy Slow 80% strafe attack; 20% get distance 50% strafe attack; 50% try to tail
Enemy Far intercept enemy fighter
Enemy Tailing 50% fish hook; 50% corkscrew 75% kick and stop; 25% turn and kick
Head-to-Head 60% zip past; 40% strafe and roll
Missile Coming 50% kill missile; 50% turn and kick
Laser Hit 50% kick; 50% turn and kick 50% hard brake; 50% turn and kick
On Enemy Tail tail fire
Enemy Destroyed gloat veer away


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Mike Harrison, Wing Commander I and II: The Ultimate Strategy Guide, The Vega Campaign
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 Claw Marks (Wing Commander I box package), Pilot Profiles
  3. 3.0 3.1 Wing Commander I, McAuliffe series (Mission 3)
  4. Wing Commander I, Gateway series (Mission 3)