- "Dome ships are very cool and typically Andalite. They're built a little like palm trees. There's a long trunk with engines at one end and a bulge for weapons and living quarters in the middle. On top you have a big glass dome over grass and trees and even streams and little hills. The Andalites are a grazing species: They love an open meadow. Dome ships are also exceedingly well armed."
A Dome ship is a large combat/transport spacecraft that the Andalites use to travel the galaxy. It looks like a big mushroom, umbrella, or palm tree. The top section is covered in a huge, grassy field based on the Andalite homeworld. The section is protected by a transparent dome to view the stars while the crew members graze; Andalites need to run through a grassy feeding ground and have some wide open spaces for both feeding and general well-being.
The stalk contains living quarters, the engines, and the bridge. Despite its size, it can be assumed that a dome ship's complement is in the hundreds or low thousands as much room is used for housing fighters and for the dome of the ship. A Dome ship can host many fighters, and is such a great combat force that generally only one is needed for an entire battle. There have however been several battles where the presence of two or sometimes even three Dome ships was necessary for victory. In battle, the dome detaches from the stalk, that way it can maneuver faster and fight more effectively. The Dome ship is a major asset for Andalite warriors and is an example of their wonderful technological advances.
Dome ships are also said to possess extremely powerful weapons, the main Shredder beams can punch a hole through a moon the size of Earth's or turn a planet into a cinder.
- "The dome of a Dome ship is a circular area about a third of a mile across. It is filled with grass, trees, ground rushes, and flowers. There is a lake in the middle and a stream that runs around the circumference. It's as much like home as it can be. You'd almost think you were running across any well-kept area on the home world. But when you look up, you see that you are in space, protected only by a clear plastic bubble, a dome."
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Known Dome Ships
- The secret object hidden in Zone 91 is in fact an Andalite waste disposal system from one of the first generations Dome ships, that was jettisoned into space to be burned up by a star, but one ended caught in Earth's gravity.
|Dome ships||StarSword | GalaxyTree | TailStrike | Elfangor|
|Andalite fighter||Elfangor's fighter | Jahar|
|Mobile Science and Technology Lab ship||Ralek River|