Pilots earn XP by participating in battles and destroying* enemy ships. All XP is awarded at the end of a battle (so if your pilot just shot down an enemy ship, he cannot immediately spend the XP from that kill to reroll a die). Unique pilots start the campaign with 1 XP. The following actions earn XP:
• Participating in a battle (1 XP)
• Destroying an enemy small base ship (1 XP)
• Destroying an enemy large base ship (2 XP)
”Destroying” includes indirect methods such as ionizing an enemy onto an asteroid, blocking an enemy with a Stunned Pilot crit, etc.
Earning XP is dependent on a “good faith” effort to fight the battle in question. For example, neither player would earn XP if one of them started all of his ships facing an edge and fled on the first turn of battle.