- "Company! Attention!"
- ―Clone Captain CT-7567 "Rex" to the 332nd
The 332nd Company, informally known as Ahsoka's Clone Troopers, was a company within a division of the 501st Legion of the Galactic Republic, characterized by the distinctive helmet design of its troopers. It was active during the late Clone Wars after Jedi Padawan Ahsoka Tano left the Jedi Order. When she returned to help Republic forces stage an invasion of Mandalore, the company alongside Clone Commander CT-7567 "Rex" and Clone Captain CT-0292 "Vaughn" were selected to help.
The company reinforced the Republic troops in the invasion, successfully defeating Maul and the Shadow Collective. However, on the way back to Coruscant, Order 66 was enacted and the 332nd Company turned on Ahsoka Tano. They were unsuccessful, however, and all of the troopers were killed when the ship crashed on a moon.
- "Loyalty means everything to the clones."
- ―Anakin Skywalker, to Ahsoka Tano
The 332nd Company was an infantry company of clone troopers within the 501st Legion of the Grand Army of the Republic. It was led by Clone Captain CT-7567 "Rex," who was promoted to Clone Commander in order to lead the new division which was being created for the Siege of Mandalore. The 332nd Company was part of this division.
The clone troopers of the company were equipped with Phase II clone trooper armor, with the standard blue markings of the 501st. Their helmets, however, were painted red-orange in a stylized version of Ahsoka Tano's facial markings and skin tone—representing their camaraderie to Tano, a former Jedi Commander, and as such they were informally referred to as "Ahsoka's Clone Troopers."
Throughout the missions and skirmishes that the 332nd Company participated in, they employed the use of infantry weapons, jetpacks, and certain military vehicles—they traversed mainly on LAAT/i gunships, and additionally AT-TE walkers were present with the company at times. The company was stationed on at least one Venator-class Star Destroyer.
Return of Ahsoka TanoEdit
- "As soon as Rex and the guys knew you were back they got to work."
"The paint job's a little crude but we think it gets the idea across. Glad to have you back, Commander."
- ―Anakin Skywalker and Clone Captain CT-7567 "Rex" to Ahsoka Tano
After the former Jedi Padawan Ahsoka Tano's departure from the Jedi Order, she later returned to serve the Galactic Republic in 19 BBY. Tano, along with members of the Mandalore resistance, had arrived to propose a joint operation in order to oust the Shadow Collective and renegade Sith Lord Maul from Mandalore. After the meeting, Tano met with her former master, Jedi Knight Anakin Skywalker.
Skywalker led her to a hangar, where Captain Rex stood with the company and called them to attention. Tano walked among them in surprise, noting that their helmets were painted in a stylized version of her face. Skywalker told her that as soon as they knew she was returning, they had customized their helmets. Captain Rex continued that, although the paint job was crude, it was effective, and they were glad she had returned.
Since Tano was no longer a Jedi Commander within the Grand Army of the Republic, and therefore wasn't officially permitted to lead a unit of Republic forces, Captain Rex was promoted from Captain to Commander so that he could lead the new division, and take Tano as an advisor.
Siege of MandaloreEdit
- "There are a small number of firefights still happening in sector 11. But for the most part, your clones have been as effective as promised."
- ―Bo-Katan Kryze, on the clones' effectiveness
Preparing for the siege, three Venator-class Star Destroyers arrived above Mandalore and deployed a large contingent of LAAT carriers and LAAT/i gunships containing infantry forces, including the 332nd Company. The Republic ships were escorted by a force of Kom'rk-class fighters.
Mandalorian Prime Minister Almec, a puppet of Maul, prepared his forces of Mandalorian super commandos and readied Sundari's defenses. As the Republic-Mandalorian attack force neared the capital city, several gunships and transports were downed by incoming missiles. Shadow Collective commandos used their jetpacks to intercept the gunships in the sky, and troopers along with Mandalore resistance warriors flew out to repel them. The surviving ships touched down at Sundari, deploying the infantry troops, and a battle ensued.
Pursuit in the UndercityEdit
- "What's down there?"
"A system of tunnels. Sewage ports, mainly."
- ―Ahsoka and Vaughn as they enter the Undercity
The Shadow Collective commandos were pushed back by the invaders, and they retreated into the Undercity—with a squad of 332nd Company troopers in pursuit. Ahsoka Tano and Captain Vaughn led the group through the tunnels, but having lost track of the Shadow Collective, they were left vulnerable trying to find their bearings. Mandalorian super commando Rook Kast then revealed herself and fired a missile at them, which knocked Tano to the ground. She called after the clones to wait as they ran past her, but Vaughn didn't hear her warning. By the time she reached the clones, they had been ambushed and were all killed, including Vaughn.
The Mandalorian super commandos then emerged from the tunnels and surrounded Tano, along with Maul. He was surprised that she had come instead of Kenobi or Skywalker. While he was talking, Tano covertly transmitted a beacon from her wristcomm to alert Commander Rex of her location. He led a squad of 332nd Company troopers into the Undercity to rescue her, following the signal. Rex and his men rescued Tano, but Maul and his followers escaped.
Shortly after, a detachment of the 332nd Company was sent to reinforce C-deck. They were ambushed and massacred by the Shadow Collective. Maul took ARC Trooper CT-5597 "Jesse" hostage in order to torture him for information.
Returning to CoruscantEdit
- "You're a good soldier, Rex. So is every one of those men down there. They may be willing to die, but I am not the one who is going to kill them."
- ―Ahsoka tells Rex she is not willing to kill to escape
Following the battle, with Maul in custody, Republic forces returned to a Venator-class Star Destroyer to transport Maul to Coruscant—although on the way, Order 66 was enacted. All of the clone troopers, including the 332nd Company, suddenly became hostile towards Tano. They were determined to kill her and Maul.
When Order 66 was given, Rex opened fire on Tano. She deflected the shots with her lightsabers, and narrowly escaped from the room while under fire from multiple troopers of the 332nd Company. Rex ordered the troopers to search the ship for her. The 332nd Company split up into squads and hunted the ship. During the search, Ahsoka abducted Rex with the help of onboard astromech droids, knocking the commander out and taking him to the medical bay. She held off hostile clone troopers as Rex's inhibitor chip was surgically removed. After the removal of his chip, Rex was no longer affected by Order 66. He and Tano worked their way to the hangar, fending off troopers of the 332nd along the way.
Meanwhile, Maul, who had been released by Tano as a diversion, fought his way to the hyperdrive room, killing many 332nd Company troopers, and collapsed the hyperdrive mid-jump, causing the Venator-class Star Destroyer to fall out of hyperspace in pieces. He then walked over to the hangar, and was confronted by more clone troopers. He used the Force to pick up metal siding to impale or decapitate the clones. A group of 332nd Company troopers, including Ridge, attempted to intercept Maul as he moved towards the hangar, but were unsuccessful. Ridge was knocked down and another clone was impaled by a piece of the wall.
Faceoff in the hangarEdit
- "Commander Rex, you're in violation of Order 66. I accuse you of treason against the Grand Army of the Republic. You'll be demoted in rank from Commander and subject to execution along with the traitor, Ahsoka Tano."
- ―Jesse threatens Commander Rex
When Ahsoka and Rex reached the main hangar, a formation of the remaining clone troopers was waiting for them, led by the ARC Trooper Jesse. The formation included the remaining troops of the 332nd Company as well as other 501st units. Rex and Ahsoka came up with a plan, in which Rex brought Ahsoka down to the clone troopers at gunpoint, and claimed that she was no longer a Jedi so they had no reason to kill her. Jesse and Rex argued about the matter for a while, and then Jesse accused Rex of treason.
However, the debate was a diversion to buy time, and at that moment Tano's group of astromechs dropped the hangar lifts which some of the troopers were standing on. This caught the clones by surprise, but they recovered and opened fire on Tano and Rex. The droids kept changing the elevation of the hangar lifts, to disorient them. By then, the vessel they were all on was about to crash into a nearby moon. Ahsoka and Rex escaped in a Y-wing, and Maul in a Nu-class transport, but the clones on board were all killed when the ship crashed on the surface of the moon. Rex and Tano visited the crash site and buried the clone troopers they could find.
Years later, during the reign of the Galactic Empire, Anakin Skywalker—who had become Darth Vader —visited the site of the crash during an Imperial excavation. He observed the helmet of a 332nd Company trooper in the snow, and retrieved one of Ahsoka Tano's lightsabers which lay in front of the helmet.
Commanders and crewEdit
- "Commander Rex, this is CT-0292. I think we have something."
"I'll be right there, Captain."
- ―CT-0292, and Ahsoka Tano
Along with the officers Commander Rex and Captain CT-0292 "Vaughn", clone trooper Ridge was also assigned to the 332nd Company. As a company within the Grand Army of the Republic, the unit consisted of 144 clone troopers organized into four platoons when at full strength.
Behind the scenesEdit
- "What happens is that he says that 'I'm not gonna leave you on this mission, I'm protective,' and these hangar doors open up and reveals all these clones standing there from half the 501st. And they're all now wearing orange helmets and orange striped helmets like her, and Rex is there and Anakin has given Rex his command unit to Ahsoka and attack Mandalore…"
- ―Dave Filoni in Celebration Europe on the clone troopers of the 332nd
The 332nd Company first appeared in the seventh season of Star Wars: The Clone Wars, in the episode "Old Friends Not Forgotten". When The Walt Disney Company cancelled Star Wars: The Clone Wars, a four-episode arc about the Siege of Mandalore was still in production. The company was first identified as the 332nd Company on April 14, 2020 in a StarWars.com blog post by Brendan Nystedt.
The arc had production numbers 7.21, 7.22, 7.23, and 7.24, and was to depict Ahsoka Tano and this company of clone troopers attacking Mandalore. As part of the production process, Dave Filoni drew a sketch of the helmet worn by the company, and was shown in Celebration Europe in 2016. The sketch was labelled as the "332nd." A portion of the arc was adapted into the prologue of the 2016 canon novel Ahsoka.
On July 19, 2018, it was announced that Star Wars: The Clone Wars was returning with twelve new episodes, which would include the Siege of Mandalore. The helmet of the company was featured on the poster for the revival season, and finally appeared in completed animation in a trailer shown during Celebration Chicago in 2019.
- Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Old Friends Not Forgotten" (First appearance)
- Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "The Phantom Apprentice"
- Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Shattered"
- Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Victory and Death"
- Ahsoka (First mentioned) (Indirect mention only)
- (First identified as 332nd Company)
- (as 332nd)
Notes and referencesEdit
- ↑ 1.00 1.01 1.02 1.03 1.04 1.05 1.06 1.07 1.08 1.09 1.10 1.11 1.12 1.13 1.14 1.15 1.16 1.17 1.18 1.19 1.20 1.21 1.22 1.23 1.24 1.25 Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Old Friends Not Forgotten"
- ↑ 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 2.6 2.7 2.8 2.9 Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Shattered"
- ↑ As depicted in "Victory and Death", all clone troopers of the 332nd Company were killed when the Venator-class Star Destroyer they were travelling on crashed on a moon, resulting in the dissolution of the company at the beginning of the Great Jedi Purge, which Star Wars: Galactic Atlas dates to 19 BBY.
- ↑ 4.0 4.1
- ↑ 6.0 6.1 6.2 6.3 6.4 Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "The Phantom Apprentice"
- ↑ Since Star Wars: Galactic Atlas dates both Tano's departure and the Great Jedi Purge to 19 BBY, Tano's return and the Siege of Mandalore must have also taken place in that year.
- ↑ 8.0 8.1 8.2 8.3 8.4 Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Victory and Death"
- ↑ Star Wars: Complete Locations establishes that a company in the Grand Army of the Republic consisted of 144 clone troopers divided into four platoons. Since this company is within the Grand Army, it must also have 144 clone troopers that are divided into four platoons.
- ↑ 11.0 11.1
- ↑ Ahsoka