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"I don't care about the Separatists. Or the Republic. I don't care who is right or who is wrong. I only care that this war goes on so that my services are needed and I can be paid for them. Conscience does not drive my decision-making. Only credits."
―AD-W4, to Mace Windu[src]

AD-W4, also referred to as Ay-Dee, was a mercenary droid that General Grievous hired to oversee the Separatists operations on the planet Hissrich during the Clone Wars. AD-W4 was ultimately destroyed after a duel with Jedi Master Mace Windu on Hissrich.

Biography[edit | edit source]

Shortly after the beginning of the Clone Wars, AD-W4 was approached by the cyborg General Grievous, the supreme commander of the Separatist droid armies. Grievous hired Ay-Dee to oversee the Separatist operations on the planet Hissrich, a job the droid mercenary only accepted after seeing the pay he would get from the job.[4]

While in Hissrich, AD-W4 first heard of some Jedi's arrival when they ambushed one of the droid patrols. AD-W4 learned of this when a B1 battle droid reported it to him.[3] Later on, Rissa Mano accidentally activated a B1-series battle droid scout, which gave AD-W4 the chance to set up an ambush for the four Jedi. During the ambush on the Hissrich operation, AD-W4 faced the Jedi Master Mace Windu in single combat. The robot mercenary eventually bested him for a few seconds and escaped.[2] He attempted to increase his credit payment by lying to General Grievous about besting and killing Windu. To this Grievous asked for Mace Windu's lightsaber as proof, which forced AD-W4 to take further action against the Jedi.[4] Although Ay-Dee bested Windu the first time, Windu managed to critically wound Ay-Dee with his lightsaber during the second duel. Realizing that he had lost, AD-W4 detached his head from his body in an attempt to escape, but Windu managed to blow up AD-W4's head using the Force.[1]

Characteristics[edit | edit source]

AD-W4 was a tall, fearsome droid of an unknown model, with red photoreceptors and purple plating with red markings. He regarded credits as the one true ruler of the galaxy.[3] He was also sadistic and bloodthirsty, and was, according to General Grievous, known for having a "flare for the dramatic."[4]

Ay-dee was disdainful of the Jedi Order, regarding its members as arrogant and their beliefs—particularly their commitment to peace— as asinine.[2] He also disliked the Separatist battle droids he was assigned to command, viewing them as stupid and totally expendable, an attitude not unlike that of his final client, General Grievous.[4]

Skills and abilities[edit | edit source]

AD-W4 had some skill with an Electrostaff, as he was able to hold his own against and on occasion overpower Jedi Master Mace Windu. He could also pilot a Single Trooper Aerial Platform.[2]

The droid mercenary had jets built into his feet - allowing him to fly - and an energy blaster built into his wrist. His body was built so as to have a high degree of physical strength, able to pick up and hurl a ball of rubble much larger than himself.[2]

He was also able to remain active even after being stabbed through the chest with a lightsaber. As a last resort, he could detach his head from his body and fly away at high speed.[1]

Equipment[edit | edit source]

AD-W4 carried a DL-44 heavy blaster pistol as well as an Electrostaff. He also possessed his own Single Trooper Aerial Platform.[2]

Appearances[edit | edit source]

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