"Arr-Nine-Nineteen. Onetime Jedi hunter who never retired."
―Gwi, recounting Arr-Nine-Nineteen's false history to Beilert Valance[2]

Arr-Nine-Nineteen was a droid who claimed to be a Jedi hunter, but was a Hutt Clan spy in reality. During the Imperial Era, he was one of several individuals hired by the Hidden Hand crime syndicate's leader, Gwi, as part of a team tasked with hunting down the Sith Lord Darth Vader. When the cyborg bounty hunter Beilert Valance was introduced to the team, he destroyed Arr-Nine-Nineteen, and the droid's true purpose was revealed to the rest of the team.


"Is…is there a problem?"
"Yeah. My third rule. No droids."
―Gwi and Valance, right before Arr-Nine-Nineteen is destroyed[2]

At some point prior to the Battle of Hoth in 3 ABY,[1] Arr-Nine-Nineteen was built with a spying device inside his body and tasked by the Hutt Clan to conduct espionage on the Hidden Hand criminal syndicate. He eventually forged the reputation of a Jedi hunter and was hired by the Hidden Hand's leader, Gwi, to join a team of bounty hunters created to hunt down and kill the Sith Lord Darth Vader.[2]

Arr-Nine-Nineteen is destroyed by Beilert Valance.

When recruiting the cyborg Beilert Valance, Gwi described the droid as a "Jedi hunter who never retired." Upon seeing Valance, Arr-Nine-Nineteen was burned by the cyborg's palm blaster. Gwi claimed that the team needed the droid, but Valance revealed that the droid was a mole for the Hutts, stating that Arr-Nine-Nineteen's career as a Jedi killer was falsified before removing the spying device from inside his body and crushing it. Valance and his team then began their mission despite Arr-Nine-Nineteen's destruction.[2]


Arr-Nine-Nineteen was a masculine-programmed droid with four arms and plating colored in blue, white, brown, and red, with red photoreceptors.[2]


"He was no Jedi killer. What he was, though…was up to his bolts in debt to the Hutts."
―Valance, revealing Arr-Nine-Nineteen's true purpose[2]

Arr-Nine-Nineteen wore a red cape and several equipment pouches around his torso. He was able to utilize multiple blasters simultaneously. Within his body, he carried a device that was used to spy on the Hidden Hand.[2]

Behind the scenes[]

Arr-Nine-Nineteen appeared in the first issue of the 2019 comic-book series Star Wars: Target Vader, written by Robbie Thompson, illustrated by Marc Laming and Cris Bolson, and published by Marvel Comics[2] on July 3, 2019.[3] Prior to the comic's release, the character was introduced indirectly via a mention of Valance's team by assistant editor Tom Groneman at a panel held at Star Wars Celebration Chicago in April 2019 that was later detailed in a StarWars.com article published on April 15.[4]


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Notes and references[]

  1. 1.0 1.1 Star Wars: Target Vader is set before Empire Ascendant 1, which in turn takes place before the Battle of Hoth. Since Star Wars: Galactic Atlas dates the battle to 3 ABY, the events of Target Vader, including Arr-Nine-Nineteen's appearance and destruction in Target Vader 1, must take place sometime prior.
  2. 2.00 2.01 2.02 2.03 2.04 2.05 2.06 2.07 2.08 2.09 2.10 2.11 2.12 2.13 2.14 Target Vader 1
  3. MarvelLogo.svg Star Wars: Target Vader (2019) #1 on Marvel Comics' official website (backup link)
  4. StarWars.com SWCC 2019: Marvel's Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge #1 Art and More Revealed on StarWars.com (backup link)
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