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"Don't let the nickname fool you; the B2-series battle droid wasn't really all that super. Sure, they had a level of strength and durability that a B1 could only dream about, but they were slow and clumsy, and they barely had enough processing power to aim their weapons in the right direction."
―R0-GR, battle droid veteran[7]

B2-series super battle droids,[22] also known as B2 super battle droids,[23] were an advanced[24] battle droid used by the Confederacy of Independent Systems during the Clone Wars. Although one model of the B2-series was only equipped with wrist blasters on their right forearm,[4] another was outfitted with wrist blasters on both forearms.[8] Super battle droids were much stronger than their predecessors, and like the updated B1s used by the Confederacy, they did not require a command system to operate, which gave the droids limited independence. Another improvement was their thick armor casing, which contained their fragile sensors. However, B2s were designed with simple processors, limiting their ability to formulate strategies. As a result, they relied on organic commanders or tactical droids in order to effectively operate.[25] The B2 was much stronger than the B1s, with enough strength to lift a clone trooper off the ground.[8]


The Clone Wars[]

Early battles[]

"Commander, have you pinpointed the Jedi's location?"
"Affirmative. The clones gave away their position. Our heavy troops are moving to engage them now."
Asajj Ventress and a B1 battle droid after a group of super battle droids had located Republic forces during the Ambush on Rugosa[26]
Super Battle Droid AtG JB Casacop

B2 super battle droids during the Battle of Geonosis

Having been developed before the onslaught of the Clone Wars, the first batch of B2 super battle droids was put into operation on Geonosis, during the battle that started the conflict.[27] The droids could take more hits and could stand up better to their enemies than the B1-series battle droid could, and it saw greater production after the Battle of Geonosis.[28] However, the super battle droid cost more than the B1, and their higher cost made it so that there were often one hundred B1 battle droids for every B2 on a battlefield.[29]

With the Clone Wars spreading across the galaxy,[8] Separatist officers worked to ensure B2 units became part of their armies, as they had seen how well the new droids had fought on Geonosis.[30] Early into[11] the long lasting defense of Dantooine,[31] B2s fought against[32] a Republic defense.[33] Jedi General Mace Windu once cut down[32] an overwhelming wave of B2s[11] and fought back against seismic tanks on Dantooine.[32]

In the Battle of Christophsis, B2s reduced their targets to wreckage, which proved to be a common role for the super droids.[30] Nevertheless, B2s failed to ensure a Separatist victory on Christophsis, ultimately falling with the rest of the invasion army. Concurrently, B2s were among the battle droids stationed on the Wild Space planet Teth, where they ensured Rotta the Huttlet remained in custody until a Republic counterattack.[8]

Return to Geonosis[]

In 21 BBY,[34] B2 super battle droids and other droid units were being constructed on Geonosis,[35] which the Separatists had taken back from the Republic,[1] in the[35] largest droid foundry ever constructed.[36] To reconquer the planet and shut down Poggle the Lesser's factories, the Republic launched an invasion, and, during their push to reach Point Rain, Jedi General Anakin Skywalker and his 501st Legion confronted the super droids and B1 battle droids stationed at the eastern barrier. Once Skywalker and his Padawan, Jedi Commander Ahsoka Tano, made their way to the top of the wall, Clone Captain CT-7567 "Rex" ordered that blaster fire be focused on the droids.[37]

Droidekas and B2 Super battle droids

B2 super battle droids were among the droids that again fought on Geonosis in 21 BBY.

Ultimately, Skywalker and Tano, who were joined by Rex once he reached the top, successfully took down a pair of droidekas and the barrier.[37] After Republic forces were reinforced by the 41st Elite Corps, they made an attack on Poggle's primary droid factory and fought its B1, B2, and Geonosian defenders. However, the entire attack was a distraction to allow Jedi Commanders Tano and Barriss Offee to enter and destroy the factory. Using a Separatist super tank, the two Padawans successfully destroyed the foundry.[35]

One super battle droid was G21, who once gave a report to a superior that the planet it was stationed on was secured and that the population was under control.[1] The destroyed remains of B2s were among the wreckage strewn around the ancient temple used as a base by the Death Wind.[38]

Continued service[]


B2 super battle droids served in the invasion of Scipio.

The B2 super battle droids continued to see action until the end of the Clone Wars.[39] Thus, they served in the Outer Rim Sieges, fighting in events like the Battle of Anaxes[40] and Battle of Yerbana.[41] A number of units also served aboard Grievous' flagship Invisible Hand during the Battle of Coruscant. All B2 units were shut down following the execution of the Separatist Council, ending the Clone War in a victory for the newly-formed Galactic Empire.[39]

Post-Clone Wars[]

"Ooh, Baktoid Combat Automata fourth degree B2 SBD Super Battle Droids? Those are extremely rare."
Neeku Vozo[19]

After the Clone Wars at least one B2 fell into the hands of scrappers on a planetoid. This B2 was saved by C1-10P, and would join a droid group dedicated to helping other droids.[42] Sallowpink was the name of a modified B2 scheduled to take part in a Pit Fight Night against Rheen the Powderizer[43] between 10 BBY and 3 ABY.[44] While on the planet of Aloxor, Major Dayja Collerand of the Imperial Security Bureau, working under the alias "Mole," told Sisay's gang and several undercover operatives—Lieutenant Eli Vanto of the Chiss Ascendancy, Imperial Assistant Director Brierly Ronan, and death troopers Waffle and Pik—about a narrow and unofficial backdoor to an Imperial docking area. Stating no large droids would be able to fit through, he claimed to have heard that someone had tried to get a super droid through.[45]

On the planet Koboh, B2-HA super battle droids and other former Separatist forces were reprogrammed and used as soldiers by the Bedlam Raiders.[12]

B2 super battle droids vs Darth Vader

B2 super battle droids on Quarantine World III.

Also after the war, some B2s fell into the hands of Quarantine World III. These units were reprogrammed and were used as security for the location, and several of these droids confronted the Archaeologist Doctor Chelli Lona Aphra during her mission to steal the Triple-Zero protocol personality matrix from the planet. The droids that encountered Aphra were destroyed later in the mission by Darth Vader, who had come to recruit the archaeologist.[13] One droid bounty hunter active during the Imperial Era was made from the body of a B2 and the head of a BX-series droid commando, yet the unit was nevertheless destroyed during a skirmish on Arbiflux.[46] Several B2s were part of the Second Revelation.[15]

A large amount of B2 battle droids were acquired by the Plazir-15's government and were repurposed for civilian duties, with a large number of them being used as loaders. One of these droids was infected with spiked Nepenthé, causing it to go rogue. The droid was later destroyed by Kryze and Djarin, who had been hired by the government to investigate reports of droids going haywire.[17] A Mandalorian scout who survived in the ruins of Mandalore after the Great Purge made use of a B2 faceplate as a pauldron.[47]

During the Cold War, a number of B2 units served as security on Cato Neimoidia.[18]

Not too long before the Battle of Exegol[48] in 35 ABY,[49] the pirate Sidon Ithano made a substantial sale of a vintage cache of super battle droids to the pirate Kragan Gorr and his Warbird pirates,[20] who bought them in an attempt to seize control of the supertanker fuel depot Colossus. However, as the droids were considerably outdated, Gorr recruited the aid of the Colossus resident, Neeku Vozo to aid him in upgrading the droids to a more efficient state. Vozo upgraded the droids, but was wary of Kragen's intentions and reprogramed a single B1 battle droid to become the designated commander of the B2s and use him to take control of the B2s.[19]

Specialized B2-series super battle droids[]

Rocket droid2

The B2-RP was a flight capable variant of the B2.

Behind the scenes[]

B2 super battle droids first appeared in Star Wars: Episode II Attack of the Clones.[4] Originally, as seen in animatics for the film, the super battle droids were to dual wield E-5 blaster rifles instead of having a built-in wrist blaster.[54]

B2 super battle droids were later featured in Star Wars: The Clone Wars[26] and Star Wars Resistance.[19] The droids had a similar stylized appearance in both shows.[26][19] In the novel The Legends of Luke Skywalker, an image depicting the rescue of R2-D2 features a droid that resembles a B2.[55] The manga adaption of this story later confirmed a B2 was indeed present for its events.[56]



Super battle droids aboard the Malevolence.

Non-canon appearances[]



A B2-series super battle droid

Non-canon sources[]

Notes and references[]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 Ultimate Star Wars
  2. Star Wars Journeys: Beginnings
  3. Cyphers and Masks
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 4.4 4.5 4.6 4.7 4.8 4.9 Star Wars: Episode II Attack of the Clones
  5. Star Wars Propaganda: A History of Persuasive Art in the Galaxy
  6. Star Wars: The Clone Wars: Character Encyclopedia - Join the Battle!
  7. 7.0 7.1 Star Wars: Droidography
  8. 8.0 8.1 8.2 8.3 8.4 Star Wars: The Clone Wars film
  9. 9.0 9.1 9.2 Darth Vader (2020) 37
  10. TCW mini logo Star Wars: The Clone Wars — "Sphere of Influence"
  11. 11.0 11.1 11.2 Brotherhood
  12. 12.0 12.1 Star Wars Jedi: Survivor
  13. 13.0 13.1 Darth Vader (2015) 3
  14. Darth Vader (2020) 24
  15. 15.0 15.1 "The Book of Ajax" — Dark Droids: D-Squad 1
  16. Darth Vader (2020) 30
  17. 17.0 17.1 The-Mandalorian-logo The Mandalorian — "Chapter 22: Guns for Hire"
  18. 18.0 18.1 18.2 Poe Dameron 21
  19. 19.0 19.1 19.2 19.3 19.4 19.5 19.6 SWResistanceLogo Star Wars Resistance — "The Mutiny"
  20. 20.0 20.1 Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker: The Visual Dictionary
  21. "The Crimson Corsair and the Lost Treasure of Count Dooku" — Tales from a Galaxy Far, Far Away: Aliens: Volume I
  22. BYOR2D2 logo small Star Wars: Build Your Own R2-D2 35 (Droid Directory: B2-series Super Battle Droid)
  23. StarWars-DatabankII Super Battle Droid in the Databank (backup link)
  24. AtomicMassGames-Favicon Databank Download: Kraken, Super Tactical Droid, & B2 Battle Droids (June 5, 2023) on Atomic Mass Games' official website (backup link)
  25. StarWars super battle droid in the Encyclopedia (content now obsolete; backup link)
  26. 26.0 26.1 26.2 26.3 TCW mini logo Star Wars: The Clone Wars — "Ambush"
  27. Star Wars: Droid Factory
  28. Star Wars: On the Front Lines
  29. SW Destiny Template Star Wars: DestinyAcross the Galaxy (Card: Super Battle Droid) (backup link)
  30. TCW mini logo Star Wars: The Clone Wars — "Brain Invaders"
  31. 32.0 32.1 32.2 Build the Millennium Falcon Star Wars: Build the Millennium Falcon 37 (Guide to the Galaxy: Visiting Dantooine)
  32. Ultimate Star Wars, New Edition
  33. Star Wars: Galactic Atlas
  34. 35.0 35.1 35.2 TCW mini logo Star Wars: The Clone Wars — "Weapons Factory"
  35. TCW mini logo Star Wars: The Clone Wars — "Senate Spy"
  36. 37.0 37.1 TCW mini logo Star Wars: The Clone Wars — "Landing at Point Rain"
  37. Obi-Wan 4
  38. 39.0 39.1 Star Wars: Episode III Revenge of the Sith
  39. TCW mini logo Star Wars: The Clone Wars — "Unfinished Business"
  40. TCW mini logo Star Wars: The Clone Wars — "Old Friends Not Forgotten"
  41. SWRM "Escaping the Scrap Pile" — Star Wars Rebels Magazine 19
  42. Star Wars: Smuggler's Guide
  43. The entry in Star Wars: Smuggler's Guide that mentions Rheen takes place after Han Solo has completed the Kessel Run, but before he encounters a bounty hunter on Ord Mantell, which is mentioned as having occurred prior to the Battle of Hoth in Star Wars: Episode V The Empire Strikes Back. Solo: A Star Wars Story The Official Guide establishes that Solo completes the Kessel Run nine years after the Proclamation of the New Order, which Star Wars: Galactic Atlas dates to 19 BBY, meaning Solo's Kessel Run must take place in 10 BBY. The Atlas also dates the Battle of Hoth to 3 ABY; therefore, the entry in the in-universe book Smuggler's Guide must have been written between 10 BBY and 3 ABY.
  44. Thrawn: Treason
  45. Doctor Aphra (2016) 34
  46. The-Mandalorian-logo The Mandalorian — "Chapter 23: The Spies"
  47. Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker: The Visual Dictionary states that Sidon Ithano recently made a sale of B2 super battle droids to Kragan Gorr, an event depicted in "The Mutiny." As Ithano was featured in a section of the visual dictionary titled "the final battle," his description must be set before the Battle of Exegol in Star Wars: Episode IX The Rise of Skywalker. Therefore, the events of "The Mutiny" must have been a short time before the battle.
  48. Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker: The Visual Dictionary dates the events of Star Wars: Episode IX The Rise of Skywalker to one year after the events of Star Wars: Episode VII The Force Awakens. As Star Wars: Galactic Atlas dates the events of The Force Awakens to 34 ABY, the events of The Rise of Skywalker must occur in 35 ABY.
  49. Star Wars: Galactic Defense
  50. TCW mini logo Star Wars: The Clone Wars — "Bombad Jedi"
  51. FantasyFlightGamesLogo Manufactured Might on Fantasy Flight Games' official website (backup link)
  52. Thrawn: Alliances
  53. Star Wars: The Complete Saga, Disc 7, Star Wars Archives: Episode II Deleted Scene: Raid on the Droid Control Ship and Extended Arena Fight
  54. The Legends of Luke Skywalker
  55. "I, Droid" — The Legends of Luke Skywalker—The Manga