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"With these new battle droids we built for you, you'll have the finest army in the galaxy."
Foreman Wat Tambor, to Count Dooku[src]

B2 super battle droids, also known as super battle droids[13] or super droids, were[14] an advanced battle droid used by the Confederacy of Independent Systems during the Clone Wars.[5] 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.[7] The B2 was much stronger than the B1s, with enough strength to lift a clone trooper off the ground as seen at the Battle of Teth.[15] Despite this a variant for close range combat, the B2 grapple droid, was created.[16] The B2-HA super battle droid was a variant of the B2 equipped with a cannon arm that could fire homing rockets.[17] This variant could be seen commanding small units, as could be seen on Rodia.[18] Two other variants were designed with flight capabilities. These were the B2-RP, and its upgraded variant the super battle droid rocket trooper.[1] Another variant was the B2-ACM Trooper. They were deployed when the firepower of a standard B2 wasn't enough.[19]

HistoryEdit

The Clone WarsEdit

"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 Mission to Rugosa[src]
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.[20] The droids could take more hits and could stand up better to their enemies than the B1 battle droid could, and it saw greater production after the Battle of Geonosis.[21] 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.[22]

In 21 BBY,[23] B2 super battle droids were being constructed on Geonosis,[24] which the Separatists had taken back from the Republic,[1] in the[24] largest droid foundry ever constructed.[25] To reconquer the planet and shut down Poggle the Lesser's droid 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. Ultimately, Skywalker and Tano, who were joined by Rex once he reached the top, successfully took down a pair of droidekas and the barrier.[26] 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.[24]

The B2 super battle droids continued to see action until the end of the Clone Wars, with a number of units serving aboard Grievous' flagship Invisible Hand during the Battle of Coruscant. All units were shut down following the execution of the Separatist Council, ending the Clone War in a victory for the newly-formed Galactic Empire.[27]

Post-Clone WarsEdit

B2 super battle droids vs Darth Vader

B2 super battle droids on Quarantine World III.

After the Clone Wars at least one B2 fell into the hands of scrapers on a planetoid. This B2 was saved by C1-10P, and would join a droid group dedicated to helping other droids.[28] 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.[8]

During the cold war, a number of B2 units served as security on Cato Neimoidia.[10]

Not too long before the battle of Exegol[29] in 35 ABY,[30] 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,[11] 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 weary 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.[12]

Notable individualsEdit

One super battle droid was G21, who served as part of the Separatist Droid Army during the Clone Wars and gave a report to a superior that the planet it was stationed on was secured for the Confederacy and the population was under control.[1]

Behind the scenesEdit

B2 super battle droids first appeared in Star Wars: Episode II Attack of the Clones.[5] 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.[31]

B2 super battle droids were later featured in Star Wars: The Clone Wars[17] and Star Wars Resistance.[12] The droids had a similar stylized appearance in both shows.[17][12] In the novel The Legends of Luke Skywalker, an image depicting the rescue of R2-D2 features a droid that resembles a B2.[32]

AppearancesEdit

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Super battle droids aboard the Malevolence.

Non-canon appearancesEdit

SourcesEdit

Notes and referencesEdit

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 Ultimate Star Wars
  2. Star Wars: Force Collection (Card: B2 Super Battle Droid (★★★) (link))
  3. Star Wars Journeys: Beginnings
  4. Cyphers and Masks
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 5.3 5.4 5.5 5.6 Star Wars: Episode II Attack of the Clones
  6. Star Wars Propaganda: A History of Persuasive Art in the Galaxy
  7. 7.0 7.1 Encyclopedia-Logo Super Battle Droid in the Encyclopedia (link now obsolete; backup link)
  8. 8.0 8.1 Darth Vader 3
  9. Star Wars: Commander
  10. 10.0 10.1 10.2 Poe Dameron 21
  11. 11.0 11.1 Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker: The Visual Dictionary
  12. 12.0 12.1 12.2 12.3 SWResistanceLogo Star Wars Resistance – "The Mutiny"
  13. StarWars-DatabankII Super Battle Droid in the Databank (backup link)
  14. TCW mini logo Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Jedi Crash"
  15. Star Wars: The Clone Wars film
  16. Star Wars: Galactic Defense
  17. 17.0 17.1 17.2 TCW mini logo Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Ambush"
  18. TCW mini logo Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Bombad Jedi"
  19. Manufactured Might on Fantasy Flight Games' official website (backup link) (First mentioned)
  20. Star Wars: Droid Factory
  21. Star Wars: On the Front Lines
  22. SW Destiny Template Star Wars: Destiny – Across the Galaxy (Card: Super Battle Droid)
  23. Star Wars: Galactic Atlas
  24. 24.0 24.1 24.2 TCW mini logo Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Weapons Factory"
  25. TCW mini logo Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Senate Spy"
  26. TCW mini logo Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Landing at Point Rain"
  27. Star Wars: Episode III Revenge of the Sith
  28. SWRM "Escaping the Scrap Pile"—Star Wars Rebels Magazine 19
  29. 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.
  30. 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.
  31. Star Wars: The Complete Saga, Disc 7, Star Wars Archives: Episode II Deleted Scene: Raid on the Droid Control Ship and Extended Arena Fight
  32. The Legends of Luke Skywalker
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