B2 super battle droids, simply known as super battle droids, were an advanced battle droid used by the Confederacy of Independent Systems during the Clone Wars. 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. 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. Despite this a variant for close range combat, the B2 grapple droid, was created. The B2-HA super battle droid was a variant of the B2 equipped with a cannon arm that could fire homing rockets. This variant could be seen commanding small units, as could be seen on Rodia. Two other variants were designed with flight capabilities. These were the B2-RP, and its upgraded variant the super battle droid rocket trooper.
The Clone WarsEdit
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. 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. However, the super battle droid costed more than the B1, and their higher costs made it that there were often one hundred B1 battle droids for every B2 on a battlefield.
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.
Post Clone WarsEdit
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. 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 came to recruit the archaeologist.
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.
Behind the scenesEdit
B2 super battle droids first appeared in Star Wars: Episode II Attack of the Clones. 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.
- LEGO Star Wars: The Freemaker Adventures – "The Kyber Saber Crystal Chase"
- LEGO Star Wars: The Freemaker Adventures – "The Maker of Zoh"
- Star Wars Blips – "Fan Droids" (Appears in hologram)
Notes and referencesEdit
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 1.2 Ultimate Star Wars
- ↑ Star Wars Journeys: Beginnings
- ↑ Cyphers and Masks
- ↑ 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 4.4 4.5 4.6 Star Wars: Episode II Attack of the Clones
- ↑ Star Wars Propaganda: A History of Persuasive Art in the Galaxy
- ↑ 6.0 6.1
- ↑ 7.0 7.1 Darth Vader 3: Vader, Part III
- ↑ Star Wars: Commander
- ↑ 9.0 9.1 9.2 Poe Dameron 21: Legend Found, Part II
- ↑ Star Wars: The Clone Wars film
- ↑ Star Wars: Galactic Defense
- ↑ Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Ambush"
- ↑ Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Bombad Jedi"
- ↑ Star Wars: Droid Factory
- ↑ Star Wars: On the Front Lines
- ↑ Star Wars: Destiny – Across the Galaxy (Card: )
- ↑ Star Wars: Episode III Revenge of the Sith
- ↑ "Escaping the Scrap Pile"—Star Wars Rebels Magazine 19
- ↑ Star Wars: The Complete Saga, Disc 7, Star Wars Archives: Episode II Deleted Scene: Raid on the Droid Control Ship and Extended Arena Fight