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"Those clankers have tough armor!"
―Commander Cody, on the durability of commando droids — (audio) Listen (file info)[src]

BX-series droid commandos, also known as BX-series commando droids or simply commando droids, were advanced battle droids used by the Confederacy of Independent Systems during the Clone Wars.

Characteristics[edit | edit source]

"Welcome to Rishi…Commander. As…you can see, the outpost is operating at…peak efficiency. Thank you for visiting…and have a…safe trip…back."
―A droid commando trying to imitate a clone trooper — (audio) Listen (file info)[src]

A commando droid captain with a vibrosword

Part of an advanced droid series,[10] BX-series commando droids were advanced, sturdier versions of B1-series battle droids. They were programmed with improved combat tactics and battlefield awareness and equipped with glowing white photoreceptors. Captains and other high-ranking commando droids bore white identifiers on their heads and chests.[1]

Due to a more compact head than the B1, commando droids could don Phase I clone trooper armor for infiltration missions.[1] Their heavy armor improved durability and allowed them to withstand several direct hits from a DC-15A blaster carbine.[2] Additionally, commando droids were extremely agile and acrobatic, and were able to move and react much faster than a standard battle droid.[1] They were even able to continue fighting after having their legs sliced off with a lightsaber,[5] in contrast to standard B1 battle droids that could be defeated simply by knocking them over.[11] For improved infiltration capabilities, commando droids were able to alter their vocabulators in order to imitate clone troopers. However, their awkward movements in the armor and atypical responses to orders (usually "roger, roger," a common battle-droid response) meant that observant individuals could see through the ruse.[2] Commando droids were also quite strong, as one was able to lift Clone Captain Rex up by his neck.[12]

While they had numerous improvements over rank-and-file B1 battle droids, their production costs proved to be much higher.[4]

History[edit | edit source]

Clone Wars[edit | edit source]

Elite troops of the Droid Army[edit | edit source]

Three Commando Droids about to kill Clone Sergeant O'Niner

"Looks like one of those new commando droids."

During the Clone Wars, when commando droids were still considered new, General Grievous used commando droids to infiltrate and take control of the Republic's Rishi moon Station. At first, the droids were able to maintain control of the station until Clone Commander Cody and Clone Captain Rex arrived to inspect the station. Along with the survivors of the Rishi Station unit, Cody and Rex were able to retake the listening post from the commando droids and destroy them. However, droid reinforcements arrived at the station, so one of the station's clone troopers, Hevy, sacrificed himself destroy the base. The commando droids had hard-wired the base's all-clear signal, so the only way to alert the Republic of a planned Separatist attack on Kamino was to destroy the station, but the detonator did not link up with the Tibanna that was to be used to destroy the station. This forced Hevy to activate it himself, so Hevy sacrificed himself for the closest thing a clone trooper could call home. The base was destroyed, and the Republic stopped receiving the all-clear signal, which alerted them that something was wrong. A Republic fleet arrived at the Rishi moon, and Grievous and his fleet, being outgunned, were forced to retreat.[2]

At least two commando droids were stationed in Lessu during the Battle of Ryloth. There they attempted to stop the ARF troopers Stak and Razor from activating the plasma bridge, but were defeated. The two ARF troopers activated the bridge, and Lessu was ultimately taken by the Republic and the Twi'lek Resistance. Separatist leader Wat Tambor was captured, and the Separatist occupation of Ryloth came to an end.[13]

General Grievous used commando droids when he boarded Jedi Council member Eeth Koth's flagship, the Steadfast, when he captured Koth. Later, in the Saleucami system, Grievous and his tactical droid, TV-94, then used them against fellow Jedi, Obi-Wan Kenobi, Adi Gallia, and Anakin Skywalker, when they rescued Koth from Grievous.[5] A pair of commando droids then acted as snipers after Grievous was forced to crash-land on Saleucami's surface. One of the droids then shot Captain Rex as he approached them. The Clone Captain would had been killed by the shot if he was two inches to the left. While Rex was recovering at a farmstead, he discovered that it belonged to a clone deserter named Cut Lawquane. The two clones ultimately defended Lawquane's family from commando droids and parted on good terms.[12]

The war continues[edit | edit source]

The bounty hunter Cad Bane used a pair of commando droids when he held several members of the Galactic Senate hostage. There, they were able to impersonate the Senate Commandos stationed at the entrance. They later escaped along with Bane, Ziro, and the other bounty hunters.[14]

A Commando Droid at the Citadel

Commando droids were also used as guards at the Citadel under Warden Osi Sobeck. There they guarded the prisoners, served as security,[7] and operated the laser cannons.[6]

The Confederate minister Rish Loo used commando droids against Jedi General Anakin Skywalker and Senator Padmé Amidala when his plan was exposed.[15]

On Kiros, commando droids drove Flitknot Speeder Bikes and AATs when the Republic forces arrived. The Confederate commander Darts D'Nar had two with him as his guards when he negotiated with Jedi General Obi-Wan Kenobi for his surrender. Kenobi fought D'Nar in hand-to-hand combat, and this distracted him while Jedi General Anakin Skywalker and Jedi Commander Ahsoka Tano had disarmed all of D'Nar's bombs in the city. After they had disarmed the bombs while destroyed these units using the Force. D'Nar escaped from Kenobi by using a bomb he had hidden in his T-series tactical droid, much to the tactical droid's horror, but Skywalker and Tano caught up to D'Nar, and he was captured by Tano.[16]

During the Confederate–Republic peace conference at Sundari on Mandalore, commando droids served as guards to the Confederate delegation. Several then forcibly removed Onderon's Senator, Lux Bonteri, when he spoke out against Count Dooku for his part in the murder of Lux's mother. After Padawan Ahsoka Tano rescued Bonteri from his execution, the commando droids then fought the Senate Commandos under Captain Taggart when the peace conference broke down.[17]

Commando droids were used by Grievous when Dooku ordered the destruction of the Nightsisters of Dathomir. During the Battle of Dathomir, commando were deployed by Grievous to combat the Nightsisters, and were with Grievous when he and his droids found Mother Talzin and Old Daka to a secret cave in the Nightsister lair. A commando droid used a rocket launcher to destroy the cave's wall, allowing Grievous and several droids get in and eliminate the Nightsisters inside.[18]

A pair of commando droids riding an HMP droid gunship on Onderon

Several commando droids were deployed to the Onderonian capital city Iziz.[19] They led the attack on the Onderon rebels' base in the highlands.[20]

Several commando droids took part in Grievous's invasion of Hondo Ohnaka's Gang's base on Florrum.[21]

The final year[edit | edit source]

Admiral Trench used commando droids in his defense of Ringo Vinda space station. Several commando droids were also on the Maxillipede shuttle under the command of Commander Kraken used to transport clone trooper Tup from Ringo Vinda, as the trooper had mysteriously killed Jedi General Tiplar in what had been an early execution of Order 66[22] due to a failure in the clone's behavioral modification biochip.[23] The droids on the shuttle were destroyed by Anakin Skywalker, Clone Captain Rex, and ARC trooper Fives, and Tup was rescued,[22] but Kraken was eventually rebuilt.[24]

Commando droids were used by Dooku when he invaded Scipio. There, they fought Commander Thorn's detachment of the Coruscant Guard.[24] Commando droids were also involved in the Battle of Anaxes during the Outer Rim Sieges. A team of commandos arrived at the remains of a fight between battle droids and Clone Force 99, and one unit reported the unusual tactics used by this clone squad to Admiral Trench. Commando droids also arrived at a Separatist Security Outpost after it was attacked by Force 99, Advanced Recon Commando CT-5597 "Jesse," and Captain Rex.[25] Later during the battle, General Skywalker defeated the two commando droids Trench sent against him while aboard the admiral's flagship.[26]

Age of the Empire[edit | edit source]

0-0-0 and BT-1 leading a group of Darth Vader's commando droids

Commando Droids were later used by Darth Vader and Doctor Aphra after the destruction of the first Death Star when Vader discovered that his master, Darth Sidious, planned to replace him with the help of a rogue cybernetics doctor named Cylo.[8]

In 5 ABY,[27] the Siniteen prison builder Golas Aram used several commando droids to guard his private compound on the planet Irudiru. The New Republic operatives Sinjir Rath Velus and Jas Emari fought and defeated several of Aram's droids with the help of the New Republic Special Forces soldier Jom Barell.[28]

Rise of the First Order[edit | edit source]

"A commando droid? Okay... I think I might be able to help."
―Temmin Wexley[src]

Nunzix was a Resistance spy droid.

In 34 ABY, the commando droid N1-ZX (or "Nunzix") was a member of the Resistance's spy droid network prior to the Hosnian Cataclysm. Nunzix was programmed with a self-preservative software that made him obsessed with preserving his own life. Nunzix had a grumpy and selfish demeanor and was unwilling to risk his own life. He obtained information about the First Order and the location of Supreme Leader Snoke while posted on the planet Kaddak. Poe Dameron, his commander C-3PO, and BB-8 undertook a mission to rescue him. Nunzix showed little gratitude to his rescuers and the spy droid vowed to only release the information once they returned to the Resistance base on D'Qar.[9]

Poe came to suspect that the information was ruse by the First Order Security Bureau Agent Terex to lure the Resistance into a trap. Terex and the Ranc gang pursued Poe and the droids.[29] N1-ZX and his rescuers crash-landed on a desert planet and fled into a cave.[30] With N1-ZX unwilling to fight, Poe overrode his programming with a droid personality template supplied by his friend Temmin Wexley. Nunzix assumed the B1 battle droid Mister Bones' personality and slaughtered many of Terex's gangsters before being gunned down and disintegrated by Terex himself.[31]

Equipment[edit | edit source]

Commando droids were armed with weapons like vibroswords and blasters

Droid commandos used a variety of weapons during battle. They commonly used the standard blaster of the Droid Army, the E-5 blaster rifle.[1] They were also known to use[5] vibroswords[1] for melee combat.[5] For ground assault they used thermal detonators[2] and sniper rifles for sniping.[12] The droids also often carried stun batons.[1] in the citadel, they carry personal shields. During the Battle of Dathomir, one of General Grievous' commando droids wielded a missile launcher.[18] At the Citadel they used special shields and used the cannons stationed there, but those cannons were normally operated by B1 battle droids.[6] The droids also had the ability to imitate the voices of others and wear the armor of clone troopers[2] and Senate Commandos.[14]

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Non-canon appearances[edit | edit source]

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Notes and references[edit | edit source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 Ultimate Star Wars
  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 TCW mini logo.jpg Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Rookies"
  3. Star Wars: The Visual Encyclopedia
  4. 4.0 4.1 Encyclopedia Commando droid in the Encyclopedia (content now obsolete; backup link)
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 5.3 5.4 TCW mini logo.jpg Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Grievous Intrigue"
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 TCW mini logo.jpg Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Counterattack"
  7. 7.0 7.1 TCW mini logo.jpg Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "The Citadel"
  8. 8.0 8.1 Darth Vader 4
  9. 9.0 9.1 Poe Dameron 10
  10. Star Wars: Force Collection (Card: BX Droid Commando (★★★★) (link))
  11. Star Wars: Episode I The Phantom Menace
  12. 12.0 12.1 12.2 TCW mini logo.jpg Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "The Deserter"
  13. TCW mini logo.jpg Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Liberty on Ryloth"
  14. 14.0 14.1 TCW mini logo.jpg Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Hostage Crisis"
  15. TCW mini logo.jpg Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Shadow Warrior"
  16. TCW mini logo.jpg Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Kidnapped"
  17. TCW mini logo.jpg Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "A Friend in Need"
  18. 18.0 18.1 TCW mini logo.jpg Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Massacre"
  19. TCW mini logo.jpg Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Front Runners"
  20. TCW mini logo.jpg Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Tipping Points"
  21. TCW mini logo.jpg Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "A Necessary Bond"
  22. 22.0 22.1 TCW mini logo.jpg Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "The Unknown"
  23. TCW mini logo.jpg Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Fugitive"
  24. 24.0 24.1 TCW mini logo.jpg Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Crisis at the Heart"
  25. TCW mini logo.jpg Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "The Bad Batch"
  26. TCW mini logo.jpg Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Unfinished Business"
  27. Star Wars: Galactic Atlas dates the Battle of Endor to 4 ABY and the events of Shattered Empire 4, which take place three months after the battle, to 5 ABY. Furthermore, the novel Aftermath states that months have passed since the Battle of Endor, while Aftermath: Life Debt begins two months after the end of Aftermath. Therefore, the events of Aftermath: Life Debt begin at least four months after the Battle of Endor, which corresponds to 5 ABY. Additionally, Galactic Atlas dates the Battle of Jakku, as depicted in Life Debt's sequel, Aftermath: Empire's End, to 5 ABY as well, thereby firmly placing Aftermath: Life Debt in 5 ABY.
  28. Aftermath: Life Debt
  29. Poe Dameron 11
  30. Poe Dameron 12
  31. Poe Dameron 13
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