- "These aren't pesticides. They've got military-grade bioweapons, be careful."
- ―Hazram Namir
Bioweapons, or biotoxins were deadly chemical weapons of mass destruction. Often designed to target specific species, bioweapons were heavily researched by the Galactic Empire, although the Alliance to Restore the Republic prioritized the destruction of those facilities, preventing them from using the bioweapons on a large scale.
History and usage
Bioweapons were an ever-present threat throughout most major conflicts. During the Clone Wars between the Galactic Republic and the Confederacy of Independent Systems, Doctor Nuvo Vindi re-created a strain of the dreaded Blue Shadow Virus, although it was destroyed before it could become widespread.
Blue Shadow Virus
When a strain of the Blue Shadow Virus was developed by Vindi in 21 BBY, it resulted in the death of multiple shaaks on Naboo. When their owner, a Gungan named Peppi Bow reported this to the Republic, a team of Clone troopers led by Padmé Amidala, Anakin Skywalker, Obi-Wan Kenobi, and Ahsoka Tano. Vindi had created numerous bombs laden with the virus, and was prepared to unleash them across the galaxy. However, he was eventually thwarted by the Jedi, which saved the lives of Amidala as well as her clone escort.
In the Galactic Civil War, the Galactic Empire researched bioweapons in facilities located on planets such as Coyerti, which was rich with plants and animal life. Coyerti was home to a chemical distillery, which was the target of the 61st Mobile Infantry during the Coyerti campaign in 3 ABY. The distillery was successfully destroyed by a small team of Rebel operatives.
- Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Blue Shadow Virus" (First appearance)
- Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Mystery of a Thousand Moons"
- Battlefront: Twilight Company (First identified as bioweapon, simultaneous with Battlefront: Twilight Company audiobook)
- Battlefront: Twilight Company audiobook