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"Impressive. Gregor, your designation is CC-5576-39. You were a captain and part of an elite squad. A clone commando."
―Meebur Gascon, to CC-5576-39[4]

Clone commandos (CC), also known as Republic commandos while serving under the Galactic Republic, were elite clone troopers that served in the Grand Army of the Republic's Special Operations Brigade during the Clone Wars. A result of the Kaminoans' genetic experimentation with the Jango Fett template, they were special forces soldiers noted for their training and elite status in the clone army. In 22 BBY, Clone Commander CT-411 "Ponds" gave command over five commando units to Jedi Master Mace Windu, who directed them to engage in a frontal assault against the Separatist Droid Army during the First Battle of Geonosis.

As the conflict between the Republic and Confederacy of Independent Systems swept across the galaxy, the commandos were organized into squads that supported the Republic war effort as an elite group within the Grand Army. One such team was Delta Squad; following the battle on Devaron, they reported directly to the High Council of the Jedi Order, informing them that no survivors were found at the massacre site. Foxtrot Group consisted of commandos led by Clone Captain CC-5576-39 "Gregor." They served with the 212th Attack Battalion until the Battle of Sarrish, where they were declared "missing in action."

In the latter days of the war, Clone Force 99 "Bad Batch" participated in the Battle of Anaxes, fighting alongside Jedi General Anakin Skywalker and the 501st Legion. Unlike the other clones, who were genetically identical with each other as well as their template, the Bad Batch commandos possessed various characteristics that set them apart from the rest of the clone army and even each other. Notably, Clone Force 99 used the prefix "CT-99" compared to other Clone Commandos, who had the prefix "CC".



"Armor like that, I take it you're CCs like me?"
―CC-5576 "Gregor" and "Hunter"[7]

In an effort to make "super soldiers," Kaminoan scientists who created the clone army changed the genetic template of some clone troopers, leading to the army's first commando unit.[8]

The Clone Wars[]

"I have five special commando units awaiting your orders, sir."
―CT-411 "Ponds," to Mace Windu[1]

A clone commando with customized armor on Kamino

Five commando units served under Clone Commander CT-411 "Ponds" during the First Battle of Geonosis where the newly-formed Grand Army of the Republic—the army of clones created by the Kaminoans—engaged the Separatist Droid Army for the first time in the Clone Wars. During the battle, CT-411 and his commandos served under the leadership of Jedi Master Mace Windu, a leading member of the High Council of the Jedi Order.[1] During the Battle of Christophsis, several clone commandos served under the command of Jedi General Anakin Skywalker, who ordered the commandos to stay in position after a Separatist retreat.[9]

The Jedi Council later sent Delta Squad to investigate the massacre on Devaron, retrieving Master Halsey's body alongside that of his apprentice Knox.[3] CC-5576-39 "Gregor," the Clone Captain of Foxtrot Group, participated in the Battle of Sarrish. With the Republic routed by the Separatist battle droids and casualties mounting, Gregor took a shuttle to look for help, but crashed on the remote desert world Abafar. He survived and was pulled from the wreckage by Borkus, a Sullustan male who owned Power Sliders, a diner in the small mining settlement of Pons Ora. Gregor's file in the Republic Military database listed him as missing in action. He was discovered by Colonel Meebur Gascon and D-Squad, and after regaining his memories, Gregor then decided to assist Gascon and his squad in destroying a rhydonium mining installation being operated by the Separatists. However, he volunteered to be left behind to buy D-Squad time to escape.[4]

A clone commando with camouflaged armor

While putting down an insurrection on Yalbec Prime, Clone Force 99, also known as "The Bad Batch," was summoned by Commander CC-2224 "Cody" during the Battle of Anaxes to assist him and Clone Captain Rex in ascertaining the secret behind Admiral Trench's strategies. However, matters escalated when Wrecker, the team's bruiser, cut off the Yalbec queen's stinger with a blade, causing multiple Yalbec males to attempt to mate with the clones. However, the team was able to escape to Anaxes aboard their gunship, the Marauder.[2]

After fighting alongside Clone Captain CT-7567 "Rex" on Anaxes, the Bad Batch joined him and General Skywalker on a mission to Skako Minor to rescue the captured Advanced Recon Commando CT-1409 "Echo."[10] After the rescue of Echo, the Bad Batch helped bring about a Republic victory on Anaxes, and Echo—due to the cybernetics he was given on Skako Minor—joined the squad.[11]

Prior to the Battle of Kashyyyk, the Wookiee[8] Chieftain[12] Tarfful was captured by Trandoshan slavers. These Trandoshans had made a deal with Count Dooku, but a group of clone commandos rescued Tarfful[8] from the slavers.[12] Meanwhile, the Bad Batch continued their one hundred percent success rate on missions, joining the fighting in the Conquest of Kaller before the execution of Order 66.[6]

The Empire[]

"How did you even end up in this place?"
"I was sent here with other commandos…and quickly realized I wanted out. It turns out the Empire doesn't take too kindly to desertion."
―"Echo" and CC-5576 "Gregor"[7]

Clone commandos trained the first generation of non-clone stormtroopers, known as TK troopers.

Following the conclusion of the Clone Wars and the transition of the Republic into the Galactic Empire[7] in 19 BBY,[13] clone commandos continued to serve in the Imperial Military. Fifty commandos, including Captain CC-5576-39, were assigned to the Imperial Base on the planet Daro to train the first generation on non-clone Imperial stormtroopers, designated as TK troopers, which numbered 1,000 soldiers. The commandos trained the troopers, although CC-5576-39, nicknamed Gregor, did not teach them everything he knew. The TK troopers were provided with TK trooper armor and provided security for the base. Eventually, Captain Gregor grew disillusioned with the Galactic Empire and deserted one night, but was tracked through the forests of Daro by Imperial forces and was captured and imprisoned. Although captured, Gregor managed to activate a homing beacon for former clone officer Rex.[7]

The Bad Batch—who,[7] with the exception of CT-9904 "Crosshair" due to him remaining loyal to the Empire, had also defected from the Empire and became mercenaries for the information broker Cid—infiltrated the base to rescue Gregor. After rescuing Gregor, the base's security protocols were triggered by Tech who used an old clone code, Code-16, which did not work in the facility. Soon after, they were ambushed by a squad of TK troopers and their clone commando officer. The troopers were incapacitated by stuns, and the commando was placed in a chokehold and made unconscious. The group then made their way to an turbolift to reach the top of the base and escape, but were encountered by another squad of TK troopers and RC-1262 "Scorch," who immediately opened fire. The Bad Batch managed to escape by lowering the lift and exiting, but were continued to be pursued by Scorch and his TK troopers. Engaging in firefights throughout the corridors, Gregor was wounded by Scorch when he went around the group from the outside, but was stunned multiple times and incapacitated. Another clone commando and his forces moved in from the opposite direction, and the Bad Batch were forced to escape through the base's exhaust vents that led through the mountain and out to an opening on the cliff.[7]

Imperial royal guards escort and welcome Nala Se to the Mount Tantiss facility on the planet Weyland.

A clone commando and his troops deduced their location, and moved in on the group at the exhaust vents. The commando and the stormtroopers fired on the Bad Batch as they waited for their ship, and the commando was hit by Wrecker who had arrived on the Marauder. As the rogue clones were escaping, the clone commando charged Sergeant Hunter and Echo, but was restrained. Managing to break free from the hold, the commando was hit multiple times by his own fellow troopers and fell down to the bottom of the mountain. Hunter was separated from the rest of the rogue clone group during the skirmish, and was captured by several clone commandos and multiple TK troopers. He was subsequently imprisoned and taken under Imperial custody.[7]

Later, a contingent of clone commandos,[5] the Imperial royal guard[14] with grey markings escorted the Kaminoan Chief Medical Scientist Nala Se to an Imperial headquarters on Weyland, where she was welcomed by a medical officer.[5] During her time with the Imperial Ninety-Seventh Stormtrooper Legion,[15] which began in 2 ABY,[16] Thara Nyende was told that her unit commander, SP-113 was one of the original clone commandos which had founded the Stormtrooper Corps. She became more convinced of the claim after 113 survived a detonation from close up[15] in 3 ABY.[17]


"Armor like that, I take it you're CCs, like me."
―Gregor to Clone Force 99, on their Katarn-class Commando Armor[7]

Clone commandos were equipped with Katarn-class Commando Armor, which came with a backpack where members kept various items like grenades and sabotage gear. They were allowed to choose the colors on their armor.[8] In combat the commandos utilized the DC-17m Interchangeable Weapon System and the DC-17 hand blaster[2], though those at the Imperial Base on Daro like RC-1262 AKA Scorch used the DC-15A blaster carbines during the rise of the Galactic Empire. They had a small vibroblade in their right hand armor piece. Commandos could also use a grenade launcher.[18]

Known members and units[]

Clone Force 99[]

"Experimental unit Clone Force 99, they're defective clones with, uh… desirable mutations."
―CC-2224 "Cody"[2]

By the end of the Clone War, Clone Force 99 consisted of five defective clones: "Hunter," "Tech," "Wrecker," "Crosshair," and "Echo."

During the development of the clone army, the Kaminoans experimented with the genetics of the Jango Fett template in an attempt to create super soldiers. While the experiments bore few results, four of the test subjects came together to form Clone Force 99. Referring to themselves as the "Bad Batch," they used their "desirable" mutations, along with unorthodox tactics, to accomplish their objectives.[19] The group was led by Clone Sergeant "Hunter,"[20] who was strong and stoic,[19] and had greater combat prowess than most.[20] Providing the team's muscle was "Wrecker,"[19] who was gifted extraordinary strength,[21] though he had a temper.[19] "Crosshair" was the squad's no-nonsense[22] marksman,[19] though he didn't like working with "regs," by which he meant unaltered clones.[22] "Tech," while not physically imposing,[23] was a gifted strategist[19] and unmatched in the use of technology.[23] Though experimental, they were viewed to be extremely effective.[24] Following the battle for Anaxes, cyborg Clone Corporal CT-1409 "Echo" joined the squad.[11]

Delta Squad[]

Delta Squad consisted of four clone commandos: "Boss," "Fixer," "Scorch," and "Sev."

Delta Squad was a Republic commando squad that was dispatched to Devaron by the Jedi Council and recovered the bodies of Jedi Master Halsey and his Padawan Knox that had been killed there.[3] The squad was led by Clone Sergeant RC-1138 "Boss" and consisted of second-in-command RC-1140 "Fixer," RC-1207 "Sev," and RC-1262 "Scorch." Delta Squad participated in some of the war's most dangerous missions.[25]

Foxtrot Group[]

Clone Captain CC-5576-39 "Gregor" was the commanding officer of Foxtrot Group.

"You were a captain and part of an elite squad; a clone commando. The file says you were reported missing in action during the Battle of Sarrish."
―Colonel Meebur Gascon[4]

Foxtrot Group, led by Clone Captain CC-5576-39 "Gregor," was an elite unit of clone commandos attached to the 212th Attack Battalion.[4]The unit was reported missing in action at the Battle of Sarrish. Captain Gregor was also reported missing after the Battle of Sarrish. But he later reappeared on Abafar with amnesia.[26]

Behind the scenes[]

Clone commandos were first mentioned in Star Wars: Episode II Attack of the Clones indirectly during the Battle of Geonosis. The concept of clone commandos was introduced within the Star Wars Expanded Universe novel The Cestus Deception and the characters were later heavily featured in the game Star Wars: Republic Commando. Clone commandos were introduced into Star Wars canon through the Star Wars: The Clone Wars episode "Witches of the Mist."


A clone commando as depicted in Star Wars Battlefront II (DLC)

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Notes and references[]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 Star Wars: Episode II Attack of the Clones
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 TCW mini logo.jpg Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "The Bad Batch"
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 TCW mini logo.jpg Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Witches of the Mist"
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 4.4 4.5 4.6 TCW mini logo.jpg Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Missing in Action"
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 TBBtemplate.png Star Wars: The Bad Batch – "Kamino Lost"
  6. 6.0 6.1 TBBtemplate.png Star Wars: The Bad Batch – "Aftermath"
  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 7.3 7.4 7.5 7.6 7.7 7.8 TBBtemplate.png Star Wars: The Bad Batch – "War-Mantle"
  8. 8.0 8.1 8.2 8.3 Star Wars: The Complete Visual Dictionary, New Edition
  9. Ahsoka
  10. TCW mini logo.jpg Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "A Distant Echo"
  11. 11.0 11.1 TCW mini logo.jpg Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Unfinished Business"
  12. 12.0 12.1 Star Wars Character Encyclopedia, New Edition
  13. Star Wars: Galactic Atlas
  14. StarWars.com "Kamino Lost" Episode Guide on StarWars.com (backup link)
  15. 15.0 15.1 Battlefront: Twilight Company
  16. The main events of Battlefront: Twilight Company are set twenty-two years after the Clone Wars, which ended in 19 BBY, according to Star Wars: Galactic Atlas. Those events must have therefore occurred in 3 ABY. Furthermore, it is also established that Thara Nyende enlisted for the Imperial Ninety-Seventh Stormtrooper Legion a year prior to the novel's main events, and so her enlistment can be dated to 2 ABY.
  17. The main events of Battlefront: Twilight Company are set twenty-two years after the Clone Wars, which ended in 19 BBY, according to Star Wars: Galactic Atlas. Those events must have therefore occurred in 3 ABY.
  18. Star Wars: Battlefront II
  19. 19.0 19.1 19.2 19.3 19.4 19.5 StarWars-DatabankII.png Clone Force 99 / The Bad Batch in the Databank (backup link)
  20. 20.0 20.1 StarWars-DatabankII.png Hunter (Bad Batch) in the Databank (backup link)
  21. StarWars-DatabankII.png Wrecker (Bad Batch) in the Databank (backup link)
  22. 22.0 22.1 StarWars-DatabankII.png Crosshair in the Databank (backup link)
  23. 23.0 23.1 StarWars-DatabankII.png Tech in the Databank (backup link)
  24. StarWars-DatabankII.png Fort Anaxes in the Databank (backup link)
  25. Star Wars: The Clone Wars: Character Encyclopedia - Join the Battle!
  26. StarWars-DatabankII.png Gregor in the Databank (backup link)