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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."
Colonel Meebur Gascon, to CC-5576-39[src]

Clone commandos, also known as Republic commandos, 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 Galactic 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.

History[edit | edit source]

Conception[edit | edit source]

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.[6]

The Clone Wars[edit | edit source]

A clone commando with customized armor on Kamino.

"I have five special commando units awaiting your orders, sir."
―Clone Commander "Ponds" to Jedi General Mace Windu[src]

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.[7]

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]

While putting down an insurrection on Yalbec Prime, Clone Force 99, also known as "The Bad Batch," was summoned by Commander 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 Havoc Marauder.[2]

A clone commando with camouflaged armor.

Prior to the Battle of Kashyyyk, the Wookiee[6] Chieftain[8] Tarfful was captured by Trandoshan slavers. These Trandoshans had made a deal with Count Dooku, but a group of clone commandos rescued Tarfful[6] from the slavers.[8]

The Empire[edit | edit source]

At some point, Thara Nyende was told that following the rise of the First Galactic Empire, a group of clone commandos, including SP-113, founded the Stormtrooper Corps.[9]

Equipment[edit | edit source]

Clone commandos were equipped with Katarn-class Commando Armor, which came with a backpack where members kept grenades and sabotage gear. They were allowed to choose the colors on their armor.[6] In combat, commandos utilized the DC-17m Interchangeable Weapon System and the DC-17 hand blaster.[2] They had a small vibroblade in their right hand armor piece. Commandos could also use a grenade launcher.[10]

Known members and units[edit | edit source]

Clone Force 99[edit | edit source]

"Experimental unit Clone Force 99, they're defective clones with, uh… desirable mutations."
Clone Commander Cody describes the Bad Batch[src]

Clone Force 99

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.[11] The group was led by Clone Sergeant "Hunter,"[12] who was strong and stoic,[11] and had greater combat prowess than most.[12] Providing the team's muscle was "Wrecker,"[11] who was gifted extraordinary strength,[13] though he had a temper.[11] "Crosshair" was the squad's no-nonsense[14] marksman,[11] though he didn't like working with "regs," by which he meant unaltered clones.[14] "Tech," while not physically imposing,[15] was a gifted strategist[11] and unmatched in the use of technology.[15] Though experimental, they were viewed to be extremely effective.[16] Following the battle for Anaxes, cyborg Clone Corporal CT-1409 "Echo" joined the squad.[17]

The four members of Delta Squad

Delta Squad[edit | edit source]

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.[18]

Foxtrot Group[edit | edit source]

Clone commando Gregor in his commando armor

"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[src]

Foxtrot Group, led by Clone Captain CC-5576-39 "Gregor," was an elite unit of clone commandos attached to the 212th Attack Battalion.[4] Gregor was reported missing in action at the Battle of Sarrish.[19]

Behind the scenes[edit | edit source]

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."

Appearances[edit | edit source]

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

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