- "Turn your weapons off stun. Kill the prisoners if you have to."
- ―A clone shock trooper
Clone shock troopers, also referred to as shocktroopers, stormtroopers, clone guards, or guardsmen, were clone troopers who served in the Coruscant Guard during the Clone Wars. A group of elite clones assigned to the Galactic Republic capital of Coruscant, the red and white armored shock troopers patrolled the streets of Galactic City, protected important government buildings, and supplemented the Senate Guard as a security force for the Galactic Senate and Supreme Chancellor Sheev Palpatine while the rest of the Grand Army of the Republic deployed across the galaxy fighting the Separatist Droid Army of the Confederacy of Independent Systems. In addition to their various roles as bodyguards, peacekeepers, prison guards and anti-riot units, shock troopers undertook off-world missions by serving as a military escort for Jedi and senatorial dignitaries. Clone Commander CC-1010 "Fox" served as commanding officer of the Coruscant Guard, which included other clone trooper officers like Clone Lieutenant CC-4477 "Thire" as well as Commanders CC-5869 "Stone" and "Thorn."
Shock troopers participated in a number of events both on Coruscant and elsewhere during the galactic conflict, from the raid on Ziro's Palace, the hunt for Ahsoka Tano, and the hunt for CT-5555 "Fives," to the ambush on Rugosa, the mission to Florrum, and the invasion of Scipio. The capital's security was breached on two occasions despite the presence of the clone shock troops; Coruscant's central power distribution grid was bombed by Separatist infiltration droids, and Ziro Desilijic Tiure was released from Republic custody as a result of the Senate hostage crisis in which a group of politicians were held captive by the bounty hunter Cad Bane.
As the war continued clone shock troopers were stationed in the Republic Center for Military Operations which included a detention area for suspected terrorists and traitors to the state. Shock troopers were also tasked with maintaining order in the Republic Judiciary Central Detention Center, a facility for prisoners such as Bane, Moralo Eval, Aurra Sing, and Ziro Desilijic Tiure. Though Bane and Eval escaped from the Republic prison, they were recaptured on Naboo by the shock troopers who escorted Chancellor Palpatine to the 847th Festival of Light.
With the end of the Clone Wars and the Republic's reorganization into the Galactic Empire, the clone shock troopers went on to serve the New Order in the early days of Emperor Palpatine's reign, becoming the first generation of Imperial shock troopers. One of their first tasks in this new capacity was to escort the Emperor to Mustafar where they rescued his Sith apprentice, the Sith Lord Darth Vader. By the last years of the Imperial Era, which coincided with the Galactic Civil War, shock troopers wore stormtrooper armor with distinctive red markings similar to that of the Coruscant Guard's clone shock troopers.
History[edit | edit source]
Clone Wars[edit | edit source]
Guardians of the Republic[edit | edit source]
- "Mission accomplished, sir. The chancellor is safe."
"Well done, trooper."
- ―A clone shock trooper and Orn Free Taa
Clone shock troopers were elite units secretly bred and raised on Coruscant, the capital planet of the Galactic Republic, during the last years of the Republic Era, whereas the rest of the clone troopers were grown far away on the extragalactic world of Kamino. Both groups were cloned from the same genetic source, the human bounty hunter Jango Fett. With the introduction of the Grand Army of the Republic followed by the first battle of the Clone Wars, the clone shock troopers were organized as the Coruscant Guard under Clone Commander CC-1010 "Fox." During the early days of the war, Ziro's Palace was raided by a contingent of shock troopers led by Fox. The clones charged into the establishment, destroying the Hutt crime lord's B1-series battle droids and IG-86 sentinel droids in order to rescue Senator Padmé Amidala. Ziro Desilijic Tiure tried to escape, but was cornered by the shock troopers and arrested on the senator's order. Ziro's subsequent confession to the abduction of his nephew Rotta, son of Jabba Desilijic Tiure, resulted in a formal treaty between the Hutt Clan and the Galactic Republic.
Though assigned to Coruscant, shock troopers were deployed throughout the galaxy as needed. A detachment of the Coruscant Guard—diplomatic service shock troopers "Jek," "Rys," and Clone Lieutenant CC-4477 "Thire"—escorted Jedi General Yoda to Rugosa where he sought an audience with the Toydarian king Katuunko during the early days of the Clone Wars. To prevent an alliance between Toydaria and the Republic, Count Dooku dispatched Asajj Ventress with an army to ambush and destroy the Republic envoy. The shock troopers fought back, destroying several battle droids before retreating on Yoda's orders due to the sheer number of droids. The clones had nearly exhausted their supply of ammunition in the firefight, and the lieutenant was injured. Yoda confronted the remaining enemy battalion alone, instructing his bodyguards to stand by and wait for the right moment to assist him. The opportunity came when a group of droidekas tried to ambush Yoda; armed with the squad's last missile, Thire created a rockslide that crushed the destroyer droids. After saving Katuunko from Ventress, the shock troopers and their general boarded a Low Altitude Assault Transport, having succeeded in their mission to secure Toydaria's support for the Republic.
In 21 BBY but still early in the war, a captain of the Senate Guard, a Senate Commando named Faro Argyus, revealed he had betrayed the Republic and helped rescue the Viceroy of the Trade Federation, Nute Gunray. Though he was murdered by Ventress out of annoyance, his betrayal weakened the authority of the Senate Guard, as the loyalty of the organization was called into question. Clone shock troopers grew to replace the Senate Guard, representing the growing executive power of Supreme Chancellor Sheev Palpatine.
Clone Commander CC-5869 "Stone" and other members of the Coruscant Guard were tasked with protecting Senator Kharrus and Junior Representative Jar Jar Binks during their mission to Florrum. However, the senator was killed as a result of an attack on their Nu-class transport by rogue members of the Ohnaka Gang. Although Stone was a clone trooper officer, Binks' status as a government official gave him authority over the clone shock troopers who were, therefore, obliged to follow the Gungan politician's orders. The group was forced to contend with Weequay pirates as they made their way to the base of Hondo Ohnaka, attempting to deliver a payment in spice for the ransom of Count Dooku. While they did not succeed in taking custody of the Separatist Head of State, Binks and the shock troopers managed to rescue the Jedi generals Obi-Wan Kenobi and Anakin Skywalker, both of whom had been taken captive by the pirates.
Boba Fett, an unmodified clone of the Grand Army's original donor, Jango Fett, was arrested after attempting to assassinate Jedi General Mace Windu. The young clone was taken to the Republic Judiciary Central Detention Center, a Coruscant prison guarded by clone shock troopers. Following a brief confrontation between Windu and Fett, the shock troops escorted the prisoner into the facility on the general's orders.
Sentries across the capital[edit | edit source]
- "Whoa whoa whoa, wait a minute! Power generators are that way. […] Heh, stupid droids."
During the plot to kill Duchess Satine Kryze of Mandalore, the Coruscant Guard patrolled the streets of the capital, stopping civilians to question them on the whereabouts of the Mandalorian noblewoman. Framed for the death of Davu Golec, Kryze hid from the clone shock troopers as well as the police droids and police probes scouring the city to find her. Two shock troopers, armed as clone riot troopers, were in the process of interrogating an Ithorian despite the alien's failure to communicate in Galactic Basic. The same troopers almost captured Kryze, but the duchess managed to elude them by running through a crowded street. The clones who pursued her reported that Kryze was traveling in a speeder to Section IG44, unaware that she had deceived them.
Aurra Sing was brought to Coruscant following her attempt on the life of Senator Amidala at the refugee conference on Alderaan. The Royal Naboo Security Forces that brought Sing to the Jedi Temple were supplemented by clone shock troopers while guarding the captured assassin. Shortly afterward, General Skywalker and his Padawan, Jedi Commander Ahsoka Tano, traveled to the Republic Judiciary Central Detention Center where Ziro was incarcerated under the watchful guard of the clone shock troopers. Using a repulsorcraft piloted by a shock trooper, the Jedi duo confronted the Hutt prisoner in his cell where they tricked him into confessing his involvement in the plot to kill the Naboo people's representative.
A crisis occurred on Coruscant when members of the Galactic Senate were held hostage by the bounty hunter Cad Bane and his hired mercenaries. Using the captive politicians as leverage, Bane pressured Chancellor Palpatine to release Ziro Desilijic Tiure from prison. The Coruscant Guard attempted to outmaneuver Bane, initially complying with his demands while dispatching clone shock troopers to the Senate Office Building. One of the troopers contacted the Senator Orn Free Taa to confirm that they had secured the chancellor's office. With the chancellor safe, Commander Fox and his men confronted Bane's group as they attempted to leave the Senate headquarters. However, the bounty hunter threatened to kill his hostages with bombs planted within the Senate Building. The Clone Commander ordered his troops to stand down, the chancellor having agreed to allow the mercenaries to leave with Ziro in exchange for the hostages.
Clone shock troopers continued to serve as guards in the Detention Center on Coruscant while the Clone Wars continued; one of their prisoners was Archduke Poggle the Lesser, a Geonosian leader whom the Republic captured during the second invasion of Geonosis. Two clone guards escorted an officer of the Republic Corps of Engineers, Lieutenant Commander Orson Callan Krennic, to Poggle's cell where the surveillance system was taken offline for the duration of Krennic's visit. The troopers also deactivated the ray shield as Krennic wished to speak directly with Poggle regarding his involvement in the development of a secret battle station.
Several shock troopers were present at the Temple where members of the Jedi High Council welcomed the survivors from the Battle of Lola Sayu upon their return to Coruscant. One of the survivors, Captain Wilhuff Tarkin, was escorted by two clone guards as he departed from the Temple on a Util-313 repulsorcraft, taking his half of the coordinates to the Nexus Route directly to Chancellor Palpatine.
Senator Amidala's peace initiative prompted Dooku to send an infiltration team to Coruscant. Disguised as sweeper units, several infiltrator demolition droids approached the checkpoint to a restricted area guarded by clone shock troopers. Commander Fox allowed the droids to pass, unaware of their true programming, and even pointed them in the correct direction of Coruscant's central power distribution grid. The demolition droids self-detonated upon reaching their destination, causing a widespread blackout across Galactic City's Senate District which, in turn, undermined the peace process.
Rako Hardeen plot[edit | edit source]
- "You should be expecting this scum."
"Let me know if he's any trouble. I'd be happy to straighten him out."
- ―Anakin Skywalker and CC-1010, referring to "Rako Hardeen"
Following the staged demise of Obi-Wan Kenobi, his "killer," Rako Hardeen, was arrested by Skywalker and Tano, who turned him over to the custody of the Coruscant Guard. Unknown to all except High Council of the Jedi Order, the prisoner that the clone shock troopers escorted into the Detention Center was Kenobi disguised as Hardeen. While Kenobi was undercover, attempting to gather information on a plot to abduct the Supreme Chancellor, Cad Bane and Moralo Eval instigated a prison riot in order to escape from the Detention Center. Clone shock troopers tried to contain the riot using non-lethal weapons such as electrostaffs and the stun setting on their blaster rifles. As the riot spread from the cafeteria to the prison's corridors, the shock troopers were given authorization to use deadly force against the inmates. Though the shock troops eventually restored order, Bane and Eval escaped with Kenobi whom they believed to be Hardeen.
With Chancellor Palpatine adamant on attending the 847th anniversary of the Festival of Light, General Windu gathered a security force comprising both Senate Guards and clone shock troopers. The shock troopers stayed in close proximity to the Supreme Chancellor as well as his entourage, including Skywalker, Amidala, and Vice Chair Mas Amedda. During the festival in Theed, however, the Chancellor was captured by Bane and Eval. Kenobi, still disguised as Hardeen, prevented them from leaving Naboo with Palpatine as their hostage, giving the Jedi time to intercept the mercenaries and rescue the Chancellor. Eval surrendered and was arrested alongside Bane by the shock troopers. One of the clones restrained Bane as he shouted threats at Kenobi upon discovering his true identity. Believing the incident was over, the Jedi allowed the security force to leave Naboo at the insistence of Palpatine, who assured them that Skywalker was sufficient for his protection.
Reaching the end[edit | edit source]
- "Sir, are you all right?"
"Fine, just tired is all. I want you to go to the detention level. Execute Maul."
- ―A clone shock trooper and CT-7567
The bombing of the Jedi Temple hangar precipitated a civilian protest against the Clone Wars. Clone shock troopers, armed with riot control gear, were stationed as sentries at the end of the Temple's Processional Way where they blocked the protesters from advancing on the main entrance to the Temple. The Jedi Temple Guard, under the command of Jedi Master Cin Drallig, supplemented the shock troops during the demonstration.
Ahsoka Tano was detained by clone shock troopers in the Republic Center for Military Operations; she had been framed for the killing of Letta Turmond, a prisoner involved in the terrorist attack on the Temple, and was arrested by Commander Fox on the suspicion of murder. Skywalker demanded access to his Padawan, but the shock troopers stood their ground, refusing to allow him entry into the facility's prison area as ordered by Admiral Wilhuff Tarkin. Tano attempted to escape from the Republic military base after she was framed for assaulting and killing several shock troopers. A manhunt ensued with shock trooper patrols deploying throughout the facility to capture the Jedi apprentice. Dodging and deflecting a barrage of stun bolts, Tano evaded Fox's shock troopers and fled to the lower levels of Coruscant.
Both the Coruscant Guard and the Coruscant Security Force searched for Tano in the undercity; she was found with Asajj Ventress on Level 1315 by a detachment of clone shock troopers led by Clone Commander CC-3636 of the 104th Battalion. Despite holding a numerical advantage, the clones were disarmed of their blasters and overpowered by the two Force-sensitives. Wolffe and his shock troops resumed their search for Tano whom they found in a warehouse filled with incriminating evidence connected to the attack on the Jedi Temple. Using a stun bolt to incapacitate her, the shock troopers recaptured Tano and transported her back to the Republic base.
Clone shock troopers escorted Tano to her trial, presided by Supreme Chancellor Sheev Palpatine at the Republic Center for Military Operations. Before the trial concluded, Anakin Skywalker entered the court room with the Jedi Temple Guards and Barriss Offee, who confessed to the crimes that Tano had been accused of committing. Offee was then escorted out of the chamber by clone shock troopers as well as the Temple Guards.
CT-5555 "Fives," an Advanced Recon Commando of the 501st Legion, was taken to the Grand Republic Medical Facility on Coruscant as part of an investigation concerning the behavioral modification biochips implanted within all clone troopers. Clone shock troopers were stationed in the facility upon Fives' arrival, supplementing the Red Guards of Chancellor Palpatine's security force. A scuffle ensued between Fives and the Chancellor's guards, and Palpatine accused the ARC trooper of attacking him. Fives fled from the facility, having learned that his fellow clones were programmed to betray and kill their Jedi officers. The Coruscant Guard deployed shock troops to hunt the fugitive clone. One of the locations they searched was 79's, a cantina frequented by off-duty clones. Their arrival caused Fives to leave, though not before he was identified by an observation droid. Tracking the renegade to Hangar 18 on Level 1325, Commander Fox and his troops confronted Fives and ordered him to surrender. Fives raised a blaster pistol at Fox who shot first, resulting in the ARC trooper's demise before he could prove his claim about a plot against the Jedi.
Senator Amidala brought an escort of clone shock troopers, under the leadership of Clone Commander "Thorn," to the InterGalactic Banking Clan headquarters on Scipio. While Amidala was permitted to enter the city, her guards and their counterparts, Separatist Congress Leader Bec Lawise's BX-series droid commandos, were required to remain at their respective landing platforms due to the city's neutral status. Thorn and his men complied, but also assured Amidala that they were ready to assist the senator when needed. However, the Confederacy military launched an invasion of Scipio which began with a preemptive strike against Thorn's garrison. Separatist starfighters destroyed the Coruscant Guard's Consular-class Armed Cruiser as well as their Low Altitude Assault Transport/infantry gunships, while HMP droid gunships deployed battle droids to kill the remaining shock troopers. Unable to retreat into the city Thorn and his men made a final stand. The commander continued to fight after the last of his troops fell in battle, fighting valiantly until the droids killed him.
Following the Republic victory on Mandalore, the Coruscant Guard dispatched an escort of clone shock troopers to assist the 332nd Division as they transported the former Sith Maul to Coruscant. Along the way, however, the Dark Lord of the Sith Darth Sidious—the secret identity of Sheev Palpatine—issued Order 66 to the clone troopers, all of whom were programmed to obey this directive without hesitation. As the members of the 332nd spread throughout the Venator-class Star Destroyer Tribunal hunting their former ally, Ahsoka Tano, Clone Commander CT-7567 "Rex" instructed the shock troopers to execute Maul. Reaching Maul's cell in time, Tano disarmed and incapacitated the shock troops before they could carry out Rex's orders.
Meanwhile, Commander Fox and his clone shock troopers targeted the Jedi on Coruscant, where the Jedi Temple was besieged by the 501st Legion, by then under the command of the newly christened Sith Lord Darth Vader. Like all clones, Fox and his troops complied with Order 66, believing it was their duty to suppress the Jedi whom they now regarded as "agitators."
Legacy[edit | edit source]
- "I was here on Coruscant. Did my part—all the clones did. Shut those Jedi agitators down cold."
With the fall of the Temple on Coruscant and the extermination of most Jedi across the galaxy, the New Order rose to power replacing the Republic as the Galactic Empire. The Grand Army of the Republic was reorganized as the Imperial Army, the clone troopers were rechristened as stormtroopers, and the Coruscant Guard's elite clone units became the first generation of Imperial shock troopers. Following Yoda's duel with Sidious, the self-styled Galactic Emperor, the Coruscant Guard searched the Senate Building but failed to locate the Grand Master, who evaded the clone guards before escaping into exile. Their efforts shifted to helping the Emperor recover his injured Sith apprentice on Mustafar, with Commander Thire assembling a squad of the best Imperial shock troopers to accompany their lord. They returned to Coruscant using a medical capsule to bring Vader to the Grand Republic Medical Facility, which also hosted a security force of shock troopers by the time of the Emperor's arrival.
During the early days of the Imperial Era, shock troopers served as the personal guard of the Emperor. They were also put in charge of the hunt for Jedi Master Jocasta Nu, the former Chief Librarian of the Jedi Archives and a high-value target of the Empire. Nu used the Force to influence the minds of Commander Fox and his men in order to gain entry into the fallen Jedi Temple. The Temple was locked down by the Coruscant Guard and supplemental units of the Coruscant Security Force by the time of Vader's arrival. Recalling the clone shock troopers' involvement in Order 66, Fox was confident that his soldiers had secured the area, cutting off any chance of escape from the fugitive Jedi.
However, Fox did not provide the other clones with Vader's description; as such, they opened fire on him, mistaking the Sith Lord for a Jedi during his pursuit of Nu. Vader took direct control of the shock troopers after executing Fox, and ultimately captured Nu with the aid of the Coruscant Guard. Several guardsmen were with Vader when he interrogated Nu, and discovered from the Jedi that they were, in fact, taking orders from another Jedi. The revelation of his former identity of Anakin Skywalker caused Vader to kill all of the shock troopers around him, an act which he blamed Nu for, although Nu was unconcerned as she felt that the clones had chosen their fate.
The Emperor ruled the galaxy for decades, from the end of the Clone Wars to the Galactic Civil War between the Empire and the Alliance to Restore the Republic. Imperial shock troopers remained in service during this time period, acting as specialized units in the Stormtrooper Corps. Following the Emperor's demise in the Battle of Endor, the shock troopers served in the Battle of Jakku where the New Republic defeated the Empire.
Application[edit | edit source]
- "Should we arrest the Hutt, Senator?"
- ―CC-1010, to Padmé Amidala
The clone shock troopers received special training for deployment in urban environments to serve as a security force in such locations. Their training gave them a high proficiency in close quarters combat, which, along with crowd control, they specialized in. A symbol of Supreme Chancellor Sheev Palpatine's executive power, they served primarily as security police for the Republic Senate, its buildings, and as prison guards tasked with keeping order in a large facility like the Central Detention Center. They also performed duties such as bodyguards for Republic officials and as urban peacekeepers with some troopers trained specifically for riot control. Like the Senate Guard, which lost the authority to oversee high-value prisoner transfers after the betrayal of Captain Faro Argyus, shock troopers were sent as additional guards for prisoners during their transfer to Coruscant. The Senate Guard had previously been tasked with the protection of Republic officials and buildings, but, despite its continued existence, it was supplemented by the Coruscant Guard during the Clone Wars.
Another aspect of the shock troopers' role was to hunt fugitives located on Coruscant, such as Ahsoka Tano or Fives. Their commanding officer, Commander Fox, was known for his sense of honor, his commitment to his duty as a soldier, and his loyalty to Supreme Chancellor Sheev Palpatine. These traits were common among all clone troopers who served in the Coruscant Guard. Fox was regarded as an exemplary soldier, and his willingness to lead his shock troops in the most dangerous situations made him one of the most decorated troopers in the clone army. Commander Thorn and his men were likewise loyal to the Republic, and died fighting valiantly against its enemies.
While the Coruscant Guard spent much of the Clone Wars away from the battlefield due to their assignment on the Republic capital, shock troopers such as Commander Stone possessed combat skills that were useful for diplomatic missions. For all of their training, however, neither Stone nor his troops were prepared for the experience of serving under Jar Jar Binks. The shock troopers who served under Yoda on Rugosa were desperate to gain the Jedi General's approval, fearing that failure to complete their mission would invalidate their worth as soldiers. Yoda, on the other hand, was disturbed by the subservient nature of the clone shock troops.
Equipment[edit | edit source]
- "Jek. Concerned about weapons you are. Weapons do not win battles. Your mind, powerful it is! Mmm? Outthink the droids you can."
- ―Yoda, to "Jek"
Clone shock troopers were provided with the same clone trooper armor utilized by other clones in the Grand Army of the Republic. A set of plastoid armor plates worn over a body glove, the shock troopers' Phase I clone trooper armor had red markings that distinguished them from other military units. Its successor, Phase II clone trooper armor, was adopted by shock troopers after its introduction to the ranks of the Grand Army. With their new armor, the shock troopers adopted new unit markings associated with members of the Coruscant Guard. Like other suits of clone armor, they possessed a comlink on their right forearm, which was also equipped with the bodysuit's environmental controls. The stormtrooper armor worn by the clones' Imperial successors had markings which were similar to that of the Coruscant Guard's Phase II armor, although some shock troopers of the Imperial Era used the armor of their clone predecessors.
Shock troopers had access to weapons commonly used by soldiers of the Republic Military, including DC-15A blaster rifles, DC-15A blaster carbines, and DC-17 hand blasters. These weapons had a stun setting that shock troopers used for the purpose of capturing or sedating their targets instead of killing them. However, under more dangerous circumstances they could be permitted to use lethal force. Having trained to maintain order among large groups of civilians or inmates, shock troopers possessed various melee weapons and gear such as electrostaffs, TZ-97 "Zapper" Shock Batons, and riot shields. They were also provided with a supply of heavy weapons and equipment for diplomatic missions. These weapons included the Z-6 rotary blaster cannon, the RPS-6 rocket launcher, and grenades.
Behind the scenes[edit | edit source]
Appearances[edit | edit source]
Sources[edit | edit source]
- Star Wars Character Encyclopedia: Updated and Expanded
- Star Wars: The Visual Encyclopedia
- Star Wars Helmet Collection 38 (Helmets: Commander Thire; Highlights of the Saga: Ambush on Rugosa)
- Star Wars Encyclopedia of Starfighters and Other Vehicles (Picture only)
- Star Wars: The Complete Visual Dictionary, New Edition
- Star Wars Character Encyclopedia, New Edition
- Star Wars: Scum and Villainy: Case Files on the Galaxy's Most Notorious (Picture only)
- Star Wars: The Clone Wars: Character Encyclopedia - Join the Battle!
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