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The dark trooper program[2] was an Imperial Department of Military Research[1] program whose goal was to create combat droids[2] known as dark troopers[3] for the Galactic Empire. The program was considered a failure and contributed to the Joint Chiefs becoming disinterested in the use of combat droids, with the notable exception of the KX-series security droid.[2] Despite this, the experimental Phase II Dark Trooper was evaluated by the Imperial Military during the Galactic Civil War,[4] though these units required a human pilot to operate. By the third generation of the dark trooper, it was decided that the pilot was the final weakness in the design. Thus, it was decided to[3] once again[2] make the dark trooper a type of battle droid. A platoon of third generation dark troopers was used by Moff Gideon's Imperial remnant[3] around the year 9 ABY.[5] IDMR scientists were stationed aboard Gideon's light cruiser to maintain these dark troopers,[1] which were held in cold storage due to their excessive power requirements.[3]

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The dark trooper program was first mentioned in the Star Wars canon in Dawn of Rebellion, a 2018 sourcebook for the Star Wars Roleplaying Game by Fantasy Flight Games.[2] It made its first appearance in "Chapter 12: The Siege," the twelfth episode of The Mandalorian.[1] It was originally created for the 1995 Star Wars Legends video game Star Wars: Dark Forces.[6]

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