The dark trooper program was an Imperial Department of Military Research program whose goal was to create combat droids known as dark troopers 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. Despite this, the experimental Phase II Dark Trooper was evaluated by the Imperial Military during the Galactic Civil War, 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 once again make the dark trooper a type of battle droid. A platoon of third generation dark troopers was used by Moff Gideon's Imperial remnant around the year 9 ABY. IDMR scientists were stationed aboard Gideon's light cruiser to maintain these dark troopers, which were held in cold storage due to their excessive power requirements.
Behind the scenes[edit | edit source]
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. It made its first appearance in "Chapter 12: The Siege," the twelfth episode of The Mandalorian. It was originally created for the 1995 Star Wars Legends video game Star Wars: Dark Forces.
Appearances[edit | edit source]
Sources[edit | edit source]
- Dawn of Rebellion (First mentioned)
Notes and references[edit | edit source]
- The Mandalorian – "Chapter 12: The Siege"
- Dawn of Rebellion
- The Mandalorian – "Chapter 16: The Rescue"
- Star Wars: Commander
- The Mandalorian is set about five years after the events of Star Wars: Episode VI Return of the Jedi, which Star Wars: Galactic Atlas dates to 4 ABY. Therefore, the events of "Chapter 12: The Siege," must have taken place around 9 ABY. establishes that
- Star Wars: Dark Forces