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"The shield is down. Commence attack on the Death Star's main reactor."
Admiral Gial Ackbar to the Alliance Fleet during the Battle of Endor[src]

The Death Star's shield generator was an Imperial Military installation on Endor during the Galactic Civil War. The facility housed the generator that powered the SLD-26 planetary shield generator protecting the DS-2 Death Star II Mobile Battle Station, which was being constructed in orbit of the forest moon. The base was guarded by a garrison of stormtroopers, scout troopers, Imperial Navy Troopers and other Imperial officers, along with a complement of All Terrain Scout Transports and All Terrain Armored Transports. During the Battle of Endor, an Alliance strike team led by General Han Solo infiltrated the bunker that housed the Imperial shield facility and destroyed it. This lowered the shields on the orbiting Death Star, allowing the Alliance Fleet to destroy the battle station.

Description[edit | edit source]

Stormtroopers defend the bunker's secret entrance

The shield generator was constructed for the purpose of protecting the DS-2 Death Star II Mobile Battle Station from attack by Rebel forces. It was a large building over 22.5 meters high, taller than the AT-AT walkers deployed to guard it. At the very top of the structure was a large landing pad for starships such as Lambda-class T-4a shuttles, and a dish for projecting the energy shield. The landing pads had elevators connecting to catwalks below, which had docking ports for the walkers. At least two bunker entrances at ground level allowed ground crews access to a long corridor leading to the bowels of the facility, which housed a variety of generators and other electrical equipment. The rear bunker entrance was built into a hill and equipped with blast doors, and had a small clearing in front of it.[2]

History[edit | edit source]

Early in the Galactic Civil War, the Galactic Empire's deep-space mobile battle station known as the Death Star was destroyed by the Rebel Alliance during the Battle of Yavin.[3] After its destruction, the Empire set out to build a second Death Star, one larger and more powerful than its planet-destroying predecessor. They constructed the weapon in orbit of the Forest Moon of Endor and constructed a shield generator facility to protect the Death Star II from attacks on the site of an Ewok village they destroyed.[4] Once completed, the generator was placed under the command of Colonel Dyer,[5] with Commander Igar and Major Hewex offering support.[6]

Part of the Endor strike team plan their assault on the shield generator.

In 4 ABY, Galactic Emperor Darth Sidious allowed the Rebel Alliance to learn the Death Star II's location. The information was stolen by Bothan spies, many of whom died to retrieve the information, and Sidious intended to use the information to lure the Rebellion into a trap over Endor where the Alliance could be destroyed.[2]

Battle of Endor[edit | edit source]

"You Rebel scum!"
Lieutenant Renz, to Han Solo[src]

Once the information was secure, the Rebel Alliance put a plan in place to destroy the shield generator and launch a space-based attack on the Death Star II. General Han Solo led a landing party on Endor that included Princess Leia Organa, Luke Skywalker, Chewbacca, the droids R2-D2 and C-3PO, and a number of Rebel troopers. After the group made an alliance with the local Ewoks, Luke left the group to confront his father, the Sith Lord Darth Vader, and surrendered himself to an Imperial patrol. The patrol arrested him and brought him to Vader at the shield generator's catwalks. After a short exchange in which Luke attempted to convince his father to let go of his hatred, Vader brought his son before his Sith Master aboard the Death Star.[2]

On Endor, the landing party joined forces with the native Ewoks, who went on to assist the Rebels in their march towards the shield generator. Upon finding how heavily guarded the main entrance was, the Rebels were shown the alternate entrance, which was guarded by only a few Imperial soldiers. Paploo, one of the Ewoks, stole an Imperial speeder bike to distract most of the guards, leaving only one for the Rebels to capture.[2]

The destruction of the shield generator cleared the way for the Rebel victory at Endor.

With the entrance secure, the Rebels entered the base with the intention of setting charges to destroy it. They quickly found that it was a trap, however, and were captured by Imperial forces, a large contingent of which was waiting outside. The Ewoks attacked the troopers and launched the ground portion of the Battle of Endor, and the Rebels joined in the fight against Imperial forces. The Imperial forces were defeated and the Rebel team destroyed the shield generator, allowing the Alliance Fleet to destroy the Death Star II in orbit.[2]

First Order-Resistance War[edit | edit source]

During the First Order/Resistance War, R2-D2 and C-3PO once more returned to the moon. After a brief disagreement, R2-D2 abandoned C-3P0 and journeyed deep into the forest, strolling past the site of the shield generator's secret entrance, now overflowing with plant overgrowth.[7]

Behind the scenes[edit | edit source]

The Death Star's shield generator first appeared in the 1983 film Star Wars: Episode VI Return of the Jedi,[2] and was first identified by this name on the official Star Wars website.[8]

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