Dewback troopers were stormtroopers mounted on dewbacks. Well-suited for destroying lightly defended buildings, such as Prefab shelters and power cores. However, their primary role was in attacking hostile combat vehicles such as Rebel combat speeders and Rebel attack tanks. They accomplished this task by utilizing a flamethrower as their primary weapon. Dewback troopers were vulnerable to unmounted troopers and ground vehicles. Sandtroopers commonly used the creatures for patrols.
Dewback troopers were similar to the clone blurrg troopers of the Galactic Republic which preceded them or the Tauntaun Troopers used by their opposition, the Rebel Alliance. Dewback troopers were also capable of being upgraded to Heavy dewback troopers or Advanced dewback troopers. For the Empire to deploy dewback troopers they first needed an animal nursery.
On the planet Sathiemon, a stormtrooper contingent led by a commander used dewbacks on patrol, and they did not take care of the beasts. The commander joined in a multi-being search for the professional hunter Boba Fett. They apparently killed him and transmitted the image across the galaxy. Shortly after, Fett, who had survived the ambush by switching his clothes with those of the criminal Bendak, went to Sathiemon and captured the commander to interrogate him. The commander told him he did not know who had authorized it, and Fett left him to confront his dewback.
Six months after the Battle of Yavin, two dewback troopers were on patrol near the Great Pit of Carkoon on Tatooine when the Empire ambushed the Rebel's Rogue Squadron. They were eliminated by the pilot Luke Skywalker.
Behind the scenesEdit
Stormtroopers were seen on dewbacks as early as Star Wars: Episode IV A New Hope. In the video game Star Wars: Rogue Squadron, released in 1998, dewback troopers were encountered by the player. They had to be destroyed to earn the mission's gold medal, and this article assumes the player did so. In the 2001 video game Star Wars: Galactic Battlegrounds and its 2002 expansion pack, dewback troopers are the Imperial mounted trooper unit, created at troop centers for a cost of 55 food units and 20 nova crystals. Dewback troopers were also re-imagined in LEGO form in 2006 for LEGO Star Wars II: The Original Trilogy and its 2007 compilation re-release.
In LEGO Star Wars: Microfighters Episode 1: Bantha Shakes, a short LEGO film, dewback troopers serve as police forces. They arrest an Imperial Navy crewman piloting an Imperial-class Star Destroyer in the Boonta Eve Classic.
- Star Wars: Galactic Battlegrounds
- Star Wars: Galactic Battlegrounds: Clone Campaigns
- Blood Ties: Boba Fett is Dead 2
- Star Wars: Force Commander
- Star Wars: Rogue Squadron
- Star Wars: Episode IV A New Hope (First appearance)
- Star Wars 31: Return to Tatooine
- Star Wars 32: The Jawa Express
- LEGO Star Wars: The Complete Saga
- LEGO Star Wars II: The Original Trilogy
- "Fortune, Fate, and the Natural History of the Sarlacc"—Star Wars Tales 6
- LEGO Star Wars: Microfighters – "Episode 1: Bantha Shakes"
- Star Wars Official Poster Monthly 1 (Picture only)
- Galaxy Guide 1: A New Hope
- "Around the Galaxy"—Star Wars Galaxy Magazine 12
- Star Wars: The Action Figure Archive
- Star Wars Encyclopedia (Picture only)
- Star Wars: Galactic Battlegrounds: Prima's Official Strategy Guide
- Star Wars Trading Card Game - Scum and Villainy
- Star Wars Galaxies Trading Card Game – The Nightsister's Revenge (Card: Dewback)
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- Star Wars: Edge of the Empire Core Rulebook (Picture only)
- Stay on Target
Notes and referencesEdit
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 1.7 Star Wars: Galactic Battlegrounds
- ↑ 2.0 2.1 Star Wars Character Encyclopedia
- ↑ Star Wars: Galactic Battlegrounds: Clone Campaigns
- ↑ Star Wars: Blood Ties: Boba Fett is Dead
- ↑ Star Wars: Episode IV A New Hope
- ↑ The New Essential Chronology
- ↑ Star Wars: Rogue Squadron: The Official Nintendo Player's Guide
- ↑ Star Wars: Rogue Squadron