- "I'm no errand boy. And I am not in this war for Dooku's politics. I am the leader of the most powerful droid army the galaxy has ever seen."
"An army with no loyalty, no spirit, just programming. What have you to show for all your power? What have you to gain?"
"The future! A future where there are no Jedi."
- ―Grievous and Obi-Wan Kenobi
Grievous, born Qymaen jai Sheelal, was a Kaleesh male warlord who served within the military forces of the Confederacy of Independent Systems as a commanding officer during the Clone Wars in the final years of the Republic Era. In addition to his position as a general within the Separatist Droid Army, the Kaleesh held the title of Supreme Martial Commander of the Separatist Droid Armies throughout the duration of the war, in which he led countless engagements against the Republic's Grand Army. Recognized for his ruthless tactics and extensive cybernetic enhancements, Grievous utilized the Separatist Droid Army and his adept combat skills to instill fear throughout the galaxy as he traveled to and invaded planets, while also engaging numerous Knights of the Jedi Order, his sworn enemies.
A native of the Kalee, a planet within Wild Space, Sheelal grew to become a fearsome warrior and warlord of his people. He gained an aptitude for warfare and battle tactics during the Kaleesh's war against the Yam'rii people of the planet Huk, as Sheelal adopted the moniker Grievous and began conquests offworld conquests, his bloody reputation eventually reaching the ears of the Sith Lords Darth Sidious and Darth Tyranus, also known as Dooku, the Count of Serenno. Grievous had been joined in battle for many years by the Kaleesh's greatest warriors, called the Izvoshra. Accompanied by his campanions, he pushed back the Yam'rii from their world, until the Yam'rii sought the Republic for assistance, and hundreds of thousands of Kaleesh were left to starve, which led to the upbringing of the warlord's personal vendetta against the Galactic Republic and Jedi, as they supported the Yam'rii in their war. His grudge led him to ally himself with the InterGalactic Banking Clan, as an enforcer which he was formidable in his activities, which the IGBC soon saw him as one of its most valuable assets. By that time, Count Dooku had noticed Grievous's actions and had big intentions for him as well. Sometime later, members of the Executive Separatist Council led by Count Dooku, in a bid to make Grievous a subservient tool of the Confederacy of Independent Systems, sabotaged his shuttle, resulting in a gruesome crash that left the man on the brink of death. Extensive repairs were made to his destroyed body, forging him into a powerful cyborg warrior consisting of his brain, eyes, and vital organs residing in a mechanical shell.
The reconstructed Grievous became a skilled lightsaber duelist under Dooku's guidance, who trained the Kaleesh in the arts of lightsaber combat and eventually welcomed him into a position as a warrior in the Confederacy. Over time, the Kaleesh warrior made intense alterations and enhancements to his cybernetic body. Grievous was soon granted the rank of general, as well as the title of Supreme Martial Commander of the Separatist Droid Armies, making him the most powerful person within the Separatists, under only Dooku. Grievous wielded his skills as a brilliant military strategist and melee combatant during numerous campaigns against the Republic throughout the Clone Wars while also gaining a reputation for hunting and killing Jedi Knights. He made a habit of claiming the lightsabers of defeated Jedi as trophies and weapons to be used against other opponents. At some point during the war, the cyborg received the nickname of "head clanker" by the Republic's clone troopers due to his cybernetics and position as Supreme Martial Commander. His position and threat level led to his preeminence as one of the Republic's primary targets throughout the course of the war.
Towards the end of the war in 19 BBY, Grievous, under orders from Darth Sidious, launched a daring and unprecedent assault on the planet Coruscant, the capital world of the Republic. In his assault, the Kaleesh managed to take the Republic's Supreme Chancellor, Sheev Palpatine, in reality secretly Sidious himself, captive aboard his flagship, the Providence-class Dreadnought Invisible Hand. However, during the battle, the Chancellor was rescued from the general's grasp by Jedi Generals Obi-Wan Kenobi, Grievous's longtime foe, and Anakin Skywalker, an engagement that also resulted in Dooku's death. Subsequently, Grievous became the de facto leader of the entire Separatist Alliance and immediately withdrew of all remaining reinforcements and fled into the Outer Rim Territories, prolonging the war. Following the Battle of Coruscant, Grievous, succeeding Dooku as the Confederacy's Head of State, retreated to the planet Utapau where he addressed and relocated the members of the Executive Separatist Council to the planet Mustafar under Sidious's orders. However, unknown to the general, Grievous's location on Utapau was betrayed by Sidious, resulting in a Republic invasion of the planet in an effort to bring a decisive conclusion to the war. As a result, following a prolonged chase between the two, Grievous was ultimately slain by his nemesis, General Kenobi, which resulted in the war's conclusion as well as the Confederacy's systematic collapse.
Warlord of Kalee
Born into his family during the midst of a near-constant war against the Yam'rii to his mother and father years prior to the Clone Wars as Qymaen jai Sheelal, the Kaleesh who would one day become "Grievous" was a male who hailed from the Wild Space planet Kalee. Invading numerous worlds in their sector violently, the Yam'rii, a greedy, technologically superior insectoid species from the planet Huk in the same system as Kalee, stripped them of their resources and sold their populations as slaves. When the Yam'rii concentrated their attention on Kalee, the effects were terrifying. Sheelal was taught to use a ranged weapon, the Czerka Arms Outland rifle, by his father, and by the age of eight, he had already killed forty enemies. Over time, the Kaleesh began to regard him as a legendary figure. Since his childhood, he worshiped the warlords of Kalee, watching them return home with spoils of war from conquered peoples. In time, Sheelal experienced a rapid rise in rank and became a feared warlord and warrior, having learned battle tactics and warfare during the war waged by the Kaleesh against the Yam'rii.
Shrouded in the cloak and head wraps customary of his people, the proud Kaleesh warrior used weaponry like a curved sword and an elongated curved shield. Sheelal became one of the greatest military leaders of his people using his ruthless and uncompromising tactics to lead his fellow Kaleesh warriors in the merciless war against the Yam'rii. He also had started collecting weapons of his defeated enemies. Sheelal, like others of his species, became known for his lack of mercy and was obsessed with the glory gathered in war, valuing bravery in combat above all else. Rightfully, he earned a bloody reputation among his people and others.
The infamous Kaleesh warrior took up the moniker "Grievous" and traveled with a team of personal bodyguards known as the Izvoshra. Seemingly always alongside their warlord leader, the Izvoshra shared in his victories and his love of battle alike. Having cemented himself as a warlord of Kalee, Grievous began to embark on conquests beyond his planet throughout space. Throughout his life, he came to topple nations, slay kings, and murder legends. At some point, he encountered a Wookiee warrior champion of Kashyyyk and decapitated a member of the Skrilling species.
For years, Grievous had been fighting alongside the Kaleesh's greatest warriors, the Izvoshra. The Kaleesh forces were able to drive the Huk from their world due to his renewed ferocity and determination on the offensive, but the Yam'rii then did something unexpected and asked the Republic for assistance. This prompted the Jedi to intervene, siding with the Yam'rii, resulting in hundreds of thousands of Kaleesh starving to death as a punishment. Grievous's hatred grew even stronger, causing him to developed a personal vendetta against the Galactic Republic when the government supported the Yam'rii in the conflict, as well as the Jedi Order, after the Jedi, the protectors of the Republic, made a catastrophic intervention in the war in the favor of the Yam'rii. He came to realize that the Knights of the Jedi Order were nearly undefeatable in duels, thanks to their possession of supernatural abilities originating from the mystical energy field known as the Force. In order to compete with the Jedi, the Sith has been recruiting minions who possessed unique skills and a deep hatred of the Jedi. Word of Grievous's reputation eventually reached the Sith; Darth Tyranus, also known as Count Dooku, and his Sith Master, Darth Sidious, secretly the Republic politician Sheev Palpatine, saw potential in him. Legend claimed that they specifically were interested in his strength, power, and will to succeed.
This grudge led him to joined the InterGalactic Banking Clan and eventually became an agent. Though he requested to have his loyal Izvoshra guards continue to serve him under the Banking Clan's employ, the organization rejected the warriors and was forced to command the IGBC droids, which he despised. But they're replaced with a new type of guard, when Count Dooku commissioned the creation of the IG-100 MagnaGuard combat droids in response to his demands for a more intelligent bodyguard. Although legend claimed he had an admiration for their inherent strength and logical worldview, which later drove him towards cybernetics. In his activities, Grievous quickly established himself as one of IGBC's most valuable assets. By then, his deeds had not only caught the attention of Count Dooku, but he also had plans for him.
Becoming a cyborg
- "Sometimes I wonder why you submitted to the changes."
"Improvements! I submit to no one! I chose them!"
- ―EV-A4-D and Grievous
Eventually, the Sith, who had been conducting research into cybernetically enhanced individuals to combat Jedi, approached Grievous with an offer to convert him into a cyborg. Craving the power to defeat Jedi in battle, Grievous chose to accept the cyborg implants. He acquired the cybernetics in stages over time, beginning with replacement arms, and later legs, chest armor, and a Kaleesh faceplate, a piece customary for his species to wear. According to legend, Grievous transformed himself because he additionally admired the logic of droids, despite his hatred of them, and wanted to mirror their infallibility, strength, and power. It was also said that Grievous betted with himself that, by inventing a new form for himself, he would rise above all others. The changes resulted in an increase in his combat abilities with strength and speed to rival even a Jedi Master. He was now capable of bending solid metal, and was an even more threatening and fearsome warrior.
Following the advent of the Separatist Crisis, Count Dooku of Serenno, now Head of State of the Confederacy of Independent Systems, arranged a scheme in league with San Hill, Chairman of the InterGalactic Banking Clan as well as Poggle the Lesser, the Archduke of Geonosis, to permanently add Grievous to the Separatist arsenal as a subservient but skilled super-cyborg. To accomplish this, Grievous' shuttle was critically sabotaged under Dooku's direction. After the damaged shuttle gruesomely crashed, almost killing him and destroying most of his original body, the mortally wounded Grievous was taken in by Dooku, who offered the Kaleesh warrior life-saving surgery The warrior, whose mind had been completely altered, agreed to have his body rebuilt and returned to military service, fueled by his hatred for the Republic and the Huks.
Separatist cybernetics experts and Geonosian biotechnicians surgically reconstructed Grievous with assistance from the FX-9 surgical assistant droid FX-6 under the supervision of Dooku, Hill, and Poggle. Among the repairs and improvements made by the surgeons, some areas of Grievous's brain were altered without his knowledge in order to make him a smarter and faster fighter and increase his aggression. Such upgrades included the installation of heuristic combat programming. His brain was also modified to better facilitate the coordinated usage of his new cyborg body. Furthermore, his memory center was tinkered with to ward off the horrifying memory of his debilitating accident, while other cybernetic implants were added to enhance his vision. His lungs were given implants as well.
Many critical decisions were made as to what should be kept of his mangled original body, and by the time the Kaleesh warrior had been rebuilt, very little remained of his prior form. These remaining structures largely consisted only of his brain, eyes, several vital internal organs, and spinal cord, all implanted into a duranium alloy body, complete with two mechanical arms that could split into four, LX-44 robotic legs and integrated sensors that allowed him to touch and feel the world. Grievous's spinal cord carried signals to and from his robotic limbs and body, as well as his remaining organs, which were housed in an oily gutsack. His head unit, which additionally retained parts of his skull, could be opened to allow for electronic repair or replacement, as well as further surgery. Millions of pin-point electrodes were inserted through the lining of his helmet directly into his brain to monitor brain activity and improve nerve signal timing. A small amount of dark, tortured skin could be seen around his eyes and extended upward somewhat beneath the forehead of his faceplate.
The vast majority of resemblance to other Kaleesh eliminated, only his gold reptilian eyes outwardly resembled the man he once was, and gazing into them was said to feel like looking into the gaping maw of a black hole. Without inspection, Grievous appeared to be a machine, though he still retained what made him a living, breathing man. Much of Grievous's cybernetic armor was made to resemble bone instead of metal and bore several reminders of his Kaleesh past, such as the visage of his mask, which evoked the culture of his people. The synthskin gut-sack protecting his remaining vital organs was sealed behind his external armorplast plates and ribs, but the organic lungs within were irritated by their implants, giving the warrior a persistent cough for the rest of his life.
Upon awakening from his surgery, Grievous slaughtered all the guards present at his resurrection, enraged that his body had been entirely replaced with that of the droids he despised. Grievous reluctantly accepted the position of supreme commander of the Separatists' droid armies, despite his disgust for the cyborg body he now inhabited. Officially unable to turn back from the modifications he had chosen, Grievous was no longer recognizable as the person he had once been, having become more machine than alien. He nonetheless proclaimed himself to be someone who had chosen voluntary improvements, purely in order to give himself the advantage while battling Jedi, and insisted that he submitted to no one.
Dooku falsely told Grievous that it was a Jedi who had committed the sabotage that resulted in his horrific shuttle crash, causing him to harbor a deeper and more violent hatred of the members of the Jedi Order than ever before. Grievous was also presented by Dooku with a new weapon, a lightsaber that had belonged to a long-dead friend of the former Jedi. Subsequently, the general added other weapons to the collection which he had started while still a warlord on Kalee. Furthermore, Dooku improved his lightsaber training, making him even more lethal when Grievous was selected for training in the art of lightsaber combat, which his cybernetic upgrades were well suited to. He went on to spend hours watching holovids of Jedi in combat and read everything Dooku could give him in the way of training manuals. When it came to dealing with death, he was a voracious learner. To him, the various saber styles were simply more military techniques to learn.
Over time, Grievous' cybernetic body underwent significant changes and enhancements. Grievous was given an EV-series medical droid named EV-A4-D by the Separatists to serve as a surgeon, doctor, and cybernetics repair mechanic. The sarcastic and slightly sadistic medical droid acted as a perfect foil to the warrior, and had access to all of Grievous's medical and cybernetic records as well as greatly boosted intelligence. A4-D was thusly one of the few beings in the galaxy who knew many of his master's secrets, though he still wondered why the proud warrior submitted to the extensive changes. He also always kept spare parts for the General and assisted him in designing and fitting the new upgrades that Grievous requested. In that sense, his claim that he chose the changes he made to his body could be considered false from a twisted perspective.
While training under Dooku in the ways of lightsaber combat, Grievous realized the extent of the impressive capabilities within his IG-100 MagnaGuards, and Dooku's master, Sidious, permitted Grievous to train the droids in the art as well. Grievous passed on everything he learned to his bodyguards to ensure their utmost effectiveness in combat, and subsequently used them as sparring partners to keep himself sharp. He also presented many of them with Kaleesh capes adorned with mumuu markings and head wraps as a tribute to his original Izvoshra bodyguards and to harken back to the traditions of his homeworld's warriors. The MagnaGuards came to share his fearsome reputation, and Grievous was rarely seen without at least two of them by his flanks, who could form a shield around him through which few could pass.
Eventually an adept lightsaber swordsman, Grievous took up bragging about being trained in the Jedi arts, though little was known to most about his training with Count Dooku, or the story of his cybernetic modifications. Nonetheless, Grievous's mentor in the art had expressed displeasure with Grievous's performance when sparring with him, able to easily defend himself against each and every one of the cyborg's strikes. While he claimed his old form was no more than weak flesh, Grievous retained several reminders of his past life. As a cyborg, Grievous frequently wore a Kaleesh cloak, which was a vestige of his past identity, as well as a fearsome mask that was often worn by Kaleesh warriors. By the time he owned his fortress on the third moon of Vassek, Grievous had several statues that depicted his progression from his organic life into that of a cyborg, as well his warriorlike exploits. One of these depicted him holding aloft the head of the Skrilling that he decapitated prior to his cybernetic enhancements.
This fortress was carved into a cliff face at the end of an unremarkable canyon, and it was here that Grievous would come to brood over the life he had lost when he was transformed into a cyborg. It was the closest thing to what he could call a home, serving as a hideaway and a safe place where he could undergo repairs when damaged in battle. He also acquired an enormous roggwart named Gor, whom he had enhanced by A4-D with whiplike cybernetic limbs and armor. Gor became beloved to Grievous, who would rest between conflicts with his pet at his fortress.
The Clone Wars
General of the Confederacy
- "The droid general, Grievous, has our forces spread thin."
- ―Mace Windu
After Grievous received his cybernetic enhancements and was trained in lightsaber combat by Dooku, the Count of Serenno invited him to join his Separatist movement. Grievous accepted and allied himself with other members of the Confederacy of Independent Systems, in direct opposition of the Galactic Republic and Jedi Order that he had long considered to be his mortal enemies. The leading Executive Separatist Council included, among others, San Hill, for whom Grievous had previously worked as part of the InterGalactic Banking Clan, and who had secretly acted as a co-conspirator in Grievous' shuttle crash. Poggle the Lesser, who had also taken part in the plot, was a Council member as well. As outlined in legend, Grievous believed himself to be the only one who saw his true potential in the role of a Separatist warrior, thanks to the combination of his mechanical body and the retention of what made him a living man. This, he believed, set him apart from the rest of the Separatists, droids and organics alike—although neither droids nor organics found themselves comfortable in his company.
The CIS and Republic were soon launched into opposite warring sides of the galactic conflict known as the Clone Wars with the Battle of Geonosis, which Grievous secretly took part in. While it was entirely by accident, Grievous's first clash against members of the Jedi Order in his cyborg form came during the battle; he was positioned within the Stalgasin hive catacombs on Geonosis when the battle began, and the cyborg ended up dueling a number of Jedi who incidentally wandered into the tunnels in the midst of the battle. Grievous prevented the Jedi and the clone troopers from reaching the Separatist Council and left none of the Force-sensitives he encountered alive to speak of his existence, meaning his involvement in the war's opening battle was not discovered by the Republic until much later.
As would later be proclaimed in the legend he made for himself, Grievous swiftly became accomplished during his tenure as a Separatist warrior, and, through the many campaigns he had fought on behalf of his masters, he had risen in the ranks, claiming victory upon victory. He earned a name for himself amongst the powerful men and women who led the Separatist movement, in part because of his sheer commitment to being the best soldier he could be. Soon enough, Grievous found himself granted the rank of general in the Confederacy military, becoming a key Separatist leader in command of vast droid armies. Subsequently, Dooku personally presented Grievous with the title of Supreme Martial Commander of the Separatist Droid Armies, which he gladly accepted. Thus, General Grievous became the absolute leader of the Separatist Droid Army. His supposed bet with himself from so long ago had seemingly paid off, and this accomplishment confirmed his belief that by inventing a new form himself, he had risen above all others. The General would soon become a recurring and brutal presence in warfare. The news of his abilities and subsequent victories sowed doubt in the ranks of the Republic military and paralyzed the populace.
As the Clone War proceeded to spread throughout the galaxy, Grievous and his forces engaged the Grand Army of the Republic, and, under his command, the Separatist Droid Army attacked and conquered numerous Republic planets. As the Separatist Army's imposing leader, Grievous and the tales of his brutality and victories would strike fear throughout the Republic, although the Confederate populace were not told the stories of the General's bloody onslaughts. Ultimately, many Republic citizens —as well as some citizens in CIS territory— came to see Grievous as the face of the Confederacy despite Dooku's status as its official leader. Those who knew the Kaleesh warrior's true nature saw this face as a brutal and terrifying one. Grievous also came to share his name with The Grievous Legion, a battle group that included at least one vulture droid. During the war, the clone troopers of the Republic Military, having nicknamed the Confederacy's battle droids "clankers," accordingly nicknamed Grievous the "head clanker;" Grievous was also referred to within the Republic as the "droid general."
While the war against the Yam'rii had given Grievous a vendetta against the Republic, Grievous had changed by the Clone Wars; indifferent to the Republic and the politics of the war as a whole, his only goal was to see the extermination of the Jedi Order, which led to him escalating the war as his quest to wipe out the Jedi once and for all carried on. Utilizing his lifetime of knowledge and the advantages provided by his mechanical body, Grievous fought against numerous Jedi during the war, defeating and killing many of the Order's members. This enabled the general to collect lightsabers and other trophies from bested opponents. Grievous often maintained a strategy of elusiveness, making it difficult for the Republic's forces to locate him despite it being one of their primary objectives. Jedi General Anakin Skywalker considered him a monster that needed to be stopped, even making it a personal mission to find Grievous, but the two generals would not meet face-to-face until the war had nearly reached its conclusion.
However, Grievous did encounter the Jedi Master Obi-Wan Kenobi, and the two fought each other numerous times throughout the war, developing a history that produced a rapport between the two and a guarantee that Grievous would choose to engage Kenobi over others. He also learned of the legendary reputation of Yoda, the Jedi Grand Master, as a master swordsman, though the two did not clash. Sometime during the war, Grievous and Jedi Knight Pablo-Jill had a duel over the world of Duro in a collapsing satellite city. Jill was ultimately left injured and lost his blue-bladed lightsaber to Grievous. At some point, Grievous killed Jedi Master Jmmaar and took his green-bladed lightsaber in order to add to his own collection. Though an extremely proficient Jedi hunter, Grievous was not as successful in the arena as Ventress.[source?] However, the general always considered himself greater than Ventress.
In the early days of the Clone Wars, Grievous met in person with the droid mercenary AD-W4 to hire him to oversee the Separatists' operations on the planet Hissrich. Grievous admitted that he would have liked to fill this role himself, but could not as he had the entire Separatist Droid Army to command. AD-W4 was skeptical, but after seeing the payment available, left to fulfill the job. AD-W4 served as commander of the droid forces on the planet, and battled with Jedi Master Mace Windu and his Jedi squad. Grievous later checked in via hologram to see the progress of AD-W4, and the droid falsely claimed to have killed Windu; however Grievous demanded the Jedi's lightsaber as evidence, which was not presented. Ultimately, the droid was defeated and Hissrich was lost to the Republic.
In a battle on the fourth moon of Parein II, Grievous's MagnaGuards were put to their first real test. The Republic's forces were crushed, with Grievous in command, leading his troops at the front.
According to legend, early in the Clone Wars, Grievous was tasked with a critical mission: he was to travel to the distant, icy planet Alamass to deploy his army of droids in an assault that would destroy a strategic enemy stronghold. The operation was a dangerous and difficult one, at which Grievous ultimately failed. Eventually, the general was forced to admit his defeat to his Sith masters, this becoming Grievous's first major loss.
Skirmish on Caliban
- "You belong to me, Kenobi. And you will do as I say… Or you will die."
- ―Grievous after capturing Kenobi
At one point, Grievous attacked the frozen moon Caliban, destroying a bridge in the process. He also captured Jedi General Kenobi and Clone Marshal Commander CC-2224 "Cody," along with their squad of clone troopers and ordered them to rebuild the bridge, to allow him to freely move weapons and battle droids across the moon. Kenobi, however, answered that he and the clones would not have to work for Grievous, since according to the Galactic Accord of Systems, no war prisoner could be forced into manual labor. The Separatist general smacked Kenobi to the ground and threatened him with death if he would not follow his orders.
Kenobi and the clones started constructing the bridge, but during the operation, Grievous was distracted by a group of native Qubeys, in league with Kenobi, who piled on top of him and managed to steal back Kenobi's lightsaber, which had been tucked into Grievous's cloak, without the cyborg noticing. Although the bridge was completed sometime later, Grievous ordered the battle droids to execute Kenobi and his men, but the Qubeys ambushed the droids, allowing Kenobi to engage Grievous while the clones reclaimed their blasters. In the ensuing battle, Kenobi used the Force to cause an avalanche, burying Grievous and his droids. Kenobi and the clones escaped on a Low Altitude Assault Transport/infantry gunship before Separatist reinforcements could arrive and destroyed the previously built bridge.
The Malevolence campaign
- "General Kenobi. Did you really think I would leave the hyperdrive unguarded?"
"Anything is possible. You haven't exactly impressed me today."
- ―Grievous and Obi-Wan Kenobi
Grievous was known to lead starfleets within the Confederate Navy to further his conquest of Republic planets, with his ships leaving the worlds wrecked and burned. As he was leading the Separatist forces in the Clone Wars, Grievous was given the Subjugator-class heavy cruiser Malevolence as his flagship. From the Malevolence's bridge, Grievous could command millions of battle droids, and he used his new warship in the Malevolence Campaign, wherein he executed attacks on Republic fleets that left no survivors. Once such attack came with the Battle of the Phu system, where the Malevolence wiped out three Venator-class Star Destroyers.
Following that victory, while stationed in the Abregado system with Count Dooku aboard, a Republic fleet led by Jedi Master Plo Koon and Clone Commander CC-3636 "Wolffe" aboard the Venator Triumphant arrived in the system to engage the warship. The mega-ion cannons of the Malevolence disabled the Republic fleet's deflector shields, and fired on the defenseless Star Destroyers. The entire fleet was destroyed, although a few individuals managed to survive by launching away from the vessels inside escape pods. General Plo Koon, Commander Wolffe, Clone Sergeant "Sinker," and clone trooper CT-4860 were the only survivors, having been eventually rescued by Anakin Skywalker and his Padawan Ahsoka Tano aboard the G9 Rigger-class light freighter Twilight. As a result of the escape of survivors, Dooku's trust in Grievous was shaken, and the Sith Lord left to discuss the matter with his master, Darth Sidious.
After later destroying a Republic convoy in the Ryndellia system, Grievous, as instructed by Dooku via hologram, took the Malevolence to destroy a Republic medical facility that was treating over 60,000 wounded clones. In order to reach the target, the Malevolence had to navigate around the Kaliida Nebula, a time-consuming journey that frustrated Grievous. Upon arriving at its destination, the ion cannons of the Malevolence were disabled by a small strike force of fighters led by General Skywalker. After this, a Republic fleet led by Obi-Wan Kenobi aboard his flagship the Negotiator arrived and attacked Grievous' crippled ship. Grievous was forced to retreat, but Dooku came up with a new plan: taking Republic Senator Padmé Amidala hostage. After Senator Amidala's ship was captured, the Republic fleet stopped firing, and a rescue team was sent to board the Malevolence led by Obi-Wan Kenobi and Anakin Skywalker aboard the Twilight. Grievous fought Obi-Wan Kenobi briefly and overpowered him, but the two Jedi managed to escape with Padmé and her protoccol droid C-3PO. Grievous pursued the Twilight in his personal starfighter, the Soulless One, but Skywalker had sabotaged the navigation system of the Malevolence so that when the ship engaged its hyperdrive, it crashed directly into the nearby Dead Moon of Antar. Grievous escaped in his starfighter, Soulless One, but he had personally disconnected a transmission with a questioning Count Dooku. Only a few months after this session, Grievous would face Luminara Unduli in person at Nadiem in the Outer Rim.
Attack on Rishi Station
- "All the preparations for your invasion are in order."
"Good. Our fleet is approaching the system. We are almost at the rendezvous point."
"Very good, my lord. I will await your arrival."
"The destruction of Kamino will stop their production of clones for good."
- ―Asajj Ventress informs Grievous that the preparations for his invasion of Kamino are in order
The Republic would make efforts to locate Grievous, but, even after Clone Intelligence spotted him in the Balmorra system, the general remained out of the Republic's sight. Several standard weeks after his sighting in the Balmorra system, Anakin Skywalker was losing sleep while searching for the cyborg, but he denied himself his needed rest until Grievous was found. While Obi-Wan Kenobi believed that they would know if Grievous entered their current quadrant, the general was currently preparing to launch an attack on Kamino. Under the Separatist invasion plan, Grievous would be able to remain undetectable, as he was to take over the Rishi Station. Seizing the listening outpost would enable the Separatists to keep its all-clear signal broadcasting; Republic forces would assume Kamino was still secure, meaning Grievous's fleet could launch a surprise assault on the planet.
Grievous, determined to stop the clone production on Kamino, sent a team of BX-series droid commandos to seize Rishi Station from the clone troopers stationed there. After the commando droids had taken control of the station, Grievous was contacted by their captain aboard his Munificent-class star frigate, who informed him that the outpost was secure, and that they managed to disable the alarm and activate the all-clear signal. Grievous ordered him to keep the signal activated, so as not to draw the Republic's attention and lose the element of surprise.
After ending the transmission, a battle droid informed the general that their spy on Kamino, Asajj Ventress, was contacting him. Ventress assured Grievous that everything was ready for their invasion. Pleased, the general informed her that he had almost reached their rendezvous point. However, the station was soon visited by Clone Captain CT-7567 "Rex" and Clone Commander Cody, who were inspecting the station as part of a security checkup. The two clone officers soon discovered the outpost had been taken, and met with the survivors and retook the station from the commando droids. When communication with the droids was abruptly cut off, Grievous sent a battalion of B1-series battle droids to inspect the station and was informed that there were clones in the station. One of the clone troopers, CT-782 "Hevy," sacrificed himself to destroy the base, which angered Grievous as he believed that the droids had blown it up instead. The base's destrution ended the all-clear signal and alerted the Republic fleet to Grievous's location. Upon the Republic's arrival, the Kaleesh cyborg immediately realized that his forces were heavily outgunned, and ordered his fleet to make a full retreat out of the system, therefore postponing the Kamino invasion.
Skytop Station campaign
Fighting in the Outer and Mid Rim
- "Our intelligence has confirmed that Grievous's spies have been intercepting our transmissions."
"He must have some sort of secret listening post out there somewhere."
"That would explain how he's been able to ambush our fleets."
- ―Obi-Wan Kenobi, Ahsoka Tano, and Anakin Skywalker
Only a short time after the Malevolence offensive, Grievous launched another campaign, targeting Republic fleets in the galaxy's Outer Rim Territories by using the newly created Skytop Station, a Separatist battlesphere that served as a listening post. Able to locate and ambush Republic fleets without warning, Grievous moved his forces against the Republic's forces in the Outer Rim, and, due to the victories he gained, the Republic's foothold in the Outer Rim began to slip from their disastrous losses. Grievous left a trail of conquest and destruction across the galaxy. In a single month, he led Separatist forces in the invasion of several planets and the capture of vital hyperspace lanes leading to Bespin, Kessel, and Mon Calamari. Anakin Skywalker and his battle group fought against Grievous's forces in the campaign, but failed to stop Grievous's advance. After the Republic battle group at Falleen was wiped out, the fleet under the command of Grievous prepared to take the planet of Bothawui, which was of high strategic value and was currently being protected by Skywalker and a weary fleet of Republic cruisers.
His next move was to capture Bothawui, the Bothan homeworld and a vital intelligence planet for the Republic. However, Grievous pulled the Republic fleet out of hyperspace and engaged the Jedi and their clone troopers before they could reach Bothawui. Grievous reconsidered his decision to stop pursuing Skywalker's fleet in order to help coordinate attacks against Republic forces stationed near the planet Falleen. With the help of Count Dooku and Asajj Ventress, Grievous captured the planet for the Separatists before continuing on to Bothawui in the Mid Rim Territories. to attack Skywalker's fleet with information from his spies. Realizing that attacking from above would put them at a disadvantage, Grievous moved the fleet through the asteroid field to engage Skywalker's fleet, knowing that the asteroids would protect him from any surprise attacks.
Skywalker then deployed into the Gold Squadron from his flagship, the Resolute, to try and draw out the general. As Grievous' fleet exited the asteroid field, it was able to severely damage one the Republic cruisers, but was quickly outflanked by All Terrain Tactical Enforcers hidden on the asteroids. Grievous was shocked and angered that Skywalker knew what he was planning to do, and ordered an immediate retreat. However, the battle droid commander was dumbfounded as to where to go, so Grievous abandoned his flagship and the droids in annoyance. He was soon spotted by Skywalker, who attempted to pursue him in his Delta-7B Aethersprite-class interceptor but was soon sent spinning out of control as a result of the damage his fighter had sustained earlier in the fight. Meanwhile, Grievous had managed to power up the Soulless One's hyperdrive, allowing him to jump into hyperspace. The rest of Grievous' fleet however, was destroyed.
Following his loss at Bothawui, Grievous contacted the Trandoshan salvager Gha Nachkt, and requested that he search the debris field for an astromech droid, telling him to rendezvous at Skytop Station on Ruusan's moon once the droid was located. The droid in question was R2-D2, the astromech droid of General Skywalker, with Grievous suspecting that he held vital military secrets within his memory banks that could aid the Separatists.
- "Ah! There's our Jedi tracking beacon. Skywalker, now you have fallen into my trap."
- ―Grievous, after R3-S6 activated the tracking beacon on Skywalker's Jedi Starfighter
Later, Grievous was contacted by Nachkt, who informed him that he had the droid in his possession and was en route to their rendezvous point. He also revealed that Skywalker had boarded his ship looking for it, and believing it to be valuable, requested more money than they had previously agreed upon. However, Grievous threatened him, telling Nachkt to not anger him and to arrive as fast as he could, or else there would be consequences.
Not soon after, Grievous detected Skywalker's fighter's beacon, which had been activated by R3-S6, Skywalker's replacement astromech droid, who in reality was a Separatist spy. Having fallen into his trap, Grievous aboard his new command ship suddenly dropped out of hyperspace and attacked, destroying his hyperspace transport ring, preventing his escape, proceeding to launch an entire squadron of vulture droids to kill the Jedi, and ordered his cruisers to move in. However, Skywalker was rescued by the timely arrival of his apprentice Ahsoka Tano and the Twilight, Skywalker's freighter. The General then ordered his ships to prevent their escape, but the Twilight was able to navigate between the two battleships, causing them to collide with each other, destroying the vulture droids. The Jedi's ship then jumped to hyperspace. In his anger, Grievous physically decapitated an unfortunate battle droid who had pointed out to him that the Jedi had escaped.
Encounter on Skytop Station
- "Sorry to interrupt your playtime, grumpy, but wouldn't you prefer a challenge?
"That wouldn't be you!"
- ―Ahsoka Tano and Grievous, after the latter attempts to kill the unconscious Captain Rex
Nachkt soon arrived at Skytop Station with R2-D2, and proceeded to disassemble the astromech droid and sift through his memory banks for any vital information. Grievous listened as Nachkt revealed that the data within the astromech had never been erased and contained a wealth of information that they could exploit. Trying to use this to his advantage, Nachkt demanded double the agreed price, but Grievous, having grown tired of his incompetence, proceeded to impale him with his lightsaber, killing him with Grievous cackling in his death. He was then informed by the spy R3-S6 that the Jedi had infiltrated the station in order to rescue the droid. Grievous ordered R3 to distract them until he arrived, and tasked his IG-100 MagnaGuards with taking care of the astromech while he confronted the Jedi.
Grievous then found Skywalker's apprentice, Ahsoka Tano, along with Captain Rex and a squad of clone troopers. He engaged them in combat and managed to kill all of the clones except Rex and "Denal," who were saved by the timely intervention of Ahsoka. As she confronted the general, she was quickly overpowered and forced to retreat further into the station, with Grievous and R3 giving chase after her. While searching one of abandoned spare parts rooms for her, Grievous was informed that Skywalker had gone to rescue his astromech. He then had R3 go to the hangar and ensure that Skywalker would not escape. Hanging from the ceiling, Grievous found Tano and clamped a metal hand around the Padawan's throat, examining her fallen lightsaber with his free hand.
Believing he had won, Grievous taunted his prisoner, saying Skywalker would be next after he eliminated her. Despite Tano's claims that her Master would destroy Skytop Station, Grievous believed otherwise. However, Tano's beliefs proved true when the Republic squad detonated the explosives in the reactor room, crippling the listening post's repulsorlift systems. As the station shook from the impact, Tano managed to use her lightsaber to sever the hand clamped around her throat. Although Grievous attempted to slash her with one of his lightsabers, Tano retrieved her weapon and escaped through an air duct. Their objective complete and R2-D2 safely back with Skywalker, the Jedi made their escape. Grievous then retreated aboard the Soulless One as the station collapsed around him.
- "More machine than alive, though more dangerous for it."
- ―Jedi Master Yoda on Grievous
With the loss of the Malevolence, Grievous had been forced to command Munificent-class star frigates as his flag ships. Eventually, this defeat brought some relief to the Neimodian viceroy Nute Gunray, who despised the General for Count Dooku's treatment of the cyborg Grievous. Grievous changed his mind and instead decided he wanted the Providence-class Dreadnought Invisible Hand to fill the role of his flagship, demanding the vessel from Viceroy Nute Gunray, a command he received directly from Darth Sidious himself. Gunray was enraged, but he couldn't refuse. The ship was indeed turned over to Grievous, who used it throughout the conflict in addition to other flagships. Like on the Malevolence before it, Grievous could command millions of droids from the bridge of the Invisible Hand.
At some point prior to the discovery of his lair by the Jedi, Jedi Master Neebo was on the moons of Sanjin. Neebo was attempting to protect refugees on the moons, but she was presumed missing. However, Jedi Master Kit Fisto and his former apprentice Nahdar Vebb later found her lightsaber among the trophies of the Jedi Grievous had murdered, and Vebb believed that what was in the room were trophies from the Jedi Grievous had killed. There were rumors that Grievous once built a laboratory on the moon of Gentes. During the war, Grievous ravaged the homeworld survivor Ralakili, a loathsome rascal who developed a hate for droids and runs a droid fighting pits in the Lodge on Vandor.
Proving his competence
- "You might have been a proud warrior once, but now you are just a pawn in Dooku's game!"
"I wield great power, Jedi fool!"
"That power will only consume you."
- ―Kit Fisto and Grievous
Later in the war, Grievous was instructed by his master to return to his fortress on the third moon of Vassek. After having lost a few campaigns, when the general fell short of Sith aspirations. When he arrived, he found that his MagnaGuards had been deactivated. Count Dooku, having laid a trap for the general in order to test his abilities, lured the Jedi and clones to Grievous's fortress into believing Nute Gunray was there even though he wasn't. With the Jedi having infiltrated the base and with his bodyguards deactivated, the Count had hoped to punish Grievous for his recent failures. In the fight that ensued, Grievous was damaged and his pet roggwart Gor, was killed. However, he was soon repaired by his droid EV-A4-D, and continued on his hunt for the Jedi. Grievous eventually caught up with them and dispatched the remaining clone forces. Grievous then engaged Padawan Nahdar Vebb in a fierce duel; due to his multiple limbs, Grievous easily killed Vebb with a dirty, but well-timed blaster shot. Fisto saw the duel and his former apprentice's death on video, along with Grievous threatening and intimidating him.
The cyborg General then went on to fight against Jedi Master Kit Fisto. After a lengthy duel in which Grievous's MagnaGuards arrived to assist him, Fisto fled aboard his ship and escaped the planet. Shortly thereafter, Grievous contacted Dooku and told him that he had defeated the Jedi, but that Fisto had escaped. Dooku congratulated Grievous on his victory but stated that he could have done better and that there was still room for improvement. He paid a high and harsh price for failing the Sith.
The secrets of Ledeve
- "You seek to destroy a power you don't comprehend."
"You have carved away your own connection to it. Replaced it with parts whose strength you believe you understand."
"But your understanding is not strength."
"It is small."
"You are small. That is all you will ever be."
- ―Voices heard by Grievous in the Ledeve Jedi Temple
At some point after the Jedi infiltrated his lair, Grievous hunted two Jedi on Ledeve. He killed a Mikkian Jedi in the forest, collecting her lightsaber from her body, and tracked down her Padawan, waiting for him atop his T-6 shuttle. Grievous ignited all four blades and leaped at the apprentice, killing him. He obtained the boy's lightsaber, as well as a datapad revealing the location of the Jedi Temple. Pleased with his find, Grievous set out through the jungle to find the ancient structure, and this was repaying them for breaking into his home by entering theirs.
Grievous scaled the temple and entered it, discovering a hallway of Jedi statues. Reminded of his own statues on Vassek, believing those to have been earned where the Jedi were not, Grievous reduced the statues to rubble before moving on. He evaded several traps set within the temple, climbing the ceiling to avoid a pit of lava and dodging spikes. He scrambled under other booby traps and eventually came to the central chamber. Believing the temple's secrets to be his, Grievous reached into a waterfall in an effort to obtain a shining sigil from within, but was unable to grasp it. Blaming a sensor error, Grievous kept trying to grab the image until he grew angry enough to fling himself into the raging water.
The general found himself floating in a strange, cosmic landscape, and was addressed by ephemeral voices that mocked his quest for knowledge and his own cybernetic upgrades. Grievous then was made to appear as he once was, in his original Kaleesh body, as the voices accused him of seeking to destroy a power he did not understand. Grievous felt his limbs detaching from his body, watching in shock as he was unmade, and was left as little more than a collection of bodily organs floating in the void, the voices still mocking him for being "small." Grievous emerged from the waterfall unscathed, and attacked the flow with his blades, but was unable to cause any damage to the shining entity within. Disgusted, Grievous left the temple and sent its coordinates to a Providence-class Dreadnought in orbit. He ordered the ship to fire, and the ensuing laser strike obliterated the entire temple, leaving only a smoldering crater that Grievous observed until nightfall. Secure in the belief that he had burned the entity he encountered, Grievous departed—missing the sight of a glowing sigil amidst the devastation.
Later in the war, Grievous led the blockade of Felucia, which became the site of a fierce battle that came close to ending in disaster for the Republic's forces under Skywalker, Kenobi, and Tano. Eventually, the Separatist Droid Army was able to push their forces off Felucia, securing the strategic planet. Prior to the Second Battle of Geonosis, Grievous used his fleet to attack and invade the planet Dorin to push the Republic out of Geonosis, but the forces led by Skywalker and Tano defeated Grievous's forces on Dorin, allowing them to soon join Ki-Adi-Mundi and Kenobi for the second invasion of Geonosis.
Capture of Eeth Koth
- "Your reputation precedes you, General—the reputation of a coward and a murderer."
"Murderer? Is it murder to rid the galaxy of you Jedi filth?"
- ―Eeth Koth and Grievous
At some point during the war, General Grievous managed to ambush Jedi Master Eeth Koth's flagship. Grievous boarded the vessel with a force of battle droids and confronted Koth on the ship's bridge, where he revealed he had been looking forward to meeting the Jedi Master. Koth noted that Grievous's reputation, that of a murderer and coward, preceded him, Grievous disagreed and asked whether it was murder to kill the Jedi before kicking Koth back. The two began a brief, but intense duel, and, after Koth managed to Force push Grievous into a viewport, the General's MagnaGuards shocked Koth. Attacked from Grievous in the front and from the MagnaGuards from behind, Koth was defeated.
Grievous then sent a message to the Jedi Council, showing himself torturing Koth and promising to kill the Jedi Master, as he knew that it would be painful to the other members of the Order. He promised he would hunt down and eliminate the remaining Jedi.
- "The story of Obi-Wan Kenobi ends here!"
- ―Grievous engages Kenobi
Unbeknownst to Grievous however, Eeth Koth had managed to communicate a secret message to the Council through the use of hand signals, telling them that he and Grievous were stationed in the Saleucami system. In response, the Council sent the Jedi Obi-Wan Kenobi, Anakin Skywalker, and Adi Gallia to rescue the Jedi Master. Once they arrived, Kenobi sought out and engaged Grievous in an effort to distract him, while Skywalker and Gallia snuck aboard Grievous' ship to rescue Koth. However Grievous, having earlier deduced that he was being tricked, had laid a trap for the Jedi. Nonetheless, his attempts to stop them were futile and Skywalker and Gallia were able to successfully rescue Koth. Meanwhile, Grievous had managed to gain the upper hand in his duel with Kenobi, but his Commando Droids on his ship had been overwhelmed by Skywalker and Gallia. Unfortunately, his Recusant-class light destroyer, which had served as his flagship in the battle that had broken out, was taking heavy fire from Skywalker's trio of Star Destroyers and was nearly destroyed. Forced to withdraw from his duel and flee, the general attempted to land on the planet of Saleucami in a Trade Federation landing ship. However, the craft malfunctioned, and Grievous and the droids were forced to evacuate into escape pods.
However, Obi-Wan Kenobi followed Grievous to Saleucami in an attempt to capture the cyborg general. Grievous recognized that he and his squad of B1-series battle droids needed to escape before they were located, only to then see Kenobi's Acclamator-class assault ship overhead. One of Grievous's battle droids reported that their escape pod's transmitter was destroyed, making it impossible to contact the fleet as Grievous had ordered. When the B1 stated that there was only one surviving escape pod, Grievous responded that they needed to reach it as fast as possible, as its transmitter could still be functional, and ordered for his units to find him a form of transportation. With Grievous using a reek for transport through the underbrush and having appropriated several eopies to be their pack animals, Grievous and his droids moved towards the escape pod in the wetlands.
However, the General did not allow for his battle droids to ride on creatures for transport, draining the B1's power cells. The droids verbally complained about their low power, to Grievous's clear annoyance, but Grievous continued their march despite being told about their situation. Eventually, a B1 brought their situation up once more, but Grievous responded by using his green lightsaber to cut down the unit. Now scared, two other B1s said they had no more complaints, and their march continued into the later hours of Saleucami's day. However, Kenobi and his forces, having performed a robolobotomy on a B1 found at the landing craft's crash site, were able to locate Grievous's initial pod. Kenobi deduced they were heading for another pod and spoke with the clone trooper CT-5597 "Jesse." The Jedi General reported that Grievous was on the move and ordered for Jesse and his squad to move towards the final pod, so that way the Republic could have all their possible firepower when confronting Grievous. Kenobi and his forces then moved to the west to catch the cyborg general.
Elsewhere, Grievous was frustrated that they had not reached the pod. One of his B1s, which were now running very low on power, responded that they were nearly there, although the unit's low power caused it to mix the sentence's words into the wrong order. Another B1 was able to clarify they were only a kilometer away, but both these droids ran out of power and closed down. Grievous and his remaining droids did make it to the pod, but the incoming Republic forces had come close enough to get a visual. Grievous immediately asked a B1 if their transmitter was working, knocking the B1 to the ground after hearing the unit did not know and had yet to use it. Grievous ordered another B1, who was surprised that Grievous had reached them, to send a signal to the fleet, but this droid then told Grievous that multiple life-forms were closing in. After hearing this, Grievous ordered for the droids to take up battle positions. One B1 fired a missile directly at the All Terrain Tactical Enforcer Kenobi was riding on, but the Jedi Master was able to jump off before it was hit and charged forward with his clone soldiers. As the battle raged, Grievous questioned where his shuttle was, but his answer eventually came when a Sheathipede-class transport shuttle flew overhead, which the General was relieved to see.
Kenobi ordered for an AT-TE to take the shuttle down, but, during its second landing attempt, a clone gunner reported that the mass-driver cannon was overheated. Kenobi ran in stop Grievous himself, but, after a B1 alerted Grievous that the Jedi was behind him, Grievous was able to block Kenobi's lightsaber. Engaging in a brief duel, Kenobi was able to disarm Grievous of one of his lightsabers, but the cyborg kicked Kenobi away. Climbing to the top of the escape pod, Grievous told the shuttle's B1 pilots to not land, and instead he fired an ascension cable to the bottom of the starship. The shuttle was then able to fly away from the Republic Army, leaving Kenobi crestfallen. While Kenobi told Clone Commander Cody to tell their cruisers to stop the shuttle, General Grievous was ultimately able to escape and continue to serve in the war.
Battle of Kamino
- "All is ready, General."
"Good. We will attack Tipoca City first."
"I have the exact locations of both the clone DNA room and the clone trooper barracks."
"Both shall be annihilated under my hand."
"Our hands, General. Count Dooku assigned us both this task."
"But of course, assassin. I look forward to meeting you."
- ―Asajj Ventress reports to Grievous that they are ready to attack Kamino
Despite the failure of their first attempt, Grievous and Ventress planned to launch another invasion of Kamino. However, a transmission between the two was intercepted by the Galactic Republic, and as a result the 501st Legion was deployed to Kamino in preparation for the impending attack. As the two conferred before the battle, Grievous decided to start their initial assault on Tipoca City, home of the Republic's cloning facilities. As Grievous engaged the Republic blockade, Ventress, with her Trident-class assault ships and AQ-series battle droids, attacked the city. After the initial struggle, Grievous managed to break through the blockade and land on the planet with the remainder of his forces. Once there, he proceeded to speak with Ventress about their objectives: Grievous would assault the clone trooper barracks while Ventress would get a sample of Jango Fett's DNA. During the assault, Ventress managed to acquire the DNA sample but her escape was prevented by Skywalker, and in the ensuing fight the sample was lost. Elsewhere, Grievous was confronted by Kenobi and the two engaged in a heated battle until a Trident ship destroyed the pier they were fighting on. Grievous, thinking Kenobi had been killed in the explosion, made his escape aboard a flight pod. He then rescued Ventress from Skywalker and the clones. Grievous' risky attack failed, and the damage was limited. Clone production soon resumed, and the Separatists were confronted with an ever-increasing number of clones for the rest of the war.
Continuing the war
- "There is a problematic situation brewing in the Senate. We must ensure that everything my master has set in motion does not unhinge. My representatives in the Republic are relying on you, General. See that your droids complete their mission."
"But of course, Count. They will not fail."
- ―Count Dooku orders Grievous to bomb the power generator on Coruscant
Dooku, at the behest of his master, ordered Grievous to arrange an attack on Coruscant. Grievous managed to accomplish this by assigning several infiltrator demolition droids disguised as cleaning droids. The demolition droids managed to sabotage Coruscant's Central power distribution grid, disabling power to the area while the Galactic Senate was voting on the Confederate–Republic peace initiative, effectively ending the initiative.
Skirmish on Naboo
- "This turn of events is unfortunate. General Grievous is a critical part of my plan for the Clone Wars. He must not remain captive."
- ―Darth Sidious, to Count Dooku
Later during the Clone Wars, Grievous suffered a defeat when he attempted to invade Naboo. Jar Jar Binks (posing as Gungan Boss Lyonie) distracted Grievous in a series of negotiations long enough for the Gungan Grand Army to shut down Grievous's invasion force. As Grievous pursued Jar Jar, he was faced with his shut down forces and surrounded by the militiagungs. Grievous killed several militiagungs, but General Roos Tarpals intervened and engaged him in a duel. Although he was mortally wounded by the cyborg, Tarpals impaled Grievous through his chest, the attack shorted out the cyborg's internal systems, which allowed the Gungan Army to bombard the injured general with energized projectiles and capture him. Fortunately for Grievous, Dooku captured Skywalker and forced Padmé Amidala to agree to a prisoner exchange. Grievous, on the other hand, would soon have an opportunity to demonstrate that he was still useful to his lords.
Capturing and Losing Adi Gallia
- "General, we've come across what appears to be a pirate ship."
"Use that ship for target practice. Open fire!"
"All forward cannons, open fire!"
- ―General Grievous orders the destruction of the Marauder
Following his release, Grievous and his fleet launched a suprise attack on a flagship commanded by Jedi Council member Adi Gallia traveling back to Coruscant. Grievous and his forces quickly boarded the ship and engaged the 91st Recon Corps. Grievous captured Gallia after a brief, but intense duel with the Council member. As a result of this act, Jedi Master Plo Koon planned a rescue mission and a group of Republic ships was immediately dispatched. Sometime later, the General attacked and destroyed a pirate ship for target practice. However, Grievous's ship was then boarded by Plo Koon and his forces, who rescued Gallia and forced Grievous to flee.
Massacre on Dathomir
"Hardly. You're the one I was sent here for."
"Then fight me alone. Prove you're the greater warrior. If I win, your army leaves. If you win, the Nightsisters will surrender to you."
"I have always been greater than you!"
- ―Asajj Ventress and General Grievous
After the failed assassination attempt on his life by his former apprentice Asajj Ventress, who had been aided by Mother Talzin and the Nightsisters from Dathomir, Dooku summoned Grievous. Dooku ordered him to attack Dathomir and wipe the Nightsisters out.
Grievous then took a Separatist fleet to Dathomir and landed his forces on the planet. He had his Hyena-class Droid Bombers launch an airstrike on their village, before sending in his ground troops to attack them. Despite being severely outnumbered and outgunned, the Nightsisters were initially able to hold their ground. This prompted Grievous to deploy several of his Armored Assault Tanks, which escorted a lone Defoliator Deployment Tank in order to burn the forest, which successfully managed to drive the Nightsisters back. Unfortunately, Talzin had sought the assistance of Old Daka, the eldest of the Nightsisters, who used her magic to raise the Army of the Dead as reinforcements. With Ventress leading the charge, the Nightsisters pushed forward, destroying the Defoliator Tanks and fighting their way to the open field from where Grievous was commanding his troops. Both armies halted their positions opposite one another.
Ventress then challenged Grievous to a duel, proposing that if he won then Nightsisters would surrender to him, but if she won then Grievous and his army would leave Dathomir. The two then engaged in a fierce lightsaber duel and initially seemed equally matched, until Ventress severed one of Grievous' four mechanical arms and knocked him to the ground. Holding all the cards militarily, with no intention of honoring the result of the duel, and no longer entertained by the sport of it, Grievous ordered his battle droids to kill her. Ventress tried to fight them off, but was shot in her shoulder. As Grievous attempted to finish her off, a large wave of Nightsister zombies attacked him, with both armies once again engaging each other in combat. With the assistance of one of her fellow Nightsisters, Ventress was able to escape in the ensuing chaos.
Whilst cutting down the attacking zombies, Grievous was contacted by Dooku, who was being magically attacked by Mother Talzin. Dooku ordered Grievous to follow the Nightsister magic to its source and kill Talzin before she could torture him to death. Grievous followed the green magic trail to the Nightsister village and a secret cave where both Talzin and Daka where performing their magic rituals, killing several Nightsisters on the way. Grievous then ordered one of his commando droids to create an entrance to the cave, where he violently murdered Daka, and prevented Talzin from further torturing Dooku, but had failed to kill Talzin in the end, who fled the battle. With Daka's death, all the arisen Nightsisters returned to the grave, leaving the rest outnumbered, and eventually massacred by Grievous' army. Unbeknownst to Dooku and Grievous however, Ventress had managed to survive the battle.
Though Dooku and Grievous' intent was to eliminate the Nightsisters, they were unsuccessful. A small number remained. Those that made it out waited for the proper opportunity to revenge their sisters during the years and decades that followed.
Sometime after the battle, Dooku told Grievous that with the Nightsisters dead, there was no one to control the rogue Savage Opress, whose powers he felt growing, to which Grievous simply mocked Dooku's notion that Opress could pose a threat to them.
Battle with Kenobi and Invasion of Florrum
"General Grievous, I presume? What a surprise. Have a seat. What, may I ask, is the honor?"
"You can dispense with the pleasantries, pirate. This planet is now under Separatist control!"
"Ah ha... and, what do you suppose that means?"
"It means you have a new master, pirate scum."
- ―General Grievous and Hondo Ohnaka
Grievous later attacked and boarded Obi-Wan Kenobi's command ship. He tore through the clone trooper ranks until he made his way to Kenobi, whom he proceeded to duel and overpower. However, Kenobi managed to escape and abandon his ship, but not before rigging it to self-destruct, forcing Grievous to retreat and abandon all the useful information in the ship's memory banks.
Sometime later, Grievous landed on the planet Florrum and stalked out of his ship, disgorge battle droids in a row after row. The droids unfolded from their racks, landed on the ground, and began marching, in front of Grievous, followed by IG-100 MagnaGuards, super battle droids and droid commandos and took over pirate Captain Hondo Ohnaka's base in retaliation for Ohnaka's previous capture of Dooku. Grievous was soon informed that Ahsoka Tano, her fellow Jedi younglings, and a group of pirates had freed Ohnaka. He then ordered his tanks to level the prison section. As they were escaping, Grievous and STAPs pursued them and boarded their tank. Grievous then fought Tano and though she proved to be a much more formidable opponent than in their previous encounter, Grievous was still more than a match for her. Ohnaka then arrived in Slave I, rescued Tano and opened fire on Grievous, but was forced to retreat when Armored Assault Tanks arrived, leaving Grievous to laugh in victory. At some point afterwards, Grievous and his droids demolished the remains of Ohnaka's base and left Florrum.[source?]
Sometime later, Grievous sent an encoded transmission to other members of the Confederacy, but the transmission was also intercepted by the Jedi Council. However, Republic Intelligence was unable to break the new encryption technology used in the transmission, and the Republic feared this was leading to an upcoming major attack. In order to understand the transmission the Republic sent D-Squad, a group of Republic droids, to a Separatist dreadnought to retrieve an encryption module.
- "They won't have a problem getting it back from the Jedi? Do you think I'm an idiot? My guards just reported back to me that the crystal is in possession of Skywalker and Kenobi. [...] If you don't have the crystal then there's no reason to deal with you! Deal's off! [Grievous kills Edente and throws his body aside] I will handle this myself."
- ―General Grievous, to Edente as the Sugi panicked for his life before being killed
Near the end of the war, a large kyber crystal was discovered. Pau City Governor Torul Blom began discussions with Count Dooku. With the help of Sugi weapons dealer, he wanted to sell him the crystal. Grievous was sent by Dooku to acquire a massive kyber crystal from Sugi arms dealers led by Endente. The deal was to take place on the planet Utapau, with local Amani being used as bodyguards. At least two Magnaguards were present in the early days of the event, and more of them, as well as other droids, arrived later with Grievous. The Jedi Anakin Skywalker and Obi-Wan Kenobi learned of the arms deal when they came to the planet to investigate the mysterious death of Jedi Master Tu-Anh. They tracked down the crystal and stole it from those who were trafficking in it, but Grievous's forces were then able to claim it. They, however, continued their mission, following the crystal to the space above Utapau.
The pair of Jedi chased the ship carrying the crystal, but the pair themselves were being chased by Grievous in his fighter and several droid fighters. The crystal was brought to a Separatist supply ship, which the pair crashed their ship into the hyperdrive of. Choosing to do a "number five special," they abandoned their craft in escape pods, but boarded the supply ship in different hangars. While Skywalker did not encounter resistance, only seeing one unarmed OOM pilot battle droid which he scared off, Kenobi was forced to deal with the crystal's droid escort. After Kenobi cut down several battle droids, Grievous and two vulture droids entered the hangar. Kenobi demanded that his nemesis surrender, and the two engaged in a brief duel, with Grievous quickly overpowering Kenobi, resulting in Obi-Wan's capture.
While Grievous prepared an execution chamber for Kenobi, battle droids secured the crystal, with it eventually being taken to the ship's vault. Skywalker was able to eventually free Kenobi and the pair eventually reclaimed the crystal. The pair learned that the crystal could fire back energy, such as laser fire, which they used to fight their way to the hangar. When they had secured a ship, Obi-Wan made several AATs fire at the crystal, causing it to overload. While the crystal's explosion destroyed the ship, Grievous chased after the Jedi in his fighter. The pair ultimately escaped into hyperspace while the explosion grew, destroying the Separatist fleet above the planet, and Grievous was flung into space in his starfighter. With the destruction of the massive kyber crystal, he had once again failed to fulfill the tasks assigned by his ruthless superior.
At some point later, the Confederacy launched an invasion of Utapau, which Grievous took part in. During this invasion, the general's preferred vehicle was a TSMEU-6 personal wheel bike. He eventually took control of Utapau, forcing their leaders to compromise by allowing him to select the planet as a hiding place for the Separatist Council.
Grievous was later seen with Dooku on the Separatist capital planet of Raxus Secundus where Dooku was receiving the Raxian Humanitarian Award. Grievous was in charge of security, and he briefly fought Quinlan Vos, who was there on orders of the Jedi Council to kill Dooku. Vos ambushed the general and his droids to prevent them from assisting Dooku, who was under attack by Ventress, Vos' partner in the assassination. Vos was able to cut off one of Grievous's hands and lock him in a chamber; however, the assassination failed and Vos was captured.
Campaign against the Shadow Collective
Destroying Maul's forces
- "We are not fighting clones this time. These are Mandalorian warriors...The odds are stacked against us!"
- ―Grievous estimating their chances of winning the battle
Sometime after the Battle of Dathomir, Grievous was ordered by his master Count Dooku to hunt down Darth Sidious' former apprentice—the Zabrak Nightbrother Maul. Sidious had tracked Maul to the Death Watch controlled moon of Zanbar after he had escaped from Sidious— although that was ultimately the Sith Lord's plan. Dooku then ordered him to direct his entire droid fleet at Maul's recently formed crime syndicate—the Shadow Collective and ordered him to destroy his army and wound his pride, but not to kill him. This was in order for him to draw out Mother Talzin, Maul's mother and one of the most powerful beings in the galaxy. Grievous thought it foolish to keep Maul alive, but Dooku reminded Grievous that it was not wise to question the plans of Darth Sidious, and that he as Dooku's apprentice would carry out his orders to the fullest degree. Grievous then moved his fleet to Zanbar and launched several landing craft to destroy the Mandalorian warriors, starting off the Battle of Zanbar. Grievous knew from personal experience that the chances of his droid army gaining a victory in this battle were unlikely, as the Mandalorians were no mere clones. During the battle, Grievous spotted Maul on the battlefield and sent out four of his IG-100 MagnaGuards to "soften him up."
Grievous emerged from his ship and engaged at least one Mandalorian super commando in battle, easily killing him with his lightsabers. Maul disposed of the Magnaguards and turned his attention to the cyborg general and engaged Grievous in single combat. Neither Maul nor Grievous was able to gain the upper hand in the duel, but Grievous, per his orders, taunted Maul, telling him that the battle was lost. However, Maul had held several Gauntlet fighters in reserve and ordered them to drop firebombs onto the battlefield. This left both factions' resources almost depleted. Maul, realizing Zanbar was lost, fled into a Gauntlet fighter and retreated from Grievous. Grievous then contacted Count Dooku via hologram and informed him he had fulfilled his master's wishes; Maul was on the run. Dooku then congratulated Grievous. Maul now believed the Sith were out to destroy him and his Syndicate, but would not learn of their true intentions until it was too late. Grievous knew their goal was the witch Talzin, but did not understand what value Maul held for the Witch. Dooku told him all would be revealed as their plans unfolded.
Captured by Maul
- "Once our droids take control of the city, Maul's forces will be insects under our heels!"
- ―Grievous during the battle
After leaving Zanbar, Dooku rendezvoused with Grievous, gathering the fleet after Separatist spies reported that Mandalorian warships were amassing on the planet of Ord Mantell, confirming Maul was in league with the Black Sun who controlled the planet. Grievous once again questioned the Dark Lord's obsession with destroying Mother Talzin; Dooku explained to Grievous that Talzin was an older and fouler creature than Grievous understood, and that she would have to be destroyed before she disrupted Darth Sidious' plans. Grievous' super tactical droid Tey-Zuka reported to the cyborg general that a lone transport shuttle had left Dathomir moments ago, with Ord Mantell being a possible destination. Dooku believed Talzin was aboard and ordered the fleet to move to Ord Mantell.
Soon they arrived and Grievous ordered the fleet to begin bombarding the city from orbit. With the city now in ruins, the landing crafts began their assault. Grievous believed Maul's forces would soon be on the run but became suspicious when he realized he had not seen any Mandalorian warships. Tey-Zuka calculated that they had been destroyed before they could lift off but Grievous knew better—they were planning a sneak attack. The Gauntlet fighters appeared from behind Ord Mantell's moon, attacking the Separatist fleet. Grievous had been lured into a trap. Tey-Zuka reported a fighter had attached itself to the hull of Grievous' Providence-class Dreadnought—but before the droid could finish, Maul interrupted. He gave Grievous an ultimatum; either he shut down the battle droids that were killing his troops—or he would die.
With the General dismissing his threats, Maul then charged Grievous, tackling him into a transparisteel viewport. Dooku had also been captured as well. Maul contacted Sidious via hologram after traveling to Vizsla Keep 09, threatening to kill them both unless he met Mother Talzin's demands. Sidious refused, instead stating he had no further use for them. Maul decided not to kill them, but ordered Grievous to the brig. Grievous told Dooku that it would be unfortunate if the next time they met he would have to add Dooku's lightsaber to his collection.
Dooku, who was still on the bridge of the ship, later used the Force to unlock Grievous' cell. Grievous escaped, killing the Mandalorians that were guarding him and several more while searching for a way off the ship. He soon found an escape pod, ejecting from the carrier and escaping from Maul.
- "It is just as you predicted my Lord...we've traced Count Dooku's signals to Dathomir's surface. What is your command?"
- ―Grievous to Darth Sidious, just before the battle
Shortly afterward, Grievous regrouped with Darth Sidious aboard the Scimitar; which was originally Maul's personal starship; and they made their way to Dathomir where Dooku's signals were emanating from; just as Sidious predicted. Sidious ordered Grievous to cloak the ship from view and make their way to Dathomir's surface. They landed and the pair approached a chamber said to hold a stone column that was the heart of Mother Talzin's power. The chamber was located very near the Nightbrother village where Maul was born.
Grievous blew an opening in the wall of the chamber, entered and stated he was about to kill Maul. Sidious followed, stating only the Dark Lord's plan shall rule the galaxy. Dooku appeared, though he was now possessed by Talzin, who at the time was still unable to take physical form. The four engaged in lightsaber combat; Grievous attacked Maul while Sidious freed his apprentice from Talzin with the use of Force lightning. Talzin returned in the flesh while Sidious told her she was going to die here. Maul took advantage of this distraction and used the Force to shove Grievous through the opening the explosion had created. Sidious attacked Talzin with a Force lightning barrage while Talzin defended Maul and herself with magick. Grievous reentered the chamber calmly striding towards the now beaten Talzin; Grievous then ignited his lightsabers and plunged them through the witch's chest. The retreating Maul looked on in horror as Talzin's body turned to stone. Darth Sidious took a moment to congratulate Dooku and Grievous; Maul's future had been erased while theirs was more certain than it had ever been.
Grievous fought Jedi General Depa Billaba on Haruun Kal. There his troops decimated her clone troops, while he personally engaged the Jedi Master in a duel and almost ended her life. Six months after his victory over Billaba, he and General Kleeve then sent in their top explosives expert, Captain Rackham Sear to carry out a bombing on the Jedi Temple. After Captain Sear's mission failure, Grievous then went to Kardoa with Kleeve and Sear's brother, Colonel Coburn Sear. There, Grievous saw Billaba leading the Republic forces. Grievous then demanded that she must die. However, Kleeve saw his obsession with killing Jedi as a distraction and warned against attacking before he left for Kaller. Grievous left as well for Mygeeto. However, he left Colonel Sear to deal with Billaba and her forces.
Grievous then waited for Billaba and her forces to come to Mygeeto. There, he and Colonel Sear confronted Billaba and her apprentice, Caleb Dume. The General was able to duel her again during the Third Battle of Mygeeto and was able to get the upper hand in the fight. However, he was forced to flee when Billaba's clone troopers surrounded him. He told her that he regretted letting her live.
General Grievous played a decisive role in the outbreak of the conflict between the Wookiees and the CIS. For the Separatists, Kachirho was a key place. It was a simple to defend location that also served as an excellent landing strip for the droids. Grievous, on the other hand, was primarily interested in the Claatuvac Guild Archives, which contained a large number of unknown space roads. The invasion began with a failed attack on the refinery of the city. Initially, the Wookiees attempted to remain neutral in the conflict, but the importance of the planet compelled both sides to enter into a series of negotiations with the royal families of Kashyyyk, hoping to persuade them to join their cause. However, General Grievous became impatient of waiting for a decision favorable to his interests and ordered to prepare a large-scale attack, thinking that the threat would "persuade" the Wookiees, to accept the conditions posed by Count Dooku and the allies of him. However, this decision turned out to be a serious mistake.
The final days
Battle of Coruscant
- "Your lightsabers will make a fine addition to my collection."
- ―General Grievous
Ultimately, the Republic held all the momentum for the third year of the war. The Separatists were pushed to the Outer Rim Territories, and, in the campaign known as the Outer Rim Sieges, the Republic Military kept up the pressure. Towards the end of the war, a Separatist surrender seemed as though it would come in due time, but the sieges also encompassed when Grievous launched a massive offensive, pushing the Republic to the brink. At one point during the sieges, Grievous was aboard the bridge of a starship. During the sieges, at some point Grievous attempted to take control of the shipyards in Anaxes on the Core Worlds, which resulted in a bloody battle. The Republic owned a number of important shipyards on the planet, where a large city of ships was manufactured.
With the Republic Military occupied in the galaxy's spiral arms, the capital of Coruscant was left with fewer defenses. Republic strategists were not worried, but Sidious arranged for Grievous to launch a massive assault to capture his own alter ego, Supreme Chancellor Sheev Palpatine. Earlier, Count Dooku had transferred his command post to Grievous' flagship the Invisible Hand. That allowed him to keep Grievous close by to ensure he followed his orders. Although a creature like the cyborg general represented no threat to the Sith Master, Sidious did not want any setbacks to his plans. The Coruscant Home Defense Fleet was caught off guard, and, with the chaos and Confederacy navy providing cover, Grievous and a strike team could land on Coruscant's surface. Grievous landed in the Executive District and then appeared in Palpatine's apartment, accompanied by his MagnaGuards, who were equipped with electrostaffs capable of stopping a lightsaber. Despite Shaak Ti and Corobb's best efforts to get Palpatine to safety, Grievous fought his way through layers of security forces and Jedi to secure Palpatine, killing Jedi Roron Corobb and knocking out Master Shaak Ti with electrified cables and stealing their lightsabers in the process.
Grievous then took the Chancellor aboard his flagship the Invisible Hand, Grievous, however, was entirely unaware that Palpatine was none other than Darth Sidious himself. By the time Coruscant's home fleet had formed itself into assault formations, he had already returned to his flagship with his captive in tow. But before Grievous could withdraw to the safety of hyperspace, Republic reinforcements dropped into the system and engaged their enemy. Commander Salima swiftly rallied the Coruscant Home Defense Fleet into action. With the Supreme Chancellor held hostage in orbit, Salima ordered Republic vessels to close to prevent the Separatists from disengaging and escaping. The clashed between battleships became a slugging match, with heavy casualties on both sides. Through all this, Masters Kenobi and Skywalker wave their Eta-2 interceptors toward Grievous's ship, The pair fought through Separatist droid fighter squadrons to reach the ship at the cost of many of the clone pilots escorting them.
Jedi Knights Anakin Skywalker and Obi-Wan Kenobi boarded the Invisible Hand to rescue the Chancellor, who being held in its conning tower. Count Dooku's presence aboard the Separatist flagship proved to be a stroke of good fortune for the Republic. Upon their arrival they were confronted by Count Dooku, Head of State for the Confederacy of Independent Systems, the two clashed until eventually Anakin defeated Dooku and had him killed on Palpatine's orders. His death at Skywalker's hand left the Confederacy of Independent Systems without its leader, founder, and most potent political symbol. Meanwhile, the Invisible Hand was surrounded by Home Fleet Strike Group Five led by Lorth Needa, who demanded its surrender. Needa did not believe the general's claims that Supreme Chancellor Palpatine was a prisoner on board and ordered Grievous ten minutes to prove himself before the Strike Group Five massed ships started fire, Grievous did not surrender. Skywalker and Obi-Wan try to escape with the Chancellor, but they are caught in a ray shield surrounded by droids, who bring them before Grievous. Still unaware that Count Dooku lay dead on the viewing platform, Grievous was delighted to have captured his old adversary, Obi-Wan Kenobi, and to have met the legendary Anakin Skywalker face to face for the first time.
The Jedi broke free of their bonds, and after destroying IG-101 and IG-102, the pair cornered Grievous. Realizing that the odds were against him, the General had to shatter the front window of the cruiser with an electrostaff. Kenobi, Skywalker and the Chancellor managed to stay in the ship, but Grievous was sucked into space. Protected from exposure to vacuum, the general survived and used both his clawed feet and the grappling hook installed in his arm to latch onto the hull of the ship. After ejecting the rest to trap the Jedi and the Chancellor inside, Grievous fled in one of his dying flagship's escape pods and fled. Grievous didn't have the starfighter on hand. That situation worked in his favor, since he would have lost it along with his flagship, the Invisible Hand. The Soulless One had been docked at a small private landing platform on Utapau for months at that point. He was then recovered by the Lucrehulk-class Battleship Profusion. With his prize ripped from his fingers, the general ordered all vessels to flee the battlefield and later headed for the secured planet of Utapau in the Outer Rim Territories, where the Executive Separatist Council was hiding.
Many Separatist ships could not follow Grievous to safety. A full third of the Separatist armada had sustained critical ship failures or had suffered engine damage that prevented hyperspace escape. Larger capital ships—the ones under command of Neimoidians, Muuns, and others organics—surrendered, Droid starfighters did not. The Battle of Coruscant proved to be the Separatists' last gasp. The decimation of their fleet, combined with Count Dooku's death, left them with few assets they could call their own. Grievous returned to Utapau in the final week of the Clone Wars, using his personal Sheathipede-class transport shuttle, and bringing an occupying force with him. Following Count Dooku's death, Grievous succeeded him as Head of State of the Confederacy of Independent Systems and rose through the ranks to become the leader of the entire Separatist Alliance. Under the direct order of Dooku's Master, Darth Sidious, Grievous was to relocate the Council to the planet Mustafar. Sidious also told Grievous to remain on Utapau until he had recruited a new apprentice.
Return to Utapau and duel with Kenobi
- "Army or not, you must realize you are doomed."
"Oh I don't think so…"
- ―Grievous and Obi-Wan Kenobi
In the days after the Battle of Coruscant, the Republic received word that Grievous was hiding on Utapau, with Sidious, under his alter-ego of Chancellor Palpatine, claiming to Skywalker that Clone Intelligence located the general. With the war coming to its close, Sidious no longer needed Grievous as his pawn, as the cyborg had played his role; all of Grievous's campaigns had served to distract the Jedi Order from learning of the Sith conspiracy unfolding around them on Coruscant. Although Palpatine advised the Jedi Council to send Skywalker to challenge Grievous, they felt a Jedi Master was needed to finally defeat the cyborg warrior, so Kenobi was sent to confront him. It was not the first time Kenobi had been tasked with capturing the Separatist leader, but the recent death of Dooku, the presence of the Separatist Council on Utapau, and significant victories over the Separatists gave the task a new sense of urgency. There was a real chance to put an end to the Clone Wars. In need reinforcements for the mission, Kenobi joined with his Republic troops led by Commander Cody to help him.
Upon his arrival on Utapau, when meeting Tion Medon, Port Administrator of Pau City who initially assured him that all was well. But was told in whispered that General Grievous was here, they are being held hostage and Grievous is a force to be reckoned with. Midon requested for General Kenobi and his army for help in freeing the people of Utapau from the Separatist occupation. After learning the cyborg was based on Level 10, Kenobi watched as Grievous spoke to the Separatist Council, and though Nute Gunray doubted Grievous' ability to keep them safe, they followed his orders and left just moments before Kenobi would jump down to Grievous.
Kenobi jumped down from a bar above and greeted Grievous, who applauded his audacity before ordering his bodyguards to kill the Jedi Master. After Kenobi handily defeated Grievous' bodyguards, the droid army prepared to open fire. However, Grievous ordered them to back away as he decided to engage Kenobi himself, eager to kill Kenobi himself in revenge from the last time they have fought, as well as to prove he was worthy of Sidious. He immediately split his arms in four and engaged the Jedi Master in one last duel. But the injuries to his left side had not yet been treated and, as a consequence to either his negligence or a lack of spare parts, he was unable to fight as well as he used to. The two had fought before, and both were aware of their opponent's ability; it would not be an easy fight. Jedi and cyborg engaged in a brief struggle along a walkway suspended above the lower levels of the hangar.
Throughout their multiple duels, Kenobi had learned a few things and predicted Grievous' blows, allowing him to neutralize Grievous's usual fighting style by limiting him to walking down the catwalk. After so many encounters, Kenobi knew how to best hold his own, soon managing to sever one of Grievous's clawed mechanical hand, leaving the hand and the lightsaber to fall to the decks beyond. Grievous was furious. He launched a wild attack, but he had lost his focus. As a result, Grievous lost another hand and weapon a few seconds later to Kenobi before Cody and the 212th arrived, ambushing the droid army. Fighting broke out all over Pau City between droid and clone forces. Grievous continued to threaten Kenobi, but Kenobi ended the initial duel with a tremendous Force push that disarmed the general. Grievous crouched like a spider and scuttled, dazed and unarmed, heading straight for his speeders.
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Pursued by Kenobi on a varactyl named Boga, after a prolonged chase and running duel, the two soon crashed onto Grievous' private landing platform, where the Soulless One was docked. Obi-Wan recovered quickly and took the electrostaff. He managed to disarm him again by swinging Grievous's blaster away as he landed several hits on him. Knocking him down, he rammed the moose into his abdomen, but the cyborg managed to kick Kenobi away. Despite this, Grievous once boasted to Obi-Wan that he would never arm his bodyguards with a weapon capable of harming him.
Unarmed, the opponents engaged in bare-handed combat; suddenly Obi-Wan was at a disadvantage, and was nearly beaten. However, Kenobi managed to rip open Grievous' chest plates, revealing Grievous' gut-sack. Alarmed, the cyborg tossed Kenobi aside. Wounded, but far from defeated, Grievous advanced on Obi-Wan with a laugh. The Jedi attempted to take him down with a kick to the leg, but it only broke his shin. Laughing even harder, Grievous flung Obi-Wan off the platform, but the Jedi manipulated his position via Force and caught hold of the edge. Grievous charged Kenobi with an electrostaff, preparing to finish off his old adversary. However, Kenobi used the Force to summon Grievous' blaster, shooting Grievous five times in his exposed gut-sack and making the cyborg scream in pain as his remaining biological components ignited. The shots incinerated the cyborg general from the inside burning the fluid that protects his surviving organs, finally destroying him and leaving his empty shell to fall to the ground.
After years of seemingly unstoppable terror, the general's murderous streak and malice came to an end. All that remained of Grievous was the lifeless shell that was his cyborg remains; the so-called improvements he had sacrificed so much of himself to have were left on the ground by Kenobi, who walked to the empty shell and threw down the blaster, sparing his rival one more look before returning to the battle.
- "I was a great admirer of the late General Grievous. An interesting design, but very much a first step. Commander Karbin is the next."
- ―Cylo, on the design of Karbin's cybernetic body
Ironically for Grievous, his wish to see a galaxy devoid of the Jedi Order was all but fulfilled, but only after his death; a short time after Grievous's demise, Sidious, using his alter ego of Chancellor Palpatine, ordered the clone troopers across the galaxy to execute Order 66, turning the soldiers against their own generals. Escaping from his clone troopers, Kenobi survived and fled Utapau aboard the Soulless One, running past the remains of his cyborg rival one final time but sparing Grievous no glance. With the Jedi all but destroyed, Sidious transformed the Republic into the First Galactic Empire and had also managed to turn Anakin Skywalker to the dark side of the Force, making him the Sith Lord Darth Vader.
During the first year of the Age of the Empire, after his efforts in the Clone Wars, Sidious founded the Inquisitorius. The Imperial Inquisitors, or simply Inquisitors, were a group of Force-sensitive Jedi hunters trained by Darth Vader and led by a former Jedi Temple guard who had been seduced by the dark side. The Brothers and Sisters of the Order of Inquisitors, stripped of their identities and assigned numbers corresponding to their enlistment orders, perverted what the Jedi stood for in completely different ways than Grievous did. The Inquisitorius lightsabers could rotate while the hilt remained stationary in relation, creating a deadly circle of light, similar to how the cyborg General's hand could rotate while holding a weapon.
By 14 BBY, five years after the Empire took power, it was rumored that Vader was a counterpart to Grievous that Palpatine had been holding in reserve. Also during that year, Moff Wilhuff Tarkin returned to Coruscant to meet with Emperor Palpatine. While in the Imperial Palace, Rear Admiral Nils Tenant reunited with Tarkin and asked if he had been in the Western Reaches. Tarkin, who had actually been stationed at Sentinel Base as part of Project Stardust, claimed he had and was still hunting Grievous's former allies. In the aftermath of Order 66, fallen Jedi Taron Malicos lied to the Nightsister Merrin about Grievous' massacre of the Nightsisters in an attempt to manipulate her into teaching him magick. Malicos claimed that the Jedi had been the ones who ordered the massacre. It wasn't until five years after Order 66 that Merrin learned the truth from Cal Kestis.
Years after Grievous' death, an Imperial researcher named Cylo began working on the creation of cybernetically-enhanced individuals; these individuals were designed to be possible replacements for Darth Vader as the Emperor's apprentice. One such individual, Karbin, had a cybernetic body installed by Doctor Cylo, who claimed to have been inspired by the body of Grievous.
Some time after the Battle of Endor, Temmin Wexley implied that he had downloaded some of Grievous' old programming into Mister Bones, his robotic B1 battle droid bodyguard. Wexley had indeed added Grievous's programming to his B1, though he did not fully appreciate who the deadly cyborg had been despite his programming being the most significant of the "moves" he added. Among Bones' memories was one of wielding four lightsabers with four hands and the blades spinning, like how Grievous had once dueled.
Between 31 and 32 ABY, on their way to learn more about the long-dead Jedi and their history, Karr Nuq Sin, RZ-7, and Maize Raynshi made their first stop at Utapau. Nuq Sin recalled learning about the planet where Grievous was killed, effectively ending the war. At a school on the desert planet Merokia.
For all the suffering he had spread throughout the galaxy, Grievous was held in high regard by at least one Kaleesh; during his travels across the galaxy, an artist met the Kaleesh, who bragged about Grievous, though not by name. The artist wrote down in his journal that he was told about a revered warrior who supposedly had cybernetic upgrades for combat. When the artist's notes were published by the Graf Archive at some point after the Battle of Oetchi in 34 ABY, they were accompanied by information on Grievous and the Kaleesh.
Half century after the Kaleesh warlord gained galactic infamy for his role leading the Separatist droid army, Grievous was referenced in several works stemming from the planet Batuu, including a toy of the cyborg general that was sold at Black Spire Outpost on the planet. After the Battle of Crait in 34 ABY, Grievous's old enemy Hondo Ohnaka featured Coruscant in his book Galactic Explorer's Guide and, due to his role in the Battle of Coruscant, included Grievous in the "Rogue's Gallery" section for the planet. The owner of the store Dok-Ondar's Den of Antiquities, a Ithorian collector named Dok-Ondar, owned the original Kaleesh mask worn by General Grievous and the cloak which he wore as a cyborg.
Personality and traits
- "Listen to me, Jedi. I do not care about your politics. I do not care about your Republic. I only live to see you die!"
- ―General Grievous's message to the Jedi Order
A Kaleesh warlord who stood at 2.16 meters in height, Grievous, born as Qymaen jai Sheelal, possessed red colored skin and slit-pupiled golden eyes, as well as an elongated facial structure with slitted nostrils alongside a series of four spiky growths which protruded from his chin. Often donned with a Kaleesh mask sculpted from the skull a Mumuu, a hostile predator native to his homeworld of Kalee, Grievous wore the mask throughout the duration of his people's war with the Huk. With a desire to become the leader of the largest and greatest military force within the entire galaxy, as well as possess the capability to combat Jedi, whom he had perceived as nearly invincible as a result of their powerful connection to the Force, the Kaleesh also aspired to become a great warrior and gained the reputation of an infamous warlord who developed vast numbers of enemies.
When transformed into a reconstructed cybernetic warrior following a gruesome shuttle crash, Grievous's brain was altered by Separatist engineers without conscience by the Kaleesh, which resulted in an increase in intelligence, agility and strength, as well as a deep and violent disposition for the Jedi following the false revelation by Count Dooku that the Jedi were responsible for his condition. As a result, Grievous was tall, and his metal-plate body resembled the form of a mechanical skeleton, similar to armor but welded together with no room for flesh. In almost any meeting, it was a powerful presence that could intimidate others. With his cybernetic transformation, Grievous received claw-like feet, as well as a set of arms which were capable of separating themselves into an additional set, as well as a skull-like Kaleesh mask that had been specifically sculpted for his new body, from which his eyes peered through revealed his being's cyborg nature. Furthermore, located behind a set of duranium teeth crafted to mimick those of the Karabbac beast from his homeworld, Grievous's hoarse voice was emitted from an ultrasonic vocabulator, which almost exactly replicated his original voice.
Alongside a hatred for political matters, Grievous had developed an understanding that his involvement in the Clone Wars was an opportunity to eliminate the Jedi Order and command the Separatist Droid Army, as opposed to serving Dooku's political ambitions. However, as a result of his preeminent desire to eradicate the Jedi, many within the Confederacy, such as General Kleeve, considered his personal goals as a distraction which prevented his successes in the war. The general himself had a deplorable lack of a sense of humor and considered killing them to be a form of enjoyment, but he was able to put his duties ahead of it. He was quite proud of his position within the Separatist organizations and told others to refer to him as "general". He was also referred to as "My lord" by members of the Confederacy military, such as Asajj Ventress and TV-94.
Grievous was known for his cruelty and ruthlessness and was seen as the Separatists' best general. Given his reputation, Grievous was feared throughout the galaxy as a strategic genius and for his hunting prowess. After Count Dooku, the Republic viewed General Grievous as the second biggest threat in the war. The Republic described Grievous as a mechanical horror, which appealed to deep-seated droid anxieties. Nothing striked more terror into the hearts of Republic soldiers quite like General Grievous. He was a symbol of terror across the galaxy, flying from one disaster to the next, whether he was sending armies against entire worlds or facing foes in close-up and deadly combat. One of the most terrifying and formidable combatants throughout the conflict, he was both a strategic mind and a battlefield nightmare. According to legend, even the Jedi shuddered when his name was mentioned and feared meeting him in battle, as none could match his sheer relentlessness and determination.
Behind Grievous' mask laid one of the shrewdest military strategists of the era — one who was not afraid to retreat should the odds turn against him. The general favored quick retreats from battles if endangered and regularly avoided capture by Republic forces; always slipping away to fight another day. He constantly frustrated Republic commanders who sought his capture or death. Grievous, Trench, and their fellow commanders were placed in charge of the broader campaign objectives. General Grievous' campaigns against the Galactic Republic threatened the very existence of the Jedi Order. The brutal and determined strategies he had learned as a warlord required the Jedi to command clone troopers, born out of advances in technology. As outlined in the legend of the Battle of Alamass, Separatist leaders believed Grievous could be relied upon to complete critical missions, for his record was nearly unblemished and he was highly regarded for his tactical insight, which provided the Separatists with numerous victories.
While Count Dooku dealt with matters of state, including military operations for the Confederacy of Independent System, General Grievous supervised the logistics and tactics of its vast droid armies. The general oversaw a large number of capable admirals and generals recruited from across the Galaxy. The Devaronian general Kleeve was one such famous Separatist leader while serving as a battlefield commander in numerous battles. Grievous despised taking orders, and being paired with other commanders irritated him greatly. It appeared to be an insult to his abilities as a leader and a warrior. Grievous could impose better control over his forces, thanks to the droid commanders who eliminated the unauthorized thoughts and suggestions from underlings with internal strategic prowess. Only a few brilliant sentients, such as Admiral Trench, are still in charge of offensive operations.
Cold, calculating, vain, and unconcerned with the rules of combat outlined by the Galactic Accord of Systems, his cruelty was not limited to the field of battle. Civilians and other non-combatants suffered, with Grievous devastating the populations of entire worlds. His tactic was to exploit the compassion of his foes, targeting civilians and forcing his opponents to priorities the protection of innocents. The General did not care about civilian casualties, as he expressed during the attack on the Kaliida medical station. This left his troops to focus on victory at any cost. He uses his agile fleets to his advantage throughout the war, disrupting the Republic with attacks on planets such as Falleen and Dorin. Unable to calculate where the droid general will strike next, the Republic becomes distracted and leaves previously conquered worlds to fall under Separatist control. Grievous was a successful leader, according to Dooku, because the cyborg saw the big picture and carried out a high-handed strategy like using hidden listening posts to ambush Republic fleets and attempting to invade Kamino to stop clone production.
Being in command of the largest droid army ever created, even when Grievous made mistakes his setbacks were often only temporary. He did suffer defeats, however, but his failures were never serious enough to undermine Darth Sidious' plans. At times Dooku had to remind him and Asajj Ventress that they were not irreplaceable. Grievous' reputation of being a cunning wraith who dived in and out of conflicts silently and swiftly served as a valuable weapon in the armory of the Confederacy of Independent Systems, and his personal starfighter was an continuation of that reputation. He regularly commanded naval engagements from his flagship dreadnought, the Invisible Hand, but his combat experience and brutality shined in hand-to-hand combat. Grievous brings the ability to excite, motivate, and lead his troops from his days as a Kaleesh warrior. As a cyborg general with uncanny abilities, he unleashes his full power commanding an army of droids but prefered to fight from the front lines, and was often surrounded by IG-100 MagnaGuards. He crushed all, even Jedi, who came within his reach in a terrifying display of lightsaber prowess as well as the strength and resilience of his mechanical body.
Not only was General Grievous a callously brilliant strategist, but his own skills as a warrior made him a deadly opponent in his own right. The General demonstrated that one need not be strong in the Force to threaten even the greatest Jedi in combat, Grievous believed himself to be a superior warrior to all Jedi, frequently sought to prove himself in combat, and believed that his mechanical limbs made him superior to all foes. He had little understanding of the Force, though he believed that the improvements made to his body gave him a greater power than that of the Jedi he hunted. He replaced this gap of knowledge with an appetite for destruction, especially of the power he did not truly comprehend. However, transforming his body into a fighting machine left Grievous' organic anatomy weak inside his armor.
Grievous' hatred for the Jedi was well known throughout the galaxy and was stated by him on many occasions. A feared Jedi hunter, he was well known for his brutality and ruthlessness. He took macabre delight in defeating Jedi on the battlefield. However, he was also quick to run from a fight when the tide was turned against him, often scuttling away to safety using all four limbs. This tactic worked, until his final encounter with his nemesis, Jedi master Obi-Wan Kenobi, with whom Grievous shared a fierce rivalry. The Jedi considered such devious tactics to be cowardly, but Grievous held no such notions of honor. Though Mace Windu and the rest of the Council branded Grievous a coward, the truth was that he was a relentless and experienced enemy, who despite not being able use the Force, defeated numerous foes. The General had supreme confidence in his own abilities, and was often arrogant, believing himself to be untouchable. Grievous also insisted on fighting Jedi personally whenever possible, even when injured, which betrayed a sense of recklessness and restlessness in the cyborg general. This was shown by his refusal to heed EV-A4D's advice to recuperate after his first bout with Kit Fisto and his former apprentice Nahdar Vebb. He acted recklessly again when he fought Obi-Wan on Utapau, which proved to be his undoing.
Grievous took pride in his growing collection of war trophies, which was made up of the lightsabers of his defeated foes and the braids of Padawans struck down before their knighting. He was said to have captured or killed dozens of Jedi, including Jedi Master Neebo and the recently knighted Nahdar Vebb. He was a collector of lightsabers, taking the weapons of every Jedi he killed and using them in battle. By the end of the Clone Wars, he had nearly a hundred lightsabers in his macabre collection. The general challenged Jedi Generals in hopes of adding their lightsabers to his collection, Anakin and Obi-Wan managed to avoid being included to Grievous' list of victims.
Grievous kept a gloomy trophy room in his hidden lair and carried many stolen lightsabers in the lining of his cape, sometimes attached to his waist. Although Grievous killed many Jedi during the Clone Wars, his greatest prizes were the lightsabers of Pablo-Jill, Eeth Koth, Roron Corobb, and Shaak Ti. Nahdar Vebb's lightsaber was briefly a part of his collection but was lost when Kit Fisto reclaim it. At one point, Grievous gained the lightsaber of Jedi Master Jmmaar.
His vicious streak extended beyond the Jedi, as he personally killed Gungan General Tarpal on Naboo, killed several more Gungans before him, and massacred the Nightsisters of Dathomir. There, he showed no mercy as he wiped out the majority of the clan of witches, including the clan's elder, Daka. Later, he even killed Mother Talzin, the Nightsister's Clan Mother.
Despite his actions in war, Grievous was loyal to both of his masters, Count Dooku and Darth Sidious, who frequently viewed Grievous as nothing more than a useful tool that was an important part of their plan for the Clone Wars. Grievous had minor clashes with Dooku but held a great respect for the leader of the Confederacy, who assisted him in his training and whose orders the general would follow. He shared his master's confidence, such as when Dooku informed him of Savage Opress's growing power, to which Grievous simply laughed at the notion that Opress could pose a threat to them. Grievous was overjoyed at the fallen Jedi's frustration when Count Dooku was captured by some common pirates. But hubris in war is always dangerous, and Grievous's capture would come in an unexpected way. Following Dooku's captured by Maul to Dathomir, Grievous was trusted enough to be Darth Sidious' only backup for their final confrontation with Talzin and Maul.
The cyborg didn't mourned the Count's death, who died at the hand of Anakin Skywalker. Grievous vowed that he would never forgive Count Dooku for leading the Republic to his safe haven on Vassek. However, now that Dooku was dead, the General had complete command of the Separatist forces. And it was something that would be extremely beneficial to him. He remained, however, in Darth Sidious' service. In a meeting with Darth Sidious and other Separatists, General Grievous learned of a new and even more powerful "apprentice" but never learned of their identity. Grievous wanted to prove his worth to Sidious, and was determined to be the one to kill Obi-Wan Kenobi in revenge for their previous duel, when he wanted and decided to deal with the Jedi Master himself. Grievous also valued loyalty and patriotism in others, one of whom was Kleeve. Grievous even support Rackham's plan.
General Grievous and Asajj Ventress shared a deep rivalry, which often caused them to work separately. Grievous and Ventress were constantly tested and challenged by Dooku, who in turn was ruthlessly tested by Sidious. Grievous seemed to hold a little respect for her, as he praised her on her style and noted that they could be equals, but Ventress dismissed the idea. However, the general openly declared himself that he had always been superior to her. They did shared a similar trait: a dislike for battle droids, one of many Separatist commanders to grow frustrated by the droids' limitations under their command. Both also shared a deep hatred for the Jedi in their own reason; as Grievous hated the Jedi, who had intervened in his war when the Yam'rii requested assistance from the Republic while Ventress hated the Jedi for abandoning her Jedi Master on Rattatak.
Grievous had a dislike for Nute Gunray, when the Neimoidian Viceroy was brave enough to publicly criticize him but came to an end when the cyborg threatened to kill him. Gunray, in turn, despised Grievous for Count Dooku preferential treatment of the cyborg. He displayed care for his cyborg pet Gor, being dismayed upon learning of the creature's death, which became another reason for his hatred of the Jedi. He also developed a kind of bond with his medical droid EV-A4-D, though he yelled at him from time to time and humiliated him, he let him criticize him without tearing him apart. Grievous shared his secrets with his medical droid, one of the few entitles in the galaxy who knew Grievous's secrets. Whenever the general in battle, A4-D take care for his master's pet.
Despite leading the Separatists' droid armies, Grievous also had a disdain for battle droids, especially B1 models, seeing them as incompetent, mass-produced, and weak tasked with a glorious mission that is above their capabilities. He was not afraid to demonstrate his frustration through physical cruel punishment, and would not hesitate to destroy or abandon them in an instant. Legend claimed he was so willing to harm them because, in some ways, the droids reminded him of his own flaws. This habit often caused Dooku to remind Grievous that the droids were expensive and that they were made to follow orders, not question them.
According to the legend, Grievous could not see the similarities between himself and the droids he harassed, believing that his organic heart made him stronger and better than the droids he tried to think he was nothing like. He is often displeased with the droid army's failure to fulfill his exacting standards, distracting him just after they had suffered a humiliating defeat but the general had little regard for them and take pleasure in being the commander of the largest droid army the galaxy has ever seen. Given how much General Grievous despised battle droids, one can imagine how resistant his mechanized MagnaGuards were to their lord's high expectations. He outfitted them with Kaleesh cloaks and head wraps echoed the outfits worn by his companions as a tribute.
Though being hugely powerful, the cyborg Grievous felt humiliated and reacted with rage when mistaken for a droid. Even so, Grievous knew that his new form made him frightening. Found power far more powerful that frightens even the Jedi, after he has improved himself. Grievous became more of a machine than a living creature that beats the heart of an evil warlord beneath his armor, he was something one would expect to see in spiceinduced nightmares, rather than in reality. Legend specified that he strived to be a machine in body but an organic creature in heart and mind, combining the strengths and versatility of a machine with the cunning, passion, and emotional capacity of an organic life-form. He is sensitive about his upgrades and views his new body as an improvement necessary to accomplish his quest to become the galaxy's greatest warrior. However, Grievous' transformation into a cyborg, had not gone smoothly, and he was constantly coughing. This information was in the possession of the Sith in case in the future they had other candidates for conversion.
The legend of the Battle of Alamass made further claims about Grievous's mental state; despite his military prowess, the legend claimed the general remained unhappy because, even though he had altered his body, he was not satisfied with his fate in life. In truth, he would never find peace or completion in the continued modification of his form, for deep down he sought escape, and no matter how much he might change what he was, he could never change who he was. The general, however, being a creature ruled by his heart, could never perceive it in himself. As a result, the general who would become a cyborg was a troubled soul, and the only way he knew how to express his pain was by violence. Grievous became angrier and more vengeful he became, lashing out at anybody he thought was weak.
The pathological hatred he felt toward the Jedi, against whom he had sworn to exact a terrible vengeance for crimes against him and his people, caused Grievous to target Jedi one by one. After the catastrophic intervention of the Galactic Republic and Jedi in a conflict between his people and the Huk decades earlier, Grievous believed it is his duty to rid the galaxy of Jedi "filth."
Skills and abilities
- "You fool! I've been trained in your Jedi arts by Count Dooku!"
- ―Grievous, to Obi-Wan Kenobi
Although devoid of a powerful connection to the Force, Grievous was a highly skilled warrior who was capable of proficiently wielding lightsabers in combat against his enemies as a result of the training received from Count Dooku. A master of several forms of lightsaber combat, Grievous was capable of quickly adapting to the fighting styles implemented by his opponents. Furthermore, due to the enhancements provided to him by his cybernetics, the Kaleesh often utilized and relied on his strength and agility during his encounters with Jedi.
A skilled lightsaber combatant who specialized in the form known as Jar'Kai, which contributed to his personalized style of combat, Grievous utilized the advantage of his additional limbs during battle with others, which thereby allowed him to wield four lightsabers as a result and employ a personalized variation to overwhelm opponents. With three key elements "Fear, surprise and intimidation." One of the most important elements in undermining an enemy's abilities is surprise. Throughout the duration of his time as a warrior, Grievous clashed blades with numerous Jedi, such as Jedi Master Obi-Wan Kenobi on several occasions throughout much of the Clone Wars, as well as Ahsoka Tano, the Padawan of Anakin Skywalker, whom he was able to quickly overpower in their first encounter by rendering her unconscious for several seconds after tossing her to the side during their aboard Skytop Station, where he utilized intimidation tactics, such as roaring, to discourage his opponent. However, while Tano had improved by the time of their second encounter on the planet Florrum, as she utilized the Force to gain an advantage, Grievous was once again able to overpower the Padawan through the implementation of his additional limbs and clawed feet.
According to the Kaleesh himself, he was able to withstand assaults from strike teams of Jedi. Members of the Jedi Council struggled to challenge the Kaleesh cyborg, such as Eeth Koth; Grievous dueled Koth and was able to push him back, although he then used his MagnaGuards to subdue him. He dueled Kit Fisto despite being weakened from recent damages; Grievous's lightsaber skills were superior to the Jedi Master Kit Fisto and was able to at least held his own, even after having lost one hand until the MagnaGuards arrive and corner Fisto. Once, Grievous fought Master Adi Gallia in the middle of a firefight, defeating her and taking her as prisoner. When battling Obi-Wan Kenobi, they often fought to a stalemate or an interruption, on Caliban; onboard Grievous' superweapon battle cruiser, the Malevolence; aboard the cruiser Steadfast in the Saleucami system; on Kamino; and aboard Kenobi's command ship the Negotiator near Florrum.
Although Grievous almost defeated Kenobi multiple times, Grievous successfully defeated him above Utapau, yet was later slain on that same planet by him. Their great battle to the death has become legendary. He fought Depa Billaba in at least two different duels; he severely injured Depa Billaba and nearly killed her in their first duel such that she fell into a coma for six months. In their second duel on Mygeeto, Billaba cut off two of his upper hands, although Grievous landed a glancing blow on her back. At some point, Grievous once even confront Caleb Dume, the Padawan of Depa Billaba. During his mission to capture the Chancellor, Grievous dueled Shaak Ti; Ti managed to fight further, but Grievous managed to get the upper hand. He ensnared her with electrified cables, which knocked her unconscious.
He also was able to hold his own against other opponents such as Asajj Ventress in two different duels; he first dueled her on Dathomir. Later, during the mission to assassinate Count Dooku, when Grievous tumbled over a railing, he managed to grab Ventress's arm and drag her down as he landed on top of her, and placed his foot on her throat. The General grabbed her with his four hands and hurled her down to the level below. Though Ventress managed to survive her fall and was able to fight off Grievous, she was seriously injured. Earlier in that mission, he also fought Quinlan Vos; when Vos ambushed Grievous and his battle droids, he took two lightsabers off the cyborg and then severed one of his hands. However, Grievous spread all four arms wide open, then charged and clashed in midair, knocking Vos back toward the wall. Though Vos struggled, he was able to escape and locked the cyborg general in a chamber. Grievous also encountered the former Sith Lord Maul; in two separate duels, the fought to stalemate, at least making the two equals. Grievous considered Maul too dangerous to let live.
Grievous chose a very unorthodox style while contending with the Jedi, using his four arms to his advantage. While Grievous had no Force ability, he countered his lack of supernatural abilities with his upgraded cybernetics: his artificial limbs and cybernetic systems allowed the reflexes and agility that made him deadly to the Jedi whom he ran into. He utilized his four arms, and sometimes two arms in hand-to-hand combat, fighting with a unique style with his bare hands, being able to pick up his opponents and throw them using his enhanced strength. As well as his powerful magnetized claws as he often kicks, grab and throw his opponents and crushing them beneath his foot. Aside from a growing collection of stolen lightsabers, Grievous willing to go any length and use any weapon to win a battle. Sometimes, he would surprise his opponent by taking out one of his extra arms to subdue them. The General did this when he blocked Nahdar Vebb's lightsaber with his own while he grabbed a blaster with another arm, allowing him to shoot Vebb several times in the torso. Against Obi-Wan Kenobi, he used one of his arms to grab him and threw him to the ground, then attempted to crush him beneath his mechanical feet.
He could split his two arms into four, allowing him to wield four lightsabers at once. He also used his mechanical arms to rotate his lightsabers so rapidly that they became pinwheels of destructive energy. Most Jedi he encountered were quick enough to deflect this tactic. He could also rotate his torso; when clones piled on top of him during the Battle of Saleucami, he used that ability to throw the troopers off him. He was able to deflect blaster bolts, even multiple ones, by spinning his lightsabers from two clones, Grey and Styles, while Dume and Billaba surrounded him from behind. He was able to deflect several boomas from the Gungans.
Grievous was very durable due to his cybernetics, and could even resist explosions from fuel barrels. However, underneath the cybernetics were the remaining of his eyes, and internal organs covers by armor. It was said he could take on even the most fearsome of opponents without fear of pain or wounds, meaning he did he have to hold back in his attack for fear of reprisal, although he took frequent damage in battle, requiring a lair of spare parts for his body where the Separatist commander returned from time to time for repairs and medical checks.
Unlike most rivals, the cyborg could allow himself to lose one or two limbs in combat, which would slow him down but not stop him, such as when he fought Kit Fisto after the Jedi infiltrated his lair. While fighting Quinlan Vos, the unarmed Grievous took the upper hand before unintentionally surrendering it.
He was unhurt after being Force pushed into a ship's window hard enough to crack it, and unhurt when he crashed his speeder into a herd of varactyls. He was even relatively unharmed by a tackle from Maul. Later, he suffered no damage walking through Talzin's force field as it was bombarded with Force lightning by Sidious and Dooku. He was able to escape after being Force pushed into a ceiling and then falling down, although he did lose two lightsabers. Grievous' mechanical body was equipped with duranium armor plating protecting his limbs, a torso made with durasteel, and a chest-plate cover for his internal organs, which would deflect blaster bolts.
Grievous's mechanical body allowed him to operate in the vacuum of space and underwater for short periods without additional life support, he was also immune to poisons and toxins. Grievous was very fast as he was able to use his cybernetics to crawl on the ground and make a quick escape if he needed to. Even having both legs cut, the cyborg still managed to escape, as his limbs allowed great mobility to climb onto the roof and flee. He dodged refracted beams from a giant kyber crystal after Obi-Wan had shot it several times, causing it to overload. Not only was he fast, but he also had enhanced strength as he was able to crush, lift, throw, smash, and choke his opponents. He could lift a varactyl off his body, and push his way through and crush the armor and skulls of Mandalorian soldiers with his bare hands and feet. Pulls two clones holding him with cords, and uses one of them as blunt weapon. Later throws a clone while hanging from the ceiling, knocking over a Jedi. His durasteel feet were magnetized and so sharp that they were effectively talons, allowing him to climb walls and ceilings with ease, grabs weapons, like an electrostaff, which he could then transfer to his hand.
Grievous was also a competent strategist as he used his massive army to overwhelm his opponents. He was able to recognized a battle was not in his favor as soon as he retreated. He led a devastating campaign in the Outer Rim, crushing multiple legions and fleets along the way. In the Battle of Bothawui, he commanded his fleet through Bothawui's planetary ring using asteroids to his advantage, knowing that it would protect him from any surprise attacks. This tactic allowed Grievous to damage a Republic cruiser until his adversary Skywalker knew what he was planning to do. Grievous posed a threat serious enough for the Council to dispatch a team of their best Jedi: Obi-Wan Kenobi, Anakin Skywalker and Adi Gallia, when he captured Eeth Koth and used him to mock the Jedi Council. He was able to correctly anticipate the Republic's movements during the Battle of Saleucami. He was also able to fool the Republic forces during the Battle of Kamino, with his ships taking heavy casualties, but Obi-Wan Kenobi eventually identified his plan. Later, he led his ships to victory against Kenobi's and took over his flagship, without losing a single capital ship. At the time, Kenobi was considered one of the Republic's best generals.
He can calculate with certainty, based on experience that the odds are against them at the Battle of Zanbar. He was also able to recognize that Maul had yet to deploy warships during the Battle on Ord Mantell. Tey-Zuka calculated that the enemy ships had been destroyed, but then their dreadnought was hit, and Grievous recognized that they had been lured into a trap. He managed to lure Depa Billaba into a trap, cutting off her exits and surrounding her with droids on Mygeeto. He also had an advantage because he could directly control his droid armies using the two antennae built into his head, giving him extra control in battle. Grievous not only could control his droid armies but he could also control the Invisible Hand's defense via comlinks built into his cybernetic systems.
- "So uncivilized…"
- ―Obi-Wan Kenobi, disposing of Grievous's blaster
Grievous was not only skilled in lightsaber combat, as he also owned a custom DT-57 "Annihilator" blaster pistol called the "Grievance Striker." Equipped with grapple lines built into his wrist, Grievous could launch the line at a long distance to attach to things. The General gained a reputation as a talented flier and piloted a customized Belbullab-22 starfighter known as the Soulless One. He was skilled enough to avoid and escape Anakin Skywalker's starfighter.
Behind the scenes
- "With General Grievous, I wanted somebody who was reminiscent of what Anakin is going to become, which is a half man, half robot. In this case, Grievous is sort of 20% alien and 80% robot."
- ―George Lucas on the creation of Grievous
Grievous was developed for the 2005 movie Star Wars: Episode III Revenge of the Sith as a new villain on the side of the Confederacy. He was introduced in "Chapter 20" of the animated series Star Wars: Clone Wars, which aired over a year before the film's release, but his appearances in that series have been relegated to the Legends continuity. In Revenge of the Sith, actor Gary Oldman was originally cast to voice the character, but union complications forced Oldman to step away from the film. The actor was replaced by Matthew Wood, the film's supervising sound editor who would go on to voice Grievous in the 2008 animated series Star Wars: The Clone Wars.
During the development of Revenge of the Sith, Grievous was created when it was clear that, with Dooku dying early in the film, the movie would need a new villain. Director George Lucas requested Lucasfilm's art department make a "droid general," specifying that the character needed to be reminiscent of the Original trilogy's Darth Vader without being a copy of the famous Sith Lord. Lucas also noted to the crew that Grievous needed to clearly and visually be a cyborg, denying early designs that depicted his mask with robotic photoreceptors. Amongst the artists who made designs for Grievous were Derek Thompson, Erik Tiemens, Alex Jaeger, and Warren Fu; the latter was the man whose concept was made into Grievous, even thought it was only a quick sketch that he was not very impressed by. Lucas, meanwhile, was instantly impressed by the drawing.
When interviewed The Star Wars Archives: Episodes I–III, 1999–2005, Wu stated Grievous's white coloration was created to be the opposite of Darth Vader's black suit, further noting that, within Chinese culture, the color of white represents death. Another one of Fu's concept drawings for Grievous was made into his IG-100 MagnaGuards. Grievous's design was finalized around the end of 2002, only six months before shooting for the movie began. Before Matthew Wood was cast in the role of Grievous, British actor Gary Oldman was offered Grievous' role. Oldman expressed excitement at joining the film and was slated to provide Grievous' voice at Skywalker Ranch during post-production of Revenge of the Sith, but it turned out that the film was being developed by filmmakers who weren't part of the Screen Actors Guild, of which Oldman is member from, leading Oldman to decline the role out of respect and solidarity to the Guild and to avoid violating the union's rules.
During production, the crew found it hard to film the duel between Kenobi and Grievous when the cyborg warlord uses all four of his hands. After considering having one actor sit atop another or having one suspended from the ceiling to achieve the tall general's multiple armed attack run, it was decided to use two stunt performers, with one standing in front of the other, to achieve the scene, but it was decided this strategy did not work out. Their next idea was to have one performer learn both Grievous's above and below attacks, allowing the complete attack run to be assembled out of both passes in post-production. In the end, it was decided that Grievous should lose several of his hands quickly to make filming easier on the crew, explaining why Grievous only briefly uses all four of his limbs to duel in Revenge of the Sith.
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