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"What did you do?"
"I am fulfilling my base function."
"Which is?"
"To nurse and protect."
―Din Djarin and IG-11[4]

IG-11, also known as Eyegee-Eleven or simply as IG or Eyegee, was a IG-series assassin droid who was a bounty hunter during the New Republic Era. IG-11 was programmed to follow the protocols of the Bounty Hunters' Guild, and had a built-in self-destruct mechanism to prevent itself from being captured while working as a hired gun.

Around 9 ABY, IG-11 took on a bounty that involved killing Grogu, a Force-sensitive infant that was held in a encampment on the desert world Arvala-7. During the assignment, the droid teamed up with the Mandalorian bounty hunter Din Djarin, and the two worked together to eliminate the Nikto mercenaries in the encampment and confront Grogu. Upon seeing the infant, IG-11 was destroyed by Djarin while the droid attempted to kill him.

The Ugnaught Kuiil later retrieved the droid's body from the encampment and repaired and re-programmed him in order to assist the retired vapor farmer. Now tasked with protecting Grogu, he accompanied Djarin and his allies to the planet Nevarro after meeting them in Kuiil's moisture farm. Following the death of his new master, he assisted them after they were pinned down by Imperial forces and helped them escape. IG-11 later sacrificed himself via self-destruction in order to kill a platoon of stormtroopers to prevent Grogu from being captured. After his sacrifice, a statue of the droid was erected in Nevarro's city.

Djarin later consulted High Magistrate Greef Karga in hopes of restoring IG-11, though these hopes were dashed when the droid was revived and became hostile, forcing Karga's protocol droid to crush its head with a bust. IG-11's remains were then taken to Anzellan droidsmiths who were unable to repair him without a memory bank, forcing Djarin to instead utilize the astromech R5-D4. However, IG-11's parts still came to serve another use when the Anzellans refashioned the assassin droid into a mech for Grogu called IG-12.

Later, in return for unofficially completing missions for the New Republic in the Outer Rim Territories, Djarin requested the head of a disused IG unit from Carson Teva, which was used in the reconstruction of IG-11 from the remains of IG-12. IG-11 was then given the position of marshal of Nevarro, and was welcomed by the citizens of Nevarro City.


The unsuccessful job[]

"You are a Guild member? I thought I was the only one on assignment."
"That makes two of us."
―IG-11 and Din Djarin[2]

IG-11 uses his blasters to attack the mercenaries in the encampment.

During the New Republic Era, IG-11, also known as Eyegee-Eleven, was a bounty hunter[2] and assassin[11] affiliated with the Bounty Hunters' Guild.[2] In 9 ABY,[1] IG-11 traveled to the desert world of Arvala-7 after acquiring a bounty to terminate[2] a Force-sensitive[12] infant known as Grogu. Arriving at a heavily guarded encampment, he began eliminating a number of Nikto mercenaries after they refused to comply with subparagraph sixteen of the Bondsman Guild Protocol waiver—which stated that they were required to produce the asset to IG-11.[2]

After dispensing a number of mercenaries, the droid encountered another bounty hunter, the Mandalorian Din Djarin, by surprise and shot his shoulder, knocking him down. After getting up, Djarin offered to split the reward of the bounty on the target and the droid agreed so long as he would obtain the reputation merits associated with the mission. While speaking to Djarin, the pair was ambushed by more mercenaries who managed to corner the bounty hunters and overwhelm them. In compliance with his programming, IG-11 attempted to initiate his self-destruct mechanism various times to ensure that his design would not fall into enemy hands, in accordance with his manufacturer's protocols.[2]

The Mandalorian and the Asset

Djarin shot IG-11 to save Grogu.

IG-11 was ultimately convinced to continue fighting, and distracted a Nikto-manned turret so that Djarin could hijack it and use it to eliminate the remaining mercenaries. With the outpost's defenders terminated, the droid and Djarin proceeded to use the hijacked turret to cut through a blast door and enter the building where Grogu was kept. Inside, they located the target, which was revealed to be an infant member of the same species as famed Jedi Grand Master Yoda. Despite Djarin insisting they keep Grogu alive, IG-11 protested, stating that the commission stated clearly that the target was to be terminated—contrary to Djarin's assignment, which preferred the target to be captured and brought in alive. Raising his blaster to complete the task, the droid was shot in the head and destroyed by Djarin, who then took Grogu into his custody.[2]


"Would anyone care for some tea?"
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IG-11 is repaired by Kuiil.

In the wake of his destruction, the Ugnaught vapor farmer Kuiil retrieved IG-11's body from within the encampment and took the droid's flotsam back to his moisture farm. With some considerable effort, Kuiil was able to repair the droid. Due to the damage caused by Djarin, little of the droid's neural harness remained, leaving him with no memories or abilities to speak of. Over the course of many days, Kuiil gradually re-trained the droid to assist him on his vapor farm, tending to the blurrgs and eventually preparing meals among other simple tasks. Kuiil reinforced IG-11's development with patience and affirmation.[3]

During the droid's rehabilitation, he began to develop a new personality and a seemingly far friendlier demeanor than his previous incarnation. When Djarin returned to Arvala-7 with former shock trooper Carasynthia Dune to recruit Kuiil, the droid entered the Ugnaught's hut to offer the newcomers tea. Djarin and his companion immediately drew their blasters, aware of the threat the droid posed to Grogu. Kuiil explained that IG-11 was re-programmed and was no longer a hunter, but could still protect should the need arise. Djarin still refused to trust the droid and begrudgingly agreed to Kuiil's terms to bring the droid along on their mission.


IG-11 offers his companions a meal.

IG-11 later joined Kuiil aboard the Razor Crest on the mission to the planet Nevarro in order to assist Djarin and his allies. During the trip, he prepared a meal for his companions, the invitation to which Djarin swiftly declined. IG-11 stayed aboard the Razor Crest as per Djarin's orders for the duration of the mission. During the mission, Kuiil was gunned down by Imperial scout troopers a mere distance from the starship, while Djarin, Dune, and[3] the Guild's agent[13] Greef Karga were pinned down in Nevarro's cantina by Imperial remnant forces led by Moff Gideon.[3]

Nursing and protection[]

"You are protected."
―IG-11, to Grogu[4]
IG-11 Licensed to Nurse

IG-11 attacks a pair of scout troopers to rescue Grogu

After Kuiil was killed by the Imperial scouts and Grogu was kidnapped, the two troopers stopped and waited for authorization to return to the city. During that time, the scouts repeatedly taunted and abused Grogu. IG-11 found them, insisting that they cease their actions and introduced himself as Grogu's nurse droid. Taken aback, the two imperial scouts laughingly demanded that the unusual IG droid leave. The droid then broke one of the trooper's arms and flipped him over before lifting the second trooper by his face-plate and repeatedly smashing him into his 74-Z speeder bike. Boarding the second speeder bike with the rescued infant, IG-11 set off into the city to rescue Djarin and his comrades.[4]

As the droid neared the city, Djarin attempted to contact Kuiil through his comlink. IG-11 responded through the comlink stored in Grogu's sack and revealed that Kuiil had been killed. When Djarin asked what he had done, IG-11 stated that he was fulfilling his base function, which was to "nurse and protect." Making his way through the city on the bike, the droid eliminated many Imperial stormtroopers with his blasters, eventually reaching the cantina where his companions were trapped by Moff Gideon's troops. With the Imperials distracted by the droid's actions, Djarin, Dune, and Karga fought their way out of the cantina. IG-11 killed several stormtroopers alongside his allies, all the while protecting Grogu from harm. The group later retreated to the cantina after Djarin sustained an injury to the head.[4]


IG-11 with his allies in Nevarro's sewer.

IG-11 provided an escape route into the sewers by using a built-in plasma cutter. This allowed Dune and Karga to escape with Grogu, whilst the droid stayed behind with Djarin, who sought a warrior's death. The droid refused his request to kill him, reiterating that he was no longer a hunter, but was programmed to nurse and protect. He stated that he would need to remove Djarin's helmet in order to save the Mandalorian's life.[4]

Despite initially refusing and threatening the droid, the injured warrior relented after realizing that IG-11 was not a living being and thus it would not break his oath to be seen unmasked. He then applied a bacta spray to Djarin's injury and they rejoined the others in the sewer. He would follow Djarin to the covert of the Tribe. The droid provided protection to the group and the Armorer within, while they discussed the future of Grogu and re-equipped themselves.[4]


"We need you."
"There is nothing to be sad about. I have never been alive."
"I'm not sad."
"Yes, you are. I'm a nurse droid. I've analyzed your voice."
―Djarin and IG-11 — (audio) Listen (file info)[4]

IG-11 would later join his companions aboard a droid-driven barge aboard a river of lava. While aboard the barge, Djarin's imaging systems revealed that there was an entire platoon of stormtroopers awaiting their arrival at the end of the river. Knowing that the Imperials would surely overpower the group, IG-11 deduced that the only way to fulfill his primary objective of protecting Grogu was to initiate his built-in self destruct mechanism in order to eliminate them.[4]


IG-11 sacrificing himself to protect Grogu and fulfilling his newfound purpose.

Djarin, who at that point had come to trust the droid and was saddened by this prospect, insisted that there was another way through the trap. IG-11 stated that he would be fulfilling his purpose and that he should not be mourned as he was never alive to begin with. Bidding Grogu farewell by stroking one of his ears, the assassin-turned-nurse droid then stepped off the barge and into the molten lava. Making his way through the river towards the Imperial ambush, the droid stopped before the troops. With his final words acknowledging his manufacturer's protocol, IG-11 self-destructed, killing the entire platoon of stormtroopers and saving Grogu and his companions. Djarin would later disable Gideon's TIE fighter and leave the planet with Grogu in his care.[4]

Honoring his sacrifice[]

"We were lucky to recover any of his parts after he self-destructed."
―Greef Karga to Din Djarin[5]
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Statue of IG-11 in Nevarro City

After the droid's destruction, the people of Nevarro City were able to recover some of his parts. They erected a statue in the market square to honor his sacrifice and commemorate his role in the planet's liberation.[14] The statue was partially built from his remaining parts.[5] When Djarin reunited with Karga and Dune in the flourishing Nevarro prior to the second skirmish on the planet, they passed by the memorial.[15] The pirate Hondo Ohnaka learned of IG-11's exploits and recounted what he had heard in a book titled The Secrets of the Bounty Hunters, where he admitted that he had doubts as to the veracity of the claims surrounding the droid's last stand. He also pondered whether the results of IG-11's reprogramming could be duplicated in the case of IG-88, another bounty hunter droid of the same model.[14]

Sometime later, Djarin returned to Nevarro with Grogu. Passing by the droid's memorial, Djarin asked Grogu if he remembers his friend, IG-11. They were then approached by the now High Magistrate Karga, who was happy to see them back. After a showdown with pirates, Djarin asked Karga to take IG-11 back. Karga replied that IG-11 was destroyed, and that they were lucky to recover any of his parts. Djarin explained that he needed a droid he could trust to help him explore Mandalore, and Karga suggested to take another droid, but Djarin insisted. They took his parts that survived from the statue — his head, torso and one limb. The statue remained with one limb and two legs.[5]

Reconstruction attempt[]

"I need a droid I can trust to help me explore Mandalore, and he's that droid."
―Din Djarin to Greef Karga on IG-11[5]

Djarin unsuccessfully tried to reactivate IG-11.

Djarin hooked the droid's remains up to power, and IG-11 powered up, but he reverted to his old programming. Noticing Grogu, he recited subparagraph sixteen of the Bondsman Guild protocol, and tried to capture Grogu with his one limb. Djarin took Grogu away, but IG-11 was able to jump from the desk to the floor. Moving without legs, he crawled to Djarin and Grogu. Djarin shot IG-11 to no avail, and when the droid reached his leg, Djarin threw Grogu in the air, passing him to Karga. Repeating "terminate asset," the droid turned around and crawled to Karga, but Greef Karga's droid dropped a bust of Karga on IG-11's head, destroying the droid again.[5]

Karga said to Djarin it was too big to repair IG by himself, and instead took him to a droidsmith workshop operated by a crew of Anzellan droidsmiths. The Anzellan could not fix the droid, because his memory circuit was broken, and IG memory circuits were no longer manufactured and were hard to find. They suggested him to get a new droid instead. Djarin asked if they could fix it without the circuit, and the Anzellan replied that IG would not be able to "think". Djarin asked if they could fix IG if he finds the part, and the Anzellan replied that they could.[5]

Djarin later travled to Tatooine, where he met Peli Motto. He asked her for a memory circuit for IG, but Peli replied they have not been made for a while. They also asked Jawas, which could not find the part as well. Instead, Peli suggested that Djarin could take R5-D4 for spelunking instead, and Djarin eventually agreed.[16]

Temporarily repurposed[]

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A new purpose

"Well, the Anzellans stripped IG down to his base motor functions. They removed his memory circuit. The pilot provides cognition. Think of it this way. It's more like a vehicle. Hmm? It's safer that way."
―Greef Karga on IG-12[6]

Despite the failed attempt at resurrecting IG-11, his parts were not thrown to waste. The Anzellan droidsmiths instead removed his memory circuit, fixed the assassin droid's basic motor functions and turned it into a mech for Grogu to control as IG-12. Karga gifted IG-12 to Grogu, to Djarin's reluctance.[6] The droid had two buttons that could be pressed to play the words yes and no. Grogu used the droid throughout the battle to reclaim Mandalore. During the journey there, he broke up a fight between Paz Vizsla and Axe Woves. He later saved Djarin's life from Paretorian Guards, however, in the process, IG-12 was ultimately destroyed.[7]

Marshal of Nevarro[]

"Greetings, citizens. I am IG-11, your new marshal. Your new Marshal of Nevarro. I am here to serve and protect the citizenry. I am at your disposal and serve at your pleasure."

Following Carasynthia Dune's departure from Nevarro, the planet had been left without a marshal. Following the battle for Mandalore, Din Djarin visited Carson Teva and requested to work for the New Republic, knowing their struggles to deal with the Imperial Remnant. Djarin requested the head of an IG unit in return. This head was used to rebuild IG-11, and he was made the new marshal, to the cheers of the city's people.[7]


"Manufacturers Protocol dictates I cannot be captured. I must self-destruct."
―IG-11, to Djarin[2]

IG-11 had a bacta spray built into one of his arms.

IG-11 was an IG-series assassin droid[9] with red sensors and gray and bronze plating.[2] The droid's reinforced body was able to withstand sustained turret fire without suffering significant damage. Without hesitation, he would put himself in harm's way if the situation demanded it.[17] Due to his moving sensors, IG-11 had a sensory advantage on the battlefield. He was able to engage multiple targets at once in both hand-to-hand[4] and blaster combat.[2] He was a marksman with multiple different weapons.[11] IG-11 also demonstrated the ability to pilot a speeder bike whilst using his two blasters. The droid was also capable of lifting a scout trooper with one hand and was able to repeatedly slam him into his speeder bike to incapacitate him.[4]

After his reprogramming and rehabilitation at the hands of Kuiil, IG-11 became a caring nurse droid. He was capable of preparing meals and pouring tea[3] and was determined to protect those placed under his care. Despite being programmed to operate more peacefully, he was still capable of great brutality, continuing to engage in acts of violence[11] although exclusively when his allies were under threat. His new nature drove him to sacrifice himself to save his friends, seeing his self-destruction and the resulting death of their enemies as the only way to ensure his companions' survival.[4]



IG-11 uses his blasters and a stolen speeder bike against Imperial forces.

IG-11 had two utility belts around his body, and was armed with an E-11 medium blaster rifle and a DLT-20A blaster rifle. In addition to his blasters, IG-11 also had a detonator built into him as a self-destruct mechanism by his manufacturer in an effort to prevent his design from being stolen or copied.[2] He was equipped with a plasma cutter to cut open grates, as well as a[4] bacta spray storage supply[8], which he used to heal Djarin.[4] He had plating that protected his internal neural processing unit and two ammunition bandoliers.[8]

Behind the scenes[]


"[IG-11] is very innocent and direct and doesn't know about sarcasm and doesn't know how to lie. It's like a child with a gun."
―Taika Waititi[18]
IG-11 concept

IG-11 concept art by Christian Alzmann

IG-11 was a character created for the 2019 Disney+ live-action television series The Mandalorian,[19] which began airing on November 12, 2019.[20] A picture of IG-11 was revealed on series creator Jon Favreau's Instagram on December 25, 2018.[21] Concept art for the character was created by Nick Gindraux, Ryan Church, and Christian Alzmann. According to Alzmann, concept art of Kuiil holding IG-11's dead form was meant to evoke the Pietà, with Kuiil resembling the Virgin Mary and IG-11 resembling Jesus. Other art by Alzmann was meant to depict what the artist referred to as a "Frankenstein moment," where Kuiil caringly puts IG-11 to bed. For the art depicting the scene where the droid takes down the two scout troopers on speeder bikes, Church claimed he was possibly looking to a Clint Eastwood Spaghetti Western for inspiration and considered what film director Sergio Leone would have done with that moment.[22]



Footage of IG-11 was first shown in a trailer leading up to the show's release,[23] although fans mistook the droid for IG-88, a famous droid bounty hunter[19] who first appeared in Star Wars: Episode V The Empire Strikes Back.[24] Pre-release information stated that IG-11 was often mistaken for IG-88 in-universe,[19] but the older character is never referenced in the show's first season,[4] though IG-11 was inspired by IG-88 as part of an effort to include background characters and concepts from the Star Wars original trilogy.[25] Orange stripes and a double bandolier were given to IG-11 to distinguish him from his predecessor, and concept supervisor Christian Alzmann gave the droid hands to better hold his blasters, another feature IG-88 was missing.[26] Series director and producer Dave Filoni deliberately chose to make IG-11 a new character so as not to contradict the Star Wars Legends stories about IG-88.[27]

The 2022 reference book Star Wars: The Secrets of the Bounty Hunters mentions that IG-11 stands at 1.93 meters tall,[14] seemingly in contradiction to the Star Wars: Character Encyclopedia, Updated and Expanded Edition, a 2021 book that lists his height at 2.19 meters.[8] This discrenpenacy could be considered an in-universe mistake, as Secrets of the Bounty Hunters is written from the perspective of the character Hondo Ohnaka.[14]



Taika Waititi voices IG-11

The character was voiced by Taika Waititi,[2] who also directed "Chapter 8: Redemption."[4] Waititi stated his character was very innocent, direct, and unaware of sarcasm, and did not know how to lie. He compared IG-11 to a child armed with a gun.[28] His motion-capture work was provided by Rio Hackford,[2] who also played Riot Mar in "Chapter 5: The Gunslinger."[29]

Due to the droid's linear and unique appearance, the animation team did not want him to be performed by a live actor via motion-capture in certain scenes, as it would not allow them to give IG-11 unnatural, angular movements that would be impossible for a human performer. The props team created a puppet version of the character's upper half that was capable of head rotations. The puppet ended up being more useful for filming than expected and was utilized in medium shots, and its awkward movements eventually became part of the droid's character.[30]


Non-canon appearances[]


Notes and references[]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 Star Wars: Timelines dates the events of "Chapter 1: The Mandalorian" and "Chapter 16: The Rescue" to 9 ABY. The events of Chapters 1–16 must therefore also take place in 9 ABY, and the events of Chapters 17–24 must take place around that year as well.
  2. 2.00 2.01 2.02 2.03 2.04 2.05 2.06 2.07 2.08 2.09 2.10 2.11 2.12 2.13 2.14 2.15 2.16 2.17 The-Mandalorian-logo The Mandalorian — "Chapter 1: The Mandalorian"
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 3.5 3.6 3.7 The-Mandalorian-logo The Mandalorian — "Chapter 7: The Reckoning"
  4. 4.00 4.01 4.02 4.03 4.04 4.05 4.06 4.07 4.08 4.09 4.10 4.11 4.12 4.13 4.14 4.15 4.16 4.17 The-Mandalorian-logo The Mandalorian — "Chapter 8: Redemption"
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 5.3 5.4 5.5 5.6 5.7 The-Mandalorian-logo The Mandalorian — "Chapter 17: The Apostate"
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 The-Mandalorian-logo The Mandalorian — "Chapter 23: The Spies"
  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 7.3 7.4 The-Mandalorian-logo The Mandalorian — "Chapter 24: The Return"
  8. 8.0 8.1 8.2 8.3 8.4 Star Wars: Character Encyclopedia, Updated and Expanded Edition
  9. 9.0 9.1 9.2 StarWars-DatabankII IG-11 in the Databank (backup link)
  10. StarWars Bounty Hunting Highlights: 5 of Our Favorite Moments from The Mandalorian – "Chapter 24: The Return" on StarWars.com (backup link)
  11. 11.0 11.1 11.2 ToppsDigitalLogo Star Wars: Card Trader (Card: IG-11 - Topps Chrome: The Mandalorian - Armored & Ready)
  12. The-Mandalorian-logo The Mandalorian — "Chapter 2: The Child"
  13. StarWars-DatabankII Greef Karga in the Databank (backup link)
  14. 14.0 14.1 14.2 14.3 Star Wars: The Secrets of the Bounty Hunters
  15. The-Mandalorian-logo The Mandalorian — "Chapter 12: The Siege"
  16. The-Mandalorian-logo The Mandalorian — "Chapter 18: The Mines of Mandalore"
  17. The Mandalorian Junior Novel
  18. The Mandalorian unmasked: 'We did things no Star Wars fan has ever seen' by James Hibberd on ew.com (September 5, 2019) (archived from the original on June 8, 2022)
  19. 19.0 19.1 19.2 The Mandalorian 5 new character details by James Hibberd on ew.com (August 25, 2019) (archived from the original on November 12, 2019)
  20. The Mandalorian Media Kit (PDF p. 1) on Walt Disney Direct-to-Consumer & International (September 24, 2019) (archived from the original on June 23, 2021)
  21. Instagram-Logo Jon Favreau on Instagram: Merry Christmas! (December 25, 2018) (backup link)
  22. The Art of Star Wars: The Mandalorian Season One
  23. StarWars D23 Expo 2019: 6 Highlights from The Mandalorian Trailer on StarWars.com (backup link)
  24. Star Wars: Episode V The Empire Strikes Back
  25. DisneyGallery-TheMandalorian-logo Disney Gallery: The Mandalorian — "Connections"
  26. StarWars "The Mandalorian" Episode Guide | The Mandalorian on StarWars.com (backup link)
  27. The Mandalorian: Why Taika Waititi is Playing IG-11 Instead of IG-88 by Laura Prudom on IGN (October 1, 2019): "So a droid like IG-88, if you know the Expanded Universe and the Star Wars history, there are a lot of stories around him or what might've happened to that particular droid. So out of respect for people that have been with this franchise a long time, it's like, 'well if we do something with this space, would that be contradicting those stories?" (archived from the original on November 14, 2020)
  28. The Mandalorian unmasked: 'We did things no Star Wars fan has ever seen' by James Hibberd on ew.com (September 5, 2019) (archived from the original on November 12, 2019)
  29. The-Mandalorian-logo The Mandalorian — "Chapter 5: The Gunslinger"
  30. DisneyGallery-TheMandalorian-logo Disney Gallery: The Mandalorian — "Practical"

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