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"Hard to believe Imperialsss ussssse droids for work like thisss. Obsssolete..."
"Interjection: Offensive."
"You're an IG. Not the ssssame."
Bossk and IG-90[15]

The IG-series was a series of droids manufactured by Holowan Laboratories[1] during and after the Clone Wars. By the time of the New Republic, IG memory circuits were no longer manufactured and were hard to find.[16] The InterGalactic Banking Clan maintained an army of IG lancer droids that it shared with the Confederacy of Independent Systems,[7] eventually fielding them to the Separatist Droid Army[9] which field-tested them during the conflict and found them successful. These successes led Holowan to be also awarded a contract to build the IG-100 MagnaGuard as elite bodyguards for the Separatists' highest ranking officers.[1] Shortly after the war, Holowan Laboratories was inspired by their droids' wartime success to begin development on even more advanced IG units,[17] including the IG-RM bodyguard and enforcer droids.[2]

One of these new models was the IG-88 assassin droid, a set of five identical assassin droids[18] who slaughtered their constructors moments after their activation and escaped their laboratories to roam the galaxy.[18] The new IG-series units were outlawed shortly after they were created.[17] Several[19][20] of them went on to work as bounty hunters, including the infamous IG-88B.[11]


Republic Era[]


The MagnaGuards were one of Holowan's earliest successes

During the time of the Galactic Republic, Holowan Laboratories manufactured IG lancer droids for the InterGalactic Banking Clan's droid army[7] using Phlut Design Systems's plans for their failed assassin droid;[21] these fought alongside IG-227 Hailfire-class droid tanks under the command of the Muun officer corps.[7] With the eruption of the Clone Wars, the Clan's army was integrated to the collective Army of the Confederacy of Independent Systems and IG lancer droids served alongside B1-series battle droids during the conflict.[9] The success of the lancer and Hailfire droids led the Laboratories to also be awarded a contract for the creation of an elite class of bodyguard droids for the Separatists' highest ranking officials including General Grievous.[22]

The resulting IG-100 MagnaGuard would go on to serve alongside Grievous until the very end of the war, when they also escorted the Separatist leadership to their last trip to Mustafar.[23] Another specialized model created by Holowan for the Separatists was the IG-86 sentinel droid, an experimental combat unit designed to be a better battle droid.[24] They saw heavy use by the Banking Clan's Collections and Security Division but were otherwise not as widespread as the B1s who retained their status as the Separatists' standard battle droid.[25] They were, however, very frequently used by third parties[26] including bounty hunters such as Cad Bane[27] as well as other criminals.[26]

Imperial Era[]


A dispenser in Chalmun's Cantina made from the hollowed-out head of an IG unit

Following the end of the War and the defeat of the Separatists which saw the rise of the Galactic Empire, Holowan Laboratories, inspired by their wartime successes decided to begin the development of new types of even more evolved and specialized droids.[17] One of the earliest models they created was the IG-RM bodyguard and enforcer droid which they designed to be as intimidating and scary-looking as possible; the unit became a staple among smugglers and criminals of all kinds,[28] to the point where they were also known as "thug droids".[29] The Holowan's next and presumably final attempt at a superior battle model was the IG-88 assassin droid,[1] nicknamed "Phlutoids" as a tribute to the inspiration behind the Holowan's first success.[21] These were a set of five identical, highly advanced assassin droids which slaughtered their creators as soon as they were activated and destroyed the laboratories they were contained in.[18]

Two of the five droids, designated IG-88C[19] and IG-88D would go on to roam the galaxy as bounty hunters[30], while another, IG-88B would go on to independently reprogram himself becoming one of the most famous bounty hunters of his time[31] and being one of the six hunters invited by Sith Lord Darth Vader to search for his son Luke Skywalker's associate, Han Solo.[11] The droid designated IG-88A would go on to plan to overthrow organic life.[32]

Chalmun's Cantina in Mos Eisley had at least one dispenser above the bar that was made from the hollowed-out head of an old IG-series droid.[33]

New Republic Era[]

By the time of the New Republic, IG memory circuits were no longer manufactured and were hard to find.[16] New developments in droidsmithing by the Anzellans on Nevarro allowed for the modification of an IG unit, IG-11 after its destruction;[34] the droid had its memory circuit removed and its Artificial intelligence deactivated. Reduced to its basic motor functions, the drone -now designated IG-12- was used as a mechsuit for the alien Grogu.[4] Later, the drone was repaired using spare parts and reprogrammed to serve as the marshal of Nevarro.[35]

Miscellaneous droids[]

Apart from their larger series, Holowan Laboratories also produced a number of specialized or unique models of IG-series assassin droids; these included security droid BK-86,[36] bounty hunter IG-11,[3] enforcer IG-70[5] and small-time bounty hunter IG-90.[6] IG-11 was also modified to a custom-made mech, IG-12 by Anzellan Droidsmiths and used to carry Mandalorian foundling Din Grogu around.[4]



IG-11, an IG-series assassin with a conical head and claw-like hands

Droids of the IG-series were humanoid, with conical heads and grasping claws in the place of hands.[7] They were designed as fourth-degree droids with an emphasis on combat-focused upgrades, including acid-proof servo wires,[37] a variety of sensors to detect movement, heat and sound[38] as well as damage resistant armor.[37] Most of these droids were designed to be very agile to better combat enemies in close-quarters range;[26] others, like the IG-RM droids were slower but more powerful.[29] They were extremely dangerous even when nearly destroyed; an IG-11 droid was able to attack and overwhelm a Mandalorian bounty hunter in full beskar armor while lacking its legs and arm and with its torso severely damaged.[39]

In order to protect Holowan's corporate secrets, at least the IG assassin units were hard-coded to destroy themselves with a built-in self-destruct mechanism which couldn't be overwritten by even manumitted droids (although they still retained the freedom to override the mechanism if there was a chance of escape).[40] Despite its nature, the mechanism wouldn't obliterate the droid, but rather destroy its most sensitive components such as the droid brain and chassis beyond repair.[4]


Non-canon appearances[]


  • Topps logo 2021 Topps Star Wars Bounty Hunters
  • Topps logo 2021 Topps Star Wars Bounty Hunters (Card: IG-88) (backup link)
  • Topps logo 2021 Topps Star Wars Bounty Hunters – Feared Mercenaries Die-Cuts (Card: IG-88) (backup link)

Non-canon sources[]

Notes and references[]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 Ultimate Star Wars
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 Star Wars Character Encyclopedia: Updated and Expanded
  3. 3.0 3.1 The-Mandalorian-logo The Mandalorian — "Chapter 1: The Mandalorian"
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 4.4 4.5 4.6 The-Mandalorian-logo The Mandalorian — "Chapter 23: The Spies"
  5. 5.0 5.1 Adventures in Wild Space: The Steal
  6. 6.0 6.1 Darth Vader (2015) 8
  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 7.3 7.4 7.5 7.6 Rise of the Separatists
  8. StarWars-DatabankII IG-11 in the Databank (backup link)
  9. 9.0 9.1 9.2 Star Wars: Scum and Villainy: Case Files on the Galaxy's Most Notorious
  10. Star Wars: The Clone Wars film
  11. 11.0 11.1 11.2 Star Wars: Episode V The Empire Strikes Back
  12. BYOR2D2 logo small Star Wars: Build Your Own R2-D2 16 (Droid Directory: IG-Series Assassin Droids)
  13. 13.0 13.1 War of the Bounty Hunters – IG-88 1
  14. StarWars Bounty Hunting Highlights: 5 of Our Favorite Moments from The Mandalorian – "Chapter 24: The Return" on StarWars.com (backup link)
  15. Darth Vader (2015) 8
  16. 16.0 16.1 The-Mandalorian-logo The Mandalorian — "Chapter 18: The Mines of Mandalore"
  17. 17.0 17.1 17.2 AtomicMassGames-Favicon Scene to Stats: IG-Series Assassin Droid (September 20, 2022) on Atomic Mass Games' official website (backup link)
  18. 18.0 18.1 18.2 Star Wars: The Complete Visual Dictionary, New Edition
  19. 19.0 19.1 StarWarsLCG Logo Star Wars: The Card GameTechnological Terror (Card: IG-88C) (backup link)
  20. StarWarsLCG Logo Star Wars: The Card GameDesperate Circumstances (Card: IG-88D) (backup link)
  21. 21.0 21.1 Star Wars: Build Your Own R2-D2 16
  22. AltayaCite "Battle Droids and Other Droids of War" — Star Wars Encyclopedia
  23. Star Wars: Episode III Revenge of the Sith
  24. SW Force Collection Star Wars: Force Collection (Card: IG-86 (★★★★))
  25. Obi-Wan 3
  26. 26.0 26.1 26.2 TCW mini logo Star Wars: The Clone Wars — "Downfall of a Droid"
  27. TCW mini logo Star Wars: The Clone Wars — "Hostage Crisis"
  28. Star Wars (2015) 17
  29. 29.0 29.1 Star Wars Rebels: Spark of Rebellion
  30. StarWarsLCG Logo Star Wars: The Card GameDesperate Circumstances (Card: IG-88D) (backup link)
  31. SideshowLogo2021 Sixth Scale Figures (Pack: IG-88) (backup link)
  32. Helmet Collection logo small Star Wars Helmet Collection 2 (Weapons & Uniforms: Bounty Hunters)
  33. Star Wars 100 Objects
  34. Chapter 8: Redemption
  35. The-Mandalorian-logo The Mandalorian — "Chapter 24: The Return"
  36. Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge: Traveler's Guide to Batuu
  37. 37.0 37.1 Star Wars Character Encyclopedia: Updated and Expanded
  38. Star Wars: Droid Factory
  39. The-Mandalorian-logo The Mandalorian — "Chapter 17: The Apostate"
  40. The-Mandalorian-logo The Mandalorian — "Chapter 1: The Mandalorian"