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Imperial shock troopers were high-class stormtroopers[1] pulled from the Stormtrooper Corps of the Galactic Empire.[5] They served as elite frontline forces of the Empire, high-end security forces on Coruscant, and also as bodyguards for Emperor Palpatine himself. They specialized in heavy weapons on the battlefield.[1] They were the successors to the clone shock troopers who were part of the Grand Army of the Republic during the Clone Wars.[3]

The shock troopers wore stormtrooper armor with distinctive red markings on the helmet, spaulders, shin guards, and utility belts which maintained extreme resistance to small-arms blaster fire.[6] However, some of them still wore the armor model of their Clone Wars-era predecessors well into the Galactic Civil War.[5] Often being deployed in pairs, the stormtrooper variant served mainly as a support unit, taking vantage points, occasionally driving tanks and suppressing enemies with their heavy firepower while lesser infantry moved in for the kill. The arsenal at their disposal included a DLT-19 heavy blaster rifle, a DLT-20A laser rifle[6] or a rocket launcher.[5]

Following the initiation of Order 66, Imperial shock troopers under the command of CC-1010 "Fox" were patrolling the grounds of Coruscant when Jedi Master and librarian Jocasta Nu ran into the squad and used a Jedi mind trick on them in order to pass through. She then proceeded to enter into a secret doorway which led into the Jedi Temple.[2]

Shock troopers would later be deployed within the Battle of Jakku.[6]

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