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"Master, General Grievous's ship is directly ahead. The one crawling with vulture droids."
―Anakin Skywalker to Obi-Wan Kenobi[src]

The Invisible Hand was a Providence-class dreadnought commanded by General Grievous during the Clone Wars. The vessel was colored a light blue-gray, with subtle yellow bow stripes.

It was equipped with numerous vulture droids, as well as standard battle droids and Grievous's personal IG-100 MagnaGuards. The bridge crew included several Neimoidians.


After losing the Malevolence,[6] in the Battle of the Kaliida Nebula,[12] General Grievous took the Invisible Hand as his new flagship[6] after demanding control of the starship from Trade Federation Viceroy Nute Gunray, who had owned the craft. While the Invisible Hand served as the flagship of the Separatist navy, the Federation captain and bridge crew were allowed to remain, but were assisted by droids.[11]

Towards the end of the Clone Wars in 19 BBY,[10] Grievous used the Invisible Hand in several skirmishes, but he was eventually ordered to attack the Galactic Republic's capital, the Core World of Coruscant.[6] During the battle, Grievous captured Supreme Chancellor Sheev Palpatine and brought him to the warship. However, Jedi Generals Obi-Wan Kenobi and Anakin Skywalker boarded the vessel to rescue Palpatine, and Skywalker killed Count Dooku (secretly the Sith Lord Darth Tyranus), who had been holding the Chancellor hostage. Unbeknownst to them, the entire event had been orchestrated by Palpatine, who was secretly Darth Sidious. The group was captured and escorted to the bridge of the Invisible Hand, where they were confronted by Grievous. Grievous intended to slay them, but ultimately could only escape, attempting to sabotage the ship and jettisoning the vessel's escape pods and eventually being picked up by the Profusion. Skywalker was able to land the vessel on Coruscant, though it suffered catastrophic damage and would likely never fly again.[2]

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Behind the scenesEdit

The Invisible Hand first appeared in Labyrinth of Evil, a direct prequel novel to Star Wars: Episode III Revenge of the Sith. The events of this book are, however, now considered part of the continuity of Star Wars Legends and not official canon. Despite being portrayed in other media as General Grievous's flagship towards the end of the Clone Wars, the Invisible Hand was never seen in Star Wars: The Clone Wars, in which Grievous was heavily featured as a character.


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