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"Still resisting? Unwise."
―A KX-series security droid[7]

KX-series security droids,[1] also known as KX-series enforcer droids[3] or KX enforcer droids,[8] were a model of security droid manufactured by Arakyd Industries that was in service to the Galactic Empire during the Galactic Civil War.[1]


"KX droids have a long range of combat capabilities, excellent probability analysis algorithms, and direct access to the Imperial datanet."

A pair of KX-series security droids

Arakyd Industries KX-series enforcer droids came equipped with a built-in comm package, recharge port, and a computer interface arm that allowed them to connect with standard communication frequencies for areas they were assigned to. The Imperial crest was imprinted on the side of each shoulder,[10] one of which could be emblazoned in gold if the droid had received an enhanced status.[11] The droids were designed with exaggerated human proportions but with the mobility of a human athlete. They were able to operate a variety or tools or equipment and weapons and could carry gear without becoming exhausted, such as a blaster.[10]

While the Imperial Senate had prohibited the creation of battle droids, Arakyd used a loophole in the law by marketing the KX-series as "security droids." They were programmed without the standard restriction against harming organic sentient lifeforms.[10]

The KX-series droids were programmed to speak and interact with people, but were not as proficient at it as protocol droids were. They could handle a wide range of tasks, including escorting dignitaries, protecting important people and defending Imperial installations.[2] The droids were also programmed to recognize and defer to Imperial Military officers ranked lieutenant or higher.[10]


"Visitation is not permitted."
―A KX-series security droid, to Cal Kestis[7]

The droids were deployed as early as 14 BBY[12] to guard Imperial installations, such as the Imperial Refinery or the mining headquarters on Ilum.[7]

KX-series security droids massacre Mandalorian survivors during the "Night of a Thousand Tears."

During the Galactic Civil War, they were present on both Jedha and the Imperial facility on Scarif. K-2SO[5] and K-4D8 were examples of these droids.[11] They were also present during the Great Purge of Mandalore, where they shot any survivors from the bombing runs of Imperial TIE/sa bombers.[13] Following the defeat of the Empire, the New Republic elected to use the KX-series for its own security.[6]

Behind the scenes[]

KX-series droids were developed for the Star Wars anthology film Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. Their first canonical appearance was in Star Wars: Commander.


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