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"Oh, look out Jar Jar. A crab droid is heading right for you."
"Headed for meesa?"
"Yes, yousa!"
C-3PO and Jar Jar Binks[src]

The LM-432 "Muckraker" crab droid, commonly referred to as the crab droid or simply "Muckraker," was a four-legged droid tank manufactured by the Techno Union.[1] There are other models of this droid that had six legs. They were used by the Confederacy of Independent Systems during the Clone Wars.[4]

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To defeat a crab droid, an opponent could fire into the droid's back.

The LM-432 crab droid was a Separatist military unit that excelled at navigating swampy environments. They varied in size, smaller models had four legs, larger models boasted six. Its armored limbs provided secure purchase when clambering over uneven terrain, and teeth at the tips of the limbs combined with gripping prongs at the joints allowed the crab droid to scale steep inclines. The LM-432's face was dominated by three glowing red photoreceptors, while communications antennae kept the droid in contact with its Separatist commanders. The crab droid had two belly-mounted blaster cannons for long-range threats. Its forelegs were strong enough to punch through vehicle armor.[1]

One of the crab droid's weaknesses was its blind spots. An intuitive attacker could slip past its claws and strike at its vulnerable central processor.[1] During the Battle of Utapau, clone troopers effectively combated several crab droids by jumping on top of them, where they shot them repeatedly in the "head."[4]

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Behind the scenes[edit | edit source]

The design of the crab droid stems from transformed tank droid concepts created by Ryan Church in the summer of 2002. The finished shape was mostly there in a sketch called "droid soldiers."[5]

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