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Mandalorian super commandos, also known as the Mandalorian traditionalists, were Mandalorian warriors who served the rogue Sith Lord Maul and his criminal syndicate, the Shadow Collective, during the Clone Wars. Following the dissolution of Duchess Satine Kryze's pacifist government, Mand'alor Pre Vizsla was slain in single combat by his one-time ally Maul, who claimed his opponent's place as leader of the planet Mandalore and its people. This act would serve to split Vizsla's organization, Death Watch, between Bo-Katan Kryze's supporters and the Mandalorians who sided with Maul. As the Mandalorian homeworld fell into a state of civil war, Maul's super commandos modified their combat armor to reflect their allegiance to the Dathomirian Nightbrother.



A Mandalorian super commando loyal to Maul.

The Mandalorian super commandos consisted of Death Watch soldiers who were loyal to the renegade Sith Lord Maul, leader of the Shadow Collective,[10] who killed Pre Vizsla and took control of the planet Mandalore during the Clone Wars.[8] Previously sporting the blue markings of Death Watch they rebranded their armor in black and red to show allegiance to their new ruler, painting their helmets and customizing their armor with handprints. Some warriors, including Commander Gar Saxon, even placed horns on their helmets that were emblematic of the Dathomirian Nightbrother. However, his status as Vizsla's successor was disputed by Bo-Katan Kryze, leading to a civil war in the Mandalorian capital city of Sundari between Maul's commandos and Kryze's Nite Owls, a group of warriors who left instead of submit to Maul's rule. During the battle, several commandos were killed by Darth Sidious, Maul's Sith Master, who then subdued and captured his former Sith apprentice.[1]

Fighting the Confederacy[]

"The war you have waited your entire lives to fight is upon us, my brothers! Victory or death!"

Maul, alongside Gar Saxon and Rook Kast.

Maul was taken to a Separatist prison on Stygeon Prime. In the aftermath of the fighting in Sundari, the commandos Rook Kast and Gar Saxon rescued Maul on the order of Prime Minister Almec,[11] the Mandalorian politician who served as a figurehead in Maul's government.[8] Together, they escaped to a former Death Watch base on the planet Zanbar. The commandos fought Separatist General Grievous' forces when they arrived. Despite the heavy casualties, the commandos were able to use their Gauntlet fighters, including the Nightbrother, to destroy Grievous' army.[11]

The commandos regrouped with the rest of Shadow Collective's forces and journeyed to Ord Mantell, regrouping in Ord Mantell City with their allies, namely Black Sun, the Pyke Syndicate, and the Nightbrothers of Dathomir. Shortly afterward, the Shadow Collective and its allies fought against another Separatist army, now led by both General Grievous and Count Dooku. The commandos succeeded in holding off the battle droids long enough for Maul and Kast to deactivate the command signal from Grievous' ship. They then assisted the Nightbrothers in taking the two Separatist leaders captive.[12]

Battle with the Republic[]

The commandos guarded both Dooku and Grievous until they arrived at[2] the asteroid base Vizsla Keep 09.[6] However, when the Galactic Republic attacked, Grievous was able to make his escape, killing several commandos in the process. The commandos fought the Republic forces led by Jedi General Obi-Wan Kenobi, Tiplee, Mace Windu, Aayla Secura, and Commander Cody. After Tiplee was killed, the commandos were able to fire their rockets at the Jedi to make their escape to the Gauntlet fighters. Meanwhile, several commandos were captured by the Republic.[2]

Defeat on Dathomir[]

The commandos traveled with Maul to his homeworld of Dathomir. However, Black Sun and the Pykes abandoned the Collective and retreated when the Separatist fleet arrived on Dathomir in addition to the worlds that housed their own bases of operations. The group had another monumental loss when Mother Talzin was killed. Knowing Dathomir was lost, the commandos pulled Maul away from his mother before her death, allowing them to escape. Following her death, Darth Sidious felt that Maul's future had been wiped away.[13] Still, Black Sun and the Pykes would eventually rejoin the Collective.[14]

Siege of Mandalore[]

Super commandos in Sundari face off against Ahsoka Tano

By the time of the Outer Rim Sieges, the super commandos had regrouped in Sundari. There, they prepared to defend the capital against Bo-Katan Kryze's resistance movement, who were now in league with Commanders Ahsoka Tano and Rex's 332nd Company. During this battle, the Siege of Mandalore, the super commandos engaged their foes, but their defenses were met with a stronger opposition than they had planned for. Almec ordered Saxon to move to the Undercity, where Maul was hiding out. Almec and the commandos in the Sundari Royal Palace were defeated by Kryze and her forces, but Tano, Clone Captain CT-0292 "Vaughn," and a group of clone troopers fell into a trap in the Undercity. These clones were killed before she was surrounded by a force of commandos and Maul.[3]

Further into the siege, Maul sent Saxon and his commandos into a final confrontation as he dueled Tano in the Royal Palace. As the commandos began to be overrun, Saxon requested reinforcements, but Maul declined and told the commando to "die well," abandoning his forces. The surviving super commandos were captured by the victorious Republic and Mandalorian forces and the siege ended in a defeat for Maul and his commandos after the renegade Sith Lord was defeated by Tano and captured.[9]


During the Imperial Era, in the Nightsister lair, Maul amassed an entire collection of memorabilia from his time during the Clone Wars, which included several Mandalorian super commando helmets.[15]


A super commando's helmet

The super commandos continued to utilize Mandalorian armor during their service under Maul's leadership. However, they modified its appearance to reflect their allegiance to the Sith Lord. In addition to painting their armor in red and black, some commandos sought to better resemble their Nightbrother leader by fashioning horns on their helmets.[10]


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