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"Activating strategic control circuits."
―An OOM command droid[src]

OOM command battle droids were a type of battle droid utilized by both the Trade Federation and the Separatist Alliance during conflicts such as the Invasion of Naboo and the Clone Wars to act as commanders and leaders of droid forces, though they were often subservient to their organic officers[3] and the more advanced tactical droids.[7] Some notable OOM command battle droids included OOM-9, who led the Battle of Naboo on the side of the Trade Federation,[3] and B1-268, who was part of a Separatist holdout on Agamar.[7]

CharacteristicsEdit

OOM command battle droids were designated by their dull yellow markings on their bodies. The droids possessed enhanced cognitive and tactical modules, and were used to lead droid forces.[8] However, the droids were often subservient to organic officers[3] or tactical droids,[7] but in the absence of their higher officer an OOM command battle droid was able to take control of military forces.[6]

HistoryEdit

The Invasion of NabooEdit

OOM9

OOM-9 commanding the Trade Federation forces.

In 32 BBY,[9] the galactic corporation known as the Trade Federation invaded the small Mid Rim planet of Naboo in protest of taxation it received from the Galactic Republic. To try to resolve the conflict, Supreme Chancellor Finis Valorum sent two Jedi, Master Qui-Gon Jinn and Padawan Obi-Wan Kenobi, to the blockade of Federation ships. However, the Federation tried to kill the two, and a group of security battle droids, under the command of an OOM command battle droid, arrived. The droid officer ordered for a security droid corporal to check on the Jedi, but the two quickly destroyed it, the OOM command droid, and the rest of the security droids.[3]

Not long after the Jedi's arrival the Trade Federation Droid Army began to land on Naboo.[3] OOM-9 served as the commander of droid forces on the planet, and the unit moved his troops into the planet's city of Theed and against the planet's Gungan villages. OOM-9 commanded battle droid forces in the Great Grass Plains against the Gungan Grand Army during the final phases of the occupation, but OOM-9 was defeated because of the destruction of the Droid Control Ship, which shut down the Federation droid forces.[8]

The Clone WarsEdit

"Now that Jedi is leading the attack! This doesn't look good. Concentrate all your fire on those walkers!"
―The OOM command battle droid, referring to Republic Jedi General Mace Windu the Lightning Squadron during the Battle of Ryloth[src]
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An OOM command battle droid and a B1 battle droid on Ryloth during the Clone Wars.

OOM Command battle droids became part of the Separatist Droid Army during the Clone Wars, and at least one saw action in the Battle of Geonosis, and this droid was destroyed by Jedi Master Mace Windu.[10] During the war, OOM command battle droids would see action against the Grand Army of the Republic on numerous battlefronts, including on the planet Christophsis, the planet Teth,[11] the Rishi moon,[12] and the planet Anaxes.[13] They saw action until the end of the war, and at least one was present with the Separatist Council on Mustafar. The droid, all of the council, their aides, and all guards were killed by Darth Vader when he arrived on the planet. Following the slaughter, Darth Sidious ordered Vader to send out a droid shutdown signal. This signal shut down all Separatist droid units in that received it,[14] including the OOM command battle droids.[15]

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AppearancesEdit

Maridun OOM macrobinoculars

An OOM commander holding macrobinoculars.

SourcesEdit

Notes and referencesEdit

  1. Ultimate Star Wars
  2. Star Wars: The Complete Visual Dictionary, New Edition
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 3.5 3.6 3.7 3.8 3.9 Star Wars: Episode I The Phantom Menace
  4. StarWars-DatabankII Battle Droid in the Databank (backup link)
  5. 5.0 5.1 Star Wars: Episode II Attack of the Clones
  6. 6.0 6.1 TCW mini logo Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Storm Over Ryloth"
  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 7.3 Rebels-mini-logo Star Wars Rebels – "The Last Battle"
  8. 8.0 8.1 Star Wars: On the Front Lines
  9. Star Wars: Galactic Atlas
  10. Star Wars: Episode II Attack of the Clones
  11. Star Wars: The Clone Wars film
  12. TCW mini logo Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Rookies"
  13. TCW mini logo Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "The Bad Batch"
  14. Star Wars: Episode III Revenge of the Sith
  15. In Star Wars: Episode III Revenge of the Sith, Darth Sidious has Darth Vader order the shut down of "all droid units." OOM command battle droids were part of the Separatist Droid Army, as shown in media like Revenge of the Sith, and so it can be deduced this order includes them. In The Last Battle, Captain Rex also states that the "whole droid army was given a shut down command," confirming the order was sent and that all droids in the army were able to be affected.
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