- "Don't bother with them! Keep the ship in orbit!"
- ―General Grievous, to OOM pilot battle droids during the Battle of Coruscant
OOM pilot battle droids, also known as B1 pilot battle droids, were a type of OOM-series battle droid. The battle droid was used by the Trade Federation, and later, the Confederacy of Independent Systems during the Clone Wars. Pilot battle droids had blue markings on their bodies to distinguish them from other battle droids. They were often seen aboard Trade Federation and Confederate starships.
- "You were built to obey orders, not to question them!"
- ―General Grievous, to an OOM pilot battle droid
The OOM pilot battle droids were designed to serve as pilots to control starships, such as the cruisers of the Confederacy navy, but they could also serve as gunners for artillery. Pilot battle droids could also be used as soldiers if armed with a blaster.
Pilot battle droids were part of the OOM-series line, which was a line of battle droids that had more independent reasoning in their programming than the line's successor, the B1 battle droid. This programming let OOM droids perform more functions than B1s. Eventually, however, the OOM-series became part of the B1 line. The pilot droid's blue coloring denoted their specialist function, although standard B1s were also used aboard starship bridges. Still, pilots possessed more-advanced cognitive capabilities than the basic B1 infantry.
OOM pilot battle droids were part of the OOM-series line, which was created before the Trade Federation constructed its army of B1 battle droids, and were used as crews aboard Federation starships. They saw use in the Federation's Lucrehulk-class Battleships during the Invasion of Naboo. After most of Naboo's blockade dispersed, the only battleship above Naboo was the Droid Control Ship Vuutun Palaa. However, all pilot droids and Neimoidians aboard were killed when Anakin Skywalker destroyed Droid Control Ship during the Battle of Naboo.
When the Trade Federation gave its Droid Army to the Confederacy of Independent Systems, OOM pilot droids saw use by the Separatists. Two OOM pilot battle droids stood by Viceroy Nute Gunray and Rune Haako as they entered a Sheathipede-class transport shuttle to escape the First Battle of Geonosis, the first battle of the Clone Wars. Once the shuttle began to take off, the pilot droids and the organic Separatists around them moved away. During the mission to sweep outer corridor of space, an OOM pilot battle droid served aboard General Grievous's Munificent-class star frigate, and the droid notably disagreed with Grievous's decision to launch all starfighters to combat Anakin Skywalker. The fighters were launched to combat the Jedi Knight, however. During the infiltration of the Citadel, the Republic used three reprogrammed B1 battle droids, painted blue to serve as undercover pilot droids, to fly shuttle 81572 and deliver an extraction team to the Citadel prison. Ultimately, all three units sacrificed themselves to protect their Republic allies, including their commanding officer, R2-D2.
OOM pilot battle droids were used by the Separatists for the entirely of the Clone Wars. They were used aboard the Invisible Hand during the Battle of Coruscant. When Anakin Skywalker and Obi-Wan Kenobi were aboard the dreadnought, General Grievous ordered for the pilots to keep working on the ship instead of trying to fight the Jedi Generals. After Grievous fled his command ship and it began to crash onto Coruscant, the pilot battle droids and Neimoidian officers on the bridge tried to flee, but several of the pilot droids were cut down by Kenobi and Skywalker. Not long afterwards, at the end of the war, Skywalker, now known as the Sith Lord Darth Vader, executed the Separatist Council and shut down all Separatist droid units.
Behind the scenesEdit
First appearance and other informationEdit
Star Wars: Droidography revealed that some B1s became pilots known as B1 pilot battle droids. As Star Wars Battlefront II's DLC pack of pilot droid skins is called the "B1 Pilot Bundle," this article assumes the skins depicted in that bundle are types of B1 pilot battle droids. Because the sourcebook Rise of the Separatists also includes information on pilot droids it says are B1s, this article also assumes these are the same type of droid mentioned in Droidography.
On its pages for the Multi-Troop Transport and the Armored Assault Tank, the 2018 reference book Star Wars: Complete Vehicles features OOM pilot droids. However, the placement of their blue coloring is slightly different between pages and from Star Wars: Episode I The Phantom Menace, making it unclear if this slight variation on coloring is meant to be a canon appearance or just a mistake.
In the Star Wars: The Clone Wars episode "A Necessary Bond," several OOM pilot droids are depicted as fighting with E-5 blaster rifles in the battle on Florrum, but the next shot depicts at least two of those pilots as being regular B1 units. Still, this article uses this scene as evidence that pilot droids can fight in surface warfare with blasters.
- Star Wars: Episode I The Phantom Menace (First appearance)
- Star Wars Battlefront II (DLC)
- Star Wars: Episode II Attack of the Clones
- Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Downfall of a Droid"
- Age of Republic - General Grievous 1
- Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Mystery of a Thousand Moons"
- Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Duchess of Mandalore"
- Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "A Necessary Bond"
- Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Point of No Return"
- Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "The Unknown"
- Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "The Big Bang"
- Star Wars: Episode III Revenge of the Sith
- Tarkin (Mentioned only) (First identified as OOM pilot battle droid)
- (Picture only)
- Ultimate Star Wars
- Star Wars: The Visual Encyclopedia
- Star Wars: On the Front Lines
- Star Wars: Droidography (First identified as B1 pilot battle droid)
- (First identified as pilot battle droids)
Notes and referencesEdit
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 Ultimate Star Wars
- ↑ 2.0 2.1 2.2 Star Wars: Droidography
- ↑ 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 Star Wars: The Complete Visual Dictionary, New Edition
- ↑ 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 4.4 Star Wars: Episode I The Phantom Menace
- ↑ 6.0 6.1 6.2 6.3 Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Downfall of a Droid"
- ↑ 7.0 7.1 7.2 7.3 Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "A Necessary Bond"
- ↑ 8.0 8.1 Star Wars: Episode II Attack of the Clones
- ↑ Star Wars: On the Front Lines
- ↑ Ultimate Star Wars, New Edition
- ↑ 11.0 11.1 Rise of the Separatists
- ↑ Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "The Citadel"
- ↑ Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Citadel Rescue"
- ↑ 14.0 14.1 Star Wars: Episode III Revenge of the Sith
- ↑ Tarkin
- ↑ Star Wars Battlefront II
- ↑ Star Wars: Complete Vehicles