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"Don't bother with them! Keep the ship in orbit!"
―General Grievous, to OOM pilot battle droids during the Battle of Coruscant[src]

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.

Description[edit | edit source]

"You were built to obey orders, not to question them!"
―General Grievous, to an OOM pilot battle droid[src]

OOM pilot battle droids working aboard computers on the Vuutun Palaa, a Droid Control Ship.

The OOM pilot battle droids were designed to serve as pilots to control starships, such as the cruisers of the Confederacy navy,[9] but they could also serve as gunners for artillery. Pilot battle droids could also be used as soldiers if armed with a blaster.[7]

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-series battle droid. This programming let OOM droids perform more functions than B1s.[3] Eventually, however, the OOM-series became part of the B1 line.[10] The pilot droid's blue coloring denoted their specialist function,[3] although standard B1s were also used aboard starship bridges.[6] Still, pilots possessed more-advanced cognitive capabilities than the basic B1 infantry.[11]

History[edit | edit source]

OOM pilot battle droids and Neimoidians aboard the Saak'ak during the Invasion of Naboo

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,[3] 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.[4]

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.[8] 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.[6] During the infiltration of the Citadel, the Republic used three reprogrammed B1 battle droids, painted blue to serve as undercover pilot droids, to fly[1] shuttle 81572 and deliver an extraction team to the Citadel prison.[12] Ultimately, all three units sacrificed themselves to protect their Republic allies, including their commanding officer, R2-D2.[13]

An OOM pilot battle droid with General Grievous during the Battle of Bothawui

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.[14]

During the Age of the Resistance, a surviving B1 battle droid named R0-GR wrote the book "droidography." Among the many droids he discussed in the book were the B1 pilot battle droids.[2]

Equipment[edit | edit source]

OOM pilot droids could use E-5 blaster rifles if they were deployed for field combat. Some units also wore comlink booster packs.[7] On starships pilot droids worked on computers.[14]

Behind the scenes[edit | edit source]

First appearance and other information[edit | edit source]

OOM pilot battle droids first appeared in Star Wars: Episode I The Phantom Menace,[4] and were later identified in the novel Tarkin, written by James Luceno.[15]

Star Wars: Droidography revealed that some B1s became pilots known as B1 pilot battle droids.[2] 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.[16] 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.[11]

Discrepancies[edit | edit source]

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[17] and from Star Wars: Episode I The Phantom Menace,[4] 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.[7]

Appearances[edit | edit source]

Sources[edit | edit source]

Notes and references[edit | edit source]

Separatist battle droid models
Infantry
Aqua droid · B1-series battle droid (631 · B1 grapple droid · B1 recon droid · B1 repeater blaster droid · B1 rocket launcher droid · B1-series rocket battle droid · B1 supervisor droid · Firefighter battle droid · Heavy Battle Droid · Jungle battle droid · OOM-series battle droid (OOM command battle droid · OOM pilot battle droid · OOM-series security droid)) · B2-series super battle droid (B2-ACM Trooper · B2-HA super battle droid · B2-RP battle droid · B2 grapple droid · Super battle droid rocket trooper) · B3 battle droid · BX-series droid commando (BX-series droid commando captain) · C-8 saboteur droid · D-wing air support droid · Infiltrator demolition droid · Droideka (Sharpshooter droideka) · DSD1 dwarf spider droid · IG lancer droid · IG-100 MagnaGuard · LR-57 combat/retail droid · Millicreep droid · Pistoeka sabotage droid · Probe killer · SD-K4 assassin droid · Separatist probe droid · Unidentified battle droid model · Viper recon droid
Droid tanks
IG-227 Hailfire-class · LM-432 crab droid · NR-N99 Persuader-class
Droid walkers
Harvester · Octuptarra tri-droid · OG-9 homing spider droid
Droid starfighters
Droid tri-fighter · Hyena-class bomber · Vulture droid starfighter (Unidentified vulture droid variant)
Other
Decimator · Droideka Oppressor · HMP droid gunship · J-1 proton cannon · S-43 enforcer droid · ST-series super tactical droid · T-series military strategic analysis and tactics droid
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