The octuptarra combat tri-droids were advanced combat droids used by the Techno Union and the Confederacy of Independent Systems during the Clone Wars. It was a smaller version of the titanic Octuptarra magna tri-droid.
The stilt-legged spider-like automatons had large balloon-like heads atop their thin stalk bodies, armed with laser turrets. They were named after the eight-eyed, gasbag-headed vine walkers native to Skako. They were equipped with three laser turrets as standard, one on each side, below each photoreceptor. A certain variant was filled with a gaseous virus that would be released upon the droid's destruction, which was highly effective against organic enemy troops.[source?] The virus variants were nicknamed "virus droids".
Their rotating multi-jointed assemblies allowed them to change facing almost instantly and they could fire from extended ranges, though they were vulnerable in close-quarters fighting. It was almost impossible to approach such droids, as all sides conceivably faced the front.
Certain battlefield demands led to the creation of a larger model: the octuptarra magna tri-droid. The Techno Union decided to reduce costs by scaling up the size of previous models. Chain-fed ordnance launchers replaced the laser cannons of its predecessors, with the reserves of ammunition stored within the hollows of its bulbous head, although some models did retain laser cannons as seen in the Battle of Christophsis. One rocket fired from a single behemoth was powerful enough to annihilate a UT-AT if aimed correctly, as seen in the Battle of Mygeeto.
During the Battle of Coruscant, a group of octuptarra tri-droids used their laser beam cannons against Jedi Masters Mace Windu and Yoda. The beams could be maintained, similar to the OG-9 homing spider droid's turret, so the Jedi were able to destroy several tri-droids with one beam by deflecting it with their lightsabers.
When the battle was over, the remains of the droids fell into the Coruscant underlevels, where strains of the virus leaked out and caused an unfortunate outbreak of moulting in the city's numerous avian species.
Behind the scenes
There seem to be a contradiction about the height of the up-scaled magna tri-droid version of octuptarra droid. The Databank gives the height of the tri-droid as 3.7 meters, which is only slightly more than the height of the octuptarra droid. However, all visual sources portray it as many times larger than a Human, and even the same Databank entry describes it as "gigantic" compared to the 3.6 meter octuptarra droid. While it is safe to assume that "3.7 meters" height is an error, the exact height of the up-scaled variant remains unknown.
- Star Wars: The Clone Wars: Republic Heroes (Tri-droid incorrectly referred to as "Octuptarra")
- Star Wars: Clone Wars – "Chapter 23" (First appearance)
- Star Wars: Clone Wars – "Chapter 25"
- Star Wars: Episode III Revenge of the Sith
- Evil Eyes
- The New Essential Guide to Droids
- Star Wars Miniatures: Champions of the Force
- The Complete Star Wars Encyclopedia (As "octuptarra droid")
- The Clone Wars Campaign Guide
- Star Wars: The Official Starships & Vehicles Collection 38
- The Essential Guide to Warfare
- Star Wars Character Encyclopedia
- Star Wars: Force Collection (Card: Clone Commander Cody (L)) (Picture only)
- Star Wars: Force Collection (Card: Clone Commander Cody (D)) (Picture only)
Notes and references
- The Complete Star Wars Encyclopedia, Vol. III, p. 275 ("Uba IV, Battle of")