RN-18 was an Imperial mining droid who was stolen by the pirate Fortombro and reprogrammed with numerous combat protocols. During the Galactic Empire's Iron Blockade of the Anoat sector following the Imperial defeat at the Battle of Endor, Fortombro rented RN-18 to various customers, including a young smuggler, who sent the droid on various missions.


Following the Alliance to Restore the Republic's defeat of the Galactic Empire at the Battle of Endor, Imperial Governor Ubrik Adelhard established the Iron Blockade around the Anoat sector to spread Imperial propaganda and counter any word of the Empire's loss.[2] During that time, a pirate named Fortombro hijacked an Imperial shipment of mining droids, reprogramming the cargo for combat purposes. Of the entire lot, only RN-18 survived the process, so Fortombro resorted to renting the droid to mixed customers throughout the Anoat sector.[1]

This section of the article assumes 100% game completion of Star Wars: Uprising. Any alternate stories may be noted in the "Behind the scenes" section. The events in this section may or may not have been confirmed as canon.

One such customer was a young smuggler in opposition to the Imperial siege, who dispatched RN-18 on assorted missions.[1]


An ancient model[3] of mining droid, RN-18 was humanoid and covered in white plating. The droid had four red photoreceptors, two large and two small, which saw through two openings in the front of a rounded faceplate. Originally programmed for mining, RN-18 was reprogrammed[1] and filled with combat protocols, making the droid a methodical, deadly force[4] and potent crew member.[5] During engagements, RN-18 preferred an offensive approach over a defensive one.[1]


RN-18 was reprogrammed for combat, which enabled the droid to wield an A280 blaster rifle.[1]

Behind the scenes[]

"Complete 20 Repeatables on Bespin for a chance to get RN-18!"
―A Star Wars: Uprising Message of the Day[2]

RN-18, with Igniter (left) and STALKER-1 (right)

RN-18 was created for Star Wars: Uprising, a 2015 mobile game developed by Kabam.[1] The character became available on January 29, 2016 following the Droid Hero Event, an in-game challenge that revealed RN-18 and two other droid characters, Igniter and STALKER-1,[4] prior to the game's shutdown on November 17, 2016.[6]

For a chance to receive RN-18, players had to complete twenty Repeatable Missions on Bespin, the fifth unlockable star system in the game, between January 29, 2016, and February 4, 2016, at 4:00pm PST.[4] Previous events only required five Repeatable Missions to be completed, so many players were upset by the change. Kabam addressed this issue, saying that the amendment was made to reflect the odds of winning the character and difficulty of the levels.[7] If players collected all three Droid Crew, they received the Hutt Guard Droid RZ-4 as a bonus reward,[4] and if players were awarded RN-18 twice, they received a 3NX-series Protection Droid rather than a duplicate RN-18.[1]

In Star Wars: Uprising, RN-18 was a unique five-star Crew member who could be used on Crew Runs to collect helpful items, such as credits and gear. RN-18's specifications included an offensive preference, an Imperial background, and skills as a soldier, which made the character strong on Battle Runs.[1] This article assumes 100 percent game completion, meaning RN-18 joined the smuggler and went on these missions. Unlike typical Crew members, RN-18 did not require the use of blueprints to upgrade, making the character one of the most valuable Crew members in the game.[4]


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Notes and references[]

  1. 1.00 1.01 1.02 1.03 1.04 1.05 1.06 1.07 1.08 1.09 1.10 1.11 1.12 1.13 Star Wars: Uprising—Crew Member: "RN-18"
  2. 2.0 2.1 Star Wars: Uprising
  3. Star Wars: Uprising—Crew Member: "Igniter"
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 4.4 Jessica Kabam RPG: Introducing the Droid Hero Events (2016-01-13, 6:20pm). Star Wars: Uprising. Kabam. (backup link not available)
  5. TwitterLogo.svg Kabam RPG (@KabamRPG) on Twitter: "A potent addition to any crew, the deadly RN-18 is a mining droid with full combat protocols." (screenshot)
  6. Discussion Thread: Star Wars Uprising is Shutting Down (2016-09-22). community.kabam.com. Kabam. Archived from the original on September 27, 2016.
  7. Discussion thread for Droid Hero Event: RN-18 (2016-01-29). Star Wars: Uprising. Kabam. (backup link not available)