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Scout troopers, also known as biker scouts were specially trained stormtroopers of the Imperial Army's Stormtrooper Corps. They were used by the Galactic Empire on a range of missions, which mostly involved reconnaissance. They had lighter armor than standard stormtroopers, much like their urban counterparts, patrol troopers, who used C-PH patrol speeder bikes to navigate dense urban environments.

Overview[]

Succeeding the clone scout troopers of the Galactic Republic,[4] scout troopers served as a reconnaissance force for the Galactic Empire. They were trained for more independence and adaptability than other Imperial troops.[8] Scout troopers were often stationed at Imperial bases, cities, planets, and other points of interest.[8] A famous example is the Death Star's shield generator on Endor. Utilizing speeder bikes, scout troopers patrolled Imperial areas, maintaining law and order and looking out for possible attackers.[8] This is how they get their nickname of "biker scouts." Scout troopers may also be seen patrolling areas on foot, as seen on planets like Endor[5] and Vardos[9].

Scout trooper sniper.

Scout troopers fulfilled their reconnaissance role in other ways as well. They were often sent to scout out enemies during a battle to gain information to report back to their commander. Similarly, they may be sent on a reconnaissance mission to gain information on an individual or group when there isn't a current battle going on. Scout troopers also may be tasked with an espionage mission, getting behind enemy lines and gaining secret information. All three of these types of reconnaissance missions may be long term[8].

Also within their ranks were the sniper troopers, who utilized long ranged rifles for a wide variety of missions[9]. Sniper troopers may provide long range cover for stormtroopers during a mission. Sniper troopers may also be sent on similar reconnaissance missions, so if necessary, they can take out key targets from a distance. Scout troopers were regarded as the finest marksmans in the Stormtrooper Corps, thus making them the best fit for sniper troopers and were often used as assassins[3]

Scout troopers were also trained in the opposite. When blasters were deemed insufficient, scout troopers were equipped with electrobatons for melee combat. When Jedi were spotted, scout troopers were often sent to use their electrobatons against the Jedi's lightsaber. Scout troopers were stationed on several different planets with electrobatons. They patrolled these planets and fought against any Jedi they spotted. They also often had trouble with the local fauna on planets such as Zeffo and Kashyyk[2].

Scout troopers were also skilled in infiltration[8], usually using EE-4 carbine rifles to sneak into enemy controlled positions and capture them for the Empire[9].

History[]

Scout troopers find Chelli Lona Aphra on Arbiflux

During the reign of the Galactic Empire, scout troopers encountered the Spectres on Lothal.[10] Scout troopers equipped with electrobatons were deployed throughout Imperial territory as well, including being stationed at Zeffo, at the Imperial Refinery on Kashyyyk, and at the Fortress Inquisitorius on Nur.[2] Many scout troopers encountered and were killed by Cal Kestis while patrolling with electrobatons. Scout troopers could be found aboard Darth Vader's personal fleet, Death Squadron. One of the scout troopers' priorities were to aid the Sith Lord in crushing the Rebel Alliance along with its sympathizers and secret allies.[11] Several scout troopers were part of Captain Magna Tolvan's force stationed on the moon of Yavin 4 after the Rebellion abandoned the Great Temple.[12]

A scout trooper riding a 74-Z speeder bike

Scout troopers protected the Death Star's shield generator on Endor[5] in 4 ABY,[13] which shielded the DS-2 Death Star II Mobile Battle Station over the forest moon.[5] While the Empire had first used All Terrain Armored Transports and All Terrain Scout Transports for the reconnaissance of areas that had been cleared, the underbrush and woodland terrain of the moon was inappropriate for the majority of Imperial vehicles due to their large size and stature. Therefore, most of the vehicular patrol duty was conducted by scout troopers on fast 74-Z speeder bikes. Despite the threat that Endor's tall trees posed, the forest's many trails could be used for safe travel.[14] At least six scout troopers encountered Luke Skywalker, Han Solo, Leia Organa, and Chewbacca whilst on patrol. Scout troopers later participated in the Battle of Endor.[5]

Scout troopers also participated in the Battle of Jakku.[9] In 9 ABY,[15] Moff Gideon operated an Imperial remnant, which included scout troopers.[16]

Equipment[]

A scout trooper sniper team

Scout troopers were equipped for high maneuverability and long periods without support. They were armored only on the head and upper body. They carry gear that allows them to silently infiltrate almost any objective, far from resupply by Imperial forces. Scout troopers were lightly armored which allowed them with greater mobility within a range of environments and optics in their helmets that allowed faster reaction times when piloting speeder bikes.[source?] They commonly utilized 614-AvA speeder bikes,[17] and later 74-Z speeder bikes,[5] as well as All Terrain Reconnaissance Transports.[18]

Scout trooper with an EC-17 hold-out blaster.

Armor[]

Scout troopers were only armored on their head and upper body, which allowed them to have more maneuverability. Their helmet featured an electro-magnetic vision enhancement visor and a boosted comlink system for long-range communication.[source?] Their helmets could also be retracted up while still being worn, allowing the wearer's face to be revealed unlike regular stormtrooper helmets.[17] Under their armor they wore a body glove. Their cummerbund had two pouches which was commonly used for storing survival rations. On the back of their breastplate they had a power unit backpack which could also store extra gear. In their boot was a holster for their blaster pistol.

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Appearances[]

A biker scout helmet

Non-canon appearances[]

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