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"That's us. First in, last out, and broken furniture in between."
Tuck Tyrell[1]

The Special Forces Tracker Unit[4] also known as the SpecForce Pathfinders, the Alliance Pathfinders, the Rebel Pathfinders, and its members simply being referred to as the Pathfinders, were a special forces unit in the service of the Alliance to Restore the Republic. The Pathfinders were commandos who were trained in infiltration. The group used guerrilla tactics to infiltrate areas they were trying to capture or liberate.


"I hate space battles. I mean, we're soldiers. Pathfinders. We're useless unless the ship gets boarded. All we can do is wait to see if we blow up."
Battle of Endor OFL

A pair of Pathfinders spotted by Imperial forces during the Battle of Endor.

The Pathfinders, under Sergeant Ruescott Melshi,[3] joined other volunteers as part of Rogue One organized by Captain Cassian Andor and Sergeant Jyn Erso. They undertook a mission to steal the Death Star's plans from the Citadel Tower's data vault on Scarif.[6]

Following the rebel retreat in the wake of the Battle of Hoth, several Pathfinders, including Needle and Kes Dameron, were stationed as part of the Fourth Division.[9] General Han Solo used the Pathfinders as his strike team during the Battle of Endor[1] and on a raid at the Wretch of Tayron.[7]

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"We're not crazy. We're Pathfinders. There's a difference."

Although members of the Pathfinders hailed from a vast array of planets, many of them came from Outer Rim worlds subjugated by the Galactic Empire. Contrary to their Imperial foes, the Rebel commandos did not benefit from Academy training. Nevertheless, they were trained by former Imperials like their leader General Crix Madine.[11]

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