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For other uses, see Stalker (disambiguation).

The Stalker was an Imperial II-class Star Destroyer in the Imperial Navy. As a part of the Galactic Empire's Project Swarm, the Stalker was responsible for deploying thousands of Viper probe droids across the galaxy in hyperdrive pods, in an attempt to discover the Rebel Alliance's secret base. In 3 ABY, one of the probes deployed from the Star Destroyer reached the ice planet Hoth, where the rebels' Echo Base was hidden. The probe identified the base, which led to the Empire forcing the rebels off the world.


An Imperial II-class Star Destroyer,[1] the Stalker[4] was equipped with a hangar bay,[1] a communications tower, a solar ionization reactor, and two deflector shield generator domes.[3] It was propelled by three destroyer-I ion engines and four emergency use gemon-4 ion engines.[2] The Star Destroyer carried with it numerous[1] hyperdrive pods containing Viper probe droids.[5]


In 3 ABY,[6] the Stalker was owned by the Imperial Navy. It was involved in[1] Project Swarm, an Imperial operation[7] to dispatch Viper probe droids across the galaxy in order to locate the Rebel Alliance's secret base, from which they waged war on the Empire.[1] During its assignment to the project, the Star Destroyer seeded thousands of probe droids.[4]

At one point that year, the Stalker flew over the ice planet Hoth, the sixth planet of the Hoth system.[8] There, it dispatched at least eight of the probe droids[1] in hyperdrive pods, which could enter hyperspace independently.[5] At least one of the pods it dispatched was sent to Hoth itself, which was the location of the rebels' Echo Base. The pod's probe droid soon identified the base and alerted the Imperial Death Squadron, prompting the fleet to engage the rebels on Hoth, and eventually drive them off the planet.[1]

Behind the scenesEdit

The Stalker first appeared in the opening scene of the 1980 original trilogy film, Star Wars: Episode V The Empire Strikes Back. The Star Destroyer was not identified in the film,[1] but received the name Stalker in the new Star Wars canon in the 2016 reference book Star Wars: Complete Locations.[4] In the Star Wars Legends continuity, that name was introduced in the Star Wars Customizable Card Game's Hoth Limited expansion, released in 1996.[9]

While Star Wars: Complete Locations identifies the Star Destroyer to send a probe droid to Hoth as the Stalker,[4] Star Wars Character Encyclopedia: Updated and Expanded, released earlier in 2016, conversely identifies the vessel as the Avenger.[10]


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