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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.

Description[edit | edit source]

An Imperial II-class Star Destroyer,[1] the Stalker[5] was equipped with a hangar bay,[1] a communications tower, a solar ionization reactor, and two deflector shield generator domes.[4] Measuring 1,600 meters long,[2] it was propelled by three destroyer-I ion engines and four emergency use gemon-4 ion engines.[3] The Star Destroyer carried with it numerous[1] hyperdrive pods containing Viper probe droids.[6]

History[edit | edit source]

In 3 ABY,[7] the Stalker was owned by the Imperial Navy. It was involved in[1] Project Swarm, an Imperial operation[8] 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.[5]

At one point that year, the Stalker flew over the ice planet Hoth, the sixth planet of the Hoth system.[9] There, it dispatched at least eight of the probe droids[1] in hyperdrive pods, which could enter hyperspace independently.[6] 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 scenes[edit | edit source]

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.[5] In the Star Wars Legends continuity, that name was introduced in the Star Wars Customizable Card Game's Hoth Limited expansion, released in 1996.[10]

While Star Wars: Complete Locations identifies the Star Destroyer to send a probe droid to Hoth as the Stalker,[5] Star Wars Character Encyclopedia: Updated and Expanded, released earlier in 2016, conversely identifies the vessel as the Avenger.[11]

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  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 1.14 Star Wars: Episode V The Empire Strikes Back
  2. 2.0 2.1 Star Wars: Episode V The Empire Strikes Back establishes that the Stalker is an Imperial-class Star Destroyer, which measures 1,600 meters in length according to StarWars-DatabankII.png Imperial Star Destroyer in the Databank (backup link).
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 The Original Trilogy Stories depicts the Stalker with what ToppsDigitalLogo.pngStar Wars: Card Trader (Card: Star Destroyer - Blueprints) identifies as destroyer-I ion engines and gemon-4 ion engines (which are for emergency use).
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 Star Wars: Episode V The Empire Strikes Back depicts the Stalker with what ToppsDigitalLogo.pngStar Wars: Card Trader (Card: Star Destroyer - Blueprints) identifies as deflector shield generator domes, a solar ionization reactor, and a communications tower.
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 5.3 Star Wars: Complete Locations
  6. 6.0 6.1 Star Wars Character Encyclopedia: Updated and Expanded establishes hyperdrive pods, which were seen launching from the Stalker in Star Wars: Episode V The Empire Strikes Back, carry Viper probe droids and are equipped with hyperdrives.
  7. Star Wars: Galactic Atlas dates the events of Star Wars: Episode V The Empire Strikes Back, including the Stalker's appearance, to 3 ABY.
  8. Doctor Aphra 37 identifies the Galactic Empire's effort to find Echo Base with Viper probe droids, which Star Wars: Episode V The Empire Strikes Back shows the Stalker was a part of, as Project Swarm.
  9. Star Wars: The Original Trilogy – A Graphic Novel
  10. SWCCGsmall.jpg Star Wars Customizable Card GameHoth Limited (Card: Stalker)
  11. Star Wars Character Encyclopedia: Updated and Expanded
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