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"That is one big cruiser-crusher!"
―Ahsoka Tano upon seeing the Malevolence for the first time[src]

The Subjugator-class heavy cruiser, also known as the Subjugator-class Battleship, was a model of heavy cruiser manufactured by both Free Dac Volunteers Engineering Corps and Pammant Docks for usage by the Confederacy of Independent Systems Navy during the Clone Wars against the Galactic Republic.

Subjugators were one of the largest, if not the largest, warships that served at the time of the war, stretching to over 4,000 meters in length, even more massive than the 2,177.35 meter-long Providence-class dreadnought also used by the Confederacy. Its armament consisted of two primary mega-ion cannons—which were designed to disable entire squadrons of starfighters and sub-capital ships—along with hundreds of turbolasers, ion cannons, flak cannons, and other assorted weaponry. These vessels were operated by a crew of 23,350 officers, droids and other enlisted crew, while also carrying tens of thousands of battle droids, as well as Vulture-class droid starfighters, Hyena-class Droid Bombers, several landing craft, ground combat vehicles, shuttles, and utility vehicles.

The Malevolence was one such vessel of the Subjugator-class that was used as the flagship of the Kaleesh Separatist General Grievous and the initial testbed for the mega-ion cannon early in the war. And after a series of strikes on Republic fleets that left no survivors, the Malevolence was tracked to the Abregado system by Jedi Master Plo Koon, whose fleet was destroyed in the subsequent battle, but managed to survive the attack and report his findings to the Republic. Sometime later, the warship attempted to destroy the Republic's secret Outer Rim medical station, but was stopped by a small strike force led by Jedi Knight Anakin Skywalker, which resulted in the destruction of the ion cannon, and forced the Malevolence to retreat. Shortly thereafter, the dreadnought was later destroyed by the Republic while making its escape after Skywalker sabotaged the ship's navigation computer to send it crashing into the nearby Dead Moon of Antar.

Despite the Malevolence's destruction, the CIS navy had maintained a small number of Subjugator-class heavy cruisers. However, as a result of the lead ship's destruction, the rest of the class was held in reserve, and were rarely deployed except in dire emergencies where they were called upon.

Characteristics[edit | edit source]

Dimensions[edit | edit source]

"She's lost her primary shield and stabilizers, but the ship is so massive it can take all the fire our cannons can give it."
―A clone trooper officer on the Malevolence's size[src]

Manufactured by Free Dac Volunteers Engineering Corps[1] and Pammant Docks for usage by the Confederacy of Independent Systems Navy during the Clone Wars, the Subjugator-class heavy cruiser, also known as the Subjugator-class Battleship, was one of the largest, if not the largest, warships that served at the time of the war,[2] measuring out to 4,845 meters in length.[5] One such vessel was longer than five Venator-class Star Destroyers of the Galactic Republic's naval forces parked end to end. They were similar in design language to the Providence-class dreadnought and the Recusant-class light destroyer, which were also manufactured by Free Dac and Pammant for usage by the Confederacy and costed 875,000,000 credits. Due to its size, the Subjugator was designated as a class of Star Dreadnought.[2]

Built around a pair of massive, long-range mega-ion cannons, Subjugators bore a bulky, split-level prow suggestive of a mouthful of ragged teeth, as well as a narrow stern that tapered to the ship's drive array. An armored dorsal blister amid-ships contained the heavy cruiser's command center, and a secondary bridge that was located on a spar far aft directly above the engine units.[2]

Defense systems[edit | edit source]

The mega-ion cannon of a Subjugator-class heavy cruiser

The Subjugator-class maintained a massive armament array along the ship's hull. The armament consisted of two superheavy ion cannons[2] located on the port and starboard sides of the hull,[9] which were designed to neutralize the power systems of other starships, rendering them defenseless,[2] as well as 500 dual turbolasers,[1] twenty forward turret-mounted twin heavy turbolaser batteries, twenty forward turret-mounted twin medium turbolaser batteries, 200 dorsal, port and starboard turret-mounted twin light turbolaser batteries, 400 turret-mounted[2] point-defense[5] twin light laser cannons, ten forward-mounted proton torpedo launchers armed with five torpedoes each, and two forward-mounted heavy tractor beam emitters. The Subjugator-class was also equipped with several other ion cannons, flak cannons, and an assortment of other weapons.[2] And for defense, Subjugators were also equipped with a primary shield generator.[8]

Complement and crew[edit | edit source]

The Subjugator-class heavy cruiser was operated by a crew of 23,350 officers, droids, and other enlisted crew, and could carry up to 144 Vulture-class droid starfighters, 48 Hyena-class Droid Bombers,[2] Droch-class boarding ships,[6] numerous landing craft, ground combat vehicles, shuttles, ship's boats, and utility vehicles. They also ferried a passenger capacity of 60,000 battle droids, and could up to two years worth of consumables and a cargo capacity of 85,000 metric tons for encumbrance.[2] The interior of the vessel contained an extensive rail jet system that was used for the movement of troops, crewmembers and supplies.[8]

Propulsion, communications and navigation[edit | edit source]

Subjugators boasted a maximum atmospheric speed of 1,050 kilometers per hour[5] which came from sixteen engine units.[6] They were also equipped with a Class 2 hyperdrive generator[5] and a Class 12 generator as a backup, as well as a navigation computer and long-range sensors.[2]

Role[edit | edit source]

The Subjugator-class heavy cruiser was designed to be used as a flagship by the Separatist Alliance.[5] In battle, the Subjugator's deadly two-step attack began with deactivating the power systems of a targeted vessel with its primary mega-ion cannons. Then, the cruiser would finish off the defenseless spacecraft with blasts from its large array of turbolasers and laser cannons.[4] After its target were destroyed, it would then dispatch hunters to search and destroy any and all remaining survivors in escape pods.[6]

History[edit | edit source]

Malevolence campaign[edit | edit source]

Battle of Abregado[edit | edit source]

"General Grievous, this will be a suitable test for our new weapon."
―Count Dooku, to General Grievous shortly before the Malevolence fires[src]

Early in the Clone Wars in 22 BBY,[10] after dozens of Galactic Republic warships had vanished in attacks by the Confederacy of Independent Systems' new starship the Subjugator-class heavy cruiser Malevolence which left no survivors, the Jedi High Council dispatched Jedi Master Plo Koon along with his fleet to locate the starship. The Jedi and his forces tracked the vessel to the Abregado system aboard his flagship the Venator-class Star Destroyer Triumphant, and upon their arrival, Koon contacted fellow Jedi General Anakin Skywalker in the nearby Bith system for support and to relay their position. Skywalker, however, informed the Jedi Master that he would have to ask the Council before he could provide support. During the conversation, at the behest of Count Dooku, General Grievous jammed the Republic's communications, which abruptly ended the transmission between the two.[6]

The Malevolence tears the Republic fleet apart.

Seeing the Republic fleet as another opportunity to test the Malevolence's mega-ion cannon, Grievous ordered the ship's crew to charge the weapon and fire it at all three ships, disabling the fleet's power, and allowing the Malevolence to fusillade and destroy the defenseless fleet. However, before the fleet was destroyed entirely, Koon and several clone troopers and crewmembers were able to escape the vessels in escape pods. After the pods jettisoned, Dooku ordered a group of B1-series rocket battle droids using a Droch-class boarding ship to hunt down and kill any survivors. The droids were able to destroy several pods, but when they reached Koon's pod, the Jedi and his troopers destroyed the hunters, while Clone Commander CC-3636, known as "Wolffe," maintained the pod's distress signal. As the hunters closed in on the Kel Dor, Koon and his men proceeded to attack the battle droids, destroying all five including the boarding ship, which made Grievous and the Count believe survivors were fighting back.[6]

After the hunters were destroyed, Skywalker and his Padawan Ahsoka Tano arrived at the battle and managed to locate Koon's pod, bringing it aboard their ship the Twilight. Skywalker then detected the dreadnought coming from behind them, which forced Koon to deactivate the freighter's power to avoid detection, however, the Malevolence was able to locate the Twilight with its scanners due to the still active medical droid TB-2. Dooku informed the Kaleesh that he didn't want any witnesses, and the dreadnought fired its ion cannon at the freighter, which escaped through the debris field by jumping to hyperspace, allowing the Republic to learn of the Malevolence and its mega-ion cannons.[6]

Attacking medical facilities[edit | edit source]

"Skywalker. The enemy warship has attacked our convoy of medical transports near Ryndellia."
"Medical transports? Only General Grievous would go after clones who can't fight back."
"The Ryndellia system. Near Naboo! Isn't that where our medical base is? I'll bet that will be his next target."
―Admiral Wullf Yularen, Ahsoka Tano, and Anakin Skywalker — (audio) Listen (file info)[src]

The Malevolence ambushes a Republic convoy in the Ryndellia system.

Shortly after the Malevolence's discovery, Grievous ambushed a Republic medical convoy of three Pelta-class frigates escorted by a lone Venator-class Star Destroyer under Jedi command in the Ryndellia system. The warship eliminated the transports with its turbolasers and neutralized the power of the fleeing frigate with its ion cannon. Dooku, who was observing the general's progress, gave the Kaleesh the Malevolence's next target: the Republic's secret Outer Rim medical station located near the Kaliida Nebula, which had been treating over 60,000 wounded clone troopers.[7]

En route to the Kaliida Shoals Medical Center, the Malevolence was unable to pass through the nearby nebula, forcing it to take a longer route around the nebula to reach the station. Skywalker, after learning of the convoy's destruction in the Ryndellia system, deduced that the medical station would be the Malevolence's next target. With the intent to stop the dreadnought before it could strike, Skywalker, accompanied by his Padawan and Koon, took an elite starfighter squadron, Shadow Squadron, through a shortcut—the Balmorra Run—in the nebula in order to reach the station before the Malevolence, in hopes of destroying both Grievous and the warship.[7]

Counterattack[edit | edit source]

"While our capital ships are vulnerable to the enemy's attack, I believe a squad of bombers can outmaneuver their ion weapon. Our target will be the bridge… and General Grievous."
―Anakin Skywalker, to Shadow Squadron in the mission debriefing — (audio) Listen (file info)[src]

After successfully navigating through the nebula, Skywalker's forces detected the Malevolence approaching from behind, which began to attack several Pelta-class frigates attempting to flee with wounded clone troopers, and after the frigates were eradicated, the dreadnought launched squadrons of Vulture droids to repel the Republic Y-wing bombers. Grievous ordered his crew to fire the ion cannon at the bombers, despite knowing that his own fighters would also be caught in the blast. As the Malevolence fired, Skywalker ordered his squadron to evade the blast and avoid being neutralized, but lost several of his fighters in the process.[7]

The Malevolence's ion cannon overloads upon attempting to fire.

Even with its losses, Shadow Squadron continued to advance on the Malevolence's command bridge, attempting to maneuver through the onslaught of laser fire, as the dreadnought prepared to target the medical station. Watching as their numbers continued to drop, Tano advised Skywalker to create a new plan, and Koon suggested that they target the ion cannon which may overload the weapon when it attempted to fire. Taking their advice, Skywalker his remaining fighters to spearhead the starboard ion cannon, firing several proton torpedoes, and heavily crippling the warship, damaging both ion cannons and disabling the hyperdrive.[7]

Soon afterwards, Jedi Master Obi-Wan Kenobi and Admiral Wullf Yularen arrived in the system with a fleet of Star Destroyers, including the Resolute and the Negotiator, and began to fire upon the warship. Unable to jump to hyperspace, Grievous ordered the Malevolence to make a full retreat to Separatist space.[7]

Mission aboard the Malevolence[edit | edit source]

"I'm being pulled inside the droid cruiser by a tractor beam. I will not be made a Separatist bargaining chip. Continue your attack! You must destroy this monstrous ship!"
―Padmé Amidala, to the Resolute before being pulled in the Malevolence[src]

Padmé gets caught in the Malevolence's tractor beam.

As the Star Destroyers pursued the heavily damaged Malevolence, with its primary shields, stabilizers and hyperdrive disabled, Grievous contacted Dooku, who was concerned that their prized warship would be lost, and revealed that he had arranged with Darth Sidious for an important Republic senator to be sent to the battlezone, whom they could use as a hostage. Shortly after, an H-type Nubian yacht entered the system, with Senator Padmé Amidala and her protocol droid C-3PO—who were under the impression that a representative from the InterGalactic Banking Clan wished to negotiate with them—onboard, and Grievous ordered his droids to pull her ship inside the warship, so he could take her up to the bridge, which forced the Republic fleet to cease fire. And as the Kaleesh and his B1-series battle droids entered the yacht, they discovered that the engines had been overloaded, and were set to self-destruct.[8]

After the yacht exploded, Grievous ordered the crew to sound the alarm, as stowaways were loose aboard the ship. The two then made their way to one of the vessel's communications panels in a corridor, where Amidala attempted to make contact with the Republic, but were interrupted by the Separatist general and a squad of battle droids. Meanwhile, Kenobi, Skywalker and the astromech droid R2-D2 used the modified G9 Rigger-class light freighter, the Twilight, to dock at one of the Malevolence's emergency airlocks. After making their way aboard the vessel, the Jedi were patched through to the senator, who all agreed to meet with one another in a large area in the center of the ship.[8]

End of the Malevolence[edit | edit source]

"Uh, the navicomputer is heading us right into the moon!"
"Fools! Reset the navicomputer!"
―A battle droid and Grievous, moments before the Malevolence's destruction[src]

The Malevolence crashes into the Dead Moon of Antar.

Arriving at opposite ends of a large chasm, which housed the ship's extensive rail jet systems, Amidala and the protocol droid were spotted by several battle droids, whose blaster fire alerted the Jedi to their location. After saving Amidala, the senator informed the two that repairs to the hyperdrive were nearly complete, to which Kenobi stated that he would ensure that it remained offline, while Skywalker instructed R2-D2 to find Threepio, who had previously gotten separated from the group. Unknown to the Jedi, however, Grievous, who had been monitoring all internal communications, overheard their conversation and went to intercept Kenobi at the ship's engineering station, where the Kaleesh was reinforced by several droidekas, B1 and B2-series super battle droids. Kenobi used the Force to push the droidekas into the other droids and Grievous, which allowed him to escape. Pursued by the general, the two engaged one another in a lightsaber duel in the rail jet system, though the Jedi was able to escape once more.[8]

At the same time, Amidala and Skywalker made their way up to the command bridge, but were engaged by several super battle droids that had pursued them. And after sabotaging the ship's navigation computer, the two left the bridge just as another droid crew arrived, and on their way down, the pair encountered R2-D2 and C-3PO outside the elevator, where they made their way to the Twilight, and hastily detached from the Malevolence.[8]

Clear of the warship, the Republic fleet resumed their fire on the ship, and Grievous, attempting to prevent the Jedi from escaping, pursued the Twilight in his personal Belbullab-22 heavy starfighter Soulless One. Contacted by his crew amidst pursuit, they informed him that repairs to the hyperdrive were complete, and the general ordered them to retreat to the Confederacy's secret base in Sector Four, where they would meet. However, unknown to the droids, the Malevolence's navigation computer had been sabotaged and redirected the ship towards[8] the nearby Dead Moon of Antar,[1] and was destroyed, with Grievous fleeing the system, ending a transmission with Dooku before making his retreat.[8]

Later use[edit | edit source]

Despite the loss of the Malevolence, the lead ship of the Subjugator-class and initial testbed for the mega-ion cannon, the Confederacy maintained a small number of the line, but kept the remaining vessels in reserve until they were called upon.[2]

Behind the scenes[edit | edit source]

Early concept art for the Malevolence.

The Subjugator-class heavy cruiser made its first appearance in canon with the appearance of the Malevolence in "Ambush", the first episode of the first season of the Star Wars: The Clone Wars television series,[11] which aired on October 32008,[12] albeit in the episode's opening flashbacks.[11] It later made its full appearance in the first season's second episode "Rising Malevolence",[6] which aired the same day as "Ambush".[13] The cruiser was later identified in canon seven years after its debut in the 2015 reference book Ultimate Star Wars published by Dorling Kindersley.[1] In its entry for the Subjugator-class heavy cruiser, the 2019 canon roleplaying supplementary sourcebook Collapse of the Republic published by Fantasy Flight Games identified the vessel as the Subjugator-class Battleship.[2]

The class first appeared in the Star Wars Legends continuity in the 2008 Star Wars: The Clone Wars introductory film's novelization written by Karen Traviss and published by Del Rey on July 26 of that same year.[14] It was first identified in the Legends continuity via The Clone Wars Campaign Guide, a supplementary sourcebook for Wizards of the Coast's Star Wars Roleplaying Game Saga Edition published in 2009.[15]

According to Director Dave Filoni, the Malevolence and its story were inspired by the real-life battleship Bismarck, a mysterious and massive German ship that was relentlessly hunted by the British Royal Navy during World War II. Its design was created by Russell Chong,[16] and was based off an unused piece of concept art from the 2005 film Star Wars: Episode III Revenge of the Sith.[17] Chong took inspiration from the shell-like designs of the Mon Calamari cruiser and the GR-75 medium transport, while it also integrated city-like trenches similar to those on the Death Star.[16]

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  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 Ultimate Star Wars
  2. 2.00 2.01 2.02 2.03 2.04 2.05 2.06 2.07 2.08 2.09 2.10 2.11 2.12 2.13 2.14 2.15 2.16 2.17 2.18 2.19 2.20 2.21 2.22 2.23 2.24 2.25 2.26 2.27 2.28 2.29 2.30 2.31 2.32 2.33 2.34 2.35 2.36 2.37 Collapse of the Republic
  3. StarWars-DatabankII.png Ion Cannon in the Databank (backup link)
  4. 4.0 4.1 StarWars-DatabankII.png Malevolence in the Databank (backup link)
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 5.3 5.4 5.5 5.6 5.7 5.8 5.9 Star Wars Encyclopedia of Starfighters and Other Vehicles
  6. 6.00 6.01 6.02 6.03 6.04 6.05 6.06 6.07 6.08 6.09 6.10 TCW mini logo.jpg Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Rising Malevolence"
  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 7.3 7.4 7.5 TCW mini logo.jpg Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Shadow of Malevolence"
  8. 8.0 8.1 8.2 8.3 8.4 8.5 8.6 8.7 8.8 8.9 TCW mini logo.jpg Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Destroy Malevolence"
  9. 9.0 9.1 Star Wars: The Rebel Files
  10. Star Wars: Galactic Atlas places the early events of the Battle of Ryloth and the mission to Rodia to 22 BBY. As the episode this event takes place within takes place between the events of the pieces of media the other events are attached to according to StarWars.com Star Wars: The Clone Wars Chronological Episode Order on StarWars.com (backup link), this event must also take place in 22 BBY.
  11. 11.0 11.1 TCW mini logo.jpg Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Ambush"
  12. StarWars.com The Clone Wars Episode Guide: "Ambush" on StarWars.com (content now obsolete; backup link)
  13. StarWars.com The Clone Wars Episode Guide: Rising Malevolence on StarWars.com (content now obsolete; backup link)
  14. Star Wars: The Clone Wars novelization
  15. The Clone Wars Campaign Guide
  16. 16.0 16.1 StarWars.com "Shadow of Malevolence" Episode Featurette on StarWars.com (backup link)
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