- Kanan Jarrus: "I think the commander's a super tactical droid."
- Rex: "Ah, you're right. He is."
- Ezra Bridger: "Is that bad?"
- Rex: "It's really bad. That droid's extremely intelligent."
- ―Kanan Jarrus, Captain Rex, and Ezra Bridger[src]
In response to the T-series tactical droid's inflexibility, the secessionist Confederacy of Independent Systems commissioned the battle droid manufacturer, Baktoid Combat Automata, to produce the super tactical droid for use in its military forces during the galaxy-spanning conflict known as the Clone Wars between itself and the dominant Galactic Republic.
Evolved from their predecessors, the tactical droid had a much more robotic inflection to its voice, as well as a larger, more imposing and armored body. These droids were also able to better process and adapt to sudden changes and unexpected complications and have more variables in their calculations.[source?]
Differences aside, the super tactical droid, as with their counterpart in the Separatist Droid Army, was analytical and calculating. Created to digest a situation of battle and formulate the most effective solution with a time frame for its execution, they were dreaded by Republic soldiers and seen as very dangerous to veteran officers.
Though improved from the T-series, flaws in their programming were still prevalent. Such included the reluctance to see approaches and plans that differ from their own, as well as an overconfidence in the Separatists in their war.[source?] Yet where given the independence to act, super tactical droids could direct Confederacy military operations without superior overseers. Programmed with Separatist beliefs, they conquered through fear and the lack of courage and hope in their opponents, fighting for "freedom from the tyranny of the Republic." Prioritising Confederate success, the super tactical droid would not hesitate utilising threats and torture as means of interrogation.
- "Luckily, their [T-series tactical droid's] lack of adaptability led to the introduction of—you guessed it—super tactical droids. Despite their self-proclaimed superiority, these upgraded units still couldn't find a way to win the war."
In 20 BBY, Separatist leader, Count Dooku dispatched one such droid, General Kalani, to assist King Sanjay Rash's forces in dealing with the rebels of Onderon. During this time, he worked alongside the Royal Militia's commander, General Tandin as they attempted to capture the rebels in Iziz. However, Tandin and his forces then defected and assisted the rebels in freeing Ramsis Dendup during their escape to the highlands. When the rebels were able to defeat the droid gunships, Kalani was then ordered to retreat with his forces to Agamar, despite Rash's objections. Kalani then executed Rash.
Another super tactical droid, Aut-O was stationed aboard a Providence-class dreadnought. However, he was destroyed by R2-D2. Another one was given command of a commandeered Venator-class Star Destroyer with the mission to destroy the Republic strategy conference on Valor station in the Carida system. However, when the buzz droids failed in stopping D-Squad, the super tactical droid and it's crew were destroyed before they were able to complete their mission.
Another super tactical droid, Kraken, served as second-in-command to Admiral Trench. Kraken then attempted to take a captured clone trooper CT-5385 to Count Dooku. However, he was stopped by General Skywalker and two of his 501st Legion troopers. He was then destroyed by Skywalker when he refused to answer his questions. However, he was then rebuilt and commanded the Separatist forces during the invasion of Scipio alongside Dooku. Kraken continued to serve under Dooku aboard his command ship, even when his master, Lord Sidious, demanded his presence.
A super tactical droid then accompanied General Grievous to Utapau aboard a Separatist supply ship to secure the shipment of a enormous Kyber crystal. However, it was destroyed when the Jedi's top members intervened.
Age of the EmpireEdit
After the Clone Wars ended, the Galactic Republic transformed into the Galactic Empire and the Separatist Council was assassinated by Darth Vader, who then used the Council's equipment to send a shutdown signal to the droid army. However, Kalani, who was stationed on Agamar at the time with a battle droid garrison, assumed the shutdown command was nothing more than a Republic trick so he ignored it and did not relay to the droids under his command.
Years later, Captain Rex, Lasat Garazeb Orrelios, Jedi Kanan Jarrus and his Padawan Ezra Bridger arrived on Agamar, looking to find weapons and explosives for the rebellion. Kalani had his forces capture them and bring them to him so that he could play a little "war game" with them so that he could "end" the Clone Wars his way. Kalani holds Zeb hostage while Rex, Kanan and Ezra fight through his troops. After defeating waves of battle droids and making their way to the command center, Rex, Kanan and Ezra ordered Kalani to surrender. Kalani refused, but Ezra convinced him that neither the Republic nor the Separatists won the war and the Republic became the Empire. When the Empire arrived on Agamar, Kalani agreed to help the rebels escape. While the droids and Zeb attacked the stormtroopers and AT-DP's, Kalani had five droids fire at Ezra and Kanan who redirected their shots at proton bombs underneath the AT-AT's, destroying one of them in the process. The droids and the rebels made their escape in three Sheathipede-class transport shuttles, one being destroyed in the process. Kalani bid farewell to the rebels but refused to join them, believing that they had less than a 1% chance of successfully overthrowing the Empire.
During the New Republic Era, R0-GR, a B1 battle droid who had been part of the Separatist Army and was currently serving in the Resistance, wrote a book entitled Droidography, which complied facts about various droid models. He hoped would educate people on droids, and 2 of the droid models R0-GR covered were the T-series and super tactical droids. After listing grievances he had about the T-series, the B1 noted that the super tactical droids were introduced because of their predecessor's lack of adaptability. He mentioned that, while these upgraded commanders believed themselves to be superior, they failed to win the Clone Wars. R0-GR also wrote that he had heard that some super tactical droids did not admit defeat and ran battle scenarios for years, making him think they were "sore losers."
- Star Wars: Galactic Defense
- Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Front Runners" (First appearance) (Appears in hologram)
- Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "The Soft War"
- Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Tipping Points"
- Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Secret Weapons"
- Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Point of No Return"
- Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "The Unknown"
- Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Crisis at the Heart"
- Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Sacrifice"
- Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "The Big Bang"
- Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Unfinished Business"
- Darth Maul—Son of Dathomir 1
- Darth Maul—Son of Dathomir 2
- Star Wars Rebels – "The Last Battle"
Notes and referencesEdit
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 Ultimate Star Wars
- ↑ 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3
- ↑ Star Wars: The Visual Encyclopedia establishes that tactical droids are classified as fourth class droids.
- ↑ 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Front Runners"
- ↑ 5.0 5.1 5.2 5.3 Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Tipping Points"
- ↑ 6.0 6.1 6.2 6.3 6.4 6.5 Star Wars Rebels – "The Last Battle"
- ↑ 7.0 7.1 Star Wars: Droidography
- ↑ Star Wars: Galactic Atlas
- ↑ Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "The Soft War"
- ↑ Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Secret Weapons"
- ↑ Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Point of No Return"
- ↑ Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "The Unknown"
- ↑ Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Crisis at the Heart"
- ↑ Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Sacrifice"
- ↑ Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "The Big Bang"