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"Is that… the head of an old tactical droid?"
"These droids were great at finding things, calculating. Found my master and I a few times when we didn't want to be found."
Kanan Jarrus and Ahsoka Tano[src]

T-series military strategic analysis and tactics droids, also referred to as simply T-series tactical droids and T-1s, and initially designated as CDE-T, were a model of tactical droid manufactured by Baktoid Combat Automata. Used by the Confederacy of Independent Systems during the Clone Wars, T-1s aided in the coordination of their military, acting as advisors and often generals for their superior officers. The droids were deployed across the galaxy in many key battles of the war such as those at Christophsis and Ryloth, as well as the Second Battle of Geonosis.

Ruthlessly intelligent, T-1s mostly steered clear of the war's front lines and instead commanded their troops from various Separatist headquarters. They exhibited independence larger than that of their B1-series battle droid comrades and, although they were loyal to the Separatist cause, they were not afraid to abandon their superiors to guarantee their own survival.

Later on in the Clone Wars, the more advanced ST-series super tactical droid was introduced but its predecessor still saw continued use up until at least 19 BBY. Despite the galaxy-wide deactivation of the droid army at the end of the war, remnants of the T-series could still be found well into the Imperial Era. During the Galactic Civil War, former Jedi Padawan Ahsoka Tano provided the crew of the Ghost with the head of a T-1, to aid them in their search for former Clone Captain Rex on Seelos.


"I calculate the remaining clones are attempting a desperate final offensive. Their chances of success against us are 742 to 1."
"You had better be right."
"I am a droid. I am always right."
―TX-20 and Emir Wat Tambor, during the Battle of Ryloth — Quote-audio Listen (file info)[src]
Tactical droid Quell

TF-1726 commands his crew of battle droids aboard a Munificent-class star frigate at the Battle of Quell.

T-series tactical droids,[1] also referred to as T-1s,[7] were humanoid fourth class tactical droids standing at a height of 1.93 meters tall.[4] They were manufactured by Baktoid Combat Automata, the company that also developed the B1-series battle droid, among a host of other droids specialized in warfare. Compared to the standard B1s who served under them, they were boxier in appearance and often sported varying color schemes.[8]

T-1s were designed to avoid the front lines and calculate battle strategies from the safety of flagships or other fortified locations. They were prone to expressing their superiority over all other droid models, due to their often high positions in military hierarchy.[1] They were even known to sacrifice a large number of their own troops if they got in the way[9] and leave behind their superior officers to survive if ordered.[10] Additionally, their reliance on precise calculations meant they lacked imagination when dealing with unexpected situations, and soon enough the Galactic Republic began to exploit this in the Clone Wars.[11] Although they were rarely seen engaged in combat, some T-series were observed wielding E-5 blaster rifles.[5]


Clone WarsEdit

"I calculate they will reach the main gates by morning. I recommend we prepare a retreat."
―TA-175 to Wat Tambor, during the Battle of Ryloth — Quote-audio Listen (file info)[src]
Tactical droid chris

TJ-55 wields an E-5 blaster rifle in a skirmish against Republic troops.

T-series tactical droids served an important advisory role among the forces of the Confederacy of Independent Systems during the Clone Wars against the Galactic Republic.[1] Highly intelligent, they were often given full authority over Separatist military elements by their commanding officers. The droids were utilized in many early battles of the war including the Battle of Christophsis[6] and acted as both commanders of the Separatist Droid Army and the Confederacy navy. In 21 BBY, at least three T-series tactical droids were used by the Separatists during the Christophsis campaign.[6][5] TI-99 served Harch Admiral Trench aboard his flagship, the Invincible, and fortified the Separatist blockade above the planet.[6] Additionally, TJ-55 and his battalion of droids thwarted a Republic ambush in the capital city of Chaleydonia and another T-1 served under the command of Supreme Leader Asajj Ventress.[5]

TX-20 targets Obi-Wan and Numa

TX-20 targets Jedi General Obi-Wan Kenobi and Numa, a young Twi'lek girl, in an AAT.

During the Battle of Ryloth, TX-20 demonstrated the T-series' capacity for ruthlessness, in the Separatist defense of the city of Nabat. Using the city's population as living shields against the Republic's clone troopers, he forced the Republic forces to enter Nabat without explosive devices. Ultimately however, TX-20's arrogance blinded him and he underestimated Jedi General Obi-Wan Kenobi and his own Twi'lek prisoners, which consequently cost him his life.[10] TA-175 also served the Separatists during the Ryloth campaign and acted as Emir Wat Tambor's adviser after TX-20's destruction. From his headquarters in Ryloth's capital city of Lessu, he recognized the threat of the Republic presence on the planet. When Count Dooku ordered Tambor to withdraw from Ryloth, TA-175 was eager to obey the Sith Lord. He eventually subverted Tambor's command when forces led by Mace Windu and Cham Syndulla attacked the capital, and left the emir to be captured by the Republic.[12] Eventually, a T-series tactical droid was a prisoner in the Republic Center for Military Operations.[13]

In response to their inflexibility, the new ST-series super tactical droid model was introduced as an improved successor to the T-1s during the war's later stages.[14] These new droids were larger, more resistant to damage and even considered themselves superior to their organic counterparts.[11][1] The T-series continued to see use in the war despite the super tactical droid's introduction, as several served during the Battle of Anaxes in 19 BBY. One such droid reported directly to Admiral Trench, who led the Separatists' campaign there.[15]

Imperial EraEdit

"How in all the galaxy is that droid gonna find your friend?"
Ezra Bridger to Ahsoka Tano[src]

In the final hours of the Clone Wars, the newly christened Sith Lord Darth Vader sent a message to the Trade Federation on behalf of Darth Sidious, which called for the deactivation of the Separatist Droid Army.[16] Despite this, former Jedi Padawan Ahsoka Tano obtained the head of a T-1 at some point in time. During the Imperial Era, Tano became an integral part of the Phoenix rebel cell. In 4 BBY, she gave the T-series head to the Spectres to aid them in their search for her friend, former Clone Captain Rex, on the planet Seelos. The Spectres were able to feed the head power, at which point it scanned for a signal while simultaneously listing a set of numbers over and over again: 7567. Unbeknownst to the Spectres, the numbers were a reference to Captain Rex's former clone trooper designation and shortly thereafter, the Spectres homed in on a modified AT-TE, the source of the signal and Rex's new home.[17]

Behind the scenesEdit


An early concept for the original trilogy, which ultimately became the tactical droid.

T-series tactical droids first appeared in Jedi Crash, the thirteenth episode of the animated series Star Wars: The Clone Wars' first season.[9] Production-wise, they first appeared in Innocents of Ryloth, the first season's twentieth episode.[18] Throughout the show, the droids were voiced by various actors including: Matt Lanter,[19] James Arnold Taylor,[5] Ashley Eckstein[20] and Matthew Wood.[9]

The droids were created to regularly showcase a more capable villain without having to introduce a unique organic commander that would then need to be eliminated. The modulated voice pattern that they possess was partly inspired by the voice of the Cylons in the original Battlestar Galactica series.[18] The word 'tactical' was also written along the side of at least one tactical droid's head in Aurebesh.[21]



Notes and referencesEdit

Separatist battle droid models
Aqua droid · B1-series battle droid (631 · B1 grapple droid · B1 recon droid · B1 repeater blaster droid · B1 rocket launcher droid · B1-series rocket battle droid · B1 supervisor droid · Firefighter battle droid · Heavy Battle Droid · Jungle battle droid · OOM-series battle droid (OOM command battle droid · OOM pilot battle droid · OOM-series security droid)) · B2-series super battle droid (B2-ACM Trooper · B2-HA super battle droid · B2-RP battle droid · B2 grapple droid · Super battle droid rocket trooper) · B3 battle droid · BX-series droid commando (BX-series droid commando captain) · C-8 saboteur droid · D-wing air support droid · Demolition droid · Droideka (Sharpshooter droideka) · DSD1 dwarf spider droid · IG lancer droid · IG-100 MagnaGuard · LR-57 combat/retail droid · Millicreep droid · Pistoeka sabotage droid · Probe killer · SD-K4 assassin droid · Separatist probe droid · Unidentified battle droid model · Viper recon droid
Droid tanks
IG-227 Hailfire-class · LM-432 crab droid · NR-N99 Persuader-class
Droid walkers
Harvester · Octuptarra tri-droid · OG-9 homing spider droid
Droid starfighters
Droid tri-fighter · Hyena-class bomber · Vulture droid starfighter (Unidentified vulture droid variant)
Decimator · Droideka Oppressor · HMP droid gunship · J-1 proton cannon · S-43 enforcer droid · ST-series super tactical droid · T-series military strategic analysis and tactics droid
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