- "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
T-series tactical droids were a model of tactical droid manufactured by Baktoid Combat Automata for use during the Clone Wars. They were utilized by the Confederacy of Independent Systems to coordinate 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, Ryloth and the Second Battle of Geonosis.
Ruthlessly intelligent, the T-series 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 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 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, the remnants of the T-series could still be found well into the Imperial Era. During the early rebellion against the Galactic Empire, former Jedi Padawan Ahsoka Tano provided the crew of the Ghost with the head of a T-series tactical droid, to aid them in their search for Clone Captain Rex on Seelos.
T-series tactical droids were humanoid fourth class tactical droids standing at a height of 1.93 meters tall. Compared to the standard B1 battle droids who served under them, they were boxier in appearance and often sported varying color schemes.
The droids were designed to avoid the front lines and calculate battle strategies from the safety of flagships or other fortified locations. Highly intelligent, they were often given full authority over Separatist military elements by their commanding officers. However, due to their positions, they were prone to expressing their superiority over all other droid models. They were even known to sacrifice a large number of their own troops if they got in the way and leave behind their superior officers to survive. 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. Although they were rarely seen engaged in combat, some T-series were observed wielding E-5 blaster rifles.
T-series tactical droids were manufactured by Baktoid Combat Automata, the company that also developed the B1 battle droid among a host of other droids specialized in warfare, and the T-series served in a important advisory role among the forces of the Confederacy of Independent Systems during the Clone Wars against the Galactic Republic. The droids were utilized in many early battles of the war including the Battle of Christophsis and the Battle of Quell, acting as both naval and ground commanders. At least three T-series tactical droids were used by the Separatists during the Battle of Christophsis.
The droid TX-20 demonstrated ruthless tactics in the Separatist defense of the city of Nabat, during the Battle of Ryloth. Using the city's population as living shields against the Republic's clone troopers, he forced the Republic forces to enter the city without explosive devices. He then sent out multiple viper recon droids to ascertain the identity of the Republic's general in command of the assault. Upon discovering that it was Jedi Master Obi-Wan Kenobi, he calculated that the Jedi would be hesitant to attack as he would risk injuring the civilians held there. Ultimately however, TX-20's arrogance blinded him and he underestimated Kenobi and his own Twi'lek prisoners which consequently cost him his life.
When the war enveloped Geonosis a second time, TX-21 aided Archduke Poggle the Lesser in his deployment of the Separatists' new super tank. Their attempts were thwarted however, when the Republic destroyed the bridge leading to the Geonosis primary droid foundry that the tanks rode across. Additionally, two Jedi Padawans, Ahsoka Tano and Barriss Offee, infiltrated the foundry but they were confronted by TX-21 and his super tank escort. They planted a thermal detonator on the tank and as TX-21 boasted about how the detonator could not destroy the tank, he neglected to recognise that it could destroy him. The detonator killed him moments later.
As the war entered its later stages, the new super tactical droid model was introduced as an improved successor to the T-series. These new droids were larger, more resistant to damage and even considered themselves superior to their organic counterparts. Despite this, the T-series continued to see use in the war, with several being used during the battle for Anaxes. In fact, one reported directly to Separatist Admiral Trench.
Early rebellion against the Galactic EmpireEdit
- "How in all the galaxy is that droid gonna find your friend?"
- ―Ezra Bridger to Ahsoka Tano
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. Despite this, former Jedi Padawan Ahsoka Tano obtained the head of a T-series tactical droid at some point in time. During the early rebellion against the Galactic Empire, Tano became an integral part of the Phoenix rebel cell. 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.
Behind the scenesEdit
T-series tactical droids first appeared in Jedi Crash, the thirteenth episode of the animated series Star Wars: The Clone Wars' first season. Production-wise, they first appeared in Innocents of Ryloth, the first season's twentieeth episode. Throughout the show, the droids were voiced by various actors including: Matt Lanter, James Arnold Taylor, Ashley Eckstein and Matthew Wood.
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 Lucifer in the original Battlestar Galactica series. The word 'tactical' was also written along the side of at least one tactical droid's head in Aurebesh.
- Ultimate Star Wars (First identified as T-series tactical droid)
- Lead by Example
- Star Wars: The Visual Encyclopedia
- Star Wars Encyclopedia of Starfighters and Other Vehicles
- Star Wars: Droidography
Notes and referencesEdit
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 1.7 1.8 Ultimate Star Wars
- ↑ Star Wars: The Visual Encyclopedia
- ↑ 3.0 3.1
- ↑ 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 4.4 Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "The Hidden Enemy"
- ↑ 5.0 5.1 5.2 5.3 Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Cat and Mouse"
- ↑ 6.0 6.1 6.2 6.3 Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Innocents of Ryloth"
- ↑ 7.0 7.1 Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Weapons Factory"
- ↑ 8.0 8.1 8.2
- ↑ 9.0 9.1 Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "The Bad Batch"
- ↑ 10.0 10.1 Star Wars: Episode III Revenge of the Sith
- ↑ 11.0 11.1 Star Wars Rebels – "The Lost Commanders"
- ↑ Star Wars: The Clone Wars
- ↑ 13.0 13.1 13.2 13.3 13.4 Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Jedi Crash"
- ↑ 14.0 14.1 *
- ↑ Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Grievous Intrigue"
- ↑ Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "The Citadel"