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This article is about the basic Trade Federation infantry unit known as the "battle droid". You may be looking for other battle droids.
B1 battle droid
Production information
Manufacturer

Baktoid Combat Automata

Product line

B-series battle droid

Model

B1 battle droid

Class

Battle droid

Technical specifications
Height

1.91 meters[1]

Gender

Masculine programming

Sensor color

Black

Armament
Chronological and political information
Era(s)
Affiliation
"Useless things. A greater danger to us than to Jedi."
General Grievous

B1 battle droids were battle droids that made up the backbone of the Trade Federation Droid Army[2] and the Separatist Droid Army.[3] It was the successor of the hunter-killer droid.

B1s were perhaps the most numerous—and expendable—soldiers in galactic history, and, unlike most organic soldiers, they were capable of action in hostile environments like underwater or in space. They were designed, for the most part, to defeat their enemies through sheer numbers, not through their ability to think and utilize combat skills (unlike clone troopers).

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Characteristics

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Design

"Roger, roger."
―Typical response of a B1 battle droid(audio)Listen (file info)

B1 battle droids' heads were designed to imitate the shape of a dead Neimoidian's skull. In this way, they were intended to strike fear into an enemy's heart.[4] In addition, their bodies vaguely resembled those of the Geonosians.

B1 battle droids were physically identical to their direct predecessor, the OOM-series battle droid; unlike OOM models, however, they were not color-coded according to function, if any. However, some were painted with different colors to blend into a certain environment.

B1s were usually slaved to a central control mainframe located on a remote starship or some other well-defended facility. However, this could lead to massive failure if the central control mainframe was destroyed, such as during the Battle of Naboo, in which Anakin Skywalker destroyed the Droid Control Ship.[2] The monumental defeat at Naboo spurred interest in independent battle droids, and this technique gained ground following the battle.

B1 battle droids in action during the Battle of Geonosis.

In extreme cases, the droids would deactivate the electromagnets that kept their limbs attached. During the Clone Wars, clone troopers learned to aim at the hips, torsos, and arm joints of the B1s to quickly destroy them.

B1s were designed for cheap mass-production. As a result, they were very flimsy and vulnerable, but were capable of swarming an enemy with their hugely superior numbers. Other models, like the droideka, B2 super battle droid, grapple droid, and B1-A air battle droid, were more expensive.

Battle droids used E-5 blaster rifles, blaster pistols, and thermal detonators in combat. They spoke in a high-pitched monotone. The voice varied between units around the time of the Battle of Naboo, and at some point during the Clone Wars their voices were uniformly changed to a more high-pitched version.[5]

Performance

A lineup of B1 battle droids
"Remember, they are droids. They're just a little slow."
Ahsoka Tano, commenting on the battle droids' reaction time

B1 droids seldom employed sophisticated tactics in battle. Massed parade ranks or simple swarms were used, and they rarely displayed a concept of cover[6], a notable exception being the Battle of Naboo. During the Clone Wars, however, there was the inevitable development of wartime, and B1 programming began to show some improvement. Nevertheless, their in-battle reactions were often slow, and such initiative as was shown was slight.[2] General Grievious, the commander of the droid army, hated battle droids for their weakness.

Although they appeared to be weak, some B1s were able to take down an enemy in hand-to-hand combat as seen in the Battle of Grassy Plains where some battle droids were able to take Gungans one on one.

Although the earlier generations were entirely dependent on Central Control Computers, post-Naboo models featured some degree of independence and personality.[7] Many older droids that were originally reliant on Control Computers developed personality quirks and a tendency to excessively comment on their situations.[8]

History

B1s were used by a variety of governments and armed forces. Even smugglers were known to use them, but in smaller amounts compared to the galactic armies of the commerce guilds.[9]

Invasion of Naboo

"Ouch time!"
Captain Tarpals

B1 battle droids were used extensively during the Invasion of Naboo by Viceroy Nute Gunray. Although the droids were statistically flimsy, with overwhelming numbers they were able to subdue the Naboo and maintain surface control of the planet. The Trade Federation invasion force which held Naboo until the Battle of Naboo was mostly composed of B1s, droidekas and other mechanized vehicles such as AATs, MTTs and STAPs.

Upon their arrival to the Trade Federation blockade of the planet, Jedi Knights Obi-Wan Kenobi and Qui-Gon Jinn highlighted weaknesses of the droids. These technical shortcomings, including a slow reaction time, weapon inaccuracy, and straight-forward tactics, stemmed from the nature of the Trade Federation quantity-over-quality production of B1s.

The "primitive" Gungan Grand Army and the bulk of the Trade Federation invasion force ultimately fought openly in the Battle of Grassy Plains. Although the uneven nature of the terrain and innovative tactics of the Gungans initially posed a problem, the overwhelming supply of B1s and other automata on the battlefield proved to be the trump card.

The turning point and saving grace of the Battle of Naboo proved to be the destruction of the Droid Control Ship by Anakin Skywalker. After the Central Control Computer of the droid army was destroyed, all mechanized units on the Grassy Plains reset and became inanimate, harmless constructions.[2]

Aftermath

Upon the closure of the Naboo crisis, the Galactic Republic passed legislation that prohibited the Trade Federation's use of droid armies and the development of military hardware. The Trade Federation, however, relocated its military research and production centers to extra-Republican territories like Geonosis.

During this time, the Trade Federation began to recuperate from Republic ordinance and the incredible financial loss from the Naboo fiasco. Existing models of battle droids were improved and new generations of soldiers were developed, such as the Super Battle Droid.

The B1s, however, were retooled and refitted. Learning from the destruction of the Droid Control Ship above Naboo, the Trade Federation upgraded B1s with on-board independent intelligence centers that could operate without a master signal.[1] The spherical centers of the Droid Control Ships were also redesigned to operate on land, which proved to be easier to defend.

Clone Wars

B1s during the Battle of Christophsis.
"You expect victory over Jedi, but all you give me to fight them is battle droids! Bah!"
―General Grievous, to Count Dooku

After the Trade Federation joined the Confederacy of Independent Systems, they became a part of the Separatist Droid Army. B1s would be the Confederacy's most common soldiers, with quintillions churned out on countless CIS factory worlds.[10] However, their uselessness frustrated Confederate commanders, such as General Grievous.[11]

They participated in many battles including, but not limited to, the Battle of Geonosis, Battle of Muunilinst, Battle of Coruscant, and Battle of Kashyyyk.

Following the execution of the Separatist Council by Darth Sidious's new apprentice, Darth Vader, most, if not all, of the B1s were de-activated. However, some would be re-activated to serve in the various Confederate Remnants.[12]

During the Clone Wars, Null-5 spoke to and managed to "convince" an important Separatist metallurgist who gave him vital clues on the metallurgic structure of droids. By adding 5% extra carvanium to the droids via the main factory computer, these droids crumbled when hit with any weapon. The sabotage acts were so successful that the kill ratio for Clone Troopers was raised from 1:20 droids to 1:50 droids during the first year of the Clone Wars. [13]

Post-Clone Wars

"Send a message to the ships of the Trade Federation: All droid units must shut down immediately."
Darth Sidious, to Darth Vader

Soon after Order 66, surviving Jedi Olee Starstone and Roan Shryne fled to Jaguada, a former Separatist base. Attempting to contact Jedi on Coruscant, they accidentally activated the droid guards. Vader discovered their position, and sent troops from the planet to destroy them. The Jedi activated the droids to serve as a rearguard against the troopers.[14]

During the rise of the Empire, some B1s were reactivated and reprogrammed for use as security droids.[15]

At some point before 12 BBY, Gizor Dellso re-activated a droid army on Mustafar. Shortly after this, the 501st Legion quickly destroyed the army and Dellso in the Battle of Mustafar.

A variant of the B1 frequently encountered by Delta Squad

During the Galactic Civil War, B1s left over from the Clone Wars were discovered on Geonosis by Rebel pilot Wedge Antilles after crash landing in his X-wing. Several stormtroopers that landed on the planet in escape pods managed to destroy many droids by using E-web blasters, but they ultimately fell to the battle droids' overwhelming blaster fire.[16]

Other B1s that weren't deactivated were used in the Death Watch Bunker, known crash sites on Tatooine, Separatist holdouts, Stone Wall Labs and Borvo's Vault on Naboo, and even on Kashyyyk.[17] Osaji Uhares repaired some and used them as his bodyguards on Centares.[18]

Impact on galactic society

Toy versions of the B1 battle droid were known to have been manufactured, as Boba Fett had some of his own during his youth on Kamino. It is unknown if the Trade Federation approved this.[19]

The extensive use of B1s by the Confederacy also contributed to the general distrust of droids in society during the Imperial Period.

Notable units

Design variations

Appearances

  • Cloak of Deception
  • Star Wars: Galactic Battlegrounds
  • "Single Cell" - Star Wars Tales 7
  • Star Wars: Starfighter
  • Star Wars: Obi-Wan
  • Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace / comic / novel (First appearance) / junior novel / video game
  • Star Wars: Episode I Obi-Wan's Adventures
  • Star Wars: Episode I Jedi Power Battles
  • Star Wars: Battlefront
  • Episode I: Obi-Wan Kenobi (Appears in flashback(s))
  • Star Wars: Republic Commando
  • Star Wars Republic: Twilight
  • Outbound Flight
  • Star Wars: Jango Fett (Toy)
  • Starfighter: Crossbones
  • Star Wars: Jedi Starfighter
  • Boba Fett: The Fight to Survive
  • Boba Fett: Part I: Survival
  • Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones / comic / novel / junior novel
  • Star Wars: The Clone Wars video game
  • Machines of War
  • Star Wars: Battlefront II
  • "Elusion Illusion" - Star Wars Insider 66
  • Boba Fett: Crossfire
  • Star Wars Republic 50: The Defense of Kamino
  • Boba Fett: Hunted
  • Odds
  • The Clone Wars: The Pengalan Tradeoff
  • Jedi: Mace Windu (Appears in flashback(s))
  • Star Wars: Clone Wars – "Chapter 1"
  • Star Wars: Clone Wars – "Chapter 2"
  • Star Wars: Clone Wars – "Chapter 3"
  • Star Wars: Clone Wars – "Chapter 4"
  • Star Wars: Clone Wars – "Chapter 5"
  • Star Wars: Clone Wars – "Chapter 6"
  • Star Wars: Clone Wars – "Chapter 10"
  • Star Wars: Clone Wars – "Chapter 12"
  • Star Wars: Clone Wars – "Chapter 13"
  • Star Wars: Clone Wars – "Chapter 20"
  • Star Wars: Clone Wars – "Chapter 21"
  • The Clone Wars: Shadowed
  • Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "The Hidden Enemy"
  • Star Wars: The Clone Wars film / novel
  • Star Wars The Clone Wars 3: Slaves of the Republic - Chapter 3: The Depths of Zygerria (Appears in viewscreen)
  • Star Wars The Clone Wars 6: Slaves of the Republic - Chapter 6: Escape from Kadavo
  • Star Wars The Clone Wars: In Service of the Republic
  • Star Wars The Clone Wars Volume 1: Shipyards of Doom
  • Star Wars The Clone Wars Volume 2: Crash Course
  • Star Wars The Clone Wars Volume 3: The Wind Raiders of Taloraan
  • Star Wars: The Clone Wars: Lightsaber Duels
  • The Clone Wars: Prelude
  • Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Ambush"
  • Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Rising Malevolence"
  • Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Shadow of Malevolence"
  • Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Destroy Malevolence"
  • Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Rookies"
  • The Clone Wars: The Fall of Falleen (Appears in hologram)
  • Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Downfall of a Droid"
  • Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Duel of the Droids"
  • Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Bombad Jedi"
  • Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Cloak of Darkness"
  • The Clone Wars: The Dreams of General Grievous (Appears in hologram)
  • Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Lair of Grievous"
  • The Clone Wars: Bait
  • Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Dooku Captured"
  • The Clone Wars: Headgames
  • Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Jedi Crash"
  • Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Defenders of Peace"
  • Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Trespass"
  • The Clone Wars: The Valley
  • Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Blue Shadow Virus"
  • Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Mystery of a Thousand Moons"
  • Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Storm Over Ryloth"
  • The Clone Wars: Curfew
  • Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Innocents of Ryloth"
  • The Clone Wars: The Ballad of Cham Syndulla (Appears in flashback(s))
  • Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Liberty on Ryloth"
  • The Clone Wars: Invitation Only (Remains)
  • The Clone Wars: Hunting the Hunters (Part 1)
  • Gunship Over Florrum
  • The Clone Wars: Hunting the Hunters (Part 2)
  • Swamp Station Sweep
  • The Clone Wars: Hunting the Hunters (Part 3)
  • Star Wars The Clone Wars 7: In Service of the Republic, Part 1 (Mentioned only)
  • Star Wars The Clone Wars 8: In Service of the Republic, Part 2
  • Star Wars The Clone Wars 9: In Service of the Republic, Part 3
  • The Clone Wars: No Prisoners
  • The Clone Wars: Act on Instinct
  • Star Wars: The Clone Wars: Republic Heroes
  • Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Holocron Heist"
  • Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Cargo of Doom"
  • Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Senate Spy"
  • Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Landing at Point Rain"
  • Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Weapons Factory"
  • Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Legacy of Terror"
  • Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Grievous Intrigue"
  • Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "The Deserter"
  • Inside Job
  • Keep the Faith
  • Star Wars The Clone Wars Volume 4: The Colossus of Destiny
  • Jedi: Shaak Ti
  •  "Blind Force" - Clone Wars Adventures: Volume 1
  •  "Heavy Metal Jedi" - Clone Wars Adventures: Volume 1
  •  "Hide in Plain Sight" - Clone Wars Adventures: Volume 2
  •  "Run Mace Run" - Clone Wars Adventures: Volume 2
  •  "The Package" - Clone Wars Adventures: Volume 3
  •  "A Stranger in Town" - Clone Wars Adventures: Volume 3
  •  "One Battle" - Clone Wars Adventures: Volume 3
  •  "Impregnable" - Clone Wars Adventures: Volume 7
  •  "This Precious Shining" - Clone Wars Adventures: Volume 7
  •  "Pathways" - Clone Wars Adventures: Volume 8
  •  "Graduation Day" - Clone Wars Adventures: Volume 10
  •  "Chain of Command" - Clone Wars Adventures: Volume 10
  • Hero of Cartao
  • Republic Commando: True Colors
  • "Rather Darkness Visible" - Star Wars Tales 19
  • Star Wars Republic: The Battle of Jabiim
  • Star Wars Republic 59: Enemy Lines
  • Star Wars Republic 61: Dead Ends (Appears in flashback(s))
  • "Honor Bound" - Star Wars Tales 22
  • Star Wars Republic 64: Bloodlines (Appears in flashback(s))
  • Star Wars Republic 67: Forever Young
  • Changing Seasons
  • Star Wars: General Grievous
  • Star Wars: Clone Wars – "Chapter 22"
  •  "Creature Comfort" - Clone Wars Adventures: Volume 7
  • Star Wars: Obsession
  • Boba Fett: A New Threat
  • Boba Fett: Pursuit
  •  "What Goes Up..." - Clone Wars Adventures: Volume 5
  •  "Bailed Out" - Clone Wars Adventures: Volume 5
  •  "Heroes on Both Sides" - Clone Wars Adventures: Volume 5
  •  "It Takes a Thief" - Clone Wars Adventures: Volume 6
  • Routine Valor
  • Brothers in Arms
  • Reversal of Fortune
  • Labyrinth of Evil
  • Star Wars: Clone Wars – "Chapter 23"
  • Star Wars: Clone Wars – "Chapter 24"
  • Star Wars: Clone Wars – "Chapter 25"
  •  "To the Vanishing Point" - Clone Wars Adventures: Volume 6
  •  "Orders" - Clone Wars Adventures: Volume 4
  • Order 66: A Republic Commando Novel
  • Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith / comic / novel / junior novel / video game
  •  "Salvaged" - Clone Wars Adventures: Volume 9
  • Star Wars Republic: The Hidden Enemy
  • Star Wars Republic: Into the Unknown (Appears in flashback(s))
  • Dark Lord: The Rise of Darth Vader
  • Star Wars Dark Times: Parallels
  • Evasive Action: End Game
  • The Last of the Jedi: Against the Empire
  • The Force Unleashed novel
  • Star Wars: The Force Unleashed comic (Appears in flashback(s))
  • "Number Two in the Galaxy" - Star Wars Tales 18
  •  "Skywalkers" - Clone Wars Adventures: Volume 2 (Appears in flashback(s))
  • Oh!! Jawajawa
  • Star Wars: Rogue Squadron III: Rebel Strike
  • Star Wars Empire: In the Shadows of Their Fathers (Appears in flashback(s))
  •  Star Wars Galaxies – An Empire Divided
  • Star Wars: Demolition
  • "Three Against the Galaxy" - Star Wars Tales 3
  • Star Wars: Chewbacca 4 (Appears in flashback(s))

Non-canon appearances

Sources

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Notes and references

  1. 1.0 1.1  Battle droid in the Databank
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace
  3. Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones
  4. Episode I: The Visual Dictionary
  5. Star Wars: The Clone Wars (film)
  6. Star Wars: Clone Wars
  7. Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith
  8. Star Wars: The Clone Wars: The Official Episode Guide: Season 1
  9. Star Wars: The Clone Wars film
  10. Revenge of the Sith: The Visual Dictionary
  11. Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith (novel)
  12. Star Wars: Battlefront II
  13. Star Wars Republic Commando: Odds
  14. Dark Lord: The Rise of Darth Vader
  15. The Last of the Jedi: Against the Empire
  16. Star Wars: Rogue Squadron III: Rebel Strike
  17. Star Wars Galaxies: An Empire Divided
  18. Triplet Threat
  19. Star Wars: Jango Fett

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