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Dwarf spider droid
Production information

Baktoid Armor Workshop

Product line

DSD spider droid


DSD1 dwarf spider droid


Battle droid

Technical specifications

1.98 meters (without antenna)


Masculine programming


Integrated droid brain

Chronological and political information
"You've fought against it, you know its weaknesses, and more importantly, you know what a killer it can be. Men, meet the newest addition to the Stormtrooper Corps."
Stormtrooper commander TK-342 prior to the Battle of Ghorman

The DSD1 dwarf spider droid, also known as the burrowing spider droid because it was first used to destroy opposition in narrow mine shafts, was a battle droid manufactured by the Commerce Guild to support the cause of the Separatists.



A front view of a dwarf spider droid

The DSD1 was similar in function to a typical combat vehicle. It was also used to punish customers who had declined to pay their taxes to the Commerce Guild.

Its main weapon was a long central blaster cannon mounted on its dome that was both capable of firing rapid-fire anti-personal rounds, or slower-rate high-intensity blasts that could destroy light vehicles. The droid's small frame and four all-terrain legs made it suitable for warfare in dangerous mines, and the adjustable legs made it capable of getting better elevation for the blaster cannon. However, because of the fixed laser cannon, it could not turn around to track enemies, thus making it inferior to speedy targets. Also, the length of this cannon sometimes hindered it in confined areas, a weakness exploited by Anakin Skywalker on Escarte.

The droid was capable of communicating in a beeping language similar to Binary. It also seemed to have basic emotions, such as frustration, as demonstrated on Escarte and Teth.


During the Clone Wars, dwarf spider droids were used on the frontlines, in front of platoons of battle droids and other Separatist droids. The dwarf spider droid also worked in conjunction with the larger OG-9 homing spider droid and could operate as an armored scout exploring the battlefields. Infrared photoreceptors and powerful scanners enabled the droid to survey the terrain and relay target data back to the Homing spider droid.

A dwarf spider droid on Geonosis.

When it identified a target, it sent a tracking message through a digital channel from its head-mounted aerial to the homing spider droid, which then moved toward the signal to deliver the killing blow. It also featured a self-destruct mechanism. If a clone unit moved in to destroy the droid, it would usually self-destruct, destroying any enemy/enemies around it.

Several variants of the dwarf spider droid saw action during the wars, including an amphibous model, designed for water-filled terrain such as marshes, swamps or wetlands, equipped with a larger gun, but could not float. as well as two heavily armored variants—the heavy dwarf spider droid and the advanced dwarf spider droid. This type participated in a number of conflicts during the Clone Wars. One of those conflicts was the Battle of Kashyyyk, where it was used to counter the Republic's All Terrain Recon Transport units.

Though most Separatist war vehicles were deactivated after the end of the Clone Wars, the dwarf spider droids were recommissioned through Imperial command and used by the Galactic Empire to enforce the submission of former Separatist worlds, fighting against the remnants of the very government that once used them, with the Stormtrooper Corps using the droids as their mechanical attack dogs. They would remain utilized throughout the Empire's reign, and it was not uncommon to see these droids alongside stormtroopers at Imperial checkpoints.


DSD1s defend the B'omarr Monastery during the Battle of Teth
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