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Droch-class boarding ship
Production information

Colicoid Creation Nest[1]


Droch-class boarding ship[1]


Boarding ship[2]


43,000 credits[1]

Technical specifications
Maximum speed (atmosphere)

850 km/h[1]


Light laser cannons[1]


Pilot (1)[3]


6 (Droid troops)[1]

Cargo capacity

30 kg[1]


1 day[1]




Boarding craft[2]

Year introduced

22 BBY


Rise of the Empire era[2]


Confederacy of Independent Systems[2]

"We must keep our position secret. Send out the hunters. I want all of those lifepods destroyed."
Count Dooku to General Grievous

The Droch-class boarding ship, also known as the pod hunter and the Separatist boarding craft and nicknamed "juicers" by the Galactic Republic's clone troopers, was a model of boarding craft used by the Confederacy of Independent Systems.



Starboard profile with pincers closed.

The Droch-class was named after the Droch insect,[4] and its Colicoid makers based its design on the toothspike raptor of Colla IV.[2]

The Droch-class was armed with a large set of four spikes arranged around the cockpit, that were used to crush an object trapped inside the array,[3] which led the Galactic Republic's clone troopers to name the ships "juicers."[5] These four spikes also could be used to pierce the hull of a ship and deploy a boarding party.[6] It usually carried a few Hunter battle droids. The pilot sat on top of the vehicle, and it could be used as a local transport for several troops, which entered and exited from a central passenger compartment.[3]

The versatile troop transport could be used to capture enemy starships relatively intact, to be later used in covert missions.[1]


A Droch-class ship at the Battle of Abregado.
"What the-?"
CT-327 after spotting a Droch-class boarding ship

Pod hunters were used at the Battle of Abregado, where they hunted down escape pods from Plo Koon's Triumphant, crushing them and killing their passengers. There, the pod hunter transported Rocket battle droids. One of these pods was Pod 1977.[3] Not long after, a squad of BX-series droid commandos used one to land on the Rishi moon under the cover of a meteor shower, attacking the Republic listening post there in preparation to invade Kamino.[7] Later, Asajj Ventress and a squad of B2 super battle droids used three ships to board the Tranquility, carrying Luminara Unduli, Ahsoka Tano, and their captive Viceroy Nute Gunray, in an attempt to free the captive Gunray.[6]


  • Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Rising Malevolence" (First appearance)
  • Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Rookies"
  • Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Cloak of Darkness"
  • Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Voyage of Temptation"
  • Star Wars: The Clone Wars: Lightsaber Duels (Appears in flashback(s))
  • Star Wars: The Clone Wars: Republic Heroes


Notes and references

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 1.7 1.8 1.9 The Clone Wars Campaign Guide
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 The Clone Wars: The Visual Guide
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 Rising Malevolence
  4. Planet of Twilight
  5. The Clone Wars Decoded Episode: Rising Malevolence on (backup link on
  6. 6.0 6.1 Cloak of Darkness
  7. Rookies

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