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This article is about the original destroyer droid. You may be looking for the Droideka Mark II.
Droideka
Production information
Homeworld

Colla IV[1]

Manufacturer

Colicoids[2]

Model

Droideka[1]

Class

Battle droid[1]

Technical specifications
Height

1.83 meters[2]

Sensor color

Red[1]

Armament

Twin built-in blaster cannons (2)

Equipment

Built-in shield projector[1]

Chronological and political information
Era(s)
Affiliation
"We have them on the run, sir… They're no match for droidekas."
Rune Haako, to Nute Gunray

The droideka (a compound word combining the Basic word "droid" with the Colicoid suffix eka, meaning "hireling" or "drone"), also called the destroyer droid or wheel droid, was a type of heavy battle droid used by the Trade Federation and the Confederacy of Independent Systems. It gained a reputation for deadliness over the course of the Clone Wars. Droid commanders such as General Grievous favored the droideka for its resilience and firepower, as well as the fear it could instill in even the most powerful Jedi. They were deployed in many battles over the course of the Clone Wars, such as Muunilinst, usually in moderate numbers due to their cost, and were also used as guards in various Confederate installations. After the Clone Wars, remaining droidekas would fall into the hands of a variety of factions, such as smugglers and criminals.

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Description

"Droidekas are fast… very fast."
Urai Fen
A droideka in wheel configuration.

The droideka was designed by the carnivorous Colicoids of Colla IV, who were displeased by the limitations of Baktoid Combat Automata's basic B1 battle droids, and chiefly manufactured on their homeworld. The Trade Federation traded rare meats to the Colicoids as a way to ease bargaining with the ravenous insectoids, and were able to enjoy special rates on these normally very costly droids.[1] Before the Federation's defeat following their Invasion of Naboo, these droids were usually slaved to a central control computer.[1] This technique fell out of favor in the aftermath of said battle, however, and they would later function independently like the B2 super battle droids did.[5] Even before that time, the droidekas on Colla IV were not slaved to a central computer, this independence rendering them both much more expensive and much more lethal.[1]

They were more formidable than the Federation's more numerous battle droids for several reasons. They were able to transform into a "wheel" configuration, allowing rapid movement and compact storage.[1] When they encountered their targets, each of the bronzium-armored droidekas would unfold into a tripodal weapons platform, armed with a set of two twin blaster cannons which could unleash a withering torrent of firepower. Often, they were also equipped with deflector shield generators. The personal energy shields these projected could endure much punishment, capable of deflecting or absorbing virtually any manner of energy or projectile fire up to the level of a light artillery bolt,[7] as well as rebuffing lightsaber blades and physical attacks. Additionally, the effectiveness of these droids was bolstered by their lack of the usual requirement for photoreceptors; instead, droidekas utilized non-visual composite radiation sensors, less likely to be distracted by light-based effects.[1]

Droideka dispensers were sometimes used to transport and deploy these droids even in the middle of intense combat zones, proving a serious nuisance to enemy troops.[8]

History

Aurra Sing, attacked by droidekas on Talas.
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Pre-Clone Wars

"Master! Destroyers!"
Obi-Wan Kenobi, upon seeing a droideka aboard the Saak'ak

Droidekas were used before Naboo in the Trade Federation's attempt to annex Alaris Prime and expel the Wookiees attempting to colonize it, but the Wookiees, with the intervention of Jedi, were able to repulse the Trade Federation forces.[9]

The Trade Federation utilized large numbers of droidekas during the Invasion of Naboo, where they proved highly effective against Naboo forces. They were used to great effect against two Jedi—Qui-Gon Jinn and Obi-Wan Kenobi—on the flagship Saak'ak, where just two of them forced the Jedi to flee. They were also used during the Battle of Grassy Plains, where they massacred Gungan warriors and were responsible for destroying the Fambaa shield generators. However, they were disabled when Anakin Skywalker took out the Droid Control Ship.[10] After the crisis, the Galactic Republic obtained some droidekas from the reparations given to the Trade Federation, and used them onboard Outbound Flight as security enforcement, and would be obtained by the Vaagari by this way.[11]

Clone Wars

"Incoming! Find cover!"
ARC Trooper Alpha, upon taking blaster fire from droidekas during the First Battle of Kamino
Droidekas on Rugosa

After the Trade Federation joined the Confederacy of Independent Systems, droidekas became mass-produced in Separatist droid foundries and were a common element of the Confederacy armies. They were used in the initial Battle of Geonosis, where most of them were stored aboard Lucrehulk-class core ships which were hence unavailable for the battle, although they were used heavily in the arena stage of the battle.[5] Over the course of the war, they proved extremely effective against enemy clone troopers and Jedi Knights, with even Obi-Wan Kenobi bearing scars from them[12]; they posed a challenge even to elite Republic soldiers such as Delta Squad, as proved aboard Prosecutor.[8]

They were also sometimes used as bodyguards for high-ranking Separatist figures such as San Hill.[13] However, they met their match in the JK-13, which was not brought into mass production as the Jedi feared it would be.[12] Indeed, the mere presence of droidekas was enough to make Jedi or other enemy forces retreat or surrender.[14] During the First Battle of Cato Neimoidia near the end of the war, squads of droids pinned down a group lead by Anakin Skywalker and Obi-Wan Kenobi, and were only destroyed by an artillery strike.[7]

An unusually large concentration of droidekas were used in the assault on Coruscant, where they were repulsed by Yoda.[13] In the same battle, droidekas also formed part of the team that captured Anakin Skywalker and Kenobi aboard Invisible Hand, although the Jedi exploited a weakness in their shields during the firefight on the bridge.[14]

Unarmed droidekas were used as shooting range targets as part of the training of clone sharpshooters.[15]

At the end of the Clone Wars, the droidekas were de-activated after Darth Vader's execution of the Separatist Council under Emperor Palpatine's orders.[14]

Aftermath

Stormtroopers battle a droideka.

The remaining droidekas were purchased by the Corporate Sector and other organizations, such as the Galactic Empire. By the time of the Yuuzhan Vong War, a few system security forces still utilized droidekas. Droidekas were also used by colonies on undeveloped worlds in Wild Space as perimeter guards at night to guard against native predators. Some fell into the hands of smugglers and criminals, and the Vagaari managed to obtain at least one unit.[4] During the early years of the Galactic Empire, many droidekas were used by Gizor Dellso in the Battle of Mustafar. All were destroyed when the Empire bombarded the planet.[3] One was repaired by Osaji Uhares during the Galactic Civil War.[16] In about 12 ABY, the renegade Jedi Dal Knour obtained some droidekas on Bilbringi.[17]

Due to the strength of their blasters and their built-in shields, droidekas proved to be a serious threat to Jedi, especially when in groups. A few years before the Yuuzhan Vong War, Luke and Mara Jade Skywalker encountered a droideka aboard the remains of the Outbound Flight Dreadnaught-class cruisers. Even though it was decades old and not operating at its best, the two still had a difficult time defeating it. However, this version had some interesting additions, one of which was the ability to fire its blasters while in rolling configuration.[4]

Design flaws

A droideka Mark II as part of Tyber Zann's faction fighting in the Galactic Civil War.

Despite being a formidable droid, the droideka had one major design flaw. Its shield was designed to enclose the droideka in a standing position, but if the droid was to be knocked on its side or against a wall, the shield would have no way of distinguishing the wall or floor from a blaster bolt or lightsaber. This meant that the shield generator had to continue supplying energy to the shield, resulting in an overload, as demonstrated during the rescue on the Invisible Hand. The shorted-out shield generator would leave the droideka vulnerable. Also, in the rolling position, the droideka's shield could not be activated, leaving it vulnerable while rolling from place to place.[18] This technique was demonstrated (with devastating effectiveness) by Anakin Skywalker and his padawan during the Battle of Christophsis. Also their shields were substantially weaker behind the droid, making them relatively easy to take out from that position. They also apparently seemed to be vulnerable to Force techniques, as Obi-Wan Kenobi used several to knock out approaching droids (and even slow down General Grievous) on board the CIS superbattleship Malevolence.

Droidekas have a hard time maneuvering on downward slopes and climbing up stairs. In their rolling configuration, they would have to go back quite a bit and then speed up, launching themselves up the stairs. They could also try to traverse stairs in walking configuration, although it was extremely hard for them to coordinate their three legs on stairs.[3]

Additionally, there were limits when a droideka could fire at a target. If the target got very close to it, the droideka would miss its shots because its blaster arms were spread out.[3]

Droideka series and variants

There were three known series of droidekas. They were outwardly similar; the differences were mostly internal. The first, the P-series droideka, was used in the Invasion of Naboo in 32 BBY.[19] The W-series droideka was used in the Battle of Geonosis in 22 BBY.[19] Later, the Q-series droideka was used aboard the Invisible Hand in 19 BBY.[19]

Four known variants of droideka existed. The first was the grapple droideka, used around the time of the Invasion of Naboo. It was equipped with electronic grapples and was designed for melee combat, and lacked blasters. It also seemed to possess weaker shields than average.[20]

A second variant was the Ultra Droideka. These were larger than standard Droidekas and saw use during the Clone Wars.[21]

A third, the droideka Mark II, would see action on the battlefields of the Galactic Civil War. This model had four stubby legs, an ion cannon, and was larger than the Separatist models. Since the plans for it were discovered on the old Separatist droid-producing world of Hypori, it may have been a dropped CIS project. It would be employed by the Hutt Cartel briefly, then quite extensively by the Zann Consortium.[22]

A fourth droideka variant was the K3-I Buzzer Droid used also during the Galactic Civil War. This variant was used on Station Gamma above Ord Mantell. It was weaker than an average droideka and lacked shields.[23]

Behind the scenes

According to the DVD commentary of The Phantom Menace, a droideka's blaster is meant to sound similar to those of an All Terrain Armored Transport. This is adhered to in the Episode I game and Jedi Power Battles games.[24]

Strangely enough, droidekas do not seem to ever use their shields in Attack of the Clones or Star Wars: Clone Wars. This made them more open to attacks, a feat that was exploited by Clone troopers and Obi-Wan Kenobi.

Early droideka concept art was later used as a basis for the LR-57 combat droid seen in The Clone Wars animation.

Appearances

Droideka concept art for The Phantom Menace.
  • Secrets of the Jedi
  • Cloak of Deception (Indirect mention only)
  • Marked
  • Single Cell
  • Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace novel (First appearance)
  • Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace
  • Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace comic
  • Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace junior novel
  • Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace video game
  • Star Wars: Episode I Jedi Power Battles
  • Episode I: Obi-Wan Kenobi (Appears in flashback(s))
  • Star Wars: Galactic Battlegrounds
  • Star Wars: Battlefront
  • Star Wars: Obi-Wan
  • Star Wars Republic: Twilight
  • Star Wars Republic: The Hunt for Aurra Sing
  • Outbound Flight
  • Jedi Quest: The Dangerous Games
  • Starfighter: Crossbones (Appears in flashback(s))
  • Jedi Quest: The False Peace
  • Star Wars Republic: Honor and Duty
  • Star Wars: Jedi Starfighter (Mentioned only)
  • Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones / comic / novel / junior novel
  • Boba Fett: The Fight to Survive
  • Star Wars: Battlefront II
  • Star Wars: Galactic Battlegrounds: Clone Campaigns
  • Star Wars Republic 50: The Defense of Kamino
  • Star Wars: Republic Commando
  • The Clone Wars: The Pengalan Tradeoff
  • Jedi: Mace Windu
  • Star Wars: Clone Wars – "Chapter 9"
  • Hero of Cartao
  • The Cestus Deception
  • Star Wars: The Clone Wars film / novel
  • Star Wars: The Clone Wars: Slaves of the Republic - Chapter 1: The Mystery of Kiros
  • Star Wars The Clone Wars Volume 1: Shipyards of Doom
  • Star Wars The Clone Wars Volume 3: The Wind Raiders of Taloraan
  • Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Ambush"
  • Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Destroy Malevolence"
  • Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Bombad Jedi"
  • Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Blue Shadow Virus"
  • Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Mystery of a Thousand Moons"
  • Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Liberty on Ryloth"
  • Swamp Station Sweep
  • Star Wars: The Clone Wars: Republic Heroes
  • Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Landing at Point Rain"
  • Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Weapons Factory"
  • Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Grievous Intrigue" (Mentioned only)
  • "Honor Bound" - Star Wars Tales 22
  • MedStar II: Jedi Healer (Mentioned only)
  • Star Wars: General Grievous
  • Secrets of the Jedi
  • Boba Fett: A New Threat
  •  "Bailed Out" - Clone Wars Adventures: Volume 5
  •  "Chain of Command" - Clone Wars Adventures: Volume 10
  • Reversal of Fortune
  • Brothers in Arms
  • Labyrinth of Evil
  • Star Wars: Clone Wars – "Chapter 23"
  • Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith / comic / novel / junior novel
  • Star Wars Dark Times 6: Parallels, Part 1 (Mentioned only)
  • Dark Lord: The Rise of Darth Vader
  • Evasive Action: Prey
  • Coruscant Nights I: Jedi Twilight (Mentioned only)
  • The Last of the Jedi: A Tangled Web
  • The Last of the Jedi: Secret Weapon
  • Payback (Mentioned only)
  • Star Wars Galaxies: An Empire Divided
  • Rebel Jedi
  • Star Wars: Empire at War: Forces of Corruption (Modified version)
  • Survivor's Quest
  • STAR WARS: Battle for Naboo

Non-canon appearances

  • LEGO Star Wars: Revenge of the Brick
  • LEGO Star Wars: The Video Game
  • LEGO Star Wars: The Complete Saga
  • Star Wars: The Clone Wars: Sharpshooter (Ambiguously canonical source)
  • Star Wars: The Clone Wars: Lightsaber Duels

Sources

Notes and references

  1. 1.00 1.01 1.02 1.03 1.04 1.05 1.06 1.07 1.08 1.09 1.10 1.11 Episode I: The Visual Dictionary
  2. 2.0 2.1  Droideka (destroyer droid) in the Databank
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 Star Wars: Battlefront II
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 Survivor's Quest
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 5.3 Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones
  6. 6.0 6.1 The New Essential Guide to Droids
  7. 7.0 7.1 Labyrinth of Evil
  8. 8.0 8.1 Star Wars: Republic Commando
  9. Star Wars: Galactic Battlegrounds
  10. Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace
  11. Outbound Flight
  12. 12.0 12.1 The Cestus Deception
  13. 13.0 13.1 Star Wars: Clone Wars
  14. 14.0 14.1 14.2 Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith
  15. Star Wars: The Clone Wars: Sharpshooter
  16. Triplet Threat
  17. Rebel Jedi
  18. Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith novel
  19. 19.0 19.1 19.2 Star Wars Trading Card Game
  20. Jedi Power Battles
  21. The Clone Wars Campaign Guide
  22. Star Wars: Empire at War: Forces of Corruption
  23. Star Wars Galaxies
  24. Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace DVD commentary

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