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Dwarf spider droid
Production information
Manufacturer

Baktoid Armor Workshop

Product line

DSD spider droid

Model

DSD1 dwarf spider droid

Class

Battle droid

Technical specifications
Height

1.98 meters (without antenna)

Gender

Masculine programming

Armament
Equipment

Integrated droid brain

Chronological and political information
Era(s)
Affiliation
"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.

Contents

Characteristics

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.

History

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.

Appearances

DSD1s defend the B'omarr Monastery during the Battle of Teth
  • Jedi Quest: The Final Showdown
  • Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones (First appearance)
  • Star Wars: The Clone Wars video game
  • Star Wars: Galactic Battlegrounds: Clone Campaigns
  • Star Wars: Clone Wars – "Chapter 1"
  • Star Wars: Clone Wars – "Chapter 4"
  • Star Wars: Clone Wars – "Chapter 12"
  • Star Wars Republic: The Battle of Jabiim
  • Jedi: Shaak Ti
  •  "Heavy Metal Jedi" - Clone Wars Adventures: Volume 1
  •  "Hide in Plain Sight" - Clone Wars Adventures: Volume 2
  •  "A Stranger in Town" - Clone Wars Adventures: Volume 3
  • Always count your clones before take-off (Non-canonical appearance)
  • Star Wars: The Clone Wars film / novel
  • Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Defenders of Peace"
  • Star Wars The Clone Wars 7: In Service of the Republic, Part 1
  • Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Holocron Heist"
  • Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Cargo of Doom"
  • The Clone Wars: Act on Instinct
  • Star Wars: The Clone Wars: Republic Heroes
  • Star Wars The Clone Wars Volume 4: The Colossus of Destiny
  • Keep the Faith
  •  "The Drop" - Clone Wars Adventures: Volume 6
  •  "Pathways" - Clone Wars Adventures: Volume 8
  •  "Waiting" - Clone Wars Adventures: Volume 10
  • Boba Fett: A New Threat
  • Boba Fett: Pursuit
  • Reversal of Fortune
  • Labyrinth of Evil
  • Star Wars Republic: The Siege of Saleucami
  • Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith
  • Evil Eyes
  • Dark Lord: The Rise of Darth Vader
  • The Last of the Jedi: A Tangled Web
  • The Last of the Jedi: Return of the Dark Side
  • Star Wars Galaxies

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