IG-88 was an assassin droid line designed by Holowan Laboratories. The IG-88 line was a derivative of the IG-100 MagnaGuard droids used as bodyguards by General Grievous and the IG Lancer Droids used by Durge during the Clone Wars. IG-88 later became one of the galaxy's most infamous bounty hunters. However, the bounty hunting was just a cover for the droid's grand plan—the Droid Revolution.
There were only four made, all identical. Moments after activation, the original massacred the scientists and transferred his consciousness into the other three. They then escaped the lab. It is possible it was the droid's incompletely formed identity that made him obsessed with hunting and killing. They were the successor of the earlier IG-86 droid model.
Assassin droids were banned even before the Empire came to power, although many beings continued to use them. The very nature of their job necessitated highly adaptive, autonomous programming that unfortunately caused them to frequently turn on their masters. The droid programmers at Holowan Laboratories, however, developed new programming methods that they felt confident would keep their new line of assassin droids in check, even with their new sentience programming. Thus, the development of the IG-series assassin droids—also known as the Phlut Design Systems Project Phlutdroid—would become well known as an idea that went wrong with disastrous results. The droids were also similar to IG-72 and IG-97, but the IG-88 line was by far the most infamous.
Evolving from Phlut's contract with the InterGalactic Banking Clan (hence the "IG" prefix), IG-88 was a natural design evolution from the IG-100, IG-86 and IG lancer combat droids that had made their mark during the violent Clone Wars. Only four of these droids were ever created, and all were identical. While these creations were supposed subservient to their masters, when IG-88 was activated, the sentience programming--designed to make the droid a more adaptive and resourceful assassin--had results far outstripping their expectations. Within a few seconds, he had chewed through the datafiles in the computer, realized he was an assassin droid, and reasoned his superiority to the biologial creatures who had created him. The designers only had time to decide to deactivate the droid and find out why he was outperforming their expectations--which the droid decided he would not allow. He then proceeded to slaughter his makers with his bare hands, copy his programming into three other IG-88s, kill the majority of the guards in the Holowan Labs complex, and escape. Before making his escape, he also freed the droid designated IG-72. It should be noted that he did not copy himself over into IG-72's programming, as the latter droid expressed a desire to maintain its own individuality, whereas the other three droids had empty memory cores.
IG-88 designated himself as 'A' and the rest in activation order "B,C and D". They worked in tandem, while IG-72 went his own way. They traveled to Mechis III and conquered the droid factory there, killing all of its biological occupants. To throw Imperial investigators off their trail, IG-88B worked as a bounty hunter, killing various former employees of Holowan to prevent discovery.
From their base on Mechis III, the four IG-88s began planning their "Droid Revolution", a movement in which an army of all types of droids would rise up and annihilate all the 'biologicals' of the universe. After taking control of Mechis III, they began uploading their advanced sentience program into all droids manufactured there; the sentience programming was to be loaded into the droids when the appropriate code was sent by the IG-88s. When this occurred, all of the droids would rise up and destroy all biological life in the galaxy.
All the IG-88s took turns operating as bounty hunters, with their appearances throughout the galaxy serving as cover for their real operations on Mechis III. One assignment saw the droid bounty hunter hired by Zatec-Cha, vizier of Tammuz-an, to track down the missing Prince Mon Julpa. IG-88 tracked Julpa to Tyne's Horky and followed him to see if the lost Prince would lead him to the Tammuz-an Royal Scepter. During the course of this assignment, IG-88 would cross paths with the droids R2-D2 and C-3PO.
At some point, IG-88 would team up with Bossk and Dengar, having been hired by the Hutts to locate the Yavin Vassilika. Eventually, IG-88 turned on his teammates, attempting to claim a bounty on them which was recently posted by rival bounty hunter Zuckuss.
After the Alliance's Renegade Squadron caused a stir in the Alderaan system, the Empire started actively hunting them. This led one of the IG-88s to pick up the bounty on the Squadron, finding them on Ord Mantell and attempting to capture or kill all he could. However, due to the actions of Han Solo, they were able to temporarily defeat the droid and escape.
At some point during 1 ABY, IG-88A set up a droid factory on Lok where he planned to manufacture a plethora of battle droids and droidekas for his own nefarious purposes. However, with the help of Nym, a group of spacers were successful in foiling his plans and seemingly destroying the droid and the factory. Somewhen afterwards, IG-88 reactivated a Clone Wars-era droid factory on Corellia.
In 3 ABY, IG-88 was commissioned to find the Millennium Falcon. However, IG-88 was beaten to the Han Solo bounty by Boba Fett. IG-88B was destroyed on Bespin by Fett in retaliation for attempting to track him. IG-88s C and D engaged Fett in orbit over Tatooine in identical models of the IG-2000 in attempt to steal the carbonite containing Solo, but were defeated. C was destroyed first. IG-88D then launched a surprise attack, but in the end its ship was also destroyed by Boba Fett's Slave I, in a maneuver in which Fett pretended to have been killed. Unbeknownst to Fett, IG-88D somehow survived the encounter, but was later destroyed by Dash Rendar while looking for repair parts for his ship in an Ord Mantell junkyard while Rendar searched for information on the carbonite-frozen Han Solo.
At some point, one of the IG-88s came under the employment of the Zann Consortium criminal organization, apparently owing the second-in-command of the organization a favor. He hacked into Bespin's central computer and retrieved information on the planets on Zann's "hit list". He was also possibly involved in The Second Battle of Kuat and Zann's sketchy deal with Grand Admiral Thrawn over a Sith artifact. During his employment in the Zann Consortium, IG-88 possibly became one of the commanders of the organization.
Just before the Battle of Endor, IG-88A was hired for one last mission. Vader hired the droid to deal with the Renegade Squadron once more, who had attacked Sullust in a diversionary attack. He was defeated again however, despite being equipped with a lightning-powered shield generator.
The remaining IG-88 uploaded his consciousness into a computer core destined for Death Star II. He succeeded in being uploaded, and was preparing to activate his program to take over all droids in the galaxy when it was destroyed. With his consciousness in the Death Star II, he would literally become the Death Star.
Emperor Palpatine was the only known person on the Death Star to suspect something was wrong after the uploading of the computer core with IG-88 inside. Before the station's destruction, he noticed a series of doors in his throne room opening and closing sporadically. IG-88 did this to show the Emperor that he was not all powerful. However, IG-88 was utterly baffled when it appeared that Emperor Palpatine used some unseen force to push the doors open.
Years later, the IG-88A body, now inactive, was reprogrammed. The droid worked for Barpotomous Drebble temporarily in the months following the Battle of Endor, and later was found in service to the Thul family, protecting them from the Diversity Alliance and serving as guard-coast of Tyko Thul. Later IG-88 would save the young Raynar Thul from near death, after being reprogrammed to protect the Thul family.
IG-88A was the first of the IG-88 line. He was the leader of the IG-88s. When he rebelled against his creators on Holowan, he transferred all of his memories and files into the other IG-88s. He designated them IG-88s B, C, and D, in the order they were activated. He traveled to Mechis III with his counterparts and started his droid rebellion there. He planned to take over the galaxy with droids because he thought droids were far superior to biologicals. He uploaded himself into the second Death Star, and was about to start his droid rebellion all over the Galaxy, when the Rebel Alliance destroyed the Death Star, destroying him with it. Later IG-88A's body was reactivated and reprogrammed by Tyko Thul to become his family's bodyguard against the Diversity Alliance.
IG-88B was the second of the four IG-88s. It was agreed by all four of the units that this one would be the bounty hunter as to distract any attention from Mechis III where the droid revolution was being conducted. He flew the first sleek ship of its class: the IG-2000. It was this one that was aboard the Super Star Destroyer Executor during the hunt for Han Solo. While aboard, he learned of the new Death Star project underway at the forest moon of Endor. He relayed the information to the other three IG-88s. Afterwards, he started placing trackers on all of the bounty hunters' ships that were present and used them to find Solo. Boba Fett was not fooled; he allowed IG-88B to follow him to Bespin, where the droid met its end. IG-88B was left as scrap in the bowels of Cloud City.
IG-88C was another of the IG-88 line. Along with IG-88D, he was assigned as guards of Mechis III, should any intruder come upon their operation there. When IG-88B was destroyed, C and D were left to pursue Boba Fett and avenge their fallen brother. IG-88C was destroyed in Fett's counterattack.
The fourth IG-88 assassin droid was IG-88D. He and IG-88C were used as guards on Mechis III. When C and D were ordered to intercept Boba Fett, IG-88C was destroyed. D, however, suddenly emerged from hyperspace and fired on Slave I. When it seemed as if Fett was going to crash into the deserts of Tatooine, IG-88D sent an ultimatum. When Boba didn't respond and plunged deeper towards the surface, the droid had no idea what the bounty hunter was doing. Fett suddenly pulled a fast one and hit the air brakes, stopping in mid-air as IG-88D's IG-2000 craft blew past him. Boba Fett then used his ship's tractor beam to pull D's ship to him and unleashed a barrage of fire on the craft. IG-88D was thought to be destroyed in the assault, but Dash Rendar later battled with and destroyed IG-88D on Ord Mantell while looking for information about the carbonite entombed Han Solo.
IG-88 was designed to have blaster cannons built into the structure of each arm, but that they were not yet installed.. IG-88 uses external weapons for the rest of his existence, indicating that they were never installed later.
IG-88 seems to be primarily built from parts of aircraft scrap, though most of his parts have yet to be identified. The droid's head was constructed from a Rolls-Royce Derwent jet engine burner can with slight modifications and additions. Similar burner cans were originally used as part of the distillery behind the bar in the Mos Eisley Cantina in A New Hope. A similar prop also appears in a junkyard in "Dawn of the Gods", an episode of the British science-fiction series Blake's 7 which aired in 1980.
According to the Shadows of the Empire PC video game, IG-88 speaks in a deep, mechanical, almost Vader-esque tone as opposed to the more comical voices presented by the battle droids of the Prequel trilogy.
The BlasTech E-11's were built from British Sterling Mk4/L2A3 submachine guns.
IG-88's gun included modifications, including the addition of six grips around the barrel. The exact identity of the grip material has yet to be determined, but recent revelations suggest stamped metal T-track from old cupboards with sliding doors for the A New Hope grips. The grips on The Empire Strikes Back lightsabers are rubber or plastic and may be newer style T-track or reproductions of the original ANH grips. It is unknown at this time if The Empire Strikes Back E-11 blasters had the original ANH grip material or newer grips of plastic or rubber. Note: The row of holes on the underside of the gun had no grips as they would interfere with the folding stock. Also, the row of holes just above the folding stock on the left side of the gun received no grips, presumably this is because of the bayonet attachment stub that occupies the third hole from the front in this row.
Another modification includes the addition of a M19 or M32 azimuth scope (see below) to a mount by the use of the two hex head bolts that came with the scope. This scope mount is in the form of an approximately 1cm wide by 1/16" - 1/8" thick strip of metal sitting about a 1/4" above the gun. The front end of the strip was bent and inserted into the rear most vent hole on the top of the gun thus requiring no rivet or other attachment. On this blaster variation the rear of the mount strip goes straight back into the rear sight and is attached there presumably by riveting it to the sight.
In LEGO Star Wars II: The Original Trilogy IG-88 is playable in Free Play mode. Also, IG-88 is available in freeplay in LEGO Star Wars: The Complete Saga. In a possible oversight by the designers, IG-88 is playable in the final battle of Star Wars: Empire at War: Forces of Corruption, whereas all four IG-88s would have been destroyed by that point.
Rapper MC Chris wrote a track on his Part Six Part One album about IG-88 called "IG-88's '57 Chevy".
The Nym's Factory Compound where you encounter the infamous Bounty Hunter IG-88 is a very simple instance that will wipe your entire group in three seconds flat if you're not competely on your toes.
Similarly to the Axkva Min encounter, tanking isn't a simple matter of standing toe to toe with a boss and holding aggro. The flame throwers and rockets fired by the various bosses do an amazing amount of damage in a short period of time. Jedi playing as tanks will want to keep moving and trading taunts. IG-88 in particular can erase you in 3 seconds or less if he gets locked onto you.
For entertainer buffs you will want full energy protection and whatever else suits your character and his/her abilities.
The entrance to the factory, and the Retina Scanner, are guarded by elite level 90 protector droids. It may not be necessary to kill these. Running through the droids and incapping or dropping aggro at the entrance is sufficent (although murdering all the droids is fun, and good XP for the less than level 90s in the group).
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This part is pretty easy so you shouldn't have any problem here. Plant four people on each of the four doors in the instance. Have the medics in the middle to heal whoever gets low. Kick the Mouse droid in the Middle of the instance, and wait for the Battle droids and bomb droids to spawn. You can keep the bomb droids off your back by standing directly in front of the door where they spawn. Blast the battle droids apart and Phase 1 is done.
At the end of the first phase, CL90 Gold Boss Droidekas will spawn in place of the Battle Droids. There will be four of these initially. The Jedi and Bounty Hunters blocking the doors immediately aggro the Droidekas and drag them to the center of the factory area, where the remainder of the group is waiting. In the alternative, have everyone go to one of the doors and attack the droideka at that door and then rotate around the room killing the other three with everyone attacking the same droideka at all times.
That the Jedi and Bounty Hunters get aggro on the Droidekas is very important, as it keeps them from aggroing the Medic(s) and nuking them immediately.
This is one of the hardest parts of the instance. Two giant battle droids with flamethrowers will come out of the main gate and stand next to each other in the middle of the dungeon. Whatever you do, DON'T stand still for this part. as soon as they aggro have one medic do a stasis on one of the battle droids and have your group focus on the other.
The best strategy for this battle is running behind the droids more importantly don't be near the mouse droids those are what the battle droids are targeting with their flamethrowers so avoid them at all costs. They hit hard, so make sure you heal yourself and your medics focus on healing and don't forget, do not stand still.
When looking from the entrance door, the right battle droid turns counter-clockwise and the left battle droid turns clockwise.
Also, keep yourself away from red targetting circles on the floor.
This part may or may not be harder to the last depending on how your group is. When IG-88 comes, give him all you got. You can try having your ranged professions run the perimeter like the last part, but it isn't really needed. Just make sure the medic are on the ball for this part. When the Droidekas spawn, top priority is to eliminate them. IG-88 is or is close-to being invulnerable when they spawn. So take them out. I would keep 1-2 Jedi on IG-88 while everyone else takes the Droidekas out, save the medics. Keep doing this and IG-88 should go down.
Everyone in the group and in the instance will get a bonus of +1 to Combat Offense Strikethrough Value, with a maximum stacked bonus of +10, and a Droid Factory Token of Heroism.