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Imperial gunners were members of the Imperial Navy who manned the various weapons of the Empire's capital ships, military bases, and, most famously, the Death Stars.



Imperial gunners were recruits from the Imperial Navy's piloting program that were either still in training or washed out. They were tasked to use their skills with weapons to handle the powerful turbolasers and ion cannons of Imperial vessels, such as Star Destroyers and World Devastators.

On both Death Stars, the gunners, often called Death Star gunners, had the additional job of maintaining a careful balance of energy in the battle station's superlaser.

Gunners in the Fel Empire.


The most distinguishing part of the gunners was their large black helmets with a slit-like visor, designed to protect their eyes from the bright flashes of light from turbolaser and superlaser fire. Many gunners regarded this helmet as useless, as it limited peripheral vision and caused them to knock their heads into things. Their helmets remained almost exactly the same throughout the Fel Empire, while their uniforms gained more armor than before.


Imperial gunners used a ranking system similar to that of starfighter pilots, with commissioned ranks such as Captain, Major, and Colonel. Some would be deployed in ground operations as battlefield engineers, operating on damaged vehicles and wounded soldiers, and laying down defenses.[1]

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Notable Imperial gunners

Behind the scenes

In land battles in Star Wars: Battlefront II, Imperial gunners are called "Imperial engineers" and are armed with a shotgun, detpacks, ammo containers and bacta.

Industrial Light & Magic modelmakers Grant McCune and Joe Johnston played Imperial gunners in A New Hope.




  1. Battlefront II Prima Official Strategy Guide

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