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"People say killing Jedi is hard. It's not, you just have to be smart about it. No blasters, no getting close to them, no attacking them directly when you can gun down their allies instead."
Atton Rand
Darth Vader, one of the greatest Jedi hunters in the history of the galaxy.

Jedi hunter referred to a being or droid who specialized in killing Jedi.

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Description(s)

"Now you fall, as all Jedi must."
Asajj Ventress

Some hunters were Force-sensitives themselves. Most Force-using Jedi hunters were members of Dark Side cults and groups that were traditional enemies of the Jedi, the most notorious of these being the Sith. Others were former Jedi driven to the Dark Side by unfortunate, traumatic events, and, believing their former mentors responsible, decided to pursue a homicidal grudge against the Order. Examples of such beings included Asajj Ventress, Aurra Sing, or the Sith Lord Darth Vader.

Grievous, a feared Jedi hunter.
"More machine than alive, Grievous is—though more dangerous for it."
Yoda

Some Jedi hunters were ordinary beings with bodies heavily augmented by cybernetic enhancements that allowed them to compete with the Jedi on the physical level. The most prevalent example was the CIS military leader General Grievous. Grievous was equipped with computers slaved to his brain that increased his reflexes and precision to superhuman levels, and a largely mechanical body that provided him with superhuman speed, strength and stamina. Arguably, Darth Vader could be considered an example of a cyborg Jedi hunter, as his armored body suit provided him with limited resistance to lightsaber blows, and his prosthetic limbs provided him with vastly augmented strength. Another example was the Gen'Dai Bounty Hunter Durge, who originally received cybernetic implants to combat the Mandalorians, but found them to be equally effective against Jedi.

There was also whole series of droids created specifically to assassinate and hunt down the Jedi, as droids could not be sensed through the Force due to their inorganic nature, and due to the speed of machines, they could demonstrate the speed and reflex necessary to compete with the Jedi. Examples of such droids included the IG-100 MagnaGuards or the Droideka, though the latter were not originally designed with Jedi hunting in mind.

A terentatek, a creature bred specifically to destroy Jedi, about to attack a Jedi Knight on Korriban.

Most disturbingly, however, some creatures were specifically bred, and developed to hunt Jedi, such as the voxyn and terentatek. These creatures often had their aggressive tendencies greatly enhanced by brain modification and conditioning, and their bodies specifically developed to allow incredible speed or strength. Some, such as the terentatek, were genetically engineered to develop heavy armor plates that provided limited protection against lightsabers.

However, many hunters were not Force-users, heavily augmented cyborgs, droids, or genetically created/altered creatures, but were instead ordinary people. These hunters instead relied on skill and tact as opposed to sheer power to bring down Jedi. Skilled hunters realized that Jedi were very deadly against enemies using standard weapons and tactics designed to kill normal beings, so many of their tactics revolved around non-standard weapons and equipment. Slugthrowers were useful against Jedi, since bullets could not be deflected by a lightsaber, as they simply vaporized on contact with the blade. Flamethrowers also worked well, as they couldn't be blocked by lightsabers, though they could be deflected by the Force, but this took considerable effort. Sonic weapons shattered concentration, making use of Force powers impossible. Use of proper mental techniques made ambush an option. Quality poisoned darts were silent and worked too quickly for Jedi to counter. These weapons were of limited use on a large-scale battlefield, but deadly against Jedi.

A portion of General Grievous' lightsaber collection.

Lightsaber collecting was also a fairly common practice among Jedi Hunters, as being unique to each Jedi, they provided proof of kill, and were kept as trophies. The bounty hunter Boba Fett or the Mandalorian raider Sherruk were known to collect lightsabers. Some hunters would also make personal use of their collected lightsabers, such as Grievous or Aurra Sing.

No specific background was common among Jedi hunters; they came from diverse upbringings and species.

History

"Murderer? Is it murder to rid the galaxy of you Jedi filth?!"
General Grievous.

At the end of the Hundred-Year Darkness, Jedi hunters helped defeat the Dark Jedi at the Battle of Corbos. In the Mandalorian Wars, Dungeon ships were developed to move and capture Jedi prisoners, and were later reused with Universal Energy Cages in the Great Jedi Purge.

General Grievous was among the greatest and most feared Jedi hunters, personally killing numerous Jedi in lightsaber combat during the course of the Clone Wars. He was notable as a rare example of a non-Force sensitive being who nevertheless could hold his own against the Jedi in lightsaber combat.

The 501st Legion marching on the Jedi Temple alongside Darth Vader.

Following the end of Clone Wars, the clone troopers of the 501st Legion were placed in the service of Darth Vader, a Jedi turned Sith, and the most famous Jedi Hunter in galactic history. Due to this, the 501st become vicious Jedi hunters in their own right, earning the nickname 'Vader's Fist'.

Following the fall of the Galactic Empire, the Jedi enjoyed a short time of peace, until the Yuuzhan Vong invaded. These extragalactic warriors swept through the galaxy taking entire worlds and waging war on the New Republic. Realizing that their biggest threat came from the Jedi themselves, and hating the fact that they controlled a mystical energy field called the Force, which the Yuuzhan Vong could not touch, and seemed to not even exist in, the invaders called for the extermination of the Jedi in exchange for an empty promise of peace. An entire faction of New Republic citizens caved, forming a group called the Peace Brigade, and began to hunt the Jedi, turning them over to the Yuuzhan Vong.

By the end of the Sith-Imperial War, many Jedi were surviving but scattered throughout the galaxy. The One Sith organization placed bounties on Jedi and for the next seven years, new Jedi hunters began snuffing out Jedi who weren't careful enough, nearly fulfilling the Sith's goal of the Jedi's extermination. Soon, all hunters had to keep their eyes out for the last Skywalker, whom the galaxy thought had ended at Ossus. The Sith Lord Darth Krayt wanted him because of his healing power.

Notable Jedi hunters

Force-sensitive hunters

Cyborgs

Droids

"I saw an Intel report on this; I think those are Grievous' personal bodyguard droids. Prototypes built to his specifications. To fight Jedi."
Anakin Skywalker

Genetically-engineered creatures

"The terentatek is a predator, and we Jedi are its prey."
Deesra Luur Jada

Organizations

"Your lightsabers will make a fine addition to my collection."
Grievous

Other

Appearances

  • Tales of the Jedi: Knights of the Old Republic
  • Shadows and Light
  • Star Wars Knights of the Old Republic: Flashpoint
  • Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic
  • Unseen, Unheard
  • Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic II: The Sith Lords
  • Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace
  • Star Wars: Bounty Hunter
  • Star Wars Republic: Outlander
  • Star Wars Republic: The Hunt for Aurra Sing
  • The Eyes of Revolution
  • Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones
  • Star Wars Republic: The New Face of War
  • Jedi: Mace Windu
  • Shatterpoint
  • Star Wars: Clone Wars
  • Old Scores
  • Boba Fett: The Fight to Survive
  • Boba Fett: Crossfire
  • Boba Fett: Maze of Deception
  • Jedi: Aayla Secura
  • Star Wars: The New Droid Army
  • Star Wars Republic 53: Blast Radius
  • Star Wars Republic 59: Enemy Lines
  • Dark Heart
  • "Hide in Plain Sight"
  • "Rogue's Gallery"
  • The Cestus Deception
  • Star Wars Republic 60: Hate and Fear
  • Star Wars Republic 64: Bloodlines
  • Star Wars: General Grievous
  • CIS Shadowfeed Dispatch 15:01:15 Edition: Ventress Issues New Jedi Bounties
  • Jedi Trial
  • Star Wars Republic: Show of Force
  • Star Wars: The Clone Wars TV series
  • Yoda: Dark Rendezvous
  • Boba Fett: Hunted
  • Boba Fett: A New Threat
  • Star Wars Republic: The Dreadnaughts of Rendili
  • Star Wars Republic: Trackdown
  • Star Wars: Obsession
  • Heroes on Both Sides
  • Boba Fett: Pursuit
  • Star Wars Republic: The Siege of Saleucami (Mentioned only)
  • Star Wars: Republic Commando
  • Labyrinth of Evil
  • Star Wars: Battlefront II
  • Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith
  • Dark Lord: The Rise of Darth Vader
  • Star Wars: Purge
  • Dark Times: The Path to Nowhere
  • Evasive Action: Recruitment
  • Evasive Action: Prey
  • Evasive Action: End Game
  • The Last of the Jedi: The Desperate Mission
  • The Last of the Jedi: Dark Warning
  • The Last of the Jedi: Underworld
  • The Last of the Jedi: Death on Naboo
  • The Last of the Jedi: Secret Weapon
  • Star Wars: The Force Unleashed
  • Dark Forces: Soldier for the Empire
  • Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope (First appearance)
  • Once Bitten (Appears in flashback(s))
  • Galaxy of Fear: Spore
  • Star Wars 56: Coffin in the Clouds
  • Star Wars 57: Hello, Bespin, Goodbye
  • Star Wars 58: Sundown
  • Star Wars 60: Shira's Story
  • Star Wars 61: Screams in the Void
  • Star Wars 62: Pariah (Mentioned only)
  • Star Wars 63: The Mind Spider
  • Star Wars: Masters of Teräs Käsi
  • Star Wars: Empire at War: Forces of Corruption
  • Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back
  • Entrenched
  • Shadows of the Empire
  • Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi
  • Star Wars 88: Figurehead
  • Star Wars 95: No Zeltrons
  • Star Wars 96: Duel With a Dark Lady
  • Star Wars 97: Escape
  • Star Wars 100: First Strike
  • Star Wars 107: All Together Now
  • "Lumiya: Dark Star of the Empire" - Star Wars Galaxy 3
  • Dark Forces: Rebel Agent
  • Star Wars: Jedi Knight: Dark Forces II
  • Dark Forces: Jedi Knight
  • Dark Empire
  • Dark Empire II
  • Empire's End
  • X-wing: The Bacta War (Mentioned only)
  • Heir to the Empire
  • Dark Force Rising
  • The Last Command
  • I, Jedi
  • The New Rebellion
  • Star Wars: Jedi Knight II: Jedi Outcast
  • Star Wars: Jedi Knight: Jedi Academy
  • Fool's Bargain
  • Survivor's Quest'
  • Young Jedi Knights: Heirs of the Force (Mentioned only)
  • Young Jedi Knights: Shadow Academy
  • Young Jedi Knights: The Lost Ones
  • Young Jedi Knights: Lightsabers
  • Young Jedi Knights: Darkest Knight
  • Young Jedi Knights: Jedi Under Siege
  • Agents of Chaos I: Hero's Trial
  • Balance Point
  • Recovery
  • Edge of Victory I: Conquest
  • Edge of Victory II: Rebirth
  • Emissary of the Void
  • Star by Star
  • Ylesia
  • Enemy Lines II: Rebel Stand
  • Destiny's Way
  • Equals and Opposites
  • The Unifying Force
  • Betrayal
  • Bloodlines
  • Tempest
  • Exile
  • Sacrifice
  • Inferno
  • Star Wars Legacy 1: Broken, Part 1 (Indirect mention only)
  • Star Wars Legacy 2: Broken, Part 2
  • Star Wars Legacy 3: Broken, Part 3
  • Star Wars Legacy 5: Broken, Part 4 (Appears in hologram)

Sources

Notes and references

  1. Dark Empire Sourcebook
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic II: The Sith Lords
  3. Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope
  4. 4.0 4.1 The Emperor's Pawns
  5. 5.0 5.1 Dark Side Sourcebook
  6. Enemy Lines II: Rebel Stand
  7. The Dark Forces Saga
  8. Dark Empire II
  9. Star Wars Republic: Outlander
  10. Darth Vader: Extinction
  11. Star Wars: The Force Unleashed
  12. Evasive Action: Recruitment
  13. 13.0 13.1 Star Wars Republic: The New Face of War
  14. "Clone Wars Chapter 20"
  15. 15.0 15.1 Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic
  16. Star by Star
  17. Dark Lord: The Rise of Darth Vader
  18. 18.0 18.1 Star Wars Republic: Show of Force
  19. Edge of Victory II: Rebirth
  20. Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic
  21. 21.0 21.1 21.2 Underworld: A Galaxy of Scum and Villainy
  22. Revelation (novel)
  23. The Clone Wars: Season Two
  24. Star Wars Miniatures
  25. Star Wars Legacy 40: Tatooine, Part 4

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