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IG-100 MagnaGuard
Production information

Holowan Mechanicals[1]

Product line



IG-100 Self-Motivating Heuristically Programmed Combat Droid[1]


Bodyguard/battle droid[1]

Technical specifications

1.95 meters[1]


Masculine programming

Sensor color



Depending on variant:

Chronological and political information

Rise of the Empire era

"I saw an Intel report on this. I think they are Grievous's personal bodyguard droids. Prototypes built to his specifications. To fight Jedi."
Anakin Skywalker, to Obi-Wan Kenobi

The IG-100 MagnaGuard, or Self-Motivating Heuristically Programmed Combat Droid, was an advanced type of battle droid that was manufactured by Holowan Mechanicals and used by the Confederacy of Independent Systems during the Clone Wars. Ordered by Count Dooku, the MagnaGuards were designed to be General Grievous's personal bodyguards, although they were sometimes seen serving Dooku himself.

The MagnaGuards were commissioned after the InterGalactic Banking Clan refused to hire Grievous's Kaleesh elite after securing his own services as an enforcer, and he demanded a cadre of "more intelligent battle droids" to serve him.



Usually, a magnaguard would have an electrostaff. The electrostaff would stun the enemy, and if the enemy was hit with enough energy, then they would be killed by the electricity of the staff.Also, the electrostaff was made of phrik, a lightsaber resieant material A magnaguard's wrists and hands were manufactured so that the droid could twirl the electrostaff effectively using only one wrist. The purple glowing electrostaff is only one type of staff that was introduced to the movies and books. There were also red, yellow, and rarely blue and green. Purple was one of the most powerful.


"Remember what you were saying about 'worse than destroyers?' I think we're looking at them."
―Skywalker, to Kenobi
A MagnaGuard with electrostaff powered down.

The two-meter tall MagnaGuards carried electrostaffs made from lightsaber-resistant phrik metal, and wore cloaks similar to those of Grievous's old Izvoshra elite during the general's time as a Kaleesh warlord.[1] Most MagnaGuards carried an electrostaff, but ranged models were also utilized, often specializing in dedicated weapons such as grenades, Bulldog rifles, RD-4 grenade launchers, and anti-vehicle missile launchers.[2] Other devices and equipment were occasionally used, such as a built-in tow-cable in its arm, a personal cloaking device or magnetized limbs[4]. At least one MagnaGuard was known to have the ability to extend its arm many times its usual length, but it is unknown if other MagnaGuards had this feature as well.[5]

The color of the droid denoted the particular model—black, alabaster, blue, and the rare gray were all spotted throughout the war. The droids were remarkably resilient, compared to other CIS droids. They were capable of surviving decapitation and were able to fight effectively even after such extensive damage, due to a backup photoreceptor in their chests.[1]

They were also capable of speech, and often taunted their opponents.[4]


"What in the galaxy was that?"
RC-1262, upon first sighting an IG-100
Grievous slaughtering one of his original MagnaGuards just after his resurrection as a cyborg.

The MagnaGuards were first introduced to Grievous shortly after his transformation into a cyborg. Upon activation, Grievous killed all the MagnaGuards present, venting his frustration at being treated as a droid.[6] MagnaGuards were first used in combat during the Battle of Parein II 4, where one of Grievous's MagnaGuards killed the Jedi Sannen by thrusting its electrostaff through his throat.[7] The MagnaGuards proved to be formidable, being able to take on Jedi and clone troopers with ease, and were regarded as being even worse than droidekas by some.[8]

During the Second Battle of Xagobah, the young bounty hunter Boba Fett encountered two MagnaGuards in the Mazariyan fortress, accompanying Grievous during the conflict. Fett, disguised as Durge with the help of a holo-shroud, engaged the droids in battle, and was able to momentarily incapacitate one with an ion stunner, though he was ultimately defeated and left for dead by Grievous himself.[9]

Three MagnaGuards accompany Dooku to Jabba's Palace.

Upon Anakin Skywalker and Ahsoka Tano's arrival to Tatooine onboard the Twilight, they were attacked by several MagnaGuards piloting Porax-38 starfighters. Anakin managed to destroy the droids and make it onto the surfaces of the planet. On Tatooine, Ahsoka Tano faced off against three more MagnaGuards, while Anakin fought off Count Dooku. Ahsoka managed to destroy all three of her opponents.

When destroying Skytop Station, Anakin Skywalker fought several MagnaGuards that were protecting R2-D2 from being rescued. MagnaGuards were also present at Grievous's castle. Upon Grievous's return to his castle, he discovered his guard of elite MagnaGuards had mysteriously been deactivated. When Count Dooku alerted him of the infiltration of his castle by jedi master Kit Fisto and his former apprentice, Nahdar Vebb, Grievous realized Dooku himself had deactivated his guards to ensure no intrusions on his duel with the jedi. After being reactivated, one MagnaGuard was sent to destroy the Nu-class attack shuttle with a rocket launcher, while another squad was sent to destroy Kit Fisto's jedi starfighter however, Fisto's astromech droid piloted the ship's escape off-planet. The remaining droids accompanied Grievous. As Nahdar Vebb made his way towards the General, he destroyed Grievous's entire escort and was later killed by Grievous himself. Many more were destroyed as he fought the jedi, Kit Fisto, until Fisto managed to escape the castle with his jedi starfighter.

Three MagnaGuards protect Grievous's castle on the third moon of Vassek.

During the Battle of Boz Pity, MagnaGuards were used in the service of Dooku. During the battle, two of them distracted Mace Windu long enough for the Count to make his escape, and one of them almost killed Asajj Ventress with a DC-15A blaster rifle under Dooku's orders.[10]

Delta Squad was forced to fight several MagnaGuards on Kashyyyk during their rescue of the Wookiee chieftain Tarfful. The clone commandos managed to destroy the MagnaGuards with great difficulty.[11]

MagnaGuards assisted Grievous in the kidnapping of Supreme Chancellor Palpatine during the Battle of Coruscant. Shaak Ti faced off dozens of MagnaGuards with difficulty before they retreated, alerting her to the Chancellor's danger.[5]

Anakin Skywalker and Obi-Wan Kenobi fought IG-101 and IG-102 on the bridge of General Grievous's command ship, the Invisible Hand, shortly afterward.[8] Kenobi beheaded his opponent, only to discover that the MagnaGuard was able to fight even without a head. Skywalker cut the droid he was fighting in half, and Kenobi finished destroying his.[12]

A MagnaGuard on Utapau.

Kenobi also faced four MagnaGuards on Utapau. He destroyed three of them immediately when he used the Force to crash a large block of metal upon them. The fourth was partly pinned under the block; it attempted to reach his electrostaff but was decapitated by Kenobi by the time it picked up its weapon.[12]

Following the massacre of the Separatist Council by Darth Vader, under Darth Sidious's orders, the IG-100 MagnaGuards were deactivated. However, the Geonosian Gizor Dellso would later use IG-100 MagnaGuards as a part of his personal army.[2] Two MagnaGuards were reactivated by the Galactic Empire for use as N-K Necrosis's bodyguards, and redesignated as NK-3s.[3] Another pair, IG-153 and IG-182 were employed by Grand Moff 4-8C.[13] Another one, IG-179, was Iron Knight Luxum's chief lieutenant.[13]

The MagnaGuard was part of the same series as the later IG-88 line.[1]


"The age of the Jedi is over."
―An unknown MagnaGuard
A MagnaGuard ready for action.

Originally, the MagnaGuards were programmed with the optimum in combat techniques. As a result, Grievous had their minds wiped and trained them all individually in the seven classic styles of lightsaber combat. Once they were put to use, Grievous would not allow any repairs to be made to the droids, believing that their numerous scrapes and battle scars made them look more intimidating to opponents.[1]

Grievous would often engage his bodyguards in practice fights as part of training, and would often damage them in such fights.[8]

Known MagnaGuards

"Crush them! Make them suffer!"
―Grievous, to his MagnaGuards aboard the Invisible Hand

Notable MagnaGuards include IG-101 and IG-102, both of whom served on the Invisible Hand[8]. Grievous used IG-109 as part of a training session as well as IG-138, and destroyed them both.[13]

Behind the scenes

The MagnaGuard design was originally proposed as a design for Grievous himself. George Lucas himself reviewed it and asked for Grievous's final appearance to be developed from it, but it was nonetheless eventually used as the MagnaGuard.[14]


MagnaGuard concept art.

Non-canon appearances


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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 Revenge of the Sith: The Visual Dictionary
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 Star Wars: Battlefront II
  3. 3.0 3.1 Star Wars Galaxies
  4. 4.0 4.1 Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith video game
  5. 5.0 5.1 Star Wars: Clone Wars
  6. The Eyes of Revolution
  7. Unknown Soldier: The Story of General Grievous
  8. 8.0 8.1 8.2 8.3 Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith novelization
  9. Boba Fett: A New Threat
  10. Star Wars: Obsession
  11. Star Wars: Republic Commando
  12. 12.0 12.1 Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith
  13. 13.0 13.1 13.2 The Story of General Grievous: Lord of War
  14. Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith DVD bonuses

External links

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