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R-1 recon droid[1]
Production information

Arakyd Industries[1]


Recon droid[1]

Technical specifications

0.75 meters

Sensor color



Blaster cannon[1]

Chronological and political information

Galactic Republic

The R-1 recon droid was a standard-issue reconnaissance droid used by Galactic Empire during the Galactic Civil War. It was built by Arakyd Industries and was based on design of the DRK-1 Dark Eye probe droid, originally created by the Sith. The R-1 was popular with snipers, planetary garrisons and shock troops. Some of them have also found a way into the hands of smugglers, bounty hunters and other independent operations.[1]



A small floating droid, R-1 lacked any tools of hands, but could move through the openings that most of its potential targets couldn't. Its internal blaster allowed it to track most prey with ease and ocassionly even take out foe by itself. It could be used to scout areas without risking a living observer, spot targets for long-range sniper fire or starship bombardement, seek out wanted criminals or follow suspects back to base of operations.[1]

The R-1 recon droid was equipped with an internal orbital strike beacon with a high-power transmitter. Once active, friendly starships in orbit could lock onto the beacon's position and deliver a devastating, high-precision orbital strike. While not specifically intended as a self-destruct mechanism, per se, by using the beacon the droid was essentially calling in an orbital strike against itself, which it typically did not survive.[1]

Behind the scenes

In the game Star Wars: Battlefront clone sharpshooters, droid snipers, scout troopers, and Rebel marksmen all carry recon droids to the battlefield. Although all the recon droids are identical to each other, the Battlefront: Prima Official Game Guide classifies them as different models. The clone sharpshooters' recon droids are called the R-1 recon droids, the droid snipers have Mark IV recon droids, and the Rebel marksmen and scout troopers both use R-4 recon droids. To date, the R-1 recon droid is the only variant that has been mentioned in another source, The Force Unleashed Campaign Guide, as the game itself does not give any model designation. By Star Wars: Battlefront II, however, all the recon droids became identified in the game guide as Mark IV and the orbital beacon had been replaced with a self-destruct mechanism.


  • Star Wars: Battlefront
  • Star Wars: Battlefront II
  • Star Wars Battlefront: Renegade Squadron


Notes and references


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