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"An Imperial probe droid."
"It's a good bet the Empire knows we're here."
Princess Leia Organa and Han Solo

Probe droids (also known as probots or recon droids) were droids that were specifically designed and programmed to perform reconnaissance duties. These units were often dispatched by various space navies to gather information from a variety of different locations, reporting anything of significance as defined by specific preprogrammed protocols. Some models were equipped with a self-destruct mechanism in order to prevent those whom it had been sent to observe from studying them and determining their source, as well as a small blaster-type weapon for defense.

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History

In the days of the Galactic Republic, probe droids were used as tools of peaceful exploration, important technological advances that changed the face of deep-space understanding. They opened up the way for mapping the unknown reaches of the galaxy. The first probe droids were developed and produced by Galalloy Industries to search planets and asteroids for valuable resources, such as metals to fuel the processing plants of industry. Probots later helped to expand the Republic's frontiers. By the time of the Galactic Civil War, many probots were employed for military functions by the Galactic Empire, as exploration had been severely limited by direct Imperial order.[1]

An unmanned probe droid launched into the Thicket over Iego

Prior to the development of probots, remote probes had done the majority of mechanized exploration. These were comparatively simple machines, equipped with onboard computers and sensors. However, they were programmed to follow a carefully limited set of parameters and lacked the intelligence for true initiative or understanding.[1]

The first probe droids were marvels of technological achievement, a single unit capable of doing the work of a team of scientists. Incredible amounts of unexplored territory were thoroughly mapped and charted by these machines during the days of the Galactic Republic.[1]

Since deep-space exploration was put on hold by the Empire, probe droids were retooled and reprogrammed for search and patrol missions. Many droids were posted along the perimeters of key strategic star systems or hyperlanes, serving as automated guardians. Some were remote surveillance droids, observing the amazing array of communication bandwidths and relaying that information to Imperial Intelligence's Analysis Bureau.[1]

A great number of probe droids were reprogrammed for deep-space scouting. Their mission, rather than to catalog new worlds, was to uncover unregistered settlements, with a priority on finding bases of the Alliance to Restore the Republic. Knowing how quickly Rebels could evacuate upon discovery, many probe droids were equipped with high-frequency HoloNet transceivers to immediately relay information. Other added features included advanced scanning equipment, visual and audio monitoring systems, stealth sensor scramblers, a blaster cannon, and built-in self-destruct programming.[1]

As time went on, probot manufacturers began developing droids specifically for Imperial military applications, most notably Arakyd Industries. The resulting probe droids were faster, more lethal and much more efficient at snuffing out Rebels.[1]

Known models

Appearances

  • Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic
  • Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic II: The Sith Lords
  • Jedi Apprentice: The Hidden Past
  • Jedi Apprentice: The Shattered Peace
  • Jedi Apprentice: The Ties that Bind
  • The Rise and Fall of Darth Vader
  • Star Wars: Darth Maul
  • Star Wars Battlefront: Renegade Squadron
  • Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace novel
  • Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace
  • Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace junior novel
  • LEGO Star Wars: The Complete Saga (Non-canonical appearance)
  • Star Wars Episode I: Jedi Power Battles
  • Star Wars: Battlefront
  • Star Wars Episode I: The Gungan Frontier
  • Jango Fett: Open Seasons
  • Star Wars: Republic Commando
  • Star Wars Republic 27: Starcrash
  • Star Wars Republic: The Devaronian Version (Appears in flashback(s))
  • Star Wars: Battlefront II
  • Republic Commando: Hard Contact
  • Jedi: Mace Windu
  • Star Wars: Clone Wars – "Chapter 3"
  • Star Wars: Clone Wars – "Chapter 14"
  • Star Wars: Clone Wars – "Chapter 15"
  • Star Wars: Clone Wars – "Chapter 16"
  • Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Defenders of Peace"
  • The Clone Wars: Curfew
  • Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Innocents of Ryloth"
  • Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Liberty on Ryloth"
  • The Clone Wars: Hunting the Hunters (Part III)
  • The Cestus Deception
  • Deep Forest
  • Honor Bound
  • Star Wars: General Grievous
  • Star Wars Battlefront: Elite Squadron
  • Labyrinth of Evil
  • Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith
  • Dark Lord: The Rise of Darth Vader
  • The Last of the Jedi: A Tangled Web
  • The Last of the Jedi: Return of the Dark Side
  • The Last of the Jedi: Secret Weapon
  • A New Hope: The Life of Luke Skywalker (Mentioned only)
  • Star Wars: Droids Special (Picture only)
  • Dark Forces: Soldier for the Empire / audio
  • LEGO Star Wars II: The Original Trilogy (Non-canonical appearance)
  • Star Wars: Rogue Squadron
  • Star Wars: Rogue Squadron II: Rogue Leader
  • Star Wars: Rogue Squadron III: Rebel Strike
  • Star Wars: Empire at War
  • Star Wars Empire 13: What Sin Loyalty?
  • Star Wars: Force Commander
  • Star Wars Galaxies
  • Star Wars: Galactic Battlegrounds
  • Star Wars Missions 12: The Vactooine Disaster
  • Allegiance
  • The Hidden
  • Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back novel (First appearance)
  • Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back
  • Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back junior novel
  • Star Wars 45: Death Probe
  • Lando's Commandos: On Eagles' Wings
  • Therefore I Am: The Tale of IG-88
  • The Return of Tag and Bink: Special Edition (Non-canonical appearance)
  • X-wing: Rogue Squadron (Mentioned only)
  • X-wing: Wraith Squadron
  • Dark Empire
  • Dark Empire II
  • Dark Apprentice
  • Star Wars: Jedi Knight II: Jedi Outcast
  • Star Wars: Jedi Knight: Jedi Academy
  • Ambush at Corellia
  • Revenants
  • Dark Tide I: Onslaught
  • Edge of Victory II: Rebirth (Mentioned only)
  • The Unifying Force
  • Betrayal
  • Star Wars Legacy: Broken
  • The Glove of Darth Vader (Mentioned only)
  • The Lost City of the Jedi

Sources

Notes and references

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 Galaxy Guide 3: The Empire Strikes Back
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