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A snowtrooper lieutenant.
"Imperial troops have entered the base! Imperial troops have entered—"
Jobin, warning the remaining remnants of Echo Base of the snowtroopers' advance

Snowtroopers, also known as cold assault stormtroopers, were Imperial stormtroopers trained to operate in arctic climates. Some snowtroopers were deployed under Death Squadron's Blizzard Force, as well as other arctic forces.

The snowtroopers were the successors of the clone cold assault troopers and the Galactic Marines under Clone Commanders Keller and Bacara, respectively, during the Clone Wars.

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History

A snowtrooper on Hoth.

Snowtroopers were utilized on many different icy worlds, including the Imperial garrison on the planet Akuria II. Their most notable conquest was at the Battle of Hoth, where the Imperial Blizzard Force defeated the forces of the Alliance to Restore the Republic and overran Echo Base.[1]

One of the first missions involving the Snowtroopers was the surprise Imperial assault on the Rebel founders on Corellia. Darth Vader had tracked his Sith apprentice Galen Marek to the planet, in a secret plot to both capture the would-be founders of the rebellion and destroy Marek. Snowtroopers stormed the shelter atop the snowy mountain, quickly wiping out Kota's guards.

Equipment

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Armor

Snowtrooper armor was well suited to the climate extremes of frozen worlds such as Hoth, Rhen Var, and Toola. Unlike other troopers, snowtroopers wore a white, rugged body glove, in which provided better camouflage, and provided thermal insulation from the cold. Over this was an eighteen-piece outer shell altered to include more powerful heating and personal environment units, and an airtight fabric oversuit for additional protection from the cold. To facilitate breathing in extremely cold or dangerous atmospheres, a breather hood enveloped the snowtrooper's faceplate and fed into the suit liner. Each trooper was equipped with terrain-grip boots, a standard utility belt containing high-tension wire, grappling hooks, ion flares, additional blaster ammunition, a survival kit, and ration packs.[1]

A close-up of the snowtrooper's helmet.

Their helmets had built-in polarized snow goggles. The chest plate worn by the snowtroopers was constructed of a plastoid composite armor. Near the center were all of the controls for the completely self-sufficient troopers' life support systems. These included an external temperature monitor, power cell monitor, and the controls for the suit's heater. The troopers' backpacks housed the main heating unit, main power cell, communications unit, and a homing beacon. The pack also had the ability to work as a power source for other equipment. Snowtroopers could survive up to two weeks in even the harshest frozen environments on their internal suit power and supplies. They also wore white heated pants with pockets.[2]

Weaponry

Snowtroopers were armed with the standard issued E-11 blaster rifles of stormtroopers,[1] SE-14R light repeating blasters, two concussion grenades,[1] and one frag grenade. Elite snowtroopers were given the DLT-20A blaster rifle as a replacement for the E-11,[3] and two stun grenades. Snowtroopers commonly employed E-web heavy repeating blasters.[2]

Appearances

A snowtrooper chest plate.
  • Star Wars: Battlefront
  • Star Wars: Battlefront II
  • Star Wars Battlefront: Elite Squadron
  • Star Wars: The Force Unleashed video game
  • Star Wars: Empire at War
  • Star Wars: Empire at War: Forces of Corruption
  • Star Wars: Rogue Squadron II: Rogue Leader
  • Star Wars: Rogue Squadron III: Rebel Strike
  • Star Wars Battlefront: Renegade Squadron
  • River of Chaos
  • Entrenched
  • Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back junior novel
  • Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back
  • Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back novel (First appearance)
  •  Star Wars Galaxies – An Empire Divided
  • Star Wars 41: The Empire Strikes Back: Imperial Pursuit
  • Shadows of the Empire video game
  • Star Wars: Force Commander
  • X-wing: The Bacta War
  • Star Wars: Jedi Knight: Jedi Academy

Non-canonical appearances

  • LEGO Star Wars: The Complete Saga
  • LEGO Star Wars II: The Original Trilogy
  • Star Wars: The Force Unleashed video game — Ultimate Sith Edition
  • Star Wars Infinities: The Empire Strikes Back
  • Trooper (Appears in flashback(s))

Sources

Notes and references

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 Galaxy Guide 3: The Empire Strikes Back
  2. 2.0 2.1 Star Wars: The Complete Visual Dictionary
  3. Star Wars Miniatures: Rebel Storm

This article uses material from the "Snowtrooper" article on the Starwars wiki at Wikia and is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike License.

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