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This article is about the elite soldiers of the Grand Army of the Republic. You may be looking for the ARC-170 starfighter or the episode of the Star Wars: The Clone Wars television series.

Advanced Recon Commandos, also known as ARC troopers, were an elite variant of the Republic clone troopers. Chosen from the ranks of the Grand Army of the Republic, the status of ARC trooper was bestowed on clones who served with distinction on the battlefield, such as CT-1409 and CT-5555. They received special training and often served as leaders or received challenging assignments not suitable for less specialized clones. They were given their own unique armor set, which differed greatly from the standard issue kit given to the rank-and-file clone soldiers, being equipped with more components. During the early days of the Clone Wars, ARC trooper armor served as an experimental version of the Phase II clone trooper armor.


During the Clone Wars, the ARC troopers trained the first wave of Clone Commanders such as CC-5052.[6] The Rancor Battalion had two ARC troopers, Commander "Colt" and "Havoc," both of whom were stationed at Tipoca City on Kamino. There they looked for clone cadets that could become ARC troopers, such as Bravo Squad.[5]

Colt and the other ARC troopers supported the defense of Tipoca City against a Separatist invasion led by General Grievous and the Force-sensitive assassin Asajj Ventress. However, Colt was killed by Ventress while Havoc died fighting a group of aqua droids. A surviving ARC trooper ordered two ARF troopers to destroy a Trident-class assault ship. In the aftermath of the battle, CT-1409 ("Echo") and CT-5555 ("Fives") of the 501st Legion were upgraded to the status of ARC trooper in recognition of their contribution to the Republic victory on Kamino.[2]

Echo and Fives were then sent on a mission to rescue Jedi Master Even Piell from the Citadel on Lola Sayu.[7] The two fought their way through the Citadel. However, Echo was presumed to have died in an explosion while attempting to secure a shuttle.[8] He survived the blast, but was captured and subjected to experimentation on by the Separatist-aligned Techno Union.[9] Fives, on the other hand, escaped with the surviving members of his team.[10]

Fives continued serving in the 501st, from Umbara[11] to Ringo Vinda,[12] until his death on Coruscant where he tried to reveal Supreme Chancellor Sheev Palpatine's role in the bio-chip conspiracy to Jedi General Anakin Skywalker and Clone Captain CT-7567 ("Rex").[13] After the death of Fives, CT-5597 ("Jesse")—also of the 501st—was promoted to the rank of ARC trooper.[3]

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ARC helmet

An ARC Trooper helmet

Behind the scenesEdit

According to Genndy Tartakovsky on the DVD commentary for Star Wars: Clone Wars: Volume Two, whose story is now considered part of the continuity of Star Wars Legends and not canon, the design of the ARC troopers came from Hasbro. They first appeared as Advanced Recon Commandos in the Legends story Republic 50: The Defense of Kamino, a comic from the Star Wars: Republic series by Dark Horse Comics. In canon, they appeared in the Star Wars: The Clone Wars television series, first seen in "Clone Cadets."



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