B2 super battle droids were an advanced battle droid used by the Confederacy of Independent Systems during the Clone Wars. Super battle droids were much stronger than their predecessors, and they did not require a command system to operate, which gave the droids limited independence. Another improvement was their thick armor casing, which contained their fragile sensors. However, B2s were designed with simple processors, limiting their ability to formulate strategies. As a result, they relied on organic commanders or tactical droids in order to effectively operate. The B2 was much stronger than the B1s, with enough strength to lift a Clone Trooper off the ground as seen at the Battle of Teth. Despite this a variant for close range combat, the B2 grapple droid, was created. The B2-HA Super Battle Droid was a variant of the B2 equipped with a cannon arm that could fire homing rockets. This variant could be seen commanding small units, as could be seen on Rodia. Two other variants were designed with flight capabilities. These were the B2-RP battle droid and their successor the super battle droid rocket trooper.
Having been developed before the onslaught of the Clone Wars, the first batch of B2s was put into operation on Geonosis, during the battle that started the conflict. The droids could take more hits and could stand up better to their enemies than the B1 could, meaning it saw greater production after Geonosis, but on the battle field there were often more B1's. This was due to the B1's cheaper price tag, on a battlefield there were often 100 B1 Battle Droids for every one Super Battle Droid.
The B2 droids continued to see action until the end of the Clone Wars, with a number of units serving aboard Grievous' flagship Invisible Hand during the Battle of Coruscant. All units were shut down following the execution of the Separatist Council, ending the Clone War in a victory for the newly-formed Galactic Empire.
Behind the scenesEdit
B2 super battle droids first appeared in Star Wars: Episode II Attack of the Clones. Originally, as seen in animatics for the film, the super battle droids were to dual wield E-5 blaster rifles instead of having a built-in wrist blaster.
- Star Wars: Galaxy of Heroes
- LEGO Star Wars: The Freemaker Adventures – "The Kyber Saber Crystal Chase"
- LEGO Star Wars: The Freemaker Adventures – "The Maker of Zoh"
- Star Wars Blips – "Fan Droids" (Appears in hologram)
- Ultimate Star Wars
- Star Wars: Absolutely Everything You Need to Know
- Star Wars Character Encyclopedia: Updated and Expanded
- Star Wars: Complete Locations
- Star Wars Propaganda: A History of Persuasive Art in the Galaxy
- Star Wars: Galactic Atlas
- Star Wars: Absolutely Everything You Need to Know, Updated and Expanded
Notes and referencesEdit
- ↑ Ultimate Star Wars
- ↑ Star Wars Journeys: Beginnings
- ↑ 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 3.5 3.6 Star Wars: Episode II Attack of the Clones
- ↑ Star Wars Propaganda: A History of Persuasive Art in the Galaxy
- ↑ 5.0 5.1
- ↑ Darth Vader 3: Vader, Part III
- ↑ Star Wars: Commander
- ↑ 8.0 8.1 8.2 Poe Dameron 21: Legend Found, Part II
- ↑ Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Ambush"
- ↑ Star Wars: Droid Factory
- ↑ Star Wars: On the Front Lines
- ↑ Star Wars: Episode III Revenge of the Sith
- ↑ Star Wars: The Complete Saga blu-ray, Disc 7, Star Wars Archives: Episode II Deleted Scene: Raid on the Droid Control Ship and Extended Arena Fight