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"Those clankers have tough armor!"
―Commander Cody, on the durability of commando droids — Gnome-speakernotesListen (file info)[src]

BX-series droid commandos, also known as commando droids, were advanced battle droids used by the Confederacy of Independent Systems during the Clone Wars. They were created as an improvement over standard battle droids and had greater agility and computer processing power.[3] Their lithe body structure allowed them to don Phase I clone trooper armor. Commando droids were able to alter their voices in order to imitate others.[2] However, these improvements came at price of a heavy production cost, limiting their use on the battlefield.[3]

Droid commandos used a variety of weapons during battle. They commonly used the standard blaster of the Droid Army, the E-5 blaster rifle. They were also known to use vibroswords for melee combat. For ground assault and riot-control, they used thermo-detonators, bombs, and blaster rifles for sniping.

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Clone WarsEdit

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A Commando droid captain with a vibroblade.

The commando droids were first used during the Clone Wars when they infiltrated and took control of the Republic's Rishi moon Station. At first, the droids were able to maintain control of the station until Commander Cody and Captain Rex arrived to inspect the station. Along with the survivors, Cody and Rex were able to retake the station from the commando droids.[2]

A pair of commando droids were stationed in Lessu during the Battle of Ryloth. There they attempt to stop the ARF troopers Stak and Razor from activating the plasma bridge, but were defeated.[5] Grievous then used a squad when he boarded Jedi Council member Eeth Koth's flagship, the Steadfast at Ardra and captured Koth. Grievous and his tactical droid, TV-94 then used them against fellow Jedi, Obi-Wan Kenobi, Adi Gallia, and Anakin Skywalker when they rescued Koth from Grievous at Saleucami.[6] A pair of commando droids then acted as snipers after Grievous was forced to crash land on Saleucami's surface. The commando droid then shot Captain Rex as he approached them.[7]

The bounty hunter, Cad Bane then used a pair of commando droids when he held several members of the Galactic Senate hostage. There, they were able to impersonate the Senate Commandos stationed at the entrance.[8]

Commando droids were also used as guards at the Citadel under Warden Osi Sobeck. There they guarded the prisoners[9] and operated the laser cannons there.[10] The Confederate minister Rish Loo used a pair of them against Skywalker and Senator Padmé Amidala when his plan was exposed.[11]

On Kiros, the commando droids drove speeders and AATs when the Republic forces arrived. The Confederate commander, Darts D'Nar then had several with him as his guards when he negotiated with Obi-Wan Kenobi for his surrender.[12]

During the Confederate–Republic peace conference on Mandalore, Commanders droids served as guards to the Confederate delegation. Several then took Onderon's Senator, Lux Bonteri when he spoke out against Count Dooku for part in his mother's murder. After Padawan Ahsoka Tano rescued Bonteri from his execution, the commando droids then fought the Senate Guards there when the peace conference broke down.[13]

Commando droids were then used by Grievous when Darth Sidious and Dooku ordered the destruction of the Nightsisters of Dathomir. There, they helped Grievous track down Mother Talzin and Old Daka to a secret cave in the Nightsister fortress.[14]

Several commando droids were then used on Onderon in Iziz.[15] They were used to lead the attack on the Onderon rebels' base in the highlands.[16] Several then took part in Grievous's invasion of Hondo Ohnaka's Gang base on Florrum.[17] Admiral Trench used several commando droids in his defense of Ringo Vinda's station.[18]

Commando droids were then used by Dooku when he invaded Scipio. There, they fought Commander Thorn's detachment of the Coruscant Guard.[19]

Age of the EmpireEdit

Galactic Civil WarEdit

Commando Droids would later be used by Darth Vader and Doctor Aphra after the destruction of the first Death Star when Vader discovered that his master, Darth Sidious planned to replace him with the help of a rogue cybernetics doctor named Cylo-V.[4]

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