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"Arfour, be careful! You have a—"
―Obi-Wan Kenobi warns R4 just before her death[src]

R4-P17, nicknamed Arfour, was an astromech droid that belonged to Jedi Master Obi-Wan Kenobi prior to and throughout the Clone Wars.


R4-P17 was manufactured by Industrial Automaton some time prior to the Clone Wars.[3] When an assassination attempt on Naboo senator Padmé Amidala occurred on Coruscant, R4 accompanied Jedi Master Obi-Wan Kenobi to Kamino and Geonosis to reveal the plot.[4]

During the final days of the Clone Wars, R4 joined Obi-Wan Kenobi once again aboard his Eta-2 Actis-class light interceptor in a battle above Coruscant. During the battle, Jedi Knights Obi-Wan Kenobi and Anakin Skywalker approached Separatist general Grievous' flagship, the Invisible Hand, in an attempt to rescue the kidnapped Supreme Chancellor Palpatine. As the two Jedi neared the flagship they encountered attacks from Pistoeka sabotage droids; during the attack, R4's dome was torn apart by a buzz droid, ending her career.[2]

She was later replaced by R4-G9 as Kenobi's companion droid during his travel to the planet Utapau.[2]

Personality and traitsEdit

R4 had a female personality and showed bravery against Separatists.[3]

Skills and abilitiesEdit

"Arfour, prepare to jettison spare part canisters."
―Obi-Wan Kenobi to R4-P17[src]

As a product of Industrial Automaton, R4 was designed to qualify as hyperspace navigator for calculating lightspeed jumps and an engineer for repair and maintenance.[3]


R4-P17 zaps Jawa

R4 protects Kenobi's starfighter from Jawas.

R4 had an electroshock prod, which she used once to protect Kenobi's Delta-7B Aethersprite-class light interceptor from Jawas during a visit to Jabba's Palace.[6]

Behind the scenesEdit

R4-P17 first appeared in Star Wars: Episode II Attack of the Clones, a film released in 2002.[4] She was given the nickname Arfour, but her full name "R4-P17" was confirmed as canon in Star Wars in 100 Scenes, a reference book written by Jason Fry, released on August 18, 2014.[7]



Notes and referencesEdit

  1. TwitterLogo @HolocronKeeper (Leland Chee) on Twitter. “0 10 10-13 13 27 32 35 36” (screenshot)—The tweet in question refers to the number of in-universe years between the canon films and television shows. Using simple math, it can be deduced when Revenge of the Sith film takes place on the timeline.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Star Wars: Episode III Revenge of the Sith
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 3.5 Ultimate Star Wars
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 4.4 Star Wars: Episode II Attack of the Clones
  5. StarWars-DatabankII R4-P17 in the Databank
  6. Star Wars: The Clone Wars film
  7. Star Wars in 100 Scenes
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