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"Discover adventure and serve your Empire!"
―Imperial stormtrooper recruiting advertisement[src]

The Stormtrooper Corps, also referred to as the Trooper Corps, was an independent military branch operating under the Imperial Army of the Galactic Empire. The Corps was best known for its near limitless supply of obedient stormtroopers trained at Imperial academies across the galaxy, as well as its near fanatical devotion to Darth Vader. Regarded as the Empire's chief enforcers, the Corps would serve to remind the civilian populace of the Empire's military supremacy.

In the aftermath of the Galactic Civil War, the training of stormtroopers was prohibited by the Galactic Concordance, a formal peace treaty between the Empire and the victorious New Republic. However, a new generation of stormtroopers would come to exist under the the First Order, an Imperial-inspired military junta that recognized neither the treaty or the Republic's sovereignty.


Inheriting the military forces of the Grand Army of the Republic, the Stormtrooper Corps would possess a large amount of highly trained infantry to support military excursions against remaining Separatist holdouts. The Corps was ultimately founded by a group of clone commandos.[3] Due to the military buildup during the Clone Wars, the Corps continued to rely on Republic-era clone troopers for a few years after the Proclamation of the New Order. Nonetheless, the clone stormtroopers' fighting skills ultimately deteriorated due to their accelerated aging process.[8] In response, the Corps began accepting non-clone recruits into its ranks, with most remaining clones being disbanded four years before the Battle of Yavin.[9]

During the Galactic Civil War, the Corps underwent an accelerated training process to provide more soldiers at a faster rate in order to suit the Empire's needs.[3] Members of the Stormtrooper Corps would see substantial military action on multiple against the Rebel Alliance and its successor state, the New Republic.[10][11] Following the Battle of Jakku in 5 ABY, the defeated remnants of the Empire signed a peace treaty called the Galactic Concordance. One of the terms of the treaty prohibited the mobilization and training of stormtrooper forces.[12]

The Imperial remnants retreated to the Unknown Regions where they reconstituted themselves as the First Order. In violation of the Galactic Concordance, the First Order rebuilt the former Imperial military including a new generation of stormtroopers. In 34 ABY, these First Order stormtroopers would see action against the New Republic and the Resistance, a paramilitary organization led by General Leia Organa.[12]

Training and equipmentEdit

Although their ranks were numerous and possessed some of the finest weaponry and armor, with much development spearheaded by the Imperial Department of Military Research, stormtroopers were generally less respected as soldiers—at least in comparison to their clone predecessors—by the Empire's adversaries and surviving veterans of the Clone Wars. Clone Captain CT-7567 noted the inferiority of the new stormtrooper ranks, believing poor training and equipment was partly to blame for the Corps' decrease in operational effectiveness.[13] Nevertheless, stormtroopers were trained to be fiercely loyal to Emperor Sheev Palpatine, and were reputedly incapable of betraying him.[14] In addition to their allegiance to the Emperor, they loyally followed his apprentice and enforcer, the Sith Lord Darth Vader.[15] According to Imperial records, the Corps never trained a trooper-turned-traitor.[4]

When they were not in armor, officers of the Stormtrooper Corps wore black dress tunics, caps, and boots. They also carried code cylinders, rank insignia plaques, and officer's disks conform to the standards of the Imperial Navy.[16]

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Stormtrooper specializationsEdit

  • Stormtrooper—The Empire's main enforcer throughout the galaxy. Equipped with E-11 blaster rifles and specialized armor made up of over 18 plastoid, composite plates.
    • Cold weather assault stormtrooper—Better known as Imperial snowtroopers, trained for operations in arctic environments.
    • Crimson Stormtrooper—Imperial stormtroopers trained to operate in the heat of volcanic areas.
    • Flametrooper—Flametroopers were Imperial incendiary units equipped with flamethrowers for rooting out entrenched enemy positions.
    • Seatrooper—Imperial troopers trained for operations in aquatic environments.
    • Coastal defender stormtrooper— Also known as Shoretroopers, stationed at the top secret Imperial security complex on the tropical planet Scarif, shoretroopers patrolled the beaches and bunkers of the planetary facility.
    • Imperial shock trooper—High-class stormtroopers pulled from the elite of the Corps and equipped with distinctive armor with red markings. Primarily utilized as elite front-line units and guards for Emperor Palpatine himself.
    • Spacetrooper—Specialized stormtroopers equipped with rebreather packs for use in zero oxygen environments.
    • Stormtrooper grenadier—Specialized stormtroopers equipped with grenade launchers.
    • Imperial Heavy Trooper—Specialized stormtroopers equipped with combat armor and electrostaffs.
    • Heavy Weapons Stormtrooper—Heavy Stormtroopers, also known as Heavy Weapons Stormtroopers were equipped with Z-6 rotary blaster cannons and heavy armor.
    • Jumptrooper—Jump troopers were specially trained soldiers equipped with jetpacks and bubble shields that could be activated for short periods of time. Useful for rapid battlefield maneuvers and flanking enemy positions, Jump troopers could traverse environmental hazards that would normally tie up regular troops.
    • Magma trooper—Specialized stormtroopers capable of withstanding high temperatures in volcanic environments.
    • Sandtrooper—Specialized stormtroopers equipped for desert environments, with unique helmets featuring extra cooling features and a sand filter, along with a survival backpack stocked with extra food and water.
    • Scout trooper—Scout troopers, also known as biker scouts, were the reconnaissance units of the Corps, utilized to determine enemy positions, perform hit-and-run attacks and gather intelligence on enemy operations in a combat zone.
    • Forest trooper—Stormtroopers trained to operate in forested environments.[28]
    • Riot control stormtrooper—Soldiers equipped with electrostaffs and trained to quell insurrectionist activities.

Elite and experimental unitsEdit


Non-canon appearancesEdit


Notes and referencesEdit

  1. 1.0 1.1 Star Wars: Galactic Defense
  2. Star Wars: Episode III Revenge of the Sith
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 3.5 Battlefront: Twilight Company
  4. 4.0 4.1 Star Wars: Absolutely Everything You Need to Know
  5. Star Wars: Galactic Atlas
  6. Star Wars: On the Front Lines
  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 7.3 Star Wars: Episode IV A New Hope
  8. SWCustom-2011 SDCC 2014: Star Wars: A New Dawn Panel – Liveblog on
  9. Rebels-mini-logo Star Wars Rebels – "The Lost Commanders"
  10. Aftermath
  11. Star Wars: Shattered Empire
  12. 12.0 12.1 Star Wars: The Force Awakens: The Visual Dictionary
  13. Rebels-mini-logo Star Wars Rebels – "Relics of the Old Republic"
  14. StarWars-DatabankII Stormtroopers in the Databank (backup link)
  15. Lords of the Sith
  16. Ultimate Star Wars
  17. Locations. Star Wars: Uprising Official Website. Retrieved on September 11, 2015.
  18. 18.0 18.1 Star Wars 19: Rebel Jail, Part IV
  19. 19.0 19.1 19.2 19.3 19.4 19.5 Star Wars 21: The Last Flight of the Harbinger, Part I
  20. 20.0 20.1 Aftermath: Empire's End
  21. 21.0 21.1 21.2 21.3 21.4 21.5 21.6 Star Wars: Uprising
  22. 22.0 22.1 Rebels-mini-logo Star Wars Rebels – "Rebel Resolve"
  23. Tarkin
  24. Servants of the Empire: Edge of the Galaxy
  25. 25.0 25.1 25.2 25.3 25.4 Star Wars: Rogue One: The Ultimate Visual Guide
  26. 26.0 26.1 Battle to the End
  27. 27.0 27.1 27.2 27.3 Rogue One: A Star Wars Story novelization
  28. 28.0 28.1 Aftermath: Life Debt
  29. 29.0 29.1 Star Wars Rebels: Spark of Rebellion
  30. 30.0 30.1 Rebels-mini-logo Star Wars Rebels – "Art Attack"
  31. Star Wars: Uprising—Crew Member: "Joval Ryyk"
  32. SWInsider "TK-462"—Star Wars Insider 166
  33. SWRM "Kallus' Hunt"—Star Wars Rebels Magazine 4
  34. 34.0 34.1 Poe Dameron 8: The Gathering Storm, Part I
  35. 35.0 35.1 "The Perfect Weapon"
  36. 36.0 36.1 36.2 36.3 "The Bucket"—From a Certain Point of View
  37. Ezra's Gamble
  38. Star Wars: Force Arena
  39. Smuggler's Run: A Han Solo & Chewbacca Adventure
  40. Adventures in Wild Space: The Cold
  41. SWInsider "One Thousand Levels Down"—Star Wars Insider 151