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Combat Droids in Star Wars
Short for "android", droids are futuristic robots. Many are peaceful assistants, but several are programmed for security or warfare, offering deadly beings immune to many organic disadvantages (like the need to breathe and eat).
Droids come in many shapes and sizes, some little more than mindless tools, others bearing distinguished personalities that set them apart from their peers—which are the most dangerous? These are the ten deadliest droids in Star Wars!
Type: Protocol (modified)
Seen in: Star Wars Episode 5: The Empire Strikes Back
4-LOM partners with the alien Zuckuss for a fierce bounty-hunting duo. LOM is a master of logic, Zuckuss an untrained Force-sensitive, giving the pair a lethal mix of strategy and intuition.
In combat, LOM prefers to fight at range using a blaster rifle, and his armor lets him absorb several attacks. He also displays more individuality than most droids, maintaining a certain honor and compassion despite his violent profession.
Seen in: Star Wars: The Force Unleashed (video game)
Companion and sparring partner to Starkiller (Galen Marek), PROXY utilizes advanced hologram technology that lets him disguise himself as practically anyone. Not only does this make him a formidable spy, he can replicate the fighting styles of many dangerous warriors, including Obi-Wan Kenobi, Darth Maul, and Jango Fett.
PROXY could even "mimic" Force powers using various repulsors, giving him the skills to hold his own against powerful warriors like Galen, Darth Vader, and Boba Fett.
Seen in: Solo: A Star Wars Story
"Vuffi" here doesn't really have a class, as she's pieced together from many other droids, including protocol, astromech, and espionage. But despite her muddled origins, she proves herself a competent pilot, fierce warrior, and unique ally, one of the strongest cases of droid sentience yet.
And yes, her name references "leet", gamer lingo that substitutes numbers for letters.
7. YVH-Series Battle Droid
Seen in: Star Wars: The New Jedi Order (novels)
In the legends timeline, after the Empire's fall, the galaxy is ravaged by alien warriors called the Yuuzhan Vong. To help the New Republic fight them, these deadly droids are deployed. While designed to battle the Vong, Jacen Solo notes they're an equal match for most Jedi.
Armed with blaster cannons, grenade launchers, and a last resort self-destruct, it's hard to conquer one and live to tell the tale, especially with their unique self-regenerating laminanium armor.
Seen in: Star Wars: Doctor Aphra
Thanks to their twin blasters and shield generators, regular destroyers are already a big pain. But this upgraded droideka bears a stronger blaster cannon and improved self-awareness. In fact, he's immune to restraining bolts thanks to a decoy control circuit, with the real one concealed beneath near-impregnable beskar plating.
Seen in: Rogue One: A Star Wars Story
Most droids from the main films are either lovable supports (Threepio, BB-8, etc.) or mindless soldiers (Confederacy troops). Kaytoo helped the series branch out, presenting a sarcastic and violent personality who nonetheless aids the Rebels.
A large, imposing figure, Kaytoo can fight competently from any range, take a few hits before falling, and displays a remarkable degree of individuality, more than willing to disobey orders if he finds them counterproductive.
Seen in: Star Wars Episode 5: The Empire Strikes Back
Though often thought of as a single droid (we only see one in the film), IG-88B often works with his fellow IG units. But whether gauging him as an individual or group, he fosters an amazing reputation during the Galactic Civil War, known as the second-best bounty hunter after Boba Fett.
Effectively a walking armory, IG-88 carries dozens of weapons, including toxic darts, poison gas, pulse cannons, vibroblades, and far more. He's also pretty cunning, and very nearly uploaded himself to take control of the second Death Star.
3. N-K Necrosis
Seen in: Star Wars: Galaxies (video game)
General Grievous doesn't quite fit today's list since he's a cyborg. But when a droid brain is implanted into his corpse, this war droid is formed. Favoring a double-bladed saber similar to Maul's, Necrosis and his two Magnaguards are adept at melee combat and shielded by powerful armor.
It's a shame not many fans know about Necrosis, and I'd love to see more of him in future stories.
Seen in: Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic (video game)
HK offered a mix of violence and humor years before Kaytoo, and he was personally built by Darth Revan, one of the strongest Force-wielders of all time. Programmed to hunt Jedi, HK knows that non-blaster weapons work best against them (though he's a fine shot when the need arises), often wielding grenades, rockets, and mines.
But despite his bloodlust, HK usually ends up on the good side, aiding a redeemed Revan in his efforts to thwart the Sith Empire.
Seen in: LEGO Star Wars: The Freemaker Adventures (television series)
Commissioned by Darth Sidious himself, M-OC bears enough weaponry to rival IG-88, and is notably trained with lightsabers, which he prefers to use in the Jar'Kai style (one in each hand). In addition to his fierce arsenal, he's amazingly resilient, a skilled pilot, and can cloak himself for stealth and disguise his appearance.
Other Droids in Star Wars
Today we emphasized combat-proficient machines, but don't underestimate the capabilities of other mechs—R2-D2, BB-8, and even C-3PO prove essential to the Rebellion and Resistance.
We've also seen several part-robot beings throughout the galaxy, like General Grievous, Darth Vader, and Lobot, but for now, vote for your favorite droid and I'll see you at our next Star Wars countdown!
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