Battle droids

Droids were used most commonly in combat-related roles, where they offered a plethora of advantages over organic units. Droids could carry heavy weaponry and shielding, move rapidly without tiring, analyze targeting and trajectory calculations instantly, and protect crucial systems by burying them deep inside the frame of the droid (often featuring backup processing and multiple layers of redundancy). Droids could follow orders to the letter, taking risks no Human ever would, yet still maintain their calm precision.

Most importantly, however, these droids were expendable — unlike sentients, the amount of time and energy it cost to assemble a droid was often a tiny fraction to that of recruiting (or growing) a Human and training them. Built on massive automated assembly lines, like the ones on Geonosis, thousands of capable droids could be produced in a matter of hours.

Because of these factors, droids were used extensively as military units, most famously by the Confederacy of Independent Systems. Despite these advantages, however, combat droids suffered from several drawbacks. Most importantly, in order to create total obedience and foil any chance of rebellion, droid units were often crippled with extremely sub-par artificial intelligence. This drawback was exemplified by the hideously poor A.I. of the B-1 battle droid, which rarely served any purpose other than as cannon fodder. Also, many (though not all) droid units lacked the flexibility and manipulation capabilities of organic units, especially in terms of hand and finger use.

Battle Droid Species Template
Attributes
  • Fitness 3 (6)
    • Strength (+1)
    • Vitality (+2)
  • Coordination 2 (6)
  • Intellect 1 (4)
    • Logic (+1)
  • Presence 2 (5)
    • Empathy (-2)
  • Psi 0 (0)
  • Force 0 (0)
  • Essence 0 (0)
Skills
  • Soldier 1 (2)
  • Computers (Programing) 1 (2)
  • Culture (Creator’s Race) 1 (2)
  • History (Creator’s Race) 1 (2)
  • Weapon-Guns 1 (2)
Typical Traits
  • Language: (Creator’s) [Fluent/R/W] (+4)
  • Eidetic Memory (+3)
  • Sense of Time (+1)
  • Assisted Healing (-5)
  • Resistance (Radiation/Temperature) (+2)
  • Synthetic being (+2) (Requires Oil Baths and Recharging)
  • Restricted (Programing) (-3)
  • Literal Minded (-3)
  • Armor (+3)

Notable Battle Droid Models

  • Air battle droid
  • B1 battle droid
  • B2 super battle droid
  • Basilisk war droid
  • Dark trooper
  • MagnaGuard
  • Krath war droid
  • SD-series battle droid
  • Variable Geometry Self-Propelled Battle Droid, Mark I
  • YVH 1

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