The second season of The Mandalorian is available on Disney Plus! If you have any questions about the Dark Troopers who kidnapped Grogu, read on! Season 2 episode 4 of The Mandalorian ends with Moff Gideon in new Darth Vader-style armor, bypassing similar black armor suits. This could have major implications for the Star Wars franchise. Before continuing, if you want to know everything about the launch of Episode 7, read this.
Things have fundamentally changed in the galaxy, especially in the central worlds. As the New Republic pilot, Carson Teva, has duly noted. But the Outer Rim is still the Wild West from Star Wars. The Empire could not and still cannot control the region, and neither can the New Republic. As a result, it has fallen into the hands of warlords like the Colectivo de Minería on Tatooine and Moff Gideon on Nevarro and the surrounding systems. But unlike these other warlords, Moff Gideon and his Imperials had something much more important in mind.
A grand plan involving baby Yoda, midichlorians, cloning, weapons, and a fleet. Imperial remnants go to great lengths in the Outer Rim territories to re-establish dominance of the Empire. Yet while there are certainly a number of soldiers and officers loyal to the cause, and to Moff Gideon, they have already lost the war. It seems they need some help to achieve their goal. And that’s where Moff Gideon’s new Imperial battle droids come in, the Dark Troopers.
What Are Dark Troopers?
Dark Troopers are one of the many variations of the stormtroopers in Star Wars. And they have a long history in the universe, but what differentiates them from Death Troopers and Purge Troopers, they both resemble Gideon’s suits and were canonically established by Rogue One: A Star Wars Story and Jedi: Fallen Order. That’s because Dark Troopers are battle droids. They are not human, like Death Troopers, or former clones, like Purge Troopers. They are the Empire’s version of the Separatist droid army, but much, much better.
What Are The Stories Involving The Dark Troopers?
Like many characters, stories and other elements of Star Wars. Dark Troopers first appeared in the Expanded Universe. Especially in the Dark Forces video game before being reintroduced as cannonballs in Star Wars: Commander. Thanks to the Dark Forces, to the Empire at War, to the Force Unleashed. And especially in the Battlefront games, the Dark Troopers have gone from being experimental droids to a terrifying force in the galaxy. They were originally designed by General Rom Mohc of the Arc Hammer facility, who used technology similar to Darth Vader’s suit to transform residual clones into cyber fighters in Episode 4.
These cybernetic clones were reconnected to become the original Dark Troopers. But later models called Phases were all battle droids, all created by Rom Mohc. Phase 1 consisted of dark soldiers as sentries, equipped with vibrometers. Essentially longer versions of Din Djarin’s vibrating blade. While the Dark Troops of season 2 were closer to the super battle droids of the Separatist droid army. These versions had stronger armor, assault cannons, and jet packs. And they were used to infiltrate rebel bases across the galaxy.
The final version, Phase 3 of the Dark Troopers, took everything that had worked in Phase 2 and expanded upon those elements. They were larger and were equipped with indestructible armor. They also had additional armor that allowed them to penetrate virtually any defense system. But unfortunately, they were hardly ever used in combat. Since the arch was destroyed in the period between A New Hope and The Empire Strikes Back.
While Dark Troopers were used extensively in Star Wars video games in the 1990s and 2000s, they only appeared once more in Disney canon. In the 2014 video game Star Wars: Commander. So we still know little about the canonical version of the Dark Troopers. With the exception of what was shown in season 2, episode 4, of The Mandalorian. And in episode 6 where baby Yoda is kidnapped. However, we can draw some conclusions from its brief appearance. Like the fact that they look more like Stage 3 Dark Troopers than Stage 0-2. And that they can be conceived as exoskeletons since Moff Gideon wore his own costume.
What Will They Bring To The Mandalorian Story?
When the Empire lost the Battle of Jakku and then signed the Treaty of