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Everything You Need to Know About Rogue One’s Death Troopers

Everything You Need to Know About Rogue One’s Death Troopers

With Rogue One: A Star Wars Story™ we see the first appearance of Death Troopers, jet-black versions of the iconic and enormously feared storm troopers. Unfortunately for the Rebel Alliance, this type of trooper is even more deserving of fear.

Need a crash course on the Death Trooper? Here’s everything you need to know about these elite Imperial soldiers.

Amongst the highest ranks

Encased in specialized stormtrooper armor that shines with an ominous gleam, the Death Troopers comprise an elite unit created to defend the most important operations and operatives within the Imperial military hierarchy. Recruited by Imperial Intelligence, these troopers form protection squadrons of bodyguards and enforcers for the key leadership of the Tarkin Initiative and key fleet officials.

Early on in his rule, the Emperor demonstrated a keen grasp of the importance of symbols – recasting ancient icons of strength and unity from the Republic and other cultures in a new and powerful Imperial light. As such, the name of the Death Trooper stems from a rumored project from the Advanced Weapons Research division, designed to animate necrotic flesh. Though the troopers do not appear to be derived from this scheme, the use of the name gives them a macabre reputation among the imperial ranks. Their black armor makes the appearance all the more deathly.

Harder, better, faster, stronger

Select candidates that excel at stormtooper training are reassigned to an advanced Death Trooper training camp on Scarif. Death Trooper physical requirements include height and weight standards that exceed typical trooper averages, and rigorous training in exotic environs produces stronger, faster, and more resilient soldiers than the norm.

Death Troopers usually operate in small groups, exhibiting a great degree of cross-training and skill specialization. Classified medical procedures further augment their abilities and make them somewhat beyond human.

Dressed to kill

Death Trooper armor has a base of plastoid coated with a newly developed spray polymer called reflec, which warps the most common electromagnetic signals used in passive sensor arrays. This makes troopers harder to detect and well-suited for stealth operations.

Death Trooper gear also is an improvement on mass-produced stormtrooper kit. A more sophisticated sensing apparatus keeps troopers in total situational awareness of combat arenas, allies, and enemies.



Star Wars: Rogue One: The Ultimate Visual Guide is an exciting reference format that accompanies the eagerly anticipated, first-ever standalone Star Wars movie: Rogue One. This beautifully detailed Star Wars book features in-depth character profiles, plus 5 newly commissioned and fully annotated cross-sections of vehicles and mapped-out locations. With clear and authoritative text, Star Wars: Rogue One: The Ultimate Visual Guide is packed with essential information - and presented alongside stunning stills from the movie.


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