There are different types of entities in the Star Wars universe, but we can never forget how important the droids are. Droids have become quite useful for the different characters in Star Wars movies and shows. Some droids are used for war, while others were made to assist people. That said, we are here to look at the best Star Wars droids ranked by the importance of their roles in the Star Wars continuity.
25. Probe Droid
The probe droid has seen its fair share of uses throughout the history of the Star Wars universe. It has been seen in almost all of the different Star Wars movies and shows because of how useful it can be in certain situations.
This droid doesn’t do much except for the fact that it is made for the purpose of probing and scouting. It doesn’t have any weapons and can’t even do any sort of combat. However, the fact that these droids are capable of sensing intruders in a base and can scout different areas makes them useful for both offense and defense.
24. Scorpenek Annihilator Droid
We have only seen the Scorpenek Annihilator Droid once in the entire Star Wars continuity as two of these droids made their debut in the final episode of The Book Of Boba Fett. However, despite making only one single appearance, this droid was able to prove itself a force to be reckoned with.
Scorpenek droids are bigger versions of the Droideka because they have strong laser guns and are capable of withstanding different attacks because of their powerful shield generators. And what made these droids important was the fact that they played a pivotal role during the war between the Fett gotra and the Pyke Syndicate over at Mos Espa.
23. Training Remote
The Training Remote is probably the smallest and simplest droid we have on this list. They are also some of the more useless when it comes to practical purposes. However, the fact that they have been used for the purpose of training Jedi Younglings for decades has made them some of the most important droids in the galaxy.
We first saw the Training Remote in Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope when Ben Kenobi was training Luke on how to use the Force to sense attacks. The training droid has since been a staple for training young Jedi, as they fly around and use their harmless laser attacks to allow the Youngling to learn how to sense where the attack is coming from.
22. IG-100 MagnaGuard
As Obi-Wan Kenobi said, there aren’t a lot of droids that are capable of killing a Jedi, and the IG-100 MagnaGuard is one of the few droids with the capabilities that allow it to match a Jedi in single combat. These droids are a favorite of General Grievous during the Clone Wars because they are great bodyguards against the Jedi and other similar threats. That is what made them important.
IG-100 droids are equipped with electrostaffs that they use to guard against lightsaber attacks while dishing out punishments of their own. They are adept at using these weapons to the point that they can easily fight on par with most Jedi. That is why they are both fearsome and important in the history of the Star Wars continuity.
21. Tactical Droids
Tactical Droids were some of the most dangerous droids during the Clone War because they made it possible for the Separatists to fight galactic battles without the use of biological beings as commanders of their forces. That’s because tactical droids served an important role as de facto commanders whenever there weren’t any generals around to command droid armies.
These droids only have one purpose, and that is to come up with strategies based on what they see on the battlefield. As explained in Star Wars: The Bad Batch, Tactical Droids are programmed to learn from every battle. That means that they can use their programming to become even more dangerous the more battles they engage in.
This droid is the first Legends entry we have on this list because Star Wars: The Force Unleashed, although recognized by Disney as a part of the Star Wars universe, is not canon. The Force Unleashed is a game wherein you take control of Force user Galen Marek, who was trained by Darth Vader himself.
In that game, Marek is accompanied by his faithful droid named PROXY. The droid is very unique because of the fact that it can change its appearance and skills to the point that it can disguise itself as Jedi and Sith so that Marek can improve his lightsaber skills.
19. MSE-6 Mouse Droid
The Mouse Droid is a type of droid that doesn’t do much and cannot offer much when it comes to battle. However, these droids became quite common during the era of the Empire because they were utility droids that were capable of doing the dirty work such as cleaning and repairing. As such, bigger ships usually have tons of Mouse Droids to do the dirty work for the crew while the rest of the crew focus on battles and other more useful things.
Mouse Droids actually look like tiny tanks. And they are immortalized in the hearts of Star Wars fans because one of the best moments of A New Hope came when a Mouse Droid ran away from Chewbacca’s growl.
T3-M4 is another one of the droids that belong to the Legends category of the Star Wars universe unless Disney finally makes Star Wars: Knights Of The Old Republic a part of the canon storyline. And the KOTOR game stands as one of the greatest Star Wars games in history not only because of how great its story and gameplay are but also because of the great characters it has.
One of the characters that people love in KOTOR is T3-M4, which is essentially the character’s closest ally throughout the entire game. And this droid comes with a lovable personality that makes it quite similar to R2.
Another one of the droids that we have seen in the KOTOR game is HK-47, which is one of the deadliest droids we have ever seen in Star Wars. And despite the fact that it is yet to be made canon, it still is one of the most important and most memorable droids we have seen in the history of the Star Wars universe.
HK-47 is basically a Hunter Killer droid that was built by the Sith Lord Darth Revan to become an assassin. It is easy to understand how effective of an assassin this droid is as it doesn’t have an imposing appearance that will easily fool people into believing that it is harmless. And when the droid gets close enough to its target, it’s game over.
16. Battle Droids
Battle Droids don’t seem like their very capable, especially if there are only one or a few of them. However, they are actually some of the most important droids in the history of the Star Wars continuity because they formed the backbone of the entire Separatists army as their foot soldiers and all-around droids.
There is also the fact that Battle Droids tend to be simpletons in the sense that they aren’t the smartest droids. This has led to a lot of funny moments involving Battle Droids. However, when there are plenty of them, they can do considerable damage to any army and may even give the Jedi a run for their money.
The Droideka is another one of the droids that formed the backbone of the Separatist army. First introduced in Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace, Droidekas are so dangerous that they force Qui-Gon and Obi-Wan to retreat.
Droidekas are powerful droids that are capable of generating shields that can withstand blasters and even lightsabers. On top of that, they are very mobile and are capable of shooting numerous blaster bolts in one go. This is why they are both fearsome and useful during the time of the Clone War.
If Anakin Skywalker had R2-D2 during the time of the Clone Wars, Jedi Master Obi-Wan Kenobi had his own astromech droid in the form of R4-P17. R4 was Obi-Wan’s trusty droid during the many different missions he performed while fighting the Separatists. And this droid was capable of doing almost everything that R2 could do.
However, R4 saw its end in the Battle of Coruscant when it was killed by buzz droids that got on Obi-Wan’s starfighter. R4 didn’t live a very long life but was able to contribute well enough to the Star Wars continuity as Obi-Wan’s companion.
The truth is that not a lot of people are aware of who 2-1B is because this isn’t the most notable or the most popular droid in the entire Star Wars continuity. However, this droid still has a special place in the Star Wars universe because of the fact that it became quite prominent as the droid that took care of an injured Luke Skywalker after the fight against the wampa and after he lost his arm against Darth Vader on Bespin.
So, in a sense, 2-1B was very useful because of its medical capabilities, as this droid was probably the doctor that the Rebels turned to whenever they needed help. And the fact that it was capable enough to replace real doctors makes it a true MVP in every sense.
Those who are big fans of the sequel trilogy movies would instantly love D-O, as this is a droid that actually seems more human than most of the other droids in the Star Wars continuity. That’s because the droid is curious and is capable of understanding human emotions as well. On top of that, it never lost its heart even though it was treated badly by its previous owner.
That said, there are plenty of reasons to love D-O as this droid is a lot like an emotional support droid that is there to help anyone get through a rough day due to its ability to understand human emotion. It doesn’t have any other useful abilities, but it has played a huge role in the sequel trilogy in its own unique way.
Assassin droids became quite prominent during the time of the Empire because they were often sent out on missions and were also great bounty hunters. One of the more prominent assassin droids during the Empire’s reign is IG-88, which made its debut during the events of Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back.
While it didn’t have a lot of prominent appearances in the movie, IG-88 plays an important role in the continuity because there were side stories that tell the tale of multiple copies of IG-88 trying to lead a droid rebellion after an IG downloaded itself in the second Death Star before it got destroyed. The fact that IG-88 was used as the droid to clone for a droid rebellion speaks volumes of its capabilities.
Since Disney acquired the Star Wars franchise, there have been plenty of different comic books published under Marvel Comics about the Star Wars continuity. One such story involved the Indiana Jones-kind of a character named Doctor Aphra and her sidekick droids. BT-1 was one of the droids that accompanied her.
Considering that Aphra is neither the nicest nor the evilest character in the Star Wars continuity (she dwells somewhere within the moral gray areas), it becomes easy to understand why BT-1 isn’t the nicest droid as well. Often called a blastromech droid, BT-1 is a very powerful droid that has rockets, blasters, and explosives at its disposal. This is what allowed it to play an important role in Doctor Aphra’s storyline in the comics.
Doctor Aphra also hangs out with another droid that you can call the evil version of C-3PO. This droid is called 0-0-0 or Triple Zero, which is a droid that is actually just as evil as any other droid in the history of the Star Wars continuity. He was first introduced in the Darth Vader comics, and that fact alone tells how evil this droid is.
Even though Triple Zero is a protocol droid, it is actually capable of turning any droid into an assassin. And he played an important role in the Doctor Aphra storyline in the comics because the doctor utilized the droid in many different ways to suit her needs.
IG-11 was one of the most lovable droids ever introduced in the Star Wars continuity, but it didn’t always start that way. This droid was first introduced in the first episode of The Mandalorian as one of the bounty hunters tasked to hunt down Grogu. When it was about to kill Baby Yoda, Din Djarin shot it in the head.
However, IG-11 was retrieved by Kuiil and was fixed and reprogrammed to become a protocol droid that was able to assist people in every way possible. And it proved that it had turned a new leaf when it healed Din Djarin’s injuries in the final episode and ended up sacrificing itself so that the Mandalorian and Grogu could escape the Imperial forces hunting them down.
L3-37 is one of the most interesting and most unique droids in the entire galaxy. At first, you would think that this droid is merely an ordinary protocol droid assisting Lando Calrissian in all of his affairs in life. However, this droid is actually more than that and is actually seemingly acting as a leader that could even stand up to Lando as his equal.
In the events of Solo: A Star Wars Story, L3 was actually smart and independent enough to rally all of the other droids to break free and become individuals that shouldn’t be limited by the orders of their masters. Of course, L3 was also very vocal about being more than just a servant or a friend to Lando, as there are rumors that there could be something between the human and the droid.
6. C1-10P (Chopper)
C1-10P is a droid that was nicknamed Chopper. We first saw Chopper during the events of Star Wars: Rebels, but it also made an appearance in Star Wars: The Bad Batch in the episode that involved a young Hera Syndulla. And Chopper proved to be very important throughout the entire Rebels series, just like how R2 has always been important to the main characters of the Star Wars franchise.
Similar to R2, Chopper has a distinct personality that is actually similar to that of a grumpy old man. It always gets the job done, but it seems like it doesn’t like working. Nevertheless, Chopper has proven to be a very loyal friend to the crew of the Ghost throughout the entire Rebels storyline.
Not a lot of people know who BD-1 is, especially if they haven’t played Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order, which is a canon game in the Star Wars continuity. However, BD-1 played arguably the most important role throughout the entire game because it became Cal’s trusty sidekick after spending almost its entire life as a Jedi’s sidekick.
The reason why BD-1 is so important is that this droid is an explorer droid that could map out entire planets. On top of that, the droid also contains information regarding the location of the Holocron that could point out the location of all of the Force-sensitive individuals in the galaxy.
K-2SO was one of the most memorable characters throughout the entire events of Rogue One because of the fact that it didn’t act like a droid at all. In fact, K-2SO was even more proactive than the humans in the story, and that means that he wasn’t just going to wait around for others to act before he took matters into his own hands
The fact that the entire Rogue One movie tells the story of the unsung Rebel heroes is the reason why this droid is so important. Without K-2SO, the Rogue One characters wouldn’t have succeeded. And without the Rogue One characters, the first Death Star would have annihilated the entire Rebellions.
BB-8 was the trusty astromech droid owned by Poe Dameron but eventually became Rey’s traveling companion throughout the events of Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens. This droid played one of the most important parts of Episode VII because of the fact that it contained information about Luke Skywalker’s whereabouts. Of course, this was also the droid that the First Order wanted to obtain throughout the entire movie.
At first glance, BB-8 doesn’t look like it can do much because of the fact that it doesn’t have any weapons. However, it proved to be one of the most useful droids in the entire sequel trilogy because of its loyalty towards its companions and due to the fact that it also had its own fair share of useful moments as well.
C-3PO is the most important protocol droid in the entire Star Wars continuity. Created by a young Anakin Skywalker to assist his mother, 3PO ended up back in the service of his creator in Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones. Since then, he and R2-D2 have been inseparable.
Throughout 3PO’s history, he has been one of the most useful droids because he served under Padme during the Clone Wars while R2 was traveling together with Anakin. He is capable of speaking in almost any language imaginable. And the fact that 3PO is R2’s voice of reason is what makes him an awesome droid.
The most popular and most important droid in the history of Star Wars is the astromech droid named R2-D2. First introduced in Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace when it saved Queen Amidala’s ship by fixing the hyperdrive, R2 has since been useful in a lot of different situations as Anakin’s personal astromech. He has seen everything from Episode I all the way to Episode IX, as he has contributed to all of the different events he was involved in.
R2’s personality is what makes him quite popular as well because this droid is spunky and quite reckless. He isn’t afraid of standing up to Battle Droids and is actually very useful when it comes to certain situations that involve controlling or piloting a ship. Simply put, there are too many reasons why R2 is so important, but you would know all of them if you watched the Star Wars movies and shows.