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The IG-100 MagnaGuard, also known as the Self-Motivating Heuristically Programmed Combat Droid, was an advanced type of battle droid that was used during the Clone Wars as bodyguards of General Grievous, as per Count Dooku's order as well as being specialized infantry on the battlefield. After the InterGalactic Banking Clan secured Grievous's services as an enforcer, they refused to hire his Kaleesh, and thus the cyborg general demanded a cadre of "more intelligent battle droids" to serve him. The construction of the MagnaGuards were then commissioned and were also occasionally employed to escort Count Dooku himself.
Constructed by Holowan Mechanicals, MagnaGuards were roughly two meters tall, with a humanoid body shape, but possessed a far-superior mechanical anatomy. This allowed for superhuman acrobatics, speed, and combat ability. Their internal systems were furnished with advanced combat learning programs, which, compared to most of the droids utilized by the Confederacy of Independent Systems, allowed the MagnaGuards to adapt to a highly diverse variety of tasks. These tasks ranged from melee and ranged combat to starfighter control. The faces of the MagnaGuards featured two red photoreceptor "eyes", which were complemented by a backup system mounted on the chest. The droid's weapon of choice was the lightsaber-resistant Electrostaff, and wore cloaks and head wraps similar to the garments of Grievous's old Izvoshra elite during the general's time as a Kaleesh warlord. Several models of the IG-100 existed, superficially denoted by color—black, alabaster, blue, and the rare gray were all spotted throughout the war. Each model had a specific programing, training, and thus specialty. These droids were part of the same Holowan Mechanicals series as the later IG-88 line. MagnaGuards were also capable of speech and were programmed to taunt their opponents in a low growling Basic. Aside from Human speech, they appeared to occasionally use an audible form of droid language.
MagnaGuards were fully optimized to battle and kill Jedi. This was due to not only their impeccable melee functionality but also their capability to withstand a massive loss of structural integrity before total system failure, as well as their inability to feel pain. Even after decapitation, or bisection, they could continue to effectively engage a target. The only sure way to destroy a MagnaGuard would be to stab them in the chest. In addition, they were partially plated with strong duranium armor making it very hard for even a Jedi to destroy the droid.
General Grievous was given the bodyguards even though he was very impatient with droids due to their many limitations such as limited artificial intelligence. Count Dooku then commissioned Holowan Mechanicals to develop a cutting-edge warrior droid that would meet Grievous's standards. Upon activation, Grievous destroyed all the MagnaGuards present, venting his frustration at being treated as a droid.Grievous then personally trained the rest of his bodyguards in the seven classic styles of lightsaber combat so that they could effectively engage and then kill Jedi. Grievous would not allow any repairs to be made to the droids, believing that their numerous scrapes and battle scars made them more intimidating to enemies. Grievous engaged his bodyguards in practice fights as part of training, often damaging them in the process.
The droids were first used in combat during the Battle of Parein II 4, where one of Grievous's MagnaGuards killed the Jedi General Sannen by thrusting its electrostaff through his throat. The MagnaGuards proved to be formidable, capable of taking on Jedi and clone troopers with ease, and were regarded as being even more daunting than droidekas by some. MagnaGuards were also sometimes employed to do General Grievous's dirty work. Despite their many strengths however, the were by no means invunerable as Boba Fett managed to momentarily incapacitate one with an ion stunner during the Second Battle of Xagobah, though young Fett was ultimately defeated and left for dead by Grievous himself.
During Jedi Skywalker and Tano's mission to Tatooine, they were attacked in the exosphere by several MagnaGuards piloting Rogue-class starfighters. Skywalker managed to destroy the droids and make it onto the surface of the planet. Once on the planet, Tano faced off against three more MagnaGuards, while Skywalker fought off Count Dooku. Ahsoka managed to destroy all three of her opponents.
During a mission to destroy a CIS listening post near Ruusan, Skywalker battled several MagnaGuards that were preventing R2-D2 from being rescued.
MagnaGuards were present at Grievous's castle on Vassek's third moon. Upon Grievous's return to his castle, he discovered his force of elite MagnaGuards had mysteriously been deactivated. When Count Dooku alerted him of the infiltration of his castle by Jedi General Kit Fisto and his former apprentice, Nahdar Vebb, Grievous realized Dooku himself had deactivated his guards to see if Grievous was adept in handling the Jedi by himself, as Grievous had recently suffered a chain of defeats. During this mission, one MagnaGuard was sent to destroy the Republic attack shuttle with a rocket launcher, while another squad was sent to destroy Kit Fisto's Jedi starfighter. However, Fisto's astromech droid managed to personally pilot the ship to safety. Meanwhile, Nahdar Vebb, who was already in the Castle, managed to destroy Grievous's entire escort of droids, only to be killed by Grievous himself. 
Bounty hunter Cad Bane, while under contract with the CIS, was given several MagnaGuards for use in capturing keeper of the Kyber memory crystal, Jedi General Bolla Ropal. One stood sentry as Cad Bane tortured the Jedi to death, afterward using its staff to crudely check for any vital response from the dead Rodian.
The droids were often employed to cature or kill Jedi, such as during the capture of Jedi General Eeth Koth over Arda. The droids aided the General in getting the upper hand on Koth, surrounding the Jedi and slowly wearing him down with electrostaff strikes. Once Koth was captured, the droids tortured the Jedi in a transmission sent to the Jedi Temple on Coruscant. However, they were unaware that the Zabrak was still cognizant, resisting their torture, and sending a coded hand signal to alert the Jedi to his location. Dooku also used MagnaGuards in subduing Skywalker during a skirmish on Naboo. Dooku and the MagnaGuards were able to capture Skywalker in order to do prisoner exchange for Gen. Grievous.  The droids were also used during the Battle of Boz Pity, under Dooku. During the battle, two of them distracted Mace Windu long enough for the Count to make his escape, and one of them almost killed Asajj Ventress with a blaster under Dooku's orders.
A Republic Commando Squad was forced to fight several MagnaGuards on Kashyyyk during their rescue of the Wookiee General Tarfful. The clone commandos managed to destroy the droids with great difficulty.
Near the end of the war, MagnaGuards assisted Grievous in the kidnapping of Supreme Chancellor Palpatine during the Battle of Coruscant. Shaak Ti faced off dozens of MagnaGuards with difficulty before they retreated, alerting her to the Chancellor's danger. This led to a rescue mission, in which Jedi Generals Skywalker and Kenobi fought two of the droids on the bridge of General Grievous's command ship, the Invisible Hand, before rescuing the Chancellor.Kenobi beheaded his opponent, only to find himself engaging a still-functioning headless droid. Skywalker managed to bisect the second droid as Kenobi finished the first off. Kenobi also faced four MagnaGuards on Utapau shortly before his fight with Grievous. He incapacitated three of them immediately upon using the Force to drop a large block of metal upon them. The fourth was partly pinned under the block,and then decapitated by Kenobi.
Weapons & EquipmentEdit
Grievous’s bodyguards notably wielded several models of high-quality phrik alloy electrostaffs, blunt energy weapons which emitted a visible, pink, electromagnetic pulse on each end. The lightsaber-resistant nature of phrik allowed the MagnaGuards to effectively deflect and attack a Jedi’s lightsaber. This, coupled with the specialized combat mechanics of the droids, made them a dangerous enemy, even to those skilled in the Force.Despite their specialization in electrostaffs, the on-board combat systems of the MagnaGuard, coupled with human like hands allowed them to be trained to operate a vast array of available weapons in addition to much more specialized armaments. Depending on the time and necessity, MagnaGuards were known to use blaster rifles, grenades, rocket launchers, remote-controlled drones, and lethally irradiating weapons as well as regular melee weapons.
Along with their weapons, the droids made use of many gadgets, such as built-in tow-cables, a personal cloaking device, and magnetized limbs. At least one MagnaGuard was known to have the ability to extend its arm many times its usual length. Another tool was a violent self destruct sequence,used if the system was still functional after severe damage. This was utilized by MagnaGuards who were encountered by clone commando squad Delta on Kashyyyk. In addition, these particular droids could fire pairs of small seeking missiles from internal magazines in their back plating.
Notable Magnaguard UnitsEdit
Distinguished MagnaGuards include IG-101 and IG-102, both of whom served on the Invisible Hand. Other MagnaGuards who were named were IG-109 and IG-138, who were both destroyed in a training session with Grievous.
Notes & ReferencesEdit
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 1.7 1.8 Revenge of the Sith: The Visual Dictionary
- ↑ Star Wars: Head-to-Head Tag Teams
- ↑ 3.0 3.1 Star Wars: Battlefront II
- ↑ Star Wars Galaxies
- ↑ 5.0 5.1 Databank
- ↑ 6.0 6.1 6.2 Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith video game
- ↑ 7.0 7.1 The Clone Wars – "Cargo of Doom"
- ↑ 8.0 8.1 8.2 8.3 Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith
- ↑ The Eyes of Revolution
- ↑ 10.0 10.1 10.2 10.3 Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith novelization
- ↑ Unknown Soldier: The Story of General Grievous
- ↑ 12.0 12.1 The Clone Wars – "Grievous Intrigue"
- ↑ Boba Fett: A New Threat
- ↑ Star Wars: The Clone Wars (film)
- ↑ The Clone Wars – "Duel of the Droids"
- ↑ 16.0 16.1 The Clone Wars – "Lair of Grievous"
- ↑ The Clone Wars – "Shadow Warrior"
- ↑ 18.0 18.1 "Obsession" - Clone Wars Volume 7: When They Were Brothers
- ↑ 19.0 19.1 19.2 Star Wars: Republic Commando
- ↑ 20.0 20.1 Clone Wars – "Clone Wars Chapter 24"