Name: Baktoid Combat Automata / Baktoid Armor Workshop B1 battle droid
Manufacturer: Baktoid Combat Automata / Baktoid Armor Workshop
Product line: B-series battle droid
Class: Battle droid
Height: 1.93 meters
Mass: 65 kilograms
Gender: Male programming
Plating color: Bone-white or rust brown
Blaster 4D, Dodge3D, Grenade 4D
Humanoid Body (two arms, two legs, head)
Two visual and two auditory sensors - human range
Very Limited Intelligence Brain
E-5 blaster rifle (5D)
SE-14 blaster pistol (4D)
Thermal detonators (10D, 8D, 5D, 2D)
Description: B1 battle droids, sometimes referred to as standard battle droids, were battle droids that made up the backbone of the Trade Federation Droid Army and the Separatist Droid Army. Often called "Clankers" by Galactic Republic clone troopers, they were the basis for the more advanced OOM-series battle droid.
B1s were perhaps the most numerousâ€”and expendableâ€”soldiers in galactic history, and unlike most organic soldiers, they were capable of action in hostile environments such as underwater or in space. They were designed, for the most part, to defeat their enemies through sheer numbers, not through their ability to think (they were very vulnerable to tricks) and utilize combat skills (unlike clone troopers).
The B1 battle droid was frequently used as a soldier for the Trade Federation. As a result, B1s were present in nearly every battle involving the Trade Federation.
Early battles involving the droids required a central computer for the droids to "think" from, but this was mostly removed postâ€“Battle of Naboo after an attack destroyed the mainframe stationed there, resulting in all the droids on the planet being deactivated.
B1 battle droids stood 1.93 meters tall and were humanoid in form. Their long, elongated heads atop tall, slender necks were designed in imitation of their builders at Baktoid's Geonosian foundries. Superstitious Neimoidians were known to spread the rumor that B1 battle droids' heads were designed to imitate the shape of a Neimoidian's withered skull after death, and many species found the B1's appearance disturbing.
Some B1 units, designated the OOM-series, were given expanded programming and color-coded according to function, such as commander or security. Some were painted with different colors to blend into a certain environment, such as the reddish-colored B1 droids manufactured on Geonosis. B1s were usually slaved to a central control mainframe located on a remote starship or another well-defended facility. However, this could lead to massive failure if the central control mainframe was destroyed, such as during the Battle of Naboo, in which Anakin Skywalker destroyed the Droid Control Ship. The monumental defeat at Naboo spurred interest in independent battle droids, and this technique gained ground following the battle and during the Clone Wars.
The electromagnets that kept their limbs attached could malfunction. During the Clone Wars, Galactic Republic clone troopers learned to aim at the hips, torsos, and arm joints of the B1s to quickly destroy them. But a head shot was the only decisive way to disable a droid. They didn't need arms, legs or even bodies to pass intel to central command.
B1s were designed for cheap mass-production. As a result, they were very flimsy and vulnerable, but were capable of swarming an enemy with their hugely superior numbers. Other models, like the droideka, B2 super battle droid, grapple droid, and B1-A air battle droid, were more expensive and as a result less widely used but better soldiers.
Battle droids used E-5 blaster rifles, SE-14 blaster pistols, and thermal detonators in combat. They spoke in a high-pitched monotone. The voice varied between units around the time of the Battle of Naboo, and at some point during the Clone Wars their voices were uniformly changed to a more high-pitched version.
B1 droids employed unsophisticated tactics in battle. Massed parade ranks or simple swarms were used, and they didn't often display a concept of cover. During the Clone Wars, however, there was the inevitable development of wartime, and B1 programming began to show some improvement. Nevertheless, their in-battle reactions were often slow, and such initiative as was shown was slight. General Grievous, the commander of the droid army, hated battle droids for their weakness in comparison to the Republic's clone troopers.
Although they appeared to be weak, B1s were able to take down an enemy in hand-to-hand combat as seen in the Battle of Grassy Plains where battle droids were able to take Gungan soldiers one-on-one.
Although the earlier generations were entirely dependent on Central Control Computers, post-Naboo models were retrofitted with cognitive models that allowed independent thought, and featured a greater degree of independence and personality. However, labored with more and more specialized roles that pushed the limits of their programming, many older droids developed personality quirks and a tendency to excessively comment on their situations in an attempt to handle the data overflow that had strained their inadequate logic modules