The Shadow Trooper was an elite unit of stormtrooper that was used by the Galactic Empire during the Galactic Civil War. They were rarely seen in combat, due to their advanced skills in attacking using stealth.
Shadow Troopers had a notable reputation for being completely loyal to their commanding officer, acting as questionless drones who attacked without remorse and left no survivors in their wake. Being primarily deployed on stealth missions for their ability to vanish from their surroundings using a built-in cloaking device, Shadow Troopers were definitely one of the most useful soldiers an officer could have at their disposal. Utilizing a similar tactic to their white armored counterparts, Shadow Trooper would tend to overwhelm enemy units using sheer numbers and heavy weaponry to their utmost advantage.
Clone Wars Origins Edit
The idea for creating an entire division of advanced stealth and infiltration units was first established during the peak of the Clone Wars, by the Director of Republic Intelligence, Armand Isard. Planning on utilizing such a division as an advanced reconnaissance force that could replace the dwindling number of Advanced Recon Commandos that remained in Republic service at the time. With the approval of his underlings, Isard began enlisting talented clone troopers from the front lines and putting them through intense training operations with their experimental stealth armor. Once available for deployment, these Clone Shadow Troopers, became some of the most efficient soldiers within the Grand Army of the Republic. Soon, Isard's shadow units became integral parts of larger Republic divisions, such as the 212th Attack Battalion.
Just a few days before the end of the Clone Wars, shadow troopers were deployed by Republic Intelligence to infiltrate General Grievous' hidden Separatist outpost on the sinkhole world of Utapau. After managing to avoid droid patrols, these shadow troopers quickly disappeared into six of the planet's major cities and placed specialized jamming devices that would allow for a Republic invasion of Utapau, spearheaded by Jedi General Obi-Wan Kenobi.