“You’re about to face off with the Dark Troopers. You had your hands full with one. Let’s see how you do against a platoon.”
―Moff Gideon, Star Wars: The Mandalorian™
Perfected after decades of research and experimentation, the dreaded Imperial Dark Troopers now join the ranks of the Empire. Dark Troopers were initially fabricated as combat armor suits, intended to give the wearer unparalleled protection and supremacy in battle. Several phases of improvement eliminated the final weakness in the equation: the human pilot within. Now serving as the personal bodyguards of Moff Gideon, Dark Troopers bring a slew of new options to Imperial armies. Join us in this installment of Scene to Stats, as we explore the Imperial Dark Troopers in Star Wars™: Legion!
Imperial Dark Troopers burst onto the scene with a strong set of abilities and stats. Dark Troopers enjoy the benefits of superior protection granted by the Armor keyword and red defense dice. As Droid Troopers, they will never be suppressed and can never panic, due to their “-” courage. Additionally, two health per miniature ensures the unit can take incredible punishment before being removed from the fight. Unstoppable is a new keyword that allows Dark Troopers to activate twice, reflecting their single-minded devotion to their programming. Finally, Crushing Punch and the E-11D blaster ensure that Dark Troopers will be a force to be reckoned with up close and at range.
When a threat requires a less subtle response, Imperial Dark Troopers have several new options to bolster their offensive power. The XS-IV Assault Cannon lays down a withering hail of fire, adding 4 black dice and Critical 1 to the Dark Troopers’ ranged attacks. When fighting a foe up close, the SM-9 Frag Launcher is more than capable of removing an entrenched unit in cover, and Impact 2 with Cycle provides additional utility to this loadout. But if a Moff requires a personal touch in combat, the Mertalizer adds two red and one black dice to the unit’s melee attacks. Suppressive also ensures the defender will really feel the cruel after-effect of the Dark Troopers’ assault.
Imperial Dark Troopers can also be outfitted with an extra trooper, further adding to the offense and durability of the unit. Finally, Programmed Loyalty accentuates their bodyguard role, giving the Imperial Dark Troopers Retinue: Commander. These many options make Dark Troopers a fearsome presence on the battlefield and will add a myriad of new strategies to your games of Star Wars: Legion.
That’s all for our first look at the Imperial Dark Troopers. Be sure to check back for yet another installment of Scene to Stats, the series where we give you your first look at how your favorite characters transition to the tabletop in Star Wars: Legion.
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