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Darth Vader
Darth Vader TFU.jpg
Species Human
Homeworld Tatooine
Gender Male
Height 2.02 meters
Affiliation Galactic Empire

Sith

  • Imperial Military
    • 501st Legion
    • Death Squadron
side Dark Side

Darth Vader, formerly known as Anakin Skywalker, is a Dark Lord of the Sith and the Supreme Commander of the Imperial Forces. Dressed in black from head to toe and wielding a red lightsaber, Darth Vader is the symbol of the Empire and inspires fear into the hearts of the Emperor's enemies.

A brilliant strategist and cunning warrior, Darth Vader plots the destruction the Rebellion and the Emperor's downfall. To achieve his aims, the Dark Lord of the Sith trains a Secret Apprentice in the arts of the Dark Side and Lightsaber Combat to hunt down all his adversaries.

History[]

Background[]

Born as Anakin Skywalker, he is presumed to have been born on the desert world of Tatooine. Even in his younger years, Anakin was adventurous and kind-hearted, leading him to be taken under wing of legendary Jedi Master Obi-Wan Kenobi, following him on an "ideliastic crusade". Chosen as a Knight of the Jedi Order, Anakin Skywalker fought as general of the Republic's Grand Army against the Separatist Alliance, proving his valour and ingenuity throughout the Clone War.

Seduced by lies and promises, Anakin was tempted to the Dark Side by the Sith Lord Darth Sidious and was anointed Darth Vader. A duel between him and his former Master Kenobi resulted in him being badly injured, forcing him to live out the rest of his miserable existence with the help of a cybernetic suit and breathing mask. Reduced to a terrifying black caped-figure, "more machine than man", Darth Vader was the personification of the Republic's transformation into the Empire.

In the position of Sith apprentice and other military and paramilitary titles, Darth Vader was regarded as 2nd in command to the Emperor himself, reporting exclusively to him. Wielding unlimited power within the war machine, Darth Vader led the Empire's efforts to hunt down surviving Jedi Knights, wipe out the last Separatist holdouts and quell any insurrection. His origins were shrouded in mystery to the average citizen, so that many theorized he was an experiment based on the late General Grievous, or a disciple of Count Dooku. Nonetheless, all reckoned Darth Vader to be the emissary to the reclusive Emperor, therefore the de-facto face of the Empire.

Finding a Secret Apprenticce[]

In 18 BBY, the Emperor's spies located Jedi Knight Kento Marek on the planet Kashyyyk, which was under attack by Imperial Forces. Hoping to solve both matters simultaneously, Darth Vader was dispatched to lead the ground assault and eliminate the rogue Jedi.

Darth Vader choking Kento Marek.

Cutting his way through parties of Wookiee warriors, Darth Vader got to his quarry, engaging Kento in a fierce duel. Superior in knowledged and strength, the Sith Lord easily won and Fore-pushed the Jedi into the Wookiee hut. As he was about to deliver the killing blow, Vader's lightsaber was snatched from his hand by Kento's son, Galen. Silencing the desperate Jedi by breaking his throat, the Sith Lord prevented his troops from shooting the boy, sensing his connection to the Force. Claiming Galen as his own, Darth Vader taught him the ways of the Dark Side, apparently to make him his future Sith disciple.

For many years, Darth Vader continued with his duties, while at the same time he oversaw the training of Galen Marek - codenamed "Starkiller". Eventually, the Sith Lord put his promising pupil to the test by having him assassinate key rebel rousers and dissident Imperials; Vader also programmed the holodroid PROXY to try and kill Starkiller, to further intensify the young Sith's combat techniques.

Starkiller's Missions[]

When he deemed Starkiller's studies to be complete, Darth Vader "knighted" him a Sith and gave him his first major target: Jedi Master Rahm Kota, the veteran general of an insurgent cell that troubled the Empire. After Starkiller's apparent success, Vader dispatched him to eliminate Jedi Kazdan Paratus and Shaak Ti.

Galen Marek killing Darth Vader.

Powers and abilities[]

Vader was a brilliant strategist and was still, despite his weakened powers, one of the greatest pilots in the galaxy. His armor did not dull the precognition ability he possessed since childhood and he was able to predict the movements of his targets during dogfights with pinpoint precision. He still possessed his former persona's amazing engineering skills, having personally overseen the design of both his TIE Advanced x1 fighter and the second Death Star's construction. His skill with the lightsaber, developed during the many battles and skirmishes of the Clone Wars and the Great Jedi Purge, was legendary and was even further honed through the Jedi that he dueled following the Purge. All of these abilities, however, were secondary to his incredible mastery of the Force.

Because his limbs were severed and his body severely burned on Mustafar he lost much of his Force potential. As Darth Vader, Anakin was believed to have had roughly eight-tenths of the strength of the Emperor. But even still, Vader wielded tremendous power and skill. Had he sustained none of his injuries on Mustafar, he would have most likely been twice as powerful as the Emperor and four times more powerful than even Galen Marek. In fact, it is estimated that if he was as strong as he was when he purged the Jedi Temple when facing Galen Marek, he would have easily outmatched and killed him. He can use various abilites such as Force Push, Force Repulse, Force Grapple, which he can do to multiple objects at once, and his deadly Force Choke, which he mastered more than any other Sith Lords before him. Though Darth Vader is skilled in the use of the force, he is unable to use Force Lightning due to the armor he wears and his prosphetic limbs.

The Emperor, having gone out of his way to keep Vader alive, took an alternative viewpoint. Though it was true to say that he had not bargained for an apprentice that was "more machine than man", Palpatine was of the opinion that most of the limitations on Vader's potential power were not physical but psychological. He believed that, were Vader to fully confront his choices and disappointments to completely shake himself out of his despair, he would have been able to reawaken the incredible power within him. Yet, while Vader made progress in this regard, he was never fully able to accept who, and what, he had become.

Finishing Moves for Darth Vader Boss Fight[]

PlayStation 3[]

These are the buttons that finish the Darth Vader fight on the PlayStation 3. Once the player presses the square button to finish him, the buttons that appear one by one are:

PS3 Circle.png PS3 Circle.png PS3 Square.png PS3 Square.png PS3 Square.png

Xbox 360[]

These are the buttons that finish the Darth Vader fight on the Xbox 360. Once the player presses the X button to finish him, the buttons that appear one by one are:

Xbox 360 B.png Xbox 360 B.png Xbox 360 X.png Xbox 360 X.png Xbox 360 X.png

Finishing Moves for Darth Vader Boss Fight (Dark Side Ending)[]

PlayStation 3[]

These are the buttons that finish the second Darth Vader fight on the PlayStation 3. Once the player presses the square button to finish him, the buttons that appear one by one are:

PS3 Circle.png PS3 Circle.png PS3 Square.png

Xbox 360[]

These are the buttons that finish the second Darth Vader fight on the Xbox 360. Once the player presses the X button to finish him, the buttons that appear one by one are:

Xbox 360 B.png Xbox 360 B.png Xbox 360 X.png

External Links[]

WookieepediaFavicon.png Anakin Skywalker on Wookieepedia


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