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- "I'm no errand boy! And I'm not in this war for Dooku's politics. I am the leader of the most powerful droid army the galaxy has ever seen!"
- ―General Grievous
Grievous served as the Supreme Commander of the Army of the Confederacy throughout the Clone Wars. Allied with the Separatists, Grievous was known as a fearsome Kaleesh warrior throughout the galaxy. Originally a freedom fighter on his homeworld, Grievous quickly became a feared force on the battlefield. As a commander, Grievous led his people to victory over those who had invaded their home. Grievous's tactical prowess attracted attention from the Sith Lords Palpatine and Dooku, who recruited him to their Separatist cause. Grievous eventually took on a cyborg body that contained his brain and vital organs with versatile mechanized extremities, though he insisted that the change was voluntary.
Grievous was trained in lightsaber combat by Count Dooku. With his training, Grievous became extremely proficient in wielding a lightsaber, even incorporating his own unique tactics in battle. With the ability to hold up to five lightsabers at once (four with his hands and one with his foot), and the ability to move in ways that no one else could, Grievous' combat style became deadly. The General's skill with a saber, or sabers, allowed him to kill large numbers of Jedi, earning him the title of Jedi Hunter. With every Jedi Grievous killed, another lightsaber was added to his collection, which he kept as trophies.
The Clone Wars
Battle of Hypori
|This article/section of the article contains information that was in the 2003 Clone Wars television series.|
General Grievous first revealed himself to the Republic in the Battle of Hypori. During the battle, even the Jedi that were stationed there were overwhelmed by the tactics of the new unknown General controlling the droid forces and were pinned down in a Republic cruiser crash site. When the Jedi were completely surrounded by a droid army, Grievous, who still had not been seen, offered the Jedi two options, surrender and die or face him. When the Jedi did not reveal themselves Grievous proceeded to battle them. In the end, three of the seven Jedi were rescued by a team of ARC Troopers led by Captain Fordo, the rest were killed by Grievous leaving a major impression on the Republic.
Star Wars: The Clone Wars (film)
- "They told me this ship was fast!"
- ―General Grievous about the Malevolence
Grievous planned a strike on the planet Kamino, the source of the Republic clone soldiers. To allow his fleet to approach the planet undetected, he dispatched commando droids in docking rings to the Rishi moon outpost to wipe its garrison. The commando droids joined a meteor shower and dispatched from the rings and killed the clones inside the base. Four clones, Hevy, Echo, Cutup, and Fives, were the only ones to escape. One commando asked if they should go after them, but the captain insisted not to. He reported to Grievous that they had taken the post and the all-clear signal was broadcast. Grievous then made contact with Asajj Ventress, who was already on Kamino waiting for Grievous' attack. Grievous informed her that his troops were mobilizing to the base.
Commander Cody and Captain Rex had arrived for inspection on the base, and the commando droids blew up their shuttle. Cody and Rex met with the rookies, except for Cutup, who was eaten by the Rishi eel. The rookies fought against the Separatists, and Hevy sacrificed himself to destroy the base. Grievous' plans to attack Kamino were revealed and his fleet sighted. The Republic Fleet under the command of Obi-Wan Kenobi and Anakin Skywalker arrived and engaged Grievous, who retreated with his fleet and postponed his attack on Kamino.
Battle of Bothawui
General Grievous was sent with his fleet to engage the Republic blockade protecting Bothawui and take the planet. Anakin Skywalker and his Padawan Ahsoka set up a trap by making the Banking Clan frigates go through the asteroids, and Grievous lost some of his ships. Skywalker led V-19 torrets and set up a trap: Captain Rex would engage the frigates with AT-TEs that were on the asteroids. When the trap was hatched, Grievous evacuated his ship and was pursued by Anakin. Grievous got close to an asteroid, which made Anakin lose R2-D2 and his ship sail in space. Ahsoka and Rex rescued Skywalker, but Grievous managed to escape.
R2-D2's secret plans
Grievous then hired the Trandoshan Gha Nackt to search the field for anything valuable and stumbled upon Anakin's droid that had military secrets. Grievous ordered Nackt to come to Skytop Station at Ruusan to drop off the droid after Anakin, Ahsoka, and their new droid R3-S6, who was a spy for Grievous, tried to find and rescue R2. Nackt delivered the droid to Skytop Station, and he showed Grievous all of the Republic information. Nackt said this was worth a raise, and Grievous gave it to him, which was a lightsaber in the back. Grievous ordered his MagnaGuards to take R2 to his shuttle, but Anakin, Ahsoka, Rex, and a group of clone troopers found Skytop Station and attacked it. Alerted about the Republic's presence, Grievous wanted to make sure R2 was not stolen. Anakin went to search for R2 while Ahsoka led the clones to destroy the station. Grievous engaged Ahsoka and killed the clones but Denal and Rex. Grievous was about to finish Rex until Ahsoka stopped the cyborg. Ahsoka then hid in the storage room, where R3 revealed her location to Grievous, and Ahsoka found out R3 was a Separatist spy. Grievous again engaged Ahsoka, but she escaped in the vent. Seeing the station as destroyed, Grievous fled in his fighter without R2, who was taken back by Anakin.
Battle in the Lair
After numerous defeats, Grievous headed home to his lair in the Vassek system, only to find that his MagnaGuards have been shut down and his castle has been infiltrated by Nautolan Jedi Master Kit Fisto and his padawan Nahdar Vebb, who have actually came to capture Trade Federation viceroy Nute Gunray. Grievous attacked the Jedi, but after a short duel he was overcome and his legs were sliced off. Unable to fight, Grievous managed to escape the Jedi and locked up in another room of his lair, where he was fixed by his caretaker droid EV-A4-D.
After he was repaired, Grievous was contacted by Count Dooku, who revealed that it was him who shut down Grievous' MagnaGuards and led the Jedi to his castle, as he had doubts that Grievous was good enough to lead the droid army, so he put the cyborg to a challenge. Grievous, furious, shut down the comm system and was determined to defeat the jedi. So, he lured the jedi into the room where his terrible pet roggwart, Gor lived, as he was sure that the monster will kill them.
However, the Jedi defeated the roggwart, and Nahdar confronted Grievous. The cyborg killed Nahdar with one of his extra hands, and then confronted Kit Fisto, who was about to escape in his starfighter. However, after a huge duel, in wich Grievous used all four of his hands, Fisto managed to escape. Grievous told Dooku that he defeated the Jedi apprentice, but Fisto escaped.
Later in the war Grievous attack Jedi Council Member Eeth Koth's ship. Then he an a boarding party border Koth's ship. After a brief skirmish with the droids Grievous duel the Jedi master, and with a little help from his bodygaurds Grievous manged to capture the Jedi Master. Grievous then contacted the Jedi and told them that he was going to torture Master Koth because he know it will be more painful for them all. In reality Grievous was just using Koth to draw in his biggest jedi rivals, Obi Wan Kenobi and Anakin Skywalker.
Unnoticed to Grievous, Koth was able to use a hand signal as he was being tortured, indicating that the General was in the Saleucami System. The Republic sent a rescue mission led by Obi-Wan Kenobi, Anakin Skywalker, and Adi Gallia in hopes of free Koth and defeating Grievous. When the Republic ships arrived at Saleucami, Kenobi broadcast a message to Grievous, knowing that it would entice the cyborg to attempt to board the Republic vessel in hopes of personally killing the Jedi Master. With Grievous distracted, Skywalker and Gallia were able to board Grievous's ship, and make their way to the bridge, where Koth was being held. Meanwhile, Grievous boarded the Republic vessel, and engaged Kenobi in combat. Grievous revealed to him that he was aware that Skywalker was on board his vessel.
Gallia and Skywalker managed to find Koth, but were then ambushed by a group of BX-series commandos. Despite being outnumbered, the duo were able to defeat the commando droids and TV-94 and rescue Eeth Koth. Back on the Republic vessel, Grievous fled from Kenobi after being unable to defeat the Jedi Master. While running back to his own ship, he ordered his droids to fire on the engines of the Republic vessel docked to his Recusant-class light destroyer. If all went as planned, he would return to his ship just before the Republic ship exploded, killing Kenobi and trapping the other Jedi on board the Confederate vessel. Though Grievous was able to escape, Kenobi was saved from the vacuum of space by Gallia. Skywalker was able to make it back to the Jedi's shuttle with Koth, and then land it in the Recusant's hangar, enabling the Jedi to escape.
Grievous in turn climbed into a C-9979 landing craft, taking it to Saleucami's surface. The Jedi were informed of this by Admiral Wullf Yularen, and Kenobi decided to follow Grievous, taking with him several AT-TEs. After Grievous learned that their transmitter had been destroyed he order his droids to find him some transportation. After they reached the escape pod he ordered the droids to send out a distress signal and get a shuttle down here. However, before they could take off, the Republic army caught up to them, and the cyborg once again dueled Kenobi. Nonetheless, he was able to briefly stun the Jedi, and escape, thanks to his grappling hook, to the chagrin of Kenobi.
Despite failing in their first attempt, Ventress and Grievous orchestrated a plan to destroy the cloning facilities on Kamino once and for all. Grievous sent Ventress a hologram message that was intercepted by Jedi Knights Anakin Skywalker and Obi-Wan Kenobi. Anakin alerted Captain Rex and Commander Cody and told them to prepare their troops. Grievous then assembled a huge fleet of Separatist frigates and a Providence-class cruiser. He contacted Ventress, who was assembling her Tridents in the Kamino water ready for their plans to hatch. On board one of the frigates were pieces of ship parts that, once they reach the water, will be assembled by Aqua Droids to raid the city.
When Grievous's fleet reached the system, Anakin Skywalker led Y-Wings, Venator-class cruisers, and ARC-170s against Grievous's fleet. Grievous let the fighters take down their frigates so that Ventress could commence Phase 2 of the plan. When Obi-Wan felt something suspicious, he took a sub down into the water and found out what the Separatists were doing. The Aqua Droids tried to stop him, but Obi-Wan barely escaped and was joined by an aiwha, who helped him get out of the water. He informed Anakin, who stopped the fighting in space to join Kenobi.
Grievous took a transport to the surface when the Tridents and Aqua Droids engaged the Republic troops on Kamino. Grievous ordered the droids to kill the clones, then stormed with droids down the hallway to the barracks, but were faced with heavy resistance. ARC Trooper Commander Colt fired at the general, but was Force choked by Ventress and was stabbed. Grievous admitted that the assassin's skills were impressive and could be equal to his, but Ventress said that Dooku may have taught the cyborg how to hold a lightsaber, but was hardly her equal. Grievous said he was the one in charge of the mission and sent Ventress to the DNA Chamber, where she wanted to destroy the DNA, but Grievous wanted it so the Confederacy could use it for their own good.
Grievous and the droids then met some clone troopers defending the barracks, with clone cadets and the malfunctioned clone 99. Grievous thought of this as easy until Kenobi met up with him while his Padawan, Anakin, went to engage Ventress. Grievous and Kenobi dueled, and for a while Grievous was beating Kenobi until the Jedi used the Force on the cyborg. Grievous escaped outside under a platform when Kenobi tried to chase him. Grievous and Kenobi clashed until a Trident destroyed the platform and Kenobi fell into the water. Thinking he was victorious, Grievous fled in a speeder to rescue his counterpart. Ventress, who failed to get the DNA from Anakin, jumped into the speeder and they flew away, defeated.
Attack on Corcuscant
Grievous was ordered by Dooku (who was actually told by Darth Sidious) to plan an attack on the planet Coruscant. Grievous decided to use Demolition Droids, disguised as cleaning droids, to infiltrate Coruscant's power plant. This plan was successful, as the Demolition Droids destroyed the power plant, causing the planet to lose its power and the peace talks between the Republic and Separatists to fall apart.
Skirmish on Naboo
When Count Dooku and his agent, Minister Rish Loo, had Boss Lyonie under their control with the Gungan Army as allies, Grevious went along with his troops to attack Naboo with the Gungans in support. After his landing crafts arrived on Naboo, Naboo Representative Jar Jar Binks, who was posing as Lyonie, along with Gungan General Roos Tarpals went to distract Grievous from launching his attack. At first Jar Jar was able to do this, however, the general managed to see through this trick and attempted to kill him. When the cyborg killer chased Jar Jar out of the ship, Grevious witnessed that all of his droids has been deactivated and pulled out two lightsabers where the Gungan army were waiting for him. Previous refused their offer to surrender and fought the Gungans, easily killing several of them and managing to fatally injure Tarpals by stabbing him in the chest. Unfortunately for the general, Tarpals, with the last of his strength, shocked Grevious into submission, enabling his capture. At first, this was a success, however Dooku, at the behest of Darth Sidious, had trapped Anakin Skywalker and contacted Senator Amidala to make a prisoner exchange. Thus Amidala gave Grievous up for Skywalker and Grievous, handcuffed in Gungan technology was freed. Grievous and his forces then left Naboo and war continued with him still in charge of the droid army.
Capture of Adi Gallia
After the Naboo incident, Grievous and his army attacked Adi Gallia's flagship. He and his droids invaded the ship, battling the 91st Recon Corps. Grievous himself dueled Gallia for a brief moment before he successfully captured her. Later, Grievous destroyed a random pirate ship as target practice. Eventually, Master Plo Koon and his forces infiltrated Grievous's ship and rescued Gallia. This forced Grievous to retreat.
Remembering the failed assassination attempt on his life by his former apprentice, Asajj Ventress, Mother Talzin, and the Nightsisters of Dathomir, Dooku ordered Grievous to take his droid army and travel to Dathomir to wipe out all of the witches.
Grievous then took a Separatist Fleet to Dathomir and landed his forces on the planet. He had his Hyena-class bombers launch an airstrike on their village, before sending in his ground troops to attack them. Despite being severely outnumbered and outgunned, the Nightsisters were initially able to hold their ground. This prompted Grievous to send in several Defoliator Tanks in order to burn the forest, which successfully managed to drive the Nightsisters back. Unfortunately, Talzin had sought the assistance of Old Daka, the eldest of the Nightsisters, who used her magic to raise the Army of the Dead as reinforcements. With Ventress leading the charge, the Nightsisters pushed forward, destroying the Defoliator Tanks and fighting their way to the open field from where Grievous was commanding his troops. Both armies halted their positions opposite one another.
Ventress then challenged Grievous to a duel, proposing that if he won then Nightsisters would surrender to him, but if she won then Grievous and his army would leave Dathomir. The two then engaged in a fierce lightsaber duel and initially seemed equally matched, until Ventress severed one of Grievous' four mechanical arms and knocked him to the ground. Holding all the cards militarily, with no intention of honoring the result of the duel, and no longer entertained by the sport of it, Grievous ordered his battle droids to kill her. Ventress tried to fight them off, but was shot in her shoulder. As Grievous attempted to finish her off, a large wave of Nightsister zombies attacked him, with both armies once again engaging each other in combat. With the assistance of her fellow Nightsister, Luce, Ventress was able to escape in the ensuing chaos.
Whilst cutting down the attacking zombies, Grievous was contacted by Dooku, who was being magically attacked by Mother Talzin. Dooku ordered Grievous to follow the Nightsister magic to its source and kill Talzin before she could torture him to death. Grievous followed the green magic trail to the Nightsister village and a secret cave where both Talzin and Daka where performing their magic rituals, killing several Nightsisters on the way. Grievous then ordered one of his Commando Droids to blow up the wall of the cave. Upon entering the cave, Grievous quickly disposed of Daka by impaling her with one of his lightsabers. However, before he could get the chance to attack Talzin, she was able to teleport herself to safety, disappearing in a green mist. Grievous then toppled over Daka's cauldron, freeing Dooku from her spell. With Daka's death, all the undead Nightsisters returned to the grave, leaving the rest outnumbered, and eventually massacred by Grievous' army. Unbeknown to Dooku and Grievous however, Ventress had managed to survive the battle.
Later, Dooku told Grievous that with the Nightsisters dead, there was no one to control Savage Opress, whose powers he felt growing, to which Grievous simply mocked Dooku's notion that Opress could pose a threat to them. Dooku also sensed that something sinister was rising.
Battle with Obi-Wan
Grievous later attacked and boarded Obi-Wan Kenobi's command ship. He tore through the clone trooper ranks until he made his way to Kenobi, whom he proceeded to duel and overpower. However, Kenobi managed to escape and abandon his ship, but not before rigging it to self-destruct, forcing Grievous to retreat and abandon all the useful information in the ship's memory banks.
Invasion of Florrum
Sometime later, Grievous landed on the planet Florrum and took over pirate Captain Hondo Ohnaka's base in retaliation for Ohnaka's previous capture of Dooku. Grievous was soon informed that Ahsoka Tano, her fellow Jedi younglings, and a group of pirates had freed Ohnaka. He then ordered his tanks to level the prison section. As they were escaping, Grievous and STAPs pursued them and boarded their tank. Grievous then fought Tano and though she proved to be a much more formidable opponent than in their previous encounter, Grievous was still more than a match for her. Ohnaka then arrived in Slave I, rescued Tano and opened fire on Grievous, but was forced to retreat when AATs arrived, leaving Grievous to laugh in victory.
The Secret Transmission
Sometime later, Grievous sent an encoded transmission to other members of the Confederacy, but the transmission was also intercepted by the Jedi Council. However, Republic Intelligence was unable to break the new encryption technology used in the transmission, and the Republic feared this was leading to an upcoming major attack. In order to understand the transmission the Republic sent D-Squad, a group of Republic droids, to a Separatist dreadnought to retrieve an encryption module.
Utapau and the Kyber Crystal
Near the end of the war, Dooku and Grievous were involved in a weapons deal to acquire a massive kyber crystal from Sugi arms dealers lead by Endente. The deal was to take place on the planet Utapau, with local Amani being used as bodyguards. At least two Magnaguards were present in the early days of the event, and more of them, as well as other droids, arrived later with Grievous. The Jedi Anakin Skywalker and Obi-Wan Kenobi learned of the arms deal when they came to the planet to investigate the mysterious death of Jedi Master Tu-Anh. They tracked down the crystal and stole it from those were trafficking in it, but Grievous's forces were then able to claim it. They, however, continued their mission, following the crystal to the space above Utapau.
The pair of Jedi chased the ship carrying the crystal, but the pair themselves were being chased by Grievous in his fighter and several droid fighter. The crystal was brought to a Separatist supply ship, which the pair crashed their ship into the hyperdrive of. They abandoned their craft in escape pods, but boarded the supply ship in different hangars. While Skywalker did not encounter resistance, only seeing one unarmed OOM pilot battle droid which he scared off, Kenobi was forced to deal with the crystal's droid escort. After cutting down several battle droids, Grievous and two vulture droids entered the hangar. Kenobi demanded that his nemesis surrender, and the two engaged in a brief duel, with Grievous quickly overpowering Kenobi, resulting in Obi-Wan's capture. While Grievous prepared an execution chamber for Kenobi, battle droids secured the crystal, with it eventually being taken to the ship's vault. Skywalker was able to eventually free Kenobi and the pair eventually reclaimed the crystal. The pair learned that the crystal could fire back energy, such as laser fire, which they used to fight their way to the hangar. When they had secured a ship, Obi-Wan made several AATs fire at the crystal, causing it to over load. While the crystal's explosion destroyed the ship, Grievous chased after the Jedi in his fighter. The pair ultimately escaped into hyperspace while the explosion grew, destroying the Separatist fleet above the planet, and Grievous was flung into space in his starfighter.
The Labyrinth of Evil
After learning that the Jedi were onto him, thanks in part to the recordings discovered from the mechno-chair, Darth Sidious, who was actually Chancellor Palpatine, informed Grievous that he had a special mission—to invade Coruscant and kidnap the Chancellor. Grievous was on the Wookiee homeworld of Kashyyyk, leading the Separatists in the opening stages of the battle there, but left for Coruscant. Grievous led the Confederacy starfleet in an all-out attack on the Republic capital, using secret hyperspace routes given to him by Sidious. During the battle, Grievous ordered diversionary tactics, such as sending suicide squadrons of Vulture droids to cause chaos in the city and to terrorize the citizens. While a massive battle raged between Separatist and Republic forces, Grievous led an assault on 500 Republica with intelligence provided by Darth Sidious. During Grievous' search for Palpatine on the surface, he encountered X2, a Force-sensitive clone who served the Republic. They fought each other, but Grievous was unable to defeat the clone, so he left to continue his mission.
The Jedi, commanded by Shaak Ti, took Palpatine to a secret bunker aboard a maglev train; however, Grievous and his MagnaGuards caught up with them and dueled the Jedi Mace Windu and Kit Fisto on top of the train. The duel ended with Grievous being pushed off the train, although he was saved by a hijacked LAAT/i gunship, unknown to the Jedi. Grievous reached the hardened bunker with six of his MagnaGuards in tow, and accessed it using codes provided by Darth Sidious. Cutting a bloody path of destruction through the bunker, he made his way to Palpatine. He quickly killed four of Palpatine's Jedi protectors: Roron Corobb, Foul Moudama, Roth-Del Masona, and B'ink Utrila, as well as a number of clone troopers before kidnapping the Chancellor. With no threat to him, Grievous threatened Palpatine, who rebuked that he wasn't afraid of the Separatist General. Palpatine asserted that Grievous wouldn't dare harm him and inquired what his masters' would say if any harm came to him. Grievous told Palpatine that he was lucky they wanted him alive, not realizing that Palpatine was one of them. He then dueled Shaak Ti and spared her to inform the Jedi that the Chancellor was gone. As he fled, Jedi Master Mace Windu Force crushed the plates covering Grievous's internal organ sac, causing the duranium steel to cut his lungs, which aggravated the General's already irritating wheezing and coughing problems; a result of his organic form not taking well to his cyborg implants. This crippling blow injured Grievous for the rest of his life—which would not be long.
Personality and Traits
As a Kaleesh warrior, Grievous stood 2.16 meters tall and had red skin and slit-pupilled golden eyes. As a cyborg, he had clawed feet, two arms which could split into four, and a skull-like mask which his eyes peered through. Grievous' hatred for the Jedi was well known throughout the galaxy and was stated by him on many occasions. A brilliant military strategist and a feared Jedi hunter, he was especially known for his brutality and ruthlessness. However, he was also quick to run from a fight when the tide was turned against him.
Clone Wars (2003)
- Star Wars: Clone Wars -- "Chapter 20" (First appearance)
- Star Wars: Clone Wars -- "Chapter 21"
- Star Wars: Clone Wars -- "Chapter 22"
- Star Wars: Clone Wars -- "Chapter 23"
- Star Wars: Clone Wars -- "Chapter 24"
- Star Wars: Clone Wars -- "Chapter 25"
Star Wars: The Clone Wars
- Star Wars: The Clone Wars (film) (Appears in newsreel)
- "Rising Malevolence"
- "Shadow of Malevolence"
- "Destroy Malevolence"
- "Downfall of a Droid"
- "Duel of the Droids"
- "Lair of Grievous"
- "Senate Spy" (Appears in flashback(s))
- "Landing at Point Rain" (Appears in flashback(s))
- "Grievous Intrigue"
- "The Deserter"
- "ARC Troopers"
- "Heroes on Both Sides"
- "Padawan Lost" (Appears in flashback(s))
- Star Wars: Clone Wars Adventures – "Mission on Iceberg Three"
- "Shadow Warrior"
- "Nomad Droids"
- "A Test of Strength" (Mentioned only)
- "Bound for Rescue"
- "A Necessary Bond"
- "Secret Weapons" (Appears as a hologram in flashback)
- "Revival" (Mentioned only)
- "A Death on Utapau" (Mentioned only)
- "In Search of the Crystal" (Mentioned only)
- "Crystal Crisis"
- "The Big Bang"
- Star Wars: Dark Disciple
- Star Wars: Darth Maul: Son of Dathomir
- "Old Friends Not Forgotten" (Appears in newsreel)
- "The Phantom Apprentice" (Mentioned only)
- "Shattered" (Mentioned only)