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"I will show them the true nature of the Force"
— Intro Dialogue

Emperor Palpatine, also known as Darth Sidious, is a playable Hero character in Star Wars Battlefront and Star Wars Battlefront II.

Star Wars BattlefrontEdit


Despite looking frail and weak, Emperor Palpatine is equipped with a variety of combat and support abilities to help turn the tide of battle. Darth Sidious can also use the Force to block a variety of attacks and weapons.

Abilities Edit

Emperor Palpatine is equipped with the following abilities:

  • Force Lightning: A powerful Force ability that channels electrical energy into enemies around him, causing excruciating pain. This ability is short ranged, so it should be used mostly when the enemy player is close.
  • Chain Lightning: This gives out one large burst of electricity with a higher radius than that of his default Force Lightning. This one-shot kills all infantry within its path, and briefly immobilises the Emperor upon use.
  • Force Dash: This move allows Palpatine to quickly dash in the direction he is moving. This manoeuvre appeared in Star Wars: Episode 3: Revenge of The Sith.
  • Imperial Resources: This support ability spawns a basic power-up for all infantry, barring Palpatine's Royal Guards. On Heroes vs. Villains and Hero Hunt, in lieu of spawning this, a Hero Health Pickup is spawned, obtainable by any hero (even those of the enemy team). This gives the Emperor 36 health, although this varies for other heroes, such as Darth Vader, whose health is naturally higher than that of his fellow heroes. The health pickup is also spawned on the offline modes of Skirmish and Battles.
  • Royal Guard: Imperial units can spawn next to Palpatine (when in play) as a Royal Guard. They are equipped with a buffed T-21 Heavy Blaster, Smart Rocket, and Homing Shot as reusable Star Cards. A maximum of two Imperial Guards can be on the map at a time.
    • Note that, prior to the Bespin update, these Royal Guards were instead Shocktroopers, although their abilities and statistics were identical.
  • Force flight: Unlike in the original games Palpatine does not hover constantly however instead of jumping he will "fly" several feet off the ground and slowly descend back to the ground. And while doing this he can use his force dash ability upward and he will gain altitude quickly (therefore making his flight ability superior to that of Darth Vader's) before descending. This force ability jumps higher than its regular counterpart, albeit more slowly and gradually.
  • "Block": Emperor Palpatine can also block shots like other force wielders and even deflect lightsaber strikes, however, he cannot deflect blaster bolts like Darth Vader or Luke Skywalker, instead he will "absorb" them. Explosive devices, such as the Bowcaster, can still be absorbed, although their splash damage will remain, and crude weapons, such as the Cycler Rifle or Scatter Gun, cannot be absorbed at all.

Trait Edit

Emperor Palpatine was given a hero trait, along with the other vanilla heroes in Battlefront, as a part of the Scarif DLC patch. Emperor Palpatine's trait gives him an increased amount of lightning sustainability with each kill or damage dealt to opposing heroes. This means that as Emperor Palpatine increases his trait level, he will be able to use his main lightning attack for a greater period of time. As Emperor Palpatine's trait level increases, his lightning usage rate will decrease. In addition, his lightning recharge rate will increase. With this trait, Emperor Palpatine will be able to use his lightning attack to a much greater extent against his enemies, thus, making him a greater attack threat on the Battlefront to pair with his characteristics as a support hero as well.

  • Level 1: 9%
  • Level 2: 18%
  • Level 3: 25%

Patch notesEdit

Palpatine's Force Lightning was buffed to drain significantly more slowly than it did at launch, in addition to the Hero Health Pickup being nearly doubly as effective.

Star Wars Battlefront II Edit

Overview Edit

Palpatine is once again playable in Star Wars Battlefront II.

Weapons & Abilities Edit

The following article/section is currently under construction. Content is subject to change.

Quotes Edit

"You will all die as one!"
— Upon using Chain Lightning
"You will all perish!"
— Upon using Chain Lightning
"I will leave you a burning husk."
— Upon using Chain Lightning
"I am all-powerful!"
— Upon attacking an enemy with standard Lightning
"You dare approach me?!"
— Upon being damaged
"Use this to smash their lines."
— Upon dropping Imperial Resources/Hero Health Drop
"A gift from your Emperor."
— Upon dropping Imperial Resources/Hero Health Drop
"Such fragile creatures you are. *laughs*"
— Upon killing multiple enemies in quick succession
"I wonder if your feelings on this matter are clear."
— Emote
"I am quite safe from your pitiful band."
— Emote
"Everything is proceeding as I have foreseen."
— Emote
"It'll take more than that to stop me."
— Upon being attacked
"Now you die!"
— upon using lightning
"I will burn you all to the ground."
— when attacking opponents
"You are nothing but insects."
— Upon killing a soldier
"You are only delaying the inevitable."
— while in combat

Behind the scenesEdit

Palpatine is, contrary to popular belief, voiced by Sam Witwer, as opposed to Ian McDiarmid from the films.


  • Emperor Palpatine's theme music comes from the song, Battle of Endor II Medley from the Return of the Jedi OST.

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