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Imperial Stormtroopers -- The Shoretrooper

When Rogue One: A Star Wars story was first revealed, the excitement for a prequel to the original trilogy was palpable. As excited as most of us were for a new story and hopefully a few new planets to explore, I personally know that a good chunk of us were the most excited for something else that popped up in the trailers -- the apparent presence of some never before seen Stormtrooper variants.

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Particularly captivating were the new Coastal Defender Stormtroopers, also known as Shoretroopers

Sharp eyes noticed them in the very first teaser trailer for the new movie and speculation about their identity swirled heavily until the premier. The new armor even toured and made several appearances at events leading up to the big day and fans combed the internet for any information they could find about the new baddies. 

Throughout the galaxy as a whole, Shoretroopers are considered fairly rare. Stationed at tropical and coastal bases, they are specially outfitted to handle combat in their wet and humid environments. 

For their appearance in Rogue One, they patrolled the Imperial security complex (and its surrounding beaches) on Scarif. 

The weaponry we know that they employed, at least, included the E-11 Blaster Rifle, the E-22 Blaster Rifle, and thermal imploders. 

In the extended universe mobile game, Star Wars: Commander, Heavy Shoretroopers who specialize in heavy artillery makes a rare appearance. 

It remains to be seen if further variants will be established in future canon.

Rank is established by unique armor markings of at least three known types;

Foot Soldiers have a red right bicep plate, Squad Leaders share the red plate but also sport an blue band across their chest and shoulders. 

Shoretrooper Captains are by far the most decorated with a red arm band, full blue chest plate and further blue and yellow markings on their left side. 

It’s also interesting to note that the shoretroopers are missing the upper leg armor of their fellow stormtroopers, presumably to aid in mobility on sand and other uneven terrain.

While we may not know much about the formation of the troops and the backstory of these variants is limited (for now), it’s hard to deny that they’re captivating. 

We can only hope that more is revealed about them in the future.

Maybe it’s not so bad to be a stormtrooper if you get to serve your duty in a tropical paradise!

Amanda Avery          
Amanda is a blogger based in Anaheim, CA

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Amanda Avery September 23, 2020 0 tags (show)