Star Wars Battlefront II is set to feature more content than its predecessor. It will include content drawn from newer Star Wars movies, which includes the prequel trilogy and the ongoing sequel trilogy.
So far, the roster includes the following confirmed characters: Han Solo (check out his gameplay), Luke Skywalker, Yoda, Rey, Finn, Darth Maul, Kylo Ren, Boba Fett, and Captain Phasma. Battlefront II won’t roll out with such a skinny roster at launch, obviously. More heroes and villains will likely be announced as the calendar moves closer to the November release date.
Here are 15 Star Wars characters that we seriously hope Battlefront II will include for multiplayer. We’ll leave out heroes and villains that are likely locks to appear such as Qui-Gon Jinn, Obi-Wan Kenobi, and Count Dooku. And we’ll only consider characters from the live-action movies. Yes, that means Ahsoka Tano, who appeared in the 2008 animated movie Star Wars: The Clone Wars, won’t appear in the list.
Anakin Skywalker (Dual lightsabers)
Attack of the Clones is easily the weakest movie in the series. But it did feature a handful of really cool moments during the final act when the Clone Wars kicked off in Geonosis. One of them was the lightsaber duel between Anakin Skywalker and Count Dooku in which the former momentarily wielded two lightsabers at once and caught the Sith Lord off guard.
Though it lasted for only a few seconds, seeing Anakin fight with two lightsabers was pretty cool. That scene marked the only time we saw a Jedi dual-wield lightsabers in the Star Wars live-action movies. So it would be really awesome to have the chance to play as a dual-wielding Anakin in Battlefront II.
Darth Maul (Tatooine outfit/Single-blade lightsaber)
Darth Maul activating his double-bladed lightsaber in The Phantom Menace is one of the most iconic moments in the entire saga. It was only fitting that it was followed by hands down the best lightsaber fight in the Star Wars movies. Prior to Darth Maul’s grand introduction in that hangar, he first showed his lightsaber skills in Tatooine when he faced off against Qui-Gon Jinn. For that duel, he had his hood on and had only one lightsaber blade activated.
Darth Maul was just as badass in that brief lightsaber duel. Hopefully, Battlefront II will allow us to play as Darth Maul in that version. There’s something about his hooded look with an unnaturally long lightsaber hilt in hand that looks totally badass.
Darth Sidious (Unscarred face)
Darth Sidious or The Emperor is best known for his hooded and scarred appearance as seen in the original trilogy and during the latter half of Revenge of the Sith. Before he got his face disfigured, he was hidden in plain sight as Chancellor Palpatine.
The only time we saw him in his true nature as Darth Sidious pre-injury was when Mace Windu went to arrest him in Episode III. After menacingly accusing the Jedi of treason, Darth Sidious popped his golden-hilted crimson lightsaber and made quick work of the other Jedi flanking Mace Windu. It would be cool to play as Darth Sidious in his spry, pre-scarred form. We’re already used to seeing him in his hooded and disfigured form.
Captain Phasma, played by Game of Thrones star Gwendoline Christie, was meant to be the “new Boba Fett” in The Force Awakens, based on how the character was promoted. That didn’t turn out to be the case, however, because you can’t really deliberately recreate an accident. Sometimes, badass characters simply come out of nowhere.
In The Force Awakens, that character came in the form of the Stormtrooper who fought against a lightsaber-wielding Finn in Takodana. Now popularly called “TR-8R,” derived from his lone dialogue in the movie (“Traitor!”), the Stormtrooper became an unintended star like Boba Fett in The Empire Strikes Back. Take that, Captain Phasma.
The only Wookiee we have in 2015’s Star Wars Battlefront is Chewbacca. Hopefully, the Millennium Falcon co-pilot will have some company in the sequel in the form of Tarfful. Tarfful was the dark-haired Wookiee that Yoda closely worked with during the Clone Wars in Revenge of the Sith. He was bulkier than Chewbacca. He was first seen greeting Yoda in Coruscant when the Jedi Master set off to lead a campaign in Kashyyyk, home of the Wookiees.
Along with Yoda, he led the charge against the invading Separatist Droid Army in his home planet. The last time we saw Tarfful was when he and Chewbacca helped Yoda into a small spaceship to escape the clone troopers after Order 66 was put into motion.
The Knights of Ren
The Knights of Ren was a group of dark individuals under the direct command of Supreme Leader Snoke. Kylo Ren is the master and appears to be the last surviving member of the group. They were first seen in Rey’s vision in The Force Awakens. In the vision, we saw Kylo Ren leading the Knights of Ren in slaughtering Luke Skywalker’s new Jedi students. We never saw them after that, though.
Actually, we don’t know much about the other members other than they also wear helmets and black clothes similar to Kylo Ren. Hopefully, Star Wars: The Last Jedi sheds more light on the mysterious group. If EA decides to eventually include the Knights of Ren in Battlefront II, they will likely arrive as a package.
B1 Battle Droid with C-3PO Head
In the final act of Attack of the Clones, we saw Anakin, Padme Amidala, C-3PO, and R2-D2 setting off on a mission to rescue a captured Obi-Wan in Geonosis. Obviously, the quartet can’t use the front door upon arriving. So they went through an entrance that leads to a factory where battle droids are being mass-produced like dolls. What could go wrong, right?
Long story short, Anakin and Padme got captured while C-3PO got his head accidentally placed in the body of a B1 Battle Droid. And the result was hilarious. For comedy purposes, we hope the C-3PO-headed B1 Battle Droid makes an appearance in Battlefront II.
General Grievous was first seen in Revenge of the Sith as a droid general who keeps Jedi lightsabers as trophies. Turned out, the lightsabers he keeps weren’t just for display – he actually uses them. He first displayed his lightsaber skills in Utapau when General Kenobi confronted him.
After boasting that Count Dooku personally trained him in the Jedi Arts, he showed that he can use not one, not two but four lightsabers at once. He wasn’t able to fully display his skills, though: Obi-Wan managed to chop off his limbs one by one, forcing him to retreat in comical fashion. Of the 15 characters in this list, General Grievous probably has the highest chance of appearing in Battlefront II.
Ewoks were first introduced in Return of the Jedi. They were teddy bear-like creatures that lived on Endor, the forest moon the second Death Star orbited. After providing a temporary shelter to Rebellion members, the Ewoks went on to play an important role in disabling the Death Star shield generator on Endor.
Though they only used primitive weapons to fight against a battalion of Stormtroopers and a number of AT-ST Walkers, the Ewoks proved to be brave and resourceful combatants. It would be hilarious to have Ewoks as playable characters in Battlefront II. Can you imagine them fighting against, let’s say, Darth Maul with nothing but sticks and stones as weapons?
Darth Vader (Pre-armor)
Like his master, Anakin was disfigured in Episode III – but way worse compared to Darth Sidious. Before Darth Vader put on his iconic black armor, he rolled around as a Sith in his regular Jedi robes. Battlefront II will likely include Anakin in one form or another in Battlefront II.
Hopefully, EA goes for multiple forms and adds the Sith version of the now-redeemed Anakin before Obi-Wan punished him for underestimating his former master’s high ground advantage. Perhaps with Force Lighting, too, since we never saw him use it in any of the movies.
R2-D2 with full armaments
Okay, this idea seems too far-fetched. But wouldn’t it be awesome to play as a fully weaponized R2-D2 in multiplayer? It would be hilarious to have him take out enemies using weapons stored in his many compartments. He will literally be a killing machine out on the field. R2-D2 has shown in the movies that he is capable of holding his own against bigger enemies.
Like that one time, he took out two battle droids early on in Revenge of the Sith. Granted, we never saw R2-D2 use any real weapon aside from his Taser in the Star Wars movies. But EA can easily remedy that by giving him maybe a flamethrower and a napalm launcher that comes out of his dome head.
Like most of the other Jedi Council members, we didn’t see much of Plo Koon in the prequel trilogy. We only saw him during Jedi meetings, when he participated in the Battle of Geonosis, and when he was shot down by clone troopers in Episode III. Plo Koon was a playable character in Star Wars Episode I: Jedi Power Battles on PS1. Based on his appearance in that game, Plo Koon looks like a really cool character to play as in Battlefront II.
EA likely won’t keep his yellow lightsaber if they do include him, though. If EA isn’t cool with Plo Koon, they can go with other Jedi Council members not named Obi-Wan, Yoda, Mace Windu, and Anakin. Yes, Anakin was once a Jedi Council member, too, though he was included due to special circumstances.
Baze Malbus and Chirrut Imwe
Baze Malbus and Chirrut Imwe were two characters introduced in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. They were both Guardians of the Whills, a group charged with protecting an ancient Jedi temple in Jedha City. After the Death Star destroyed Jedha City, Baze and Chirrut escaped with Jyn Erso and Cassian Andor. They eventually became members of the Rogue One crew.
The duo participated in the Battle of Scarif, where both died while fighting against the Shadow Troopers. Baze wielded a machine gun-like large blaster while Chirrut fought using a staff and a bowcaster. EA shouldn’t leave out one character when including the other. Based on their appearance in Rogue One, they work best as a pair.
Wedge Antilles was one of the few surviving pilots that participated during the attack on the first Death Star in A New Hope. His X-Wing got damaged during the skirmish, forcing him to retreat and saving him from potentially being shot down by Darth Vader. Wedge later appeared in Episodes V and VI, piloting a T-47 Snowspeeder and an X-Wing, respectively.
Wedge played a key role in the decisive space battle in Episode VI. He and Lando Calrissian, who was piloting the Millennium Falcon, put the finishing touches that destroyed the surprisingly fully operational second Death Star. If Wedge gets included in Battlefront II as a fully playable character, he will probably come with boss-like space dogfight skills when piloting an X-Wing.
Jar Jar Binks
Jar Jar Binks is the most hated character in Star Wars history. He was introduced in The Phantom Menace as an annoying sidekick to Qui-Gon and Obi-Wan. He played a key role in Episode I before director George Lucas wisely brought his role down to a minimum in Episodes II and III. Though he did have a hand in giving Darth Sidious (then disguised as Chancellor Palpatine) more political power in Revenge of the Sith.
Adding Jar Jar Binks to Battlefront II is a good idea not because it will be cool to fight using him, but because it will be really fun to shoot at him. Everyone will finally have the chance to vent their anger at the bumbling Gungan. Well, that’s assuming there’s someone willing to use him in multiplayer.
Hopefully, EA considers adding these Star Wars characters in Battlefront II, either as launch content or as post-release content.
Star Wars Battlefront II releases on November 17, 2017. It will be available on PS4, Xbox One, and PC. You can check out all the Battlefront II details unveiled during E3 2017 if you want to see what’s in store for you.