Next week, Star Wars: Battlefront II will see the arrival of it’s latest hero, or villain if you will, General Grievous. Grevious was a Kaleesh cyborg general who held the titles of Supreme Commander of the Droid Army for the Confederacy of Independent Systems during the Clone Wars.
Recruited by Count Dooku to lead the Separatist Droid Army of the Confederacy of Independent Systems, Grievous was trained in the art of lightsaber combat. Over the course of the Clone Wars, Grievous’ shrewd battle planning and ruthlessness caused him to become feared throughout the Galactic Republic.
Grievous was successful in defeating many of the Republic’s Jedi Generals, even going so far as to maintain a collection of lightsabers taken from the Jedi he had slain. Clashing with Jedi Master Obi-Wan Kenobi on multiple occasions, developing a rivalry and hatred of Kenobi. (Kenobi will be joining Star Wars Battlefront II later in November.)
Yesterday in a new blog post, DICE announced that General Grievous, will be joining Battlefront II as part of a free update that’s coming to the game starting on October 30. Along with some hint and tips on playing the Kaleesh cyborg general.
How General Grievous Plays in Star Wars Battlefront II
In Star Wars Battlefront II, General Grievous is designed to instigate fear and feel like an overwhelming opponent. His body frame is among the largest compared to any other character in the game (taller than Vader), and he engages in combat with two – sometimes four – lightsabers.
For base attack sequences, General Grievous swings two lightsabers. While on defense, he can also use the same to deflect enemy sabers and blaster shots.
But the skilled fighter was also known for his signature moves featuring no less than four Jedi weapons, which were all conquered from their previous owners. DICE have modelled his lightsabers after their appearances in Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith. In Star Wars: Battlefront II, we’ve transferred a couple of those moves to his Abilities.
First, there’s Thrust Surge. This one was referenced from an encounter between Grievous and Obi-Wan in the Clone Wars series. The attack thrusts Grievous forward with all four lightsabers in a stabbing motion, dealing damage and throwing the target to the ground.
The second is Unrelenting Advance. As seen in another battle with Obi-Wan Kenobi in Revenge of the Sith, Grievous forms a spinning lightsaber wall in front of him, with sparks igniting from the floor, as he advances like a horrifying machine. Going into Unrelenting Advance, General Grievous blocks all frontal attacks while dealing damage to anyone foolishly standing in his way.
Speaking to his strategist side, General Grievous’ Claw Rush Ability lets him flee the scene in the blink of an eye. Once activated, he goes down on all six limbs and rushes forward, damaging and pushing opponents out of his path. An unsettling sight for enemies to behold – and highly efficient when in urgent need of an escape route.
The Different Appearances of General Grievous
In the game, General Grievous will don his Jedi Hunter Appearance by default with an additional Battle Damaged Appearance also available on October 30. Scuffed from combat, most likely while looking to add to his collection of lightsabers, this Appearance surely inserts some battle-hardened warrior oomph to General Grievous’ already intimidating look.
- Name: Beating Heart
- Effects: Increased Health Regeneration
- Description: General Grievous has increased maximum health regeneration.
- Name: Cyborg Rage
- Effects: Health Regained
- Description: Whenever General Grievous defeats an enemy trooper he regains 20 health. Whenever he defeats an enemy hero, he regains even more.
- Name: Sith Trained
- Effects: Increased Damage and Stamina Drain
- Description: General Grievous deals extra damage with his lightsaber attacks but they drain more stamina.
- Name: Jedi Killer
- Effects: Increased Reach
- Description: General Grievous can target enemies further when using Thrust Surge.
- Name: Momentum
- Effects: Increased Damage
- Description: Thrust surge deals more damage to targets further than X meters.
- Name: Cowardly Retreat
- Effects: Damage Reduction
- Description: General Grievous has more damage reduction while Claw Rush is active.
- Name: Line up, Weaklings
- Effects: Increased Damage
- Description: After one enemy has been hit, Claw Rush deals more damage.
- Name: Ceaseless Assault
- Effects: Increased Active Time
- Description: Unrelenting Advance can stay active for a longer period.
- Name: Deadly Slashes
- Effects: Increased Damage
- Description: Unrelenting Advance deals more damage.
There are a number of iconic voice lines that have been added for General Grievous, as well as some entirely new ones. A small selection of these are below:
- “You are a bold one.”
- “Your lightsabers will make a fine addition to my collection.”
- “You must realise you are doomed.”
- “I wield great power, Jedi fool.”
- “The story of Obi-Wan Kenobi ends here!”
- “Make peace with the Force now, for this is your final outing.”
- “Your screams are like music to my audio receptors.”
- “The Kaleesh are not known for their mercy.”
- “This will be easier than Dathomir.”
- “A general welcomes all challengers.”
- “(laughing) This calls for a celebration!”
- “Now! Devastation tactics!”
- “Do not cling to me like a dianoga! Attack!”
- “Temper temper! You know where anger leads…”
- Lines of Death
- Jedi Hunt
- Consider Yourself Crushed
- “You are a bold one”
- “Crush them”
- “Your screams are music to my audio-receptors.”
- Name: Out of my Way
- Description: Hit 30 Enemies with the Claw Rush ability
- Name: Make them Suffer
- Description: Defeat 30 Enemies with the Unrelenting Advance Ability
- Name: Another one to the Collection
- Description: Defeat 30 Enemies with the Thrust surge Ability
- Name: Experienced General Grievous
- Description: Earn 122,721 score as General Grievous
- Name: Veteran General Grievous
Description: Earn 389,809 score as General Grievous
Another to-be-announced General Grievous Appearance will come on November 28 with the Battle of Geonosis Update, marking the arrival of Obi-Wan Kenobi and the planet of Geonosis to Galactic Assault.
With that said, I do hope (a bit of wishful thinking) that since we are getting General Grievous, that we might also get MagnaGaurds along side him and Count Dooku. It would be neat, if you can’t play as the General or the Count, at least give players the option to protect them as their elite bodyguards. That would be nice.
General Grievous will cost 35,000 Credits and cannot be purchased with Crystals.
Written by Connor Heggie