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Emperor Palpatine
Emperor Palpatine
Abilities Chain Lightning
Force Lightning
Imperial Resources

Emperor Palpatine is one of the characters in Star Wars: Battlefront and Star Wars: Battlefront 2.



Based on how he’s been characterized and how he plays, Emperor Palpatine might be my personal favorite character in Star Wars Battlefront. But getting to that point has been a challenge.

We wanted many different things with the Emperor. We wanted him to be very mobile, but also about deception and fooling people that he’s fragile and weak. As you’ve seen in the original Star Wars trilogy, Palpatine pretends to be a weak old man, when he in fact is extremely powerful. That two-faced side was something we wanted to convey in gameplay and the Emperor’s abilities.

Palatine’s main attack is the iconic Force Lightning, which does a lot of damage to troops within reach. The lightning also comes in the more powerful Chain Lightning form, which is an area of effect ability dealing damage to enemies around you in all directions.

Another power is called Force Dash and is (pun intended) shocking in another way. When Palpatine activates Force Dash he’ll move extremely fast in his current direction, which can be a real nasty surprise for Rebel soldiers. We’ve seen some players get really startled when they have been aiming down the sights at Palpatine and suddenly see him right up close.

In contrast to these abilities, Palpatine is also the Empire team’s support Villain, capable of providing powerups for others and himself. Thanks to his command of the Empire, Palpatine can use the Imperial Resources ability to hand out power-ups to teammates and health boosts to other Villains.

Battlefront 2

Emperor Palpatine eliminates whole groups of enemies at a time using his powerful manipulation of the Force to slow, stun, and pummel them with lightning.


Battlefront 2

Name Description
Chain Lightning Emperor Palpatine unleashes a burst of lightning which hits a target and spreads to those around them.
Dark Aura Emperor Palpatine changes the air around him with Force enrgy, damaging those around him and slowing the movement.
Electrocute Emperor Palpatine electrocutes enemies in front of him, immobilizing them.


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  • Let The Hate Flow
  • The Full Power Of The Dark Side