Set: Rebel Storm
Date Reviewed: May 15, 2006
Ratings are based on a 1 to 5 scale 1 being the
3 ... average. 5 is the highest rating.
Pole Dancer, as she’s affectionately known, has been
a mainstay piece for as long as the game has
existed. The reason is simple: she’s the only Fringe
piece with the Bodyguard ability. When the game
first came out, she was the only piece with the
Bodyguard ability at all, which made her very
popular indeed. If your strategy depended on
Princess Leia, Senator, you could do a lot worse
than giving her an extra 30 hit points.
Times change, especially in collectible strategy
games. There are now a number of bodyguards to
choose from, including Chewbacca, Rebel Hero (the
finest bodyguard in the game); the Bodyguard Droid
(reviewed later this week); and Aayla Secura
(another female Twi’lek who guards bodies; weird).
There are even a handful of Commander Effects that
grant Bodyguard to other pieces (Yoda, Jedi Master;
Padme Amidala; and Captain Typho), so it’s not so
rare an ability any more.
But if you’re paying careful attention, you’ll
notice that there’s a major faction that went
completely unrepresented in the list above.
Apparently there are no Imperials willing to just
lay down their lives for whoever is standing nearby
at the time. Oh, sure, there are the Noghri (who
have Thrawn’s Bodyguard) and the Royal Guard (who
have Emperor’s Bodyguard), but, generally speaking,
Imperials are self-centered bastards. Consequently,
the Twi’lek Bodyguard can easily find a home in
Imperial squads. Want to throw another 30 hit points
on Darth Vader, Jedi Hunter? Well, that makes you a
bad person, but there’s nothing stopping you from
doing it (save guilt). Need someone to take care of
Tarkin or your Probe Droid? Look no further than the
the exotic dancer with a heart of gold.
There are also the “minor” factions, of course: the
New Republic and the Yuuzhan Vong, soon to be joined
by the Old Republic and the Sith. With these
factions having so few pieces, they probably won’t
have many Bodyguard characters either for a while,
in which case the Twi’lek can help them out, too.
The long and the short is that Bodyguard is a very
useful ability. The Twi’lek Bodyguard doesn’t offer
anything else, so if you’re playing a faction that
offers better Bodyguards, use them, but she can fill
a valuable role for those factions that don’t.
Overall rating in 100: 3.5
Overall rating in 200: 3.5
Not the most reliable bodyguard, but if you want to
maybe keep an attack or two from hitting your
commander, she’ll work out for a reasonable cost.
Make sure you’re spending those points for the
bodyguard ability, and don’t expect her to see a lot
of combat. A ranged attack would round out this
character immensely, but her cost would also go up a
few points. Twi’lek bodyguard is also useful in
countering accurate shot enemies looking to take out
your main character. She’ll protect your commander
for at least a round … maybe two. If one of your
characters is vital to your strategy, including one
of these wouldn't be a bad idea.
Ratings by Skirmish Size
100 pt: 1/5 – She’s taking up space here … and a
waste of an activation just to follow one of your
200 pt: 2.5/5 – She’ll take a hit or two and help
your commanders avoid accurate shot for a while.
We kick off bodyguard week with one of the best low
cost utility pieces in the game. 30 HP is pretty
good for a 10pt melee character with no real attack
threat. Her 15 DEF is really good, but everything
else is pretty bad, but that really isn't important
because she is not an attacker.
This Twi'lek is run for just one purpose - to keep
things alive for bodyguard. It can add HP to an
important commander or keep tech pieces such as
Gonks and med droids alive. Bodyguards like her are
nice with med droids because you can pick and choose
where to place damage, so the med droid can keep
healing her or the piece being guarded as it
chooses. Another bonus to Her is that if Lobot is in
your squad you can bring in two of her if your
opponents squad warrants more bodyguards.
The one thing you want to be careful to watch out
for is that damage from grenades, lightning, and
missiles cannot be bodyguarded. This is the weakness
to using bodyguards.
100pt: You wont see her often here, but if you have
a solid built it can help round out your squad to
give your characters just that much more life.
200pt: Here it is much easier to fit a couple in,
and as I stated, she is great for Lobot's
reinforcements if needed. Normally she will be found
more in tech squads then power squads, but if you
have a handful of points at the end and are not sure
what to do with it, try her out and see if she fits
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