Let’s face it, in the Star Wars universe they don’t come any more evil than The Emperor! A man who is one of the strongest Force users in history, a master diplomat and a forward thinker to the nth degree!
Sheev Palpatine on the outside seemed like a buffon senator from the peaceful planet of Naboo, someone that nobody would ever suspect anything untoward coming from, but this was just one of many masks he wore as he brought his galactic plans to fruition and rose to become the defacto leader of countless billions.
He is the sinister Darth Sidious a major thorn in the side of the Galactic Republic, and his word sent millions to their deaths, all the while he manipulated all those around him, including those who had turned to the Dark Side.
An extremely powerful Force user and highly skilled with a lightsaber, Palpatine is the perfect foil for any Star Wars setting and now is available for Fantasy Flight Games excellent Star Wars Legion miniatures game.
The most expensive unit in the game so far, coming in at 220 points, The Emperor has what it takes to turn the tide of a battle in a heartbeat and will make the sacrifice play if he seems it so. He, much like his apprentice Darth Vader is slow, with a speed of just one, but don’t let the slow movement fool you, as much like Vader he is formidable when it comes to combat, especially using the Force!
The main thing about The Emperor in your games is ability to dish out suppression tokens like they were candy, forcing units to be tied up with just one action available to them and he can dish out a whopping four tokens to a single unit when he uses his Give in to your Anger Command card.
Add to this that you can dish out even more damage to units and get extra attacks by using the And Now you will Die Command card. Sure he takes a wound every time he does this but if you have a medical unit close by or a unit equipped with Emergency Stims then he has a very good chance of survival.
Stats wise Emperor Palpatine has a pretty good all round card with 5 wounds and a bravery of 4, so he can take a good bit of punishment as well as dish it out. He also is allowed to take an extra unit of Imperial Royal Guards, which can be pretty devastating to your opponent.
A good way to field The Emperor is with his pupil Darth Vader and use Boba Fett as a specialist. This will give you a three pronged attack, and while both The Emperor and Darth Vader are slow moving, Boba Fett is ideal for zooming around the battlefield and capturing objectives. Sure its an expensive option but a good one and the one that I am planning on fielding myself when I next play.
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