R5 Unit (CL 0)

Small droid (2nd-degree) nonheroic 2
Init +4; Senses darkvision, Perception +3
Languages Basic (Understood only), Binary, 2 Unassigned

Defenses Ref 14 (flat-footed 11), Fort 8, Will 10
hp 7; Threshold 8
Immune droid traits

Speed 6 squares (wheeled)
Melee electroshock probe -1 (1d8-2 ion)
Fighting Space 1 square; Reach 1 square
Base Atk +1; Grp -1

Abilities Str 7, Dex 16, Con -, Int 15, Wis 10, Cha 7
Feats Skill Focus (Mechanics, Use Computers), Toughness, Weapon Proficiency (simple weapons)
Skills Knowledge (Life Sciences) +8, Mechanics +13, Use Computers +13
Systems wheeled locomotion, magnetic feet, heuristic processor, 2 tool appendages, acoustic signaler, diagnostics package, internal storage (2 kg), improved sensor package, darkvision
Possessions astrogation buffer (storage device, 1 memory units), retractable heavy grasper, circular saw, electroshock probe, fire extinguisher, electronic arc welder, holorecorder, holoprojector
Availability Licensed; Cost 2,500 credits

The R5 line was part of the R-series astromech droids manufactured by Industrial Automaton. They were considered cut-price versions of superior R2 units. Industrial Automaton intended the R5-series to cater to budget buyers at the cost of some functionality. Because of their inexpensive construction, however, droids of this series were plagued by a number of design flaws—most obviously, a sullen demeanor and sharp attitude resulting from deficiencies in the machine's personality matrix. Media outlets soon picked up on these errors: Mechtech Illustrated called the R5 model "a meter-tall stack of the worst business decisions you could possibly want."

After a particularly poor sales year, Industrial Automaton discontinued the R5 series in 22 BBY. To cover losses, the droid manufacturing firm repackaged R2-AG-series and R4-series droids in excess R5 shells.

They were less commonly used by Rebel pilots because the extra height of the R5 made them a more prominent target in an X-wing's droid socket, although the Alliance would use them in maintenance jobs extensively due to their low cost and the Alliance's desperate need for functional droids of any kind. Rebel technicians also upgraded some R5 units for starfighter use, bringing their astrogation capabilities up to the level of the R2-series, though the personality flaws persisted.

Aboard Imperial warships, R5 units were used to monitor medical equipment such as life support capsules.

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