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"General Grievous was the Supreme Commander of the Separatist army. Once a feared warlord from the planet Kalee, he heavily modified his body using cybernetic implants to dominate his enemies in battle."
— In-game description

General Grievous is a Separatist Hero in DICE's Star Wars Battlefront II. He arrived on October 30, 2018 as part of the General Grievous Update. He originally cost 35,000 credits to unlock but this cost was removed in the Capital Supremacy Update.

Overview[edit | edit source]

"Be Devious"
— Star Wars Battlefront II website

General Grievous can be a menace to behold. Grievous possesses a large health pool and health regeneration. His lightsabers were stolen from the Jedi he has slain, and can be increased in damage with a Star Card. Grievous can also inflict more damage from behind than some of the other lightsaber wielders. However, he is the least capable lightsaber hero when it comes to blocking enemy blaster fire, as it will drain his stamina greatly. While taking on large groups of enemies can be risky, Grievous excels when targeting enemies individually and enemies can be knocked down or finished off when Grievous focuses on them with his Thrust Surge.

General Grievous can also lead the charge with his Unrelenting Advance ability, inspired by the iconic movement of his lightsabers in Revenge of the Sith as he begins his duel with Obi-Wan Kenobi during the Battle of Utapau. The Unrelenting Advance ability blocks all attacks in front of him and damages enemies who are unfortunate enough to be caught in the spinning turbine of four lightsabers.

However, despite his intimidating appearance as one of the game's largest villains, General Grievous cannot always be a tank and is known to be devious. Just as seen in Revenge of the Sith, when the odds are turned against Grievous, he will be quick to escape. This can be seen in his Claw Rush ability, where Grievous goes down on his four arms and two legs and rushes forward in a rapid motion. Grievous's Claw Rush can also be used to knock down enemies, who can be further damaged when Grievous steps back up, kicking his two feet into the air. This is especially useful against enemy heroes that Grievous faces off with.

Levels[edit | edit source]

Level Reward Upon Reaching Level XP to Complete Level Total Skill Points
1 None 3,000 0
2 1 Skill Point
SWBFII DICE Boost Card General Grievous - Beating Heart large.png Beating Heart becomes available
SWBFII DICE Boost Card General Grievous - Sith Trained large.png Sith Trained becomes available
5,800 1
3 1 Skill Point 10,200 2
4 1 Skill Point 10,540 3
5 1 Skill Point
SWBFII DICE Boost Card General Grievous - Jedi Killer large.png Jedi Killer becomes available
SWBFII DICE Boost Card General Grievous - Cowardly Retreat large.png Cowardly Retreat becomes available
10,976 4
6 1 Skill Point 11,400 5
7 1 Skill Point 11,836 6
8 1 Skill Point 12,280 7
9 1 Skill Point 12,736 8
10 1 Skill Point
SWBFII DICE Boost Card General Grievous - Flesh Is Weak large.png Flesh Is Weak becomes available
16,750 9
11 1 Skill Point 17,203 10
12 1 Skill Point
Can now upgrade Star Cards to Rare
17,660 11
13 1 Skill Point 18,123 12
14 1 Skill Point 18,590 13
15 1 Skill Point
SWBFII DICE Boost Card General Grievous - Momentum large.png Momentum becomes available
SWBFII DICE Boost Card General Grievous - Ceaseless Assault large.png Ceaseless Assault becomes available
19,063 14
16 1 Skill Point 19,540 15
17 1 Skill Point 20,023 16
18 1 Skill Point 20,510 17
19 1 Skill Point 21,003 18
20 1 Skill Point
SWBFII DICE Boost Card General Grievous - Deadly Slashes large.png Deadly Slashes becomes available
SWBFII DICE Boost Card General Grievous - Line Up, Weaklings large.png Line Up, Weaklings becomes available
21,500 19
21 1 Skill Point 22,003 20
22 1 Skill Point 22,510 21
23 1 Skill Point 23,023 22
24 1 Skill Point 23,540 23
25 1 Skill Point
Can now upgrade Star Cards to Epic
24,063 24
26-37 1 Skill Point per level 24,417 36
38-40 1,000 Credits per level 24,417 36
Prestige:
41-1,000 (MAX)
None 25,000 36

Health and Movement[edit | edit source]

Health Statistics for General Grievous
Base Health 800
SWBFII DICE Boost Card General Grievous - Flesh Is Weak large.png Flesh Is Weak
Grants 2% / 3% / 4% / 5% damage reduction to General Grievous for every 10% health he is missing,
up to a maximum of 18% / 27% / 36% / 45% damage reduction
Health Regen Rate 50 health/sec
SWBFII Hero Passive Health Icon.svg Health on Elimination
20 for trooper elimination
100 for hero elimination
SWBFII DICE Boost Card General Grievous - Flesh Is Weak large.png Flesh Is Weak
Lowers health regen rate to
25 health/sec
Max Health Regen 250
SWBFII DICE Boost Card General Grievous - Beating Heart large.png Beating Heart
Raises max regen to
275 / 300 / 325 / 350
Regen Delay 5 sec
Movement Statistics for General Grievous
Sprint Speed 8 meters/second
Maximum Jump Height 7 meters
Number of Dodges 2
Dodge Length 5.5 meters
Dodge Cooldown 1.1 seconds per dodge
All dodges grant 20% damage reduction throughout the animation

Weapon[edit | edit source]

Weapon Image SWBFII General Grievous Lightsaber Icon.svg
In-game Description As a notorious Jedi killer, Grievous collected his victims' lightsabers and used them to slaughter their fellow knights.
Damage 130
160 (Rear)
SWBFII DICE Boost Card General Grievous - Sith Trained large.png Sith Trained
Increases damage to:
145 / 150 / 155 / 160
175 / 180 / 185 / 190 (Rear)
Swing Speed ~1,7 swings per second
Melee Attacks 12 swings possible
SWBFII DICE Boost Card General Grievous - Sith Trained large.png Sith Trained
Decreases total possible swings to 10
Blaster Deflections 222 damage deflections possible
Deflection Spread (angle multiplier) 20
Melee Deflections 10 melee deflections possible
Stamina Regen Delay 2 seconds
Stamina Regen Speed (from empty) 3 seconds

Weapon Image SWBFII General Grievous Lightsaber Icon.svg
Damage 36-30
Range Start damage drop-off: 20 meters
End damage drop-off: 40 meters

Abilities[edit | edit source]

Passive Ability[edit | edit source]

Name Health on Elimination
Ability Icon SWBFII Hero Passive Health Icon.svg
In-game Description General Grievous regains health for each defeated enemy.
Effect Grants 20 health per defeated trooper, 100 health per defeated Hero.


Combat Abilities[edit | edit source]

Ability Icon SWBFII General Grievous Ability Thrust Surge Icon.svg
In-game Description General Grievous lunges forward, stabbing his enemy as he pins them down.
Damage 160
SWBFII DICE Boost Card General Grievous - Momentum large.png Momentum
Increases damage with Thrust Surge to:
170 / 180 / 190 / 200
Effect Locks onto and knocks down opponent
Area of Effect 15 meters
SWBFII DICE Boost Card General Grievous - Jedi Killer large.png Jedi Killer
Increases lock-on range to:
18 / 19.5 / 21 / 22.5 meters
Ability Cooldown 13 seconds

Ability Icon SWBFII General Grievous Ability Unrelenting Advance Icon.svg
In-game Description Grievous ignites four lightsabers, deflecting attacks and inflicting damage on anyone foolish enough to challenge him.
Damage 110 every 0.45 seconds
SWBFII DICE Boost Card General Grievous - Deadly Slashes large.png Deadly Slashes
Increases damage with Unrelenting Advance to:
120 / 130 / 140 / 150
Effect Protects General Grievous from most frontal attacks, including lightsabers
SWBFII DICE Boost Card General Grievous - Ceaseless Assault large.png Ceaseless Assault
Reduces incoming damage during Unrelenting Advance by:
10% / 20% / 30% / 40%
Ability Duration 5 seconds
Ability Cooldown 11 seconds

Ability Icon SWBFII General Grievous Ability Claw Rush Icon.svg
In-game Description Dropping to a crawl, Grievous scrambles forward, damaging his enemies as he drives them back.
Damage 130 upon rush
130 on getup
SWBFII DICE Boost Card General Grievous - Line Up, Weaklings large.png Line Up, Weaklings
After one enemy is hit, the damage is increased to:
150 / 160 / 170 / 180
Effect Grants 40% damage reduction to General Grievous, knocks down opponents
SWBFII DICE Boost Card General Grievous - Cowardly Retreat large.png Cowardly Retreat
Increases damage reduction during Claw Rush to:
60% / 70% / 80% / 90%
Ability Duration 3.2 seconds
Ability Cooldown 13 seconds

Boost Cards[edit | edit source]

Main article: Boost Card
SWBFII DICE Boost Card General Grievous - Beating Heart large.png SWBFII DICE Boost Card General Grievous - Sith Trained large.png SWBFII DICE Boost Card General Grievous - Jedi Killer large.png SWBFII DICE Boost Card General Grievous - Cowardly Retreat large.png SWBFII DICE Boost Card General Grievous - Flesh Is Weak large.png
Beating Heart Sith Trained Jedi Killer Cowardly Retreat Flesh Is Weak
SWBFII DICE Boost Card General Grievous - Momentum large.png SWBFII DICE Boost Card General Grievous - Ceaseless Assault large.png SWBFII DICE Boost Card General Grievous - Deadly Slashes large.png SWBFII DICE Boost Card General Grievous - Line Up, Weaklings large.png
Momentum Ceaseless Assault Deadly Slashes Line Up, Weaklings

Appearances[edit | edit source]

General-grievous-jedi-hunter.jpg General-grievous-battle-damaged.jpg General-grievous-shattered-armor.jpg
Jedi Hunter
(default)
Battle Damaged
(Rare)
Shattered Armor
(Legendary)

Victory Poses[edit | edit source]

Iknowthislooksbad.png Jedihunt.png Doom.png Consideryourselfcrushed.png Duelist.png
Lines of Death Jedi Hunt Doom Consider Yourself Crushed Duelist
(animated)

In-game Hints[edit | edit source]

General[edit | edit source]

"All heroes can dodge or evade. Use this to avoid damage and open distance between you and your enemy."
— First hint
"Dodge is most effective at avoiding lightsaber attacks and opening space between you and the attacker."
— Second hint
"Heroes can only block attacks from the front. Try to position around them and hit them from behind to be effective."
— Third hint
"Each time a blocking hero deflects damage or swings their lightsaber, they lose stamina. When out of stamina, heroes are unable to deflect or trigger a closing strike."
— Fourth hint
"Heroes have strengths and weaknesses. Hone your skills by playing Arcade."
— Fifth hint
"Use Star Cards to ensure your hero experience is personally tailored."
— Sixth hint
"Heroes will only regenerate a limited amount of health after taking damage."
— Seventh hint

Specific[edit | edit source]

"General Grievous' THRUST SURGE is a great way to close in on your opponent before destroying them with UNRELENTING ADVANCE."
— First hint
"General Grievous' CLAW RUSH provides for a quick escape while also reducing damage when used offensively."
— Second hint
"General Grievous' UNRELENTING ADVANCE will hinder his movement but it makes him an impassable threat in close quarters."
— Third hint

Emotes and Quotes[edit | edit source]

"You are a bold one."
— First emote
"Crush them! Make them suffer!"
— Second emote
"Surrender, and I promise you will die quickly!"
— Third emote
"Your screams are like music to my audio-receptors!"
— Fourth emote
"*Cough*"
— Fifth emote
"Hello there!"
Voice Over

"Another world to conquer!"
— Upon spawning
"This will be easier than Dathomir!"
— Upon spawning
"Die, filth!"
— Upon using Thrust Surge
"Come here!"
— Upon using Thrust Surge
"Careful!"
— Upon using Thrust Surge
"I'm coming for you!"
— Upon using Claw Rush
"Hahaha! Please, try to run!"
— Upon using Claw Rush
"Four times the fun!"
— Upon using Unrelenting Advance
"Four lightsabers, then!"
— Upon using Unrelenting Advance
"Show them the meaning of pain!"
— While in action
"I grant you a Jedi's death!"
— While in action
"The Kaleesh are not known for their mercy."
— While in action
"Make peace with the Force now, for this is your final outing!"
— While in action
"Temper, temper! You know where anger leads..."
— While in action
"I want to see them cry!"
— While in action
"Now. Devastation tactics!"
— While in action
"I am surrounded by idiots!"
— When outnumbered
"You should have retreated."
— When outnumbering the enemy

"Grievous: Master, I have instructed my army. Take. No. Prisoners.
Dooku: I have taught you well, my apprentice.
"
— Banter between Count Dooku and General Grievous
"Grievous: General Kenobi...the negotiator.
Obi-Wan Kenobi: Oh my. And here I thought Master Yoda was sending me somewhere relaxing...
"
— Banter between Obi-Wan Kenobi and General Grievous
"Anakin: Consider this payback for all the Jedi you've murdered!
Grievous: Perhaps you'd like to choose which of their lightsabers I kill you with.
"
— Banter between Anakin Skywalker and General Grievous
"The Jedi Grand Master, at last."
— Banter with Yoda
"They will speak of your death for generations."
— Banter with Leia Organa
"A young Jedi, his weapon will be my trophy."
— Banter with Luke Skywalker
"Another lightsaber for my collection."
— Banter with Rey
"I shall eliminate this Wookiee."
— Banter with Chewbacca
"Not such a big deal, are you?"
— Banter with Finn
"Killing smuggler scum is beneath me."
— Banter with Han Solo
"So overdressed for someone about to die."
— Banter with Lando Calrissian

"How many arms does Grievous need?"
Heroes vs. Villains announcer, when a Grievous player gets a 5-player killstreak
"Grievous makes today's Heroes suffer, as he delivers a crushing final blow."
— Heroes vs. Villains announcer, when a Grievous player gets the final game-winning kill
"Seems the arch-clanka Grievous has joined the battle."
— Republic announcer, when an opposing Grievous player spawns
"General Grievous has been spotted!"
— Republic announcer, when an opposing Grievous player spawns

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • General Grievous is voiced by Matthew Wood, who previously voiced General Grievous in Revenge of the Sith and The Clone Wars as well as in the original Star Wars: Battlefront II.
  • Most of Grievous's emotes and quotes are from Revenge of the Sith and The Clone Wars. Furthermore, General Grievous was the first hero with more than four emotes, with a total of five.
    • His cough emote has 4 different coughs.
  • General Grievous's character model had actually been discovered in the game's files and leaked by "dataminers" multiple times prior to his official announcement.  Additionally, some of his animations, abilities, and emotes were also datamined prior to their official announcements.
  • Upon release, voice lines were also datamined and leaked that hint towards two potential new heroes in the future: Padmé Amidala and Ahsoka Tano. However, they are currently unconfirmed, and it is possible that they will not be added in the future.
    • These voice lines included: "Tano, so it is to be a rematch then!" and "Senator Amidala, I presume."
  • Although General Grievous can block Force powers and deflect blaster bolts in the game, he is not a Force-user in the canon.
    • Also, he is the only saber user in the game without Force-sensitivity. The closest is the Commando Droid, because of the vibrosword.
  • According to Jay "Charlemagne" Ingram, Grievous took 8 months to create.

Updates[edit | edit source]

General Grievous Update

  • Added.

Battle of Geonosis Update

  • New content: Shattered Armor Appearance added.
  • Buff: Increased Unrelenting Advance rotation speed.
  • Buff: Increased Unrelenting Advance damage from 75 to 110 points.
  • Buff: Increased rate at which Unrelenting Advance damage is applied by reducing the time between damage events from 1.5 seconds to 0.75 seconds.
  • Bug fix: Fixed an issue with Unrelenting Advance that would occasionally allow it to be re-triggered.
  • Bug fix: Fixed an issue with Unrelenting Advance where Grievous' hands would not be visibly spinning for other players.
  • Bug fix: Fixed an issue with Thrust Surge where Grievous would get locked into a spinning and running animation after activating the ability on a dead enemy.
  • Bug fix: Fixed an issue with Grievous' lightsabers where it would change halfway through the Thrust Surge animation.
  • Bug fix: Fixed a visual issue where Grievous' hand would be partially visible when observed from a distance.
  • Bug fix: Fixed an issue with Grievous' stun animation where it would last longer compared to other stunned heroes.
  • Bug fix: Fixed an issue with Grievous' Victory Poses where they would overlap with other heroes on the end-of-round screen.
  • Bug fix: Fixed an issue with the Line Up, Weaklings Star Card where upon equipping it Claw Rush would not deal damage to more than 1 enemy when playing on Arcade.
  • General: Improved the chances of Thrust Surge connecting with the enemy. Enemies who manage to get out of the way in a timely manner can still avoid Thrust Surge.
  • General: Improved reliability of Unrelenting Advance blocking incoming blaster shots from the front side. Unrelenting Advance will not be blocking explosive shots or special Hero abilities.
  • General: Improved Thrust Surge UI. The UI indicator comes up faster and more reliably when the ability is ready to be performed on an enemy.
  • General: Further iterated on the SFX, VFX, and animations of Grievous' movement, attacks, and abilities.

December Update

  • Bug fix: Fixed an issue where General Grievous would not deal additional damage when attacking from behind.
  • Bug fix: Fixed an issue where General Grievous would occasionally get stuck in an animation when hit by a Shock Grenade.
  • Bug fix: Fixed an issue where General Grievous would occasionally deal Unrelenting Advance damage by blocking.

Darth Tyranus Update

  • Bug fix: Fixed an issue where General Grievous could occasionally use Thrust Surge on a Speeder without animation or ability cooldown.

The Chosen One Update

  • Bug fix: Fixed an issue where General Grievous would get pulled farther than normal when affected by Force abilities.
  • Bug fix: Fixed an issue where the stamina bar for lightsaber heroes would not deplete when blocking Unrelenting Advance.
  • General: Added eye animatiosn to General Grievous when viewing him on the Appearances screen.

Capital Supremacy Update

  • Mechanics change: Improved hero lightsaber combat in a variety of ways:
    • Removed staggering when a player attacks an enemy hero who is blocking.
    • A hero can no longer attack when they have no stamina.
    • Removed the stamina costs associated with pressing and holding block.
    • After being hit by a lightsaber, heroes and troopers will be unable to be staggered by a lightsaber attack for 0.8 seconds.
  • Bug fix: Fixed an issue where General Grievous would no longer be able to block projectiles when using Unrelenting Advance after previously holding the block button.

Giants Above Kachirho Update

  • Buff: Unrelenting Advance will now not be interrupted by opponents using Force powers.
  • Bug fix: Fixed an issue where rocket missiles and the ARC Trooper's Power Blast shots would occasionally pass through Unrelenting Advance.

Siege of Kamino Update

  • Buff: Increased rate at which Unrelenting Advance damage is applied by decreasing the time between damage events from 0.5 seconds to 0.45 seconds.
    • Note: in a previous update it was stated that the time between damage events was 0.75 seconds, not 0.5 seconds.
  • Buff: Increased damage per second of Unrelenting Advance by 10%. The value of the initial damage remains the same as the base damage.
  • Bug fix: Fixed an issue where the time between the first and second damage event during Unrelenting Advance could be longer than intended.
  • Bug fix: Fixed an issue where Unrelenting Advance wouldn't register if General Grievous wasn't very close to the target.
  • General: Tweaked values for Unrelenting Advance to make it more effective.

Where are those Droidekas? Update

  • Bug fix: Fixed an issue where General Grievous was no longer able to block with the Unrelenting Advance ability if activated after holding the block button.

July 2019 Update

  • New content: Animated Victory Pose "Duelist" and Voice Over "Hello there!" added, available by completing limited-time special event challenges.

Roger Roger Update

  • Mechanics change: Buff: General Grievous now gains health from every kill automatically, no Star Card required.
  • Buff: General Grievous is now immune to pushes and staggers during Claw Rush.
  • General: Community Request: Jump gravity and speed has been improved for General Grievous.
  • General: General Grievous' health-on-kill Star Card named Cyborg Rage has been replaced with Flesh Is Weak.
  • Bug fix: Fixed an issue with Claw Rush where General Grievous would occasionally get stuck in the animation when performing the ability against a moving or dying opponent.
  • Bug fix: Fixed a spelling mistake on the description of the Deadly Slashes Star Card.
  • Known issue: There can be occurrences where General Grievous is still affected by pushes or staggers during Clash Rush if a related ability is used at the same time as Claw Rush.

Cooperation Update

  • Mechanics change: When hero abilities are interrupted by another ability, the interrupted ability will become instantly available so it can be used again. Before this, the interrupted ability would enter its cooldown despite not triggering.
  • Bug fix: Fixed an issue where lightsaber deflect VFX would not always appear when using Unrelenting Advance on a blocking lightsaber hero.

Another Night on Endor Update

  • Mechanics change: Hero abilities will not get canceled when heroes are hit with melee attacks. Additionally, a melee attack right after a lightsaber attack should not stagger the hero.
  • Mechanics change: Heroes and troopers are now immune to staggers for 0.7 seconds after having been staggered. This is applicable to staggering abilities, melee attacks, as well as lightsaber attacks.
  • Mechanics change: Heroes and troopers are now able to move and use abilities after having been staggered 0.15 seconds earlier.
  • Mechanics change: Reduced the time length of staggers when hit from behind by 0.15 seconds for all heroes and troopers.
  • Buff: Unrelenting Advance now drains lightsaber stamina equal to 7 blocked lightsaber attacks.
  • Bug fix: Fixed an issue where health-on-kill would occasionally award the wrong amount of health when killing troopers.
  • Bug fix: Fixed an issue with Thrust Surge where it could sometimes be refunded, despite hitting enemies.
  • Bug fix: Fixed an issue with Thrust Surge where if used on a moving target,it would occasionally cause General Grievous to spin.
  • Bug fix: Fixed an issue with Unrelenting Advance that would cause General Grievous to get stuck after using the ability.
  • Bug fix: Fixed an issue with Claw Rush where it could be reset when activating it when falling from certain heights.
  • Bug fix: Fixed an issue with Unrelenting Advance where it could get cancelled by melee attacks.
  • Quality of life: Pass on General Grievous's abilities, allowing players to regain control over the character earlier after the ability animation has ended:
    • Thrust Surge: Letting Grievous evade 0.3 seconds earlier. Grievous can move and use his abilities 0.15 seconds earlier after hitting a target.
    • Thrust Surge: Letting Grievous evade 1 second earlier and use his abilities 0.4 seconds earlier after not hitting a target.

The Celebration Update

  • Buff: Changed the stamina reduction of the Sith Trained Star Card from 40% to 25%.

BB Update

  • Bug fix: Fixed an issue with Unrelenting Advance that would cause General Grievous to drain too much stamina from an opposing player.

February 12th Patch

  • Bug fix: Fixed an issue with Claw Rush where it could completely drain the stamina of an opponent.

The Age of Rebellion Update

  • Bug fix: Fixed visual issue with the footprint of General Grievous.
  • Bug fix: Fixed an issue with Unrelenting Advance where the animation would sometimes not be visible to other players.

Battle on Scarif Update

  • Quality of life: Claw Rush now follows the direction of the camera instead of the character model.
    • Unlisted: Buff: With the above changes, Grievous can now turn rapidly during Claw Rush allowing him to rush over an enemy multiple times, dealing damage each time.
  • Bug fix: Fixed an issue that would cause General Grievous' abilities to be interrupted by abilities and melee attacks of other players.
  • Bug fix: Fixed an issue that would allow the player to trigger the Unrelenting Advance ability twice, causing Grievous to repeat the animation endlessly.

August 26th Patch

  • Mechanics change: Nerf: To address how Claw Rush has been used since its changes in the Battle on Scarif Update, General Grievous can now only hit an enemy once with a single use of Claw Rush.

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