In Episode VI Return of the Jedi, Luke gives himself up to the Empire and to Vader, in the hope that the rest of the strike team will be able to blow up the shield generator.

However, when Luke has been brought to the second Death Star, the Emperor tells Luke that an entire legion of his best troops will be waiting in ambush for the strike team. So my question is, How many storm troopers are in a legion?


If you are accepting Legends answers, then Richard's comment stating it is 10,000 troops is your answer.

Outside of Legends there is no clear answer. A few definitions:

  • A Roman legion consisted of between 3,000 and 6,000 troops.
  • A military or semi-military unit.
  • Any large group of armed men.

On the one hand, it is possible that the Emperor is exaggerating or otherwise overstating the actual force on the moon, because fear and despair lead to the Dark Side, and he is trying to convince Luke there is no hope but to join him.

On the other hand, he could easily be referring to an actual legion, because he did predict the rebellion would make an assault on the base. In the military there are specific terms relating to the size and makeup of your troops.

And on the gripping hand, unless specifically stated in some future canon work, we just don't know for sure.

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    You... you have three hands. – Wad Cheber Feb 10 '16 at 15:41

In Disney canon, it is currently left undefined as no replacement numbers are offered for the prior statistics wiped off by being labeled Legends and therefore non-canon.

In Legends, the Imperial Stormtrooper Corps is a separate military service from the Imperial Army and the Imperial Navy, answering directly to the Emperor. They are structured in accordance to the Order of Battle, for which the legion is the highest unit level. The full structure is as follows:

  • Squad: 9 troopers. Commanded by a Sergeant and consisting of at least one Corporal.
  • Platoon: 38 troopers. 4 squads commanded by a Lieutenant and a Sergeant Major.
  • Company: 153 troopers. 4 platoons commanded by a Captain.
  • Battalion: 613 troopers. 4 companies commanded by a Major. The make-up of Stormtrooper units with respect to the composition of specialized troopers is specified at this level (e.g. how many Scout Troopers, Shadow Troopers, Storm Commandos etc.)
  • Regiment: 2,453 troopers. 4 battalions commanded by a Lieutenant Colonel. Standard strength requirement for capturing Class A starports.
  • Legion: 9,813 troopers. 4 regiments commanded by a High Colonel.

Out-of-universe, the Stormtrooper Legion is inspired by the Roman Legion. Unlike the Roman Legion, the Stormtrooper Legion does not consist of support staff and units outside of the above number. It can conduct joint operations with the rest of the Imperial military, but those are not counted as part of the legion organization-wise.

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