|Chronological and political information|
Not much is known about Palpatine or his other self Darth Sidious before the Battle of Naboo, except that he was trained by Darth Plagueis. Palpatine was senator of Naboo at that time and later rose to the rank of Supreme Chancellor. Within the next 20 years, Palpatine orchestrated the fall of the Jedi and gave rise to the Galactic Empire.
"I'm here... and I'm NOT amused!"
He is armed with a lightsaber and floats over the ground instead of walking normally. Because of this, he is quite fast and maneuovrable, and his sprint attack is especially dangerous: unlike other Jedi and Sith, he won't lose momentum when hitting enemies on the way, and thus will only stop when he misses.
His two special abilities are Force Lightning and Force Choke. On the Xbox 360, it is possible to gain an infinite length of time using Force Choke, if you will quickly hit the switch power button while holding down the right-click. Finally, he has so-called Lighting Storm, a power similar to the Mace Windu's jump attack and activated in the same way: you need to do a double jump, then immediately press the primary attack button. You will get a momentary ring of Lighting around him that will do heavy damage to your enemies and throw them around.
Empire at WarEdit
"Even death bows before my will!"Palpatine appears as the Tier 3 Empire hero in both the original game and its expansion Forces of Corruption. He can be purchased at the Command Center for 3000 credits.
He is quite slow, but very powerful. Like Darth Vader and Obi-Wan, he has a lightsaber, which is instant-kill to infantry and does heavy damage to vehicles. He can also use the Force to rattle the buildings' foundations, dealing respectable timed damage to them. This kind of melee, however, pales in comparison to his two abilities.
The Force Lighting will kill all enemy infantry at close range after 3 second-long electrocution animation, whereas his Force Corrupt will turn hostile infantry and vehicles to the Empire side, although they will receive over-time damage and will eventually stop moving or following orders and die soon afterwards. With this ability, you can easily gain the MPTL-2a and even the overpowered T4-B Heavy Tanks at no cost.
Finally, his very presence intimidates the personnel on your planet into working harder, meaning that you can construct units, buildings and upgrades 25% cheaper. The importance of this is obvious. All in all, he is a must-have for the Empire once they reach Tier 3.
There are few counter-strategies for the Rebels. Using infantry against him is simply suicidal, while the vehicles will almost certainly be Corrupted onto his side. He is also more powerful then your other heroes, and will defeat them in battle The best way to kill him is to use Snowspeeders, since they're immune to all his attcks, if you don't have them, you can make him waste Force Corrupt on a single, cheap vehicle like T2-B or Swamp Speeder, then unleash the rest of your mechanised force.Jedi Destiny though. He is also available to unlock in The Complete Saga and Lego Star Wars III The Clone Wars.