Rugged reptiles with thick hides, Dewbacks are plodding, but reliable mounts. When prodded by their riders, they are capable of brief bursts of surprising speed. These riders are often stormtroopers dispatched to desert worlds who wear specialized gear and are nicknamed Sandtroopers. Sandtroopers wear standard Stormtrooper armor augmented with cooling units, a helmet sand filter, and a survival backpack with extra rations and water. While hunting for the Death Star plans on Tatooine, Sandtroopers used native Dewbacks as mounts.