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Who Ordered the Clone Army?

Who Ordered the Clone Army?

Are you tired of asking the same question over and over again? Who Ordered the Clone Army? It is one of the biggest puzzles in Star Wars prequels.

Okay, well, maybe it’s not that big of a mystery, but it can still be fun to learn the details behind how they were created.

Let’s explore the answer, shall we?

Who Ordered the Clone Army?

Sifo-Dyas, a Jedi Master, ordered the first clone troopers for the Galactic Republic and the Kaminoans created the clone army.

The Kaminoans cloned Jango Fett and created an army of them. The result was for the clones to be used for the Galactic Republic.

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In addition to being genetically identical to Fett, the clones troopers were trained to become one of the most efficient military forces in galactic history, proving far superior to their droid counterparts.

The army was later used for Order 66, the extermination of all Jedi, which led to the Galactic Empire and Palpatine’s rule.

Who was Master Sifo-Dyas?

Sifo-Dyas was a Jedi Master during the waning days of the Republic; eventually becoming a member of the Jedi Council.

He was also close friends with another renowned Jedi master, Count Dooku, who soon became Darth Tyranus, one of the Sith Lords.

Sifo-Dyas, the Jedi Master who ordered the first clone troopers for the Republic, was first mentioned in Attack of the Clones.

In that film, the Kaminoan, named Cam Smith, explained to Obi-Wan Kenobi that Sifo-Dyas had commissioned him to create a clone army for the Republic.

Sifo-Dyas does not appear in any other Star Wars films or books, although he indirectly played an essential role in the destruction of the Republic.

Why did Master Sifo-Dyas Order the Clone Army?

As Count Dooku began to fall away from the Republic, he witnessed the corruption throughout the Senate.

Dooku and Dyas saw that the Republic would be destroyed if something didn’t change. After the Jedi Council refused to support the Republic’s war effort, Count Dooku officially resigned from the Jedi Order.

Jedi Sifo-Dyas began advocating for the council to create a clone army just in case the day came when they would need one. Many of the other Jedi disagreed with him, so he was removed from the council by Supreme Chancellor Finis Valorum. 

As a result of being removed from the Jedi Council, Sifo-Dyas secretly traveled to the planet of Kamino. He contacted the Kaminoans in 32 BBY, asking to create a clone army for the Republic. 

To get the cloners to agree, Jedi Sifo Dyas impersonated the Senate and informed them the order had come directly from the governing board itself. At the same time, a plan to end Sifo-Dyas life began to unfold across the galaxy.

Former Jedi Master Dooku had fallen to the dark side and been contacted by the Sith Lord Darth Sidious, a Sith Lord who would soon become Emperor Palpatine.

Darth Sidious offered Count Dooku a role as his apprentice only after the Sith Lord confirmed his loyalty by murdering Jedi Master Sifo Dyas.

The Full Breakdown

Upon Count Dooku’s return to the Jedi temple and dispatch on another mission, members of the criminal organization, known as the Pyke Syndicate, targeted Jedi master Sifo-Dyas’s shuttle.

The group carried out their deal with the Sith and shot down the shuttle where Sifo-Dyas was traveling.

To gain more time for the Sith, Count Dooku discretely deleted information on the planet Kamino from the Jedi library, at the Jedi Temple on Coruscant. Thus, ensuring that Jedi Knights could not find this planet based merely on clues left by a dead Jedi master.

Darth Sidious was so pleased by the death of Sifo-Dyas that he promoted Count Dooku to “Darth Tyranus,” Lord of the Sith.

Sidious then ordered his new apprentice, Tyranus, to negotiate with the Kaminoans and cloners, to ensure that the clones would be loyal to their cause.

Then Dooku secretly instructed the cloners to insert a special chip, that he created, into each clone.

He also ordered the cloners at the Kamino facility to continue the work under Sifo-Dyas, but he requested that they maintain silence regarding his involvement.

The Surprise Discovery

In a vision several years later, the spirit of Jedi Master Sifo-Dyas appeared to Yoda offering to reveal who was the Sith Lord if Yoda joined him on the dark side. But Yoda refused the offer, and the vision was revealed to be the work of Dart Tyranus (Dooku) and Darth Sidious.

Dooku and Darth Sidious taunted Yoda with visions of the future and the destruction of the Jedi Order. 

In the Legends series, the wealthy leader of the clan Hego Damask, talked to Sifo-Dyas since the days of the rise of the Republic. Back then he told Damask about his desire to create a secret army to protect the Republic if necessary.

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The leader of the banking clan assured Sifo-Dyas that this was a wise move despite opposition from some members of the Jedi Council. Because he was so wise about certain matters, his clan fully funded the army. 

As it turns out, the mask’s true identity is Darth Plagueis, a Sith Lord and he was planning to destroy the Jedi by using a Jedi.

The Story of Darth Plagueis

It is also shown from the television series Star Wars: The Clone Wars (episode “The Disappeared, Part II”) that Count Dooku freezes the body of Jedi Master Sifo-Dyas.

Grievous, a Kaleesh warrior, was severely injured during the Battle of Geonosis and had his body rebuilt by Dooku, who used organic material from the frozen corpse of Sifo-Dyas.

Grievous was disappointed to find that being filled with the blood of a force-sensitive did not make him more attuned to the Force.


Simply put, Sifo-Dyas was a Jedi Master who sought to prepare for the darkness he foresaw, but his plan backfired. Instead, Sifo-Dyas had unwittingly instigated the creation of an army that the Sith would use.

The Sith took advantage of Sifo Dyas’s streak to create the clone army, making it appear as if they had nothing to do with its creation.

Obi-Wan Kenobi did not locate the planet Kamino until ten years after the Clone Wars.

Despite Obi-Wan Kenobi’s discovery of Kamino and the birth of the clone army, the conflict with the Confederacy of Independent Systems pushed the Galactic Republic into war.

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