L8-L9 was a prototype battle droid built by TaggeCo. The droid was created in the utmost secrecy, and was part of a ploy by Baron Orman Tagge to gain favor in the sight of Palpatine. The droid was equipped with advanced servomotors and equilibrium centers. These additions helped to give the droid increased agility and maneuverability when compared to most battle droids in use during the First War. Mounted inside the droid's arms were built-in plasma cannons and flamethrowers, which proved effective against most combatants.