Star Wars: Imperial Assault – Return to Hoth Expansion and Return to Hoth: Ally/Villain Packs

Star Wars: Imperial Assault – Return to Hoth

“Echo station 3-T-8, we have spotted Imperial walkers.”
–Echo Base Officer, Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back

Return to Hoth, a new expansion for Imperial Assault is now at The Wandering Dragon!

The secret Rebel base on Hoth has been discovered by the Empire. Imperial Star Destroyers blockade the planet from above and Imperial forces descend the surface, led by Darth Vader, and bringing the battle to the entrenched Rebels. As the Rebel heroes flee from the icy planet of Hoth, they have no idea that events ahead may force them to make a desperate gamble and return to the dangers of Hoth!

Return to Hoth is a new expansion for Imperial Assault, offering new content for both campaigns and skirmishes. A brand-new full-length campaign invites you to escape the aftermath of the Battle of Hoth and protect a colony of Rebel refugees from the depredations of the Empire. Meanwhile, four new skirmish missions bring your forces to the icy expanses of Hoth and new rules for four-player skirmish games invite you to experience massive, multi-fronted skirmishes with up to three opponents! 

 Whether you’re playing a narrative campaign or a fast-paced skirmish, the addition of thirty-seven double-sided terrain tiles invites your heroes to travel the snowy wastes of Hoth and race through the claustrophobic corridors of Echo Base. Sixteen sculpted plastic figures also arrive for you to command in campaigns and skirmishes – three new heroes, six Snowtroopers, two Wampas, four HK Assassin Droids, and a SC2-M Repulsor Tank! With new Agenda cards, Class cards, Deployment cards, Item cards, Mission cards, and Supply cards, Return to Hoth expands every game of Imperial Assault.

In addition, four new Ally Packs and Villain Packs correspond with the Return to Hoth expansion, highlighting the most iconic characters introduced in this expansion and offering new cards and missions for campaigns and skirmishes. You can command Imperial forces across the sector with General Sorin, seek a diplomatic solution with Leia Organa, fight bravely with the Echo Base Troopers, or punish your foes as the deadly bounty hunter, Dengar. For more information on these figure packs, visit their announcement article


Return to Hoth contains three heroes, six Snowtroopers, four HK Assassin Droids, two Wampas, and one SC2-M Repulsor Tank.

Echo Base Defense

Three new heroes join the forces of the Rebel Alliance at Echo Base in the Return to Hoth expansion. You might heal your friends and protect them from the cold as the loyal medical droid, MHD-19. MHD-19 has been trained in thousands of medical procedures and will go to any lengths to protect his companions – even taking up arms against Imperial soldiers! Alternatively, you could join the Mon Cala special forces and take down your foes from afar as Loku Kanoloa, a deadly marksman. Loku Kanoloa relies on clever battlefield reconnaissance to bring down his targets, placing recon tokens and gaining a host of benefits for attacking enemies with recon tokens. Finally, you may engage in vital operations for the Rebellion as Verena Talos. This deadly operative is eager to take revenge for the destruction of Echo Base, and she’s a fearsome opponent in a campaign or a skirmish. Each of these heroes also features unique talents and abilities in their Class decks, which make playing each hero a dramatically different experience. We’ll explore all of these heroes in much more detail in a future preview.

New Item cards and Supply cards allow you to further customize your heroes as you move through the campaign, whether you’re on Hoth or not. You might purchase a DDC Defender , a pistol that can perform up to three attacks every turn, or you might customize your weapon with a Under-Barrel HH-4 modification. This expanded barrel not only improves your accuracy, it helps you spread your fire across a group of figures.

Return to Hoth also introduces nine new Command cards, granting you new tactics to employ in the skirmish game. Set a Trap allows you to choose any map tile at the start of a round. If you and your opponent both have a figure on that tile at the end of the round, you can perform a free attack with your figure! If you field Loku Kanoloa in your army, you may use Coordinated Attack to have two figures attack the same target simultaneously, potentially destroying a single large target before it can strike! Whether you field these new Rebel heroes in the skirmish game or in your campaign, they have the power to turn the tables against the forces of the Empire.

The Might of the Empire

The Rebellion gains access to several new heroes, but new figures are also eager to join the Imperial and Mercenaries factions. Snowtroopers are similar to Stormtroopers, but benefit from improved surge abilities and insulated Environmental Recovery Gear that can protect them from the freezing cold of Hoth. As the Snowtroopers swarm forward on foot, you can support their attacks with the raw firepower of an SC2-M Repulsor Tank. Meanwhile, the Mercenaries of the galaxy gain some deadly new warriors and monsters. HK Assassin Droids use their advanced technology to gain the upper hand on biological targets and no creature knows the icy wastelands of Hoth as well as the Wampas . When faced with such dangerous enemies, even the greatest Rebel heroes will have a fight cut out for them.   

The Empire receives more than just more figures, of course. Two new Agenda sets – Natural Warfare and Defensive Tactics – open the door for you to pursue the heroes with punishing effects throughout the campaign. You may equip your warriors with personal shield generators, or loose a deadly Creature against the Rebels. In addition to these Agenda cards, two new Imperial classes allow you to modify your forces and tailor them to suit whatever gameplay style you prefer. The Precision Training class improves your figures’ attacks with cards like Find the Weakness , while the Armored Onslaught class allows you to use the Empire’s Vehicles to destroy the Rebels with Explosive Munitions . With these new Class cards and Agenda cards, the Empire gains a host of punishing effects to level against the Rebellion.

Bane or Boon

Return to Hoth also introduces a new type of mission as the beleaguered Rebels flee from the Battle of Hoth. This new type of mission is a threat mission, and it gives the Imperial player a new way to demonstrate the power of his nearly limitless resources. Like normal side missions, two threat missions enter play at the beginning of a campaign, and the heroes may choose to undertake the mission anytime that they would choose a side mission. The heroes may choose to ignore threat missions – but as long as a threat mission remains in play, the Imperial player has a Bane Reward card at his disposal.

   

For example, while the Survival of the Fittest threat mission is in play, the Imperial player gains the Weary from Toil Bane Reward card, which forces each hero to suffer strain equal to his activation tokens at the beginning of each mission! However, if the Rebels can fight back against despair and complete a threat mission, the rewards can be significant. If the Rebels successfully complete Survival of the Fittest, the Weary from Toil Bane is converted into the Invigorated by Success Boon, which the Rebel heroes can use once to recover from strain. With the addition of threat missions to the Return to Hoth campaign, the Empire’s power grows more oppressive and the Rebels receive an additional incentive to bring them down.

The Icy Planet

The Rebels may escape from the Empire at the Battle of Hoth, but Imperial forces will never stop searching for them. To stop Imperial operations and safeguard a colony of helpless refugees, the heroes of the Rebellion even dare to return to Hoth! With new heroes and dangerous villains, alongside dozens of new cards for the campaign and skirmish games, Return to Hoth changes your games of Imperial Assault forever!

Return to Hoth: Ally and Villain Packs

“The ion cannon will fire several shots to make sure any enemy ships will be out of your flight path. When you’ve gotten past the energy shield, proceed directly to the rendezvous point. Understood? Good luck.”
–Leia Organa, Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back

Four new Ally Packs and Villain Packs for Imperial Assault are now at The Wandering Dragon!

  • Leia Organa Ally Pack
  • Echo Base Troopers Ally Pack
  • Dengar Villain Pack
  • General Sorin Villain Pack

As you traverse the icy wastes of Hoth in the Return to Hoth expansion for Imperial Assault, you can bring the spotlight to some of the game’s iconic characters with four new figure packs. Each of these expansions offers sculpted plastic figures to replace the tokens found in the Return to Hoth expansion, alongside new cards and missions to supplement your campaigns and skirmishes. Journey out onto the freezing plains of Hoth and decide the fate of the Star Wars™ galaxy with these figure packs!

Leia Organa Ally Pack

Leia Organa has been a powerful political force in the galaxy, both as a member of the Galactic Senate and as a leader of the Rebel Alliance, where she fights to overthrow the tyranny of the Galactic Empire and restore freedom to the galaxy. With the Leia Organa Ally Pack, you can bring this Rebel diplomat to the front lines of combat.

In your campaigns, the Rebel heroes can help Leia Organa expand the Rebellion’s web of contacts and allies. In a new side mission, you’ll install a vital communication beacon on a far-flung planet with Leia’s help, but you can be sure the Empire’s forces are ready to oppose your efforts. As she joins your soldiers on the battlefield, Leia’s natural leadership can help her allies make concerted attacks against the enemy.

Leia Organa is no less dangerous in your skirmish games. A new skirmish upgrade card from this Ally Pack lets you send a Leader character on a diplomatic mission, forgoing combat in favor of peace. Two new skirmish missions force you to successfully navigate a Nelvaanian War Zone, while the Behind Enemy Lines Command card gives you vital knowledge about your opponent’s tricks and lets you determine which Command cards he receives next. Whether working as a diplomat or a fighter, Leia Organa can lead the Rebel forces in any battle.

Echo Base Troopers Ally Pack

Rebel Troopers fight across the galaxy, but those stationed at Echo Base were specially trained to deal with the extreme environment that awaited them there. The specialized training given to Echo Base Troopers can make the difference between victory and defeat in a game of Imperial Assault and the Echo Base Troopers Ally Pack invites you to fight for the Rebellion with these heroic warriors.

The Echo Base Troopers offer several advantages to the commander who employs them wisely. When Echo Base Troopers take their place on the front line, you can dramatically improve their firepower by swapping a blue attack die for a red attack die. In addition, Echo Base Troopers are trained to traverse the dangerous ice fields of Hoth, and their Efficient Travel ability allows them to ignore the effects of difficult terrain on the battlefield.

You may have cause to call upon the Echo Base Troopers in your campaigns or skirmishes with the new missions introduced in this figure pack. A new campaign side mission forces you to escape from a collapsing Rebel base, while two new skirmish missions bring your competitive battles to a Hoth Weather Shelter. With several new Command cards to change your skirmish game tactics, this Ally Pack brings the Echo Base Troopers to the forefront of your Imperial Assault battles.

Dengar Villain Pack

As the Rebels attempt to escape from the grasp of the Empire, the Imperial leaders may turn to bounty hunters in order to track down and apprehend the missing Rebels. One of these unsavory guns-for-hire is Dengar – a bounty hunter renowned for his brutality. You can hire this hunter with the Dengar Villain Pack and inflict a host of punishment on your foes.

When you field Dengar among your warriors in the campaign game or the skirmish game, his powerful abilities ensure that you’ll inflict Harmful Conditions like Bleeding, Stunned, or Weakened on your opponents. A new three-card Agenda set, Punishing Tactics, invites you to use Dengar to conceal the location of a kidnapped Rebel operative even as you prey on the weakest heroes in every campaign mission.

This ruthless killer also fights for the highest bidder in the skirmish game, even as two new skirmish missions send you into a Hoth Battle Station to set explosives or carry out an inside job. Three new Command cards add to the punishing potential behind every attack, and you may even take a gamble and play Dangerous Bargains to grant three victory points to both you and your opponent. If you can score points faster, Dangerous Bargains helps you rush to victory, but if you must be cautious or your opponent may outpace you. In both the campaigns and skirmishes of Imperial Assault, Dengar can be a valuable asset for the Galactic Empire and the Mercenaries of the galaxy.

General Sorin Villain Pack

The final Villain Pack in these expansions focuses on General Sorin, one of the Empire’s foremost military minds. General Sorin leads by example on the battlefield, coordinating attacks and inspiring his own troops to benefit from his abilities. In your games of Imperial Assault, General Sorin is an excellent centerpiece to enhance the potential of every figure in your forces.

During a campaign, General Sorin comes with a three-card Agenda set that plays to General Sorin’s favored weapons – heavy vehicles and an explosive arsenal. You might play the Armored Division Agenda card to quickly lower the cost of any Vehicle unit, allowing you to bring it into play for a significantly lower cost. Alternatively, you could challenge the heroes to face down a division of AT-STs on Ando Prime with this set’s Agenda mission. Whether you use the Bombardment Agenda set or not, General Sorin is a worthy nemesis for the campaign included in the Return to Hoth expansion.

You may also harness General Sorin’s natural leadership in the Imperial Assault skirmish game. Two new skirmish missions bring you to a Climate Research Camp, where you’ll fight on a variety of different terrain types set in close proximity to each other. Finally, three new Command cards expand the field tactics of the Galactic Empire, meaning that the General Sorin Villain Pack is an excellent addition to any Imperial strike team in the skirmish game.

To Hoth and Beyond

Four new Ally Packs and Villain Packs join the ranks of Imperial Assault figure packs with the Return to Hoth expansion. You may engage in aggressive negotiations with Leia Organa, lead from the front with General Sorin, hold the line with the Echo Base Troopers, or punish your foes with Dengar, but no matter which figure packs you choose, each brings new tactics and new adventures to your games of Imperial Assault.

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