A gargantuan heavy cruiser, the Malevolence is known for its immense ion cannons,
which became a dire threat to the Republic fleet early in the Clone Wars. The cruiser's deadly two-step
attack begins with knocking out the power systems of a target vessel with its primary weapon. Then
the cruiser finishes off the defenseless spacecraft with blasts from its secondary laser cannons and
Anakin Skywalker was determined to find the Malevolence and bring an end to its destructive rampage. After the ship was crippled by a Y-wing bomber attack, Anakin boarded the vessel and hotwired its hyperdrive to malfunction and propel the ship into a dead moon.
The ion blast from the Malevolence could cripple the electronic and power systems aboard a Republic attack cruiser. A task force including the Resolute and Negotiator chased the Malevolence, damaging it severely.