The Elite Praetorian Guard was a force of eight human warriors who were tasked with the protection of Supreme Leader Snoke, the leader of the First Order. Following the tradition of the Emperor’s Royal Guard, the personal bodyguards of Emperor Sheev Palpatine, the Praetorian Guards wore red robes and armor. They specialized in various martial arts, including Teräs Käsi, and carried various high-tech melee weapons.
Following Snoke’s assassination at the hands of Kylo Ren, the Praetorians—including the First, Third and Seventh Guards—attempted to avenge his death. They fought very well, and, for a brief moment, almost overwhelmed Ren and Rey but were ultimately killed by the duo. After their destruction, Ren succeeded Snoke as Supreme Leader of the First Order.