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List of Star Wars races
This species has been most often described as "primitive and violent," and are often hired as petty thugs should one travel off-world. They inhabit the planet Byss and are a nomadic race. At about two metres tall, the hulking, humanoid Abyssin have long limbs and a single large eye that dominates their greenish-tan foreheads. They can heal quickly and regenerate any body part, and because of this, condone a high degree of physical violence.
Adarians are humanoids from planet Adari.
The Anx are humanoids from planet Gravlex Med.
The most notorious of the Aqualish, Pondo Baba , was the being whose arm was severed by Obi-Wan Kenobi during the fight in the Mos Eisley cantina. The species has a reputation for being nasty, crude and aggressive, and generally pursue careers as mercenaries, bounty hunters and pirates. The Aqualish hail from the planet Ando; they are tusked and walrus-faced humanoids. Their home planet is almost entirely covered by water. The only hospitable land consists of a few rocky outcroppings and swamp-covered islands. The two species of Aqualish, the Aquala and the Quara , are distinguished by their different hands.
A strange species, Arcona are reptiles without scales, but have a humanoid body. They have flat, anvil-shaped heads, with clear, marblelike eyes, and skin tone that ranges from mahogany to ebony. The native planet of the Arcona, Cona, is always hot, and has very little water. The atmosphere is filled with ammonia vapor. The Arcona's weaknesses have been exploited in the past; off-worlders used to trade water for mineral rights, but discovered their easy addiction to salt. Traders then imported large amounts of the element before communities outlawed the dealings.
Besalisks are a race of four-armed humanoids. Dexter Jettster is one of these. Female Besalisks can have up to eight arms.
The Bimm are peaceful humanoids natives from planet Bimmisaari.
Bith are native to the planet Clakdor VII. They have pale skin, large heads and eyes, and long fingers. Figrin D'an and the Modal Nodes are a Bith band seen playing music in the Mos Eisley Cantina in A New Hope.
The B'omarr are not actually a race, rather they are an order of monks whose monastery became Jabba's Palace. They believe that cutting themselves off from civilization and all distractions leads to enlightenment and to that end undergo surgery to separate their brains from their bodies and continue their existence as a disembodied brain in a jar. On the rare occasions when they need to move they are able to use a spider-like walking apparatus.
Bothan is a species first mentioned, though not seen, in the 1983 film Return of the Jedi, the third film of the Star Wars saga. Many members of this race, often sought out as spies and intelligence agents, died to obtain information about the second Death Star battle station under construction at Endor. Also, a few have been a part of Rogue Squadron. The incident in which they obtained this information in documented in the Steve Perry novel Shadows of the Empire.
Bothans make their first appearance as 1.5-meter-tall feline humanoids in the Timothy Zahn novel Heir to the Empire. As represented by Borsk Fey'lya (who would later become the New Republic's Chief of State), Bothans are eager to advance their personal power any way that they can. From their forested homeworld of Bothawui, Bothans operate an advanced spynet that rivals both Rebel and Imperial intelligence gathering, and in some ways surpasses them.
The Chazrach are a short, stocky, reptilian humanoid race that serve the Yuuzhan Vong as slaves. They are mindless reptilians that were shaped thousands of years ago to serve as shock troopers. They were called reptoids by the New Republic. The Chazrach are bred in large numbers and have yorik coral implanted into them. Because of this, Chazrach possess no individuality and have to be controlled by Dovin Basals placed in Rakamat walkers. Once they are unleashed into the battlefield, they attack any enemy soldier in sight.If a Rakamat is slain, the Chazrach would go out of control and attack fellow Chazrach and even their Yuuzhan Vong masters. They can be killed easily because of this disadvantage. Their main weapon is an inferior breed of the Amphistaff. They appear in the New Jedi Order where they are used as support troops for the Yuuzhan Vong.
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The Chiss are a fictional near-human race from the Star Wars Expanded Universe. The Chiss are from the planet Csilla which is part of the (previously) Unknown Regions and are characterized by blue skin and glowing red eyes. A famous Chiss was Grand Admiral Thrawn.
The Chistori are a lizard-type humanoid race. One example is Desann.
Clawdites are a genetic offspring from Zolanders, the dominant species on planet Zolan. When Zolanders discovered that their sun had increased its radioactive emissions, they tried to unleash a gene in the Zolander skin cells to activate natural protection against radiation. The results created a new species, Clawdites, which were metamorphs. Clawdites can change their appearance, if keeping body mass as a constant and not retaining the same aspect for a long time. Zolanders ostracised Clawdites and they had many civil wars, but in the end, Clawdites subjugated Zolanders.
The Coway are a fur-covered humanoid species that are native to the planet Mimban, of the Circarpous Major System. The Coway live deep underground, and have a strong aversion to surface-dwellers. Coways have small eyes, but are able to see in the dark due to their infrared vision. Additionally, they are able to eat foods normally poisonous to humans as a result of their more tolerant digestive sytem. They wear simple, primative clothing.
The underground world of the Coway can be reached through deep shafts known as Thrella Shafts (named after the Thrella, an extinct species known for their numerous underground tunnels and wells). Often these have side-tunnels which lead to Coway dwellings. The Coways' government consists of three members who make decisions.
They're very small, enough to be held in a person's hand. They also have a reputation for being unpleasant and evil.
Dashades are tall, humanoid reptiles with dark skin. They are powerful warriors and assassins, and they are not affected by the powers of the Force. Their planet, Urkupp, was almost destroyed during the Great Sith War, killing most of the Dashades. As far as is known now, only one Dashade remains, Ket Maliss, an assassin for Black Sun who was cryonized when his boss discovered that only a few Dashades remained. Some theorize about undiscovered Dashade colonies.
The Defel (colloquially known as Wraiths) are barely visible beings who appear to most other species as shadows, re-enforcing the misconception that they are chameleon-like beings or "living shadows". Typically, they are employed as mercenaries or guards. they are from a large, high-gravity, seldom-visited world orbiting the ultraviolet supergiant Ka'Dedus. Af'El has no ozone layer and ultraviolet light passes freely to the surface, while other light wavelengths are blocked by the heavy gases in the planet's atmosphere. Thus, all lifeforms on Af'El can only see in ultraviolet light ranges, and are blind to other wavelengths of light. Af'El is the homeworld of the Defel, or "wraiths," whose bodies absorb visible light, giving them the appearance of shadows. The Defel live in underground cities to escape Af'El's violent storms. A main export of the planet is the metal meleenium (used in durasteel), which is only known to exist on Af'El.
Devaronians are a horned humanoid species from the world of Devaron in the Expansion Region, a planet of low mountains and deep valleys linked by thousands of rivers. It is believed that they are descended from a race of primates that lived in the mountains of Devaron, and that their horns were a genetic mutation that proved useful in fending off predatory birds.
The Devaronians are one of the most unique races in the galaxy, as their male and female sexes are so vastly different in appearance and temperament. The males are docile, non-aggressive creatures, completely hairless, with red-tinted skin and a pair of large horns growing from their heads. They take great pride in their horns, and groom them quite regularly. Female Devaronians are covered in thick calico fur that ranges in color from brown to white and are hornless. They are aggressive by nature, and tend to dominate their culture. In addition, the teeth of the males are all incisors, but the females also have molars and prominent canines.
Devaronians were one of the first species in the galaxy to develop interstellar travel, and the males of the species have been common sights in spaceports throughout the galaxy for thousands of years. Devaronian males are driven by an urge to wander, usually taking the first opportunity to move on from one place to another. As such, they are often found traveling the galaxy as tramp freighter captains and scouts. Female Devaronians, on the other hand, are content to remain in a single location, and, as such, raise the young and run the government of Devaron. The males send as much money as they can manage back to their homeworld to support their families, but otherwise hardly ever return once they have begun to travel the stars. The females are content with this arrangement, as they tend to view the restless males as disruptive to home life.
One Devaronian, going under the name of Labria, was seen in the cantina scene of A New Hope. He has one of the galaxy's highest bounties for his deadly criminal activity.
Dugs are slender, powerfully-built beings with a somewhat humanoid build and a unique method of walking. Their strong arms are used as legs, and their lower limbs are used as arms. Dugs have smooth skin, which hangs loose and pouchy around their necks, fin-like ears, and pronounced snouts. Dugs are known for their ill-tempered demeanor, and many are little more than bullying thugs. Diminutive Dugs often feel the need to throw around their strength in bids to establish dominance. One of the best known Dugs is Sebulba, a Podracing champion from Pixelito on Malastare. They resemble Species 8472 of the Star Trek shows.
Duros are said to be among the first spacefaring humanoid species, including humans. They are known for their superior astro-navigational skills. Two Duros can be seen in the Mos Eisley Cantina in Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope. Duros are related to the Neimodians, the aliens in charge of the Trade Federation in the prequel films, because many years before the Republic, the Duros colonized the planet Neimoidia, and thus the Neimoidians, a newer "version" of Duros, were born.
Native to the planet Elom, members of this species are short and stocky, and are covered with thick, oily hair. They have two tusks covering the opening of their mouth, and have two small eyes set on a pair of stalks protruding from either side of their head. In addition, they are herbivores.
Eloms originally developed on the surface of the planet Elom, but were forced to move underground when water became scarce. Since then, they remained isolated from the rest of the galaxy, with many Eloms continuing to retreat further underground.
There is another intelligent species in the planet, the Elomin. Elomins are humanoids with horns, while Eloms are strange, short mammals with fangs and claws. Both species were divided and each thought the other one was extinct. When Elomins re-discovered Eloms, they tried to make the Republic believe that they were only unintelligent animals, but truth was discovered and Eloms were granted rights. However, Eloms seem not to be interested in politics and still live in burrows.
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Ewoks are a primitive tribal species from the Forest Moon of Endor. They are small and furry and appear to be distantly related to Wookiees. The Ewoks are best known for their aid to the Rebels in taking down the shield generator that was protecting the Second Death Star .
The Evocii are a primitive humanoid race from Nal Hutta formerly Evocar. When the Hutts arrived on Evocar, the Evocii were amazed by the technology these large, fat slug-like aliens brought with them and began swapping areas of their own homeworld for thr technology that the Hutts had. Soon they realized that the Hutts owned almost their entire world. Then the Hutts began treating the Evocii like slaves. The Evocii appealed to the Old Republic for help but unfortunately the laws of the Republic favoured the Hutts. The Hutts then brutally relocated the Evocii to Evocar's fifth and largest moon Nar Shaddaa where they were used as slaves to build Nal Shaddaa into a spaceport moon. Most of the Evocii eventually died from the various technologies practiced on that moon while the very few survivors mutated into savages.
The Falleen are a reptilian species known to be as long lived as Hutts. They are capable of exuding pheromones that make all but the most determined of humanoids of opposite sex strongly attracted to them. The Falleen are best represented by Prince Xizor, the head of the criminal organization Black Sun during the late Empire.
Nym the Pirate from various Star Wars computer games (including the MMORPG "Star Wars Galaxies") was a Feeorin. There is not much detail available about this particular species beyond the character of Nym.
The Fosh are a sentient avian species, able to fly at will. They are first mentioned in the Star Wars: The New Jedi Order series. The only Fosh mentioned in all the Star Wars books was the Jedi Knight Vergere.
The Fosh, as a species, never had a large population on their planet, preventing them from becoming an influential race, as humans are in the Star Wars universe.
Gamorreans are large smelly creatures of little intelligence that are often hired as guards. The crime boss Jabba the Hutt was fond of hiring them because they were so inexpensive. On their home planet Gamorreans exist in a sort of tribal political system dominated by the females, sows. This society is much like that of primitive humans.
Physically, Gamorreans appear in the movie as greenish, slimy creatures (and apparently smelly). They can be best described closest to pigs with their mouths and grunting kind of language. They are stocky, and very muscular, making them excellent melee/hand to hand fighters. They wear little clothing, consisting usually of a loincloth and primitive armour.
As a result of their physical characteristics and low intelligence, Gamorreans away from their home planet are usually employed as mercenary fighters, guards, or heavy labourers. One notable exception to this was the Wraith Squadron pilot Voort SaBring, who was biochemically altered by the BinRing Corporation to bring his attention span and intelligence more in line with humans'.
Gands are insectoids who evolved in the homonymous planet Gand, which is a gas giant. There are two main sub-species of Gands: With and without lungs. Gands with lungs are used to Gand's atmosphere, but they are poisoned by oxygen and must use a special breathing gear if they want to leave Gand. Gands without lungs have special regeneration properties.
Gands are not allowed to use names if they have never achieved anything. A young or underachiever Gand talks about himself or herself in third person and calling himself "gand". If they do a feat, they can use their family surname, but will still use the third person. A second, more impressive feat allows the heroic Gand to choose a first name for himself. Only the best-known Gands are allowed to use the first person, and it takes a ritual to test aptitude with a jury. However, should a Gand be ashamed of his deeds, he would reduce his name when talking about himself.
Some Gands choose a strange profession, the findsman . A findsman is a shaman as well as a policeman. The findsman will interpret the shapes of gases and make prophecies, usually about fugitives. Then, the findsman in person will track the fugitive to bring him to justice. During the Empire, some findsmen became bounty hunters
Gands live in a totalitarian monarchy.
A seemingly immortal race, their unique nervous and circulatory systems enable them to be extremely resistant to any physical injury. Lacking the vulnerable vital organs of most races, Gen'Dai could took various injuries and even complete dismemberment, only to survive. But if a Gen'Dai takes too many injuries, they under go a extended period of hibernation, where they can regenerate. By nature, the Gen'Dai are mostly a non-aggressive race. They are rarely seen as their homeworld was lost for ages. But while immortal, the Gen'Dai their minds can weaken with age, making them vulnerable to various mental diseases.
The Geonosians are an insectoid species native to the planet Geonosis. Geonosians reside in hive colonies in organic-looking spires. All Geonosians have a hard exoskeleton, elongated faces, multi-jointed limbs, and speak in a strange clicking language. They are a barbaric race and their bloodthirsty minds view brutal violence as entertainment. They enjoy watching victims trying to survive in the massive execution arenas while savage creatures vie for their blood.
Geonosis (As seen in Episode II) is a barren rocky world home to thousands of factories geared towards mechanical construction. Many of the Galaxy's biggest manufacturing concerns hold contracts with the Geonosians.
In Geonosian society there are two main types of Geonosian: the wingless drones that mostly work as laborers, and the winged aristocrat, which includes royal warriors serving as scouts and providing security to the hive. Geonosians do not have a standing military. They instead use their droid foundries to build armies for corporate interests wealthy enough to afford them — entities such as the Trade Federation and the Techno Union.
Poggle the Lesser was a Geonosian who appeared in Episode II and oversaw the production of battle droids for the Trade Federation and later provided the bulk of the troops for the Confederacy of Independent Systems.
The Givin are from the planet Yag'Dhul and are often found doing starship repair work because of their exoskeleton, which allows them to withstand depressurization.
The Goraxes are a race of behemoths from the forest moon of Endor. They can grow up to more than 30 metres in height and dwell on high crags far from the forests of the forest moon. They are mentioned in the Illustrated Star Wars Universe book. They are humanoid, with primatial faces and narrow chins, as well as enormous ears which are highly sensitive to noises made by small animals. They communicate through grumbling noises. The Goraxes wear fur clothes. They are primitive and powerful and frequently make raids on Ewok villages, where they smash through walls and kidnap Ewoks. They hunt at night since their eyes are sensitive to bright light.
The Gossam are a humanoid race with long necks from the planet Castell. The Commerce Guild which was a major contributor to the droid armies of the Confederacy of Independent Systems. Notable Gossam include Shu Mai, the President of the Commerce Guild.
Gotals evolved in dark Antar 4. As light is not available there, they evolved cranial cones, receptors to electromagnetism and other emissions. They do not rely on sight, but they can be great trackers thanks to their horns. However, natural emissions from a droid or a Jedi do damage Gotals. Culturally, they only seem to be attracted to other creatures with cones or horns.
The Gran are a three-eyed alien race native to the planet Kinyen, though they have colonies across the galaxy, such as on the planets Hok and Malastare. Gran had a great deal of power within the Galactic Senate, during the later years of the Old Republic, but by the time the Emperor's reign descended over the galaxy, Gran became less common.
The Gungans have humanoid bodies, but their heads are elongated with large, dangling finlike ears. They live in underwater cities on the planet Naboo. The principal Gungan character in the movies is Jar Jar Binks; the ruler of the Gungans is Boss Nass. The only other Gungan to be given a name in the films is Captain Tarpals, though the novelization also mentions a General Ceel .
The Gungans and the Naboo (human inhabitants of Naboo) didn't get along, as the Gungans believed the Naboo to be pompous cowards while the Naboo believed the Gungans to be barbarians. This attitude lasted until Queen Amidala united the Gungans and Naboo to fight the Trade Federation in the Battle of Naboo.
After the Battle of Naboo, the Gungans attained representation in the Senate through Representative Jar Jar Binks.
H'nemthes, from planet H'nemthe, have four horns and ridges of bone and skin on their faces. When a female H'nemthe consummates her relationship with a male, she eviscerates him with her knife-shaped tongue, strangely considering it a proof of love.
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Seemingly identical to humans on Earth, humans in the Star Wars Universe are among the most widespread and numerous of sentient species. Humans are found on many different worlds and cultures, although linguistically, like much of the Star Wars universe, they are united by their use of Galactic Basic (see Languages in Star Wars).
Hutts are large, slimy, sluglike creatures who control a large space empire. The species hails originally from the planet Varl, but their capital is on Nal Hutta. Their language is Huttese, which was based on many Earth languages, most noticeably Quechua. Although the Hutt Empire is powerful in its own right, many ambitious Hutts move to other worlds to become overlords in organized crime. Most Hutts do not use their surnames, preferring to just be called "the Hutt" ("Jabba the Hutt," for example). Hutts have a life-span of well over 600 years.
The Iktotchi is an alien race in a remote system in the Expansion Region. They have a tough, hairless, and often reddish skin, as well as two downward-sloping horns on the sides of the head. They are often known for their limited abilities in prescience and, because of this trait, can often be found in Jedi Academies.
When the Republic discovered their homeplanet, a moon orbiting the planet Iktotchon, they discovered a massive Old Republic seal visible from space with the naked eye. The Iktotchi had foreseen the Republic's visit and were eager to make diplomatic contact.
Iktotchi are also known for their skills as pilots. Even the worse Iktotchi pilot is still a handy alien to have behind the wheel of a spaceship or fighter.
Ishi Tibs are ecologist aliens from planet Tibrin. They are amphibious with huge eyes and beak-like mouths. Their green skins retains humidity, but an Ishi Tib must have a bath every thirty hours or so. They are considered meticulous strategists and managers.
Ithorians are a species of intelligent herbivores from the planet Ithor. They are commonly called "Hammerheads" because of their long, curving neck and T-shaped head.
Ithorians have two mouths and glossy, brown flesh. In general, they are devoted environmentalists, staunch herbivores, and complete pacifists. Many have become galactic traders who peacefully travel the stars in giant herd ships. They will only resort to violence if threatened. Because of their mild demeanor, most Ithorians avoid the Galactic Civil War, although a few have joined the Rebel Alliance.
Ithorians are natives of the planet Ithor, a lush world with sprawling rain forests. The Ithorians worship Mother Jungle and long ago vowed never to desecrate their planet. Once they discovered repulsorlift technology, the Ithorians built expansive "herd cities" floating in the skies above their homeworld. The species migrated to these platforms, ensuring that Ithor would remain pristine forever.
Abroad, Ithorians have integrated well with the intergalactic community. Their own language is incredibly beautiful, yet difficult to learn, as the Ithorians have twin mouths on opposite sides of their necks. Fortunately, they can speak Basic, albeit with a strange accent. Their vocal chords are strong enough to produce a sound shockwave used in defense to stop an enemy in its tracks.
Jawas are a species of alien from the Star Wars universe, natives of Tatooine. They are scavengers, often seeking out technology for sale or trade in the deep deserts in their huge sandcrawler transports. They are also a pygmy and rodentlike race, and considered "remarkably ugly". They are about 1 meter tall and characterised by their brown robes, yellow eyes, and quickly spoken language. In most Jawa clans, half the clan works and lives in the sandcrawlers while the other family unit dwells in fortresses deep in the desert where wares collected are stored. These fortresses have high walls made from large chunks of old wrecked spaceships for protection against Tusken Raiders and krayt dragons.
Tall, thin aliens with pale skin from the isolated planet of Kamino, Kaminoans show a long neck. Males also show a ridge through the back of their heads. They like to be isolated from the galaxy. Kaminoans are expert eugenetists, as they had to reproduce through cloning after a natural disaster on Kamino. They work creating and training clones for third parties from stations on massive platforms above the sea. Kaminoans seem to be concerned about the ethics of their workings, but they are also na´ve.
The aspect of Kaminoans, especially in the initial drafts, was inspired on the supposed aliens of Roswell.
Kitonaks are white, pudgy aliens from Kirdo III. They show a tough skin which folds to seal vulnerable openings, a trait evolved to protect them from the harsh environment of Kirdo's deserts. They also have some double organs, including two pairs of lungs.
Kitonaks are very dexterous, but also very patient. They never rush. This is because they feed on animals called choobas and they must stand motionless for a long time until a chooba gets near them. Even when talking with Humans or other aliens, Kitonaks are painfully slow to answer any question, and equally slow to walk (as they do not move their legs, but expand and contract the feet's muscles). They eat once a month. They also have a phobia to quicksands and caves.
Droopy McCool of the Max Rebo Band was an example of a Kitonak.
Klatooinians come from the planet Klatooine. When the Hutts were waging a war against Xim the Despot , they looked for help on some planets. Hutts asked Klatooinians to become part of their army. Klatooinians thought it was some kind of sacred war and Barada M'Beg signed a treaty so that Klatooinians will be slaves of the Hutts forever. After defeating Xim, Klatooinians still serve the Hutts. Most of their children are named Barada to honor Barada M'Beg.
The Massassi were an ancient primitive warrior race that were enslaved by the Sith. The Massassi were brought to Yavin 4 by the Sith Lord Naga Sadow who was on the run from the Republic and the Jedi. They were originally a red-skinned humanoid race until Naga Sadow conducted cruel genetic experiments on them turning them into a race of fearsome, savage, hunchbacked predators. Despite these, the Massassi treated Naga Sadow as a god, building huge temples and palaces to honor their Sith Lord. They became extinct when Exar Kun sapped the life out of every Massassi in Yavin 4 so that he could free his soul from his body in order to escape the pursuing Jedi.
During the Galactic Civil War, the Rebel Alliance built a base in the old Massassi temples on Yavin 4. It was from this base that the two Rebel squadrons of X-Wings and Y-Wings attacked the first Death Star.
An alien species from Circarpous V, the Mimbanites were related to the Coway. When the Empire took control of their planet, they thought this species was not suited for the physical demands of slavery.
The Mon Calamari are an amphibious race from the planet Dac (The planet is called Mon Calamari by humans). They are humanoid, about 1.7m tall, with a salmony coloured skin and a squid-like, domed head with googly eyes. The are shore dwellers, but like to be close to water, and can breath under water if necessary, being able to descend to depths of 30 or so meters without equipment. They share their home planet with the Quarren. Their name, a reference to calamari, is a reference to their squid-like appearance.
During the Galactic Civil War, the Mon Calamari eventually joined the Rebel Alliance after the Empire used a Star Destroyer to destroy three floating cities on their watery world. They proved a invaluable asset, primarily due to the Mon Calamari being masters of starship construction and supplying the Alliance with badly needed capital ships that could take on the Galactic Empire's ships of the line. Prior to joining the Alliance, the Mon Calamari had only built passenger liners because of their peaceful ethos.
A thin, tall species from Muunilist, Muuns have pasty-white skin. Their bodies were elongated and thin, with equally elongated and thin heads. Muuns do not like travelling, and they usually stay indoors. Muuns controlled InterGalactic Banking Clan. During the Clone Wars, Muuns helped the Separatists and minted new coins for planets leaving the Republic.
The Nagai are aliens with pale skin, jet-black hair and angular features, they lived on the planet Nagi, beyond the borders of the Old Republic and the Empire. They were originally known as "Knives". They were natural enemies of the Tof, usually waging wars against them.
Neimodians well known because of Nute Gunray and the other leaders of the Trade Federation. Much how the Imperial Officers were given British accents, the Neimoidians have been given Asian accents. This mushmouthed accent has been interpreted as stereotypically Chinese by some.
According to the Expanded Universe, Neimodians are decendents of Duros colonists that landed on Neimoidia in the year of the Republic inception. They are born as grubs and placed in communal hives. Neimoidians tend to be fearful of death and greedy. Neimoidians have been sterotyped by other races in the galaxy as corrupt, particularly after the Battle of Naboo.
Nelvaanians are an race of blue-furred bear-like humanoids introduced near the end of the Clone Wars micro-series. All of their warrior braves were captured by the Seperatists and were being physically and mentally modified into cyborgs for the war. Anakin Skywalker, who was referred to the race by "Holt Kezed" ("Ghost Hand" in their language), would free them as he destroyed the seperatist base.
When the planet Kintan suffered some changes because of the explosion of a nearby star, evolution on the planet created five sub-branches of the same species, the Niktos: Kajain'sa'niktos (Red Niktos, from the desert); Kadas'sa'niktos (Green Niktos, from the woods); Esral'sa'niktos (Mountain Niktos); Gluss'sa'Niktos (Pale Niktos, from the coast); M'shento'su'nikto (Southern Niktos).
When the Hutts were waging a war against Xim the Despot , they looked for help on some planets. Hutts asked Niktos to become part of their army. Niktos thought it was some kind of sacred war and they signed a treaty so that Niktos will be slaves of the Hutts forever. After defeating Xim, Niktos still serve the Hutts. There are many Niktos serving Jabba the Hutt in the movie Return of the Jedi.
Noghri are primitive humanoid species. They have steely gray skin, and are extremely skilled assassins due to their abilities in stealth and hand-to-hand combat. They are much like the Wookiee species culturally, in that they respect honor above all else.
They are natives of the planet Honoghr, which was ravaged by toxins from a Trade Federation core ship destroyed in a battle during the Clone Wars. Darth Vader visited the planet some time later under the guise of helping it recover from ecological disaster, in return for most of the young males of the planet entering slavery as the personal assassins of Emperor Palpatine.
The Noghri remained in service to the Galactic Empire after the death of Palpatine. About five years after the death of the Emperor, Grand Admiral Thrawn ordered the Noghri to kidnap the pregnant Leia Organa Solo. Realizing that neither she or her children would be truly safe as long as the Noghri served the Empire, she went to Honoghr in order to convince the Noghri to leave the Empire's service. She was able to use the fact that she was the daughter of Darth Vader to convince the Noghri that the Empire had been lying to them and kept them in virtual slavery for many years. As a result, the Noghri turned against the Empire. Grand Admiral Thrawn died when his Noghri bodyguard Rukh turned on him and stabbed him.
Following the death of Thrawn, the Noghri came into the service of the New Republic. They helped resettle the Noghri to other planets to give Honoghr time to heal. Leia and her entire family became very highly respected figures in Noghri society.
The Noghri appear extensively in the Thrawn trilogy of novels, written by Timothy Zahn.
Although the Omwati are not a branch of humanity, the differences are extremely small. The Omwati skin is a bluish color and their eyes are generally blue or black. The size of an adult Omwati borders that of a human, although their morphology is typically slightly frailer with regard to females. There are very few Omwati with a stout physiology. Their most striking characteristic is their "hair" which appears to be made of small, diaphanous feathers of an iridescent color. Omwati do not have any other hair.
Qui Xux is perhaps the best known member of the Omwati species. She was a researching at the Imperial Maw Installation and a principle designer of the Death Star. Her memories of both this technology and her past were ripped from her mind by the Rogue Jedi Kyp Duron. The Omwati make their appearance in the Expanded Universe trilogy "The Jedi Academy" by Kevin J. Anderson.
One of the indigenous races of the planet Wayland. This race appeared in the last novel of the Thrawn trilogy by Timothy Zahn. In The Last Command, they are one of the races that the cloned and insane Jedi master Joruus C'Baoth kept under his rule at the foot of Mount Tantiss .
The P'w'ecks are a warm-blooded, dinosaur-like species similar in appearance to the Ssi-Ruu but with lower intelligence, smaller size, short tails and drooping eyes. The Ssi-Ruuk have dominated the P'w'ecks for thousands of years, enslaving and controlling their lives. They are used as slaves, guards and beasts of burden and perform the lowest jobs in Ssi-Ruuvi society. The P'w'eck first appeared in the Expanded Universe novel The Truce at Bakura where they served onboard the Ssi-Ruuk warships.
Quarrens or Qarrens are a species of aquatic humanoids that share the planet of Mon Calamari with another sentient aquatic species, the Mon Calamari, from which the planet is named. They are more introverted than their neighbours, preferring the deep water to the surface and rarely inviting guests to their domain. They resemble humanoids with squid like heads.
During the Clone Wars, the Quarren Isolation League attempted to isolate Mon Calamri from the rest of the galaxy. They were eventually defeated during the Battle of Mon Calamari where Clone SCUBA troopers under the command of Kit Fisto defeated them and their Separatist allies.
Raddans are a species of humanoids with lion-like facial features.
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The Rakata are an amphibian humanoid species that was featured in Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic. They ruled an Infinite Empire consisting of 500 worlds thousands of years before the establishment of the Galactic Republic. They are credited with having developed an advanced technology, hyperdrive, wardroids and the semi-entity Star Forge. They are savage and cruel to species that they have conquered and at the height of their Infinite Empire, there were 10 billion Rakatans and 1 trillion slaves. Their crimes included slavery and the destruction of Tatooine's climate which became a desert world after being orbitally bombed by the Rakata. The Infinite Empire eventually collapsed because of civil war among the Rakata.
Rancors are five meter tall monsters with large teeth and claws and armored skin that can absorb blaster bolts . They originate from the planet of Dathomir. Jabba the Hutt kept one as a pet in a pit beneath his palace courts, dropping victims in to feed it.
The animal handler Malakili was hired by Jabba as the rancor's keeper, and grew quite fond of the beast.
Rodians are a race of green, antenna-sporting, bug-eyed humanoids from the planet Rodia ; the most notable specimen was Greedo, the bounty hunter shot by Han Solo in the Mos Eisley cantina in the original Star Wars movie (A New Hope). A young Rodian named Wald (played by Warwick Davis), a friend of Anakin Skywalker, appears in The Phantom Menace. In Attack of the Clones, Rodians are represented by Senator Onaconda Farr , and Palpatine's aide Dar Warc .
The Saffa's main contribution is an important art form, the Saffa paintings, which were created after the Saffa made contact with the Thennqora. One of the few mentions of these paintings is in the book Heir to the Empire, where it is seen being projected around Grand Admiral Thrawn's chair and is mentioned when Ha asks Admiral Pellaeon what he knows about art and then procedes to give him a quick lession about the importance of art in understanding a species. The Saffa painting reached its height approximately 1550-2200 years ago.
Selkath are the native species of the planet Manaan. An aquatic species, they are very good swimmers and have the ability to breathe out of water. They resemble anthropomorphic catfish and have aqua-colored skin. In ancient times, their ancestors were slaves to the Rakata. Their planet has only one city above land, the capital, Ahto City, and it is the position of the Selkath to remain neutral in times intergalactic conflict. Their laws are very harsh, and it is not uncommon for violence or attempts to compromise Manaan's neutrality to be punished by death. All members of the Selkath race have venom-tipped, retractable claws. Similar to the Wookiees, the use of these claws in any form of combat is considered dishonorable and a sign of madness. A large, female Firaxan Shark , known as the Progenator, is seen as either a deity, or even an early evolutionary step in the Selkath chain. This belief is similar to that of a mother Earth goddess, or mother "ocean" goddess in this case. After the events in Knights of the Old Republic, a Force tradition known as the Order of Shasa arose among the Selkath.
The population of the Selkath has always been low, even in times of prosperity, but there was a greater proportion of Force-sensitives compared to other species. The members of the Order act as seers, advisors, and elite military leaders in times of war. Their main weapon is a fira, a curved sword, similar to a scimitar, constructed of cortosis and as part of initiation in the Order of Shasa. Some time after the Battle of the Star Forge , the source of kolto dried up for reasons unknown, and foreign groups abandoned Ahto City and the Selkath. As such, the Selkath gradually reverted back to primitive ways, and abandoned Ahto City. When the Empire returned centuries later, Ahto City was revived, but the Selkath were enslaved. As in many other examples of racism, the Empire polluted the oceans of Manaan and wrecked the environment. Darth Vader himself came to the planet, and soon started a "shadow revolt" of the Selkath. However, he told several Force-sensitive Selkath warriors and Shasan Adepts of when and where to strike the Imperial stormtrooper patrols. It is currently unknown whether the Empire put down this revolt, left the planet, or even didn't care.
Information of the events after KotOr provided by Wizards of the Coast, with articles written by Cory Herndon. All other information came from the video game Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic.
A furry, burrowing species from the Corellian System, Selonians resemble giant weasels in appearance. Most selonians are infertile females, only 1 in every 100 is a male, and 5 in 100 are fertile females. Selonians live in clans, always headed by a female. Although they do possess advanced technology, they usually stay on-planet.
Colloquially nicknamed "wolfmen," the Shistavanen appear just that way. Their bodies are covered in dark hair and they have intimidating, glowing red eyes and sharp fangs. Like the Wookiees, the Shistavanen are naturally well-suited to work as scouts, but unlike the Wookiees, are more commonly employed by the Empire. The race has not been much developed even in the Extended Universe, but one is visible in the Mos Eisley cantina in A New Hope.
The atmosphere in Skako is extremely dense, so Skakoans evolved to survive under great pressures. Now, when a Skakoan leaves Skako, he or she decompresses and dies in any low pressure environment. Thus, they wear special protective suits. Very few non-Skakoans have seen a Skakoan without the suit. The Skakoans were relatively unknown in the galaxy, except for their control of the Techno Union, an important union of engineers and scientists.
Coming from Cadomai, Snivvians are short humanoids with protuding jaws and short fangs, sometimes called Snaggletooths. Because they come from a cold world, evolution gave them thick skin instead of fur. They are excellent scouts and trackers, but specially they are obsessive artists. Frequently, a Snivvian author researchs about her characters, sometimes with great risk. When two twin males are born, one of them is always a psychotic genius, so they try to control their genetics (The word is "try").
A species from Skor II, Squibs are known for collecting knickknacks and for their love of trading/haggling.
The Ssi-Ruuk are a saurian race that invaded from outside the known galaxy in the novel immediately following Return of the Jedi, The Truce at Bakura. They resemble dinosaurs and are covered with a thick scaly hide. Their skin is so thick that it can withstand blast shots with only minor burns to show for it. They have clawed hands and feet, strong hind legs and powerful tails. The Ssi-Ruuk also had a rigid caste system based on skin colour. Their caste system comprised of four main groups: blue, gold, red and green. Blue Ssi-ruuk are the politicians and leaders of Ssi-ruuvi society. Gold-scaled Ssi Ruuk served as the clergy while red-scaled Ssi-Ruuk were the military caste. The largest caste were the green scaled Ssi-Ruuk who were workers. There is also a related species, the P'w'eck that are only slaves.
This race relied on a technology called entechment that involved capturing the life-energy of beings and using them as power sources. Apparently contacted by the Emperor Palpatine through the Force, the Ssi-Ruuk came to the galaxy to trade some of their battle drones for slaves to entech. The Ssi-Ruuk had discovered that humans lasted the longest as batteries when the Emperor died. Stranded at the edge of the galaxy, they tried to invade and capture more beings for power. Early in their invasion, they had captured and brainwashed a Force-sensitive boy named Dev Sibwarra and used him to calm the subjects being enteched. Bakura was the Imperial world where the Ssi-Ruuk were stopped after the Rebellion sent a force to aid the planet. The Imperials and Rebels made a temporary truce to fight off the Ssi-Ruuk, who, upon being defeated mainly through the efforts of Jedi Knight Luke Skywalker departed and were not heard from again until the Yuuzhan Vong war.
A small, mousy, big-eared species that live in caves on the planet Sullust, most Sullustans work for the Sorusuub Corporation . The majority of those that have found their way offworld work as pilots. They have a reputation for excellence and intuition for piloting, which has mostly been earned through simple hard work. They are also intuitively very good when walking a way they know, a skill that also applies when piloting a ship; thus, they are good navigators.
The Talz are a furry race with two distinct sets of eyes: one for day vision, and one for night vision.
The Taun-taun were from The Empire Strikes Back. They resemble a large, gray-furred kangaroo with horns, four nostrils, and white patch on the underbelly. It was represented in the film by a combination of puppetry and stopmotion animation.
The Rebel Alliance use the creatures as mounts on the ice planet of Hoth. Luke Skywalker rides one of the creatures, as does Han Solo. After finding Luke lost in the frozen wastes, Han's Taun-taun succumbs to the cold and dies. Han uses Luke's lightsaber to cut open the belly of the Taun-taun and pushes Luke into the still-warm innards to protect him from the freezing cold.
Taun-tauns are vegetarian and subsist mostly off of lichens that grow in hoarfrost. Due to the seasonal cycle of the planet Hoth, Taun-tauns generally mate in late spring and give birth to two young on what for Earth would be a semi-annual cycle. Although diurnal in nature, the domesticated Taun-taun has been used for both day and night operations. For the later, they are particularly well suited because of their ability to see in the near IR spectrum.
Teeks are rodentlike, simian creatures that live in the forest moon of Endor. They were first mentioned in The Illustrated Star Wars Universe book. They have a reputation of scavenging and stealing from animal nests and Ewok dwellings. Teeks have long, pointed ears, scruffy white fur, and beady black eyes. They communicate by constant chattering. They wear clothes with many belts, pouches and pockets for the things they have managed to steal.
This species influenced Saffa paintings after their initial contact several millenial ago.
Green-skinned humanoids from planet Tof, beyond the galactic rims, they are devoid of moral, compassion or patience. They were ruld by monarchs who usually have military experience. They are natural enemies of the Nagai and both species are usually in war.
Toydaria is a swampy world in Hutt Space in the Outer Rim. Toydarians are short mammals, with fat bodies and snouts. Their stomachs are full of helium so that they can fly when flapping their smallish wings. They are immune to most mind tricks caused by The Force. Watto, a slaver who owned Anakin Skywalker, is a Toydarian. Air traffic is strictly regulated on Toydaria as the Toydarians all fly around the planet and rarely use vehicles. There are trains on the planet for other travellers.
Trandoshan are large, reptilian humanoids from the planet Trandosha (or Dosha), they have supersensitive eyes that can see into the infrared range and the ability to regenerate lost limbs when they are young. They also shed their skin. The Trandoshans are a warlike species who allied early with the Empire, taking Wookiees as slaves. Trandoshan religion consists mainly of trying to score enough Jagannath points, earned through bounty-hunting or slavery-based kills, to appease the main goddess, or Scorekeeper. Thus, many Trandoshans are bounty hunters or slavers, operating both inside and outside the boundaries of the law. They take particular pleasure in skinning Wookiees for their pelts. A notable Trandoshan is Bossk, who had a cameo role in the movies and is a longtime enemy of both Han Solo and Chewbacca the Wookiee.
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More commonly referred to as "Sand People" by the inhabitants of Tatooine, Tusken Raiders are a nomad race that wrap their entire bodies to protect them from the sand. Their main weapon is the gaderffii, and they ride banthas .
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Twi'leks are a species with two tails - called lekku - protruding from their heads and colored skin. They have a homeworld in the Star Wars galaxy but their existence was known to the Old Republic. They understand most alien languages but prefer to speak their own kind. Many Twi'lek females are sold to slavery as dancers for crimelords and such, while others take jobs to dance at cantinas. This is a result of the females' legendary beauty. Twi'Lek's are a prominent race in the Expanded Universe series of books, games, and other media. Twi'leks served in both the Galactic Empire and the Rebel Alliance.
Ubese are humanoid creatures that are primarily called on as mercenaries or bounty hunters.Normally, they are a very aggressive people. The Ubese's home world is unknown as they tend to be very secretive, associating only within their own circles. They have a very distinct hatred for Jedi, believing they destroyed their homeworld, thus they train with cortosis weapons, items that can resist lightsabers, and during the events of Knights of the Old Republic II: The Sith Lords, they were employed by an Exchange thug to kill the Jedi Exile. The Ubese quickly died out after that and very few remained until Leia Organa killed the last of the Ubese, later posing as the last Ubese warrior as she infiltrated the palace of Jabba the Hutt. The typical Ubese wears a proctective, airtight environment suit, and is armed with usually a double bladed vibro-sword.
The Ugnaughts are a race seen working on Lando Calrissian's Cloud City. They appear like dwarf-sized humans with some pig-like features, such as a slightly upturned nose and chubby belly. The Ugnaughts originate from the Anoat System. They are well known for annoying Chewbacca while he is trying to get back the pieces of C-3PO after he is blown apart. Their role was once again reprised in the games Jedi Knight and Jedi Knight II, the latter of which has an ugnaught as one of the choosable multiplayer models.
Umbarans reside on the dark world of Umbara deep within the Ghost Nebula. Umbarans have the ability to subtly influence, or control people easily.
Sly Moore, Chancellor Palpatine's Staff Aide, is an Umbaran.
The Vornskr is an animal native to the planet Myrkr that has the unusual ability to hunt using the Force. They are wild and vicious canine-like beasts. The smuggler Talon Karrde kept two as pets. He discovered that cutting off their whip-like tails removes most of their hunting aggression.
The Vratix are native to the planet of Thyferra.
Wampas are a horned, white, ape-like species who reside on the frozen world of Hoth. They are a semi-sentient race that subsists in the cold climate by hunting taun-tauns and other such creatures.
Luke Skywalker had a famous encounter with a wampa in the film The Empire Strikes Back, which resulted in the wampa losing an arm.
In the Expanded Universe novel Darksaber , Luke Skywalker, his love interest at the time, and a group of big-game hunters again came into contact with the now one-armed wampa, as well as a horde of his angry brethren. Luke and his girlfriend, Callista , barely escaped from the encounter, while all of the poachers were far less fortunate.
The Weequay are a low-intelligence species that lives primarily on the planet Tatooine. The majority of the Weequay population are simultaneously farmers and criminals. Weequays are widely used throughout the galaxy as henchmen (or henchweequays).
They are a race of indianesque humanoid creatures which also hail from the planet Sriluur, a harsh desert planet lending to the species' tanned skin tone and rough, sandy, wrinkled skin. Their eyes are dark and slightly recessed into their skull; their hair tied into one or two long braids — a staple characteristic and symbol of status among their kin.
Their role is usually minor, as their ignorant and mean-spirited temperaments leave them to be ill suited for more grand ventures, while their suspicious and xenophobic nature prevent them from carving new settlements in strange worlds. They are occasionally hired as bodyguards in Hutt syndicates when they choose to make their lives in the galaxy.
Whiphids are tall, muscled, furred creatures with great tusks from the planet Toola. They are great hunters and they export ice to another planets.
A Wirutid is a hyper-intelligent fungus that evolves into a human form to secure shelter and trap prey.
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Wookiees are an extremely tall and muscular race of furred humanoids from the planet Kashyyyk. Notable wookiees include Chewbacca, Tarfful , Zaalbar, Tyvokka and Lowbacca. Few Wookiees are able to speak Basic, although they have no problems understanding it.
The X'ting are an insectoid species, native to the planet Cestus, that change gender every few months.
The Yevetha are a skeletal-looking race of humanoids from the planet N'zoth, near the Galactic Core . They are extremely racially biased, considering all other races to be vermin in their eyes. The Empire utilized them as shipyard workers during the Galactic Civil War because of their extreme intelligence, but this backfired when the Yevetha took over all the shipyards and killed or enslaved all the Imperials during an Imperial retreat.
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An extra-galactic species whose world was destroyed by warfare. Since then, they have travelled to the Star Wars galaxy, with conquest on their mind. Yuuzhan Vong are religious fanatics and they use living creatures insted of technology, "as their gods told them to" - they are technophobic . They scar themselves ritually. They are also immune to the powers of the Force, and have become one of the greatest threats to the Star Wars galaxy ever.
The Yuzzums are a race mentioned in the Illustrated Star Wars Universe book from the Forest Moon of Endor. The Yuzzums are fur-covered mammals with a wide mouth with protruding teeth on top of their heads and long legs. They are less intelligent than the Ewoks and dwell on the plains of the forest moon. Groups of Yuzzums often hunt in packs through the tall grass of the plains hunting for rodents to eat.
They have been exported as pets, but they are not very good at that. They have a musical language and some yuzzumi have found a job as singers. One of the singers in Jabba the Hutt's court was a yuzzum.
Zabraks are humanoids that are born with spikes on the top of their head. Their homeplanet is Iridonia, though they have established many colonies on nearby worlds. They have excellent willpower and are a stubborn, proud people.
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