- "All teams, hit the target hard, give it everything you've got!"
- ―Poe Dameron
The assault on Starkiller Base also referred to as the attack on Starkiller Base or the Battle of Starkiller Base was the first major battle fought between the First Order and the Resistance marking the beginning of open warfare between the two factions. The battle was preceded by years of conflict.
The battle was fought in 34 ABY with First Order TIE fighters and Resistance T-70 X-wing fighters. The goal of the Resistance fighters was to disable and destroy the Starkiller Base in order to prevent Starkiller Base, which was charging up its superweapon, from destroying the Resistance base on D'Qar and continuing a reign of terror. With the Resistance's victory, the conflict between the First Order and the Resistance escalted into full open warfare.
- "If we can destroy that oscillator it might destabilize the core and cripple the weapon."
- ―U.O. Statura
During their search for Luke Skywalker in 34 ABY, the First Order sought to use Starkiller Base to destroy the Resistance and cripple the New Republic. They first tested the weapon on the capital of the New Republic, Hosnian Prime, and four other planets in the Hosnian system. They were successful, destroying the planets and a New Republic fleet.
Finn had given the Base's blueprints to the Resistance, which revealed that the base drained the energy of the sun in order to charge its superweapon, and that it required a thermal oscillator to sustain the energy on the planet. If this thermal oscillator was destroyed, it would destabilize the planet's core and implode the Base. However, they would need to do it before the Base fully charged its weapon. Finn, Han Solo, and Chewbacca volunteered to disable the Base's defensive shield from the inside.
Han Solo piloted the Millennium Falcon to Starkiller Base accompanied by Chewbacca and Finn. Their objective was to disable the shields and allow the X-Wing squadron to strike, although Finn's main objective was to rescue Rey. Flying through the shields at lightspeed, the Falcon made a rough landing on Starkiller Base at the edge of a cliff.
The ground assaultEdit
- "People are counting on us! The galaxy is counting on us!"
- ―Han Solo to Finn
Han, Chewbacca, and Finn snuck into the main base and captured Captain Phasma, whom they forced to disable the shields before disposing of her in a garbage chute. They reunited with Rey, who had already escaped on her own. Upon leaving the base and seeing the aerial assault, Han, Chewbacca, Finn, and Rey realized the Resistance squadrons needed assistance and decided to create an opening by planting thermal detonators inside the base. Han then confronted Kylo Ren on a bridge over a large pit, pleading with his son to reject Snoke and return to the light side of the Force. However, Ren refused and impaled his father with his lightsaber. Han lovingly stroked his son's faced before he plummeted down a shaft as Finn, Rey, and Chewbacca looked on. Kylo Ren felt weakened and horrified by his actions. Chewbacca injured Ren with his bowcaster and proceeded to shoot down several stormtroopers. Chewbacca then detonated the explosives which resulted in creating an opening for the Base's thermal oscillators.
The aerial assaultEdit
- "All teams. I'm going in! Pull up and cover me!"
- ―Poe Dameron
With the shields down, Blue Squadron and Red Squadron, led by Poe Dameron as Black Leader, commenced their assault. All starfighter squadrons locked their S-foils in attack position to initiate the strike on the Starkiller Base's thermal oscillator. General Armitage Hux, seeing the fleet from outside, ordered to dispatch all TIE fighter squadrons. The X-wing fighter squadrons successfully executed one bombing run of the thermal oscillator, hitting it directly but causing no damage towards it, but then the TIE fighters were upon them. During the battle that ensued between the opposing fighters, a heavy cannon emplacement launched a missile that destroyed an X-wing fighter. With ten minutes left until the weapon became fully charged, half of the Resistance fleet had already been destroyed. The thermal detonators, triggered by Chewbacca, activated in the Base, and a new hole to the oscillator was visible to the fighter squadrons. Red Four and Red Six covered Poe while the rest of the squadron focused on firing on the target. As the squadrons soared through the trenches of the Base, Ello Asty's X-wing was shot down.
Duel with the KnightEdit
- "It's just us now. Han Solo can't save you."
- ―Kylo Ren to Finn and Rey
Finn and Rey exited the base, but were followed by Ren, who caught up with them in the forest. Rey angrily called Ren a monster for murdering his own father and tried to shoot him with her blaster, but Ren knocked her out by Force pushing her into a tree. Finn, horrified, rushed over as Ren furiously accused him of treason. Failing to wake her, Finn brandished Anakin Skywalker's old lightsaber and attacked Ren. However, Ren easily overpowered the former Stormtrooper, stabbing him in the shoulder with his lightsaber's crossguard blades and then slashing him across the back, incapacitating him. Ren then attempted to summon Anakin's lightsaber, but Rey used telekinesis to pull Skywalker's lightsaber into her hand and proceeded to attack the Knight. Ren initially held the advantage, drawing on his rage to ignore the pain. Ren became so impressed with Rey that he tried to tempt her, complimenting her strength in the Force and offering to complete her training if she would join him. This backfired, however, as it only served to reassure Rey of her own power: recalling Kanata's words on reaching the light within, she begins to draw on the Force to hone her attacks, and the tide of the duel shifted in her favor. Ultimately Rey was able to overpower Ren and deal him a severe wound to his face. By this point Kylo had taken too many wounds to continue standing, but he still struggled in vain to rise again. Before Rey could move to finish him off, the planet ruptured between where they were standing and they were separated from finishing their fight.
- "Our job's done here. Let's go home!"
- ―Poe Dameron
Poe ordered his squadron to cover him as he entered the hole of the oscillator. A pursuing TIE fighter did not clear the gap, leaving Poe to circle in the interior of the unguarded structure, firing volley after volley of torpedoes into the oscillator, destroying it thirty seconds before it finished draining the sun to charge the superweapon. This caused a chain reaction which destroyed the base and leveled the entire planet's terrain. Inside the main base, chaos reigned as General Hux departed the command center and First Order officers realized all hope was lost and evacuated. Hux, meanwhile, reported to Supreme Leader Snoke, who ordered him to rescue Ren and flee the Base, as he wished to complete Ren's training. Rey returned to Finn, despairing that he would not wake up and that they would be trapped on the rupturing planet to meet their doom. However, Chewbacca promptly arrived with the Millennium Falcon to rescue them. The Millennium Falcon and the remainder of the Resistance fleet managed to escape Starkiller Base as it erupted into a star. With the mission complete, they entered hyperspace to return to D'Qar.
Following the battle, Organa sent out a coded transmission to all Resistance squadrons stating that while the battle of starkiller base was won, the war raged on. Organa also told the squadrons to report in immediately and await further instructions.
Behind the scenesEdit
- Star Wars Battlefront II
- "Time of Death"—From a Certain Point of View (Indirect mention only)
- Star Wars: Episode VII The Force Awakens (First appearance)
- Star Wars: The Force Awakens novelization
- Star Wars: The Force Awakens: A Junior Novel
- Star Wars: The Force Awakens: New Adventures
- The Force Awakens Read-Along Storybook and CD
- The Force Awakens (Golden Book)
- Star Wars: The Force Awakens Graphic Novel Adaptation
- The Force Awakens, Part V
- The Force Awakens, Part VI
- Finn's Mission
- The Fight in the Forest
- The Adventures of BB-8
- Captain Phasma, Part I
- Captain Phasma, Part II (Indirect mention only)
- Captain Phasma, Part III (Mentioned only; in the opening crawl)
- Captain Phasma, Part IV (Mentioned only)
Notes and referencesEdit
- ↑ 1.00 1.01 1.02 1.03 1.04 1.05 1.06 1.07 1.08 1.09 1.10 1.11 1.12 1.13 1.14 1.15 1.16 1.17 1.18 1.19 1.20 1.21 1.22 1.23 1.24 1.25 1.26 1.27 1.28 1.29 1.30 1.31 1.32 1.33 1.34 1.35 1.36 1.37 1.38 1.39 1.40 1.41 1.42 1.43 1.44 1.45 1.46 1.47 1.48 1.49 1.50 1.51 1.52 1.53 1.54 1.55 1.56 1.57 1.58 1.59 1.60 1.61 1.62 1.63 1.64 1.65 1.66 1.67 Star Wars: Episode VII The Force Awakens
- ↑ 2.0 2.1 Captain Phasma, Part I
- ↑ 3.0 3.1 Star Wars: Galactic Atlas
- ↑ Star Wars: On the Front Lines
- ↑ Star Wars: Complete Locations