Battle of Bothawui

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"We're outgunned. We're not going to last a mynock minute out here."
―Ahsoka Tano — Gnome-speakernotesListen (file info)[src]

The Battle of Bothawui was an engagement that took place near the planet Bothawui in 22 BBY, during the Clone Wars.


The Republic's Grand Army had suffered several defeats by the Confederacy's General Grievous. Among the losses was the fleet at Falleen, which fell to Grievous's fleet. Jedi Knight/General Anakin Skywalker, his apprentice Ahsoka Tano, and their flotilla of three Venator-class Star Destroyers were then assigned to protect and hold the strategically-important world of Bothawui. However, Jedi Council member Obi-Wan Kenobi urged Skywalker to retreat and regroup, knowing that Grievous was coming; spies had alerted the Separatist general to the presence of the Jedi cruisers beyond the planetary rings. Despite being outnumbered, Skywalker had devised a plan.[1]

The battleEdit

Munificents emerge

Grievous' fleet emerging from the planet's rings

Grievous, reasoning that an attack from above would render his ships susceptible to enemy fire, ordered his fleet moved in to attack by approaching through Bothawui's asteroid belt, which, in addition to transferring power to his forward shields, protected his ships from Skywalker's fleet. When they got in range of Skywalker's fleet, Grievous' fleet opened fire, disabling the nearest of the three cruisers. Skywalker, flying as Gold Leader, commanded Gold Squadron as they took on Grievous' fleet. After losing several fighters, Skywalker then unveiled his surprise. Ahsoka then signaled Captain CT-7567 and his AT-TEs that had been positioned on the asteroids to open fire on Grievous' fleet from their rear.[1]

Working together Skywalker and Rex's AT-TEs were able to outflank and destroy Grievous's fleet. Sensing the momentum of the battle had changed, Grievous decided to retreat; however his droid captain inquired as to where. With the opporrtunity to escape lost, the general then took his personal starfighter, the Soulless One and flew himself away from the battle. Skywalker attempted to pursue him, but his fighter was damaged and incapacitated in the meteor field.[1]


"And our losses at Bothawui?"
"Most unfortunate."
―Mas Amedda and Orson Krennic[src]

Skywalker was then rescued by Captain Rex. However, his astromech, R2-D2 was lost and presumed destroyed.[1] In addition to this, the Republic suffered heavy losses,[4] including the sacrificed Star Destroyer.[1] The effects of the battle were still being felt as late as after the engagement on Vallt, with Vice Chair Mas Amedda citing the losses to Special Weapons Group Lieutenant Commander Orson Krennic as being another impetus for the construction of the mobile battle station superweapon.[4]



Notes and referencesEdit

Clone Wars
Galactic timeline

Previous: Separatist Crisis

Next: Campaigns of Saw Gerrera's Partisans · Early rebellion against the Galactic Empire · Jedi Purge · Lothal insurgency · Ryloth Insurgency

Battles of the Clone Wars
22 BBY Geonosis (I) · Antar 4 · Republic transport · Christophsis (I) · Teth (I) · Jabba's Palace (I) · Ziro's palace · Aargonar · Ryloth · Rugosa · Abregado · Ryndellia system · Kaliida Nebula (I) · Kaliida Nebula (II) · Mimban · Rishi moon · Falleen · Bothawui · Outer corridor · Skytop Station · Rodia (I) · Tranquility · Vassek 3 · Vanqor (I) · Florrum (I) · Quell · Maridun · Orto Plutonia (I) and (II)
21 BBY Nuvo Vindi's laboratory · Iego · Felucia (I) · Jedi Temple (I) · Devaron (I) · Glee Anselm · Rodia (II) · Naboo (I) · Black Stall Station · Mustafar (I) · Felucia medical station · Felucia (II) · Malastare · Zillo Beast incident · Cato Neimoidia (I) · Murkhana · Dorin · Geonosis (II) · Dantooine · TB-73 · Capture of Eeth Koth · Saleucami (I) · Republic cruiser · Concordia · Coronet · Plot to assassinate Satine Kryze · Endurance · Vanqor (II) · Florrum (II) · Mandalore (I) · Sundari docks · Kamino · Pantora · Senate hostage crisis · Teth (II) · Coruscant bombing · Confederate people
20 BBY Sullust · Serenno (I) · Devaron (II) · Toydaria · Mortis · Capture of Even Piell · Lola Sayu · Felucia (III) · Wasskah · Mon Cala · Naboo (II) · Aleen · Patitite Pattuna · Rescue of Adi Gallia · Umbara · Kiros · Zygerria · Kadavo · Carlac · Central Detention Center · Orondia · Serenno (II) · Theed · Dathomir (I) · Raydonia (I) and (II) · Onderon · Crucible · Obi-Wan Kenobi's fleet · Florrum (III) and (IV) · Unidentified planet · Aut-O's flagship · Abafar · Carida · Outer Rim spaceport · Cybloc transfer station · Florrum (V)
19 BBY
(Outer Rim Sieges)
Mustafar (II) · Nal Hutta · Jabba's Palace (II) · Mandalore (II)
Sundari · Cato Neimoidia (II) · Jedi Temple (II) · Republic military base · Capture of Ahsoka Tano · Jedi Temple (III) · Ringo Vinda · Tipoca City · Grand Republic Medical Facility · Level 1325 · Scipio (I) and (II) · Bardotta · Zardossa Stix · Oba Diah · Moraband · Utapau (I) · Anaxes · Yalvik Prime · Skako Minor · Mahranee · Haruun Kal · Raxus · Spire · Zanbar · Ord Mantell · Vizsla Keep 09 · Dathomir (II) · Serenno (III) · Rescue of Quinlan Vos · Separatist storage base · Vanqor (III) · Christophsis (II) · Jedi Temple (IV) · Kardoa · Mygeeto (I) · Lokori · Geonosis (III) · Coruscant · Mandalore (III) · Saleucami (II) · Kashyyyk · Utapau (II) · Mygeeto (II) · Felucia (IV) · Cato Neimoidia (III) · Kaller · Palpatine's office · Jedi Temple (V) · Order 66 · Mustafar (III)
Others Agamar · Akiva · Grange · Hypori · Khorm · Merj · Phindar · Roche · Sarrish · Sedratis · Separatist cell · Slag's Pit · Tibrin · Unidentified planet · Unidentified sector · Vallt · Zequardia
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