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«Jabba's put a price on your head so large every bounty hunter in the galaxy will be looking for you.»
Greedo to Han Solo[src]

Bounty hunters were individuals who could be hired to capture or kill a designated target. The target would have a price or bounty on their heads that would be collected by the bounty hunter upon successful capture or proof of death.[41] Bounty hunters would sometimes team together as part of a larger mission[26] or to handle dangerous targets.[4]


Bounty Hunter SWU

A bounty hunter in the Anoat sector

Some bounty hunters acted like mercenaries and were hired to do jobs other than tracking down bounties. Hutts often kept these mercenary hunters on retainer so as to have more experienced and capable bodyguards protecting them; Jabba the Hutt was one such Hutt who kept several renowned hunters with him or within Hutt palaces throughout the Clone Wars and the Galactic Civil War.


During the last years of the Galactic Republic, Jango Fett was hired by Darth Tyranus to be the genetic template for the Grand Army of the Republic.[29] During the Clone Wars, El-Les and Bric were hired to help train the clone troopers.[23]

By the reign of the Galactic Empire, many bounty hunters were affiliated with the Bounty Hunters' Guild, which was authorized by the Imperial Office of Criminal Investigations to issue Imperial Peace-Keeping Certificates,[45] which gave bounty hunters access to the Imperial Enforcement DataCore.[9]

Following the Battle of Endor, the Zabrak bounty hunter Jas Emari attempted to collect New Republic bounties on the Imperial offices Admiral Rae Sloane, Grand Moff Valco Pandion, General Jylia Shale, the financier Arsin Crassus, and the Imperial Adviser Yupe Tashu. Emari subsequently joined Norra Wexley's team and played a role in the rebellion on Akiva. In the months after the events of Endor, the bounty hunter Dengar predicted that the new government would start forcing bounties on other bounty hunters.[30]

In 5 ABY, Grand Admiral Sloane later hired the bounty hunter Mercurial Swift to assassinate Vice Admiral Perwin Gedde and to rescue Commandant Brendol Hux and his son Armitage Hux from Arkanis under orders from Fleet Admiral Gallius Rax. After the Liberation Day attack on Chandrila, the New Republic began denying services to bounty hunters in response to mass paranoia following the attack.[42]

Later, Swift decided to collect the Black Sun crime lord Gyuti's bounty on Jas Emari. He hired Dengar, Embo, and Jeeta as his crew. However, Emari managed to turn Swift's crew against him by convincing them that the New Republic would reward them for helping to hunt Grand Admiral Sloane. Due to their services during the Battle of Jakku, Dengar, Embo, and Jeeta received full pardons and some money from the New Republic. They then joined Emari's crew.[46]


Bounties could come from a variety of ways.

Work during the Clone WarsEdit

Prior to the outbreak of the Clone Wars, the Sith Lord Darth Tyranus hired Jango Fett to be the clone template for Kamino's Clone Army. Tyranus then hired Fett and Zam Wesell to assassinate Senator Padmé Amidala of Naboo at the behest of Trade Federation Viceroy Nute Gunray.[29] Tyranus's master, Darth Sidious hired Cad Bane to steal a Holocron from the Jedi Temple.[14] He also hired Embo to attack Senator Rush Clovis.[47]

Some bounty hunters, such as Sugi, Seripas, Embo, and Rumi Paramita were hired by Felucian Casiss to protect his village from the Ohnaka Gang[35] Sugi and Seripas were then hired by Wookiee General Tarfful to take him and his fellow soldiers to rescue Chewbacca from Trandoshan hunters on Wasskah.[48] The Kaminoans hired Bric and El-Les to train the Clone cadets.[23] Republic also placed bounties on wanted fugitives during the Clone Wars, such as Savage Opress.[49] Even the Separatists offered a million credits a head on any Jedi.[50] Sib Canay hired Greedo and his Gotal partner to kidnap Pantoran Chairman Papanoida two daughters to Tatooine and the Droid Control Ship at Pantora.[12]

Work with the EmpireEdit

The Galactic Empire employed bounty hunters to hunt down Rebels.[41] Private individuals could also list bounties on people. Jabba the Hutt placed a very large bounty on Han Solo[51] who was captured by Boba Fett.[41]


Non-canon appearancesEdit


Notes and referencesEdit

  1. StarWars-DatabankII 4-LOM in the Databank (backup link)
  2. Star Wars: Absolutely Everything You Need to Know
  3. StarWars-DatabankII Athgar Heece in the Databank (backup link)
  4. 4.0 4.1 TCW mini logo Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Death Trap"
  5. SWInsider "Kindred Spirits"—Star Wars Insider 159
  6. Darth Vader 7: Shadows and Secrets, Part I
  7. Star Wars 20: From the Journals of Old Ben Kenobi
  8. StarWars-DatabankII Boba Fett in the Databank (backup link)
  9. 9.0 9.1 Ezra's Gamble
  10. Ultimate Star Wars
  11. 11.0 11.1 11.2 11.3 11.4 11.5 11.6 11.7 11.8 11.9 TCW mini logo Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "The Box"
  12. 12.0 12.1 12.2 TCW mini logo Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Sphere of Influence"
  13. 13.0 13.1 13.2 Dark Disciple
  14. 14.0 14.1 14.2 14.3 TCW mini logo Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Holocron Heist"
  15. TCW mini logo Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Lightsaber Lost"
  16. TCW mini logo Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "R2 Come Home"
  17. StarWars-DatabankII Cato Parasitti in the Databank (backup link)
  18. Lando, Part II
  19. TCW mini logo Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Pursuit of Peace"
  20. Star Wars: Galactic Defense
  21. Star Wars 11: Showdown on the Smuggler's Moon, Part IV
  22. TCW mini logo Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Lethal Trackdown"
  23. 23.0 23.1 23.2 TCW mini logo Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Clone Cadets"
  24. StarWars-DatabankII Embo in the Databank (backup link)
  25. StarWars-DatabankII Greedo in the Databank (backup link)
  26. 26.0 26.1 26.2 26.3 26.4 TCW mini logo Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Hostage Crisis"
  27. StarWars-DatabankII IG-88 in the Databank (backup link)
  28. 28.0 28.1 Darth Vader 8: Shadows and Secrets, Part II
  29. 29.0 29.1 29.2 Star Wars: Episode II Attack of the Clones
  30. 30.0 30.1 30.2 Aftermath
  31. 31.0 31.1 31.2 Rebels-mini-logo Star Wars Rebels – "Blood Sisters"
  32. TCW mini logo Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Brothers"
  33. 33.0 33.1 33.2 TCW mini logo Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Deception"
  34. TCW mini logo Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Bounty"
  35. 35.0 35.1 35.2 35.3 35.4 TCW mini logo Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Bounty Hunters"
  36. The Weapon of a Jedi: A Luke Skywalker Adventure
  37. Adventures in Wild Space: The Steal
  38. Star Wars: Card Trader
  39. StarWars-DatabankII Zam Wesell in the Databank (backup link)
  40. StarWars-DatabankII Zuckuss in the Databank (backup link)
  41. 41.0 41.1 41.2 41.3 Star Wars: Episode V The Empire Strikes Back
  42. 42.0 42.1 42.2 Aftermath: Life Debt
  43. Darth Maul, Part II
  44. Star Wars 4: Skywalker Strikes, Part IV
  45. Rebel Journal by Ezra Bridger
  46. Aftermath: Empire's End
  47. TCW mini logo Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "An Old Friend"
  48. TCW mini logo Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Wookiee Hunt"
  49. TCW mini logo Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Revenge"
  50. TCW mini logo Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Hunt for Ziro"
  51. Star Wars: Episode IV A New Hope

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