- "As you may have gathered, I am not like other Hutts. [...] I am a collector of antiquities."
Grakkus was a male Hutt crime lord who lived on Nar Shaddaa during the Age of the Empire. He ruled Hutta Town, and like many other Hutt kingpins, controlled an extensive network of bounty hunters and spice smugglers. Grakkus was an avid collector of artifacts of the Jedi Order.
Before the Empire Edit
At some point prior to the Invasion of Naboo, Grakkus attended an auction hosted by Xev Xrexus in the Drazkel system, which offered assorted illicit goods to invited buyers. The items available for purchase included several Droidekas and a Captured Padawan.
Capturing Luke SkywalkerEdit
- "It appears you will make a fine addition to my collection after all."
"What you are, dear boy...is the last Jedi. And now you belong to me."
- ―Grakkus and Luke Skywalker
Grakkus resided on Nar Shaddaa, the "smuggler's moon" during the Age of the Empire. He, like many other Hutts, controlled a vast criminal network of various criminals such as bounty hunters, smugglers, and thieves. As such, Grakkus became extremely wealthy and powerful. Grakkus, unlike most other Hutts, used his influence and fortune to procure antiques, particularly artifacts relating to the Jedi Order. The Galactic Empire had purged the Jedi from the galaxy during its inception, and destroyed nearly all of the Order's records and artifacts relating to the peacekeeping Knights. Over the years, Grakkus came to control Hutta Town, a section of Nar Shaddaa's unending city. Within Hutta Town, Grakkus's palace was located, which was where he stored his collection of Jedi artifacts, such as Jedi lightsabers, statues, holocrons, a Delta-7B Aethersprite-class light interceptor, and even the bones of several deceased Jedi Knights. By the time of the Galactic Civil War, Grakkus considered his collection to be all that remained of the Jedi. Also during that time, Grakkus hired the Gamemaster, a red-skinned humanoid, to train the gladiators that fought in the Hutt's arena. However, unknown to Grakkus, the Gamemaster was actually Imperial Sergeant Kreel of the Imperial Military, who had been dispatched by the Sith Lord Darth Vader to infiltrate Grakkus's palace to look for Jedi prospects so Vader could destroy them; further erasing the Jedi from the galaxy.
During that time, some weeks after the Battle of Yavin, Luke Skywalker, a secret Jedi Padawan, traveled to Nar Shaddaa in order to seek charter to the Jedi Temple on the Empire's capital planet of Coruscant. However, unknown to Skywalker, the temple had been transformed by Galactic Emperor Sheev Palpatine into his personal palace. Skywalker possessed a lightsaber that he was forced to reveal when he was attacked in a cantina, an act that was witnessed by one of Grakkus's agents. On Grakkus' behalf, the being stole the lightsaber and led Skywalker on a chase into Hutta Town.
A short time later, the agent succeeded in his task and he and Skywalker crashed down into Hutta Town, where Grakkus confronted the young human, telling him that he owned Skywalker and his weapon because they were in an area of the moon that Grakkus controlled. Skywalker prepared to fight back against the Hutt, so Grakkus set a pair of his antique Holowan Laboratories IG-100 MagnaGuards that were used by the Confederacy of Independent Systems during the Clone Wars two decades earlier to combat Jedi, to challenge him with their electrostaffs. The battle droids greatly weakened Skywalker, but Skywalker adamantly refused to surrender, so Grakkus knocked him unconscious and dragged him to his collection room.
Grakkus woke Skywalker and told him to open a holocron using the Force or be killed. Skywalker was awed by the Hutt's collection, but insisted that he knew not how to activate the holocron because he had never seen one before. Skywalker did manage to awaken the device and at least twenty-three others spread throughout the chamber by concentrating on the Force. Jedi Masters from millenniums passed appeared from the holocrons, offering their knowledge to the individual who had activated them. Grakkus was very pleased with Skywalker's performance—believing him the last Jedi in the galaxy, and was pleased that Skywalker was under his control.
Grakkus then turned Skywalker over to the Gamemaster so he could be trained to fight to the death in Grakkus's arena. A short while later, Grakkus checked on Skywalker's improvement with the Gamemaster. The Gamemaster assured the Hutt that the boy would be ready to fight and die in the arena. Grakkus then showed the Gamemaster what Skywalker would fight: Kongo the Disembowler, a massive monster that Grakkus had shipped in on special order from volcanic Mustafar. The Gamemaster was shocked by the beast's size.
Into the arenaEdit
- "The show's over Grakkus. Your arena is officially closed. Oh, and also... You're under arrest."
"This...this is preposterous!"
- ―The Gamemaster and Grakkus
The fight was set to begin, and the arena was packed full with criminals and gamblers from all over Nar Shadaa. Some scavengers located Skywalker's T-65 X-wing starfighter, looted it, and brought "The Journals of Ben Kenobi" to Grakkus. Grakkus then told Skywalker he had better fight well in the arena, or be killed slowly in punishment for defying the Hutt. Skywalker continued to rebel, so Grakkus taunted Skywalker with Ben Kenobi's journal and forced the "last of the Jedi" into the spotlight of the arena to fight Kongo. Grakkus retreated to his prime seat in the stands and watched Skywalker dodge the beast's attacks. The Hutt informed the Gamemaster that he was his favorite slave, and that it was a pity that Skywalker could not be the same: the last of the Jedi needed to die. The Gamemaster, however, left Grakkus to watch the fight alone.
Shortly thereafter, Kongo's shock collar was triggered by none other than the Gamemaster, who brandished a lightsaber and destroyed Grakkus's MagnaGuard bodyguards. Grakkus did not understand the betrayal, and was even more confounded when Imperial TIE fighter pilots poured into the arena and put the Hutt under arrest. The Gamemaster walked Grakkus into the arena and revealed that he had always been an Imperial spy for the 501st Legion, Darth Vader's personal contingent, known as "Vader's Fist." At blaster-point, Grakkus activated an emergency EMP blast that rendered anything electronic—including blasters—useless. He then attacked the Imperial pilots with his bare hands, tossing them around the arena. The crowd began to take bets on whether Grakkus would survive the Gamemaster and Imperials. The electronic pulse blast also deactivated Kongo's shock collar, and the beast was set loose, prompting the crowd to scatter, and allowing Grakkus to regain his composure. In a fury, Grakkus grabbed the Gamemaster around the neck and threatened to feed him to his pet lizards. However, the Gamemaster used a lightsaber to sever two of the Hutt's mechanical legs, knocking the Hutt to the ground, just as a legion of Imperial stormtroopers stormed the arena.
Skywalker escaped with the help of his friends and Kongo wrecked havoc on Hutta Town, destroying buildings and killing civilians. Grakkus was put in stuncuffs by the 501st Legion and escorted away from the Smuggler's Moon. Darth Vader arrived and took personal possession of Grakkus's collection in order to erase even more traces of the Jedi from the galaxy. The Gamemaster—Kreel—was subsequently promoted by Vader for his efforts in undermining Grakkus.
- "I am a civilized Hutt, attempting to live a civilized life in an uncivilized place."
Grakkus was incarcerated for the rest of the Galactic Civil War, and most of the subsequent rule of the New Republic, in Megalox, a prison city on Megalox Beta governed by prisoners trapped within its artificial gravity field. Grakkus established himself as de facto ruler of the city, where he, along with several other similarly cybernetically augmented Hutts known as the Grakks, maintained control from a castle-like structure that towered over the rest of Megalox. During this time, or possibly before, he encountered and began a "history" with Terex.
Meeting Poe DameronEdit
- "So tell me, Mr. Dameron -- do we have a deal?"
Approximately thirty years after the end of the Galactic Civil War, shortly before the start of the First Order–Resistance conflict, Poe Dameron visited Megalox in his search for Lor San Tekka, who had visited Grakkus after leaving Ovanis. Grakkus invited Poe and the rest of Black Squadron to his castle, where First Order Security Bureau Agent Terex was waiting. Grakkus declared that he would reveal Lor San Tekka's location to whichever one of them successfully broke Grakkus out of the prison.
Personality and traitsEdit
- "Grakkus isn't like other Hutts. The most dangerous thing in Grakkus's arena isn't some savage beast or mindless monster. It's Grakkus."
Grakkus was more physically active than the average Hutt. Aside from his much more muscular frame, he had a set of cybernetic legs to move in a more agile fashion.
- Darth Maul, Part II
- Star Wars 8: Showdown on the Smuggler's Moon, Part I (First mentioned; albeit indirectly)
- Star Wars 9: Showdown on the Smuggler's Moon, Part II (First appearance)
- Star Wars 10: Showdown on the Smuggler's Moon, Part III
- Star Wars 11: Showdown on the Smuggler's Moon, Part IV
- Star Wars 12: Showdown on the Smuggler's Moon, Part V
- Star Wars 24: The Last Flight of the Harbinger, Part IV (Mentioned only)
- Poe Dameron 4: Lockdown, Part I
- Poe Dameron 5: Lockdown, Part II
- Poe Dameron 6: Lockdown, Part III
- Poe Dameron 8: The Gathering Storm, Part I (Mentioned only)
- Poe Dameron 11: The Gathering Storm, 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 Star Wars 9: Showdown on the Smuggler's Moon, Part II
- ↑ Poe Dameron 5: Lockdown, Part II
- ↑ Darth Maul, Part II
- ↑ Star Wars: Episode III Revenge of the Sith
- ↑ 5.0 5.1 5.2 Star Wars 11: Showdown on the Smuggler's Moon, Part IV
- ↑ 6.0 6.1 6.2 Star Wars 10: Showdown on the Smuggler's Moon, Part III
- ↑ 7.0 7.1 7.2 Star Wars 12: Showdown on the Smuggler's Moon, Part V
- ↑ In Darth Vader 7: Shadows and Secrets, Part I, Chelli Lona Aphra says "It's been dead for weeks." As Star Wars 9: Showdown on the Smuggler's Moon, Part II takes place almost concurrently with Darth Vader 7: Shadows and Secrets, Part I, we can deduce that the cited time span take place several weeks after the Battle of Yavin.
- ↑ Tarkin
- ↑ Star Wars 8: Showdown on the Smuggler's Moon, Part I
- ↑ 11.0 11.1 Poe Dameron 4: Lockdown, Part I