A swarm of Hakarians
|Height of average adult||
Capable of flight
- "Bugs! Aside from all the disgusting vegetation, they're this mudhole's only indigenous life-form. Tooooootally harmless."
"You're sure about that?"
- ―Two Separatist B1 battle droids stationed on Hakara, before being put out of commission by a swarm of Hakarians
The Hakarians were a sentient insectoid species hailing from the swamp planet Hakara. The Hakarians remained unknown to the Galactic Republic until the Clone Wars, when they requested aid from the Jedi Order to fight off Separatist battle droids that had invaded their homeworld. Jedi Knight Anakin Skywalker and his Padawan Ahsoka Tano arrived on Hakara and taught the Hakarians how to defeat the droids. With the Jedi's help, the Hakarians were able to liberate their planet.
Biology and appearanceEdit
- "Check out these swarms! Looks like we found Hakara's native population!"
"I guess we shouldn't be so surprised. We already know that intelligent life comes in a variety of forms…"
- ―Ahsoka Tano and Anakin Skywalker, on the Hakarians
The Hakarians were a sentient species of tiny insectoids capable of flight. Due to their small size, they were easily confused for non-sentient insects. The Hakarians usually massed in large swarms. They had their own language and were also able to communicate by forming a swarm in the shape of an object or a symbol; the latter way of communication was especially useful to convey information to individuals who did not know the Hakarians' language. The Hakarians lived in underground dwellings connected to the surface by tree hollows, and they possessed some form of technology to send signals off-world. The Hakarians were quick learners, able to grasp new technological concepts rapidly.
- "Given a choice, I'd rather face the entire droid army than these pesky insects."
- ―Ahsoka Tano, mistaking the Hakarians for insects
The Hakarians were the only indigenous species of the swamp planet Hakara, which the Galactic Republic believed uninhabited at the time of the Clone Wars, although the Hakarians themselves were aware of the existence of the Jedi Order. Around 21 BBY, Hakara was invaded by the Confederacy of Independent Systems, and a detachment of battle droids was stationed on the planet in order to steal the planet's natural resources. The Confederacy knew of the Hakarians, but they did not consider them to be a threat to their operation. Hoping to receive help from the Jedi, the Hakarians used their native technology to send a distress signal to the Jedi High Council. The Jedi Council received the message, but they were unable to decipher most of it because they were unfamiliar with the Hakarian language. Still, the Council conjectured that the strange message was in fact a call for help and thus sent Jedi Knight Anakin Skywalker and his Padawan, Ahsoka Tano, to Hakara to investigate.
Upon arrival, the two Jedi mistook the Hakarians for nothing more than importunate insects, until a group of Hakarians saved them from a speeder bike–mounted B1 battle droid on patrol. The Jedi then realized that the insects possessed sentience and, by using the Force, taught them how to deactivate the droids' neural processors. With the new knowledge, the Hakarians raided a Confederate platform and dispatched all B1 battle droids and DSD1 dwarf spider droids stationed there. While the Hakarians finished off the remaining stragglers scattered throughout Hakara, Tano and Skywalker left the planet to inform the Jedi Council about the Hakarians. Skywalker hoped that the Council would place Hakara under their protection to prevent another invasion, and that the Jedi would suggest that the Republic send an ambassador to the planet.
Behind the scenesEdit
The Hakarians are featured in A Little Help on Hakara, a short comic strip published in Star Wars: The Clone Wars Comic UK 6.9 in June of 2010 and written by Tom DeFalco. In the comic, the Hakarians are illustrated by Tanya Roberts.