- "A place of worship for some. To others, an engine of destruction."
- "My apprentice is activating the temple, or more precisely, this battle station, which I shall use to exact my revenge on all my enemies!"
- ―Maul to Ahsoka
Millennia before the rise of the Galactic Empire, the Sith constructed a pyramidal temple on the bleak world of Malachor. The infernal machine at the heart of the Sith temple, a superweapon powered by a giant kyber crystal, was capable of destroying life. The Jedi soon caught wind of the Sith's plan and launched an assault on the temple. During the battle, the superweapon fired, killing and petrifying all combatants - Jedi and Sith. This event later became known as the Great Scourge of Malachor.
In the third year before the Battle of Yavin, the temple was visited by Jedi Knight Kanan Jarrus, his Padawan Ezra Bridger, and former Jedi Ahsoka Tano as they sought knowledge for how to defeat the Sith Lord Darth Vader and his Inquisitors. While there, they encountered the former Sith Lord Maul, who also sought to destroy Vader. Maul and Ezra worked together to enter the temple and ultimately retrieved a Sith holocron, which was essential to reactivating the temple.
When Kanan and Ahsoka were attacked by the Inquisitors known as the Fifth Brother, the Seventh Sister, and the Eighth Brother, Maul came to their aid and drove the Inquisitors away. He then convinced the Jedi to work together in order to venture into the Temple and find the knowledge necessary to destroying the Sith. The Inquisitors regrouped and attacked the four travelers. While Maul killed the Inquisitors, he sent Ezra to place the holocron inside the temple's obelisk. After slaying the Inquisitors, Maul turned on Kanan and Ahsoka. He managed to blind Kanan but the Jedi Knight threw him down a cliff.
Meanwhile, Ezra placed the Sith holocron into an obelisk and encountered a female voice, who revealed that the temple was an ancient Sith superweapon capable of destroying all life. When Ezra refused to use the weapon, the Presence announced the arrival of Darth Vader. Before Vader could finish Ezra off, Ahsoka arrived and fought with her former master. Kanan and Ezra managed to remove the holocron, which triggered a chain reaction that led to the temple's explosion. The two Jedi managed to escape with Chopper on the Phantom before the temple imploded. Both Vader and Ahsoka survived the implosion and parted company with the latter venturing into the depths of the Sith temple.
- Darth Maul, Part II (Appears in flashback(s))
- Star Wars Rebels – "Twilight of the Apprentice" (First appearance)
- (First identified as Malachor Sith temple)