Mandalorian armor referred to the traditional armor worn by the human warrior clans of Mandalore. Common traits included a helmet with a T-shaped visor that concealed their faces, and armaments like whipcord throwers, flamethrowers and jetpacks.
The Mandalorians' bloody history made their armor an iconic symbol of fear. The bounty hunter Jango and his cloned son Boba Fett wore customized Mandalorian armor, although neither of the Fetts were Mandalorian warriors.
Generally, the armor was made from beskar, a highly durable metal which was able to withstand even blastershot fire while giving the user maximum protection, however, some variants existed made from durasteel. Because of the durability of the beskar metal, some armor sets were hundreds of years old, such as in the case of Sabine Wren's armor.
The ancient Mandalorian crusaders wore helmets over cloaks. After encountering the Jedi during the early crusades, the Mandalorian-Jedi War began and it was during this period that the Mandalorians created their signature armor, weaponry and fighting style in order to combat the Jedi Knights and their Force abilities. By the Mandalorian Civil War, two styles of this armor had emerged—the formidable traditional armor of the warrior clans like Death Watch, and those of the pacifist New Mandalorians. Death Watch's female warriors, the Nite Owls, wore a different set of armor.
Jango Fett wore Mandalorian armor, though Prime Minister Almec expressed bewilderment as to how since Fett was a bounty hunter rather than a Mandalorian. The Kaminoans who cloned him to create the Grand Army of the Republic took inspiration from his suit for the clone trooper armor.
After Fett was killed by Jedi Master Mace Windu during the Battle of Geonosis, his helmet was used by Boba as a bomb in an attempt on Windu's life. By the Age of the Empire, Boba had acquired his own Mandalorian armor.
The former Sith Lord Darth Maul became ruler of Mandalore during the Clone Wars, causing his followers in Death Watch to customize their armor with painted helmets and horns resembling the Dathomirian Zabrak.
Age of the EmpireEdit
Following the end of the Clone Wars, the Protectors continue to wear the armor as part of their arrangement with the Galactic Empire at their encampment on Concord Dawn's third moon. Gar Saxon, acting as the Imperial Viceroy of Mandalore, and the Imperial Super Commandos such as Tristan Wren, wore armor that resembled stormtrooper armor. Members of Clan Wren, such as it's leader, Countess Ursa Wren, wore armor with yellow markings.
Sometime after the Battle of Endor, a seemingly acid-corroded yet complete set of Mandalorian armor somehow ended up in storage in a Jawa sandcrawler on Tatooine. A man named Adwin Charu, who was on the sandcrawler looking for goods on behalf of his employer Lorgan Movellan, happened upon a crate containing the armor. Before he could take it, however, Cobb Vanth, a local man who had assisted in gaining Charu access to the sandcrawler, shot Charu in the shoulder and took the armor for his own.
- "My armor is like my second skin. I'm being serious: sometimes I totally forget I even have it on and I fall asleep in it."
- ―Sabine Wren
Traditional Mandalorian armor consisted of a helmet, shoulder pauldrons, vambraces, breastplate, codpiece, kneepads, thigh and shin guards clasped over a body stocking. Mandalorian helmets often had a macrobinocular viewplate, tactical displays, a comlink and an antenna tipped with a rangefinder that could be pulled over the viewplate to enhance imagery. Sabine Wren programmed a holo-imager in her rangefinder to take snapshots. They wore magnetized shoes.
- Wrist lasers
- Wrist rockets
- Whipcord throwers
- Projectile buzzsaws
- Shield emitters
- Retractable wrist blades
- Kamino saberdarts
- Grappling lines
- Paralyzing darts
The Mandalorians used many models of jetpacks, including the Z-6 jetpack, to increase maneuverability in combat as well as fly. These were often tipped with a launcher that were used to fire anti-vehicle homing missiles. However, they could also be used to fire a grappling hook linked to an internal winch. Gyro-stabilizers made it easy to maneuver in the air, although the tank only contained enough fuel for twenty short bursts of flight.
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Notes and referencesEdit
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 1.2 Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "The Mandalore Plot"
- ↑ 2.0 2.1 Star Wars Rebels: Heroes of Mandalore
- ↑ 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 3.5 3.6 3.7 Ultimate Star Wars
- ↑ (Slides 3 and 4)
- ↑ Lucas Siegel. Star Wars Rebels Showrunner Explains Major Knight of the Old Republic Reference. ComicBook.com. Archived from the original on February 19, 2017. Retrieved on February 18, 2017.
- ↑ 6.0 6.1 6.2 6.3 Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "A Friend in Need"
- ↑ Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "R2 Come Home"
- ↑ Star Wars: Episode V The Empire Strikes Back
- ↑ 9.0 9.1 9.2 9.3 Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "The Lawless"
- ↑ Kanan 10: First Blood, Part IV: The Mesas of Mygeeto
- ↑ Star Wars Rebels – "The Protector of Concord Dawn"
- ↑ 12.0 12.1 Star Wars Rebels – "Legacy of Mandalore"
- ↑ Star Wars Rebels – "Imperial Super Commandos"
- ↑ Aftermath
- ↑ 15.0 15.1 Star Wars: Absolutely Everything You Need to Know
- ↑ 16.0 16.1 Sabine My Rebel Sketchbook
- ↑ 18.0 18.1 Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Shades of Reason"
- ↑ Star Wars: Episode II Attack of the Clones
- ↑ 21.0 21.1 21.2 Star Wars Rebels – "Trials of the Darksaber"
- ↑ Travis, Ben (April 16, 2018). Paul Bettany's Solo: A Star Wars Story Villain Dryden Vos – Exclusive Look. EMPIRE. Retrieved on April 16, 2018.