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"What is it with you Mandalorians, never knowing how to solve anything except through the end of a blaster?"
Kanan Jarrus[src]

Mandalorian was a demonym that referred to the people of the planet Mandalore. Mandalorians also lived on the moon of Mandalore, Concordia, Kalevala, Krownest and the planet Concord Dawn. Mandalore had a warrior past but, by the time of the Clone Wars, adopted the pacifist ideals of the New Mandalorian government, led by Duchess Satine Kryze. This led to conflict with Death Watch, a group of Mandalorians who wanted to turn to their culture’s warrior ways.

After the rise of the Galactic Empire, the people of Mandalore lived under the rule of the Empire with Gar Saxon as their Viceroy, while other Mandalorians lived on worlds such as Concord Dawn or throughout the galaxy.


"The Mandalorians have endured wars since before the formation of the Republic."
―Fenn Rau[src]
Mandalore mural

A Mandalorian mural depicting the crusaders battling the Jedi

Mandalorian-Jedi War

The ancient history of the planet Mandalore was that of a warrior people[1] known for being feared mercenaries and bounty hunters.[20] In ancient times,[21] a series of crusades[22] were undertaken by a group of Mandalorian warriors known as the Mandalorian crusaders, during which they came into conflict with the Jedi Order.[23] During this period Mandalorians would become known for fighting and often defeating Jedi Knights,[20] as murals depicting these exploits would be created and displayed in Sundari, the capital of the planet Mandalore,[23] as well as on Mandalore's moon, Concordia.[1] During a crusade into the galaxy's Inner Rim, they devastated the planet Ubduria out of contempt for the natives Ubdurians, who they viewed as dishonorable cowards.[21]

The Mandalorians also waged war against the Old Republic.[24] During the fall of the Republic, members of House Vizsla snuck into the Jedi Temple and liberated a weapon known as the darksaber, a unique lightsaber created by Tarre Vizsla, the first Mandalorian Jedi Knight.[17] The planet Concord Dawn, a Mandalorian colony, was ravaged by almost one hundred wars amongst the Mandalorian people.[25] Centuries[26] of constant[20] warfare[24] and relentless campaigns of conquest[16] ravaged Mandalore;[20] the last great struggle between the Mandalorian warlords[27] and the Jedi caused a cataclysmic event[28] that devastated[24] the once-glorious planet,[29] scorching[27] much[20] of its surface into lifeless white desert,[24] uninhabitable outside of hermetically sealed dome cities,[27] and ending the conflict in favor of the Jedi.[17]

Mandalorian Civil War

In the years prior to the Invasion of Naboo, a new conflict broke out between the Mandalorian people: the Mandalorian Civil War. The war was fought between competing ideals within Mandalorian society, including those who wished to see Mandalore return to their warrior past and the New Mandalorians, led by Satine Kryze.[30] Also involved were the Protectors of Concord Dawn, an elite group of warriors sworn to defend the Concord Dawn system.[25] At the end of the civil war, Satine Kryze ruled as the Duchess of Mandalore, and the warrior clans were exiled to Concordia.[1]

Death Watch and the Shadow Collective

Unknown to the New Mandalorians, during the Clone Wars, the Concordian governor Pre Vizsla revived the Mandalorian culture as Death Watch,[31] and began committing terrorist acts on Mandalore, a Republic cruiser,[1] and Kalevala. Conspiring with Count Dooku of the Confederacy of Independent Systems, Vizsla hoped the Republic would believe an intervention was necessary, so Death Watch could fight their invasion and be hailed by the Mandalorians as heroes. However, the plot failed and the Galactic Senate rejected the Mandalore Defense Resolution.[6]

Death Watch fled to become mercenaries, allying first with Separatist senator Lux Bonteri to plot Dooku's downfall,[32] and then with the Sith Lord Darth Maul's Shadow Collective to win back the support of Mandalore's people.[33] However, after Vizsla betrayed Maul, Maul killed him and became Death Watch's leader, prompting Bo-Katan Kryze to rebel against him.[34]


Prime Minister Almec addresses the Mandalorians on Maul's behalf

Jedi Master Obi-Wan Kenobi investigated the coup, but was captured, and Maul killed Satine to spite him. Kenobi escaped and returned to inform the Galactic Republic; in the meantime, Supreme Chancellor Sheev Palpatine, secretly the Dark Lord of the Sith Darth Sidious, captured Maul and imprisoned him in the Spire on Stygeon Prime.[35] Maul's Mandalorian super commandos proved to be loyal and freed him, but nevertheless Maul's hold on Mandalore collapsed and the planet was ultimately occupied by the Galactic Empire.[36][37]

Imperial occupation

Meanwhile, the Protectors, who regarded Death Watch as traitors, assisted the Grand Army of the Republic in training clone troopers.[25] Skull Squadron, commanded by Fenn Rau, assisted the Republic by training clone trooper pilots and fought in the Third Battle of Mygeeto.[38] After the Imperial occupation of Mandalore, Rau's Protectors established a base on the third moon of Concord Dawn, getting paid by the Empire to protect their system on their behalf,[39] while other Mandalorians under the leadership of Gar Saxon, the Imperial Viceroy of Mandalore, would go on to serve in the Imperial Military as Imperial Super Commandos.[40]

In 2 BBY, Saxon and his Imperial Super Commandos wiped out the Protectors for aiding the rebellion. As a result, Fenn Rau decided to join the rebellion.[40] Later that year, the Spectres rebel cell member Sabine Wren found the darksaber on Dathomir.[41] At the urging of Fenn and the rebel leaders Hera Syndulla and Kanan Jarrus, Sabine agreed to begin training with the darksaber so that she could reunify her people and rally them over to the rebellion.[17]

Following Sabine's training, she, Rau, Jarrus and Ezra Bridger returned to Krownest to Clan Wren's Stronghold. There, Sabine attempted to convince the clan's leader and her mother, Countess Ursa Wren to join the rebellion. At first, Ursa decided to surrender the Jedi to Viceroy Saxon and his Imperial Super Commandos in exchange for the darksaber and sparing her daughter. When Saxon branded her and Clan Wren as enemies of the Emprie, Ursa and her son Tristan fought Saxon and commandos alongside Rau and the Jedi. When Saxon tried to kill Ursa, Sabine then took Bridger's lightsaber and fought Saxon. Sabine was then able to reclaim the darksaber and subdue Saxon. When Saxon tried to shoot Sabine, he was then killed by Ursa. His death created a power vacuum among the Mandalorians. Sabine then decided to stay behind and help her mother, clan and Rau find Mandalore's true leader.[19]


Mandalorian clan structure was like a pyramid,[42] with the ruler or Mand'alor[28][26] at the top and the Protectors enforcing their rule. Below them were the political factions known as Houses, made up of family Clans.[42] For example, House Vizsla was comprised of Clan Vizsla and its allies like Clan Wren.[25]

The Mandalorians had a strong code[43] of honor[33] that could be invoked to settle disputes with one-on-one combat that would conclude with the death of one opponent.[25] However, some in House Vizsla refused to accept non-Mandalorians like Darth Maul ever becoming ruler of Mandalore via such traditions. Maul himself had Prime Minister Almec lie to the Mandalorian people that Satine had killed Vizsla.[34]


Death Watch flies into battle

Mandalorian armor developed a legendary reputation that was feared across the galaxy.[44] In the early crusades, Mandalorians wore masks over cloaks and fought with swords[45] up until, and during, their encounters with the Jedi. The Jedi Order's ability to utilize the Force in combat, which the Mandalorians had never encountered before, forced the Mandalorians into a massive increase in technology. During this technological increase, the Mandalorians developed their signature armor and fighting style of using tech in conjunction with martial skills in order to effectively combat Jedi Knights.[46]

Common traits of this armor were helmets with 'T'-shaped visors and tactical displays,[20] jetpacks, and vambraces that featured various weaponry designed to combat the abilities of the Jedi.[47] Some of this weaponry not only helped combat but outright mimicked Jedi abilities such as their wrist-mounted repulsors.[17] They generally favored WESTAR-35 blaster pistols[48] and Z-6 jetpacks, which could project missiles.[49] The archetypal Mandalorian starfighter design was called the Kom'rk-class fighter.[50]

Cubism was a popular Mandalorian art movement during the Clone Wars, though after the conflict paintings that had depicted the awfulness of war were being used to promote and glorify it instead.[2] Mandalorians typically trended towards strong angled and hexagonal lines, such as diamond and honeycomb shapes, in their architecture, vehicles, clothing and even haircuts.[28] Sabine Wren, a Mandalorian member of the Spectres, was a talented graffiti artist who personalized and painted her armor.[2] By the Clone Wars, the Mandalorians had mostly rejected their martial ancestral ways, but maintained the Mandalorian royal guard in addition to a police force and secret service, who wielded electropoles and shields.[51]

As well as Galactic Basic, Mandalorians spoke Mando'a,[2] whose written form was also known as Mandalorian.[52] The darksaber was appropriated by House Vizsla as a symbol of authority and leadership used to unify the Mandalorians.[17]

Mandalorians in the galaxy


A Mandalorian war banner

Mandalorian armor struck fear in the hearts of many across the galaxy.[31] The Trandoshan hunter Garnac kept a Mandalorian Neo-Crusader helmet as a trophy,[52] while the bounty hunters Jango Fett and Boba Fett wore Mandalorian armor, keeping the memory of the Mandalorians alive well into the Galactic Civil War.[53] Jango's armor inspired those of the soldiers cloned from him, starting a design lineage that continued down to the stormtroopers of the First Order.[26] Several Mandalorian war banners decorated the entrance of Maz Kanata's castle on the planet Takodana.[54]

Behind the scenes


Joe Johnston's concept art exploring the "supercommandos"

When The Empire Strikes Back was in pre-production, there was an idea for squad of "supercommandos" from the Mandalore system armed with weapons built into their white suits.[55] The costume prototype was repainted for Boba Fett, and the idea of the Mandalorians was paid lip service to in The Empire Strikes Back novelization by Donald F. Glut. As mentioned in the novelization, the Mandalorians were now imagined as "a group of evil warriors defeated by the Jedi Knights during the Clone Wars."[56] Fett's popularity inspired a wealth of Expanded Universe literature about him, which assumed he and his father were Mandalorian like their armor. When it came time to introduce the Mandalorians in season two of The Clone Wars, George Lucas and Dave Filoni looked at Mandalore in the EU and decided they would keep the broad strokes of their history.[28] Much of the Mandalorian history referenced were subsequently rebranded "Legends", and not considered canon.

Filoni wanted to give the Mandalorian people's appearance a "Nordic flavor". The Clone Wars art department looked at Fett's armor and translated its angles, particularly the diamond shape on the breastplate, into every aspect of the Mandalorian aesthetic. Filoni and Lucas felt it should be made clear that the ancient Mandalorians were an army, not a ragtag band of warriors wearing customized armor, so Death Watch would look uniform. (The decision would also keep Boba Fett's armor unique.) Filoni hoped to eventually show how the Mandalorians became mercenaries who supplied Fett with his unusual armor.[28] When Death Watch reappeared in season four's "A Friend in Need", the characters were given a greater variety of gear, lending them what Lucas described as a "biker gang feel".[57]

Before its cancellation, The Clone Wars was to depict the Siege of Mandalore. Writer Henry Gilroy said Mandalore was likely occupied by the Republic before it turned into the Empire. He speculated due to Mandalore's importance, it was likely a "soft occupation", with a new Mandalorian puppet leader ruling the planet.[42]


Non-canon appearances


Notes and references

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 TCW mini logo Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "The Mandalore Plot"
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 Star Wars Rebels: Sabine My Rebel Sketchbook
  3. Encyclopedia-Logo Almec in the Encyclopedia (link now obsolete; backup link on
  4. Encyclopedia-Logo Amis in the Encyclopedia (link now obsolete; backup link on
  5. 6.0 6.1 TCW mini logo Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Duchess of Mandalore"
  6. 7.0 7.1 Darth Maul—Son of Dathomir, Part One
  7. Star Wars Propaganda: A History of Persuasive Art in the Galaxy
  8. Encyclopedia-Logo Bo-Katan Kryze in the Encyclopedia (link now obsolete; backup link on
  9. Encyclopedia-Logo Korkie in the Encyclopedia (link now obsolete; backup link on
  10. Encyclopedia-Logo Duchess Satine Kryze in the Encyclopedia (link now obsolete; backup link on
  11. Encyclopedia-Logo Lagos in the Encyclopedia (link now obsolete; backup link on
  12. Kanan 10: First Blood, Part IV: The Mesas of Mygeeto
  13. 14.0 14.1 TCW mini logo Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Corruption"
  14. Encyclopedia-Logo Soniee in the Encyclopedia (link now obsolete; backup link on
  15. 16.0 16.1 Encyclopedia-Logo Pre Vizsla in the Encyclopedia (link now obsolete; backup link on
  16. 17.0 17.1 17.2 17.3 17.4 17.5 Rebels-mini-logo Star Wars Rebels – "Trials of the Darksaber"
  17. StarWars-DatabankII Sabine Wren in the Databank
  18. 19.0 19.1 19.2 Rebels-mini-logo Star Wars Rebels – "Legacy of Mandalore"
  19. 20.0 20.1 20.2 20.3 20.4 20.5 Star Wars: Absolutely Everything You Need to Know
  20. 21.0 21.1 Star Wars: Aliens of the Galaxy
  21. 24.0 24.1 24.2 24.3 Encyclopedia-Logo Gauntlet fighter in the Encyclopedia (link now obsolete; backup link on
  22. 25.0 25.1 25.2 25.3 25.4 Rebels-mini-logo Star Wars Rebels – "The Protector of Concord Dawn"
  23. 26.0 26.1 26.2 Ultimate Star Wars
  24. 27.0 27.1 27.2 Encyclopedia-Logo Mandalorian super commando in the Encyclopedia (link now obsolete; backup link on
  25. 28.0 28.1 28.2 28.3 28.4 Star Wars: The Clone Wars: The Complete Season Two Featurette: "Creating Mandalore"
  26. StarWars-DatabankII Mandalore in the Databank
  27. TCW mini logo Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Voyage of Temptation"
  28. 31.0 31.1 StarWars-DatabankII Death Watch in the Databank
  29. TCW mini logo Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "A Friend in Need"
  30. 33.0 33.1 TCW mini logo Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Eminence"
  31. 34.0 34.1 TCW mini logo Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Shades of Reason"
  32. TCW mini logo Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "The Lawless"
  33. Star Wars: Darth Maul—Son of Dathomir
  34. Rebels-mini-logo Star Wars Rebels – "Out of Darkness"
  35. Kanan 10: First Blood, Part IV: The Mesas of Mygeeto
  36. StarWars-DatabankII The Protectors in the Databank
  37. 40.0 40.1 Rebels-mini-logo Star Wars Rebels – "Imperial Super Commandos"
  38. Rebels-mini-logo Star Wars Rebels – "Visions and Voices"
  39. 42.0 42.1 42.2 SWCustom-2011 Rebels Recon: Inside "The Protector of Concord Dawn" on (backup link on
  40. SWCustom-2011 "The Protector of Concord Dawn" Episode Gallery on (backup link on
  41. StarWars-DatabankII Death Watch in the Databank
  42. SWCustom-2011 "Shades of Reason" Episode Guide - The Clone Wars on (backup link on
  43. Lucas Siegel. Star Wars Rebels Showrunner Explains Major Knight of the Old Republic Reference. Archived from the original on February 19, 2017. Retrieved on February 18, 2017.
  44. StarWars-DatabankII Mandalorian Vambraces in the Databank
  45. FacebookIcon Sabine's blasters are a popular model on Mandalore, but like all of Sabine's gear, they're custom painted.. Star Wars Rebels (August 20, 2014). Retrieved on August 27, 2014.
  46. StarWars-DatabankII Z-6 Jetpack in the Databank
  47. StarWars-DatabankII Gauntlet Fighter in the Databank
  48. StarWars-DatabankII Mandalorian Guard in the Databank
  49. StarWars-DatabankII Boba Fett in the Databank
  50. Star Wars: Complete Locations
  51. The Empire Strikes Back Sketchbook
  52. Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back novelization
  53. SWCustom-2011 A Friend in Need Trivia Gallery on (backup link on

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