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For other uses, see Naboo (disambiguation).
"…very simply this, that Naboo represents the best of the Old Republic."
―Leia Organa, to Queen Soruna[src]

Naboo was a bountiful planet in the Mid Rim, close to the border of the Outer Rim Territories. It was home to the Gungan species and to a population of humans known as the Naboo.


"If I grew up here, I don't think I'd ever leave."
Anakin Skywalker, about Naboo[src]
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The picturesque landscape around Naboo's Lake Country

Naboo was a small pastoral world[26] in the Mid Rim,[1] located near the border of the Outer Rim Territories.[6] Unlike most other worlds, the ancient planet lacked a molten core, and was instead comprised of a conglomerate of large, rocky bodies that made up a network of tunnels and flooded caves. The native Gungans, who built their homes in the waters of Naboo, rarely ventured into the core, fearing the ravenous sea beasts which resided[1] in areas such as the Caves of Eleuabad.[4] Despite this, certain Gungan navigators utilized time-honored trade routes through the planet's structure, which served as the most expedient avenues to reach other areas of the planet.[1] Naboo's interior was rich with plasma, a naturally-occurring energy unique to the planet, and this coupled with its lack of molten core gave Naboo a reputation as an enigma to astrophysicists, who regarded the world's structure as an extremely rare phenomenon in the galaxy.[4]

Naboo's surface comprised a vast array of different landscapes, from rolling plains and grassy hills to swampy lakes[6] caused by the water-filled network of deep-sea tunnels.[4] Beside its natural features, Naboo was considered a world of classical beauty due to the aesthetics of its population centers.[6] The porous crust's natural plasma[4] was harvested for energy and building material,[27] and was generally thought to be the key to many of the planet's secrets.[4]

While most of Naboo's land animals were peaceful, as exemplified by the gentle shaak, the planet's oceans teemed with menacing creatures,[28] such as the opee sea killer[17] and the sando aqua monster.[18]


Early historyEdit

"It is an honor to be here for this momentous occasion. The pride I feel for this planet cannot be put into words. Eight-hundred and forty-seven years ago Naboo joined the Republic. And tonight we celebrate that reunion."
―Sheev Palpatine, giving a speech during the Festival of Light[src]

Originally, Naboo was home to the reptilian Elders and the amphibian Gungans.[1] Eventually the Elders went extinct, and a group of human colonists from Grizmallt crashed on Naboo. Led by Kwilaan, they ventured into the Gallo Mountains, created a farming community at the Dee'ja peak,[8] establishing their presence on the planet and eventually taking its name for themselves. The Naboo calendar based its epoch around the arrival of Kwilaan.[29] Tensions arose between the two peoples, and they started separate and apart from that point on.[30]

In 867 BBY, Naboo joined the Galactic Republic,[31] the democratic union that sought to govern the galaxy.[32] The people of Naboo celebrated this event during the Festival of Light.[33]

Naboo CrisisEdit

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Trade Federation battleships during the Invasion of Naboo

About ten years before the Clone Wars, Naboo was blockaded and invaded by the Trade Federation. The 14-year-old Padmé Amidala, who had recently been elected Queen of Naboo, guided her home planet through the invasion and sealed a new friendship with the Gungans.[34] In an upsurge of sympathy and solidarity toward the invaded planet, the queen's emissary in the Galactic Senate, the seemingly unassuming Senator Sheev Palpatine, was made Supreme Chancellor of the Republic.[5]

The Clone WarsEdit


Naboo during the Clone Wars.

Both the Naboo and the Gungans remained loyal to the Republic during the Clone Wars. Senator Padmé Amidala and Representative Jar Jar Binks worked together to represent the interests of the Naboo and Gungans respectively in the Galactic Senate.[2] During the Clone Wars, Neeyutnee served as Queen of Naboo. Amidala and Binks with the help of the Jedi Order and the Gungan Peppi Bow discovered the Separatist scientist Nuvo Vindi's secret laboratory in the Eastern swamps.[11] They managed to prevent Vindi from releasing stockpiles of the Blue Shadow Virus into Naboo's surface.[35]

During the Battle of Mon Cala, elements of the Gungan Grand Army led by Representative Binks were dispatched to the watery planet of Mon Cala to aid Senator Amidala, the Jedi, the Clone SCUBA troopers, and the Mon Calamari Prince Lee-Char's forces against the Separatist commander Riff Tamson and his Quarren allies.[36]

Later, the Gungan Boss Lyonie came under the influence of the pro-Separatist minister Rish Loo. Under Loo's control, Lyonie ordered the Gungan Grand Army to march on the Naboo capital of Theed. Their plan was to rendezvous with a Separatist droid army led by General Grievous, who had been sent by Count Dooku himself. Rish Loo and Dooku's plot was foiled by the combined efforts of Senator Amidala, Representative Binks, the Jedi Knight Anakin Skywalker, and General Roos Tarpals. However, the Naboo and Gungans were forced to release Grievous after Dooku took Skywalker hostage.[37]

During the Festival of Light, Dooku sent Cad Bane and his team of bounty hunters to kidnap Palpatine in order to free Separatist prisoners from Republic captivity. At first, Bane and Moralo Eval were successful in capturing Palpatine. However, they were stopped by one of their fellow bounty hunters, Rako Hardeen, who was really Obi-Wan Kenobi in disguise. However, Bane's was a diversion to lure the Republic forces away while Dooku carried out the kidnapping. However, he failed when he fought Kenobi and Skywalker.[33]

Shortly after the end of the Clone Wars, thousands of citizens gathered in the streets of Theed in order to assist to Amidala's funeral procession.[38]

Galactic EmpireEdit

Following the rise of the Galactic Empire and Palpatine's self-proclamation as Emperor, Naboo hosted one of the new regime's military garrisons.[24] Due to its status as Palpatine's homeworld, Naboo prospered during the Age of the Empire. Its economy and environment were regarded to be far healthier than most worlds which had been subject to Imperial rule.[25] The Empire also demilitarized Naboo and dissolved the Royal Naboo Security Forces's starfighter wing. As a result, Naboo lacked any combat-trained pilots by the time of the Battle of Endor.[39]

When news of Emperor Palpatine's death had spread across the galaxy after the Battle of Endor, an outpouring of joy occurred on Naboo, the inhabitants of which considered themselves free at last.[40]

New RepublicEdit

Some twenty days after the Battle of Endor—which resulted in the defeat of the Empire by the Alliance to Restore the Republic—the Royal House of Naboo received a visit by Princess Leia Organa of Alderaan, who had been sent by Mon Mothma, Chancellor of the Alliance. In the royal palace's throne room, Organa met the then-Queen of Naboo, Sosha Soruna, and asked for Naboo's support in the establishment of a New Republic and the restoration of the Senate. The queen heartily accepted Organa's offer, claiming that the Naboo felt great shame over Palpatine's actions.[41]


Organa, Soruna, and Bey leave the Theed Hangar in order to destroy the Empire's satellites.

During the meeting, gigantic storms suddenly began to rage, and Naboo's orbital sensors were all jammed. The Empire had set up a climate disruption array in orbit, as ordered by the late Emperor Palpatine. Named Operation: Cinder, the Empire's plan was to disrupt Naboo's environment and climate, and thus render the planet inhospitable.[41] The storms caused fires and flooding across the world, and many buildings were demolished. Soruna, Organa, and Alliance pilot Shara Bey finally decided to use three old N-1 starfighters—that had been stored by Queen Neeyutnee in the Theed Hangar during the Clone Wars—and go protect Naboo by destroying the Empire's satellites. Once in space, the three women were attacked by a squadron of TIE fighters, but managed, nonetheless, to knock out all of the satellites. A Rebel fleet led by Lando Calrissian and Nien Nunb soon arrived to take care of the Imperial forces.[39]

Due to the fact that Naboo had been the Emperor's homeworld, the planet became a rallying point for Imperial sympathizers. Months after the failed Operation: Cinder, the Imperial Navy deployed three attack forces to wipe out the New Republic's presence in the Naboo system. However, these attempts were successfully foiled by Corona Squadron.[25]

Nearly thirty years later, during the conflict between the First Order and the Resistance, Senator Thadlé Berenko represented Naboo in the reconstituted Galactic Senate of the New Republic.[42]

Society and cultureEdit

"You and the Naboo form a symbiont circle. What happens to one of you will affect the other. You must understand this."
Obi-Wan Kenobi, to Boss Nass[src]

Naboo was inhabited by two societies: an indigenous species of intelligent amphibians called the Gungans and a group of peaceful humans who were referred to as the Naboo.[6] In the distant past, a cultural misunderstanding resulted in a serious quarrel between the Gungan and the human colonists. Both sides refused to acknowledge their responsibilities in the rift, and the two groups ostracized each other for the longest time. That situation lasted until the Invasion of Naboo by the Trade Federation forced the humans and Gungans to join forces.[30]

Following the Battle of Endor, the inhabitants of the Gungan city of Otoh Gunga were said to be able to produce a dessert that took at least four hominids to consume. This dessert was said to deliver one into a straight sugar coma. The New Republic pilot Yendor invited his fellow Corona Squadron mates to visit Otoh Gunga and try out that dessert.[25]


Non-canon appearancesEdit


Notes and referencesEdit

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 1.7 1.8 Ultimate Star Wars
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 Star Wars: Episode II Attack of The Clones
  3. Star Wars: The Force Awakens Beginner Game
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 4.4 4.5 4.6 4.7 4.8 4.9 Star Wars: Complete Locations
  5. 5.00 5.01 5.02 5.03 5.04 5.05 5.06 5.07 5.08 5.09 5.10 5.11 Star Wars: Episode I The Phantom Menace
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 6.3 6.4 Encyclopedia-Logo Naboo in the Encyclopedia (link now obsolete; backup link on
  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 7.3 7.4 StarWars-DatabankII Naboo in the Databank
  8. 8.0 8.1 8.2 8.3 SWCustom-2011 Crisis on Naboo Trivia Gallery on (backup link on (Images 2–3)
  9. 9.0 9.1 Encyclopedia-Logo Otoh Gunga in the Encyclopedia (link now obsolete; backup link on
  10. Adventures in Wild Space: The Steal
  11. 11.0 11.1 11.2 11.3 TCW mini logo Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Blue Shadow Virus"
  12. Encyclopedia-Logo Colo Claw Fish in the Encyclopedia (link now obsolete; backup link on
  13. Encyclopedia-Logo Fambaa in the Encyclopedia (link now obsolete; backup link on
  14. Star Wars in 100 Scenes
  15. Encyclopedia-Logo Gungan Grand Army in the Encyclopedia (link now obsolete; backup link on
  16. Encyclopedia-Logo Nuna in the Encyclopedia (link now obsolete; backup link on
  17. 17.0 17.1 Encyclopedia-Logo Opee sea killer in the Encyclopedia (link now obsolete; backup link on
  18. 18.0 18.1 Encyclopedia-Logo Sando aqua monster in the Encyclopedia (link now obsolete; backup link on
  19. Adventures in Wild Space: The Nest
  20. SWInsider "Inbrief"—Star Wars Insider 161
  21. TCW mini logo Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Children of the Force"
  22. Princess Leia, Part II
  23. Encyclopedia-Logo Flash speeder in the Encyclopedia (link now obsolete; backup link on
  24. 24.0 24.1 SWInsider "Blade Squadron"—Star Wars Insider 149150
  25. 25.0 25.1 25.2 25.3 Lost Stars
  26. Encyclopedia-Logo Sio Bibble in the Encyclopedia (link now obsolete; backup link on
  27. Encyclopedia-Logo Gungan Weaponry in the Encyclopedia (link now obsolete; backup link on
  28. Ultimate Factivity Collection: Star Wars
  29. Star Wars Propaganda: A History of Persuasive Art in the Galaxy
  30. 30.0 30.1 Encyclopedia-Logo Boss Nass in the Encyclopedia (link now obsolete; backup link on
  31. In the TV episode "Crisis on Naboo," Supreme Chancellor Palpatine was kidnapped by Cad Bane "eight-hundred and forty-seven years [after] Naboo joined the Republic". According to Star Wars: Galactic Atlas, the kidnapping took place in 20 BBY.
  32. Encyclopedia-Logo Galactic Republic in the Encyclopedia (link now obsolete; backup link on
  33. 33.0 33.1 TCW mini logo Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Crisis on Naboo"
  34. Encyclopedia-Logo Padmé Amidala in the Encyclopedia (link now obsolete; backup link on
  35. TCW mini logo Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Mystery of a Thousand Moons"
  36. TCW mini logo Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Gungan Attack"
  37. TCW mini logo Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Shadow Warrior"
  38. Star Wars: Episode III Revenge of the Sith
  39. 39.0 39.1 Shattered Empire, Part III
  40. Star Wars: Episode VI Return of the Jedi
  41. 41.0 41.1 Shattered Empire, Part II
  42. Star Wars: The Force Awakens: The Visual Dictionary

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