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"Savage. Savage Opress."
"He is on Toydaria."
―Mother Talzin uses the crystal ball to locate Savage Opress and inform Obi-Wan Kenobi of his whereabouts[src]

The Nightsister crystal ball, also referred to as Mother Talzin's crystal ball, was an item created and used by the leader of the Nightsisters of Dathomir during the Clone Wars, Mother Talzin. Talzin was able to craft the crystal ball due to the Nightsisters' unique connection to the Force. The Nightsister crystal ball allowed Talzin to see visions of the future, as well as determine the location of individuals.

Following the Clone Wars, the crystal ball came into the possession of Mother Talzin's son, Maul. He kept the ball within the Nightsister lair on Dathomir along with other items of past importance to him in the year 2 BBY.


"You have a brother."
"A brother? But all of my kin were killed."
"Not all of them. He lives in the Outer Rim in exile. You will find him."
―Mother Talzin displays the image of Darth Maul in her crystal ball and informs Savage Opress where to find him[src]

The Nightsister[2] crystal ball[5] was a spherical object that was varying degrees of orange in color. It was kept within the Nightsister lair on the planet Dathomir, held up by a small gray pedestal which sat upon a table in the lair.[1]

The crystal ball was handcrafted by Mother Talzin,[2] leader of the Nightsisters during the Clone Wars,[7] who managed to create it due to the Nightsisters' ability to tap into deep areas of the Force almost entirely unknown to those trained in the ways of the Jedi and Sith. The Nightsister crystal ball could be used to see visions[8] of the future,[2] or to locate certain individuals, such as the Nightbrothers Savage Opress and Darth Maul. When locating Opress and Maul, the crystal ball was capable of showcasing an image of them.[6]


"These are artifacts from my past, from a time when my power was almost absolute."
―Maul on his collection of items from his past, among them the Nightsister crystal ball[src]

The Nightsisters of Dathomir made use of crystal balls that allowed them to peer into the future. One of these crystal balls was handcrafted by Mother Talzin[2] prior to or during the year 20 BBY,[3] which she was able to create due to the Nightsisters' unique connection to the Force.[8] Talzin kept the object atop a table within the Nightsister's lair on Dathomir, and it was present when the Separatist leader and Sith Lord, Count Dooku, visited the witch to discuss a new apprentice for himself during the Clone Wars. That apprentice soon became Savage Opress,[1] one of Talzin's sons[9] who, unbeknownst to Dooku, was merely an instrument in a plot by the Nightsisters to assassinate the count.[1] After Opress's existence became known to the Jedi Order, Jedi Knight Anakin Skywalker and Jedi Master Obi-Wan Kenobi traveled to Dathomir and met with Mother Talzin to discover where the Nightbrother currently was. The witch manipulated her crystal ball, moving her hands around the object and repeating Opress's name, discovering that he was on Toydaria, which she revealed to the two Jedi.[6]


The image of Darth Maul seen in the crystal ball.

Opress engaged the Jedi on Toydaria before returning to Dooku's ship in space over the planet. There, Opress's true allegiances were revealed to the count and the two fought, forcing Opress to flee. The now former Sith apprentice returned to Mother Talzin on Dathomir, telling her that he was not powerful enough to defeat all his foes. She comforted Opress, informing him that there was still someone who could teach him:[6] another of her sons[10] and a brother of Opress, the Sith Lord Darth Maul,[6] who had previously been thought to have died on Naboo several years earlier.[1] The image of Maul appeared in the crystal ball, and Talzin sent Opress off to find Maul, who was currently residing in the Outer Rim[6] on the planet Lotho Minor.[11]

While Opress did find Maul, Opress perished during a duel against Maul's former Sith Master, Darth Sidious, on Mandalore[12] in the year 19 BBY.[13] Despite further run-ins with his master[14] and the Jedi,[10] Maul survived the Clone Wars, though he became stranded on the Sith world Malachor. After escaping Malachor,[15] Maul eventually returned to his home of Dathomir, where he kept many items of past importance to him within the now-deserted Nightsister lair. Among these items was the Nightsister crystal ball, which was present when Maul brought the Jedi Padawan Ezra Bridger to the lair[4] in the year 2 BBY.[16]

Behind the scenesEdit

The Nightsister crystal ball first appeared in the Lucasfilm Animation television series Star Wars: The Clone Wars' third season,[17] in the episode "Monster,"[1] which aired on January 14, 2011.[18] It also appeared in the following episode, "Witches of the Mist,"[6] which aired on January 21, 2011.[18] The crystal ball reappeared in the opening "newsreel"[11] of the show's fourth season[19] episode "Brothers,"[11] which aired on March 9, 2012.[18]

The Nightsister crystal ball later made a brief appearance in Lucasfilm Animation's next television series, Star Wars Rebels. The crystal ball could be seen[4] in the show's third season[20] episode "Visions and Voices,"[4] which aired on December 10, 2016.[21]

Not named in any of the episodes it appeared in, the crystal ball was identified as "Mother Talzin's crystal ball" in the DVD and Blu-ray boxed set of Star Wars: The Clone Wars' third season,[5] released on October 18, 2011,[22] and was referred to as the "Nightsister crystal ball" in the canon reference book Ultimate Star Wars,[2] released on April 28, 2015.[23]



Notes and referencesEdit

  1. 1.00 1.01 1.02 1.03 1.04 1.05 1.06 1.07 1.08 1.09 1.10 TCW mini logo Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Monster"
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 2.6 Ultimate Star Wars
  3. 3.0 3.1 Star Wars: Galactic Atlas places the mission to Serenno and the Devaron massacre in the year 20 BBY. The Nightsister crystal ball's first chronological appearance is between these two events, meaning that it must have been created before or during 20 BBY.
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 Rebels-mini-logo Star Wars Rebels – "Visions and Voices"
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 Star Wars: The Clone Wars The Complete Season Three
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 6.3 6.4 6.5 6.6 TCW mini logo Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Witches of the Mist"
  7. TCW mini logo Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Nightsisters"
  8. 8.0 8.1 StarWars-DatabankII Nightsister Crystal Ball in the Databank
  9. Star Wars: Absolutely Everything You Need to Know
  10. 10.0 10.1 Darth Maul—Son of Dathomir, Part Three
  11. 11.0 11.1 11.2 TCW mini logo Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Brothers"
  12. TCW mini logo Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "The Lawless"
  13. Star Wars: Galactic Atlas
  14. Darth Maul—Son of Dathomir, Part Four
  15. Rebels-mini-logo Star Wars Rebels – "Twilight of the Apprentice"
  16. The events of "Visions and Voices" take place after Star Wars Rebels: Steps Into Shadow, which is the first known episode to take place in the second year before the Battle of Yavin. As such, we can deduce that Maul's trip to Dathomir with Ezra Bridger takes place in the second year before the Battle of Yavin. For more information, see Wookieepedia's Timeline of Star Wars Rebels Events.
  17. SWCustom-2011 "Monster" Episode Guide - The Clone Wars on (archived original articlebackup link on
  18. 18.0 18.1 18.2 Star Wars: The Clone Wars: Episode Guide
  19. SWCustom-2011 "Brothers" Episode Guide - The Clone Wars on (archived original articlebackup link on
  20. SWCustom-2011 Visions and Voices Episode Guide on (backup link on
  21. Star Wars Rebels : Visions and Voices. Screener. Archived from the original on January 12, 2017. Retrieved on January 12, 2017.
  22. SWicon The Clone Wars Season 3 on Blu-Ray and DVD This October on (content now obsolete; backup link on
  23. Amazon favicon Ultimate Star Wars on (backup link)
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