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"I will not be undermined by creatures bred in some laboratory!"
―Pong Krell[src]

Pong Krell, a Force-sensitive Besalisk male, was a Jedi Master during the last years of the Galactic Republic. During the Clone Wars, he held the rank of Jedi General in the Grand Army of the Republic. Although the clone troopers under his command sustained the highest casualty rates, Krell was recognized as a successful general due to his victories on the battlefield. In addition to his reputation as a general, he was also noted for his ferocity in personal combat. The advantage of his four-armed physiology allowed him to use a unique form of Jar'Kai—wielding two double-bladed lightsabers at the same time. However, as the war carried on, Krell began to see visions of a new order rising to power in place of both the Republic and the Jedi Order. Driven by self-preservation, he secretly embraced the dark side of the Force and began undermining the Republic military's war effort in hopes of gaining Count Dooku's attention, to ultimately become his apprentice preceding the fall of the Republic.

During the Battle of Umbara, Krell temporarily replaced Anakin Skywalker as the commanding officer of the 501st Legion. When his soldiers discovered their general's secret allegiance to Dooku, the clones mutinied against Krell's command and moved to arrest him for treason. Despite killing multiple troopers while attempting to escape, the fallen Jedi was captured and imprisoned by his men. Although his subordinate, Clone Captain CT-7567, decided to execute him, it was ultimately Krell's strongest supporter, trooper "Dogma," on questioning Krell as to why he was performing these actions, who stole a blaster from Fives' holster, and killed him for betraying the Republic.


A Besalisk male, Pong Krell ascended to the rank of Master in the Jedi Order by the time of the Clone Wars.[4]

Clone WarsEdit


Pong Krell wielding his double-bladed lightsabers

As the Jedi were called into service by the Galactic Republic, Krell joined the war as a General in the newly formed Grand Army of the Republic. Despite high casualties of clone troopers under his command, Krell achieved many victories.[4]

As the war progressed, Krell became seduced by the dark side of the Force. He then received a premonition about the future; the Jedi were all but extinct, the Republic fell, and a New Order rose in its place. This caused Krell to betray both the Republic and Jedi Order. He acted as a double agent to sabotage the Republic's efforts. Krell sought to become the new apprentice of Sith Lord and Separatist leader Count Dooku and gain a position of power in the new order.[3]

Battle of UmbaraEdit

In 20 BBY,[2] Krell, along with Jedi Generals Obi-Wan Kenobi, Saesee Tiin, and Anakin Skywalker were sent by the Jedi Council to retake Umbara back from its Confederate-aligned Umbaran Militia. Krell then provided an air strike to Skywalker's forces. Krell then met up with Skywalker, and told that he was being recalled to Coruscant at the request of both Palpatine and the Jedi Council whilst Krell was given command of the 501st Legion.[5]

Krell then led the 501st to the outskirts of the capital. Krell, against Captain Rex's concerns, decided to attack the city by going along the main road instead of flanking the capital. However, Rex and his troopers were forced to retreat away from the capital much to Krell's chagrin.[5] Krell and his forces then held their ground against the militia and their Zenuas 33 Umbaran starfighters. Krell was then contacted by Kenobi, who told them that an airbase was re-supplying the capital. Krell and the 501st were tasked to take the airbase.[6]


Krell and his forces under heavy fire

As the 501st approached the outskirts of the airbase, Krell sent Rex and the battalion through a ravine to take the airfield. Despite Rex's and his troopers' objections, they went into the ravine. However, they came under heavy attack by the Militia's impeding assault tanks and mobile heavy cannons. Krell refused to let Rex and the battalion retreat or to send them reinforcements.[6] After the clones took the airbase, despite heavy casualties, Krell objected to allowing the clones use stolen enemy Umbaran ships to attack a Separatist supply ship. Instead, he ordered the troopers to march directly into range of enemy missile fire. Rather than face certain death by following orders, several troopers secretly used the stolen ships anyway and successfully destroyed the supply ships, supporting Obi Wan Kenobi's attack on the Umbaran capital. Krell still had the soldiers who disobeyed orders locked in the brig. He later ordered Jesse and Fives executed.[7]


Pong Krell slays two clone troopers

The troopers refuse to go through with the execution. Krell told the clones that enemy soldiers had stolen Republic weapons and armor and ordered them into battle. During the fight, the clones discovered that Krell had lied and had ordered the 212th and 501st, unbeknownst to both squadrons, to attack each other. Rex realized that Krell had intentionally orchestrated the deaths of countless clone troopers and organized the clones to arrest Krell. Krell initially escaped arrest, killing many clones in the process.


Krell, moments before his death

However, Tup eventually managed to stun and arrest Krell, putting him in a holding cell in the airbase. After Krell admitted to his treachery, and with the enemy advancing towards to the airbase, Rex decided to execute Krell before he could be freed by the approaching Umbarans. While waiting for Rex to shoot him, Krell expressed motivations to join the Sith and become Count Dooku's apprentice. He also played mind games with Rex, resulting in Rex's steady hand becoming shaky as Rex questioned his decision. However, Dogma seized a blaster and shot Krell dead before Rex could make a decision. Dogma insisted he had to shoot Krell because, "he betrayed us." [3]

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Non-canon appearancesEdit



Pong Krell was very skilled at combat despite his large size.

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