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"I am Pre Vizsla of Clan Vizsla. Death Watch is here to save you from these intergalactic gangsters that threaten our great city. This is a war, and we will win. Join me, and let us defend Mandalore against the criminals. We need action, not pacifism!"
―Pre Vizsla, to the people of Mandalore[src]

Pre Vizsla (pronounced /'pri vizlɑ/)[5] was a human male Mandalorian warrior from the planet Mandalore and was the leader of the Mandalorian Death Watch faction during the Clone Wars. He is most famous for his wielding of the infamous Darksaber, as well as wearing Darth Maul's colors on his Mandalorian armour during his affiliations with Darth Maul. Vizsla briefly achieved his goal and took the title of Mand'alor before he was killed by his former ally Darth Maul.


The Clone WarsEdit

Plot to Overthrow the DuchessEdit

"For generations, my ancestors fought proudly as warriors against the Jedi. Now, that woman tarnishes the very name Mandalorian. Defend her, if you will."
―Pre Vizsla, on Satine Kryze, to Obi-Wan Kenobi — Gnome-speakernotesListen (file info)[src]

Seeking to overthrow Duchess Satine Kryze and her pacifistic government, in order to restore Mandalore to its warrior past, Vizsla secretly allied himself with Count Dooku and his Confederacy of Independent Systems. While governing Mandalore's moon, Concordia, and maintaining loyalty to Kryze in public, Vizsla led the Death Watch in secret from several Concordian mining camp bases. The Death Watch's attack on a Jedi Cruiser and terrorist attacks on Mandalore came to a head when Jedi Master Obi-Wan Kenobi arrived on Concordia with Kryze to follow leads on the Death Watch. When Kenobi discovered the Death Watch's secret base, Vizsla revealed himself as the renegades' leader. Vizsla then used the Darksaber to duel with Kenobi, but Kenobi and Satine escaped Concordia.[5]

Assassination attempt on KryzeEdit

Vizsla conspired with Mandalorian Senator Tak Merrik to capture Kryze during her journey to Coruscant, where she intended to plead her case directly to the Galactic Senate, but Merrik was defeated before he could complete his assignment.[6] Amassing an army of Death Watch troops on Concordia in preparation to take over Mandalore, Vizsla was forced to wait until his and Dooku's plot to turn Mandalore against the Republic was completed. Vizsla dispatched an assassin to Coruscant to kill Kryze, as her death would remove the opposition to the Senate's upcoming vote to have Republic troops occupy Mandalore—an occupation which would allow the Death Watch to gain the support of Mandalore's populace and "liberate" them from the Republic. However, the assassin failed to murder Kryze, and the plot itself fell through, with the Senate voting against occupying Mandalore. With this turn of events, Vizsla was forced to postpone his attack on Mandalore, as his forces would be unable to hold the planet without its people's support.[7]

Plot against Dooku and CarlacEdit

Following the aborted takeover of Mandalore, Vizsla then met with Dooku. During this meeting, Vizsla was betrayed by Dooku, where he was scarred across his cheek by the Sith Lord's lightsaber.[4] Vizsla then broke ties with the Confederacy and vowed to kill Dooku.[8]

The Death Watch under Vizsla maintain a small base on the world Carlac where they display dishonorable acts against it's native species, the Ming Po, forcing their women work for them. Eventually Lux Bonteri in attempt take revenge against Count Dooku for death of his mother, Mina Bonteri, had allied himself with Pre Vizla and he was used try find and kill Count Dooku but failed. Pre Vizla was then confronted by the Ming Po elders who had demanded the return of their women. At first they complied but Lux's was shown true colors of the Death Watch as they began burning down the Ming Po village. Ahsoka Tano had attempted stop this but was ultimately over powered by the Death Watch warriors.[8]

Pre Vizla had attempted to kill Ahsoka but with thanks of R2-D2 and reactive droids, both Lux and Ahsoka escaped.[8]

Shadow Collective and DeathEdit

"Like you said: only the strongest...shall rule."
―Pre Vizla's last words[src]
Later in the war, Vizsla and his soldiers came across an escape pod lost in deep space which held the stranded former Sith Lord Darth Maul and his brother Savage Opress. Harboring a common hatred of Obi-Wan Kenobi for his actions against them, they planned on having their revenge after their planned conquest of Mandalore. Gathering an army of criminals including the Hutts, the Pykes, and the Black Sun[4], the criminal alliance attacked the capital, allowing Death Watch to act as heroes to a desperate population after the Duchess's forces failed to stop the criminals. With the support of the Mandalorian people, Vizsla ousted Satine and appointed himself Prime Minister, also assuming the title of Mand'alor. He also betrayed his Sith allies who were imprisoned but who managed to escape. Maul challenged Vizsla to a duel to determine the true ruler of the Mandalorians. After a long and difficult duel, Maul defeated Vizsla and publicly beheaded him for his failures, before claiming his position as leader of the Death Watch. But because Darth Maul was not a Mandalorian, Bo-Katan Kryze and the Nite Owls refused to follow him[2] and would eventually ignite another Mandalorian civil war.[9]



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