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End of conflict[4]

Second Battle of Theed
Battle Hangar

Invasion of Naboo[5]


32 BBY[5]


Theed Royal Palace/Theed Hangar; Theed, Naboo[4]

"The Federation Army's also much larger than we thought, and much stronger. Your Highness, this is a battle I do not think that we can win."
―Captain Panaka to Queen Padmé Amidala — Gnome-speakernotesListen (file info)[src]

The Second Battle of Theed, also called the Recapture of Theed or Battle of Theed Palace, was one of three linked battles that brought an end to the Invasion of Naboo in 32 BBY. The Battle of Grassy Plains drew the majority of Trade Federation forces away from Naboo's capital, Theed, allowing the Royal Naboo Security Forces to covertly enter the city and take the remaining Federation forces by surprise. The successful initial stages of this battle allowed Naboo pilots to reach and launch their N-1 starfighters from Theed Hangar, which began the Naboo Space Battle. Had any of the three battles failed in its objective, it would have had disastrous results for one of the concurrent battles. If the Gungans had not succeeded in their diversion, the Naboo forces may not have had the element of surprise needed to allow their pilots access to their fighters. If the battle in space hadn't successfully destroyed the Droid Control Ship, the Gungan Grand Army would likely have been decimated by the overwhelming flood of battle droids. Ultimately though, if the Security Forces had failed to capture Viceroy Nute Gunray, all three battles would have been for naught as the Trade Federation would have returned with another droid army. Before the battle in Theed, students and other from the Royal House of Learning and other resistance fighters distracted a group of battle droids to allow the Handmaiden Sabé to enter the Theed Royal Palace.

Naboo's Queen, Padmé Amidala, along with her two Jedi protectors Qui-Gon Jinn and Obi-Wan Kenobi and her head of security Captain Panaka, led the Security Force into Theed. They used a captured Multi-Troop Transport, Transport 714 to infiltrate the city. The two Jedi then used captured Single Trooper Aerial Platforms to travel through an aquaduct to the cliffs near the Theed Royal Palace. They climbed down the cliffs to a balcony and back up the cliff to rescue five Naboo pilots being guarded by various battle droids. Lieutenant Gavyn Sykes returned to Theed after his battle with the Droid Army and led diversionary forces in Gian speeders. Once inside the city, Panaka ordered Sykes to destroy a tank, alerting Viceroy Nute Gunray to the Naboo's presence. Kenobi assisted Asha and the Naboo Resistance forces by destroying a quad turbolaser cannon which prevented the Naboo pilots from taking off. Amidala and her soldiers were able to enter the Theed Hangar. Kenobi rejoined them and assisted by slicing through the door power cells. That prevented the Federation from sending reinforcements. The young boy Anakin Skywalker had taken cover in the cockpit of an N-1 starfighter and started the fighter, which he used to eliminate several destroyer droids which had the Naboo soldiers pinned down. The starfighter's autopilot took him to join the space battle. After that, a mysterious warrior appeared. The two Jedi commenced a lightsaber duel with him while the other Naboo soldiers took another route to the Palace.

Queen Amidala led Panaka and the others outside, where they fought through the streets before entering the Palace. Meanwhile, the sutdents attacked more battle droids and took a diplomatic pouch to Ambassador Kron. The students also prevented Viceroy Gunray from taking off in his personal shuttle. Inside the Palace, Amidala rescued several Naboo guards from their imprisonment and took the white passkey from Cyrus, as the Palace was on lockdown. Amidala fought through more battle droids to retrieve the blue and red keys, the latter of which led to the throne room. Amidala and Panaka were captured by destroyer droids and brought before Gunray. The appearance of Sabé, posing as the Queen, allowed Amidala to reach blasters hidden in the throne and capture the Viceroy to negotiate a treaty to end the invasion.

The two Jedi and the mysterious Sith warrior had taken their duel out of the hangar and into the Theed Generator Complex, dueling on the upper catwalks over a vast abyss. Kenobi was knocked down onto a lower catwalk and had to negotiate between the lower catwalks and the second complex room to get back to the main catwalk while his Master and his enemy dueled each other into the melting pit room. Kenobi was blocked by the energy gates while the warrior struck down his Master. Kenobi continued the duel when the gates opened, charging at the other warrior. Giving into Force rage, Kenobi was able to cut the other's double-bladed lightsaber in half, but the dark warrior was able to overpower Kenobi's defenses and Force push the young Jedi into the melting pit. He was able to calm his presence in the Force and leap up, telekinetically grab his Master's lightsaber, and cut down the mysterious warrior before Force-pushing him into the pit, unaware that they would later meet again. Kenobi then ran over to his dying master, whose last breaths implored Kenobi to train young Skywalker in the ways of the Jedi. By that time, the Droid Control Ship had been destroyed, ending the invasion.


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A squad of diversionary forces enters Theed.

In 32 BBY,[5] the Trade Federation invaded the planet Naboo in response to a trade dispute. The planet's Queen, Padmé Amidala, was rescued by the two Jedi Qui-Gon Jinn and Obi-Wan Kenobi. Amidala was taken to the capital of the Galactic Republic, Coruscant, to plead for an intervention before the Galactic Senate. When that endeavor failed, she asked to return to her people. When she arrived, she met with the other other Naboo species, the Gungans, to form an alliance to retake the planet. She also gathered the surviving resistance members. The Gungans agreed to stage a diversion outside of Theed, the planet's capital city while Amidala and her forces entered to retake the Theed Royal Palace and launch starfighters to knock out the Trade Federation's Droid Control Ship.[4] In advance of their entry, Captain Panaka ordered the resistance to secretly infiltrate the hangar and prepare their fighters for battle, as well as program the battle flight-path coordinates.[11]

A ready force of Naboo soldiers, supplemented by the two Jedi Qui-Gon Jinn and Obi-Wan Kenobi, Panaka, Amidala, the Handmaiden Sabé, astromech droid R2-D2, Anakin Skywalker, and Mett Habble;[8] as well as students from the Royal House of Learning who were aboard the Crescent; Dané, Galak, Arani Korden, Rorworr, Deel Surool, and Sia-Lan Wezz,[12] used a captured Trade Federation Multi-Troop Transport, Transport 714, to approach Theed without being detected by Trade Federation forces. The group navigated the transport to the entrance of a secret passage at the base of Theed's cliff face. The ready force disembarked, while the students remained behind to guard the transport for use as a rendezvous point in case of retreat.[8]

Half an hour after the ready ready force had departed,[8] the Gungans gathered and rallied their Grand Army in preparation for their diversionary battle against the Trade Federation Droid Army.[1] In response, the Federation army sent three battle divisions to the site.[13] One group was destroyed near the south ridge of Theed.[3] Another division engaged a Naboo outpost and was destroyed by the Naboo-allied pirate Nym.[2] The third division, led by the battle droid commander OOM-9 engaged the Gungan army head-on.[4]

The battle droid commander PDA-2 assumed control of the Trade Federations rearguard forces that remained to secure Theed. PDA-2 identified Transport 714, and, believing the vessel was damaged overrode the vehicle's controls. PDA-2 directed Transport 714 to the repair bay within Theed Hangar. The unit assigned to guard the transport notified Panaka of the change in their location, and within twenty-five minutes the transport was docked below the hangar. The unit ambushed the forces of ADO-8, a command battle droid guarding the repair bay.[8]

Meanwhile, the infiltrating forces followed the secret passage through the Catacombs of Theed,[14] before emerging outside of a boathouse near the Solleu River's largest waterfall, Virdugo Plunge,[15] allowing the Queen and company to enter Theed and attempt to capture the Trade Federation Viceroy, Nute Gunray.[4] Captain Panaka issued a synchronized signal over his comlink when the Queen's party began its assault.[8]

The BattleEdit

"I thought the battle was going to take place far from here. This is too close!"
―Viceroy Nute Gunray — Gnome-speakernotesListen (file info)[src]

Battle through the streetsEdit

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Naboo Royal Security Forces storm into the hangar.
"This is Lt. Sykes. All diversion forces head toward the nearest canal crossing. We'll form into teams on the other side. You have permission to blast any droid you spot."
―Lieutenant Gavyn Sykes leading resistance forces.[src]

After infiltrating the city, the two Jedi[16] were walking along the deserted streets of Theed when they were attacked by an overzealous battle droid on a Single Trooper Aerial Platform. They reflected its laser bolts back at it, destroying the droid and causing the Platform to crash, intact. The two Jedi decided to ride it, and another one they found,[17] through the streets of Theed, destroying numerous battle droids and destroyer droids before diverting onto an aquaduct and blasting through the battle droid defenders. Several gates blocked parts of the aquaduct, forcing the Jedi to destroy the gates. The two Jedi eventually dismounted at the cliffs overlooking the waterfall.[9]

They then proceeded to Force Jump down the cliffs until reaching a balcony, then jumped back up the other side. At the top, six Naboo pilots were being held in separate rooms, guarded by three droids each. Each droid trio was a separate type of droid—OOM security battle droids, B1 grapple droids, Flame battle droids, Grapple droidekas, destroyer droids, and B1 battle droids armed with missile launchers. The Jedi rescued five of the pilots before proceeding.[9]

Lieutenant Gavyn Sykes, freshly returned from the battle near the south ridge, led the diversionary Gian speeders and Flash speeders into Theed across the canal. As Sykes and his wingmate Kol Kotha drove through the Theed streets, they used their Gian speeders' laser cannons to blast the droids in their way. An AAT sat at one end of a street directly facing Sykes' approach, but the Naboo pilot destroyed it as he drove forward, before destroying another one off to the side. Two Ostracoda-class gunboats were patrolling Theed on the river. Sykes destroyed them when he encountered them, along with two more AATs on the sides of the river. As Sykes continued his way through Theed, he received a transmission from Palmer, another Naboo pilot. She was leading Group 2 and her three-member Flash speeder squad had become pinned down in a plaza. Sykes acknowledged her message and went to rescue the group. He blasted through several barriers in his way, along with more droids before emerging into the plaza with Kotha and destroyed the two AATs and the two destroyer droids attacking Palmer.[3]

Sykes and Group 2 then continued on toward their objective, the Theed Courthouse, where they planned on meeting with Group 3 and several commandos. Along the way they destroyed two more tanks. When Sykes asked for an update, a member of Group 3 reported they were running behind, so Sykes ordered them to catch up. As Sykes and the other pilots destroyed the droids guarding the courthouse, Group 3 caught up to them. Sykes escorted the transport speeder to its objective, an armored gate blocking their way to the Theed Hangar. Sykes blasted the droid defenders while the commandos disembarked, placed charges on the door, and escaped the blast. Sykes then drove through the ruined gate and met up with Panaka. Panaka ordered him to advance slowly under the archway to a certain point, then ordered Sykes to fire on an AAT.[3] He destroyed the tank with his opening shot, and the blast alerted the nearby Federation forces to the presence of the Naboo.[4] His diversion complete, Sykes dismounted from his craft.[3]

Around this time,[18] Kenobi was contacted by Asha, a palace servant and resistance leader. Their pilots were prevented from taking off by a Federation turbolaser cannon south of the hangar, and Kenobi was asked to help destroy the cannon. As Kenobi moved through Theed, he met one of the resistance fighters, who informed the Jedi that the Droid Army was hunting down Resistance members. Kenobi set off through the streets and disabled a force field in his way. He rescued three Naboo hostages from the droids; as he continued his path to the cannon, a he a firefight erupted between the Resistance and battle droids. Kenobi joined the firefight and destroyed an E4 baron droid before he entered a tunnel.[7]

When he emerged from the tunnel, he met another Resistance fighter, who informed him that they were pinned down by two repeater cannons. Kenobi fought his way through and destroyed the droids manning the cannons. The young Jedi then emerged into a garden outside the palace guarded by a force of battle droids. The Jedi flanked a repeater cannon, destroyed the droid at the controls, then turned the cannon onto other droids. As he moved to engage other droids, he was ambushed by a squad of OOM security droids and a destroyer droid, which he destroyed by taking another repeater cannon. Kenobi then went up the staircase to where the cannon was placed, facing four more destroyer droids. When the threat was gone, he destroyed the two power conduits on its side, causing the cannon to explode. Kenobi then jumped off the balcony and landed in the pool underneath. Asha contacted him again and told him the cannon had been destroyed. He swam off to rejoin the battle.[7]

Before the city erupted in conflict, the students from the Royal House of Learning found themselves outside Theed's Palace Plaza. They were approached by a small detachment from the Queen's party: Sabé, disguised as the Queen; a handmaiden; and two Palace Guards. Sabé requested the students' assistance in creating a diversion that would allow them to enter the Palace. The team engaged an Armored Assault Tank, a single STAP patrol, and a squad of eight battle droids, managing to distract the Trade Federation forces long enough to allow Sabé and her retinue to infiltrate the Palace directly and join up with Amidala.[19] The students escaped the Plaza as Royal Security Forces began engaging the Trade Federation Army throughout Theed.[20]

Sykes' destruction of the AAT surprised Gunray,[4] who had expected the final battle to take place elsewhere. Under cover of the confusion, Amidala led her team into the Theed Royal Palace.[11] The Queen's strike force, including Lieutenant Chamberlyn[21] snuck into the area near the Palace and fought a squad of battle droids. After the droids were eliminated, Kenobi was asked to lead the strike force into the Theed Hangar.[10] As the battle raged in Theed, the strike force entered the hangar, but was slowed down down by battle droids.[4]

The Trade Federation discovered the strike force, and sent battle droid reinforcements. A Resistance soldier asked Kenobi to assist them in securing the hangar by destroying the six power cells powering the doors. The soldier individually lowered the shields on the power cells, and Kenobi sliced through each one when its shield was down. The others provided covering fire, and in Jinn's case, lightsaber cover while Kenobi disabled the power cells. They faced two E4 baron droids, regular battle droids, and bomb droids. Droid starfighters in walker mode rose up from below the hangar. During that time, a Naboo squad leader had the back hallway secured.[7]

The Naboo forces cleared out the hangar in short order, but the droids were able to alert the Federation's Command Officer.[11] During the engagement, the Naboo pilots,[4] including Sykes,[3] were able to to take off to attack the Droid Control Ship, although one was shot down by an AAT stationed outside of the hangar. Panaka ordered Red and Blue Gropus to regroup, and the strike force moved toward the Palace. Then the doors opened, revealing a mysterious warrior. The two Jedi moved to attack him. After the warrior, a Sith Lord named Darth Maul, appeared, the Queen's strike forcesplit up. They were then pinned down by a the Federations reinforcements, a squad of destroyer droids. Anakin Skywalker, taking refuge in a N-1 starfighter, while trying to find the fighter's trigger, accidentally took off, but destroyed the droids with the craft's far stronger laser blasts. The fighter's auto-pilot then engaged, and took Skywalker into space to join the assault.[4]

The Jedi and Sith, meanwhile, engaged in a duel that waged on into the Theed Generator Complex. Amidala, Panaka, and their security forces left the hangar relatively unscathed through a separate door.[4]

Amidala led her group through the nearby streets. They advanced past droid opposition and and crossed the bridge before moving down the next street. On that street, Amidala took control of a heavy repeating cannon and used it to eliminate destroyer droids. She and Panaka then moved down the next two street corners and blasted another destroyer droid.[10] Panaka preceded Amidala down the next street and blasted down the droids. Amidala then rejoined Panaka and flanked the other droids. They met a wounded Naboo guard who told them how to open the security doors.[10] Amidala asked the astromech stationed near the door to open it.[22] Inside the security room, Amidala destroyed the generator. She then rejoined Panaka and the two returned to the security door and passed through the arch. On the other side, Panaka destroyed a force field generator blocking their way with a thermal detonator. They then met more Palace Guards, one of whom warns them about astromech droids which had been reprogrammed by the Trade Federation. Together they defeated the droids, and they infiltrated the Palace.[10]

The students, meanwhile, evaded several battle droid patrols and eventually found their way back to the Palace Plaza. A droid starfighter, supplemented by four battle droids, had replaced the previous patrol. The droids were firing at the occupants in the Plaza—four unarmed civilians, a pair of RSF Guards, and an RSF pilot with an R2-series astromech droid. The students intervened, and eventually secured the Plaza. The pilot, severely wounded, claimed that the astromech droid contained vital information, and charged the students with seeing that it found its way to Queen Amidala. One of the wounded Security Guards likewise charged the students with ensuring that a diplomatic pouch found its way to Ambassador Kron of Alderaan.[20]

Retaking of the PalaceEdit

"Your little insurrection is at an end, Your Highness. Time for you to sign the treaty and end this pointless debate in the Senate."
―Viceroy Nute Gunray — Gnome-speakernotesListen (file info)[src]
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Amidala and her team are surrounded by droidekas.

Returning to the Theed Hangar, the students ambushed the escort of a Neimoidian counterfeiter, Gode Takrab. After capturing and interrogating Takrab, they learned that he had forged a treaty between Naboo and the Trade Federation, as well as doctored a holovid of Queen Amidala endorsing the phony document. The students searched Takrab's shuttle and eventually found the fake agreement[12] hidden within Takrab's protocol droid, TC-11.[8] Viceroy Gunray sent a squad of battle droids led by RK-7 to secure the shuttle for his own escape.[8] The students were nearly overwhelmed, but managed to hold the shuttle and prevent Gunray's retreat until the end of the battle.[12]

Once inside the Palace, Amidala ordered two Palace Guards to secure their escape while she and Panaka secured the Viceroy.[23]

Advancing forward, she rescued another Palace Guard, who informed the Queen that he was on his way to be interrogated, and that they had hidden the pass keys. Amidala entered one of the nearby room and rescued a group of Naboo prisoners led by Cyrus. Cyrus gave her the white key, which she used to pass into the next corridor.[10]

The corridor held two destroyer droids and a heavy repeating cannon, but the Queen managed to fight them using a Proton missile launcher she acquired from a hidden room guarded by battle droids. Moving into the next corridor, Amidala opened a door, and she and Panaka eliminated the two destroyer droids guarding the blue pass key. Amidala then used the blue key to open the door to the next part of the Palace. The two defeated the battle droid stationed there, allowing Amidala to push a box on the bottom floor of the walkway to a gap, then pushed a box from the upper level onto it. She climbed on top of the boxes and retrieved the red pass key, which unlocked the door at the top of the stairs leading to the heavily-guarded throne room.[24]

The Queen's battle continued further into the Royal Palace, traveling through the ceremonial halls before she was stopped by a contingent of battle droids. She split up with her handmaiden, Sabé, who led a second squad of Naboo soldiers through the palace corridors. Amidala, Panaka, and other soldiers escaped through the window to the outside of the palace, and used their ascension guns to rise to the throne room level.[4]

Amidala's own group tried to break through to the throne room which their target, Viceroy Gunray, had taken over. However, a squad of destroyer droids surrounded Amidala's soldiers and forced their surrender. Amidala ordered Panaka and the others to throw down their weapons.[25] Just before being led away, Amidala sent a distress signal to the second squad led by Sabé.[11] The destroyer and battle droids, including 3B3-21[21] brought the Queen's squad to the throne room, then left the area, leaving only around a dozen battle droids to accompany them into the room, where Gunray and Rune Haako waited.[4]

Throne room recapturedEdit

"Now, Viceroy, we will discuss a new treaty."
―Padmé Amidala to Nute Gunray[src]
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Panaka eliminates the last droid opposition in the throne room.

After being led to the throne room as captured enemies, the Queen and her protectors were not to be prisoners for long. Sabé and her team, responding to Amidala's signal, suddenly appeared and fooled Viceroy Gunray into thinking Sabé was the Queen.[11] The battle droids were distracted just long enough for Amidala to unlock a secret compartment in the throne full of blasters and throw them to her fellow freedom fighters.[4]

The confused battle droids were quickly shot down and the doors to the throne room jammed, locking in the Viceroy and Haako with Queen Amidala. Two of the most prominent leaders of the Trade Federation were now in custody. Theed had been taken back from Federation control.[4]

Duel in TheedEdit

"I hope you are more challenging than your master. I'm somewhat disappointed in him."
―Darth Maul to Obi-Wan Kenobi after the former fatally injures Qui-Gon Jinn.[src]
Qui-Gon and Obi-Wan's duel against Darth Maul.

Meanwhile, Darth Maul engaged Qui-Gon and Obi-Wan in a furious lightsaber duel. The trio fought through a pair of blast doors connecting the hangar to the Theed Generator Complex. On a catwalk across the Complex, the duel raged for a long time, Maul being a more formidable opponent than either Jedi had ever faced before; wielding his double-bladed lightsaber with vicious efficiency. Despite Maul's seeming dominance on the battlefield, however, he continually gave ground over the entire battle, leading the two Jedi into a labyrinth of catwalks. Maul then leapt up to a higher level, with the Jedi following. Maul split the two Jedi apart after Kenobi was forced back over the ledge.[4]

When trying to return to the battle, Kenobi fell through the catwalk down to the next level.[10]

Kenobi took the elevator back up to the rings, then jumped to the next ring after dispatching a battle droid. Kenobi Force-jumped to the next ring, and took the ramp down to another area. Two droids waited for him in the corridor, but the Jedi dispatched them. Kenobi then hit the switch to open the panel to the next chamber. Advancing along the catwalk, he turned on the lights in the chamber. Further down the catwalk, he used the controls to disable the energy barriers in the chamber. He then extended the bridge part way from his side, then used the Force to push the opposite bridge control. He then Force jumped across the gap to the next catwalk. He then was able to continue back to the main chamber where Jinn and Maul were continuing their fight.[10]

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Qui-Gon dueling Maul alone.

Kenobi then took one of the elevators down to the next level, and Force jumped to the next ring. He went around that ring and Force jumped to the next one, after dispatching the droid guard. He took the elevator back up to the next level and Force-pushed a droid off the ring, allowing him to enter another room. He then descended to the lower level of that room, and went into the next one, which featured a laser maze. Kenobi returned to the first part of the room, where he went back up to the top level. Once there, he jumped across to the other side and hit the control panel there. Jumping back, he moved the box out of the hidden grating and pushed it onto the elevator so he could bring it down a level and push it into the room with the laser gates. He jumped onto the box and went into the control area for the laser gates, where he was able to manipulate the controls to form an opening. He then jumped down onto the box and went through the laser gates. He rode the elevator back up and re-entered the main chamber.[10]

Kenobi Force-jumped to an elevator and descended one level and crossed the walkway there. He then boarded another elevator to go up a level, then crossed the walkway to a position where he could jump back to the main catwalk and follow the other two combatants.[26]

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Qui-Gon impaled by Maul's lightsaber.

Jinn forced the Sith Lord back down to the central catwalk, which met a hall with laser fields. By the time Obi-Wan caught up to the two combatants, he was kept back by the laser barriers. The laser barriers also separated Jinn from his Sith adversary; the Jedi meditated while Maul paced until the barriers opened. Kenobi did not catch up before the barriers closed again,[4] responding to intermittent power outputs.[11] This left Qui-Gon to duel alone with Maul. Despite being considered one of the best lightsaber duelists in the Jedi Order,[source?] Qui-Gon could not keep up with the Sith Lord's youth; this was coupled with the restriction of the narrow catwalk around the melting pit, which kept Qui-Gon from using his Ataru style to its full capacity. Eventually, Maul slammed the wide handle of his lightsaber into Qui-Gon's face, stunning the Jedi Master, and the merciless Sith Lord quickly took the moment to stab Qui-Gon in the stomach, while Obi-Wan could only watch in horror.[4] Darth Maul then taunted Kenobi. The laser fields soon switched off, and Obi-Wan ran through to avenge his master's fatal blow.[7]

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Obi-Wan and Maul dueling near the pit and Qui-Gon's fallen form.

Overcome with hatred, Obi-Wan lashed out at Maul. He succeeded in slicing the Sith Lord's double-bladed lightsaber hilt in half, leaving Maul with only one blade. However, the Sith Lord remained in control and eventually Force-pushed Obi-Wan into the melting pit. The Jedi Padawan clung for his life on a power node and watched as Maul kicked Obi-Wan's fallen lightsaber into the pit.[4]

As the Sith Lord tried to disloge him with lightsaber strikes on the edge of the pit, whose metal happened to be resistant to the weapon's blade,[6] Obi-Wan was able to relax his nerves and focus on the light side. He Force Jumped himself out of the pit, Force-pulled his master's lightsaber into his hand, and landed with a single sweeping near-death blow into Darth Maul's torso.[4] He finished by Force-pushing Maul away.[7] The Sith Lord fell into the melting pit, neatly sliced in two, only barely able to survive.[6] By then, the rest of Naboo had been liberated after the Lucrehulk-class Droid Control Ship orbiting the planet was destroyed, thereby shutting off control to the droid arm and ending the Invasion of Naboo.[4]


"His future is clouded, but I will guide his destiny. I will raise him to be the most powerful Jedi in the galaxy...I promise you."
―Obi-Wan Kenobi, promising his deceased Master he will train Anakin Skywalker[src]
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Qui-Gon's spirit watches as Obi-Wan and Anakin leave his funeral as master and apprentice.

After the battle, Amidala visited the families of every Gungan and Naboo soldier who had been killed.[27] The students from the Royal House of Learning aided in liberating the Trade Federations remaining prison camps, and cleaning up the deactivated battle droids, when they were reunited with captain Nuun Pargen of the Crescent. They were also honored in a minor ceremony by the Queen.[28] Palpatine had been elected Supreme Chancellor in the meantime, replacing Finis Valorum. The next day, Palpatine arrived on Naboo with members of the Jedi High Council to oversee the arrest of Gunray and Haako. Yoda promoted Kenobi to full Jedi Knight and assigned him to train Skywalker. That evening, Qui-Gon was given a Jedi funeral. The Council members believed that Kenobi had destroyed Darth Maul,[4] but he had survived to go into hiding.[6] During Jinn's funeral, the recently honored students were approached by Sabé, and asked to help end a minor rebellion by a dark-side force-adept.[29] The day after, the Gungans and Naboo celebrated with a parade in Theed, complete with overflights by N-1 starfighters,[4] N-X Police Cruisers, and NB-1S Royal Bombers.[3] After the battle, young Skywalker wrote a journal about his experience with the Jedi.[30] The Security Forces and resistance fighters assembled in the Theed Hangar to see the two off as they left in the Royal Starship.[7] The battle's companion, the diversionary conflict by the Gungan Army at the Great Grass Plains, won renown by military historians. Large ground battles such as that one were rare in during the time of galactic peace.[31]

Despite what the Jedi and even Darth Sidious were led to believe, Darth Maul did not die on Naboo. Instead he survived through his all-consuming hatred for Obi-Wan Kenobi and managed to escape the planet. Knowing his master would never forgive his failure, Maul fled to the reclusive world of Lotho Minor, where, despite the strength of his rage, the pain he felt from his near-fatal wound drove him to insanity and made him lose his mind. The only thing he remembered was the reason why he had become what he was now: Kenobi. The only person who knew of Darth Maul's survival was Mother Talzin of the Nightsisters due to her possession of a sample of Maul's blood that she had recovered when she had attempted to get him back from Darth Sidious.

At the height of the Clone Wars, after having incurred the wrath of Count Dooku, Talzin sent her new servant, Savage Opress, Maul's half-brother, to find him.

Behind the scenesEdit

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Ray Park and stunt doubles on set practicing their duel.
"The Royal Naboo Security Force is trying to retake Theed while the bulk of our forces are engaged with the Gungans. You must hold the city at all costs."
―Darth Sidious briefs the player before the battle during the loading screen[src]

The Second Battle of Theed appeared first in Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace and its tie-ins in 1999. Later works show this battle from different angles. The Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace video game offers the players the chance to play this battle over two missions, switching perspectives between Amidala and Kenobi. The game contradicts the movie at certain points. The first mission takes place from the infiltration of the Theed Hangar to the Royal Palace, and the lightsaber duel up until the catwalk. The second mission takes place inside the Palace and goes up to the capture of Gunray and the defeat of Darth Maul.

In the video game Star Wars: Episode I Jedi Power Battles, released in 2000, the Jedi's return to Theed, along with the duel with Darth Maul, takes place over three consecutive levels. The game may be played with one or two characters. The first mission features the player(s) riding STAPs on a linear path through Theed. The second mission forces the player(s) to scale the Palace cliffs and face five rooms out of six full of various types of battle droids to rescue Security Force pilots. The third chronicles the duel with Darth Maul. The duel in the game contradicts the movie, so this article does not incorporate its events. The duel features extra posturing on Darth Maul's part, with him bowing twice to the player. They then duel, heading out of the hangar and into the Theed Power Generator complex. The player chases Maul around the catwalks and duels him on an energy bridge, before leaping down a set of rings and dueling Maul on the central catwalk. Maul Force-jumps away from the player(s), who chase the Sith Lord. In the next section, the player(s) face three battle droids and take an elevator up. On the upper catwalk, the player(s) faces two more droids and must jump across a series of gaps which feature oscillating lasers. Once past, the player(s) must disable two fans. They then disable a third fan and start jumping down its five levels, disabling more fans on the way down. The player(s) ends up on the bottom of the power chamber and must avoid falling into the pool. Past that is a laser gate maze, which is guarded by more droids. The next section past the maze is a series of gaps which the player(s) must jump over, while also avoiding lasers. Once across, there is a short duel with Maul, which is similar to the movie. Unlike the movie, Qui-Gon does not get killed by Maul in the game, due to him and Obi-Wan not being the only playable characters.

In the video game Star Wars: Battle for Naboo, also released in 2000, in mission 14, Panaka's Diversion, the player takes the role of Lieutenant Gavyn Sykes. The default craft for the mission is the Gian speeder. The player is not tasked with destroying every droid in the level and may drive past them, although it is necessary to destroy the droids attacking Palmer's groups and the commandos, as well as a tank to finish the mission. The player is capable of triggering the next objective by blowing through the doorway instead of waiting for the commandos. After Sykes destroys a tank near the hangar and triggers the ambush, the game ends automatically regardless if the remaining tanks in the plaza have not been destroyed.

The video game Star Wars: Galactic Battlegrounds, released in 2001, features an alternate history scenario where the Gungan Grand Army (consisting of three fambaas—one with a deflector shield and two with cannons, two heavy Raapturs, one scout, three cerrabores, two heavy Lerraas, two medics, and 12 militiagungs with Roos Tarpals and Jar Jar Binks) liberates Theed following a total victory on the Great Grass Plains. The Gungan army enters Theed via the gates to the south and proceeds through the city, destroying the Trade Federation fortresses blocking the way and rescuing Royal Security Force units, who join the Gungan's struggle. As the Trade Federation military buildings are destroyed, the Gungan army receives reinforcements. Lastly the Gungan army destroys the Trade Federation Monument which had been erected, freeing Naboo. The mission was also included in the game's 2002 expansion pack, Clone Campaigns. The game's strategy guide walks the player through the mission space and recommends the player group the units together under the Fambaa's shield.

Also released in 2001 was the video game Star Wars: Obi-Wan; the player takes the guise of the titular character. The game has a strategy guide. This battle takes place over three missions. In Grounded, Kenobi joins with the Resistance fighters to destroy a turbolaser cannon. The outline in this article is only one way to pass the mission, and Kenobi has a number of weapons at his disposal. It is possible to ignore many of the enemies blocking the player's way. Valuable Assistance expands on the scene inside the hangar, with Kenobi cutting through six power cells. The duel with Darth Maul in Darth Maul is similar to that of the movie but has different details. The melting pit has catwalks that are not in the movie. Also, Kenobi duels Maul directly, depleting his health and cutting his lightsaber in half, then defeating him again. Furthermore, Obi-Wan does not lose his lightsaber in the game's version of the duel, and as such defeats the Sith Lord with his own weapon instead of Qui-Gon's. When Maul is defeated for good, Obi-Wan Force-pushes him into the melting pit, which causes his two halves to separate, instead of Maul simply falling backwards into the pit as in the movie. The mission opens with Obi-Wan trapped behind the barrier and watches Qui-Gon and Maul fight. That duel is not scripted, showing the player a different duel each time the mission starts.

In the 2004 video game Star Wars: Battlefront, this battle appears during the game's mission entitled Rebellion on Theed, although the storyline is S-canon by Leland Chee; [32] the mission is from the point of view of the Trade Federation Droid Army and features a droid victory instead of the canonical Naboo victory. Darth Sidious commands the army to defend Theed, and the droids engage the Naboo Security Forces and recapture certain locations (The Office, the Palace, the Rotunda, the Embassy and the Plaza) before eliminating the Naboo soldiers. AATs and Gian speeders appear in the level and can be driven.[33]

In the LEGO Star Wars video game, Chapters 5 and 6 of The Phantom Menace portion take place during this time period, but the participants are re-stylized as mute LEGO characters. The game is for two players but if only one is active the second becomes AI-controlled. In Retake the Theed Palace, the players use the figures of Qui-Gon and Obi-Wan and start outside the Royal Palace. Padme, Panaka, R2-D2 and Anakin can also be controlled. Moving into the courtyard, the players fight battle droids and destroyer droids. The players must then use the game's "Force powers" to lower a ramp and ascend to the second level, where they must switch to R2-D2 and open a door. The next area features a battle-damaged background. The players must use the game's "Force powers" to solve the puzzle and use one of the grapple guns to get across. The players must then stand on switches to open the next door, revealing more battle droids. After that, the players must build with LEGO studs to create a door for R2 to open, leading into a courtyard and more droids. In that area, the players rebuild a staircase and travel up it, and then fix a bridge. After the bridge they must solve a puzzle, using Anakin to travel through a chute to open a switch to the door, letting the others into an area full of droids. Then the two Jedi characters must use their "force powers" on a puzzle to go to the next level and open the door to the Palace. The players must then move up the staircase and fight destroyer droids. The path to the next area is behind a stature, which leads to the hangar. There the players rescue six Naboo pilots scattered around the hangar by Force-jumping to their positions or using the "force" to stack platforms to jump on. When the pilots are freed, the player-controlled R2-D2 must open the main hangar door, ending the mission. The mission's opening video contradicts the movie by using a Flash speeder to ambush the AAT near the hangar instead of the Gian speeder.

In Darth Maul, Qui-Gon and Obi-Wan face Darth Maul. The Sith Lord starts by Force-lifting the walkway so the Jedi can't get across the chasm. Then he engages in a sequence where the characters and he Force-push items at each other. When that is done, he runs away and the players can re-place the bridge and follow. The players must then proceed down the hallway to face Maul again and follow as Maul jumps up walkways placed around a column. At the end of that is the catwalk area with a jumping puzzle. Passing through that leads the players to battle droid commanders and troops which must be defeated. Each player must then take out a destroyer droid and step on a switch to raise a platform to where Maul escaped to. After that is the laser gate room, which must be disabled by using the "Force powers" to flick switches until the players reach the final area; there are only four gates instead of the canonical seven gates. They fight Darth Maul until his hit points are reduced, then he jumps up and uses his "force powers" to toss LEGO items against the players. He does this twice until forced back onto the playing field, where the players defeat him again. The closing video then plays and features the final moments of the fight. When Maul is defeated, though, his torso falls into the pit and his LEGO legs remain standing and move around.

The game's strategy guide reveals the required actions to complete the puzzles and shows all the bonus areas.

The 2012 Scholastic kids book LEGO Star Wars: Darth Maul's Mission gives a humorous take on the battle. When Darth Maul confronts the Jedi, Qui-Gon calls him "Little Red Riding Hood." During the duel, Maul succeeds in knocking Qui-Gon into a storage closet. When Obi-Wan is trapped in the laser barriers, he rebuilds scattered droid parts into a speeder bike, but Maul breaks the speeder, knocking Obi-Wan into the pit. Then a Jawa appears and flies directly into Maul, knocking him into the pit. Obi-Wan then waves goodbye, calling out, "see you next fall, Darth Maul." The Heroes then throw a party in Theed.


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  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Star Wars: Galactic Battlegrounds
  2. 2.0 2.1 Star Wars: Starfighter
  3. 3.00 3.01 3.02 3.03 3.04 3.05 3.06 3.07 3.08 3.09 3.10 3.11 3.12 3.13 Star Wars: Battle for Naboo
  4. 4.00 4.01 4.02 4.03 4.04 4.05 4.06 4.07 4.08 4.09 4.10 4.11 4.12 4.13 4.14 4.15 4.16 4.17 4.18 4.19 4.20 4.21 4.22 4.23 4.24 4.25 4.26 4.27 4.28 4.29 4.30 4.31 4.32 4.33 4.34 4.35 4.36 4.37 4.38 4.39 4.40 4.41 4.42 4.43 4.44 4.45 4.46 4.47 4.48 4.49 4.50 4.51 4.52 4.53 4.54 4.55 4.56 Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 The New Essential Chronology establishes on page 40 that the Invasion of Naboo happens in 32 BBY.
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 6.3 6.4 Star Wars: The Wrath of Darth Maul
  7. 7.00 7.01 7.02 7.03 7.04 7.05 7.06 7.07 7.08 7.09 7.10 7.11 7.12 Star Wars: Obi-Wan
  8. 8.0 8.1 8.2 8.3 8.4 8.5 8.6 8.7 8.8 8.9 WizardsoftheCoast "Peril on Naboo"—Secrets of Naboo Act 3: Assault on Theed
  9. 9.0 9.1 9.2 9.3 9.4 9.5 9.6 9.7 Star Wars: Episode I Jedi Power Battles
  10. 10.0 10.1 10.2 10.3 10.4 10.5 10.6 10.7 10.8 10.9 Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace video game
  11. 11.0 11.1 11.2 11.3 11.4 11.5 Star Wars: Complete Locations
  12. 12.0 12.1 12.2 The Official Star Wars Fact File 91 (TRA17-18, The Trade Federation Attack)
  13. These divisions were given an indirect mention in the The New Essential Chronology in the entry for the Battle of Grassy Plains
  14. Star Wars: Episode I Obi-Wan's Adventures
  15. Inside the Worlds of Star Wars Episode I
  16. Star Wars: Episode I Jedi Power Battles can be played with one or two characters; these characters are Qui-Gon Jinn, Obi-Wan Kenobi, Plo Koon, Mace Windu, and Adi Gallia. Any character can be selected from the loading screen for any of the game's 10 missions. This article assumes the selection of Jinn and Kenobi, per their appearance in Episode I. If only one player is chosen, then the second character does not appear during the game.
  17. The second STAP is only used in two-player games.
  18. This mission in Star Wars: Obi-Wan takes place prior to the entry into the Theed hangar, although its further placement is unclear.
  19. Star Wars: Invasion of Theed Adventure Game, Adventure 4: Aid the Queen
  20. 20.0 20.1 WizardsoftheCoast Battle in the Streets! on (original article link, backup links on
  21. 21.0 21.1 SWCCGsmall Star Wars Customizable Card GameTheed Palace Limited (Card: CARD NAME)
  22. This astromech only appears if left in its place during the escape from Theed earlier in the game. This article assumes that the player encounters the droid both times.
  23. This portion of the battle which appears in the Episode 1 video game is independent of the movie and thus difficult to place.
  24. At this point the game diverges slightly from the movie. This article assumes the movie version is the canonical sequence.
  25. Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace novelization
  26. At this point in the game the duel diverges slightly from the movie. This article assumes the movie version is the canonical sequence.
  27. Star Wars Episode I Journal: Queen Amidala
  28. WizardsoftheCoast "Peril on Naboo"—Secrets of Naboo Epilogue
  29. Star Wars: Invasion of Theed Adventure Game, Adventure 5: Renegade
  30. Star Wars Episode I Journal: Anakin Skywalker
  31. The Essential Guide to Warfare
  32. [1]
  33. The Star Wars: Battlefront strategy guide gives strategies for the map on which the level appears but does not include information on the Historical Campaign.

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