Vulptices (singular: Vulptex)[5] were a species of fox-like creatures[1] that lived within burrows and tunnels beneath the surface of the white and red, salt-covered mineral planet of Crait.[5] They were distinguished by their white, crystalline fur.[2] A group of vulptices was called a skulk.[4]


After the Rebel Alliance abandoned their outpost on the planet, the Vulptices had come to roam free through the abandoned structures.[5] Decades later an extremely curious skulk of vulptices was present on Crait during the time of a battle that broke out between the First Order and the Resistance on the planet surface.[2] The skulk found their way into the abandoned outpost while the door was closing, and they remained in the outpost while the battle of Crait was going on. While Luke Skywalker was distracting the First Order, the vulptices had somehow found their way out of the outpost, which seemingly had no escape. Finn inquired where the "crystal critters" had gone. One was spotted and helped them escape through a tunnel near the back of the outpost. However, the exit was blocked by a large pile of rocks. Rey used the Force to move the rocks out of the way. The Resistance was then able to follow the creatures out of the base.

Behind the scenesEdit

"The theory is they've fed off this planet for so long that their fur has become crystalline. They've taken on the very surface of the planet they live on."
―Neil Scanlan[src]
Crait crystal creature

A Vulptex on the salt-covered surface of Crait

Vulptices were designed for Star Wars: Episode VIII The Last Jedi,[3] the eighth film in the Star Wars saga, which was released on December 15, 2017.[6] They were first revealed in The Last Jedi behind the scenes footage from the D23 Expo released on July 15, 2017,[7] displaying the animatronics that were used to bring the creatures to life.[3] The vulptices made their first appearance in the Crait sequence of Star Tours: The Adventures Continue,[8] Disney's simulator ride theme park attraction, which debuted at Disneyland Park and Disney's Hollywood Studios on November 17, 2017.[9]

According to Neal Scanlan, the creature effects supervisor for The Last Jedi, feeding off Crait for a long time was the reason behind these foxes' crystalline fur. In this way, "they've taken on the very surface of the planet they live on."[10] The designers took inspiration from "crystal glass chandeliers and the sort of luminosity and elements of refraction" they create.[5]

The Lucasfilm Story Group's Pablo Hidalgo came up with their name from the Latin word for fox, and the name of the fox genus, vulpes[5] and vertices (singular: vertex), or the corners of any polyhedron, a shape associated with crystals.[11]


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