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Womprat
Womp rat
Biological classification
Designation

Non-sentient

Physical characteristics
Average length

2-3 meters[1]

Sociocultural characteristics
Homeworld

Tatooine[1]

"Just like shootin' womp rats, eh kid?"
―Unknown Rebel soldier[src]

The womp rat was a large, omnivorous rodent native to Tatooine. It was widely considered to be a pest. They were slightly larger than two meters in size. There were three species of womp rats: ones that lived in Beggar's Canyon, ones that lived in the Jundland Wastes, and swamp womp rats. It was not unheard of for people to have domesticated womp rats as pets, but Luke Skywalker and his friends used to "bulls-eye" womp rats while flying T-16 skyhoppers, for fun and target practice.

Biology and appearanceEdit

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Jundland Waste womp rats

"I used to bull's-eye womp rats in my T-16 back home. They're not much bigger than two meters."
―Luke Skywalker[src]

While womp rats were opportunists and fond of carrion and refuse, they were also predators, though most of their prey were old, sick, or generally weak. Their normal prey included small animals, such as profoggs. Womp rats traveled in packs to overwhelm larger prey items, such as Dewbacks and Banthas. These packs consisted of up to 20 individuals. When they bite, their teeth set in and the animals will not release their hold, even if they are killed; Owen Lars had seen a bantha with a desiccated womp rat skull still biting down on it.

The Beggar's Canyon womp rat reproduced at an alarming rate. Once it reproduced to such a point that the population could not be kept in check, and womp rats were hunting Jawas and raiding storehouses. The Imperial prefect of Tatooine and the Affiliated Moisture Farmers then passed a bounty ordinance of ten credits per rat. Luke Skywalker and his friend Biggs Darklighter got enough womp rats to upgrade their T-16 skyhoppers and have enough money for the Academy.

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Beggar's Canyon womp rats

With lengths of up to 3 meters,[2] womp rats were vicious, mean mammals, and were often used for target practice. Some womp rats on Tatooine were prone to Gray Rot.

Womp Rats were also very fast and stealthy. They could have had the ability to cloak themselves with the Force since Ki-Adi-Mundi and Aurra Sing both found out that they could barely sense them with the Force aiding them.

Easy targets were sometimes called "sitting womp-rats".[2]

A popular flavor of soup on Tatooine was "Cream of Womprat soup", often prepared by Beru Whitesun Lars.[3]

The Jundland Wastes womp rat appeared shortly after Imperials arrived on Tatooine, and some have speculated it was a mutated form of the Beggar's Canyon womp rat, affected by chemicals from Imperial waste dumps. Some of its mutations include a larger size, slower reproduction rate, and lower numbers than Beggar's Canyon womp rat. Their ears are also elongated and winglike.

Another variety, the swamp womp rat, was found on a few fringe worlds as well as on Cularin.

Behind the scenesEdit

The Mutant Womprat appears in the game Super Star Wars as boss of Level 6: Land of the Banthas, fought by Luke Skywalker. The creature was accompanied by several smaller Womp Rats.

In the 2001 video game Star Wars: Rogue Squadron II: Rogue Leader, the player must play a minigame in the training session where they strafe womp rats.

AppearancesEdit

Womp Rat

A typical Womp rat on Tatooine.

Non-canon appearancesEdit

SourcesEdit

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Concept art for Star Wars Galaxies.

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