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"We're outgunned. We're not going to last a mynock minute out here."
―Ahsoka Tano — (audio) Listen (file info)[1]

The Battle of Bothawui was an engagement that took place near the planet Bothawui in 22 BBY. The Galactic Republic's victory in the battle put a stop to a Separatist advance during the Clone Wars.


The Galactic Republic had suffered multiple defeats by the Confederate General Grievous, which was weakening the Republic's foothold in the the galaxy's Outer Rim. After the loss of the battle group at Falleen, Grievous's fleet moved to take the strategic planet Bothawui. Jedi General Anakin Skywalker, his Padawan Ahsoka Tano, and their task force of three Venator-class Star Destroyers were then assigned to protect and hold the world of Bothawui. However, Jedi Council member Obi-Wan Kenobi urged Skywalker to retreat and regroup, knowing that Grievous was coming. In addition, spies had alerted the Separatist general to the presence of the Jedi cruisers beyond the planetary rings. Despite being outnumbered, Skywalker had devised a plan.[1]

The battle[]

Grievous' fleet emerging from the planet's rings

Grievous, reasoning that an attack from above would render his ships susceptible to enemy fire, ordered his fleet moved in to attack by approaching through Bothawui's asteroid belt, which, in addition to transferring power to his forward shields, protected his ships from Skywalker's fleet. When they got in range of Skywalker's fleet, Grievous' fleet opened fire, eventually crippling the nearest cruiser. Skywalker, flying as Gold Leader, commanded Gold Squadron as they took on Grievous' fleet. One of the V-19s was also hit by enemy fire and collided with another fighter, destroying both. Skywalker thus ordered Gold Squadron to take evasive action and retreat. However, Skywalker continued to participate in the battle and then unveiled his surprise to Grievous. Ahsoka then signaled Captain CT-7567 and his AT-TEs that had been positioned on the asteroids to open fire on Grievous' fleet from their rear.[1]

Having directed all power to their forward deflectors, the frigates were left completely vulnerable to the attack from the rear and were quickly torn apart one by one. Sensing the momentum of the battle had changed, Grievous decided to retreat; however his droid captain inquired as to where. With the frigates unable to maneuver to escape, the general then took his personal starfighter, the Soulless One, and flew himself away from the battle. Skywalker attempted to pursue him, but his fighter was damaged and incapacitated in the meteor field.[1]


Following the battle, Skywalker was rescued by Rex. However, R2 was lost and presumed destroyed.[1]

Behind the scenes[]

Early in the battle, when Grievous enters, two battle droids are seated in front of the viewport, but later the chair at the right of General Grievous is empty. As the battle continues, a battle droid can clearly be seen at Grievous's right, but what model of battle droid this is unclear. As they appear in Downfall of a Droid, OOM pilot battle droids can be distinguished from B1-series battle droids by, in addition to their blue markings, several small marks and darker lines on their head. A battle droid with these darker markings and a mark on its head may appear to the right of Grievous in the battle; this would indicate it is a pilot droid, but later it is replaced by a B1.[1]



Notes and references[]

  1. 1.00 1.01 1.02 1.03 1.04 1.05 1.06 1.07 1.08 1.09 1.10 1.11 1.12 1.13 1.14 1.15 1.16 1.17 1.18 1.19 1.20 1.21 1.22 1.23 1.24 1.25 1.26 1.27 1.28 1.29 1.30 1.31 1.32 1.33 1.34 1.35 1.36 1.37 1.38 1.39 1.40 1.41 1.42 TCW mini logo.jpg Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Downfall of a Droid"
  2. TCW mini logo.jpg Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Supply Lines"
  3. Star Wars: Galactic Atlas places the early events of the Battle of Ryloth and the mission to Rodia to 22 BBY. As the episode this event takes place within takes place between the events of the pieces of media the other events are attached to according to StarWars.com Star Wars: The Clone Wars Chronological Episode Order on StarWars.com (backup link), this event must also take place in 22 BBY.

Clone Wars
(22 BBY19 BBY)
Galactic timeline

Previous: Separatist Crisis

Concurrent: Nikardun conquests · Kilji conquests · Balith civil war · War on Quarzite · Mandalorian civil war · Campaign against the Shadow Collective

Next: Early rebellion against the Galactic Empire · Great Jedi Purge · Ryloth Insurgency

Battles of the Clone Wars
22 BBY Geonosis (I) · Geonosis (II) · Antar 4 · Hebekrr Minor · Rocky planet · Republic transport · Hissrich · Langston · Bracca (I) · Cato Neimoidia (I) · Muunilinst · Quarmendy · Krystar · Separatist weapons depot · Caliban · Hisseen · Christophsis (I) · Teth · Jabba's Palace · Ziro's Palace · Ryloth · Rugosa · Malevolence Campaign (Phu system · Abregado · Ryndellia system · Kaliida Nebula (I) · Kaliida Nebula (II)) · Corvair · Kudo III · Mimban · Rishi Moon · Skytop Station campaign (Falleen · Bothawui · Outer corridor · Skytop Station) · Rodia
21 BBY Tranquility · Vassek 3 · Vanqor (I) · Florrum (I) · Quell · Maridun · Orto Plutonia · Naboo (I) · Felucia (I) · Devaron (I) · Felucia Medical Station HCTFF2 · Malastare · Cato Neimoidia (II) · Murkhana · Dorin · Geonosis (III) · Geonosis (IV) · Dantooine · Merj · Vallt · Grange · Saleucami system · Saleucami (I) · Republic cruiser · Coronet · Coruscant (I) · Kamino · Pantora
20 BBY Sullust · Devaron (II) · Toydaria · Capture of Even Piell · Lola Sayu · Felucia (II) · Mon Cala · Naboo (II) · Qiilura system · Patitite Pattuna · Rescue of Adi Gallia · Umbara · Kiros · Kadavo · Theed · Onderon (I) · Obi-Wan Kenobi's fleet · Florrum (II) · Unidentified planet · Aut-O's flagship
19 BBY
(Outer Rim Sieges)
Cato Neimoidia (IV) · Ringo Vinda · Batuu · Mokivj · Scipio · Utapau (I) · Mahranee · Raxus Secundus · Haruun Kal · Vizsla Keep 09 · Rescue of Quinlan Vos · Separatist storage base · Vanqor (II) · Christophsis (II) · Jedi Temple · D'Astan campaign (Serenno) · Anaxes · Skako Minor · Kardoa · Metalorn · Boz Pity · Mygeeto (I) (Mygeeto (II) · Mygeeto (III)) · Lokori · Geonosis (V) · Sentinel Flare · Space · Onderon (II) · Yerbana · Separatist dreadnought · Coruscant (III) · Unidentified sector · Cato Neimoidia (V) · Kashyyyk · Bracca (II) · Utapau (II) · Felucia (III) · Castell · Saleucami (II) · Slag's Pit · Kaller · Mustafar
Other Aargonar · Abafar · Agamar · Alamass · Arkax Station · Aurora · Bray · Carida · Clabron · Confederate people · Coruscant (II) · Crombach Nebula · Cularin · Escander · Halcyon · Horain · Khorm · Kromus · Ledeve Jedi Temple · Mrinzebon · Nal Kapok · Oktaro · Quellor sector · Quermia · Ridlay · Ruusan system · Retta · Secret Research Facility · Sedratis · Skako · Stellar Rise · Unidentified planet
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