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"Good job, Artoo. Someday, these droids will learn they keep messing with the wrong Jedi."
"Looks like you're clear."
"Just keep watching and learning, Padawan. Uh-oh."
"You're trailing smoke. What's wrong?"
"Oh, nothing serious, just a small malfunction."
―Anakin Skywalker and Ahsoka Tano, right before a starfighter malfunction renders the former unconscious[5]

The Battle of Cato Neimoidia, also known as the invasion of Cato Neimodia, was a battle fought during the later stages of the Clone Wars when the planet Cato Neimoidia, which housed the headquarters of the Trade Federation, was invaded by the Confederacy of Independent Systems. This prompted the Galactic Republic to launch a defense of the planet despite its unofficial ties to the Confederacy through secret Federation dealings. Anakin Skywalker and Ahsoka Tano took part in this battle, but they were recalled to Coruscant following the bombing of a Jedi Temple hangar.

The battle[]

In 19 BBY,[7] the Confederacy of Independent Systems attacked the planet Cato Neimoidia, which they had previously lost to the Galactic Republic.[11] The Republic dispatched Jedi General Anakin Skywalker, Jedi Commander Ahsoka Tano, and the elite 501st Legion to defend the planet.[5] Droid tri-fighters played an important role in the fighting[11] after a group of them was deployed from a Providence-class Dreadnought.[9] After punching through Separatist warships in orbit, Skywalker and Tano led a squadron of Z-95 Headhunters to the surface, followed closely[5] by another squadron[9] of Republic LAAT/i gunships ferrying Clone Captain CT-7567 and clone jetpack troopers, as smaller Republic cruisers engaged Separatist vessels around them. After a dogfight in the atmosphere resulted in Skywalker's starfighter getting hit by Pistoeka sabotage droids, his fighter was disabled and he lost consciousness.[5]

After Tano was alerted to Skywalker's status by R2-D2, also onboard Skywalker's fighter, she mounted a daring rescue by first telling R2 to crash land in a nearby mountain plain, and then jumped from her starfighter to his and was able to rescue him, just as his starfighter went over the cliff and was destroyed, but not before R2 also escaped.[5]

As Skywalker regained consciousness and became aware of what transpired, he received a transmission from Jedi Master Yoda who informed Skywalker and Tano that the Jedi Temple had been bombed, and that they were being recalled to aid in the investigation. Afterwards Skywalker contacted Captain Rex for a pickup, as the battle continued.[5]


Even though the battle had begun to swing in the Republic's favor before Skywalker and Tano were called away,[12] the Separatists ultimately won the battle at Cato Neimoidia,[8] and their tri-fighters had again proven their worth in combat.[11] Additionally, Cato Neimoidia would become embroiled in the war again, being the site of another battle during the Outer Rim Sieges.[13]

Behind the scenes[]

Star Wars: Build Your Own R2-D2 44 stated that the defense of Cato Neimoidia ended in a Republic victory,[11] but Star Wars: Battles that Changed the Galaxy later established it was a Separatist victory.[8]



Notes and references[]

  1. TCW mini logo.jpg Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "The Lawless"
  2. The Mandalorian civil war begins in "The Lawless" and does not end until "The Phantom Apprentice." StarWars.com Star Wars: The Clone Wars Chronological Episode Order on StarWars.com (backup link) dates the events of "Sabotage" between "The Lawless" and "The Phantom Apprentice," so its events must be concurrent to the civil war.
  3. "Brain Invaders" establishes that the second occupation of Geonosis began after the Second Battle of Geonosis, while Catalyst: A Rogue One Novel shows that it continued throughout the rest of the Clone Wars.
  4. Star Wars: Force Collection (Card: Bacara (★★★★))
  5. 5.00 5.01 5.02 5.03 5.04 5.05 5.06 5.07 5.08 5.09 5.10 5.11 5.12 5.13 5.14 5.15 5.16 5.17 5.18 5.19 5.20 5.21 5.22 5.23 5.24 5.25 5.26 5.27 5.28 5.29 5.30 5.31 5.32 5.33 5.34 5.35 5.36 5.37 5.38 5.39 5.40 TCW mini logo.jpg Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Sabotage"
  6. TCW mini logo.jpg Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "The Jedi Who Knew Too Much"
  7. 7.0 7.1 Star Wars: Galactic Atlas places the Battle of Sundari and the Ahsoka Tano's departure from the Jedi Order to 19 BBY. As the episode this event takes place within takes place between the events of the episodes 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 take place in 19 BBY.
  8. 8.0 8.1 8.2 Star Wars: Battles that Changed the Galaxy
  9. 9.0 9.1 9.2 AltayaCite.svg "Tank, Vehicle and Other Mechanized Droids" – Star Wars Encyclopedia
  10. 11.0 11.1 11.2 11.3 BYOR2D2 logo small.png Star Wars: Build Your Own R2-D2 44 (Droid Directory: Tri-fighter)
  11. AltayaCite.svg "The Clone Wars" – Star Wars Encyclopedia
  12. TCW mini logo.jpg Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Old Friends Not Forgotten"

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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
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