- "The time has come at last to take revenge on Asajj Ventress and the witch Mother Talzin. I have learned Ventress has returned to Dathomir. Go there, and wipe the witches out. All of them."
- ―Count Dooku, to General Grievous
The Battle of Dathomir, also known as the Massacre of the Nightsisters, was a battle that took place in 20 BBY, during the Clone Wars, on the planet of Dathomir. The Confederacy of Independent Systems launched an invasion that resulted in the destruction of the Nightsisters with few survivors. The assault was led by the Supreme Martial Commander of the Separatist Droid Armies, General Grievous, on the orders of Confederate Head of State Count Dooku.
- "Assemble the fleet! The time to exact vengeance against the traitor Ventress has arrived! We go to Dathomir, to battle!"
- ―General Grievous before the battle
Asajj Ventress had been the Sith apprentice of Count Dooku since the beginning of the Clone Wars. She successfully led Separatist forces against the Galactic Republic during multiple battles and engagements. However, during the Battle of Sullust, Count Dooku was contacted by his Sith master Darth Sidious. Sidious believed that Ventress had grown too powerful, and believed that she was being trained to be used against him so Dooku could take power, in line with the Sith Rule of Two. While Dooku denied this, Sidious ignored him and ordered the Count to eliminate Ventress to prove that his allegiance did belong to the Dark Lord of the Sith alone. Dooku was forced to agree to kill Ventress. While the battle raged on between the Republic and Confederate fleets, he called off her reinforcements, and ordered the T-series tactical droid TJ-912 to fire on the ship Ventress was on, where she was dueling Dooku's nemesis Jedi General Anakin Skywalker and Master Obi-Wan Kenobi. Following this, Dooku informed Ventress by hologram that she was no longer his apprentice and retracted her reinforcements because of her failing him for the last time and would die.
Despite Dooku's scheme, Ventress managed to survive and escaped from both the Jedi and the Confederacy. Having left Dooku and the Separatist cause, she returned to her homeworld of Dathomir, where she rejoined the Nightsisters and began to make plans to kill Count Dooku as her revenge.
Dooku, having learned that Ventress had returned to Dathomir, sent the Supreme Martial Commander of the Separatist Droid Armies, General Grievous, and a Separatist fleet carrying an army of battle droids to finally exterminate Ventress, Mother Talzin, and the Nightsisters for vengeance against them as well Lord Sidious seeing Ventress' kinfolk as a threat to his new evil empire.
Upon the arrival of General Grievous and his forces, Ventress had completed her initiation, and had become a full Nightsister.
His fleet of four Munificent-class star frigates, two Recusant-class light destroyers, two DH-Omni Support Vessels, and his personal Providence-class Dreadnought, Grievous and his forces traveled to and exited hyperspace in the Dathomir system, and landed on the planet.
Battle at the front lines
Upon arrival, Grievous ordered his crew of OOM-series security droids to launch the invasion by beginning to land their troops on the planet below. Grievous sent out a force of BX-series droid commandos, B1-series battle droids, B2-series super battle droids, IG-100 MagnaGuards, a Defoliator Deployment Tank, and Multi-Troop Transports.
Storming the Nightsister fortress
After controlling the front lines, Grevious' forces pushed the Nightsisters back to their fortress. After killing most of the Nightsisters, Grievous stormed the fortress and knocked down the wall to get into the Hidden Cave. He impaled Daka and knocked over her Ichor cauldron, stopping Dooku's voodoo torture. With Daka's defeat, the zombie Nightsisters were defeated as well, leaving the living sisters to be massacred by the Droid Army.
- "After the massacre I buried my mothers, my friends…Ilyana."
With the battle over and her fellow Nightsisters murdered, Ventress moved before being met by Talzin, appearing as a spirit. Ventress blamed herself for the destruction, and Talzin told her that, though the Nightsisters would always be linked to her, she now had her own path. Ventress begged Talzin not to leave her, but the Nightsister mother did just that. Thus, Ventress made her way off Dathomir. Talzin remained on the planet and kept in contact with her sons Maul and Savage Opress. A dying Daka sent the nightsister Yenna off-planet in an escape pod. A young Merrin and Jerserra mourned the death of their sisters.
Following the events of the battle, Ventress felt that her connection to the Force was scattered. In pursuit of the new life Talzin had foretold, Ventress travelled far into the Outer Rim, eventually ending up on the desert world of Tatooine. When Ventress arrived in a cantina on Tatooine, she realized no one in the building knew that her people had been slaughtered, with Ventress considering the Battle of Dathomir to be the effective end of her homeworld. After taking part in safe cargo objective, she remembered Talzin's final words to her, though now without the same feeling of pain. Instead, she believed she had always had a path and that, after losing it for some time and becoming so many things throughout her life, she was herself, with the entire galaxy waiting for her. She proceeded to take up the life of a bounty hunter.
Behind the scenes
- "Rest assured, the Nightsisters will not go down without a fight. Prepare yourselves for the Battle of Dathomir."
- ―Leland Chee, via Twitter
The Battle of Dathomir was created for the Star Wars: The Clone Wars television series and was featured in the episode "Massacre," which aired on February 24, 2012 as part of the series' fourth season. In December 2012, StarWars.com ranked the Battle of Dathomir as the third most memorable moment of the television series from 2012.
- "Bug"—The Clone Wars: Stories of Light and Dark (Mentioned only)
- Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Massacre" (First appearance)
- Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Bounty" (In flashback(s))
- "The Lost Nightsister"—The Clone Wars: Stories of Light and Dark (Indirect mention only)
- Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Brothers" (Indirect mention only)
- Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Revenge" (Indirect mention only)
- "Dark Vengeance: The True Story of Darth Maul and His Revenge Against the Jedi Known as Obi-Wan Kenobi"—The Clone Wars: Stories of Light and Dark (Indirect mention only)
- "Sisters"—Age of Republic Special 1 (In flashback(s))
- Dark Disciple (Mentioned only)
- Dark Disciple audiobook (Mentioned only)
- Darth Maul—Son of Dathomir 1 (Mentioned only)
- Darth Maul—Son of Dathomir 3 (Mentioned only)
- Darth Maul—Son of Dathomir 4 (Indirect mention only)
- Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order (Mentioned only)
- Star Wars Rebels – "Visions and Voices" (Indirect mention only)
- Crimson Reign 2 (In flashback(s))
- Crimson Reign 4 (Indirect mention only)
- "The Witch & the Wookiee"—Myths & Fables (Indirect mention only) (In flashback(s))
Notes and references
- Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Crisis on Naboo"
- Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Massacre"
- Star Wars: Rogue One: The Ultimate Visual Guide states that the Onderonian Civil War began 22 years before the Rogue One mission. Star Wars: Galactic Atlas dates the Rogue One mission to 0 BBY. Therefore, the Onderonian Civil War began in 22 BBY, while its end, depicted in "Tipping Points," must occur in 20 BBY; Star Wars: Galactic Atlas dates the events of "Water War" to 20 BBY, while Star Wars: The Clone Wars: Character Encyclopedia - Join the Battle! dates the events of "The Gathering" to be 20 years before the events of Star Wars: Episode IV A New Hope, which corresponds to 20 BBY according to Star Wars: Galactic Atlas. As establishes that the events of "Tipping Points," and therefore the end of the Onderonian Civil War, occurred between the events of "Water War" and "The Gathering," the war must have ended in 20 BBY.
- Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Bounty"
- Star Wars: Galactic Atlas
- "Bug"—The Clone Wars: Stories of Light and Dark
- Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Nightsisters"
- Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order
- Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Brothers"
- Ghosts of Dathomir
- The Lost Nightsister
- Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Revenge"
- "Launch Pad" – Star Wars Insider 131