- "You killed them. You killed them all. We're all dead."
- ―Jango Fett
The Governor of Galidraan had secretly been hiding the Mandalorian Death Watch splinter group on his world. He was also facing an insurrection by some of his colonists, so he hired the True Mandalorians under Jango Fett to eliminate the rebels, which they did. However, under the advice of the Death Watch leader, Tor Vizsla, he also informed the Jedi Council that a group of Mandalorians were murdering "political activists."
- "The Jedi slaughtered the True Mandalorians like nerfs on market day, and at last our long struggle was over."
- ―Tor Vizsla, Ba'jurne Kyr'tsad Mando'ad
A Jedi task force under Master Dooku were dispatched to Galidraan; no sooner had the True Mandalorians completed their work for the governor than the Jedi arrived and ordered them to stand down, which Fett refused to do. This resulted in a bloody stand-off.
As the battle commenced the Mandalorians switched to projectile weapons. Myles–Fett's aide-de-camp–decided to provide Fett with air support using his jetpack but a Jedi used Force Jump to reach him and cut him in half. This pushed Fett over the edge and resulted in him killing five Jedi with his bare hands. At the same time, Komari Vosa aggressively cut down scores of Mandalorians. Fett then confronted the Jedi who killed Myles. After Fett had thrown himself at the unknown Jedi they had a brief fight, which ended in the Jedi's death. Jango was then captured by Dooku and the remaining Jedi.
The casualties on both sides were heavy, with Jango being the only survivor out of at least three hundred Mandalorians. The Jedi handed Jango over to the Governor of Galidraan, and the Mandalorian was sold into slavery.
Dooku would later reflect that "It was a misguided mission from the start and not the first of the Council's poor decisions" and was one of the main reasons he chose to leave the Jedi Order. About ten years before the Battle of Geonosis, a Mandalorian named Silas was captured by Count Dooku and tortured when he refused to provide information regarding Jango Fett. Eventually, he broke under the torment. After listening to his story, Dooku ordered Silas' death.
In later years, the Battle of Galidraan would become used as a euphemism for a militaristic debacle, and in the aftermath of the Yinchorri Uprising it was used as an example by Finis Valorum of why the Jedi could not serve as the Republic's army.
Behind the scenes
The battle was originally placed at 34 BBY in Open Seasons. Later, The New Essential Chronology placed it at 40 BBY, The Cestus Deception gave it an implied placement of around 43 BBY, and Jedi vs. Sith: The Essential Guide to the Force, The Official Star Wars Fact File and the Star Wars: The Ultimate Visual Guide placed it at 44 BBY while the Star Wars: The Ultimate Visual Guide: Special Edition placed it at 44 BBY and also made reference to "two years before the Battle of Naboo", which would mean 34 BBY. Two different dates (44 BBY and 41 BBY) were also given for the battle in the Star Wars Annual 2008. In addition, the databank article on Antidar Williams, written by a fan for a What's The Story? contest, places the battle several years after the 44 BBY Stark Hyperspace War. The Essential Atlas again places it at 44 BBY. Galaxy at War dates the end of the war (and therefore this battle) to 34 BBY, the first resource to corroborate the original dating. This article uses the 44 BBY date because a plurality of recent sources use it.
The New Essential Guide to Characters states that the Jedi outnumbered the Mandalorians and that Jango Fett was not captured after the fight. Both statements are contradicted by other sources on the battle.
While the True Mandalorian Silas offers to tell Dooku about this battle under torture, there's no evidence he was actually there, and circumstantial evidence, (such as a later statement by Dooku that every Mandalorian but Jango died there) that he was not.
- Darth Plagueis (Indirect mention only)
- Darth Plagueis audiobook (Indirect mention only)
- Star Wars: Bounty Hunter (Indirect mention only)
- Jango Fett: Open Seasons 1 (First appearance) (In flashback(s))
- Jango Fett: Open Seasons 2 (Indirect mention only)
- Jango Fett: Open Seasons 3 (In flashback(s))
- Jango Fett: Open Seasons 4 (Indirect mention only)
- Star Wars: The Clone Wars novel (In flashback(s))
- Star Wars: The Clone Wars audiobook (In flashback(s))
- The Clone Wars: Secret Missions 4: Guardians of the Chiss Key (Indirect mention only)
- The Cestus Deception (Indirect mention only)
- Order 66: A Republic Commando Novel (Mentioned only)
- Imperial Commando: 501st (Mentioned only)
- "The History of the Mandalorians" – Star Wars Insider 80
- The New Essential Guide to Characters
- The Official Star Wars Fact File 124 (VIZ4, Vizsla)
- The New Essential Chronology (First identified as Battle of Galidraan)
- Jedi vs. Sith: The Essential Guide to the Force
- Star Wars: The Ultimate Visual Guide
- The Complete Star Wars Encyclopedia (See Galidraan)
- The Clone Wars Campaign Guide
- The Essential Atlas
- Galaxy at War
- Star Wars: The Official Starships & Vehicles Collection 34
- Star Wars: The Ultimate Visual Guide: Updated and Expanded
- The Essential Guide to Warfare
- The Bounty Hunter Code: From the Files of Boba Fett