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"What about the droid attack on the Wookiees?"
"It is critical we send an attack group there immediately."
"He's right. It's a system we cannot afford to lose."
―Ki-Adi-Mundi, Mace Windu, and Obi-Wan Kenobi[src]

The Battle of Kashyyyk, also referred to as the invasion of Kashyyyk, defense of Kashyyyk, or Kashyyyk campaign, was one of the final engagements of the Clone Wars, a pan-galactic conflict between the Galactic Republic and the Confederacy of Independent Systems. It was fought on the Mid Rim planet of Kashyyyk, the homeworld of the Wookiees, and included the Battle of Kachirho, where the Republic and Wookiees defended Kachirho, the capital of the planet.

Prelude[edit | edit source]

"Go I will. Good relations with the Wookiees I have."
―Yoda[src]

Due to being located on key hyperspace routes, the planet of Kashyyyk was a strategic location for conflicts in the the galaxy.[17] After being rescued from Trandoshan slavers[18] by Republic clone commandos, the Wookiee[7] chieftain[17] Tarfful pledged that he'd fight anyone to the death if they tried to occupy Kashyyyk or enslave his people,[7] but, towards the end of the Clone Wars, the Confederacy of Independent Systems launched a massive invasion of Kashyyyk with heavy artillery and their Droid Army.[17] As Wookiees looked up, the Separatist fleet strew the night sky of Kashyyyk in a harsh light.[7]

The Jedi High Council deployed a battalion of clone troopers to defend the Wookiee homeworld of Kashyyyk.

Following the rescue of Supreme Chancellor Sheev Palpatine during the Battle of Coruscant and subsequent Republic victory, the Jedi High Council gathered at the Jedi Temple to discuss their next move. It was decided during the meeting, due to his good relations with the Wookiees, that Grand Master Yoda would travel to Kashyyyk to aid them in their fight against the Droid Army,[1] as the Jedi Master had served as a Jedi negotiator in many incidents involving the Wookiees and their Trandoshan neighbors before. This had earned him the ancient title of "Defender of the Home Tree", as well as becoming a member of many Wookiee leaders' and all the inhabitants of Kachirho's honor families.[19]

The battle[edit | edit source]

Confederate assault[edit | edit source]

"The droids have started up their main power generators."
"Then now, the time is, Commander."
"Yes, sir."
―CC-1004 "Gree" and Yoda[src]

The clones defended Kashyyyk against an army of Separatist battle droids.

The Separatist Droid forces targeted the planet's oil refinery,[6] and, while[13] Grand Master[17] Yoda's Republic taskforce drove the Separatist invasion fleet away, droids occupied the Wawaatt Archipelago.[13] In addition to the Grand Army of the Republic, the Wookiee Army was present in Kachirho, as Wookiees from across the planet arrived to defend the city.[20] Clone troopers and Wookiee warriors set up a perimeter on the beach to confront the enemy as more warriors swung from the cliffs along the archipelago to place mines on the NR-N99 enforcer tanks. Meanwhile, clone scout troopers fired from trenches and along the branches of Tree Kachirho. On the vehicle front, Wookiee Oevvaor Jet Catamarans were aided by HAVw A6 Juggernauts, AT-RTs, AT-APs and other assault vehicles. They faced enormous opposition from Separatist NR-N99 droid tanks, Dwarf Spider Droids and HMP droid gunships. Atop the seawall were two concussion turrets and multiple clone troopers. Few attempts from the CIS to destroy the seawall were made, and eventually the tide of the battle turned in favor of the Republic.[1]

Order 66[edit | edit source]

"The time has come. Execute Order 66."
"It will be done, my lord."
―Darth Sidious, to CC-1004 "Gree"[src]

Jedi General Yoda survived the betrayal of his clone troopers, who tried to kill him under Order 66.

As the battle raged on, Yoda felt a great disturbance in the Force as Anakin Skywalker was converted to the dark side and became Darth Vader, followed by an even stronger disturbance as Order 66, which was carried out throughout the galaxy, had begun. Clone Commander Gree received a call on his comlink, in which Darth Sidious instructed him to execute the order. A scout trooper joined Gree in the attempt to assassinate Yoda. As the clones prepared to execute him, the Grand Master drew his lightsaber, sensing what was about to happen, and in one fell swoop decapitated his would-be assassins. Yoda then proceeded to escape from into the nearby jungle along with the still loyal Wookiee warriors Tarfful and Chewbacca as the battle raged below.[1] The confusion that followed Order 66 allowed the Separatist military to breach the line, but they were beaten back again.[20]

Aftermath[edit | edit source]

"Goodbye, Tarfful. Goodbye, Chewbacca. Miss you, I will."
―Yoda — (audio) Listen (file info)[src]

Yoda escaped from Kashyyyk with the help of his Wookiee allies.

As the Galactic Empire rose, Yoda and the Wookiees would proceed to escape into the nearby mountains. Later that evening, Chewbacca and Tarfful brought Yoda to an escape pod. After exchanging farewells, Yoda left the planet in the pod.[1]

Though the clone troopers won the day, they would soon take the place of the Separatists as an invading force, except they would be successful in conquering the world, and the Wookiees would not be able to hold them back. The Empire, the successor state of the Republic, legalized slavery, leading many, the Empire itself in particular, to take Wookiee slaves due to their immense strength.[21]

Yoda managed to meet up with Obi-Wan Kenobi, having also escaped Order 66, and the two infiltrated the Jedi temple to reverse the message being sent to Jedi, warning them to stay away. He then attempted to kill Palpatine, but failed, and exiled himself to Dagobah.[1]

Chewbacca was one of the slaves taken by the New Order from Kashyyyk, and suffered many years as one, until he was freed by a[22] defecting Imperial soldier named Han Solo.[23]

In regards to the Separatists, the remains of the B1-series battle droids who fought in the battle were left behind to rust and were still laying on Kashyyyk by 14 BBY.[14]

Behind the scenes[edit | edit source]

A climactic battle between the technologically advanced Empire and a race of primitive hairy aliens, the Wookiees, was present in George Lucas's original treatment for the 1977 original Star Wars film Star Wars : Episode IV A New Hope. As the story changed and the trilogy structure was solidified in Lucas' mind, the battle was postponed until 1983's Star Wars: Episode VI Return of the Jedi, where it developed into a battle featuring Ewoks on the forest moon of Endor. At the same time, the Wookiees developed into a more technologically savvy, though not less hairy, species. Lucas' original conception of the battle featured hundreds of Wookiees on screen. Due to costs, the original idea was scrapped and replaced by a battle featuring relatively few diminutive Ewoks, who did not play a very significant tactical role in the battle. A large-scale battle with hundreds of characters was eventually realized in 1999's Star Wars: Episode I The Phantom Menace in the form of the Battle of Naboo.

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Clone Wars
(22 BBY19 BBY)
Galactic timeline

Previous: Separatist Crisis

Concurrent: Nikardun 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) · Hissrich · Antar 4 · Republic transport · Corvair sector · Kudo III · Quarmendy · Krystar · Separatist weapons depot · Hisseen · Christophsis (I) · Teth · Jabba's Palace · Ziro's Palace · Ryloth · Rugosa · Malevolence campaign (Abregado · Ryndellia system · Kaliida Nebula (I) · Kaliida Nebula (II)) · Mimban · Rishi moon · 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 (I) · Murkhana · Dorin · Geonosis (III) · 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) · Patitite Pattuna · Rescue of Adi Gallia · Umbara · Kiros · Theed · Onderon · Obi-Wan Kenobi's fleet · Florrum (II) · Unidentified planet · Aut-O's flagship
19 BBY
(Outer Rim Sieges)
Cato Neimoidia (II) · Ringo Vinda · Batuu · Mokivj · Scipio · Utapau (I) · Mahranee · Raxus · Haruun Kal · Vizsla Keep 09 · Rescue of Quinlan Vos · Separatist storage base · Vanqor (II) · Christophsis (II) · Jedi Temple · Anaxes · Skako Minor · Kardoa · Mygeeto (I) (Mygeeto (II) · Mygeeto (III)) · Lokori · Geonosis (IV) · Sentinel Flare · Space · Unidentified world · Yerbana · Coruscant (III) · Unidentified sector · Cato Neimoidia (III) · Kashyyyk · Bracca · Utapau (II) · Felucia (III) · Saleucami (II) · Slag's Pit · Kaller · Mustafar
Other Aargonar · Abafar · Agamar · Arkax Station · Bray · Carida · Clabron · Confederate people · Coruscant (II) · Crombach Nebula · Cularin · Horain · Khorm · Kromus · Ledeve Jedi Temple · Mrinzebon · Nal Kapok · Oktaro · Quermia · Ruusan system · Sedratis · Unidentified planet
Related topics and articles
Galactic Republic · Jedi Order · Sith · Confederacy of Independent Systems

Galactic Empire · Alderaan · Confederate–Republic peace initiative
Sundari (II) · Carida · Toydaria

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