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"Kidnapped, Jabba the Hutt's son has been. Negotiate the treaty with Jabba, Obi-Wan will. Find the renegades who hold Jabba's son, your mission will be, Skywalker."
―Master Yoda informs Obi-Wan Kenobi, Anakin Skywalker, and Ahsoka Tano of their mission to save Rotta — (audio) Listen (file info)[src]

The Battle of Teth, also known as the battle on Teth or the rescue of Rotta, took place on the Hutt-controlled planet of Teth between the Galactic Republic and the Confederacy of Independent Systems. The battle, one of the earliest of the Clone Wars, was waged as the Grand Army of the Republic attempted to save Rotta, the infant son of crime lord Jabba the Hutt, from the Confederacy; the Separatists planned to kill the Huttlet and pin the blame on the Jedi Order, thus bringing Jabba and the Hutt Clan onto the side of the Separatists. Jedi General Anakin Skywalker and his Padawan, Ahsoka Tano, were able to rescue the Huttlet from Teth and brought him to Tatooine, the planet upon which Jabba based his operations.[1]


"Soon, the Jedi will not only be at war with you, Count, but with the Hutt clan as well."
―Darth Sidious to Dooku and Asajj Ventress[src]

Following the Battle of Geonosis, Dooku's Separatist Droid Army seized control of the major hyperspace lanes, separating the Republic from the majority of its newly commissioned clone army.[1] To secure routes in the Outer Rim Territories, Dooku, at the behest of Darth Sidious, made a deal with Ziro the Hutt, uncle of Jabba the Hutt, to kidnap Jabba's son Rotta in order for him to become head of the Hutt Clans. Thus Dooku sent Admiral Trench,[4] General Whorm Loathsom, and assassin Asajj Ventress to delay Jedi Generals Anakin Skywalker and Obi-Wan Kenobi on Christophsis. After Ventress fought with Skywalker and Kenobi, Loathsom and a tactical droid brought in reinforcements in order to continue delaying the Jedi while she moved on to the next part of Dooku's plan.[5]

Ventress then went to Tatooine, where she attacked the Khetanna and kidnapped Rotta. She took him to a monastery on Teth. Jabba's guards climbed onto one of the skiffs, then went to Jabba's Palace to inform him of this. Jabba sent out a call for help to the Republic, the Confederacy and his bounty hunters. Palpatine decided that the Jedi must help Jabba in order to gain access to the Hutt's space lanes in the Outer Rim to move their troops. Despite Mace Windu's reservations in dealing with Hutts, Windu believed there was more to the kidnapping. Windu, knowing that General Grievous had their forces stretched thin, could only spare Kenobi and Skywalker.[1]

Yoda sent Padawan Ahsoka Tano to Christophsis with orders for Kenobi and Skywalker to make contact with them. Yoda and Windu were then informed that two scouts had found Jabba's bounty hunters at an abandoned monastery on Teth. Yoda then arrived with reinforcements, ending the battle on Christophsis. He sent Kenobi to negotiate a treaty with Jabba while Skywalker and his new apprentice, Ahsoka Tano, rescued his son. Despite Skywalker's reservations about Jabba, Skywalker, Tano and Captain Rex organized their troops and went to Teth.[1]

Kenobi went to Tatooine, where he assured Jabba that Skywalker would bring him back his son. However, Jabba said if they did not, Dooku and his Droid Army would. He told Kenobi that he had one planetary rotation to bring back his son alive. After Kenobi left, Dooku spoke with Jabba, telling him that he was being deceived by the Jedi, who were really behind his son's kidnapping. Jabba, at first, did not believe Dooku and demanded that he bring evidence of his claims. Dooku assured Jabba that he would, instructing Ventress and 4-A7 to get the data he needed.[1]

The battle

Skywalker and Tano fighting their way on a cliff towards the monastery

Skywalker went to Teth, where he was informed by Windu's scout that at least two battle-droid battalions were holed up at the monastery. Skywalker, Tano, Rex, and the rest of Torrent Company took the gunships and AT-TEs to land on Teth. They were forced to land below the monastery in order to avoid the dwarf spider droids' artillery fire. Skywalker and his forces used their extension cables to climb the side of the cliff. As they climbed, Skywalker and his men were able to defeat the battle droids' outer defenses. They then found a droid caretaker, who told them where the battle droids kept their prisoner. Skywalker and Tano, after defeating the battle droids, found Rotta, who was sick. Ventress and 4-A7 recorded Skywalker and Tano stuffing Rotta into a backpack, with Skywalker saying he hates Hutts. Ventress sent Dooku the recording and was ordered by Dooku to rescue the Hutt. Dooku then showed Jabba the recording, convincing him that the Jedi had kidnapped his son. Dooku told him that his droid army was planning to rescue his son. When Jabba asked Dooku what he wanted in return, Dooku asked if he would consider allying the Hutt Clans with the Confederacy.

A clone sergeant reported to Rex that all remaining droids had been destroyed. Skywalker then contacted Kenobi about Rotta. He informed Kenobi of Rotta’s sick condition and the Separatist involvement. However, Skywalker, R2-D2 and his forces came under attack by Ventress's reinforcements. Kenobi told them that he would bring reinforcements. After the AT-TE was destroyed, Skywalker, Tano, Rex and their forces retreated into the monastery, sealing the doors. Tano convinced her master that they had to get Rotta back to his father breathing by finding a way out. Skywalker left with Ahsoka and Rotta, while Rex and his men stayed behind to hold back the droids. After Ventress cut the locks, the droids stormed the monastery, subduing the clones. As Ventress ordered her droids to lock down the monastery, Rex attempted to shoot her but was stopped. Ventress then Force choked Rex and demanded that he reveal where Skywalker went. When Rex refused, Ventress used a mind trick to make him contact Skywalker. However, Rex was able to alert Skywalker by using his first name. Skywalker was then convinced that Ventress was here to kill Rotta.[1]

As Skywalker and Tano moved to rejoin Rex, Rotta spotted a ship at another landing platform. Skywalker decided they would go for it, using a Can-cell to get there. Tano briefly fought Ventress before her master came back for her.

Once there, they found 4A-7, who exposed himself as a Separatist spy. Skywalker and Tano took the ship and left. Kenobi, Cody and their reinforcements then came and rescued Captain Rex and Torrent Company from the battle droids. Kenobi confronted Ventress, engaging in her in duel. The two fought through the monastery. During that time, Skywalker attempted to land on Admiral Yularen's ship. However, vulture droids destroyed the hangars, forcing Skywalker to take the ship to Tatooine.

Kenobi and Ventress sensed that Skywalker was gone. Kenobi offered Ventress a chance to surrender, but she escaped onto a vulture droid. Kenobi rejoined Rex and his forces in finishing the battle.


Ventress contacted Dooku and Jabba, telling them that the battle was lost and lying that Skywalker had killed Rotta. Dooku, despite this, convinced Jabba to let him take of care of Skywalker. Jabba then refused to accept any communications from Palpatine and the Jedi. Naboo Senator Padmé Amidala tried to broker a treaty with the Hutt through Jabba's uncle, Ziro. However, Amidala learned that Ziro was conspiring with Dooku in order to take control of the Hutt clans. Ziro then took her prisoner, but she was saved by her protocol droid, C-3PO, Commander Fox, and his Coruscant Guard.

As Skywalker and Tano prepared to land on Tatooine, they came under attack by MagnaGuards in Rogue-class starfighters. Skywalker and Tano, despite destroying them, were forced to crash-land in the Dune Sea. Skywalker sensed that Dooku was coming to finish the job, so he sent Ahsoka and R2 to take Rotta to Jabba's Palace. Skywalker then fought Dooku in order to distract him. However, Dooku anticipated this and had prepared his MagnaGuards for it. Skywalker was able to subdue Dooku and leave him in order to rescue his apprentice before she was killed by Jabba. As Skywalker entered, Jabba told him that his son was not here. Skywalker then threatened Jabba, despite telling him that he would die. Fortunately, Ahsoka arrived with his son, alive. Still furious, Jabba ordered them to be executed. However, Jabba was contacted by his uncle Ziro, but it was actually Amidala who revealed Ziro's part in Dooku's scheme. Jabba then allowed the Republic access to to his space lanes and asked that Dooku be brought to justice.

Darth Sidious and Count Dooku speak after the mission to Jabba's Palace

Despite the setback, Sidious assured Dooku that the engines of war had turned in their favor.[1]

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Notes and references

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 · 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 (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 · Quellor sector · 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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