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"I accept this sword for my sister, for my clan, and for all of Mandalore."
―Bo-Katan Kryze accepts the Darksaber and unites several Mandalorian clans[src]

Bo-Katan Kryze was a Mandalorian human female who was the leader of the Nite Owls and a lieutenant in Death Watch, a terrorist group, and later during the Imperial Era, became Mand'alor. During the Clone Wars, Kryze's sister, Satine, ruled as the Duchess of Mandalore, and Kryze sought to undo her pacifistic teachings, believing that Mandalore should take pride in its martial history. After Governor Pre Vizsla of Concordia was publicly exposed as the leader of Death Watch, the splinter group was exiled from the Mandalore system. In 19 BBY, Kryze and Vizsla discovered the Sith Lords Maul and Savage Opress. With the Sith, Kryze and Vizsla plotted to reclaim Mandalore, and through Maul's planning, they united several criminal syndicates to form the Shadow Collective. Launching a takeover of Mandalore, Satine's rule was overthrown, and Vizsla took control of the planet.

However, Maul challenged Vizsla, and the Sith Lord defeated him, taking the throne and appointing Prime Minister Almec as a puppet leader. Kryze and a group of Mandalorian loyalists refused to recognize Maul's rule, and they liberated Satine from the royal prison, contacting Jedi Master Obi-Wan Kenobi for help. Due to Mandalore's neutrality, Kenobi was forced to come alone, and he was captured by Maul, who then killed Satine. When Kenobi was brought to the prison, Kryze and her rebels freed the Jedi, and Mandalore was swept into a civil war as Maul's forces fought to reclaim him. Before Kenobi left the planet, Kryze requested that the Galactic Republic be informed of the events, hoping that a Republic invasion would result in Maul's death. Less than a year later, Kryze's desire was fulfilled, and the Republic laid siege to Mandalore, driving Maul from the planet. She then became Lady of House Kryze and Regent of Mandalore. However, she lost her position when she refused to follow the newly appointed Galactic Emperor, Palpatine and Clan Saxon took over.

During the Republic's occupation of Mandalore, the government reorganized into the Galactic Empire, and a new wave of violence claimed the planet. In 2 BBY, Clan Wren of Krownest chose to resist the Empire, leading the Imperial loyalists of Clan Saxon to fight them. These actions threw Mandalore into another civil war. During the war, Kryze encountered Countess Ursa Wren and Sabine Wren of Clan Wren, who were seeking a Mandalorian worthy of wielding the Darksaber and claiming the title of Mand'alor. With the Wrens' approval, Kryze took the weapon and rallied the support of several Mandalorians.


Death Watch

"You get us what we need?"
"Yes, and I have the information with me."
―Bo-Katan Kryze and Lux Bonteri[src]

Bo-Katan Kryze[8] was a human female born on the planet Mandalore[1] into House Kryze.[4] Kryze was the sister of Satine Kryze, who affectionately nicknamed her "Bo." They also had an unnamed sibling, who had a son named Korkie Kryze, a nephew with whom Satine was very close.[9][7]Satine eventually became the Duchess of Mandalore, leading the pacifist New Mandalorians.[10] However, Bo-Katan believed in embracing Mandalore's martial past,[1] so by 21 BBY,[11] she joined Death Watch, a radical Mandalorian terrorist group which sought to revive their warring heritage.[1] Within Death Watch, Bo-Katan served under the leadership of Pre Vizsla,[2] former Governor of Mandalore's moon, Concordia,[10] and she faithfully worked as his right-hand lieutenant,[2] also leading the Nite Owls, an elite unit of warriors.[6] However, Death Watch was exiled from the Mandalore system, so Bo-Katan and Death Watch established a temporary camp on Carlac, a snowy planet in the Outer Rim Territories.[12]

Bo-Katan Kryze meets Lux Bonteri on Carlac.

In 20 BBY,[11] Death Watch was contacted by Lux Bonteri, who claimed that his mother, Senator Mina Bonteri, had been betrayed and killed by Count Dooku, leader of the Confederacy of Independent Systems. The Death Watch had also been betrayed by Dooku, and Bonteri, who had gathered information of the count's whereabouts, wished to unite, seeking revenge. Vizsla agreed, and Bonteri traveled to Carlac. When Bonteri arrived, Kryze led a squad of Death Watch soldiers to meet him, verifying that he brought the information. Noticing that Bonteri was accompanied by a Togruta girl, Kryze asked who she was. The Togruta—secretly Jedi Padawan Ahsoka Tano—claimed to be Bonteri's betrothed. Katan, suspicious of Tano, immediately commented on how skinny Tano was for someone betrothed (engaged) and thus slapped Tano's backside to make a point of it. Wary of an approaching snow storm, Kryze ordered the squad to escort the new arrivals to the Death Watch camp.[13]

At the camp, Kryze showed Bonteri and Tano to Vizsla's tent. When Vizsla entered, he requested Tano to leave, so Kryze brought the Togruta to a tent for Ming Po women who had been taken from a nearby village. Later, during a feast in the camp's main tent, Kryze stood by Vizsla as Chieftain Pieter of the Ming Po town arrived, demanding that the women be released. Vizsla agreed to return them in the morning, and Pieter left. However, when the morning came, Vizsla killed Pieter's granddaughter Tryla, and Death Watch destroyed the village. Tano attempted to stop the attack, revealing herself to be a Jedi, so Death Watch apprehended her and dragged her back to the camp.[13]

Kryze fights Ahsoka Tano.

However, Tano escaped her restraints, and Kryze prepared to fight the Jedi. Vizsla told Kryze to stand down, and he engaged Tano in lightsaber combat. Tano received help when a group of refurbished battle droids joined the fight, and Kryze fought off the new attackers, using her blaster pistols to down battle droid 513. During the battle, Tano and Bonteri boarded a landspeeder and fled. At Vizsla's command, Kryze and two other Mandalorians pursued, and the lieutenant landed on the speeder, brawling with the young Jedi. Tano ultimately bested Kryze, and the Mandalorian was kicked off the vehicle. Soon after, Bonteri and Tano escaped the planet.[13]

Maul and the Shadow Collective

"Should we rub 'em out?"
"No, I want to hear their story."
―Kryze and Pre Vizsla, finding Darth Maul and Savage Opress[src]

Sometime later, Death Watch abandoned their base on Carlac and established a new camp on the moon Zanbar.[3] In 19 BBY,[11] Death Watch located an escape pod drifting through space, so Kryze, Vizsla, and a squad investigated. Entering the pod, the Mandalorians found lightsabers and two unconscious, wounded ZabraksMaul and Savage Opress, Sith Lords and brothers. Kryze asked if she should kill them, but Vizsla, curious of the pair's origins, ordered the Zabraks to be brought from the pod to a Kom'rk-class fighter. When the two were brought aboard, Kryze piloted the starship through hyperspace, back to Zandar. Once Maul awoke, Vizsla demanded to know who he was, while Kryze held Opress at gunpoint. Complying, Maul revealed they were Sith Lords and brothers. When Vizsla asked if they had an allegiance to Dooku, the Zabrak replied that they were allied with no one and that they sought revenge against the Jedi Obi-Wan Kenobi—the same Jedi responsible for Death Watch's exile.[3]

Darth Maul chokes Kryze for doubting his capabilities.

After Maul healed, he met with Vizsla again, and they discussed plans to punish Kenobi and reclaim Mandalore. However, still impacted by Dooku's betrayal, Kryze reminded Vizsla that Death Watch's past alliance with Sith had ended poorly. When Kryze claimed the Sith were no better than Jedi, Maul Force choked the lieutenant, silencing her and stating that doubt would lead to failure. Maul proposed his plan once again, and he released Kryze. As Kryze recovered, Vizsla put Maul's proposal to a vote among Death Watch. Ultimately, the vote decided to join the Sith brothers and liberate Mandalore of Duchess Satine's New Mandalorians.[3]

The first step in Maul's plan was to assemble an army—the Shadow Collective—beginning with the Black Sun crime syndicate. Kryze, Vizsla, and the Sith traveled to the Black Sun fortress on the planet Mustafar. There, the group met Ziton Moj, who took Vizsla, Maul, and Opress to see the Black Sun leaders while Kryze remained with the Death Watch warriors. The talks with the Black Sun failed, so Opress, activating his lightsaber, was forced to execute them, appointing Moj as the new leader and forcing him to join. With the additional forces, the newly formed Shadow Collective returned to Zanbar. Soon after, as Kryze, Vizsla, and Maul reviewed the plan, the camp was visited by the Pyke Syndicate. Their leader, Lom Pyke, greeted the trio, requesting to join their operation. Accepting, the offer, Vizsla ordered the Shadow Collective troops to prepare for travel to Nal Hutta, planning to recruit the Hutt Clan.[3]

Kryze led the attack on Jabba's Palace, allowing Maul to recruit the Hutt Clan.

After arriving on the swampy planet, Kryze stayed with the ships while Vizsla and the Sith entered Gardulla the Hutt's Palace. The negotiations were unsuccessful, and a brief confrontation broke out between Kryze's Nite Owls and the Hutts' soldiers. Vizsla ordered Kryze to secure the landing platform, and the Hutt forces retreated soon after. Kryze's warriors gave chase, and the lieutenant caught the Hutt crime lord Oruba. Maul demanded to know where to find the other Hutts, threatening the crime lord. Oruba named Jabba's Palace on the planet Tatooine, and Opress killed the Hutt. With the information, the Shadow Collective traveled to Tatooine, where Kryze led an attack on Jabba's Palace, and Maul forced Jabba and the Hutt families to join them. In the fight's aftermath, Vizsla advised Kryze to remain focused, revealing that he intended to betray the Sith brothers once Mandalore was secured.[3]

Takeover of Mandalore

"I claim this sword and my rightful place as leader of Death Watch."
"Never. No outsider will ever rule Mandalore."
"Hmm. If you will not join me, you will all die."
"You're all traitors."
"Unfortunately for you, history will not see it that way. Execute them!"
―Darth Maul and Kryze, following Vizsla's demise[src]

Back on Zanbar, Kryze, Maul, Vizsla, and the other conspirators prepared for the takeover, planning for Maul's Shadow Collective to strike targets in Sundari, Mandalore's capital, in order to make[14] Kryze's Duchess sister[2] look weak. Vizsla complimented Maul's plan, and Kryze agreed. After the meeting, however, Kryze consulted with Vizsla, saying that the plan was too risky, and that the Zabraks were untrustworthy. Vizsla addressed Kryze's concerns, explaining that after Maul's forces served their purpose, they would be executed. Kryze left to prepare her Nite Owls, and the Shadow Collective embarked for Mandalore.[14]

Kryze accompanies Death Watch as her sister's pacifistic methods are denounced.

On Mandalore, the syndicate criminals attacked the specified locations, throwing Sundari's population into turmoil. When Duchess Satine began a speech from the Sundari Royal Palace, Vizsla and Kryze arrived. Vizsla claimed that he was not responsible for the attacks, but that Death Watch would be able to save the city through armed opposition. Satine warned the populace to not listen to Vizsla, but her efforts failed, and the Sundari citizens chanted their support for Vizsla and Death Watch. When Vizsla finished his speech, he and Kryze returned to their ships.[14]

With the support of Mandalore, the Death Watch forces began the next step of Maul's plan, apprehending the groups of Pyke Syndicate and Black Sun thugs throughout Sundari. In the city's Peace Park, Kryze led her Nite Owls to capture a group of criminals led by Moj, and Kryze reassured a trio of scared children. The witnesses of the Nite Owl's actions thanked the warriors, hailing Kryze's forces as saviors. With the city's faux liberation, the population praised Vizsla, and he, along with Kryze and other members of Death Watch, broke into the Royal Palace, arresting the Duchess and the New Mandalorian leaders. Following the arrest, Kryze, in front of the subdued Moj, Pyke, and Opress, gave a speech to the people of Sundari, introducing Vizsla as the new Prime Minister of Mandalore and crediting him with the captured criminals. The crowd responded to the presentation with great enthusiasm, affirming Death Watch's new support.[14]

Kryze betrays Maul, taking the Sith Lord prisoner.

Later, Kryze brought Maul to meet with Death Watch. When they arrived in the palace, Vizsla stated that the captive Duchess would be used to lure Kenobi to Mandalore, creating an opportunity to kill the Jedi and finish their deal. However, Maul expressed his plans to expand to other star systems, and Vizsla responded by telling the Zabrak that his goals did not matter. On cue, Kryze and the Mandalorians pulled their blasters on the Sith Lord, taking him prisoner. With Maul in shackles, Kryze escorted him to the palace's balcony, where Vizsla addressed the citizens once more, stating that the violence was finally over. When the Zabrak struggled, Kryze clubbed him into submission with her blaster. Again, Vizsla denounced Satine's pacifistic methods, and the crowd chanted his name. When the speech concluded, Maul was imprisoned with his brother, Opress.[14]

However, soon after Maul's imprisonment, he and Opress broke out, also freeing the corrupt, former Prime Minister, Almec. As Kryze and the rest of Death Watch were residing in the Royal Palace, the escaped trio arrived, and the Mandalorians raised their weapons at them. Maul demanded to duel Vizsla for control of Mandalore, and per Mandalorian tradition, Vizsla accepted. At Vizsla's word, Kryze threw Maul's lightsaber to him, and Vizsla ignited his Darksaber, beginning the duel. Without interfering, Kryze and the Mandalorians looked on as the two fought, and although Vizsla was skilled, the Sith Lord ultimately bested him. The Death Watch leader gave his last words, and to Kryze's horror, Maul decapitated Vizsla.[14]

When Maul declared himself as the new leader of Death Watch, Kryze refused to accept his rule, claiming that no outsider would ever rule Mandalore. At Maul's word, the traditionalist Mandalorians took aim at the Nite Owls, and Kryze called them out as traitors. The Sith Lord ordered Death Watch to execute them, and a firefight began. Firing upon her former Death Watch comrades and throwing explosives to provide cover, Kryze and several Nite Owls fled the palace. Later, following Maul's claim to the throne, the Sith Lord reinstated Almec as Prime Minister. Serving as the Zabrak's puppet leader, Almec addressed the citizens of Sundari, claiming that Vizsla had been murdered by Duchess Satine, and that the Death Watch leader had appointed him as Prime Minister.[14]

Civil war erupts

Satine: "Bo. It's been a long time."
Korkie: "It's okay, Auntie. She's on our side now."
Satine: "Why are you helping now?"
Bo-Katan: "The enemy of my enemy is my friend."
Satine: "There was a time when we weren't enemies. Perhaps that time has come again."
―Satine, Korkie, and Bo-Katan[src]

Bo-Katan and Korkie rescue Satine from the royal prison.

After the narrow escape, Bo-Katan joined forces with her nephew Korkie Kryze and his classmates, Lagos, Soniee, and Amis. With the Death Watch loyalists, the group infiltrated the royal prison, incapacitating the guards and rescuing Satine. Bo-Katan's appearance initially alarmed Satine, but Korkie reassured the former Duchess that she was on their side. When Satine asked her sister why she was helping, Bo-Katan stated that the enemy of her enemy was her friend. Once outside, Satine said that they should contact the Jedi Order for help. However, Korkie explained that the frequencies within Sundari were jammed, so they would need to leave to get a signal through. At Bo-Katan's word, the soldiers boarded Mandalorian speeder bikes and Satine entered an airspeeder with her sister and Korkie.[7]

As the group departed from the prison, they were spotted and pursued by Maul's Mandalorian super commandos. Acting quickly, Bo-Katan ordered her troops to engage them as she defended Satine's airspeeder. Despite Bo-Katan's efforts, the loyalists were overwhelmed, and the speeder was shot, crashing near the city's edge. Leaping from the damaged airspeeder, Satine ran beyond the city limits, sending a signal to the Jedi Order, requesting Kenobi's help. Bo-Katan and the Death Watch loyalists were forced to retreat, and Satine was captured.[7]

Later, Kenobi arrived, and Bo-Katan watched him with interest, tracking the Jedi through Sundari. Soon after his arrival, Kenobi broke into the royal prison, attempting to liberate Satine. However, the rescue failed, and the two were brought before Maul, who killed Satine and ordered for Kenobi to be imprisoned.[7] Devastated by Satine's death,[2] Bo-Katan and her Mandalorian rebels ambushed Maul's warriors as they delivered Kenobi to the prison. Leaping onto the prison's landing pad, Bo-Katan fought Kenobi's escorts with hand-to-hand combat, quickly defeating them. Bo-Katan introduced herself to Kenobi, and she freed him from his restraints, returning his lightsaber and giving him a jetpack. With Kenobi and the loyalists, Bo-Katan blasted away from the prison.[7]

Kryze fights alongside Obi-Wan Kenobi as Mandalore is thrown into a civil war.

Maul's forces acted to reclaim Kenobi, pursuing Bo-Katan and the rebels through the city. In the ensuing battle, Sundari became blackened by civil war, and Bo-Katan fought alongside Kenobi. Fighting their way toward a Kom'rk-class fighter, Bo-Katan told Kenobi to return to the Republic and inform the Galactic Senate of the events that transpired. Kenobi warned Bo-Katan that doing so would likely lead to a Republic invasion, but the Mandalorian was willing to accept those consequences if it meant the death of Maul and survival of Mandalore. Kenobi realized that Bo-Katan was Satine's sister, and he apologized for her loss, boarding the starfighter and escaping the planet.[7]

Away from Mandalore

"Don't worry, Death Watch is gone. And now, you and I have a common enemy."
―Bo-Katan Kryze and Ahsoka Tano[src]

Sometime later, Kryze and two other Nite Owls, including Ursa Wren, were undercover on Oba Diah for a mission. The group noticed the presence of former Jedi and now Pyke prisoner Ahsoka Tano, who Kryze had met on Carlac. Wren discussed Tano's presence with Kryze and they decided to keep an eye on her as they had a common enemy.[15]

Kryze enlists Tano's help to liberate Mandalore from Maul.

They followed Tano to Coruscant, where Kryze approached Tano, showing her a hologram of Maul and stating that Death Watch was gone, and they now had a common enemy. She asked for Tano's help, and promised to explain everything once they were under way. Tano accepted the offer and left Coruscant with the three Mandalorians. [16]

Siege of Mandalore

After Kryze told Tano about Maul's takeover of Mandalore and his current residence within the capital of Sundari, Kryze and Tano contacted Jedi Obi-Wan Kenobi and Anakin Skywalker to request the Republic's aid in laying a siege on Mandalore. Kryze and Tano informed the two Jedi that they need the Republic's forces to take back the planet and capture Maul. Although Kenobi reminded that allowing Republic forces to invade Mandalore would break peace treaties and lead to another war, he decided to speak to the Jedi Council on this behalf. Kryze insisted that there was no time to get permission as her people have suffered long enough under Maul's rule. Kryze, knowing of Kenobi's affections for her late sister, angrily asked the Jedi if he still loved Satine, which the Jedi replied he still does, but will not allow his feelings cloud his judgment before leaving to speak to the Council. Once Kenobi left, Kryze informed Ahsoka this was a bad idea and left the room with several Nite Owls. However, Kryze's wish for a Republic invasion was fulfilled. A division of the Grand Army of the Republic, led by Tano and the newly promoted Clone Commander CT-7567 "Rex", laid siege to Maul's forces.[17]

Under the Empire

"All of Clan Wren saw who you've become. You could lead Mandalore."
"No. This was about my family. I'm not Mandalore's leader, but I'll find the person who is."
Fenn Rau and Sabine Wren[src]

Kryze, beside Ursa Wren, escort a captured Maul into Republic custody.

After Maul's capture, Kryze was named regent of Mandalore by the Jedi before they left.[5] However, it was at this time that Clone protocol 66 was initiated, launching the galaxy-wide Great Jedi Purge and beginning the Republic's reorganization into the Galactic Empire. The Imperial occupation caused another wave of violence to erupt throughout Mandalore,[18] with the proud warriors refusing to acquiesce to the Empire's rule. When Bo-Katan refused to do the Empire's bidding, she was betrayed by Clan Saxon and forcefully abdicated from her place of power.[5] Clan Saxon pledged loyalty to the new Empire, and former Shadow Collective super commando Gar Saxon became Mandalore's Imperial Viceroy and Governor.[19]

New allies

Nearly two decades later, in 2 BBY,[20] Clan Wren of Krownest chose to resist the Empire, and the Imperial loyalists of Clan Saxon fought them. Countess Ursa Wren killed Saxon, and Mandalore entered another civil war.[19] Around 1 BBY,[21] Kryze encountered Countess Ursa Wren and her daughter, Sabine Wren,[5] who were seeking a Mandalorian worthy of wielding the Darksaber and claiming the title of Mand'alor.[19]

Kryze is presented the Darksaber by Wren.

Kryze and her Nite Owls played an important role in defeating Imperial forces during a skirmish at a Mandalore prison outpost. After exchanging greetings, Sabine offered the Darksaber to Kryze, who turned it down because she believed that she had failed as Regent. Bo-Katan later joined Sabine's Clan Wren forces and allies from the Spectres rebel cell in rescuing Sabine's father Alrich Wren from an Imperial convoy. Despite the success of the raid, their victory was overshadowed by news that Ursa Wren's forces had been wiped out by an Arc Pulse Generator. The Arc Pulse Generator, nicknamed the "Duchess", was capable of reacting with the beskar alloy inside Mandalorian armor; incinerating the wearers and leaving only charred armor behind.[5]

Kryze followed Sabine and her rebel comrades to the site of the battlefield, where they discovered charred Clan Wren armor and disintegrated bodies. Despite the carnage, they found that Ursa and her son Tristan Wren had survived the massacre. The group were then attacked by Imperial Super Commandos and three TIE fighters. Fortunately, one of Kryze's Gauntlet-class fighters arrived and the Mandalorians and rebels were able to evacuate. When the Gauntlet's weaponry jammed, Kryze and Sabine's Jedi friend Ezra Bridger donned their jet packs an engaged the two remaining fighters. Kryze and Ezra managed to destroy the two TIE fighters, allowing the rebels to escape.[5]

When Kryze learned that Sabine had created the "Duchess", she was enraged and chastised the younger woman for creating a weapon that would target Mandalorian armor, which she considered an abomination that only a coward would make. When Sabine explained that she had constructed the Duchess as a young and idealistic Imperial cadet, Kryze reluctantly accepted her explanation. After landing at Kryze's camp, Kryze backed Sabine when she offered to atone for her role in creating the Duchess by helping to destroy it. The Mandalorians and rebels came up with a plan to infiltrate Governor Tiber Saxon's Star Destroyer. While one team would destroy the weapon, the other team would delete its records from the Imperial database. During the meeting, Kryze and the surviving Mandalorian Protector Fenn Rau confided that Sabine had strong leadership potential.[5]

Kryze takes up the darksaber.

Kryze and the Mandalorian and rebel forces infiltrated Tiber Saxon's Star Destroyer, which was hovering above the Mandalorian capital of Sundari. Despite being spotted by Imperial sentries, Kryze and Sabine managed to make their way to the upper level, where the Duchess was being stored. However, the two were ambushed by Tiber Saxon, who electrocuted the two with the arc pulse generator. Threatening Kryze's life, Tiber forced Sabine to bring the weapon to its fullest capacity. When Saxon's Captain Hark objected to his methods, Saxon also zapped him with the Duchess. Sabine complied but then reprogrammed the Duchess to target anyone wearing stormtrooper armor including Governor Saxon.[5] Sabine swore vengeance against Saxon and toyed with killing him. However, Kryze warned Sabine that killing her enemy would make her little better than the Empire and that she should fight with true honor like a Mandalorian. Heeding the older woman, Sabine used the Darksaber to slash the arc pulse generator's power core, setting off a chain reaction that destroyed the Star Destroyer. Kryze along with the Mandalorians and rebels managed to escape to safety before the ship was destroyed.[5]

Upon returning to her camp, Sabine told Kryze that she had proven herself as a leader. While Kryze was uncertain, Sabine and her mother reassured her that there were people willing to follow her. The Wrens were joined by representatives from other clans including Vizsla, Rook, Eldar, Kryze, and Fenn Rau, the last surviving Mandalorian Protector. With the Wrens' approval, Kryze took the mantle of the Darksaber, rallying the support of Clan Wren's forces and her own Nite Owls.[5] Eventually, the Great Purge took place against the Mandalorians, and the Imperial Security Bureau officer Gideon took possession of the Darksaber.[22]

Personality and traits

"We allied ourselves with Sith before. Count Dooku, he betrayed us. Sith are no better than Jedi. They claim to be powerful, but we put these two back together after the Jedi gutted them."
―Kryze, expressing her disinterest in the Sith[src]

Bo-Katan in her armor

Kryze was a human[1] female with red hair, green eyes, and light-colored skin,[3] and she stood at a height of 1.8 meters.[2] She was born on Mandalore[1] into House Kryze, and she was the sister of Duchess Satine, who nicknamed her "Bo."[7] Kryze was a member of Death Watch, and she believed in restoring Mandalore's traditional heritage, even at the expense of her sister's rule. In Death Watch, Kryze was confident and sardonic, serving as Vizsla's loyal lieutenant.[2] When Bonteri and Tano met with Death Watch on Carlac, Kryze assessed the Togruta, slapping her rear and judging that she was too skinny.[13]

Despite her loyalty to Death Watch, Kryze had reservations concerning Maul and Opress. When Maul killed Vizsla and took the throne, Kryze refused to recognize the Sith Lord's claim to power. With the remaining Mandalorian loyalists, Kryze started a rebellion on Mandalore and attempted to liberate Satine from the royal prison.[2] Kryze believed that the enemy of her enemy was her friend,[7] so although she disliked the Jedi and Sith alike, Kryze joined forces with Kenobi after Maul killed Satine. The death of her sister devastated Kryze, showing she loved her sister despite any differences in ideals. She was determined to end Maul's rule of Mandalore, even if it required a Republic invasion.[2]

Following the Clone Wars, Kryze became regent of Mandalore. Due to her opposition to the Empire, she was betrayed and overthrown by Clan Saxon, who aligned themselves with the Empire. This caused her to deem herself unworthy to assume the Darksaber and the mantle of leadership over the Mandalorians and thus Kryze refused to accept the Darksaber, stating she was not the leader Sabine seeked and even went as far as to state that Satine was a more qualified leader than she was, showing that Bo-Katan had been humbled enough that she even came to see the pacifistic ways of her sister as being the better one. Nevertheless, Kryze was quick to help her fellow Mandalorians to fight against the Empire when Clan Wren rebelled and after succeeding in repelling the Empire from Mandalore and destroying the arc pulse generator known as the "Duchess", which she naturally held in utter disgust as she saw it as an abomination because it turned Mandalorian armor against its wearers by reacting with their beskar alloy, and was particularly outraged by the fact that it was named by her late sister, she accepted the Darksaber in order to unite the Mandalorians as their leader, with Sabine and Ursa recognizing that though Kryze may not be her sister, she was still a leader worthy to lead Mandalore.[5]

Kryze was initially hostile towards Sabine for her role in creating the Duchess but she respected the younger woman's willingness to atone for her actions. Kryze also became a mentor for Sabine and cautioned her against descending to the Empire's level by killing Tiber Saxon with the "Duchess". Kryze recognized that Sabine had potential for leadership but ultimately relented when Sabine insisted she lead Mandalore.[5]

Skills and abilities

Kryze was skilled with many weapons including her dual WESTAR-35 blasters.

"Take 'em out."
―Kryze, commanding two of her Nite Owls[src]

A fierce and deadly Mandalorian warrior,[1] Kryze was skilled in hand-to-hand combat. She was also well-armed and was able to hold her ground against formidable opponents such as Tano[13] and Maul's super commandos.[7] With her skill set, Kryze led the Nite Owls, a group of Mandalorian warriors within Death Watch.[6]


"You ever use one of these before?"
―Kryze, handing Kenobi a jetpack[src]

Bo-Katan's helmet

As a member of the Nite Owls, Kryze wore blue-and-white Mandalorian armor, Mandalorian vambraces, and a Z-6 jetpack. In combat, Kryze notably wielded dual WESTAR-35 blaster pistols,[7] also utilizing dart launchers, gauntlet blades,[1] and a grappling line.[7] She also received the Darksaber from Sabine Wren.[5]

Behind the scenes

Bo-Katan Kryze first appeared in "A Friend in Need," the fourteenth episode in the fourth season of Star Wars: The Clone Wars, an animated television series.[23] In the episode, which first aired on January 13, 2012,[24] Kryze is a minor character,[25] and she is voiced by Katee Sackhoff.[13] She was not included in the original script for the episode, but director Dave Filoni added her in, having plans for the character in The Clone Wars' fifth season. The name "Bo-Katan" was created by Filoni as a nod to his wife's cat. Filoni's wife, Anne, calls the cat "boogie," and Filoni derived "Bo-Katan" from "boogie-cat-Anne." Filoni also wanted Kryze to have a unique helmet design, so he created a look based on a barn owl. For "A Friend in Need," Kryze's character sketch was finalized by Darren Marshall.[25]

Concept art for Kryze in the Siege of Mandalore.

Following the season five episode "The Lawless," Kryze was set to return[26] in The Clone Wars' finale.[27] However, the show was cancelled in 2013,[28] and the episode remained unfinished until the show's revival in 2020.[27] In 2016, Sackhoff revealed that Kryze would return to television in the animated series Star Wars Rebels.[29] At Celebration Orlando, Filoni confirmed that Kryze would appear in the fourth, final season of Rebels.[30]

At San Diego Comic-Con on July 19, 2018, Lucasfilm announced a 12-episode season seven of The Clone Wars, which features Kryze and the Siege of Mandalore.[31]



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  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 1.7 1.8 Encyclopedia Bo-Katan in the Encyclopedia (content now obsolete; backup link)
  2. 2.00 2.01 2.02 2.03 2.04 2.05 2.06 2.07 2.08 2.09 2.10 2.11 StarWars-DatabankII.png Bo-Katan Kryze in the Databank (backup link)
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 3.5 3.6 3.7 3.8 TCW mini logo.jpg Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Eminence"
  4. 4.0 4.1 Rebels Recon: Inside "The Mystery of Chopper Base" on (backup link)
  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 Star Wars Rebels: Heroes of Mandalore
  6. 7.00 7.01 7.02 7.03 7.04 7.05 7.06 7.07 7.08 7.09 7.10 7.11 TCW mini logo.jpg Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "The Lawless"
  7. The Lawless Trivia Gallery on (backup link) (Image 8)
  8. TCW mini logo.jpg Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "The Academy"
  9. 10.0 10.1 TCW mini logo.jpg Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "The Mandalore Plot"
  10. 11.0 11.1 11.2 Star Wars: Galactic Atlas
  11. Encyclopedia Carlac in the Encyclopedia (content now obsolete; backup link)
  12. 13.0 13.1 13.2 13.3 13.4 13.5 TCW mini logo.jpg Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "A Friend in Need"
  13. 14.0 14.1 14.2 14.3 14.4 14.5 14.6 14.7 TCW mini logo.jpg Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Shades of Reason"
  14. TCW mini logo.jpg Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Dangerous Debt"
  15. TCW mini logo.jpg Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Together Again"
  16. TCW mini logo.jpg Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Old Friends Not Forgotten"
  17. Ahsoka
  18. 19.0 19.1 19.2 Rebels-mini-logo.png Star Wars Rebels – "Legacy of Mandalore"
  19. Dawn of Rebellion dates the events of Star Wars Rebels: Steps Into Shadow seventeen years after the end of the Clone Wars, which Star Wars: Galactic Atlas dates to 19 BBY; therefore, the events of Steps Into Shadow must take place in 2 BBY. According to Star Wars: On the Front Lines, Mon Mothma's denunciation of the Galactic Empire and the Declaration of the Rebel Alliance take place 2 years before the Battle of Yavin or 2 BBY. As "Legacy of Mandalore" is set between Steps Into Shadow and "Secret Cargo," the events of the episode must also take place in 2 BBY.
  20. Slide 5 of the trivia gallery for Star Wars Rebels: Heroes of Mandalore states Bo-Katan Kryze's character model has been aged by 18 years or so. The last time Kryze was seen was in 19 BBY in the Star Wars: The Clone Wars episode "The Lawless which Star Wars: Galactic Atlas dates to 19 BBY.
  21. The-Mandalorian-logo.png The Mandalorian – "Chapter 8: Redemption"
  22. "A Friend in Need" Episode Guide - The Clone Wars on (backup link)
  23. Star Wars: The Clone Wars: Episode Guide
  24. 25.0 25.1 A Friend in Need Trivia Gallery on (backup link)
  25. SWYTlogo.png Ahsoka's Untold Tales Panel | Star Wars Celebration Europe 2016 on the official Star Wars YouTube channel (backup link)
  26. 27.0 27.1 TwitterLogo.svg Brent Friedman (@BFree63) on Twitter: "It's a reference to Clone Wars' 'lost' series finale, since that arc and last night's ep were both written by @MattMichnovetz" (screenshot)
  27. A New Direction for Lucasfilm Animation on (backup link)
  28. Facebook icon.svg Darryl James on Facebook
  29. SWCO 2017: 8 Things We Learned from the Star Wars Rebels Season Four Panel on (backup link)
  30. #CloneWarsSaved Trailer | Star Wars: The Clone Wars on (backup link)
  31. StarWars-DatabankII.png Mandalore in the Databank (backup link)
  32. Ultimate Star Wars

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