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"So the only thing that you can tell me is that I will find Jabba... at Jabba's Palace?"
―Maul interrogates Oruba the Hutt[8]

Boba Fett's Palace, formerly Jabba's Palace, was located at the fringes of the Northern Dune Sea in Mos Espa on the planet of Tatooine. Originally erected as a monastery for the B'omarr Order, it became a base of operations for the Hutt crime lord Jabba Desilijic Tiure. After his death, it was taken over by his majordomo, the Twi'lek Bib Fortuna, before he was killed and replaced by the famed bounty hunter Boba Fett.

Description and layout[]


Jabba's Palace

Boba Fett's Palace,[9] also known as Boba's Palace,[10] formerly Jabba the Hutt's Palace[5] or Jabba's Palace,[6] was located in the Northern Dune Sea, a region of the Dune Sea on Tatooine,[1] and was accessible on land by a single dirt road that stretched through a canyon. The palace, constructed with sandblasted metal and stone, was where Jabba conducted illicit business deals.[5] The structure was a fortress, with a defensive design that focused primarily on protection from attack.[11] The palace included a garage.[2]

Throne room[]

Jabba would entertain guests in a throne room, which also had a live band led by Max Rebo and overlooked a pit that contained a rancor[5] by the last days of the Hutt's criminal empire.[6]

Subterranean complex[]

A huge subterranean complex existed under the palace. The complex included Jabba's throne room, workshops, animal pens, the sail barge Khetanna, and spice farms.[4]

Communications tower[]

The main tower that rose from the building housed communication, surveillance, and defense systems including anti-aircraft emplacements and shield generators.[4]



"It was their monastery before Jabba moved in. He's adapted much of their architecture since taking over. See this? That used to be a grotto leading to the catacombs."
Canno Wix[12]

Jabba's Palace in 22 BBY

Jabba's Palace was a monastery that belonged to the B'omarr Order, a religious community who believed in isolating themselves from all physical stimuli to enhance their mental powers. The earliest parts of the monastery were underground, and included a mine.[4] At one point, a bandit named Alkhara appropriated the monastery for himself. He occupied it for 34 years, during which he added battlements, dungeons, and a nine-story tower, and also cut a road from the citadel to the Western Dune Sea and Great Pit of Carkoon. Eventually, he was driven off by Jabba.[4]

After taking over the monastery, Jabba had it further fortified by master armorers. After presenting the Hutt with the bill for their services, the said armorers became the first prisoners of the crime lord. Despite having designed them all, they were never able to escape the thick walls and cruel traps of the palace.[3]

Clone Wars[]

Ahsoka Tano reunited Jabba with his son

In 22 BBY, Jedi Master and Jedi General Obi-Wan Kenobi traveled to Jabba's Palace to assure Jabba that the Galactic Republic would rescue his son Rotta and to secure a promise from the Hutts for safe passage for Republic ships through the Outer Rim Territories. After rescuing Rotta from Separatist forces, Jedi Knight Anakin Skywalker and his Padawan Ahsoka Tano brought him back to Jabba's palace. Since they had failed to deliver the kidnapper, Jabba wanted to execute Skywalker and Tano as well. However, Senator Padmé Amidala managed to save her comrades' lives by exposing Jabba's uncle Ziro as the instigator behind Rotta's kidnapping.[13]

Following the kidnapping of his daughters in 21 BBY, Senator Papanoida and his son Ion traveled to Jabba's Palace to confront the Rodian bounty hunter Greedo, who was implicated in the kidnapping of the Papanoida girls. After a confrontation, Greedo agreed to lead Papanoida and Ion to Chalmun's Spaceport Cantina in Mos Eisley where one of Papanoida's daughters, Che Amanwe, was rescued and reunited with her family.[14]

After kidnapping the droids R2-D2 and C-3PO, stealing the Senate Building's schematics, and wiping their memories, the Duros bounty hunter Cad Bane traveled to Jabba's Palace to deliver the plans to Jabba. There, the crime lord assigned Jabba on a mission to free Ziro from Republic imprisonment. Ziro had classified information which the Grand Hutt Council did not want to fall into the hands of the Republic.[15] After assassinating Ziro, the Pa'lowick singer Sy Snootles returned with Ziro's holo-diary to Jabba, keeping Ziro's secrets from both the Republic and the Grand Hutt Council.[16]

In 19 BBY, former Sith apprentice Maul and his Shadow Collective traveled to Jabba's Palace. After killing most of Jabba's guards, the Shadow Collective forced their way into Jabba's throne. Faced with overwhelming force, Jabba and Gorga Desilijic Aarrpo decided to join Maul's Shadow Collective.[8]

Imperial era[]

Hiring Black Krrsantan[]

Jabba's entourage surrounds his dais in the palace throne room.

During the Imperial Era, Jabba the Hutt hosted the Wookiee bounty hunter Krrsantan, whom he hired to hunt down the Great Jedi Purge survivor Obi-Wan Kenobi, who had attacked his water tax collectors during the Great Drought. As a display of his fighting prowess, Krssantan single-handedly shot several of Jabba's guards in his throne room.[17] Krrsantan tracked down Kenobi but failed to kill him. Fearing Jabba's wrath, the Wookiee fled Tatooine.[18]

Imperial entanglements[]

"I do not know about you, my dear Lord of the Sith, but Jabba the Hutt prefers to seal all his business ventures by watching something die."
―Jabba the Hutt[19]

Following the Battle of Yavin, Darth Vader visited Jabba's Palace in 0 ABY to conclude negotiations regarding the transportation of supplies through Hutt Space to Weapons Factory Alpha on the moon Cymoon 1. Jabba attempted to claim a bounty on Vader's head and had his underlings attack the Sith Lord. Using his Force powers and lightsaber skills, Vader slaughtered Jabba's guards and Force choked the Hutt crime lord.[20]

To mend bridges, Jabba agreed to provide Vader with two bounty hunters: Boba Fett and Black Krssantan. Fett was tasked with hunting down Luke Skywalker, the Rebel Alliance pilot who destroyed the Death Star, while Krssantan was assigned to bring the Emperor's agent Cylo to him.[20] The following day, Vader returned to Jabba's palace and concluded negotiations. Jabba agreed to permit the Empire access to Hutt Space in return for financial compensation. Jabba then took Vader on a tour of Tatooine's Dune Sea aboard the sail barge Khetanna.[19]

Rescuing Han Solo[]

In 4 ABY, the rebel droids C-3PO and R2-D2 traveled to Jabba's Palace under Luke Skywalker's instructions as part of a mission to rescue Han Solo. Skywalker offered the droids as a gift in an attempt to secure the release of Solo, who was frozen in carbonite. As expected, Jabba refused and pressed the droids into his service. Later, Leia Organa arrived disguised as the bounty hunter Boushh with the captive Wookiee Chewbacca, Solo's co-pilot. She was joined by Lando Calrissian, who was disguised as one of Jabba's guards.[6]

Leia managed to free Han from carbonite but was captured by Jabba. The following day, Skywalker arrived and reiterated his demand to free Solo and his friends. Jabba refused and threw Skywalker down the trapdoor to the rancor[6] Pateesa,[21] who also killed the Gamorrean guard Jubnuk. Skywalker managed to kill Pateesa by collapsing the dividing door on top of the rancor. Jabba attempted to feed Skywalker, Solo, and Chewbacca to the sarlacc at the Great Pit of Carkoon. However, the rebels escaped and killed Jabba and his henchmen, dealing a blow to his criminal empire.[6]

Beyond Jabba[]

Boba Fett took the throne at Jabba's Palace after killing Bib Fortuna

Following the death of Jabba, several of his employees including the beastmaster Malakili stayed at the palace waiting for a new Hutt to occupy the dais. As the food dwindled and water ran out, many of Jabba's former employees abandoned the castle. Malakili was one of the last to leave. He subsequently joined a community called Freetown, which was led by the lawman and Mayor Cobb Vanth, who enlisted Malakili's services in taming two rontos and a Huttlet named Borgo. The Red Key crime syndicate had attempted to install the Huttlet in Jabba's palace but Cobb foiled their plan.[21]

The B'omarr Order was known to have reinstated control over the Palace sometime after Jabba's death. They allowed the bounty hunter J'Quille to join them during that time.[22]

By around 9 ABY,[23] Bib Fortuna had succeeded Jabba as master of the palace. Boba Fett and his partner Fennec Shand infiltrated the palace and retrieved his ship, the Slave I, which was kept in the garage of the palace.[24] Later, after settling their debt to Din Djarin, Fett and Shand attacked the palace again, killing Fortuna and the guards, before Fett took the throne.[25]

Fett, who became the Daimyo of Mos Espa, received guests and accepted tributes in the throne room with Shand by his side. Fett utilized a bacta tank in the palace to heal from his scars.[7] After Fett and Shand were ambushed in Mos Espa by six assassins of the Order of the Night Wind. Shand captured one of the attackers alive and brought him to the palace. After the assassin refused to give up any information to Fett, Shand dropped the prisoner to the rancor pit. The assassin, believing a rancor was in the pit, succumbed to his fear and claimed that Mayor Mok Shaiz hired him. The Night Wind assassin, though, had been fooled, as there was no rancor behind the door.[26]

Later on, 8D8 gave Fett a presentation on the history of the territories of Jabba the Hutt and Bib Fortuna. As Fett and Shand discussed the assassin attack before, one of the Gamorrean guards came with news that one of Fett's vassals was wanting to speak with the Daimyo. Fett let the visitor enter the thrown room. The visitor introduced himself as a water-monger named Lortha Peel. 8D8 asked what Peel's petition to Fett was, to which Peel claimed that no one respected the new Daimyo. The droid angrily stopped the vendor, but Fett told his assistant to let Peel speak. Peel and the Daimyo then discussed the disorder amongst the residents of Mos Espa and the water-monger asked for Fett to help get rid of the Mods, a group of cybernetically enhanced individuals that were stealing from him. Fett visited the mods, but after hearing their situation, he chose to hire the gang members instead.[27]

Later, the bounty hunter Krrsantan infiltrated the palace while Fett was in his bacta tank and attempted to assassinate Fett. Krrsantan failed and was captured.[27]

Behind the scenes[]

Jabba's card from the digital card game Star Wars: Force Collection described Jabba's Palace as having been built by Jabba himself using his cleverness and wealth.[28] In contrast, the 2015 book Return of the Jedi: Beware the Power of the Dark Side! described Jabba's Palace as having been an old monastery of the B'omarr Order which Jabba fortified and refitted, thus creating a continuity error.[3] Star Wars: Complete Locations, published in 2016, supports the latter history,[4] as does the The Clone Wars film.[13]


Non-canon appearances[]

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Notes and references[]

  1. 1.0 1.1 Ultimate Star Wars
  2. 2.0 2.1 Star Wars Battlefront
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 Return of the Jedi: Beware the Power of the Dark Side!
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 4.4 4.5 Star Wars: Complete Locations
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 5.3 StarWars-DatabankII.png Jabba the Hutt's Palace in the Databank (backup link)
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 6.3 6.4 6.5 Star Wars: Episode VI Return of the Jedi
  7. 7.0 7.1 The Book of Boba Fett logo.png The Book of Boba Fett – "Chapter 1: Stranger in a Strange Land"
  8. 8.0 8.1 TCW mini logo.jpg Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Eminence"
  9. StarWars-DatabankII.png Boba Fett's Palace in the Databank (backup link)
  10. Per the audio description for "Chapter 2: The Tribes of Tatooine" available on Disney+.
  11. Star Wars: The Visual Encyclopedia
  12. Choose Your Destiny: An Escape Mission
  13. 13.0 13.1 Star Wars: The Clone Wars film
  14. TCW mini logo.jpg Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Sphere of Influence"
  15. TCW mini logo.jpg Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Evil Plans"
  16. TCW mini logo.jpg Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Hunt for Ziro"
  17. Star Wars (2015) 15
  18. Star Wars (2015) 20
  19. 19.0 19.1 Star Wars (2015) 4
  20. 20.0 20.1 Darth Vader (2015) 1
  21. 21.0 21.1 Aftermath: Life Debt
  22. Star Wars Character Encyclopedia: Updated and Expanded
  23. StarWars.com SWCC 2019: 9 Things We Learned from The Mandalorian Panel on StarWars.com (backup link) establishes that The Mandalorian is set about five years after the events of Star Wars: Episode VI Return of the Jedi, which Star Wars: Galactic Atlas dates to 4 ABY. Therefore, the events of "Chapter 16: The Rescue," including the attack on Jabba's Palace, must have taken place around 9 ABY.
  24. The Book of Boba Fett logo.png The Book of Boba Fett – "Chapter 4: The Gathering Storm"
  25. The-Mandalorian-logo.png The Mandalorian – "Chapter 16: The Rescue"
  26. The Book of Boba Fett logo.png The Book of Boba Fett – "Chapter 2: The Tribes of Tatooine"
  27. 27.0 27.1 The Book of Boba Fett logo.png The Book of Boba Fett – "Chapter 3: The Streets of Mos Espa"
  28. Star Wars: Force Collection (Card: Jabba the Hutt (★★★))