- "The armor was given to my father, Jango, by your forebears."
- ―Boba Fett, to Din Djarin
Boba Fett's armor was a suit of customized Mandalorian armor worn by Boba Fett, a human clone who became a bounty hunter. The armor was made from beskar. It consisted of a helmet, a cuirass, gauntlets with retractable wrist blades, and a Z-6 jetpack. In addition, the armor featured an array of weapons and gadgets, such as a Czerka Arms ZX miniature flame projector, a BlasTech Industries Dur-24 wrist laser, and a MM9 mini concussion rocket launcher. In addition, the armor contained a chain code which identified the Fetts as its owners. The armor was originally owned by Jango Fett, a foundling whose genetic template served as the foundation for Boba and the clone troopers of the Grand Army of the Republic. For a time, the armor was in the possession in turn of Cobb Vanth and the Mandalorian Din Djarin.
Jango was killed in battle by Jedi Master Mace Windu while wearing the armor, which ultimately came into the possession of Boba. The armor was repainted in distinctive colors and used by Boba during his career as a bounty hunter. Following the rescue of Han Solo, a group of Jawas scavenged the armor from Boba who was injured after falling into a sarlacc at the Great Pit of Carkoon. Following the Galactic Empire's defeat at the Battle of Endor, Boba's armor was sold by Jawas to Cobb Vanth.
Vanth used the armor to protect the inhabitants of Mos Pelgo, a settlement on the desert planet Tatooine, during the New Republic Era. He surrendered the armor to Din Djarin in return for the Mandalorian's assistance in destroying a krayt dragon. The armor was subsequently reclaimed by Boba whom Djarin encountered on Tython. After working with the Mandalorian, Boba returned to Tatooine with his armor and became the new crime lord of a criminal empire.
- "Mandalorian battle armor. Whole box. Complete set, by the looks of it. Been through hell and back. I think my boss will appreciate this."
"I actually think I might take that home with me."
"I think not."
- ―Adwin Charu and Cobb Vanth
The customized Mandalorian armor that was worn in turn by Jango Fett and Boba Fett featured an arsenal of deadly weaponry. The gauntlets included retractable wrist blades, a snare, a Czerka Arms ZX miniature flame projector, a BlasTech Industries Dur-24 wrist laser, a display that was connected to Imperial Enforcement DataCore to help locate bounties, and a Kelvarek Industries MM7 rocket launcher which was later replaced with a MM9 mini concussion rocket launcher.
The gauntlets were painted red for the majority of their usage, despite being painted green for a time before returning to the prior hue. Additionally, the armor contained a chain code within the left wrist gauntlet. The encoded file held information regarding the armor's owners, from Jango to Boba Fett. The armor also included a Z-6 jetpack that allowed the armor's wearer to engage in aerial travel and combat over short distances. The jetpack contained an explosive missile that could be launched from it. In addition to the Z-6 model, Jango owned a JT-12 jetpack. Kneepad rocket dart launchers were integrated in the right kneepad of the armor as well.
The armor was forged from beskar. It was originally silver and blue while in Jango's possession. Its sleek design was eventually altered to a green and brownish red appearance after Boba inherited it. By the time of the Imperial Era, the armor featured a Mythosaur skull sigil as well as braids made from Wookiees that Boba had defeated in combat.
Despite its battle worn condition by the time of the New Republic Era, the armor was still an effective tool that allowed the individual who wore it to shrug off blaster bolts and defeat multiple opponents in a firefight. Boba replaced his father's destroyed Z-6 jetpack with a nearly identical model, as well as an additional pack distinguished by its green color scheme that he used interchangeably. After recovering his armor in 9 ABY, Boba promptly restored it, giving it a new paintjob.
Armor of Jango Fett
- "I recently encountered a man who wore Mandalorian armor. Jango Fett."
"Jango Fett was a common bounty hunter. How he acquired that armor is beyond me."
- ―Obi-Wan Kenobi and Almec
Boba Fett's armor was inherited from his clone template, Jango Fett, who received it from the Mandalorians after he became a foundling. During his storied career as a bounty hunter, Jango used his armor to great effect, collecting bounties for various clients. When Fett was hired to be a clone template, he was wearing the armor. He continued to wear the armor during the last days of his life, when he was employed by the Separatist Head of State Count Dooku. Regardless, Prime Minister Almec of Mandalore did not consider Jango a member of his people, but rather a simple bounty hunter who somehow acquired Mandalorian armor.
With the armor, Jango was able to fight the Jedi Knight Obi-Wan Kenobi while attempting to leave the planet Kamino. His combat gear allowed him to compete against the Jedi's lightsaber combat skills and Force-sensitive abilities, but only for a time. After his Z-6 jetpack was destroyed, Jango fled from Tipoca City along with Boba, his cloned son, before Kenobi could stop them.
The Fetts retreated to Geonosis where Jango engaged another member of the Jedi Order, Jedi Master Mace Windu, whom he was no match against. As Windu advanced toward Jango, deflecting the mercenary's blaster bolts with his lightsaber, Jango tried to escape but his JT-12 jetpack malfunctioned. As a result, Jango was decapitated by a single strike across his neck by Windu's blade. Jango's death was witnessed by Boba, who recovered his father's helmet after the Grand Army of the Republic—clone troopers bred from Jango's template—arrived to fight the Separatist Droid Army.
Boba Fett's inheritance
- "You are a disgrace to your armor."
"This armor belonged to my father."
"Don't you mean your donor?"
- ―Bo-Katan Kryze and Boba Fett
With Jango's death, his armor passed to Boba. During the Clone Wars, Boba tried to kill Windu with a bomb that he planted inside his father's helmet. Although the explosive was triggered by Jedi Knight Anakin Skywalker, Windu not only survived but also saved Skywalker in the process. While trapped under the wreckage of the Endurance, Windu inspected the damaged helmet of the hunter that he defeated on Geonosis, having realized that Boba was involved in the plot against him. The helmet used as a trap to lure Windu was destroyed by a baradium charge explosion. Fragments of the helmet were later recovered by the Republic, and metallurgical analysis confirmed its unparalleled besker purity.
Boba ultimately followed in Jango's footsteps, donning the Mandalorian armor as a bounty hunter during the reign of the Galactic Empire. He was one of several hunters hired by the Sith Lord Darth Vader to track a Rebel starship, the Millennium Falcon, during the Galactic Civil War. By then, Fett had a reputation for disintegrating his prey, which Vader, who wanted the Falcon's crew taken alive, warned him against. Boba later fought against the Jedi apprentice Luke Skywalker during the mission to rescue Han Solo on Tatooine. After failing to kill or subdue the Jedi with his weapons, Boba tried to shoot Skywalker while he was distracted. During the fight, Fett's jetpack sustained a gash in the back. Before Fett could land a shot on Skywalker, a blind Solo accidentally hit Boba's jetpack, causing the bounty hunter to careen into the side of Jabba's sail barge before tumbling into the Great Pit of Carkoon where a sarlacc swallowed him.
Fett survived his fall into the sarlacc, and managed to escape by activating his flamethrower to burn through the sarlacc's hide, and dug himself out of the pit. Exahusted and suffering wounds from the enounter with the beast, Fett collapsed near the wreckage of the Khetanna. Some time later, he was found by a group of Jawas that had yellow eyes, who separated him from his armor, which had become acid-scarred from the sarlacc. When Fett attempted to resist their attempts at theft, he was knocked out by the Jawas and left for dead. Sometime after the destruction of the second Death Star, the Jawas traded the armor to Cobb Vanth for a camtono of silicax oxalate crystals.
Cobb Vanth, Lawman on Tatooine
- "As much as I've grown fond of the armor, I'm even more fond of this town. The Mandalorian is willing to help us slay the leviathan in exchange for returning the armor to its ancestral owners."
- ―Cobb Vanth
Although he used it to protect the residents of Mos Pelgo as their marshal, the Mandalorian bounty hunter Din Djarin demanded that he surrender the suit to him when they met around 9 ABY, as Djarin believed that Mandalorian armor belongs to the Mandalorians. Vanth agreed in exchange for Djarin's help in slaying a krayt dragon. They managed to kill the dragon, and Vanth gave the armor to Djarin.
Return to Boba Fett
- "I don't want your armor. I want my armor that you got from Cobb Vanth back on Tatooine. It belongs to me."
- ―Boba Fett, to Din Djarin
Boba Fett attempted to recover his armor following his time with the Tusken Raiders. Joined by Fennec Shand, he returned to the sarlacc pit after retrieving his personal starship, Slave I, unaware that the armor had been taken by Jawas. Shand assumed that the armor had disintegrated within the sarlacc, but Fett knew that its beskar would remain intact. After Fett searched the creature's remains, Shand advised him to cease his efforts to recover it, asserting that the armor served its purpose by allowing him to survive within the sarlacc.
Fett located his armor by the time Din Djarin acquired it from Cobb Vanth. Fett and Shand followed Djarin to the planet Tython, where Fett attempted to reclaim his armor from the Mandalorian. Djarin refused to surrender the armor after Fett denied having any allegiance or loyalty to the Mandalorians, despite his father Jango's past affiliation with them. Their dispute was interrupted by the arrival of stormtroopers loyal to Moff Gideon. During the skirmish, Fett took advantage of the situation to reclaim the armor from Djarin's ship, the Razor Crest. Donning the armor, Fett returned to the battle and brought it to a swift end. After Fett presented the armor's chain code, providing proof of ownership and revealing that his father was a Mandalorian foundling, Djarin acknowledged Boba's claim on the armor. Before a mission to Morak, Fett repainted his armor, restoring its vivid colors. Fett also produced the missing left kneepad, which was absent during the Jawas' and Vanth's ownership of the armor.
Fett encountered the Mandalorians Bo-Katan Kryze and Koska Reeves when Djarin attempted to recruit them for his plan to rescue the foundling Grogu. Kryze denounced Fett, stating that he was not a Mandalorian in spite of the armor that he wore, although Fett countered that he never claimed to be Mandalorian. Recognizing the bounty hunter as a clone by the voice he shared with the clone troopers who fought in the Clone Wars, Kryze told Fett that he disgraced his armor. She also referred to the armor's original owner as Fett's donor rather than his father, causing Fett to threaten Kryze. A physical altercation ensued between Fett and Reeves, both of whom utilized their armor's weaponry against each other until Kryze stepped in to end the fight.
Lord Boba Fett
- "Would you like your helmet serviced and cleaned while you wait for Madam Garsa?"
- ―A Twi'lek attendant, to Boba Fett and Fennec Shand
The armor remained in Boba Fett's possession following the rescue of Grogu from Moff Gideon's Imperial remnant. With his debt to the Mandalorian paid, he killed and replaced Bib Fortuna as a crime lord on Tatooine. The newly styled Lord Fett established his residence in Jabba's Palace, where he kept a bacta pod along with several droids to assist him with putting on his armor. By then, Boba experienced recurring dreams of his past, including the time when he recovered his father's helmet after Jango's death on Geonosis.
Fett wore the armor for official functions, such granting audiences to guests and receiving their gifts as the new Daimyo. Rather than following Jabba's example of ruling through fear, Fett sought to build his gotra by gaining the respect of his vassals. Though he shunned the usual trappings of a crime lord, such as riding in a litter like a nobleman, Fett made an effort to acclimate to the local customs of Tatooine. As such, he permitted one of the Twi'lek attendants at the Sanctuary—Garsa Fwip's cantina in Mos Espa—to clean his helmet.
Behind the scenes
A clip of unfinished animation from a canceled episode of the animated television series Star Wars: The Clone Wars was shown during the Animated Origins and Unexpected Fates panel at Celebration Orlando in 2017. The segment featured Boba Fett donning his iconic armor for the first time in the show during a duel with fellow bounty hunter Cad Bane. The episode would have also served to explain the origins of the large dent on Fett's helmet, that being a mark from Bane's blast shot.
The 2018 canon reference book Star Wars: The Complete Visual Dictionary, New Edition establishes that Boba Fett's armor was made of durasteel. However, the fourth episode in The Book of Boba Fett establishes that the armor is made of beskar.
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Notes and references
- Ultimate Star Wars, New Edition
- The Mandalorian – "Chapter 14: The Tragedy"
- The Mandalorian – "Chapter 9: The Marshal"
- Star Wars: Episode II Attack of the Clones
- Star Wars: Episode VI Return of the Jedi
- The Book of Boba Fett – "Chapter 4: The Gathering Storm"
- Star Wars: Episode V The Empire Strikes Back
- Darth Vader (2015) 1
- Age of Rebellion - Boba Fett 1
- The Book of Boba Fett – "Chapter 1: Stranger in a Strange Land"
- Gadgets and Gear
- "Blasters and Firearms" – Star Wars Encyclopedia
- War of the Bounty Hunters 3
- The Mandalorian – "Chapter 15: The Believer"
- 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 The Mandalorian must have taken place around 9 ABY. establishes that
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