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"Come back here and fight with honor!"
"Honor? I prefer to fight with a big rock."
―Grummgar and Bossk[src]

Bossk'wassak'Cradossk, known more commonly as Bossk, was a male Trandoshan bounty hunter and the son of Cradossk who was known for hunting Wookiees. During the Clone Wars, Bossk worked alongside fellow hunters Aurra Sing and Castas to mentor the orphaned Boba Fett. Their scheme to kill Fett's hated enemy Mace Windu resulted in Fett and Bossk's arrest. After a stint in prison, Bossk worked in Krayt's Claw, Fett's syndicate of bounty hunters, taking jobs for clients including Otua Blank on Quarzite and, later into the war, worked for their former companion from the Quarzite mission Asajj Ventress to help free Quinlan Vos from Serenno.

After the rise of the Empire, Bossk continued to be one of the biggest names in the bounty hunting business despite eventually drifting apart from Boba and working mostly solo. At one point, he traveled to the Outer Rim planet of Lothal to collect a bounty on the Dug criminal Gronson Takkaro, who had jumped bail in the Ahakista system. During his trip Bossk also joined forces with the Force-sensitive street urchin Ezra Bridger to stop the corrupt Imperial Security Bureau Lieutenant Jenkes. Bossk also took part in hunting Wookiees that were natural enemies of his species, particularly growing a distaste for the Wookiee Chewbacca and his partner Han Solo. Following the Battle of Hoth, Bossk would be called upon by Darth Vader to find and capture Solo, Chewbacca, and the Millennium Falcon.

Biography[edit | edit source]

Early life[edit | edit source]

"I am Bossk, son of Cradossk!"
―Bossk — (audio) Listen (file info)[src]

Bossk, born to the name Bossk'wassak'Cradossk, was the son of Cradossk, a Trandoshan bounty hunter. Immediately after his hatching, Bossk devoured the nest eggs of his siblings and went on to claim that he was the sole survivor of his clutch.[7] From his father, Bossk learned how to boost a landspeeder. When Bossk reached maturity, he followed in the footsteps of his father to become a bounty hunter. Looking back on his childhood, Bossk regarded fathers as overrated and was uncomfortable with people asking questions about his early life. At some point during his career as a bounty hunter, Bossk obtained a modified YV-666 light freighter that was named the Hound's Tooth. This versatile ship became his main transport during his career as a bounty hunter.[5]

The Clone Wars[edit | edit source]

"…And that scaly horror is Bossk. He's the worst of the worst-- I heard he trained Boba Fett himself…"
―Lando Calrissian[src]

Aiding a vendetta[edit | edit source]

Bossk during the Clone Wars.

A fierce and skilled bounty hunter, Bossk was renowned and feared for his effectiveness at killing Wookiees. Bossk was a member of the Bounty Hunters' Guild as well, an institution that regulated the bounty-hunting trade.[6] During the Clone Wars, Bossk teamed up with fellow bounty hunters Aurra Sing and the Klatooinian Castas to mentor the young Boba Fett and assist him with his vendetta against the renowned Jedi Master Mace Windu.[9] After Fett destroyed the engines of the Venator-class Star Destroyer Endurance, making it crash on Vanqor, the bounty hunters went inside and took three hostages: Admiral Kilian, Commander CT-411 "Ponds," and a clone naval officer. Bossk remained by their ship to watch over the hostages. However, the trio retreated after watching Windu's fighter escape them by making the jump to hyperspace.[4]

Bossk on Vanqor with the crashed Star Destroyer Endurance

As the bounty hunters stopped on Florrum to request services of space pirate Hondo Ohnaka, Bossk was left in charge of the ship, Slave I, holding their two Republic hostages which survived the trip. Just as he was about to kill the hostages after his two companions ran into trouble, the Padawan Ahsoka Tano swooped in on a speeder bike, subdued Bossk, and freed the hostages. Bossk was then held at gunpoint by Kilian, with the Trandoshan's own weapon. Aurra Sing then arrived in on a speeder bike, and during the brief battle that followed, Aurra tried to escape with Slave I, but crashed after Ahsoka cut off one of the wings. Later, both Bossk and Boba were taken as Republic prisoners to the Republic Judiciary Central Detention Center on Coruscant.[9]

Incarcerated[edit | edit source]

"You got a problem with Boba, you got a problem with me."

While in prison, Bossk remained loyal to Boba.[2] Some time into his time in prison, Cad Bane hired Boba to pick a fight with one of their newest inmates, Rako Hardeen, who was secretly Jedi Master Obi-Wan Kenobi in disguise. Bossk watched as Boba stirred up trouble with Hardeen and as a fight began to take place in the cafeteria, he cheered his young charge on as the other inmates gathered to watch. As Boba was subdued and the guards came over to intervene, Bossk came to Boba's defense, grabbing the two clones and knocking them out before advancing on Hardeen, grabbing the smaller man and throwing him across a dining table. The fight created the distraction for the prisoners to escape. Bossk and Boba fled the room in the chaos.[10]

A job under Fett[edit | edit source]

Bossk and Boba Fett fighting Kage Warriors on Quarzite.

After escaping prison, Boba formed his own syndicate of bounty hunters called the Krayt's Claw, which Bossk joined. On Tatooine, Bossk, along with fellow bounty hunters Dengar, C-21 Highsinger, Oked, and Latts Razzi went to Chalmun's Spaceport Cantina. After seeing Oked killed, Bossk and Latts invited his killer, Asajj Ventress, the former apprentice of the Sith Lord Count Dooku, for a drink and blackmailed her into taking Oked's place on their team for a job on Quarzite. After Ventress agreed, Bossk and Latts took her to meet Fett and the other team members and soon after, traveled to Quartize in the Hound's Tooth. Boba's team had been hired by the Belugan Major Rigosso to protect a large chest while it was delivered via subtram to his Lord, Otua Blank. While on the job, the tram was attacked by Kage Warriors. After several minutes of fighting alongside Boba, Bossk was sent to help Ventress defend the rear. On the way, however, a Kage Warrior blew blinding dust into his face. Unable to see, Bossk was kicked off the tram. He hit the ground hard, bellowing his fury. Later, he and the rest of the team collected their share of the payment from Ventress, though not before Bossk inquired about Boba's whereabouts, to whichshe coldly responded that he would turn up.[11]

Mission to Serenno[edit | edit source]

Later during the war, Bossk and Fett's syndicate of hunters stopped at a bar at Level 1313 on Coruscant. Bossk was sitting the bar drinking when the Jedi Quinlan Vos entered, posing as a bounty hunter. Vos, who was seeking a lead on the location of Bossk's former teammate Asajj Ventress, tried to get attention by loudly asking if anyone had any job leads, which Bossk coldly rebuked. When Vos casually referenced Ventress, however, Bossk's attention was piqued and he laughed before buying Vos a drink. Bossk inquired if she had stolen a job from Vos, and he instead asked if he knew where she was, to which Bossk answered he had no idea, but after further prodding from Vos, took him to a back alcove where Boba and the other hunters under his employ were seated. Bossk told his boss that Vos was looking for "No Name," and Boba eventually gave the undercover Jedi the information he needed to locate and confront Ventress on Pantora. Before Vos departed, Bossk remarked that he hoped Vos was "man enough" for the task.[6]

Not long after, Boba and Krayt's Claw, which now also included the feared Kyuzo bounty hunter Embo, were sought out by their old associate Ventress, who needed help rescuing Vos from Count Dooku's palace on Serenno. While initially spurning the offer due to Ventress's betrayal of Fett, the hunters, in particular Bossk and Latts Razzi, were won over when offered 250,000 credits. Bossk and the rest of the hunters provided a distraction while Ventress entered the castle to retrieve Vos and were able to trap Dooku underneath some netting; however, the appearance of the dark side-wielding Vos forced the hunters and Ventress to flee.[6]

Age of the Empire[edit | edit source]

"In case you hadn't noticed, we're a little shorthanded."
"So we get who we need. The Xan sisters, or Bossk. But, no, instead you're putting our lives in the hands of morons."
―Tobias Beckett and Val[src]

By the Age of the Empire, Bossk was still a member of the Bounty Hunters' Guild. The Guild had developed a working partnership with the Galactic Empire and pursued acquisitions who were targeted by a government bounty. He was among a small number of bounty hunters whose Republic criminal records were expunged by the Empire, to facilitate their use as independent law enforcers in the Outer Rim Territories.[12] As a licensed bounty hunter, Bossk was also issued with an Imperial Peace-Keeping Certificate.[5] Following the pacification of Kashyyyk, he was instrumental in cowing the Wookiee uprising.[12] In 10 BBY, Val complained to her lover Tobias Beckett about why they didn't hire Bossk or the Xan sisters, but instead newcomers Han Solo and Chewbacca, for the heist on the 20-T Railcrawler conveyex transport they performed on Vandor.[13]

Throughout his career, Bossk developed a hatred for Chewbacca and Solo. He battled them at the sewage seas of Erub II, sabotaged their efforts to construct a Wookiee colony on Gandolo IV, damaged the Hound's Tooth chasing them through the plasma floes of the Zusi hypertunnel, and engaged them in a fight at the Jurzan spaceport, where he lost his ship Bitemark. His frustrations were compounded as his father, Cradossk, began to doubt his abilities.[7]

The Corellia job[edit | edit source]

"I did my part extremely well, but the less talented bounty hunters seem to be a lot slower with the tower."
―Bossk, to Khamus[src]

Sometime prior to 3 ABY,[14] Bossk was hired by Khamus, heir to the Mourner's Wail Syndicate, to infiltrate a sanctuary of the Unbroken Clan and kill Krynthia, the daughter of the syndicate's leader. Bossk was part of a group of hunters hired, including Beilert Valance, Nakano Lash, T'ongor, and Boba Fett.[15] Before their initial briefing aboard Lash's ship, the Starskimmer, Bossk and Valance got into a brief standoff. Bossk was impatient with Valance and mocked the cyborg for stalling the briefing so he could talk to his former lover, Yuralla Vega. Lash broke up their fight and ordered them to both join the briefing.[16] Their target was located in Coronet City on Corellia, and the hunters began their strike by taking out the guards surrounding the facility. Bossk was tasked with taking down the soldiers in the West Quadrant, which he did so with ease. He commed Khamus to tell him about his progress and told his client that the other hunters were having more difficulty taking the tower. Khamus noted that one of the guards escaped Bossk's massacre, and had Lash snipe the guard down from their position. Although Bossk was successful in accomplishing his part of the mission, Fett's lack of discretion and the sudden murder of Khamus by Lash forced the hunters to make a hasty and violent retreat. Fett, Valance, Lash, and T'ongor got caught up in the messy escape as they turned on each other, though Bossk was able to flee from the incident without being harmed.[15]

Lothal[edit | edit source]

Working with Ezra[edit | edit source]
"Avoid the use of firepower. We'll see about that."
―Bossk, prior to landing on Lothal[src]

Lothal, one of the many worlds Bossk visited

Five years before the Battle of Yavin, Bossk visited the Outer Rim planet of Lothal to collect a bounty on the Dug criminal Gronson "Shifty" Takkaro, who had jumped bail in the Ahakista system. While the local security Imperial Security Bureau Lieutenant Herdringer was hesitant about allowing the Trandoshan bounty hunter to enter his jurisdiction, he reluctantly acquiesced on the condition that Bossk avoided the use of firepower. Unknown to Bossk, the ISB official he was talking to was actually an impostor, the corrupt ISB Lieutenant Jenkes, who had murdered the real Herdringer and stolen his identity. Jenkes was also in cahoots with "Shifty" Takkaro and informed the Dug fugitive. He also sent Squad Five, a squad of stormtroopers, to kill Bossk.[5]

After landing in Lothal Capital City's spaceport, Bossk encountered a young Force-sensitive Human street urchin named Ezra Bridger. Having been orphaned at the age of seven following the death of his parents, Ezra made his living on the streets of Capital City as a con artist. Posing as an official guide to Lothal, Ezra agreed to lead Bossk to a joint called Ake's Tavern, where "Shifty" Takkaro was reported to be hiding. In return, Bossk promised to pay Ezra a thousand credits and paid the youth an upfront installment of five hundred credits. While traveling on a speeder bus to Ake's Tavern, Bossk paid Ezra the remaining half of his fee.[5]

Upon arriving at Ake's Tavern, Ezra entered the building disguised as a ticket-seller for the Arena Day tournament, which fell on the following day. However, "Shifty" Takkaro had already been warned and Bossk and Ezra soon found themselves under attack from three of Jenkes' associates, the Duros assassin Angrigo and the two Niktos known as the Kratchell twins. These assassins had been sent to protect Takkaro and to kill Bossk and his local guide. During the ensuing shootout, Bossk killed Angrigo and the Kratchells and captured Takkaro. Bossk attempted to interrogate Takkaro but before he could extract any answers, a squad of stormtroopers arrived at Ake's Tavern.[5]

Bossk identified himself as a licensed bounty hunter whose hunt for the bail jumper Takkaro had been sanctioned by Imperial Herdringer of the ISB. When the stormtroopers ignored Bossk, he used a concussion grenade to distract the Imperials before fleeing the tavern with Ezra. Following a skirmish with several stormtroopers and scout troopers, Bossk and Ezra managed to escape on a stolen speeder bike. At Ezra's urging, Bossk reluctantly left his unconscious quarry Takkaro behind; Takkaro was subsequently apprehended by the local Imperial authorities. During their escape from the tavern, Ezra managed to confuse the Imperials by using a stolen stormtrooper helmet to issue false orders. Fleeing into a tunnel, Bossk and Ezra were pursued by a pair of scout troopers on speeder bikes but managed to lose their pursuers by entering the left-fork which led them to the outskirts of the city.[5]

Imperial entanglements[edit | edit source]
"Maybe you're not as dumb as you look. I need to meet a guy at a joint called Ake's Taven. Unfortunately, the Imperials weren't very interested in giving me directions."
―Bossk hiring Ezra's services as a guide[src]

Ezra Bridger and Bossk, unlikely allies

Bossk survived the fight and escape from Ake's Tavern but has sustained a laser bolt shot through his upper shoulder. Following their escape, Ezra demanded a pay hike from Bossk as compensation for being used as a "decoy." The Trandoshan reluctantly agreed to pay Ezra all the money in his ship's strongbox if the youth took him somewhere safe to recuperate from his injury. Bossk was unable to return to his ship Hound's Tooth because the Imperial authorities were after him. Keeping his side of the bargain, Ezra took Bossk to his home: an abandoned communications tower on the outskirts of Capital City. Ezra tended to the wounded Trandoshan and applied a thick bandage around his wounded shoulder. Reflecting on his previous encounter during the day, Bossk realized that he had been set up by Lieutenant Herdringer, who had arranged for the "incident" at Ake's Tavern.[5]

In order to ascertain how the assassins he had encountered earlier had surfaced on Lothal, Bossk decided to visit the local posting agency at Capital City's spaceport to access the Imperial Enforcement DataCore. Borrowing Ezra's jump bike, the two of them traveled to Capital City's spaceport. To avoid detection, Bossk pretended to be a blind invalid with Ezra pretending to serve as his guide. After Ezra used his conman skills to get them pass a squad of stormtroopers, the two partners entered the posting agency. While viewing the Imperial records, Bossk and Ezra discovered that Lieutenant Herdringer had died three months ago during a traffic accident and that his colleague Lieutenant Jenkes had stolen his identity. They also learned that Jenkes in the past had managed an illegal gladiator arena on Nyriaan and that Gronson Takkaro had worked as his bookmaster.[5]

Unknown to Bossk and Ezra, Lieutenant Jenkes was monitoring the Imperial Enforcement DataCore. The corrupt ISB agent dispatched a squad of stormtroopers to kill Bossk and placed a bounty on the Trandoshan. After escaping a second attack by stormtroopers, Bossk and Ezra decided to flee to Monad Outpost, where Jenkes was organizing an illegal gladiatorial event called Gladiator Night the following night. Bossk intended to confront Jenkes there and expose his corruption. During their escape from the spaceport, Bossk destroyed an Imperial surveillance remote and knocked out a Ranat bounty hunter and Nimbanel companion, who had wanted to collected the Imperial bounty on Bossk.[5]

After Bossk deduced that Lieutenant Jenkes was the mysterious "Commissioner" who ran the illegal Gladiator Night, Ezra realized that Jenkes would want to kill anyone who knew about his operation including his Xexto mentor Ferpil Wallaway, who had hired Ezra to sell the tickets for the Gladiator Night event. In an attempt to save Wallaway's life, Bossk and Ezra traveled to Wallaway's pawnshop, which lay nine kilometers away from Capital City's spaceport. However, Jenkes had already arrived at Wallaway's pawnshop and killed him with a blaster pistol. Bossk and Ezra arrived just in time to see Jenkes leaving the pawn shop with a large luggage case. Despite failing to save Wallaway's life, Bossk managed to plant a magnetic tracer beacon on Jenkes' speeder. Wallaway's death convinced Ezra to join forces with Bossk to stop Jenkes' plan to steal as much money as he could from the Gladiator Night event at Monad Outpost.[5]

Showdown at Monad Outpost[edit | edit source]
"Hold on. I am Bossk from Trandosha. I did not come to Monad Outpost to die in this arena. But if I am to die tonight, I wish to die as a warrior. I challenge the gladiators to bare-handed combat!"

Monad Outpost

Bossk and Ezra arrived at Monad Outpost, an abandoned mining settlement which lay on the outskirts of Lothal's Capital City; the arena was located underneath the settlement. Lieutenant Jenkes had already arrived and killed the Ishi Tib manning the box office. Before he and his two stormtrooper escorts could leave with the stolen credit chips, Bossk and Ezra intercepted them. After incapacitating his stormtrooper companions, Bossk confronted Jenkes but the lieutenant fled into the arena. Bossk and Ezra gave chase but Jenkes shot the Trandoshan bounty hunter through his right thigh. In an attempt to slow down Bossk, Jenkes seized a comlink from the arena's Pa'lowick master of ceremony and claimed that Bossk was a dangerous fugitive who was wanted by the Empire.[5]

Bossk foiled Jenkes' attempt to frame him by using Ezra's stolen comlink to issue a challenge to the arena's competitors: the Houk Borbig Drob and the Feeorin Warjak. After soundly defeating the two competitors in bare-handed combat, Bossk revealed that Lieutenant Jenkes was actually the shady criminal known as the "Commissioner" and that he had been planning to steal the spectators' credit chips. In addition, Bossk revealed Jenkes' involvement in the murders of Lieutenant Herdringer, the pawnbroker Wallaway, and the Ishi Tib manning the box office. Lieutenant Jenkes then attempted to escape the arena but was thwarted by Ezra who fired a slingshot at him. Shortly later, Jenkes was arrested by the local Imperial authorities.[5]

Following the Gladiator Night showdown, Bossk was exonerated by the Imperial authorities on Lothal who awarded him an undisclosed amount of credits via transfer register. In addition, Bossk was allowed by Commandant Cumberlayne Aresko to take back the corpse of Lieutenant Jenkes as a trophy, who had been executed for his numerous crimes. An official HoloNet News report credited the Trandoshan with saving the lives of numerous civilians and exposing a crime syndicate's operation to defraud gamblers. This brief report omitted any mention of Jenkes, whose actions were deemed an embarrassment for the Empire. Prior to departing Lothal, Bossk paid Ezra everything in his strongbox, which amounted to little more than a paltry sum of ninety credits.[5]

Galactic Civil War[edit | edit source]

Finding the rogue droid[edit | edit source]

"Bossk, we need you to locate the missing files."
"We suspect a traitor."
―Two Imperial officers, briefing Bossk about 261's disappearance[src]

Bossk looking for the rogue astromech aboard a Jawa sandcrawler

In the year 0 BBY,[17] Bossk was summoned aboard the Death Star, a moon-sized planet-killing battle station built by the Galactic Empire. During a briefing with two Imperial officers, the Trandoshan learned that an Imperial astromech designated 261 had gone rogue, stolen secret files, and left the battle station. Suspecting treason, the Imperials hired Bossk to retrieve the missing droid.[8]

Bossk then jumped in the Hound's Tooth and took off, hoping to catch the droid before it had a chance to enter hyperspace. Upon exiting the Death Star's atmosphere, the Trandoshan found himself among a fleet of Imperial Star Destroyers. He tuned in the warships' frequency, where they reported the theft of a Lambda-class T-4a shuttle bound for the desert planet Tatooine and piloted by an astromech. Having landed on Tatooine, Bossk spotted the purloined shuttle in the spaceport of Mos Eisley. Although the shuttle had crashed, injuring stormtroopers and civilians in the process, 261 was nowhere near the wreckage. Knowing that the damaged automaton would be looking for new parts, Bossk talked to several street vendors before heading into Chalmun's Cantina for a drink. He notably questioned the surly barman, Wuher, but to no avail. At a dead end, the Trandoshan journeyed to the fortress of Jabba Desilijic Tiure, the Hutt crime lord of Tatooine. There, he learned from EV-9D9 that 261 had indeed been brought to the palace and forced to join its droid pool, but managed to escape.[8]

The Trandoshan ended up discovering that his target had been captured by a clan of Jawa scavengers, whom he started tracking across the barren expanses. Eventually, Bossk confronted the Jawas outside their sandcrawler. Having retrieved the crafty droid, the bounty hunter escorted it back to the Empire.[8]

Anthan heist and other missions[edit | edit source]

"Do you think I'd cross four of the deadliest bounty hunters in the galaxy?"
"I think you'd
think about it. Then ssslink away."
―Aphra and Bossk[src]

During the Galactic Civil War, Bossk met with IG-90, Black Krrsantan, and Beebox at a bar on Son-tuul after the Son-tuul Pride had been destroyed by Darth Vader. Vader's assistant Doctor Aphra appeared and offered them information on the Arquitens-class light cruiser that was transporting the Son-tuul Pride's fortune to an Imperial vault.[18] At Anthan Prime, Aphra detonated an asteroid, causing the cruiser to collide. Bossk disembarked from her ship the Ark Angel into the cruiser, where he and IG-90 opened fire on the Viper probe droids guarding the vault. Meanwhile, Black Krrsantan blew open a hole in the cruiser from his gunship, causing most of the credits to be decompressed, much to the other bounty hunters' disappointment. Aphra explained BT-1 would scoop up some credits, which was better than none. After leaving with his share, Bossk menacingly expressed hope that Aphra had considered the consequences if they found out she had double-crossed them. His suspicions were correct: most of the credits had been retrieved by a hidden satellite for Vader.[19]

As the war drove on, Bossk continued his bounty hunting work, taking jobs on Taldorrah, Lothal, the Silver Moon of Acomber, Uaua, where he assisted a Quor'sav narcotics agent, Goroth Prime, where he collaborated with a group of Rodians, and a job that involved him silencing the Mad Monks of Xo.[7]

Pursuing Chainbreaker[edit | edit source]

"I have faith you will keep your word. We must trust each other if there is ever to be reconciliation. And I trust you."
"Why? Why would you ever trust me? You know what I am."
"Of course I do. You're my brother."
―Doshanalawook and her brother, Bossk[src]

In 3 ABY,[source?] Bossk tracked the Wookiee gunship Liswarr to the Rycep Belt, searching for the famed Wookiee liberator known as Chainbreaker. As he prepared to leave the Hound's Tooth and board Liswarr, he received a transmission from Imperial Lieutenant Masil Veit, who informed him that Darth Vader was looking for hunters to track the Millennium Falcon. However, before he could communicate the coordinates to meet at, the transmission was interrupted. Deciding to ignore the transmission until he finished his mission, he left his ship in a vac suit and infiltrated the ship.[7]

After entering the ship through its airlock, Bossk smelled the scent of various Wookiee clans, including Chyakk clan, Koom clan, and Gkrur clan. Bossk used his Relby-v10 mortar gun to battle multiple Wookiees, including Rutallaroo, incapacitating them as he reached the bridge. However, when he found Chainbreaker, he realized that the Wookiee liberator was actually a Trandoshan herself. Bossk was stunned to learn that Chainbreaker was not only of his species, but also of his family. Chainbreaker revealed that she was his sister Doshanalawook who he had failed to kill when he devoured his other siblings in his clutch. In exchange for letting him go and giving him the coordinates to meet with the Empire that she had blocked, Chainbreaker made Bossk swear to stop hunting Wookiees, which Bossk angrily agreed to.[7]

The hunt for the Millennium Falcon[edit | edit source]

"I dropped another score for this. It'll be worth it when I add that Wookiee's pelt to my collection."


Not long after leaving Chainbreaker, Bossk responded to a call from the Empire about a job put out by Vader.[7] Aboard Vader's flagship, the Super Star Destroyer Executor, Bossk waited for orders alongside Dengar, IG-88, and,[20] as he predicted would be there, 4-LOM and Zuckuss.[7] Boba Fett was the last to arrive, and he nodded to Bossk and Dengar as he disembarked. Bossk greeted Fett by just his first name, as he had since he was a child, much to the annoyance of Fett. One of the Imperial officers collected the bounty hunters together and brought them to the bridge. Along the way, Dengar and Fett bet 20 credits that their target would be the Millennium Falcon. Bossk mused that he had dropped another score to take this job, though looked forward to killing Chewbacca. Dengar questioned how Solo and Chewbacca ended up wanted by so many individuals and organizations and survived. Bossk guessed that joining the Alliance to Restore the Republic may have helped them despite their stupidity. Once at the bridge, the hunters were made to wait once more. Vader soon arrived and began sizing up Dengar and IG-88. Admiral Firmus Piett murmured to his fellow officers that the hunters were scum, to which Bossk uttered an unmistakable warning to the Admiral in his native Dosh.[20]

As Fett had predicted, their target was the Falcon. The anticipation among the hunters lasted for only a moment before an Imperial officer announced that the ship had been located. The hunters returned to the hangar bay, where 4-LOM and Zuckuss quickly departed. Bossk and Dengar were ready to leave but were puzzled by Fett's choice to stay back. Bossk questioned what was going on in his head, and Fett explained that as stupid as Solo was he wasn't going risk his ship against the Empire and that something was wrong. Bossk cleared his throat and mockingly asked Fett why, if he knew Solo so well, he hadn't brought him in yet and asked if he was losing his touch. Dengar smirked and suggested that they team up to track Fett together, to which Bossk sarcastically remarked that "Krayt's Claw lives again." Bossk added that it wouldn't happen and teased Fett about his reluctance to work with a team. Fett stated that he wouldn't work with a team again after the Corellian job, which made the three hunters grimace at the memory of the failed mission. Bossk reminisced about the better runs they'd had as Krayt's Claw. As the three hunters stood silent, a young Imperial officer ran to his comrades and told them that an officer named Captain Needa was dead, which proved Fett right that the Empire lost the Falcon.[20]

Fett proposed that they could ride together again to track Solo, which piqued Bossk and Dengar's attention. Fett, however, was going to double-cross them. Once the three had returned to their ships, Fett gave them a series of decoy coordinates, a trick Bossk had once taught him. Bossk and Dengar unknowingly jumped to decoy points, while Fett faked his jump and stayed back with the Imperial fleet.[20] Bossk was eventually unsuccessful in his hunt for Solo and Chewbacca, and Fett later collected the bounty on Solo from Jabba the Hutt after helping Vader catch him.[21]

The hunt for Nakano Lash[edit | edit source]

"One way or another, I'm getting those coordinates to Lash's location."

Following the capture of Solo, Bossk was displeased with Fett's success, venting his anger at the Carbon Score Cantina on Burnin Konn. While there, he was approached by Aphra and Krrsantan, the former of whom mocked the Trandoshan. Bossk angrily stood up and threw his drink to the ground, ignoring the bartender's pleas for him to stop. Bossk charged Krrsantan, and the two engaged in a fistfight. Aphra sat down and started mixing a drink, and told Bossk to leave Krrsantan alone and revealed that she had nicked his blaster during the skirmish. The doctor mentioned the botched Corellia job, though Bossk was unmoved and demanded she explain why she and Krrsantan were there. Aphra explained that Nakano Lash had resurfaced with a bounty on her head, piquing Bossk's interest.[15]

Beilert Valance defeats Bossk in combat

As it turned out, Bossk was not alone in his hunt to try and locate Lash. Valance, Fett, and the now-deceased T'ongor's sister, T'onga, were all on the hunt to find and kill Lash. With Aphra's intel, Bossk traveled to the graveyard planet Galmerah. Upon landing, Bossk was met by one of the graveyard's caretakers, who asked for alms from the Trandoshan. Bossk yelled at the caretaker, who ran away from him. Also on Galmerah was Valance, who Bossk encountered at the grave of Lash's parents. Bossk pointed his rifle at Valance and accused him of being in on Lash's betrayal during the Corellia job. Valance reminded Bossk that he was the one hunter to escape unscathed, unlike Valance and the others. Bossk waved away that fact and told Valance that it would still be worth it to kill him, given that Valance's droid had discovered the coordinates of Lash.[22] Bossk fired a dioxis grenade at Valance, who hid and took cover. Bossk mocked his former partner as he searched through the mist for him. Valance fired at Bossk from higher ground, and the Trandoshan fired another grenade at him, which pushed the cyborg to the ground. Valance tried using his palm blasters at Bossk, but they malfunctioned and he ran through the ruins as Bossk continued firing his barrage of explosives at him. Valance threw a rock at Bossk, then punched him hard enough to momentarily knock him back. Bossk threw a punch in retaliation, then jumped over Valance before he could grab his leg. The Trandoshan continued pummeling Valance, though he was pushed to the ground after Valance slammed his head into Bossk's. Before Bossk could stand back up, Valance struck him with a large rock. Valance mused that he could kill Bossk if he wanted, but instead cuffed him so he could remember his loss.[16]

Bossk remained cuffed to a column on Galmerah, where he was found by a mysterious cloaked figure. The hunter interrogated Bossk about where Valance had gone. Bossk told the hunter that Lash had given Valance coordinates, then suggested that the hunter release him and they could work together to find Valance and Lash. The mysterious figure instead kicked Bossk hard in the chin, leaving the Trandoshan unconscious.[23]

Hunting Lando Calrissian[edit | edit source]

"«Nice score, Bossk. But I thought you were hunting Calrissian.»"
"Eh, we'll get him later. In the meantime, Jabba's offering plenty for the Wookiee."
―A disguised Leia Organa and Bossk[src]

Bossk's rifle jams while fighting Boushh

Sometime after Fett collected the bounty on Solo, Bossk and a group of fellow hunters took a job to hunt rebel Lando Calrissian, who they tracked down to the planet Arkanis. Unexpectedly, Chewbacca and rebel leader Leia Organa were sent to help Calrissian, who managed to outrun Bossk and other hunters trying to capture him. As Organa and Calrissian found each other and prepared to leave, Bossk's accomplices electrified the nearby Chewbacca and brought the Wookiee to Bossk. Bossk was elated to have Chewbacca in his hands and decided to order drinks for the hunters who brought him in. In the nearby cantina, Bossk stood at the bar with the captive Wookiee sitting on the floor next to him. Impersonating the bounty hunter Boushh, Organa entered the cantina and told Bossk that she would see him on Tatooine after Bossk mentioned bringing Chewbacca to Jabba. Bossk and the other hunters were taken aback by Boushh's statement and knew that something was up, so he sent them to go see what Boushh was doing. Organa and Calrissian managed to take out the two hunters sent by Bossk, who followed them in the Hound's Tooth. Bossk jumped from his ship and fired at Organa, who he believed to be Boushh trying to take Calrissian for himself. Bossk and Organa engaged in a shootout, but she outsmarted the Trandoshan by firing at the rocks above him. The stones hit Bossk's first-gen X-45 rifle, which jammed and allowed Organa to corner him. Bossk suspected that Boushh wasn't himself, though Organa offered to let Bossk go if he traded Chewbacca in exchange for his gang. With no other options, Bossk relented and traded. Bossk chastised his boys after they were returned to him, then they boarded the Hound's Tooth and left Arkanis.[24]

Jabba's Palace[edit | edit source]

Bossk later met up with Fett at Jabba's Palace, and subsequently accompanied Jabba's retinue aboard the Khetanna.[25]

Personality and traits[edit | edit source]

"He [Black Krrsantan] said he's not concerned about other Wookiees, he just wants to know that Bossk won't try to double cross him."
"I would not. Unlike some people at this table. I believe in upholding the Code at any cost."
―Beebox and Bossk[src]

Bossk was a moody and serious, yet ruthless and efficient bounty hunter who believed in upholding the Bounty Hunter Code at any cost.[26] He did not like other bounty hunters or governments interfering with any of his bounties, nor questions about his past with his father.[5] While Bossk tended to work alone, he was also capable of working with other individuals, including Boba Fett, Aurra Sing,[9] and Ezra Bridger. As a businessman, Bossk was also known to keep his promises to the letter of the law. He was also known as a fair and honest combatant,[5] although later cited preferring "a big rock" to honor in combat.[27] Bossk believed the hunt itself mattered more than credits,[28] and found himself in need of money on several occasions.[4][5] The Trandoshan viewed instinct as "fierce, not cruel."[28]

Skills and abilities[edit | edit source]

"Now that guy really knows how to put on a show."
―A Pa'lowick arena manager's impression of Bossk[src]

As a bounty hunter, Bossk was a physically fit and a skilled fighter. He developed a fearsome reputation as an effective hunter of Wookiees, a species that shared the Kashyyyk system.[6] While Bossk often wielded a mortar gun, he was also skilled in unarmed combat. On one occasion, he took on two gladiatorial fighters and bested them both in a fight.[5]

Equipment[edit | edit source]

"Bossk. He's a Trandoshan, carries a mortar gun, flies a YV-series freighter…Why am I writing this down? You can read it all on his ID card, which I swiped!"
―Ezra Bridger, in his private journal[src]

Bossk's weapon of choice was a Relby-v10 mortar gun

Bossk's primary weapon was a Relby-v10 micro grenade launcher.[21] He also utilized a YV-series light freighter named the Hound's Tooth[11] as well as the Z-95-AF4 Headhunter Nashtah Pup.[29] During the Galactic Civil War, Bossk carried a small saber with him,[15] and also used a first-generation X-45 blaster rifle.[24] Among his arsenal he used dioxis grenades as well as proximity mines.[16][28]

Behind the scenes[edit | edit source]

Bossk first appeared in the 1980 film Star Wars: Episode V The Empire Strikes Back. Prior to the release of the movie, he appeared in a mail-in flyer that revealed his role in the movie. In the The Empire Strikes Back, Bossk was played by the actor Alan Harris, who reprised his role in Star Wars: Episode VI Return of the Jedi. Bossk was voiced by Dee Bradley Baker in the animated series Star Wars: The Clone Wars. Bossk's animation model was redesigned between his appearances in season two and four to more closely resemble his film counterpart, as the more colorful designs for the Trandoshans in season three caused the show's staff to regret how simple his appearance was.[30]

In the fourth draft of The Empire Strikes Back screenplay, Bossk was described as a slimy, tentacled monster with two huge bloodshot eyes in a soft baggy face.[31]

Bossk's outfit was actually recycled from a 1966 Doctor Who serial titled The Tenth Planet.[32] The suit itself was actually a High-Altitude Windak Pressure Suit, a suit used by the British Royal Air Force in the 1960s.[33]

Before the cancellation of The Clone Wars TV series, Bossk was set to make an appearance during a four-episode arc starring Boba Fett and Cad Bane. In a clip revealed during the Animated Origins and Unexpected Fates panel at Celebration Orlando in 2017, Bossk and Embo were seen siding with Bane during a stand-off between Fett and other bounty hunters. Bossk then suggests that Bane give Fett his chance to prove himself.[34]

Writer Jon Kasdan originally desired to include Bossk in the 2018 Star Wars Anthology film Solo: A Star Wars Story. However, Kasdan ultimately concluded that there was no place for Bossk in the film.[35] In Kasdan's drafts for Solo, Bossk was part of the Cloud-Riders and served as Enfys Nest's second-in-command, only to abandon her by the end of the film. Though Kasdan fought to keep this scene, he was overruled.[36]

Freemaker Adventures[edit | edit source]

Bossk appeared in the LEGO Star Wars: The Freemaker Adventures Season Two episode "Return to the Wheel," which premiered on August 3, 2017. He and several bounty hunters including Dengar, 4-LOM, IG-88, and Zuckuss captured the Freemakers but they escaped after Kordi created a fight between the droid and organic bounty hunters.[37]

Appearances[edit | edit source]

Non-canon appearances[edit | edit source]

Sources[edit | edit source]

Notes and references[edit | edit source]

  1. Ultimate Star Wars
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 Encyclopedia Bossk in the Encyclopedia (content now obsolete; backup link)
  3. 3.0 3.1 Rebel Journal by Ezra Bridger
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 TCW mini logo.jpg Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "R2 Come Home"
  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 5.15 5.16 5.17 Ezra's Gamble
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 6.3 6.4 Dark Disciple
  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 7.3 7.4 7.5 7.6 7.7 "Tooth and Claw"—From a Certain Point of View: The Empire Strikes Back
  8. 8.0 8.1 8.2 8.3 Bounty Hunt
  9. 9.0 9.1 9.2 TCW mini logo.jpg Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Death Trap"
  10. TCW mini logo.jpg Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Deception"
  11. 11.0 11.1 TCW mini logo.jpg Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Bounty"
  12. 12.0 12.1 Star Wars: Scum and Villainy: Case Files on the Galaxy's Most Notorious
  13. Solo: A Star Wars Story
  14. The main events of Bounty Hunters 1 take place shortly after the events of Star Wars: Episode V The Empire Strikes Back. Since Star Wars: Galactic Atlas dates the film to 3 ABY, the main events of Bounty Hunters 1 must take place around that year. Since the skirmish on Corellia takes place sometime before the main events of Bounty Hunters 1, it must take place before 3 ABY.
  15. 15.0 15.1 15.2 15.3 Bounty Hunters 1
  16. 16.0 16.1 16.2 Bounty Hunters 3
  17. In Bounty Hunt, the Death Star's superlaser is fully operational, and Star Wars: Galactic Atlas establishes that the events of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, and thus the completion of the superweapon, take place in 0 BBY. Since the Death Star was destroyed in the Battle of Yavin (Star Wars: Episode IV A New Hope), it can be assumed that the events in Bounty Hunt also take place in 0 BBY.
  18. Darth Vader 7
  19. Darth Vader 8
  20. 20.0 20.1 20.2 20.3 "Wait for It"—From a Certain Point of View: The Empire Strikes Back
  21. 21.0 21.1 Star Wars: Episode V The Empire Strikes Back
  22. Bounty Hunters 2
  23. Bounty Hunters 4
  24. 24.0 24.1 Age of Rebellion - Princess Leia 1
  25. Star Wars: Episode VI Return of the Jedi
  26. Doctor Aphra: An Audiobook Original
  27. Bounty Hunters 11
  28. 28.0 28.1 28.2 Star Wars Battlefront II
  29. SWZ01 logo.png Star Wars: X-Wing Second EditionHotshots and Aces Reinforcements Pack (Card: Nashtah Pup)
  30. Star Wars: The Clone Wars: The Complete Season Three - Chewbacca Returns
  31. Star Wars: The Annotated Screenplays
  32. Struan, John. The Star Wars Costume That's Recycled From A Doctor Who Episode (2014-03-05). Kotaku. Archived from the original on November 13, 2020.
  33. 5 Recycled Star Wars Props and Costumes on (backup link)
  34. SWYTlogo.png Star Wars Celebration Orlando 2017: Animated Origins and Unexpected Fates on the official Star Wars YouTube channel (backup link)
  35. Cavanaugh, Patrick. One Major Bounty Hunter was Cut From 'Solo: A Star Wars Story' (2016-05-16). Archived from the original on February 20, 2020.
  36. TwitterLogo.svg Jon Kasdan (@JonKasdan) on Twitter: "continued" (screenshot)
  37. TheFreemakerAdventuresLogo-Dplus.png LEGO Star Wars: The Freemaker Adventures – "Return to the Wheel"
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