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"Many Bothans died to bring us this information."
Mon Mothma, before the Battle of Endor[1]

Bothans were a group known for operating a spy network.[2] Bothans were known to communicate with each other in a series of growls.[3]

Bothan spies were credited with obtaining information concerning the location of DS-2 Death Star II Mobile Battle Station, despite sustaining heavy casualties, thereby enabling the Rebel Alliance to plan an attack on the unfinished space station.[1] The Bothans also provided the Rebel Alliance with other useful information, such as the door code for the shield generator bunker on the forest moon of Endor.[4]

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Behind the scenes[]

"It's pretty easy to confirm: we are purposely trying not to show them to leave all possibilities for when that story gets told. The dude in Resistance is based on the EU design of a Bothan that the Animation art team used as reference for a background alien."
Matt Martin[5]

How Star Wars: How Not to Get Eaten by Ewoks and Other Galactic Survival Skills depicts Bothans

Bothans were first mentioned in the 1983 film Star Wars: Episode VI Return of the Jedi,[1] and first canonically appeared in the 2016 novel Bloodline.[3] Individuals resembling the Star Wars Legends depiction of the Bothan species[6] have appeared in various canon visual media, such as Star Wars Resistance,[7] Legends of the Alliance in the form of Mak Eshkra'rey,[8] Star Wars: War of the Bounty Hunters,[9] Sabine My Rebel Sketchbook,[10] and Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge: The Official Black Spire Outpost Cookbook,[11] but whether these creatures are in fact Bothans has yet to be confirmed.

The reference book Star Wars: How Not to Get Eaten by Ewoks and Other Galactic Survival Skills also pictures Bothans.[12] However, given the Lucasfilm Story Group's decision to hold off on picturing Bothans,[5] this article assumes it was a mistake.


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