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Han Solo frozen in carbonite.

"Oh, they've encased him in carbonite. He should be quite well protected. If he survived the freezing process, that is."

Carbonite was a liquid substance that was made from carbon gas and could change into a solid through rapid freezing. Goods could be encased in carbonite for preservation, through a process known as carbon-freezing,[1] and an example was condensed Tibanna gas because carbon-freezing was used as a way to condense it for transport.[2]

Carbonite blocks could also be used to place people in hibernation.[3] Before the invention of the hyperdrive, some early spacers would use carbonite to endure long voyages. That technique, however, had brutal side effects, collectively referred to as hibernation sickness.[4] Droids such as the DLC-13 mining droid could be made out of heat-resistant carbonite.[5]


"Are, uh, we sure this thing is safe? I don't wanna end up a wall decoration."
ARC trooper "Fives," before the Battle of Lola Sayu[src]
Carbonited bounties

Individuals frozen in carbonite

During the Clone Wars, Obi-Wan Kenobi, Anakin Skywalker, Ahsoka Tano, and the clone troopers under their command froze themselves in carbonite to smuggle themselves into the Citadel on Lola Sayu.[6]

During the Galactic Civil War, Skywalker, now Darth Vader, intended to trap his son Luke in carbonite. Having blackmailed Lando Calrissian into letting him use the carbon-freezing facility on Bespin, he tested the device out on Han Solo. Boba Fett transported the carbonite block to Jabba's Palace, where Jabba displayed it as a trophy.[7]

A few days after Solo's capture, Leia Organa was apprehended by the Empire on Bespin and also frozen in carbonite,[8] along with other inhabitants of Cloud City, in order to be transferred to Imperial prisons. The prisoners were quickly rescued by Skywalker and Calrissian, however, who were able to free them before they were transported off-world.[9]

In 9 ABY, the bounty hunter known as the Mandalorian was shown to use carbon freezing to transport prisoners, including an unidentified Mythrol.[10]


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Crystallized carbonite

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