- "Strong this planet is with the Force."
"It is one of the purest places in the galaxy."
- ―Yoda and the spirit of Qui-Gon Jinn
Dagobah was a remote, unexplored planet in the Dagobah system, and one of the purest places in the galaxy within the Force. A remote world of swamps and forests, it served as a refuge for Jedi Grand Master Yoda during his exile after the destruction of the Jedi Order. Luke Skywalker received advanced training in the ways of the Force under Jedi Master Yoda on Dagobah, and it was later the place of Yoda's death and transformation into the Force.
- "Yes, I'm sure it's perfectly safe for droids."
- ―Luke Skywalker, to R2-D2
Among the purest locations in the entire galaxy within the energy field known as the Force, Dagobah was a mysterious, mist-shrouded, swampy planet, mostly covered in swamps and bogs, interspersed with countless shallow lakes and lagoons and multiple living caves. It shared a mysterious time-related quality with such locales as Mortis and Ahch-To. The continental and oceanic crusts of Dagobah were only vaguely defined, and there was little in the way of volcanic activity or earthquakes. Dagobah was home to many creatures, such as bogwings, dragonsnakes, butcherbugs, sleens, vine snakes, and swamp slugs. Examples of flora included the Lahdia plant, the Yoghurt plant, Gnarltree and Yarum seed. The planet was devoid of any advanced or indigenous civilization of sentients.
Dagobah had two seasons, a dry season and a wet season. During the peak of the long dry season (over half an orbit after the rains end) the uplands become too hot for most lifeforms to survive, necessitating any that live there to migrate to the lower lands. Beneath the rapidly leafing canopies of the gnarltrees that emerge from the receding green and thick waters, the once-inundated lowlands revert back to a marshy swamp once again. As the air grows more humid, the gray overcast clouds return and before another quarter orbit passes the planet is far enough away from its sun that the dry season ends and the rains return, again flooding the lowlands and covering the trees in water, making the uplands habitable once more.
High Republic Era
- "But again, research. And in an academic paper written during the High Republic, I found a description of a world very strong in the Force."
- ―The Archivist
During the Republic Era, Halka Four-Den Alpha Team was dispatched to the planet Dagobah in order to chart and map the extending borders of the Galactic Republic and learn more about it flora and fauna. After three months, Four-Den and her Alpha Team were overwhelmed by diseases, dangerous wildlife, and fast-growing plants. No trace of the team was discovered.
Near the end of the Clone Wars, Jedi Grand Master Yoda travelled to the planet Dagobah after hearing the voice of deceased Jedi Master Qui-Gon Jinn. He ventured into the swamp, where he communed with Jinn, who appeared manifested as a group of fireflies. He told Yoda of how to communicate with the living after death through the connection between the Living Force and the Cosmic Force. Then, Yoda entered a cave, where he saw a vision of the Jedi fighting the clones and then the mysterious Sith Lord.
- "Into exile I must go. Failed, I have."
- ―Yoda, to Bail Organa
After his defeat at the hand of Sith Lord Darth Sidious following the formation of the Galactic Empire, Yoda exiled himself to Dagobah. Using an E3-standard starship lifeboat, began his exile where he continued his studies of the Force. The lifeboat served as Yoda's initial shelter but it started to degrade within a year due to Dagobah's swampy environment. As the first shelter was slowly consumed by the swamp, Yoda built a new home for himself. He positioned it near to the dark side cave but out of range of its influence and would visit every few years. However, the Dagobah wet season created a need for the Jedi Master to regularly relocate to the planet's highlands for the duration.
At some point, former Sava Madelin Sun arrived on Dagobah in search of Yoda. After saving her from a monster, Yoda used the Force to lead Sun into the dark cave. While inside, she saw visions which dissuaded her from looking for him. Shen then left the planet as Yoda watched from afar.
Training ground of Luke Skywalker
- "You will go to the Dagobah system. There you will learn from Yoda, the Jedi Master who instructed me."
- ―Obi-Wan Kenobi, to Luke Skywalker
Years later, Luke Skywalker of the Alliance to Restore the Republic traveled to Dagobah under the direction of late Jedi Master Obi-Wan Kenobi in hopes of finding Yoda and being trained in the ways of the Jedi Order. Skywalker crashed into a bog upon landing and happened upon the Jedi, though he was unaware it was, in fact, Yoda at the time. The old master took Skywalker back to his hut for dinner, where he revealed his true identity to Skywalker. Initially reluctant to train Skywalker due to his age and lack of patience, Yoda was eventually convinced to teach him by the the Force spirit of Kenobi.
One night during Skywalker's training, an Imperial probe droid from Project Swarm arrived on planet. The droid's operator, Maela, initially believed there was no reason to look further into the planet during the unit's patrol until she spotted Skywalker's X-wing in the swamp. Although she realized the outline of what she saw resembled an X-wing, she had realized the cruelty of the Empire after witnessing the aftermath of the Battle of Hoth, so she deleted the footage before moving on to her next droid.
During his training, Skywalker entered the Cave of Evil and confronted a vision of Darth Vader, who he struck down, only to see his own face in Vader's mask. Later, Skywalker ended his training early, however, once he sensed his friends Han Solo and Leia Organa were in danger. Though Yoda and Kenobi attempted to reason with Skywalker to stay, the student left the planet, promising to return and finish his training.
He would keep his word, and after learning Vader was his father during their duel on Cloud City, saving Leia and Chewbacca from Vader on Cloud City, and rescuing Solo from Jabba the Hutt on Tatooine, he would return to Dagobah to complete his Jedi training. Upon arriving, he found Yoda sick and dying, who told him that his training was complete, but all he had to do was confront Vader one last time, and the old master became one with the Force. The ghost of Kenobi then revealed to Skywalker the truth that Leia was, in fact, a Skywalker and Luke's sister before Luke left the planet to confront Vader and the Emperor in hopes of turning Vader back to the light side.
New Republic Era
- "The cave is power. And darkness. And you will enter."
"What's in there?"
"Only what you've been too weak to bury."
- ―Snoke and Kylo Ren
Sometime after the skirmish on the Minemoon, Kylo Ren, nephew of Luke Skywalker, along with his master and Supreme Leader of the First Order, Snoke, came to Dagobah in order to face Ren's darkest fears. In the Cave of Evil, he experienced a vision of his uncle Luke, whom he dueled and killed, and a vision of his parents Leia and Han. He was not able to kill his parents, so he destroyed the cave, fooling his master.
Behind the scenes
- "A small escape pod hurls toward the swamp planet and disappears in the mist. The pod has landed, and YODA descends the ramp, surveying the unfamiliar terrain."
- ―Description of Dagobah's deleted scene from Episode III
Slated to appear in one scene of the 2005 film, Star Wars: Episode III Revenge of the Sith, the planet was cut from the final film, leaving it for the DVD release. The scene featured how Yoda started his exile. George Lucas removed the scene so that the film would not have "too many endings," despite producer Rick McCallum's wishes.
There is a long-running fan debate about how long Luke Skywalker trained on Dagobah. This debate was jokingly referenced in "The Lost Boy", a story told by Vaneé, when Ben Solo asked if Skywalker trained for 20 minutes on Dagobah.
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- LEGO Star Wars: Droid Tales – "Gambit on Geonosis" (In flashback(s))
- "The Dragonsnake Saves R2-D2"—From a Certain Point of View: The Empire Strikes Back
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Notes and references
- Ultimate Star Wars
- Star Wars: The Galactic Explorer's Guide
- Star Wars: Episode V The Empire Strikes Back
- Star Wars: Build the Millennium Falcon 20 (Guide to the Galaxy: Dagobah: The Cave of Evil)
- Star Wars: The Force Awakens Beginner Game
- Nexus of Power
- Star Wars: Absolutely Everything You Need to Know
- Star Wars: Complete Locations
- Star Wars: The Visual Encyclopedia
- "There is Another"—From a Certain Point of View
- Journey Through Space
- Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge – Oga's Cantina has official backstory elements that, though not directly published for the public, are officially canon per the location's show guides and employees, and the details can be obtained verbally from cast members working the store.
- Star Wars: Galactic Atlas
- The Empire Strikes Back: So You Want to Be a Jedi?
- Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Voices"
- Star Wars: Yoda's Jedi Training
- The Trial of Dagobah — Age of Rebellion Special 1
- Star Wars: The Last Jedi: The Visual Dictionary
- Crimson Reign 3
- Star Wars: Episode III Revenge of the Sith
- Ultimate Star Wars
- "Vergence"—From a Certain Point of View: The Empire Strikes Back
- "There is Another"—From a Certain Point of View
- "Eyes of the Empire"—From a Certain Point of View: The Empire Strikes Back
- Star Wars: Episode VI Return of the Jedi
- Age of Resistance - Supreme Leader Snoke 1
- Star Wars Episode III Revenge of the Sith: Illustrated Screenplay
- LEGO Star Wars Terrifying Tales