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"Good job, Artoo. Someday, these droids will learn they keep messing with the wrong Jedi."
"Looks like you're clear."
"Just keep watching and learning, Padawan. Uh-oh."
"You're trailing smoke. What's wrong?"
"Oh, nothing serious, just a small malfunction."
―Anakin Skywalker and Ahsoka Tano, right before a starfighter malfunction renders the former unconscious[src]

During the later stages of the Clone Wars, the planet Cato Neimoidia which housed the headquarters of the Trade Federation was invaded by the Confederacy of Independent Systems. This prompted the Galactic Republic to launch a defense of the planet despite its unofficial ties to the Confederacy through secret Federation dealings. Anakin Skywalker and Ahsoka Tano took part in this battle, but they were recalled to Coruscant following the bombing of a Jedi Temple hangar.

The battle[]

In 19 BBY,[6] the Confederacy of Independent Systems attacked the planet Cato Neimoidia, which they had previously lost to the Galactic Republic.[7] The Republic dispatched Jedi General Anakin Skywalker, Jedi Commander Ahsoka Tano, and the elite 501st Legion to defend the planet.[4] Droid tri-fighters played an important role in the fighting.[7] After punching through Separatist warships in orbit, Skywalker and Tano led a squadron of Z-95 Headhunters to the surface, followed closely by Republic gunships ferrying Clone Captain CT-7567 and clone troopers, as smaller Republic cruisers engaged Separatist vessels around them. After a dogfight in the atmosphere resulted in Skywalker's starfighter getting hit by Pistoeka sabotage droids, disabling his fighter and resulted in him losing consciousness.[4]

After Tano was alerted to Skywalker's status by R2-D2, also onboard Skywalker's fighter, she mounted a daring rescue by first telling R2 to crash land in a nearby mountain plain, and then jumped from her starfighter to his and was able to rescue him, just as his starfighter went over the cliff and was destroyed, but not before R2 also escaped.[4]

As Skywalker regained consciousness and became aware of what transpired, he received a transmission from Jedi Master Yoda who informed Skywalker and Tano that the Jedi Temple had been bombed, and that they were being recalled to aid in the investigation. Afterwards Skywalker contacted Captain Rex for a pickup, as the battle continued.[4]


The Separatists ultimately lost the battle at Cato Neimoidia, although their tri-fighters had again proven their worth.[7] Additionally, Cato Neimoidia would become embroiled in the war again, being the site of another battle during the Outer Rim Sieges.[9]

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Notes and references[]

  1. TCW mini logo.jpg Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "The Lawless"
  2. The Mandalorian civil war begins in "The Lawless" and does not end until "The Phantom Apprentice." StarWars.com Star Wars: The Clone Wars Chronological Episode Order on StarWars.com (backup link) dates the events of "Sabotage" between "The Lawless" and "The Phantom Apprentice," so its events must be concurrent to the civil war.
  3. Star Wars: Force Collection (Card: Bacara (★★★★))
  4. 4.00 4.01 4.02 4.03 4.04 4.05 4.06 4.07 4.08 4.09 4.10 4.11 4.12 4.13 4.14 4.15 4.16 4.17 4.18 4.19 4.20 4.21 4.22 4.23 4.24 4.25 4.26 4.27 4.28 4.29 4.30 4.31 4.32 4.33 4.34 4.35 4.36 4.37 4.38 4.39 4.40 TCW mini logo.jpg Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Sabotage"
  5. TCW mini logo.jpg Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "The Jedi Who Knew Too Much"
  6. 6.0 6.1 Star Wars: Galactic Atlas places the Battle of Sundari and the Ahsoka Tano's departure from the Jedi Order to 19 BBY. As the episode this event takes place within takes place between the events of the episodes the other events are attached to according to StarWars.com Star Wars: The Clone Wars Chronological Episode Order on StarWars.com (backup link), this event must take place in 19 BBY.
  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 7.3 BYOR2D2 logo small.png Star Wars: Build Your Own R2-D2 44 (Droid Directory: Tri-fighter)
  8. TCW mini logo.jpg Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Old Friends Not Forgotten"

Clone Wars
(22 BBY19 BBY)
Galactic timeline

Previous: Separatist Crisis

Concurrent: Nikardun conquests · Balith civil war · War on Quarzite · Mandalorian civil war · Campaign against the Shadow Collective

Next: Early rebellion against the Galactic Empire · Great Jedi Purge · Ryloth insurgency

Battles of the Clone Wars
22 BBY Geonosis (I) · Geonosis (II) · Hissrich · Antar 4 · Republic transport · Muunilinst · Quarmendy · Krystar · Separatist weapons depot · Caliban · Hisseen · Christophsis (I) · Teth · Jabba's Palace · Ziro's Palace · Ryloth · Rugosa · Malevolence campaign (Phu system · Abregado · Ryndellia system · Kaliida Nebula (I) · Kaliida Nebula (II)) · Corvair · Kudo III · Mimban · Rishi Moon · Skytop Station campaign (Falleen · Bothawui · Outer corridor · Skytop Station) · Rodia
21 BBY Tranquility · Vassek 3 · Vanqor (I) · Florrum (I) · Quell · Maridun · Orto Plutonia · Naboo (I) · Felucia (I) · Devaron (I) · Felucia Medical Station HCTFF2 · Malastare · Cato Neimoidia (I) · Murkhana · Dorin · Geonosis (III) · Dantooine · Merj · Vallt · Grange · Saleucami system · Saleucami (I) · Republic cruiser · Coronet · Coruscant (I) · Kamino · Pantora
20 BBY Sullust · Devaron (II) · Toydaria · Capture of Even Piell · Lola Sayu · Felucia (II) · Mon Cala · Naboo (II) · Patitite Pattuna · Rescue of Adi Gallia · Umbara · Kiros · Kadavo · Theed · Onderon
19 BBY
(Outer Rim Sieges)
Cato Neimoidia (II) · Ringo Vinda · Batuu · Mokivj · Scipio · Utapau (I) · Mahranee · Raxus Secundus · Haruun Kal · Vizsla Keep 09 · Rescue of Quinlan Vos · Separatist storage base · Vanqor (II) · Christophsis (II) · Jedi Temple · Anaxes · Skako Minor · Kardoa · Mygeeto (I) (Mygeeto (II) · Mygeeto (III)) · Lokori · Geonosis (IV) · Sentinel Flare · Space · Yerbana · Coruscant (III) · Unidentified sector · Cato Neimoidia (III) · Kashyyyk · Bracca · Utapau (II) · Felucia (III) · Castell · Saleucami (II) · Slag's Pit · Kaller · Mustafar
Other Aargonar · Abafar · Agamar · Arkax Station · Aut-O's flagship · Bray · Carida · Clabron · Confederate people · Coruscant (II) · Crombach Nebula · Cularin · Florrum (II) · Horain · Khorm · Kromus · Ledeve Jedi Temple · Mrinzebon · Nal Kapok · Obi-Wan Kenobi's fleet · Oktaro · Quellor sector · Quermia · Ridlay · Ruusan system · Sedratis · Skako · Unidentified planet · Unidentified planet
Related topics and articles
Galactic Republic · Jedi Order · Sith · Confederacy of Independent Systems

Galactic Empire · Alderaan · Confederate–Republic peace initiative
Sundari (II) · Carida · Toydaria


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