- "And look, those animals, I can't explain it. There's something graceful about them. They just move like every particle of 'em is perfectly aligned and entirely free. They'll take you through a storm, over a river, into a building. They'll maul the kriff out of anyone that gets in your way. They're basically a stormtrooper's best friend."
- ―Sardis Ramsin
Biology and appearance
Rugged reptillian lizards native to the deserts of Tatooine, dewbacks were able to withstand the heat of the world's binary suns, as well as the dust that caused mechanical breakdowns in high-tech conveyances. They had thick hides of scaly green skin, with long, rounded heads and short tails. They plodded through the desert sands on four clawed feet, and while capable of brief bursts of speed, typically became lethargic at night and in colder climates. Female dewbacks laid fifty to eighty-five eggs each standard year. The species was so named because of their habit of licking the morning dew from their backs with their flicking tongues. They made strange, lowing noises, similar to that of a bantha.
Dewbacks in the galaxy
- "I really don't know what the mounties are so fussy about. While we futz around like holograms on the dejarik board, these lucky moes get to roll nobly across the desert on dewbacks."
- ―Sardis Ramsin, on Dewback troopers
Dewbacks were utilized on Tatooine as plodding but reliable mounts, and were ridden by citizens of Mos Eisley along with other creatures such as rontos and jerbas. They were also used as beasts of burden to haul goods for merchants or moisture farmers, and pulled podracer parts to starting grids, as during the Boonta Eve Classic podrace held at the Mos Espa Grand Arena.
Gozetta kept a dewback corpse among the big-game trophies at the Xirl hunting lodge, which was discovered by Milo and Lina Graf. During the Age of the Empire, dewbacks served stormtrooper patrols assigned to Tatooine's Imperial garrison. These Dewback troopers used jolts of electricity to control their mounts, using them to batter down property of enemies of the Empire. When prodded, a dewback would put on a short burst of speed. A contingent of sandtroopers dispatched on Tatooine to retrieve the Death Star plans stolen during the Battle of Scarif utilized native dewbacks as their mounts. Two sandtroopers rode dewbacks as part of Darth Vader's escort for his meeting with Jabba Desilijic Tiure at the Hutt's palace following the Battle of Yavin. Jabba's beastmaster, Malakili, kept a small water shiv made from dewback bone.
Behind the scenes
The dewback first appeared in Star Wars: Episode IV A New Hope as an animatronic creation. The 1997 Special Edition introduced a new CGI version. Ultimate Star Wars correctly states their average height as six feet, although incorrectly translates the figure into nine meters, rather than two.
- Star Wars: Galactic Defense
- Star Wars: Episode I The Phantom Menace
- Star Wars Battlefront II
- Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "A War on Two Fronts" (Skin only)
- Adventures in Wild Space: The Nest (Appears as a corpse)
- Adventures in Wild Space: The Cold (Mentioned only)
- Last Shot (Skin only)
- Leia, Princess of Alderaan (Mentioned only)
- Star Wars Rebels – "Twin Suns"
- Bounty Hunt
- Star Wars: Force Arena
- Star Wars: Episode IV A New Hope (First appearance)
- A New Hope: The Princess, the Scoundrel, and the Farm Boy (Mentioned only)
- Star Wars: A New Hope junior novelization
- "Born in the Storm"—From a Certain Point of View
- "The Secrets of Long Snoot"—From a Certain Point of View (Mentioned only)
- "The Lost Eggs of Livorno"—Star Wars Adventures Annual 2018 (Mentioned only)
- The Weapon of a Jedi: A Luke Skywalker Adventure (Mentioned only)
- Star Wars 4: Skywalker Strikes, Part IV
- Star Wars: Commander
- Aftermath (Mentioned only)
- Aftermath: Life Debt (Bone only)
- Join the Resistance
- Star Wars: The Last Jedi: Expanded Edition (Mentioned only)
- LEGO Star Wars: The Freemaker Adventures – "A Hero Discovered"
- LEGO Star Wars: The Freemaker Adventures – "Return to the Wheel"
- Ultimate Star Wars
- Star Wars: Absolutely Everything You Need to Know
- Star Wars Character Encyclopedia: Updated and Expanded
- Star Wars: Complete Locations
- Star Wars: Galactic Atlas
- Star Wars: The Visual Encyclopedia
- Star Wars: Absolutely Everything You Need to Know, Updated and Expanded
- Star Wars: Alien Archive
- Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge Cookbook
Notes and references
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6
- ↑ 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 2.6 Ultimate Star Wars
- ↑ 3.0 3.1 Star Wars: Episode IV A New Hope
- ↑ 4.0 4.1
- ↑ 5.0 5.1 Adventures in Wild Space: The Nest
- ↑ Star Wars: Absolutely Everything You Need to Know
- ↑ Aftermath
- ↑ The Weapon of a Jedi: A Luke Skywalker Adventure
- ↑ Star Wars: Complete Locations (2016)
- ↑ Star Wars: Episode I The Phantom Menace
- ↑ Star Wars: Commander
- ↑ Star Wars 4: Skywalker Strikes, Part IV
- ↑ Aftermath: Life Debt