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"Those Imperials are causing trouble again. Some of their bucketheads had a firefight that damaged a load of ships, and a poor droid leaked oil everywhere."
―Elis Helrot[src]

Elis Helrot was a Givin male who worked as a pilot and spice smuggler. He spoke with the bounty hunter Bossk about the fugitive Imperial astromech droid 261 in Mos Eisley spaceport on the planet Tatooine in the year 0 BBY. Helrot was later present in Chalmun's Cantina when the Jedi Master Obi-Wan Kenobi got into an altercation with the thugs Cornelius Evazan and Ponda Baba.


Rogue droid witnessEdit


Elis Helrot spoke to Bossk in Mos Eisley.

Elis Helrot was a Givin[1] male[2] who worked as a pilot and a smuggler of spice during the reign of the Galactic Empire.[1] In the year 0 BBY,[3] Helrot was in the spaceport of Mos Eisley on the planet Tatooine when the rogue Imperial astromech droid 261 crashed its stolen Lambda-class T-4a shuttle in one of the port's hangar bays after escaping from the Death Star battle station with sensitive Imperial files.[4]

Imperial stormtroopers then engaged the droid in a firefight and managed to damage it, but 261 escaped while leaking oil. When the Trandoshan bounty hunter Bossk arrived in Mos Eisley in search of 261 a short while later, he spoke with Helrot in one of the spaceport's buildings about the events of the crash.[4]

Cantina customerEdit

Greedo Helrot and de Maal

Helrot sat with De Maal in the cantina.

Later that year,[5] Helrot sat at a booth table with the Gotal Feltipern Trevagg and the H'nemthe M'iiyoom Onith in Chalmun's Cantina in Mos Eisley when the Jedi Master Obi-Wan Kenobi used his lightsaber to fend off the thugs Doctor Cornelius Evazan and Ponda Baba at the cantina's bar.[1]

Helrot was then joined at the table by the Duros Ohwun De Maal, and the pair were speaking when the Rodian bounty hunter Greedo corned the smuggler Han Solo in one of the cantina's booths behind Helrot's back. Solo then shot and killed Greedo and left the cantina, briefly drawing the attention of the other customers.[6]

Personality and traitsEdit

Elis Helrot had white skin and black eyes.[1] The Givin spoke disparagingly of Imperial stormtroopers to the bounty hunter Bossk[4] and had little use for them, but respected their raw power and did his best to avoid entanglements with them. Helrot was fairly intelligent and fast, and had some fighting ability and strength. He was not particularly diplomatic and was not Force-sensitive.[2]


Elis Helrot wore a black shirt with a white shawl while in Mos Eisley.[4]

Behind the scenesEdit

A New Hope concept alienEdit

"Another booth-based reshoot alien, this walking skeleton with the anguished face was based on original illustrations by Ralph McQuarrie. It was nicknamed 'Skull Head,' and was to have the proper name of Kull."
Pablo Hidalgo, discussing the creation of Elis Helrot[src]
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Elis Helrot's mask was created by Rick Baker based on a design by Ralph McQuarrie.

The character who would eventually become known as Elis Helrot[1] first appeared in the 1977 original trilogy film, Star Wars: Episode IV A New Hope.[6] The character was portrayed on set by special effects artist Jon Berg.[7] Berg wore a rubber mask created by makeup artist Rick Baker,[8] who had based the character's design on a piece of concept art by Ralph McQuarrie. Helrot was originally known by the nickname "Skull Head," and was to officially be named "Kull," but that plan never came to fruition.[9]

During post-production shooting of supplemental footage for the cantina sequence,[8] Berg sat in a booth with two aliens who would later be named M'iiyoom Onith and Feltipern Trevagg,[1][10] however, footage of Helrot with these characters did not make it into the final cut of the film.[6]


The character first received the name Elis Helrot in Star Wars Legends through the 1995 Premiere Limited expansion set of the Star Wars Customizable Card Game by Decipher, Inc.[11] According to a Star Wars CCG fan site, the character was named as an anagram of the game's creator, Rollie Tesh.[12] The 2016 reference book Star Wars: Complete Locations officially established Helrot's name and presence at the Mos Eisley Cantina table alongside Onith and Trevagg.[1]



Notes and referencesEdit

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 1.7 1.8 1.9 Star Wars: Complete Locations
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Topps logo 2018 Star Wars: Galactic Files (Card: Terr Taneel Cantina Patron)
  3. Star Wars: Galactic Atlas dates the events of both Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, which depicts the completion of the Death Star's superlaser, and Star Wars: Episode IV A New Hope, which depicts the Death Star's destruction at the Battle of Yavin, to 0 BBY. Given that the Death Star's superlaser is fully operational in Bounty Hunt, that story can therefore also be dated to 0 BBY.
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 Bounty Hunt
  5. Star Wars: Galactic Atlas dates the events of Star Wars: Episode IV A New Hope, which includes the Chalmun's Cantina sequence, to 0 BBY. Star Wars: Complete Locations depicts Elis Helrot as being present for this sequence.
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 Star Wars: Episode IV A New Hope
  7. Weller, Scott (2012-10-03, 09:45). STAR WARS AT 35: CELEBRATING THE CANTINA CREATURES. STAR WARS AFICIONADO. Bogger. Archived from the original on September 23, 2017. Retrieved on August 19, 2018.
  8. 8.0 8.1 SWInsider "The Beastmaster!"—Star Wars Insider 126
  9. SWicon Cantina Roll-Call: Shedding Light on Some Alien Aliases on (content now obsolete; backup link)
  10. Databank title Givin in the Databank (content now obsolete; backup link)
  11. SWCCGsmall Star Wars Customizable Card GamePremiere Limited (Card: Elis Helrot)
  12. Anagramed Decipherians. Corellian Engineering Corporation. ReoCities (2005-08-15). Archived from the original on April 6, 2016. Retrieved on May 9, 2014.
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