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"Do I look stupid to you? Am I a Gamorrean?"
―A Krawg pirate[8]

Gamorreans, derogatorily known as "pigs," were a sentient species of green-skinned pig-like humanoids that hailed from the Outer Rim planet of Gamorr. They grouped themselves in clans, each of which was led by a warlord and a Clan Matron. A number of Gamorreans were employed by the crime lord Jabba the Hutt to act as guards throughout his career.

Biology and appearance[]


Gamorreans had porcine features.

A species of tall, strong bipeds, the Gamorreans had porcine traits,[5] like an upturned, large-nostriled cartilaginous snout,[9] jowls, and upturned tusks.[5] Gamorrean younglings had baby teeth that would irritate them and eventually come loose after some time.[10] Their hulking bodies were covered in green[5] or rarely pink,[4] thick and hairless skin. They had five digits on every extremity, each sporting a hard nail. The digits of their hands included an opposable thumb, which allowed the Gamorreans to easily grasp and handle objects. The species had two sexes: the males, referred to as boars, and the females, called sows.[5] Other species used the term "pig" to insult Gamorreans.[11]

Society and culture[]

Gamorreans had a clan-based society. Each clan was ruled by a female leader, the Clan Matron, and a male leader, the Warlord.[12] Although the sows farmed and hunted while the boars waged wars,[5] the Gamorrean society was in fact a matriarchy. Indeed, a Warlord held his position by way of marriage to a Matron rather than force, although Matrons did make their selections based on the boars' combat skills.[12] Gamorreans saw war as glorious, and violent clashes between clans were rife.[5]


A group of Jabba's Gamorrean guards partrol the desert in a skiff.

Because of their low intelligence, Gamorreans tended to be both stubborn and loyal; philosophically, they believed that any problem could be solved by hitting it with brute force. They had a language of their own that sounded like mere grunts and squeals to outsiders. Although they could understand other languages, such as Galactic Basic Standard, they found most of them too difficult to pronounce.[1] Gamorreans respected those who used swears in the Gamorrean language, loving to use insults against others and their families. Their love of vulgarity meant they were not always annoyed when they were referred to as "pigs."[11]

Technologically speaking, the Gamorreans were primitive, and they favored melee weapons like vibro-axes, vibro-lances,[5] and Gamorrean battle-axes[13] over blasters.[5] They never discovered space travel on their own. Moreover, Gamorrean boars failed to maintain personal hygiene, rarely changing their clothes or wiping the streaming mucus from under their snouts.[14] Gamorreans chopped down areas of their natural forest habitat to make room for farming.[6]


Gamorreans evolved on the planet of Gamorr in the Outer Rim Territories.[5]

Gamorreans in the galaxy[]

Criminal agents and other passions[]

«Drop your weapons or die, Tusken trash!'»
―A Gammorean guard of Jabba the Hutt's palace[15]
Gamorrean prisoner SaV

A tattooed and pierced Gamorrean prisoner

Offworld Gamorreans were a common sight, be they mercenaries or enforcers working for crime lords.[1] Such enforcers were mercenaries known as Gamorrean Warriors,[16] otherwise known as Gamorrean Guards.[17] Most notably, the Hutt gangster Jabba Desilijic Tiure employed Gamorrean guards throughout his career.[1] The overall Hutt Clan, of which Jabba's criminal empire was part, made use of Gamorrean Guards, including on its capital world of Nal Hutta.[18] The Hutt crime lord Bokku also employed Gamorreans.[19]

As mercenaries, Gamorrean Warriors were open to work with numerous factions, including the Alliance to Restore the Republic and Galactic Empire.[16] Upon being hired, however, Gamorreans could display a great loyalty to their client.[20] Uncharacteristically, a Gamorrean worked as a clown in Preigo's Traveling World of Wonder at the time of the Clone Wars.[21] In underground gladiator matches, Gamorreans often served as powerhouse fighters.[22] In 9 ABY,[23] two Gamorreans dueled with vibro-axes for sport in an arena in[24] one such underground match.[22] A Gamorrean named Gork worked for the gang of pirates Kragan Gorr's Warbird gang.[25]

Of Jabba the Hutt's Gamorrean Guards, two guards managed to survive past both Jabba's demise and that of his successor, Bib Fortuna. The two guards displayed great loyalty to both of their bosses. Both guards were brought before Fortuna's usurper, the former bounty hunter and self-declared Daimyo Boba Fett, who offered both employment in return for the same loyalty they had shown his forebears. Both Gomorreans quickly kneeled before Fett[20] and aided him in his efforts to cement control over the planet Tatooine, ending with their deaths at the Battle of Mos Espa.[26]

Creations of Restin[]

Gamorrean Cranwell

Cranwell, according to a story told by Vaneé, became an artificial Gamorrean.

According to a tale told by Acolyte of the Beyond Vaneé, at some point after the destruction of the planet Alderaan, Doctor Restin of the Tarkin Initiative vowed to have revenge on the Sith Lord Darth Vader for the deaths of his family and friends. Working with his droids, he created a genetic serum that, after injection, would turn its subject into a Gamorrean after hearing a certain soundwave; a Gamorrean squeal. This infection could then spread by touch. Upon learning of this, the scientist's assistant, Cranwell, contacted Vader's Star Destroyer to warn him of Restin's betrayal and then tried to stop the doctor's work, though this only resulted in his capture. When Vader arrived, feigning ignorance of the doctor's true intentions and, after witnessing Restin turn Cranwell into a Gamorrean, suggesting they could use the infection against the Rebel Alliance, Restin released his unstable Gamorrean against the Sith Lord.[27]

The former assistant transformed Vader's stormtroopers into Gamorreans, but the Dark Lord of the Sith effortlessly lifted the infected and Restin into the air with the Force. After forcing the scientist to confess, Vader revealed that he had only come to be a first-hand witness to his defeat, as the Sith Lord then used the Force to push the Gamorreans into the doctor, making them infect their very creator. Vader then departed aboard his Lambda-class T-4a shuttle, leaving the infected Restin at the mercy of his creations. When he told the story, Vaneé explained Vader had not been afraid of turning into a Gamorrean because, as he put it, Vader already was a monster.[27]


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Notes and references[]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 Star Wars: Aliens of the Galaxy
  2. StarWars-DatabankII Gamorreans in the Databank (backup link)
  3. Star Wars: The Force Awakens: Head-to-Head
  4. 4.0 4.1 Star Wars Adventures Free Comic Book Day 2019
  5. 5.00 5.01 5.02 5.03 5.04 5.05 5.06 5.07 5.08 5.09 5.10 Star Wars Character Encyclopedia: Updated and Expanded
  6. 6.0 6.1 Star Wars: The Visual Encyclopedia
  7. StarWarsKids Every Language in Star Wars Movies | Star Wars By the Numbers on the official Star Wars Kids YouTube channel (content now obsolete; backup link)
  8. Star Wars (2015) 34
  9. Star Wars: Return of the Jedi junior novelization
  10. Galactic Pals logo Star Wars Galactic Pals — "Gamorrean"
  11. 11.0 11.1 The High Republic: Midnight Horizon
  12. 12.0 12.1 Star Wars: Uprising—Crew Member: "Gamorrean Warlord"
  13. Target Vader 4
  14. Return of the Jedi: Beware the Power of the Dark Side!
  15. Age of Rebellion - Jabba the Hutt 1
  16. 16.0 16.1 Star Wars: Commander
  17. Topps logo Topps Star Wars Living Set (Card: #38 - Gamorrean Guard) (backup link)
  18. TCW mini logo Star Wars: The Clone Wars — "Hunt for Ziro"
  19. Darth Vader (2020) 12
  20. 20.0 20.1 The Book of Boba Fett logo The Book of Boba Fett — "Chapter 1: Stranger in a Strange Land"
  21. TCW mini logo Star Wars: The Clone Wars — "Bound for Rescue"
  22. 22.0 22.1 StarWars-DatabankII Gamorrean fighters in the Databank (backup link)
  23. Star Wars: Timelines establishes that The Mandalorian is set in 9 ABY.
  24. The-Mandalorian-logo The Mandalorian — "Chapter 9: The Marshal"
  25. SWResistanceLogo Star Wars Resistance — "No Escape: Part 2"
  26. The Book of Boba Fett logo The Book of Boba Fett — "Chapter 7: In the Name of Honor"
  27. 27.0 27.1 Star Wars Adventures: Shadow of Vader's Castle