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"There isn't enough life on this ice cube to fill a space cruiser!"
―Han Solo — (audio) Listen (file info)[src]

Hoth was a remote, icy planet that was the sixth planet in the star system of the same name. It notably hosted Echo Base, the temporary headquarters of the Alliance to Restore the Republic, until the Galactic Empire located the Rebels, initiating a major confrontation known as the Battle of Hoth.

Description[edit | edit source]

"Sir, the temperature's dropping too rapidly."
―A deck officer, to Han Solo[src]

Imperial AT-ATs traverse the frozen landscape on Hoth

From space, the planet of Hoth looked like a pale blue orb due to its dense snow and ice covering. Five planets existed between Hoth and its sun, while an asteroid belt surrounded the planet with meteors occasionally striking the surface.[9] Most of its surface was covered with glaciers and frozen ice plains.[3] Another third of the planet was covered by oceans.[20] The temperature, although always frigid, was known to drop to -60°C come nightfall.[9] Although devoid of intelligent life, Hoth was home to fifteen species of large gray snow lizards called tauntauns and to a species of towering predators known as wampas.[6][9] The planet also had a number of "crystalline geysers."[20]

History[edit | edit source]

The Rebel Alliance[edit | edit source]

"Jan Dodonna was always planning for the future…he had preliminary scans for possible new rebel bases."
"Gimme a look at that…Atanu, Jabone IV, Lonania Prime, Hoth, Mupin XII? Mupin XII? Really? Did he make that one up? What are these places?"
―Leia Organa and Han Solo[src]

By the time of the Galactic Civil War between the Galactic Empire and the Alliance to Restore the Republic, Hoth was undergoing an ice age.[19]

Sometime following the Battle of Yavin, Saponza's Gang established a base on Hoth.[14]

Jan Dodonna, a general in the Alliance to Restore the Republic,[21] listed Hoth among his preliminary scans for possible Alliance bases.[22] After Dodonna was killed in the Assault on the Mako-Ta Space Docks,[21] Mon Mothma gave this list of possible bases to Leia Organa after the mission to Shu-Torun, requesting that her team scout the locations. Han Solo expressed surprise at how obscure the locations were. However, Luke Skywalker responded to him by saying that one of the locations was the Rebellion's new home.[22] Ultimately, Hoth came to be the Alliance's new base of operations, as the Rebellion established Echo Base on the planet.[6]

Battle of Hoth and aftermath[edit | edit source]

"Com-Scan has detected an energy field protecting an area of the sixth planet of the Hoth system. The field is strong enough to deflect any bombardment."
―General Maximilian Veers[src]

Hoth was the arena of a battle between the Galactic Empire and the Rebel Alliance, which had installed its temporary headquarters, Echo Base, on the ice planet. However thanks to one of the thousands of probe droids they had dispatched throughout the galaxy, the Imperials had discovered the Alliance base within a month of the rebels habitation on the planet.[23] Although Echo Base was evacuated in the eleventh hour, the Battle of Hoth resulted in a clear defeat for the Alliance after the elite Imperial Blizzard Force overran it.[9][6]

In the months following the Battle of Hoth, scavengers established temporary base camps on the planet to scrap the AT-ATs destroyed by the Rebel Alliance during the Empire's attack.[24]

In 5 ABY,[25] Troithe Acting Governor Fara Yadeez heard rumors that the New Republic intended to repurpose Hoth into a prison for those who remained loyal to the Empire. Major Soran Keize, however, dismissed the credibility of the rumor as Republic Chancellor Mon Mothma had been dedicated to a pretext of justice over punishment, and that repurposing Hoth, where the rebellion had been badly defeated by the Empire, had too much poetry.[26]

Behind the scenes[edit | edit source]

Concept art of Hoth by Ralph McQuarrie.

Hoth first appeared in the 1980 film Star Wars: Episode V The Empire Strikes Back, the second installment of the Star Wars original trilogy.[6] The real-world filming location for Hoth was Finse, Norway.

Appearances[edit | edit source]

Non-canon appearances[edit | edit source]

Sources[edit | edit source]

Notes and references[edit | edit source]

  1. StarWars-DatabankII.png Echo Base in the Databank (backup link)
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Ultimate Star Wars
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 StarWars.com Encyclopedia Hoth in the Encyclopedia (content now obsolete; backup link)
  4. 4.0 4.1 Journey Through Space
  5. Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back junior novelization
  6. 6.00 6.01 6.02 6.03 6.04 6.05 6.06 6.07 6.08 6.09 6.10 Star Wars: Episode V The Empire Strikes Back
  7. Star Wars: The Force Awakens Beginner Game
  8. 8.0 8.1 8.2 Star Wars: The Rebel Files
  9. 9.0 9.1 9.2 9.3 9.4 9.5 9.6 9.7 Star Wars: Absolutely Everything You Need to Know
  10. Star Wars: Fascinating Facts
  11. 11.0 11.1 Star Wars: Complete Locations
  12. Star Wars: The Visual Encyclopedia
  13. 13.0 13.1 Star Wars: Galactic Defense
  14. 14.0 14.1 14.2 14.3 Star Wars: Commander
  15. 15.0 15.1 Star Wars Battlefront
  16. Battlefront: Twilight Company
  17. Doctor Aphra 1
  18. Disney Infinity 3.0
  19. 19.0 19.1 The Empire Strikes Back: So You Want to Be a Jedi?
  20. 20.0 20.1 Star Wars: Complete Locations
  21. 21.0 21.1 Star Wars 55
  22. 22.0 22.1 Star Wars 67
  23. Lost Stars
  24. Star Wars: Uprising
  25. StarWars.com In Shadow Fall, the Dark Secrets of Alphabet Squadron Revealed on StarWars.com (backup link) states that the events of Shadow Fall are set approximately half a year after the Battle of Endor. Before the Awakening states that Kes Dameron and Shara Bey moved to Yavin 4 around six months after the Battle of Endor, which Star Wars: Galactic Atlas establishes to be in 5 ABY. Therefore, the events of Shadow Fall must also take place around that year.
  26. Shadow Fall

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