Iakaru were a sentient species native to the planet Iakar. Bistan was a member of this species.

Biology and appearance[]

Having evolved in a jungle canopy, Iakaru had exceptional spatial awareness, aided by sensitive brow tufts. Swinging through the dense trees required keen eyesight, accurate depth perception, and quick reflexes.[4]


An Iakaru stands over a fallen death trooper.

At the time of the Battle of Scarif, Iakaru were an uncommon sight in the galaxy, as they had not developed hyperdrive technology. Their homeworld Iakar had been visited by interstellar trade for nearly a century. Pharmaceutical corporations drew valuable organic compounds from the lush rain forests girdling the planet. During the Clone Wars, companies set up major research installations on Iakar, which drove the Iakaru deeper into the jungle and strained the tentative trading relationships the natives had established with the offworlders. With the rise of the Galactic Empire and its military expansion, demand for medical supplies escalated, which brought a full-scale Imperial seizure and occupation of Iakar.[4]

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Behind the scenes[]

Iakuru first appeared in the 2015 mobile game Star Wars: Galaxy of Heroes.[6]Pablo Hidalgo named the Iakuru after the Amazonian uakari monkey.[7]



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