Kaadu were creatures native and indigenous to the planet Naboo. During a fight on the Great Grass Plains, kaadu were deployed with fambaas to support the Gungan Grand Army to fight off the Trade Federation battle droids. Kaadu were raised as livestock for consumption by some residents of the planet Batuu. They possessed a keen sense of hearing. Gungans considered taming a kaadu to be a sign of reaching adulthood.
The kaadu was a two-legged reptavian that had great strength and endurance. They were swift and agile creatures that possessed sharp hearing and a keen sense of smell. They had long legs and sleek hides that helped them move swiftly on land and in water. The kaadu were primarily land dwellers, but they were also capable of breathing underwater for extended periods of time. They could be found in single-gender flocks of no more than 100 individual kaadu. A kaadu mother laid 6 to 8 eggs.
For generations, the Gungans domesticated kaadu to use as steeds for traveling through the swamps and forests. The kaadu were respected by the Gungans for their strength, endurance, and loyalty. It became common for Gungans to decorate their kaadu with giant feathers. The Gungan Grand Army came to rely on them as mounts for their patrols.
Behind the scenes
Originally, the kaadu were to be native Tatooine beasts of burden. However, due to the evolving story of Star Wars: Episode I The Phantom Menace, which called for the Gungans to be beast-riding soldiers, the kaadu was transported to Naboo, and the eopie was created in its place from modified concept art of the kaadu. Upon their transfer to Naboo, the kaadu were given aquatic characteristics, particularly a duck-billed snout and smoother skin.
Star Wars: The Visual Encyclopedia classifies kaadu as reptavians, while Ultimate Star Wars and the Databank say they are avians. As the species has more reptavian than avian traits, this article uses the former classification.
- The Vow of Silver Dawn (Mentioned only)
- Star Wars: Episode I The Phantom Menace (First appearance)
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- Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Senate Spy" (Picture only)
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- Galaxy's Edge: Black Spire (As food)
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Notes and references
- Ultimate Star Wars
- Star Wars: The Visual Encyclopedia
- Star Wars: Episode I The Phantom Menace
- Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge has official backstory elements that, though not directly published for the public, are officially canon details that can be obtained verbally from cast members working in the land.
- Star Wars: Creatures Big & Small
- Star Wars: Absolutely Everything You Need To Know
- Star Wars: Galactic Atlas
- Galaxy's Edge: Black Spire starts concurrent with the Battle of Takodana and the Hosnian Cataclysm, which are depicted in Star Wars: Episode VII The Force Awakens, then jumps four months ahead to the Resistance establishing its presence on Batuu, and concludes with an epilogue set several weeks later, when the First Order occupies the planet and the Battle of Batuu begins. The themed land Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge is set during the occupation and depicts the Battle of Batuu via the attraction Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance. Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker: The Visual Dictionary dates the battle to six months after the events of The Force Awakens, which are dated by Star Wars Galactic Atlas to 34 ABY. Furthermore, The Star Wars Book dates the Battle of Batuu to 34 years after the end of Star Wars: Episode IV A New Hope, which Star Wars: Galactic Atlas dates to 0 ABY; this again places the Battle of Batuu in 34 ABY. Therefore everything within Galaxy's Edge and any related media depicting the Battle of Batuu, or set between The Force Awakens and the battle, must take place in that year.
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