- "There it is, R4. Right where it should be. Our missing planet, Kamino."
- ―Obi-Wan Kenobi, to R4-P17
Kamino (pronounced /kə'minoʊ/) was an aquatic planet located in an extragalactic star system that straggled south of the Rishi Maze satellite galaxy and beyond the larger galaxy. It was inhabited by the Kaminoans—a race of tall, elegant beings with long necks who were regarded as a mysterious species that tended to keep to themselves. They were also known for their cloning technology which ultimately led to the creation of a clone army for the Galactic Republic.
Description[edit | edit source]
Kamino was a remote water planet outside the main galaxy. The world's oceans held an abundance of life. Kamino was renowned for its science and production of clone armies and often contracted with private security forces and other clients. Receiving minimal trade, Kamino's imports were only enough to support the planet's population of one billion. There were many cities scattered across the surface that were built on stilts and many of them were devoted to cloning.[source?]
Kamino often experienced heavy rain and during some parts of the year was covered with heavy electrical storms. During this season, Kaminoans rode on aiwhas underwater and resurfaced once they were near their location.
History[edit | edit source]
Pre-Clone Wars[edit | edit source]
At some point the planet was not covered in water, and the Kaminoans built a large land-based civilization. However, the water level rose, forcing the Kaminoans to build their structures on stilts.
Nearing the beginning of the Clone Wars, the bounty hunter Jango Fett was tasked with the assassination of Naboo senator Padmé Amidala. Fett had a fellow bounty hunter, Zam Wesell, attempt to murder her. After a failed attempt, the Clawdite was pursued by Jedi Master Obi-Wan Kenobi and his Padawan, Anakin Skywalker. The Jedi soon captured her, but Fett shot the bounty hunter with a Kamino saberdart before she could reveal any information. Kenobi, using the dart as a means of finding Fett, was informed by Dexter Jettster that the dart originated from Kamino. Soon, Kenobi found Kamino and discovered the clone army that was being produced.
Clone Wars[edit | edit source]
Following the outbreak of the Clone Wars, Kamino was one of the main operational areas of the Galactic Republic. It served as the main training grounds for clone cadets as well as the location for the clone army's creation. To protect the planet and the cloning facilities from a possible Separatist attack, the Republic established a 13-shipped blockade of ten Venator-class Star Destroyers, one Acclamator-class assault ship, and two Arquitens-class light cruisers.
Battle of Kamino[edit | edit source]
At one point during the Clone Wars, somewhere between 22 and 21 BBY, a Separatist assault led by Asajj Ventress and cyborg General Grievous hit Kamino in an attempt to end clone creation for the Republic. Jedi Generals Anakin Skywalker and Obi-Wan Kenobi with the 501st Legion and the 212th Attack Battalion were sent to assist in the planet's defense alongside Jedi General Shaak Ti. The two pronged assault saw Ventress lead Trident-class assault ships beneath the planet's oceans to sneak up on Tipoca City. Many aqua droids invaded the cloning facilities, killing many clone troopers, including Clone ARC Commanders Colt and Havoc and malformed clone 99. Ventress successfully stole the prime sample of the clone trooper DNA template, but she was attacked by Skywalker, who, with the assistance of a force of clones, reclaimed the DNA. Republic forces managed to defeat the Separatists and cloning continued on the planet.
Conspiracy almost revealed[edit | edit source]
In 19 BBY,[source?] the Sith's plan to destroy the Jedi using the clones troopers was almost revealed. During the Battle of Ringo Vinda, the clone trooper CT-5385, nicknamed Tup, executed the Jedi Master Tiplar during the confrontation due to a defect in his inhibitor chip. Wanting answers, it was decided that the clone would be sent to Kamino.
In Kamino, the Kaminoans did everything possible to prevent the truth about the chips from being revealed, that they would guarantee the clones' obedience when the order to destroy the Jedi was given. Although Tup died during a procedure carried out without permission to remove the chip by his clone friend Fives and the medical android AZI-3, the threat to the Sith plan did not end while Fives continued to investigate. Fives found that all clones had chips and decided to remove his, and he and the two chips were sent to Coruscant for analysis.
Fives was eventually killed on Coruscant and the truth about the chips was kept secret.
Age of the Empire[edit | edit source]
- "I heard they shut down the facilities on Kamino. They'll train up the last batch of clones and that's it."
- ―A clone trooper
Behind the scenes[edit | edit source]
- "Fighting a war tests a soldier's skills, defending his home tests a soldier's heart."
- ―Opening quote for "ARC Troopers"
Originally, George Lucas promised to explain the mystery behind the erasure of Kamino from the Jedi Archives in 2005's Star Wars: Episode III Revenge of the Sith. However, after refocusing the story on Anakin Skywalker, Lucas opted to sacrifice extraneous plot points related to Attack of the Clones, including Kamino's mystery.
Appearances[edit | edit source]
Non-canon appearances[edit | edit source]
Sources[edit | edit source]
Notes and references[edit | edit source]
- Star Wars: Complete Locations
- Ultimate Star Wars
- Star Wars: Episode II Attack of the Clones
- Star Wars: Absolutely Everything You Need to Know
- Rise of the Separatists
- Star Wars: The Visual Encyclopedia
- Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Conspiracy"
- Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Clone Cadets"
- Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "ARC Troopers"
- Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "The Unknown"
- Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Fugitive"
- Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Orders"
- Darth Vader: Dark Lord of the Sith 2
- Collapse of the Republic
- Star Wars: Episode III Revenge of the Sith DVD commentary