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"There it is, R4. Right where it should be. Our missing planet, Kamino."
―Obi-Wan Kenobi, to R4-P17[src]

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.

DescriptionEdit

Kamino was a very remote and completely watery planet outside the main galaxy.[3] 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 rained heavily and during some parts of the year was covered with heavy electrical storms. During this season, Kaminoans rode on Aiwha underwater and resurfaced once they were near their location.[1]

HistoryEdit

Pre-Clone WarsEdit

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.[1]

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 in it.[3]

Clone WarsEdit

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Tipoca City was where the Republic's clone troopers were trained.

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.[9] 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.[10]

Battle of KaminoEdit

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The Battle of Kamino saw the clone troopers defend their homeworld.

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, Ahsoka Tano, Obi-Wan Kenobi, and Shaak Ti were sent to defend the planet. 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 continue cloning on the planet.[10]

Age of the EmpireEdit

"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[src]

After the creation of the Galactic Empire, the cloning facilities on Kamino were shut down.[11]

Behind the scenesEdit

"Fighting a war tests a soldier's skills, defending his home tests a soldier's heart."
―Opening quote for "ARC Troopers"[src]

Kamino was created for the 2002 film Star Wars: Episode II Attack of the Clones, the second installment of the Star Wars prequel trilogy.

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.[12]

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