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"You have my faith. Toydaria would be honored to host a Republic base. My people are at your service."
―Katuunko, to Jedi Master Yoda — (audio) Listen (file info)[5]

Katuunko was the King of the planet Toydaria and the Toydarian species during the Clone Wars. With honesty and his people's safety as his greatest concerns, he initially kept his homeworld neutral in the conflict,[5] but after agreeing to aid the suffering Twi'leks of the planet Ryloth when asked by the Galactic Republic he decided it was time to make a choice. After meeting with Senator Bail Organa of Alderaan and Junior Representative Jar Jar Binks, he agreed to let the Republic use Toydaria as a staging area to support supply missions to Ryloth, despite the Trade Federation's Lott Dod opposing such action.[9]

Katuunko arranged for a secret meeting between the Toydarian Royal Delegation and Jedi Grand Master Yoda on the neutral moon of Rugosa, but the arrangement was discovered by the Confederacy of Independent Systems and Sith apprentice Asajj Ventress was sent to disrupt it. Yoda successfully defeated Ventress's forces and earned the Toydarian allegiance, after which Katuunko began representing the Toydarians in the Galactic Senate.[5]

Count Dooku eventually arranged for Ventress's replacement, Savage Opress, to capture Katuunko alive but the apprentice killed the King instead by Force-choking him during a battle with Anakin Skywalker and Obi-Wan Kenobi, and throwing his corpse to the ground in the Toydarian Throne Room. When Dooku found out about this, he became infuriated with Savage.[4]

Personality and traits[]

Katuunko had to be convinced to join the Republic's cause, but remained primarily focused on the governing of Toydaria.[10] Despite this deal with the Republic, he tried to let the Republic and the Separatists both have a chance to win his allegiance.[5] Katuunko was able to wield a sword to some degree, but was no match for Savage Opress.[4]

Katuunko was an honorable and empathetic individual who would not just stand by as the Twi'leks on Ryloth starved.

Behind the scenes[]

Katuunko first appeared in "Ambush,"[5] the first episode of the animated television series Star Wars: The Clone Wars' first season, which originally aired on October 3, 2008. He was voiced by Brian George.[11]


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Notes and references[]

  1. 1.0 1.1 Star Wars: The Clone Wars: Character Encyclopedia - Join the Battle!
  2. Star Wars: Timelines places the events of Master & Apprentice in 40 BBY. Master & Apprentice also establishes that Fanry is fourteen years old, which places her birth around 54 BBY. As Katuunko is a "few years" older than Fanry, he must have been born before 54 BBY.
  3. Star Wars: Galactic Atlas places the events of TCW mini logo Star Wars: The Clone Wars — "Witches of the Mist" in 20 BBY. Because Katuunko died during the events of "Witches of the Mist", it can be assumed that his death occurred in 20 BBY.
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 TCW mini logo Star Wars: The Clone Wars — "Witches of the Mist"
  5. 5.00 5.01 5.02 5.03 5.04 5.05 5.06 5.07 5.08 5.09 5.10 TCW mini logo Star Wars: The Clone Wars — "Ambush"
  6. 6.0 6.1 StarWars-DatabankII King Katuunko in the Databank (backup link)
  7. TCW mini logo Star Wars: The Clone Wars — "Supply Lines"
  8. TCW mini logo Star Wars: The Clone Wars — "Senate Murders"
  9. TCW mini logo Star Wars: The Clone Wars — "Supply Lines"
  10. Star Wars: The Visual Encyclopedia
  11. StarWars "Ambush" Episode Guide | The Clone Wars on StarWars.com (backup link)
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