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"Perhaps all Kowakian monkey-lizards should be exterminated for the good of the galaxy."
Count Dooku[8]

Kowakian monkey-lizards, also known as Kowakians, sometimes referred to as monkeys, were a race of semi-sentient reptilian creatures often used by members of the underworld as pets. Owners of Kowakians included Jabba Desilijic Tiure,[7] Hondo Ohnaka,[6] and Emil Graf.[9] They were capable of using weapons such as a blaster and, in the case of Pikk Mukmuk, a pirate tank.[5] One Kowakian became a bounty hunter and turned the Wookiee Chewbacca over to the Galactic Empire.[10] They were related to the much larger Kowakian ape-lizard.[11] Due to their appearance they were often mistaken for pests.[12] Monkey-lizards were quite intelligent and capable of mimicking almost any language.[2]


"Kowakian monkey lizards—biggest pain this side of the galaxy. I hate those things! Hate 'em!"
Poe Dameron[13]
Mukmuk crawl

Pilf Mukmuk, a red Kowakian monkey-lizard

Kowakian monkey-lizards were impish creatures hailing from the planet Kowak. They were known for their shrill laughter and sophisticated senses of humor.[3] A notable Kowakian monkey-lizard was Salacious B. Crumb, who served as court jester in Jabba's Palace during the reign of the Galactic Empire.[14]

Roasted Kowakian monkey-lizards could be purchased on Nevarro. When bounty hunter Din Djarin arrived in Nevarro City, he passed a roasted monkey lizard stand, where a still-living monkey-lizard, caged, looked out in fear.[15] Sometime later, Nevarro became more respectable under High Magistrate Greef Karga, and several monkey-lizards resided peacefully on trees in Nevarro City, and were no longer being roasted.[16]

In 34 ABY,[17] several olive brown monkey-lizards worked in Vranki the Blue's Hotel and Casino, wearing a uniform of a small blue hat and an orange collar and performing various tasks, including fetching items for Vranki. They attacked Neeku Vozo, a visiting resident of the Colossus, when they discovered he was giving instructions to Kazuda Xiono to give him a better chance at winning his race against Team Vranki. They knocked the datapad Vozo was using to observe the course out of his hands, and he was so preoccupied with fighting them off that he was unable to give Xiono warnings about several obstacles. Despite the monkey-lizards' attempts to distract him, Vozo was able to turn off the finish hoop's laser cannons, which enabled Xiono to win the race. Even after the end of the race, they continued to attack Vozo, although they eventually allowed him to leave with the rest of the Colossus residents.[18]

Around 34 ABY, Kowakian monkey-lizards were imported to the planet Batuu and sold as pets in the Creature Stall at Black Spire Outpost.[19]


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  1. Helmet Collection logo small Star Wars Helmet Collection 12 (Databank A-Z: Cosians–Dagobah)
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 2.6 Galaxy of Creatures small logo Star Wars Galaxy of Creatures — "Kowakian Monkey-Lizards"
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 StarWars-DatabankII Kowakian Monkey-Lizard in the Databank (backup link)
  4. Star Wars: Absolutely Everything You Need to Know
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 TCW mini logo Star Wars: The Clone Wars — "Bounty Hunters"
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 TCW mini logo Star Wars: The Clone Wars — "Dooku Captured"
  7. 7.0 7.1 Star Wars: Episode VI Return of the Jedi
  8. "Dooku Captured" — The Clone Wars: Stories of Light and Dark
  9. Adventures in Wild Space: The Escape
  10. Solo: A Star Wars Story: A Junior Novel
  11. StarWars Bucket's List Extra: 10 Fun Facts from "Signal from Sector Six" - Star Wars Resistance on StarWars.com (backup link)
  12. Star Wars: The Visual Encyclopedia
  13. SWResistanceLogo Star Wars Resistance — "Signal from Sector Six"
  14. StarWars-DatabankII Salacious B. Crumb in the Databank (backup link)
  15. The-Mandalorian-logo The Mandalorian — "Chapter 3: The Sin"
  16. The-Mandalorian-logo The Mandalorian — "Chapter 17: The Apostate"
  17. The monkey-lizards are shown in the casino in the episode SWResistanceLogo Star Wars Resistance — "The Voxx Vortex 5000". The Star Wars Book dates the Battle of Batuu, which is featured in Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge, to 34 years after Star Wars: Episode IV A New Hope, which Star Wars: Galactic Atlas places in 0 BBY. Therefore Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge must take place in 34 ABY. Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker: The Visual Dictionary dates the events of SWResistanceLogo Star Wars Resistance — "Station to Station" before Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge. As SWResistanceLogo Star Wars Resistance — "The Voxx Vortex 5000" takes place after this episode, it must also take place in 34 ABY.
  18. SWResistanceLogo Star Wars Resistance — "The Voxx Vortex 5000"
  19. GalaxysEdgeLogo icon Star Wars: Galaxy's EdgeCreature Stall

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