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"One doesn't ally with worms against a krayt dragon."
―Deathstick and a smuggler[src]

Krayt dragons were large, carnivorous reptiles that hailed from Tatooine, a desert planet in the galaxy's Outer Rim Territories. They came in two subspecies and, despite their fierceness, were hunted for the precious pearls found in their bodies.

Biology and appearanceEdit

Krayt bones-Battlefront

The skeleton of a krayt dragon

Krayt dragons were giant carnivorous reptiles that came in two subspecies: the smaller and more common canyon krayt, and the larger greater krayt.[1] Due to their large size and ferocity, they were the apex predators of Tatooine.[4] Their bodies produced krayt venom, which helped the dragons as an acid in pre-digestion of their food.[5]


Hungry krayt dragons posed a serious threat to the diminutive Jawas,[6] and their cry was enough to ward off the fierce sand nomads known as the Tusken Raiders.[7]


"Of course. I've been to Tatooine, actually, and bagged a krayt dragon there. Its pearls paid for the upgrades on the Jewel."
Nakari Kelen[src]

Krayt dragons were commonly known for their pearls, bodily concentrations that were considered to be highly valuable.[8]

At the time of the Invasion of Naboo, one krayt dragon had taken up residence in the Laguna Caves on Tatooine, in which rescue teams for the Boonta Eve Classic did not dare to go.[6]

Behind the scenesEdit

Although a Krayt dragon's skeleton appeared in the 1977 movie Star Wars: Episode IV A New Hope,[7] living specimens made their first appearance in Star Wars: Galactic Battlegrounds, which was released in 2001, but was not seen in canon until Disney Interactive's mobile strategy game Star Wars: Commander, which was released on August 21, 2014 for iOS devices. In celebration of the game's second anniversary, players were awarded five Krayt dragon gift units, along with five Droideka Oppressors and five Droideka Sentinels.[4]


Non-canon appearancesEdit


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