- "One doesn't ally with worms against a krayt dragon."
- ―Deathstick and a smuggler
The term "krayt dragon" referred to a number of large, carnivorous reptilian species that hailed from Tatooine, a desert planet in the galaxy's Outer Rim Territories. Krayt dragons, despite their fierceness, were hunted for the precious pearls found in their bodies.
Biology and appearance
"Krayt dragons" was an umbrella term for a number of giant carnivorous reptiles, including the venom-spitting, sixteen-limbed race, the smaller and more common canyon krayt, and the larger greater krayt. Tatooine myths also claimed that at least one krayt dragon had large wings. Due to their large size and ferocity, they were the apex predators of Tatooine. Their bodies produced krayt venom, which helped the dragons as an acid in pre-digestion of their food. If a krayt dragon felt threatened it could project the venom from its mouth, dissolving any organic tissue that the venom came into contact with.
Hungry krayt dragons posed a serious threat to the diminutive Jawas, and their cry was enough to ward off the fierce sand nomads known as the Tusken Raiders. Some greater krayt dragons were known to burrow within abandoned sarlacc pits after eating the sarlacc that resided there. Greater krayts were also known to burrow beneath the sand close to the surface, disrupting nearby objects that it passed. Some Tusken Raiders studied the digestion cycle of krayt dragons for generations, and fed banthas to them, to protect their settlements and make the dragons sleep longer.
- "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
Krayt dragons were commonly known for their pearls, bodily concentrations that were considered to be highly valuable. The Tusken Raiders also believed that dragon bones possessed powerful magic.
Prior to the death of Jabba Desilijic Tiure in 4 ABY, the Hutt owned a young dragon on his LO-KD57 sail barge, the Khetanna. The Gran Ree-Yees distracted the dragon with a bone while he looked for Jabba's frog-dog, Buboicullaar.
Around 9 ABY, a greater krayt dragon repeatedly attacked the village of Mos Pelgo, as well as a group of Tusken Raiders. In order to handle the animal, Cobb Vanth made a deal with Mandalorian Din Djarin, wherein Djarin would aid Vanth in killing the krayt in exchange for the lawman's set of Mandalorian armor. The pair later sought help from the aforementioned Tusken Raiders, which attempted to feed it with a bantha to make it sleep longer, but the animal devoured a Tusken instead. Being out of ideas how to handle the dragon, the group joined forces with villagers from Mos Pelgo, and toghether they formulated a plan to kill the dragon, which involved coaxing the krayt dragon from its den toward a set of buried explosives, which were meant to destroy it from the underside. The plan ultimately failed and Djarin was forced to improvise an alternative, making use of explosives that were strapped to a bantah, allowing himself and the bantha to be swallowed whole by the dragon. Using his jetpack to escape from the dragon's mouth Djarin activated the explosives, finally killing the dragon.
Behind the scenes
Although a krayt dragon's skeleton appeared in the 1977 movie Star Wars: Episode IV A New Hope, living specimens made their first appearance in Star Wars: Galactic Battlegrounds, which was released in 2001 in Star Wars Legends. Krayts made their first appearance in Disney Interactive's canon 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. The krayt dragon made its first live-action appearance in The Mandalorian season 2 premiere, "Chapter 9: The Marshal."
- Star Wars: Jedi Temple Challenge – "Episode 1" (In flashback(s)) (Statue only)
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Notes and references
- Ultimate Star Wars
- Star Wars: The Mandalorian Handbook
- Star Wars: Uprising
- "The Knight & the Dragon"—Myths & Fables
- Star Wars: Commander
- Star Wars: The Visual Encyclopedia
- The Mandalorian – "Chapter 9: The Marshal"
- Star Wars: Absolutely Everything You Need to Know
- Star Wars: Episode IV A New Hope
- Heir to the Jedi
- Star Wars: The Complete Visual Dictionary, New Edition
- "Tales of Villainy: Done Dirty" takes place prior to Jabba's death, which Star Wars: Galactic Atlas dates to 4 ABY.
- "Tales of Villainy: Done Dirty"—Star Wars Adventures (2020) 11
- "A Certain Point of View" – Star Wars Insider 202 dates the skirmish on Nevarro and the second rescue of Grogu—which are depicted in the The Mandalorian episodes "Chapter 7: The Reckoning" and "Chapter 16: The Rescue," respectively—to "9 ASW4," or nine years after the events of Star Wars: Episode IV A New Hope, which corresponds to 9 ABY according to Star Wars: Galactic Atlas. The events of Chapters 7–16 must therefore take place in 9 ABY.
- Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge – Toydarian Toymaker