- "Well, if you ask me, this whole planet is a riddle."
"So, if it's a riddle, what's the question?"
- ―Ezra Bridger and Kanan Jarrus
Malachor was a rocky, hellish wasteland planet located in the Chorlian sector of the galaxy's Outer Rim Territories region. It was a planet shrouded in mystery, and the location of an event known as the Great Scourge of Malachor, which took place thousands of years before the rise of the Empire. The Great Scourge was an ancient battle at Malachor's Sith temple between the Sith and the Jedi Order, which saw a superweapon activated, killing and petrifying all the participants of the battle, remaining for years after.
During the reign of the Galactic Empire, Jedi Master Yoda told Ezra Bridger, a Padawan, to find Malachor to help him defeat Darth Vader and the Inquisitors. Bridger, alongside Kanan Jarrus and Ahsoka Tano, traveled to Malachor, where they found the former Sith Lord Maul in exile. Together, they killed three Inquisitors, but Vader's personal intervention blinded Jarrus and allowed Maul—consumed by revenge against the Jedi as well as his Sith Master, Darth Sidious—to escape from Malachor. In the chaos, the Malachor superweapon was nearly re-activated before being destroyed, and while Bridger and Jarrus also fled Malachor, Tano narrowly survived her duel with Vader; years later, Bridger reached through the fabric of space-time to save Tano from Vader's clutches at the same duel on the world. With Tano spirited away, Vader departed with his armor scarred by battle, and Tano later returned to the duel's aftermath in order to continued her journey under Malachor's surface with the guidance of Morai.
Malachor was a barren planet in the Outer Rim Territories, located in the Chorlian sector's Malachor system. The planet had a Sith temple located underneath its surface, which resembled an ocean of liquid carbonite that had flash-frozen. Small, pyramidal, solid stone foothills were located equidistant from each other on the surface of the planet. Along Malachor's central latitude was a large crater ringed by narrow spires.
- Kanan Jarrus: "Malachor has always been off-limits to Jedi."
- Ezra Bridger: "Why?"
- Kanan Jarrus: "Old legends. Stories told to us as younglings in the temple."
- Ahsoka Tano: "There's always a bit of truth in legends."
- ―Kanan Jarrus, Ezra Bridger, and Ahsoka Tano discuss Malachor[src]
At some point, the Sith were able to establish a presence on the planet Malachor, constructing a massive temple beneath its surface. This temple held a colossal kyber crystal that was used to power the temple. Thousands of years before the brewing war between the First Order and the Resistance, the planet was the location of a massive battle, in which the Jedi Order launched an all-out assault against the Sith when the temple's weapon misfired and petrified everyone on the planet. After these events, Malachor was made forbidden to the Jedi, though stories of what had happened were passed down, forming the basis of many legends. Millennia later, the debris of war still littered the battlefield. Any traces of the planet's existence were erased in the Jedi Archives, in the hopes the Sith secrets could be completely lost.
However, many spacers claimed to have found the planet and would bring back Sith relics, some obvious frauds but others had genuine connections to the dark side. Smugglers also claimed to make Ashes of Malachor, made from the pulverized bones of those who fought there. These ashes empowered those who consumed it—increasing their might, but at the cost of morality.
Fall of the Republic
- "It was here on... on this dead world... that the Jedi struck a terrible blow against the Sith. Many of our order were struck down. All because they wanted to be free."
- ―Darth Sidious, to Maul
After Sith Lord Darth Sidious took the Nightbrother Maul as his apprentice, the two of them traveled to Malachor. There, Sidious showed Maul a vision of the battle between the Sith and the Jedi. Later, both Sith returned to Malachor, where Sidious showed Maul yet another vision, in which Maul became a Jedi but betrayed those he was helping. Sidious used this to teach Maul that Sith must not act without thinking about their actions. The visions were the result of inhaling the ash of dead Force-users. On another occasion, Sidious visited Malachor and brought back a Sith Chalice.
Due to its infamy, Malachor was often invoked as a curse word. While contemplating his strategy for getting himself and his team of astromech droids off the desert world of Abafar, Colonel Meebur Gascon exclaimed that there was "no way in Malachor" that he would lead his team on an assault on a Separatist landing field. Years later, during the reign of the Galactic Empire, the crime lord Cikatro Vizago of the Broken Horn Syndicate used Malachor as an epithet while working with the smuggler Lando Calrissian.
Age of the Empire
During their rebellion against the Empire, three rebels—the Jedi Kanan Jarrus and Ezra Bridger, along with Ahsoka Tano, a former Jedi—traveled to the Jedi Temple on Lothal to seek the spectral guidance of Jedi Master Yoda in the hopes of defeating the Sith Lord Darth Vader and his Inquisitors. Yoda told Bridger that, if he and the others wanted to fight, they had to find Malachor. After helping the Phoenix Cell establish a base on Atollon, Kanan, Ezra, and Ahsoka traveled to Malachor together.
On Malachor, the two Jedi and Ahsoka discovered a deep chasm which led to an ancient Sith temple. There, the three friends were attacked by an Inquisitor known as the Eighth Brother. Ezra was separated and fell into a tunnel. There, he encountered the former Sith Lord Maul, who also wanted to defeat the Sith. Maul befriended Bridger and the two joined forces to venture into the temple in order to find the "secret" that could destroy the Sith. Working together, the two retrieved a Sith holocron from the temple.
Ezra and Maul then reunited with Kanan and Ahsoka, who were being attacked by the Eighth Brother, the Fifth Brother, and the Seventh Sister. After Maul drove the Inquisitors away, Maul convinced Ezra and the others that they had to enter the Temple in order to activate the Holocron. He claimed that doing so would give them the knowledge they needed to destroy the Sith. The Inquisitors soon caught up with them. While Kanan and Ahsoka fought with the Inquisitors, Maul sent Ezra to bring the holocron to the top of the temple. Meanwhile, Maul killed the Inquisitors before turning on Kanan and Ahsoka. He blinded Kanan but was stopped by Ahsoka. While Kanan pushed Maul off the cliff, Ahsoka went to deal with Ezra.
Meanwhile, Ezra planted the holocron into the temple's obelisk. He encountered a female voice who revealed that the temple was an ancient Sith superweapon capable of destroying all life. Ezra refused to use the Temple's knowledge and was attacked by Darth Vader, who had arrived in his TIE Advanced starfighter. Ahsoka arrived and dueled with Vader, while Kanan and Ezra joined forces to remove the holocron. Since the Temple was building up a power charge, the removal of the holocron caused it to implode. Kanan and Ezra managed to escape before the Temple closed in on them. Vader survived, leaving the temple wounded and Tano was pulled away from the collapsing temple into the World Between Worlds by Bridger, surviving the event. Later, Tano departed the World Between Worlds and walked into the Sith temple.
Behind the scenes
- "There is a place in the galaxy where the dark side of the Force runs strong. It is something of the Sith, but it was fueled by war. It corrupts all that walks on its surface—drowns them in the power of the dark side. It corrupts all life, and it feeds on death."
- ―Darth Traya speaks of Malachor V in Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic II: The Sith Lords
In Star Wars Legends, Malachor V, as it was known in that era, was a planet that was first referenced in the 2003 video game Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic. The game revealed that it was the location of the Battle of Malachor V, the final battle between the Galactic Republic, led by Revan, and the Mandalorian Neo-Crusaders during the Mandalorian Wars. The world went on to appear as the final location in the sequel, Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic II: The Sith Lords, revealing that it was a shattered and ruined world consumed by the energies of the Mass Shadow Generator. This event led to a pyrrhic victory for the Republic, destroying many Mandalorian and even Republic forces in the process. In The Sith Lords, Malachor V housed the Trayus Academy, an ancient Sith academy used by the Sith Triumvirate of Darth Traya, Darth Nihilus, and Darth Sion in the aftermath of the Jedi Civil War. The Jedi Exile, Meetra Surik, traveled to the Trayus Academy, where she defeated Sion and Traya during the game's final levels.
The name Malachor was later mentioned as an expletive by Meebur Gascon in "Missing in Action", an episode of the animated television series Star Wars: The Clone Wars, which, after the 2014 canon reboot, remained in official Star Wars canon.
- Darth Maul (2017) 2 (In flashback(s))
- Age of Republic - Darth Maul 1
- Star Wars Battlefront II (Mentioned only) (DLC)
- Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Missing in Action" (First mentioned)
- Darth Vader (2017) 25 (Vision to Darth Vader)
- "Rebel Bluff"—Star Wars Insider 158 (Mentioned only)
- Star Wars Rebels – "Shroud of Darkness" (Mentioned only)
- Star Wars Rebels – "The Mystery of Chopper Base" (Indirect mention only)
- Star Wars Rebels – "Twilight of the Apprentice" (First appearance)
- Maul: A Star Wars Rebels Cinestory Comic
- Star Wars Rebels – "The Holocrons of Fate" (Mentioned only)
- Star Wars Rebels – "DUME" (Mentioned only)
- Star Wars Rebels – "A World Between Worlds"
- Star Wars: Commander (Mentioned only)
- "Disturbance"—From a Certain Point of View: The Empire Strikes Back (Mentioned only)
- "A Life Immortal"—Dark Legends (Mentioned only) (In flashback(s))
- Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge (Mentioned only)
Notes and references
- Star Wars: Complete Locations
- Ultimate Star Wars, New Edition
- Star Wars Rebels – "Twilight of the Apprentice"
- Star Wars: Alien Archive
- Dawn of Rebellion
- Star Wars: The Force Awakens: The Visual Dictionary
- Unlimited Power
- Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker: The Visual Dictionary
- Darth Maul (2017) 2
- Age of Republic - Darth Maul 1
- Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Missing in Action"
- "Rebel Bluff"—Star Wars Insider 158
- Star Wars Rebels – "Shroud of Darkness"
- Star Wars Rebels – "The Mystery of Chopper Base"
- Star Wars Rebels – "A World Between Worlds"
- Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic
- Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic II: The Sith Lords
- The Old Republic: Revan