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"I know these commandos fought in many wars, often against the Jedi."
Obi-Wan Kenobi, on the Mandalorians[src]

The Mandalorian-Jedi War was a series of many conflicts fought between the Mandalorians and the Jedi Order. The final war between both groups ultimately resulted in the devastation of the former's homeworld of Mandalore.

The warEdit

"For generations, my ancestors fought proudly as warriors against the Jedi."
―Pre Vizsla[src]

A series of conflicts[10] fought between the Mandalorians and the Jedi Order,[5] the Mandalorian-Jedi War saw the advancement of Mandalorian technology when they collided with the Force-wielding Jedi, whose abilities they didn't understand. In response, their arsenal and armor were designed to combat them,[11] and they began to often win as a result.[6] The Mandalorian crusaders fought against the Jedi during their crusades.[7] According to legend, Mandalore The Great fought a series of battles against the Jedi.[9] The Mandalorians also waged war against the Old Republic,[12] and, during the period of its fall,[13] members of House Vizsla reclaimed the darksaber, a unique lightsaber created by Tarre Vizsla, the first Mandalorian ever inducted into the Jedi Order,[5] from the Jedi Temple[13] after its creator's passing.[5] Before the end of the Mandalorian-Jedi War, the Mandalorians turned Concordia, a moon of their homeworld of Mandalore, into a mining base.[13]

Sundari Desert

The scorched surface of Mandalore

The last great struggle[3] between the Jedi[4] and the Mandalorian warlords[3] resulted in a large battle on Mandalore. This caused a cataclysm[4] that scorched[3] much[6] of the planet's surface into lifeless white desert[12] and ending the conflict, the Jedi emerging victorious.[5]


"History Lesson! The Jedi won the war with Mandalore!"
―Kanan to Sabine during her training with wielding the Darksaber[src]

The final battle of the Mandalorian-Jedi War rendered Mandalore uninhabitable outside of hermetically sealed dome cities.[3] In addition, the Concordian moon was strip-mined to such an extend that its forests were only just recovering by the time of the Clone Wars,[13] by which point some Mandalorians still held a grudge against the Jedi for their perceived crimes against Mandalore.[14] The Peace Park, a memorial to the victims of Mandalore's violent past,[15] was erected in Sundari, Mandalore's capital city, during the reign the New Mandalorians,[10] a pacifistic movement that arose after local conflicts between the many Mandalorian clans.[16] The warrior clans of Mandalore were believed to have been wiped out during the conflict, their tattered remnants exiled to Concordia, though they were resurrected by Pre Vizsla, the moon's treacherous Mandalorian governor and leader of Death Watch[17] whose ancestors as warriors proudly fought against the Jedi for generations,[13] during the Clone Wars. Backed by Count Dooku and the Confederacy of Independent Systems, he began building an army to retake Mandalore from the control of pacifists who were trying to bury Mandalore's violent past[17] and carry on its warrior traditions.[18]

However, Death Watch, with assistance from former Sith Lord Darth Maul and the Shadow Collective were able to take control away from the New Mandalorians. Vizsla was killed by Maul,[19] but the Republic, which became the Galactic Empire, occupied Mandalore.[20] In 9 ABY,[21] upon learning that "The Child" had telekinetic powers, the Mandalorian armorer told Din Djarin that songs of eons past spoke about Mandalore The Great fighting the Jedi, who she revealed was an order that possessed such powers. This made Djarin question if "The Child" was actually an adversary, although she told him that only the infant's kind had been enemies. After the armorer told him that he needed to return "The Child" to his own kind, Djarin believed he would be searching for the order of enemies, but she informed him this task was the Way of the Mandalore.[9]

Behind the scenesEdit

"The Mandalorian-Jedi War that I have in my mind is very much derived from the oldest style of thinking of Mandalorians, which was that their weapons, their arsenal, their technology had a massive increase once they collided with the Jedi and found these force-wielding people that had abilities they didn't understand. Their armor is a reaction to the Jedi, and I've always believed that because that seemed to be something that would be in the DNA of the Joe Johnston designs of them as super commandos. Their arsenal was very much designed to combat the Jedi. For example, I wouldn't know the details of the conflict that the fans have referred to. I played the video games though, so I'm aware of it in the games, and I like a lot of the things in there. So, when there are all these things in common and there's stuff that people know, I think 'Well, why don't we use that?'"
―Dave Filoni[src]

The conflict between the Mandalorians and the Jedi was first mentioned, albeit indirectly, in "The Mandalore Plot," the twelfth episode of the canon animated series Star Wars: The Clone Wars' second season,[13] which originally aired on January 29, 2010.[22] Identified as the Mandalorian-Jedi War by Dave Filoni, it included all canon conflicts between the two factions,[11] comprising what Star Wars Legends sources referred to as the Mandalorian Crusades, the Mandalorian Wars, and the Mandalorian Excision.



Notes and referencesEdit

  1. Star Wars: Complete Locations
  2. According to Encyclopedia-Logo Gauntlet fighter in the Encyclopedia (content now obsolete; backup link), the Mandalorians declared war on the Old Republic, which was replaced by the Galactic Republic in 1019 BBY. This is as Star Wars Propaganda: A History of Persuasive Art in the Galaxy states that the Galactic Republic was founded at the end of the Jedi-Sith War, and that the Republic never reached a thousand years of existence before it was dissolved, which Star Wars: Galactic Atlas dates to 19 BBY. Hence, the Mandalorian-Jedi War must have taken place before the fall of the Old Republic in 1019 BBY, before the end of the Jedi-Sith War.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 3.5 Encyclopedia-Logo Mandalorian super commando in the Encyclopedia (content now obsolete; backup link)
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 Star Wars: The Clone Wars: The Complete Season Two Featurette: "Creating Mandalore"
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 5.3 5.4 5.5 5.6 Rebels-mini-logo Star Wars Rebels – "Trials of the Darksaber"
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 Star Wars: Absolutely Everything You Need to Know, Updated and Expanded
  7. Star Wars: Aliens of the Galaxy
  8. 9.0 9.1 9.2 The Mandalorian Official Logo The Mandalorian – "Chapter 8: Redemption"
  9. 10.0 10.1 Ultimate Star Wars
  10. 11.0 11.1 Lucas Siegel. Star Wars Rebels Showrunner Explains Major Knight of the Old Republic Reference. Archived from the original on February 19, 2017. Retrieved on February 18, 2017.
  11. 12.0 12.1 Encyclopedia-Logo Gauntlet fighter in the Encyclopedia (content now obsolete; backup link)
  12. 13.0 13.1 13.2 13.3 13.4 13.5 TCW mini logo Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "The Mandalore Plot"
  13. TCW mini logo Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "A Friend in Need"
  14. Star Wars: Galactic Atlas
  15. Star Wars Propaganda: A History of Persuasive Art in the Galaxy
  16. 17.0 17.1 StarWars-DatabankII Death Watch in the Databank (backup link)
  17. Encyclopedia-Logo Mandalore in the Encyclopedia (content now obsolete; backup link)
  18. TCW mini logo Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Shades of Reason"
  19. Rebels-mini-logo Star Wars Rebels – "The Protector of Concord Dawn"
  20. According to a timeline shown at D23 Expo 2019, The Mandalorian is set five years after Star Wars: Episode VI Return of the Jedi. Star Wars: Galactic Atlas dates the events of Return of the Jedi to 4 ABY, meaning that The Mandalorian, including Mandalorian armorer's discussion with Din Djarin in Chapter 8: Redemption, is set in 9 ABY.
  21. SWCustom-2011 "The Mandalore Plot" Episode Guide - The Clone Wars on (backup link)

External linksEdit

History of the Jedi
Prime Jedi · Jedi Order · Hundred-Year Darkness · Sith war · Great Scourge of Malachor · Entruvia Conflict
Doom of the Ordu Aspectu · Mandalorian-Jedi War · Fall of the Old Republic · Momin's destruction of a city
Battle of Takodana · Jedi-Sith War · Jedi–Zygerrian conflict · Skirmish on the moon of Drazkel
Naboo Crisis · Open-Closed War · Separatist Crisis · Clone Wars · Mandalorian civil war
Great Jedi Purge · Early rebellion against the Galactic Empire · Galactic Civil War
Destruction of Luke Skywalker's Jedi temple · First Order–Resistance war
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