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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 war[edit | edit source]

"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]

The war left Mandalore's surface scorched and desolate.

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]

Aftermath[edit | edit source]

"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 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] Circa 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 scenes[edit | edit source]

"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.

Appearances[edit | edit source]

Sources[edit | edit source]

Notes and references[edit | edit source]

  1. Star Wars: Complete Locations
  2. According to StarWars.com Encyclopedia Gauntlet fighter in the Encyclopedia (content now obsolete; backup link), the Mandalorians declared war on the Old Republic, which was replaced by the modern Galactic Republic in 1019 BBY. This is as Star Wars Propaganda: A History of Persuasive Art in the Galaxy states that the modern Galactic Republic was founded at the end of the Jedi-Sith War, and that this 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 StarWars.com Encyclopedia 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.png 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-logo.png 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. ComicBook.com. Archived from the original on February 19, 2017. Retrieved on February 18, 2017.
  11. 12.0 12.1 StarWars.com Encyclopedia 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.jpg Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "The Mandalore Plot"
  13. TCW mini logo.jpg 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.png Death Watch in the Databank (backup link)
  17. StarWars.com Encyclopedia Mandalore in the Encyclopedia (content now obsolete; backup link)
  18. TCW mini logo.jpg Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Shades of Reason"
  19. Rebels-mini-logo.png Star Wars Rebels – "The Protector of Concord Dawn"
  20. StarWars.com SWCC 2019: 9 Things We Learned from The Mandalorian Panel on StarWars.com (backup link) establishes that The Mandalorian is set about five years after the events of Star Wars: Episode VI Return of the Jedi, which Star Wars: Galactic Atlas dates to 4 ABY. Therefore, the events of The Mandalorian must have taken place around 9 ABY.
  21. StarWars.com "The Mandalore Plot" Episode Guide - The Clone Wars on StarWars.com (backup link)

External links[edit | edit source]

History of the Jedi
Prime Jedi · Jedi Order · Hundred-Year Darkness · Sith Wars · Sith war · Great Scourge of Malachor · Entruvia Conflict
Doom of the Ordu Aspectu · Mandalorian-Jedi War · Fall of the Old Republic · Darth Momin's destruction of a city
Great Hyperspace War · 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 academy
First Order–Resistance war
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