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"The armor I wear is five hundred years old. I reforged it to my liking, but the battles, the history, the blood all lives within it. And the same goes for every Mandalorian."
"This armor is part of our identity. It makes us Mandalorians who we are."
―Sabine and Alrich Wren[3]

Mandalorian armor, known as beskar'gam in Mando'a, referred to the traditional armor worn by the warrior clans of the planet Mandalore. Common traits included a helmet with a T-shaped visor, called a macrobinocular viewplate, that concealed their faces, and armaments like vambraces and jetpacks.

The Mandalorians' bloody history made their armor an iconic symbol of fear. Mandalorian armor was typically made from beskar,[3] which was one of the strongest metals in the galaxy, but it could also be made from more common metals such as durasteel.[9] Beskar could protect the wearer from blasters and even lightsabers. The famed Mandalorian bounty hunter and foundling Jango Fett wore customized armor made of beskar alloy, which was later inherited by his cloned son Boba.

The Arc Pulse Generator, an Imperial superweapon, was capable of superheating the beskar alloy used in Mandalorian armor to incinerate its wearer.



"With right calibration, a blaster could pass right through Mandalorian armor."
"Impossible. You try that, a Mandalorian would break you in two."
"Funny, that's exactly how the guy who told me died."
―Two stormtroopers converse five years into the Imperial Era[11]

Din Djarin repairing his damaged armor

Generally the armor was made from beskar, a highly durable metal which could repel blaster fire[12] and lightsaber strikes.[13] A beskar spear was capable of piercing Mandalorian armor.[14] Identified as a macrobinocular viewplate, the helmets had an angled visor.[15]

Due to the durability of the beskar metal, some armor sets were hundreds of years old, such as in the case of Sabine Wren's armor.[3] Beskar armor was forged by Mandalorian Armorers.[1] The Mandalorian method for forging beskar was a closely guarded secret, a skill passed on through generations to keep ancient armor intact and impervious.[16]


"My armor is like my second skin. I'm being serious: sometimes I totally forget I even have it on and I fall asleep in it."
―Sabine Wren[6]

Traditional Mandalorian armor consisted of a helmet, shoulder pauldrons, vambraces, breastplate, codpiece, kneepads, and thigh and shin guards clasped over a body stocking. Most Mandalorians painted their armor, though some, such as Din Djarin, did not paint their pure beskar pieces. Mandalorian helmets often had a macrobinocular viewplate, tactical heads-up displays,[17] a comlink, and an antenna tipped with a rangefinder that could be pulled over the viewplate to enhance imagery.[9] Mandalorians also wore magnetized boots.[17] Sabine Wren programmed a holo-imager in her helmet's rangefinder to take snapshots.[6]


A complete set of Mandalorian armor, as worn by Jango Fett

The Ka'rta symbol[18] was featured on the chest plate of the armor.[19] Mandalorian vambraces were computer-controlled tools bristling with weaponry,[6] designed to combat the Force abilities of a Jedi.[20] They potentially included:

The Mandalorians used many models of jetpacks, including the Z-6 and JT-12, to increase maneuverability in combat as well as fly. These were often tipped with a launcher that were used to fire anti-vehicle homing missiles. However, they could also be used to fire a grappling hook linked to an internal winch. Gyro-stabilizers made it easy to maneuver in the air, and were capable of both short jumps and long-distance flight.[13]

Variant armor types[]


Tradition of Mandalore[]

TCW Neo-Crusader helmet

A Neo-Crusader's helmet

The ancient Mandalorian crusaders wore helmets over cloaks.[28] The Mandalorian Neo-Crusaders also wore helmets.[29] After encountering the Jedi during the early crusades, the Mandalorian-Jedi War began, and it was during this period that the Mandalorians created their signature armor, weaponry and fighting style in order to combat the Jedi Knights and their Force abilities.[30]

During the time after the Mandalorian Civil War, two styles of Mandalorian armor would emerge—the formidable traditional armor of the warrior clans like Death Watch, and those of the pacifist New Mandalorians.[7] Death Watch's female warriors, the Nite Owls, wore a different set of armor.[24]

The famed Mandalorian bounty hunter[31] and foundling[32] Jango Fett wore the armor type, which had been given to him during the Mandalorian Civil Wars[33] by the Mandalorians.[34] Prime Minister Almec, however, expressed bewilderment as to how he would have obtained it, decrying Fett as nothing but a common bounty hunter.[7] The Kaminoans who cloned him to create the Grand Army of the Republic took inspiration from his suit for the clone trooper armor.[9]

Clone Wars[]


A Mandalorian member of Death Watch armed with a GALAAR-15 blaster carbine

After Fett was killed by Jedi Master Mace Windu during the First Battle of Geonosis, his helmet was used by Boba as a bomb in an attempt on Windu's life.[35] By the Age of the Empire, Boba had inherited his father's armor and rebuilt it in his memory.[36]

When the renegade Sith Lord Maul defeated and killed Pre Vizsla and became ruler of Mandalore during the Clone Wars, his followers in Death Watch customized their armor with painted helmets, handprints, and horns resembling their new Dathomirian Zabrak leader, becoming Mandalorian super commandos.[21]

The Mandalorian Protectors, such as the those who served with Fenn Rau in Skull Squadron, wore armor when they fought at the Third Battle of Mygeeto.[37]

Age of the Empire[]

"A Mandalorian without armor is no more than a common soldier."
Tiber Saxon[3]

Boba Fett, wearing his Mandalorian armor

Following the end of the Clone Wars, the Protectors continued to wear the armor as part of their arrangement with the Galactic Empire at their encampment on Concord Dawn's third moon.[38] Soldiers throughout the Imperial Military took note of the armor's durability, leading one intrepid stormtrooper to develop a hypothesis that a finely-calibrated blaster could pierce it. His experiment ended in failure, however, when he tested his theory on a Mandalorian warrior, who promptly broke the stormtrooper in two.[11]

Gar Saxon, acting as the Imperial Viceroy of Mandalore, along with Imperial Super Commandos such as Tristan Wren,[39] wore armor that resembled stormtrooper armor.[40] Members of Clan Wren, such as its leader, Countess Ursa Wren, wore armor with yellow markings.[39] At some point during his bounty hunting career, Boba Fett began to wear his father's Mandalorian armor.[36]

Sometime after the Battle of Endor, Fett's set of Mandalorian armor ended up in storage in a Jawa sandcrawler on Tatooine. Cobb Vanth, who was on the sandcrawler after the Jawas rescued him from dehydration in the desert, happened upon a crate containing the armor. After trading valuable silicax crystals with the Jawas, he attained the armor for his own, and wore it to defend the town of Mos Pelgo.[41] The pirate Kars Tal-Korla wore a trademark suit of patchwork armor made from Corellian, Imperial trooper, and Mandalorian.[42]

New Republic Era[]

Surviving the Great Purge[]


Paz Vizsla wore a suit of blue heavy infantry armor.

During the New Republic Era, the Mandalorians became rarer to see, after the Great Purge of Mandalore by the Empire against them. During that time, the Empire also plundered vast amounts of Beskar from the Mandalorians. The Mandalorians took orphans in as foundlings. One Mandalorian tribe[10] of the Children of the Watch, who preached that a Mandalorian was never to remove their helmet in the presence of others,[43] hid in an enclave under Nevarro City on the planet Nevarro. However, after they fought the Bounty Hunters' Guild in the city,[10] an Imperial remnant cracked down on them, killing many. Their armor was piled up in the enclave to be salvaged by the Armorer, one of the few survivors from the tribe. Another survivor, bounty hunter Din Djarin, was given a signet depicting a mudhorn on his armor to symbolize the clan consisting of himself and Grogu.[44]

Seeking out other Mandalorians to help in his quest to bring Grogu to the Jedi, Djarin arrived in the town of Mos Pelgo on Tatooine. There, he encountered Cobb Vanth, who was still wearing Boba Fett's armor to defend the town. As Djarin did not want a non-Mandalorian to wear it, Vanth agreed to give over the armor if the bounty hunter helped kill a krayt dragon that had been terrorizing his town. After the creature's death, Vanth stayed true to his word and gave over the armor, parting on good terms with Djarin. Unknown to the bounty hunter, as he left the town, he was being watched by the still-alive Fett.[41]

After successfully helping a passenger and her eggs reach Trask and reunite with her husband, Djarin was recruited by Bo-Katan Kryze, Axe Woves, and Koska Reeves to help them raid a Gozanti-class cruiser belonging to the remnant in order to capture some weapons being exported from the black market port. Although Djarin was disturbed that they removed their helmets and learned his beliefs were not held by all Mandalorians, the quartet of Mandalorians fought through several units of stormtroopers to reach the cargo hold.[43]

The quartet were temporarily stopped by a remnant officer who trapped them in the cargo control area. The officer, and a group of stormtroopers that accompanied him in defending the hold were jettisoned. After Kryze revealed to the captain that he had captured the cargo hold, the captain stated that even if they jettisoned the crates of cargo, they would comb the area and kill them. Kryze revealed that her true objective was to fully capture the ship and storm the bridge even to the distraught and shock of Djarin. Djarin eventually agreed to help Kryze storm the bridge and fully capture the ship, in return Kyrze would reveal the whereabouts of a Jedi.[43]

The adventures of Fett and Djarin[]


Din Djarin and Boba Fett on Morak.

Djarin and Boba Fett would come face-to-face on Tython, when Fett would employ the skills of sharpshooter Fennec Shand, whom Fett had saved on Tatooine. Shand, having Grogu in her sights, would stand down and in exchange Djarin would remove his jetpack. Fett would then demand his armor be returned to him, having tracked it and the Mandalorian to the inner core planet. Djarin refused, believing the armor was looted in the Great Purge of Mandalore and belonged to the Mandalorian people. Fett would argue, however, that the armor had in fact been passed down to him from his father, who had been gifted it by one of Djarin's forebearers. The arrival of Imperial remnants would cut the conversation short, with Fett offering to trade the return of his armor in exchange for guaranteeing both Grogu and Djarin's safety. During the ensuing conflict, Fett would take his armor from Djarin's Razor Crest, while Shand and Djarin continued to fight the reinforced Imperial remnants.[34]

Late into the skirmish, Djarin and Shand would find themselves surrounded, outmanned, and outgunned. Djarin would use his beskar-clad body to prevent Shand from being hit by Imperial blaster fire, while the two returned fire. Fett would drop two explosives on the battlefield from above, then display its capabilities by singlehandedly eliminating an entire platoon of stormtroopers, as well as two Imperial troop dropships. Fett utilized an array of offensive weapons including a wrist laser, concussion rockets, kneepad rocket darts, and a jetpack-launched missile. Afterward, Fett would show Djarin his chain code, which proved that the ownership of the armor had indeed been that of a Mandalorian foundling; Boba's father, Jango Fett. Pledging to assist the Mandalorian in Grogu's rescue as part of their deal, Fett, Djarin, and Shand would depart for Navarro on Slave I.[34] Djarin and Fett joined forces with Kryze and Reeves for the second rescue of Grogu, during which Djarin removed his helmet to say goodbye to Grogu when Jedi Knight Luke Skywalker arrived to train the Child.[45] Fighting side-by-side, Fett and Djarin later used their armor to defend themselves against Pyke guards during the Battle for Mos Espa, during which Grogu also reunited with Djarin.[46]

The return to Mandalore[]


Bo-Katan Kryze was Mand'alor during the New Republic Era.

The Armorer continued to make armor for her Mandalorian covert, including children such as Ragnar Vizsla.[47] Having removed his helmet in the presence of others during Grogu's rescue,[45] Djarin made his way to the ruins of Mandalore to bathe in the Living Waters and be redeemed in the eyes of the Children of the Watch.[48] For the mission, he was joined by Kryze, whose forces had abandoned her when she failed to secure the Darksaber.[47] Kryze dove into the waters after Djarin fell in, where she discovered a surviving Mythosaur[48] and, by virtue of entering the waters and then not removing her helmet in the presence of others afterward, was, too, redeemed in the eyes of the Tribe. Both Djarin and Kryze were welcomed into the covert.[49] Shortly into her stay, she led the rescue of Ragnar Vizsla and lost one of her pauldrons. Thus, she was given a new, silver replacement by the Armorer, who also provided Grogu with a roundel.[50]

After the Mandalorian Tribe arrived to Nevarro and freed the world from a pirate siege, the Armorer decreed that Kryze was welcome to walk both worlds: she could be both a Mandalorian who removed her helmet and be considered part of the Children of the Watch.[51] With Kryze regaining the loyalty of her forces when they discovered she had reclaimed the Darksaber,[52] the assembled ranks of traditionalist and non-traditionalist Mandalorians ventured to Mandalore and reconquered the world from Gideon. In the battle, Gideon wore a suit of beskar Dark Trooper armor and commanded a force beskar-wearing Imperial armored commandos, but the Imperials would be defeated. Together, Kryze's followers and the Children of the Watch reignited the Great Forge.[53]

Behind the scenes[]

During production of The Mandalorian Season Three, Dave Filoni, Rick Famuyiwa, and Jon Favreau wanted an audio sound that signaled to the audience Mandalorians could pressurize their helmets, thereby keeping them safe for treks into possibly toxic areas. Given "a very specific note" to show as such, sound designer David W. Collins used the iconic squeak of Vader's helmet sealing over his head in "Chapter 17: The Apostate" for when Ragnar put on his helmet.[54]


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  1. 1.0 1.1 StarWars-DatabankII the Armorer in the Databank (backup link)
  2. Star Wars: The Secrets of the Bounty Hunters
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 3.5 Star Wars Rebels: Heroes of Mandalore
  4. Solo: A Star Wars Story The Official Guide
  5. StarWars-DatabankII Mandalorian Super Commando in the Databank (backup link)
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 6.3 Sabine My Rebel Sketchbook
  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 7.3 TCW mini logo Star Wars: The Clone Wars — "The Mandalore Plot"
  8. Collapse of the Republic
  9. 9.0 9.1 9.2 9.3 9.4 9.5 9.6 9.7 Ultimate Star Wars
  10. 10.0 10.1 10.2 The-Mandalorian-logo The Mandalorian — "Chapter 3: The Sin"
  11. 11.0 11.1 Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order
  12. The Mandalorian
  13. 13.0 13.1 Ultimate Star Wars, New Edition
  14. StarWars-DatabankII Beskar spear in the Databank (backup link)
  15. Star Wars Rebels: The Visual Guide
  16. StarWars-DatabankII The Armorer's forge in the Databank (backup link)
  17. 17.0 17.1 Star Wars: Absolutely Everything You Need to Know
  18. Build the Millennium Falcon Star Wars: Build the Millennium Falcon 32 (Guide to the Galaxy: The History of Mandalore)
  19. 19.0 19.1 19.2 Star Wars: Episode II Attack of the Clones
  20. StarWars-DatabankII Mandalorian Vambraces in the Databank (backup link)
  21. 21.0 21.1 21.2 21.3 TCW mini logo Star Wars: The Clone Wars — "The Lawless"
  22. The-Mandalorian-logo The Mandalorian — "Chapter 22: Guns for Hire"
  23. 23.0 23.1 23.2 Rebels-mini-logo Star Wars Rebels — "Trials of the Darksaber"
  24. 24.0 24.1 24.2 TCW mini logo Star Wars: The Clone Wars — "A Friend in Need"
  25. 25.0 25.1 TCW mini logo Star Wars: The Clone Wars — "Shades of Reason"
  26. The-Mandalorian-logo The Mandalorian — "Chapter 11: The Heiress"
  27. The-Mandalorian-logo The Mandalorian — "Chapter 3: The Sin"
  28. TCW mini logo Star Wars: The Clone Wars — "Wookiee Hunt"
  29. Star Wars Rebels Showrunner Explains Major Knight of the Old Republic Reference by Lucas Siegel on comicbook.com (archived from the original on February 20, 2017)
  30. War of the Bounty Hunters – IG-88 1
  31. The-Mandalorian-logo The Mandalorian — "Chapter 14: The Tragedy"
  32. Bust-Collection-Logo Star Wars Bust Collection 20 (Star Wars Universe: Jango Fett)
  33. 34.0 34.1 34.2 The-Mandalorian-logo The Mandalorian — "Chapter 14: The Tragedy"
  34. TCW mini logo Star Wars: The Clone Wars — "R2 Come Home"
  35. 36.0 36.1 Star Wars: The Complete Visual Dictionary, New Edition
  36. Kanan 10
  37. Rebels-mini-logo Star Wars Rebels — "The Protector of Concord Dawn"
  38. 39.0 39.1 Rebels-mini-logo Star Wars Rebels — "Legacy of Mandalore"
  39. Rebels-mini-logo Star Wars Rebels — "Imperial Supercommandos"
  40. 41.0 41.1 The-Mandalorian-logo The Mandalorian — "Chapter 9: The Marshal"
  41. Aftermath
  42. 43.0 43.1 43.2 The-Mandalorian-logo The Mandalorian — "Chapter 11: The Heiress"
  43. The-Mandalorian-logo The Mandalorian — "Chapter 8: Redemption"
  44. 45.0 45.1 The-Mandalorian-logo The Mandalorian — "Chapter 16: The Rescue"
  45. The Book of Boba Fett logo The Book of Boba Fett — "Chapter 7: In the Name of Honor"
  46. 47.0 47.1 The-Mandalorian-logo The Mandalorian — "Chapter 17: The Apostate"
  47. 48.0 48.1 The-Mandalorian-logo The Mandalorian — "Chapter 18: The Mines of Mandalore"
  48. The-Mandalorian-logo The Mandalorian — "Chapter 19: The Convert"
  49. The-Mandalorian-logo The Mandalorian — "Chapter 20: The Foundling"
  50. The-Mandalorian-logo The Mandalorian — "Chapter 21: The Pirate"
  51. The-Mandalorian-logo The Mandalorian — "Chapter 22: Guns for Hire"
  52. The-Mandalorian-logo The Mandalorian — "Chapter 24: The Return"
  53. SWInsider "Turn It Up!" — Star Wars Insider 221