- "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
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 that concealed their faces, and armaments like whipcord throwers, flamethrowers, and jetpacks.
The Mandalorians' bloody history made their armor an iconic symbol of fear. Mandalorian armor was typically made from beskar, which was one of the strongest metals in the galaxy, but it could also be made from more common metals such as durasteel. Beskar could protect the wearer from blasters and even lightsabers. The famed Mandalorian bounty hunter and foundling Jango Fett wore customized Mandalorian armor made of beskar alloy, which was later inherited by his cloned son Boba Fett.
- "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
Generally the armor was made from beskar, a highly durable metal which could repel blaster fire and lightsaber strikes while giving the user maximum protection, although variants made from durasteel and other lesser materials were frequently utilized due to those materials being more common.[source?] A beskar spear was capable of piercing Mandalorian armor. The helmets had an angled visor, which reflected Mandalorian style, and the unique armor became a symbol of fear across the galaxy as the Mandalorian warriors engaged in numerous wars.[source?] 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. Beskar armor was forged by Mandalorian Armorers. The Mandalorian method for forging beskar was a closely guarded secret, a skill passed on through generations to keep ancient armor intact and impervious.
Tradition of Mandalore
The ancient Mandalorian crusaders wore helmets over cloaks. The Mandalorian Neo-Crusaders also wore helmets. 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.
During 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. Death Watch's female warriors, the Nite Owls, wore a different set of armor.
The famed Mandalorian bounty hunter and foundling Jango Fett wore the armor type, which had been given to him during the Mandalorian Civil Wars by the Mandalorians. Prime Minister Almec, however, expressed bewilderment as to how he would have obtained it, decrying Fett as nothing but a common bounty hunter. The Kaminoans who cloned him to create the Grand Army of the Republic took inspiration from his suit for the clone trooper armor.
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. By the Age of the Empire, Boba had inherited his father's armor and rebuilt it in his memory.
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.
Age of the Empire
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. 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.
Gar Saxon, acting as the Imperial Viceroy of Mandalore, along with Imperial Super Commandos such as Tristan Wren, wore armor that resembled stormtrooper armor. Members of Clan Wren, such as its leader, Countess Ursa Wren, wore armor with yellow markings. At some point during his bounty hunting career, Boba Fett began to wear his father's Mandalorian armor.
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.
New Republic Era
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 hid in an enclave under Nevarro City on the planet Nevarro. However, after they fought the Bounty Hunters' Guild in the city, 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 only 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.
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.
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. The quartet of Mandalorians fought through several units of stormtroopers to reach the cargo hold.
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.
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, stating 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. 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 blaster, micro 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.
- "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
Traditional Mandalorian armor consisted of a helmet, shoulder pauldrons, vambraces, breastplate, codpiece, knee-pads, 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, a comlink, and an antenna tipped with a rangefinder that could be pulled over the viewplate to enhance imagery. Mandalorians also wore magnetized shoes. Sabine Wren programmed a holo-imager in her helmet's rangefinder to take snapshots.
- Wrist lasers
- Wrist rockets
- Whipcord throwers
- Projectile buzzsaws
- Shield emitters
- Retractable wrist blades
- Kamino saberdarts
- Grappling lines
- Paralyzing darts
- Whistling birds
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.
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