- "What was this thing, Domina?"
"A nightshrike... they usually prey on other creatures in the great rainforests. I can't imagine why it was out during the day... the sunlight might have driven it mad, made it attack."
- ―Luke Skywalker and Domina Tagge
Nightshrikes were an imposing avian predator native to the rainforests of the planet Monastery. Large and bat-like, nightshrikes were nocturnal and mostly preyed on the other beasts of the forests. As such, they were rarely seen during the day—however, in 0 ABY, Rebel leader Luke Skywalker and Order of the Sacred Circle priestess Domina Tagge faced a rare daytime attack from a nightshrike, with Skywalker slaying the beast with his lightsaber.
Behind the scenesEdit
Nightshrikes first appeared in Star Wars 35: Dark Lord's Gambit, a Marvel Star Wars comic book issue written by Archie Goodwin and released in 1980. In the comic, the beast was illustrated by Carmine Infantino.
- Star Wars 35: Dark Lord's Gambit (First appearance)
- The Complete Star Wars Encyclopedia, Vol. II, p. 380 ("Nightshrike")