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The Rakata were an ancient amphibious humanoid species native to the planet Lehon, and were, according to legend, the first to develop hyperspace travel. Stories also told that the species eventually became extinct as a result of corruption from the dark side of the Force.[1] The species shared its name with the historical Rakatan Infinite Empire[2] and the mystical antiquities known as Rakatan wraith boxes.[3]

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Behind the scenes[]

A Rakata in Star Wars Legends

The Rakata were first mentioned in the new Star Wars canon in the forty-seventh issue of the De Agostini magazine Star Wars: Build the Millennium Falcon,[1] published around November 25, 2015.[4] The species originated in Star Wars Legends in the 2003 video game Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic. The Rakata in that game were the fallen remnant of what had once been a galaxy-spanning empire that conquered, ruled, and decimated other species through the dark side of the Force. The Force powered the Rakatans' hyperspace technology.[5]


Star Wars series[]

"What a time for a light failure..."
―Unidentified Mon Calamari[6]

A Mon Calamari in Star Wars (2015) 48

In the forty-eighth issue of the 2015 comic book series Star Wars, written by Kieron Gillen, penciled by Salvador Larroca, and published by Marvel Comics[6] on May 23, 2018,[7] an unidentified Mon Calamari from the script[8] was mistakenly depicted as a member of the Rakata species.[6]

Poe Dameron series[]

"I don't even remember that dude"
―Matt Martin,[9]

"Generic alien extra #3457" in Poe Dameron 7

Likewise, in the seventh issue of the 2016 comic book series Star Wars: Poe Dameron, written by Charles Soule, penciled by Angel Unzueta, and published by Marvel Comics[10] on October 26, 2016,[11] an unidentified "thug"[10] who was dubbed "generic alien extra #3457" and described as "mysterious background guy" by Story Group's Matt Martin on Twitter,[9] was also depicted resembling the Rakata,[10] but their species remained unspecified.[9]


Notes and references[]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 Build the Millennium Falcon.png Star Wars: Build the Millennium Falcon 47 (Secrets of Spaceflight: Hyperspace)
  2. Nexus of Power
  3. Solo: A Star Wars Story The Official Guide
  4. The second issue of the De Agostini weekly magazine Star Wars: Build the Millennium Falcon was set to be published on January 14, 2015, according to Wyman, Chris: De Agostini Publishing: Build the Millennium Falcon Magazine & Model (08-01-2015). theforce.net. TheForce.net. Archived from the original on November 6, 2016. Therefore, it can be calculated that Star Wars: Build the Millennium Falcon 47 was published around November 25, 2015.
  5. Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 Star Wars (2015) 48
  7. MarvelLogo.svg Star Wars (2015) #48 on Marvel Comics' official website (backup link)
  8. TwitterLogo.svg Matt Martin (@missingwords) on Twitter: "Yeah, you're not the only one to say that. I'd say it could be an alien extra who may or may not be a Rakata. But it's not DEFINITELY a Rakata. And like I said, the script calls out a Mon Cal but it's not stated in the issue specifically." (backup link)
  9. 9.0 9.1 9.2 TwitterLogo.svg Matt Martin (@missingwords) on Twitter: "I don't even remember that dude and I'm pretty sure I would have remembered approving a Rakata. He's "generic alien extra #3457" as far as I'm concerned. Could he be retconned to be a Rakata, sure. But as of now, he's just some mysterious background guy." (backup link)
  10. 10.0 10.1 10.2 Poe Dameron 7
  11. DARTH VADER, HAN SOLO, More STAR WARS Titles Delayed (2016-08-05). newsarama.com. Newsarama. Archived from the original on February 10, 2020.