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"Rancor are emotionally complex creatures."
―Boba Fett's rancor keeper[9]

Rancors were large semi-sentient reptilian carnivores native to the planet Dathomir (although also present on Felucia). Rancors were often seen as mindless, violent creatures due to their extensive use as fighters across the galaxy.

Biology and appearance[]

Muchi, an adolescent female rancor

Standing around five meters tall,[1] with their long arms, immense jaws, and armored hides that could withstand blaster fire, they were formidable predators.[2] A subspecies known as the jungle rancor populated the planet Felucia.[3] Rage rancors were taller and had an even nastier temperament than an average rancor.[4] Shadow rancors were notorious for their penchant for destruction, gaining their name from their black skin.[4] The proper term for a group of rancors in Galactic Basic Standard was a crash of rancors.[12]


"A rampaging adolescent rancor is not the distraction I was anticipating."

Rancors responded to a social hierarchy where an alpha was dominant over other rancors unless defeated.[13] Despite their extremely intimidating appearance, the creatures were inherently benign and were even domesticated by the Witches of Dathomir, but could be provoked over time into a violent nature.[14] The dirty teeth of the rancor were cleaned by birds. Rancors would eat anything that they were capable of getting their hands on.[8]

Rancors were often bred for fighting. However, when domesticated, they could be very loving to their owners.[9]


Pre-Clone Wars[]

When the Fromprath[15] came to Dathomir, they exploited the natural resources of the planet, which caused the Nightsisters to form a symbiotic alliance with rancors in order to drive out the colonizers.[16]

Clone Wars Era[]

The jungle rancors lived on the planet Felucia.

The jungle rancor subspecies lived on the world of Felucia; after the destruction of Felucia Medical Station HCTFF2, Jedi General Obi-Wan Kenobi, Jedi General Anakin Skywalker, and Jedi Commander Ahsoka Tano saw a group of such rancors on planet. While they were careful to not scare the creatures,[7] the jungle rancors lived a relatively peaceful co-existence with the native Felucian farmers.[17]

Imperial Era[]

Jabba owned a pet rancor named Pateesa.

After the rise of the Galactic Empire, Clone Force 99 was hired by Cid to rescue Muchi, an adolescent rancor on Ord Mantell, though they were not informed she was a rancor. Muchi was released by Omega in order to help the squad and some slaves escape from a group of Zygerrian slavers, and Echo expressed surprise upon discovering that Muchi was the rancor, not one of the slaves.[13]

A rancor named Pateesa[18] was kept as a pet by Jabba the Hutt in a pit below his palace court, to which he fed any who displeased him. The beast was killed by Luke Skywalker, after which its human handler, Malakili, mourned its death.[6]

Post-Imperial Era[]

In approximately 9 ABY,[19] the Hutts known as The Twins presented a rancor to Daimyo Boba Fett on Tatooine as tribute and an apology for sending the Wookiee gladiator Krrsantan to assassinate Fett. The rancor was equipped with blinders, which its keeper explained was because a rancor would "imprint" on the first human it saw. Boba removed the rancor's blinders and began to bond with his new creature, asking the rancor keeper to teach him to ride the rancor as the Witches of Dathomir had.[9] When the Pyke Syndicate began using Tatooine as part of their spice trade, Fett met with Mos Espa's criminal leaders at his palace to try to convince them to join him against the Pykes. During the meeting, Fett's guests were surprised at the rancor that was just below them.[20]

Boba Fett rides his rancor as it tears apart a scorpenek droid.

During the battle that took place in Mos Espa, Fett and his allies were being outnumbered by the Pykes, which was made worse when the Pykes brought in scorpenek droids equipped with deflector shields, against which their weapons were nearly useless. To balance the fight, Fett withdrew from the battle and returned riding his rancor, which changed the course of the battle. When bounty hunter Cad Bane, Fett's former mentor and rival who was working for the Pykes, arrived, rancor was scared away by Bane's flamethrower, what made Fett fall and the animal run away. Without Fett to keep the beast under control, the rancor began to destroy the city. Mandalorian bounty hunter Din Djarin, who had been recruited by Fett, faced the rancor and was nearly killed, but before the rancor could kill him, Grogu, a Force-sensitive child of Yoda's race who was in Djarin's care, placed himself between the two and used the Force to calm the beast and put it to sleep, which Grogu also did alongside the rancor due to the tiredness caused by the act.[21]

Behind the scenes[]

The rancor was originally to be portrayed by a man in a suit.

The concept for the rancor in Return of the Jedi was described by its creators as "a cross between a bear and a potato." It was first to be played by an actor in a suit, but no one was satisfied with the results. The rancor was then made as a rod-operated puppet, filmed with a high-speed camera to slow its movements down to give the illusion of a much larger creature.[22]

While the original puppet was optically matted over the live action footage, sometimes with heavy matte lines, the footage was recomposited digitally for the 2004 DVD release of the original trilogy.[source?]


Non-canon appearances[]


Notes and references[]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 Ultimate Star Wars
  2. 2.0 2.1 StarWars.com Encyclopedia rancor in the Encyclopedia (content now obsolete; backup link)
  3. 3.0 3.1 StarWars-DatabankII.png Rancor in the Databank (backup link)
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 4.4 "Star Wars: Commander"
  5. Star Wars: Absolutely Everything You Need to Know
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 6.3 Star Wars: Episode VI Return of the Jedi
  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 TCW mini logo.jpg Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Bounty Hunters"
  8. 8.0 8.1 Galaxy of Creatures small logo.png Star Wars Galaxy of Creatures – "Rancor"
  9. 9.0 9.1 9.2 9.3 The Book of Boba Fett logo.png The Book of Boba Fett – "Chapter 3: The Streets of Mos Espa"
  10. Star Wars Character Encyclopedia: Updated and Expanded
  11. Join the Resistance
  12. Star Wars: The Last Jedi: Expanded Edition
  13. 13.0 13.1 13.2 TBBtemplate.png Star Wars: The Bad Batch – "Rampage"
  14. Star Wars: The Complete Visual Dictionary, New Edition
  15. Last Shot
  16. Star Wars: The Dark Side
  17. StarWars-DatabankII.png Rancor in the Databank (backup link)
  18. Aftermath: Life Debt
  19. The attack on Jabba's Palace, depicted in "Chapter 16: The Rescue," is dated to be around nine years after the events of Star Wars: Episode IV A New Hope, which include the Battle of Yavin, by "Jabba the Hutt and Other Bounty Hunters and Criminals". As the present-time events of The Book of Boba Fett occur shortly after the attack, The Book of Boba Fett must take place around 9 ABY. Additionally, SWInsider.png "A Certain Point of View" – Star Wars Insider 211 states that the Assassination attempt on Boba Fett and Boba Fett's hiring of Krrsantan, which appear in "Chapter 3: The Streets of Mos Espa" and "Chapter 4: The Gathering Storm" respectively, both take place nine years after A New Hope, which means at least two episodes take place exactly in 9 ABY.
  20. The Book of Boba Fett - "Chapter 4: The Gathering Storm"
  21. The Book of Boba Fett - "Chapter 7: In the Name of Honor"
  22. Empire of Dreams: The Story of the Star Wars Trilogy