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Shaaks were a species of non-sentient herbivores that grazed on the grasslands of Naboo.[3] Gentle and non-threatening,[4] shaaks were slow movers.[3] They had four legs, brown leathery skin, and their bodies were plump with blubber. Shaaks were unable to swim, due to their size, and so avoided the swamps of Naboo.[1] If infected with the waterborne Blue Shadow Virus, shaaks would die instantly,[5] while members of most other species had 48 hours to live before the virus became fatal.[6]

They were sometimes used as pack animals. During the Clone Wars, a female Gungan named Peppi Bow wrangled shaaks.[5] Their scat was a popular fertilizer used by Naboo farmers on their fields.[7]

Shaak leg was a delicacy on Pijal[8] and they were raised as livestock for consumption by some residents of the planet Batuu.[9]

Behind the scenesEdit

The shaak species was designed by Terryl Whitlatch for Star Wars: Episode I The Phantom Menace. Whitlatch wanted to suggest a grazer bred for food, the Naboo equivalent of a sheep. A few shaaks were seen briefly in one shot of the movie as computer generated creations.[10]



Notes and referencesEdit

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 Star Wars: Episode II Attack of the Clones
  2. StarWars-DatabankII Shaak in the Databank (backup link)
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 Star Wars: Absolutely Everything You Need to Know
  4. Ultimate Factivity Collection: Star Wars
  5. 5.0 5.1 TCW mini logo Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Blue Shadow Virus"
  6. SWCustom-2011 "Mystery of a Thousand Moons" Episode Guide on (backup link)
  7. Queen's Shadow
  8. Master & Apprentice
  9. Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge has official backstory elements that, though not directly published for the public, are officially canon details that can be obtained verbally from cast members working in the land.
  10. Databank title shaak in the Databank (content now obsolete; backup link)
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