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"It's a pirate planet, my dears!"
―Maz Kanata[16]

Takodana was a remote, neutral planet located in the Mid Rim, though it fell in the southwestern region of the galaxy known as the Western Reaches.


"I didn't know there was this much green in the whole galaxy."
Takodana surface 1

The landscape of Takodana

Covered in an abundance[4] of lush forests[1] and dotted with small lakes,[4] Takodana, located along the Great Gran Run,[7] was a popular departure point that offered easy access to trade routes that connected the Inner and Outer Rim. For those heading outwards toward the galactic periphery, the planet was seen as a last taste of civilization, while those heading Corewards saw it a last grasp of frontier living. Travelers found the planet's neutrality and distance from galactic politics appealing, and as a result Takodana became a haven for fugitives, smugglers, and explorers.[1] Takodana was known as the longtime home of Takodana Castle that served as an open port to spies and dubious travelers alike.[17] The world was connected to the Ring of Kafrene mining colony by the Biox Detour hyperspace route.[6]


"You know, here on Takodana… we welcome strangers… but you've already pushed our hospitality to its limits."
Savina Besatrix Malagán speaks to a Nihil marauder[18]
Takodana surface 2

The Millennium Falcon arriving at Maz Kanata's castle.

Thousands of years prior to the conflict between the First Order and the Resistance, a battle between the Jedi and Sith occurred on the planet. Maz Kanata's castle would eventually be built over the ancient battleground.[1] The lower levels of the castle dated to the occupation of Takodana by the Jedi.[2]

During the High Republic Era, Takodana hosted a Jedi Temple that was manned by the Kyuzo Jedi Sav Malagán. The temple and surrounding area came under attack from members of the Nihil led by Krix Kamerat, who wished to destroy the temple. Malagán proved more than a match for the Nihil forces, however, destroying most of their ships and prompting the rest to flee.[18]

A year after the execution of Order 66, Ahsoka Tano considered Takodana as a place to lie low after helping an attempted insurgency, during which she revealed herself as a Force-sensitive, on the moon Raada. However, she decided there were too many unknowns to staying on Takodana, electing to travel to the world of Thabeska, where she had lived prior to arriving on Raada, instead.[19]

Prior to being arrested on a ship in the Five Points system, Jyn Erso spent almost a year on Takodana after bouncing around the Mid Rim on planets, such as Cerea and Coyerti.[20]

In the decades after the Galactic Civil War, Takodana was the meeting place of Han Solo, Rey, and Finn with Kanata and her associates. While at the castle, Rey uncovered Skywalker's lightsaber, which called out to her in the Force. Not long afterward, their presence was reported to the First Order by Bazine Netal and a battle ensued between the Order and the Resistance, who had earlier been alerted to the presence of BB-8 by the undercover droid GA-97. Finn took up Luke Skywalker's old lightsaber and fought for a short time in the area surrounding Maz Kanata's castle.[3]

Behind the scenes[]

The Force Awakens[]

Takodana was created for the 2015 movie Star Wars: Episode VII The Force Awakens. Director J.J. Abrams named the planet after Takadanobaba, a neighborhood in Shinjuku, Tokyo. Abrams stayed in a hotel in Takadanobaba the first time he visited Tokyo and named the planet as a nod to his favorite city.[21]

Landscape shots of the planet were filmed in the Lake District, in the northwest of England, UK, in July 2014.[22] "The landscape of Takodana" is a digitally modified view from over Watendlath Fell (54°31′12.74″N, 3°05′56.36″W) looking north across a digitally enlarged Derwent Water, which is shown as contiguous with Bassenthwaite Lake (which it was, briefly, in December 2015 after serious flooding). The large mountain on the skyline to the right is recognizably Skiddaw, the fourth-highest summit in England.

"The Millennium Falcon arriving at Maz Kanata's castle" is a view southwest across the face of Walla Crag (54°35′14.06″N, 3°07′12.50″W), which overlooks the town of Keswick. Maz Kanata's castle is digitally added to the real Derwent Water, and the fells of Cat Bells and Maiden Moor are clearly recognizable.

The forest scenes for Takodana, where Rey first encounters Kylo Ren, were filmed at Puzzlewood, Gloucestershire, UK.[23]

Other media[]

The planet Takodana also appeared in the 2016 non-Canon LEGO Star Wars: The Freemaker Adventures episodes "The Test" and "The Kyber Saber Crystal Chase." Both episodes made use of plot elements from The Force Awakens including Maz Kanata and her castle. "The Test" also introduced Takodana's third moon, which was home to varactyls.[24] The existence of Takodana's third moon was at variance with the 2016 Canon reference book Star Wars: Complete Locations, which stated that the planet did not have a moon.[5]


Non-canon appearances[]


Notes and references[]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 1.7 1.8 Star Wars: The Force Awakens: The Visual Dictionary
  2. 2.0 2.1 Ultimate Star Wars, New Edition
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 Star Wars: Episode VII The Force Awakens
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 Star Wars: The Visual Encyclopedia
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 5.3 5.4 5.5 5.6 5.7 Star Wars: Complete Locations
  6. 6.0 6.1 Star Wars: Smuggler's Guide
  7. 7.0 7.1 StarWars Where in the Galaxy Are the Worlds of Star Wars: The Force Awakens? on StarWars.com (article) (backup link)
  8. 8.0 8.1 Forces of Destiny: Daring Adventures: Volume 2
  9. Aftermath: Life Debt
  10. 10.0 10.1 10.2 The High Republic Adventures (2021) 8
  11. 11.0 11.1 Star Wars Battlefront II
  12. 12.0 12.1 "The Face of Evil" — Tales from a Galaxy Far, Far Away: Aliens: Volume I
  13. 13.0 13.1 "A Recipe for Death" — Tales from a Galaxy Far, Far Away: Aliens: Volume I
  14. Last Shot
  15. The High Republic Adventures (2022) 7
  16. The High Republic Adventures (2021) 9
  17. Star Wars: Commander
  18. 18.0 18.1 The High Republic Adventures (2021) 8
  19. Ahsoka
  20. Rebel Rising
  21. JJ Abrams' Star Wars secrets by Loh, Genevie Sarah on Today (December 11, 2015) (archived from the original on December 14, 2015)
  22. Watch: Fascinating video pinpointing exactly where Star Wars scenes were filmed in the Lake District on Manchester Evening News (December 14, 2015) (archived from the original on July 15, 2018)
  23. Star Wars Places – Takodana on Star Wars Places (archived from the original on August 21, 2018)
  24. TheFreemakerAdventuresLogo-Dplus LEGO Star Wars: The Freemaker Adventures — "The Test"