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"It is a form of barley—specifically Vratixia renanicus. Originally cultivated on Thyferra, it is a key ingredient of bacta alongside alazhi and kavam."
Jedi Estala Maru[3]

Thyferra was a planet located in the Inner Rim Territories, lying on the Rimma Trade Route. It was the homeworld of the Vratix species, who invented the substance bacta and eventually became addicted to it. When humans who settled on the planet discovered the bacta, they exploited the species' addiction and sold the substance to the public. The barley known as Vratixia renanicus was also cultivated on the planet. The First Order military regime later gained control of Thyferra, and following the regime's defeat at the Battle of Exegol in 35 ABY, the planet was in open rebellion against it.


Thyferra was a terrestrial planet[2] situated in the Inner Rim Territories within grid square L-14 of the Standard Galactic Grid. The Rimma Trade Route connected it to the astronomical objects Yag'Dhul and Ghorman.[1]


"Bet you didn't know this slimy-yet-soothin' substance was first created on the Inner Rim planet Thyferra usin' a native stream of Vratixian barley, did ya?"
―Strono Tuggs, regarding the bacta substance, The Ultimate Cookbook[6]

The Vratixia renanicus barley was cultivated on Thyferra.

By the time of the High Republic Era,[7] the substance bacta was[2] newly[7] invented by Thyferra's native Vratix species. They became so addicted to it that they were compelled to produce more. Humans eventually arrived and settled on the planet, discovering bacta's healing properties. The settlers took advantage of the Vratix's addiction to bacta by encouraging them to produce more of it, selling the substance to the general public. While the settlers profited greatly, the natives became a slave labor force.[2] By 232 BBY,[8] a type of barley named Vratixia renanicus was cultivated on Thyferra and was a key ingredient in bacta.[3] The natives of Thyferra created the Bacta Slush beverage at one point to remedy internal maladies.[6]

By 4 ABY,[9] the Bacta Cartel operated on the world.[4] The forces of the First Order, formed from remnants of the Galactic Empire after their defeat[5] in 5 ABY,[10] eventually took control of Thyferra.[5] In 34 ABY,[11] the Halcyon, Chandrila Star Line's Star Cruiser, passed by Thyferra during a cruise from the Core Worlds' Chandrila system to the Outer Rim Territories. A partial map of the galaxy indicating the planet's position was displayed on several screens aboard the starship.[12] At some point between 34 ABY and 35 ABY,[13] Artiodac chef Strono Tuggs undertook a culinary tour of the galaxy. He consumed a Bacta Slush and included a recipe for the beverage, documenting its taste and origin, in his cookbook, The Ultimate Cookbook,[6] published in 35 ABY.[13] Following the First Order's defeat at the Battle of Exegol[5] of 35 ABY,[14] many worlds entered an open rebellion against the regime. One such uprising took place on Thyferra after similar revolts on the prominent worlds of Coruscant and Corellia had occurred.[5]


"Bacta may be good for healin' what's on the surface, but it prob'ly ain't somethin' you should drink to fix what ails you deep on the inside. Good thing the fine folks on Thyferra came up with a little somethin' for that, too—an icy, creamy, fruit-filled slush that's sure to have you feelin' better in no time flat."
―Strono Tuggs on Bacta Slush, The Ultimate Cookbook[6]

Thyferra was home to the insectoid Vratix, who were exploited to sell bacta by humans who later settled there.[2] One human who hailed from the planet, Arvel Crynyd, was a Z-95 Headhunter pilot for the Bacta Cartel before joining the Rebel Alliance.[15]

Behind the scenes[]

Thyferra was first mentioned in the current Star Wars canon on a map featured in the fifty-second issue of De Agostini's Star Wars: Build the Millennium Falcon magazine,[16] published around December 30, 2015.[17] The planet made its first in-universe appearance via a map viewable in Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser, an immersive roleplaying experience at Walt Disney World Resort in Florida[12] that opened to the public on March 1, 2022.[18]

In the Star Wars Legends continuity, Thyferra was first mentioned in the roleplaying game article "The Business of Bacta," written by Michael Kogge and published in the third issue of the Star Wars Adventure Journal magazine in August 1994.[19] The planet subsequently made its first appearance in X-Wing: The Bacta War, a 1997 novel written by Michael A. Stackpole as the fourth entry in the Star Wars: X-Wing novel series.[20]



Notes and references[]

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  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 Star Wars: The Force Awakens Beginner Game
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 2.6 2.7 AltayaCite "General Equipment (2)" — Star Wars Encyclopedia
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 The High Republic (2021) 2
  4. 4.0 4.1 Star Wars: A-wing Deluxe Book and 3D Wood Model
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 5.3 5.4 AltayaCite "The Final Order and the Battle of Exegol" — Star Wars Encyclopedia
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 6.3 Star Wars: The Ultimate Cookbook
  7. 7.0 7.1 The Art of Star Wars: The High Republic (Phase One)
  8. Star Wars: Timelines dates the events of The High Republic (2021) 2 to 232 BBY.
  9. "The Impossible Flight of Ash Angels" takes place concurrently to the events of Star Wars: Episode VI Return of the Jedi, which Star Wars: Timelines dates to 4 ABY, and also establishes that the Bacta Cartel was active by the time of the story.
  10. Star Wars: Galactic Atlas
  11. Star Wars: Timelines dates the events of Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser to 34 ABY.
  12. 12.0 12.1 Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser
  13. 13.0 13.1 Star Wars: The Ultimate Cookbook establishes that the publishing of the in-universe The Ultimate Cookbook and the culinary tour that preceded it occurred following the publishing of The Official Black Spire Outpost Cookbook and prior to the destruction of Kijimi. It also establishes that The Ultimate Cookbook was published following the Festival of the Ancestors that occurred during that time period. Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge: The Official Black Spire Outpost Cookbook further establishes that The Official Black Spire Outpost Cookbook was published concurrently with the First Order's search for the Resistance base on Batuu, which Star Wars: Timelines dates to 34 ABY. In addition, Timelines dates the Festival of the Ancestors and the destruction of Kijimi to 35 ABY, meaning the tour must have taken place between 34 ABY and 35 ABY and The Ultimate Cookbook must have been published in 35 ABY.
  14. "A Eulogy for Snap" — Star Wars (2020) 25
  15. Helmet Collection logo small Star Wars Helmet Collection 75 (Weapons & Uniforms: Green Squadron)
  16. Build the Millennium Falcon Star Wars: Build the Millennium Falcon 52 (Guide to the Galaxy: The History of Neimoidia)
  17. 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 De Agostini Publishing: Build the Millennium Falcon Magazine & Model by Chris Wyman on TheForce.net (January 8, 2015) (archived from the original on November 6, 2016). Therefore, Star Wars: Build the Millennium Falcon 52 was published around December 30, 2015.
  18. StarWars 31 Things We Learned in an Exclusive Preview of Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser on StarWars.com (backup link)
  19. SWAJsmall "The Business of Bacta" — Star Wars Adventure Journal 3
  20. X-Wing: The Bacta War