- "Zuckuss is deeply moved by the connection between you and your sadly deceased brother. It reminds Zuckuss of the connection shared between Zuckuss and For-Elloem. Which is why…Zuckuss must destroy you again!"
- ―Zuckuss, to Cribiriz Idollax
Zuckuss was an insectoid male Gand findsman who worked as a bounty hunter prior to and during the Galactic Civil War. A skilled tracker who often worked with 4-LOM, Zuckuss had a run-in with Han Solo that left his ship, the Mist Hunter, powered down on a strange planet. He was later among the hunters assembled by Darth Vader to find the Millennium Falcon following the Battle of Hoth, although Boba Fett ultimately earned the bounty by delivering Solo to Jabba Desilijic Tiure.
- 1 Biography
- 2 Personality and traits
- 3 Equipment
- 4 Behind the scenes
- 5 Appearances
- 6 Sources
- 7 Notes and references
Early life and career
- "And what's with the stink? The place smells like a bantha pen."
"The gasses remind Zuckuss of his homeworld."
- ―Han Solo and 4-LOM
An insectoid being with compound eyes, Zuckuss was a male Gand born on his species' homeworld of Gand as one of the planet's traditional findsmen. Using the findsmen's mystic traditions, dating back centuries, Zuckuss operated as a tireless tracker until the planet's findsman traditions began dying out. He became one of the first such to leave the planet's thick and toxic atmosphere, and wore a respirator to breathe ammonia while operating in oxygen-rich atmospheres in the wider galaxy. He worked as a bounty hunter on lucrative jobs that made use of his particular talents as a highly sought-after hunter with renowned tracking skills, and he often paired up with 4-LOM on many occasions. Although Zuckuss's uncanny abilities made some uneasy, he and 4-LOM remained a formidable team. They flew aboard the Mist Hunter, which Zuckuss filled with gasses to remind him of his homeworld.
Capturing Beris Ford
- "Zuckuss suggests you don't struggle. The stun net will only tighten."
"You're Zuckuss? As in the bounty hunter?'"
- ―Zuckuss and Han Solo
In 9 BBY, Zuckuss and 4-LOM captured the small-time criminal Beris Ford, keeping him imprisoned aboard their ship and hoping to use the reward for his capture to pay for tractor beam repairs. Weeks later, the hunters took up a bounty placed by Rekias Nodo on Han Solo, and confronted him at Valtos Space Port. Zuckuss incapacitated the smuggler inside a stun net fired from his snare rifle, and he and 4-LOM loaded Han's cargo into the Mist Hunter, where they imprisoned him along with Ford. Sensing a disturbance in the Force, Zuckuss checked on the stolen cargo only to be attacked by Chewbacca bursting from one of the containers, and was hit with a stun net from his own rifle. Zuckuss was left tied up while the Wookiee rescued Han and Beris, and the scoundrels fled with their cargo back to the Millennium Falcon. However, the hunters pursued, and after a firefight Zuckuss chased the Falcon into space.
Following Solo and Chewbacca to an unidentified planet, Zuckuss again sensed something was wrong, but 4-LOM continued the pursuit through a heavy cloud layer until their ship's systems—and 4-LOM himself—suddenly powered down, forcing them to drop out of the sky and crash-land on a beach. Zuckuss was trapped in the wreckage, and called out to Solo for help in freeing his legs, though slapped stuncuffs on Solo when he was in reach. However, the planet's technology-negating effects caused the cuffs to release Solo, who left Zuckuss in his predicament. After Solo and Chewbacca found an energy projector transmitting an immobilizer beam, Zuckuss attacked them with native spears as they climbed the tall mast. Chewbacca dislodged the projection sphere from the top, causing it to crash on the beach below, which caused mechanical drones to erupt from the sand and attack all three interlopers.
Zukuss, Solo, and Chewbacca climbed the projector to evade the scorpion-droids. The three of them fought the droids until 4-LOM was reactivated. After 4-LOM destroyed several of the scorpion droids, the four made their way to the ocean and swam to the Falcon. Once the Falcon had taken flight, Zuckuss and 4-LOM demanded that Solo fly them to Nodo to collect on Solo's bounty. Han then bumped a lever on the Falcon, causing the ship to plummet back down to the planet below. This caused 4-LOM and Zuckuss to believe the Falcon had flown into another dampening field, and look for a means of escape. When Solo said there were only two Anti-grav chutes aboard, Zuckuss and 4-LOM stunned Solo and Chewbacca. The two of them jumped out of the Falcon, but Zuckuss realized that Solo tricked them again. The two bounty hunters were left on the planet at the mercy of the scorpion-droids.
Galactic Civil War
Hunt for the Millennium Falcon
- "There will be a substantial reward for the one who finds the Millennium Falcon. You are free to use any methods necessary, but I want them alive."
- ―Darth Vader to Zuckuss and five other bounty hunters
Shortly after the Battle of Yavin, Zuckuss, along with Black Krrsantan, IG-90, Dengar, Chanath Cha, Beebox and C-21 Highsinger, was hired by Darth Vader to find and return Doctor Chelli Lona Aphra, who had been captured by the Rebel Alliance.
After the Battle of Hoth, he was once again hired by Vader, this time to hunt down the Millennium Falcon and capture the passengers alive. However, the passengers were soon found and captured by the Empire on Cloud City, with help from Boba Fett.
War of the bounty hunters
- "Zuckuss will tell you Boba Fett's future too. Everything is red, a sea of red, and you are drowning in it!"
- ―Zuckuss prophecies
Zuckuss, aided by 4-LOM, tracked Boba Fett to Nar Shaddaa and broke into his ship, Slave I to look for Han Solo. When Fett returned from a bar, he skirmished with the duo, unpleased that they had disrespected his vessel—and by extension, his father's legacy—by trespassing.
Personality and traits
- "Something isn't right. Zuckuss can sense it."
"How many times must I remind you, Zuckuss? I deal with facts, not superstitious flim-flam."
- ―Zuckuss and 4-LOM
Zuckuss was a tireless tracker with uncanny abilities that made him a lucrative bounty hunter. Possessing a sixth sense, he claimed he could feel disturbances in the Force, which his partner 4-LOM dismissed as superstitious mumbo-jumbo. According to early testing by the Inquisitorius, Zuckuss did not register to have Force sensitivity on whatever they used to measure one's capability with it. However, the Inquisitors may have been wrong, as he still had extra-sensory abilities beyond Imperial science. Zuckuss spoke about himself in the third person. Zuckuss was also a Laromun'rac follower, a denomination of faith native to the Osia'Kru Brume lowlands.
- "The snare rifle? Where is it? Where is… it?"
Zuckuss wore a gas mask respirator connected to breather packs to breathe ammonia in oxygen-rich atmospheres. He wore heavy battle armor under his beige findsman body cloak, and armed himself with a GRS-1 snare rifle. He and 4-LOM flew the modified G-1A starfighter Mist Hunter.
Behind the scenes
Zuckuss first appeared in the 1980 film Star Wars: Episode V The Empire Strikes Back, where he was played by actress Cathy Munro. Designed by concept artists Ralph McQuarrie and John Mollo, Zuckuss' mask was crafted by Stuart Freeborn, while the mask's eyes were covered with bubble wrap packing material.
In the fourth draft of The Empire Strikes Back screenplay, Zuckuss, then named "Tuckuss," was described, along with Dengar as a battle-scarred mangy human type. Only Dengar remained human in the final cut of the film. Both his original name and appearance were featured in Donald F. Glut's novelization.
Zuckuss' costume, along with the full-head mask, included cylinders filled with colored water, which Munroe required an assistant to put on and remove. Munroe described the costume as both hot and restrictive. Between takes, Munroe was supplied a chair on set if she needed to rest. The mask restricted her vision so that she could only see directly in front of her and included a tube into which Monroe could blow air to create bubbles in one of the water-filled cylinders on the chest of the costume.
Zuckuss appeared in the LEGO Star Wars: The Freemaker Adventures Season Two episode "Return to the Wheel", which premiered on August 3, 2017. He and several bounty hunters including Dengar, Bossk, 4-LOM, and IG-88 captured the Freemakers but they escaped after Kordi created a fight between the droid and organic bounty hunters.
Notes and references
- Ultimate Star Wars
- Star Wars: Episode V The Empire Strikes Back
- Star Wars Helmet Collection 61 (Helmets: 4-LOM)
- "Tooth and Claw"—From a Certain Point of View: The Empire Strikes Back
- Bounty Hunters 15
- Star Wars Character Encyclopedia: Updated and Expanded
- "Hunter vs Hunted"—Star Wars Adventures Free Comic Book Day 2018
- Star Wars Helmet Collection 78 (Highlights of the Saga: Quadruple-cross)
- "Powered Down, Part I"—Star Wars Adventures (2017) 10
- "Powered Down, Part II"—Star Wars Adventures (2017) 11
- Darth Vader (2015) 16
- War of the Bounty Hunters 1
- Star Wars: Scum and Villainy: Case Files on the Galaxy's Most Notorious
- Allies and Adversaries
- Star Wars: The Annotated Screenplays
- Star Wars: Episode V The Empire Strikes Back novel
- LEGO Star Wars: The Freemaker Adventures – "Return to the Wheel"