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Planet of origin


Height of average adult

3.05 meters[1]

Skin color

Ranging from green to brown[1]

"Acklay! Don't provoke it!"
―Anonymous Republic clone trooper

The acklay was a large, non-sentient creature native to Vendaxa. The acklay had six sharp claws and tough skin, and were commonly found in gladiatorial arenas on worlds throughout the Outer Rim Territories. One planet where acklays were present was Geonosis, where they fought in the Petranaki Arena. An acklay was used in the attempted execution of the then Jedi Knight Obi-Wan Kenobi in 22 BBY, but was killed by Kenobi.

Acklays were also present on Felucia, where they attacked the 501st Legion during the Battle of Felucia, only to be wiped out by the clone troopers. The creatures could also be found on Lehon and the space station Burnout, among other places, often as combatants in gladiator matches.


Biology and appearance

The acklay was a three-eyed amphibious non-sentient crustacean native to Vendaxa. Though acklays lived underwater, they could go on land to hunt, which they frequently did, as the lemnai, a creature that lived on the plains of Vendaxa, was their main source of food. As they resided in the oceans of Vendaxa, their eyes enabled them to see in darkness, although they were near-sighted. Despite their crustacean-like nature, acklays also had characteristics possessed by reptiles, such as their powerful jaws filled with sharp teeth. The acklay had a tough, leathery green skin, another trait from its reptilian heritage. Its belly was more vulnerable than other parts of its body, as the flesh covering it was not as tough as it was elsewhere. Acklays had a bony crest around their neck, used for both intimidation and protection.[1]

A mutant acklay escaped from the Geonosian Bio-Lab on Yavin IV.

These creatures had small stomachs, but were capable of expanding them when necessary. They had a high metabolism, which gave them substantial amounts of energy, but also caused them to starve quickly. Acklays were aggressive creatures, making them favorites in gladiatorial combat.[1]

Each acklay had six deadly claws, used for both pinning an opponent in combat or slicing them. Their limbs were long, allowing them to strike at enemies from a distance. While their claws—actually fingertips covered by hardened skin—themselves had no feeling, hairs on their bodies allowed the creatures the sensation of feeling.[2] These cilia also enabled an acklay to sense the body electricity of other creatures. The acklay's exoskeleton was strong enough to be used by some cultures as chitinous personal body armor. Although not high tech, it was occasionally used as a trophy item.[1]

Acklays could be Force-sensitive, although this was extremely rare. Such creatures could teach themselves to use the Force and could fire Force lightning from their mouths.[3]


Acklays were native to Vendaxa, where they were one of the main predators. However, acklays were transported to other planets, most notably the Outer Rim world of Geonosis, where they were a common fixture in gladiator arenas.[1]

During the Second Imperial Civil War, a type of aquatic vehicle called the Acklay Battle Fortress was used by Darth Krayt's Galactic Empire.[4] In 137 ABY, Cade Skywalker and his companions encountered an acklay on Vendaxa, following Marasiah Fel's escape from Socorro. The acklay pursued its prey through a crash site, but was ultimately killed when Jedi Wolf Sazen and Shado Vao joined the fight, plunging their lightsabers through the acklay's chest.[5]

Acklays in the galaxy

The Geonosians—who traded droids and machinery for them—also took to breeding them, and the acklays soon found their way into the ecosystem of the barren planet, quickly carving out a niche for themselves. In some instances, acklays even destroyed entire hives by sneaking in through the lower tunnels and feasting on worker drones. The acklay also became the dominant predator of the stagnant Ebon Sea area, as it had only one predator on Geonosis: the merdeth.[1] Due to chemical contamination in the water, a population of amphibious mutant acklays developed in Golbah's Pit. They had glossy black skin and were larger than their cousins. They could also breathe underwater when they hunted in the Ebon Sea.[6]

An acklay attacking Cade Skywalker and his companions on Vendaxa.

Two acklays were held in the Petranaki Arena on Geonosis and used in gladiator matches.[7] The Geonosian gladiator Acklay Chopper became fight manager of the arena after he fought and killed an acklay in it.[6] Prior to the onset of the Clone Wars, one of the acklays was unleashed upon Jedi Knight Obi-Wan Kenobi, his Padawan Anakin Skywalker and Senator Padmé Amidala, who had been convicted of espionage and sentenced for execution. The acklay attempted to kill Kenobi, though the Jedi was able to free himself by timing the creature's attack so its claws broke the chain holding him to a pillar. After a Jedi task force intervened to rescue the trio, Kenobi was able to obtain a lightsaber and use it kill the beats.[8] The fallen acklay's mate survived in their holding pen.[7]

During the Clone Wars, an acklay on Burnout, a space station in the Thaereian system, made appearances in an arena there, where prisoners of the Thaereian military would be fed to it, while spectators watched from viewscreens. The Trandoshan Nim'Ri was one such prisoner and he was given a vibro-axe to fight the creature with. However, it pushed the axe out of his hands and killed him, much to the delight of the crowd.[9] A short time later, a group of prisoners from the Cularin system were put in the arena with it. However, several agents working for the Cularin Militia entered the arena and fought the creature, whilst rescuing the prisoners.[3] The slaver Phylus Mon, who favored huge, monstrous beasts, was known to deal with acklays as well.[10]

Acklays were also exported to the world of Felucia. During the Clone Wars, the 501st Legion encountered acklays trying to destroy an All Terrain Tactical Enforcer during the Battle of Felucia.[11] The clone troopers were initially overcome by the creatures, but were able to kill all of them.[1] During the rule of the Galactic Empire, a number of acklays were owned by Molpol's Traveling Circus.[12] At least one acklay was believed to be present in the rumored Geonosian Bio-Lab on Yavin 4. The Hutt Borvo also kept one in the dungeon beneath his hidden base in Moenia, on Naboo.[13] The Imperial officer Ozzik Sturn, who enjoyed hunting, kept an acklay head as a trophy by 2 BBY.[14] Acklays could also be found on the planet Lehon, located in the Unknown Regions.[15]

Behind the scenes

The acklay first appeared in the novelization of Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones, which was released a month prior to its theatrical debut. It has since made appearances in a number of other works, such as the The New Essential Guide to Alien Species.

The design of the acklay originated when George Lucas requested the creation of an arena creature sharing the characteristics of praying mantises and Velociraptors. Later refinements added lobster features to the creature.[2]

The acklay's fight with Obi-Wan Kenobi in the arena on Geonosis was inspired in part by the Ray Harryhausen movie Mysterious Island, particularly the scene where a marooned sailor fights a giant crab with a spear.[2]


  • Star Wars: The Old Republic
  • Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones comic
  • Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones novel (First appearance)
  • Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones
  • Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones junior novel
  • Boba Fett: The Fight to Survive
  • The Lesson (Ambiguously canonical source)
  • Star Wars: Galactic Battlegrounds: Clone Campaigns
  • Star Wars: Battlefront II
  • Boba Fett: Hunted (Mentioned only)
  • Changing Seasons (Mentioned only)
  • Coruscant Nights I: Jedi Twilight
  • Star Wars: The Force Unleashed game (As a trophy)
  • Star Wars Galaxies: An Empire Divided
  • Survivor's Quest (Mentioned only)
  • Millennium Falcon (Mentioned only)
  • Star Wars Legacy: Broken
  • Star Wars Legacy 32: Fight Another Day, Part 1 (Mentioned only)


Notes and references

  1. 1.00 1.01 1.02 1.03 1.04 1.05 1.06 1.07 1.08 1.09 1.10 1.11 1.12 The New Essential Guide to Alien Species
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2  Acklay in the Databank
  3. 3.0 3.1 "Memories"
  4. Star Wars Legacy 32: Fight Another Day, Part 1
  5. Star Wars Legacy: Broken
  6. 6.0 6.1 Geonosis and the Outer Rim Worlds
  7. 7.0 7.1 Star Wars: Complete Locations
  8. Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones
  9. "The Air Up Thaere"
  10. "A Mon Alone"
  11. Star Wars: Battlefront II
  12. Millennium Falcon (novel)
  13. Star Wars Galaxies
  14. The Force Unleashed video game
  15. Star Wars: The Essential Atlas

External links


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An Acklay
Acklay combat

Game Info

One of the more interesting monsters in the game, brought in from Star Wars II: Attack of the Clones. There are at least four known Acklays in the game:

Killing the Acklay inside the Geonosian Labs grants you a badge.
A promotional Loot Card brought with the Champions of the Force TCG Game, also allows a player to place an Acklay Target Creature in his house.

Star Wars Lore

The acklay was a 3.05 meter-tall six-legged predatory mantid native to the planets Vendaxa and Felucia. It had a head full of sharp teeth, and the body of a clawed crustacean. Acklays also possessed a long neckfrill that served to protect its vulnerable neck. Additionally, their armour's relative weakness was compensated for by their long-clawed limbs, which allowed them to strike safely from a distance.

One of the many nightmarish, predatory species native to Vendaxa, acklays were brought to Geonosis in trade for droids and other machinery. The Geonosians took to breeding them, and they soon found their way into the ecosystem of the barren planet. They were accidentally exported to the world of Felucia, where they flourished and were used for transportation. At least one acklay was also believed to be present in the rumored Geonosian Bio-Lab on Yavin IV.

One of these monsters was seen in the Geonosian execution arena attempting to kill Obi-Wan Kenobi. The Jedi eventually bested this acklay by hacking away its front claws with his lightsaber, before using his weapon to put the hapless beast out of its misery.

The acklay is well equipped for survival in the harshest of environs. Its long postcranial frill not only serves as a display of aggression, but also protects the sensitive neck area from attacks. While the acklay itself lacks armor, its limbs are long enough that it can swipe from a safe distance. The acklay's foreward slashing claws are actually hypertrophied fingertips sheathed in hardened skin incapable of feeling pain.

The acklay was born out of George Lucas' request to combine the characteristics of a praying mantis and a velociraptor to form a deadly arena creature. The early design sketches were very dinosaur-like in appearance, but further refinements brought in lobster-like features. At one point, the creature was nicknamed a "dinolobster." Adding to the acklay's crustacean heritage, Animation Director Rob Coleman used the creature and Obi-Wan Kenobi to pay tribute to a shot from the 1961 Ray Harryhausen classic, Mysterious Island, in which a gigantic crab threatens a spear-wielding human.

In the campaign of Star Wars Battlefront II during the mission on Felucia, several Acklays attack you and the AT-AT you and some clones are protecting, although they are easily dispatched as they move at the same speed as the player can move backwards.


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