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Average height

1.7 - 2.0 meters[1]


Tusks, belligerent personalities[1]


Aquala, Ualaq, Quara

Famous members
Jedi Exile: "An Aqualish merchant? Shouldn't you be roughing up some Bith for credits?"
Margar: "Not all Aqualish are like that; besides, Bith are hard to come by."
―The Jedi Exile and Margar

The Aqualish were tusked bipeds from the planet Ando whose appearance combined aspects of arachnids and pinniped aquatic mammals. Aqualish had a reputation for being nasty, crude and aggressive, and generally pursued off-world careers as mercenaries, bounty hunters, and pirates. One of the most infamous such Aqualish was the smuggler Ponda Baba.


Biology and appearance

A male Quara (left) and a female Aquala (right).

The three types of Aqualish, the Aquala, the Ualaq (who were the result of genetic mutation),[3] and the Quara, were distinguished by their hands and eyes. Aquala had finned hands, while the Ualaq and Quara had clawed, fingered hands. The fingered Aqualish also varied in the number of eyes—while the Quara, like the Aquala, had two eyes, the less-common Ualaq had four. While most Ualaq and Quara had claw-like hands with five fingers,[2] some Ualaq had three-fingered hands with very thick digits.[4] Though Ualaq and Quara only made up about ten percent of the Aqualish population, their fingered hands made them more comfortable with technology. Thus, they were the subspecies more commonly found off-world.[2] Because the Aquala saw the Quara as responsible for the image the Aqualish had on the galaxy as thugs, the latter subspecies were considered pariahs on Ando, which had a lower population of Aqualish than the galaxy itself.[5]


All three Aqualish subspecies spoke mutually intelligible dialects of the same language. Despite this, the unity between the three groups was shaky, with all three subspecies considering themselves the superior breed. One of the largest and most destructive of the resulting conflicts was the Aqualish Civil War. This war was initially started by the Aquala, who blamed the Quara and Ualaq for the declining harvests of fish.[6]

Ponda Baba, a Quara.

The war did not end until explorers, believed to be from either Corellia or Duro, arrived on Ando. The races of Ando united to destroy the "invaders", and learned the secret of space travel from the exploratory craft that they destroyed. The Aqualish forces set forth, beginning a series of bloody conflicts with a nearby sister world. They continued on a campaign of conquest, sparking the Aqualish-Republic War. After they were defeated—mainly because of the inferior Aqualish weaponry, limited to what they could scavenge from defeated enemies—their armies were carefully dismantled.[1] As Ando joined the Galactic Republic, the violence became a black mark on the species's reputation, and the Republic initiated several attempts to demilitarize the Aqualish, each ending in conflicts like the Battle of Raquish and the Horos Spine Incident.[7]

Teak Sidbam, an Aquala.

By 95 BBY, the Aqualish had colonized fifteen Mid Rim worlds that later formed the Andoan Free Colonies.[8] During the Clone Wars, the Andoan Senator Po Nudo seceded from the Republic, aligning much of the Aqualish species and their homeworld with Count Dooku's Confederacy of Independent Systems.[7] However, the Andoan Free Colonies, represented by Senator Gorothin Vagger, remained loyal to the Republic.[8] Another Aqualish who remained loyal to the Republic during the Clone Wars was a Jedi Padawan Windo Nend, who died fighting the CIS.[9]

Po Nudo, an Ualaq.

Under Palpatine's Galactic Empire, the Empire took over Ando and turned it into a police state to control the violent Aqualish. Several Imperial and corporate interests were also permitted to ravage Ando's natural resources.[10] Though the Aqualish resented the Empire, they showed no interest in joining the Rebel Alliance.[1] Still, by 9 ABY, Ando had joined the New Republic. This made the Aqualish homeworld the target of a feint attack by Grand Admiral Thrawn's Bellicose before his assault on Ukio.[11]

During the Yuuzhan Vong invasion in 25 ABY, Ando was offered to be spared by Warmaster Tsavong Lah if they destroyed all droid units and killed any Jedi on the planet. Thus, the Aqualish killed the Jedi Knight Dorsk 82, only to be invaded and crushed regardless.[12]

Behind the scenes

In one of A New Hope's best known continuity errors, Ponda Baba's arm has fin-like hands when still attached, but is hairy and clawed in the close-up shots of the severed arm on the floor. This inspired the writers at West End Games to develop the Aquala and Quara types of Aqualish. Star Wars: The Complete Visual Dictionary retconned the error by creating a new character, Teak Sidbam, said to be sometimes mistaken for Baba.

When Aqualish characters appeared in the prequel trilogy, more detailed, four-eyed masks—Ualaq masks—were used.


  • Star Wars Knights of the Old Republic 2: Commencement, Part 2
  • Star Wars Knights of the Old Republic 9: Flashpoint Interlude: Homecoming
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  • Outbound Flight
  • Star Wars Republic 46: Honor and Duty, Part 1
  •  Ando, Sy Myrth SecedeHoloNet News Vol. 531 45
  •  Mass Aqualish Exodus ExpectedHoloNet News Vol. 531 45
  •  Andoan Free Colonies Criticize Aqualish SeparatistsHoloNet News Vol. 531 49
  •  Alderaan Opens to Refugee Relief MovementHoloNet News Vol. 531 49
  •  Shots Fired in Andoan SpaceHoloNet News Vol. 531 50 (Mentioned only)
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  • Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith / comic
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  • Coruscant Nights I: Jedi Twilight (Mentioned only)
  • Star Wars Republic: Into the Unknown
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  • Star Wars Dark Times: The Path to Nowhere
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  • Perfect Evil
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  • Hammertong: The Tale of the "Tonnika Sisters"
  • Doctor Death: The Tale of Dr. Evazan and Ponda Baba
  • Rebel Force: Renegade (Mentioned only)
  • The Star Wars Holiday Special
  • Splinter of the Mind's Eye comic
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  •  "Riders of the Maelstrom" - Riders of the Maelstrom (WEG)
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  • Tempest (Mentioned only)
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Non-canon appearances


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Notes and references

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 Galaxy Guide 4: Alien Races
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Ultimate Alien Anthology
  3. Star Wars: The Complete Visual Dictionary
  4. Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones
  5. Doctor Death: The Tale of Dr. Evazan and Ponda Baba
  6. The New Essential Guide to Alien Species
  7. 7.0 7.1 Ando, Sy Myrth Secede - HoloNet News Vol. 531 45
  8. 8.0 8.1 Andoan Free Colonies Criticize Aqualish Separatists - HoloNet News Vol. 531 49
  9. Star Wars Republic: The Battle of Jabiim
  10. Ando: Planet of the Walrus Men
  11. The Last Command
  12. Edge of Victory I: Conquest

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