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Bantha
Designation

Non-sentient

Planet of origin

Found on multiple worlds including Tatooine

Height of average adult

2.5 to 5 meters

Hair color

Brown

"Baby banthas are quite cute…"
Darth Vectivus

Banthas were sturdy and easily domesticated beasts of burden that were found all over the galaxy.

Contents

Anatomy

Bantha cow (female) and bull (male)
"Banthas are filthy animals. I don't eat filthy animals."
Mace Windu

The bantha was one of the most adaptable herbivorous creatures in the galaxy and could be found on several worlds. They were able to survive in almost any extremes of environment and could go without food or water for several weeks. Although bantha subspecies have diverged from their baseline ancestors, most shared similar characteristics. They were quadrupeds that were covered with shaggy fur and had large curved horns. A common bantha adult (Banta majorus) was between two and three meters tall and could weigh up to 4,000 kilos. Their lifespan was between 80 and 100 years and they reached sexual maturity at the age of 20.

Bulls tended to be slightly larger than the cows and both genders grew a pair of spiral horns. Most female banthas achieved just a single spiral during their lifetimes, while a male could achieve two full spirals before its death.

The distinctive spiral horns of the bantha grew at the rate of a knob each year. Thickness and condition of the horns were an indication of the bantha's health and environment. Bulls fought each other by butting heads in ritual combat. The spirals on their horns could cause the pair to become entangled, which almost always meant death for both banthas, as the pair would soon collapse from exhaustion and eventually succumb to death by dehydration.

Bantha tongue anatomy

Banthas used their dexterous, sensitive tongue, as a sort of hand used in pulling up grass and shrubs from the ground. Also located on the tongue were breathing and scent spiracles which allowed the bantha to determine if an object was edible without stooping or reaching awkwardly. Male banthas raised their tongue as a way to signal their readiness to mate.

Banthas traveled in herds of up to twenty-five individuals, led by the oldest, strongest female. A herd which grew too large was split, with the second oldest and strongest female taking the new herd. The gestation period was 30 months and the newborn's birth weight was about 50 kilos.

Female banthas produced blue milk from mammary glands that was consumed by sentients as a drink.

Subspecies

Feral bantha from Talasea

The bantha was domesticated on most worlds and were used for pulling heavy loads, transportation and even as war beasts. The meat and hide of the bantha were much sought-after. While the origins of the bantha were unknown, every world on which it existed laid claim to it as being its homeworld. Most banthas bred in captivity were trained as beasts of burden, and most of those were bred for desert environments. There were at least three distinct subspecies found on the planet Tatooine: the common bantha, the dwarf bantha, and the dune bantha. Noted for their docility, the dwarf race (also referred to as "miniature banthas") made amiable pets, as in the case of Ebenn Q3 Baobab's companion, Nuke.

Another additional subspecies, the Kashyyyk bantha, was suitably adapted for life on the Wookiee homeworld and the Kilian Bantha was adapted for living in the mountainous regions of Kilia IV.

Feral banthas were also found on Talasea where they developed a mean personality and roamed the forested world at will.

Swamp banthas were brought to Ohma-D'un to help colonize the planet.

Banthas of Tatooine

A herd of banthas cross the Dune Sea.

The bantha was as much at home being used as transport by the Tusken Raiders, or Sand People, on Tatooine as it was on grassy plains and frozen tundra. When a Tusken Raider child reached the age of seven he or she was ceremonially presented with a bantha of the same age as a companion for life. The youth learned to care for the creature, and the two built a mystical bond between Tusken and creature. When the bantha reached maturity, the male Tusken Raider would saddle his companion and ride it into the desert for adult initiation ceremonies. When Tuskens married, the couple's banthas would also mate, and when the Tusken pair had a son or daughter, their banthas tended to have a calf of the same sex.

The banthas of Tatooine were known to form deep bonds with the Tusken Raiders of the planet and often committed suicide if their riders were to die first. Banthas which died naturally were placed in vast graveyards, which held a kind of ceremonial reverence with the banthas.

The bantha in culture

"Spare us the bantha droppings."
Wes Janson to Kapp Dendo
A bantha

Behind the scenes

CGI model for The Phantom Menace

The name of the bantha may have come from the Banth, a similar large mammal from Edgar Rice Burroughs's Barsoom novels.

In the original version of A New Hope, the bantha was played by a trained elephant named Mardji in a fur costume. In some cases, Mardji's trunk can be barely visible beneath the bantha costume. Re-releases and the prequel trilogy featured digital banthas.

In 1997, Galoob released the first-ever licensed toy Bantha as part of its Action Fleet line of micro-sized toys. In 1998, Kenner made an action figure-scaled Bantha. A reissue with different fur and figures came out in 2007. For The Star Wars Holiday Special, a toy bantha was created, although it was never released as a toy to the public.

Banthas appear in the videogame Lego Star Wars: The Original Trilogy. The player cannot control the bantha directly, but by hopping onto one using any other humanoid character, the Bantha is put to their use. The Bantha in the game are extremely slow, and if you hop on one in the level in which they appear, Tusken Raiders come and attack the player.

Appearances

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Non-canon appearances

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Up to date as of February 04, 2010

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Bantha (unmounted)

Large, wild beasts that roam the Tatooine desert, usually in herds. They resemble mastadons of the prehistoric age, covered with fur. There are several varieties, some of them aggressive. Banthas are one of the few ways to get wooly hide and herbivore meat from Tatooine.

Most Banthas are found far from starports (NPC cities). However, they can spawn (If the previous NPC spawner was destroyed) around Bestine.

Table of contents

Statistics

Bantha

Basics

  • Natural Level: 13-16
  • Aggressive: No
  • Stalker: No
  • Deathblows: No
  • Social: No
  • Tamable: Yes(25%)
  • Mountable: Yes
  • Difficulty: Normal

Attacks

  • Melee

Resources / Loot

Bantha Matriarch

Tougher than regular Bantha, but not threatening if you leave them alone.

Basics

  • Natural Level: 15
  • Aggressive: No
  • Stalker: No
  • Deathblows: No
  • Social: No
  • Tamable: Yes(9%)
  • Mountable: No
  • Difficulty: Normal

Attacks

  • Melee

Resources / Loot

Bonecracker Bantha

The toughest of the wild Bantha variations.

Basics

  • Natural Level: 21
  • Aggressive: Yes
  • Stalker: No
  • Deathblows: No
  • Social: Yes
  • Tamable: Yes(5%)
  • Mountable: No
  • Difficulty: Normal

Attacks

  • Melee

Resources / Loot

Bull Bantha

Basics

  • Natural Level: 15
  • Aggressive: No
  • Stalker: No
  • Deathblows: No
  • Social: Yes
  • Tamable: Yes(25%)
  • Mountable: No
  • Difficulty: Normal

Attacks

  • Melee

Resources / Loot

Dune Bantha

Basics

  • Natural Level: 20
  • Aggressive: No
  • Stalker: No
  • Deathblows: No
  • Social: Yes
  • Tamable: Yes(25%)
  • Mountable: No
  • Difficulty: Normal

Attacks

  • Melee

Resources / Loot

Dwarf Bantha

For reasons unknown, Dwarf Bantha give domesticated milk.

Basics

  • Natural Level: 10
  • Aggressive: No
  • Stalker: No
  • Deathblows: No
  • Social: No
  • Tamable: Yes(10%)
  • Mountable: No
  • Difficulty: Normal

Attacks

  • Melee

Resources / Loot

Feral Bantha

The only Bantha variation that will kill you. Adding the fact that it is aggressive means a dangerous Bantha to have running after you.

Basics

  • Natural Level: 15
  • Aggressive: Yes
  • Stalker: No
  • Deathblows: Yes
  • Social: Yes
  • Tamable: Yes(25%)
  • Mountable: No
  • Difficulty: Normal

Attacks

  • Melee

Resources / Loot

Kashyyyk Bantha

Basics

  • Natural Level: 22
  • Location: Kashyyyk
  • Aggressive: No
  • Stalker: No
  • Deathblows:
  • Social:
  • Tamable:
  • Mountable:
  • Difficulty: Normal

Attacks

  • Melee

Resources / Loot

Matriarch Kashyyyk Bantha

Basics

  • Natural Level: 24
  • Location: Kashyyyk
  • Aggressive: No
  • Stalker: No
  • Deathblows:
  • Social:
  • Tamable:
  • Mountable:
  • Difficulty: Normal

Attacks

  • Melee

Resources / Loot

Pygmy Bantha

No longer in game.

Rogue Bantha

Slightly stronger than a regular Bantha, this variation is not limited to the planet Tatooine.

Basics

  • Natural Level: 14
  • Aggressive: No
  • Stalker: No
  • Deathblows: No
  • Social: No
  • Tamable: No
  • Mountable: No
  • Difficulty: Normal

Attacks

  • Melee

Resources / Loot

Tusken Bantha

The strongest of all Bantha variations, the Tusken Bantha will only spawn with Tusken Raider NPC's.

Basics

  • Natural Level: 30/75
  • Aggressive: No
  • Stalker: No
  • Deathblows: No
  • Social: No
  • Tamable: No
  • Mountable: No
  • Difficulty: Normal

Attacks

  • Melee

Resources / Loot

Note: For details on HAM levels, armor, and defense see Creature & NPC Combat Level Chart.

Star Wars Lore

Banthas are large, shaggy-furred quadrupeds with bright, inquisitive eyes. A pair of long, spiraling horns grow from the skull of the male. On the desert world of Tatooine, banthas are used as beasts of burden by moisture farmers, and as loyal pack animals by the savage Tusken Raiders.

Banthas are found throughout the galaxy -- a miraculous mystery that has yet to be explained. This intriguing distribution has warranted the growth of a religion centered on the bantha -- the Dim-U monks worship the enigma of this proud animal.

Banthas are easily domesticated. They are used as beasts of burden throughout the galaxy. Bantha meat and milk are common food items, and bantha-hide boots, jackets and other wares are quite popular.

Bantha physiology ranges as different races have adapted to different environments. While normally docile, feral banthas, like those found on Talasea, are quite dangerous. Some bantha races can grow to prodigious heights -- some as large as five meters tall. While all banthas are herbivores, their sharp horns and trampling feet can pose a danger if the beasts are startled or agitated.

For A New Hope, an Asian elephant named Mardji played the bantha. The trained elephant from Marine World Africa, USA was transported to Northern California and dressed in layers of fur and a headpiece of two lightweight horns. Despite her training, Mardji was not comfortable underneath the bantha disguise, and often tried to remove the wardrobe as cameras rolled. For its brief appearance in The Phantom Menace, the bantha was computer-generated.

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This article uses material from the "Bantha" article on the SWG Wiki wiki at Wikia and is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike License.

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