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Planet of origin


Average length

3 to 10 meters[1]

"There's something alive in here."
Luke Skywalker

Dianoga were large cephalopods, capable of growing up to ten meters in length, though most specimens grew to approximately five or six meters. They had a single eyestalk protruding from their mollusk-like bodies, and seven suckered tentacles surrounding a fanged maw.



A dianoga's fanged maw.

Dianoga originated on the planet Vodran—discovered by the Hutts prior to the formation of the Galactic Republic—where the creatures evolved a form of natural camouflage to avoid the planet's large predators. Their bodies would become transparent when unfed, and, conversely, were known to change to reflect the color of the food they had eaten. This was achieved by diverting small portions of digested food into a series of ducts underneath the creature's skin, which would appear to affect the color of the dianoga's flesh.

Over many millennia, dianoga migrated from Vodran by stowing away aboard garbage ships in their microscopic larval forms, and could be commonly found in trash compactors, garbage pits and sewers across the galaxy, living off of any present organic matter. They were primarily scavengers, and only posed a threat to living creatures when starving or threatened. Because of their penchant for living in and feeding on organic waste, dianoga were sometimes referred to as garbage squids, sewage squids, or trash monsters.

A dianoga in Coruscant's Desrini District.

Dianoga would commonly serve as a hindrance upon the galaxy, nesting in bodies of water, sewage systems, and whatever other large concentrations of dirty, appalling liquid that they could locate. Smaller dianoga were even known to crawl out of toilets. Despite this, they could prove useful, since they served to rid waste of biological material, leaving behind salvagable minerals and metals. Only when a dianoga grew too large was it usually considered a threat, especially in urban areas such as Galactic City on Coruscant. Indeed, in 22 BBY, Coruscant's Desrini District experienced a dianoga infestation, following an incident with a misfiring garbage launcher. Up to twenty-five residents were reported to have been attacked by the scavengers, and it was believed the creatures would quickly spread to neighboring districts. The presence of a single dianoga was often cause for alarm, since the creatures were self-fertilizing hermaphrodites, and could quickly multiply to pose a larger problem.

Closeup view of a dianoga's central eye.

One dianoga was known to have boarded the first Death Star, and made its home in one of the space station's garbage compactors. When Luke Skywalker, Han Solo and Chewbacca were forced into the trash compactor during the rescue of Leia Organa, the dianoga attacked Skywalker. It pulled the young farmboy under the murky, foul-smelling water, but was scared away when the compactor walls activated. The dianoga itself had managed to burrow into the wall, and so was relatively safe inside the compactor; that is, until the Death Star was destroyed.

Another infestation of dianoga was experienced by Dash Rendar in the sewers beneath Prince Xizor's palace. Upon exiting the sewers, Dash was forced to fight a full grown dianoga, which was at least 10 meters long.

Dianoga were also found on Anoat, where several attacked Rebel mercenary Kyle Katarn as he worked through the sewers in an effort to locate Moff Rebus, in his campaign against the Imperial Dark Trooper Project.[2]

Dianoga could be found in the sewers of Coruscant and many other locations across the galaxy. Their flesh was used in the making of dianoga pie, and their spleens could be processed to make Dianogan tea, a beverage notably favored by Admiral Pors Tonith.

Behind the scenes

It is possible that the name Dianoga came from Dai Nogas, an early name for the Jedi.

The original Kenner toy for the Death Star playset included a Dianoga in its trash compactor. The soft rubber form resembled a green, mutant shark with an eye stalk protruding from its nose and its fins ending with tentacles.


  • Star Wars Episode I: The Gungan Frontier
  • "Peaces"
  •  Desrini Plagued by DianogasHoloNet News Vol. 531 55
  •  Stone Mites Claim Ord TiddellHoloNet News Vol. 531 55 (Mentioned only)
  • Star Wars Republic 49: Sacrifice
  • Republic Commando: True Colors (Mentioned only)
  • Boba Fett: Maze of Deception
  • Star Wars Republic: The Dreadnaughts of Rendili
  • Coruscant Nights I: Jedi Twilight (Mentioned only)
  • Coruscant Nights II: Street of Shadows (Mentioned only)
  • A Hunter's Fate: Greedo's Tale (Mentioned only)
  • A Hunter's Fate: Greedo's Tale webstrip (Mentioned only)
  • Death Star (Mentioned only)
  • Star Wars: Dark Forces
  • Star Wars: Empire at War
  • Star Wars: Empire at War: Forces of Corruption (Seen on display at Coruscant Vault museum) (Seen on Dagobah)
  • Star Wars Empire: Betrayal
  • Star Wars Empire: Darklighter (Appears in flashback(s))
  • Star Wars Journal: The Fight for Justice
  • Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope novel (First appearance)
  • Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope
  • Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope junior novel
  • Star Wars 4: In Battle with Darth Vader
  • Star Wars: Rebellion (Mentioned only)
  • Rebel Force: Renegade (Mentioned only)
  • The Story of the Faithful Wookiee (Possible appearance)
  • Galaxy of Fear: The Nightmare Machine (Mentioned only)
  • Galaxy of Fear: Ghost of the Jedi
  • Galaxy of Fear: The Swarm (Mentioned only)
  • Shadows of the Empire comic / novel / video game
  • X-wing Rogue Squadron: The Rebel Opposition (Mentioned only)
  • X-wing: Iron Fist
  • Hutt and Seek (Mentioned only)
  • Jedi Knight: Mysteries of the Sith
  • Star Wars: Union
  • Star Wars Legacy: Claws of the Dragon

Non-canonical appearances

  • LEGO Star Wars II: The Original Trilogy (Heard only)
  • LEGO Star Wars: The Complete Saga (Heard only)
  • The Emperor's Court
  • Family Guy: Blue Harvest


Notes and references

  1. 1.0 1.1 Star Wars: Behind the Magic
  2. Star Wars: Dark Forces

External links

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

Star Wars Fanon

Up to date as of February 04, 2010

The Star Wars wiki of fan invention.

"What is that?"
—A young Hasti Zaadvala[src]

A dianoga was an animal with several tentacles. Most of them lived on Aracara, where Hasti Zaadvala and Coleman Trebor battled one.


  • Jedi: Hasti Zaadvala

See also

This article uses material from the "Dianoga" article on the Star Wars Fanon wiki at Wikia and is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike License.


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