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"That is scarcely what I would call a palace, Artoo. It looks more like an iron foundry."
C-3PO, to R2-D2, as they approach Jabba's Palace

Jabba's Palace, made of stone and metal, was located at the fringe of the Western Dune Sea on the planet of Tatooine. While Jabba's home was on Nal Hutta, he used his Tatooine palace as a base of operations for his business ventures on that planet.



The palace was originally a monastery built in 700 BBY by a strict religious order called the B'omarr Monks. The massive compound was built on a remote world, far from any settlements, so as to amplify the Monks’ detachment from the universe. This environment allowed them to concentrate on their studies, furthering their goal of complete disconnection from all external sensation. 150 years after its construction it was discovered by the outcast and rogue Alkhara, who began to use it as a base of operations. The Monks by and large ignored him, and the two groups co-inhabited peacefully for 34 years. Eventually, Jabba discovered the fortress as well, and forced Alkhara out in 516 BBY.

Jabba's Palace in 22 BBY.

In 22 BBY, during the Clone Wars, Jabba's son, Rotta, was kidnapped. Jabba sent a plea to the Republic to rescue his offspring. Chancellor Palpatine dispatched Obi-Wan Kenobi to negotiate with the Hutt, while Anakin Skywalker and his new padawan, Ahsoka Tano, sought out the missing Huttlet. Unknown to the Jedi, Count Dooku, who had in fact instigated the kidnapping, approached Jabba and convinced him the Jedi were responsible for the whole ordeal in an attempt to destroy the Hutt's criminal empire. Skywalker and Tano were able to rescue Jabba's son, return him, and negotiate for safe passage for Republic forces through Hutt space.

Jabba equipped the palace with a number of security devices, including a semi-intelligent droid gatewatcher built into the main entrance. This droid, little more than an electronic eye on a stick embedded in the gate itself, would interrogate visitors before deciding whether to allow them to enter. Jabba's majordomo, Bib Fortuna, would usually also interrogate visitors who got this far before allowing them an audience with Jabba himself. Jabba also employed Gamorrean guards to act as his bodyguards and security force. He also built a hangar bay to house his sail barge, Khetanna, and numerous repulsor skiffs. His treasure was secured in a room built from the hull plating of Dreadnaught cruisers. Jabba's will left the palace to his father, Zorba the Hutt.

Palace interior

Jabba's main audience chamber.
"Everyone here hopes to kill everyone else, so far as I can ascertain."

Jabba would recline on a huge dais in his audience chamber, oftentimes with a scantily clad slave girl chained to his side. The audience chamber was usually filled with a motley crew of sycophants, bounty hunters and other criminals seeking his favor. His every whim was catered to, with live animals such as gorgs and Klatooine paddy frogs to eat, concerts from musicians,[1] scantily clad nubile humanoid dancing girls (often providing more than just dance) and Salacious Crumb, his court jester.

However, sometimes things would get intense. Some guests (such as BoushhPrincess Leia in disguise, Luke Skywalker, Gardulla the Hutt, and Ki-Adi-Mundi) would threaten the Hutt or hold out dangerous weapons that caused havoc in the chamber. The guests, if bothersome to Jabba, could be thrown into the rancor pit, by pressing a button by his Hookah pipe. There the chamber guests could watch an unwanted being get swallowed down by the fierce monster (such as Oola, the slave girl who spurned his amorous advances). It has never been stated how deep the slide was, but some sources state it's over 100 feet tall (as the Rancor was over 10 meters tall), other sources state that it's only 1 or 2 meters (as if it's a very long way down, but not so long that you can't hear the screaming of the victims)

To satisfy his enormous appetite, a rotisserie capable of cooking gigantic portions of meat was installed directly behind Jabba's dais.

Jabba's Palace cutaway.

A corner alcove of the audience chamber housed Jabba's trophies. For a short time, among these was the form of Han Solo, frozen in carbonite.[1] On either side of the carbonite decoration were two stuffed animal heads; one being a taxidermied head of a Tauntaun, the other a Jerba trophy head.

In the levels below the Throne Room were prison cells for Jabba's enemies, torture chambers, the droid pool, guards' chambers, and many other rooms and chambers for various activities, both benign and sinister.

Other known rooms in the palace included the Dancers' Pit, where Jabba's dancers would prepare themselves to perform for the Hutt; the Great Room of the Enlightened where the enlightened brains of B'omarr Monks were kept; and Room 212 on Level three which was where housekeeping was located.[1]. Cyborg Operations, the domain of EV-9D9, used torture to eradicate the programming and personality of droids in the Hutt's employ. This is where C-3PO and R2-D2 received their work assignments during the rescue of Han Solo. The Motor pool housed Jabba's sail barge Khetanna as well as various other vehicles, including Bantha-II cargo skiffs. The motor pool was overseen by Barada.

Court members

"I have never seen a more sinister and depraved crowd. One would think the rest of the galaxy safe, what with every thug, debaucher, and scofflaw having gathered here."
C-3PO, to R2-D2, commenting on the inhabitants of Jabba's palace
Jabba's audience chamber cutaway.

At the time Luke and his companions visited Jabba's palace to free Han Solo, the following droids, creatures, bounty hunters, guards, and scoundrels were present.

The Max Rebo Band plays for Jabba in his court.
Concept art by Ralph McQuarrie.
  • Prisoners
    • Unidentified tentacled prisoner
    • Unidentified second prisoner
    • Unidentified Humanoid
    • Four unidentified short Humanoids

Frequent visitors

Bounty Hunters

Boba Fett outside Jabba's Palace.

Bikers - Known



Other visitors




Non-canon appearances


References and notes

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 And the Band Played On: The Band's Tale

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