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Krayt Dragon


Planet of origin


Average length

45 meters

The krayt dragon, also called bull dragon, was a large carnivorous reptile native to Tatooine.


Characteristics and species

Krayt dragons grew continuously throughout their lives to an average length of 45 meters and weight of 2,000 kilograms. They could live to be 100 years old and did not weaken appreciably with age. An Ancient Krayt Dragon was the oldest and biggest of all krayt dragons. They could be found on the highest mountains of Tatooine.

A fierce hunter, the krayt dragon became an important part of indigenous cultures on Tatooine. The krayt dragon was thought by some xenobiologists to have descended from the Duinuogwuin (also known as Star Dragons). Although no substantial evidence was offered in support of a connection to the Duinuogwuin, the krayt dragon was a proven relative of the smaller kell dragon. In honor of the beast's sheer power and ferocity, the Jedi Order named the Shien and Djem So form of lightsaber combat "The Way of the Krayt Dragon."

When summer mating season began, the howls of krayt dragons filled the canyons of Tatooine. The collection of frenzied, mating beasts scared even the mightiest Sandpeople away. Obi-Wan Kenobi mimicked a krayt dragon mating call when he scared the raiders away from Luke Skywalker in 0 BBY.

Young Sandpeople would hunt krayt dragons in an initiation rite to prove themselves as warriors. [1]

The krayt dragon had a set of sharp teeth used for capturing prey, but relied on ingesting stones to grind the food through a series of gizzards into a digestible state. Food would be crushed by the stones tumbled in the gizzards by stomach muscles, grinding food into pulp and turning boulders into smooth stones. The resulting stones, known as dragon pearls, were a valuable commodity among jewelers. The pearls could also be shaped and tuned by Jedi to be used as focusing crystals in their lightsabers. Krayt dragons instinctively go to the Krayt Graveyard when they are about to die.

Krayt Dragons were heavily attracted to areas that were strong in the Force, especially the dark side. Some Sith artifacts, like the Tatooine Star Map, were guarded by krayt dragons.[2]


A krayt dragon in the deserts of Tatooine.

At least two species and several subspecies of krayt dragons existed.

The canyon krayt was a common species of krayt dragon that lived in the rocky caves and canyons of Tatooine's desert ranges. More often than not, the term "krayt dragon" referred to this lifeform. Patterns of horns and spikes appears to have varied from individual to individual. At least one canyon krayt was noted to have a two pronged tail.

The greater krayt, was a rarer, larger species of krayt dragon, known for its tremendous size and continual growth over time. Creatures of near legendary status, greater krayt dragons had ten legs, measured at least 100 meters from snout to tail tip and had the ability to move through or on Tatooine's desert sand. Greater krayt dragons attacked with their massive jaws or whip-like spike-tail, using their claws only to move through the sand.

A Krayt Dragon.

In spite of its awesome power, the krayt dragon did have its weak and exploitable points. First, it had trouble resisting the allure of the prey of the Dune Sea, specifically the bantha; second, it had difficulty discerning two-dimensional images, often attacking shadows; and finally, a well-placed shot could bore right through the weak sinus cavity of the beast and hit the brain, killing it instantly.

The krayt could also secrete a lethal venom, either through its teeth or its spines. Although its nature is unclear, numerous underworld characters such as Bib Fortuna have admitted to using the substance to kill enemies.

Krayts in Tatooine culture

C-3PO passes the spine and skull of a greater krayt dragon on Tatooine.

The Sandpeople of Tatooine revered the krayt dragon as a powerful hunter and centered their primary maturity ritual on it. Adolescent males were abandoned in the Tatooine dune and only accepted back into their tribes as adults when they had slain a krayt dragon. Both the Sandpeople and Jawas placed the krayt dragon in the position of a powerful spirit, and believed that their bones possessed magic. Jawas brave enough to risk the acquisition of krayt dragon bones were held in high regard among their people.

A krayt dragon skeleton was on display in Bestine's Museum of Tatooine.

Revan, who was an amnesiac and searching for the Star Forge to stop Darth Malak, killed a Krayt Dragon with the help of Komad Fortuna in order to find an ancient Star Map. He collected the Krayt Dragon's Pearl, but what he did with it is unknown. He either gave it to the Sand People so he could be permitted to learn their history, or he may have kept it to make his lightsaber stronger.

A'Sharad Hett, a Human Jedi who lived among the sandpeople with his father, took the name Darth Krayt after the dragons upon becoming a Sith Lord.

Behind the scenes

The artificial skeleton used for A New Hope was left in the Tunisian desert after filming and still lies there. During filming of Attack of the Clones, the site was visited by the crew and the skeleton was still found there. The skeleton is considered a point of interest on Star Wars Galaxies and could be visited by a player to earn a POI badge.

During Star Wars: The Clone Wars, Anakin Skywalker, Ahsoka, R2-D2, and Rotta pass a Krayt dragon's skeleton while they're on Tatooine.

Gavin Darklighter's X-wing was painted in the image of a krayt dragon after he resigned his commission in the New Republic during the Bacta War.

Krayt dragons were intended to appear first in Star Wars: Dark Forces but for a reason they were renamed kell dragons and became a different but related species altogether.

Gardulla the Hutt had her own Krayt Dragon pet, similar to how Jabba the Hutt had a Rancor whom she fed those who fell out of favor with her. She attempted to feed Jango Fett to the creature but she herself was shoved into its pen by the bounty hunter and devoured.


Two Tusken Raiders attempt to slay a krayt dragon.
  • Tales of the Jedi: Dark Lords of the Sith (audio) (As an illusion)
  • Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic (Canyon krayt)
  • The Life and Legend of Obi-Wan Kenobi
  • Darth Maul: Shadow Hunter (Mentioned only)
  • Episode I: Anakin Skywalker (Mentioned only)
  • Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace game (Mentioned only)
  • LEGO Star Wars: The Complete Saga (Imitated call) (Non-canonical appearance)
  • Star Wars Republic: Outlander
  • Star Wars: Bounty Hunter
  • Boba Fett: Maze of Deception (as shape of building)
  • Boba Fett: Hunted (Mentioned only)
  • Republic Commando: Hard Contact (Mentioned only)
  • Star Wars: Galactic Battlegrounds
  • Shatterpoint (Mentioned only)
  • Star Wars Republic 83: The Hidden Enemy, Part 3 (Greater krayt)
  • MedStar I: Battle Surgeons (Mentioned only)
  • Yoda: Dark Rendezvous (Mentioned only)
  • Sandstorm (Ambiguously canonical source)
  • The Hutt Gambit (Mentioned only)
  • The Force Unleashed novel (Mentioned only)
  • Luke Skywalker's Walkabout
  • Adventure in Beggar's Canyon
  • Star Wars Journal: The Fight for Justice (Mentioned only)
  • Dark Forces: Soldier for the Empire audio drama (Mentioned only)
  • Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope novelization (Imitated call) (skeleton, first appearance) (First identified as krayt dragon)
  • Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope (Imitated call) (Skeleton of greater krayt)
  • Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope junior novel (Imitated call) (Skeleton of greater krayt)
  • LEGO Star Wars II: The Original Trilogy (Imitated call) (Non-canonical appearance)
  • Rebel Force: Renegade
  • Star Wars Missions 5: The Hunt for Han Solo
  • Star Wars Missions 10: Showdown in Mos Eisley (Mentioned only)
  • Star Wars: Rogue Squadron II: Rogue Leader (Skeleton of greater krayt) (Non-canonical appearance)
  • Star Wars: Rogue Squadron III: Rebel Strike (Skeleton of greater krayt) (Non-canonical appearance)
  • Galaxy of Fear: Eaten Alive (Mentioned only)
  • Galaxy of Fear: City of the Dead (Mentioned only)
  • Star Wars Empire: A Little Piece of Home (Mentioned only)
  • Star Wars Galaxies: An Empire Divided
  • Pearls in the Sand
  • Battle of the Bounty Hunters
  • The Rise and Fall of Darth Vader (Mentioned only)
  • The Ordeal of Boba Fett (Mentioned only)
  • A Credit for Your Thoughts (Mentioned only)
  • A Boy and His Monster: The Rancor Keeper's Tale
  • X-wing Rogue Squadron: Battleground: Tatooine (Mentioned only)
  • X-wing: The Bacta War (Picture only)
  • Tatooine Ghost (Mentioned only)
  • Heir to the Empire (Mentioned only)
  • The Last Command (Mentioned only)
  • Dark Empire II
  • Jedi Search (Mentioned only)
  • Firestorm (Mentioned only)
  • Star Wars: Union (Mentioned only)
  • Junior Jedi Knights: Promises
  • Junior Jedi Knights: Anakin's Quest (Mentioned only)
  • Dark Tide I: Onslaught (Mentioned only)
  • Edge of Victory II: Rebirth (Mentioned only)
  • Destiny's Way (Mentioned only)


A krayt dragon attacks Tatooinian residents.

Star Wars Galaxies Trading Card GameThe Nightsister's Revenge (Card: Krayt Dragon Ancient)

Notes and references

  1. Windham,R "A Jedi in Exile", page 79. Star Wars The Ultimate Visual Guide,2005.
  2. kotor

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