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- "My troops are in position to begin searching the swamps for these rumored underwater villages. They will not stay hidden for long."
The Naboo Swamp Battle (or the Gungan Swamp Assault) was a raid attempted by the Trade Federation on the underwater Gungan cities of Naboo in the Invasion of Naboo.
Darth Maul had come into play during the invasion of Naboo by his master, Darth Sidious. He worked with the Trade Federation and was able to interrogate a Gungan captive to uncover Gungan leader Boss Ganne's stronghold. Using a mind trick on Ganne, Maul was then led to the city of Rellias. The Trade Federation was given intelligence that there were more underwater cities. Although most of the Trade Federation Droid Army could not function underwater, specialized droidekas were produced to back Maul in his raid of the Rellias channel and its adjoining communities including the great Gungan city, Otoh Gunga.
Forces of B1 battle droids led by OOM-9 occupied and cleared the swamps above Lake Paonga, leading down to Otoh Gunga.
However, the return of Naboo's Queen Padmé Amidala, from outworld duties, stalled the swamp assault. Darth Maul left his position of commander of the raid in order to engage two Jedi protectors of the queen in battle. This allowed just enough time for Otoh Gunga to be warned of the upcoming attack and evacuated.
Instead of Maul, OOM-9 led the assault forces, however his orders were weak since he himself was not physically built to be commanding and fighting underwater and so was not present at the battle itself. Small Gungan communities were eradicated but Otoh Gunga was found abandoned. OOM-9 aborted the final objectives of the swamp invasion, leading his forces back to Theed and later to the Grassy Plains.
- Star Wars: Galactic Battlegrounds (First appearance)
- Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace (First mentioned)