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Petranaki arena
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Rise of the Empire era



«Let the executions begin.»
Archduke Poggle the Lesser

The Petranaki arena, also known as the Arena of Justice and commonly referred to as the Geonosian execution arena, was brought about by both a need for entertainment in the rigid Geonosian society, and an efficient way of disposing of otherwise resource-draining prisoners. The most popular attractions used deadly beasts in combat, resulting in the extinction of some of the more crowd pleasing creatures on Geonosis.

Those looking to trade with Geonosis would often provide exotic predators for the arena entertainment as payment. Such creatures included Acklays, Nexus, Reeks, and Mongworsts.

The arena itself was a natural formation carved out by millennia of weathering, with additions made by the Geonosians. Its floor consisted of sand and silt upon which events took place. The lower walls of the arena base included ancient low-relief carvings depicting famous battles and events. The arena could also be flooded if needed so for aquatic events.

A large tunnel connected the arena to an underground Geonosian droid factory and was below the Geonosian High Audience Chamber. Droid storage chambers were also located nearby.



The Jedi fight off the Separatists in the arena.

This was under the Great Galactic War, the place where a young Mandalorian rose up, thanks to Imperial support, to become his people's leader: Mandalore. Later, moments prior to the Battle of Geonosis and the outbreak of the Clone Wars, Obi-Wan Kenobi, Anakin Skywalker, and Padmé Amidala were all scheduled for execution here, having been convicted of espionage by Poggle the Lesser. With a mix of ingenuity and Jedi abilities, the trio evaded the beasts long enough for Mace Windu to arrive with a strike force of Jedi Knights. In response, large numbers of battle droids flooded the arena, signaling the start of the Clone Wars.

Fighting soon erupted between the two sides. The Jedi were overwhelmed by the sheer amounts of droids and soon only a dozen of them remained.

It would have been a defeat for the Jedi if not for the timely arrival of Master Yoda and the newly made Grand Army of the Republic, who managed to rout the CIS forces.

Afterward, the Republic took the planet, and droid remains were taken away to be melted down.

The famed Republic Clone Commandos of Delta Squad fought their way through this arena, into the High Audience Chamber, slaying the Geonosian lieutenant Sun Fac and shutting down the droid foundry beneath the arena.

Behind the scenes

Petranaki arena cutaway.

The execution arena is similar to the Great Colosseum of Rome. It is very different, however, than any other environment in the Star Wars films.

During conception, light and shadow played an important role.


  • Star Wars: Republic Commando
    The arena after the battle.
  • Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones (First appearance)
  • Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones comic
  • Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones junior novel
  • Boba Fett: The Fight to Survive
  • "Death in the Catacombs" - Star Wars Insider 79
  • Star Wars: The Clone Wars video game
  • Machines of War
  • MedStar I: Battle Surgeons (Mentioned only)
  • "MedStar: Intermezzo" - Star Wars Insider 83 (Mentioned only)
  • Star Wars Republic: Trackdown (Mentioned only)
  • Boba Fett: Pursuit (Mentioned only)
  • Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith junior novel (Mentioned only)
  • Dark Lord: The Rise of Darth Vader (Mentioned only)
  • Coruscant Nights II: Street of Shadows (Indirect mention only)
  • The Rise and Fall of Darth Vader (Appears in flashback(s))
  • Revelation (Mentioned only)

Non-canon appearances

  • LEGO Star Wars: The Video Game
  • LEGO Star Wars: The Complete Saga
  • The Lesson (Ambiguously canonical source)


Notes and references

External links

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