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Tribubble bongo
Production information

Otoh Gunga Bongameken Cooperative[1]


Tribubble bongo sub


Aquatic vessel

Technical specifications

15 meters[2]

Maximum speed

85 km/h[2]

Engine unit(s)

Electromotive field motor




Pilot (1)[2]



Cargo capacity

1,600 kg[1]

  • Transport
  • Exploration

Rise of the Empire era



"Master, what's a bongo?"
"A transport, I hope.
Obi-Wan Kenobi and Qui-Gon Jinn

Tribubble bongos were unusual, bio-engineered submersibles used by the Gungans of Naboo.



Bongo cross-section.

The hull was equipped with an electrical power plant, a guidance system, and passenger seating. Most bongo designers were inspired by the creatures of the oceans surrounding them. As a result, many bongos resembled squid, sting rays, or other sea creatures. The most commonly used propulsion system used by a bongo was several long, aft-mounted tentacles that rotated to push the bongo forward through the water. These tentacles were powered by an electromotive field motor. Bongos also had repulsorlifts for both entering and exiting specially designed bongo bays connected to most Gungan cities.

Bongo schematics.

The bongo's passengers sat in small compartments covered by bubble-like canopies. These in reality were actually hydrostatic fields, similar to those use to create buildings in Gungan cities like Otoh Gunga. Hydrostatic fields were generated by channeling energy between two opposing poles. An access panel located under the cockpit bubble allowed temporary repairs to the steering systems.

For the bongo, energy traveled between a positively charged prong jutting over the cockpit and several small, negatively charged receptors positioned around the passenger compartment. Once activated, the field kept air in and water out. The most complex aspect of the bongo was its buoyancy system. Sponge-like hydrostatic chambers were spread out around the perimeter of the bongo. In order to dive, heavy oil was released into the hydrostatic chambers, changing density. When surfacing, these were purged of oil, forcing another density change. The oil was recycled throughout this system.


A damaged bongo floats on the surface of the water.

The first bongos were probably invented by a tribe known as the Bongomeken Collective. Millennia later, they evolved into the Otoh Gunga Bongameken Cooperative. They ranged from tiny, single-person craft to the large Heyblibbers used for long journeys.

Bongos were handcrafted, ensuring that each craft was unique from the rest. A bongo was built around an organic coral-like skeleton bred in special underwater fields by Gungan designers. This skeleton formed the bongo's hull and was strong, though not durable enough to withstand Opee sea killer attacks. This made it prone to damage by sea monsters encountered in the watery depths of Naboo.

While the Gungans produced much of the technology needed for bongo creation, electronics and specialized equipment like metal cargo containers had to be purchased from the Naboo. Gungan traders procured such items from the Naboo in exchange for foodstuffs and medicine.

Bongos were incredibly versatile and could be built for many functions. Cargo bongos featured cargo holds instead of passenger modules, while a Gungan Army transport bongo could carry about five armed passengers. Monobubble racing bongos were also produced and bongo technology even enabled the Gungans to construct starships, which they used to colonize the Naboo moon Ohma-D'un.

Types of Bongos

The Bongo Advanced Scout, a militarized bongo variant.

Behind the scenes

In reality, a Bongo is either an African antelope, a musical instrument or a van manufactured by Mazda of Japan.


  • Star Wars: Galactic Battlegrounds (as Bongo Laser)
  • The Death of Captain Tarpals
  • Star Wars: Episode I Racer
  • Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace novel (First appearance)
  • Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace
  • Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace comic
  • Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace junior novel
  • Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace game
  • Episode I: The Phantom Menace ½ (Appears in flashback(s))
  • Episode I: Obi-Wan Kenobi (Appears in flashback(s))
  • LEGO Star Wars: The Video Game (Non-canonical appearance)
  • LEGO Star Wars: The Complete Saga (Non-canonical appearance)
  •  "Deep Spoilers" - Star Wars Gamer 4
  • The Last of the Jedi: Death on Naboo


External links

Notes and references

  1. 1.0 1.1 Star Wars: Complete Cross-Sections
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 The Official Star Wars Fact File

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