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Distance from Core43,000 light years
RegionOuter Rim Territories
OversectorOversector Outer
SectorArkanis Sector
Number of Suns2
Number of Moons3
Surface Water1%

In George Lucas' Star Wars saga, Tatooine is the home planet of the Skywalker family and the setting for much of the action in the saga's films (as well as several of the novels and other pieces of written fiction).

Tatooine is a desert world in a binary star system (the two suns are named Tatoo I & Tatoo II), inhabited by poor locals who mostly farm moisture for a living. The planet has been the site of repeated and failed attempts at colonization. During the prequel-era, it was ruled for a long period by the Hutts, being beyond the reach of the Galactic Republic. After the fall of the Republic, the Galactic Empire established a token presence on Tatooine, but the crime lord Jabba the Hutt still retained control of the planet.

Tatooine has several sizable settlements, the largest of which is the spaceport Mos Eisley, widely known for its rough-and-tumble nature and vast criminal underworld. Other settlements include Bestine (the nominal capital of the planet, where the Empire's government is located), Anchorhead, Tosche Station, Mos Entha, Wayfar (near Jabba's Palace), and Mos Espa, home of a sector-famous podracing track.

Notable geological features include the Dune Sea, an enormous desert, and the Jundland Wastes, a rocky region. Despite the planet's extreme aridity, some forms of life do thrive on Tatooine, including the rodent-like womp rat, elephant-like bantha, and the enormous, fearsome krayt dragon.

Tatooine is also home to two apparently native sentient bipedal species: Jawas, pygmy-like mechanical scavengers, and Tusken Raiders, also known as Sand People, who are mysterious, reclusive, and extremely hostile to outsiders. Both races wear fully-concealing robes that keep their true forms hidden from outsiders (It's stated in the Expanded Universe that Jawas are rodent-like, and it is vaguely hinted that the Jawas and Sand People share a common ancestor).

Tatooine was once a member world of the pre-Republic Infinite Empire. It once had large oceans and a world-spanning jungle. This biosphere was destroyed by an orbital bombardment by the Rakata that "glassed" the planet (that is, fused the silica in the soil into glass, which then broke up over time into sand) and boiled its oceans away.


Intelligent Life Forms


  • A form of Mushrooms


Some critics have seen Lucas's use of a desert planet with aborigines reminscent of the Bedouin as excessively derivative of Frank Herbert's Arrakis in the Dune series of novels.


The planet is not actually named in Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope; according to Lucas he intended to name it Utapau but finally he named it retrospectively after the movie's desert location, Tataouine (French spelling) in Tunisia. Utapau however was given to a different planet, in Revenge of the Sith. The Tunisian region Tatooine was named after was also featured in the The X-Files Movie. In what is one of the more interesting editorial accidents in Star Wars 's history, because Tatooine was unnamed in the first movie, the editors accidentally referred to a "different" planet as Dantooine; a planet occupied by the Empire on Princess Leia's word that there was a Rebel Alliance base there. This is the same name and it is only by accident that this one name, albeit with two slightly different pronunciations found its way into the movies.da:Tatooine fr:Tatoune ja:タトゥイーンpt:Tatooinbe sv:Tatooine


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