The 15 Most Important Planets, Ranked

The Star Wars universe has brought fans to many worlds, most of which have been the site of significant events dramatically affecting the galaxy’s fate. From Luke Skywalker’s long years on Tatooine to the epic duels on planets like Mustafar, these worlds are engrained deep within countless fans’ memories.



Of course, the essential Star Wars worlds in the franchise aren’t relegated only to those who have appeared on the silver screen. The franchise has introduced many important planets in other extended Star Wars media, including TV shows, comics, and video games.

Updated by Tom Wampach on November 27, 2023: With Star Wars content on the rise, the importance of Star Wars‘ most iconic planets becomes more and more apparent. This list has been updated to reflect stylistic and structural changes and give readers even more opportunities to explore relevant lore surrounding Star Wars.


15 Yoda Trained Luke on Dagobah

The swamps of Dagobah where Yoda trained Luke Skywalker.

When Luke Skywalker first lands there in The Empire Strikes Back, Dagobah appears to be nothing more than a hostile swamp teeming with dangerous wildlife and other inhospitable conditions. In reality, it’s the perfect training ground for a Jedi-in-training looking to hone their skills with the force.

After the fall of the Jedi Order at the end of the Clone Wars, Master Yoda goes into a self-imposed exile on this jungle world. Out of a sense of great shame from the Jedis’ failings surrounding the events of Order 66 and the Clone Wars, Yoda seeks isolation on Dagobah for self-reflection and to complete his learning with Qui-Gon Jinn’s spirit. He would stay on Dagobah for the rest of his life, but not before imparting his knowledge of the force to Luke.

Trivia

  • The Empire Strikes Back was first released in 1980 and made around $401.5 million.
  • The Empires Strikes Back has an IMDb rating of 8.7/10.

14 The Clone Wars Began on Geonosis

The desert planet of Geonosis from Star Wars: Attack of the Clones

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In Attack of the Clones, Obi-Wan Kenobi follows the famed bounty hunter Jango Fett to the desert planet Geonosis during his investigation. This arid, rocky world is home to the insectoid Geonosians and holds a major battle droid foundry. Kenobi’s capture on Geonosis leads to the first battle of the Clone Wars. This initial conflict begins in the Petranaki Arena, where Obi-Wan Kenobi, Anakin Skywalker, and Padme Amidala are all sentenced to death for the entertainment of a stadium full of Geonosians.

This gladiatorial affair evolved into an all-out war when Jedi forces arrived in the arena to rescue their allies. Although the rescue was successful, many Jedi Knights perished, as did Jango Fett. Following the Clone Wars, Geonosis met an unfortunate end at the hands of the Empire, who sterilized the planet’s entire population save for one Geonosian.

Trivia

  • Jedi Master Mace Windu decapitated Jango Fett.
  • Jango Fett’s son, Boba Fett, witnessed his death.

13 Lothal Holds Vital Secrets of the Galaxy

Lothal is a sacred planet for Jedis.

On its surface, Lothal appears to be just a simple farming planet. In reality, the world holds a secret that made it one of the Empire’s greatest desires. In Star Wars: Rebels, the protagonists discover there’s a Jedi temple hidden on the planet. Additionally, they find this temple holds a portal with the potential to make a massive impact on the entire galaxy.

Lothal’s hidden portal brings anyone who enters it into a place known as “The World Between Worlds,” which can connect them to any point in time throughout the galaxy’s history. This plane’s power is so significant that even the Emperor desired access to it, but he ultimately failed to gain entry thanks to Ezra Bridger’s and Ahsoka Tano’s efforts. Subsequently, these heroes destroyed the portal to prevent potential meddling with the timeline.

Trivia

  • Lothal was Ezra Bridger’s home planet.
  • Loth-cats, Loth-wolves, and Loth-bats were native to the planet of Lothal and shared a deep connection to the planet.

12 The Biggest Plot Twist in Star Wars Occurred on Bespin

Cloud City on the gas planet Bespin.

Bespin is a gas giant that can only house a few specific lifeforms. But mining companies built Cloud City to access its rich deposits of rare tibanna gas. The settlement floats in Bespin’s upper level, where there’s a thin layer of breathable atmosphere. Cloud City is home to many key events in the Star Wars galaxy’s history despite its small size.

Here, the Empire successfully captured the crew of the Millennium Falcon, including imprisoning Han Solo within carbonite to be delivered to Jabba the Hutt. Cloud City was also the setting for one of the most consequential fights in Star Wars lore — the duel between Luke Skywalker and Darth Vader. It is during this duel that Luke learns the infamous twist of his father’s true identity.

Trivia

  • Han Solo spends roughly a year in carbonite before being rescued.

11 Cloners on Kamino Created the Republic’s Army

The cities of Kamino sit atop a raging sea.

Kamino, a stormy water planet, is another critical location for the Clone Wars. The mysterious and elegant Kaminoans are widely known for their advanced cloning technology. They used this technology to create the Grand Army of the Republic, using Jango Fett as the genetic blueprint.

Kamino’s cities are distinct for their stilt-like structures, which elevate them above the planet’s raging oceans. The primary town most audiences will recognize in Kamino is Tipoca City, its capital. Unfortunately, the Empire destroyed Tipoca and all other Kaminoan cloning facilities after its rise to power.

Trivia

  • After the rise of the Empire, clones were slowly replaced by human stormtroopers.
  • Clones occasionally formed close relationships with Jedi, making Order 66 that much more devastating.

10 Crait Is One of the Sequel’s Most Striking Settings

Rebel speeders race toward First Order forces on the surface of Crait.

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Crait is a desolate, mineral-filled planet located in a remote sector of the galaxy. Star Wars fans will recognize Crait from its bright white surfaces. Unlike the infamous Hoth, Crait isn’t a snow world; a layer of salt covers the planet, hiding its crimson-red soil. This contrast of red and white makes for a spectacular setting during one of The Last Jedi’s most intense scenes.

In The Last Jedi, Resistance forces flee to Crait, with the First Order hot on their trail. After a sustained chase, the Resistance fighters are exhausted and facing a stronger and better-armed First Order army that includes walkers, AT-ATs, and TIE fighters. Still, thanks to Luke Skywalker’s Force mastery and a last-minute assist from Rey and Chewbacca, the Resistance staved off the First Order before fleeing.

Trivia

  • The First Order recruited some of the Senators who did not pledge their allegiance to the Republic.

9 Mustafar Is a Planet of Both Destruction and Rebirth

Obi-Wan Kenobi and Anakin Skywalker dueling on Mustafar.

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Mustafar wasn’t always the lava-filled landscape most Star Wars fans know it as. Long before the events of Episode III – Revenge of the Sith, Mustafar was a world teeming with life. Then, a Force-sensitive woman named Lady Corvax attempted to use the ancient artifact that kept the planet stable to revive her husband. Meddling with this artifact turned Mustafar into the volcanic planet audiences recognize today.

Mustafar is also strong with the Dark Side, which is part of why Darth Vader would eventually create his fortress here. As previously mentioned, the planet is best known as the location of Anakin and Obi-Wan’s climactic duel. Still, after Darth Vader’s death, Mustafar begins to heal itself. In The Rise of Skywalker, audiences see a brief glimpse of the world, now sporting a dense forest.

Trivia

  • Obi-Wan Kenobi used a forbidden Jedi move to dismember Anakin on Mustafar.
  • Although Mustafar was known for its rough living conditions, there was an insectoid sentient species living on the planet.

8 Naboo Is Home to More Than Just the Gungans

A city on Naboo, where Queen Padme Amadala resides.

Naboo is an essential Star Wars planet for its history and people. Regarding history, Naboo is notable as the world where Obi-Wan Kenobi and Qui-Gon Jinn squared off against the Sith assassin Darth Maul. Similarly, Naboo is the home planet of the Gungans and Queen Padme Amidala, the eventual mother of Luke and Leia Skywalker.

What might not be as well known to Star Wars fans is that Sheev Palpatine, aka Emperor Palpatine, also calls Naboo home. So, while it’s the birthplace of some of the galaxy’s greatest protectors, it’s also where one of the most notorious figures in Star Wars canon began his rise to power.

Trivia

  • Qui-Gon Jinn was killed by Darth Maul in front of Obi-Wan Kenobi.
  • Obi-Wan Kenobi used sai tok, a forbidden Jedi technique, to slice Darth Maul in half.

7 Mandalore Is Sacred to All Mandalorians

Mandalorians of Death Watch arriving on Mandalore in The Clone Wars.

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Like Lothal, Mandalore has yet to appear in a Star Wars film. Still, that doesn’t mean it isn’t anything but fundamental to the history of Star Wars, specifically the TV series The Mandalorian. Mandalore has been the setting for a handful of Star Wars stories, but its influence looms much larger.

Mandalorian civilization thrived for thousands of years until the Clone Wars, where it attempted to stay neutral. Near the end of the Clone Wars, Darth Maul assumed the planet’s throne after winning the Dark Saber in combat from Pre Vizsla. Future seasons of The Mandalorian promise to expand on this artifact and the legacy of Mandalore as a whole.

Trivia

  • Mandalorians were famous for their seemingly impenetrable armor.
  • There were 12 different Mandalorian clans, all with different ideologies.

6 Much of the Prequels’ Politics Occurred on Coruscant

Coruscant is home to the Imperial Senate in the Star Wars prequels.

Home to the Galactic Senate and the Jedi Council, Coruscant plays a significant role in the origins of the Empire. During the prequel trilogy, especially Attack of the Clones and Revenge of the Sith, Coruscant is where Sheev Palpatine schemes his ascent to Emperor. Subsequently, during the reign of the Empire, the planet became known as the Imperial Center.

Coruscant was also the setting for Palpatine’s calculated corruption of Anakin Skywalker. Over several years, the future Emperor achieved this operation while simultaneously orchestrating the Clone Wars. Plus, Palpatine pulled this scheme off, convincing the Senate to reorganize into the first Galactic Empire.

Trivia

  • Revenge of the Sith has an IMDb rating of 7.6/10.
  • Attack of the Clones has an IMDb rating of 6.6/10.

5 Alderaan Is a Key Location for the Rebel Alliance

A birds-eye view of the planet Alderaan in the Obi-Wan Kenobi series.

Known as “the planet of beauty,” Alderaan is a mountainous world covered with woods and vast bodies of water. This natural beauty exemplifies Alderaan’s propensity toward peace in all facets of its existence. Alderaan took on a slightly more active role during the Clone Wars thanks to its Senator, Bail Organa, being so close with Senator and later Chancellor Palpatine. But even then, it never actively took up arms.

Bail Organa’s opposition to the Empire and his decision to adopt Princess Leia led Alderaan to become a primary player in the Rebel Alliance after the establishment of the Galactic Empire. Unfortunately, this proximity to Leia and the Rebellion painted a target on Alderaan. During A New Hope, the Empire utilized Alderaan as an example of the Death Star’s power, using the super weapon to obliterate the planet.

Trivia

  • Senator Bail Organa died on Alderaan when it blew up.
  • Bail Organa adopted Leia to protect her from the Empire.

4 Ilum Was a Sacred Planet Before Its Desecration

Starkiller Base made from a giant trench on the planet Ilum.

Ilum, a small, snow-covered world, was long held as a sacred place by the Jedi Order. Because of its kyber crystalline core, countless generations of Jedi would make a pilgrimage to Ilum for the Gathering. The Gathering was a rite of passage for Jedi Younglings that required them to venture into a cave and find a crystal that resonated with them via the Force.

However, after the Emperor eliminated the Jedi Order via Order 66, Ilum became an Empire-controlled territory. The Galactic Empire began mining Ilum for its kyber crystals, which they used for the first and second Death Stars. This over-mining eventually weakened the very structure of the planet, causing a massive trench to open along the equator. Ultimately, the First Order converted this trench into Starkiller Base, the evolution of the Death Star.

Trivia

  • The first Death Star was constructed in 21 BBY.
  • The first Death Star took about 20 years to build.

3 The Ewoks on Endor Play a Vital Role in the Rebellion

Stormtroopers march Han Solo and Chewbacca through a forest on Endor.

Fans might know Endor by its common name, the Forest Moon of Endor, from the dense woods covering it. It’s far more than just the home of the adorable, if divisive, Ewoks. Endor played a huge role in the last original trilogy entry, Return of the Jedi, where the Empire and the Rebel Alliance wage their final battle.

Thanks to its isolation, the Empire used Endor to establish an outpost to protect the incomplete second Death Star. A plucky band of rebels attacked this shield generator in what would eventually come to be called The Battle of Endor. In this notorious skirmish, a Rebel force, in alliance with the Ewoks, destroyed the generator, leading to the second Death Star’s destruction and the Empire’s fall.

Trivia

  • Ewoks are a deeply spiritual species.
  • George Lucas initially meant to have Wookies help take down the Empire, but Lucas decided to implement Ewoks instead.

2 Scarif Was the Setting for a Galaxy-Changing Battle

The imperial base located on Scarif.

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Scarif is a tropical planet known for its lush jungles and pristine, shallow oceans. Given its remote location, the Empire used Scarif as a place to house its most sensitive and classified projects. In addition to physical isolation, the Empire built a planetary deflector shield to ensure the security of these projects.

In Rogue One, at the behest of Jyn Erso and Cassian Andor, the Rebel Alliance launched an attack on Scarif to capture the Death Star schematics held there. Luckily, the small group of insurgents successfully infiltrated the tower and transmitted the plans to Princess Leia. These plans were what R2-D2 carried across the galaxy and eventually led to the Death Star’s destruction at the hands of Luke Skywalker and the Rebel Forces. Though Scarif has only been featured in one Star Wars movie, it is briefly mentioned in the fourth episode of Andor, “Aldhani.”

Trivia

  • Rogue One was released in 2016.
  • Rogue One made 1.058 billion USD at the box office.

1 Tatooine Is One of the Most Important Planets in the Star Wars Saga

Tatooine's double suns set over a moisture farm in Star Wars

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As a sparsely populated desert world, few would believe Tatooine would become one of the most crucial settings in the entire Star Wars saga. But as the birthplace of Anakin Skywalker and the childhood home of his son, Luke, this planet is the primary stage for the events that kick-started the series fans know today.

Tatooine’s presence isn’t limited to the original or prequel trilogies either. Recent franchise entries like The Mandalorian and Kenobi also heavily feature the planet. While some have argued Tatooine appears too much, its importance to Star Wars can’t be understated.

Trivia

  • Tattooine was once covered in oceans and rainforests before it became a desert world.

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Created by George Lucas, Star Wars began in 1977 with the then-eponymous film that would later be retitled Episode IV: A New Hope. The original Star Wars trilogy centered on Luke Skywalker, Han Solo and Princess Leia Organa, who helped lead the Rebel Alliance to victory over the tyrannous Galactic Empire. This Empire was overseen by Darth Sidious/Emperor Palpatine, who was aided by the cybernetic menace known as Darth Vader.In 1999, Lucas returned to Star Wars with a prequel trilogy that explored how Luke’s father Anakin Skywalker became a Jedi and eventually succumbed to the dark side of the Force. 

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