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Top 10 Strongest Creatures in Star Wars

Jeremy hopes the Force is with him as he pursues a forensics career in the swamps of Louisiana.

Though Star Wars features mostly humans and droids, we also witness a surprising number of mystifying creatures, from the chubby porgs to the silver fox vulptices to the tiger-like nexu.

To be clear, we're not talking about sentient species like Wookies or Trandoshans, but the animalistic beasts found across the galaxy. Given their imposing nature, the term "monster" often better suits these terrorizing tyrants, whose size, shape, and habitats vary more than you might expect. But which galactic predators reign supreme? These are the ten deadliest creatures throughout the Star Wars universe! Spoilers ahead.

10. Wampa

Seen in: Star Wars Episode 5: The Empire Strikes Back
Habitat: Hoth

Luke's decision to check out the meteorite on Hoth almost proves fatal as he's ambushed by a Wampa, a towering yeti-like monster that kills Luke's Tauntaun and nearly Luke himself. Heck, it managed to sneak up on him and knock him out despite his budding mystic abilities. Forget Sith; looks like an ice monster is what's needed against fledgling Jedi.

Awakening in the creature's lair, Luke manages to retrieve his lightsaber with the Force and slice off the Wampa's arm, escaping relatively unscathed. But what goes around comes around, and Luke himself ends up losing his right hand by the film's conclusion (thanks, dad). For more bloodthirsty rampages, check out one of Empire's deleted scenes featuring a wampa slaughtering stormtroopers after C-3P0 tricks them into entering its restricted room.



9. Ysalamiri

Seen in: Various Expanded Universe (EU) stories
Habitat: Myrkr

Non-movie fans probably aren't familiar with this small, lizard-like reptile. What Ysalamiri lack in size, they make up for with anti-Force powers. As an evolutionary mechanism against their Force-sensitive vornskr predators, ysalamiri developed a latent anti-Force barrier. Any being in close contact with one loses access to their energy field, a dangerous weapon against Jedi and Sith alike.

Plus, when you combine several ysalamiri into one area, their bubbles expand from a few meters to several kilometers, making them one of the best ways to cripple Force-users. Fan favorite villain Grand Admiral Thrawn had ysalamiri strapped to the backs of himself and several of his men using a harness and "nutrient frame" that kept the creatures alive, which proved an effective defense against Force-powered enemies.



8. Rathtar

Seen in: Star Wars Episode 7: The Force Awakens
Habitat: Twon Ketee

Han Solo relates rathtars as "big, dangerous, and ugly" while Darth Maul earlier dubs them "hungry, vicious, relentless", both fitting descriptions. Rathtars aren't the smartest carnivores, but they're large, can snare prey with tentacles, and (atypical of such sizable creatures) cooperate to hunt their targets.

In Episode 7, Rey, Finn, and Han narrowly escape the rathtars set loose aboard Han's freighters. With their tentacles and numerous rows of teeth, rathtars are almost like mobile versions of the classic sarlaac, who they're actually distantly related to.

Brain worm

Brain worm

7. Brain Worm

Seen in: Star Wars: The Clone Wars
Habitat: Geonosis

Like ysalamiri, brain worms are small and apparently weak, but brandish a creepy ability: they can wriggle into your skull and attach to your brain, gaining control of your body. In the Clone Wars series, several clone troopers and even Jedi apprentice Barriss Offee were infected by these pests.

Anakin's Padawan Ahsoka Tano manages to save some of the victims using cold temperatures to eradicate the worms, but by then many soldiers had fallen to their zombie-like symptoms. Here's a battle where it's best not to use your head.

Sarlaac Pit

Sarlaac Pit

6. Sarlaac Pit

Seen in: Star Wars Episode 6: Return of the Jedi
Habitat: Tatooine (and several others)

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Luke, Han, and Chewie are nearly thrown into Jabba's sarlaac pit during the events of Episode 6. Waiting in place for victims to fall into their jaws (or in range of their massive tentacles), sarlaacs are nothing if not patient, and why shouldn't they be? After all, they live tens of thousands of years, so they've got plenty of time to spare.

As if that weren't bad enough, sarlaacs digest victims over the course of a millennia using unique immobilizing neurotoxins that maintain a victim's consciousness but cause constant pain for a thousand years. You get caught by one of these, and you're not just dead, you're tortured for a millennia, then dead. Unless you're Boba Fett, who very narrowly escapes.



5. Rancor

Seen in: Star Wars Episode 6: Return of the Jedi
Habitat: Dathomir, Tatooine

Another Episode 6 creature, a rancor attacks Luke Skywalker in Episode 6. At around five meters tall, rancors are like walking tanks, and their tough hide repels most blaster fire. Rancors have varying levels of intelligence; some are little more than mindless beasts while others cluster in matriarchal clans.

In the alternate Legends timeline, the Witches of Dathomir use the Force to bond with rancors, creating a deadly pairing for any foe unlucky enough to face them. If you ever need to stump your friends with some Star Wars trivia, ask them what was Jabba's rancor's name; it's canonically revealed as Pateesa in a 2016 novel.

Sando Aqua Monster

Sando Aqua Monster

4. Sando Aqua Monster

Seen in: Star Wars Episode 1: The Phantom Menace
Habitat: Naboo

Some might claim Jar-Jar was the worst monster to emerge in Episode 1, but this "bigger fish" takes the cake. Surprisingly, it actually assists our heroes; as Qui-Gon, Obi-Wan, and Jar-Jar travel through Naboo's underwater planet core, they're assaulted by a gooberfish.

After a brief chase, the substantial fish is eaten by a much, much larger sando (a gargantuan eel-like monster with limbs to boot), netting our protagonists an easy escape. Thanks, buddy!

Space Slug

Space Slug

3. Space Slug (Exogorth)

Seen in: Star Wars Episode 5: The Empire Strikes Back
Habitat: Asteroids

Space slugs are incredibly diverse in size, some being only a meter long while others (like the one the Millennium Falcon narrowly escapes from) measure about 900 kilometers in length! These colossal creatures can weigh over a million kilograms, survive in space's atmosphere, and consume metal (making spaceships a tasty target).

Heck, the biggest space slugs house their own ecosystems inside, as we see when Han and Leia investigate the mynocks in the "cave". If only the rebels could have sent these things at Star Destroyers!

Zillo Beast

Zillo Beast

2. Zillo Beast

Seen in: Star Wars: The Clone Wars
Habitat: Malastare

With a whip-like tail, this massive reptile spans 97 meters (over 300 feet!) long. In years past, the zillo creatures preyed upon the Dugs, the species that Sebulba, Anakin's Podracing rival, belongs to. Long believed extinct, a surviving zillo is awakened during the Clone Wars. The Republic agrees to help kill it, but secretly stuns it and transports the beast to Coruscant, where Palpatine planned to study it.

Palpatine's schemes nearly prove deadly as Zillo (whose name resembles a certain famous movie monster) escapes, and only Jedi intervention eventually contains it. Zillo's hide proves largely resistant to traditional weaponry, and it only falls to poison gas, making it nearly invincible in battle. Thankfully, it didn't end up Palpatine's hands, but he did order an attempted cloning using its dead body, so we may not have seen the end of the zillo.

Greater Krayt Dragon

Greater Krayt Dragon

1. Greater Krayt Dragon

Seen in: Star Wars Episode 4: A New Hope (as a skeleton)
Habitat: Tatooine

Both larger and rarer than its canyon krayt relative, the greater krayt dragon proves an imposing sight, bearing deep black scales and growing up to 100 meters in length. Since they spend most of their time tunneling through sand (a feat their ten legs assist with), greater krayts aren't often seen, but , just hearing one of their cries causes the Tusken Raiders to flee (as we saw Obi-Wan exploit in Episode 4).

Anything that preys upon sarlaacs definitely warrants avoidance, and greater krayts also regularly eat the large mammoth-like banthas. As immensely dangerous apex predators at the top of their food chain, greater krayts provide one more strong reason for Luke to leave his homeworld.

More Star Wars Monsters

From Force-canceling to brain-invading to sheer size, Star Wars's wildlife arrives with a vast array of powers, and we'll undoubtedly explore the several dozens of powerful creatures remaining (like dewbacks and acklays) in a future list. For now, as we eagerly await more daunting interstellar animals, vote for your favorite creature and I'll see you at our next Star Wars countdown!

© 2018 Jeremy Gill


Alvaro on March 26, 2020:

Love star wars

Liz Westwood from UK on October 10, 2018:

You could write a Star Wars encyclopaedia or dictionary with your impressive knowledge.

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