The first Star Wars live-action TV series is finally here, in the shape of The Mandalorian: an epic, Western-style space opera starring Pedro Pascal as the titular masked bounty hunter. The show wasted no time delving right into Star Wars mythos; the very first episode was loaded with references and lore integrated into the story so as not to be distracting to more casual viewers. If you’re a Star Wars newbie, the show is easily digestible, and if you’re a veteran… well, this thing is a treasure trove of goodies.
If you’re just getting into Star Wars or need a refresher, we’re compiling the following glossary of important terms to remember in The Mandalorian: alien species, spaceships, Eater eggs, and more. Some of these things are new to the galaxy, and some previously turned up in the saga movies and series like Star Wars: The Clone Wars and Star Wars Rebels. Join us as we dig into all of the fun stuff nestled in this exciting new series.
Spoilers for The Mandalorian episodes 1-8 below.
Ardennian – We first met an Ardennian in Solo: A Star Wars Story. He was Rio, voiced by Jon Favreau. Another one turns up in “The Prisoner,” in a cell on the New Republic prison ship. This bluish/greyish species has four arms and comes from the planet Ardennia.
Bantha – These large, wooly-mammoth looking creatures live on Tatooine and are used by Tusken Raiders as mounts and companions. The famous Star Wars blue milk comes from banthas. They are featured in “The Gunslinger,” when Mando and Baby Yoda go to Tatooine.
Blurrg – One of these two-legged female beasts attacks our titular Mandalorian when he’s on his mission to retrieve the Client’s bounty. Kuiil intervenes and gives instructions on how to tame and ride a blurrg. The creatures first appeared in the 1985 television film Ewoks: The Battle for Endor, and were canonized by The Clone Wars in 2009. They’ve also appeared in Rebels and have been referenced in a number of tie-in novels like Aftermath and Thrawn: Alliances.
Devaronian – These demon-looking aliens first appeared in A New Hope in the Mos Eisley Cantina. Clancy Brown plays one in “The Prisoner,” one of the unfortunate members of Ran’s team. The species hails from the planet Devaron.
Dewback – These giant reptile-like, non-sentient beasts are native to Tatooine and are used almost like horses on the desert planet. We see them in “The Gunslinger.”
Gungan – In “The Prisoner,” Mayfeld makes a joke that Mando might be a Gungan under his armor. Gungans are Jar Jar Binks’ species from the Star Wars prequels.
Jawa – One of the most famous and recognizable species from Star Wars, the Jawas played a big role in “The Child.” The glowing red-eyed humanoid creatures are native to Tatooine and are known as scavengers who roam the desert in their sandcrawlers, looking for scraps to barter and sell. “Jawas steal, they don’t destroy,” Kuiil reminds us in The Mandalorian. We’ve only ever seen the Jawas with hoods on, which has fueled fan theories about their true appearance since they first showed up in A New Hope.
Klatoonian – This dog-faced species is native to the planet Klatooine. In “Sanctuary,” we see a group of Klatoonians raid the farming villages of Sorgan. They’ve also appeared in The Clone Wars and Star Wars Resistance.
Kowakian monkey-lizard – You probably recognize these lizardy, squirrel-like little pests thanks to Salacious Crumb, who first appeared in Jabba’s Palace in Return of the Jedi. They’ve also been integral to storylines in The Clone Wars and other canon shows and novels. In The Mandalorian, we see one roasting on a spit while another shudders in a nearby cage. They hail from the planet Kowak and are known for their deeply annoying laughter.
Krill – These little blue shrimp-like creatures dwell in ponds on the planet Sorgan, where they are harvested and used to brew the drink spotchka.
Kubaz – The snout-nosed creature who plays a flute in “Chapter One” is from the alien race Kubaz, the same species as the informant in A New Hope. Native to the planet Kubindi, they’re anteater-like, existing on diets of insects that they snatch through their long noses. We also see a Kubaz bounty hunter attempt to assassinate Baby Yoda in “Sanctuary.”
Mud Horn – In “Chapter Two,” the Mandalorian fights off a giant, rhino-like creature which looks a lot like a reek. Those muscular, angry, and non-sentient animals hail from the planet Ylesia. One famously tried to destroy Anakin Skywalker in the arena sequence in Attack of the Clones. They’ve also appeared in The Clone Wars. Is this hairier version a relative?
Mythosaur – When the Mandalorian balks at having to ride a blurrg, Kuiil reminds him that his people were known for riding mythosaurs. Native to Mandalore, mythosaurs are ancient creatures, the stuff of Mandalorian legend. The tusked creature is seen on the armor of Boba Fett as insignia, and was spotted on a flag at Maz Kanata’s castle in The Force Awakens. In The Mandalorian, we see a mold of a mythosaur skull on the wall in the Armorer’s lair.
Mythrol – This amphibious humanoid species was first introduced in The Mandalorian. Saturday Night Live‘s Horatio Sanz portrays a blue-faced member of this race, who is a bounty placed in carbonite aboard the Razor Crest and handed off to Greef Carga. We know little of this species, except that they look a little like the monster from The Shape of Water and that they molt.
Nikto – The species guarding Baby Yoda on Kuiil’s planet are called Niktos. In canon, they traditionally work for the Hutts, and appeared frequently in The Clone Wars and Star Wars Resistance. Known for their spiky faces and scaly skin, they’re natives to the planet Kintan,
Quarren – The opening sequence of The Mandlorian features a squid-faced character who gets sliced in half by a door. He’s a Quarren, from the planet Mon Cala, also home to the Mon Calamari (Admiral Ackbar’s species). Quarren pop up all over Star Wars; in Return of the Jedi, The Phantom Menace, Attack of the Clones, The Clone Wars, Resistance, and many of the novels and comics.
Rodian – The Greedo species. This scaly green-skinned species comes from the planet Rodia, and most of the ones we’ve seen in canon are bounty hunters. (Although an adorable episode of The Clone Wars introduced us to a Rodian padawan named Ganodi.) In The Mandalorian, we see a few Rodians, including one named Chussido, who first appeared in Solo: A Star Wars Story. Chussido is killed on Nevarro during Mando’s escape with Baby Yoda.
Tookas – This cat-like species is best known as its Loth cat variant in Rebels. We see a live-action one for the first time in “Sanctuary” on Sorgan, as it roars at Baby Yoda.
Trandoshan – Another popular species that appears in The Mandalorian are the Trandoshans, who we first met in The Empire Strikes Back in the form of the bounty hunter Bossk. They come from the planet Trandosha and are known as skilled hunters. The reptilian animals sort of look like dinosaurs, and have turned up in countless Star Wars stories through the years.
Tusken Raider – We see the Sand People and indigenous natives of Tatooine in “The Gunslinger,” when Mando and Toro encounter them in the desert. First introduced in A New Hope, Tuskens have a pretty negative connotation in Star Wars. They captured and tortured Anakin’s mother, Shmi, in Attack of Clones, which led to her death. But in The Mandalorian, we see Mando connect with them by using some sort of primitive form of sign language. Is this the only way to properly negotiate with a Tusken Raider?
Twi’lek – This famous Star Wars alien species showed up in “The Prisoner,” in the form of Xi’an and Qin, two criminal siblings. They’re native to the Outer Rim planet Ryloth and are distinguished by two large appendages that protrude from their head, called lekku. They made their first appearance in Return of the Jedi (Bib Fortuna is a Twi’lek) and have appeared throughout Star Wars canon ever since.
Ugnaught – Nick Nolte’s character, Kuiil, is from the porcine-faced species known as Ugnaughts. The short creatures are typically found on Cloud City though they originally hail from a planet called Gentes.
Womp rat – We never actually see a womp rat in The Mandalorian, but they’re referenced often, usually as a pejorative. Native to Tatooine, womp rats are considered pests to moisture farmers. They were first mentioned in A New Hope.
Armorer – Emily Swallow plays this mysterious Mandalorian character, and member of the Tribe. We first meet her in “Chapter One,” and spend more time with her in “The Sin,” when she builds Mando a full suit of Mandalorian armor with his beskar reward. We don’t know much about her, other than her resilient desire to uphold the Mandalorian ways, so their culture won’t be forgotten.
Baby Yoda – Yeah, we know his canon name is technically “The Child,” but come on. It’s Baby Yoda. The little green baby is the heart and soul of The Mandalorian, after Mando finds him in “Chapter One.” A mysterious 50-year-old childlike creature, it seems like every bounty hunter in the Outer Rim is after this little fella. Is he a clone? Is he related to Yoda? All we know is that his Midichlorian levels are through the roof, he’s incredibly powerful in the Force, and Mando has taken on a father-like role in his life, sacrificing his own goodwill to protect Baby Yoda. Wouldn’t you?
Burg – Clancy Brown plays this Devaronian character, who’s a member of Ran’s team, and joins Mayfeld, Xi’an, and Mando on their mission to the New Republic prison ship to retrieve Qin.
Cara Dune – We first meet Cara Dune in “Sanctuary,” hiding out on the planet Sorgan. The former shock trooper butts heads with Mando before teaming up with him to save the natives from a rogue AT-ST dwelling in the forest. We only know a little about her past: After the Battle of Endor, she hunted down former Imperial warlords for the Rebel Alliance. She left the Rebels and became a mercenary, finding refuge on Sorgan. Near the end of the season, she re-teamed with Mando. In “Redemption,” we learn that she’s from Alderaan. She’s played by former MMA fighter Gina Carano.
“The Client” – Werner Herzog plays a mysterious character known only as “The Client.” Introduced in “Chapter One,” he’s clearly a supporter of the now-dead Empire, and is flanked by battered Remnant Stormtroopers. He sends the Mandalorian on a complicated bounty hunting mission: to retrieve a 50-year-old alien and return it to him–dead or alive. His exact intentions are currently unknown, but the company he keeps can tell us more than meets the eye. He is killed by Moff Gideon and his stormtroopers at the end of “The Reckoning.”
Doctor Pershing – The Client is flanked by a strange man named Doctor Pershing. Omid Abtahi plays the character, introduced as a scientist, who has a clear interest in the bounty; he’s adamant that it be returned alive, though we don’t know why. Pershing has a curious badge on his shoulder, one that resembles what the cloning trainees on Kamino wore in Attack of the Clones. Does Pershing want to clone Baby Yoda for some nefarious purpose, or merely study him? In “The Sin,” he claims Baby Yoda is still alive because of him. Is he telling the truth?
Fennec Shand – An assassin and mercenary, Fennec Shand (Ming-Na Wen) made her name killing for top crime syndicates, including the Hutts. We meet her in “The Gunslinger,” on Tatooine, as Mando and Toro try to track her–and wind up being tracked by her instead. Mando and Toro eventually capture her, and Toro seemingly kills her. But a mysterious someone stands over her body at the end of the episode. Is she actually dead? Will she be revived?
Greef Karga – We don’t know much about Carl Weathers’ character Greef Karga just yet. We know he’s a bounty guild contact for the Mandalorian, sending him on his various missions. He seems like a good enough person, but this is a lawless time and place in the galaxy–anything could happen. As of “The Sin,” him and Mando are at odds.
Kuiil – Nick Nolte plays this ugnaught, a moisture farmer on a mysterious desert planet who helps the Mandalorian in exchange for a captured blurrg. He’s insightful and graciously helpful to the Mandalorian, seemingly curious about his habits and culture. In “The Reckoning,” we learn that he was sold into the Imperial army and fought on their side until he won his freedom back. He’s killed at the end of the episode while attempting to protect Baby Yoda.
Mandalorian – Our titular masked hero isn’t a native to Mandalore, but became one of the legendary warriors after a traumatic event when he was a child. After witnessing the death of his parents, he was saved by the Mandalorians and adopted into their culture. He later became a bounty hunter, though he became an enemy of the guild when he rescued Baby Yoda from the Client’s clutches. In “Redemption,” we learn that his real name is Din Djarin.
Mayfeld – A former Imperial sharpshooter (not a Stormtrooper, he’ll have you know), Mayfeld is now a part of Ran’s team. He likes to antagonize Mando, which is his detriment later in the episode, when Mando takes him down and locks him with the others in a New Republic prison cell after their mission goes awry. He’s played by comedian Bill Burr.
Moff Gideon – Giancarlo Esposito plays this character, a former Imperial soldier who’s now a moff with his own special forces, including stormtroopers, death troopers, and scout troopers. He appears at the end of “The Reckoning” looking for Baby Yoda. In “Redemption,” we learn that he was an Imperial leader during the Siege of Mandalore, and that he’s now in possession of the black-bladed lightsaber, Darksaber.
Omera – A woman farmer who lives on the planet Sorgan, we meet Omera and her daughter Winta in “Sanctuary.” Mando takes a liking to her and the two share what seems like a romantic interest in one another. The widow reveals that she also knows how to handle a weapon, teasing at a colored past, and helps save her community from an AT-ST attack. Mando almost leaves Baby Yoda with her, before a Kubaz bounty hunter tries to kill the foundling. They part ways, possibly forever, although Omera leaves a strong impression–showing that Mando has feelings for others outside of Baby Yoda.
Paz Vizla – Jon Favreau voices this Mandalorian, a member of the Tribe who butts head with Mando but later comes to his aid during his escape with Baby Yoda. “This is the way.”
Peli Motto – Amy Sedaris plays this Mos Eisley repairwoman, who takes a quick liking to Baby Yoda. We don’t learn much about her, except that she’s spunky and money hungry, but she appears to have a good heart and runs a tight business. She’s also apparently styled after Ripley from Alien.
Qin – The titular prisoner of episode six, this Twi’lek character is a brother of Xi-an and has a history with Mando, who is apparently the reason he’s locked up. Mando escapes with him, after locking the others in a New Republic prison cell, and leaves him with a tracking device. He’s played by Ismael Cruz Cordova.
Ranzar Malk – Introduced in “The Prisoner,” this human character is played by Mark Boone, Jr. and runs some kind of bounty hub and repair shop in an unknown corner of space. He has a past with Mando; the two used to run jobs together. After Mando successfully completes a job for him, he tries to have him shot down, but is tracked by New Republic X-wings.
Toro Calican – We meet this wannabe bounty hunter in “The Gunslinger,” when he offers Mando information about Fennec Shand on Tatooine. The two team up, with Toro promising Mando his money if he helps him with his first mission. He ultimately meets his demise when he tries to double-cross Mando after learning intel from Fennec. (Who he shoots, but probably not fatally.) Toro is played by Jake Cannavale, son of actor Bobby Cannavale.
Winta – Omera’s young daughter and a native of Sorgan. She is immediately drawn to Baby Yoda and introduces him to her friends in the farming village.
Xi-an – This Twi’lek character is part of Ran’s team and has an implied history with Mando. She’s played by Harry Potter and Game of Thrones actress Natalia Tena, and is left by Mando in a New Republic prison cell at the end of “The Prisoner.”
B2 super battle droid – In a flashback, we see this advance battle droid–which was used in the Clone Wars–come to the aid of a young Mando. The B2 droids first appeared in Attack of the Clones and were seen frequently in The Clone Wars animated series.
IG-11 – We first met an IG bounty droid in The Empire Strikes Back, called IG-88. In The Mandalorian, we meet another version of the same model: IG-11, voiced by Taika Waititi. The droid has also been hired to track down Baby Yoda, although he was given explicit orders to kill the creature. As IG-11 and Mando fight their way into the compound where the baby is being held, IG-11 attempts to self-destruct instead of be killed by the Niktos. They eventually get inside, but Mando shoots him to death before he can harm the baby. But worry not, IG-11 comes back in “The Reckoning,” when we learn that Kuiil salvaged his parts and reprogrammed him into a service droid.
Pit Droids – The eager and anxious DUM-series pit droids from The Phantom Menace make an appearance in “The Gunslinger.” Before the show, we’ve only seen these little guys as repair droids for podracers, but it looks like they’re multifaceted, even though they aren’t allowed to fix the Razor Crest due to Mando’s distrust in droids. Another bonus: We see them play a game of Sabaac, a game we learn of in Solo: A Star Wars Story.
TT-8L/Y7 gatekeeper droid – Nicknamed “tattletale droid,” this security droid looks like an eyestalk with a glittery ball at the end. We first see one in Return of the Jedi on Jabba’s palace. They’ve also popped up in The Clone Wars, and appear in “Chapter One” and “The Sin” in The Mandalorian. In the latter, Mando rips the droid out of the wall in his Baby Yoda rescue mission.
Zero – Also known as Q9-0, this droid is one of Ran’s. He’s sent on a mission to pilot the Razor Crest while Mando and the rest of Ran’s team attempt to rescue a prisoner from a New Republic prison ship. He’s shot dead by Mando later in the episode, before he had a chance to kill Baby Yoda. He’s voiced by comedian Richard Ayoade.
Beskar – In “Chapter One,” the Client gives the Mandalorian a block of Imperial-stamped beskar as a downpayment for his bounty. In lore, beskar is a precious iron, sacred to the Mandalorian people and used to forge their armor. It’s found on Mandalore and is known for its ability to withstand extreme force and heat. The Mandalorian has his block forged into a pauldron by the Armorer, and later has his Baby Yoda bounty turned into an entire beskar suit of armor.
Calamari flan – When Mando returns the carbonite-encased Mythrol to Greef, he first offers him imperial credits as a payment. Mando refuses this form of payment, even though some still accept it, because of its connection to the dismantled Empire. Instead, Greef pays him with coins known as “Calamari flan.” We can assume these coins come from Mon Cala, as that’s where the Mon Calamari live and the naming convention lines up. The blue coins look strange and sea-like.
Carbonite – In “Chapter One,” the Mythrol is frozen in something called carbonite, a liquid substance made from carbon gas that can preserve beings without killing them, placing them in hibernation. We were first introduced to carbonite in The Empire Strikes Back, when Han Solo is frozen in the substance and transported by Boba Fett. It’s been used and referenced in a number of Star Wars stories since.
Darksaber – At the end of “Redemption,” we see that Moff Gideon is in possession of a black-bladed lightsaber called Darksaber. This weapon first appeared in The Clone Wars and also showed up in Rebels. It’s an ancient lightsaber, and belonged to the first Mandalorian to join the Jedi Order. It’s an important symbol of power for Mandalorians, so knowing the bad guy has it spells a lot of trouble for season two.
Whistling Birds – This weapon is made of beskar steel and used by Mandalorians. In “The Sin,” Mando uses the weapon–which shoot out of his vambrance–to take down a troop of Remnant Stormtroopers during his mission to rescue Baby Yoda from Pershing.
Tracking fob – This handheld device is used by bounty hunters to track their quarries. They appear throughout The Mandalorian.
AT-ST – In “Sanctuary,” we learn that one of these Imperical walkers was hiding out on the planet Sorgan. Also known as a “Scout walker” or “chicken walker,” the All Terrain Scout Transport was used by ground forces to hunt down enemies. In The Mandalorian, we see one with red eyes; it’s shot down and defeated by Mando, Cara Dune, and the Sorgan villagers.
Razor Crest – The Razor Crest is the gunship used by the Mandalorian, a former military craft used to patrol territories prior to the establishment of the Empire. The Mandalorian is the first time we’ve seen this spacecraft, which was designed by veteran Lucasfilm art director Doug Chiang.
Sandcrawler – This is the transport vehicle for the Jawas, a giant mobile fortress that is also where the creatures live and work. They were first seen in A New Hope, and have been mentioned or shown in a number of other Star Wars series, comics, and games.
TIE fighter – Moff Gideon rides into his scene in “The Reckoning” in an Outland TIE fighter, the classic Imperial starfighter.
X-wings – Looks like the New Republic is still using X-wings, the most famous “good guy” vehicle in all of Star Wars. At the end of “The Prisoner,” a trio of X-wing pilots (played by three directors of The Mandalorian: Dave Filoni, Deborah Chow, and Rick Famuyiwa) take down Ran’s platform.
Zephyr-G swoop – The bikes Mando and Toro ride through the Tatooine desert in “The Gunslinger” look a lot like the Zephyr model Anakin rides in Attack of the Clones.
Alzoc III – In “The Prisoner,” Xi’an references a job that she and Mando did on a world called Alzoc III; it’s implied they completed some kind of mission, one where Mando potentially killed a lot of people. Alzoc III was previously referenced in the canon novel Last Shot, and has a long history in the old EU, now referred to as Legends.
Arvala-7 – The rocky desert planet where Kuiil lives with his blurrgs, and where Baby Yoda was found back in “Chapter One.”
Nevarro – This the planet where we first meet Greef Carga, where the Mandalorians have a small underground meeting space, and where The Client and Doctor Pershing are located. It’s also where Mando steals back Baby Yoda and has an intense shootout with his fellow bounty hunters, before the Mandalorians save the day. We don’t know much about this planet yet–and only learned of its name in passing from Fennec Shand–but we have a feeling we’ll see more of it before the season is over.
Sorgan – In “Sanctuary,” Mando and Baby Yoda head to this remote planet after escaping the bounty hunters on Nevarro. The planet is inhabited by krill farmers, who are frequently raided by Klantoonians. This is the planet where we meet Cara Dune and Omera.
Tatooine – The famous desert planet–and home to Anakin and Luke Skywalker–shows up in “The Gunslinger,” when Mando takes the Razor Crest to Mos Eisley for repairs. While on the planet, we see a number of familiar markers from movie’s past, including dewbacks, Tusken Raiders, and banthas. We even see the Mos Eisley cantina.
Life Day – The series threw in a fun little reference in the opening moments of the pilot, when the Mythrol played by Horatio Sanz referenced a holiday called Life Day. That’s the holiday the crew celebrates in the controversial Star Wars Holiday Special, which aired on television on November 17, 1978. The surreal and hokey special was loaded with musical numbers and other bizarre sequences, and though it’s not technically canon, it has introduced a few concepts that have later been canonized; Boba Fett, for instance, first appeared in an animated sequence in the holiday special before his live-action debut in The Empire Strikes Back. Now, it looks like Life Day is canon, too. Thanks Jon Favreau!
Remnant Stormtroopers – These dirtied up Stormtroopers are used as security guards for the remaining Empire supporters in the galaxy, like “The Client.”
Shock trooper – Shock troopers were a specialized infantry of the Rebel Alliance who hunted down Imperial warlords.
Spotchka – This drink is brewed on Sorgan and made from the little blue freshwater krill who live on the quiet planet.
The Tribe – This group of Mandalorians live on Nevarro and are comprised of the Armorer, Paz Vizla, and Mando. We see them in full protective force in “The Sin,” and learn their motto: “This is the way.”
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