Star Wars: The Complete Canon Timeline (2018)

Some unknown thousands of years before the
events of the Star Wars films, an energy field known as the Force comes into existence on
a mysterious planet known as the Wellspring of Life. Sentient beings evolve throughout the galaxy,
and a number of species develop hyperspace technology, allowing them to explore and colonize
more worlds. The literal or figurative Prime Jedi is born,
and Force-sensitive creatures gather on the planet Ahch-To with the purpose of starting
the Jedi Order. They construct a temple and a village on one
of the islands there. The Old Republic is founded, and the Jedi
dedicate themselves to the preservation of peace and justice among its citizens. They spread their influence to more worlds,
including Ilum and Jedha. Both planets become sacred to the Jedi as
major sources of kyber crystals, used in the construction of their lightsabers. An unidentified rogue Jedi splits from the
Order, taking with him a number of followers, sparking the Hundred Year Darkness and the
creation of the Sith Order. A Sith temple is erected on Malachor, and
at its heart is a superweapon powered by a massive kyber crystal. The Jedi attack the temple, and in the Great
Scourge of Malachor, the superweapon is fired, petrifying all participants in the battle. Another splinter group of the Jedi, called
the Ordu Aspectu, begins researching the secrets of immortality. The Jedi oppose their quest, so the Ordu desperately
sends their fortress through hyperspace to an unknown location, where it is lost. The Sith Empire spreads. The dark side users briefly control the galaxy,
and build a shrine on the planet Coruscant. One thousand years later Jedi and Republic
forces successfully drive their Sith enemies away. Attempting to remove dark side energies from
the planet, four Jedi Masters built a new Jedi Temple on top of the Sith shrine. In the midst of fighting with the Sith, the
Jedi encounter a warrior people known as Mandalorians. Fearful of the Jedi’s mystical powers in
the Force, the Mandalorians develop new technology to combat them on equal ground, and the Mandalorian
Wars begin. Despite their differences, the Jedi accept
a Mandalorian named Tarre Vizsla into their ranks. He creates a unique lightsaber called the
darksaber, and after his death it is stored in the Jedi Temple. The final conflict of the Mandalorian Wars
occurs on Mandalore, the heart of the Mandalorian Empire. Their homeworld is devastated and scorched
into a lifeless desert. The Sith Wars continue for thousands of years. Battles are fought on many planets, including
Takodana, on the exact site where Maz Kanata will one day build her castle. The final confrontation is again on Coruscant. The Mandalorians, possibly in league with
the Sith, use the opportunity to infiltrate the Jedi Temple and reclaim Tarre Vizsla’s
darksaber. The Sith are defeated, leaving Darth Bane
as the sole survivor. Realizing that his peers’ lust for power
and infighting were a key element in their downfall, he takes on a single apprentice,
and begins the Rule of Two. Living in secret, the Sith could grow more
powerfully not only in the Force, but politically as well, until they could orchestrate the
downfall of the Jedi, and the return of the Sith Empire. As a result of the Sith Wars, the Old Republic
collapses, and is reformed into the Galactic Republic. Believing the Sith to be extinct, the Jedi
Order rebuilds. About five hundred years later, the Citadel
is constructed to imprison rogue Jedi, preventing any future uprisings like the Hundred Year
Darkness. However, the Galactic Republic largely knows
nothing but peace for the thousand years after its creation. During that time, the Sith Order continues
to remain hidden thanks to the Rule of Two. Darth Plagueis and his apprentice Darth Sidious
are the latest Sith in Darth Bane’s lineage. After learning everything he can from his
master, Sidious kills Plagueis in his sleep. Darth Sidious is publicly known as Senator
Sheev Palpatine of Naboo, and his ultimate goal is to manufacture a galactic conflict
that will throw the Republic into chaos, and allow him to seize political power. He meets the Nightsister Mother Talzin, and
takes her son, Maul as his new apprentice. Together they travel to the ruined Malachor,
where Maul witnesses the history of the Sith, and is instilled with an intense hatred and
desire for revenge against the Jedi. A Jedi Padawan named Mace Windu travels with
his master, Cyslin Myr to the planet Mathas, where they arrest a man taking advantage of
the locals by masquerading as a Jedi. A slave named Shmi Skywalker gives birth to
a fatherless son she names Anakin, who is conceived purely by the will of the Cosmic
Force. When Anakin is three, he and is mother become
the property of the junk dealer Watto on the remote desert world Tatooine. The Mandalorian people experience civil war
as Duchess Satine Kryze attempts to shift their culture from that of conquerors into
pacifists. The militant group known as Death Watch wants
to assassinate the Duchess, so Jedi Master Qui-Gon Jinn and his padawan, Obi-Wan Kenobi,
are tasked with her protection. They live on the run for a year, and Obi-Wan
and Satine develop feelings for each other. But when the war comes to an end, the Duchess
returns to Mandalore to lead her now pacifist people, and Obi-Wan continues his Jedi training. A Jedi Master named Sifo-Dyas has visions
of the upcoming conflict and attempts to warn the Galactic Republic. He is dismissed as a warmonger, and removed
from the Jedi Council. He takes matters into his own hands by commissioning
the Kaminoans to create a clone army for the Republic, which catches the attention of Sidious. Meanwhile, the Jedi Master Yoda follows the
call of the Force to a war torn planet called Vagadarr. There he learns to control a unique aspect
of the Force known as stonepower, and brings peace to the inhabitants. Maul grows impatient of his master’s plans
and secrecy, and seeks to test his power against a Jedi Padawan named Eldra Kaitis. He kills her, much to his master’s delight. Sidious begins the first phase of his master
plan by engineering a blockade of his home planet. Qui-Gon Jinn and Obi-Wan Kenobi are sent to
end the dispute. They rescue the planet’s ruler, Queen Padme
Amidala, and are forced to retreat to Tatooine, where they meet Anakin Skywalker. Recognizing his immense, yet untrained potential
in the Force, Qui-Gon arranges for Anakin’s freedom and takes him back to Coruscant. The Galactic Republic’s inability to solve
the problems on Naboo reveal the ineffectiveness of the Senate, and allows Palpatine to not
only vote the Supreme Chancellor out of office, but also take the position for himself. Qui-Gon, Obi-Wan, Anakin, and Padme return
to Naboo to remove the blockade by force. Darth Maul confronts them and cuts down Qui-Gon
before being dealt a mortal wound himself. Anakin is admitted to the Jedi Order as the
padawan of Obi-Wan. Despite the loss of Maul and the end of the
blockade, Palpatine’s goal in the blockade is achieved, and he sets his eyes on Anakin
as Maul’s replacement. But in the meantime he settles for a former,
jaded Jedi Master called Dooku. They arrange for the death of Sifo-Dyas, and
secretly take control of the clone army he commissioned. Anakin trains with Obi-Wan for three years,
proving to be incredibly powerful. He falls under the mentorship of the Supreme
Chancellor, who encourages the boy’s thoughts that the Jedi Order are not what he expected. Anakin considers leaving the Order, but a
mission with his master to the wartorn planet Carnelion IV convinces him to stay. Ten years after the blockade of Naboo, Dooku
leads a number of star systems in seceding from the Republic, beginning the conflict
that was foreseen by Sifo-Dyas. The Republic Senate is hesitant to create
an army. Dooku orders the assassination of Padme, who
is a staunch opponent to Republic militarization. The assassination fails, Anakin is tasked
with her protection, and the two fall in love. Meanwhile, Obi-Wan investigates the would-be
assassins, and discovers the clone army on Kamino. Fearing they have no other choice, the Senate
grants Chancellor Palpatine emergency powers, give the Jedi Order command of the clones,
and the Clone Wars begin. Anakin secretly marries Padme, rises to the
rank of Jedi Knight, and is assigned a padawan named Ahsoka. The Republic discover plans to a new superweapon
in the hands of their enemies. Palpatine manipulates a small group of scientists
and engineers into creating the weapon for themselves, but the superlaser proves to be
a challenging breakthrough. Jedi Master Mace Windu leads a small task
force of Jedi to liberate the planet Hissrich. One member of his team, Prosset Dibbs, believes
the mission is not to protect the people of the planet, but to secure its resources. After securing Hissrich, Dibbs claims that
the Jedi Order should not play a role in such a large scale conflict, and turns on Mace. He is defeated and found guilty of treason
by the Jedi Council, who mercifully place him on probation. Dooku takes an apprentice of his own, a nightsister
named Asajj Ventress. Sidious grows wary of Ventress’s strength
and demands that she be killed as a test of Dooku’s loyalty. She escapes the attempt on her life and becomes
a bounty hunter. Anakin and Ahsoka grow close, but they both
see the less noble side of the Jedi when Ahsoka is wrongly accused of murder, and kicked out
of the Order. Anakin clears her name, and she is invited
back, but feeling betrayed by those she respected, she decides to leave. Anakin’s trust in the Jedi Order is weakened. The true murderer is arrested, and announces
her belief that the Jedi have lost their way by openly serving in the Clone Wars. A young padawan named Caleb Dume begins training
under the Jedi Master Depa Billaba after they thwart a terrorist attack on the Jedi Temple
together. The Jedi gravely decide that the fastest way
to end the Clone Wars could be assassination of Count Dooku. Quinlan Vos is given the job, and he teams
up with Asajj Ventress. The two fall in love on the mission, but Quinlan
falls to the dark side as he gets close to Dooku. He is redeemed and returns to the Jedi when
Asajj gives her life to save his. In the midst of a battle, a clone murders
one of his Jedi Generals. An investigation reveals the presence of an
inhibitor chip placed in the minds of all clone soldiers. Only two clones learn the whole truth. One is killed by his brothers, and one is
captured and placed in stasis aboard a Separatist cruiser, that was lost in space. However, a number of clones later learn the
truth for themselves, prompting them to remove their chips. Maul, having survived his injuries at the
Battle of Naboo, takes control of the planet Mandalore and leadership of the Mandalorian
Death Watch. He kills Duchess Satine in front of Obi-Wan
as revenge. Maul’s actions catch the eye of his former
master, who sees him as a potential rival, and puts an end to his crusade by chasing
him throughout the galaxy, destroying most of his forces and killing his mother, Talzin. Maul takes the few fighters he has left back
to Mandalore. There he is met in combat by a joint force
of Mandalorians and clones led by Ahsoka. He is defeated and goes into hiding. As the Siege of Mandalore begins, war comes
to Coruscant for the first time in one thousand years. Anakin confronts and kills Count Dooku, again
leaving Sidious without an apprentice. Padme becomes pregnant with Anakin’s child,
and he begins to have visions of her death. Desperate to save her, he seeks advice from
Palpatine, who not only reveals that he is a Sith Lord, but that he has the power to
save Padme. Anakin joins Sidious and takes up the name
Darth Vader for a chance to save his wife. He betrays the Jedi Order, kills Mace Windu,
and leads an attack on the Jedi Temple. Simultaneously, Palpatine issues a command
to all clones that triggers their chips to kill the Jedi. Within moments, most of the Jedi Order is
destroyed. Anakin is then sent to the volcanic planet
Mustafar to assassinate the remaining leaders of the Confederacy of Independent Systems. With their deaths, the Clone Wars come to
an end. Having no one left to oppose him, Palpatine
transitions the Republic into the first Galactic Empire, and proclaims himself Emperor of the
Galaxy. Caleb, Ahsoka, Obi-Wan and Yoda survive the
initial attack on the Jedi. Yoda confronts Sidious while Obi-Wan confronts
Anakin. Yoda is defeated and goes into exile on the
planet Dagobah. Anakin is dismembered and badly burned, but
left clinging to life by Obi-Wan. Padme dies giving birth to twins she names
Luke and Leia. Leia is hidden with Senator Bail Organa of
the planet Alderaan, and Obi-Wan takes Luke to his aunt and uncle on Anakin’s homeoworld,
Tatooine. Darth Sidious informs Darth Vader that his
wife and child are dead. Anakin is forced to wear a biomechanical suit
in order to survive, and he takes up his position as apprentice to Darth Sidious. He constructs a Sith lightsaber using the
kyber crystal of a fallen Jedi, and is then placed in charge of the Empire’s Jedi killers,
known as the Inquisitorious. Made up of fallen Jedi, they are tasked with
hunting down and destroying any Jedi that survived the Clone Wars. The superweapon known as the Death Star continues
construction, and the brilliant scientist Galen Erso is manipulated into designing the
superlaser. Caleb is forced to abandon the ways of the
Jedi in order to remain hidden. He changes his name to Kanan Jarrus. Ahsoka hides in the Outer Rim for a year until
she meets Bail Organa. They join forces to help systems that have
fallen under the oppression of the Empire, and she takes up the code name Fulcrum. Galen Erso discovers that he is constructing
a weapon of terrible power for the Empire and escapes to the Outer Rim with the help
of a rebel and Clone Wars veteran named Saw Gerrera. Darth Vader and his Inquisitors continue their
hunt for surviving Jedi for the next five years. Sidious has doubts regarding Vader’s loyalties,
and engineers a test for their survival at the rebellious planet Ryloth. Their ship is shot down, and Vader is forced
to more fully embrace the dark side to keep them alive. Moff Tarkin, a merciless Imperial leader,
is tasked with the protection of the Death Star after Galen’s escape. Rebels come close to discovering the secret
construction, but with the help of Darth Vader, Tarkin not only destroys them, but reveals
an Imperial traitor. His success prompts his promotion to Grand
Moff, the first of the Empire. Galen Erso remains hidden for four years,
but is tracked down by his former colleague and Imperial Director of Advanced Weapons
Research, Orson Krennic. Galen’s wife is killed, he is taken into
Imperial custody, and is forced to continue working on the Death Star, leaving his daughter
Jyn in the care of Saw Gerrera. After eight years in hiding, Kanan has become
a drunk freighter pilot. He meets a rebel named Hera, with whom he
becomes infatuated. He sobers up and fights to protect a small
planet in the Outer Rim, which requires him to reveal himself as a Force user. He joins Hera on her ship, the Ghost. Their actions gain the attention of a young
Imperial captain named Rae Sloane. Obi-Wan continues to watch over Luke, begins
showing evidence of his potential strength in the Force. An alien and tactical genius named Thrawn
is discovered on the edges of the Unknown Regions. He is taken before the Emperor who is so impressed
with the man that he is admitted to the Imperial Navy. Two teenagers named Han and Qi’ra grow up
together on the industrial Corellia. Han eventually joins the Empire and serves
on the planet Mimban. A gambler named Lando Calrissian and his droid
partner L3-37 aboard their ship the Millennium Falcon unknowingly discover the construction
of a mysterious device that will later be known as the Phylanx Redux Transmitter. Han rescues a slave Wookiee named Chewbacca,
who swears a life debt to him. The two of them join Qi’ra, Lando, L3-37,
and a number of other scoundrels on a heist. Jyn Erso fights with Saw Gerrera and his Partisans
until he leaves her helpless in the middle of a battle. Sixteen years old and alone, she is forced
to live a life of crime to survive. On the Outer Rim planet of Lothal, a boy named
Zare Leonis looks forward to joining his sister in the Imperial Academy until she goes missing. Believing the Empire is behind her disappearance,
he makes plans to infiltrate the academy to find her. On the same planet, another boy, an orphan
named Ezra Bridger, inadvertently assists some rebels in stealing some supplies from
the Empire. Those rebels turn out to be Kanan and Hera. Ezra learns that he has abilities in the Force,
and Kanan decides to train him. During that time they discover and visit a
Jedi Temple on Lothal. Ezra also infiltrates the Imperial Academy
and meets Zare. The two young spies help each other in their
respective missions. Zare is eventually transferred to a more elite
academy on Arkanis. There he meets Commandant Brendol Hux, who
believes the future of the Empire requires a marriage of Imperial and Republic army doctrines. Zare, with the help of Ezra, is able to find
and rescue his sister, who was imprisoned after the Empire discovered her Force sensitivity. Leia Organa becomes a junior legislator in
the Imperial Senate, and learns that both her adoptive parents are members of an insurgency
against the Empire. She begins helping Bail and Breha Organa secretly
support the Rebellion, and even helps the Ghost Crew on Lothal. Kanan, Ezra, and the rest of their crew cause
enough problems for the Empire that Darth Vader himself is sent to hunt them down. Ahsoka also joins their crew when their small
cell joins the larger growing rebellion. The three Force users travel to Malachor hoping
to find a way to defeat the Sith. There they find Maul, who had returned to
the planet. He attempts to pull Ezra to the dark side,
and blinds Kanan before retreating. Darth Vader finds them at the Sith Temple
and confronts Ahsoka. She fights him long enough to allow Kanan
and Ezra to escape with a Sith holocron. Han, having won the Millennium Falcon from
Lando, takes a job that involves the Phylanx Redux Transmitter that Lando encountered five
years earlier. Han briefly acquires it, but is forced to
abandon it to float through space. Senator Mon Mothma publicly denounces Emperor
Palpatine and rallies the various rebel cells into a unified movement. As their organization continues to grow, Thrawn,
who has risen to the rank of Grand Admiral, is tasked with the destruction of Kanan and
Hera’s specific cell. Maul reappears and uses Ezra and the Sith
holocron to determine that Obi-Wan survived the Clone Wars. He hunts down the old Jedi Master, and is
finally killed for good. Thrawn finds the location of the rebel base
and forces them to retreat to Yavin 4. The Grand Admiral also develops a new starfighter
called the TIE Defender, which begins production on Lothal. Ezra and his friends return to Lothal to destroy
the factory and liberate the planet. They are ultimately successful in the destruction
of the factory, but Kanan is killed in the process. Ezra returns to the Jedi Temple on the planet
to investigate Imperial activity there. He finds a portal to a mysterious place known
as the World Between Worlds that exists outside of space and time. He is able to see Ahsoka’s duel with Darth
Vader on Malachor, and he saves her from certain death. But each of them have to return to their own
times. Ezra leads one final mission against the Imperials
occupation on Lothal. Not only is he successful in liberating the
planet, but he also removes Grand Admiral Thrawn as a present danger by jumping into
an unknown area of the galaxy. As the Death Star nears completion, Galen
gets a message out to Saw Gerrera and Jyn, who reunite on Jedha. Galen claims to have left a flaw in the superweapon’s
design. Jyn personally witnesses the might of the
Death Star when it fires a test shot onto Jedha, killing a city full of people, Saw
Gerrera, and most of his Partisans. Jyn leads a group of rebels in an attack on
the Imperial planet Scarif, where the Death Star plans are held. The Battle of Scarif is the first large scale
act of open war against the Empire as a truly unified Rebel Alliance. Krennic, Jyn, and her entire team are killed
in the mission, but the plans are successfully stolen and passed onto Princess Leia of Alderaan. Her ship is captured by Darth Vader above
Tatooine, and she sends the plans in an escape pod to the planet below with two droids, in
hopes that they can find Obi-Wan for safe delivery to Alderaan. As the Empire searches for the droids, they
murder Luke’s aunt and uncle. Luke and the droids make their way to Obi-Wan,
who begins training Luke as a Jedi as they travel to Alderaan after booking passage with
Han Solo and Chewbacca. But Grand Moff Tarkin orders the destruction
of Alderaan as an example of its power, killing Bail and Breha Organa, along with every being
on the planet. When Luke and the others arrive, they are
captured by the Death Star. Luke, Han, and Chewbacca rescue Leia and escape,
but Obi-Wan confronts his old apprentice and is struck down. Leia delivers the plans to Yavin 4, and Luke
joins the counterattack against the Death Star. The rebels are able to exploit the weakness
placed by Galen Erso, and the station is destroyed, but Darth Vader survives. Luke, Han, and Chewbacca are given medals
for their part in the Battle of Yavin. Yes, Chewbacca gets one too. After the discovery of the base on Yavin 4,
the rebellion is forced to become mobile. Leia races across the galaxy gathering surviving
Alderaanians and bringing them to safety. On top of receiving a medal, Han is given
a large sum of money so that he can pay off his debts to a gangster named Jabba the Hutt. Instead of taking care of that issue right
away, he and Chewie continue to help the Alliance, rescuing Rebel spies whose covers were compromised
in the wake of the Death Star’s destruction. Chewbacca also frees a number of slaves on
the planet Andelm IV. Luke continues his Jedi training as best he
can on his own. During his own mission to rescue a rebel operative
he gains some minor control over telepathy and some understanding of the inner workings
of a lightsaber. On another mission, he travels to a ruined
Jedi temple on Devaron where he is able to train against remotes and greatly improve
his mastery over the weapon. The loss of the Death Star inspires Imperial
Admiral Garrick Versio to build an elite team of soldiers, dubbed Inferno Squad. His daughter, Iden Versio, successfully leads
them on their first mission to find, infiltrate, and destroy some of the surviving members
of Saw Gerrera’s Partisans. Leia, Han, Chewie, and Luke attack a major
weapons facility on Cymoon 1. There Luke is met by Darth Vader, who recognizes
the lightsaber wielded by the young man. Vader begins an investigation with the help
of the bounty hunter Boba Fett, who learns the Luke’s last name is Skywalker. Vader realizes the Emperor has been deceiving
him for nearly two decades, and enlists the help of an archaeologist named Dr. Aphra to
create a personal army that he can use to overthrow the Emperor. Aphra helps, but ultimately betrays him to
the Emperor, who sees Vader’s actions as assurance that he has devoted himself to the
dark side, and gives him command of Imperial forces. Fearing Vader, Aphra goes into hiding. Luke begins reading the journals of Obi-Wan
to learn more about the Jedi. A woman named Sana tracks down Han, claiming
to be his wife, but their marriage was part of a scam that he cheated her on, and she
simply wants her share. She enters the service of the rebellion as
a mercenary. A rebel agent on Coruscant is presented with
a chance to assassinate Palpatine. His attempt fails, and he is horribly scarred. Learning the truth that the Emperor is a Sith
Lord, he begins a crusade to murder Imperials being held in a secret rebel prison until
he is stopped by Leia. Luke, Leia, Han, and the others steal a star
destroyer so they can deliver supplies to a starving planet under Imperial blockade. They are barely successful after coming into
contact with an elite stormtrooper unit called Scar Squadron. Dr. Aphra returns to archaeology and with
the help of her murderous droids, Triple Zero and BT-1, discovers the location of the ancient
fortress of the Ordu Aspectu. She recovers the memory crystal of an ancient,
fallen Jedi named Rur, and hopes to sell it on the black market. She first seeks to activate the crystal by
manipulating Luke Skywalker into helping her achieve an audience with the parasitic Queen
of the Screaming Citadel. The Queen attempts to kidnap Luke, but is
defeated, and the Rur crystal is activated. Aphra then organizes an auction for the crystal,
but Triple Zero alerts Darth Vader of her whereabouts. The droid forces Aphra to release him as her
servant to help her survive, and she complies. Now forced to serve the murderous droid, she
retreats, and the Rur crystal is recovered by Vader. After beginning construction on a second Death
Star, the Empire returns to what remains of Jedha to harvest the kyber crystals that power
the weapon’s superlaser. Luke, Leia, Han, and Chewie help the final
remaining survivors of Saw Gerrera’s Partisans in defense of the moon. Still seeking a permanent base, the Rebels
investigate the planet Crait, which was once used as a hideout by Leia’s father. They set up some minor defenses, but are discovered
and attacked by Scar Squadron, forcing the Alliance to stay on the move. Lando Calrissian, having continued his life
as a scoundrel and gambler, is steeped in debt. He is hired to steal a ship full of priceless
art. The ship belongs to Palpatine, and the art
is of Sith origins. When the Sith relics begin corrupting members
of his team, Lando destroys the ship and escapes with his friend, Lobot. Han is hired to participate in a famous race
as a cover to pick up and rescue more rebel spies. He still hasn’t paid of his debts to Jabba. Eventually the Rebels set up a base on the
remote ice planet Hoth. They are only there for three months until
being discovered by the Empire and forced to evacuate. Luke travels to the Dagobah to find Yoda,
and begins to train under the old Jedi Master. Meanwhile Darth Vader chases Han, Leia, and
Chewbacca to Cloud City, which is under the ownership of Han’s old friend, Lando. Han and Leia fall in love along the way, but
Vader forces Lando to betray the rebels, and Han is frozen in carbonite to be delivered
to Jabba. Luke races off to save his friends. He is beaten in a duel with Vader, who reveals
that he is Luke’s father. Devastated, Luke escapes Cloud City with Lando
and Leia. The Rebel group Twilight Company participates
in the Battle of Inyusu Tor, which is not a major victory, but does bring the Sullustan
people more firmly into the Rebellion. The Rebel Alliance discovers the the Empire’s
second Death Star, and begins planning an all out attack after learning that Emperor
Palpatine will soon be visiting the space station. Fearing the Empire will notice their mustering
forces at Sullust, Leia offers herself up as high profile bait, leading the Empire on
a distracting chase across the galaxy. When she returns, Luke tells her he has a
plan to rescue Han from Jabba. The Rebellion intercepts a coded Imperial
message that would reveal their attack on the second Death Star is a trap, but Inferno
Squad infiltrates one of their ships and recovers the data. Leia and Chewbacca travel to Ord Mantell,
where they are attacked by the bounty hunter Boushh. They defeat him, and Leia takes his armor
as a disguise. Luke, Leia, Lando, and Chewie mount a successful
rescue mission for Han, killing Jabba the Hutt in the process. Luke returns to Dagobah, where Yoda confirms
that Darth Vader is indeed his father before passing away. Immediately after, the spirit of Obi-Wan tells
Luke that Leia is his twin sister. Luke returns to the Rebel fleet, who prepares
their assault on the second Death Star, which orbits the forest moon Endor. Luke, Han, and Leia lead a ground mission
to disable the Death Star’s defenses, but Luke decides to leave to try to bring his
father back to the light side. He tells Leia all about their messed up family
history, and surrenders himself to the Empire. The Rebellion falls into the trap, and in
the Battle of Endor, Luke successfully redeems Darth Vader, who sacrifices himself to kill
Darth Sidious, becoming Anakin Skywalker once more in his final moments of life. Luke escapes as the second Death Star is destroyed,
and what remains of the Empire retreats. Han and Leia marry and become pregnant soon
after. For the following year, a secret contingency
plan set up by Palpatine is carried out by his most trusted commanders. Operation: Cinder targets not only rebellious
worlds, but the Imperial planets that failed to protect their leader. Inferno Squad falls apart in the wake of the
destruction, and defects to the Rebel Alliance, which has reformed into the New Republic. Inferno Squad is just one of many task forces
sent out to hunt down high ranking Imperials. Feeling that the New Republic’s priorities
are not where they should be, Han and Chewbacca go rogue and lead a mission to liberate Chewie’s
enslaved homeworld, Kashyyyk. The New Republic ultimately decides to help,
and the wookiees are freed. Luke begins traveling the galaxy to research
the Jedi Order and gather missing relics of their past. One year after the death of the Emperor, Operation:
Cinder comes to its conclusion at the Battle of Jakku, which sees the purposeful destruction
of most of the Empire. The few survivors that are considered worthy
are transmitted coordinates into the Unknown Regions. They escape and rendezvous with the Emperor’s
secret super star destroyer, the Eclipse. The Imperials left behind surrender, and the
Galactic Civil War comes to an end. On the very same day, Leia gives birth to
Ben Solo. Mon Mothma quickly begins to demilitarize
the New Republic to assure the galaxy that the time for fighting has ended. Two years later, Han and Lando are forced
to revisit their former adventures involving the Phylanx Redux Transmitter. They learn the device has the power to turn
all droids into killers, and they seek it out and destroy it before it can be activated. In the Unknown Regions, the Imperial Remnant
faces many dangers, and only survives thanks to the help of a mysterious being known only
as Snoke. He is strong in the dark side of the Force,
and slowly takes over the Empire by eliminating his competition until he is the only option
left to follow. The Empire becomes known as the First Order. One of their scouting ships crash lands on
a savage planet called Parnassos. A brutal warrior named Phasma helps the First
Order officers contact their allies, and in exchange they allow her to join their ranks
to help train a new breed of soldier. After years of learning about the Force and
the Jedi Order of old, Luke decides he is ready to begin his own Jedi Academy, taking
his nephew Ben as one of his first students. Snoke interferes, and begins drawing Ben over
to the dark side. Having grown ill, Mon Mothma steps down as
leader of the New Republic. The Senate quickly devolves into corruption
without her leadership. Leia becomes a candidate to lead the senate,
but a rival learns that she is the daughter of Darth Vader and her political career is
destroyed. In the midst of all this, Leia learns of the
existence of the First Order, although not by name, and she creates a secret Resistance
to better protect the galaxy. Luke senses danger in his apprentice, and
ignites his lightsaber against Ben in a moment of weakness. The act pushes Ben fully to the dark side,
who attacks Luke, kills most of the other students, joins the First Order, and takes
up the name Kylo Ren. Devastated, Luke goes into hiding, and Han
and Leia go their separate ways. Bazine Netal is hired to retrieve a mysterious
package from a veteran of the Battle of Endor. Sidon Ithano, the pirate also known as the
Crimson Corsair, follows a beacon to a rumored secret treasure of Count Dooku. Instead of riches, he finds a clone trooper
named Kix that had been frozen in stasis for nearly fifty years. Poe Dameron, the son of two veterans of the
Galactic Civil War, becomes aware of the First Order, and leaves the New Republic navy to
join General Organa and the Resistance. He leads Black Squadron in covert missions
against the First Order as they attempt to gain more influence in the Senate. Their main priority is to find Luke Skywalker
and bring him back to help. Poe is able to track down an old ally of Luke’s
named Lor San Tekka, whose research points them towards the hidden Jedi Master. But the First Order has also been hunting
Luke, and tracks down Poe and Lor on Jakku. Poe hides the data in his droid, BB-8, who
escapes the fight. Poe also escapes the First Order thanks to
a defecting stormtrooper who comes to be known as Finn. They head back to Jakku to find BB-8, but
are separated. The droid enlists the help of a scavenger
named Rey. They meet up with Finn and leave the planet
in the Millennium Falcon, which has been sitting inactive on Jakku for an unknown amount of
time. Han and Chewie quickly pick up the ship’s
transponder, and retake it. They agree to take Finn, Rey, and BB-8 to
Takodana to get help from Maz Kanata. Maz discovers Rey has powers in the Force,
and offers her the lightsaber that once belonged to Anakin and Luke Skywalker. Meanwhile, the Resistance sends their bombing
squadrons on a relief mission to a remote system. Fearing the Resistance will soon reach Luke,
the First Order activates the superweapon they spent decades constructing, Starkiller
Base. They destroy the New Republic Senate and its
fleet in mere moments. From across the galaxy, Iden Versio witnesses
the destruction, and begins to investigate First Order activity with her daughter, Zay. They board a star destroyer and steal a number
of schematics. Kylo Ren attacks Takodana and captures Rey,
hoping her knowledge will lead him to his uncle. Han, Chewie, and Finn travel to Starkiller
Base to rescue her while the Resistance attacks the weapon itself without their bombers. They hold Captain Phasma at gunpoint in order
to lower the base’s shields. After being interrogated by Kylo, Rey begins
to understand and control her powers. She is able to free herself and find Finn
and the others. Han confronts his son, hoping to bring him
home, but instead Kylo kills his father, and faces Rey in a duel. She defeats him, but leaves him alive. As Starkiller Base explodes, she escapes with
Finn, Chewie, and the surviving Resistance pilots. Meanwhile, Iden and Zay hijack the star destroyer
they boarded, and pull it out of hyperspace just in time to witness the destruction. Iden dies from a gunshot wound, and Zay takes
the schematics back to the Resistance. A single First Order officer discovers Phasma
lowered Starkiller Base’s shields, so the captain hunts him down and executes him before
he can tell anyone else. At the Restistance base, the final location
of Luke Skywalker is discovered. Rey and Chewie set off to find him on Ahch-To. The Resistance quickly evacuates their base
after being discovered by the First Order, and are chased across the galaxy by Snoke’s
personal flagship. Luke refuses to train Rey or return to help,
believing the galaxy is better off without the interference of the Jedi. Desperate and with no one else to turn to,
she forges a strange mental connection with Kylo Ren, and the two bond. Luke witnesses the two of them conversing
through the Force, and demands she leave. She does so, and seeks Kylo out on Snoke’s
ship, believing he will return to the light side. He does kill Snoke, but wishes to shape the
galaxy into his own vision rather than join her. Rey escapes and rejoins Chewie on the Falcon. Running out of fuel, the Resistance flees
to Crait and take shelter in the defenses that were set up so long ago. Kylo Ren leads an attack to wipe them out
for good, but is suddenly confronted by his uncle. Luke buys the Resistance enough time to be
rescued by Rey before Kylo realizes that he is only a projection in the Force. The effort of creating the illusion causes
Luke to become one with the Force, but his example inspires the Resistance and the rest
of the galaxy to stand and fight against the First Order. As of right now, May 4, 2018, that’s the
broad story of every canon Star Wars movie, series, book, comic, and video game. Some of the dates, especially early on are
rough estimates because early history hasn’t been covered in detail yet. And obviously I couldn’t include every little
detail, because this video is long enough as it is, but my hope is that you now have
a basic understanding of where all the major pieces fit into the canon timeline. But if I omitted something you think is important
to note, please put it in the comments below! Since this is my yearly tradition on May 4,
I’ll be looking to improve upon this next year! If you want to take a deeper dive into any
of the stories I talked about here, check out this playlist, or look through the description
of the video. If you’re new to the channel, please like
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be with you, and happy Star Wars Day!

100 Replies to “Star Wars: The Complete Canon Timeline (2018)

  1. It literally makes no sense where Snoke comes from lmao like what the hell hes just waiting in the corner of space

  2. Im part of that 1% that has never seen a star wars movie. I tried watching this in hopes i would know a bit more but im totally lost. Skip

  3. I have no issues with what have happened in between the original saga and the crappy mediocre new saga, but i most definitely HATE everything that Disney has done with the expanded universe … Un-canonize SWTOR is just a shame!

  4. Ok now i know where Star Wars jedi: Fallen order takes place i knew it was after order 66 but this cleared some things up

  5. WOW! Extremely well explained. Though I am a huge fan of Star Wars, I had only seen the movies up until now. This video really cleared up some of the gaps that happen in the comics and TV shows. The amount of time and effort taken to create this is astonishing. Great job!

  6. My most hated jedi, Obi Wan. Why? The Galactic Civil War couldn't happen if he killed Anakin in the first place on Mustafar. He's to proud of being in the high ground. Joke.

  7. The way you present it as whole makes the prequels fit so much better.. the whole history flowed consistently and made sense instead of seeming disjointed

  8. Ah yes of course.
    By talking to a Sith, Rey somehow takes control of her powers and becomes a Jedi Master without training.
    It all makes sense now. Thanks Feminism!

  9. 12:26 forgot to mention her broken hearth, one of the most deadly factors of death in the star wars universe

  10. The only thing that bombs me out is that Ashoka should have died in the clone wars which would have made anakin more in pain towards the dark side, because she wasn’t even mentioned in revenge of the sith or anakin never mentioned a padawan.

  11. You gave me enough imformaion to start the build up on my fan fiction series of star wars starting from the first movie

  12. I’ve always wondered starwars is based “along time ago in a galaxy far far away”

    So what is the starwars galaxy like in our present time ?

  13. Wow… when you put it in the big picture like that…the prequels, the sequels… even rebels and the books make a lot of sense

  14. But, but, but….. What about Revan? Darth Talon? Naga Sadow.. And the Lord of hunger?..
    No mention of Taris and Dantooine.. Is everything EU considered non-canon? They should do a triple trilogy on the EU ! That'd be the day

  15. The scrolling pictures really bothers me to no end, instead of making something comprehensive with fan art or lines of texts you chose a seemingly random picture scroll which seems kind of lazy.
    Don't get me wrong I'm sure there is a proper reason, it just doesn't look good in my opinion.

  16. Wait so ahsoka left the jedi then joined back to kill darth maul? Or just recruited clones and mandalorians? But the clones would be deserters then.. is this just a hiccup in the timeline or can someone explain?

  17. Well techniquly anakin loved padme so much he accidentally used the force to make her love her

  18. Can the South Eagles Rebel Alliance defeat the sinister Darth Smith and his legions of doom?

  19. well made man <3 missed some stuff, but like you said you couldn't include every little detail. Research must have taken a while to do xD

  20. It's funny… People won't truly realize what Star Wars was actually based off of until the very end of this regressive program here on Earth.

    I'll give you a hint: It all happened a very long time ago, however, it was never in a galaxy far, far away…. 🙁

    Have nice day everyone.. 😑

  21. Palpatine might actually be the most successful schemer in media. Think about it. He created two massive intergalactic armies that slaughtered eachother, killed 10,000 jedi and completely destroyed the jedi order even though there were only ever him and one apprentice at a time and thus successfully getting revenge for the sith and finally restored sith rule over the galaxy for the first time in a thousand years, turned the clone army of the republic into the galactic empire and ruled over the galaxy as emperor for over two decades.

    I can't think of many other villains who have achieved more than him. So many things could have gone wrong so many times for palpatine but his genius plotting stopped him from ever being found out.

  22. Wow…what a load of bullsh*t!! You missed entirely too much, got things out of order and blended the new stuff to make SW a bigger joke. Its amazing how Disney took George Lucas' creation and deliberarely messed it up. Karma will be amazing! Disneys addition to this once loved franchise is pure trash….smh

  23. Where's the Rakata there still canon lore wise as knight of the old republic(even though legends) is still canon

  24. 15:15 That Explains Why Han Said To Luke In Rogue Squadron Mission "Defection At Corellia" That It Is His Home Town

  25. He said kyli ren was a Skywalker and a solo if you pay attention closely and he also contradicts himself again before that, I think it was about palpatine but I can’t remember

  26. At 19:45, if you look closely at the bottom left corner, you can see the Ghost.
    1 like=1 sighting of the Ghost

  27. My favourite ever character is skippy the Jedi droid , he is the reason Luke become A Jedi , Princess Leia was saved and death Vader was defeated

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