The entire Star Wars lore is focused on a huge galaxy with plenty of star systems that have their own planets. However, for some reason, the story tends to focus too much on a few planets due to how important they are to the narrative. As such, we are to look at the best Star Wars planets that are ranked based on how important they are.
Alderan was the first planet to be shown on-screen as a victim of the power of the Death Star, which blew the entire space rock up in an instant. This meant that all of the planet’s inhabitants lost their lives in a matter of seconds before they even knew that they were going to get targeted by the Death Star as a way for Moff Tarkin to force Leia into revealing the location of the base where the Rebels primarily operated from.
Leia, who was adopted by Senator Bail Organa, was also raised on this planet, and that’s why she calls it her home. And even after Leia told Tarkin the location of a former rebel base on Dantooine, the Moff still continued with the destruction of the planet as a way to tell her that the Empire was not going to make any exceptions to rebels.
Of course, the good Senator Organa lost his life in the explosion of the planet, as we thanked him for his services of raising Leia and for siding with democracy during the events of the prequel trilogy movies.
Of course, one of the most important planets in the entire galaxy was the birthplace of some of the most important warriors in the history of Star Wars. Kamino is a planet that is home to the best cloners in the galaxy and is a place that was well beyond the scope of the Republic before the events of the Clone War.
Kamino is almost entirely a water planet with megastructures that serve as cities built over the water. In those megastructures lies the home of the clone troopers, which were cloned by the Kaminoans using the genetic material of Jango Fett. As such, the clones were raised and trained on this planet before they went on to serve the Republic during the events of the Clone Wars. Some of the most prominent clones, such as Boba Fett, Rex, Cody, and the Bad Batch, came from Kamino.
Dagobah isn’t much of a planet because it’s a swampy place that seems uninhabitable. Of course, it doesn’t have any semblance of civilization. And because of that, it became the perfect hiding place for one of the greatest Jedi in the entire history of Star Wars, who was trying to live out the rest of his life away from the eyes of the Empire.
When Obi-Wan Kenobi died in the events of A New Hope, he told Luke to look for Yoda in the Dagobah system, as the Jedi went over there himself. To his surprise, a little green fellow was actually the Jedi Master that Kenobi was talking about, as Luke went on to train with Yoda on this harsh planet. This was also the place where Yoda got to learn more about Qui-Gon Jinn’s Living Force, which was what allowed Yoda and Kenobi to deepen their connection with the Force, as they passed down this knowledge to Luke Skywalker.
Geonosis, the planet of the Geonosians, who were responsible for building the Separatist droid army, plays a very important role in the events of the prequel trilogy movies and during the time of the Clone War. Of course, Geonosis was also the planet where one of the biggest events in Star Wars history happened.
When Obi-Wan followed Jango Fett all the way from Kamino to Geonosis, he found out about the Separatists’ plot to wage war against the Republic, with former Jedi Dooku leading them. Of course, after Kenobi and, later on, both Anakin and Padme were caught, we were able to see arguably the highest lightsaber count in Star Wars history when the Jedi went over to Geonosis to save Kenobi and Anakin and to put an end to the Separatists’ plot.
The First Battle of Geonosis was also the debut of the clone army that the Republic was able to acquire from Kamino. As such, the battle on this planet sparked the beginning of the Clone War, which spanned for three years until the end of the Republic and the fall of the Jedi Order.
Hoth became the base of operations for the Rebellion right after they had to abandon Yavin 4. This was not the best planet to be on because of its freezing temperatures. Of course, the Empire also pushed the Rebels to a wall when they were on Hoth. Nevertheless, we cannot downplay how important Hoth is because the Empire was able to make the Rebels realize that, after their victory on Yavin 4, they still had their work cut out for them.
A lot of iconic moments happened on Hoth. This included Luke dueling a Wampa and nearly dying at the hands of the beast. Han Solo also had a moment with Luke when he saved him from his battle with the Wampa and when he cut open a Tauntaun so that he could keep Luke warm in the innards of the animal. Of course, this was the first time we saw the massive AT-AT walkers that the Empire used to devastate the Rebels on Hoth.
10. Forest Moon of Endor
The Forest Moon of Endor isn’t much of a planet because it doesn’t have anything to offer except trees and cuddly small bears that you can take home. It doesn’t even have any semblance of civilization, as this planet is as primitive as any other planet in the galaxy. However, it is quite important because of the fact that this was where the second Death Star was destroyed during the events of Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi.
Any planet where one of the most pivotal moments in Star Wars history happened will always be important, and that is the case for the Forest Moon of Endor, as this was where the Rebels were able to destroy the Death Star’s shield generator so that the Rebel forces could destroy it just outside the planet’s atmosphere. Of course, the Luke and the Rebels celebrated along with the Ewoks in the finale of the original trilogy.
Bespin is simply a gas giant of a planet, much like the real planets of Saturn and Jupiter. This is also one of the most important planets during the events of Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back, as this was where Han Solo met up with his old friend Lando Calrissian to seek refuge from the Empire.
Of course, Cloud City on Bespin also became the place where Han Solo was trapped by the bounty hunter Boba Fett, who was hired by Jabba the Hutt to capture him. Meanwhile, the first duel between Darth Vader and Luke Skywalker happened on this planet, as the dark lord of the Sith uttered the iconic words “I am your father” to his son after defeating him in single combat.
The Mustafar system doesn’t seem too important at first glance because not a lot of things happened on this planet. However, one of the most pivotal moments in the history of the galaxy happened on Mustafar, especially during the events of Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith.
Mustafar was the place where Anakin massacred the remaining leaders of the Separatists to put an end to the Clone Wars. This was also the place where Anakin and Obi-Wan dueled when the latter learned of his former apprentice’s betrayal. Of course, Anakin lost the duel and nearly died as a result of getting burned by the molten lava flowing through the entire planet. He was forced to get cybernetic replacements and to wear a cybernetic suit as the imposing Darth Vader after he nearly lost his life on Mustafar.
Not a lot of people will recognize how important the planet of Mandalore is to the entire Star Wars continuity unless they have seen Star Wars: Clone Wars and Star Wars: Rebels. However, the planet of Mandalore and its people, the Mandalorians, have always been some of the most interesting and most important entities in the galaxy.
The Mandalorians are said to be the greatest warriors in the galaxy and are probably only second to Force users. That is why they were able to fight on par with the Jedi in a war between them way back when. Of course, Mandalore plays a pivotal role in the stories of both Din Djarin and Boba Fett because they can trace their creed and history to this planet. And it might even become more important, depending on what happens in season 3 of The Mandalorian.
There is something between Star Wars and Lucasfilm’s love for desert planets. That’s because the desolated desert planet of Jakku was the site of much of the early portion of Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens. And this was the planet where Rey grew up and learned how to survive by scavenging for parts.
Of course, Jakku was also the planet where Finn, Poe, and BB-8 landed when they escaped from the First Order. This was where Finn and BB-8 met Rey, who they escaped with onboard the iconic Millennium Falcon. As such, the beginning of a new Star Wars adventure began on this desolate planet called Jakku, just like how the entire Star Wars universe began on a desolate desert planet like Tatooine.
Scarif, in the past, didn’t seem too important in the Star Wars universe. However, one of the most pivotal moments in the history of the continuity happened due to the efforts of the members of the Rebellion who were on this planet. In fact, Scarif was the location of the final act of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.
In the final portion of Rogue One, arguably the most emotional scenes happened on Scarif when the crew of Rogue One fulfilled their mission to obtain the plans to the Death Star so that they could find a way to destroy it.
They succeeded in their mission amidst a tough and difficult battle against Imperial forces and, despite getting disintegrated when the planet was made the testing ground for the Death Star. And the events on Scarif happened only moments before the beginning of the events of A New Hope when Leia asked R2 and C3PO to carry the schematics of the Death Star to Obi-Wan.
The Naboo is so important in the Star Wars continuity because a lot of the most prominent characters came from this planet. For instance, Palpatine was born on this planet, even though he didn’t care much for it. Padme Amidala was also loyal to the Naboo. And, to our dismay, Jar Jar Binks also came from this planet.
A good part of Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace took part in the Naboo because of how it was the central planet of the story. Of course, at the end of Episode II: Attack of the Clones, Anakin and Padme also got married on this planet. And considering their parents’ heritage, both Luke and Leia can trace their lineage to Tatooine and the Naboo.
Coruscant was, for millennia, the capital of the Republic and the place where the Jedi Temple used to stand. It also became the capital of the Empire during Emperor Palpatine’s reign. That is how important this planet is, as it played a pivotal role in the prequel movies. And if you look at the Star Wars Legends continuity, Coruscant also played an important role in the wars between the Jedi and the Sith.
The entire planet of Coruscant is simply one big city that houses a lot of different industries. This is why it became the capital of the Republic, as it was the busiest city in the galaxy. Of course, considering that the Jedi were the protectors of the Republic, their headquarters was also on this planet. Coruscant also became the graveyard of the Republic when Palpatine reformed it into the first Galactic Empire.
2. Yavin 4
If you look at the Star Wars dates, they will either say BBY or ABY, which stand for before the battle of Yavin and after the battle of Yavin, respectively. That’s how important Yavin 4 is to the entire Star Wars continuity, as the events on the planet helped reshape the entire fate of the galaxy. You’d have to be quite important for the galaxy to use you as a way to tell apart the timelines.
Yavin 4 is the place where Jyn Erso of Rogue One first met the rebels so that they could give her the mission to find the plans for the Death Star. This is also the planet where the Rebels held their position in Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope when Luke destroyed the first Death Star to give hope to the entire galaxy. Of course, at the end of the first Star Wars film, Yavin 4 was the site of the Rebel’s celebration before they abandoned it to move to Hoth.
Tatooine may not seem like it’s a looker because it’s a desolate desert planet that doesn’t offer much other than sand and gangsters. However, this planet is arguably the most important and most often featured world in the entire Star Wars lore, as Lucasfilm always finds a way to return to this planet.
Despite not having much to offer, Tatooine is the birthplace of Anakin Skywalker and the planet where Luke grew up. On top of that, this planet is also where most of The Book of Boba Fett takes place. We saw this planet in plenty of Star Wars movies due to how important its role is to the grander scheme of things, even though it is simply an outer rim territory that has more gangsters than drops of water.
We don’t understand what’s with Tatooine, but the fact that Lucasfilm loves it means that it is the most important planet in the Star Wars galaxy.