Boba Fett and Luke Skywalker are two fan-favorite characters in the Star Wars franchise, albeit they are usually on opposite sides. They are top-notch at what they do, with Boba Fett being the best bounty hunter in the galaxy, while Luke Skywalker became one of the most powerful Jedi in history. So, if they ever fought, who would win, and why?
Luke Skywalker would win in a fight against Boba Fett almost every time, especially after completing his Jedi training. Despite being such a prolific combatant, the Force is too much for Fett to overcome. The only way he could win is by catching Luke by surprise, which is unlikely.
Still, it would depend on what kind of a fight we’re talking about and at which stage of their lives. For instance, if we’re talking about a piloting battle, Boba has a much better chance of winning. Also, with his prolific combat skills, you simply can’t write Boba Fett of, no matter who he battles. Let’s dissect the characters to get a better answer.
Armor & Equipment
Boba Fet has the awesome, unbreakable Mandalorian armor made out of durasteel first but upgraded with beskar, which is even stronger. The armor is blaster-proof and even lightsaber-proof. Well, apart from the seams – as seen in Star Wars: The Attack of the Clones, where Mace Windu chops off Jango Fett’s head with a single swipe.
Boba Fett wears Jango’s armor and helmet, but it’s slightly upgraded. The functions of the armor and helmet include tons of weaponry embedded in the armor, a display within the helmet providing Boba with valuable information, excellent protection, etc. It allows Boba to survive underwater for some time and travel through space without other aids.
As for the equipment apart from his iconic Mandalorian armor, Boba Fett used his awesome starship, Slave I, to travel across the galaxy and collect bounties. The ship is incredibly well-made, mighty, and has all the equipment a bounty hunter might need, including a cloaking and masking device, weaponry, and cages for his prisoners equipped with immobilizing bunks.
Also, Fett wore a Z-5 Jetpack and wrist gauntlets equipped with a flamethrower, wrist lasers, vibroblades, and whipcord. In his knee pads, Boba has a rocket dart launcher.
He usually donned a powerful EE-3 carbine rifle, but he was prolific with all sorts of weapons, including sniper blasters, pistols, and even a gaderffii stick.
On the other hand, Luke Skywalker doesn’t use that much equipment. He doesn’t need it, though, as he uses the Force for defense and offense. We’ve seen him use blasters a couple of times, but Luke mostly relies on his lightsaber.
Also, Skywalker wears no armor but rather normal Jedi clothes. Finally, Luke doesn’t have a starship as iconic as Boba Fett’s Slave I. He used several starships over the years, including the Harix, Breha, and others. However, he’s most well-known for piloting the Red Five, a T-65B X-wing starfighter.
Of course, Luke doesn’t need as much equipment and armor as Boba Fett, as he can use the Force, but if we’re comparing armor and equipment alone, Boba Fett is superior.
Point: Boba Fett (1:0) Luke Skywalker
Boba Fett learned how to fly a starship when he was still a child. He flew alongside his father, Jango, in the Slave I starship from a very young age. Due to Jango’s early demise, Boba had to learn how to fend for himself, developing his skills faster than he usually would.
When Fett is in the Slave I – or Slave IV, for that matter – there’s simply no escaping him. Boba is an incredible pilot who can maneuver through any obstacles or environment while using the weapons he has prolifically. Boba is great in other starships as well.
For instance, when he lost his Slave I starship, he and his crew used the Hound’s Tooth, a personal starship from Bossk, one of Boba’s crew members. Fett is not just one of the best combatants in the galaxy but also one of the best pilots.
However, Luke Skywalker is no slouch either. He’s known as one of the Galaxy’s best pilots, responsible for destroying the first Death Star with that “impossible shot” he accomplished while piloting the X-wing starfighter.
He had numerous accomplishments as a pilot, and the Force certainly helped him navigate and pilot even better.
It would be quite hard to determine who the better pilot is, especially if they both pilot their favorite starships, so I’ll give both Boba Fett and Luke Skywalker a point in this category.
Point(s): Boba Fett (2:1) Luke Skywalker
You don’t become the most feared bounty hunter in the galaxy without being a spectacular combatant. Boba Fett could handle a blaster almost as early as he learned how to run. His father, Jango, trained him thoroughly in hand-to-hand combat and weaponry.
From close-range to long-range, Boba can do it all. Being a clone of Jango Fett – the galaxy’s best bounty hunter – means that Boba Fett has all the skills and genetic predispositions needed to become one himself. He arguably topped his father’s legacy, as he started training earlier and made many upgrades to his starship and armor.
Even when facing tougher opponents, Boba Fett uses his brain to find a way to win. He single-handedly – and easily – destroyed an entire squadron of Stormtroopers using nothing but a gaderffii.
Opposingly, Luke Skywalker became one of the most powerful – if not the most powerful – Jedi of all time. His use and understanding of the Force eventually exceeded even his masters and tutors, namely Obi-Wan Kenobi.
Although Luke was highly skilled in combat even before he learned how to trust the Force, he wouldn’t be a match for Boba Fett’s experience and prolific combat skills. However, after completing his Jedi training, Luke’s skills work almost instinctively. Also, his telepathic and telekinetic skills put him over the top.
One can’t ignore what Boba Fett can do in battle, but Luke Skywalker is on his level at least, if not even above. I’ll stay conservative and call it a tie, giving bot Boba Fett and Luke Skywalker a point for their fighting skills.
Point(s): Boba Fett (3:2) Luke Skywalker
Boba Fett and Luke Skywalker faced off in the Return of the Jedi, although it wasn’t a one-on-one battle. Fett flew into the Sarlacc pit, getting devoured by the beast after a blinded Han Solo accidentally activated his jetpack, sending him flying into the monster’s mouth.
Many fans argue that Luke had the chance to kill Boba Fett right there, but it was never Skywalker’s goal. After Boba’s rifle got cut in half, Luke could’ve finished him but chose to focus on other threats instead.
Still, it’s hard to judge only by that encounter, as it wasn’t a one-on-one fight. We get a much better picture about the matchup if we check out the Star Wars #6 comic from 2015. In the issue, Boba Fett and Luke Skywalker meet on Tatooine before their encounter in Return of the Jedi.
Boba finds Luke in Obi-Wan Kenobi’s old home, trying to find answers to his destiny as a Jedi. Boba throws a flash grenade, blinding the young Jedi in training. Still, Luke manages to fend off Boba’s assault.
After both tumble to the ground, Fett nearly kills Skywalker by pushing his lightsaber inches from his face, but a big metal box mysteriously flies over and hits Fett in the head, completely knocking him out. Luke leaves but doesn’t kill Boba. It turned out the flying box was Luke unknowingly using the Force.
Without even knowing how powerful he is nor completing his training, Luke was able to defeat Boba Fett in battle. Imagine what he’d do to him one-on-one after his training.
Point: Luke Skywalker (3:3) Boba Fett
Additional Skills & Powers
Apart from being an expert combatant in hand-to-hand combat, weaponry, and piloting, Boba Fett doesn’t have any mysterious powers or additional abilities to push him to that “superhuman” level of power. However, if we look at Luke Skywalker, the situation is different.
Luke completed his training as a Jedi, but he was quite good in all kinds of combat even before. However, after mastering the use of the Force, his power level went above and beyond anything Boba Fett could match.
Skywalker’s powers work almost instinctively. Even if you give Fett the benefit of the doubt and say he could’ve caught Luke by surprise before the Jedi training – after Skywalker became a Jedi master – one of the most powerful Jedi in history – even that possibility diminished.
Point: Luke Skywalker (4:3) Boba Fett
Boba Fett Vs. Luke Skywalker: Who Wins?
Finally, the score is 4:3 in Luke Skywalker’s favor, meaning he would eventually win in a fight against Boba Fett. The score is much closer than one would imagine, but Skywalker’s advantage in power over Boba Fett is just too big for the bounty hunter to overcome.
The prolific use of the Force leaves Fett with not many options on how to defeat the Jedi master, even if he tries to catch him by surprise. The best chance he would have would be in a starship battle, but even then, an expert pilot such as Luke Skywalker, driven by the Force, would hardly ever lose such a battle.
Therefore, regardless of how skilled Boba Fett might be, Luke Skywalker’s skills and powers would be enough to win 99/100 times, if not all 100.