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|Star Wars location|
|Created by||George Lucas|
|First appearance||Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back|
Dagobah is a star system in the Star Wars films The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi. It also appears in a deleted scene from Revenge of the Sith. Yoda went into exile on Dagobah after a lightsaber battle with Darth Sidious.
In the Star Wars storyline, after the Great Jedi Purge and his subsequent failure to defeat Darth Sidious, Jedi Master Yoda went into voluntary exile on Dagobah. Here, Yoda lived near a cave infused with the dark side of the Force, which kept him from detection by Emperor Palpatine.
In The Empire Strikes Back, Luke Skywalker is directed by the Force ghost of Obi-Wan Kenobi, to seek Yoda on Dagobah. After training with Yoda, Skywalker leaves Dagobah early to rescue his friends Han Solo, Princess Leia, and Chewbacca, who he senses are in danger on the planet Bespin. Skywalker also briefly returns to Dagobah in Return of the Jedi, in which he has a final conversation with Yoda before Yoda's death. Luke then speaks to Obi-Wan Kenobi's ghost about the conflicting stories of Luke's parentage.
Revenge of the Sith did not show how Yoda came to the planet in its theatrical version; but this was portrayed in a deleted scene that George Lucas says was removed so that Revenge would not have "too many endings". The scene of Yoda arriving on Dagobah was rumored to be reinserted into the DVD release of the film in November 2005; however, the film's theatrical cut has been transferred to DVD intact, with the "Exile to Dagobah" scene featured in the "Deleted Scenes" section on Disc II instead. In the novel of the movie, it is stated that Yoda went to Dagobah in an escape pod launched from Bail Organa's starcruiser.
Star Wars: The Clone Wars featured Dagobah in a sixth season episode, in which Yoda traveled to the planet as part of his own training to gain immortality through the Force.
Expanded Universe history
In the Star Wars expanded universe, Yoda confronted a Bpfasshi Dark Jedi on Dagobah, some years before the events in The Empire Strikes Back, and the cave where the Dark Jedi died became strong in the dark side of the Force. Star Wars Tales later retconned this event to take place earlier, with another Jedi of Yoda's species named Minch replacing Yoda. Dagobah was also visited by the main characters of the Galaxy of Fear series, where it was home for a time to a tribe of cannibals. During the events of Star Wars Jedi Knight: Jedi Academy (for the PC), a team of Jedi Knights from the New Jedi Order visit Dagobah, to find the cave drained of its former menace.
- Davids, H & Davids, P., Star Wars: Mission From Mount Yoda, Bantam Spectra, 1993