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The Worst 'Star Wars' Creatures To Have As Pets

Not Exactly The Kindest Or Cuddliest Of Critters

By Culture SlatePublished 2 years ago 3 min read

The Star Wars galaxy is home to many fascinating creatures, some cute and cuddly, some fierce and deadly. While I know most of us wouldn’t mind having a Tooka or a Loth-cat for a pet, let’s take a look at some creatures that we definitely wouldn’t want to have as a pet!


Native to the planet Cholganna, these feline-like creatures have four eyes, a mouth full of razor-sharp teeth, and a defensive mane of sharp quills. In Legends, Jacen Solo and Tenel Ka Chume’Ta Djo’s daughter, Allana Djo Solo had a pet Nexu named Anji. After her grandmother, Leia Organa Solo, killed the cub’s mother at the Coruscant Livestock Exchange and Exhibition, Allana was allowed to adopt the nexu cub after Anji’s back quills were dulled, her talons clipped and a device was implanted in her jaw to prevent her being able to bite down enough to draw blood.

In Canon, a nexu was used by Archduke Poggle the Lesser in the Petranaki Arena on Geonosis to attempt the assassination of Senator Padme Amidala. These creatures are definitely NOT ones you would want to cuddle up with as you jet through the galaxy’s hyperspace lanes.

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These vicious desert mammals have sixteen claws and very good hearing. During the Clone Wars, Anakin Skywalker saved his Master, Obi-Wan Kenobi from a nest of these creatures. On Vanqor while pursuing Count Dooku, Anakin and Obi-Wan were chased by a gundark, which was eventually sealed in a cave by Ahsoka Tano. These mammals are definitely vicious, and I definitely wouldn’t recommend adopting one for a pet.


These carnivorous mammals lived throughout the Outer Rim territories. They had deadly chin tusks and long claws and fangs, which they used to stab and tear apart their prey. Anoobas were pack animals, travelling in groups of 10 or 12. These creatures were responsible for the death of Jedi Master Evan Piell during the Clone Wars. If they can kill a Jedi Master, I know I wouldn’t want one as a pet.


Could we really have a list of unadoptable creatures in Star Wars without mentioning a rancor? Rancors are native to the planet Dathomir. They are bipedal and stand five meters tall, with long arms, powerful jaws, and armored hides that can withstand blaster fire. They are semi-sentient and follow a social hierarchy with an Alpha as their dominate leader. While some species of rancor are relatively peaceful, like the jungle rancors on Felucia, after watching what Jabba’s rancor, Pateesa, did to those unlucky souls who were tossed into his pit, I wouldn’t recommend adopting one as a pet.


Native to Twon Ketee, these cephalopods share a common ancestry with the sarlaccs. They are thought of as one of the most dangerous beasts in the Galaxy, though studying them is uncommon. They reproduce by fission, meaning that if the population is not controlled their numbers would rapidly increase, and more incidents like the Trillia Massacre would happen. While Rathtars appear primitive, they hunt in packs, and actually become smarter as a group. They move quickly, using their tentacles to whip furiously about, grabbing anything that wasn’t another rathtar for their next meal. Their bodies are covered in a rubbery exterior that was resistant to blaster bolts, small-arms fire, and biting attacks.

Although those of us who like living dangerously might find uses for these creatures, none of these creatures are ones that I would add to my personal menagerie of pets. I prefer furry, well-mannered pets that won’t try to eat me in my sleep; but that’s just me!

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Source: Wookieepedia

Written by Heather S.

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