10 survivors of Jabba’s sailing barge from Star Wars: Return Of The Jedi

Warning: This list contains SPOILERS for The Book Of Boba Fett.

The book about Boba Fett has continued a fun and curious tradition established in The Mandalorian. It seems that several residents of Jabba’s palace survived the complete and total destruction of Khetanna, Jabba The Hutt’s sailing barge in The return of the Jedi. While some of the survivors are obvious, like Boba Fett, others have been much more of a surprise and led to questions about how they lived.

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Star wars comics and books determined that a number of characters survived the explosion of the sail barge at the Sarlaac tomb. While some of the same characters have since been confirmed as survivors in the canon, a few are still questionable. Their closeness to confirmed survivors gives fans some hope that they, too, will prove to have survived in live-action at some point in the near future.


Boba Fett

Boba Fett Sand Sarlacc

Boba Fett is by far the highest-profile survivor of the Battle of the Pit of Carkoon. For nearly forty years, Boba Fett was believed dead in cannon, devoured by the Sarlaac monster after leaving the relative safety of the sailboat to occupy Luke Skywalker. Boba Fat survives The return of the Jedi is one of the largest and largest revisions to Star wars cannon.

Boba Fett’s escape from Sarlaac closely reflects the 1984 Marvel cartoon “Jawas of Doom” from number 81 of the original series. He escapes from the monster and is captured by Jawas, who cleans the wreck of the barge.

Bib Fortuna

The Mandalorian's Bib Fortuna actor is celebrating his Star Wars return

Bib Fortuna is one of the biggest surprise survivors in the canon. As a major domo to Jabba the Hutt, he was present at the sailing barge at the Pit of Carkoon. He was believed to have been lost when it exploded, but turned out to have taken Jabba’s throne at the end of The Mandalorian season two.

He did not survive much longer after that, but it is not at all clear how he survived the explosion of the sail barge. It is possible that he and others jumped from the ship while it exploded, and then returned to the emptied Jabba’s palace.


Bossk appears on the sail barge in Return of the Jedi.

Bosk is a little hard to spot The return of the Jedi, but he is present on the sail barge. What is not clear in the cannon is his survival after the Pit of Carkoon, although non-cannon sources have shown that he survived the explosion of Khetanna.

Books and comics put after The return of the Jedi show Bosk alive and still active as a bounty hunter. He also has several approaches with Boba Fett. Given the large number of Trandoshans in the series so far, Bossk is one of the most likely characters to appear in The book by Boba Fett.


EV-9D9 droid cantina

One character whose fate in the cannon is certain is the EV-9D9. EV-9D9 appeared in the dungeon below Jabba’s palace and was responsible for reprogramming and converting droids for service in the palace and on the sail barge. One of the biggest surprises The Mandalorian saw the droid as a bartender.

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EV-9D9 was not a bartender any old place, but stood behind the bar in the canteen of Mos Eisley, which became famous in the first Star wars movie. It’s also funny when the canteen had a notorious ‘no droids’ policy when Luke Skywalker first visited it.


A promotional image of Tessek from Return of the Jedi.

Tessek is the squid-like Quarren that is visible throughout Jabba’s palace and sailing barge in The return of the Jedi. While live-action has not yet confirmed the character’s status, Legends sources have shown that Tessek has survived the destruction of Khetanna.

In the short story “A Free Quarren in the Palace: Tessek’s Tale” from the anthology Tales from Jabba’s Palace, Tessek escapes on a speeder bike. His luck is short-lived, however, as he is eventually transformed into a B’omarr monk, the spider-like droid with human brains in jars seen sketched around the palace.


A promotional image of Saelt-Marae from Return of the Jedi.

Saelt-Marae, best known by Star wars toy collectors like “Yak Face,” is another Legends survivor of the sailboat. He is clearly seen on the barge through the Pit of Carkoon sequence, but a number of non-canonical source books have shown that he is alive.

The details of his escape are vague, but Saelt-Marae stepped off the sailboat before it exploded. He also came away with a lot of Jabba the Hutt’s wealth and essential documents and used them to increase his own power and status in the galaxy.

Droopy McCool

Droopy McCool and Star Wars

Droopy McCool is a member of the Max Rebo Band and is presumed lost with the sail barge, but the latest development in The book about Boba Fett has improved his chances. The survival of his bandmate Max gives Droopy some hope, and Legends also had him as a survivor.

“And the Band Played On: The Band’s Tale” from Tales from Jabba’s Palace reveals that Droopy survived the explosion of the sailboat by jumping from the ship before it exploded. He left the band and went his separate ways after that.

His Snootles

Sewing Snootles is the core of the “Jedi Rocks” sequence in The return of the Jedi, one of the worst revisions of the original Star wars trilogy. Some fans may have been ok with Sys’ fate remaining a mystery as a result, but Legends made her survive with her bandmates.

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The same short story that established Droopy McCool and Max Rebo as survivors also gave Sy Snootles a second chance. But her life took a bad turn after. She became addicted to spice, a drug in Star wars universe, and never really did much after.


8D8 in Boba Fett's book

8-D8 is one of the most unexpected survivors of the sail barge. The skeleton droid in Jabba’s dungeon torturing other droids appeared in The book about Boba Fett as a kind of translator for Boba Fett, far from his previous assignments in the palace.

8-D8 also has a surprisingly learned personality for its familiar background. He is voiced by Matt Berry, the writer, actor and singer that fans have seen in other movies and TV series such as What we do in the shadows and Toast of London.

Max Rebo

Max Rebo plays music in The Book of Boba Fett.

Another big surprise for fans The book about Boba Fett is Max Rebo. The blue Ortolan also lived in Legends by jumping to safety. His presence in the Sanctuary run by Garsa Fwip indicates that his bandmates may have survived as well.

However, Max Rebo has clearly moved on, playing a new version of his organ with a Bith – possibly a member of Modal Nodes from the canteen stage in A new hope. Max seems to have done really well for himself since the destruction of the sailboat.

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