As the galaxy’s most famous pilot, Han Solo’s been to his fair share of planets. Here’s a guide for those of us who can’t tell Corellia from Carida.
Solo: A Star Wars Story is the origin story of famed pilot, rebel, and all around scoundrel Han Solo, who will, eventually, visit a great many planets in the Star Wars universe aboard the Millennium Falcon. Here are all the planets referred to in Solo: A Star Wars Story.
When Solo begins, Han Solo (Alden Ehrenreich) is still living on the planet he was born on, a far cry from the streetwise smuggler we meet in Star Wars: A New Hope. Although Han’s primary goal for the first portion of the movie is to return to Corellia and rescue Qi’ra (Emilia Clarke), it’s clear that he ultimately aspires to be a starfaring pilot in command of his own ship. After a number of twists and turns and double-crosses, he achieves this in the film’s final moments when he wins the Falcon from Lando Calrissian (Donald Glover).
Han’s appearances in the original and sequel trilogies already involve him journeying to different planets in distant corners of that galaxy far, far away. Perhaps because of this precedent, Solo seems to double down on the scope of the universe, showing or mentioning at least 18 new or pre-existing planets. Here is a guide to when they all are mentioned, as well as why they might sound familiar.
Han Solo’s storied home planet of Corellia makes its first on-screen appearance in this film. The urban areas are the focus as Han and Qi’ra attempt to escape from the seedy shipyards of its capital, Coronet City, but the planet is also covered with forests and oceans, explored long ago by its native human population. Known for producing fine starships and keen pilots, the rise of the Galactic Empire forced the planet to shift production to augment the Imperial Navy. Corellia was also the birthplace of Wedge Antilles, who flew for the Rebel Alliance in the original trilogy and recently returned to champion the Resistance in Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker.
Only mentioned in the film, this is the location of the Carida Academy that Han enrolls in when he joins the Imperial Navy. Appropriate for a planet so tightly in the grip of the Empire, the surface of Carida is jagged with uninviting mountain ranges. Military facilities, both on the ground and in orbit, were the only points of significance. The planet appeared earlier in an episode of Star Wars: The Clone Wars, when the Galactic Republic had not yet become the Galactic Empire.
This is the swamp planet on which we see Han as an Imperial trooper fighting on the front lines after having been kicked out of the Academy. It is here that he meets Tobias Beckett (Woody Harrelson), his crew, and, most importantly, Chewbacca. Unexceptional in most other respects, Mimban possesses an abundance of rare minerals that are used in the creation of large-scale laser weaponry, which might explain the Empire’s interest in it. Although this is the first screen appearance of Mimban, its creation goes back to the days of the original trilogy, with the planet appearing in the first ever full-length Star Wars novel, 1978’s Splinter of the Mind’s Eye.
Rio Durant, Beckett’s original pilot, is a member of the multi-armed species that comes from this unseen planet. Because this is the first mention of Ardennia, little is known about it, although Durant’s desire to open up a cantina “someplace warm, but not too warm” suggests that its climate might be less than favorable.
Homeworld of the Wookiees, Kashyyyk is covered in dense forests and jungles. The planet’s inhabitants were wary of outsiders, which would prove prescient when they were attacked by the Confederacy in Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith and later by the Galactic Empire, who would destroy many of the planet’s natural resources. Kashyyyk was first seen in The Star Wars Holiday Special and has appeared in various TV shows, video games, and other media since. Solo, however, is probably the first time the phrase “mangy Kashyyykian moof-milker” has ever been used.
The cold, harsh landscape of Vandor lacks any major settlements or native sentient species. Although it previously made only brief appearances in RPG sourcebooks and guides, Vandor plays a significant role in Solo. After the botched robbery of an Imperial train running through the planet’s snowy mountains, Han, Beckett, and Chewbacca meet with Dryden Vos (Paul Bettany) aboard the First Light, where Han reunites with Qi’ra. There are also a number of small villages on the planet, including Fort Ypso, where the group finds Lando Calrissian and first lays eyes on his ship, the Millennium Falcon.
When Beckett and Val (Thandie Newton) discuss their ideal retirement, they mention returning to Glee Anselm. The watery, primordial world is renowned for its beauty, making it a popular vacation destination. Its two native races are the sea-dwelling Nautolans and the terrestrial Anselmi, between whom there is a contentious rivalry. Glee Anselm appears briefly in The Clone Wars and is the home of Kit Fisto, one of the Jedi Masters killed by Darth Sidious in Revenge of the Sith.
Scarif’s appearance as a peaceful planet of tropical beaches and blue oceans belies its role as the home of the Imperial Center of Military Research. Selected because of its remote location on the edge of the known galaxy, this is where the first Death Star was kept prior to its unveiling. As a result, it also hosts the deadly final battle in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. In Solo, it’s one of the places where Qi’ra claims they might be able to find refined coaxium, presumably at the Imperial complex.
Mercy Island is the other potential location of coaxium that Qi’ra mentions, although it’s unclear if it’s a planet, as it doesn’t really follow the naming conventions of the universe and has never been mentioned elsewhere. Regardless, it’s most likely the home of an Imperial base, like Scarif.
One of Solo’s largest set pieces and one of A New Hope’s most quibbled-over bits of dialogue can be sourced to Kessel and its tempestuous surrounding sector. A cloud of debris known as the Akkadese Maelstrom surrounds the world and makes travel to and from difficult for anyone short of Han Solo. The actual planet of Kessel is defined by the many spice mines carved into its northern hemisphere, whose use of slave labor is completely ignored by the royal family of Kessel in the south. Also appearing in Star Wars: Rebels and The Clone Wars, it is here that Han, Chewbacca, and the gang steal a hoard of unrefined coaxium, inadvertently starting a riot in the process.
After their heist, the Bis Refinery on Savareen is the nearest place to Kessel that the crew of the Falcon can find to stabilize their trove of stolen coaxium. Savareen is covered by large desert landmasses offset by vast oceans and is inhabited by a poor population of native humans. The name of the planet actually comes from a brandy listed in an RPG supplement, a fact which is nodded to when Beckett asks a bartender for just such a drink.
An subtropical moon in the Oseon Belt
Lando claims to have won this moon in a game of sabacc, but it’s hard to say how true that is, given his roguish nature.
Lando mentions to Qi’ra that he once pulled a job on Felucia that he believed would square his accounts with Crimson Dawn. The lush, vibrant jungles of Felucia are home to many primeval creatures, as well as a native race of Felucians who practice subsistence agriculture. A point of strategic importance during the Clone Wars, Revenge of the Sith shows this as the place where Jedi Master Aayla Secura was felled by clone troopers during Order 66.
In the film, L3-37 (Phoebe Waller-Bridge) gives Black Spire Outpost as a point of reference for distance from Vandor. Located on the jungle planet of Batuu, Black Spire Outpost serves as the setting for the Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge attraction at Disneyland and Walt Disney World, for which it was first created. Batuu itself is a remnant of the past, its forests destroyed by environmental disaster and its galactic importance as a trading post long ago diminished by the invention of hyperspace travel.
The lands of the Sharu
In dictating his memoirs, Lando mentions encountering the Sharu, although little more is said before he’s called to aid in escaping from Kessel. This is a quick reference to the powerful, ancient species that inhabits the various planets of the Rafa system. Only ever mentioned in The Lando Calrissian Adventures series of novels, which are now considered by Disney to be non-canon, it is unclear how much these Sharu resemble their predecessors, although Lando’s mention of their temple reconfirms their previously established spirituality.
Near the end of their journey, Beckett tips off Han about a job being set up by a “big-shot gangster” on Tatooine, presumably in reference to Jabba the Hutt, to whom Han is in debt at the beginning of A New Hope. Tatooine is a barren desert planet with almost no natural resources and an oppressively hot climate that leaves only a few small regions habitable. In spite of this, Tatooine is the childhood home of both Anakin and Luke Skywalker and appears in more Star Wars movies than any other planet.
When Qi’ra’s true allegiance is revealed at the end of the film, Maul tells her to meet him on Dathomir. A brutal, blood-red planet with flora and fauna that are extremely harsh, including the rancor species that Luke encounters in Return of the Jedi, most of the galaxy makes a point to stay away from Dathomir. The exception is those who would seek to harness the planet’s strong connection to the dark side, which manifests most strongly in the native Nightsister coven of Force witches.
A new planet created for Solo: A Star Wars Story, Numidian Prime is covered with lush jungles that house not only diverse wildlife but also a hoards of outlaws seeking shelter from the law. Mostly removed from civilization, the planet is dotted with criminal-friendly outposts and strongholds. It is to one of these hideouts that Han and Chewbacca track down Lando and finally win the Millennium Falcon off him in a clean game of sabacc.