What Is the Mythosaur In Star Wars?

The Mandalorian Season 3 may have delivered one of the most unnerving scenes in Star Wars history. "Chapter 18: The Mines of Mandalore" introduced a leviathan creature known as the Mythosaur, a legendary monster native to the titular world that has been left in ruins by the Empire. But what is it..?

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The truth is we've actually known about Mythosaurs for quite some time, as they've been staring us in the face since The Mandalorian (2019) first arrived on Disney+, as it's the symbol, or "sigil", of a tusked animal on the shoulder of Din Djarin's Beskar armor. They've also been name-dropped countless times throughout Star Wars history, across all forms of media.

As per the specialized Star Wars Wikipedia site, Wookieepedia, Mythosaurs are a species native to the Outer Rim planet of Mandalore, and are said to be enormous in size - which is plain to see from the scene in "Chapter 18: The Mines of Mandalore" alone. Though very blink-and-you'll-miss-it, it's still pretty obvious that it's big enough to use a Rancor as a toothpick!

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The scene in question is very eerie, as Din Djarin (Pedro Pascal) and Bo-Katan Kryze (Katee Sackhoff) swim up to the surface of the incredibly deep and dark lake, only to see in the thin slither of light from Bo-Katan's helmet, the enormous eye, and part of a tusk, of the great beast. It's reminiscent of the Rancor's introduction in Return of the Jedi, but let's hope it doesn't wind up Din's pet...

However, with that said, the reason the Mythosaur is so revered by Mandalorians (some of them, at least), is because the species once dominated Mandalore, until the Mandalorian warrior known as Taung, or the First, arrived to conquer the planet. It is said in legend that the First led his people to vanquish the beasts, and rid Mandalore of the species entirely.

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As such, the Mythosaur's skull became the symbol of Mandalore, which is why Din Djarin, and many others like him, boast the symbol proudly upon their armor. But the Mythosaur isn't the only enormous creature living in the faraway galaxy - there's also the Zilla Beast, as seen in animated show Star Wars: The Clone Wars (2008).

More recently, The Mandalorian Season 3's "Chapter 17: The Apostate" also introduced the Purrgil into live action for the first time - giant, space-dwelling, whale-like creatures that first appeared in animated show Star Wars: Rebels (2014). And let's not forget how that Season 3 episode opened - with an enormous, dinosaur-like crocodile creature! Best not hand that Darksaber over to Bo-Katan any time soon, Mando...

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At this point, there's really no telling how the show plans to utilize the Mythosaur, but the creature will undoubtedly return in some shape or form, whether it's in this season or the next. But as we said earlier, if the plan is for Din Djarin to dominate the creature somehow, then it would be a pretty wasted opportunity - in our opinion, at least.

We miss the days when there were moments of real horror in Star Wars, namely the Original Trilogy, whether it was the Rancor, the Sarlacc Pit, or even giant space-worms emerging from the surfaces of asteroids! Just look at what The Book of Boba Fett (2021) did to the Rancor. Yes, it was pretty cool to see Boba Fett (Temuera Morrison) riding the Rancor through the streets of a Tatooine city, but at the same it turned the once-terrifying creature into a pet (although we would still struggle to describe it as cute as a puppy).

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Check it out the official trailer for The Mandalorian Season 3 below:

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As per StarWars.com, here's the official synopsis for The Mandalorian:

After the stories of Jango and Boba Fett, another warrior emerges in the Star Wars universe. The Mandalorian is set after the fall of the Empire and before the emergence of the First Order. We follow the travails of a lone gunfighter in the outer reaches of the galaxy far from the authority of the New Republic.

The Mandalorian Season 3 stars Pedro Pascal (Din Djarin/The Mandalorian), Giancarlo Esposito (Moff Gideon), Carl Weathers (Greef Karga), Katee Sackhoff (Bo-Katan Kryze), Emily Swallow (The Armorer), Omid Abtahi (Dr. Pershing), Amy Sedaris (Peli Motto), and Tim Meadows and Christopher Lloyd in undisclosed roles.

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The Mandalorian Seasons 1, 2, and 3, The Book of Boba Fett, Obi-Wan Kenobi (2022), and Andor (2022) are now streaming on Disney+.

You can also enjoy all the animated shows -- Star Wars Rebels (2014), Star Wars: The Clone Wars (2008), Star Wars: Tales of the Jedi (2022), and Star Wars: The Bad Batch (2021), as well as all 12 Star Wars movies, and more. Other upcoming live-action shows include Ahsoka (2023) and Skeleton Crew (2023).

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