Canonical Star Wars timeline

After Disney purchased Lucasfilm in 2012, the official Star Wars canon was reset; all the books, games, and comics that had taken place in the Star Wars Universe were re-labeled as “Legends.” Only the six existing saga films and the animated series Star Wars: The Clone Wars (including the theatrically released feature length pilot) were left as official Star Wars. In the four years since, new Star Wars stories have been added to the new timeline, from novels and comics to a new animated series – Star Wars: Rebels. Unlike in the previous decade, all of the canonical Star Wars content can be placed on a single timeline with little to no conflicts of plot or character.

Left off this list are young adult and young reader novels, which are technically canon, but add more clutter than consequence. Also absent are Rebels comics that have appeared in Star Wars magazines, Star Wars: Battlefront, the video game and DLC expansions, and any Lego adventures as the latter two are non-canonical, and the former are as inconsequential as the young reader books.

Star Wars #26 – Comic

Released on December 28th of 2016, Issue 26 starts a storyline featuring Yoda from the journals of Ben Kenobi, which is technically the earliest piece of new canon Star Wars storytelling to be represented in comics, novels or video games.

The Phantom Menace – Film

George Lucas’ 1999 film kicks off the Star Wars canon with a young Anakin Skywalker and Obi-Wan Kenobi getting caught up in a game of political intrigue orchestrated by two Sith Lords (the titular Phantom Menace).

Obi-Wan and Anakin (1-5) – Comic

Set three years after The Phantom Menace and seven years before Attack of The Clones, these Marvel comics depict Anakin and Obi-Wan working together at a time when the Jedi Order is mostly working like it is supposed to.

Attack of the Clones – Film

Ending with the Battle of Geonosis that kicks off the greater Clone Wars throughout the galaxy, Attack of the Clones also brings Anakin and Padme together, which is important if it isn’t exciting to watch.

The Clone Wars – Animated Series

Star Wars: The Clone Wars animated series produced to tell the stories of General Skywalker and General Kenobi during the actual wars (which the films skip!). The series ended up airing out of chronological order and would sometimes set story arcs from later seasons in earlier time periods. Since has published a chronological viewing order for the six seasons of Clone Wars.

[Episode Number] Title

216 Cat and Mouse
116 Hidden Enemy
The Clone Wars movie (theatrical release)
301 Clone Cadets
303 Supply Lines
101 Ambush
102 Rising Malevolence
103 Shadow of Malevolence
104 Destroy Malevolence
105 Rookies
106 Downfall of a Droid
107 Duel of the Droids
108 Bombad Jedi
109 Cloak of Darkness
110 Lair of Grievous
111 Dooku Captured
112 The Gungan General
113 Jedi Crash
114 Defenders of Peace
115 Trespass
117 Blue Shadow Virus
118 Mystery of a Thousand Moons
119 Storm over Ryloth
120 Innocents of Ryloth
121 Liberty on Ryloth
201 Holocron Heist
202 Cargo of Doom
203 Children of the Force
217 Bounty Hunters
218 The Zillo Beast
219 The Zillo Beast Strikes Back
204 Senate Spy
205 Landing at Point Rain
206 Weapons Factory
207 Legacy of Terror
208 Brain Invaders
209 Grievous Intrigue
210 The Deserter
211 Lightsaber Lost
212 The Mandalore Plot
213 Voyage of Temptation
214 Duchess of Mandalore
220 Death Trap
221 R2 Come Home
222 Lethal Trackdown
305 Corruption
306 The Academy
307 Assassin
302 ARC Troopers
304 Sphere of Influence
308 Evil Plans
122 Hostage Crisis
309 Hunt for Ziro
310 Heroes on Both Sides
311 Pursuit of Peace
215 Senate Murders
312 Nightsisters
313 Monster
314 Witches of the Mist
315 Overlords
316 Altar of Mortis
317 Ghosts of Mortis
318 The Citadel
319 Counter Attack
320 Citadel Rescue
321 Padawan Lost
322 Wookiee Hunt
The Clone Wars Season 4 is already in continuity, view in order.
502 A War on Two Fronts
503 Front Runners
504 The Soft War
505 Tipping Points
506 The Gathering
507 A Test of Strength
508 Bound for Rescue
509 A Necessary Bond
510 Secret Weapons
511 A Sunny Day in the Void
512 Missing in Action
513 Point of No Return
501 Revival
514 Eminence
515 Shades of Reason
516 The Lawless
517 Sabotage
518 The Jedi Who Knew Too Much
519 To Catch a Jedi
520 The Wrong Jedi
The Clone Wars Season 6 is already in continuity, view in order.

Dark Disciple – Novel

Telling the story of Nightsister Asajj Ventress and Jedi Quinlan Vos’ attempts to assassinate Count Dooku, the novel was constructed from unused Star Wars: The Clone Wars episode arcs.

Darth Maul: Son of Dathomir – Comic

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Also, written using outlines for un-animated Clone Wars episodes, these comic furthers the timeline of Darth Maul, who goes on to appear in Star Wars: Rebels later on.

Revenge of the Sith – Film

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The completion of the fall of Anakin Skywalker, the birth of Darth Vader and the fall of the Republic to the Age of the Empire. A lot happens, story-wise, in Revenge of the Sith, and thanks to retroactive continuity, it foreshadows all the media between it and A New Hope.

Kanan: The Last Padawan – Comic

Kanan Jarrus, one of the main characters in the Star Wars: Rebels cartoon and the A New Dawn novel was a Padawan who survived Order 66. This Marvel Comics mini-series jumps around in the pre-A New Hope timeline, but it’s best contained here.

Ahsoka – Novel

A novel continuing the story of how Anakin Skywalker’s padawan from Star Wars: The Clone Wars, Ahsoka Tano, who had left the Jedi Order during the run of the cartoon.

Lords of the Sith – Novel

A novel where the Emperor and Darth Vader deal with Cham Syndulla and his Free Ryloth movement with some general Empire badassery.

Tarkin – Novel

Expanding on the story of Wilhelm Tarkin, soon to be Grand Moff, this novel tells his origin story of moving from overseeing the mining for a project that will eventually the Death Star to his promotion via going on a mission where he must earn Darth Vader’s respect.

Catalyst: A Rogue One Story – Novel

The tale of Galen Erso and Orson Krennic, two men who find themselves unlikely allies developing Kyber Crystals into a new energy source. Not to spoil Rogue One too much, but that energy ends up being used to power the Death Star.

Thrawn – Novel

This yet-to-be-released novel featuring the re-contextualized but still popular Legends character, Grand Admiral Thrawn, will expand upon how the character originally ascendent after Return of the Jedi is present in a pre-A New Hope Empire.

A New Dawn – Novel

One of the first Del Rey expanded universe novels to be released, A New Dawn is a prequel to Star Wars: Rebels where we learn how Hera Syndulla and Kanan Jarrus met.

Star Wars #7 – Comic

In the Marvel Comics new Star Wars run, several spin-off plots develop in the main Star Wars line. Among those are Luke’s readings from the Journal of Ben Kenobi, which flash back to his time on Tatooine. Star Wars #7 is the first of those stories.

Star Wars #15 – Comic

Another entry from the Journal of Ben Kenobi, when he was watching over a young Luke on Tatooine.

Star Wars #20 – Comic

Another entry from the Journal of Ben Kenobi, when he was watching over a young Luke on Tatooine.

Star Wars: Rebels – Animated Series

The animated Star Wars: Rebels began as a fun offshoot of the Star Wars universe, but has spent three seasons weaving itself into the fabric of the new canon. With Rebels dealing with the fallout from Clone Wars series character development andwith original ships and droids pop up in Rogue One, Rebels is more essential viewing than ever. Thankfully it is airing in continuity, unlike its predecessor.

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story – Film

Rogue One tells the story of the theft of the Death Star plans and connects to the Star Wars universe in lots of cool ways. Pulling from Catalyst and leading directly into A New Hope, Rogue One briefly introduced us to the rebels of the early Rebellion and gave us the Battle of Scarif, which had only existed previously in the opening crawl for…

A New Hope – Film

The movie that started it all, the original Star Wars,retroactively labeled Episode IV: A New Hope, re-introduces Luke Skywalker into the grand soap opera of the galaxy. It brings to close the story of the Death Star I, which – in current canon – has been in the works for awhile (since Attack of the Clones).

Princess Leia (1-5) – Comic

The Marvel Comics Star Wars series spun off into several character-specific mini-series, one being for Princess Leia. Here, Leia gets some post-Yavin action that takes her back to Naboo and lets her fully deal with losing Alderaan.

 Chewbacca (1-5)  – Comic

Another Marvel Comics Spin-Off, Chewie crash lands on an Imperial occupied planet and helps a young girl named Zarro to fight the Empire.

Heir to the Jedi – Novel

Luke Skywalker goes on a mission and learns a little about the Force, like how to move things with his mind. He’s paired with a pilot called Nakari Kelen to find a new base for the Rebellion.

Star Wars (1-4) – Comic

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The Star Wars comics proper kick off after Heir to the Jedi (so Luke knows a bit about the Force, but not much). Han, Luke, and Leia are paired up as heroes of the Rebellion to take it to the Empire. Also, Luke and Vader face off for the first time, which is puzzling to them both.

Darth Vader (1-4)  – Comic

The Darth Vader Marvel Comics Spinoff picks up what Anakin Skywalker is up to after the Death Star I was destroyed. The Emperor is pissed at Vader while Vader is interested in the identity of the pilot who destroyed the Death Star. Vader also recruits a female space rogue, archeologist Doctor Aphra, to his side as he works his various goals.

Star Wars 5, Darth Vader 5, Star Wars 6, Darth Vader 6  – Comic

Read these in alternating order…Stuff happens on Tatooine as Vader sends Boba Fett after Luke. Vader has to deal with other Imperial Forces who want to take his place at the Emperor’s side, and the whole Vader arc ends when the Sith Lord discovers that his son survived.

Star Wars (8-12)  – Comic

The search for a suitable location for a new base for the Rebellion continues and gets Han, Luke, Leia, and Chewbacca into various scrapes. This is the arc that introduces Sana Solo, Han Solo’s “wife.”

Darth Vader (7-12)  – Comic

Vader has to create a shadow mission without the Emperor suspecting to track down the location of Luke Skywalker, the rebel pilot who brought down the Death Star and Commodex Tahn, the mortician who oversaw the burial of Padme Amidala.

Vader Down (1-5)  – Comic

Consisting of stand alone issues and issues of both Star Wars and Darth Vader, this crossover tells the story of Darth Vader crash landing and the Rebels thinking they have a chance to take out the Emperor’s big bad.

Star Wars (16-19) – Comic

After capturing Doctor Aphra, Leia and Sana escort her to a prison where the Empire won’t find her only to end up at that facility while it’s under attack by a mysterious force.

Darth Vader (16-25) – Comic

While Vader is concerned the Rebels have Doctor Aphra, he gets distracted by a growing rebellion that balloons into The Shu-Torun War after Vader executes the royal family. After that, in the series’ concluding arc, Vader’s secret schemes all come to a head at once and Vader has to deal with Doctor Aphra.

Star Wars (21-25) – Comic

New Imperial foe Sergeant Kreel is dispatched by Vader to bring the rebels to heel after Han and Leia managed to successfully steal a Star Destroyer.

Doctor Aphra – Comic

Doctor Aphra jaunts around the galaxy with her droids, picking up archeological artifacts and trying to make money without letting the Empire know she’s still alive (and without falling prey to Bounty Hunters).

Lando 1-5 – Comic

Before Lando is overseeing Cloud City, he hijacks a ship in a “one last big score” heist that ends up belonging to Emperor Palpatine. On it are ancient Sith artifacts and some Imperial Guards who mess up Lobot.

Han Solo 1-5 – Comic

Han is recruited by Leia to fly in a dangerous space race, The Dragon Void and find a possible spy within the Rebel Alliance at the same time.

Battlefront: Twilight Company – Novel

A tie-in novel that brings in the timeline-breaking Star Wars: Battlefront video game, we follow a company of soldiers who end up on the side of the Rebellion through battles like the Battle of Hoth and a fight on Sullest (where we meet rebel leader Nein Nuub!)

The Empire Strikes Back – Film

In the second Star Wars movie to be released, Vader finally confronts his son with the truth, Luke finally finds Yoda and begins to make steps in his Jedi training, and Leia loses Han to Jabba the Hutt in Cloud City.

Return of the Jedi – Film

The final showdown between Skywalker(s) and the Emperor happens at the exact same time as Palpatine is laying a trap for the rebel fleet at his “fully operational” Death Star II.

Shattered Empire (1-4) – Comic

Taking place during and after the Battle of Hoth, the Marvel Comics mini-series follows two Rebels who end up being the parents of Poe Dameron.

Aftermath – Novel

The first post-Jedi new-canon novel to be released, Aftermath tells the story of a group of misfits lead by Norra Wexly – mother of The Force Awakens‘ Snap Wexley – who get roped into the forming New Republic when Wedge Antilles is kidnapped by the remnants of the Empire.

Star Wars: Uprising – Mobile Game

A now-defunct mobile game took place in the Anoat Sector where the remaining Imperial forces attempted to lock out the system and conceal the information that the Emperor was dead.

Aftermath: Life Debt/Aftermath: Empire’s End – Novel

The second book in the Aftermath trilogy picks up with Norra Wexley, and her team dispatched to find Han Solo who has gone in search of a captured Chewbacca. Also making his grand introduction is Fleet Admiral Rax, who is controlling what remains of the Empire. Coming out in February 2017, Empire’s End will, at the very least, include the story of the Battle of Jakku (that ends the Empire and leaves all that wreckage in The Force Awakens)

Bloodline – Novel

A novel that focuses on the politics of the New Republic, Senator Leia Organa has to team up with her political foes even after the secret of her true parentage gets out.

Poe Dameron (1-9) – Comic

With the Resistance newly formed to push back the First Order who is plotting the downfall of the New Republic, Leia sends her best pilot, Poe Dameron, in search of Lor San Tekka, who might know where Luke Skywalker has gone. On the mission, Poe angers Agent Terex of the First Order, who vows to destroy Poe’s Black Squadron.

The Force Awakens – Film

Poe Dameron finally discovers the missing piece of the map to Luke Skywalker’s whereabouts, but it’s journey to a sleeping R2-D2 pulls Force-sensitive orphan Rey and ex-Stormtrooper Finn into the war between the Resistance and The First Order, lead by a mysterious Supreme Leader Snoke and his acolyte Kylo Ren.


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