The Zillo Beast | 60 Second Lore
On today's edition of 60 Second Lore, we're taking a look at one of the deadliest creatures in all of Star Wars... And it begins in 3, 2, 1!
97 metres tall, 60,000 metric tons in weight, skin impervious to lightsaber strikes, jaws capable of cutting through metal, glowing green eyes with inherent night vision, and a clobbering spiked tail, Zillo Beasts appeared to be nothing more than creatures of folklore. Unfortunately, they were anything but. In ancient times, for example, they freely roamed their homeworld of Malastare. And even after a valiant revolt at the hands of the native Dug populace, having spent years being devoured, one such creature managed to survive and then resurface thousands of years later, all thanks to an electro-proton bomb. As unintentional as this discovery may have been, Supreme Chancellor Palpatine took a keen interest in both the creature and its many valuable traits. So he had the Zillo Beast stunned and brought to a research facility on Coruscant where it could be further analysed. Sionver Boll, the doctor who finally destroyed the last of the species with a deadly toxin, before attempting to clone its dead body, noted that while the animal wasn't obviously intelligent, it did appear to possess some form of sentience. This was due to the creature's ill will towards Palpatine, whom it tried to kill after breaking free from its restraints and into the streets of Coruscant...
So there is a brief look at the rather unfortunate tale of the Zillo Beast. My question to you, as it has still to be answered in both Star Wars Legends and Canon, is whether or not Palpatine was successful in cloning the creature. Let me know what you think in the comments below. And while you're down there, don't forget to leave a like. To have your say in future lore videos, head on over to our Patreon page. And for all things Inside Star Wars, press that subscribe button and notification bell. Thanks for watching!
Source(s): Ultimate Star Wars, Star Wars Character Encyclopedia: Updated and Expanded, Star Wars Databank, Star Wars: The Clone Wars Character Encyclopedia.