Star Wars Canon Timeline

Star Wars canon was first defined in the first issue of the Lucasfilm magazine, Star Wars Insider:

“‘Gospel,’ or canon as we refer to it, includes the screenplays, the films, the radio dramas and the novelizations. These works spin out of George Lucas’ original stories, the rest are written by other writers. However, between us, we’ve read everything, and much of it is taken into account in the overall continuity. The entire catalog of published works comprises a vast history—with many off-shoots, variations and tangents—like any other well-developed mythology.

To understand canon and continuity, the overall Star Wars saga should be looked at as a set of stories written by many different people which “document” past “events.” Although some stories are more reliable than others, they all are looked upon as part of the overall “history.” It should also be remembered that all of these stories are simply that—stories. There are numerous errors that inevitably arise between the stories simply because different authors have their own ways of telling the story and may not have the time and resources to perfectly align the details. This site deals with non-canon material by putting red text notification above the non-canon items.

The situation can be compared to Greek and Roman mythology, or the stories of King Arthur. The various Star Wars tales are a group of separate but linked stories, and are told by many different authors over a period of time.

As of April 25, 2014, the only previously published materials that are considered canon are the six Star Wars films, the Star Wars: The Clone Wars television series and film, and the stand-alone Dark Horse Comics arc Star Wars: Darth Maul—Son of Dathomir. Since Disney purchased the rights to Star Wars in 2012, the company has pretty much rebooted most of the Star Wars Expanded Universe canon, while keeping all of the movies intact. As you may know, most of the EU books and comics got blasted away into unofficial canon, which is known as Legends. (That shouldn’t stop you from reading all the cool stuff that came out before Disney bought Lucasfilm, though. Don’t be that guy/girl.). Most Star Wars material released after April 25, 2014—with some exceptions—is composed in collaboration with the Lucasfilm Story Group, making it part of the “new canon.”

Join me as I read through a selection of the New Canon (last updated June 23, 2017):

The Prequel Era: Before the Battle of Yavin

Rise of the Empire

~ BBY 32

A Recipe for Death by Landry Q. Walker (short story, released April 5, 2016)

Star Wars 26 – 30: Yoda’s Secret War, Part I – Part V by Jason Aaron (comic book series, released December 28, 2016 – April 5, 2017) (Prologue is set immediately after Star Wars 25: The Last Flight of the Harbinger, Part V.)

BBY 32

Star Wars: Episode I The Phantom Menace (film directed by George Lucas, released on May 19, 1999)

Probe Droid Problem by Chris Eliopoulos and Jordie Bellaire (comic book, occurs concurrently with Star Wars: Episode I the Phantom Menace, released February 1, 2017)

BBY 29

Obi-Wan & Anakin, Part I – Part V by Charles Soule (comic book series, released January 6, 2016 – May 25, 2016)

BBY 22

Star Wars: Episode II Attack of the Clones (film directed by George Lucas and Jonathan Hales, released May 16, 2002)

Jedi of the Republic – Mace Windu 1 – 2 by Matt Owens (comic book series released August 23, 2017 – September 27, 2017) (will ultimately be a series of 5 comic books)

~ BBY 22 – 19

Star Wars: The Clone Wars (film directed by Henry Gilroy, Scott Murphy, and Steven Melching, released August 14, 2008)

The Clone Wars: Season 1 – Season 6 (TV show released October 3, 2008)

BBY 19

Kindred Spirits by Christie Golden (short story released July 21, 2015)

Dark Disciple by Christie Golden (novel occurs before and after Star Wars: Darth Maul – Son of Dathomir and during Star Wars: Kanan Book II: First Blood, released July 7, 2015)

Darth Maul – Son of Dathomir, Part One – Part Four by Jeremy Barlow (comic book series released May 21, 2014 – August 20, 2014)

Kanan the Last Padawan: 1 – 11 by Greg Weisman (comic book series released April 1, 2015 – February 24, 2016)

Star Wars: Episode III Revenge of the Sith (film directed by George Lucas, released May 19, 2005)

Darth Vader: Dark Lord of the Sith 1 – 6 by Charles Soule (comic book series occurring concurrently to and after Star Wars: Episode III Revenge of the Sith, released June 7, 2017 – October 2017)

Rise of the Rebellion

BBY 18

Ahsoka by E.K. Johnston (novel released October 11, 2016)

The Classic Era: Before the Battle of Yavin

BBY 14

Orientation by John Jackson Milller (short story released April 21, 2015)

Lords of the Sith by Paul S. Kemp (novel released April 28, 2015)

Mercy Mission by Melissa Scott (short story released October 6, 2015)

Tarkin by James Luceno (novel released November 4, 2014)

BBY 14 – BBY 4

TK-462 by Sylvain Neuvel (short story released June 7, 2016)

BBY 13 – 0

Rebel Rising by Beth Revis (novel released May 2, 2017)

~ BBY 11 – BBY 2

Thrawn by Timothy Zahn (novel released April 11, 2017)

BBY 11

Bottleneck by John Jackson Miller (short story released October 6, 2015)

A New Dawn by John Jackson Miller (novel released Septemebt 2, 2014) (Prologue is set during Kanan 7: First Blood, Part I: The Corridors of Coruscant.)

Star Wars 7: From the Journals of Old Ben Kenobi: “The Last of His Breed” by Jason Aaron (comic book released July 29, 2015) (Epilogue is set immediately after Star Wars 6: Skywlaker Strikes, Part VI.)

~ BBY 11 – 5 (After the Battle of Yavin)

Lost Stars by Claudia Gray (novel released September 4, 2015) (occurs before, concurrently to, and after the Star Wars original trilogy.)

  • Lost Stars by Komiyama Yuusaku (webcomic adaptation of Lost Stars, released May 4, 2017)

BBY 10

Star Wars 15: From the Journals of Old Ben Kenobi by Jason Aaron (comic book released January 20, 2016)

Star Wars 20: From the Journals of Old Ben Kenobi by Jason Aaron (comic book released June 15, 2016)

~ BBY 10

The End of History by Alexander Freed (short story released December 9, 2014)

Untitled Young Han Solo: A Star Wars Story (film by Lawrence Kasdan and Ron Howard, released May 25, 2018)

~ BBY 6 – BBY 3

Battlefront: Twilight Company by Alexader Freed (novel released November 3, 2015) (Occures before and concurrently to Star Wars: Episode V The Empire Strikes Back.)

Star Wars Rebels (TV show from 2014 – 2017)

BBY 5

Ring Race by Martin Fisher (comic book released January 28, 2015)

Learning Patience by Martin Fisher (comic book released February 25, 2015)

The Fake Jedi by Martin Fisher (comic book released March 25, 2015)

Kallus’ Hunt by Martin Fisher (comic book released April 22, 2015)

BBY 4

Return of the Slavers by Martin Fisher (comic book released May 20, 2015)

Eyes on the Prize by Jeremy Barlow (comic book released June 17, 2015)

Kanan 6: The Last Padawan, Epilogue: Haunt by Greg Weisman (comic book released September 23, 2015)

Kanan 12: First Blood, Epilogue: The Ties That Bind by Greg Weisman (comic book released March 16, 2016)

Sabotaged Supplies by Martin Fisher (comic book released July 15, 2015)

Ezra’s Vision by Martin Fisher (comic book released August 12, 2015)

Becoming Hunted by Martin Fisher (comic book released October 7, 2015)

Assessment by Martin Fisher (comic book released November 4, 2015)

Senate Perspective by Martin Fisher (comic book released September 9, 2015)

Ocean Rescue by Martin Fisher (comic book relesaed December 2, 2015)

Rebel Bluff by Michael Kogge (comic book released June 9, 2015)

Puffer Problems by Martin Fisher (comic book released September 21, 2016)

Secrets of Sienar by Martin Fisher (comic book released December 30, 2015)

No Sympathy by Martin Fisher (comic book released January 27, 2016)

Too Late to Change by Jeremy Barlow (comic book released February 15, 2017)

Always Bet on Chop by Jeremy Barlow (comic book released September 28, 2016)

A Day’s Duty by Martin Fisher (comic book released February 24, 2016)

Ice Breaking by Martin Fisher (comic book released March 23, 2016)

Vulnerable Areas by Martin Fisher (comic book released April 20, 2016)

The Size of the Fight by Jeremy Barlow (comic book released March 15, 2017)

BBY 3

3 BBY[28] C Academy Cadets Martin Fisher 2016-05-18
3 BBY[28] C Escaping the Scrap Pile Martin Fisher 2016-06-29
3 BBY[28] C The Ballad of 264 Jeremy Barlow 2016-11-23
3 BBY[28] C Off the Rails Jeremy Barlow 2017-05-10
3 BBY[28] C A Time to Survive Martin Fisher 2017-01-18
3 BBY[28] C The Wrong Crowd Jeremy Barlow 2017-04-12
3 BBY[28] C The Gangsters of Galzez Martin Fisher 2016-08-10
3 BBY[28] C The Second Chance Martin Fisher 2016-10-26
3 BBY[28] C The Thune Cargo Martin Fisher 2016-11-02
3 BBY[28] C The Line of Duty Martin Fisher 2016-12-22
3 BBY[2] N Leia: Princess of Alderaan

  • Exact placement currently unknown.
Claudia Gray 2017-09-01

The Battle of Yavin

0 BBY[2] F Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

  • Prologue occurs 13 years prior.[18]
John Knoll
Gary Whitta
Chris Weitz
2016-12-16
0 BBY[2] N Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

Alexander Freed 2016-12-16

Exact Placement in Canon Unknown:

Darth Maul, Part I – Part V by Cullen Bunn (comic book, released February 1, 2017 – July 19, 2017)

No Good Deed by Chris Eliopoulos and Jordie Bellaire (comic book released June 7, 2017)

Star Wars Adventures SDCC Special (comic book expected July 2017) (exact placement in in the canon currently unknown

The Voice of the Empire by Mur Lafferty (short story released December 20, 2016)

C Star Wars: Rogue One—Cassian & K-2SO Special

  • Exact placement currently unknown.
Duane Swierczynski 2017-08-09
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