#AtoZChallenge Zillo Beast


A to Z Blog Challenge Topic: Zillo Beast

What is the Zillo Beast?

The Zillo Beast is a very large lizard like creature from the Star Wars Universe. This creature was featured in the Star Wars: The Clone Wars Season 2 episodes, “The Zillo Beast” & “The Zillo Beast Strikes Back“. Below is the entry from the Article on the Zillo Beast on starwars.com:


  • Concept Art of Zillo Beast from Starwars.com

  • DESCRIPTION: An ancient creature accidentally unearthed on Malastare during an intense battle of the Clone Wars, the Zillo Beast was a monster of legend. The enormous animal proved to be nearly invulnerable to Republic weaponry, prompting intense interest from Chancellor Palpatine. At his order, the creature was incapacitated and transported to a supposedly secure research facility on Coruscant. The Zillo Beast would not be caged, however, and it broke free from its restraints, running wild through the crowded thoroughfares of the capital, leaving swaths of destruction in the wake of its titanic rampage.

    Appearances: The Clone Wars
    Homeworld: Malastare
    Gender: Male
    Height: 97 meters long

    I thought that the Zillo Beast was a great addition to the Star Wars Universe. The Star Wars: The Clone Wars team did a fantastic job of creating and characterizing this creature during the two episodes it appeared on-screen.

    No words can express just how awesome The Zillo Beast looked on screen, even in animated form. Eric Goldman from IGN says it best in his review of The Zillo Beast Strikes Back:

    “The way the animators showed the Zillo’s shear mass, and how every move it made was destroying property and vehicles — and yes, sending some to their doom — was incredibly impressive to behold”

    The sheer size and scale of this creature, as seen in the images from starwars.com Star Wars: The Clone Wars episode guide below, is just simply amazing and to me felt very realistic.



    The Zillo Beast is also portrayed as something more than just a dumb creature, despite it’s size and scale. The following from Stooge’s review of The Zillo Beast Strikes Back from clubjade.com says it better than I can:

    “In fact, Zillo may be the smartest dude on Coruscant, since it’s the only one who can see Palpatine for who he is.”


  • Teaser Poster advertising the Zillo Beast episodes
  • Update: per a Tweet from Star Wars guru Pablo Hidalgo, “Dave Filoni did the original sketches (for the Zillo Beast) and Randy Bantog did the final design”.

    Thanks for answering my question Pablo!

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    About Patty Hammond

    I am a self proclaimed fangirl who is disguised as a mild mannered data analyst for a consulting firm. You can find me on Twitter as @pattybones2 or @Everyday_Fangrl

    One response to “#AtoZChallenge Zillo Beast”

    1. Rinelle Grey says :

      I hadn’t seen the Zillo beast, but it looks huge!

      Congrats on finishing the A to Z challenge! What a month it’s been.

      Rinelle Grey

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