In 2014, the Star Wars Expanded Universe was decanonized, paving the way for an entirely new generation of stories. Three years later, and the new Star Wars canon contains over 50 films, TV shows, comics, novels, and more, quickly rebuilding one of the most expansive storytelling universes of all time.
In this post, I’ll be listing every piece of canon material so far in chronological order. I’ll try my best to return to it as often as possible to continue to keep it updated.
But first, a few caveats:
- The Old Republic era is not considered hard canon at the moment, despite the ongoing storyline in the game, so none of those stories are included here.
- Some of these entries span long or multiple periods of time, and thus, can’t be neatly placed into the chronology. For these, I’ve placed them into the order based on when I’d consider their “core” storyline takes place, and tried to note where the rest of it fits in.
- The 40 short stories compiled in From a Certain Point of View are not yet included here.
- And finally, it should probably go without saying, but there’s no shortage of spoilers below.
[Update] A series of stories taking place just before The Force Awakens have been added in its place in the timeline.
[Update] I’ve added the Adventures in Wild Space junior novel series.
[Update] I’ve added the latest arc of the Star Wars comic.
[Update] I’ve added the Adventures in Wild Space junior novel series.
[Update] I’ve updated the Forces of Destiny shorts.
[Update] I’ve added the short stories published in Star Wars Insider.
[Update] The post is now up-to-date through The Last Jedi.
Star Wars – Yoda’s Secret War (Comic)
Alongside the Darth Maul story outlined below, this arc of the Star Wars comic is our earliest glimpse at the pre-movie history of this universe. The storyline, titled “Yoda’s Secret War,” finds the Jedi Master trapped on a planet by mysterious force users.
Darth Maul (Comic)
This comic book miniseries takes place roughly around the same time as the Yoda storyline (above), and dives into the training of Darth Maul under Darth Sidious.
Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace
Set some three odd decades before Episode IV, The Phantom Menace takes place in the era of the Republic, with the Jedi Order at the height of its powers. When the peaceful planet of Naboo is blockaded by Trade Federation ships, a Jedi Master and his apprentice are sent in to negotiate. What follows is a galaxy-spanning adventure that would lead to the discovery of Anakin Skywalker on Tatooine, the reemergence of the Sith Lords, and the seeds of the conflict that would become the Clone Wars.
Obi-Wan and Anakin (Comic)
This five-issue miniseries is set approximately three years after The Phantom Menace, and finds Obi-Wan Kenobi and his Padawan Anakin Skywalker called to a remote planet for a Jedi mission.
Star Wars: Episode II – Attack of the Clones
About a decade after The Phantom Menace, the Republic is thrust into turmoil when a separatist movement led by a former Jedi named Count Dooku threatens civil war. Meanwhile, Obi-Wan Kenobi, Anakin Skywalker, and Padme Amidala find themselves in the midst of a sinister plot.
Jedi of the Republic – Mace Windu (Comic)
This (still ongoing) comic book miniseries is set during the Clone Wars, shortly after the end of Attack of the Clones. Mace Windu, now a general in the Army of the Republic, leads a unit of Jedi in one of the first battles of the war.
Star Wars: The Clone Wars (Movie and TV Series)
Set during the three-year gap between Attack of the Clones and Revenge of the Sith, The Clone Wars primarily follows Anakin Skywalker, Obi-Wan, and Anakin’s Padawan Ahsoka Tano during the titular conflict. Consisting of a feature film and six seasons of TV, the series has been deeply influential to the Star Wars stories that followed, in particular Rogue One and the current animated show, Rebels.
It is important to note however that the series was not broadcast in chronological order. The recommended viewing order is available on the official Star Wars site here.
Forces of Destiny: Teach You, I Will (Short)
This episode of the animated webseries Forces of Destiny features a training session between Yoda and Ahsoka Tano.
Forces of Destiny: The Padawan Path (Short)
This episode of Forces of Destiny follows Ahsoka during the third season of The Clone Wars, between the episodes “Hunt for Ziro” and “Heroes on Both Sides.”
Forces of Destiny: The Imposter Inside (Short)
This episode of Forces of Destiny features both Ahsoka and Padme Amidala, as they team up to take down a shapeshifting assassin.
Forces of Destiny: The Starfighter Stunt (Short)
This episode of Forces of Destiny has Ahsoka teaching Padme how to be a better pilot.
Kindred Spirits (Short Story)
This short story was published in Star Wars Insider #159 and provides a lead-in to the novel Dark Disciple.
Dark Disciple (Novel)
This novel is based on an eight-episode arc of The Clone Wars that was scripted but never produced. It follows chronicles an alliance between Asajj Ventress and Jedi Knight Quinlan Vos, as they combine forces in an attempt to kill Count Dooku.
Darth Maul – Son of Dathomir (Comic)
Like Dark Disciple above, this storyline was also based on unproduced episodes of The Clone Wars. Adapted into a four-issue comic miniseries, and is essentially a continuation of Darth Maul’s storyline in TV series.
Kanan – First Blood (Comic)
This five-issue arc of the ongoing Kanan comic follows the character during the Clone Wars, back when he was a Jedi known as Caleb Dume.
Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith
The final installment of the “Prequel Trilogy,” Revenge of the Sith gives us the end of the Clone Wars, the fall of the Jedi, rise of the Empire, and the birth of Darth Vader.
Kanan – The Last Padawan (Comic)
The first six issues of the Kanan comic, titled “The Last Padawan,” follows the character following the events of Order 66, and the subsequent death of his master.
This novel centers around Galen Erso, one of the key architects of the Death Star, and how he and his family became entangled in the Empire’s grasp. The story ends with the Erso family escaping to the planet Lah’mu with the help of Saw Gerrera, leading into the opening of Rogue One.
Darth Vader: Dark Lord of the Sith (Comic)
This comic book series follows the early days of Darth Vader, beginning with his transformation from Anakin Skywalker at the end of Revenge of the Sith.
Adventures in Wild Space (Junior Novel)
This series of junior novels follow new characters Milo and Lina Graf their parents are abducted by the Empire.
This novel follows Ahsoka Tano fills in some of the gaps between the character’s story in The Clone Wars and her reemergence on Rebels as a Rebel Alliance operative.
The Voice of the Empire (Short Story)
This short story was published in Star Wars Insider #170 follows HoloNet reporter Calliope Drouth.
Orientation (Short Story)
This short story was published in Star Wars Insider #157, and follows Pell Baylo, who led the Flight Training Institute aboard the Imperial cruiser Defiance. It also features a small cameo by Rae Sloane, who would go on to play a huge role in the formation of the First Order.
Lords of the Sith (Novel)
An ambush strands Darth Vader and Emperor Palpatine alone on the planet of Ryloth, where a growing resistance movement seeks to hunt them down and end them.
Mercy Mission (Short Story)
This short story was published in The Rise of the Empire paperback compilation, which collected the previously published novels A New Dawn and Tarkin, along with three new short stories. In this one, Hera Syndulla is sent on a dangerous mission against the Empire, who are occupying her home planet of Ryloth.
Set five years after the formation of the Empire, an ambitious Moff named Wilhuff Tarkin is tasked with putting down an insurrection in the Outer Rim.
TK-462 (Short Story)
This short story was published in Star Wars Insider #166. It follows the ten year career of a stormtrooper.
Rebel Rising (Novel)
This novel takes place soon after the opening sequence of Rogue One, with a young Jyn Erso fighting alongside Saw Gerrera’s rebel movement.
Thrawn made his triumphant comeback to the new canon in Rebels, and this novel sets the stage for how he got there, following his exile from the Chiss Ascendancy and his rise through the ranks of the Empire.
This upcoming six-issue comic miniseries will reportedly be an adaptation of the Thrawn novel (listed above). There’s no word yet if it will include any additional information, but we’ll find out when it hits shelves in February 2018.
Thrawn: Alliances (Novel)
This upcoming sequel to the novel Thrawn will have the titular imperial admiral teaming up with Darth Vader to deal with a new threat to the Empire.
Bottleneck (Short Story)
This short story was published in The Rise of the Empire paperback compilation, which collected the previously published novels A New Dawn and Tarkin, along with three new short stories. In this one, Grand Moff Tarkin is contends with a new rival. Rae Sloane makes another small appearance.
A New Dawn (Novel)
Approximately six years before the start of the animated TV series Rebels, we’re reintroduced to Kanan after the events of his comic book series, and his fateful meeting with Hera Syndulla.
Star Wars: From the Journals of Old Ben Kenobi (Comic)
Issue #7 of the Star Wars comic features a one-shot adventure of Obi-Wan Kenobi during his exile on Tatooine.
Star Wars: Story Before The Force Awakens (Webcomic)
This webcomic is for whatever reason only available to read in Korean. It’s a brief story that centers around a young Luke Skywalker’s childhood on Tatooine, and you can check it out here.
The End of History (Short Story)
This short story was published in Star Wars Insider #154. It follows Miru Nadrinakar, a member of the Corellian Resistance.
Servants of the Empire Novels (Junior Novel)
These four novels (Edge of the Galaxy, Rebel in the Ranks, Imperial Justice, The Secret Academy) follow Zare Leonis prior to and after his original introduction on Rebels, and the story of how he joined the Imperial Academy on Lothal. Some of the second novel happens concurrently with the Rebels episode “Breaking Ranks,” some of the third novel overlaps with “Vision of Hope,” and some of the fourth novel overlaps with “Call to Action,” “Rebel Resolve,” and “Fire Across the Galaxy.”
Rebels (TV Series)
Originally set five years before the beginning of A New Hope, this animated TV series has been slowly creeping up on the events of that era. It chronicles the early days of the Rebellion, following a crew that eventually becomes known as Phoenix Squad. A number of elements from the show made their live-action debut in Rogue One, placing at least a couple members of the crew at the Battle of Scarif. The fourth and final season of the show is currently ongoing, and will conclude in 2018.
In addition to the TV episodes, Rebels also includes the following supplementary materials, which can be considered tentatively canon:
- The HoloNet News Report (Webseries)
- The Machine in the Ghost (Short)
- Art Attack (Short)
- Entanglement (Short)
- Ezra’s Gamble (Junior Novel)
- Property of Ezra Bridger (Short)
- Star Wars Rebels Magazine Comics
Rebel Bluff (Short Story)
This short story was published in Star Wars Insider #158, and centers around Lando Calrissian.
Leia, Princess of Alderaan (Novel)
This novel follows Leia Organa on her sixteenth birthday, and her discovery that her parents are involved in a rebel movement.
Forces of Destiny: Bounty of Trouble (Short)
In this installment of Forces of Destiny, Princess Leia and Sabine Wren face off with the droid bounty hunter IG-88.
Guardians of the Whills (Novel)
Set approximately six months before the events of Rogue One, this story follows Chirrut Imwe and Baze Malbus during the imperial occupation on Jedha, and the arrival of the notorious insurgent Saw Gerrera.
Forces of Destiny: The Stranger (Short)
This episode of Forces of Destiny follows Jyn Erso on the planet of Garel, some time before her arrest and incarceration in Rogue One.
Forces of Destiny: Accidental Allies (Short)
Sabine and Jyn Erso team up to escape Imperial forces on Garel.
Cassian & K-2SO (Comic)
This one-shot comic reveals Cassian Andor and K-2SO’s first meeting.
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story
The first Star Wars “Anthology” film, Rogue One chronicles how the Rebel Alliance was able to steal the Death Star plans, and the first major battle of the Galactic Civil War on Scarif. In addition to the introduction of new characters such as Jyn Erso (who have gone on to appear in several other Star Wars stories), the film ties together the Prequel and Original Trilogies with figures like Bail Organa, Mon Mothma, Vader, and Tarkin all making appearances. Saw Gerrera, a character first introduced on the animated series The Clone Wars, also plays a big role, and Rebels character Chopper makes a small cameo.
Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope
The ending of Rogue One transitions fairly seamlessly into Episode IV, beginning just minutes after the former film ends. The original Star Wars story, this film follows Luke Skywalker as he joins the rebellion, rescues a captive Princess Leia from the Empire, and helps destroy the first Death Star in the Battle of Yavin.
Princess Leia (Comic)
This five-issue comic miniseries follows Leia Organa after the events of A New Hope, as she seeks out survivors of the destruction of Alderaan.
Smuggler’s Run: A Han Solo & Chewbacca Adventure (Junior Novel)
Following their role in the Battle of Yavin during A New Hope, Han Solo and Chewbacca are now full-fledged members of the Rebellion. This junior novel follows one of their missions.
This five-isssue comic miniseries finds Chewie stranded on an Imperial-controlled planet after a Rebel mission goes wrong. There, he teams up with a young girl named Zarro to defeat the Imperial occupiers who have forced Zarro’s people into slave labor.
Battlefront II: Inferno Squad (Novel)
This novel introduces Inferno Squad, an elite unit of Imperial special forces led by Iden Versio. This particular storyline centers around their mission to hunt down the remaining members of Saw Gerrera’s insurgent forces.
Heir to the Jedi (Novel)
Luke Skywalker is sent on a rescue mission to retrieve an Imperial defector, as his connection to the force grows more powerful.
The Weapon of a Jedi: A Luke Skywalker Adventure (Junior Novel)
This junior novel finds Luke Skywalker drawn to Devaron, once the site of a Jedi temple and training center. The story also features Sarco Plank, a blink-and-you’ll-miss-it background character on Jakku in The Force Awakens, in a pretty major role.
The Legend of Luke Skywalker (Junior Novel)
This anthology of short stories features a frame story taking place sometime in the Sequel Trilogy era. Several children on their way to Canto Bight tell each other tales about the legendary Luke Skywalker’s adventures during the Galactic Civil War.
This ongoing comic book series follows the adventures of Luke, Leia, Han, and others during the years separating A New Hope and The Empire Strikes back.
Darth Vader (Comic)
This 25-issue comic series picks up just after the destruction of the first Death Star, and runs concurrently with the main Star Wars comic, with events occasionally overlapping.
Vader Down, Part 1 (Comic)
This one-shot comic finds Vader stranded on a planet with Rebel forces closing in on him. This one kicks off a six-issue crossover events between the Darth Vader and Star Wars comic book series. Following Vader Down, Part I, the story continues in Darth Vader #13, Star Wars #13, Darth Vader #14, Star Wars #14, and finally Darth Vader #15. It was eventually collected in the Star Wars: Vader Down TPB.
Doctor Aphra (Comic)
This ongoing comic picks up just after the end of the Darth Vader comic, and follows Doctor Chelli Lona Aphra, an archaeologist, mercenary, and former associate of Vader himself.
The Screaming Citadel (Comic)
This five-issue crossover event brings together the Star Wars and Doctor Aphra series, with Luke Skywalker and Aphra forced into an uneasy alliance after journeying to the Screaming Citadel, and coming face-to-face with its mysterious Queen.
This five-issue comic miniseries follows Lando Calrissian, before he became the Baron Administrator of Cloud City, and his companion Lobot.
Han Solo (Comic)
This five-issue comic miniseries centers around Han Solo as he undertakes an undercover mission for the Rebellion: infiltrating an infamous, high-stakes starship race.
Battlefront Twilight Company (Novel)
This novel follows a unit of the Rebel Alliance during the Galactic Civil War. The Sixty-First Mobile Infantry, also known as Twilight Company, find themselves in a desperate fight with Imperial forces on the planet Sullust.
Forces of Destiny: Beasts of Echo Base (Short)
This episode of Forces of Destiny takes place during the Rebel Alliance’s move to Echo Base on Hoth.
Star Wars: Episode V – The Empire Strikes Back
Three years after the Battle of Yavin, the Rebel Alliance has relocated their base to the ice planet of Hoth. After the Imperial Fleet forces a hasty evacuation, Luke Skywalker travels to Dagobah in search of a Jedi Master named Yoda, while Leia, Han, and Chewbacca travel to Bespin. After Han is betrayed by his old friend Lando Calrissian, Luke is drawn to Cloud City to save them. There he confronts Darth Vader and learns the truth of his lineage.
Moving Target: A Princess Leia Adventure (Junior Novel)
This novel follows Princess Leia during a covert Rebel mission, codenamed Operation Yellow Moon. The story ends with Leia finding out that Han Solo is being held on Tattooine, as she begins to organize a rescue plan.
Star Wars: Episode VI – Return of the Jedi
The Original Trilogy ends here with a massive battle over and on the forest moon of Endor, as the Empire brings a second Death Star online. In the midst of the battle, Luke Skywalker confronts the Emperor, who is killed by Darth Vader at the cost of his own life. With the destruction of the battle-station and the death of the Emperor, the Rebels celebrate a monumental victory, while Luke is visited by the Force ghosts of Obi-Wan, Yoda, and Anakin Skywalker.
Forces of Destiny: Ewok Escape (Short)
This episode of Forces of Destiny takes place during Return of the Jedi, shortly after Leia meets the Ewok Wicket.
Blade Squadron (Short Story)
This two-part short story was published in Star Wars Insider #149 and Star Wars Insider #150. It follows B-Wing fighters during the Battle of Endor.
The Levers of Power (Short Story)
This short story was published in The Rise of the Empire paperback compilation, which collected the previously published novels A New Dawn and Tarkin, along with three new short stories. This one takes place during the Battle of Endor and centers on Rae Sloane, now an Imperial Admiral, as she commands the Star Destroyer Vigilance.
Forces of Destiny: An Imperial Feast (Short)
This episode of Forces of Destiny takes place shortly after the Battle of Endor, and features Hera Syndulla meeting with Han Solo.
This four-part comic book miniseries is set just after the destruction of the second Death Star, and follows Rebel Pilot Shara Bey and Kes Dameron, the parents of future Resistance hero Poe Dameron. The comic first introduced “Operation: Cinder,” the Emperor’s contingency plan in case of his death, which was latter expanded on in Battlefront II and the Aftermath trilogy.
Turning Point (Short Story)
This short story was published in Star Wars Insider #169, and follows a tracker who is hired by the Empire to track down a group of Rebels, tying into the novel Life Debt.
This mobile RPG is set in the immediate aftermath of the Battle of Endor, with the Empire instituting an “Iron Blockade” in the Anoat sector, in an attempt to keep knowledge of the Emperor’s death from spreading. The game follows several factions in the region as they band together to take back control of their planets. Unfortunately, the game was taken offline in 2016, with no current plans to bring the story to another medium.
Battlefront II (Game)
Battlefront II picks back up with the story of Iden Versio and Inferno Squad as they help to orchestrate the ambush of the Rebel fleet over Endor. Following the death of the Emperor during that battle, Operation: Cinder is put into effect, causing two of the three surviving members of the squad to defect to the New Republic.
A set of DLC missions titled “Resurrection” pushes the story approximately 30 years forward into the Force Awakens era. They follow Iden and her daughter Zay as they uncover the extent of the First Order’s plans.
Blade Squadron: Zero Hour, Kuat, and Jakku (Short Story)
This trio of short stories were published in Star Wars Insider #160, #168, and #172 respectively. They continue the story of Blade Squadron after the Battle of Endor.
Lost Stars (Novel)
Lost Stars actually takes place over the course of several decades, from several years before A New Hope, to events set after the Return of the Jedi. The latter events in the novel however give us a good look at the state of the galaxy following the Battle of Endor, including the formation of the New Republic, and the Battle of Jakku, the last major engagement of the Galactic Civil War.
Aftermath Trilogy (Novel)
This trilogy of novels, titled Aftermath, Life Debt, and Empire’s End, chronicle several of the years following the Battle of Endor. The novels coincide and overlap with many of the events depicted in Shattered Empire, Battlefront II, and Lost Stars. It follows several characters, including the rise of Grand Admiral Rae Sloane, ultimately depicting the Empire’s retreat into the Unknown Regions, and the beginnings of the First Order.
Scorched (Short Story)
This short story was published in Star Wars Insider #165. It follows Greet Sonnel, who would later appear in the novel Bloodline.
This novel, set some time prior to the events of The Force Awakens, reveals the origins of the First Order stormtrooper commander, Captain Phasma.
Six years before the events of The Force Awakens, Leia Organa is a senator in the New Republic, as corruption, criminal elements, and Imperial loyalists threaten to bring down the fledgling government.
All Creatures Great And Small (Short Story)
This short story is set on Jakku, and follows a wandering storyteller named Bobbajo.
The Crimson Corsair And The Lost Treasure Of Count Dooku (Short Story)
This short story follows a crew of pirates led by Captain Ithano searching for the lost treasure of Count Dooku, prior to Ithano’s appearance in The Force Awakens.
The Face Of Evil (Short Story)
This short sotry follows a thief on Takodana.
High Noon On Jakku (Short Story)
This short story follows Constable Zuvio on Jakku, as he contends with a troublesome droid.
Before The Awakening (Novel)
This anthology novel contains stories about the lives of Finn, Rey, and Poe before the events of The Force Awakens. It follows Finn’s stormtrooper training, Rey repairing a ship on Jakku, and Poe assisting General Leia to uncover a Republic traitor.
C-3PO: The Phantom Limb (Comic)
This one-shot comic reveals why C-3PO had a red arm in The Force Awakens. It’s currently included in the Shattered Empire TPB.
Join the Resistance Trilogy (Junior Novel)
This trio of junior novels follows a group of young Resistance recruits.
Forces of Destiny: The Happabore Hazard (Short)
This episode of Forces of Destiny has Rey trying to figure out how to move a Happabore that’s in her way.
Poe Dameron (Comic)
This ongoing comic follows Poe Dameron before the events of The Force Awakens, as he leads Black Squadron against the First Order.
Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens
30 years after the Battle of Endor, Luke Skywalker is missing, and the First Order has finally amassed enough power to take on the New Republic, building a gigantic superweapon called Starkiller Base. In the midst of this crisis, new heroes emerge, a stormtrooper defector named Finn, and a scavenger named Rey, who join Poe Dameron, Han, Leia, and the Resistance movement in taking down the base, and tracking down the location of Luke Skywalker.
Forces of Destiny: Sands of Jakku (Short)
This episode of Forces of Destiny takes place during the events of The Force Awakens, shortly after BB-8 is rescued by Rey.
Forces of Destiny: BB-8 Bandits (Short)
This episode of Forces of Destiny takes place during the events of The Force Awakens, and after “Sands of Jakku.”
Forces of Destiny: Tracker Trouble (Short)
This episode of Forces of Destiny takes place during the events of The Force Awakens, with Rey trying to find a tracker bomb planted on the Milennium Falcon.
Captain Phasma (Comic)
This four-issue comic book miniseries reveals Captain Phasma’s escape from Starkiller Base after the events of The Force Awakens.
The Last Jedi: Cobalt Squadron (Junior Novel)
This story introduces Rose Tico and her sister Paige, two members of the Resistance.
Star Wars: Episode VIII – The Last Jedi
The eighth film in the Star Wars episodic saga takes place shortly after the end of The Force Awakens. Facing imminent retaliation from the First Order after the destruction of Starkiller Base, the Resistance prepares to evacuate their headquarters on D’Qar. Meanwhile, Rey has journeyed to Ahch-To in the hopes of convincing Jedi Master Luke Skywalker to aid their cause.