When & Where Does ‘Revenge of the Sith’ Take Place? Timeline Explained

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If there’s one movie that changed the entire course of the history of the Star Wars galaxy, it was ‘Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith’ because it was this movie that allowed us to see the destruction of the Jedi Order, the rise of the Empire, and the fall of Anakin Skywalker to the dark side of the Force. That means that the movie’s timeline is important in the history of Star Wars. So, when and where does ‘Revenge of the Sith’ take place?

The events of ‘Revenge of the Sith’ take place on 19 BBY, 19 years before the events of ‘A New Hope.’ Meanwhile, the movie takes place on different planets, but mostly in the capital world of Coruscant. The other worlds that were featured were Utapau, Kashyyyk, Mustafar, Felucia, Cato Nemoidia, and Mygeeto, among others.

While ‘Revenge of the Sith’ may not be the best Star Wars movie, it has a special place in the hearts of many different Star Wars fans, as this movie was what allowed us to see the events that turned Anakin into Darth Vader. This is why the movie is so important and why its timeline and setting should be common knowledge among different fans. Now, let’s talk more about the setting of ‘Revenge of the Sith.’

When does ‘Revenge of the Sith’ take place?

Known as the movie that changed the entire course of history as far as the Jedi and the Republic were concerned, ‘Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith’ concluded the Clone Wars that waged on for three years. It was the movie that allowed us to see the final days of the war between the Galactic Republic and the Confederacy of Independent Systems (Separatists).

Of course, the most important part of the movie was the fall of the Jedi Order, as this was something that Supreme Chancellor Palpatine had been orchestrating throughout his reign as the most powerful man in the Republic.

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‘Revenge of the Sith’ talks about the fall of Anakin Skywalker to the dark side and how he eventually became Darth Vader. This event allowed us to see his role in the destruction of the Jedi Order and the transition of the Republic into the Empire after Palpatine declared the Jedi traitors for trying to “assassinate” him so that they could allegedly take control over the Republic from him.


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The events of ‘Revenge of the Sith,’ of course, were precursors to the events that took place in the original Star Wars trilogy, where we saw Luke Skywalker, Leia Organa, and Han Solo saving the galaxy as Rebels against the Empire. And the thing is that Luke and Leia were also born during the events of ‘Revenge of the Sith’ and on the day that Palpatine turned the Republic into the Empire.

‘Revenge of the Sith’ takes place on 19 BBY, meaning that it happens 19 years before the Battle of Yavin, the biggest event in ‘Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope.’ The Empire had been in power for 19 years when Luke and his friends destroyed the Death Star in the Battle of Yavin. It is also worth mentioning that ‘Revenge of the Sith’ takes place three years after ‘Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones,’ which happens on 22 BBY.

Where does ‘Revenge of the Sith’ take place?

Like most prequel movies (except for ‘Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace’), the events of ‘Revenge of the Sith’ were focused on Coruscant. We can even say that Coruscant was featured more in ‘Revenge of the Sith’ than in any other Star Wars movie. That’s because Coruscant is the capital world of the Republic and is where the Jedi Temple and the Senate can be found.

The movie opens up just in the space outside of Coruscant as the Battle of Coruscant wages on. During the Battle of Coruscant, Anakin Skywalker, and Obi-Wan Kenobi were trying to rescue the Chancellor from Count Dooku’s ship. As such, most of the movie’s opening scenes occur inside that ship. Meanwhile, the scenes shift to Coruscant, where Anakin has moments with the Jedi Council, Padmé, Obi-Wan, and Palpatine.


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After that, Kenobi was sent on a mission to defeat General Grievous, the last remaining general of the clone army of the Separatists. As such, he was sent to the planet called Utapau, which was where Grievous and his remaining forces were stationed. But the other Jedi were also sent to different planets all over the galaxy to deal with the other Separatist forces stationed there.

Master Mace Windu and a few other Jedi Masters were on Coruscant when they arrested Palpatine for being a Sith Lord. Of course, Anakin fell to the dark side at that moment when he betrayed Windu and swore allegiance to Palpatine so that he could prevent his visions of Padmé’s death from happening. He was sent to kill all of the Jedi in the Jedi Temple on Coruscant when Palpatine executed Order 66.

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During the events of Order 66, we saw several Jedi getting killed on different planets all over the galaxy. Such planets included Kashyyyk, Felucia, Cato Nemoidia, and Mygeeto. But other planets allowed us to see other Jedi getting gunned down by the clones.

The ultimate climax of the movie takes place in two different settings. Obi-Wan Kenobi and Anakin Skywalker dueled on the volcanic planet of Mustafar. On the other hand, Yoda went to the Senate’s chambers on Coruscant to attempt to assassinate the newly-crowned Emperor Palpatine. On Mustafar, Anakin lost to Obi-Wan as he had all of his limbs cut and was burned in the fires of that volcanic planet.

After that, we saw the births of Luke and Leia, who were separated at birth so they could be raised on different planets by different families. Luke was seen getting brought by Obi-Wan to Tatooine so that he could live with his Uncle Owen and Aunt Beru. Meanwhile, Leia was brought to Alderaan, where Senator Bail and Queen Breha Organa raised her as a princess.

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