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Did the Sith Race Go Extinct?

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In the Star Wars universe, the galaxy is split between the light and dark sides. 

On the light side, there is the Jedi Order, which is under the ruling of the Galactic Republic, and on the dark side, there is the Sith Order, under the ruling of the Galactic Empire. 

Naturally, these two organizations have always been at odds with each other. This is on account of the Jedi rejecting the Sith’s thirst for exploration of the dark side, and vice versa.

This caused the two sides to constantly be at each other’s throats, which prompted an ongoing history of mass murders, genocides, and full-on war between both groups. 

With this in mind, the question often arises, “Did the Sith Race go extinct?” This is an important question that will be answered in this article. So keep reading as we dive in. 

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Did the Sith Race go Extinct?

In theory, the Sith can not go extinct. There will always be a force user who feels a stronger pull towards the dark side. These individuals would usually join the Sith for guidance, and from there, the cycle continues. 

However, the Sith we know today are not the first Sith to have existed since the inception of the galaxy. This first group was known as the Red Sith, on account of their red skin. 

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They are from the planet of Korriban and have a genetic predisposition to the dark side of the Force. Together, this group formed the Sith Empire, which was ruled by Dark Lords. 

Of course, this group stands for everything the Jedi reject. They embrace passion and reject peace. They use this passion to fuel their strength, and this strength is believed to bring them power. 

This begs the question, “What happened to these pure-blooded Sith?” Are they extinct? 

Let’s find out. 

Are pure-blooded Sith extinct?

The Red Sith, also known as pure-blooded Sith, are thought to be extinct as a result of interbreeding.

This means that after a long period of mating with humans, there were no pure-blooded Sith left. They have all been diluted in a sense. 

Apart from being bred out, the Red Sith also had to endure generations of war, battles, general sickness, and not to mention the Red Sith Purge. 

The Sith Purge was deemed to be the darkest deed the Old Jedi Order had ever done. This makes a lot of sense, as the Jedi Code preaches respecting and protecting all life. 

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Certainly, a Sith Holocaust would be a blatant contradiction of this rule. 

When Did the Sith Go Extinct?

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As mentioned before, the Sith themselves, and the message of the Order, never went extinct. Rather, the pure-blooded, Red Sith who started the first Sith Order are the ones who are technically extinct. 

The cross-species mating of the Red Sith began at around 6900 BBY when humans were sent to exile on Korriban. After centuries of crossbreeding, the original Red Sith race became a human/Sith hybrid. 

So much so, that those who had a higher than average concentration of Sith blood in their bodies were praised. They were often affectionately called “Sith Purebloods.”

In addition to the cross-breeding, the majority of the Red Sith died out during the Civil War and the Galactic Sith Purge in 1032 BBY. 

Are the Sith Extinct After the Rise of Skywalker?

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After Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, the Sith Empire became extinct. 

The Sith are a religion, similar to how the Jedi are a religion. With that said, the Dark Lord Palpatine’s death, along with the absence of a secret apprentice, meant that the Sith religion would have died along with Palpatine. 

Now, this doesn’t mean that there will never be any more Sith. 

As a matter of fact, it’s almost a given that there would be Force users who would fall to the dark side, just as they would to the light side of the Force. This means that there is the potential for a new organization to form, or for solo dark side force users to wreak havoc on the galaxy. 

Still, the original Sith had been completely eradicated, following the events of The Rise of Skywalker.


The Sith are the opposite of the Jedi. They believed and used their emotions to gain power. 

Of course, this didn’t sit well with the Jedi, which prompted them to make plans to release carnage on the Sith Empire. 

Although this did not get rid of the new age Sith, it did put an end to the original, pure-blooded, Red Sith. Certainly, this is in addition to the interspecies breeding that caused the dilution of the pure Sith lineage. 

Then there was the death of the Dark Lord Palpatine in The Rise of Skywalker, which solidified the end of the Sith Order.

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