While Order 66 kicked off the Great Jedi Purge, it didn’t kill off all the Jedi. Some notable names like Yoda and Obi-Wan Kenobi survived the initial purge and they didn’t meet their deaths until roughly two decades later.
Canonically, less than 20 known Jedi survived after Order 66. And an even smaller number lived to see the end of the Galactic Civil War. While some, like Yoda, met natural deaths, Darth Vader and his Inquisitors hunted and killed at least six known survivors.
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- How Many Jedi Canonically Survived After Order 66?
- How Many Jedi Did Darth Vader Kill After Order 66?
How Many Jedi Canonically Survived After Order 66?
Order 66 destroyed most of the Jedi Order, with only 16 known Jedi surviving the event. However, even fewer Jedi canonically survived the Order long-term. For example, Darth Vader caught up to and killed Kirak Infil’a in 19 BBY shortly after the initial purge.
If you watched the Original Trilogy first, you know Yoda survived Order 66. In Revenge of the Sith, Yoda used his deep Force connection to feel the attack coming, prompting him to slay his clone troopers before they had a chance to execute him.
Yoda then confronted Darth Sidious before reinforcing clone troopers forced him to escape with Bail Organa. Going into exile, Yoda knew a time would come where the Jedi would have one last hope to rise against the Sith.
Malicos outwitted his clone troopers, escaping on his ship before crash-landing on Dathomir. While he survived Order 66, he turned to the dark side while on Dathomir, where he joined and ruled over the Nightbrothers.
Given his Force-sensitivity, the Nightbrothers worshiped him, and he struck down all opposing him. He met his match against Cal Kestis, another Order 66 survivor. With the help of the Nightsister Merrin, Kestis won the subsequent duel, burying the fallen Jedi Master alive.
While it’s unknown whether Quinlan Vos escaped Darth Vader’s wrath following the first wave of killings, he was never a confirmed kill. Further evidence for Vos’ survival stems from the following quote by Jedi Padawan Ferren Barr:
“There must be other Jedi left in the galaxy. I have found no record of Kenobi’s death, or Yoda’s. Perhaps Quinlan Vos survives.”
Luke Skywalker also believed the rumor that Vos survived, given the lack of death records. The Inquisitors also listed Vos to have survived the purge, so odds rested in his favor.
Caleb Dume (Kanan Jarrus)
When clone troopers executed Order 66, Dume’s Master, Depa Billaba, sacrificed herself to save him. He learned how to further conceal himself from the Sith after an encounter with smuggler Janis Kasmir.
Now known as Kanan Jarrus, he later encountered a Twi’lek named Hera Syndulla and joined the rebellion. Jarrus would defeat fellow Order 66 survivor, the Grand Inquisitor, and he even served as the Master for the Force-sensitive Ezra Bridger.
Jarrus would not live to see the return of the New Republic, as he would sacrifice himself much like his former Jedi Master to give his rebel allies a chance to escape during a rescue mission.
His voice later appeared during the climactic battle between Rey and Darth Sidious in The Rise of Skywalker.
Jaro Tapai’s sacrifice gave Cal Kestis a renewed chance at surviving Order 66, and he went into exile on the Planet Bracca. Eventually, the Second and Ninth Sisters discovered him, but the crew of Stinger Mantis rescued him from a certain death.
Now a member of the crew, Kestis encountered former Jedi Master and fellow Order 66 survivor, Cere Jundis. The crew’s endgame included an attempted creation of a new generation of Jedi, prompting them to search for the Jedi holocron.
Under Jundis’ leadership, Kestis found the holocron, but he chose to destroy it, feeling that doing so would better protect the next generation following his encounter with Darth Vader.
Unduli survived the initial wave of Order 66 after many believed her dead. However, the Empire caught her shortly after the Order, sentencing her to the Spire Prison on Stygeon Prime.
She was later executed, and the Empire used her remains to lure other surviving Jedi. Of all the Jedi who survived the initial wave on this list, Unduli is the only one who did not survive long-term.
The Clone Wars covers Tano’s story. She nearly succumbed to her clone troopers when they betrayed her. However, she managed to fake her death in the initial wave.
Having gone into hiding, Tano became known as Ashla, and she joined the rebel movement under Bail Organa’s command. Later known as Fulcrum, Tano later encountered Darth Vader, who she did not initially realize was her former Master, Anakin Skywalker.
Tano survived the Galactic Civil War and decades later, served as one of many voices from former Jedi inspiring Rey during her duel with Darth Sidious.
Other Known Survivors
Kcaj was presumed dead, but during the hunt for Eeth Koth, his name appeared on a holographic list as a confirmed survivor.
Like Kcaj, Oppo Rancisis also appeared on the holographic list during the hunt for Koth. Having served on the Jedi High Council, he was one of the few surviving council members to have survived the ordeal.
One Jedi Temple Guard survived the initial purge. However, Darth Sidious later recruited him to the dark side, promising the guard access to the Jedi Archives in exchange for becoming the Grand Inquisitor of the Inquisitorious.
Cere Junda served as the Master to Padawan Cal Kestis and before Order 66, Trilla Suduri (Second Sister). Following Order 66, Junda went into hiding while Suduri fell to the dark side.
How Many Jedi Died in Order 66?
Thousands of Jedi died in Order 66. Following the Order, Darth Vader led a regiment of clone troopers into the Jedi Temple to kill off the Younglings. Order 66 also went beyond just the killing of known Jedi. It also killed off beings thought to show an ounce of Force-sensitivity.
Also known as the Great Jedi Purge, Order 66 did not end after the first wave. While Screen Rant tells us known Jedi to have died in the initial wave, the overall Great Jedi Purge existed from 19 BBY when Darth Sidious first issued the order until three BBY.
Below, are a list of Jedi Darth Vader killed after the initial wave.
How Many Jedi Did Darth Vader Kill After Order 66?
Obi-Wan Kenobi served as Darth Vader’s most famous “victim.” However, Vader caught up with and had six known kills.
Infil’a nearly killed Vader in an epic duel, damaging the Sith Lord’s suit after throwing him from a cliff. However, Vader survived, repaired his suit, and returned to face Infil’a.
Under a barrage of gunfire from security personnel, Vader invoked a Force push and expelled them both from the cliff. Infil’a performed an act of compassion to save them both, only for Vader to take advantage and kill the former Jedi.
Following Order 66, Nu wished to create a secret school for Force-sensitive children. In doing so, she needed the Jedi holocron. And while she accomplished the first part of her mission, Nu ran into Darth Vader, the Grand Inquisitor, and several agents.
She attempted suicide, but Vader had other ideas, taking the holocron after killing her.
Like many surviving Jedi, Barr went into exile and later became an advisor to King Lee-Char in an attempt to take down the New Order.
Barr’s influence led to a conflict between the Monarchy and the Empire, resulting in an Imperial invasion and a confrontation with Darth Vader. While Vader killed Barr, the former Padawan died with satisfaction, believing his influence would lead to the Sith’s downfall.
Having served as Cere Junda’s Padawan, Suduri’s subsequent capture and torture turned her to the dark side. She became one of the Sith’s most notorious Inquisitors, seeking to impress Darth Sidious with her slow-torture style.
She met her match against Cal Kestis, who escaped her wrath with the help of Junda. In her pursuit of the duo across the galaxy, Suduri, now known as Second Sister, discovered the Jedi holocron.
Kestis pursued and defeated her in a lightsaber duel, where she was able to reconcile with her former Jedi Master. Unfortunately, Darth Vader arrived and killed her for her turn back to the light side.
A well-respected Jedi Master who even served on the Council, Koth lost his position and went into exile before Order 66. While Koth left the Jedi Order before the execution and bore no allegiance to them, it didn’t stop Darth Vader from pursuing with three Inquisitors.
Moments after his wife, Mira, gave birth to his daughter, Koth dueled Vader to save them both. However, the Inquisitors caught up to Mira, stealing the baby while Vader slayed the distracted Koth.
Kenobi was leading a winning battle on Utapau when, just minutes after a clone trooper handed him his lightsaber, he nearly fell victim to their relentless gunfire. The clone troopers witnessed Kenobi’s subsequent fall and presumed him dead.
It was not the case, and upon fleeing Utapau, he broke the news to Padamè of Anakin’s (now known as Darth Vader) betrayal. Refusing to believe Kenobi, she left to confront Vader herself, while the former snuck onto her ship.
After attacking Padamè with a Force choke, Vader was defeated by Kenobi dueled, but Kenobi could not kill him. Nineteen years later, the two met again, with Kenobi warning Vader that, if he struck him down, he would become far more powerful after becoming one with the Force.
Vader ignored this and killed Kenobi. His sacrifice allowed Luke Skywalker, Han Solo, and Leia Organa to escape via the Millennium Falcon.
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