If you have watched The Mandalorian series, you probably know that Boba Fett’s armor is made from Beskar steel. The episode called “The Tragedy” confirms that his armor is indeed made out of this special metal.
Yet, this canon update may not end the ongoing debate over Boba’s armor. Is Boba Fett’s armor really Beskar?
If we look back into the Star Wars universe, it may be that his armor was made from durasteel, then later reinforced with Beskar.
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Is Boba Fett’s Armor Made from Beskar Steel?
In The Mandalorian, Boba Fett goes to recover his armor from the Sarlacc pit on Tatooine. He had lost it there after being accidentally pushed into the pit in Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi.
The Mandalorian reveals that Boba Fett survived the Sarlacc pit, most likely from the strong Beskar steel used for his armor.
Fennec Shand, a female bounty hunter, is with Fett when he searches for his armor. She asks about whether the armor would still be intact since the Sarlaac’s acid would most likely have destroyed it.
Fett indicates that his armor would be fine because, “it’s Beskar.” Hence, he seems to end any point of debate about what his armor is made of there.
Wookieepedia also describes Fett’s armor as “customized Mandalorian armor” made “from beskar.”
This makes sense since Fett originally got his armor from his father, Jango Fett, whose armor was made from Beskar steel.
In Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones, Jengo Fett is killed by Mace Windu in a lightsaber duel. After his father’s death, Boba Fett acquires his armor.
So, it seems very likely that Boba Fett began using this Beskar armor.
What Was Jango Fett’s Armor Made Of?
Before he became Boba Fett’s father, Jango Fett was a human foundling of the Mandalorians. As an adopted Mandalorian, Jango Fett acquired his armor by becoming a warrior of Mandalore.
Like other Mandalorians, Jango’s armor was made from Beskar steel, an incredibly strong alloy from the planet Mandalore. Beskar is known to be a precious metal that can deflect blaster fire and lightsabers.
Jango Fett used this almost indestructible armor to rise in the ranks as a bounty hunter. He became well known for his skilled use of his armor system, which included wrist gauntlets and a jetpack, and blasters to track down fugitives.
Keeping his father in mind, we again would conclude that Boba Fett’s armor is made from Beskar.
Did Boba Fett Use Jango’s Armor?
Once Boba Fett acquired his father’s armor, he began using it as a bounty hunter.
Boba Fett did have the armor repainted, and it was dented at some point, but he used the same armor while tracking fugitives, like his father before him.
In The Mandalorian, Fett even reveals the chain code to reflect that he used Jango’s armor. He does so in order to reclaim it from Din Djarin, the Mandalorian.
However, there is disagreement about this narrative. Some contend that “Boba’s armor has never had an ounce of beskar steel” until the recent Mandalorian series.
First, Beskar armor has a silver finish to it, like Din Djarin’s. Boba Fett’s armor does not have this look.
Second, Fett’s helmet had a dent in it, suggesting that perhaps it is not as strong as Beskar.
Third, a material called durasteel could have been used instead.
Is Boba Fett’s Armor Durasteel?
Until “The Tragedy” episode of The Mandalorian, it was thought that Boba Fett’s armor was made from durasteel, at least partially.
Along with the different appearance of Din Djarin’s and Boba Fett’s armor, and the dent issue, some sources point to the use of durasteel in Fett’s armor.
For example, the book Ultimate Star Wars: New Edition specifies that Boba’s armor is made from a durasteel alloy. Likewise, Wookieepedia states that Boba’s father’s armor was partially made of durasteel.
Hence, before The Mandalorian series stated its claim, the armor could have been made of durasteel.
Another explanation is that while Boba worked as a bounty hunter, his armor was altered over time. It may have been an energized durasteel construction with Beskar modifications added later.
This line of argument further contends that Jango Fett’s armor was actually mass-produced and never pure Beskar. It was originally a durasteel construction reinforced with Beskar.
The Mandalorian may provide evidence of this construction when we see Din Djarin’s armor deflect blaster fire easily, while we already know that Boba’s helmet is dented.
Is Boba Fett’s Armor Beskar or Durasteel?
If we consider the revelations of The Mandalorian show and Boba Fett’s family lineage, Fett’s armor is made from Beskar. However, if we focus on the backstory before The Mandalorian, we may conclude that the armor is mainly durasteel.
Like many Star Wars debates, a definitive answer depends on your perspective. If you place your trust in canon, though, the armor seems to be Beskar, at least partially.
Todd Wahlstrom is a creative and analytical freelance writer and life-long Star Wars fan. He has covered such topics as Darth Vader, the Jedi, Boba Fett, and AT-AT Walkers. Todd has published a non-fiction book, holds a Ph.D. in history, and enjoys hiking, running, and reading about science.