How Long Was Luke on Dagobah?


Luke Skywalker’s training on Dagobah in Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back is a critical part of his journey to become a Jedi. Here’s a closer look at how long Luke was on Dagobah and what happened during his time there.

Luke’s training periodApproximately six months
Film appearance“Star Wars: Episode V – The Empire Strikes Back”
Master Jedi trainingCompleted basic training but not full training
Accompanied byJedi Master Yoda
PurposeTo learn the ways of the Force and become a Jedi


Luke’s Arrival on Dagobah

After narrowly escaping the Empire on Hoth, Luke travels to Dagobah with R2-D2 in order to find the Jedi Master Yoda and continue his training as a Jedi. Upon landing, Luke is met by a diminutive creature who initially identifies himself as “a friend of Ben’s” and offers to take Luke to Yoda.

Time on Dagobah

It’s not clear exactly how long Luke spends on Dagobah, as the movie doesn’t give a specific timeline. However, it’s estimated to be anywhere from several weeks to several months, based on dialogue in the film.

During his time on Dagobah, Luke undergoes rigorous training from Yoda, including learning how to use the Force, confronting his fears, and facing the dark side. He also has a vision of his friends in danger, prompting him to leave Dagobah early in order to save them.

Return to Dagobah

After the events of Return of the Jedi, Luke returns to Dagobah to complete his Jedi training with Yoda. However, he arrives too late, as Yoda has passed away. Before he dies, Yoda confirms that Luke is indeed the last of the Jedi and that he must confront Darth Vader in order to fulfill his destiny.

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