The Quarren Have Been Given A Special Spotlight In 'The Mandalorian' Season 2

One of the best things about Star Wars is the alien species and creatures that are seen throughout. While for the most part the main characters tend to be human, there are other species that have major roles in the shows, especially in The Clone Wars and Star Wars Rebels. The Mandalorian is no exception to this rule of showcasing some of the most fascinating space creatures. In the second season of The Mandalorian, we see a special highlight of a few species that we know already from the movies and shows. The Frog Lady, featured first in the cantina in “Chapter 5: The Gunslinger” from season 1, is brought back for a more prominent role in season 2. The Mon Calamari and the Quarren from the planet Mon Cala are 2 more species highlighted and brought in via season 2's “Chapter 11: The Heiress."

The Mon Calamari are obviously most known for Admiral Ackbar from the original trilogy. But we have seen less of the Quarren, the other species from Mon Cala. The Quarren are a squid-like humanoid species in Star Wars lore who get a bad rap in the Star Wars universe. And, unfortunately for the Din Djarin and The Child, the Quarren are still not the most trustworthy in this series, either. Here is a bit about the Quarren for those not quite so well-versed in Star Wars lore... 

The Quarren are native to Mon Cala, and much like their neighbors the Mon Calamari, they are amphibious, which makes it perfect for them to live on the water planet of Mon Cala or the estuary moon of Trask, which is where we meet them in The Mandalorian “Chapter 11." The Frog Lady and her husband are also amphibious, so it makes sense that they would want to emigrate to a place better suited for them and their soon to be hatched tadpoles.

From what we know of the Quarren at first glance, they seem to only have one personality trait: betrayal. Twice in the comics and once in The Clone Wars, the Quarren secretly ally themselves with the Empire and the Separatists while pretending to be with the Rebellion and the Republic. While the Mon Calamari are generally portrayed as strategic tactical geniuses (“It’s a Trap!”), the Quarren are usually portrayed as a type of Benedict Arnold character, putting on a good show for one side while secretly involved in the other. 

In the Season 4 premiere of The Clone Wars, Anakin and Padme Amidala were sent to broker a peace treaty on the planet of Mon Cala between the Mon Calamari and the Quarren. However, Count Dooku and the separatists were using the Quarren to stoke the unrest on the planet. Luckily, a shared enemy (Riff Tamson) between the two sides keeps the peace. The villains using the Quarrens’ combative nature for ulterior motives is pretty much the usual storyline with their species in the Star Wars lore. 

“Chapter 11” of The Mandalorian is not the first time that we see the Quarren in this show. In the premiere of the show, within the first few minutes, Din Djarin rumbles with a group of thugs in a bar, including a very menacing looking Quarren who promptly takes a punch to the gut and then has his head based into the bar by Mando. 


Season 2 definitely introduces the Quarren as the villains. At first, they are seen as just quiet dock workers and industrious sailors. They seem like a nice enough bunch. But in the end, just like the other Quarren in the Star Wars lore, they reveal ulterior motives when Mando asks for their help. They were motivated by the price of the Beskar that Mando wears and not Empire sympathies this time. But they still betrayed Mando and put his and “Baby Yoda’s” life in jeopardy. This group of Quarren were eliminated by Bo-Katan and her crew. 

If the Quarren make an appearance again in the Star Wars universe, it is unclear whether or not they will, as a whole, get their due, or if we might actually meet some that keep their word. However, with four significant appearances where they do not keep their word, this may not be likely. And it is unclear why anyone would trust them if this is a regular thing with their species, especially since Mando clearly did not understand the Quarren’s tone in "Chapter 11." He clearly did not have Mando’s best interests at heart. 

Whatever the case may be with future appearances of the Quarren, one thing is for certain: we will be seeing many more new and old creatures and species and life forms in the Star Wars universe, and hopefully The Mandalorian is no exception.