How many (if any) survivors were there from the Battle of Yavin Death Star explosion? It seems there should have been escape pods and/or other means of escape from such a massive military vehicle. According to canon, how many survived, and, generally, how did they manage it?

  • Did you see the explosion? It went nova, there would have been no chance of survival for anyone onboard. – user46509 Oct 24 '15 at 5:55
  • @AncalagonTheBlack there was one, but he wasn't on board at the time (although was technically a survivor of the Yavin Deathstar) – Often Right Oct 24 '15 at 5:56
  • @TheDoc that's why I said "onboard". We don't know how many Death Star personnel were off site at the time of the explosion – user46509 Oct 24 '15 at 5:58
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    Do you count those who evacuated just before the explosion, or just those that were in it while it exploded? – Rogue Jedi Jul 23 '16 at 17:56

1 survived

According to the Wookieepedia page on the Battle of Yavin, which cites the canon book Lost Stars, there was only one survivor: Darth Vader. Well, you could say two survivors, as Darth Vader's TIE fighter also survived, but that's not a person. So, how did he manage it I hear you ask (well, I didn't hear you ask, I just saw that you asked that) - well, he wasn't on board the Death Star at the time (go to 40 seconds in the below video):

So, that makes nearly two million people casualties in the Battle of Yavin on the Death Star alone!

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    This makes sense but what about the TIE Fighters? True, they aren't equipped with hyperdrives, butYavin wasn't far away. A TIE Fighter pilot could have easily flown to the moon base, landed and lived in the wild. – RLH Jan 13 '17 at 3:27

In the first of the Young Jedi Knights books (Heirs to the Force), the major plot thread is about a TIE fighter pilot named Qorl from the Battle of Yavin that crashed on Yavin 4 and has been surviving in the jungle nearby Luke's new Jedi Academy for the intermediate 23 years, so thoroughly indoctrinated that he's sure the Empire must still be around.

Source: Wookieepedia entry for "Heirs of the Force"

  • You could improve this answer by adding sources and elaborating a little. :) – RedCaio Jul 23 '16 at 19:14

Cassio Tagge left the Death Star before its destruction.

General Cassio Tagge

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    You could improve this answer by adding sources and elaborating a little. :) – RedCaio Jul 23 '16 at 19:14

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