At lunch, my coworkers and I were discussing The Force Awakens, and started questioning Chewbacca's age. A quick check of Chewbacca's Wookieepedia page and it says he is possibly about 230 years old as of Episode VII. Following the Wookiee link on that page, Wookieepedia claims that they live to be 400 years old.

Do we know from canon what the average life expectancy of a Wookiee is?

  • All Wookies look same, so maybe the one we saw in The Force Awakens is the son of Chewbacca.
    – user931
    Dec 14, 2015 at 19:47
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    @SS-3.1415926535897932384626433 Perhaps, except in the second trailer Han says "Chewie, we're home." Dec 14, 2015 at 19:48
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    An old man can be mistaken especially when people look same.
    – user931
    Dec 14, 2015 at 19:50
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    How can we speculate about Han's mental health based on his age, given the medical technology available, as well as not knowing the answer to this question? Dec 14, 2015 at 19:52
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    @SS-3.1415926535897932384626433: “All Wookies look same” Bro that’s so racist. Dec 15, 2015 at 15:02

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According to the (full Disney Canon) sourcebook "Star Wars: Absolutely Everything You Need to Know: Journey to Star Wars: The Force Awakens", the lifespan of the average Wookiee is 400 standard years.

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And in the (Disney Canon) junior novel "Lost Stars" we meet a Wookiee Starfreighter captain called Lohgarra who has evidently been economically active for at least 200 years:

She said she needed people around her who could be trusted; privately, Thane believed she was too trusting, but it was her ship and her business. She’d run a freighter for a couple of centuries without his help, so he figured she could size people up well enough.

For the record, this all ties up nicely with the old Star Wars: Databank entry on Wookiees which indicated that their lifespan was "Several hundred years"


Rumor suggests

it may be around 230 years, based on a sample size of one. Although, of course it may be a lot longer if we assume Chewbacca is typical yet doesn't die of natural causes, which also seems likely.

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