In Star Wars, does anyone know how old Yoda is? Is it mentioned in any Star Wars movies?

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    The answers below say "900 years". But which "years" is that - Dagobah years? What's that in Earth years? May 11, 2016 at 12:43
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    Not a downvoter, but they could be due to a lack of reseach. If you google "How old is Yoda", there is one of those google-box-things that says "900 years" in bold, followed by a quick explanation and a link. Whether that is what you were asking or not aside, I suppose its one possible explanation.
    – Pants
    May 11, 2016 at 14:56
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    "if you don't like the question don't vote just delete the question please....!!! " that's not how things work here. we don't delete an on-topic question just because we don't like it.
    – phantom42
    May 11, 2016 at 15:16
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    @Wikis - A Galactic year is about the same as ours... The Coruscant solar cycle was 368 days long with a day consisting of 24 standard hours. starwars.wikia.com/wiki/Galactic_Standard_Calendar
    – Skooba
    May 11, 2016 at 16:38
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    People are DVing this because they can quote the passage from memory. "When 900 years old you reach, look as good, you will not."
    – Mazura
    May 11, 2016 at 22:30

4 Answers 4


Straight from The Return of the Jedi

YODA (tickled, chuckles) I do, yes, I do! Sick have I become. Old and weak. (Points a crooked finger) When nine hundred years old you reach, look as good you will not.

Additionally, in case you think it's a case of hyperbole, the Star Wars Databank mentions that he is at least 800 years old.

Yoda was a legendary Jedi Master and stronger than most in his connection with the Force. Small in size but wise and powerful, he trained Jedi for over 800 years, playing integral roles in the Clone Wars, the instruction of Luke Skywalker, and unlocking the path to immortality.

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    dammit! just beat me May 11, 2016 at 11:10
  • this much powerful master why didnt find Anikan sky walker bad side in the Jedi interview ?
    – RANSARA009
    May 11, 2016 at 11:20
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    He's the Methuselah of the Jedi.
    – iMerchant
    May 11, 2016 at 11:45
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    @RANSARA009 i'm not a downvoter, but likely because this is very poorly researched. this line from yoda is a very famous line that anyone who has ever watched the movies should know.
    – phantom42
    May 11, 2016 at 12:19
  • I remember discussing this question (obviously not on Stack Exchange) back when the only answer from canon was that he was at least 800.
    – Buzz
    May 11, 2016 at 21:06

An archived blog entry on starwars.com written by Leland Chee lists the major characters' birth years. It states that Yoda was born in 896 BBY, and that Return of the Jedi took place in 4 ABY, so Yoda was 900 years old when he died:

-896 Yoda

~ -600 Jabba the Hutt

~ -200 Chewbacca

-102 Count Dooku

-92 Qui-Gon Jinn

-82 Palpatine [47BrS:8:11]

-72 Mace Windu

-66 Jango Fett

-57 Obi-Wan Kenobi

-46 Padmé Amidala

-41.9 Anakin Skywalker

-32 Star Wars: Episode I The Phantom Menace [3:4:14]

-31.5 Boba Fett

-31 Lando Calrissian

-29 Han Solo

-22 Star Wars: Episode II Attack of the Clones [13:5:21]

-21 Wedge Antilles

-19 Star Wars: Episode III Revenge of the Sith [16:5:23]

-19 Luke Skywalker & Princess Leia (Luke born first)

-18 Corran Horn

-18 Mara Jade Skywalker

0 Star Wars: Episode IV A New Hope

3 Star Wars: Episode V The Empire Strikes Back

4 Star Wars: Episode VI Return of the Jedi

9 Jaina & Jacen Solo (Jaina born first)

10 Anakin Solo

26.5 Ben Skywalker

This out-of-universe statement indicates that Yoda had reached literally 900 years old when he died (he didn't exaggerate when he told Luke that "when 900 years old you reach, look as good you will not"). Since Leland Chee is responsible for Star Wars canon (even post-Disney), this is canon information.

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    I think it's kind of lame that they made it exactly 900, taking the number so literally.
    – corsiKa
    May 11, 2016 at 19:51
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    @corsiKa Yeah, it would have been better if they'd made him >900 (like 920 or so) -- the Episode VI line would still be true but his age would seem less contrived.
    – Null
    May 11, 2016 at 19:54
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    I'm honestly pretty astounded that Qui-Gon was 92.
    – Jules
    May 11, 2016 at 22:41
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    @Jules he wasn't, he was born in 92 BBY, so he was only 60 when Episode 1 took place. Still impressive considering Obi-Wan was younger than this when he met Luke (57), and he looked a lot older.
    – user11521
    May 11, 2016 at 23:31
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    @corsiKa It's likely they never really thought about an exact number until waaaaaaay after the release of RotJ. When someone finally had to think of a birthyear for yoda, he likely referenced the movie literally.
    – Kevin
    May 12, 2016 at 0:00

900 Years

Yoda tells Luke in The Return of the Jedi

When 900 years old you reach, look as good you will not


Just to a give another answer from a certain point of view... Legends tells us that Yoda is indeed exactly 900 years old.

  • Born in 896 BBY
  • Died in 4 ABY

However, my hunch is that this was done to match the line from Return of the Jedi...

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