In the waning days of the Galactic Republic, Palpatine was a Nabooan public figure, nobleman, Senator and, foremost, the Supreme Chancellor. At the latest, as he declared himself the Emperor, he must have become the "golden boy" of Naboo. But did he ever go back to his home planet and enjoy the popularity?

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    As far as I'm aware, the last canon reference to Palpatine visiting Naboo was during the Clone Wars in "Crisis on Naboo".
    – Valorum
    Commented Jun 23, 2016 at 18:53
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    +1 - I find no reference to Palpatine being on Naboo post EIII in any of the new canon books (although, I did not check the various film and junior novelizations)
    – NKCampbell
    Commented Jun 23, 2016 at 19:03
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    There was a rebellion on Theed in Battlefront II (Legends) where he ordered the assassination of the reigning queen, but he didn't personally visit. Commented Jun 23, 2016 at 19:13

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I can't find any canon reference to Palpatine returning to Naboo while he was the Emperor.

However, Wookieepedia mentions that there was an Emperor's Retreat on Naboo in Legends (originally from the MMORPG Star Wars Galaxies):

Emperor's Retreat on Naboo

Image source: http://starwars.wikia.com/wiki/File:Emperors_Retreat.jpg citing Star Wars Galaxies Trading Card Game as the original source.

Wookieepedia also notes that the Emperor's Retreat was mentioned in The Complete Star Wars Encyclopedia.

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The Retreat seems to have been mostly used for holding court and planning missions rather than visiting the natives, though. An archived page from the Star Wars Galaxies game website indicates that players could meet the Emperor himself at the Retreat after completing several tasks in the service of the Empire, and that the Emperor would give the player further tasks to complete on Naboo:


Once you have completed many tasks for the Empire, you will be rewarded for your efforts with one of the greatest honors any Imperial officer can receive: the opportunity to speak with the formidable Emperor himself.

Emperor Palpatine

The Emperor's Retreat

One of the most cunning and brilliant minds in the galaxy, Emperor Palpatine is a powerful Dark Lord of the Sith and the dictator of the Galactic Empire. Palpatine is the head of the New Order, dedicated to restoring stability to the chaotic galaxy by ruling with an iron fist. The Emperor uses the Force to see his enemies' movements in advance and plans accordingly.

The Emperor asks you to play a part in one such plan involving the Queen of Naboo and the Naboo High Council. The Emperor suspects that the Queen's sympathies lie with the Rebel Alliance. He commands you to use all the skills at your disposal to put the unsuspecting Queen to the test without any blame falling on the Empire.


  • Is there any evidence that Palpatine actually used this retreat? There are real-world retreats that are owned by royalty, but never occupied, such as Delnadamph Lodge (gifted to Prince Charles and Princess Diana for their marriage, but Diana didn't like it so it was never used). Commented Jun 23, 2016 at 23:19
  • I wonder why Loam Redge had to pay for it...
    – user11521
    Commented Jun 24, 2016 at 1:53
  • @Thunderforge Yes. See my edit.
    – Null
    Commented Jun 24, 2016 at 4:21
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    @Michael I think that "Construction of the site, as well as the security, was charged to Loam Redge" means that he was in charge of the construction and the security (as in, he was the overseer). Not that he had to personally finance it. Commented Jun 24, 2016 at 4:33
  • @Thunderforge I was thinking more along the lines of a strange charge showing up on his credit card statement... ;-)
    – user11521
    Commented Jun 24, 2016 at 4:36

As Valorum said in a comment - it does not appear to have positive canon support.

However, there may be a hint that he possibly may have visited:

Captain Phasma's armor is "polished in chromium, which had been salvaged from a Naboo yacht that had once belonged to Emperor Palpatine" - Star Wars: The Force Awakens: The Visual Dictionary

Notice it doesn't say that it belonged to Senator Palpatine - so, with a reach of head-canon, we may consider that the Emperor might have returned to Naboo himself to obtain a personal yacht.

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    You may wish to note that Vader is using Padmé's personal yacht in the new Star Wars comics, the one she left on Polis Massa.
    – Valorum
    Commented Jun 23, 2016 at 19:55
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    welp - she wasn't going to : }
    – NKCampbell
    Commented Jun 23, 2016 at 19:55
  • Indeed. She's otherwise occupied.
    – Valorum
    Commented Jun 23, 2016 at 20:00

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