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In Return of the Jedi Luke doesn't really seem to be prepared when Jabba drops him into the Rancor pit. Jabba appears to get the better of Luke and trigger the trap door before Luke can fire on Jabba. In that fight with the Rancor, Luke seems to improvise a means of killing the Rancor in what appears to be a desperate fight.

In contrast, Luke seems to have been totally prepared to defeat Jabba at the Sarlacc Pit. R2-D2 is ready with his lightsaber, Lando has successfully infiltrated the guards, and even Leia appears to be poised to personally execute Jabba herself. The skirmish doesn't go 100% smoothly but with 0 casualties while facing a cadre of galactic underworld soldiers, it doesn't really go badly either. Luke appears to be fairly confident before the battle begins, pointlessly insisting on Jabba to surrender, even though Luke probably knows Jabba will not.

Sarlacc Did Luke use his Force prescience to predict what would happen at the Sarlacc pit?

Or it is just luck and preparation that allowed the protagonists to pull off the operation?

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    That, or he read the script. – void_ptr Nov 29 '17 at 0:33
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    In my experience, there's no such thing as luck. – Buzz Nov 29 '17 at 0:37
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    I've edited your tags to make them more relevant to what the question is about and not merely points that the question mentions, I've also ensured the franchise tag (which you probably know is a must, considering it is stated on two of the tags you used that is is a must) is included. – Edlothiad Nov 29 '17 at 6:41
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    Possible duplicate of How did Luke know that R2D2 would be on Jabba's barge? – jeroen_de_schutter Nov 29 '17 at 11:07
  • -1 for using the "enhanced" Sarlacc as your picture example – DCOPTimDowd Nov 29 '17 at 19:56
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  Luke probably knew about Sarlacc pit. After all, Sarlacc tend not to move :) , and they also have long lifespan. This particular Sarlacc was used by Jabba for executions before, and he did that in public, making a spectacle out of it. Luke did send R2-D2 as a gift to Jabba, but he hid lightsaber inside of it, he also had Lando inside Jabba's retinue, therefore Luke did entertain possibility that he would be captured and maybe executed by Sarlacc.

  As for Rancor trapdoor, I suspected it was not such a common knowledge. After all, trapdoors work only if you stand on them, this particular trapdoor is not that large, and if everyone knows about them they would simply avoid them. Luke was not able to use precognition in this case, therefore his skills in this regard were most likely not great. After all, he was barely at the level of Padawan in pre-Imperial era.

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