Near the start of Episode III (and several times throughout the Clone Wars TV series) we see General Grievous waltzing about in the vacuum of space without concern. Yet during his confrontation with Obi-Wan in the same film, it's apparent that not only are his organic eyes completely exposed, his 'internal' organs are open to the air too!

How is he able to survive in space without his eyes popping out and his heart exploding from the lack of pressure?

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    The same way that General Leia Organa did: plot armor.
    – Wildcard
    Jan 25, 2018 at 23:13
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    I am afraid that vaccum is not as deadly as you think, only danger in vacuum is that you will not be able to breath. It will take some time until you freeze and your eyes will not pop out and you will not start bleeding from your skin. In order for the lungs to breathe, they need a closed room in which they can expand. (the muscles create vacuum in your thorax) So the area around lungs and hearth must be enclosed anyways. And other organs are probably encased or coated in something, to prevent infection. Jan 26, 2018 at 14:40

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Per the official novelization, Grievous' organs were enclosed and pressurized:

Grievous, though, had no need to breathe, nor had he any fear of his body fluids boiling in the vacuum-the pressurized synthflesh that enclosed the living parts within his droid exoskeleton saw to that-so he simply rode the storm right out into space until he reached the end of the cable

Revenge of the Sith - Official Novelization Chapter 7

This is consistent with the films, where (looking closely) we can see his organs (the same ones Obi-Wan later shoots) encased in a greenish-material (click to embiggen):

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Even the giant holes in that protective casing appear to be filled by some kind of quasi-permeable membrane, which evidently allows cables to pass through while protecting the internals from vacuum.

Although we don't see it, presumably we're to understand that his eyes are similarly protected.


Grievous' organs are well pressurized and encased in a Duranium chest plating. The book entitled:

Star Wars: The New Essential Guide to Droids by Daniel Wallace

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provides these details. Here is a snippet of Grievous' body from the book:

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Similarly, his eyes too may well be protected by something similar. After all his Kaleesh Death Mask is quite sturdy and strong.

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    You might want to note in your answer that this factbook is not canonical. It's considered part of the "Legends".
    – Valorum
    Jan 25, 2018 at 18:05
  • @Valorum But since this particular part seems to agree with canon, wouldn't that make it so as well? Jan 25, 2018 at 19:18
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    @DCOPTimDowd - That's sort of the point. There are several terms here (gutsac, for example) that I can't see in the canonical description.
    – Valorum
    Jan 25, 2018 at 19:22
  • @Valourm gutsac != synthflesh ? Jan 25, 2018 at 19:25
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    @DCOPTimDowd - Dunno, but that term is Legends even if it's describing something seen in a canon source.
    – Valorum
    Jan 25, 2018 at 19:27

His eyes are protected by this slimy film that slides over his exposed eye balls. This A, keeps them hydrated so grievous isn’t tempted to blink while in combat and B, protects his eyes from any harm including vacuum, biological weapons (like dioxis) and probably just dust or explosive flash. While this protective film stops grievous from consistently blinking it does not restrict him from closing his eyes.

Oh also grievous’s eyes are partly synthetic thanks to the imbedded advanced combat heads up display used to analyse Jedi fighting forms to create countermeasures. Plus it allows grievous to more effectively coordinate ground units. So being partly synthetic it might just make them more durable than pure unaltered organic eyes

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    Potential helpful - however, this answer would be improved by the addition of sources for your data (as seen in the other two answers talking about his other organs.
    – RDFozz
    Jan 11, 2019 at 23:09

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