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Inspired by an article on Deadspin, relevant quote here:

I assume there’s an entire EU novel series out there dedicated to Wookiees and their sanitary habits...

If there is any place to find out, it is here!


The evidence for yes is that, as far as I can tell, there is only one head on a Corellian YT-1300 light freighter:

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This would seem to imply that Han and Chewie shared the one head, thus Wookies would use the same toilet as humans.

The evidence against is the fact that Wookies are hairy, and, without going into too many details about the mechanics, sitting on a human toilet could seem to lead to some sanitary issues. Thus Wookies might be encouraged to find some alternate sanitary arrangements. I would assume that a Wookie's height is not a real problem for toilet usage since Peter Mayhew is about the same height as a Wookie and, I would assume, uses human toilets.

Is there any evidence from the Star Wars EU on whether or not Wookies regularly used human toilets?

  • Seems like a dupe of this question; Toilets in the Galaxy Far, Far Away – Valorum Nov 21 '18 at 0:06
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    @Valorum Well, that question would be answered by the drawing I posted with a bathroom in it. This question is "what do wookies do," not "are there toilets." – kingledion Nov 21 '18 at 0:15
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    Note that the answer to this question could involve information on Wookiee biology, if that's covered to the necessary extent in any of the available material. For all I know, Wookiees can just "hold it" for weeks on end. – RDFozz Nov 21 '18 at 0:21
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    For once I would be more concerned about the showers. Imagine how clogged with hair those drains must be... – SJuan76 Nov 21 '18 at 21:54
  • Mine definitely looks like it was used by a Wookie, if that helps. – Paul D. Waite Nov 22 '18 at 8:34
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Beggars can't be choosers, and the same goes for slaves

The homeworld of the Wookies, Kashyyyk, is a planet primarily filled with giant Wroshyr jungle. Their society is high within these trees, and it's reasonable to assume that their perceived domain doesn't extend hundreds of meters down to the floor.

This suggests their sanitary needs were probably dealt with over the railing, like real-world sailors. Maybe some of the fancier Wookie homes had dedicated rooms with holes in them.

There were actually indigenous Wookie spaceships, which might have some wookie-specific solution but considering they were unlikely to have developed this technology in parallel to but separate from the rest of the universe at large it's probably just a (scaled up) human toilet.


Unfortunately most Wookies during the Rise of the Empire and Rebellion era won't have been on Kashyyyk or in Wookie spaceships. The Clone Wars wasn't kind to the planet, and it is Legends canon that most Wookies were enslaved by the Empire shortly afterwards to aid in the mining for and construction of the first Death Star.

Which meant no more wookie-specific sanitary facilities for them (and a pile of atrocities instead). Chewbacca, regardless of your choice of continuity (now that Solo has given him some more origin) is definitely used to having to deal with human-intended sanitary solutions by the time he teams up with Han. So it's likely that he saw the Falcon's facilities, sighed in Wookie, and just accepted it as-is.

When your people are enslaved and manage to free themselves they tend to not be so picky about the form that freedom takes.


And then, of course, there's the point that Wookies and humans are by far not the only races in the Star Wars canon. Who's to say that Rodians don't jet urine from their antennae when unobserved and overhydrated? Or that Hutt don't expel gleaming 1m^3 cubes of excrement, like the least cute wombat in existence. You can't accommodate all races everywhere. And the Star Wars universe is very human-focused (it's almost as if it's cheaper to film them somehow).


None of this, unfortunately, is established in any official Star Wars release, both currently canon and Legends (that I've read, heard of or could find). Alien physiology is an interesting topic that is covered by the films and (far more extensively) the books, but they all shy away from this topic out of a sense of decency.

So I guess my answer to your actual question is 'Nope' and the rest was just a lot of speculation surrounding it.

But that doesn't mean it's not fun to speculate.

Chewie and Han cornered in a Refresher with a visible toilet

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