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So the Mandalorian — and others in the bounty hunter guild — get work by agreeing to take on a bounty. And that seems to involve meeting with a middle man (such as Greef Carga as played by Carl Weathers) and getting some kind of tracking fob/beacon.

But how the heck does that even work? How can it even track a specific person? Is there some kind of genetic signature involved?

For example, in episode 3 of The Mandalorian when the Mandalorian rescues that Yoda baby, suddenly everyone’s beacon for that Yoda baby starts bleeping like crazy. How did that work? I mean how do those beacons know that the bounty target is no longer in custody? What changed between the baby Yoda’s captivity with Imperial agents to the Baby Yoda being carried away by the Mandalorian?

Tracking fob/beacon in action.


Looking for in-universe, canonical explanations; not armchair speculation and theories. If none (currently) exist, legends explanation would suffice. Regardless, please provide references and context.

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    I took the episode 3 beacons at the end to be for someone else...not the original asset. Doesn't really matter in the scheme of things or affect your question – NKCampbell Nov 24 '19 at 2:23
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    I'm pretty sure these tracking fobs are new to The Mandalorian. Given the lack of care the Disney writers show in their world-building and consistency, I won't be surprised if we just have to accept them as plot beacons and move on. IMO, they really cheapen the whole job. If all you have to do is follow the beeping, why couldn't they all find the kid? – Harabeck Nov 24 '19 at 19:42
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    @Harabeck They all could find the asset. That was part of the Mando's problem, getting out once he secured it. – Skooba Nov 25 '19 at 13:30
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    @Harabeck Well it is also mentioned by Kuiil that many had come before Mando, but failed. – Skooba Nov 25 '19 at 14:29
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    @Dallium Even more importantly, if it can home in on some sort of biological signature, how the heck could they have enough data to do that, but not know what the Child was. – T.J.L. Dec 3 '19 at 18:09
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I mean how do those beacons know that the bounty target is no longer in custody? What changed between the baby Yoda’s captivity with Imperial agents to the Baby Yoda being carried away by the Mandalorian?

Common sense dictates that Imperial Agents turned the becons ON after finding that Baby Yoda was no longer in their custody. Remember, The Mandalorian didn't kill an Imperial scientist who might have reported his superiors that baby Yoda was taken. That's why Imperials were quick to turn ON the beacons.

BTW, an automatic system is out of the question because the becons didn't turn ON the instant baby Yoda was taken.

But how the heck does that even work? How can it even track a specific person? Is there some kind of genetic signature involved?

Well, that's new to the Star Wars universe. As this technology works across lightyears, this makes famous homing becons obsolete. So far, no explanation has been given to show how it works, in-universe or out-universe.

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    Thanks, but sorry. I am not asking for who turned the beacon; this is asking about the technology behind it itself within the context of the Star Wars universe. Also as the question clearly states, I am looking for in-universe, canonical explanations; not armchair speculation and theories. If none (currently) exist, legends explanation would suffice. Regardless, please provide references and context. – JakeGould Jan 3 at 16:03

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