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What made the moaning sound that scared away the Sand People? Most people think that it's either a bantha that got scared of Ben-Kenobi coming, or Kenobi used the Force to make a sound.

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Obi-Wan Kenobi mimicked a Lesser krayt dragon hunting cry when he scared the Tusken Raiders away from Luke Skywalker.

Luke Skywalker: "What made the Sand People leave?"

Obi-Wan Kenobi: "I imitated the hunting cry of a krayt dragon. Their imaginations did the rest and they took to their heels."

Star Wars : Radio Dramatization : A New Hope

There are even two different versions of this cry; the theatrical version and the Bluray release version here for comparison


Although a live Krayt Dragon is never seen in A New Hope (or any other Star Wars movie), C3PO comes across a partial skeleton of a Greater Krayt Dragon while he's out wandering in the desert.

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    This. Luke also does the same thing in the Timothy Zahn novel, Heir to the Empire. It appears to be less a Jedi thing, and more a Tatooinian thing. Jan 9, 2015 at 9:06
  • @JamesSheridan Well I always thought that Obi Wan learn this skill by himself and then, either he teaches it to Luke or Luke teaches himself. I think the origin of this sound made by Jedi or Tatooinian is another question... you've opened back my curiosity :P
    – Rocket
    Jan 9, 2015 at 9:11
  • Obi-Wan definitely doesn't have time to teach it to Luke before the former dies. That implies that either Luke taught himself afterwards, or it's something he already knew. Either way, it's not definitively Jedi or Tatooinian. Jan 9, 2015 at 9:27
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    To clarify, Kenobi imitated the call of a LESSER Krayt Dragon - the more common one that looks like a giant version of the horned lizard. The skeleton seen in the desert is from the rarer GREATER Krayt Dragon, which looks more like a plesiosaur with six flippers. Minor nitpick, but might be worth adding to the answer.
    – Omegacron
    Jan 9, 2015 at 14:09
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    @JamesSheridan - It's not a generic Tattooine thing, it's an Obi-Wan thing. He was involved in a group of people who invented using the call to scare off Sand People and learned that trick (from Miller's "Kenobi" novel) Jan 9, 2015 at 14:51
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This is covered in the official Alan Dean Foster George Lucas novelisation of Star Wars Episode IV : A New Hope.

Placing both hands over his mouth in a peculiar fashion, Kenobi inhaled deeply and let out an unearthly howl that made Luke jump. “That ought to keep any laggards running for a while yet,” the old man concluded with satisfaction.

“That’s a krayt dragon call!” Luke gaped in astonishment. “How did you do that?”

“I’ll show you sometime, son. It’s not too hard. Just takes the right attitude, a set of well-used vocal cords, and a lot of wind. Now, if you were an Imperial bureaucrat, I could teach you right off, but you’re not.” He scanned the cliff-spine again. “And I don’t think this is the time or place for it.”

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