In The Empire Strikes Back it seems like a weird choice for Yoda to live on such a lonely and remote planet, considering how social Yoda actually is. Why does he choose to live there?


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There are parts of Dagobah that are "strong with the Dark Side."

After Emperor Palpatine came into power and there was a purge of the Jedi, the few Jedi remaning alive hid, hoping to be able to do something more in the future.

Because Yoda was a powerful Jedi, he hid near a source of darkness that would hide his presence so any Sith looking for him would not be able to sense his presence easily.

(Much of this comes out in Revenge of the Sith.)


Dagobah is hardly lonely. It is filled with layer upon layer of life. Perhaps all that life helps hiding Yoda's powerful force.

Yoda does not seem very social to me. He seems to be nearly 100% instructor, even during Jedi council meetings.

Also, Yoda does not fit the description of "bad ass". He can certainly kick ass, but he doesn't do it for fun or pleasure.

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    Fwiw, in the "old" canon books for Star Wars, this is actually the reason given. The fact that both sides of the Force AND the massive prevalance of life were there allowed Yoda to hide so that he couldn't be sensed by the Emperor or Vader, whom he was trying to avoid at that point. The amount of life and Force presence was required due to Yoda's large footprint in the Force (he was a Jedi Master).
    – RoboBear
    Commented Sep 27, 2017 at 22:17

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