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"Great leaders inspire greatness in others."
―Jedi Fortune Cookie[src]

"Ambush" is the first episode of the first season of Star Wars: The Clone Wars. It is the first episode of the series overall. It was released in tandem with "Rising Malevolence" on October 3, 2008 on Cartoon Network.


Jedi Master Yoda and three clone troopers must face off against Count Dooku's dreaded assassin Ventress and her massive droid army to prove the Jedi are strong enough to protect a strategic planet and forge a treaty for the Republic.



King Katunko speaking with Dooku

Yoda traveled to the system of Toydaria in order to secure a treaty with the regional King, Katuunko.

However, his ship is attacked by the Separatists before he reaches his destination, forcing Yoda and a small group of Clones to abandon the ship via Escape Pod.

With Asajj Ventress trying to prove the CIS's power to the Toydarian King, Yoda and the three Clones must get to the King while battling a large number of Droids. Yoda and Ventress make a deal: if Yoda escapes, Katuunko would join the Republic, but if Ventress's forces defeated Yoda and his clones, then the Toydarians would join the Separatist cause.

Yoda and the three clones, Rys, Jek, and, Thire, had to get on Rugosa in a escape pod. Ventress, who has already introduced herself to Katuunko, challenged Yoda and his men to take on her droid forces. Who ever was victorious won Toydaria's alliance. Yoda accepted her challenge, so she sent out her cruel forces to Yoda.

She sent in patrols of Battle Droids and AAT tanks. Yoda and the clones were ready for anything! The AAT tanks couldn't fit through the forests of Rugosa since the tanks were to big. The battle droids had to go on foot through the forests of corral and find the Republic themselves.

Yoda and the clones easily took down the droids using clever tactics. Ventress heard about this outbreak and was no pleased. She sent in her tougher forces. With the stronger units, Thire got injured, and the droids were begining to pin down the Republic. However, Yoda saved them and they hid in a cave where they rested.

In the cave, Yoda gave a inspirational speech about the larger weapons but if your larger in mind.

Ventress was very annoyed at Yoda and the clones progess. She sent in four AATs and many Battle Droids.

Yoda decided that he would take on the droids himself. He fought againsit the worthless beings and destoryed all tanks! Destoryers also were no problem thanks to a great aimed shot by Thire on some bolders.

Ventress's forces were outmatched. King Katuunko remarked that he would be joining the Republic since the deal was over. Ventress was then ordered to kill Katuunko! Yoda stopped Ventress from killing the king but she got away in the process. After these events, Toydaraia remained netrual.





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  • Originally, "Ambush" was not to be aired as the first episode. The decision to air it first was not made until very close to the series premiere. It was also originally titled "Ambush in the Outer Rim".
  • The little creature that perches on Yoda's finger on Rugosa is a baby neebray.
Episode Guide
Star Wars: The Clone Wars | Star Wars: The Clone Wars: The Nightsisters Trilogy | Star Wars: The Clone Wars: Darth Maul Returns
Season 1
"Ambush" | "Rising Malevolence" | "Shadow of Malevolence" | "Destroy Malevolence" | "Rookies" | "Downfall of a Droid" | "Duel of the Droids" | "Bombad Jedi"
"Cloak of Darkness" | "Lair of Grievous" | "Dooku Captured" | "The Gungan General" | "Jedi Crash" | "Defenders of Peace" | "Trespass" | "The Hidden Enemy"
"Blue Shadow Virus" | "Mystery of a Thousand Moons" | "Storm Over Ryloth" | "Innocents of Ryloth" | "Liberty on Ryloth" | "Hostage Crisis"
Season 2
"Holocron Heist" | "Cargo of Doom" | "Children of the Force" | "Senate Spy" | "Landing at Point Rain" | "Weapons Factory" | "Legacy of Terror" | "Brain Invaders"
"Grievous Intrigue" | "The Deserter" | "Lightsaber Lost" | "The Mandalore Plot" | "Voyage of Temptation" | "Duchess of Mandalore" | "Senate Murders" | "Cat and Mouse"
"Bounty Hunters" | "The Zillo Beast" | "The Zillo Beast Strikes Back" | "Death Trap" | "R2 Come Home" | "Lethal Trackdown"
Season 3
"Clone Cadets" | "ARC Troopers" | "Supply Lines" | "Sphere of Influence" | "Corruption" | "The Academy" | "Assassin" | "Evil Plans" | "Hunt for Ziro"
"Heroes on Both Sides" | "Pursuit of Peace" | "Nightsisters" | "Monster" | "Witches of the Mist" | "Overlords" | "Altar of Mortis" | "Ghosts of Mortis" | "The Citadel"
"Counterattack" | "Citadel Rescue" | "Padawan Lost" | "Wookiee Hunt"
Season 4
"Water War" | "Gungan Attack" | "Prisoners" | "Shadow Warrior" | "Mercy Mission" | "Nomad Droids" | "Darkness on Umbara" | "The General" | "Plan of Dissent"
"Carnage of Krell" | "Kidnapped" | "Slaves of the Republic" | "Escape from Kadavo" | "A Friend in Need" | "Deception" | "Friends and Enemies" | "The Box"
"Crisis on Naboo" | "Massacre" | "Bounty" | "Brothers" | "Revenge"
Season 5
"Revival" | "A War on Two Fronts" | "Front Runners" | "The Soft War" | "Tipping Points" | "The Gathering" | "A Test of Strength" | "Bound for Rescue" | "A Necessary Bond"
"Secret Weapons" | "A Sunny Day in the Void" | "Missing in Action" | "Point of No Return" | "Eminence" | "Shades of Reason" | "The Lawless" | "Sabotage"
"The Jedi Who Knew Too Much" | "To Catch a Jedi" | "The Wrong Jedi"
Season 6
"The Unknown" | "Conspiracy" | "Fugitive" | "Orders" | "An Old Friend" | "The Rise of Clovis" | "Crisis at the Heart" | "The Disappeared, Part I" | "The Disappeared, Part II"
"The Lost One" | "Voices" | "Destiny" | "Sacrifice"
Star Wars: Darth Maul: Son of Dathomir ("The Enemy of My Enemy" | "A Tale of Two Apprentices" | "Proxy War" | "Showdown on Dathomir")

Crystal Crisis on Utapau ("A Death on Utapau" | "In Search of the Crystal" | "Crystal Crisis" | "The Big Bang")
Star Wars: Dark Disciple ("Lethal Alliance" | "The Mission" | "Conspirators" | "Dark Disciple" | "Saving Vos, Part I" | "Saving Vos, Part II" | "Traitor" | "The Path")

Season 7
"The Bad Batch" | "A Distant Echo" | "On the Wings of Keeradaks" | "Unfinished Business" | "Gone with a Trace" | "Deal No Deal" | "Dangerous Debt" | "Together Again"
"Old Friends Not Forgotten" | "The Phantom Apprentice" | "Shattered" | "Victory and Death"
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