Why Does Boba Fett Sleep in Water

Why Does Boba Fett Sleep in Water? Answered (2023 Updated)

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In the very first episode of “The Book Of Boba Fett,” the main character is seen sleeping inside a bacta tank, and Boba informs Fennec Shand about his dream.

While most characters sleep in beds, in the Star Wars universe, some characters sleep in the water (or a bacta tank, to be precise).

So why does Boba Fett sleep in water? Read on and discover what our team found out.

Why Boba Fett Sleeps In Water

Photo of Boba Fett Sleep in Water

In the Return of the Jedi, Star Wars episode 6, Boba Fett fell into the Sarlacc pit that partially digested Boba and got him severely wounded.

This bounty hunter chooses to sleep in a bacta tank to heal the injuries he got from the Sarlacc and Tusken Raiders, who later befriended him [1].

This sealed water bath relieves his body, and the tank helps ease the pain of his internal and external wounds. But why does Boba Fett have scars?

Benefits Of Sleeping In Water

Heals His Wounds

In Star Wars: The Book of Boba Fett, the main character’s skin is gravely injured. It is when Boba Fett escaped from the Sarlacc and fell unconscious after Jawas stole his armor.

Boba used a bacta tank to heal his wounds, just like Luke Skywalker does in “The Empire Strikes Back” after a Wampa ice creature on the planet of Hoth severely injured him.

Heals His Mind

Boba’s body wasn’t the only thing injured as his mind sustained several injuries inside the Sarlacc pit and when he was left in the Tatooine desert.

The bacta tank helps him heal his mind as it has physical and mental healing power. One sign that his mind is healing is when he has a flashback of the Tuskan Raiders.

Boba isn’t the only one who uses this to heal his mind as Darth Vader also uses bacta tanks to meditate and relax [2].

Relieves His Pain

Other than healing injuries, wounds, and the mind, the bacta has the power to provide pain relief to whoever uses it.

After falling into the Sarlacc pit, Boba Fett suffers countless injuries and chronic pain. Sleeping in the bacta tank helps him ease the pain and provides him some relief.

Some would even say that he continues to endure all the pain even after he is seated on the Tatooine’s throne.

What’s A Bacta Tank?

Bacta Tank

Bacta tanks have appeared a lot of times in Star Wars films. They are human-sized pods filled with bacta - the water or gelatinous fluid used to heal injuries.

One such tank can help the body regrow tissues, heal damaged nerves and skin, and relieve strained muscles.

Luke Skywalker used a bacta tank after his encounter with the ice monster in the Hoth in The Empire Strikes Back, and Darth Vader also used a bacta when studying the dark side.

With the bacta tank, the wounds, injuries, and pain that Boba Fett feels healed.

How Does Boba Fett Sleep In Water?

Truly, it is hard to sleep underwater, so how does Boba Fett (Temuera Morrison) manage to act sleeping in the water?

In an interview with the actor, he said that he had to hold his breath while submerged under the water.

He also mentioned that he used an oxygen regulator to breathe underwater while they filmed him inside the bacta tank.

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When Did Boba Fett Sleep In Water?

Close Up Shot of Boba Fett Sleeping on a Bacta Tank

Boba started sleeping in the water when he took over the throne of Jabba and his criminal empire in Mos Espa.

He uses the bacta tank every time he sleeps after a lightsaber duel. Boba Fett continues to use it until his body is completely healed.


Why does Boba Fett remove his helmet?

Excluding the fact that his armor was stolen, Boba Fett is not a real Mandalorian (at least not by birth), which means he is not exactly governed by their rules.

As shown in Mandalorian season 2, they only take off their helmets when most people are like them since this is part of their culture.

Can Boba Fett last a day without sleeping in water?

He can, but it will be excruciating and uncomfortable. Boba prefers to sleep in a bacta tank to relieve his mind and body from all the injuries he sustained in his battles.

The only time that Boba can stop is when he’s healed. At the end of the first season of The Book of Boba Fett, it was announced that he was completely healed.

Final Thoughts

Boba Fett prefers to sleep in a bacta tank to heal his wounds and injuries. Indeed, being the best bounty hunter in the universe comes with a price.

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  1. https://screenrant.com/star-wars-kenobi-bacta-tank-problem-mistake/
  2. https://www.ign.com/articles/2017/11/16/what-darth-vader-is-really-thinking-during-those-meditation-scenes

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