The Praetorian Guard - Everything We Know So Far

  • Published on Dec 20, 2017
  • Learn about Supreme Leader Snoke's Praetorian Guard! This is everything we currently know from The Last Jedi Visual Dictionary and beyond.
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  • Mayonnaise Gaming
    Mayonnaise Gaming Month ago

    I think they're the Starbucks version of Bo's Coffee

  • Ian Chu
    Ian Chu Month ago

    Dear Star Wars Explained, can you please spell the martial arts that the praetorian guards learned?

  • michael rojas
    michael rojas Month ago

    1. Shadow Guard
    2. Praetorian Guard
    3. Royal Guard

  • Kolafloro
    Kolafloro Month ago +1

    Came here to find roman Prætorian Guards, wasn't disappointed

  • Michael Kaduck
    Michael Kaduck 2 months ago

    BEST form of government security: 8 Lightsaber-sword-whip-dagger guys in red armor!

  • Teun van bloemendal
    Teun van bloemendal 2 months ago

    I wonder if these guards have personal fighter craft just like palpatine's royal guards

  • Reem Ali
    Reem Ali 3 months ago


  • Glemblaess Gaming
    Glemblaess Gaming 4 months ago

    Episode 9 theory: since palpatine can keep cloning himself he comes back with a new military to take over the Galaxy once again so the resistance aided by the first order must take down the new military with the first order

  • Ff j
    Ff j 4 months ago

    I would like to see more preitorien videos please.If I didn't spell preitorien well tell me to correct it.

  • Kender Blain
    Kender Blain 4 months ago

    What if they were from The Cardinal’s core. And they were either too violent or were exceptional combatants and acquired the positions

  • Michael’s YouTube channel

    Personally I thought they were the knights of ren.

  • Bode Torgrimson
    Bode Torgrimson 5 months ago

    I love how they’re inspired by the Praetorian Guards Of Ancient Roman Emporers. I’m a big fan of Ancient Rome and Ancient Greece, and it’s really cool that they included them

  • Devric Games and texting story's

    i think the nights of ren died in the starkiller explosion

  • Ben Jammn'
    Ben Jammn' 5 months ago

    The a's silent

  • Juan Ayala
    Juan Ayala 6 months ago

    Lol I wanted to look up the actual Roman praetorian guard but this will do

  • hans merker
    hans merker 6 months ago

    You forgot to mention their real life counterparts who protected roman emperors.

  • Taye Trotman
    Taye Trotman 6 months ago

    I hope they aren’t the Knights of Ren, the knights were predicted to be a big part of 7, but they didn’t even appear apart from flashbacks. I kind of want to see them alive and replacing the Praetorian, protecting Supreme Leader Kylo Ren. Actually, no, it can’t be Supreme Leader. Hopefully Kylo, being younger, might select a less cringy and cheesy title!

  • Taye Trotman
    Taye Trotman 6 months ago

    There were too few of them in my opinion. You would think there would be more than 8. I wonder if we will see more beside Kylo, like we only saw a few of them.

  • FEF
    FEF 6 months ago

    I mean the guards couldn't win because no weapon can penetrate plot armor

  • Brave Centurion
    Brave Centurion 7 months ago

    Star wars copied Rome with the Praetorian guards.

  • Gabriel Morris
    Gabriel Morris 7 months ago

    I've seen the movie so I don't need spoilers

  • Leon Jean
    Leon Jean 8 months ago

    Great role in the movie! Important too!
    Just... standing there... getting in an over choreographed fight scene... dying...

  • SprayedPaint
    SprayedPaint 8 months ago

    This movie... not so good .

  • goonigugu43
    goonigugu43 8 months ago


  • Combine On Trial Mod
    Combine On Trial Mod 8 months ago

    You forgot to mention that the Praetorian Guard were to protect Legate Lanius if you sided with the NCR, Mr. House, or were independent.

  • Combine On Trial Mod
    Combine On Trial Mod 8 months ago

    Ave, true to Caesar.

  • Scriptedconstuct999
    Scriptedconstuct999 8 months ago

    But we know Kylo didn’t join snoke’s guard

  • Alfredo De Pablo
    Alfredo De Pablo 8 months ago

    They did go down kinda easy

    • Alfredo De Pablo
      Alfredo De Pablo 8 months ago

      They put up a fight yes, but they still died easy. Nothing really came from it.

  • Alevtina Vesta
    Alevtina Vesta 8 months ago

    If Last Jedi was extended
    like 5 to 6 hours,we would have get more information about those guards. They look cool. But since the movie was just too much to tell in so little time,both Snoke and the guards died like piece of cake. Indeed,they are indeed very powerful.

  • Mitchell Hayward
    Mitchell Hayward 8 months ago

    There couldn't have only been eight of them guarding Snoke 24 hours a day, every day of the week. That's absolute ludicrous! There had to have been at least a couple dozen more either sleeping, training, or doing what they would usually do between guard shifts.
    On top of that, I just assumed that since - (as it says in the opening crawl) - the First Order was spreading its fleet across the Galaxy in order to reconquer it, now that Starkiller Base had destroyed the Republic Capital, and fleet - in the Hosnian System; and that the Knights of Ren were just out there, helping the First Order navies and armies do just that - while everything going on in the movie is happening at the same time.
    The Praetorian Guards are exactly that - bodyguards. "Knights of Ren" on the other hand - is a name that implies a specialised fighting force meant for a battlefield setting - like Clone Wars-era Jedi Generals, and not a bodyguard unit.
    I think it's a rather stupid suggestion that the Praetorian Guards, and the Knights of Ren, could be one and the same. Especially if you consider that Praetorians and Knights of Ren were trained and drilled in different ways, for a different purpose.

  • ACFM hd
    ACFM hd 9 months ago

    I think the Royal Guards look a million times better and more intimidating but the heck with trying to move your head in that helmet.

  • Paul Ewing
    Paul Ewing 9 months ago

    The knight's of ren r loyal to Kylo ren that's why he is their master not Snoke, hopefully they will b in episode 9, Snokes guards were wicked with really cool weapons one of the weapons looked like a type of lightsaber that broke down n turned into a saber whip, i loved that whole bit in Snokes throne room one of the best parts of the movie definitely

  • Koopa Troopa2006
    Koopa Troopa2006 9 months ago

    The nights of Ren were around BEFORE Kylo so he couldn’t have trained them

  • Mastercraft
    Mastercraft 9 months ago

    Fun fact: praetorian guards are based on the Roman word praetor, which meant leader.
    So, they roughly translate to the words leader guards.

  • Rant Central
    Rant Central 10 months ago

    How could they see though?

  • zarovv
    zarovv 10 months ago

    those guards were the best thing in the film.

  • TR808
    TR808 10 months ago +1

    Garbage movie

  • Waffle Turtle
    Waffle Turtle 10 months ago

    The praetorian guards were the best guards in all of starwars.

  • Mr.jerox_HD
    Mr.jerox_HD 10 months ago

    So personally I find that the both are cool but I think the mask of the palpatine Guard is cooler it’s like looking the death in the eye

  • Paleozoic Productions
    Paleozoic Productions 10 months ago

    George: painful, isn't it
    Jake: yes

  • Captain Scribbles
    Captain Scribbles 10 months ago

    They said maybe we will get to put on one of those red helmets and sit next to the emperor.

  • Ksceusbsnakz
    Ksceusbsnakz 10 months ago

    There WERE 8 members

  • One Dollar Comic Bin
    One Dollar Comic Bin 10 months ago

    You forgot to mention that they also work and shop at Target.

  • Cameron Mitchell
    Cameron Mitchell 10 months ago

    Will the knights of Ren be in 9

  • LavaSquad
    LavaSquad 10 months ago

    Hmm... Assuming the Praetorians are the most highly trained and skilled warriors in the galaxy that the First Order could muster up (because I mean would you want a new trainee guarding Supreme Leader Snoke?) you would think that Kylo and Rey would be dead having 4 to 1 odds.
    At this rate I'm confident that both Kylo and Rey have nobody to worry about except each other lol.

  • Jason Tregear
    Jason Tregear 10 months ago

    your still a virgin ..right

  • John GreatFox
    John GreatFox 10 months ago

    I am sure the Knight of ren in SW EP9 they will step in to the light

  • moonsmonsters
    moonsmonsters 10 months ago

    I honestly thought those were the knights of Ren. Glad they weren't. All they did was strike poses , Ginyu force of star wars

  • Jerry the Mouse
    Jerry the Mouse 11 months ago +1

    They looked like the card guards from Alice in Wonderland

  • lagorta
    lagorta 11 months ago

    Actually, my mistake, it's Shining Force III which has been inspired from Star Wars with the red guard from the Return of the Jedi in 1983, 15 years before the scenario 2 of Shining Force III. Sorry about that.

  • lagorta
    lagorta 11 months ago

    Those Praetorian guys just look like the Rainbloods in Shining Force III scenario 2 launched in April 1998 on Sega Saturn in Japan. Lack of inspiration or need to be inspired ??? I let you choose...

  • Chase Hofmann
    Chase Hofmann 11 months ago

    They are my favorite star wars character!!

  • Muhamad Ariff S
    Muhamad Ariff S 11 months ago

    One word: merchandise!!!!!

  • Capt'Wes Starwind
    Capt'Wes Starwind 11 months ago

    I do like how you don't spend your videos theorizing about stuff or telling us how you have "inside" information or other BS that most Star Wars TheXvidrs do. You talk Star Wars based on facts about Star Wars and I love that. I've subscribed to your channel and unsubbed from a bunch that were basically just making fan fiction videos with no proof or fact to back any of it. Once one of them claims someone at Disney has sent them an email about what is going to happen I drop them. I do like going back to watch their old videos just to see that every prediction was wrong. Your channels name is perfect. Keep up the great work. Thank you.

  • Twilleh
    Twilleh 11 months ago

    The Last Jedi was a mistake.

  • Random Thoughts
    Random Thoughts 11 months ago

    How sad that these faceless silent guards had the best scene in the movie

  • Shadow Koopa
    Shadow Koopa 11 months ago +1

    I thought they were going to stand there to die like the red guards

  • A Welshman
    A Welshman 11 months ago

    My guess is that they will appear in 9 and Ren has been teaching them in his spare time and that the Guards were not the KoR and were selected from troop ranks.

  • AnimexFiendFullmetal
    AnimexFiendFullmetal 11 months ago

    They were one of my favorite parts of the movie :D

  • Aurican's Lair
    Aurican's Lair 11 months ago

    And they went down so easily. Lame.

  • pacoimages
    pacoimages 11 months ago

    Scene wasn' t too bad, but the armor - looked like really bad Powerrangers
    Oh yeah - they are dead

  • - TBL Productions -
    - TBL Productions - 11 months ago

    Liked 1:02

  • dude a
    dude a 11 months ago

    Vibroblades are back!!!

  • Free bleach for all
    Free bleach for all 11 months ago

    Royal Guard on steroids

  • Sam Cook
    Sam Cook 11 months ago

    So they basically weild advanced vibrators?

  • Landon Rice
    Landon Rice 11 months ago

    I would like to see more pratoriean (I know I spelled that wrong) but they are most likely all dead unless one called in a sick day.

  • Jazzy Tyfighter
    Jazzy Tyfighter 11 months ago

    They’re definitely an upgrade to Palpatine’s guards who were simply pushed aside by Yoda in Episode III and barely got screen time in the original trilogy.

  • crappalackas
    crappalackas 11 months ago

    I loved them. They're like, upgrades of my old favorite characters as a child, the stormtroopers

  • mason fraser
    mason fraser 11 months ago +1

    You should of researched abit more, the nights of Ren do use the force and were Jedi Padawans being trained by Luke at the time as kylo. The padawans helped Kylo Ren kill all the other Jedi Padawans and destroy the temple. P.S Snoke was actually trying to bring some of the other padawan's to the darkside and succeeded in doing so. But i still really liked the video

  • René' Cruz
    René' Cruz 11 months ago +1

    🤘Jedi Knight Rey & Sithlord Kylo Ren vs.Pretorian Royal Red Guards was awesome!🔦🖖

  • Grand Admiral Thrawn
    Grand Admiral Thrawn 11 months ago

    Their weapons sounds a lot like how vibroblades work. Not sure why they didn't just call them that though. Maybe they didn't want the connection?
    Despite all that training in martial arts, all that weaponry designed to fight against lightsaber blades, and all that armor half of them were still defeated by a scavenger who's used a lightsaber twice now and unreasonable Force training boost.

  • Kush Voorakkara
    Kush Voorakkara 11 months ago

    The armour looks cool so i would take that armour and a lightsabre

  • Matthew Marinsek
    Matthew Marinsek 11 months ago

    Worthy to note that "Vibroblades" were featured in Legends games like Knights of the Old Republic. Glad to see they're official canon and in various cool forms.

  • Pirwert
    Pirwert 11 months ago

    Why are so many people saying Rey was untrained? In the force, yes, but she was shown in TFA to be a proficient fighter with her staff. You know the one she’s been lugging around for the bettet part of two movies. Switching to a different weapon doesn’t mean you loose all your prevoius fighting skills! So fighting evil Hugh Heffners guards is not a problem since they might have been great fighter but as far as we know they where not force users and even though Rey is not visibly using the force we are told in previous movies that force users have hightend sences (Qui-gon says Anakin must have jedi sences to be able to do pod racing) so that could give her the slight advatage she needed! Her winning over Kylo Ren i TFA is a little more strange since he is both a trained force user and lightsabre fighter but then Kylo had just been shoot with a bowcaster and was clearly underestimating Rays raw strength in the force!

  • Dr m
    Dr m 11 months ago

    These were the the only really cool addition

  • Ivo D.
    Ivo D. 11 months ago

    At first I thought these fools were the Jedi in training that Kylo spared and rounded up from Luke’s school but then I was like nah that can’t be right

  • Pete Santucci
    Pete Santucci 11 months ago

    Serious question... I agree that this is a great fight scene. But after a while I started to question whether it makes any sense. I mean... their job was to protect Snoke. They failed. He was dead. So why were they fighting for him? They should have either quickly exited the room in embarrassment, or they should have bent the knee to Kylo as their new supreme leader. I guess maybe they were commanded to either defend Snoke or avenge him if he is killed? Seems more likely they would have just changed their allegiance to Work for whomever killed Snoke. IMHO

  • Joshua Calkins
    Joshua Calkins 11 months ago

    This was my favorite scene too. It was awesome.

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  • Titan MacDougall
    Titan MacDougall 11 months ago

    From the initial images that were released prior to the movie, I could tell that these Guards were the Elite of the Elite. And despite their deaths at the hands of Ben and Rey in TLJ, they indeed proved themselves Elite, if not formidable. As to who they were or where they're from, as you said; it's all a mystery at this point. Perhaps more answers will be revealed in Episode IX.

  • RK gaming
    RK gaming 11 months ago


    Just kidding

  • ItsAbbacchio
    ItsAbbacchio 11 months ago

    I think they’re “graduated” knights of Ren

  • Saggy tits McGee
    Saggy tits McGee 11 months ago

    I thought they were lukes students that kylo ren stolr

  • Dabonem
    Dabonem 11 months ago

    Kylo and Rey vs the praetorian guards was the best scene in the whole movie

  • Máté Kovács
    Máté Kovács 11 months ago

    They got bigger scene than Phasma? Yeah, about 40 seconds. I thought for 40 seconds this movie could be good. But nah, this is a lame movie.

  • Pendragon
    Pendragon 11 months ago

    The Kanjiclub reference is neat

  • adedsfsdedasewdaww
    adedsfsdedasewdaww 11 months ago

    So space ninjas and samurais in essence...

  • Bruno Martinez
    Bruno Martinez 11 months ago

    @Star Wars Explained I loved the Pretorian Of The Old Republic, and especially the Emperor’s Imperial Guard. These new Snoke’s Pretorian Guard, no as much, for a variety of reasons.
    I am very, very early Disabled, or as I prefer, one of the Broken Ones, so since for the last 15 years, well in 2018. As I am not allowed to drive and mobility is restricted I get bored. I also have a rather unusual intellect. Put those two together with unfettered access to the entirety of recorded human history on the interwebs and in bookstores, my lust for knowledge can, for me, be more fun than any amusement park. My top interests a history, the history of warfare, the evolution of warfare doctrine and strategies, cutting edge military tech, weaponry, vehicles , Future tech, physics, chemistry, international law, and so on..... which me back to why I love the Old Republic’s Praetorian and the Emperor’s Imperial Guard. They both draw their roots from Roman Republic and Imperial Pretorian Guard. It’s likely lifted a bit, if not entirely from the Etruscan’s, but the Roman’s job of wiping out any trace of the Etruscans was pretty damn efficient.
    So anyway, with both the Old Republic’s Praetorian Guard and the Imperial Guard their uniformity and general in ability to distinguish individuals served to protect their own families, not to mention their individual lives when not on duty. It also harkens back to the Persian Eternals. They ALWAYS 10,000 strong. They were also indistinguishable from each other. If one fell in combat, another from another part of the Persian Empire’s army would taken their place. Which, unbeknownst early on, to their opponents, in battle, they seemed truly immortal. This in an of itself sent many armies running or surrendering. They were all hand selected from veteran soldiers that specific physical requirements who were then trained, usually secretly, to a much higher effectiveness as single combat Or melee fighter. Though very effective and very well trained, the average Roman Soldier was never trained in hand to hand combat. Their regimented, well tuned and oiled Legions typically never had a need for it. But as in Star Wars the Praetorian received intense, extended and specific trading. Both Praetorian and Imperial Guard also wore bold colors. If you saw them, it was very simple, stop what your doing or go inside. Their presence was a not very subtle reminder that True power lay elsewhere and they were its fist. I didn’t like Snoke’s Praetorian for a few reasons. The lacked uniformity, which made far easier to hunt them. They also had no way of concealing weapons. With out the first 2 trilogies robes, you knew exactly what you were facing, in terms of fire power, other ordinance, communications or networking equipment. In and of themselves that took away a major tactical and psychological warfare advantage. As was the case with most of the movie, their military tactics were ridiculous. I would have they would have hired a a well trained an seasoned military consultant prior to looking so inept. While Snoke was Speaking, his Praetorian were in 2 lines, maybe a meter to each side and the closest being possibly 2 meters from Snoke. Anyone, and I do mean anyone, with Academy Training would tell you, positioned in that manner, they might as well not be there at all. Cinematically it was spectacular wide shot composition, with beautiful stark contrasts in colors. As basic military tactical squad or protection detail, it could not possibly have been set up more poorly. There is no way, in that formation, those Praetorian could do much to put their bodies between Snoke and any attackers. Once you cannot accomplish that, you are just furniture. I did love the red, but that’s my favorite color and I still have my Imperial Guard piggyback from when I was a kid. While I know the Star Wars Galaxy is far more advanced than our own, Snoke’s Praetorian’s armor look cheep. It looked, moved and I’m pretty sure sounded like plastic. I might have gone with a derivation of Deathtrooper armor in red, but that’s me.

  • Devin Connolly
    Devin Connolly 11 months ago


  • Jack Wrout
    Jack Wrout 11 months ago

    They are the Jedi that Kyle ren took with him when he burnt down Luke’s Jedi temple

  • bob dole
    bob dole 11 months ago

    and the fight scene sucked and was clumsy and stupid, as is all of Disney creations of what they think the star wars universe is.. sold ur soul to the devil LUCAS

  • connor carrera
    connor carrera 11 months ago

    i saw the movie but it may have slipped by me on who rays parents are

  • suspects2097
    suspects2097 11 months ago

    All I know they sucked in fighting and are all dead

  • Elvar Snær Ágústsson
    Elvar Snær Ágústsson 11 months ago


  • Grayson Henry
    Grayson Henry 11 months ago

    Can't wait to see what atrocity of a Lightsaber Jar Jar Abrams comes up with for Rey. Anakin's is broken....maybe he'll create an Axe for her? Maybe a Lightsaber spear?

  • Alex//WatchMeJuke
    Alex//WatchMeJuke 11 months ago

    Easily my favourite characters in the film. Super sad they had to lose against Kylo and Reys plot armor...

  • James Miller
    James Miller 11 months ago

    who are the other two clocked figures in Snok's room? Are they night sisters?

  • Captain Phasma
    Captain Phasma 11 months ago

    What happened to Dr. Evazan and Ponda Baba after the encounter with Obi-Wan Kenobi's in Tatooine?

  • Bobby Lean
    Bobby Lean 11 months ago

    Considering they set up awesome reveals then just threw them all into the garbage in the Last Jedi I'm gonna go with it's probably the lamest thing we can think of.

  • morbidchid
    morbidchid 11 months ago

    The Praetorian Guard were obviously the Knights of Ren.