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21st CenturyEdit

In the early 21st Century, the RDA is formed in Silicon Valley, California. [1]
Sometime prior to 2048, the Bengal Tiger goes extinct. [2]


By the middle of the century, the first combat exoskeletons are used. [3]
The RDA proposes a worldwide mass transit system.
The late 21st century is blighted by numerous conflicts. These were often short, bloody clashes against rogue governments and terrorist factions. Karl Falco is in active service during these conflicts. [4]

22nd CenturyEdit

Sometime in the first half of the century, Quaritch is involved in a conflict in Nigeria.


Birth of Dr. Grace Augustine.


Latest possible date of Able Ryder's birth.[5]




August 24: Births of Jake and Tom Sully.


By this year, Earth has undergone significant deforestation coupled with the almost total extinction of wildlife on land and in the oceans.
Pandora is discovered by human astronomers.[citation needed]
The SecOps are founded. [6]



Latest possible date Able Ryder joins the army.[5]


Events of James Cameron's Avatar: The Game (iOS/Android). Note: the canon of this game is disputed. [7]
Death of Ryan Lorenz.


Birth of Neytiri.


Latest possible date Able Ryder excels at Signals and Decoding.[5]


Dr. Grace Augustine arrives on Pandora. [8]


Sometime early in the decade, an accident during tectonic subduction exercises in a deep-sea trench induces a tremendous tsunami that engulfs a large section of the Pacific coast. By that time, Able Ryder is 27 or older.[9]

Sometime between 2143 and 2148[10], a huge intra-continental war rocks the Earth. Jake Sully is deployed into active service in Venezuela with the marines and is paralyzed by a spinal injury.


Latest possible date Able Ryder joins the RDA.[5]


Dr. René Harper begins his mission on Pandora as a xenolinguist.
The Old School House was founded. [11]


Tom Sully begins his training for the Avatar Program. [12]


Dr. Anson Langley arrives on Pandora, working for the Avatar Program.


Dr. Victor Monroe arrives on Pandora, and begins research on the biogenetic uses of unobtanium.
Xenobiologist Dr. Jerome Epstein arrives on Pandora.
Commander Fulson arrives on Pandora, working for the Security Operations in the Grave's Bog sector.
The RDA sets up a base in the Hanging Gardens, but it is quickly abandoned because of the constant growth of vegetation within the compound.
Able Ryder leaves for Pandora.


Summer: Tom Sully is mugged and killed.
The Beijing Zoo successfully clones a few Bengal Tiger cubs, bringing them back from extinction.[13]


July 7: Jake Sully picks a fight in a bar and is thrown out; RDA agents approach him and inform him about the Avatar Program.
Tom Sully is cremated.
July 28: Jake Sully and some marines leave Earth on ISV Venture Star for Pandora.


January 9: Colonel Ardmore is interviewed about his experiences with the Scorpion Gunship.[14]


The events of the main series all take place in this decade, including the Pandoran War. The events of the NDS game take place some time between 2129 and 2152.[15]


The Na'vi children in the old school house are attacked. Grace manages to save most of them, but Sylwanin is killed.
The events of James Cameron's Avatar: The Game occur.
Able Ryder (avatar driver and Signal Specialist) arrives on Pandora with other marines and workers.
Lungoray is killed.
Dr. René Harper joins with the Na'vi along with two other avatar drivers (and Able Ryder if he sides with the Na'vi).
Dr. René Harper is killed (in both Na'vi and RDA storylines).
Willow Island is bombed and destroyed.
Commander Falco goes rogue and is killed (in both Na'vi and RDA storylines).


The events of Avatar occur.


May 19: Jake Sully and Norm Spellman (along with other personnel) arrive on Pandora and meet Grace; they are shown their avatar bodies for the first time and Jake records his first video log.
May 20: At 8:00 Jake and Norm Spellman take their avatars out for the first time.
May 21/22: At 9:00 Trudy Chacon takes Grace, Jake, Norm and Lyle Wainfleet into Pandora's forests; Jake is chased by a thanator, he meets Neytiri who takes him to the Omaticaya clan.
May 22: Jake is told his mission: to remove the Omaticaya from their Hometree.
Jake is trained to ride a direhorse; he tries with Pale.
May ?: In an evening, Dr. Max Patel sees Jake describing the Hometree to the marines. Presumably, he notifies Grace, who decides to move away from the base.
May ?: On the next day, Trudy takes Grace, Jake, Norm and their avatars to the Hallelujah Mountains.
May 30: 21:32 Jake records his twelfth video log at Site 26.


June 29: Jake records his 42nd video log at Site 26, around a month after the team arrived there.
June or August ?: Jake persuades Mo'at to let Grace visit the village again.


August ?: Jake kills a hexapede and becomes a taronyu (hunter).
August ?: Jake tames a banshee and becomes an Ikran Makto.
August ?: Neytiri takes Jake to the Tree of Souls.
August 13: Jake is threatened by a great leonopteryx. That night, Neytiri tells him about her grandfather's grandfather who was the fifth Toruk Makto.
At 23:00, Jake starts showing doubts about who he is on his video log number 87.
August ?: Jake returns to the base and reports to Colonel Quaritch.
August 18: Jake is accepted as one of The People, Jake and Neytiri mate at the Tree of Voices.
August 19: RDA Bulldozers level the Tree of Voices. After Jake damaged the cameras of one bulldozer, Quaritch leaves for Site 26 to take them back to the base. Jake, Grace and Norm are confined to Hell's Gate.
The Omaticaya take revenge, attacking the bulldozers and escorts that destroyed the Tree of Voices.
August 20:
RDA SecOps forces find the wreckages of the bulldozers, Parker Selfridge orders Hometree to be destroyed.
Destruction of The Hometree, Eytukan dies and Tsu'tey succeeds him as clan leader.
Jake, Norm and Grace are put into custody, but at night, Trudy and Max help them escape. Grace is hit by Quaritch's shots; they all board Trudy's Samson 16 and leave.
The rebels take a link shack from Site 26 to the Tree of Souls.
August 21: At dawn, the Omaticaya arrive at the Tree of Souls. The link shack lands somewhere nearby.
Jake tames a great leonopteryx and, as Toruk Makto, finds the Omaticaya at the Tree of Souls.
At night, Grace succumbs to her wounds and dies.
August 22: Jake and Neytiri gather all the Na'vi clans (including Omaticaya, Horse clan and Ikran clan).
Max tells Jake that the base is mobilized for a preemptive attack.
August 23: At 6:00 the Assault on the Tree of Souls begins. Trudy, Tsu'tey and Quaritch die in battle. The Na'vi prevail.
August 24: Jake makes his last log entry. His consciousness is permanently transferred to his avatar.


  1. James Cameron's Avatar: An Activist Survival Guide, page XV
  2. News presenter in 2148 says "The Bengal Tiger, extinct for over a century, is making a comeback." Heard in Jake's room in the Earth intro
  3. James Cameron's Avatar: An Activist Survival Guide pg. 11
  4. James Cameron's Avatar: The Game
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 5.3 Calculated by the fact that, by the time of the tsunami accident, he has been a soldier for around 9 years, joined at the age of 18.
  6. propaganda poster celebrating 25 years
  7. the exact placement in the timeline is dubious, due to the time it would have taken to travel from and to Pandora at least once.
  8. pg. 11
  9. Pandorapedia article for Able Ryder.
  10. Jake Sully was in active service in the war, meaning he had to be over 17. He left the planet in 2148.
  11. René Harper only arrived in 2142, and for Grace to have "put ten years" into it, it must have been founded ten years before the massacre in 2152.
  12. Grace stated that he trained for three years.
  13. mentioned on Jake's TV in the extended edition of the film.
  15. It must have taken place after the Humans discovered Pandora in 2129. Lungoray appeared in the game, and he died in 2152.

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