When we think of weapons in Star Wars the first thing that usually comes to mind is a lightsaber, with The Deathstar being a close second.Â Today we’re going to take a look at a few weapons that (although not as cool as a LS) really pulled their weight.
DL-44 Heavy Blaster Pistol
The DL-44 Heavy Blaster pistol is a weapon that has featured very heavily in the Star Wars universe. It is one of the first weapons that we associate with a character, Han Solo. In fact, it was the weapon that killed Greedo. It is well-known in the Star Wars universe that this beast had the ability to penetrate stormtrooper armor. Han Solo also famously removed the sight from the top of the barrel so that he could perform his characteristic quick draw.Â Other famous characters that have used the blaster pistol in the EU include Mara Jade Skywalker, Jaden Korr and Rosh Penin.
The force pike is a weapon that we see briefly in the films themselves, being wielded, most notably by the Imperial Guard, Senate Guards and the Emperorâ€™s Royal Guard. The force pike is a weapon that consists of a vibro-blade head, and a stun sheath. This stun sheath works like a stun blast from a blaster rifle, and the vibro-tip like a vibroblade was able to easily dismember beings with a single touch, when set on maximum. These weapons, which were very prevalent throughout history, were used by pirates and other agencies due to their ability to cut through bulkheads and airlocks, and also their ability to be used in small hallways, making them invaluable in boarding actions.Â Another invaluable asset of the force pike is its ability to withstand contact with a lightsaber.
Ssi-ruuvi Ion Paddle Beamer
The Ssi-ruuvi ion paddle beamer is a weapon that we never see in the films themselves, and which first appears in the novel â€˜Truce at Bakuraâ€™. Used by the Ssi-ruuk, this weapon is not a killing tool. The Ssi-ruuk powered their technology through â€˜entechmentâ€™. Basically, this was harvesting a persons life energy and storing it in batteries to power their weapons. Because the victims had to be alive for this process, the Ssi-ruuk weapons were used to capture, not kill. The paddle beamer shoots beams that could not be deflected by a lightsaber, without calibration to the blade. Once the blade was calibrated, the beams could be bent away from the lightsaberâ€™s wielder, but conventional blaster bolts couldn’t be. Â This weapon was used by the Ssi-ruuk in the initial attack on Bakura, and in the second attempt by the Ssi-ruuk during the Yuuzhan Vong war, however, because the technology hadn’t advanced as much as conventional tech.
Stoklhi Spray Stick
The Stoklhi Spray Stick, a weapon developed by the Stokhli, from planet Manress, is another non-lethal weapon. Developed primarily for hunting, this weapon had the power to take out powerful animals such as gundarks (large ape-like creatures). The Stoklhi Spray Stick works by expelling a large net up to 200 meters away, to entrap the target and then send shocking energy through the net, which then knocked the affected creature unconscious. This net could be up to 800 meters wide, and very heavy. However, this net isnâ€™t a conventional net. The net is made out of foam which rapidly solidified into a net with the ability to withstand lightsaberâ€™s to a degree, due to the fact that the foam doesnâ€™t properly solidify until it touches the target.
The Wookie Bowcaster is another weapon that appears in the films, although we donâ€™t find out much about it in the original trilogy. The Revenge of the Sith, however, features the weapon heavily in the Battle of Kashyyk. This weapon is essentially a crossbow, which fires explosive metallic quarrels, at high speeds. However, these quarrels are then wrapped in a magnetic field which launches the bolt forwards at breakneck speeds, essentially a rail-gun. The bowcaster is a primary Wookie weapon for two reasons: it was developed by the Wookies, and phenomenal strength is needed to cock the bowcaster. However, some other beings are able to wield a bowcaster, such as Trandoshans and some Jedi. Notably, Jaden Korr, Reven and the Jedi Exile were all able to wield these powerful weapons.