Hello everyone and welcome to the Sarlacc Pit! I want to apologize for going silent for the past two weeks, but field season is in full swing, and my job as a marine biologist has kept me busy. But I am back to drop some more Star Wars knowledge on you. This week, I am going to talk about five lesser-known weapons in the Star Wars galaxy. This list will not include lightsabers (which I believe I have gone over in-depth in this earlier post) or blasters (because those could take an entire post by themselves). Instead, I will focus on a handful of lesser-known weapons found in the comics, novels, and shows. This post may have some spoilers, so read at your own risk!
Vibroweapons were a type of bladed weapon with an attached compacted generator that caused vibrations along the cutting edge. This helped the weapon cut through things with greater ease. There was a wide range of these weapons, including vibro-axes (pictured above) vibroswords, vibroknives, and vibroknuckles (picture brass knuckles with a big blade attached to it). These weapons were much deadlier than normal bladed weapons, and favored among criminals.
Force pikes were a staff-like weapon with a vibro-edged head. These weapons also had a stun setting capable of causing a lot of pain. Furthermore, these weapons had a setting that could use magnetic fields to lift objects or people, and hold them in place. They are most notable for being the preferred weapon of the Emperor’s Royal Guard.
Slugthrowers were ranged weapons that fired a solid projectile (they were essentially just normal guns). These could also come in a variety of weapons such as cycler rifles (pictured above) or scatter-guns (shotgun). The bounty hunter Aurra Sing used a slugthrower rifle and they were often used by Tusken Raiders as well. Slugthrowers had a couple of advantages over blasters as they did not need an energy source (making them unaffected by EMP’s and easy to use for those who were often outside of normal society), and could not be deflected by lightsabers, as the slug would simply melt.
The energy bow was a handcrafted bow, which had its string and arrows made of a type of plasma that emitted a bright pink glow. These weapons were utilized exclusively by the Dathomiran Nightsisters to kill targets designated by Mother Talzin.
Hidden in the archives of the Jedi Order were a large number of artifacts. One of these was by far the coolest weapon featured in a Star Wars comic so far: the lightsaber rifle. This was a rifle which had a port allowing for the insertion of a Jedi’s lightsaber. The rifle would then shoot beams as strong as a lightsaber’s blade. This was essentially handheld Death Star tech, and could cause massive damage. The trade-off, however, was that eventually the lightsaber’s energy would be used up, completely melting the lightsaber down.
These are just a selection of some of the strange weapons found in the Star Wars universe. While weapons like blasters and lightsabers are more commonly featured, there are a lot more weapons out there as well. These are just a few that I think are either the most unique, or most interesting, but there are still more out there.
As for next week, I think it is time to check back in with the Darth Vader comic series! Over the past few months, a new Vader series has been running that looks into what Vader was up to between “Revenge of the Sith” and “A New Hope.” Next week, I will discuss some of these activities in a post called “Darth Vader: Origins of Shadiness.” Until then, thanks for reading, and may the Force be with you!