The CJ-9 electrified bo-rifle, also known simply as the CJ-9 bo-rifle, was a model of bo-rifle, a unique combination of an electrostaff and a blaster rifle. Alongside its decent blaster fire output, the CJ-9 was capable of delivering lethal melee strikes when its shaft was extended to form an electrified staff. As the traditional weapon of the Lasan High Honor Guard, the bo-rifle was renowned as a weapon owned solely by the one who bested its wielder in combat.
The CJ-9 electrified bo-rifle, or simply the CJ-9 bo-rifle, was a model of bo-rifle, a unique two-handed weapon design that combined an electrostaff with a blaster rifle. The weapon was capable of discharging red-colored blaster bolts with a reliable fire output. Its signature feature, however, was its forward facing staff that could emit yellow electromagnetic pulses in order to deliver lethal melee strikes to opponents.
Similar in design to the J-19 bo-rifle, which was one of the later and less artfully designed versions of the bo-rifle, the black-colored CJ-9 consisted of a long, rotund shaft with a smaller rifle barrel attached below it that was responsible for discharging blaster bolts. The weapon's shaft contained cooling vents, and it could be extended forward to be transformed into an electrified staff. The rifle also lacked a trigger guard. Unlike the J-19, however, the CJ-9 was fitted with a scope above the shaft instead of a bayonet situated along the top edge.
- "Only the Honor Guard of Lasan may carry a bo-rifle!"
- ―Garazeb Orrelios
The CJ-9 was a model of bo-rifle, a type of weapon manufactured by the Lasan-Malamut Firearms Corporation and traditionally used by the Lasan High Honor Guard, the defense forces who protected the Lasat homeworld of Lasan until the planet's pacification by the Galactic Empire. The bo-rifle was renowned as a weapon that could only be obtained by defeating its wielder, a custom that was known as the Boosahn Keeraw in Lasat culture.
Sometime between 19 BBY and 10 BBY, Masse Goskey, the proprietor of Masse Goskey's Arms Emporium and Explosives Mart in Mos Eisley spaceport on the planet Tatooine, and his associate Ephant Mon bought some weaponry on the moon of Nar Shaddaa, including a CJ-9 electrified bo-rifle that came at a price of 1,100 credits. A complete inventory of the merchandise was recorded in a book that would eventually be known as the Smuggler's Guide. According to Goskey's note in the book, all the weapons they picked up on Nar Shaddaa were illegal in sixty-six sectors, compelling them to sell the arms to crime syndicates such as the Crymorah syndicate and the Black Sun.
At some point, a Lasat male wielded a CJ-9 bo-rifle while facing an aggressive creature. An artist who was compiling a journal of images and stories sketched this scene and it was included in journal when it was restored, expanded, and displayed by the Graf Archive at some point after 34 ABY.
Behind the scenes
The CJ-9 bo-rifle first appeared in a 2016 update for the video game Star Wars Battlefront. The weapon was designed by 3D artist Erik Rading. The 2018 reference book Star Wars: Smuggler's Guide, written by Daniel Wallace, later identified it as CJ-9 electrified bo-rifle.
In Star Wars Battlefront's multiplayer modes, the bo-rifle is a unique weapon, as it can only be unlocked by killing another player wielding one. Originally introduced into the game by game developers who joined multiplayer matches while equipping the CJ-9, the bo-rifle has become a virally propagating weapon since then. Once obtained, the CJ-9 can be used by troopers from all factions, including the Galactic Empire, the Rebel Alliance, and the New Republic.
- Star Wars Battlefront (DLC) (First appearance)
- Star Wars Battlefront Companion
- Star Wars: Alien Archive (Picture only)
- Star Wars: Smuggler's Guide (First identified as CJ-9 electrified bo-rifle)
Notes and references
- Star Wars Battlefront establishes that CJ-9 is a model of bo-rifle, which is exclusively used by the High Honor Guard of the planet Lasan and is manufactured by the Lasan-Malamut Firearms Corporation, according to Star Wars Rebels: The Visual Guide.
- Star Wars Battlefront
- Star Wars: Smuggler's Guide
- Ultimate Star Wars
- Star Wars Rebels: The Visual Guide
- Star Wars Rebels – "The Honorable Ones"
- According to Star Wars: Smuggler's Guide, Masse Goskey and Ephant Mon's weapons purchase took place some time after the formation of the Galactic Empire, which Star Wars: Galactic Atlas dates to 19 BBY. Mon also mentioned Goskey's death in the in-universe Smuggler's Guide, which later came into possession of Dryden Vos, meaning Goskey died before Vos did. Solo: A Star Wars Story The Official Guide places the events of Solo: A Star Wars Story, including Vos's death, in the ninth year after the formation of the Empire; therefore, the weapons purchase must have occurred between 19 BBY and Vos's death in 10 BBY.
- Star Wars: Complete Locations
- Star Wars: Alien Archive
- Star Wars: Alien Archive establishes that the restored in-universe journal discusses Poe Dameron's mutiny against Amilyn Holdo, which is depicted in Star Wars: Episode VIII The Last Jedi. The Star Wars Book places the events of The Last Jedi in the same year as the events of Star Wars: Episode VII The Force Awakens, which Star Wars: Galactic Atlas dates to 34 ABY, meaning the document must have been published after that year.