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"You wanna buy some death sticks?"
"You don't want to sell me death sticks."
"I don't wanna sell you death sticks."
"You want to go home and rethink your life."
"I wanna go home and rethink my life."
Elan Sel'Sabagno and Obi-Wan Kenobi[1]

Death sticks inside a clear case

A death stick was a highly addictive illicit substance readily found in the underworld of Coruscant and other locales across the galaxy. Delivered inside luminescent sticks, they were a favorite among desperate addicts and thrill-seekers.[2] Death sticks were created from distilled and refined ixetal cilona, made from the balo mushrooms found on the planet Balosar.[3]


Death sticks where used as early as[4] around 230 BBY,[5] during the High Republic Era, when Ovarto Bitolo-Bash smoked a death stick, even though he wasn't supposed to smoke on the job.[4]

Rael Averross, despite being a Jedi, sometimes used death sticks.[6]

While on the planet Coruscant ten years after the Invasion of Naboo, and attempting to track down Zam Wesell, an assassin that had targeted the Senator Padmé Amidala, the Jedi Knight Obi-Wan Kenobi entered the Outlander Club in Coruscant's Uscru Entertainment District. Inside, he was approached by Elan Sel'Sabagno, who attempted to sell him death sticks. Kenobi, however, used a Jedi mind trick both to convince him that he did not want to sell him death sticks and that he wanted to go home and rethink his life.[1]

Behind the scenes[]

Though the death sticks are illicit substances, the Databank entry of Elan Sleazebaggano lists death sticks as a weapon.[7]


Non-canon appearances[]


Notes and references[]

  1. 1.0 1.1 Star Wars: Episode II Attack of the Clones
  2. StarWars-DatabankII.png Death Sticks in the Databank (backup link)
  3. Cyphers and Masks
  4. 4.0 4.1 The High Republic: Midnight Horizon
  5. The Star Wars Book dates the launch of the Starlight Beacon, which is depicted as part of the events of The High Republic: Light of the Jedi, to 232 years before the events of Star Wars: Episode IV A New Hope, which corresponds to 232 BBY according to Star Wars: Galactic Atlas. In The High Republic: A Test of Courage, which takes place concurrently to Light of the Jedi, Vernestra Rwoh is sixteen years old. In The High Republic: Mission to Disaster, Vernestra states that she is almost eighteen years old, indicating that Mission to Disaster is set about two years later, around 230 BBY. As The High Republic: The Fallen Star takes place not long after Mission to Disaster, it must also take place around 230 BBY. The High Republic: Midnight Horizon takes place shortly before and concurrently to The Fallen Star. Therefore, it must take place in approximately 230 BBY.
  6. Master & Apprentice
  7. StarWars-DatabankII.png Elan Sleazebaggano in the Databank (backup link)