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"You need a blaster with enough punch."
―Padmé Amidala, on her ELG-3A[6]

The ELG-3A blaster pistol, also known as the Naboo royal pistol[1] or the royal blaster pistol[7] was a model of diplomatic[3] hold-out blaster pistol manufactured by Merr-Sonn Munitions, Inc., and also attributed to SoroSuub Corporation. The Queen of Naboo, Padmé Amidala, used an ELG-3A blaster pistol during the Battle of Naboo, as did several of her Handmaidens. At least two of these blasters, with shortened barrels, were kept in a secret compartment of the Queen's throne in the Theed Royal Palace, which came in useful as last resort weapons.


Padmé Amidala firing her ELG-3A.

The ELG-3A was a lightweight, elegant, and functional hold-out blaster pistol designed for practical use and easy concealment.[1] It was a small, sleek weapon with a polished chrome finish and a wooden grip,[4] and fired green or blue bolts, as well as a stun setting.[source?] The slim blaster was fired using a snap trigger, which required a firm squeeze to prevent misfires.[1]


The ELG-3A became practically a standard accessory for diplomats and nobles in need of a personal sidearm. Padmé Amidala and her Naboo Royal Handmaidens carried these blasters,[1] and utilized the weapons during the Battle of Naboo.[4] Despite its small size, the ELG-3A packed a punch, and was able to destroy a BX-series droid commando with one shot to the head despite the droid's heavy armor.[source?]

As Senator of Naboo, Amidala carried this blaster during the period leading up to and during the Clone Wars. Amidala wielded an ELG-3A during missions to Rodia,[8] Naboo,[9] the Coruscant Underworld[10] and when she was under threat of assassination on Alderaan, getting the jump on bounty hunter Aurra Sing and stunning her with a single shot.[11]

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Ultimate Star Wars cites the weapon's manufacturer as Merr-Sonn Munitions, Inc., although also credits it as a SoroSuub ELG-3A. In Legends material, the blaster was a SoroSuub spin-off of a Merr-Sonn product, although no such explanation has appeared in canon so far.



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