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"This is an electrostaff, Nobody's Padawan. A useful tool—and one designed to kill Jedi."
―Sarco Plank, to Luke Skywalker[8]

An electrostaff was a staff-like melee weapon manufactured by Baktoid Armor Workshop and Holowan Mechanicals. They were used by the Confederacy of Independent Systems' IG-100 MagnaGuard[2] and by the Galactic Republic clone shock troopers during the Clone Wars,[4] and by Imperial Purge, riot, and Heavy Troopers leading up to and during the Galactic Civil War.


"Do you know how to use this?"
―Han Solo to Chewbacca, on a Pyke Sentinel electrostaff[9]

IG-100 MagnaGuards wielding electrostaffs.

Electrostaffs were designed for single combat against lightsaber-wielders such as Jedi, and had the ability to block lightsaber strikes.[2] Each end of the staff was tipped with purple[3] or yellow[10] electricity, and was powerful enough to stop a being's heart after five seconds of contact.[8]

The electrostaff possessed a long, metallic hilt and transparent "ends," while the modified version had a longer, black hilt and metallic ends.


One of the Emperor's Royal Guards wielding an electrostaff

During the Clone Wars, Separatist Count Dooku and General Grievous's bodyguards, the IG-100 MagnaGuards, used electrostaffs when they fought against the Jedi. The MagnaGuards were able to use them with deadly effects such as when they captured Jedi Council member Eeth Koth and tortured him.[11] During the mission on Tatooine while in a fight with three MagnaGuards, Ahsoka Tano, after charging one of the two remaining droids, which knocks it to ground and taking its electrostaff, rammed the weapon through the other droid's power core before quickly bisecting its head and torso with her lightsaber.[2] Later, after defeating one MagnaGuard after taking its electrostaff, Obi-Wan Kenobi temporarily used it to duel Grievous, but he destroyed it, leaving Obi-Wan with only his lightsaber.[11]

Droid mercenary AD-W4 utilized an electrostaff in his duels with Mace Windu.[12]

Grievous used one whilst fighting Obi-Wan Kenobi on his TSMEU-6 personal wheel bike on Utapau during the late stages of the war. He later attempted to kill Kenobi with it, whilst he was hanging on a platform over a Pau Sinkhole, but failed as Kenobi shot him in the torso, instantly killing the Kaleesh Cyborg.[3]

The scavenger Sarco Plank wielded an electrostaff during the Galactic Civil War, and fought Luke Skywalker with it on Devaron while the young Jedi was exploring the Temple of Eedit. Plank proved almost a match for the Jedi-in-training, coming close to killing Skywalker several times. Skywalker destroyed Plank's control box, however, and sent him and his electrostaff hurtling into a pit leading to the temple's underlevels.[8]


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