The IQA-11 Blaster Rifle was a model of sniper rifle with a sleek and inexpensive design that made it a weapon of choice for mercenaries and bounty hunters who sought reliability over longer ranges. The rifle could receive modifications, such as an extended barrel and a dual zoom scope. During the Clone Wars, the bounty hunter Rumi Paramita used an IQA-11 while defending Felucian farmers from the Ohnaka Gang. A Mon Calamari also utilized the weapon during the Imperial Era.
Description[edit | edit source]
The IQA-11 Blaster Rifle was a model of sniper rifle that fired blue blaster bolts over long ranges. It was dark-green in color and featured a long barrel and a scope for magnification. Along with a trigger guard, the IQA-11 had cooling vents that were housed around the barrel. The sniper rifle could also be modified with a dual zoom scope to toggle between magnification levels, an extended barrel for increased projectile speed, and a power cell attached to the side of the weapon for more efficient weapon cooling.
History[edit | edit source]
Due to the IQA-11's sleek and inexpensive design, it became the weapon of choice of bounty hunters and mercenaries who sought reliability over longer ranges. During the Clone Wars, the Frenk bounty hunter Rumi Paramita was equipped with an IQA-11. While on the planet Felucia in 21 BBY, Paramita used her rifle to hold the Jedi Padawan Ahsoka Tano at gunpoint at the Felucian village of Akira. She later used it to defend the Felucian farmers in the village against Ohnaka Gang pirates, before she was ultimately killed by a blast from a WLO-5 battle tank.
Behind the scenes[edit | edit source]
The IQA-11 Blaster Rifle first appeared in "Bounty Hunters," the seventeenth episode in Season Two of the animated television series Star Wars: The Clone Wars, which aired on April 2, 2010. It was identified by name in the new Star Wars canon on the eponymous card of Awakenings, a booster pack for the Star Wars: Destiny card game released by Fantasy Flight Games in 2016. The name originated in the Star Wars Legends continuity, where it was identified in Star Wars: The Clone Wars Character Encyclopedia, a 2010 visual guide authored by Jason Fry. Concept art of the weapon was drawn by David Le Merrer.
In the 2017 video game Star Wars Battlefront II, the IQA-11 is unlockable after defeating fifty enemies as the Specialist class, and it is available to all factions. The IQA-11's modifications consisted of a dual zoom scope, an extended barrel to increase projectile speed, and a power cell to reduce cooldown. The player can only equip two of these attachments simultaneously. Artist Sebastian Kim designed the weapon and its modifications for the game.
Appearances[edit | edit source]
Sources[edit | edit source]
- Forged in Battle (Picture only)
- Star Wars: Destiny – Awakenings (Card: ) (First identified as IQA-11 Blaster Rifle)
- Star Wars: Legion – Rebel Pathfinders Unit Expansion (Card: ) (Picture only) (Reissued in Imperial Death Troopers Unit Expansion, Rebel Veterans Unit Expansion, Imperial Shoretroopers Unit Expansion, Upgrade Card Pack, Phase II Clone Troopers Unit Expansion, Cassian Andor and K-2SO Commander Expansion, and Iden Versio and ID10 Commander Expansion)
- Star Wars: Outer Rim
- (Picture only)
- (Picture only)
Notes and references[edit | edit source]
- Star Wars Battlefront II
- Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Bounty Hunters"
- Star Wars: Destiny – Awakenings (Card: )
- Star Wars: Galactic Atlas dates the events of the Star Wars: The Clone Wars episodes "Children of the Force" and "The Zillo Beast Strikes Back" to 21 BBY. Since places "Bounty Hunters" between those two episodes, its events must also take place in 21 BBY.
- Collapse of the Republic
- Star Wars: Legion – Rebel Pathfinders Unit Expansion (Card: )
- Star Wars: The Clone Wars Character Encyclopedia
- (Slide 9)