The lightsaber pike, also known as the lightsaber lance, was a unique weapon that resembled a primitive halberd or spear in many aspects. As staff weapons, they were typically considered the domain of exotic weapon specialists among the Jedi. They were notably used by all Jedi Temple Guards during the Clone Wars.
There were two different forms of lightsaber pike, with the first being much like a spear, glaive, or other, similar polearms. Its long handle was made of a lightsaber-resistant material; phrik alloy being a prime choice. At the end of the handle was a lightsaber blade that was shorter and thicker than a normal one. The blade could be activated by a switch further down the weapon's shaft. Including the blade, the weapon was almost as long as the wielder's body and could keep enemies at a distance, giving the advantage of a longer reach. A similar weapon was the cortosis staff used by the Morgukai.
The second type of lightsaber pike sported another blade at the other end and to all appearances seemed identical in both form and function to a double-bladed lightsaber, with which it shared a "nearly identical" combat style. The most prominent examples of this model were used by the Jedi Temple Guards, which had yellow blades that appeared relatively shorter than the ones found on a double-bladed lightsaber.
In the time of the Old Republic, both the Sith Empire and the Republic was overwhelmed by the sudden reveal of the empire of Zakuul. Among the forces from Zakuul were the famed Knights of Zakuul who had sworn to guard the Emperor of the Eternal Throne and his family. The knights were Force-sensitive and used a wide range of lightsaber weapons. Among them was the lightsaber pike, which could be used along with a blaster bolt reflective shield.
The Jedi Kazdan Paratus wielded a lightsaber pike, taking the weapon into exile with him on Raxus Prime, during the Great Jedi Purge. He ultimately wielded it against Darth Vader's apprentice, Galen Marek, and the weapon was destroyed in the ensuing melee.
Lightsaber pikes were also the favored weapons of the Emperor's Shadow Guard, elite guards with minor knowledge of the Force and lightsaber-wielding skills. Starkiller fought several of these elite guards, once on Bespin as he attempted to rescue the Jedi Rahm Kota, and also on Raxus Prime when he returned to destroy an Imperial Star Destroyer shipyard so as to eliminate a source of fear and gain the confidence of others. Saber Pikes also saw occasional use by the Emperor's Royal Guard and the Imperial Senate Guard.
Behind the scenesEdit
The lightsaber pike first appeared in The Force Unleashed, a novel written by Sean Williams that was released on August 19, 2008 as part of the Star Wars: The Force Unleashed multimedia project.
It is unknown why the weapons used by the Temple Guards are called "pikes" since they are all but identical to a double-bladed lightsaber in both form and function, and the name had previously been used to refer to an actual polearm.
Sith lightsaber pikeEdit
A single-bladed lightsaber pike dubbed the "Sith lightsaber pike" was designed for use by Darth Bane in "Sacrifice," the thirteenth episode of the animated series Star Wars: The Clone Wars' sixth and final season, though it didn't appear in the episode's final cut.
- Star Wars: The Old Republic: Knights of the Fallen Empire
- Star Wars: The Old Republic: Knights of the Eternal Throne
- Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "The Wrong Jedi"
- Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Voices"
- The Force Unleashed novel (First appearance)
- Star Wars: The Force Unleashed game
- Star Wars: The Force Unleashed comic (Appears in flashback(s))
- Star Wars: The Force Unleashed II
- The Force Unleashed Campaign Guide
- Jedi Academy Training Manual
- The Jedi Path: A Manual for Students of the Force
- Star Wars: The Card Game – Core Set (Card: Dark Side Apprentice) (Picture only)
- Star Wars: The Card Game – Lure of the Dark Side (Card: Imperial Shadow Guard) (Picture only)
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Notes and referencesEdit
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 Jedi Academy Training Manual
- ↑ 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "The Wrong Jedi"
- ↑ 3.0 3.1 Star Wars: The Force Unleashed
- ↑ 4.0 4.1 4.2 The Force Unleashed novelization
- ↑ 5.0 5.1 The Jedi Path: A Manual for Students of the Force
- ↑ The Force Unleashed novel
- ↑ Star Wars: The Force Unleashed multimedia project
- ↑ Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Sacrifice"