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The lightsaber rifle was a type of rifle designed to work in conjunction with a standard lightsaber. During the first year of the Galactic Empire's reign, Jocasta Nu wielded one such rifle against Darth Vader.

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Jocasta Nu firing a lightsaber rifle at Darth Vader.

Once a lightsaber was properly loaded into an open slot on top of the rifle, a lightsaber rifle could produce an overwhelmingly powerful and destructive beam of energy. One such rifle was kept secure in the Jedi Archives.[1] The weapon could fire at least five shots before the lightsaber being used as fuel melted beyond usage, at which point the empty rifle began to smoke. It can also be activated to self-destruct with enough force to break open a large hole in the Jedi Temple wall.[2]

History[edit | edit source]

Returning to the Jedi Temple after its fall during the Great Jedi Purge, Jocasta Nu used the Archives' rifle in conjunction with her lightsaber when she confronted Darth Vader[1] in 19 BBY.[source?] However, the weapon ran out of ammunition, and despite her attempt to use it as an explosive with telekinesis, Vader's own telekinetic power redirected it, detonating a large portion of the Jedi Temple wall instead.[2]

Years later, Ben Solo, Lor San Tekka and Luke Skywalker found a rifle of this type in a Jedi outpost on Elphrona.[3]

Behind the scenes[edit | edit source]

The rifle first appeared in Darth Vader: Dark Lord of the Sith 9, a canon comic written by Charles Soule, pencilled by Giuseppe Camuncoli, and released in 2017.[1]

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Lightsabers
Combat:
Duel · Form Zero · Jar'Kai · Whirlwind of Destiny
Forms:
I (Shii-Cho) · II (Makashi) · III (Soresu) · IV (Ataru) · V (Shien/Djem So) · VI (Niman) · VII (Juyo/Vaapad)
Techniques
Cho mai · Cho sun · Dulon · High block · High strike · Low block · Low strike · Middle strike · Mou kei · Ready position · Sai cha · Sai tok · Shiim · Sun djem · Velocities
Variations:
Broadsaber · Cane lightsaber · Contained energy axe · Crossguard lightsaber · Curved-hilt lightsaber · Darksaber · Double-bladed lightsaber (Double-bladed spinning lightsaber · Hinged double-bladed lightsaber · Split saber) · Dual-phase lightsaber · Great lightsaber · Guard shoto · Lightfoil · Lightwhip · Lightsaber-blaster hybrid · Lightsaber pike · Lightsaber rifle · Proto-saber · Shoto lightsaber · Sickle-bladed lightsaber · Sith lightsaber · Training lightsaber
Lightsaber-resistant materials:
Armorweave · Beskar · Cortosis · Phrik · Zillo Beast
Technology:
Blade emitter · Diatium power cell · Emitter matrix · Kyber crystal · Lightsaber hilt · Pommel cap · Stabilizing ring
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