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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.


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]


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.[3] 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.[4]

Behind the scenes[]

The rifle first appeared in Darth Vader (2017) 9, a canon comic written by Charles Soule, pencilled by Giuseppe Camuncoli, and released in 2017.[1]



Notes and references[]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 Darth Vader (2017) 9
  2. 2.0 2.1 Darth Vader (2017) 10
  3. Star Wars: Galactic Atlas places the events of Star Wars: Episode III Revenge of the Sith in 19 BBY. As Darth Vader (2017) 7 takes places shortly after events of the film, it must therefore take place around 19 BBY.
  4. The Rise of Kylo Ren 2
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