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"Long ago in forgotten times, when the Sith and Jedi fought for control of the galaxy, weapons there were, of unimaginable power."
Starkiller firing

The Starkiller superweapon firing its planet-shattering beam.

Superweapon (also spelled super-weapon)[1] and megaweapon[2] were terms used to describe a weapon of extremely devastating power, possibly enough to destroy a planet.[3]


Superweapons were used in ancient wars between the Jedi and the Sith. These weapons were powered by Kyber crystals.[4] One such weapon existed on the Sith planet Malachor, the site of an ancient battle.[5] The Sith Lord Momin constructed a weapon with the ability to destroy an entire city. He used this weapon to destroy a city before he and his acolytes were defeated by the Jedi.[6]

Clone WarsEdit

The Subjugator-class heavy cruiser Malevolence used by the Confederacy of Independent Systems during the Clone Wars was considered to be a superweapon,[7] as was the electro-proton bomb developed by Sionver Boll.[source?]

Age of the EmpireEdit

The first[3] and second Death Star built by the Galactic Empire were superweapons,[8] employing a powerful superlaser weapon that was powered by massive kyber crystals.[9] Admiral Conan Antonio Motti loved technology that created devastating superweapons.[10] The Arc Pulse Generator, invented by former Imperial Sabine Wren was also classified as a superweapon.[11] The Empire was believed to have created many types of superweapons. The Onager-class Star Destroyer, was a type of capital ship that utilized a kyber crystal superweapon. The Mass Shadow Generator, which was rumored to exist in realspace and hyperspace, was a rumored Imperial superweapon project. The Torpedo Sphere was a siege platform and space station. The Omega Frost was a rumored interstellar freeze ray and the Electro-Proton Bomb/Defoliator was based off the Electro-proton bomb and Defoliator from the Clone Wars.[12]

Rise of the First OrderEdit

Approximately thirty years after the destruction of the second Death Star, the primary base of the First OrderStarkiller Base—harbored a superweapon built into the planet's crust that was capable of destroying entire star systems, as demonstrated during the Hosnian Cataclysm. The weapon was powered by drawing on the energy of a star, which eventually led to the planet's collapse during an attack by the Resistance on Starkiller's thermal oscillator.[13][14]

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Behind the scenesEdit

Earlier versions of the 2015 film Star Wars: Episode VII The Force Awakens had the Resistance developing a superweapon known as the War-Hammer. In those versions, the War-Hammer would've been several times the size of a Star Destroyer and had the form of a massive ship with a huge front that could penetrate any shield and was able to deploy ships through it.[15]


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