Star Wars Top 10: Superweapons
Given its very title, the Star Wars galaxy is no stranger to superweapons – after all, the original trilogy basically revolved around two and now Rogue One is set to further explore one of them! But what are the most powerful superweapons ever created? Well, in a top 10 format, let’s find out!
Number 10. The Dark Reaper (Legends)
Created during the Great Hyperspace War of 5000 BBY, the Dark Reaper was a Sith superweapon capable of destroying anything within its range. It done so by harvesting the Force energy of its surroundings, which was then focussed into beams that dealt immense damage to any object. The Reaper was also equipped with dark-side powered turbolasers for an added layer of protection. Despite this, however, the weapon of mass destruction was later broken apart by a Jedi strike team using the teachings of Ulic Qel-Droma.
Number 09. The Galaxy Gun (Legends)
The Galaxy Gun was a 7,250-meter-long tube-shaped space station built by the Galactic Empire in 10 ABY. As well as having a hyperdrive and sublight thrusters, the superweapon could fire large, destructive missiles capable of destroying entire planets. What’s more, the particle disintegrator warheads, as they were known, quickly traversed interstellar distances without detection. Even if alerted to the projectile’s presence, automated defences - such as laser cannon turrets - would activate to deter the enemy forces, while thick armour plating and powerful energy shields worked to deflect even the most advanced weaponry. Upon reaching its target, the warhead would explode to unleash an intense nuclear cloud, which encircled the world’s surface within ten minutes. The aftermath depended on the superweapon’s settings. For example, the highest setting slowly converted all living matter on the planet into energy, while the lowest simply destroyed certain cities and military bases.
Number 08. The Mass Shadow Generator (Legends)
In 3960 BBY, the Mass Shadow Generator was created by Zabrak engineer Bao-Dur, under the orders of Revan. The Jedi Knight hoped to use the weapon as the centrepiece of a trap to conjure a decisive conclusion to the Mandalorian Wars. As a result, after luring the Mandalorians to Malachor V, Bao-Dur activated the Mass Shadow Generator. Both fleets were suddenly drawn from orbit into a vast and devastating gravity vortex. Before long, Malachor V fractured completely, breaking into a cluster of planetoids. In 3951 BBY, however, the planet was destroyed once and for all when the superweapon fired for a second and final time.
Number 07. Centerpoint Station (Legends)
Also known as the World Puller, for good reason, Centerpoint Station was an ancient space station created by the Thuruht hive. It generated huge amounts of nuclear, magnetic and electric energy to power a “hyperspace tractor beam”. Consequently, Centerpoint Station could project the powerful tractor beam through a hyperspace path to grip and move an entire planet, star or moon. Furthermore, the space station could destroy planets and stars by collapsing their core through massive gravitational fluxes.
Number 06. The Desolator (Legends)
The Desolator is one of the greatest Star Wars superweapons, as it combined the technologies of three others – those being the Planet Prison, the Shock Drum, and the Death Mark laser. With this combination, the Desolator operated in three stages. Firstly, it ionized a planet’s atmosphere to trap all life. Secondly, it ignited the planet’s ionised atmosphere, creating a vicious firestorm. And thirdly, the Desolator destabilised the world’s core with a sustained series of intense seismic vibrations. The planet would tear itself apart, as a result.
Number 05. The Death Star (Canon)
The Death Star was labelled as the Empire’s ultimate weapon for a reason. Aside from its numerous docking ports, extremely powerful tractor beam, and legions of turbolaser emplacements, the moon-sized battle station was equipped with a superlaser capable of destroying entire planets. However, used more as a tool to garner loyalty through fear, it was only fired once during its existence. Despite this, the Death Star destroyed Alderaan within a matter of seconds, and could fire once more after only twenty-four hours! While the Desolator offered three stages of terrifying attacks, the Death Star could wipe out entire planets in the blink of an eye, all while acting as a world of its own.
Number 04. Death Star II (Canon)
Surpassing the Death Star’s size and power seems like a troublesome task. However, the Empire managed to do just that, to say the least. The second Death Star featured 15,000 heavy and standard turbolaser batteries, 7,500 laser cannons, 5,000 ion cannons, 768 tractor beam emplacements, and an impressive superlaser, which only had a three-minute recharge time. Even before its completion, the battlestation proved to be one of the greatest superweapons ever, so you can only imagine its power if fully completed.
Number 03. The Sun Crusher (Legends)
Unlike most other superweapons on this list, the Sun Crusher was tiny, in comparison. However, despite being no longer than a starfighter, it could destroy entire star systems. It done so by targeting stars with energy resonance torpedoes, which would travel at near-lightspeed velocity to reach its target. Upon impact, the torpedoes burrowed into the core to release dense pockets of energy, rendering the star unstable. An implosion followed, releasing waves of energy and radiation across the system that destroyed all life in its path. Furthermore, the Sun Crusher was layered with quantum-crystalline armour, which was invulnerable to turbolaser fire. In the end, only a black hole could destroy the small but immensely powerful superweapon.
Number 02. The Star Forge (Legends)
Constructed by the Rakatan Empire in 30,000 BBY, the Star Forge was a giant automated shipyard, designed to create a seemingly endless supply of ships and droids, achieving such by drawing energy and matter from a nearby star. In addition, despite its extreme lack of turbolasers, the Star Forge was protected by a deadly energy field that caused ships to malfunction and destruct. Such power was enough to conquer the galaxy, to no surprise. However, the technological marvel began to feed off its creator’s negative traits, becoming an immense tool of dark side power. Those who came across the shipyard, even thousands of years later, would be corrupted by its dark side energies. Revan avoided the Star Forge as much as possible, as a result, though his apprentice, Darth Malak, sought to explore the device further. Ultimately, the Star Forge was destroyed by the Galactic Republic, saving the galaxy from its incredibly powerful and dark energy.
Before we take a look at the number one spot, as there are so many incredible superweapons in the Star Wars universe, honourable mentions go to the Shock Drum, the Infinity Gate, the Malachor Sith temple, the Omega Frost, the Cosmic Turbine, the Infant of Shaa, and the Tarkin.
Number 01. Starkiller Base (Canon)
Starkiller Base tops this list as it basically combined the vision of both Death Stars and the firepower of the Sun Crusher. That’s right, Starkiller Base was a mobile planet armed with a superweapon capable of destroying star systems halfway across the galaxy. The weapon ran on an abundant type of dark energy called “quintessence”, which was gathered in stages by an array of collectors. Redirected to the planetary core, it was held partly in place by the natural magnetic field of the planet. As it left Starkiller Base, the quintessence was transformed, at the expense of a nearby star, into “phantom energy”, which would tear a hole through hyperspace to strike multiple planets, producing enough heat to ignite their cores. The successor group of the Galactic Empire, the First Order, viewed their superweapon as the evolution of the Death Star, so it was only fitting that a band of Resistance fighters destroyed it. However, the capabilities of Starkiller Base will most likely never be topped in the Star Wars universe, making it the largest and most destructive superweapon ever.
So, there we have it, the top 10 Star Wars superweapons. Were there any that I missed? Let me know in the comments below.
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