Of course, there are a lot of similarities and echos between The Force Awakens and previous (movie) canon.

What are the things that “The Force Awakens” borrowed/parallel from “A New Hope?”

In particular,

there is the Starkiller Base, which is essentially a third amped-up Death Star.
(Related: Why does The Dark Side keep building Death Stars?)

Was there ever a third planet killer in Legends?

  • I hope they would've learned better after the first one (;
    – user57301
    Jan 19, 2016 at 0:07
  • In fact, there were so many over-powered planet killers in Legends/EU that I'm sure I've read something scathing by Timothy Zahn on the subject... but can I find it to reference, of course not.
    – HorusKol
    Jan 19, 2016 at 4:49

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There were many planetkillers in Legends -- even a third Death Star!

The Deathstar III was a "fake" built by the warlord Ennix Devian , but it had a superlaser and a trench with heavier guards than the original Death Star. This is the Death Star that gets destroyed in Star Tours. If it looks like a duck, quacks like a duck, and can destroy planets like a duck...


Then, of course, there was the Death Star Prototype, which was illogically built at the same time as the production model.


As for the other planet killers in Legends...

The Mass Shadow Generator could destroy all life on a planet, ground all ships in orbit, and destroy the planet itself.


Centerpoint Station could tear planets apart with its hyperspace-driven tractor beam.


Yo'gand's Core was a biomechanical meteor made through Yuuzhan Vong manipulation of moons and an alien species that could manipulate gravitational fields.


A Dark Reaper could siphon out the power of Force sensitives and use it to create a turbolaser blast.


The Sun Crusher could make a star go supernova, destroying all the planets in its system.

(source: nocookie.net)

The Galaxy Gun was essentially a floating planet destroying gun.

(source: nocookie.net)

The World Devastators would use tractor beams to tear a planet apart, while keeping its resources usable.

(source: nocookie.net)

And these are just a select few. The list goes on!

  • Since they're asking about a Death Star, maybe add a description/summary of this DS-3 you mention.
    – RedCaio
    Jan 18, 2016 at 19:37
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    "If it looks like a duck, quacks like a duck, and can destroy planets like a duck..."...then we're gonna need ta git us a bigger gol-durned SHOTGUN, that's what I'm a-thinkin'!!!!!!! :-) Jan 19, 2016 at 2:57
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    DarkSaber - built by a Hutt crimelord, it was essentially the laser component of the Death Star without the accommodation and barracks.
    – HorusKol
    Jan 19, 2016 at 4:46
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    Also related, the Darksaber battlestation
    – Kevin
    Jan 19, 2016 at 8:49
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    I suppose I was looking more at the title than the question itself. Thanks for adding it. Jan 19, 2016 at 17:34

While there is a DS-1 (Death Star 1) and DS-2 (Death Star 2), there is no DS-3 listed on Wookieepedia.

Axelrod makes mention of a third Death Star. However it is stated:

A fake Death Star III was built by the warlord Ennix Devian of the Galactic Empire - (emphasis added) http://starwars.wikia.com/wiki/Death_Star_III

That is was fake, although it did appear to have defenses.

There was the original Death Star Prototype, which was located in a black hole cluster called the "Maw Installation." While technically the first Death Star, it was the third one introduced to the principal heroes of Star Wars.

It made a first appearance in the Legends book "Jedi Search," book one of The Jedi Academy Trilogy.

Also introduced in that series was the super weapon Sun Crusher

The Sun Crusher was a nearly indestructible craft that was no larger than a starfighter, but was capable of unleashing destruction on a magnitude that dwarfed even the Death Star's capabilities. Unlike the Death Star, which destroyed individual planets, the Sun Crusher could destroy an entire star system by causing its target star to turn into a supernova

  • There is a Death Star III on Wookiepedia.
    – user40790
    Jan 18, 2016 at 19:11
  • @Axelrod I saw your answer and attributed it to you in mine. However, they say it is a fake, and I believe them. Jan 18, 2016 at 19:11
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    If it looks like a death star, orbits like a death star, and has a superlaser like a death star... :D
    – user40790
    Jan 18, 2016 at 19:15
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    ... it's a duck! Or maybe a witch? If it weighs as much?... Jan 18, 2016 at 19:43
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    @MattGutting - I built the first death star and it sank into the swamp... Jan 18, 2016 at 20:26

In addition to the previously-mentioned examples, there was also "The Tarkin":

The Tarkin, or the Tarkin Project, was an Imperial superweapon modeled in principle after the first Death Star battlestation and named in honor of the late Grand Moff Wilhuff Tarkin. The Tarkin combined the first Death Star's offensive capabilities in the form of a planet-destroying ionic cannon superlaser with a defensive shield generator and a set of engines. Imperial engineer Bevel Lemelisk designed the Tarkin, at the behest of Emperor Palpatine following the Death Star's destruction at the Battle of Yavin, as a prototype weapons testbed for the construction of the Eclipse-class Super Star Destroyer, a massive warship armed with a ship-mounted superlaser. With technological refinements, the Tarkin improved upon the mistakes learned from the first Death Star, including the absence of the single design flaw—an exposed thermal exhaust port—that proved to be the original battlestation's undoing, in the name of the development of a second Death Star, built concurrently with the Tarkin.

The Tarkin

It wasn't exactly a Death Star, but it was a "third planet killer" with some of the same parts.


In the Dark Empire comic series, the Eclipse-class Star Destroyer had a planet-destroying super-laser based on the Death Star design built into it.

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