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Would you even feel the blows of a staff through your armor? We are not told that the monk character in Rogue One has superhuman strength, and it seems odd that he can topple stormtroopers with one swing. What good is a stormtrooper's armor if it doesn't even protect you from a staff?

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    Because he has the power of awesome. – Valorum Sep 15 '18 at 18:09
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    He is one with the force and the force is with him – geewhiz Sep 15 '18 at 21:02
  • "If you push it hard enough, it will fall over" - Fudd's first law of opposition. – VBartilucci Sep 18 '18 at 15:13
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Blunt force is effective against armour, especially when said armour is designed mostly to block against plasma or directed-energy weapons, like those most commonly seen in the Star Wars universe. Remember, the Ewoks used rocks to murder Stormtroopers back in Episode VI.

Basically, the force of a blow is transmitted through the hard material of the armour perfectly and still bruises the tissue. Even in the late mediaeval period people knew this and began to prefer the mace.

Think of it like this: you are an Imperial armour designer - what do you put in the armour, layers and layers of padding for the occasions when your troopers are so incompetent that they get attacked by old men with sticks, or some kind of fancy science plastic to dissipate blaster bolts, the thing that currently kills 99% of soldiers in the galaxy?

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    I don’t recall storm trooper armor blocking a single plasma shot, ever. – Wildcard Sep 15 '18 at 18:58
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    @Wildcard - that's because you hardly ever see them out of anti-plot-armour (i.e. they have to die because they're the bad guys and are expected to). But see, for example, the boarding scene at the start of Episode IV, when there were no main characters present so no need for them to die quickly ... hardly any stormtrooper casualties, and we have to assume that the aim of the defenders wasn't that bad. – Jules Sep 15 '18 at 19:06
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    This is explained in legends actually. The armour makes the shot more likely to be non-lethal increasing trooper survivability, but the trooper is normally still taken out of the fight temporarily. – Ummdustry Sep 15 '18 at 19:07
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Stormtrooper armor was deliberately piece of cr*p, Emperor didn't want invulnerable minions

As we could see from this article, Stormtrooper armor gave some protection against elements, projectiles and blaster fire, but little to none against blunt and other melee weapons, not to mention lightsabers or Force.

Reason for that is simple: Stormtroopers were Palpatine's army. Palpatine eliminated Jedi by organizing the plot where their own troops fired at them. He was completely aware there was a greater danger for him and his rule in betrayal by his own servants, than to be killed by some outside enemy.

As such, he made sure that all of his minions, and all equipment they use, has some sort of flaw that could be used against them. So, Vader's armor is susceptible to Force lightning, Tie fighters have no shields, Death Star has exhaust port (Ok, maybe he didn't want that :) ) and stormtroopers are basically cannon fodder designed to kill and be killed.

Of course, when needed, Palpatine would provide better armor to his troops, especially his own personal guards. But these soldiers were far more loyal to him then regular ones.

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