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Questions tagged [blasters]

Blasters are energy weapons from the *Star Wars* franchise, described by Lucasfilm as "ranged energized particle weaponry." Use this tag with the [star-wars] tag.

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Do laser blasters shoot plasma rays like lightsabers? [duplicate]

I know that lightsabers consist of a plasma blade, powered by a kyber crystal, but do the Blasters in Star Wars work by shooting out plasma rays, too?
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Why aren't stormtrooper blasters capable of rapid-fire?

This question refers to the guns used by stormtroopers as well as clones, battle droids, etc (but not the small hand-held blasters used by the likes of Han Solo or Rey). Why aren't trooper's guns ...
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How is the WESTAR-34 blaster pistol (used by Jango Fett) powered?

Jango Fett is armed with twin WESTAR-34 blaster pistols: These weapons are quite small and I don't see any place to insert a power source. Other weapons do require a power source. For example, ...
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What is the small sidearm of Imperial officers?

In Star Wars Rebels, it appears that Imperial officers seem to have sidearm of some kind. Can someone tell me what this sidearm is?
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How exactly does a blaster bolt kill?

A blaster bolt is described as plasma encapsulated in a self-contained magnetic field that explodes on contact. While that sounds cool it doesn’t really explain what the lethal payload is when being ...
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In general, are blasters more powerful in The Force Awakens?

Watching The Force Awakens, it seems like blaster technology has noticeably improved. Many blasters seem to create small explosions capable of affecting multiple targets at a time. Am I wrong, or did ...
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How do Droidekas fire blasters through their shields?

In the Star Wars universe, it's usually the case that shields can block energy weapons (blasters, lightsabers, lasers) but don't do much against physical objects (rocks, bullets, spacecraft). This is ...
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Are Stormtroopers' armor ineffective against Stormtrooper blasters?

I've read that the reason why the Rebels could take out Stormtroopers in single shots was due to very powerful blasters, but in many instances someone takes a Stormtrooper rifle and takes out other ...
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Is it possible for blasters to explode?

Are there any examples in canon or Legends of a blaster backfiring or exploding due to impact or enemy fire? Since some blasters use tibanna gas to increase their damage output, is it possible that ...
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How are Star Wars blasters properly reloaded/charged/etc.?

I've been looking into the inner workings of blaster weapons primarily using Wookieepedia. While most of it I understand, I still can't figure out how many rounds a gun would fire before needing the ...
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Using blasters against AT-ATs?

I've just rewatched Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back, and during the Battle of Hoth, a rebel soldier said that the AT-AT shields were too strong for blasters. If that is so, why did they ...
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How does stun work with blasters in Star Wars?

I understand that blasters are not lasers - and it makes sense that a bolt of plasma would have the damaging, explosive effects we see in the show (and reasonable that they are moving slower than ...
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Why do blaster bolts move slower than the speed of light?

Is there a canon explanation (based on how Star Wars blasters work) for why the blaster bolts are so slow? Intuitively, one would expect them to be like lasers, traveling at the speed of light.