Star Wars – EDF-WBL
Equipment Data File – Weapon – Blaster
Blasters – The most common type of weapon in the galaxy is the blaster. Blasters come in a seemingly infinite array of shapes and sizes, from small holdout pieces that can be hidden in a sleeve or pocket to heavy repeaters used to mow down whole squads of infantry and destroy light vehicles. All blasters use some sort of highly pressurized volatile combustible gas, such as Tibanna gas, as their propellant. When the weapon is fired, the gas is pushed through a second chamber that “excites” the gas. The next compartment converts the gas into energy particles, which are then focused through a crystal of some sort. The end result is a dense packet of charged particles that can tear through everything from flesh to duracrete to armor alloys.
Most blasters can be set to Stun, a non-lethal, low-powered setting that overloads a target’s nervous system and renders him temporarily paralyzed (see the Stun Damage quality). Blasters with this ability have it noted in their special qualities, listed as “Stun Setting.” Stun may only be used at short range, no matter what the weapon’s normal range is. Switching between “Stun” and “Kill” on such a weapon is relatively simple, and requires an incidental.
Blasters that deal only Stun damage, and no conventional damage, are known as stingbeams or simply stun blasters. Blaster carbines and all pistols, save for heavy blasters, can be purchased as stun blasters, at a cost equal to half the usual amount for the regular, full-powered version.
Also known as an Ion Blaster.
From Age of Rebellion
Ion blaster is a catch-all term for portable anti-vehicle and anti-droid weapons that fire bolts of ion energy (as opposed to blaster or laser energy). Generally carbinesized, with squat, thickly insulated barrels, ion blasters are short-ranged, shoulder-fired long arms designed to take down droids and cyborgs, disrupt machinery, and disable vehicles, all with little-to-no collateral damage. They fire a concentrated blast of charged ions, similar to the output of ship-mounted and planetary defense ion cannons. While they cause havoc among machines, ion blasters cause little harm to sentient beings, giving them a sharp sting or a low-intensity burn like that of sunburn.
Used throughout the galaxy as a non-lethal means of controlling droids and sentients alike, these weapons are found in the armories of everyone from the Imperial Navy and the Coruscant Police Force to the scavenging Jawas of Tatooine and the agents of the sprawling Black Sun crime syndicate. Ion blasters have little effect on sentient beings and deal only strain damage to droids, cyborgs, and vehicles as dictated by their Ion quality.
From Edge of the Empire
These anti-droid weapons work by combining the power pack of a blaster rifle with a typical droid restraining bolt. Somewhat contrary to its name, the bolt doesn’t disable a droid mechanically, but instead attaches to its housing and issues a broadcast command to halt that cannot be refused. The ionization blaster amplifies the command via the blaster’s power pack to a range of about 1 2 meters in a wide, unfocused arc.
Organic life forms feel no more than a brief sting, but droids are blasted with the halt command and simultaneously overloaded with energy that prevents any shielding that might resist it. Most droids are rendered inert for up to half an hour when hit by a successful ionization blast (reflected in the stun damage).
Fantasy Flight Rules – Ionization Blaster
- Source: Age of Rebellion Core Rulebook (sw-ffg-ar-cr-176), Edge of the Empire Core Rulebook (sw-ffg-ee-cr-163)
- Ionization Blaster – Skill: Ranged – Light, Damage: 10, Crit: 5, Range: Short, Encumbrance: 3, Hard Points: 3, Price: 250 credits, Rarity: 3, Special Qualities: Disorient 5, Stun Damage (droid only)
- Ionization blasters work only on droids and cyborgs, and only deal strain damage as per their Stun quality. They have no effect on organic beings beyond a brief and painful sting.
- Disorient (Active) A weapon with Disorient can daze an opponent. When Disorient is triggered, the target is disoriented (see ee-cr page 218) for a number of rounds equal to the weapon’s Disorient rating. A disoriented target adds (one setback dice) to all skill checks he performs.
- Stun Damage (Passive) Some weapons deal Stun damage instead of regular damage. In this case, the weapon deals damage as strain instead of wounds. This damage is still reduced by a target’s soak.
- A variant of this is a Stun setting. As a free action, the wielder can choose to switch the setting of his weapon to “Stun.” In this case, it does stun damage as described above. When weapons with a stun setting are used to deal stun damage, their range changes to short and cannot be increased.
- 2022-03-24 – Updated with content from Age of Rebellion.
- 2021-12-28 – Added in details from Age of Rebellion Core Rulebook.
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Modifications: Rubat Crystals (R10)
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