Star Wars – EDF-WBL
Equipment Data File – Weapon – Blaster
Heavy Blaster Pistol
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.
From Age of Rebellion
Heavy blaster pistols are pure combat weapons, designed from the ground up to pack as much firepower into as small a frame as possible. Nearly as powerful as most blaster rifles, heavy blaster pistols tend to be large and bulky, as well as nearly impossible to conceal. With the ability to kill most sentients in one or two shots, and to penetrate even the hard plastoid armor worn by Imperial stormtroopers, heavy blasters are favored by bounty hunters, mercenaries, and Rebels and insurgents throughout the galaxy. The trade-off for all of this power in such a small package is that heavy blaster pistols are slightly inefficient and use more power and gas per shot than lighter, more efficient models. In addition, thanks to their power and performance, the purchase and ownership of heavy blaster pistols is very heavily regulated by the Galactic Empire; possession of a heavy blaster pistol without the proper licenses and permissions carries both a heavy fine and, typically, a long stint in an Imperial prison.
From Edge of the Empire
Heavy blasters are for those spacers who definitely want everyone to know they’re packing. They’re very powerful, sacrificing range, subtlety, and concealment for intimidation and the ability to tear big holes in most anything short of a blast door. Heavy blaster pistols are intended to combine the strength of a blaster rifle with the compactness of a pistol. Though they do not quite succeed at either (being slightly weaker than a blaster rifle and bulkier than a pistol) they still provide an excellent and deadly compromise weapon. Their only major drawback is that they carry fewer shots than either, a trade-off for the increased power.
Fantasy Flight Rules – Heavy Blaster Pistol
- Source: Age of Rebellion (sw-ffg-ar-cr-174), Edge of the Empire Core Rulebook (sw-ffg-ee-cr-162)
- Heavy Blaster Pistol – Skill: Ranged – Light, Damage: 7, Crit: 3, Range: Medium, Encumbrance: 2, Hard Points: 3, Price: 700 credits, Rarity: 6, Special Qualities: Stun Setting
- Game Masters have the option to spend three Threat (or Disadvantage) or one Despair to force a heavy blaster pistol to run out of ammo (see ee-cr page 207).
- 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.
- 2021-12-24 – Added in reference for Age of Rebellion Core Rules.
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