"The PEP laser will stun most humanoids."
Null-class ARC trooper Captain Ordo[src]

The Pulsed energy projectile laser, commonly shortened to PEP laser, was a non-lethal form of weaponry. Originally designed for police units tasked with controlling riots, the PEP laser made use of a deuterium fluoride laser to incapacitate targets without causing serious, long-lasting injury. Effective against most medium-sized humanoids, the PEP laser emitted a loud shockwave of sound and light when discharged, capable of knocking an individual off of their feet and inflicting pain significant enough that further resistance would be almost physically impossible. Those familiar with the weapon noted that a shot from a PEP laser was similar to being struck with a flash-bang grenade and hit with several plastoid rounds in the chest at the same time. Victims of a PEP laser strike were subject to severe bruising at and around the point of impact.[1] Despite their unique makeup, PEP laser rounds could be deflected by a lightsaber as easily as normal blaster bolts.[2]

Noting the usefulness the PEP laser would provide in capturing live prisoners of interest, the Galactic Republic chose to outfit the elite clone commandos of the Grand Army of the Republic's special forces with PEP laser attachments for their DC-17m blaster rifles during the Clone Wars.[1]

Behind the scenesEdit

The pulsed energy projectile laser was first introduced to the Star Wars universe in the Republic Commando novel Triple Zero, written by author Karen Traviss and published February 28, 2006. The weapon was subsequently mentioned in the novel's sequels, entitled True Colors and Order 66, before reappearing again in full in the last entry of the series, Imperial Commando: 501st.

The Pulsed Energy Projectile is a real life non-lethal weapon currently under development by the United States military. While the real device is much larger in its current state, the basic principles behind how the device works within the Star Wars franchise are essentially the same as its real-world counterpart.


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