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"Ray shields."
"Wait a minute. How did this happen? We're smarter than this."
"Apparently not."
―Anakin Skywalker and Obi-Wan Kenobi are trapped by ray shields on the Invisible Hand[src]
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Obi-Wan Kenobi, Anakin Skywalker and Sheev Palpatine caught in a ray shield trap

A ray shield was a specialized type of deflector shield employed in both the time of the Galactic Republic and the Galactic Empire. It functioned by deflecting or scattering energy beams.[1] However, ray shields did not allow physical objects through them completely unscathed, imparting a deadly electric shock. As such they could be used in traps.[2]

Jedi Master Obi-Wan Kenobi, Jedi Knight Anakin Skywalker and Supreme Chancellor Sheev Palpatine were once caught in a ray shield trap on the Invisible Hand, set by General Grievous. Kenobi lamented that they were too smart to be caught in such an obvious trap.[3]

The Spire was ray shielded.[4]

The reactor shaft of the Empire's original Death Star superweapon was ray shielded, such that only proton torpedoes would start the chain reaction necessary to destroy it.[5]

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