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Starkiller firing

Starkiller Base firing its superweapon.

"Long ago in forgotten times, when the Sith and Jedi fought for control of the galaxy, weapons there were, of unimaginable power."
―Yoda[src]

Superweapon (also spelled super-weapon)[1] and megaweapon[2] were terms used to describe a weapon of extremely devastating power, possibly enough to destroy a planet.[3]

Superweapons were used in ancient wars between the Jedi and the Sith. These weapons were powered by Kyber crystals.[4] One such weapon existed on the Sith planet Malachor, the site of an ancient battle.[5]

The Subjugator-class heavy cruiser Malevolence used by the Confederacy of Independent Systems during the Clone Wars was considered to be a superweapon,[6] as was the electro-proton bomb developed by Sionver Boll. The first[3] and second Death Star built by the Galactic Empire were superweapons,[7] employing a powerful superlaser weapon that was powered by massive kyber crystals.[8] Conan Antonio Motti loved technology that created devastating superweapons.[9] Approximately thirty years after the destruction of the second Death Star, the primary base of the First OrderStarkiller Base—harbored a superweapon built into the planet's crust that was capable of destroying entire star systems, as demonstrated during the Hosnian Cataclysm. The weapon was powered by drawing on the energy of a star, which eventually led to the planet's collapse during an attack by the Resistance on Starkiller's thermal oscillator.[10][11]

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Earlier versions of the 2015 film Star Wars: Episode VII The Force Awakens, the first installment of the Star Wars sequel trilogy; had the Resistance developing a superweapon known as the War-Hammer. In those versions, in which General Leia Organa appeared earlier in the story, the War-Hammer would've been several times the size of a Star Destroyer and had the form of a massive ship with a huge front that could penetrate any shield and was able to deploy ships through it.[12]

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