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The New Essential Guide to Weapons and Technology

W. Haden Blackman


Allan Kausch (Lucasfilm) and Steve Saffel (Del Rey)


Ian Fullwood, Troy Vigil

Publication information

Del Rey

Publish date

October 26, 2004





The tenth book in Del Rey's Essential Guide series, Star Wars: The New Essential Guide to Weapons and Technology was the updated version of The Essential Guide to Weapons and Technology. This book featured new full color and three-dimensional illustrations of over two hundred different devices, ranging from thermal detonators and Wookiee bowcasters to Lobot's cyborg implant and the Empire's superweapon devices. The book added many devices from The Phantom Menace, Attack of the Clones, and the New Jedi Order series of books.


Table of contents

  • Introduction
    • Timeline
    • Vital Statistics
    • Historical Perspective

A Guide to Major Manufacturers

A Guide to Minor Manufacturers

Ranged weapons

Additional ranged weapons

Melee weapons

Additional melee weapons

Starship and planetary weapons

Additional starship and planetary weapons


Defenses and armor

Additional defenses

Sensor, communication, and security devices

Additional sensor, communications, and security devices

Other equipment

Additional equipment

Appendix: ID charts

Wookieepedia has a collection of images related to The New Essential Guide to Weapons and Technology.
  • Blaster pistol ID chart
  • Blaster rifle ID chart
  • Additional grenades and explosives
  • Lightsabers
  • Stormtrooper and clone trooper armor

Behind the scenes

The Aurebesh writing on the page about Darth Vader's armor translates as "Sith Trooper Armor". Similarly on the page about Vonduun crab armor, the aurebesh at the bottom of the page translates to "aVonduum Crab Shell-Plated ArmorSith Speeder".

External links

Essential Guides
First generation
Characters · Vehicles and Vessels · Weapons and Technology · Planets and Moons · Droids · Chronology · Alien Species · Episode I (cancelled)
Second generation
New Characters · New Vehicles and Vessels · New Weapons and Technology · New Chronology · New Droids · New Alien Species
Third generation
The Force · Atlas · Military

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