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A cutaway shows the inner workings of a carbonite block used for transporting tibanna gas.
"Yeah, a tibanna gas mine. Lando conned somebody out of it."
Han Solo

Tibanna was a rare form of matter found in both gas and liquid form. In its natural state as a gas, tibanna comprised the atmospheres of several planets, most notably that of Bespin, where it was processed at Cloud City; and the planets Taloraan, Kril'dor, and Rendili.

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Characteristics

Tibanna was excreted by beldons, huge gas-filled creatures. The gas was a by-product of the vapors consumed by beldons. Tibanna was extracted from Bespin's atmosphere as atmospheric gases rose on updrafts through Cloud City's unipod. The gas was then processed and packed in carbonite for transport off-planet.

Tibanna gas produced four times its normal energy output when cohesive light passed through it. Thus, when spin-sealed (compacted at the atomic level), tibanna was used as a conducting agent in blasters and other energy weapons, producing greater energy yields and thus greater amounts of damage. Most personal weapons could not tolerate this power boost, but ship-mounted blasters benefited greatly from the use of tibanna gas. Exceptions to this rule were the DC series rifles of BlasTech Industries, which used tibanna gas to great effect, even synthesizing a variant of it that made the weapons' energy output imperceptible to sentients.

The spin-sealing process was prohibitively expensive except on Bespin, where it occurred naturally. Non-spin-sealed tibanna gas was used as hyperdrive coolant.

Uses

Tibanna was often used as a heating fuel on many planets though it had to be refined into a solid state or into its liquid state to be useful. It was also used in its gas form to power blasters or other weaponry. A type called Non-spin-sealed tibanna was used as hyperdrive coolant. When integrated into an explosive device, the yield would increase enough to destroy an entire military base, though this was based on how much was used.

TibannaX was a special isotope of Tibanna gas used in StealthXs. Xtib, the company that produced TibannaX, was later purchased by Bornaryn Trading. Its ion emissions cooled in several milliseconds, making the StealthX hard to track.

History

During the Clone Wars, clone troopers used highly flammable liquid tibanna to blow up their listening post on a Rishi moon.

At some point during the mid-Galactic Civil War, the crimelord Tyber Zann stole a large quantity of tibanna from Bespin and made a large amount of money from selling it on the black market.

The gas was a vital commodity for the Rebel Alliance prior to the Battle of Endor. Wedge Antilles and Rogue Squadron led an aerial assault on Cloud City, their primary objective being to secure as many tibanna gas platforms orbiting the city as possible. Rogue Squadron also attacked the Empire's large supply of the gas, which was being mined from the gas giant Taloraan.

During the time of the New Republic, Luke Skywalker rigged a tibanna gas cartridge to explode, freeing him from a trap in the Cavrilhu Pirates base.

In 14 ABY, Kril'dor was the site of a New Republic mission to liberate a tibanna gas mining platform from the Imperial Remnant. Jaden Korr and Wedge Antilles participated in the successful mission.

By the time of the Dark Nest Crisis, tibanna gas was being stolen by Joiners for use in the Killik military buildup. TibannaX, a tibanna gas isotope, was also an important resource in the use of the Jedi-exclusive StealthX fighters.

Xtib, the company that produced TibannaX, was later purchased by Bornaryn Trading. Its ion emissions cooled in several milliseconds, making the StealthX hard to track.

Appearances

  • Star Wars Knights of the Old Republic 36: Prophet Motive, Part 1 (Mentioned only)
  • Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic II (Mentioned only)
  • Star Wars Republic: Outlander (Mentioned only)
  • Boba Fett: Crossfire (Mentioned only)
  • Star Wars The Clone Wars: Slaves of the Republic - Chapter 3: The Depths of Zygerria (Mentioned only)
  • Star Wars The Clone Wars Volume 3: The Wind Raiders of Taloraan (Mentioned only)
  • The Clone Wars: Wild Space (Mentioned only)
  • Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Rookies" (Mentioned only)
  • Jedi: Count Dooku (Mentioned only)
  • MedStar I: Battle Surgeons
  • Labyrinth of Evil (Mentioned only)
  • Imperial Commando: 501st
  •  The Queen of Air and Darkness on Wizards.com (article)
  • The Force Unleashed novel
  • Rebel Dawn (Mentioned only)
  • Star Wars: Empire at War (Mentioned only)
  • Star Wars: Empire at War: Forces of Corruption
  • Star Wars: Rebellion (Mentioned only)
  • Star Wars: Rogue Squadron
  • Star Wars: Rogue Squadron II: Rogue Leader
  • Galaxy of Fear: The Nightmare Machine (Mentioned only)
  • Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back novel (First mentioned)
  • Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back
  • Star Wars 43: The Empire Strikes Back: Betrayal at Bespin (Mentioned only)
  • Star Wars 44: The Empire Strikes Back: Duel a Dark Lord (Mentioned only)
  • Star Wars: X-wing Alliance
  • The Glove of Darth Vader (Mentioned only)
  • Zorba the Hutt's Revenge (Mentioned only)
  • First Contact (Mentioned only)
  • The Last Command (Mentioned only)
  • Star Wars: Jedi Knight: Jedi Academy
  • Darksaber (novel) (Mentioned only)
  • Before the Storm
  • Specter of the Past (Mentioned only)
  • Survivor's Quest
  • Star by Star
  • Dark Nest II: The Unseen Queen
  • Dark Nest III: The Swarm War
  • Betrayal
  • Tempest
  • Revelation (Mentioned only)
  • Star Wars Legacy: Broken (Mentioned only)

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