|“||This station is now the ultimate power in the universe.||„|
|~ Admiral Conan Antonio Motti|
|“||Don't be too proud of this technological terror you have constructed.||„|
|~ Darth Vader|
A Death Star was an Imperial military battlestation armed with a planet-destroying superlaser.
The Death Stars, whose concept had been explored even before the Clone Wars, were the first in a long series of superweapons developed to execute the later named Tarkin Doctrine.
The Death Star was designed to allow Emperor Palpatine to more directly control the Galactic Empire through fear. In most instances, a Death Star was to be commanded by a Moff. One Death Star was completely built by the Empire, with a second partially complete (and in Legends, a third one never reaching full completion, as well as a prototype being in existence). Also in Legends, a scaled-down version, the Tarkin, and a Hutt knockoff, the Darksaber, would be created by the Empire and Durga the Hutt, respectively.
Both Death Stars were destroyed by the Rebel Alliance shortly after they became operational. The first Death Star was destroyed by Luke Skywalker, with the help of Han Solo, and the second Death Star was destroyed by Wedge Antilles and Lando Calrissian. Prior to the second Death Star being built, the Galactic Empire tested out a planetary superlaser for protecting its installations on the planet of Dubrillion. At some point after the second's destruction, the Rebel Alliance also attacked and destroyed a third Death Star. Following their destruction, other planet-devastating superweapons followed, including the Galaxy Gun, the Darksaber, the Sun Crusher, and the World Devastators.
Powers and Stats
Tier: At least Low 7-B with laser cannons. At least High 7-A with turbolasers. High 6-C with heavy turbolasers. 6-B to 6-A with superlaser (single reactor ignition). 5-A with superlaser (full power)
Name: Death Star | DS-1 Orbital Battle Station
Origin: Star Wars
Classification: Space Station, Battle Station cum Command Ship, Superweapon
Users: Galactic Empire
Diameter: 160 km (Disney) | 120 km (Legends)
Material: Neutronium impregnated Durasteel plating, Quadanium Steel plating on weapon emplacements, Kyber Crystals (as focusing lenses for the superlaser)
Needed prerequisite for use: Trained crew of roughly 1.2 million in various roles (this is besides her additional complement of 400,000 maintenance/security droids, 300,000+ additional Imperial Army and Navy personnel, and 26,000+ additional Stormtrooper Corps soldiers)
Attack Potency: At least Small City level+ with laser cannons (Likely at least as powerful as the point defence lasers used on capital ships). At least Small Island level with turbolasers (Can punch through the unshielded hulls of capital ships with at least this level of durability). Large Island level with heavy turbolasers (Likely in the same league as the models used on comparatively miniscule capital ships such as the Imperial star destroyers and Executor-class, which have yields exceeding 200 Gigatons per shot on the highest setting). Country level to Continent level with superlaser (single reactor ignition) (A single shot is capable of devastating a large section of a planet’s crust as seen during the “test” on Jedha and during the Battle of Scarif). Large Planet level with superlaser (full power) (Can obliterate planets and send debris flying out at sub-relativistic velocities with these levels of energies)
Speed: Sub-Relativistic real space speeds (Can keep up with capital ships). Massively FTL+ travel via hyperspace (Can cover tens of thousands of light years in a matter of hours)
Durability: At least Continent level without deflector shields (Should be at least as durable as the incomplete superstructure of the Death Star II). Large Planet level with deflector shields (Would have to protect the Death Star from the aftermaths of violent planetary explosions and from flying chunks of planets in order to be effective)
Range: Dozens to hundreds of kilometres with various armaments, several light minutes with superlaser
- A 2 metre diameter exhaust port that leads to the reactor that can cause a chain reaction if a proton torpedo or other kind of missile is fired into it. This was included intentionally by Galen Erso, a scientist who headed the project developing the Death Star superlaser but was sympathetic to the rebellion.
- Superlaser can't fire at small targets accurately and takes hours to recharge.
- Defenses were designed around repelling an assault from capital ships and thus has far fewer weapons to deal with smaller targets (such as fewer point defence weapons relative to size). It therefore depends on an escort fleet and TIE fighter squadrons for defence against fighters and bombers.