|“||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. High 7-A with turbolasers. High 6-C with heavy turbolasers. High 6-A with superlaser on single reactor ignition. High 5-A with superlaser at full power
Name: Death Star | DS-1 Orbital Battle Station
Origin: Star Wars
Classification: Space Station, Battle Station 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). Large Mountain level+ with turbolasers (Should be no less powerful than the model used on the Arquitens-class Light Cruiser). Large Island level with heavy turbolasers (The XX-9 heavy turbolasers which dot its surface have such kinds of yields per shot). Multi-Continent level with superlaser on single reactor ignition (A single shot did this to Jedha, a large moon with a diameter of 11,263 kilometers. During the closing stages of the Battle of Scarif, a single shot destroyed half of the surface of Scarif, a small planet with a diameter of 9,112 km). Dwarf Star level with full power superlaser (Destroyed Alderaan, sending its remains hurdling through space)
Speed: Sub-Relativistic real space speeds (Can keep up with capital ships). Massively FTL+ travel via hyperspace (Equipped with a Class 4 hyperdrive. Capable of covering tens of thousand of light-years in a day or two)
Durability: At least Continent level (According to Thane, it would take a dozen Imperial-class Star Destroyers to make any impact on the Death Star's armour. Should be at least as durable as the incomplete superstructure of the Death Star II)
Range: Hundreds to thousands of kilometers with various armaments, several light minutes with superlaser.
- A 2 meter 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 defense weapons relative to size). It, therefore, depends on an escort fleet and TIE fighter squadrons for defence against fighters and bombers.