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"Shock and drop."

"Sorry, Cap. This won't kill you, but it ain't gonna tickle either."
War Machine warning Steve Rogers of the impending pain of being hit with a taser rod in Captain America: Civil War

Put simply, this is a stick or club with the power to fire or channel electricity. This type of weapon is very common in Science Fiction where staff or baton-like weapons are used to shock prisoners as a way to pacify or torture them, though they may be used in open battle as well in short range or long range. They may also be used in Fantasy stories, appearing as Magic Staffs which fire or call down lightning. In more contemporary settings, this weapon will appear as a cattle prod.

This weapon is likely to be a Lawman Baton as it serves the double function of a police baton and a taser.

Sub-Trope of Elemental Weapon, Enhanced Archaic Weapon and Shock and Awe. Sister Trope to Lightning Gun, Static Stun Gun and Lightning Lash.

Not to be confused with Improvised Lightning Rod which is about using a piece of metal to draw or amplify electricity. It is possible for a Shock Stick to be created by a character generating their own electricity and channeling it through a metal staff. An Improvised Lightning Rod need not be a literal rod.


Named for the weapons used in Roughnecks: Starship Troopers Chronicles. Not to be confused with Stock Shticks.


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    Anime & Manga 
  • One Piece:
    • Nami's Clima-Tact can call down lightning bolts.
    • Downplayed example with Eneru. He possesses electrical powers and a gold staff. One of his techniques is channeling electricity through the staff to heat, melt and reshape it into a trident. He can also superheat the trident for extra damage making it a Hot Blade.
    • Yamato has an attack in which he coats his kanabo with Haoshoku Haki, causing dark lightning to emanate from it.
    • One-Punch Man: Lightning Genji is an A-Class hero who fights with electric batons.
  • O-Parts Hunter: The guards in Entotsu City use electric batons.
  • Patlabor: The Ingrams are armed with electromagnetic batons that can disable hostile Labors when thrust into the right spot.
  • Soul Eater: Marie Mjolnir can generate electricity. Her weapon form is either a hammer or a tonfa.
  • Yatterman: Yatterman-2's Weapon of Choice is the Shibire Stick ("Numbifying Stick"), a telescoping baton that emits electricity when she pushes the button on the handle.

    Comic Books 

    Fan Works 

    Film — Animated 
  • Sleeping Beauty: Maleficent's Magic Staff can fire lightning bolts as one of its abilities. She uses this power to punish her soldiers for failing to find Aurora.

    Film — Live-Action 
  • Code 8: At the end of the film Garrett telekinetically launches a metal rod straight into Rhino's eye and Connor blasts the rod with his electricity to fry his brain.
  • Demolition Man: San Angeles police officers are armed with batons that discharge electric currents.
  • Hoboken Hollow: The ranchers use electric cattle prods to keep their slaves in line as well as torture them for any infractions.
  • Jumper: The Paladins primarily use metal sticks that can electrocute (among other things) to fight the Jumpers, as electricity is their main weakness.
  • Jurassic Park:
    • Jurassic Park: In the opening scene, most of the guards are armed with cattle prods for the transport of the raptor. When the raptor attacks one of them, several guards try to use their cattle prod to shock it, with little effect.
    • The Lost World: Jurassic Park: During his first scene, Dieter Stark uses a cattle prod to shock a Compsognathus. The Compsognathus eventually gets his revenge in a later scene.
    • Jurassic World: The Asset Containment Unit goes after the Indominus Rex with these and other non-lethal weapons. It does not end well.
    • Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom: Eli Mills's henchmen use cattle prods on the captured dinosaurs. One of them even threatens to use one on Zia and Franklin.
  • Marvel Cinematic Universe:
    • Black Widow uses a few electric stun weapons throughout her appearances. Among these are a pair of electroshock batons introduced in Avengers: Age of Ultron.
    • Captain America: The Winter Soldier: The Elevator Action Sequence has Steve Rogers attacked by Hydra agents, some which are armed with shock batons that make audible crackling noises when they connect. Thanks to his Super Soldier physiology, the weapons are much less effective on Steve than they would be on a normal person.
    • Captain America: Civil War: War Machine tries to use a huge electric baton on Captain America during the airport battle.
    • Guardians of the Galaxy: The guards of the Kyln prison have electric batons that they often use to hurt the prisoners. Peter Quill gets a taste of it when he tries to prevent a guard from stealing his walkman.
    • Captain Marvel: The Skrulls use some sort of cylindrical clubs that can emit electrical discharges. They're powerful enough to harm Carol Danvers herself.
    • Black Widow (2021): Some guards at the Seventh Circle Prison also use electric batons. One of them shocks Alexeï Shostakov during his attempt to escape.
  • Mortal Kombat: The Movie: We are introduced to Johnny Cage filming an action scene for his latest movie in which he goes into a parking lot and fights four men, each one wielding a different weapon. One of them uses a cattle prod which Johnny's character evades and uses on one of the other men.
  • Project Power: Art is captured by Dr. Gardner during the last act of the movie. When he starts insulting her, one of her soldiers shocks him with an electric stick to shut him up.
  • Star Wars:
    • The Phantom Menace: Some Gungan soldiers are armed with an electric melee weapon known as an "electropole". One of them uses it to shock Jar Jar Binks's shoulder after he returns to the city.
    • Attack of the Clones: The Geonosians use some electric spears on the arena beasts. One of them gets eaten alive by the Nexu after shocking it.
    • Revenge of the Sith: The MagnaGuards' primary weapon is a lightsaber-resistant staff equipped with electromagnetic pulse-generating tips called the "electrostaff".
    • Solo: The Pykes often use electric staffs on their slaves in the Kessel mines. Their weapons are eventually turned against them during the slave revolt.
    • The Force Awakens: The Stormtrooper known as "Nines" uses an electrified baton to fight Finn during the battle on Takodana.
    • Finn uses the same kind of weapon in his duel against Captain Phasma in The Last Jedi.
  • The Suicide Squad: When Harley Quinn is captured by the villains, she is tortured with a cattle prod.
  • TAU: Alex threatens his prisoners with a cattle prod in the beginning of the movie.
  • Ultraviolet (2006): Many of the Arch-Ministry's guards use electrified batons as weapons to attack Violet in large-scale fight scenes. Violet herself uses electric batons she takes from defeated opponents in battle.

    Light Novels 
  • Durarara!!: A Saika-controlled Sloan kidnaps Izaya, requiring Mikage and Kine to come to his rescue. The former attacks Sloan with a series of kicks and punches while the latter ambushes him from behind with what appears to a sort of electric baton, instantly knocking Sloan out.
  • Fate/Apocrypha: Berserker of Black carries an enormous mace which can be used to discharge blasts of lightning.

    Live-Action TV 
  • Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.:
    • Bobbi Morse's weapon of choice are a pair of batons that can deliver an electrical shock to stun her enemies.
    • The Watchdogs members often use cattle prods as weapons, especially Tucker Shockley.
    • When Fitz is captured by the Sivians in the episode "Window of Opportunity", they stun him with a metal electric baton.
    • The bouncers of Kitson use a similar type of electric baton when they arrest Fitz, Simmons and Enoch in the episode "Toldja".
  • Babylon 5: "Neural Collapsers," more commonly referred to as "shock sticks," are close-quarters non-lethal security weapons.
  • The Handmaid's Tale: The guards and Aunt Lydia all carry cattle prods and use them against the Handmaids if they're "disrespectful".
  • Intergalactic: The guards on the prison transport have batons able to electroshock prisoners.
  • Kamen Rider Fourze: Fourze's Elek States form is equipped with an electrified sword-like baton.
  • Leverage: Parker's mentor Archie has a cane that can deliver electric shocks. He uses it to stun obnoxious hacker Chaos when the latter makes lecherous comments towards Parker.
  • Malcolm in the Middle: Lionel Herkabe uses a cattle prod to stop a fight between students in the episode "Malcolm Films Reese".
  • Parallax: Staves are the signature weapons of the guardians and have a variety of features. One of these features is twin retractable prongs that deliver an electric charge. This feature is mainly used for killing Welkins. Staves can also manipulate electronic machinery to some extent.
  • Power Rangers and Super Sentai:
  • Stranger Things:
    • In the Season 3 episode "Pluribus Unum", Dustin uses a cattle prod to stun a Soviet Torture Technician.
    • During the Season 4 finale, Joyce saves Hopper from a Demodog by shocking it with a cattle prod.
  • Titans (2018): In "Asylum", Dick, Kory and Gar are captured by members of Trigon's court and subjected to different torturous experiments. In Gar's case, he is repeatedly electrocuted with a cattle prod. His torturer gets his Just Desserts when he is eaten by a feral Gar in tiger form.
  • Utopia Falls: The Authority (police) in New Babyl use shock batons, as seen when they arrest people and break up a riot.

  • Worm: The supervillian Regent uses a scepter with a taser concealed in the crown for melee combat.

    Tabletop Games 
  • Champions supplement Gadgets!. The Shock Baton is a tough plastic rod with an electrical coil wrapped around all of it except the handgrip. If it is touched to a creature or the creature grabs it, the victim will receive a powerful electrical stun attack which could render them unconscious.
  • Dark Conspiracy supplement Darktek. The stun stick applies an electrical charge to any creature it hits. Any creature hit by a full power charge can be rendered unconscious.
  • Dungeons & Dragons module C1 The Hidden Shrine of Tamoachan. The Rod of Electrification inflicts 2-5 Hit Points of electrical damage when it touches a living creature. It can be recharged by firing Lightning Bolt spells at it.
  • Shadowrun. One weapon available to shadowrunners is the stun baton. When it strikes a target, it inflicts an electrical charge which causes stun damage and disorientation to the victim.
  • Variant in the FASA version of the Star Trek RPG. One of the items stated is a Stun Club - operating on a similar principle to phasers on stun settings, it instead inflicted the stunning effect on contact - two strikes were around the same as a phaser stun effect and would knock out most humanoids. They were typically issued to law enforcement personnel to handle low level problems like bar brawls.
  • Traveller Adventure 10 Safari Ship. The sparkplant can be found on planet 567-908. It generates electricity internally (like an electric eel) and uses it to defend itself against being eaten. A piece of wood cut off of the sparkplant (called a "wand") can be used as a cudgel, inflicting 5-30 Hit Points of electrical damage on the creature touched. The "wand" has fifty charges.
  • Warhammer 40,000:
    • Arbites squads carry shock batons, applied with considerable enthusiasm against rioters, mutants, and other undesirables.
    • The shock maul is essentially an electrified club, dealing (theoretically) non-lethal damage. It has a bigger and decidedly lethal version called the Power Maul, a Space Marine mace that emits a forcefield that passes through solid matter, making it a good Anti-Armor weapon.

    Video Games 
  • Arcanum: Staffs can be upgraded into shocking staffs and tesla-staffs by characters proficient in the Electrical college of technology.
  • Art of Fighting/The King of Fighters: Mr. Big fights with a pair of kali sticks that can occasionally fire blasts of electricity.
  • Banjo-Tooie: As a playable character, Mumbo Jumbo's Zap Stick can fire a stream of electricity to immobilize opponents.
  • Bloodborne: The Tonitrus is a mace with the ability to generate electricity. It's the only weapon in the game able to do Bolt damage on its own.
  • Dark Judgement has electric batons you can collect from enemies to taze other mooks.
  • Deus Ex: The original game had an electric stun prod available as a non-lethal weapon.
  • Devil May Cry 5: In Mission 16, Dante acquires the King Cerberus Devil Arm, a Morph Weapon with three forms. One of those forms is an electrified three-section staff.
  • Dragon Quest: The magical equivalent has been a staple of the series for quite a while, usually in the form of a wizard's staff with a lightning motif that, when used in battle, causes lightning bolts to rain down on the enemy. The benefit here is that one does not have to be a mage class character to use such a weapon as an item in battle, which means it can provide an AoE effect to teammates who typically can only attack one character at a time.
  • The Elder Scrolls: Various enchanted staffs can fire lightning bolts, and various clubs, staves, and maces can also be enchanted to do electrical damage on hit.
  • Fallout
    • Fallout and Fallout 2 have a cattle prod as a melee weapon. It can be upgraded to a super cattle prod in 2.
    • Fallout 3 adds the Shock Baton, wielded by the aliens in Mothership Zeta.
    • The cattle prod returns in Fallout: New Vegas, and the Old World Blues DLC adds the X-2 antenna, which is a giant antenna ripped out of a satellite dish that still has electricity flowing through it.
    • In Fallout 4 the police baton can be upgraded to a shock or stun baton. The super sledge can also be electrified, and the Nuka-World DLC adds upgrades that let you add electrical damage to the bat and sledgehammer, though only if they already have a rocket strapped to them and are covered in sawblades/spikes. The Creation Club also has a weapons pack that includes the Alien Shock Baton from 3.
    • Fallout 76 brings back the cattle prod and also has the shock baton.
  • Final Fantasy VII: The Turk Reno wields a collapsible shock baton.
  • Half-Life 2 gives stun batons to the Civil Protection to beat Gordon Freeman and the citizens of City 17 into submission with, which let off sparks when brandished. Once Gordon gets armed and armored up, these batons can act as batteries to fuel his armor, although they're a rare sight after Gordon badly outmatches and kills the first CP with his crowbar; against the HEV suit, batons deal a piddly 10 damage per swing, so officers immediately switch to their pistols and submachine guns. The baton is also a player-usable weapon in both Half-Life 2: Deathmatch and Garry's Mod, where it acts like the crowbar.
  • Infamous 2: The Amp is a melee weapon created by Cole's friend Zeke. It is a dual-pronged metal baton which Cole can channel electricity through.
  • Injustice: Gods Among Us: Nightwing's escrima sticks have a taser function.
  • Killer Instinct: Orchid fights with electrified batons in the original game and the 2013 game, and electrified Dual Tonfas in the second game.
  • Mortal Kombat: Raiden's Weapon of Choice in most games is a staff that can channel electricity.
  • Red Faction: The first weapon you get in the game is the Control Baton, which has the option of administering shocks at the cost of a battery.
  • Paprium: Shock batons are among the most common pickups players can use on mooks, capable of stunning anyone hit for a few seconds with brief X-Ray Sparks.
  • Resident Evil:
    • The Stun Rod in 5 is a large baton that's electrified from the tip almost to the handle. It has monstrous damage output and makes enemies flinch with every hit, and as such can be used even against Chainsaw Majini and Reapers, but with the downside that it swings significantly slower than the knife.
    • David King of Outbreak can create Stun Rods by combining an iron pipe with a battery, but between the general rarity of batteries and melee weapons in Outbreak being quick to break, it won't see much use in practice.
    • Resident Evil 6: In Jake's campaign, he and Sherry are captured by Carla's men and held prisoner for six months until they escape. Sherry fights off a guard who is using a cattle prod. She disarms him and uses his own weapon on him.
  • Spyro 2: Ripto's Rage!: One type of mook found in Sunny Beach and Aquaria Towers is a diver that attacks Spyro with an electrified cattle prod.
  • Star Wars: The Old Republic: The Imperial Agent's Non-Player Companion SCORPIO fights using customized electrostaffs that resemble police batons.
  • Warframe: The Prova is a shock baton used by Corpus faction, primarily by Prod Crewman and as a backup for most other members. Tenno can build and use their own copy of the weapon, which appropriately deals Electricity damage.

    Web Animation 
  • RWBY:
    • Nolan Porfirio of Team BRNZ fights with a collapsible cattle prod. He uses it on Nora which proves to be a mistake since her Semblance allows her to absorb electricity.
    • Volume 6 features a Huntsman named Dee who fights with spiked club that can generate an electric current.

    Western Animation 

    Real Life 
  • Cattle prods are a real life version intended to be used to herd livestock. Some police units also carried cattle prods before Tasers with longer range were developed. Cattle prods were infamously used during the Civil Rights Movement by Southern police officers such as Jim Clark. They were also used (under the name picana or picana electrica) for Electric Torture in mid-20th-century South America, especially the Argentine security services, most especially during the period of the National Reorganization Process (1976-83).
  • There are actual stun batons in real life made for self defense. You can buy them online