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A Zat'nik'tel in its stored position
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Personal weapon


Energy weapon

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Electrical energy

Control systems


Power source


"This is a Goa'uld Zat'nik'tel. A weapon using a different form of energy, less powerful than that of a staff weapon. Less destructive, but still quite deadly."

The Zat'nik'tel, nicknamed Zat or Zat gun by Colonel Jack O'Neill, is a handheld weapon used by the Goa'uld and their Jaffa. It is in the shape of a serpent and was first encountered by SG-1 on Apophis's Ha'tak.

Its energy output, in the form of blue electrical energy, is less powerful than that of a Staff weapon. It's an extremely efficient weapon and is used extensively by the Goa'uld, Tok'ra, Jaffa and Tau'ri.

In recent years, the zat has become a second back-up weapon for personnel assigned to the teams of Stargate Command and who often go off-world with the zat itself often being seen in the thigh holster of various teams with one notable example being Captain/Major/Lieutenant Colonel Samantha Carter who during her tenure on SG-1 was seen wearing a thigh holster with a zat inside.

In addition, security guards assigned to the SGC also use the weapon as a means of protecting themselves if they run into any difficulty or if they need to sedate a prisoner who has escaped the custody of the SGC.


The Zat'nik'tel is a weapon of Goa'uld design. The safety is active when the Zat is not in use and lays flat like a snake, but when it is turned on it stands up, alert like a snake. The weapon is unique in how it affects objects, animate and inanimate. Zats have been in production for at least five thousand years. The technology itself may be similar to an Ori stun weapon. (SG1: "Seth", "Flesh and Blood", "Moebius, Part 1", "Moebius, Part 2")

The overall shape and size of the Zat'nik'tel made it something of an instant favorite after its discovery by the Tau'ri. Many member of Stargate Command use them in place of pistols and handguns when dealing with potentially dangerous targets on Earth itself. At a distance, it is difficult to tell that the Zat'nik'tel isn't a sidearm, and its stunning capability makes it easier to apprehend a target without injuring them.

Both the Zat'nik'tel and the Staff weapon resemble Goa'uld symbiotes. (SG1: "The Fifth Race")


While on board Apophis's attack ship, SG-1 came across a cargo container that had not only Goa'uld staff weapons but zat'nik'tels or "Zats" as Colonel Jack O'Neill called them. SG-1 later used the weapons during their attempts to stop Apophis from attacking Earth. (SG1: "Within the Serpent's Grasp")

Teal'c later used a Zat to kill an Ashrak who had murdered Jolinar of Malkshur who was inhabiting of the body of Captain Samantha Carter. This suggests that SG-1 had presumably brought back a small amount of zats for use, both in the field by the SGC teams and also for use by SGC security personnel. (SG1: "In the Line of Duty")

SG-1 later used Zats to take down a Serpent Guard team escorting Ry'ac, Teal'c's son while the team and Bra'tac were on Chulak. (SG1: "Family")

Upon arriving on Abydos, Carter used a Zat to knock two of Heru'ur's Serpent Guards out and kill them. She later fired a third shot that caused the guards to disappear altogether while Teal'c first used one to subdue one of Heru'ur's guards. (SG1: "Secrets")

When the SGC was invaded by Spirits, Jack used a Zat as a means of defending himself and his team although the Spirits caused Jack to disappear. (SG1: "Spirits")

Teal'c was seen using a Zat as a weapon of defense upon seeing that Apophis's ship had crashed. (SG1: "Serpent's Song")

While in 1969, Jack used a Zat to knock Lieutenant George Hammond out so that Hammond would not be court-martialed for letting SG-1 escape. He also used the weapon to destroy any equipment SG-1 had brought with them into the past. (SG1: "1969")

Zats were used during the battle between the SGC teams and the Serpent Guards led by Trofsky. (SG1: "Into the Fire")

SG-1 used zats during the invasion of a compound led by the Goa'uld Seth with Zats also being used by Seth's loyal albeit brainwashed followers. (SG1: "Seth")

A Zat was used during SG-1's "mission" to capture a Goa'uld who was in actuality an undercover Tok'ra. (SG1: "Deadman Switch")

Aldwin, a member of the Tok'ra was seen using a Zat to keep Teal'c at bay while Aldwin launched a bomb deep in the core of Netu to destroy the moon. Teal'c, not wanting his friends to die consficated the zat when he shoved Aldwin into the Ring area of the cargo ship. He later gave it back to Aldwin after successfully intercepting the beam that ended up transporting Jack, Daniel, Sam and Jacob to the cargo ship. (SG1: "The Devil You Know")

Zats were used during the attempt to stop the Stragoth when the aliens invaded the SGC. (SG1: "Foothold")

Teal'c tried to use a Zat to stop the Crystal Skull from wielding its power on Daniel Jackson but ultimately failed. (SG1: "Crystal Skull")

While on board the Asgard ship, Teal'c attempted to use a Zat to fight off the Replicators but the electric charge didn't injure or destroy the Replicators. (SG1: "Nemesis")

Sam used a Zat to shock and eventually kill Martouf when it was revealed that Martouf was a Za'tarc. (SG1: "Divide and Conquer")

A Zat was used to capture Teal'c and bring him before Terok, a minor Goa'uld who wanted Teal'c to give up his loyalty to the Tau'ri and the Jaffa Rebellion and rejoin the Goa'uld. (SG1: "The Serpent's Venom")

Zats were seen being used and also carried in the alternate future that occurred as a result of Earth forming an alliance with the Aschen. (SG1: "2010")

SG-1 were seen wielding zats in their thigh holsters while on P4X-347. (SG1: "The Light")

Jack, Sam and Teal'c used zats to wave off an invasion of the small energy beings while on M4C-862. (SG1: "Prodigy")

Jack was forced to use a zat to stop Sam who was under the control of a mysterious entity from wrecking havoc on the Base. (SG1: "Entity")

SG-1 and their robot duplicates were all seen using zats during the mission to free Juna from Cronus's control. (SG1: "Double Jeopardy")

During the mission to rescue Teal'c who had been brainwashed by Teal'c, Jack, Daniel, Sam and Jacob all wielded zats in the thigh holsters they carried. (SG1: "Enemies")

A zat was used during (SG1: "Threshold")

Lieutenant Tyler, in actuality Kaiael, a Reol used one to knock Daniel out. (SG1: "The Fifth Man")

When they received word that a Goa'uld was on the Base, numerous SGC personnel including SG-1 were seen using Zats as well as TERs as they searched for the Goa'uld in question. (SG1: "Rite of Passage")

Zats were used on P3X-888 during SG-1 and the Unas's battle against the people who were using the Unas as slave labor. (SG1: "Beast of Burden")

Daniel wielded a Zat and used it to knock out two security guards during the rescue operation to save Carter. (SG1: "Desperate Measures")

Zats were again used by various SGC personnel during a training scenario involving a potential invasion of the Goa'uld, one which had Daniel as the leader. (SG1: "Proving Ground")

Jack and Harry Maybourne used zats to knock out the security detail guarding the Goa'uld inhabiting Adrian Conrad. (SG1: "48 Hours")

Zats were used during the various missions being conducted under the leadership of K'tano. (SG1: "The Warrior")

SG-1 used Zats during the mission to P3Y-294 to repair the Sentinel. (SG1: "The Sentinel")

Various Jaffa Serpent Guards both loyal to Osiris and Anubis were seen wielding zats during their search for SG-1. (SG1: "Revelations")

While on the mission with his father, Teal'c and mentor, Bra'tac, Rya'c used a zat as a means of fending off the enemy Jaffa Serpent Guards. (SG1: "Redemption, Part 2")

Teal'c used a Zat to knock Ninja Jaffa who later boarded the Cargo Ship that Teal'c and Jonas were in. (SG1: "Descent")

Carter used a Zat on the Trust operatives who had been taken over by cloned Goa'uld symbiotes. (SG1: "Nightwalkers")

Kanan while in the body of Jack O'Neill used a Zat to attempt to get to the Stargate but failed. As such, Kanan abandoned Jack and fled while Jack was captured and repeatedly tortured to death and revived by Ba'al. (SG1: "Abyss")

Zats were again seen being used during (SG1: "The Other Guys")

Members of both the Tok'ra and Jaffa were seen using this as a mean of defending themselves and also during the stand-off between their respective races. (SG1: "Allegiance")

Teal'c used a Zat to knock out a Pangar guard before rescuing Jonas who'd fallen into a pool full of Goa'uld symbiotes. (SG1: "Cure")

The rogue Trust agents as well as Jack and Teal'c used zats while on board the unfinished ship. (SG1: "Prometheus")

Zats were seen during (SG1: "Paradise Lost")

Zats were used during (SG1: "Metamorphosis")

One of the rogue criminals used a Zat to knock Carter out. (SG1: "Forsaken")

Anubis's Jaffa Serpent Guards used a Zat to capture Jonas seconds after Daniel Jackson had escaped to safety. (SG1: "Fallen")

Zats were used during the battle against SG-1 and Anubis's Jaffa guards. (SG1: "Homecoming")

Clone Jack O'Neill used a Zat to knock out the rogue Asgard, Loki. (SG1: "Fragile Balance")

Teal'c and Rak'nor used zats on the Jaffa Serpent Guards as they invaded the slave camp on Erebus to rescue Rya'c and Bra'tac. (SG1: "Orpheus")

Moments after regaining consciousness, Teal'c was seen using a zat while he searched for his missing teammates. (SG1: "Lifeboat")

Teal'c and Bra'tac attempted to use a Zat on one of Anubis's Kull warriors but the being proved to be immune to the electric charge. (SG1: "Evolution, Part 1")

While under the influence, Jack used a zat to modify the Goa'uld ship, giving it a superior advantage and enabling SG-1 to find the Antarctic outpost at Antarctica. (SG1: "Lost City, Part 2")

Zats were deployed to stop the embodied spirit of the Goa'uld System Lord, Anubis from going through the Stargate. However, Anubis later took control of Lieutenant Colonel Samantha Carter and used her to zat two security guards before triggering the self-destruct. (SG1: "Lockdown")

Zats were used during the virtual reality Teal'c participated in. (SG1: "Avatar")

Hoskins, an agent with the Trust used a Zat to stun both Daniel and Krista James. (SG1: "Affinity")

Teal'c and a Jaffa Serpent Guard loyal to Moloc used the zats during a stand-off with one another. (SG1: "Sacrifices")

Daniel used a zat on Vala Mal Doran after growing impatient with her. (SG1: "Prometheus Unbound")

SG-1 and their alternate selves were seen using zats during the mission to Ancient Egypt, first to get a ZPM so that they could use to contact the Pegasus Galaxy and second for the alternate SG-1 to repair the damage that their original main-time selves had accidentally caused. (SG1: "Moebius, Part 1", "Moebius, Part 2")

SG-1 used zats during a mission to free Daniel and Vala from the bracelets. (SG1: "The Ties That Bind")

Vala used a zat on one of Gerak's Jaffa to take control of his cargo ship which she then used to destroy the forming Supergate. (SG1: "Beachhead")

A zat was used during the attempt to capture a Prior. (SG1: "The Fourth Horseman, Part 2")

The main SG-1 and their alternate selves or Black SG-1 were seen using zats against each other at numerous times. (SG1: "Ripple Effect")

Mitchell used a zat to knock out Ba'al's guards. (SG1: "Stronghold")

When two Ba'al clones were seen fighting each other, two SGC security guards were forced to the room and knocked both Ba'als out with two zats. (SG1: "Insiders")

Numerous Jaffa Rebels and SG-1 wielded zats during both sides's invasion of the Ori ship with both sides even managing to knock each other at respective points. (SG1: "Counterstrike")

During the operation to find Vala who had been captured by the Trust, SG-1 as well as other SGC teams were seen using zats. (SG1: "Memento Mori")

A zat was used to capture both Daniel and Vala. (SG1: "Company of Thieves")

Lieutenant Colonel John Sheppard, the leader of the Atlantis Expedition's flagship team, the First Atlantis Reconnaissance Team or AR-1 as well as the Expedition's military commander used a zat to knock out both Major Christopher Wallace and MSgt. Sylvester Siler so that, he and Doctors Rodney McKay, Elizabeth Weir and Carson Beckett could steal a Puddle Jumper and return to the Pegasus Galaxy to reclaim Atlantis from the Asurans. (ATL: "The Return, Part 1")

Zats were used by President Hank Landry's security detail in an alternate reality that Carter visited. (SG1: "The Road Not Taken")

After beaming Dr. Daniel Jackson who had been turned into a Prior up to the Odyssey, Mitchell used a zat to knock Daniel unconscious. (SG1: "The Shroud")

Zats were wielded by SG-1 during their hostage attempt on P4M-328. (SG1: "Bad Guys")

When the Wraith invaded Stargate Command, Teal'c and Ronon used zats to subdue them, revealing that the Wraith were just as affected by a zat as Humans were. (ATL: "Midway")

In an alternate timeline where Stargate Command and the Stargate Program did not exist, the alternate Teal'c was seen using a zat as a weapon. (Stargate: Continuum)

Zat'nik'tel specificsEdit


Inago holding a Zat'nik'tel

"The Goa'uld take great pleasure in discharging the weapon only once on a subject. Causing great pain, disabling them, but not killing them. The second shot will kill most subjects."

Zat'nik'tels are fired by squeezing the bottom curve where the gun is held. The Zat is unique in the way it works. One shot is shown to incapacitate a victim and causes immense pain, while a second shot kills them. The shots do not have to be right after the other, as some have been killed several minutes after the first Zat blast; however, an extended period of time between shots will cause the effect to wear off and two new shots will be necessary to kill (as evidenced by Colonel Jack O'Neill's being shot a variety of times throughout SG-1's various exploits). A third shot will disintegrate the victim and their clothing, and will also disintegrate small inanimate objects with low densities, leaving no visible trace of their existence (SG1: "Within the Serpent's Grasp", "1969", "Point of View")

The Zat has been shown to conduct through objects, stunning victims indirectly. The weapon has also been used as a tool to boost hyperdrive speed when O'Neill used Ancient knowledge and required a short, powerful jolt to the modified engines, but is used as a tool to overload electronics in most cases as many conduits are not designed to handle that much energy in one blast. It is capable of disabling Aschen defense drones with one shot. (SG1: "2010", "Lost City, Part 2", "Memento Mori")

Zats have been shown to have little or no effect on Kull Warriors and Replicators, but they affect all other known species, including the Wraith. (SG1: "Evolution, Part 1", "Enemies", ATL: "Midway")

It also appears that repeated attacks by this weapon causes most people to not suffer its effects with as much severity, as seen in cases where certain people are able to withstand the effects and remain conscious after a single shot. The second shot, on the other hand, is invariably fatal (on non-immune species) with only a single exception shown: When Major Samantha Carter's consciousness was replaced by an alien Entity, two shots left her body only brain-dead, allowing her consciousness to be transferred back into it. (SG1: "Prodigy", "Entity", "Lockdown")

Ribbon Zat catch

Cronus catching Zat bolts fired by the real Teal'c.

Zat blasts can be caught and rendered harmless by a Kara kesh as shown by Cronus when he was fired upon by Teal'c. (SG1: "Double Jeopardy")

Also Setesh activated his shield on his Kara kesh which absorbed the blasts fired at him by SG-1. (SG1: "Seth")


  • The producers and nearly the entire crew of Stargate SG-1 believe that the third shot of a Zat is a bit of a deus ex machina, and some think that the third shot effect is a bit silly/stupid, often not wanting to refer to it outside when it is used. Others even think that it completely makes no sense, as stated in many of the Stargate SG-1 commentaries. The episode "Wormhole X-Treme!" even comments on the effect, with director of the show-within-a-show calling the disintegration idea "the stupidest thing..."
  • The "third shot" function of the Zat is only used four times ("Within the Serpent's Grasp", "Family", "Secrets" and "1969") in SG-1, all to disintegrate the bodies of Jaffa guards and material (to be removed from the timeline), and is mentioned one other time. Other "third shots" have been attempted, all on replicators, to no effect.
  • Because it was not seen after the 2nd season, it's possible the third shot function was only present on older model Zat guns and that newer model ones only possessed two shot functions. The concept was not officially retconned, rather it was simply abandoned.
    • However, given that when a "third shot" is used and there is no difference in the firing or the visual effect, it is likely the disintegration is caused by a build-up of the energy, not by any adden function or mechanism.
  • Starting in later seasons, particularly seasons 9 and 10, SG-1 began using zats as their sidearms more often than pistols. They also used the one-shot function more often than shooting their enemy twice.


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