- "Yondu didn't have a talking car but he did have a flying arrow."
The Yaka Arrow is a whistle-controlled arrow made from Yaka that uses technology native to the Centaurian people. The Yaka Arrow was Yondu Udonta's favored weapon. Highly skilled in its usage, Udonta always kept one in a holster by his side.
Yondu Udonta, a Centaurian and the leader of the spacefaring smugglers known as the Ravagers, is widely recognized for carrying a Yaka Arrow, which he keeps close by in a holster at his side. Udonta often relies on his arrow to intimidate others while either brokering deals, interrogating others, or dealing with defiant or insubordinate crew members, maneuvering the arrow close to the person's head to threaten and intimidate them into complying with his interests.
Chasing Peter Quill
On Xandar, Yondu Udonta visited the shop of the Broker to gain information regarding the Orb's potential buyer as a lead to finding Star-Lord and the stolen Orb. When the Broker attempted to dodge the question in order to maintain his client's confidentiality, Udonta drew his arrow and used it to intimidate the Broker into answering.
Alliance with the Guardians
Udonta used the arrow when hunting the Guardians of the Galaxy on the planet Berhert, making the arrow hover in front of Rocket Raccoon to capture him. As Taserface began a mutiny against Udonta, he responded by making the arrow target the traitorous Ravagers, only to lose control of it when Nebula shot the controller, causing him to pass out.
When Rocket attaches the Yaka Arrow Controller to Udonta's head, he uses the arrow to slaughter the mutinous Ravagers, with the arrow even catching on fire at one point in an attempt to kill Taserface, piercing a tank of flammable materials, causing the Eclector to explode.
Udonta used the arrow again at the Battle on Ego's Planet, with him using it to lower himself down to the ground after being forced to bail out of the Laser Drill, with him being compared to Mary Poppins. He used it again to destroy the obstacles that Ego threw at him, only for the arrow to eventually break.
Rocket managed to recover the pieces of the broken arrow and repair it with Quill, giving it to Kraglin Obfonteri, saying that Udonta would want his first mate to own his weapon. Kraglin tried using the arrow to varying degrees of success, accidentally stabbing Drax the Destroyer in the chest nonfatally before deciding to make a run for it.
The Yaka Arrow is a weapon forged from Yaka metal by the Centaurians. Yaka Arrows respond to a specific range of sonic frequencies which change the material's reactive behavior. With self-propelling and extremely modulated anti-gravitational technology, the arrows themselves are able to defy gravity and move freely through the air at great speeds as well as being highly durable and sharp, allowing them to pierce through most targets, including the hull of a spacecraft.
The arrows are controlled by high-pitch sonic frequencies, which Centaurian natives are able to produce by whistling. As with other weapons, Centaurians have to train themselves to be proficient at controlling the arrows with accuracy and precision. Changes in the users' whistling directs the arrow and causes it to gain both speed and momentum or suddenly stop at will, as well as rapidly and fluidly change direction. Skilled Centaurians can direct an arrow to rapidly fly back on forth among targets across a battlefield, or even up and down as well as sideways across tiers and levels of constructed structure, striking numerous targets before they are able to react, all before returning the arrow to themselves. Yondu Claimed that personally he doesn't use his mind to control his arrow but his intuition (heart) which explains why he was very proficient at using it.
- In the comics, the Yaka Arrow can actually change its direction, but not speed, in response to certain high-octave whistle-sounds some Centaurians can produce. Udonta is so skillful at controlling his arrows, he can cause an arrow to return to his hand or weave its way through a crowd of people without touching them.
Behind the Scenes
- In the audio commentary for Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, writer/director James Gunn suggested Peter had not intended to give Kraglin the arrow, but felt he owed Kraglin something after Kraglin gave him the Zune.