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"Hey, do you wanna help us get out of here? There's something I need you to get and bring back to me. In the Captain's Quarters, there is a Prototype Fin, the thing I wore in my head, there is a drawer next to the bed, it's in there... it's red. Do you got it?"
Yondu Udonta to Groot[src]

The Yaka Arrow Controller is a prosthetic metal piece on the top of the head of Yondu Udonta that he uses to control the Yaka Arrow.

History

First Fin

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Yondu threatening the Broker

Yondu Udonta and Kraglin Obfonteri traveled to Xandar to meet Broker. While admiring some of the strange artifacts that Broker had for sale, he made his true intentions known quickly using his Fin to draw his Yaka Arrow and aim it at the Broker's head demanding to know who the Broker intended to sell the Orb to.[1]

A Questionable Partnership

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Yondu Udonta threatening Peter Quill

Yondu Udonta initially planned to kill Peter Quill because of his betrayal with the Orb and despite Quill's attempts to explain, Udonta used his arrow controller once more and aimed his Yaka Arrow at Quill's throat and prepared to execute him, but when Quill convinced him that it was possible to steal the Orb from Ronan the Accuser with the insider knowledge provided by Gamora, they decided to work together.[1]

Battle of Xandar

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Yondu Udonta uses his arrow to kill Sakaaran soldiers

Yondu Udonta survived the crash and got out of his wrecked ship when he turned around and saw several Sakaarans surrounding him and ordered him to command his men to attack the Nova Corps. Instead of obeying, Udonta calmly opened his jacket without a word and whistled; as the Sakaarans stood momentarily confused, he used his fin to control his arrow to single-handedly kill every Sakaaran in front of him, even causing one of their ships to crash and explode.[1]

Attack on Berhert

"I have better enemies to defeat than an old man with a gadget that could be disabled easily."
―Nebula to Taserface[src]

After Ayesha hired the Ravagers to hunt down the Guardians of the Galaxy, Yondu Udonta and his clan were sent to Berhert to find them. However, after suffering through Rocket's numerous traps and managing to surround him, the Ravagers became divided over Yondu suggesting to spare Peter Quill. As the arguments escalated, a recently-escaped Nebula shot Yondu's controller off, temporarily disabling him.[2]

Second Fin

Escape from the Eclector

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Yondu Udonta summons the Yaka Arrow using his Arrow Controller.

"He's got it! Yondu's got the fin!"
Taserface[src]

Having developed a second controller, Yondu Udonta eventually used it, with the help of Rocket Raccoon and Groot, to escape captivity and kill the Ravager mutineers. He then used the controller during the Battle on Ego's Planet.[2]'

A New Owner

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Kraglin Obfonteri practices with the Yaka Arrow

Following his passing, Kraglin Obfonteri came into possession of a new controller and, while using it, accidentally lodged an arrow into Drax the Destroyer. [3][4] Later on, Obfonteri started wearing a newer version of the controller, similar to the first design, but silver. He used this in 2023 during the Battle of Earth, where he assisted the Avengers in the fight against Thanos.[5]

Trivia

  • In the comics, the Centaurians have a natural crest, or Tahlei, which is supported by a bone structure. Yondu's second fin, featured in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, was created to resemble the one that he has in the comics.

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