As I was reading this question (In The Empire Strikes Back, what is the significance of Luke seeing his own face in Vader's helmet?) and someone mentioned that, had Luke decided to bring his lightsaber into the cave in Dagobah with him, his imaginary fight with Vader would have had a very different outcome.

"Your weapon," Yoda reproved, "you won't need it"

Is there any canon (or Legends) explanation of what would have happened if Luke had actually followed Yoda's advice?


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Shamelessly stealing from my own answer on Movies.SE:

Lucas explains this on the Empire Strikes Back DVD commentary.

Had Luke gone into the cave with no weapons, he would not have met Vader in there.

P.S. Yoda said that what is in there is "only what you take with you" - Luke takes his weapons, he's aggressive - he's making the same mistakes Anakin did 25 years before, and could end up the same way. Note that it is Luke who activates his lightsaber first, not Vader - Luke is the aggressor.

  • Could you add a quote from the DVD commentary?
    – SQB
    Sep 17, 2015 at 17:25
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    @SQB - I don't have the quote handy, but I can confirm that Lucas says it. Luke's decision to bring his weapons into the cave was the reason he saw Vader.
    – Wad Cheber
    Sep 17, 2015 at 21:25
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    @SQB - I'll try to pull a <>Richard on this, but it'll be a big "maybe". I saw the commentary at someone else's house, wasn't my DVD so I can't rewatch at will. Sep 18, 2015 at 14:30
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    DVK thanks, I'll re-watch the commentary and (may take me a while) will get a quote for @SQB at some point ;)
    – Mikasa
    Sep 18, 2015 at 14:44

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