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What are the different designs of lightsabers in the Star Wars canon? For example, Darth Maul with his double-bladed saber, and Kylo Ren with his cross-guard saber.

  • Something called the "Shoto" or something, not sure if it is canon, but it is a little tiny lightsaber, used in the off-hand, or as the main lightsaber if you're Yoda. – Wad Cheber Dec 21 '15 at 18:56
  • Don't forget Dooku's curved one starwars.wikia.com/wiki/Dooku's_lightsaber – razethestray Dec 21 '15 at 19:01
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    Are you looking for different visual designs or engineering designs? Most lightsabers except for a couple had the same engineering one. – DVK-on-Ahch-To Dec 21 '15 at 19:06
  • What would be visual vs engineering? – Programmer Dec 21 '15 at 19:09
  • I'm thinking of differences like that of the two I mentioned in the question. Also, Yoda's and Dooku's as mentioned above. They are very different from the traditional "simple" style. – Programmer Dec 21 '15 at 19:11
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Canon

  • Vanilla lightsabers:

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  • Double-bladed lightsaber (see: Darth Maul, Pong Krell, Savage Oppress)

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    • While I hesitate to call this a completely different style, Master Krell's lightsabers are unique in at least one way: they fold up

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      This is no longer quite as unique as I thought; in the Star Wars: Rebels episode "Shroud of Darkness", Kanan duels with a Force Vision of a Jedi Temple Guard, who uses a folding saber.

  • Curved-hilt lightsabers, like Dooku's:

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  • Asajj Ventress' lightsaber(s)

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    Ventress wielded two curved-hilt lightsabers. In The Clone Wars animated film, she was able to combine them into a single, S-shaped double-bladed lightsaber:

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    However, Obi-Wan Kenobi possibly destroys the mechanism that allows this during his fight with Ventress in the film; he cuts her (connected) lightsaber in half, and we never see her use the technique in The Clone Wars show.

  • Lightsaber pike, used by the Jedi Temple Guards1:

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    We have a close encounter with a Temple Guard in "Shroud of Darkness", a Star Wars: Rebels episode, where Kanan has a duel with (a Force ghost of) one using a folding lightsaber. It's not apparent whether this is a standard Guard's saber or not, but there is the reasonable possibility that these sabers do fold.

  • Crossguard lightsaber, most famously used by Kylo Ren:

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    But also in use by ancient Jedi; Ezra Bridger finds a crossguard saber on the Sith world of Malachor, a relic of an ancient battle:

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  • Shoto (a shorter hilt, used by smaller Jedi like Yoda and Even Piell)

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    Shotos are also used by the rare dual-wielding Jedi as an off-hand lightsaber; in the below image from The Clone Wars, you can clearly see that one saber is dramatically shorter than the other:

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    I regret that I do not know what episode this image is from; I welcome input from anyone who does.

  • Sabercane (Cane/lightsaber combo), used by Master Tera Sinube:

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  • Lightsaber/blaster combo (invented by Ezra Bridger, apparently)

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  • Darksaber

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  • Inquisitor's lightsaber:

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    Not merely a double-bladed lightsaber with a funky grip, the saber style used by the Imperial Inquisitors spins around that central ring. The image above is of the Grand Inquisitor, from season 1 of Rebels, but we've seen the other inquisitors in season 2 using sabers of the same style

  • Debated whether or not to include this, but Kanan Jarrus' lightsaber exhibited a property we've never seen before:

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    It comes apart into two pieces. There a bunch of things we don't know about this lightsaber, including whether the pieces function without being connected, or if this is something all lightsabers can do but we've never seen before, but it's an otherwise unique property

Legends

Most of the above, plus:

  • Guard shoto (or Lightsaber tonfa)

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  • Long-handled lightsaber:

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  • One-bladed variant on the lightsaber pike:

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  • Whatever you call this thing:

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    Thunderforge, in comments, suggests three-bladed lightsaber because there of the third blade in the middle of the handle. Wookieepedia calls it the "War Dragon rider lightsaber", because its only appearance in any material is a "design an alien" contest in Star Wars Galaxy Magazine. The War Dragon Rider actually won the contest, no doubt because it looks like something a Space-metalhead would have airbrushed on the side of his spacevan.

  • Lightwhip

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  • Forked lightsaber

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  • I believe Ventress' lightsabers were also slightly more interesting in Legends; in addition to the weirdness stated above, I believe she could tie them together with cord and whirl them around like nunchaku; I can't recall seeing this in canon, but I'm happy to be corrected.

  • Protosaber/Retrosaber

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    The earliest true lightsabers are now typically called retrosabers; their distinguishing feature was an external powerpack, typically worn on the belt and connected to the hilt by a cord.

    After the Jedi went wireless, protosaber look-alikes were called "retrosabers," which also used the external power source, and continued to be used by Jedi hispters the galaxy over (the above image is from an RPG sourcebook set during the Clone Wars)

  • Forcesaber

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    The earliest iteration of the lightsaber was called the Forcesaber; it was used by the Force Hounds, Force-sensitive hunters used by the Rakatan Infinite Empire to find worlds with lots of Force-sensitive inhabitants (which the Rakatans would then invade and enslave). The main difference between the Forcesaber and a lightsaber is one of engineering: rather than requiring a battery, the Forcesaber is activated by channelling Dark Side energy through the hilt.


1 My first instinct was to classify these as double-bladed lightsabers, but they have their own entry in the Databank, so ho-hum

  • Where is the lightwhip from? Seems pretty different from the rest as lightsabers are generally considered rigid. Also, it looks massively OP :) – David Grinberg Dec 21 '15 at 19:52
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    @DavidGrinberg That particular image is from one of the Jedi vs. Sith comics, but there have been a few users throughout Legends; Lumiya is probably the best-known example – Jason Baker Dec 21 '15 at 19:56
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    What does that 3-bladed one look like when switched off? Are the two handles still connected? That seems wildly impractical... – Darrel Hoffman Dec 21 '15 at 22:25
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    @RogueJedi It took me an embarrassingly long time to figure out what you were talking about; you're right, I was not thinking when I added that – Jason Baker Dec 21 '15 at 22:35
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    @DarrelHoffman The three-bladed lightsaber only appears in one picture that won first place in the Design an Alien contest for Star Wars Galaxy magazine, with part of the prize being that it was canon (now Legends canon). Since the lightsaber doesn't exist beyond that picture, we don't know what it would look like turned off. – Thunderforge Dec 22 '15 at 3:16
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That thing right there idk if you can see it or not

Oh and also saber clubs. They were just REALLY big lightsabers. Like something chewie would have used if ya know, the force was with him or whatever.

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    Is any of this canonical? I've seen/read quite a bit of the canon things and haven't really come across the club. – Edlothiad Jan 25 '18 at 6:31

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