The formerly canonical book Shadows of the Empire (set between the end of The Empire Strikes Back and the beginning of Return of the Jedi) contains the following passage:

Vader had forgotten how much he enjoyed piloting his Interceptor, it had been so long. It came back quickly.

The enjoyment did not last. Almost effortlessly, he blew three, four, five of the Rebel ships into smoking pieces. It was... disappointing. The Force was not strong in any of them; it was no real challenge. Some were skilled, true, but mere skill could not defeat the dark side. He had hoped for better competition.

This makes me wonder if Vader ever faced other Force users in aerial/space combat. Obviously, he pursues Luke's X-Wing in A New Hope, but are there any other examples of Vader flying against a Force user?

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    Why the downvote? I don't see anything wrong with this question. You have my +1. – RedCaio Feb 8 '16 at 6:27
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    I assume that you mean since he became Vader? I am sure there are clone wars instances. – Jeremy French Feb 8 '16 at 10:52

Vader faces Ezra Bridger, Kanan Jarrus, and Ahsoka Tano

In the canonical Star Wars: Rebels "Siege of Lothal", Vader faced Ezra Bridger, Kanan Jarrus, and Ahsoka Tano in a space battle.

In this confrontation, Kanan and Ahsoka are helping inside the cockpit while Ezra is at the guns/turrets. These three Force users are actively participating in the fight, they are not merely passengers. Vader eventually senses something's up and exclaims

VADER: The apprentice lives.


Anakin has a space battle with Asajj Ventress (Legends)

In the 2D Clone Wars cartoon, Anakin dogfights with Asajj Ventress over (and through the streets of) Muunilinst.

Ventress' "fanblade" fighter

Her skill in the Force and unique fighter design cause the two pilots to be fairly evenly matched. At one point, he even mutters "I have you now" as a call-forward to A New Hope. The battle ends when she jumps to hyperspace to lure him to Yavin 4.

  • And to top it off, she lures him to Yavin IV where they have a lightsaber battle! – Thunderforge Feb 8 '16 at 18:00

In addition to the others here, Vader has had some run-ins in the new comic book series. I realize that this is also against Luke, but... you did say "in Ep. IV" :)

Luke rams Vader's Tie fighter with his X-Wing after Vader takes out nearly an entire squadron. Both crash on VROGAS VAS. From Vader Down #1:

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Well I don't know about Vader but Anakin certainly did during the Clone Wars he flew against Ventress and I think Dukoo but that might not be accurate

  • He also flew against Obi-Wan as well (who was disguised - Anakin didn't know). Having said that, this actually answers an entirely different question. – Ellesedil Mar 10 '16 at 20:51
  • Really What question? – The Mandolorian Mar 12 '16 at 5:55

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