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There are training lightsabers, with a low setting so they inflict nothing more than burns or bruises and in Splinter of the Mind's Eye I remember Luke setting his lightsaber, at one point, to produce a thin beam to pick a lock or help him get through a door.

What are the different settings most lightsabers (as in a lightsaber your average Jedi might us) that are available? Is it just in terms of power, or are there other adjustments that can be made?

  • I know nothing about non-film Star Wars, but wasn't Luke's lightsaber custom-made by himself? Pre-Clonewars ready-made sabers don't necessarily have that feature, only because Luke's did. – bitmask Feb 28 '12 at 16:51
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    On, Off, Stun, Vibrate, Mute, Full Auto, Landscape, Macro, Roaming and Defrost. – DavRob60 Feb 28 '12 at 16:59
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    You forgot dodge and burn – Ashterothi Feb 28 '12 at 17:10
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    If you press ↑↑↓↓←→←→BA then your enemy dies instantly – Valorum Feb 22 '14 at 18:19
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    @bitmask - Splinter of the Mind's Eye is set between Episode IV and V, so he would still have Anakin's saber at that point. – Omegacron Mar 27 '15 at 15:18
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From Wookiepedia:

While the Jedi used natural crystals, the Sith often used red-hued synthetic crystals. Sith-made synthetic crystals create a slightly more powerful blade when energized by the dark side of the Force, occasionally demonstrating the ability to "break" Jedi lightsaber blades, disrupting the energy circuit and shorting out the weapon, as almost happened to Obi-Wan Kenobi while fighting Darth Vader on the first Death Star.

From my understanding it isn't so much that standard lightsabers have different "settings", but different lightsaber crystals had differences in purity and strength that performed differently. For example, in the Jedi Acadamy series, Gantoris constructed a dual phase lightsaber that used three Corusca gems which allowed him to alter the length of his saber during his demonstration to Luke.

  • In the expanded universe, it's usually reported that lightsabers do indeed have multiple settings. I don't have the resources to forma a proper answer, however. – user87732 Aug 15 '17 at 19:47

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