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?

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    On, Off, Stun, Vibrate, Mute, Full Auto, Landscape, Macro, Roaming and Defrost.
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    Feb 28, 2012 at 16:59
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    You forgot dodge and burn
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    Feb 28, 2012 at 17:10
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    If you press ↑↑↓↓←→←→BA then your enemy dies instantly
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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.
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    Mar 27, 2015 at 15:18
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    The settings are "Ho! Ha ha! Guard! Turn! Parry! Dodge! Spin! Ha! Thrust!" youtube.com/watch?v=8cuihrjLNAo
    – RichS
    Jul 7, 2017 at 18:21

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Yes, lightsabers have setting for blade length and blade power.

From the Star Wars: The Visual Dictionary (now "Legends" continuity)

lightsaber cross section dictionary

This is confirmed in Star Wars: The Visual Encyclopedia (main canon)

lightsaber cross section encyclopedia


From Wookieepedia:

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.

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    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, 2017 at 19:47
  • Indeed, as example Corran Horn kills a Yuuzhan Vong enemy by extending his blade and thus instantly penetrating his adversaries skull. Now in which of the books was that...
    – And
    Jan 13, 2021 at 12:57

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