Towards the end of Attack of The Clones during the Obi Wan/Anakin/Dooku fight, Dooku uses Force lightning to pick up Anakin and fling him to the side. Then he attempts force lightning on Obi Wan which is easily thwarted on Obi Wan's lightsaber and Dooku says something to the effect

As you can see, my "Jedi powers" are far beyond yours.

I didn't think Force lighting as an attack was used by the Jedi/light side of the Force.

How can these seemingly conflicting things be reconciled? Or is my assumption wrong about Force lightning?

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    "Jedi Powers" is bad prequel writing. In the O.T. , there are just "powers". "Your Powers are weak, old man!" "Luke, do not, underestimate, the Powers, of the Emperor - or suffer, your Father's, fate, you will." Both Obi-Wan, and the Emperor, have just plain Powers. Dooku's line should really just drop the word 'Jedi'.
    – user70248
    Commented Aug 16, 2016 at 6:39
  • i.sstatic.net/Wo2qq.png - Yoda uses Force lightning, according to this image from Star Wars: Unlimited Power
    – Valorum
    Commented Jul 26, 2022 at 6:41

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The problem is just "namings". With "Jedi powers" Dooku meant his prowess with using the Force. Force lightning as we know is just another application of the Force. Thus Dooku in the usual Sithfullness just said there that he is way more powerful than Obi Wan and he has no chance against him.

A Jedi wouldn't teach Force lightning or even use it as it is pure destructive appliance of the Force. BUT what Jedi teach is control of the Force and Force lightning is just a dark side application of this control.

So from a specific point of view Dooku's phrase is correct.....although personally I just see it as bad wordings in the script that he says Jedi powers and not Force powers (especially as he is now Sith not Jedi).

  • I believe Dooku was a Jedi for most of his life, so I think it's reasonable for him to slip up on terminology here and there. Commented Jun 25, 2016 at 15:07
  • @ncalmbeblpaicr0011 That is quite possible which is why I made the first part and all other parts also take that into consideration and only added as a note at the end my personal pov that it is probably just a slipup in the script in reality (although in this case it could be reasoned it just still feels wrong).
    – Thomas
    Commented Jun 26, 2016 at 16:18

No, they are a Sith trait.

Force lightning was a Force power utilized by the Sith.

Force lightning first appeared in Star Wars: Episode VI Return of the Jedi, the final film of the original Star Wars trilogy. In the Expanded Universe, now re-branded as Star Wars Legends, Force lightning had a number of useful variants and could be summoned even by Jedi. These uses, however, are no longer considered canon and in canon media only practitioners of the dark side of the Force have been observed using the skill.


Your quote is accurate, Dooku did say "Jedi powers".


You could explain it as bad writing, or a simpler justification is that the Sith lie, and Dooku was taunting Obi Wan that using the dark side of the Force had only made him a more powerful Jedi.

  • Could you provide some quotes from the links? Links can go dead, and it's usually convenient to have the information here for that reason.
    – Adamant
    Commented Jun 25, 2016 at 6:49
  • Edited to add quotes from links as suggested.
    – Josh King
    Commented Jun 25, 2016 at 14:34
  • Well... Plo Koon can produce "Electric Judgment". Darth Plagueis "A Jedi sufficiently strong in the Force can be trained to produce a facsimile, but not true Sith lightning."
    – Naib
    Commented Jun 25, 2016 at 16:47
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    See also this question on movies.se, which actually contains some rather good answers to this question in the comments. Commented Jun 25, 2016 at 19:25

In Disney canon, this can be considered simply Dooku saying "Jedi powers" but meaning the Force in general, as Dooku trained as a Jedi for quite some time.

In Legends, Force lightning is commonly used by the Sith due to the nature of it's power. However, some Jedi, such as Plo Koon, used it, albeit slightly modified. Therefore it is more of a Sith power simply because of its nature. In canon it is best to assume that Dooku simply meant the Force as a whole.

  • While I haven't seen all of the Clone Wars series yet, I have seen most of it and I've yet to see Plo Koon use anything that resembles Force Lightning. Do you have a source for his use of it?
    – Ellesedil
    Commented Jun 27, 2016 at 18:51
  • @Ellesedil- I mentioned that it was legends, therefore it did not appear in the canon clone wars.
    – Ferus Olin
    Commented Jun 28, 2016 at 23:15

The concept of Jedi/Sith power is misunderstood.

To answer the question: it's a Force power, used often by the Sith.

If the Jedi prefer using specific Force-powers (let's say less destructive in theory) and the Sith use a lot of specific Force-powers that do damage, that does not means they cannot use the other ones.

Of course, this is not limited only to a choice of preference or ideology. If a Jedi trains more on a specific power, it will better use it compared to a power that he did not train a lot in. Therefore, a Jedi's Force Lightning may be inefficient when used without the proper training, even if he can practically use it.

So yes, they can use it, but to be efficient that would require training, and Force lighting training is not provided by the Jedi, therefore Force Lightning will only be efficiently used by the Force users that had Sith training.

Of course, using something inefficient is illogical, therefore there is no good reason for a Jedi to use Force Lightning in a conflict/duel.

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